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

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
March 17,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    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.

2.    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.

3.    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

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Ms. L. Dorothea MacNeil, 226 Beech St. to serve as the Republican Member for the Board of Registrar of Voters for the City of Holyoke;  Ms MacNeil will serve a three year term; said term will expire on March 31, 2018.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Ms Hayley M. Dunn, 1099 Northampton St. to serve as the Democratic Member for the Board of Registrar of Voters for the City of Holyoke:  Ms Dunn will serve a three year term; said term will expire on March 31, 2018

6.    From City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee meeting minutes of the City Council for March 3, 2015

7.    From Sandra A. Smith, acting Treasurer regarding property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree

8.    From Office of Planning & Development, letter re; Site Plan Review-Restaurant2/Retail Building (Holyoke Hotel), 245 Whiting Farms Rd

9.    From Cheryl A. Dugre list of out-of-state travel made by the Board or Staff for years 2013 and 2014

10.    From Christopher J. Hopewell Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, letter to the Mayor regarding buildings within the City of Holyoke that are structurally deficient

11.    From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation Executive Session meeting minutes of April 11,  July 18, November 21,  December 11, 2013, February 19,  June 4,  June 19, July 9,  August 6, September 18, and December 8, 2014

12.    From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, minutes of Annual meeting of Dec. 8, 2014 and Regular meeting of Dec. 8, 2014

13.    From Board of Public Works, minutes of January 12, 2015

14.    From Sewer Commission, minutes of January 12, 2015

15.    From Stormwater Authority minutes of January 12, 2015

16.    From Board of Fire Commission meeting minutes of January 13, 2015

17.    Letter from owners of Valley Housing Development Corp. located at 151-177A Walnut St. opposing the zone change request made by the YMCA

PETITIONS

18.    Petition of Eva M. O’Connell for renewal of Home Occupation Permit at 1222 Northampton St. for Tax Prep Office

19.    Petition of John McCann for renewal of Home Occupation permit at 415 Ingleside St. for Massage Therapy & Yoga

20.    Petition of Marc Grenier for renewal of Home Occupation Permit at 7 Mt. Tom Avenue for Office & Storage Workshop

21.    Petition of Karen Spears for renewal of Home Occupation permit at 778 Homestead Ave for Nail Salon

22.    Petition of William F. Sullivan & Co. Inc. for renewal of Junk Dealer’s license for 1 Jed Days Landing

23.    Petition of William F. Sullivan & Co. Inc. for renewal of Junk Dealer’s License for 107 Appleton St.

24.    Petition of Alexander Cruz for 1 new Pool Table at 65 Commercial St.

25.    Petition of  Tai W. Kang for renewal of secondhand license at 311 High St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

26.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

26A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an 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 and DPW has also requested them.  Recommended that the order be adopted with the amendment that the sign shall show no parking between the hours of 12a.m. and 6 a.m.

26B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City approve the list of 9 new bus stops in Holyoke per the request of the PVTA Recommend that the order be adopted

26C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that That a “NO TURN ON RED” sign be installed at the
corner of Dwight St. and Pleasant St. for drivers turning right onto Dwight
St.  Recommend that the order be adopted and amended to say that a “yield here to pedestrians sign” be placed at the Corner of Dwight St. and Pleasant St. for drivers turning right onto Dwight St.
St.

26D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the DPW paint a “do not block the box” box with cross hatching at the intersection and install appropriate signage.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

26E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City install “Do Not Block Driveway” signs at entrance to Dino’s restaurant on Homestead Avenue. The congestion from traffic makes it difficult for customers to get in and out of the parking lot.   Recommend that the order has been complied with

26F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the speed limit sign located between 186 and 190 Pine St. be reviewed to determine if the speed posted is correct. It is currently posted as 30 MPH and this is a densely populated residential area.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

26G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that ordinances be reviewed to make sure that large commercial vehicles such as tractor trailer trucks are not being parked on residential streets overnight or for longer than 1 hour.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

26H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an application for a Zone Change at 399 Appleton Street for the Greater Holyoke YMCA from Current Zone DR to Proposed Zone BC Recommend that the Zone Change application be denied

