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Event takes place on September 01, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
September 1,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    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DH, PR and Miscellaneous Salary Schedules, as well as any other amendments previously adopted under this section be repealed.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

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Beth Strycharz, 25 Woodland St. as a member of the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission; Ms. Strycharz will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2018.

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Peter Papineau 67 Edward Dr. to serve as member of the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission; Mr. Papineau will serve a three-year term; said term will expire July 1, 2018.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse,  letter re-appointing Terence Murphy to serve as a commissioner of the Parks & Recreation; Mr. Murphy will serve a three-year term; said term will expire June 30, 2018.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing 12 Commissioners to serve for the Council on Aging, they will serve a one year term; said term will expire on August 28, 2016.

6.    From Irma Lopez, Asst City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Asst to City Council, minutes for City Council meeting of August 4, 2015.

7.    From Kara Lamb Cunha, Assistant City Solicitor letter re:  City Council Order

8.    From Jeffrey Burkott, Planning Dept. letter re:  Site Plan Review, Special permit to exceed the fence height, special permit for multiple signs, and stormwater authority – Gary Rome, 150 Whiting Farms Rd.

9.    From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation minutes of June 25, 2015.

10.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes of July 20, & August 3, 2015.

PETITIONS

11.    Petition of Brad Matthews Jewelers, for a new second hand license at 2225 Northampton St.

12.    Petition of Bell Atlantic Mobile of Massachusetts Corporation, Ltd. d/b/a Verizon Wireless for a two new antennas on rooftop at 1 Country Club Rd.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

13.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

13A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred 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)  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

13B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order THAT A NO PARKING SIGN FROM 8AM TO 4PM BE PLACED NEAR 9 St. James Ave.  Recommend that the order be adopted

13C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred ordered that the City Council amend, where necessary, the Holyoke Code of Ordinances, including Chapter 14 (Animals) and Chapter 1 §1-10 (Enforcement and Penalties), and enact any additional ordinances, if essential, in order to bring the Holyoke Code of Ordinances into compliance with the amended Massachusetts General Laws pursuant to Chapter 193, Senate Bill 2192, “An Act Further Regulating Animal Control” (“Act”). Furthermore, until such amendments are adopted, where the Holyoke Code of Ordinances conflicts with the current Massachusetts General Laws, as amended by the Act, the Animal Control Officer and all other Holyoke personnel and officers must follow the Massachusetts General Laws.  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

13D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Communication from From Jeffrey Burkott, and Legal Dept. regarding Office of Planning & Development letter re: Site Plan Review – Holyoke Medical Center, 575 Beech St.   Recommend that the communication has been complied with

14.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

15.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

16.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

18.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

19.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness” 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.

20.    MCGEE    –    the City of Holyoke appropriates the amount of One Hundred Ninety-Four Thousand Dollars ($194,000) for the purpose of paying costs of replacing or modernizing boilers, heating and ventilation systems at the Morgan Elementary School, located at 596 South Bridge Street in Holyoke, and the E.N. White Elementary School, located on One Jefferson Street in Holyoke, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto (collectively, the “Projects”).  This is a supplement to the Appropriation of $750,000 which was made on February 3, 2015.   The proposed repair projects would materially extend the useful life of the schools and preserve assets that otherwise are capable of supporting the required educational program, for which the City has applied for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), said amount to be expended under the direction of School Committee. To meet this appropriation the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under M.G.L. Chapter 44, or pursuant to any other enabling authority. The City acknowledges that the MSBA’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and if the MSBA’s Board of Directors votes to invite the City to collaborate with the MSBA on this proposed repair project, any project costs the City incurs in excess of any grant that may be approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the City; and that, if invited to collaborate with the MSBA on the proposed repair projects, the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this vote shall be reduced by any grant amount set forth in the Project Funding Agreement or Agreements that may be executed between the City and the MSBA with respect the Projects.
Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.
 Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issues pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

21.    MCGEE    –    that the DPW replace the broken berm at the corner of Bemis and W. Meadowview Rd.

22.    MCGEE    –    that the DPW repair the sidewalk at 246 W. Franklin St.

23.    MCGEE    –    that the DPW cut back the overgrow grass/trees/etc near 88 Jarvis Ave, homeowners are having trouble seeing the cars coming around the bend.

24.    MCGEE    –    that the council invite in the DPW/engineer to discuss and update the council on the brick building at Mckenzie field and the plans for repairing it and not removing it as part of the bond.

25.    MCGEE    –    that the police department place the radar/speed reader sign on Dartmouth and provide a traffic report to public safety.

26.    SOTO    –    That the Building Department come before the City Council to inform us of all citations issued since January 2015 to August 31, 2015.

27.    VACON    –    That a stop sign be installed at Ashley Rd. and Rt. 202.

28.    VACON    –    That a traffic study be completed to determine if a three way stop should be installed at Ashley Rd. and Pearson Rd.

