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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on September 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
September 15,2015

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DH, PR and Miscellaneous Salary Schedules, as well as any other amendments previously adopted under this section be repealed.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 Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Asst to City Council minutes from regular meeting of September 1, and special meeting on September 8, 2015.

3.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, letter re:  Board of Assessors

4.    Petition from Citizens of the City of Holyoke opposing to any storm water fee.

5.    Petitions from Citizens of the City of Holyoke opposing any storm water run-off fee.

6.    From residents of Reservation Rd. petition requesting that speed bumps be installed on the street.

7.    From License Board Commission, minutes from August 26, 2015.

8.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority minutes from June 10,  and July 1, 2015.

9.    From Board of Public Works minutes from July 6, 2015.

10.    From Sewer Commission minutes from July 6, 2015.

11.    From Stormwater Authority minutes from July 6, 2015.

PETITIONS

12.    Petition of a special permit for a renewal of a home occupation for Edward Glica at 19 Concord Ave. for a Home remodeling business.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

13.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

14.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

14A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  a Communication from Treasurer’s Office requesting list of parcels be approved for auction awaiting disposition

14B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Bond for school boiler replacements at Morgan and EN White Elementary School Awaiting disposition

14C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication from Auditor’s Office regarding Gandara lease awaiting disposition

14D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer of $2,400 FROM Pay-Auditor TO: Professional Auditing and Office Supplies awaiting disposition

14E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer of $5,740 FROM Aide to Mayor TO: Public/Dignitary Receptions, Professional Services, Employee Training awaiting disposition

14F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the DPW and the Building Dept. determine the work required to do repairs to the Armory in order to maintain structural integrity, including an estimate of costs. Awaiting disposition

14G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order : that the amount of One thousand six hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($1,600) be authorized from the City Solicitor Department’s Litigation (11512-57600), One hundred two and 00/100 Dollars ($102) be authorized from the Special Counsel (11512-53010) appropriation in fiscal year 2016 for services rendered in fiscal year 2015 which were unencumbered at the 2015 fiscal year end Awaiting disposition

14H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Appeal of Mr. Melvin Colon to operate a taxi cab in Holyoke MA Awaiting disposition

14I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Residents Petition RE: $45,000 payment from Mayor to former City Solicitor Egan Awaiting disposition

15.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

16.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

17A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Special Permit applications for Sprint Spectrum, L.P (Sprint) and co applicant, T-Mobile Northeast, LLC for approval of a 199’ new wireless telecommunications facility inside the flood plain overlay district.  Awaiting disposition

17B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the Hon. Mike Albano of the Governors Council be invited to Development and Govt. Relations Committee.  Awaiting disposition

17C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for an Outdoor sales lot for new and used motor vehicles and trucks and marine and recreational vehicles establishment at 9 Avon Place, Holyoke MA, by Mr. Angel M. Albelo.  Awaiting disposition

17D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for Mr. Alfonzo Woods at 395 Maple St.  for an Outdoor sales lots for New and Used motor vehicles & trucks and marine & recreational vehicles establishment  Awaiting disposition

17E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for Mr. Alfonzo Woods at 395 Maple St. for a Motor Vehicle repair garage.  Awaiting disposition

17F.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for Sprint Spectrum, L.P (Sprint) and co applicant, T-Mobile Northeast, LLC (T-Mobile).  for a approval of a 199’ New Wireless Telecommunications Facility to be located at 200 Northampton St. Holyoke MA  Awaiting disposition

17G.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application of Mr. Kevin Tomlinson for a non-conforming use at 16 Maple St. Holyoke MA  Awaiting disposition

18.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

19.    TALLMAN    –    truck routes signs be posted along the Main St. area, tractor trailers are having difficulties navigating along this corridor while making deliveries.

20.    TALLMAN    –    DPW/Forestry dept. look into the tree root issues on properties near 23-25 Dale St.

21.    TALLMAN    –    that campaign signs can be put up 30 days before preliminary election and 60 days before general election.

22.    TALLMAN    –    DPW/Police Dept. look into issue with Valet park of America concerning Booth at Proulx Municipal Lot.

23.    TALLMAN    –    City Engineer, Conservation Dept. look into the issues concerning Brook  between 25-29 Longfellow Rd.

