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Event takes place on October 07, 2014 at 7:00 PM
city Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
October 7,2014

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter reappointing Ms. Eileen Regan, 125 Norwood Terr. to serve as a commissioner of the Planning Board; Ms. Regan will serve a five year term; said term will expire on June 30, 2019

2.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, City council minutes from September 23, 2014

3.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer Re:  Property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree (Northampton St.)

4.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re:  property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree (102 Beech St.)

5.    From Katherine M. Jackowski, Acting City Auditor, letter re:  weekly update of September 19, 2014

6.    From Holyoke Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of June 3, 2014

7.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes from August 13, 2014

8.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, minutes for  May 22, 2014

PETITIONS

9.    Petition of Ismael Rivera Diaz for a new special permit application for 829 Main St. for a motor vehicle repair garage

10.    Petition of Ismael Rivera Diaz, for a new special permit application for a outdoor sales lots for New and Used motor vehicles & trucks, and marine & recreational vehicle establishment

11.    Petition of Elizabeth Zellmer, 601 Northampton St. for a renewal of a home occupation for piano lessons

12.    Petition of Manuel Contin of Holyoke for a new livery license to be garaged at 219 Elm St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

13.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

13A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  The City Council name the street being built from Westfield Rd. (Route 202) to Holyoke Community College in honor of John “Jack” Doyle.  Mr. Doyle, a 1951 H.C.C. graduate, who passed away in 2011, was a Holyoke native, long-time member of the HCC Foundation Board and a strong advocate for the campus.  Naming the street in his honor is supported by both the current and past HCC administrations.  The name of “Jack Doyle Drive” or some similar name should be ordained. Recommend that the order be adopted

13B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order In honor of Holyoke’s veterans that the City of Holyoke rename one of its prominent streets to “Purple Heart Way” or some similar street name.  For example, that Lower Westfield Rd. would be changed to the new name as it’s a prominent street in the city
 Recommend that the order be adopted

13C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the handicap parking sign for 49 Linden St. be removed. The resident has moved and the sign is no longer needed  Recommend that the order be adopted

13D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the handicap parking sign for 980 Dwight St. be removed. The resident has moved and the sign is no longer needed Recommend that the order be adopted

14.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

15.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

15A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That our City Engineer evaluate the left arrow to go north on Whiting Farms Rd. to increase safety for the drivers traveling west on Lower Westfield Rd.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

15B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Council request the City Engineer and DPW review the illegal cut-through at the end of Quirk St. and recommend solutions. Neighbors are concerned about damage to the City property as well as it being a public safety concern.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

16.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

18.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

19.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Emergency Management Performance” 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 “FFY 2015 Underage Alcohol Enforcement” 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.    SOTO    –    Ordered, that the City Council approve a non-binding public opinion advisory question to be placed on the ballot of the 2015 municipal election asking whether the citizens approve of the City of Holyoke going on record to refuse Saturday mail delivery by U.S. Postal Service.

22.    SOTO    –    That all City department personal wear a city of Holyoke ID badge listing what department they represent when in the public.

23.    ALEXANDER    –    Whereas: The current process for selecting and approving private artwork installations on public property is loosely defined and has not been vetted or approved by this council

Ordered: That the council create an ordinance defining that process including neighborhood and abutter considerations for site selection, consideration of any pedestrian, traffic or other hazards possibly created, clarification of installation, maintenance, removal and restoration responsibilities both physical and financial, consideration of any potential liability on the part of the city, and consideration of any other impacts to the urban environment or municipal finances created by such installations.

Further ordered, that a standard contract for such installations be developed including the appropriate considerations, approvals, signoffs and assignment of financial responsibilities.

Further ordered, that the DPW, Parks Dept and all other city entities refrain from approving or installing any such artwork until such a policy is developed and adopted by this Council.

24.    ALEXANDER    –    Whereas:  The Holyoke License Commission has difficulty achieving quorum on a regular basis, has a large volume of work for the size of the Commission, and whereas the City of Holyoke elects its officials independently of party affiliation

Ordered: That the Council petition the General Court to enact appropriate legislation allowing the enlargement of the License Commission from (3) to (5) members, and also enact legislation eliminating the current requirement that at least one member be from each major political party.

25.    ALEXANDER    –    Whereas: The purpose and historical basis for the various Zones in Holyoke’s Zoning Ordinances are somewhat unclear and a broader understanding will help guide the council in its deliberations regarding zoning and land-use issues   

Ordered: That the council invite the Planning Department to a meeting of the committee on D&GR to make a presentation on the nature, purpose, benefits and drawbacks of our current zoning system and zoning map.

Further ordered that the Committee consider inviting the Planning Board to schedule a joint meeting with the Committee to further this discussion.

26.    BARTLEY    –    That the City remove the bicycle rack at 2014 Northampton St. Requested by property owner.

27.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council issue proclamations to the following
    JOURDAIN        entities:
Holyoke Revolver Club on its 100th anniversary
Greater
            Holyoke Chamber of Commerce on its 125th anniversary
Hampden
            County Bar Association on its 150th anniversary

28.    BARTLEY    –    That a handicap sign be placed in front of 54 1/2 Davis St. for Angel Vasquez, Placard No. P01982562, expires:  Oct. 19, 2017

29.    CHATEAUNEUF    –    DPW paint a crosswalk on St. Kolbe Dr. going from the Pope John Paul Social Center to the parking lot across the street.

30.    JOURDAIN    –    That the State Election in the City of Holyoke for the choice of State Officers be and the same is hereby called to be held on Tuesday, November 4,  2014 in the several polling places designated by the City Council.
    The polls will be opened at 7:00AM, and remain open continuously thereafter until 8:00PM, when the polls will be closed, and all the voters will in the several precincts in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, give in their votes for, ( please see attached order)

31.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the police please increase patrols in the area of George Frost Dr.  Receiving numerous complaints from neighbors regarding excessive speeding occurring there.

32.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered that the City Council award proclamations for the following retiring Firefighters to be celebrated on October 23.
 
Deputy Chief Christopher Reynolds         34 years
                                               
Captain Joseph Beaulieu               34 years
                                               
Lieutenant Thomas Paquin          33 years
                                               
Firefighter Jordan Lemieux          30 years
                                               
Firefighter John Petta    27 years
                                               
Lieutenant Peter Lynch 30 years

33.    JOURDAIN    –    That a handicap sign be placed in front of 74 Pine St. for Josefina Medina, Placard# P06477361, Exp:  Sept. 16, 2015


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