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Event takes place on October 06, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
October 6,2015

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DH, PR and Miscellaneous Salary Schedules, as well as any other amendments previously adopted under this section be repealed.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: issue with blighted and abandoned properties.

3.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council, minutes from September 15, 2015.

4.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, Monthly Budget Reports for the General Fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of June 30, and August 31, 2015.

5.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, External Auditor Report, prepared by Melanson, Heath as a result of the completion of the audit of the City’s financial records for FY 2014.

6.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, letter re:  New Revolving Fund.

7.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, letter re:  Auditor Governance Letter.

8.    From Damian J. Cote, Building Commissioner, letter re: 12 Month Progress Report, Department of Codes and Inspections (Building Department).

9.    From Joseph O’Connor Chairman Section 19 Committee Holyoke Fire Department, letter regarding analysis of the Four Health Insurance brokerage firms vying for the right to represent the City in negotiations.

10.    From Board of Health, minutes from June 11 and July 8, and September 10, 2015.

11.    From Board of Fire Commission, minutes from August 5, 2015.

12.    From Andrew Smith, Conservation Director, minutes from  Mar. 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 23, May 14, May 28,  June 11,  July 9, and July 30, 2015.

13.    From Board of Public Works, minutes from August 3 & August 31, 2015.

14.    From Sewer Commission minutes from August 3 & August 31, 2015.

15.    From Stormwater Authority, minutes from August 3 & August 31, 2015.

PETITIONS

16.    Petition of Ann O’Leary, 208 Huron Ave. for a renewal of a home occupation for  real estate sales.

17.    Petition of Elizabeth Zellmer, 601 Northampton St. for a renewal of a home occupation for piano lessons.

18.    Petition of Manuel Contin, for a renewal of a Livery License at 219 Elm St.

19.    Petition from Emil Schlegel, for a new zone change at 161 Lower Westfield Rd. from IG to IP.

20.    Petition of Robert M. Everett, 1065 Hampden St. for a non-conforming use for reconstruction and alteration.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

21.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

22.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

23.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

24.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

24A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral appointment of Mr. Marco Crescentini to the Fairfield Ave. Historic District. Commission  Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

24B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the department responsible for the parking meter services come before the appropriate committee to explain why so many parking meters are out of service and patrons parking on them are being ticketed  Recommend that the order has been complied with

24C.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the Mayor, Acting Treasurer, Superintendent 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.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

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

25A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an application for a special permit for a Motor Vehicle repair garage at 395 Maple St. for Mr. Alfonzo Woods  Recommend that the application be approved designating 15 spaces for sales, 3 spaces for repair and 1 service bay

25B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an application for a special permit for a outdoor sales lots for new and used motor vehicles and trucks and marine and recreational vehicles establishment. – Said lot is located in a BH, IG, or BE district Recommend that the application be approved designating 15 spaces for sales, 3 spaces for repair and 1 service bay

25C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Hon. City Council in accordance with Section 2-349 in the Code of Ordinances vote to approve the list of properties for auction as previously communicated to the city Council by the Acting Treasurer on August 4, 2015  Recommend that the order be adopted

25D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Special Permit Application for approval of a 199’ new wireless telecommunications facility inside the flood plain overlay district. Recommend that the order be adopted

25E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an application for Sprint Spectrum, L.P (Sprint) and co applicant, T-Mobile Northeast, LLC (T-Mobile). for approval of a 199’ New Wireless Telecommunications Facility to be located at 200 Northampton St. Holyoke MA recommend that the application be approved with the condition that a removal bond be provided in accordance with Ordinance 7.8.10

26.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

27.    VACON    –    That the brush along the fence between Donahue School and the apartments at Tokeneke Road be cleared.  Residents find it blocks visibility for children walking to school or  the field, creating a safety concern.

28.    VACON    –    That the City Council calls upon our State Delegation
    JOURDAIN        to move the Home Rule Petition regarding the collection
            of sewer fees, which is in the Committee on 3rd reading,
            forward for adoption so that over $700,000 in unpaid
            sewer fees can be collected.

29.    VACON    –    Place “no overnight parking” signs in front of 5 Donlee Street and across from 5 Donlee per request of the residents.

30.    VALENTIN    –    the residential area in the vicinity of 303 Pleasant
    ALEXANDER        St. be monitored by HPD to address the speeding concerns
            from residents in that area. Additional speed limit
            enforcement is needed.

31.    VALENTIN    –    he possibility of establishing several “Resident Parking
    TALLMAN        Only” spaces be explored for the residential area
            on Beech St. located directly across from Wistariahurst
            Museum. Residents are having parking difficulties
            on evenings when the museum has events.

