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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on June 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
June 16,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    Fy 2016 Municipal Budget

2.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  Zone Change Application from Helen Norris/Holyoke First from BG to RM-20 Map 116 Block 00 Parcel 001 Known as Whiting Farms Rd. 18 Acre Parcel   Recommend that the zone change be denied

3.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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DH, PR and Miscellaneous Salary Schedules, as well as any other amendments previously adopted under this section be repealed.
 Recommend that the order be adopted as amended and written in legal language

4.    that HG & E install lighting in the alleyway behind 171 Beech St. to address safety concerns from residents.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Mr. Carl Eger, 1966 Northampton St. as a member of the Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (HEDIC): this seat on the Board of Directors represents the Real Estate Sector.  This is a three year term; said term will expire on June 30, 2019.

6.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Mr. Matthew Mainville, 19 Lexington Ave. as a member of the Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (HEDIC):  this seat on the Board of Directors represents the Low Income Sector.  This is a three-year term; said term will expire on June 30, 2019.

7.    From Irma Lopez, Assistant City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Administrative Ass’t. to City Council, City Council minutes from June 2, 2015.

8.    From Helen Norris, letter requesting leave to withdraw without prejudice the application for a zone change of the Whiting Farms Rd. Parcel ID 116-00-001.

9.    From Robert R. Authier Sr. and  residents of the City of Holyoke, letter and petition calling for the Holyoke City Council to ask the District Attorney or Attorney General to conduct a formal Investigation on Mayor Alex B. Morse decision to pay former City Solicitor Heather Egan $45,000 upon her termination.

10.    From Betty Medina Litchenstein, President of Valley Housing Development Corporation letter re:  YMCA petition for a zone change

11.    From Board of Public Works minutes from May 18, 2015.

12.    From Sewer Commission minutes from May 18, 2015.

13.    From Stormwater Authority minutes from May 18, 2015.

14.    From Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, minutes for meeting of Supervisory Board on January 21, 2015.

PETITIONS

15.    Petition of Daniel Rios for a renewal of one pool table at 293 Clemente St.

16.    Petition of Gabriel Serrano & Idoel Ortiz for a new second hand license at 2020 Northampton St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

17.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

17A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That in lieu of a costly and impracticable public acceptance of Owens Place as a public way, the City Council enacts an ordinance authorizing temporary repairs to Owens Place. According to Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 40, § 6N, a municipality’s voluntary undertaking to repair does not transform the nature of a private way into a public one. The ordinance or by-law authorizing temporary repair of a private way must “determine (a) the type and extent of repairs; (b) if drainage shall be included; (c) if the repairs are required by public necessity; (d) the number of percentage of abutters who must petition for such repairs; (e) if betterment charges shall be assessed; (f) the liability limit of the city or town on account of damages caused by such repairs; (g) if the ways shall have been opened to public use for a term of years; and (h) if a cash deposit shall be required for said repairs.” Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

17B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that Section 86-326 be amended to correct the location of the existing bus stop at the South Street Plaza and to establish a second bus stop on the north side of South Street. In addition, the PVTA will install a cross walk in the location of the new bus stop on the north side of South Street. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

17C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the bus stop on Lower Westfield Road be moved to improve traffic flow and passenger safety per request of the PVTA. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

17D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order To amend the Ordinances relative to parking in front of 5-7 Martin St. to (a) remove the Handicap parking sign and (b) install up to 4 spaces that provides 1-hour parking Tuesday through Saturday during regular business hours. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

17E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That all City Department personnel wear a City of Holyoke ID badge listing what department they represent when in the public. Recommend that the order has been complied with

18.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

18A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  Financial Transfer Request of $140,000 FROM: Chief Sanitarian, Animal Inspector, Reference Librarian, Library Assistant, Temps, Software License, System Hardware, Training TO: FICA/Medicare  Awaiting disposition

18B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication from Marcos Marrero RE: Mass Dept. of Energy Resources Grant for $33,865 Awaiting Disposition

18C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a : Financial Transfer request of $440,000 FROM Workers Comp., Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Medicare, P/F Indemnity TO Unemployment   Awaiting Disposition

18D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Financial transfer request of $4,500 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Heating and Energy Awaiting disposition

18E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a: Financial Transfer Request of $90,000 FROM: Life Insurance, P/F Indemnity, Dental TO: Unemployment  Awaiting disposition

