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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on November 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM
City council chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Carl Eger, 1966 Northampton St. to serve as a member of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, Mr. Eger will serve a five year term; said term will expire on November 1, 2019

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Wendy Weiss, 3 Fairfield Ave. to the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission, effective October 22, 2014; Ms. Weiss will serve a three year term; said term will expire July 1, 2017

3.    From Sara J. Carroll, Assistant Solicitor re:  Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Clerical Union NAGE R1-180

4.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, Monthly Budget Reports for the General fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of September 30, 2014

5.    From Marcos A. Marrero, Director of the Office of Planning & Economic Development letter re:  Progress update on sale of 1575 Northampton St. Property (a.k.a former Lynch School)

6.    From Massachusetts Department of Revenue, letter re:  Notification of free cash approval

7.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes of September 24, 2014

8.    From License Board Commission minutes from October 1, 2014

9.    From Charles F. Glidden, letter of resignation for the Board of Directors of the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, effective Immediately Nov. 1, 2014

10.    From residents of the City of Holyoke, letter requesting leave to withdraw without prejudice for the application for a zone change for the Whiting Farms Road, Parcel ID 116-00-001

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

11.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

11A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  Ordered, that the section of Chestnut Street between Dwight and Hampden Streets (in front of Holyoke Catholic) be designated as “William Taupier Way.”
Amend the order to have the committee please consider to name a street or a building. Recommend that the order be adopted

11B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that DPW place two 15 minute parking signs in front of 389 Main Street Monday thru Saturday from 7am to 7pm Recommend that the order be adopted

11C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the 30 minute parking on Suffolk St., between Elm and Chestnut, be increased to 90 Minutes. This is to accommodate the Patients of the Living water Counseling Center located at 94 Suffolk where counseling sessions last 45-90 minutes Recommend that the order be adopted

11D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed at 24 East Court St. for Catalina Rivera, Placard# P03786316 Recommend that the order be adopted

11E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap placard be created for Juana Ramos at 318 Elm St. Placard# P71079571 Recommend that the order be adopted

11F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 74 Pine St. for Josefina Medina, Placard# P06477361 Recommend that the order be adopted

11G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Special Permit application for a motor vehicle repair garage for Ana Vega at 460 Race Street  Recommend that the application be approved contingent on the following conditions:

1. Letter from Planning that there is sufficient lighting
2. Letter from the Fire Department that the fire extinguishers have been properly installed
3. Oil/water separator (MDC trap) to be installed within 120 days.

11H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an application for a Special Permit for an Outdoor sales lot for New and Used motor vehicles & trucks and marine & recreational vehicles for Gary Rome  Hyundai at 1010 Main St.  Recommend that the Special Permit be approved

11I.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that the section of Chestnut Street between Dwight and Hampden Streets (in front of Holyoke Catholic) be designated as “William Taupier Way.”
Amend the order to have the committee please consider to name a street or a building.
 Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

12.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

12A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “BULLETPROOF VEST PARTNERSHIP” 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

12B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  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.
 Recommend that the order be adopted

12C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “EPA ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN-UP FUNDING” 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.
 Recommend that the order be adopted

12D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order 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.
  Recommend that the order be adopted

12E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a petition from residents of Beaudoin Village to the Holyoke Housing Authority regarding concern for parking in the area Recommend that the order has been complied with

12F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application for a Secondhand License for ecoATM Inc. at Holyoke Mall at Ingleside, 50 Holyoke St.   Recommend that the license be granted

12G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application for a Secondhand License for Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley, INC. at 235 South St.  Recommend that the license be granted

12H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred An application for Livery Service license for Mr. Manuel Contin of 219 Elm St.   Recommend that the license be granted

12I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City Solicitor provide the Council with the number and cost of billable hours of the City Law Dept. currently spends defending current elected officials, including outside legal counsel, paralegals, and support staff. Recommend that the order has been complied with

12J.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred application for a pawnbroker license for Mr. Dominick Phan at 324 Appleton St.  Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw without prejudice

12K.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an Application for a Junk Dealer’s license for Dominick Phan at 324 Appleton St.  Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw without prejudice

12L.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application for a Secondhand License for Mr. Dominick Phan at 324 Appleton St.   Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw without prejudice

13.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

13A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the board of health provide training with first responders on the product Naloxone (Narcan).
As Governor Deval Patrick declared last month opioid addiction is now an epidemic in the state of Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reported last month that at least 185 people died of heroin overdoses between November and February. Opiate overdoses in Massachusetts rose 90 percent from 2000 to 2012.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

13B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that a representative from the Health Department come before the City Council and provide a detailed description on how complaints are handled when the department is made aware of them Recommend that the order has been complied with

13C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that appropriate representatives/contractors of the library come before the City Council to provide updates on warrantees and resolutions of the roof leaks at the new library  recommend that the order has been complied with

13D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Personnel Director come before the City Council to provide an update on Personnel records from Police and Fire Departments  Recommend that the order has been complied with

14.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

15A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Order:  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.  
 Recommend that the order has been complied with

16.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

17.    VALENTIN    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 210 Pine St. for Lydia Rivera, placard #P78262966, Exp: Oct. 28, 2019

18.    VALENTIN    –    That the handicap parking spot placed at the corner of Hampden and O’Connor Ave. recently, be moved to O’Connor Ave. as soon as possible to eliminate the major visibility and safety issues for drivers coming out of O’Connor Ave. onto Hampden St.

