Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on January 06, 2015 at 7:00 PM
city hall, City council chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
LAID ON THE TABLE
1. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a special permit application for Carmen Garcia for a new motor vehicle repair garage at 640 South Bridge St. have considered the same and recommend that the application be approved under the condition that a letter is received from the plumbing inspector confirming that the building does have the oil/gas separator (MDC trap).
2. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap placard sign be placed in front of 44 Congress St. for Lester Forrette Jr. Placard #P07170906
3. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap placard sign be placed in front of 54 1/2 Davis St. for Angel Vasquez Placard No. P01982562
4. Appointment of City Officers for 2015
5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Fire Chief John Pond, Fire Headquarters, 600 High St. to serve as the Emergency Management Director for the City of Holyoke: Chief Pond will serve a one-year term; said term will expire January 2016.
6. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk City Council minutes of December 16, 2014
7. From the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue Tax Rate Recapitulation of Holyoke
8. From Edward J. Moskal, President Local #388, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, letter to members of the Holyoke Police Department, thanking the people who made the tribute to John DiNapoli, on his fifteenth anniversary of his tragic death
9. From Board of Fire Commissioners, minutes of October 27, 2014
10. From Jacqueline Harris, resident of the City of Holyoke, letter with suggestion on Northampton St. Shoprite, at Kmart plaza
11. Petition of Yasir Osman, Metro Taxi, from 295 Allen St. Springfield, Mass. for 5 new taxi cab applications
12. Petition from property owners adjacent to and extending three hundred feet from the land of 399 Appleton St. (YMCA) protesting zone change
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
13. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
13A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a special permit application for new and used motor vehicles & trucks and marine & recreational vehicles establishment at 829 Main St. for Ismael Rivera Diaz, Conditions: comply with plans submitted recommend the application be approved
13B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that DPW paint a crosswalk on St. Kolbe Dr. going from the Pope John Paul Social Center to the parking lot across the street. recommend that the order be adopted
13C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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, sign-offs 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. Awaiting disposition
14. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
15. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
16. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
17. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
18. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
18A. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the Mayor and/or the City Council temporarily appoint the City Tax Collector as Collector/Treasurer in order to handle the day to day operations due to the absence of the Treasurer. By allowing the Collector to act in this capacity we are allowing the office to have daytime oversight and coverage. A stipend could be paid to cover the extra workload taken on by the Collector. Recommend that the order be adopted
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
19. JOURDAIN – That the Chamber of Commerce’s Financial Review team be invited into Finance Committee to discuss FY 15 and FY 16 Budgets.
20. LEBRON-MARTINEZ – that a handicap sign be placed in front of 60 North Bridge St. for Carmelo Sanabria Placard #P65482055, Exp: 11/24/2019
21. MCGEE – that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, One hundred thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($100,000) as follows: (Fire)
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $100,000
12201-51300 Overtime $100,000
22. MCGEE – That the City Council place a non-binding questions on the November 3, 2015 ballot asking:
1. Should the City Council be reduced to 13 (7 Wards and 6 at-large).
2. Should the City switch from a Mayor to a City Manager.
23. VACON – The City Council issue a proclamation honoring the
JOURDAIN 100th birthday of Dina Polverini Levesque who was
born in Holyoke January 15, 1915. Her parents Anna
& Dominic settled in Holyoke in 1914 after arriving
at Ellis Island from Italy. She lived on Race and
Bond streets and after she married Alcide Levesque,
they had two daughters and built and home on Mountain
Road in 1949 where she currently resides.
24. VACON – That the appropriate city officials provide copies
JOURDAIN of all documents pertaining to the demolition of the
Essex House and any associated costs to the City Council.
Documents sought include the demolition contract,
terms of the bond agreement for the demolition contractor,
relocation agreements/expenses for individuals and
businesses and any other related costs.
25. VACON – That the Treasurer prorate his salary to hours worked,
JOURDAIN retroactive to the date of full-time employment with
Loomis Communities as previously offered. It is unsustainable
for the city to pay the full-time salary for a
who is employed full-time with another organization.
26. VACON – That the Treasurer also provide us the promised letter
JOURDAIN clarifying his date of departure so the City Council
can begin the process of finding a replacement.
27. VALENTIN – That the DPW and the Building Department determine the work required to do repairs to the Armory in order to maintain structural integrity, including an estimate of costs
28. BARTLEY – To solicit input from the Ward 3 residents and interested
BRESNAHAN parties, Order that the DPW and Parks and Recreations
Commissioners organize a public meeting or two to
discuss the pending improvements at Crosier, MacKenzie,
and Archie Roberts Stadium. The meeting should be
held at either Peck or Holyoke High. Please coordinate
with Dennis Birks, Dr. Paez and Councilor Bartley
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 January 2, 2015 by Irma Lopez