32.    VALENTIN    –    a “SIGNAL AHEAD” sign be installed by DPW on Dwight St. (past the School St. intersection) to warn drivers that a traffic light is ahead (at the intersection of Dwight and Linden). Residents on Dwight St. are concerned about drivers speeding down their street and not being aware that a major intersection is ahead.

33.    VALENTIN    –    our current illegal dumping ordinances be reviewed to determine ways in which the City can enforce them with more success. In addition, that the possibility of installing video cameras in alley “hot spots” is explored as a way to curb illegal dumping.

34.    BARTLEY    –    The City Engineer assess installation of a mid-block cross-walk across Hillside Ave. at Coit St.This area is used as a bus stop.  

35.    BARTLEY    –    The DPW install signage on Westfield Rd. before the right-hand turn onto Woodland St. advising motorists to Slow Down.  Further, order the DPW to install sidewalks on Brown Ave. from at least the old Bosbach’s to end of the street and install sidewalks on Westfield Rd. from Michigan Ave. to Homestead Ave.  

36.    BARTLEY    –    That HPD set up enforcement at the following locations to ensure compliance with posted speed limits:
a) at Coit St. and Hillside Ave.
b) at Brown Ave. between South St. and Laurel St.
c) at South St. near Vin’s Car Wash

37.    BARTLEY    –    That the Parks and Recreation Commissioners develop a plan for playground improvement(s) at Mayer Field and report to the Public Safety committee with its ideas along with a budget.

38.    BARTLEY    –    That in light of the FY14 audit (dated 6/30/14) received by the City Clerk 9/25/15, the City Auditor as well as the city’s Independent audit firm be invited to a future Finance Committee hearing to answer questions and provide any updates.

39.    GREANEY JR.    –    That the City Council through the Public Safety Committee look into the property at 135 Lincoln Street to make sure it is up to code, handicap accessible, handicap restrooms, fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and parking and traffic problems that might arise because it is a shared driveway.

40.    JOURDAIN    –    he City Forester trim the trees in front of 304 Mackenzie Ave.  Many of the limbs are dead and touching residents house.  This needs to be done asap.  Please coordinate with resident when you come.

41.    JOURDAIN    –    that United Water work with the resident and family of resident at 11 Anderson Ave to stop the sewer backups that are occurring at the home during heavy rain storms.

42.    JOURDAIN    –    that the DPW please put on schedule picking up leaves at the bend between St Jerome Ave and Dunn Ave.  Residents state that the street fills up with leaves at that corner making it a hazard.

43.    JOURDAIN    –    That the DPW and Park & Rec please consider the possibility of installing a water sprinkler play area for the kids at Rohan park.  Please consider a layout and provide a potential cost estimate.

44.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Polling Places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke for the Municipal  Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

    ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recintos en la Ciudad de Holyoke para la Eleccion Municipal  que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 3 de Noviembre 2015, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

WARD ONE   BARRIO UNO
                      PRECINCT A – Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 Bowers St..
                      RECINTO A—Rosary Towers Recreation Room  21 de la Calle Bowers

                       PRECINCT B—Prospect Heights Community Room, 41 Chestnut St.
                       RECINTO B—Prospect Heights, 41 de la Calle Chestnut

WARD TWO   BARRIO DOS
        PRECINCT A—Morgan School Gym, South Bridge St. Entrance only
        RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela Morgan, en la Calle So. Bridge solamente

        PRECINCT B – Falcetti Towers, 475 Maple St.
        RECINTO B – Falcetti Towers, 475 de la Calle Maple

WARD THREE   BARRIO TRES
        PRECINCT A – Elmwood Engine House, South St.
        RECINTO A – Elmwood Engine House, en la Calle South

        PRECINCT B – Metcalf  School Gym, 2019 Northampton St.
        RECINTO B –Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

WARD FOUR   BARRIOS CUATRO
        PRECINCT A& B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, Appleton St.
        RECINTO A&B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, en la Calle Appleton

WARD FIVE   BARRIOS CINCO
        PRECINCT A – Lt. Elmer J. McMahon School Gym, Kane Rd.
        RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela McMahon, en la Calle Kane

        PRECINCT B – Maurice A. Donahue School Gym, Whiting Farms Rd.
        RECINTO B—Gimnasio de la Escuela Donahue, en la Calle Whiting Farms    
 
WARD SIX   BARRIO SEIS
        PRECINCT A&B – Sullivan School 400 Jarvis Ave.
        RECINTO A&B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 de la Calle Jarvis

                WARD SEVEN   BARRIO SIETE
        PRECINCT A&B – E. N. White School Gym, 1 Jefferson St.
        PRECINTO A&B– Gimnasio de la Escuela E. N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson

45.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Biennial Municipal Election in the City of Holyoke for the choice of City Officers be and the same is hereby called to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 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 Municipal (Biennial) en la Ciudad de Holyoke, para el escojer de oficiales de la cuidad, sera llevado a cabo el Martes, 3, de Noviembre 2015 en los varios barrios, designados por la Assambleista 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 haigan 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 cualificado.

