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Event takes place on May 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Council Chambers, Holyoke, MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
May 17,2016

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    FY 17 General Budget

2.    Petition of  Verizon New England , Inc. to place one pole on the northerly side of Harvard St. at a point approximately one hundred seventy-three (173) feet Easterly from the center line of Pleasant St.

3.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order

The City consider: hereby accepts Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of Chapter 44B of the General Laws, otherwise known as the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, by approving a surcharge on real property for the purposes permitted by said Act, including the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources, the acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of land for recreational use, the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing, and the rehabilitation and restoration of such open space and community housing that is acquired or created as provided under said Act; that the amount of such surcharge on real property shall be 1% of the annual real estate tax levy against real property commencing in fiscal year 2018; and that the City hereby accepts the following exemptions from such surcharge permitted under Section 3(e) of said Act: property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the City, as defined
in Section 2 of said Act, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of class three, commercial property, and class four, industrial property as defined in section 2A of said Chapter 59. Upon approval of the City Council, the actions of the body shall be submitted for acceptance by the voters at the next regular municipal or state election.

Or

the City hereby accepts Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of Chapter 44B of the General Laws, otherwise known as the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, by approving a surcharge on real property for the purposes permitted by said Act, including the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources, the acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of land for recreational use, the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing, and the rehabilitation and restoration of such open space and community housing that is acquired or created as provided under said Act; that the amount of such surcharge on real property shall be .5% of the annual real estate tax levy against real property commencing in fiscal year 2018; and that the City hereby accepts the following exemptions from such surcharge permitted under Section 3(e) of said Act: property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the City, as defined in Section 2 of said Act, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of class three, commercial property, and class four, industrial property as defined in section 2A of said Chapter 59. Upon approval of the City Council, the actions of the body shall be submitted for acceptance by the voters at the next regular municipal or state election.  Recommend that the order be referred to the full City Council without a recommendation

4.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City hereby accepts Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of Chapter 44B of the General Laws, otherwise known as the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, by approving a surcharge on real property for the purposes permitted by said Act, including the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources, the acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of land for recreational use, the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing, and the rehabilitation and restoration of such open space and community housing that is acquired or created as provided under said Act; that the amount of such surcharge on real property shall be 1.5% of the annual real estate tax levy against real property commencing in fiscal year 2018; and that the City hereby accepts the following exemptions from such surcharge permitted under Section 3(e) of said Act: property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the City, as defined in Section 2 of said Act, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of class three, commercial property, and class four, industrial property as defined in section 2A of said Chapter 59. Upon approval of the City Council, the actions of the body shall be submitted for acceptance by the voters at the next regular municipal or state election  Recommend that the order be adopted

5.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City invite Mayor Morse, representatives from the Community Preservation Coalition, the City’s Legal Department, and local Holyoke cpa advocates to provide information about how the CPA functions and answer questions regarding the adoption of the Community Preservation Act. Also extend invitations to Representative Vega and Senator Humason to attend this meeting, if their schedules allow.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

6.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Christopher H. Gauthier, 1 Taylor Street. to serve as an Alternate Member of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke:  Mr. Gauthier will serve a two-year term; said term will expire on May 2018.

7.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Richard Quenneville, 251 Ontario Ave. to serve on the Council on Aging Board effective Immediately;  He will fill in for the remainder of Judith Bozcon’s term which expires on August 28, 2016.

8.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Administrative Assistant to the City Council, minutes from the May 3, 2016 City Council meeting.

9.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, Monthly Budget Reports

10.    From Parks and Recreation Commission, minutes from January 25, 2016 meeting

11.    From Board of Public Works, minutes from March 28, 2016 meeting

12.    From Sewer Commission, minutes from March 28, 2016 meeting

13.    From Stormwater Authority, minutes from March 28, 2016 meeting

PETITIONS

14.    Petition of Tracy Bennett  for a new special permit at 94 Westfield Road for a nonconforming structure (detached garage).

15.    Petition of Gabriel Serrano, 14 Ontario Street, Springfield for a renewal  second hand license at 2020 Northampton Street.

16.    Petition of Karen Spear, 778 Homestead Ave. for a renewal of a home occupation for a nail salon

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

17.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

17A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  To amend Holyoke Code of Ordinances Chapter 22, Sections 161-163 (Pawnbrokers),and Chapter 66 (Secondhand dealers), by requiring that all city businesses subject to these laws be required to photograph any merchandise it receives, buys and sells, and to photograph any Sellers, and then upload the photos onto a police computer system for the purpose of making an electronic record.  Currently, pawnbrokers are only required to keep a “book…open to the inspection of the Mayor or city council” or any other duly authorized person.  Further, the amendment should require said dealers to hold items for at least 30 days prior to resale and the amendment should require pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers to register with the Chief of Police (i.e. Section 62-73) like Peddlers, Hawkers and Solicitors must do. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

17B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a “No Parking Sign that reads no parking between 2:00pm – 4:00pm Monday Thru Friday be placed on Samosett St.  in front of Kelly School for safety and visual purpose  Recommend that the order be adopted

17C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that No Parking signs be installed on Cabot St. (between Linden and Oak) based on safety concerns regarding limited visibility  Recommend that the order be adopted

17D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke create a four way stop sign intersection at the corner of Elm st. and franklin St. in Holyoke Recommend that the order be adopted

17E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City Engineer review the intersection at West Franklin and Linden Street. It is a dangerous intersection that needs further safety remediation. Please examine if a flashing light as well as making it a 3 way intersection with Linden St fully one way as possible solutions. Please report back to City Council as soon as possible.  Recommend that a flashing light be added to the intersection and that the order be referred to the Mayor and DPW and that repairs for the intersection be added to the capitol  bond