24.    VALENTIN    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 221 Elm St. for Ruben Duran.

25.    BARTLEY    –    Ordered, that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with Section 2-349 Code of Ordinances, vote to approve the list of properties for auction as previously communicated to the City Council by the Acting City Treasurer on August 4, 2015 (copy attached).  

26.    BARTLEY    –    The City of Holyoke develops and publishes a “good neighbor handbook” that includes information to help the public better access its government.  It should include, at a minimum, information concerning licenses, ordinances, services and contacts.  The handbook should be developed in committee, with each city department providing input, and then adopted by the city council.  We should set a goal of producing this handbook by the spring of 2016. It should the city’s goal to provide an update every 2 years.

27.    BARTLEY    –    The City Engineer to assess installation of a 3-way stop sign at Brown Ave. and Willow St.  Provide recommendation to Ordinance committee.  If approved, order DPW to install signage.

28.    BARTLEY    –    The Police Dept. to enforce the speed limit on Hitchcock St.  

29.    BRESNAHAN    –    the DPW replace or repair the sidewalks from River Terrace to Wyckoff Ave.

30.    BRESNAHAN    –    the DPW install appropriate signage stating local traffic only, no commercial vehicles on Lower Westfield Rd. from Whiting Farms Road to Holy Family and on Route 5 at the bottom of Lower Westfield Rd.  The neighborhood has seen an increase of commercial vehicles (trucks).

31.    BRESNAHAN    –    the DPW re-locate the sand pile next to pouliot pool and Henry Fitzpatrick Skating rink.  The area where the sand is picked up poses a danger to the Machinery at the rink, but also the potential of the public being struck by rink vehicles as they enter & exit the rink entrances directly adjacent to the sand pile.

32.    BRESNAHAN    –    Order that the City Law Dept, and any other city departments it feels relevant, come before the City Council to update this body on any current properties in Receivership, and if any intentions or efforts are being taken by the city to have blighted or abandoned properties placed into Receivership  in efforts to keep the many blighted properties safe.

33.    JOURDAIN    –    That the DPW conduct mold testing of City Hall offices
    BRESNAHAN        asap and report results to City Council.

34.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Mayor the open staff position in the tax collector’s  office to be filled as has been requested by Tax Collector.  This position needs to be filled and leaving it open is negatively affecting the operations of the office. This position is already budgeted.

35.    JOURDAIN    –    Whereas, Beaudoin Village houses hundreds of city residents who are in need of additional parking and recreational opportunities for their children.
 
Be it therefore ordered that the Housing Authority please design and install a parking lot in the field area near the office at lower Leary Dr. in Beaudoin Village.  There is a significant need for parking and this would be very beneficial to the residents.  Furthermore, that the Housing Authority please also work with the DPW and Park & Rec to design a playground area for the benefit of the children of Beaudoin Village with a new playscape.  The city should pay for this playscape and it should be in conjunction with the new parking lot to be installed in the area of lower Leary Dr. to make a modern beautiful area for the residents of this important residence.

36.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    the City Council thru the ordinance committee and disability commission designate the current handicapped parking in front of Fernandez Restaurants to patrons between 11am – 4pm for patrons who come to the restaurant during business hours. Currently the handicapped parking is being use by the tenants overnight who do not move their cars during business hours and not allowing patrons to park. (There is a total 4 handicapped parking with in the street block area for tenants access) Fernandez business in particular serves lunches to the elder population and the patrons have bought this to my attention as concern.

37.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That 3 additional parking be designated and permitted from 7:30 am – 9:30 pm and 3:00 – 5:30 pm on Dwight Street for Open Square Day Care ( their Address is listed as 233-243 High Street)  but the parking is needed on Dwight Street) these parking will enable parents to safely drop off and pick up their children during high traffic times, when their safety would otherwise be compromised.

38.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That the department responsible of the meters services come before the appropriate committee to explain the issue in the city about why so many parking meters out of service and patrons are parking on them being ticketed.

39.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That the ordinance committee take up a parking issue regarding tenants living on row houses on Center and Canal Street who are being ticketed in their designated parking and also to discuss the winter parking ban policy and how is affecting them.

40.    MCGEE    –    that DPW/forestry cut back the trees branches along Easthampton Rd sidewalk between Burns Way and Bemis.

41.    MCGEE    –    that Park & Rec/DPW look into installing an awning near the dog park at community field.

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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