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

ONE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE AT-LARGE to serve for the term of four years, from the first Monday in January following his/her election, and until his/her successor is qualified.
UN MIEMBRO DE EL COMITE DE ESCUELA EN-GENERAL, para servir por un termino de cuatro anos, desde el primer lunes en Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea cualificado.

EIGHT COUNCILORS AT LARGE, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
OCHO, ASAMBLEISTAS EN-GENERAL, para servir un termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor se cualificado.

ONE COUNCILOR FROM EACH WARD, by and from the voters of each ward, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
UN ASAMBLEISTA DE CADA BARRIO, por los votantes de cada barrio, para servir por el termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero despues de elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor se cualificado.

ONE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR EACH WARD, by and from the voters of each ward, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
UN MIEMBRO DE EL COMITE DE ESCUELA DE CADA BARRIO, por los votantes de cada barrio, para servir un termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea cualificado.

Question #1

Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 2015 entitled, “An Act reducing the size of the City Council of the City of Holyoke” be accepted?

Yes
No

Question #1 Summary:
This act proposes to change the size of the City Council from its current makeup of fifteen (15) members, with one member elected from each of seven (7) wards and eight (8) members elected from the city at large, to thirteen (13) members, with one member elected from each ward and six (6) members elected from the city at large.  If adopted, this change will take effect beginning with November 2017 municipal election.

Pregunta #1

¿Debe una ley aceptada por la Corte General en el año 2015, titulada, “una ley reduciendo el número de los asambleistas municipales de la ciudad de Holyoke” ser aceptada?

Si
No

Pregunta #1 Resumen:
Esta ley propone cambiar el numero de los asambleistas municipales  actual de quince (15) miembros, con un miembro electo de cada uno de los siete (7) barrios y ocho (8) miembros electos por la ciudad en general a trece (13) miembros, con un miembro electo de cada barrio y seis (6) miembros electos de la ciudad en general.  Si es adoptada, este cambio será vigente comenzando el día de la elección municipal de noviembre 2017.

Question #2
Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 2015 entitled, “An Act establishing a four year term for the Office of Mayor in the City of Holyoke” be accepted?

Yes
No

Question #2 Summary:
This Act proposes to change the term of the Mayor from two (2) years to four (4) years.  If adopted, this change will take effect beginning with the November 2017 municipal election.

Pregunta #2
¿Debe una ley aceptada por la Corte General en el año 2015, titulada, “ una ley estableciendo un plazo de cuatro (4) años para el Alcalde en la Ciudad de Holyoke” ser aceptada?

Si
No

Pregunta #2 Resumen:
Esta ley propone cambiar el plazo del alcalde de dos (2) años a cuatro (4) años, si es adoptada, este cambio será vigente comenzando el día de la elección municipal de noviembre 2017.

Question #3
Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 2015 entitled, “An Act establishing a Four-Year term of Office of City Councilor in the City of Holyoke” be accepted?

Yes
No

Question #3 Summary:
This act proposes to change the term of the City Councilors from two (2) years to four (4) years.  If adopted, this change will take effect beginning with the November 2017 municipal Election.

Pregunta #3
¿Debe una ley aceptada por la Corte General en el año 2015 titulada, “una ley estableciendo un plazo de cuatro años para los asambleistas municipales en la Ciudad de Holyoke” ser adoptada?

Si
No

Pregunta #3 Resumen:
Esta ley propone cambiar el plazo de Asambleistas municipales de dos (2) años a cuatro (4) años.  Si es adoptada, este cambio será vigente comenzando el día de la elección municipal de noviembre 2017.

Question #4
Shall an act passed by the General Court in the year 2015 entitled, “ An Act establishing an appointed treasurer for the City of Holyoke” be accepted?

Yes
No

Question #4 Summary:
This act proposes to change the City Treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one; the appointment will be made by the City Council for a term not to exceed (3) years and qualifications for the position may be established by ordinance.  If adopted, the Treasurer elected in the 2015 municipal election will fill the vacancy in the office for the remaining two (2) years, and a treasurer will be appointed to the position following the expiration of that term in January 2017 or sooner if the office is vacated.

