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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on February 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 17,2015

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

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re:  veto of order regarding Zipcars

5.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer letter re:  Property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree ( 45 Holy Family Rd.)

6.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, minutes of City Council meeting of February 3, 2015

7.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, letter re:  Sewer Fund

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

9.    From William D. Fuqua, Superintendent letter to Mayor Morse re: Departments snow removal budget

10.    From SEIU, NAGE, letter re:  Vacancies, Senior Clerk Fire Dept & Deputy Treasurer

11.    From Massachusetts Department of Public Health report on an Indoor  Air Quality Assessment for City Hall and City Hall Annex

12.    From The Rise of Holyoke Schools letter thanking the City Council President Kevin Jourdain and the full City Council for receiving the petition to oppose Commissioner of Education, Mitchel Chester’s  threat to place our public schools district in receivership.

13.    From Kirstin Beatty, Ward 7 Resident, letter re:  recent research on Fluoridation toxicity, request to remove fluoride from Holyoke Water

PETITIONS

14.    Petition of  Gary D. Rome, for a zone change at Whiting Farms Rd. Map 116 – Lot 1 from BG – BH

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

15.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

15A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the handicap parking sign located on School Street (the corner of School and Dwight) be removed. This order was adopted by the Council on October 2014, however the measurements were adopted incorrectly. Recommend that the order be adopted

15B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council name the street being built from Westfield Rd. (Route 202) to Holyoke Community College in honor of John “Jack” Doyle, a 1951 HCC Graduate, who passed away in 2011, was a Holyoke Native, long-time member of the HCC Foundation Board an 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 the order be adopted

15C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered that it be ordained by the City Council of the City of Holyoke as follows:
SECTION 1. Chapter 2 entitled “Administration” of the revised Code of
Ordinances of the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1997, as amended, is hereby amended
by deleting there from Section 2-35, the salary for the City Treasurer, and by inserting in
place thereof the following:
Effective March 1, 2015, the City Treasurer shall receive a salary of $20,000.00.
SECTION 2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are
hereby repealed .
SECTION 3. This ordinance shall take effect on the date of passage. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

15D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered: That each Zone/Use pair in Zoning Ordinance Table 4.3 (Principal Uses) and related zoning legislation be considered for amendment to update the permit requirement where a use-by-right requires a permit, from Special Permit of the City Council to a Special Permit by the Planning Board, under all the conditions currently required for issuance of the same Permit by the City Council, for the all Zones and Uses where a City Council Permit is required, as listed in the ordinance.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

15E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order : That the city council consider whether its more appropriate for the Planning Board or the City Council to issue any of the special permits that are not explicitly listed in Table 4.3 (Principal Uses) of the Zoning Ordinances  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

16.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

17.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

18.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

20.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

21.    SOTO    –    That the Mayor come before the City Council and explain why he should not be held personally responsible to the taxpayers for all legal and financial expenses related to the termination of city employees before his inauguration in his first term.

22.    SOTO    –    That the acting City Auditor come before the City Council and provide additional information regarding the letter that was sent out on February 10, 2015. titled Sewer fund.

23.    BARTLEY    –    Direct the DPW to immediately remove the parking signs on Maple St. currently designated for the use ZIPCAR and reinstall parking meters in these two spaces.

24.    BARTLEY    –    Request that Mayor immediately start the process to repurpose geriatric authority property. I’d suggest the next step is to bid for an appraiser. Please immediately notify the city council on any progress

25.    BARTLEY    –    That a no parking sign be installed in the “dead end” area of Brown Ave.  Specifically, this is the area near #2 Brown Ave. and the house next door (#274 South St.).

26.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Mayor be invited in to present the annual State of the City Address at the regular meeting of the City Council to be held on February 17, 2015.

27.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and increase the term of the Mayor from two (2) to four (4) years. This change would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election following passage by the voters at the November 2015 municipal election. See attached draft legislation.

28.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and reduce the size of the City Council from fifteen (15) to thirteen (13) members with one (1) member elected from each ward and six (6) members elected at large. This change would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election following passage by the voters at the November 2015 municipal election. See attached draft legislation.

29.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and increase the term of City Councilors from two (2) to four (4) years. This change would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election following passage by the voters at the November 2015 municipal election. See attached draft legislation.

30.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend Chapter 327 of the Acts of 1936 to strike the requirement that an election be held upon a vacancy in the Treasurer’s Office, and further to amend the City Charter to make the Treasurer an appointed rather than elected position. See attached draft legislation.

31.    JOURDAIN    –    The the City Council change the Ordinance for Assistant City Clerk from PR 15 (Max) to PR 19 (Step 1) and that the Mayor initiate this change.  This change is being requested due to the fact that Irma Lopez moved from the 2nd Assistant City Clerk to the Assistant City Clerk and the union recently approved a 7.5% raise over the next three years for union employees.  As of January, this will cause the  2nd Assistant to make more than the
Assistant.  Ms. Lopez has worked in the City Clerk’s Office for 22 years and has not had a raise in 9 years.  She has also taken on a substantial amount of work as the Assistant.

32.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered,  that the Executive Director of the Retirement
    SOTO        Board please provide the City Council a list of all
            out of state travel paid for by the retirement board
            in the last 2 years (Jan 2013-Dec 2014).  Please include
            name of traveler, title of traveler, purpose of trip,
            location of trip, and total cost of trip ( conference
            fees, any other entrance costs or fees, transportation,
            hotel, meals, and all other related charges).  Please
            provide this as a communication to the City Council
            no later than March 13 and file it with the City Clerk
            for inclusion on our agenda for March 17.
    

33.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Two thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($2,000) as follows: (Bldg)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $2,000
        TOTAL:    $2,000
TO:
12402-57100    In-State Travel        $2,000
        TOTAL:    $2,000

34.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, One thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($1,000) as follows:(bldg.)

FROM:
12402-53020    Demolition        $1,000
        TOTAL:    $1,000
TO:
12401-51240    Temporary/Seasonal        $1,000
        TOTAL:    $1,000

35.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Two Hundred Fifty Thousand and 00./100 Dollars ($250,000.00) as follows: (DPW)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $250,000.00
        TOTAL:    $250,000.00
TO:
14252-53100    Snow Removal Services        $200,000.00
14251-51301    Snow Removal Overtime        50,000.00
        TOTAL:    $250,000.00

36.    MCGEE    –    the Fire Department  (Alarm Division) provide the City Council with an updated list of traffic lights in need of repair/replacement in the City

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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