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Event takes place on March 03, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
March 3,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

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

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.    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.

4.    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.

5.    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.

6.    That the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and change the Mayor form of Government to a City Manager form of Government.  This would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election.  Following passage by the voters at the November 2015 Municipal Elections.  (Legal will need to draft legislation to the City Clerk)

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

7.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Sandy Smith to the position of Treasurer effective at 4:30pm on Friday, February 13, 2015.  Ms. Smith will work as Treasurer until the position is filled. Ms. Smith’s annual salary will be $70,016.00 as it is stated in our ordinance, In her capacity as Treasurer, Ms. Smith will serve as the Custodial of the Funds for the Retirement Board for the City of Holyoke.

8.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Christopher Sugrue, 1 Parkview Terr. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke:  Mr. Sugrue will serve a three-year term; said term will expire February 1, 2018.

9.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, minutes of City Council meeting of February 17, 2015.

10.    From Kara Lamb Cumba, Asst. City Solicitor legal opinion re:  Special Act Charter Changes

11.    Letter From Melanie M. Martin, Director of Athletics Holyoke Public Schools. re: support classifying Katherine Jackowski for special municipal employee.

12.    From Parks & Recreation Commission meeting minutes from November 24, 2014.

13.    From License Board Commission meeting minutes from January 7, 2015.

PETITIONS

14.    Petition of Frances D. Lavelle, for a zone change for 200 Whiting Farms Rd. from BG to BH.

15.    Petition of Joseph Harfoush for a renewal of a livery license, garaged at 395 Maple St. Holyoke, MA.

16.    Petition of  John Hurley, for a renewal of a home occupation at 100 Nonotuck St. for  a scissor sharpening business.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

17.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

17A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed at 192 Oak St. for Luis Soto  Recommend that the order be adopted

17B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 210 Pine St. for Lydia Rivera  Recommend that the order be adopted

18.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

19.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

19A.    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 Recommend that the order has been complied with

19B.    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.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

19C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke assess options to improve the crosswalk safety at Hampden and Clinton St. as soon as possible  Recommend that the order has been complied with

19D.    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.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

19E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the School Zone be extended on Homestead Ave. to Charles Hill Rd. and the 20mph sign and any other signs be moved to include the crosswalk at Charles Hill Rd.  Recommend that the order be referred back to the Full Council with a recommendation that it be referred to the Joint Committee of the City Council and School Committee

20.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

21A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council approve Marcotte Ford’s TIF application  Recommend that the order be adopted

21B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Community College South Access Rd., as laid out in the plan prepared by Tighe & Bond Consulting Engineers be accepted as a public way.  Recommend that the order be adopted

21C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  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. Recommend that the order has been complied with

21D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Development and Governmental Relations Committee invite in the Historical Commission and Office of Community Development, and OPED to discuss what is needed to update the City’s historic inventory and foster development of a plan to accomplish this task.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

21E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Development and Governmental relations Committee work with the Historical Commission, Office of Community Development, Building Commissioner, and Fire Dept. to develop a risk assessment tool with objective criteria to determine the level of each property’s risk of loss and of potential harm to neighbors or the public. This assessment tool should be performed on each property in the historic inventory. Such a tool would help facilitate a triage for intervention and allow prioritization for attention.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

21F.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Parks and Recreation Dept. coming and provide an updated report regarding the Scott’s Tower revitalization project.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

21G.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Parks and Recreation Dept. develop and RFP for the redevelopment of Scott’s Tower area. A committee should be established and community involvement/ideas offered in the manner that was done for the Community Field project.   Recommend that the order has been complied with

21H.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Ordinance Committee review the procedures for building demolitions and determine if new ordinances can and need to be adopted to have greater transparency and accountability during the process.  Recommend that the order be referred back to the full Council with a recommendation that the order be referred to the Ordinance Committee

21I.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City Council Redevelopment Committee invite Eric Suher and any casino developers to present any casino plans Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

21J.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council adopt a resolution in support of expanding the Massachusetts Bottle Bill Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

22.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

23.    VACON    –    that the City Council be updated as to how many properties have been placed in receivership through the housing court and an update from our legal department as to how this can decrease blighted properties.  It has been reported that Springfield uses this tool to prevent the deterioration of properties with good results.

24.    BARTLEY    –    That the No Turn on Red sign at Brown Ave. and South St. be modified.

25.    BARTLEY    –    That the No Turn on Red sign at Hitchcock St and Northampton St be modified

26.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council invite Holyoke’s State delegation to give an update on bills, issues and matters pending in the State House and to provide other updates as necessary. Sen. Don Humason and Rep. Aaron Vega are invited to a future meeting Development & Governmental Relations Subcommittee.

27.    BARTLEY    –    That the noise ordinance, Section 38-73, be reviewed and potentially amended to include a prohibition on the use of snow blowers and plowing during certain hours, and to provide for a graduated system of fines for repeat offenses in Section 1-10.