27.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

27A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer of $1,000 FROM Demolition TO: Pay Temporary/Seasonal  Recommend that the order be approved

27B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a financial transfer of $24,314 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Professional Accounting and Auditing ($22,314) and Education and Training ($2,000) Recommend that the order be approved

27C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer of $250 FROM: Telephone TO: Pay- Temp Seasonal  Recommend that the order be approved

27D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer of $2,000 FROM: General Fund Free Cash TO: In-State Travel  Recommend that the order be approved

27E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer of $550 FROM Pay-Principal Clerk TO: Print and Microfilm  Recommend that the order be approved

27F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $35,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Exhibit Hall HVAC Recommend that the order be approved

27G.    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 “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.
 Recommend that the order be approved

27H.    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 “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. Recommend that the order be approved

27I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Application for a license to operate 5 taxi cabs upon a public way in the City of Holyoke for Mr. Yasir Osman of 197 Florida St. Springfield MA Recommend that the licenses be granted pending an inspection to the 2007 Crown Victoria vehicle

27J.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Treasurer come before the City Council to explain how it is determined that properties are taken by the City when some owe a low amount of taxes and others, owing more, are not taken recommend that the order has been complied with

28.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

29.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

29A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred City Council review of Mayoral appointee Mr. Harry Montalvo to the Planning Board  Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

29B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order That all members of the City Council should request that the Hampden County District Attorney conduct an independent investigation into the reason(s) for the $ 45,000 payment made by Mayor Alex B. Morse to former city solicitor Heather Egan to make sure there was nothing unethical, illegal or improper associated with said payment. The investigation would focus on the reason (s) the payment was made to guarantee that it was made in the best interests of the taxpayers of the City of Holyoke   Recommend that the order be amended to replace the word Hampden County District Attorney with Attorney General. Also recommended that the City Council President draft a letter to the Attorney General requesting that issue be looked into

29C.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order Order that the legal department and building department come before the city council and update them on the zoning violation near 51 Sterling Ave  Recommend that the order has been complied with

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

31.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

32.    BARTLEY    –    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. (Note: order re-filed in order to hold public hearing in accordance with the deadlines set forth in M.G.L. Ch. 40A, Sec. 5)

33.    LEAHY    –    The Police Department investigates who owns and operates HolyokeDates.com.  They have littered our city streets and sign poles illegally with their signs.  I ask the police department to fine them the maximum amount legally allowed by our city ordinances.

34.    LISI    –    That the Mayor’s office and IT web support personnel make immediate changes to the City’s Website to allow the public the ability to search previous agendas and minutes. The current search platform is not displaying to the public and cannot be used with several web browsers.

35.    LISI    –    That the Council consider amending Zone SC to allow for certain additional business types.

36.    LISI    –    That city create a Shopping Center Zoning Code designed for such large-scale districts, including but not limited to the Kmart Plaza (King Street), the South

37.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “USA Field Hockey” 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.

38.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Four hundred forty thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($440,000) as follows:(Auditor)

FROM:
19121-51999    Workers Compensation        $140,000
19141-51999    Health Insurance        250,000
19151-51999    Life Insurance        10,000
19161-51999    Medicare        20,000
19191-51999    P/F Indemnity        20,000
        TOTAL:    $440,000
TO:
19131-51999    Unemployment        $440,000
        TOTAL:    $440,000

39.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Thirty-one thousand two hundred nineteen and 94/100 Dollars ($31,219.94) as follows:(Law Dept.)

FROM:
11511-51101    City Solicitor        $31,219.94
        TOTAL:    $31,219.94
TO:
11512-53010    Professional Services – Special Counsel        $31,219.94
        TOTAL:    $31,219.94

40.    MCGEE    –    That the fire commissioners and fire chief come before the finance committee to present their financial findings on unsafe buildings.

41.    MCGEE    –    That the alarm division provide the city with an accounting/cost request to repairing an/or replacing the traffic lights in the city.  The cost breakdown should focus first on the intersections that are in need of repair immediately and then a breakdown of the overall city traffic lights.

42.    MCGEE    –    That DPW provide the city council with the car request procedure form/rules it uses for the former mayor’s car.  Also, please provide the city council with the gas mileage tracking and fast lane pass documents.

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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