17F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That “No Parking after dark” signs be added to parking areas near the reservoirs so that towing can be enforced. An increasing number of parked cars have been noted at these areas after dark Recommend that the order has been complied with

17G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That “No Parking” signs be placed on 202 northbound across from the entrance to Ashley Reservoir. This has become a serious safety risk with people parking cars so they encroach on the travel lane and pedestrians jaywalking; endangering themselves and drivers traveling on 202.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

17H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the city place 4 stop signs in intersections where lights are not working and are blinking to prevent accidents until these lights are fully repaired.  Recommend that the order be denied

18.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

19.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

20.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

21.    Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)

21A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council approve the Resolution for the Certified Housing Development Incentive Program Project and local Tax Increment Exemption (TIE) Agreement with Nestingly 181, LLC for the redevelopment of 181 Appleton Street (known as “The Cubit”) and the abutting properties in Board of Assessors Map 030, Block 06, Parcels 008, 009, 010, 011 and 012.5. Communication from Holyoke for CPA explaining rationale and reasoning for CPA recommendations.  Recommend that the order be adopted

21B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order : the City Council approve the Resolution for the Certified Project and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement with Nestingly 181, LLC for the redevelopment project (known as ” The Cubit”) at 181 Appleton Street and the abutting parcels in total identified as Board of Assessors Map 030, Block 06, Parcels 008, 009, 010, 011 and 012.  Recommend that the order be adopted

21C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Language for Community Preservation Act Ballot Question and Summary Recommend that the language be approved as amended

21D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for Maloney Development LLC for a Driveway In a Front Yard 6.1.8.1 at 61-132 Tokeneke Rd.  Recommend that the Special Permit be approved

21E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the Council request the Mayor immediately start the process to repurpose the Geriatric Authority property. Id suggest the next step is to go to bid for an appraiser. Please immediately notify the Council on any progess.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

22.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

23.    JOURDAIN    –    that DPW please install sewer drain on St Jerome Ave or make other appropriate modification to street so storm runoff does not run down the driveway of 266 West Franklin St.  Second Request.

24.    JOURDAIN    –    City Engineer please review intersection of St Jerome and West Franklin Street to make safety improvements to this intersection including considering install of crosswalks, crosswalk signage, and additional signage.

25.    JOURDAIN    –    DPW purchase permanent speed limit sign with a radar feature on it and install it on West Franklin Street.

26.    JOURDAIN    –    DPW please clean up trash and illegal dumping that is taking place on Summit Ave. 
 

27.    JOURDAIN    –    City Clerk please put pdf version of proposed FY 17 budget on city website.

28.    JOURDAIN    –    Holyoke Police take notice that neighbors on 4th of July time period have problems with people shooting off fireworks from Rohan Park.  Please take notice during evening hours to increase patrols during this time period.

29.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that in accordance with Section 2-349 (c) “Licenses” of the Code of Ordinances, that the City Council approve the lease of Roberts Field to the Holyoke Blue Sox.

30.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that DPW remove a handicapped sign between the row house number 3 & 4 on Center Street per residents as is no longer needed and there is a need for additional parking.

31.    LOPEZ    –    That the City Council delete from the FY 2017  budget – line item for School Committee Members (payment/stipend).
     The City Council/Mayor should bring this item back when the City takes control of the schools.

32.    LOPEZ    –    That the Finance Committee invite the City Clerk and the Assistant Registrar of Voters/Commissioners to discuss or implement
one precinct voting location in Wards 1, 2, 3 & 5 in order to save some money for FY 2017 (Election Officers).  The City is already doing a one
precinct voting location in the following Wards 4, 6 & 7.

33.    MCGEE    –    Ordered, that the City Council vote to approve an exemption from MGL Ch. 268A, Sec. 20(b), the Conflict of Interest Law, for Kayla Rodriguez, an employee of the Treasurer’s Office, to be hired by the Wistariahurst Museum as part-time event staff.

34.    MCGEE    –    Order that the DPW allow Holyoke residents with pull trailers (10 feet or less) to use the compost dump area.

35.    ROMAN    –    city place a “Loading Zone” sign in front of 845 Main Street, for business owner Diomedes Chaves, who is having difficulty locating parking for delivery truck.

36.    ROMAN    –    the DPW move a handicap place card signage from 567
    LEBRON-MARTINEZ        S. East St. To  70 Chestnut St. for Gonzalez-Garcia

    

37.    ROMAN    –    the City of Holyoke place a handicap only parking sign up for Maridelva DeJesus, in the City owned parking lot on the corner of Adams and South Summer Street.  

38.    ROMAN    –    the City of Holyoke place a handicap parking only sign up for Mr. Jose Ortiz

39.    ROMAN    –    the City of Holyoke repair & repave side walk on Sergeant Street between Pine Street and Walnut Street.   The sidewalks are in disrepair, they pose a safety risk for the residents in the neighborhood and community at large.

40.    ROMAN    –    That the City of Holyoke place a binding referendum changing the terms of all local municipal elected officials to four years.

41.    ROMAN    –    Ordered, that the City Council declare a portion of the City owned  property at 107 Clemente Street (MBP 028-03-002), as determined by the City Engineer, as surplus property and that the Council approve granting a utility easement to owner of the property at 115 Clemente Street (028-03-003) in order to allow for emergency sewer repairs.

42.    ROMAN    –    That the City of Holyoke repair & repave the side walk on right hand side of South Summer Street, between 618 South Summer Street until the corner where South Summer intersects with Adams Street.   There are a few elderly and handicap residents who are in need of this repair. 

Addendum:
The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  
Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law

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                  City Clerk


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