19.    VALENTIN    –    That the area on Hampden St. in front of 728 Hampden (between Clinton and O’Connor) be designated as a “No Parking” area. That this change be implemented as soon as possible to eliminate the major visibility and safety issues for drivers exiting O’Connor Ave. onto Hampden St.

20.    VALENTIN    –    That the City of Holyoke assesses options to improve the crosswalk safety at Hampden and Clinton as soon as possible

21.    ALEXANDER    –    Whereas: Many downtown businesses lack sufficient parking for their business needs, and many downtown buildings are unable to comply with current parking requirements;

Ordered: that the Council consider allowing parking as a principal use by special permit in each Zone presently in use in the downtown area, and craft permit criteria to properly regulate such use.

22.    BARTLEY    –    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.

23.    BARTLEY    –    To amend the Ordinances relative to parking in front of 5-7 Martin St. to (a) remove the Handicap parking sign and (b) install up to 4 spaces that provides 1-hour parking Tuesday through Saturday during regular business hours.  Requested by business owner.

24.    BARTLEY    –    Ordered, that Section 86-326 be amended to correct the location of the existing bus stop at the South Street Plaza and to establish a second bus stop on the north side of South Street. In addition, the PVTA will install a cross walk in the location of the new bus stop on the north side of South Street.

25.    BRESNAHAN    –    Order that the Fire Dept and Building Dept come in to discuss the status of 213-215 Chestnut st. and 108-116 Essex st. as it relates to the this building being occupied

26.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Clerk’s Office coordinate with the DPW to purchase and install an outdoor bulletin posting board that is locked and waterproof.   Please make sure it is sufficient in size.  Please install this bulletin board on the outside of City Hall at a convenient location for the public.

27.    JOURDAIN    –    That the City Clerk in the future post all meeting notices and other notices in the outdoor bulletin board and not on the indoor bulletin board at city hall so that the city complies with the requirement that notices must be accessible to the public on a 24 hour basis.

28.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Treasurer appear before the City Council to discuss his transition out of the office.

29.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That DPW install a blinking light on Bower St near Kelly school to alert and slow  traffic for the safety of the children crossing.

30.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That speed bumps be place at the bottom starting from Appleton/Bower and end of Bower/Mosher to reduce speeding traffic.

31.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That crossing pedestrian line be painted and a flex post pedestrian in the road sign be place on the street to alert motorist to slow down.

32.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That DPW place more of the trash bins near Canal St. and on Center so that litter from those coming from Liquor store don’t litter in that area.

33.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That DPW place street signs for North East Street starting from Samosett Street

34.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That DPW repair sidewalks on Chestnut street starting on from Appleton side towards Dwight Street

35.    LISI    –    that the City Council change its rule related to City Council issued special permits for auto related uses (repair and sales) so that they are taken up in the Development and Government Relations Committee as opposed to Ordinance as there is no ordinance change associated with the granting and approval of these special permits

36.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Fire Turnout Gear” 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.

37.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Eight thousand eighty-one and 00/100 Dollars ($8081) as follows: (Police)
FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund – Free Cash        $8081
        TOTAL:    $8081
TO:
12101-51101    Pay – Police Chief        $6581
12101-51830    Pay – Clothing Allowance        1500
        TOTAL:    $8081

38.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, EIghteen thousand five hundred eighty and 00/100 Dollars ($18580) as follows:(Union Contract)

FROM:
*****  -*****    General Fund – Free Cash        $18580
 -              
 -              
 -             
 -             
 -              
 -             
 -             
 -              
 -             
        TOTAL:    $18580
TO:
11611-51106    Pay – Head Clerk, and other similar accounts,        $18580
 -     per NAGE Local R1-180 Clerks Union contract        
 -              
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 -              
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        TOTAL:    $18580

39.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Two thousand one hundred twenty-five and 36/100 Dollars ($2,125.36) as follows:(fire)

FROM:
11752-53010    Other Contracted Services        $2,125.36
        TOTAL:    $2,125.36
TO:
11751-51500    Vacation Buyback        $2,125.36
        TOTAL:    $2,125.36

40.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Two thousand five hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($2,500.00) as follows:(Planning)

FROM:
11511-51204    Pay – MGL 148A Hearing Officer        $2,500.00
        TOTAL:    $2,500.00
TO:
12202-52000    Purchase of Services        $2,500.00
        TOTAL:    $2,500.00

41.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2015 PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT AND EQUIPMENT ” 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.

42.    SOTO    –    That the Chief of Police come before the City Council and provide an update on the plan, if any, to get rid of the prostitution that continues to plague our city streets.

43.    VACON    –    That the school zone be extended on Homestead Ave to Charles Hill Road and the 20mph sign and any other signs be moved to include the crosswalk at Charles Hill Rd.


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