29.    BARTLEY    –    Due to traffic and speed concerns, the city council order HPD to deploy the necessary resources in the Laurel St., Willow St., View St., Glen St. and Brown Ave. area.

30.    BARTLEY    –    that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from United Innovations, Inc. DBA Specialty Loose Leaf to purchase a parcel of land and a building located at 1 Cabot Street for $10,000.  Said property is described
by Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 048, Block 01, Parcel 010, containing approximately 2.289 acres with a building approximately 200,000 square feet in size. The property is more particularly described in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 19236, Page 490.  The property is zoned General Industry (IG) and has an assessed value of $440,600.  Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council.

31.    BARTLEY    –    that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from Holyoke Medical Center to purchase a parcel of land and a building located at 245 High Street for $5,000.  Said property is described by Holyoke                    Assessors’ records as Map 012, Block 03, Parcel 002, containing an approximate   8,952 square foot building situated on approximately 2,265 square feet of land.  
The property is more particularly described in deeds recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 17354, Page 459. The parcel is zoned Downtown Business (BC) and has an assessed value of $151,900.  Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council.

32.    BARTLEY    –    that no parking shall be allowed on the west side of Race Street abutting the Canalwalk from Dwight Street on the north to Appleton Street to the south.

33.    BARTLEY    –    that no parking shall be allowed on either side of Dwight Street east of Main Street as part of the Holyoke Rail Platform vehicular loop.

34.    CHATEAUNEUF    –    A speed sign be installed on Vadnais Street, placed
    MCGEE        so visible to cars travelling down Vadnais.

35.    JOURDAIN    –     That the Preliminary Election in the City of Holyoke for the choice of City Officers be and the same is hereby called to be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in the several polling places as designated by the City Council.  The polls will be opened at 7:00 a.m. in the forenoon and closed at 8:00 p.m. in the afternoon of said day, and all the voters in the several precincts in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, may cast their votes by voting machines and paper ballots for the election of:
     Que las Elecciones Preliminaria en la Cuidad de Holyoke, para el escojer de oficiales de la cuidad, sera llevado a cabo el Martes, 22, de Septiembre  2015 en los varios barrios, designados por la Asambleista Municipal.  Los precintos estaran abiertos a las 7:00 a.m. de la manana y permaneceran abierto hasta las 8:00 p.m., cuando los precintos sean designado para votar en las horas dicha y hagan dado sus votos por medio de las maquinas de eleccion o por boletos de papel, para la eleccion de:

MAYOR, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following his election, and until his successor is qualified.
ALCALDE, para servir por un termino de dos anos, desde el primer Lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea qualificado.

36.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, City Forester please install a good shade tree ideally a Locust Tree in the tree belt in front of 324 Mackenzie Ave.

37.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the DPW pull the stop sign forward on Mackenzie Ave even to the stop line perhaps by putting sign on the adjacent lamp pole.  The current configuration and location of the stop sign is inconsistent with the stop line and is causing confusion and danger for motorists.

38.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Council rescind its January 6, 2015 vote to place the following non-binding question on the November ballot: “should the City Council, which is now 15 members consisting of eight at-large and seven ward representatives, be reduced to 13 members, with six at-large and seven ward representatives?” The question has become moot as a result of the Council’s approval of a special act to create a binding ballot question.  

39.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the DPW replace the sidewalk on West Franklin Street between Locust and Linden Streets on the ODD side of the street.  This request has been made for years and these sidewalks are in terrible condition.

40.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Police do speed traps on West Franklin Street and issue tickets please.  The speeding is out of control.

41.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the DPW install stickers on the guardrails at St Jerome and West Franklin to indicate that there is a turn.

42.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the DPW install a sewer drain on the street in front of 138 St Jerome Avenue.  The downstream flow of the storm water from St Jerome Ave towards West Franklin is flooding the property of certain homeowners.

43.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Water Dept paint the hydrant in front of 257 West Franklin St, as well as, fill the 3 potholes caused by their water shut off valves in the street near same address,

44.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Housing Authority Executive Director and Commission please provide assigned parking in Beaudoin Village especially in the areas of Elting Circle and Barrett Ave where parking is very tight, and residents often do not have access to even one parking space on their street at various times.  The remaining spaces on these streets should be marked visitor.

45.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Housing Authority work with the DPW to install additional speed bumps near the beginning of Leary Dr.  There are 2 speed bumps now but both are at the top of Leary Dr and none near the beginning of the street.  The traffic is going too fast and residents would like to see this installed.

46.    JOURDAIN    –    that a Handicap sign be placed in front of 35 North East St. for Lori-Ann A. Bresnahan

47.    LEAHY    –    Order that the Honorable Holyoke City Council gives Via Wightman a proclamation
to honor his 30 years of service and dedication to Golf in the City of Holyoke. Within his career at Holyoke Country Club Via taught
thousands of children in his junior golf program. It was one of the most successful summer programs in Western Massachusetts.

Via is being inducted
into the West. Mass Golf Hall of Fame on Friday Oct. 4th.

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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