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Event takes place on September 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
September 23,2014

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, minutes of the regular City Council meeting of  June 17 & Aug. 5, 2014 and special meeting of July 8, 2014

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Ms. Eileen Brady Leahy, 12 Park Slope to serve as a commissioner of the Licensing Board for the City of Holyoke, Ms. Leahy will serve a six year term; said term will expire on June 1, 2020

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3.    From City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee, meeting minutes of September 2, 2014

4.    From Katherine M. Jackowski, Acting City Auditor, weekly update for Sept. 5 and Sept. 12, 2014

5.    From Councilor David K. Bartley, letter to Mr. Eugene Cassidy, Jr. President and Executive Director of the Eastern States Exposition, congratulating the Eastern States Exposition on running a great fair, and expressing their gratitude for  holding “Salute to Holyoke”.

6.    From Melanie M. Martin, MS, Director of Athletics, Holyoke Public School, letter asking for support in classifying David Guzman as a special municipal employee

PETITIONS

7.    Petition of  Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley, Inc. for a second hand license at 235 South St.

8.    Petition of Mimi Mai for a second hand license at 326 Appleton St.

9.    Petition of Gary Rome, 1010 Main St. for a new and used motor vehicles & trucks and marine & recreational vehicles establishment

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

10.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

10A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed at 87 Beech St. for Jacobo Colon,  Recommend that the order be adopted

10B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that a handicap sign be placed at 461 Appleton St. for Leyka Morales  Recommend that the order be adopted

10C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered that a handicap parking sign be established at 728 Hampden St. for Donald Daviau  Recommend that the order be adopted

10D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Ordinance 2-312 (b) be amended by adding a line 21
The Personal Administrator shall maintain all attendance records and leave balances of all city employees and make them available to all city employees and department heads.  The Personal Administrator shall prepare such reports on these records as required by the Mayor, the City Council, or department heads Recommend that the order be adopted

10E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap space be placed at 19 Yoerg Circle for Militza Rivera  Recommend that the application request be denied

11.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

11A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2014 EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JAG” 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.
  awaiting disposition

11B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FRIENDS OF COA $40,000 DONATION” 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.  awaiting disposition

11C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY15 EMD & TRAINING” 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.  awaiting disposition

11D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “HOLYOKE FOOD & FITNESS POLICY COUNCIL CALL FOR PARTNERSHIPS” 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.  awaiting disposition

11E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered: That the sum of $1,450,000 is appropriated to pay costs of demolishing a condemned building owned by the City as a tax possession, located at 400 High Street and known as the Essex Hotel, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1997, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore.
Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.
  awaiting disposition

11F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Order: that the City of Holyoke return 400 High St. (Essex House) to it’s former owners  awaiting disposition

12.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

13.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

14A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That Marcos Marrero or his representative appear before council  to update the City Council on any and all development opportunities for the property known as pleasant street crossing Recommend that the order has been complied with

14B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council invites our state delegation to give an update on bills and other matters pending in the State House and/or issues affecting Holyoke and to provide other updates as necessary.  Sen. Humason and Rep. Vega are invited to the 9/17/14 meeting Development & Governmental Relations subcommittee.
  Recommend that the order has been complied with

15.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

16.    LISI    –    that the City Council begin advertising the City Administrator
    ALEXANDER        to the City Council position to ensure that we have
            a robust slate of candidates to select from when making
            our appointment in January.  ***Please note that this
            is NOT a reflection upon the current Administrator’s
            performance as I have supported several orders to
            make this sort of advertising a regular feature of
            the appointment process for all City Council Appointees
    

17.    LISI    –    that the City Council President work with the Personnel
    ALEXANDER        Administrator and City Councilors on circulating and
            completing an end-year performance evaluation for
            our current City Administrator

18.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Two Thousand Five Hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($2,500) as follows: (fire)

FROM:
12912-53100    Reverse 911        $2,500
        TOTAL:    $2,500
TO:
12911-51202    Pay-Clerk        $2,500
        TOTAL:    $2,500

19.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “EPA BROWNFIELD CLEANUP ” 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.

20.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY 2015 STATE 911 DEPT. SUPPORT AND INCENTIVE ” 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.

21.    MCGEE    –    The City of Holyoke and Sullivan School look into installing a phone line in the gym for election purposes.  Ward 6 is currently the only precinct in the city that does not have the capability to send election results by modem.

22.    MCGEE    –    Order that the legal department and building department come before the city council and update them on the zoning violation near 51 Sterling Ave.

23.    MCGEE    –    Order that the city proceed with a bid process regarding the replacement of the city’s outside legal council.  The bid process can potentially offer cost savings to the city, look to attract local firm and keep the process open and fair.

24.    SOTO    –    That the City Solicitor, provide the Council with the number and cost of billable hours the City Law department currently spends defending current elected officials. Including outside legal counsel, paralegals and support staff.

25.    VACON    –    That DPW place temporary speed humps on the lower half of Labrie Lane as requested by the residents.

26.    VALENTIN    –    That the handicap parking sign for 980 Dwight St. (placed at the corner of Dwight and School) be removed. The resident has moved and the sign is no longer needed.

27.    VALENTIN    –    That the handicap parking sign for 49 Linden St. be removed. The resident has moved and the sign is no longer needed.

28.    BARTLEY    –    DPW install temporary speed humps on Chapin St.  Residents are concerned about motorists speeding.  Please communicate with ward councilor when they can be and are installed.

29.    BARTLEY    –    DPW paint “Stop” line at Martin St. & W. Glen St. intersection as well as repaint crosswalk at Martin St. & Hitchcock St.

30.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council invites the Hon. John Scibak (State Rep. from So. Hadley) to discuss matters pending before the Legislature and the committee he chairs that affect and impact our city as well discuss ways in which his district can work with Holyoke.  

31.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council discuss implementation of Neighborhood improvement zone legislation in which local sales tax revenue could be captured by the City and be used for municipal improvement.

32.    BARTLEY    –    Seeing how the former Shop Rite has remained vacant for at least 25 years, invite the Economic Development Director and the Assessor’s office into City Council to discuss how the City can work with the owners of K-Mart plaza to improve this area.

33.    JOURDAIN    –    That the City Council meeting of November 4, 2014 be rescheduled due to the State Election

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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