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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on January 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
January 20,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    Appointment of City Officers January 2015 ( James Brunault-Geriatric Authority)

2.    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).

3.    From Jacqueline Harris, resident of the City of Holyoke, letter with suggestion on Northampton St. Shoprite, at Kmart plaza

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Ms. Olivia Mausel, 25 Briarwood Dr. Holyoke, MA to serve as a member of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke; Ms. Mausel will serve a three year term; said term will expire on January 1, 2018

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: resolutions approving the Marcotte Ford Certified Project and Tax Increment Financing Agreements

6.    From City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee minutes from January 6, 2015

7.    From  Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re:  property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree (188 Chestnut St.)

8.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re: Property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree (14 Center St.)

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

9.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

10.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

11.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

11A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order  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.  Awaiting disposition

11B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That all municipal officials (and contractors if at all possible) involved with the Essex House demolition please give the City Council an update and a projected timeline for completion.  awaiting disposition

11C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the City of Holyoke assesses options to improve the crosswalk safety at Hampden and Clinton as soon as possible  awaiting disposition

11D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke explore the possibility of creating a regional E911 dispatch call center with surrounding communities. Once implemented, this would save taxpayers millions of dollars a year.  awaiting disposition

11E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an 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 this building being occupied  awaiting disposition

11F.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order 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.    awaiting disposition

11G.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order The the City Council require the DPW to do an inspection of the entire Holyoke Library project in order to confirm that all work is up to code, roof leaks, vent leaks etc., have been fixed. Also, that the DPW confirm that all warrantees and resolutions be applied correctly.  awaiting disposition

12.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

14.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

15.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That the City thru the Holyoke Gas & Electric provide with additional lighting on Hadley Mills Road.  There is currently only one street light Pole that lights the are and for safety reasons we need to address the lighting issue on this road.

16.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That the Code officers responsible to enforce the cleaning/clearing of side walks enforce the code to those who are not cleaning in a timely manner, including city properties.

17.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That the City take steps to expedite the repair of our lights in the city that are in need of repairs, Specially lights on High Street and Maple that have been blinking for quite sometime and several accidents occurred. This request comes from many constituents calls and personally seeing an accident on 1/14/2015 corner of High and Cabot.  

18.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Twenty-four thousand three hundred fourteen and 00/100 Dollars ($24,314) as follows: (Auditor)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $24,314
        TOTAL:    $24,314
TO:
11352-53010    Professional Accounting & Auditing        $22,314
11352-53190    Education and Training        2,000
        TOTAL:    $24,314

19.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program” 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 there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Seventy-four thousand two hundred seventy-six and 00/100 Dollars ($74,276) as follows: (police)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $74,276
        TOTAL:    $74,276
TO:
12101-51105    Sergeants        $74,276
        TOTAL:    $74,276

21.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Shannon Community Safety Initiative” 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.

22.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Five hundred fifty and 00/100 Dollars ($550) as follows: (City Clerk)

FROM:
11611-51103    PAY-PRINCIPAL CLERK        $550
        TOTAL:    $550
TO:
11612-53020    PRINT AND MICROFILM        $550
        TOTAL:    $550

23.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “EMPLOYEE WELLNESS SCREENING” 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.

24.    MCGEE    –    Order that no over night parking signs be installed in the library parking area at 250 Chestnut Street.  Note: The Library would like to have signs prohibiting overnight parking in the Library parking lots at 250 Chestnut and DPW has also requested them.

25.    MCGEE    –    Order that “No parking here to corner” sign be placed at the end of Northampton Street and Columbus Ave.

26.    VACON    –    That representatives of any department of the city having knowledge of any homeless families in apartments under the State Family Housing Program where multiple families live in a single apartment report this condition to the City Council.

27.    VALENTIN    –    That the handicap parking sign located on School Street (the corner of School and Dwight) be removed. This order adopted by the Council in October 2014, however, the measurements that were adopted incorrectly listed the sign as being located on Dwight Street. The correct legal form is attached.

28.    VALENTIN    –    That 175 Oak St. (a vacant lot currently owned by the City of Holyoke) is secured by installing a fence or another appropriate barrier to avoid illegal, off-street parking which is occurring on a daily basis.

29.    BARTLEY    –    :   That the Holyoke Community College South Access Road, as laid out in the plan prepared by Tighe & Bond Consulting Engineers be accepted as a public way.

30.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Law Dept, Mayor, and Treasurer please hold an executive session with the City Council to discuss the Geriatric Authority and the foreclosure process, as well as, the current board configuration, and other legal issues pending with the GAH.

31.    JOURDAIN    –    That the City Council go to the first ballot to elect a Geriatric Commissioner.  Current Commissioner James Brunault has not resigned, and is seeking re-appointment now that his term has expired.

32.    JOURDAIN    –    That the City Council advertise and fill the 2 other open positions on the Geriatric Authority Commission.

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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