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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on November 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

November 17,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Pawnbroker License application of Tai W. Kang at 311 High St.  Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Paola Ferrario, 25 Morgan St. to serve as a member of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke, Ms. Ferrario will replace Jerome Ezold and serve the remainder of his term;  said term will expire on April 16, 2018.

3.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, minutes from October 20, 2015.

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

5.    From Aaron Vega, State Representative letter re:  passing of special act that would allow the City of Holyoke to shut off a customers water when sewer bills go unpaid.

6.    Letter from Senator Don Humason regarding the Home Rule Petition to the collection of sewer fees.

7.    From Nicholas C. Cramb, Esq. letter re:  Written protest against Application for Zone Change – 161 Lower Westfield Rd.

8.    From Witman Properties Inc.  letter of interest in purchasing parcel 61-2-14 to adjoin to 184-186 Beech St.

9.    From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of May 20, 2015.

10.    From Board of Fire Commission, minutes of September 15, 2015.

11.    From Board of Public Works minutes of October 5, 2015

12.    From Sewer Commission minutes of October 3, 2015

13.    From Stormwater Authority minutes of October 3, 2015.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

14.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

14A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  that the zoning ordinance section 7.8.4 “Special permit application wireless telecommunication facility” be amended to include a provision that space be provided for public safety uses at no cost to the city when new antennas, materials, or modifications are installed.  Recommend that the order be adopted

14B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council through the Ord. Committee allow changes to provide 3 to 4 parking signs in front of Lawrence School on Cabot St. that will say no parking between 8:00am to 9:30 am and between 2:30pm to 3:30pm  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended:  “order that the City Council through the Ord. Committee allow changes to provide 3 to 4 parking signs in front of Lawrence School on Cabot St. that will say student dropoff and pick up only “

14C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council through 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted with amended hours being 9am – 5pm with a one hour limit

14D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that no parking shall be allowed on the west side of Race Street abutting the canal walk from Dwight St. on the north to Appleton St. to the south Recommend that the order be adopted

14E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that no parking shall be allowed on either side of Dwight St. east of Main St. as part of the Holyoke Rail Platform vehicular loop Recommend that the order be adopted

14F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a stop sign be installed at Ashley Rd. and Rt. 202 Recommend that the order be adopted

14G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Flea market application for Mr. David Roman at 642 Summer St. Holyoke MA  Recommend that the application be approved under the following conditions
1. Signage be provided at the entrance and egress of the flea market property
2. Chalk lines are provided to mark parking spaces
3. Directional arrows are drawn to guide the flow of traffic
4. Business hours are limited to 5am – 9pm 7 days a week
5. Flea market license is non-transferrable

14H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  Special Permit application for a zone change at 161 Lower Westfield Road from Current Zone IG to Proposed Zone IP for Mr. Emil Schlegel.  Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw

15.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

16.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

16A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order Ordered that the Parks and Rec. Commission and the DPW Superintendent come before the City Council to discuss the status of the Pouliot Pool and the plan and costs for it’s repair or replacement  awaiting disposition

16B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that a representative from Holyoke Police Dept. come in to the Public Safety Committee to discuss rules and regulations and laws regarding motor scooters and their use in the City of Holyoke.   Awaiting disposition

16C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Council be updated as to how many properties have been placed in receivership through the housing court and an update from our legal department as to how this can decrease blighted properties. It has been reported that Spfld. See this tool to prevent the deterioration of properties with good results.  Awaiting disposition

16D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Council explore the potential of alternate side or one side parking on Brookline Ave. during winter months. Residents are raising concerns about emergency vehicle access after snow plowing  Awaiting disposition

16E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order 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.  Awaiting disposition

16F.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Engineer evaluates what options are available to make the corner of Hampshire and Beech safer for motorists and pedestrians. Visibility is limited and the traffic at this specific intersection has increased since the senior center began in operation.  Awaiting disposition

16G.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Law Dept. and any other City Departments come before the City Council to update the 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 and to see what efforts are being made to keep the many blighted properties safe.  Awaiting disposition

16H.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that 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 and also has the potential of having the public be struck by rink vehicles as they enter and exit the rink entrances directly adjacent to the sand pile. Also please add a cover over the sand pile.  Awaiting disposition

16I.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Mayor and the Fire Chief come before the Public Safety Committee to discuss the brownout of both Engine 2 and Tactical 2. Please come prepared to discuss potential options of putting these apparatuses back online.  Awaiting disposition

16J.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Mayor rescind his executive order that directs our Police Chief to ignore federal immigration laws for detaining illegal aliens. Our Mayor should not be directing our Police Chief to violate the law.  Awaiting disposition

17.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

18A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council approve the Certified Project and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement for International Container Company/Searles Associates, LLC for its expansion at 122 Mosher St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

18B.    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 Holyoke Health 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted

18C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application  for a non-conforming use at 1065 Hampden St. for Mr. Robert Everett.  Recommend that the special permit be approved

18D.    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 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.  Recommend that the order be denied

19.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

20.    JOURDAIN    –    the City Council advertise and post the position of City Auditor, once a pool of candidates has been developed, the Council then interview and select a candidate.
The Personal Director should prepare the draft advertisement and posting for the Council’s review.  Personnel should also inform us of any civil service rules or notice that they may require to be adhered to.