28.    BARTLEY    –    That Section 78-141 of the Code of Ordinances regarding clearing sidewalks of snow and prohibiting dumping of snow in public ways, and Section 1-10 setting forth the penalty, be reviewed and amended to create separate fines for failing to keep sidewalks clear and dumping snow in a public way.

29.    BARTLEY    –    That stop signs be placed on Roberto Clemente St.
    SOTO        at the intersection of Adams St.

30.    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 School Committee Members elected by wards 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.

31.    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 create an appointed rather than an elected Treasurer. See attached draft legislation. (re-filed with amended proposed legislation)

32.    LEAHY    –    that  the superintendent, William Fuqua, of the Department
    BARTLEY        of Public Works and any of the employees that wish
            to appear come before the City Council to be recognized
            with a official City Council proclamation for their
            hard work and dedication in keeping the streets of
            Holyoke plowed, cleaned and safe during the snowstorms
            of 2015 which have brought record high snow amounts.

The
            Men and Women of the department did a fantastic job
            removing the snow from the city streets and walkways
    

33.    LEAHY    –    That the Superintendent of the Water Department and the commissioners come into the public safety come to discuss fluoride in our drinking water.

34.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Arbor Day Green Streets ” 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.

35.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Ninety-five thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($95,000 ) as follows: (Police)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $95,000
        TOTAL:    $95,000
TO:
12101-51300    Overtime        $95,000
        TOTAL:    $95,000

36.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Twelve thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($12,000) as follows: (Police)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $12,000
        TOTAL:    $12,000
TO:
12102-54800    Motor Vehicle Fuel        $12,000
        TOTAL:    $12,000

37.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Forty-three and 00/100 Dollars ($43,000) as follows: (Police)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $43,000
        TOTAL:    $43,000
TO:
12102-54830    Motor Vehicle Supplies        $18,000
12102-53010    Motor Vehicle Repairs        25,000
        TOTAL:    $43,000

38.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Thirteen thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($13,000) as follows:(Police)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $13,000
        TOTAL:    $13,000
TO:
12102-53010    Data Maintenance        $2,000
12102-53120    Care of Prisoners        5,000
12102-54200    Office Supplies        6,000
        TOTAL:    $13,000

39.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Naloxone Purchase” 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.

40.    MCGEE    –    WHERESAS, on October 16, 1991, the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke entered into a 99 year lease with the Holyoke Housing Authority for a portion of the property located at 45 Holy Family Road (Assessor’s Property Id # 117-00-018);

And WHEREAS, the Holyoke Housing Authority obtained monies from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (formerly Executive Office of Community Development) to construct a Congregate Living residential units (property address of 43 Lower Westfield Road) for elderly and disabled individuals of low income pursuant to M.G.L. c. 121B Section 39 and 40 and consisting of 20 units (c. 667);

And WHEREAS, said building has been maintained and operated by the Holyoke Housing Authority and said Housing Authority has paid all electrical, gas, water, sewer and related municipal expenses related to the operation of said building;

In accordance with Section 8(c)(1) of Chapter 1097 of the Acts of 1973, the lease between the Geriatric Authority and Holyoke Housing Authority required approval by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Alderman (City Council).  On October 15, 1991, the Board of Alderman voted to approve the lease by a vote of 13-0 (with one absent and one vacancy).  A copy of the lease and vote is attached.

And WHEREAS on January 26, 2015 the City of Holyoke obtained said parcel #117-00-018 in its entirety through a tax taking;

And WHEREAS, the Holyoke Housing Authority desires to own said parcel that the Raymond P. Murphy Congregate House is located – see attached plan

Now Therefore, it is requested that:

1.     The Holyoke Housing Authority procure and hire a surveyor to complete an Approval Not Required Plan to subdivide the land that said Congregate Building from the remaining property as shown on plan attached;
2.    That the City Council declare that portion of said parcel #117-00-018 that said Congregate House is placed on surplus;
3.    That the City of Holyoke convey to the Holyoke Housing  Authority said parcel for $1.00;

41.    MCGEE    –    Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council vote to declare two parcels formerly owned by the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcels are described as follows: parcel 117-00-018 located at 45 Holy Family Road consists of approximately 8.684 acres more or less with a nursing home building, is zoned RO and was previously assessed at $7,046,200.00;  parcel 117-00-0145 located at Lower Westfield Road consists of approximately 9.530 acres more or less of vacant land, is zoned RO and was previously assessed at $326,000.00. The parcels are more particularly described in deeds recorded at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 20577, Page 189 and Book 16921, Page 558.

42.    MCGIVERIN    –    That the City Council vote to approve an exemption from M.G.L. Ch. 268A, Sec. 20(b), the Conflict of Interest Law, for Katie Jackowski, an employee of the City of Holyoke to enter into a contract for personal services with the Holyoke School Department to coach softball.

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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