18F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer Request of $20,000 FROM: General Fund Free Cash TO Special Counsel  Awaiting Disposition

19.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

20.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

20A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order  that the Wellness Center room at the Holyoke Senior Center be dedicated in honor of Mayor Michael J. Sullivan Awaiting disposition

20B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that whereas the City of Holyoke has received the recommendation for the second time from the MA Dept. of Revenue and to be in compliance with MA General Law Chapter 41 Section 24 as well as City Ordinance 82-36 Order that the City Council appoint a third member to the board of Assessors Awaiting disposition

20C.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Application for Mr. Jailson Varela of 21 Francis Ave for a Home Occupation Special Permit for a painting business.  Awaiting disposition

20D.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment  review of Mr. Frances Welson to serve as member of the Historical Commission of the City of Holyoke Awaiting disposition

20E.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral appointment review of Jerome Ezold as member of the Historical Commission of the City of Holyoke  Awaiting disposition

20F.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment review of Mary Louise Monahan to serve as a member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Holyoke awaiting disposition

20G.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment review of Mr. Seth R. Taylor to serve as member of the Conservation Commission of the City of Holyoke Awaiting disposition

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

21A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that representatives of the PEG Access Corp, Mayor’s Office, Holyoke Community Media Advisory Board come to the Committee on Development and Government Relations to discuss the proposed transfer of the PEG Access Corp powers to the Holyoke Media Board, as well as, the new proposed structure and acquisition of property. That a copy of the new proposed by-laws be provided to all Councilors for their review. Please provide all of the financial (including a financial pro forma) of the new proposed structure from the collection of the Comcast franchise fees to the expenditure of funds. Recommend that the order has been complied with

21B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that The City Council invites representatives of the Gold Star Mothers and Blue Star Mothers to an upcoming meeting of the D G & R committee. Purpose is to hear from these organizations on services provided to Holyoke residents. Copy to Veterans Services Dept. Recommend that the order has been complied with

22.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

23.    JOURDAIN    –    that the off-street monthly parking fee be increased to $40 per month and that the off-street hourly parking fee be increased to $0.35 per hour up to a maximum of $3.50 per day.

24.    LEAHY    –    Ordered that the Mayor, Acting Treasurer, Superintendent
    MCGEE        of Public Works and Parks and Rec director come before
            the Public Service subcommittee to discuss the delay
            in bonding and renovation to the Jones Point Tennis
            Courts.

25.    LEAHY    –    that the City accepts Liberty St. which runs from Dartmouth to Jefferson, as an accepted City street. The City is looking to pave this street using Chapter 90 funds this summer and as we know street acceptance is a requirement for funding.

26.    LISI    –    that the City develop an ordinance that creates a commercial kitchen program that the Fire Department can implement (see attached for more details).

27.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Renewable Energy Development Planning Study” 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.

28.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2015 PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PILOT” 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.

29.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “EJ BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM – LAW ENFORCEMENT EQUIPMENT” 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.

30.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “EJ BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT 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.

31.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Twenty thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($20,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $20,000
        TOTAL:    $20,000
TO:
15432-57700    Veterans Benefits        $20,000
        TOTAL:    $20,000

32.    SOTO    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 582 South Summer St. for Hector L. Velazquez.

33.    VALENTIN    –    That the HC ordinance adopted by the City Council on May 5, 2015 to establish a parking space for 284 Pine St. be amended to include the correct measurements determined by the Engineering department and that the previously adopted parking space be deleted. The change in measurements should state “107′ south of Hampshire”, instead of “80′ south of Hampshire”.

34.    VALENTIN    –    That lighting options be assessed for the corner of Oak and Appleton to address safety concerns presented by residents.

35.    BARTLEY    –    that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with
    VALENTIN        M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance,
            vote to accept an offer from Olde Holyoke Development
            Corporation to purchase a parcel of land located at
            232 Beech St. for $2,000.  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 has an assessed value of #30,600.
            

36.    BARTLEY    –    Ordered that the City Council amend the boundaries of the Arts & Industry District on the Zoning Map to include the city block found between Appleton, Main, Dwight, and Race Streets, all properties along Race Street from Appleton to Sargeant Streets up to the center alleyway of each block, and the city blocks found between Sargeant, Main Jackson and Clemente Streets, to create a more homogenous and comprehensive inclusion of historic mill buildings within the Canal District.

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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