21.    JOURDAIN    –    Personnel and the Assessors please notify us asap as to the status of the advertisement for the empty Assessor position and let us know when we can expect a list of candidates to interview.

22.    JOURDAIN    –    the G&E please install street lights on the pole adjacent to 12 Winthrop Street, as well as, on the pole at the top of Ridgewood Ave near the back entrance to  Community Field.  That they also evaluate the possibility of putting in lights on other poles on Winthrop Street and Bay State Rd where there is excessive darkness.  There has been a rise in criminal activity in this area.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

23.    JOURDAIN    –    the Council Rules be suspended to allow the Councilors-Elect to join the present membership inside the rail and that they be seated with members of their choice for the remainder of the meetings for this term.  They are not allowed to enter into debate without a further suspension of the rules, and they shall have no right to vote per the Charter.

24.    JOURDAIN    –    he Water Department please work with their legal counsel to draft an amendment to their existing special act to add on management, control and oversight of wastewater services in the City of Holyoke so that this amendment may be considered by the City Council and Mayor for adoption as a Special Act amendment.  Please do this as soon as humanly possible.

25.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 100 Beech St. for Philip Manzi.

26.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Byrne Memorial JAG 2015″ 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.

27.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Working on Wellness Seed Funding” 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 the HG&E replace/repair the light at the corner of Lexington and Jefferson.

29.    MCGEE    –    that the legal dept and park and rec dept. look into establishing a community garden at Morgan park.

30.    MCGEE    –    the DPW repair the sidewalk in front of the driveway at 1518 Dwight Street as the side walk dips and is a hazard.

31.    MCGIVERIN    –    that the Conservation Commission, DPW, and City Engineer,
    MCGEE        come before the City Council to discuss the potential
            new access road for University apartments and the
            wet land surrounding that potential new road.

32.    VACON    –    That the intersection of Apremont Hwy and Rt. 202 be evaluated for a traffic light and if needed, that a cost to install be determined.

33.    VACON    –    Add a stop sign at the end of Lynn Ann Dr. going easterly at Lower Westfield Rd. per recommendation of DPW/Engineering.

34.    VACON    –    That the speed limit on Lower Westfield Road be reduced from 30mph to 20 mph for the portion of the road from Homestead Ave. that leads to the Elks.
This is a request from residents in the area.

35.    VALENTIN    –    that a Handicap sign be place in front of 16 Clinton Ave. for Robert A. Fitzpatrick Jr.

36.    VALENTIN    –    That a handicap sign be placed in front of 195 Suffolk St. for  Maria Vazquez.

37.    BARTLEY    –    The city council order removal of the handicap parking sign at 5-7 Martin St.  The business at that address no longer requires it.

38.    BARTLEY    –    The city council consider amending Holyoke’s ordinances to change the no parking law between Edbert Dr. and Mayer Field.  The amendment would clarify where parking is prohibited.  Further, the review should consider parking ordinance during the summer to accommodate parents attending activities at Mayer Field.

39.    BARTLEY    –    The city council amend parking ordinance on Westfield Rd. near Blessed Sacrament that will allow for parking during weekend masses and will provide additional parking space.

40.    BARTLEY    –    The city engineer provides recommendation(s) to improve and make safer the intersection at Hitchcock and Martin Sts.  The flashing light is basically ignored as motorists fly down that hill.  Refer to DPW and HPD to acquire accident reports for this intersection.  Have HPD send accident reports to the city engineer.  Further, have the city engineer provide recommendations to better sequence the lights on Northampton St. from Beech St. to Whiting Farms Rd. to improve traffic flow.

41.    BARTLEY    –    DPW install temporary STOP lines on South St. in front of Elmwood Towers.  Please do so ASAP as the former lines are now paved over and motorists are stopping too close to the cross-walk.

42.    BARTLEY    –    The city council consider deleting the “no left turn” ordinance on Whiting Farms Rd. at K-Mart Plaza.  Further, the city council consider ordaining a “left turn only” lane into K-Mart Plaza from Northampton St.

43.    BARTLEY    –    Due to constituent concerns, the city engineer provides recommendation(s) to improve and make safer the intersection at South St., Maple St. and Parenteau Dr.  Motorists are making left turns on the red light and crossing over into oncoming traffic.  Also, have the city install better street signage at this intersection.  


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