Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on June 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St.
LAID ON THE TABLE
1. Mayors FY 15 Budget
2. Appointment of City Auditor
3. From Kara Lamb Cunha, 2nd Ass’t. City Solicitor, legal Opinion re: proposed sale of transfer of Lynch School
4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter clarifying prior statements made to the City Council in regards to the Heather Egan Separation Agreement
5. From City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee, minutes of previous City Council meeting of June 3, 2014
6. From City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee, minutes of previous City Council special meeting on June 3, 2014
7. From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, Monthly budget reports, for the general fund and waste water treatment plant, as of May 31, 2014
8. Petition from Residents of the City of Holyoke opposing the promotion of Fireman Timothy Leary
9. From License Board Commission, minutes from May 7, 2014
10. From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, minutes from Feb. 19 & Mar. 13, 2014.
11. Petition of Ann O’Leary 208 Huron Ave. for a renewal of a special permit for a home occupation for real estate sales
12. Petition of Dominick Phan for a new Junk Dealer’s license at 324 Appleton St.
13. Petition of Dominick Phan, for a new Second Hand License for 324 Appleton St.
14. Petition of Dominick Phan for a new Pawnbrokers license for 324 Appleton St.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
15. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
15A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 2-48(5)(d) be amended to include a travel stipend for the Mayor at an amount set by the Council in the range of $550 – $750 per month. Recommend that the order be adopted amending the order to set the stipend at $650 a month
15B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that all municipal vehicles have identifiable placards in addition to having a phone number where concerned residents can identify the vehicle and call with complaints. This should exclude vehicles for public safety. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
15C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that City Property owners be responsible for any dead or decaying trees that cause a public safety hazard for other residents Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
16. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
16A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that Megan Sullivan please provide the Finance Committee with the list of specific questions she or other members of her office asked the Office of Bar Counsel regarding the Heather Egan exit agreement. That they then reduce the answers from the Office of Bar Counsel to writing to the best of their ability. It is confirmed that the Office of Bar Counsel will not provide a written opinion directly awaiting disposition
16B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that Megan Sullivan (with any other additional representatives she deems appropriate) appear before the City Council’s Finance Committee to discuss the process and legal underpinnings of the Heather Egan exit agreement awaiting disposition
16C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Legal Dept. please update the City Council on the status of the MUNIS system and the advances they have made. If the Legal Dept. no longer handles the MUNIS system then please forward to the appropriate Dept. handling said matter and have information referred to the Council in 2 weeks. Awaiting disposition
16D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Mayor appear before the Finance Committee to discuss his legal authority to provide any employee an exit agreement and payments under such an agreement awaiting disposition
16E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer $1,150.20 FROM: Rep. and Maint. –Office Equipment, Other Contracted Services, Demolition of Unsafe Buildings, Telephone Usage Charges TO: In-state Travel. (Building Commission) awaiting disposition
16F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer $387,000 FROM: Police and Fire Indemnification, Transfer to Dental Insurance Trust Fund, Pay Snow Removal Overtime, Interest on Short-term Debt, Workers Compensation TO: Health Insurance awaiting disposition
17. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
18. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
19. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
20. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
21. JOURDAIN — That Personnel Office in conjunction with input and assistance from Councilor Lisi please provide a civility/diversity program or training for Councilors during an evening special meeting of the Council.
22. LEAHY — ordered that the American flag at City Hall is taken down every single day before dusk. If it isn’t taken down there needs to have a light that shines upon it throughout the night.
23. LISI — Ordered, in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 40C, Sec. 3 the City Council adopt an ordinance to establish the Polish Heritage Local Historic District, as recommended in the Final Report and shown on the map submitted by the Fairfield Ave. Local Historic District Commission, attached hereto.
24. MCGEE — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Youth First Teen Pregnancy Event” grant and authorizes the establishment of a Fund or other method appropriate for the accounting of the receipts and expenditures of all resources associated with the administration of said grant.
25. MCGEE — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Four Thousand Eight Hundred Forty Five & 00/100 Dollars ($4,845) as follows: (BOH)
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $4,845
15101-51510 Pay – Sick Leave Buyback $4,845
26. MCGEE — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Twenty Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($20,000) as follows: (Veteran’s)
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $20,000
15432-57700 Veterans’ Benefits – Direct $20,000
27. MCGEE — That a sign be placed at the bottom of the hill of Ridgewood Ave/hillside and bottom of Columbus Ave/hillside reading: “no car access to community field” or other wording appropriate to inform the public that access to the field is via Cherry Street.
28. MCGEE — That the Water Department repair the sidewalk near Carter and Anderson, the side walk was patched with blacktop after digging it up and needs to be repaired ASAP.
29. MCGEE — That the DPW install a new pole in front of 172 sycamore street, it is bent over and dangerous
30. SOTO — That the city compensate the current acting City Solicitor, Kara Cunha, at the same pay rate of the former city solicitor, Heather Egan
31. VALENTIN — That a “NO TURN ON RED” sign be installed at the corner of Dwight St. and Pleasant St. for drivers turning right onto Dwight St.
32. BARTLEY — That the DPW clean the exterior of the War Memorial Building especially the top portions facing Appleton and Maple Streets.
33. BRESNAHAN — Order that pursuant to article 2 section 8 of the Massachusetts constitution the City Council of the City of Holyoke petition the state to enact a special act allowing the establishment of a city manager to oversee the day to day operations of the City of Holyoke. Hired by the City of Holyoke City Council with a set term and set pay established by the City Council
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
Posted on June 13, 2014 by City of Holyoke Clerk