Pregunta #4
¿Debe una ley aceptada por la Corte General en el año 2015 titulada, “una ley estableciendo que se nombre un tesorero para la Ciudad de Holyoke” ser aceptada?

Si
No

Pregunta #4 Resumen:
Esta ley propone cambiar la posición del tesorero de la ciudad de una posición por votos a una posición nombrada; el nombramiento será hecho por los asambleistas municipales por un término de tres (3) años y las cualificaciones para dicha posición serán establecidas  por ordenanzas.  Si es aprobada,  el tesorero electo en las elecciones municipales del 2015 llenara el puesto vacante por el restante dos (2) años, y el tesorero será nombrado a la posición siguiendo la expiración del plazo en enero 2017 o antes si la posición esta vacante.

Non Binding public opinion advisory question:

Should the City switch from a Mayor to a City Manager?

Yes
No

Pregunta Opcional de opinión publica:
¿Debe la ciudad cambiar de Alcalde a Gerente de la Ciudad?

46.    JOURDAIN    –    Suspend Rule 1 of the Rules and Orders of the City Council in so far as it pertains to the regularly scheduled meeting of November 3, 2015 as it is the date of the Municipal  Election and reschedule this meeting.

47.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered that following individuals be honored with a City Council proclamation for their many years of dedicated service to public safety and the citizens of Holyoke.

Thomas H. Cavanaugh

Anthony A Gazda

Ronald A. DeRoy

Terrance W. Leary

Eugene C. Dube

Lawrence R. W. Jackson

48.    LEAHY    –    Ordered that Donlee St. to be posted residential parking.
    CHATEAUNEUF        Please bring in the Chief of Police and the City Engineer
            to discuss.

49.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that a 4-way Stop sign be place on the intersection of Bower St within the bridge by the under path and Mosher. Residents have made this request for safety reasons.

50.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that the handicapped sign be remove at 18 Center St, as is no longer needed.

51.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that the city council receive a receipts confirming from specific department that  the order has been received for the purpose to track orders file by councilors.

52.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that a proclamation be made by the council to the Family of Virgemina Perez (who pass) for her years of service and dedication to the community of Holyoke and the Western Mass region.

53.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that the City Council review and amend Section 18-35 “Regulation of Blighted and Vacant Buildings” of the Code of Ordinances, and any other sections as may be necessary, in order to update the policies and procedures as suggested in the communication from the [Mayor/Building Commissioner].

54.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    hat the City Council consider a petition to the State Legislature to adopt a special act that would 1) allow the City of Holyoke to deny permits to any person that owes municipal taxes or fees for any property that is either owned or controlled (through an LLC, trust, etc.) by that same person; and 2) allow the City of Holyoke to place a lien for the costs of securing or otherwise making safe a vacant or abandoned property against other property owned or controlled by the same person.

55.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    Ordered, that the City Council adopt a municipal charges
    LISI        lien ordinance that will allow the City to record
            a lien against a property for any outstanding charges
            related to violations of city ordinances, zoning ordinances,
            the State Sanitary Code and State Building Code.
    

56.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “STATE HOMELAND SECURITY 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.

57.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Sixty-four thousand four hundred sixty-three/100 Dollars ($64,463) as follows: (Building Dept.)

FROM:
12402-53020    Demolition        $64,463
        TOTAL:    $64,463
TO:
12401-51201    Pay-Prop/Maint Demo Supervisor        $27,500
12402-51202    Pay-Prop/Maint Demo Worker        36,964
        TOTAL:    $64,463

58.    MCGEE    –    the alarm division fix the cross walk signals at Northampton and Dwight.

59.    MCGEE    –    the DPW install new sidewalks on Hampden street.  The current sidewalks are unsafe for residents and a liability to the city.

60.    MCGEE    –    DPW replace the sidewalks on Northampton street between Vadnais and Hampden Knolls.

61.    SOTO    –    that a Handicap sign be placed in front of 136 Sargeant St. for Ivonne Mora.

62.    SOTO    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 15 Prew Ave. for Noeila Vizcarrondo.

63.    SOTO    –    Ordered, that an Ordinance be created which creates a rule limiting the potential influence of political campaign dollars of individuals holding contracts with the city for city services; including, but limited to city towing vendors, city insurance brokers, or law firms working for the city as a client.  As a condition of holding these financial arrangements with the city, owners, officers and employees of these companies should be limited to donations of $50.00 each to any Mayoral or City Council candidate per calendar year.  These contracts and financial appointments should be based on merit and without the appearance of undue influence or financial gain by the campaigns of candidates for Mayor or City Council.

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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