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Event takes place on April 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
April 21,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk minutes from previous City Council meeting of March 17, 2015

2.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $95,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Overtime Recommend that the financial transfer be approved

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)

4.    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.

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.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

6.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, results of the Salary study conducted by Human Resources Services, Inc. and proposed Classification and Compensation Plan.

7.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Elizabeth A. Larivee, 198 Pleasant St. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Larivee will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2018.

8.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Mr. Donald Welch, 11D Arbor Way to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke:  Mr. Welch will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2018.

9.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Ms. Barbara Heisler, 7 Center St. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Heisler will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2018.

10.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Ms. Mary D. Moriarty, 429 Homestead Ave. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Moriarty will serve a three-year term; said term will expire February 1, 2018.

11.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Michael Dodge, 131 Norwood Terr. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke:  Mr. Dodge will replace Ms. Sue Ellen Panitch and will serve Ms. Panitch’s remaining term; said term will expire February 1, 2017.

12.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Mr. Seth R. Taylor, 408 Southampton Rd. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke:  Mr. Taylor will replace Adrian Dahlin and will serve Mr. Dahlin’s remaining term; said term will expire February 1, 2016.

13.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Ms. Mary Louise Monahan, 20 Coit St. to serve as a member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Monahan will serve a three-year term; said term will expire July 1, 2018.

14.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, minutes from the previous City Council meeting of April 7, 2015

15.    From Cheryl A. Dugre, Executive Director of the Retirement Board, re: detailed listing of out-of-state travel made by the Board and Staff for the years of 2013 & 2014.

16.    From Massachusetts Department of Revenue, review of Financial Management Structure

17.    From Board of Registrars of Voters minutes of March 10, 2015

18.    From Board of Health minutes of March 11, 2015

19.    From Board of Public Works minutes of March 9, 2015

20.    From Sewer Commission minutes of March 9, 2015

21.    From Stormwater Authority minutes of March 9, 2015

PETITIONS

22.    Petition of Kim A. Silva, of 624 So. Bridge St. (Holyoke turn Verein) for a renewal of 2 Pool tables and 6 Bowling Alleys

23.    Petition of Conrad Duquette of 1155 Hampden St. for a new home occupation permit for a carpentry business.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

24.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

24A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the no turn on red sign at Hitchcock St. and Northampton St. be modified  Recommend that the order be adopted with amendment stating no turn on red after Hitchcock St., Eastbound at Northampton St. “6 A.M. to 9 A.M. and 4 P.M. to 6 P.M.

24B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the no turn on red sign at Brown Ave. and South St. be modified  Recommend that the order be amended state no turn on red after Brown Ave. Northbound at South St. “6 A.M. to 9 A.M. and 4 P.M. to 6 P.M.

24C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and HPP MA II, LLC, and in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations for a solar installation located on the roof of privately-leased property at 49 Garfield Street, Holyoke, MA.   Recommend that the order be adopted

24D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Handicap application of Carmelo Sanabria on 60 North Bridge St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

25.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

26.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

27.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

28A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that The Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare the property located at 232 Beech Street “surplus property available for disposition.” On 9/8/2014 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20418, Page 149. Said property is described in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 061, Block 03, Parcel 009, consisting of approximately 6,600 square feet of vacant land, more or less, and is more particularly described in a deed recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 16156, Page 6. The property is zoned as RM-20 – Multifamily Residence (20 units/acre) and was previously assessed at $30,600.  Recommend that the order be adopted

28B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from Easthampton Savings Bank to purchase a parcel of land located at 170 Sargeant Street for $5,000. Said Parcel contains approximately 0.83 acres and is described in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 060, Block 03, Parcel 001 and being more particularly described in deeds recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 857, Page 371. The parcel is zoned General Business (BG) and has an assessed value of $24,200. Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council.
  Recommend that the order be adopted

28C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that The Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare the property located at 188 Chestnut Street “surplus property available for disposition.” On 12/30/2014 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20552, Page 219. Said property is described in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 011, Block 10, Parcel 008, consisting of an approximate 4,118 square foot single family building situated on 11,712 square feet of land, more or less, and is more particularly described in a deed recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 12504, Page 178. The property is zoned as RO – Multifamily Residence and Professional Offices and was previously assessed at $61,600.  Recommend that the order be adopted

28D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order The Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare the property located at 245 High Street “surplus property available for disposition.” On 01/26/2015 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20593, Page 446. Said property is described in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 012, Block 03, Parcel 002, consisting of an approximate 8,952 square foot office building situated on 2,265 square feet of land, more or less, and is more particularly described in a deed recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 17354, Page 459. The property is zoned as BC – Downtown Business and was previously assessed at $151,900.  Recommend that the order be adopted

29.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

30.    LEAHY    –    Ordered that the representatives of United Water (Aquarian) provide a list to me  within five business days updating me which streets will be swept in which order.

31.    LISI    –    Ordered, that Section 2-35 of the Code of Ordinances, entitled “Classification and Compensation Plans” be amended to incorporate a new Classification and Compensation Plan, Elected Official Salary Ordinance and Miscellaneous Salary Schedule based upon the results of the HRS Salary Study, and that the current DH, PR and Miscellaneous Salary Schedules, as well as any other amendments previously adopted under this section be repealed.

32.    MCGEE    –    That the City Engineer study the intersection of Magnolia and Mackenzie and determine if a stop sign, yield sign or other appropriate traffic sign be installed to address the traffic issues in that area.

33.    VACON    –    That an update be provided regarding Gandara vacating the GA property to facilitate the sale of this city-owned property.  The update should also include the status of rental payments which had been reportedly stopped since the GA closed.

34.    VACON    –    That the Board of Health, Police Department and Planning staff update the City Council on the status of the Holyoke Hotel including any violations, the number of homeless people sheltered there, calls for service at that location and status of plans for development.

35.    VACON    –    That County Road be evaluated for elimination of the passing zones as they encourage an increased rate of speed by drivers.

36.    VALENTIN    –    That a handicap sign be place in front of 282-284 Pine St. for Juan A. Collado, placard #P93569000, Exp: Aug. 20, 2018

37.    ALEXANDER    –    Whereas: Dwight Street is a dangerously narrow road which changes from 2 to 1 to 2 to 1 lanes between Northampton and Linden Streets and Whereas a new Pride Station including a drive-through is planned for upper Dwight

Ordered: That the DPW and City Engineer join the Council to discuss and consider (a) a “left turn only” lane on Dwight just west of Northampton St (b) a “left turn only lane on Dwight just west of Pleasant St, and (c) making all of Dwight from Northampton St to Linden St a single-lane road, possibly with a marked bike lane.

38.    BARTLEY    –    The Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter
30-B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare the following parcels of land “surplus property available for disposition.” said parcels are described as: (see attached)

39.    BARTLEY    –    The Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Holyoke Redevelopment  Authority’s urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” which was approved by the Holyoke City Council on December 4, 2012 and by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development on February 5, 2013, vote to approve the transfer of the properties listed below to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority for consideration of $1.00.

40.    BRESNAHAN    –    that the DPW replace the Steiger Road Street sign.

41.    BRESNAHAN    –    the DPW repair or replace the sidewalk section located from Dartmouth Street to Madison Avenue

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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