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Event takes place on December 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

Regular Meeting of the Holyoke City Council

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
December 15,2015

 

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. the City Council consider adopting the following resolution in opposition to the federal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal (language attached).

2. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the possibility of establishing several “Residents Parking 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.

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

COMMUNICATIONS

3. From City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee and Administrative Assistant Ryan Allen, minutes from December 1, 2015 City Council Meeting.

4. From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, letter re: Free Cash

5. From Board of Fire Commission, minutes from November 16, 2105.

6. From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority minutes from August 19, 2015.

7. From Holyoke Retirement Board, minutes from June 24, 2015.

8. From Board of Public Works, minutes from October 19, 2015 meeting.

9. From Sewer Commission, minutes from October 19, 2015 meeting.

10. From Stormwater Authority, minutes from October 19, 2015 meeting.

11. From Timothy C. Twardowski letter re: Proposed replacement of Wireless Telecommunication Tower at Scott Tower Rd. (Crown Castle Business Unit No. 856539)

PETITIONS

12. Petition of Kenrick Williams, 97 Locust Street for renewal of a special permit for home occupation for property preservation.

13. Petition of Sprint and TMobile for a new wireless telecommunications facility or material modification and for a flood plain overlay district at 200 Northampton Rd.

14. Petition of CCATT Site Manager for a special permit for modification of an existing wireless telecommunications facility on Scott Tower Road (Parcel ID: 145-00-093).

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

15. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

15A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council adopt a municipal charges 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

16. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

16A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial transfer request of $3,500 FROM Pay Auditor TO Professional Accounting Recommend that the financial transfer be approved

16B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City invite in Bond Council to discuss stabilization fund, bond rating, impact to stabilization if money is used etc. Recommend that the order has been complied with

16C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to file and accept grants from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; and
The EOEEA is offering a reimbursable grant of $280,000 for the renovation of the tennis courts at Crosier Field and Jones Point Park, and
That by accepting this grant, Crosier Field and Jones Point Park shall remain open to the general public and used for appropriate outdoor recreation in perpetuity ;and
That the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to take such other actions as are necessary to carry out the terms, purposes, and conditions of this grant to be administered by the Department of Public Works; and
That this resolution shall take effect upon passage. Recommend that the grant be denied

17. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

17A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order Ordered that he City engineer provide recommendations to improve and make safer the intersection at Hitchcock and Martins St. The flashing light is basically ignored as motorist fly down that hill. awaiting disposition

17B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order Ordered that the Conservation Commission, DPW, and City Engineer, come before the City Council to discuss the potential new access road for University apartments and the wet land surrounding that potential new road. awaiting disposition

17C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order Ordered that the intersection of Apremont Highway and Rt. 202 be evaluated for a traffic light and if needed, that a cost for installation be determined.
awaiting disposition

17D. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that County Rd. be evaluated for elimination of the passing zones as they encourage an increased rate of speed by drivers Awaiting disposition

17E. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that 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. awaiting disposition

17F. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City accepts Liberty St. which runs from Dartmouth to Jefferson, as an accepted City St. The City is looking to pave this street using Chapter 90 funds Awaiting disposition

17G. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Engineer provide recommendations 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. awaiting disposition

17H. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City look into a no loitering sign on Main St. near the car wash awaiting disposition

17I. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the traffic light at Doyle Dr. and Rt. 202 be changed to a blinking red and yellow at the end of each class day on days when there are no classes held at HCC. Residents are finding there are long backups during rush hour traffic when classes are no longer in session. Awaiting disposition

18. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

18A. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral appointment of Ms. Kelly Curran to the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

18B. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral appointment of Paola Ferrario to serve as member of the Historical Commission Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

18C. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the Parks and Rec. Commissioners develop a plan for playground improvements at Mayer Field and report to the Public Service Committee with its ideas along with a budget Recommend that the order has been complied with

18D. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the DPW and Parks and 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 Recommend that the order has been complied with

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

19A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Ordered, that the City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, consider an offer from Stephen Bosco to purchase a parcel of land located at 99 Beech Street for $7,500. Said property is described in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 062, Block 05, Parcel 006, consisting of approximately 4,400 square feet of vacant land, more or less, and is more particularly described in a deed recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 10710, Page 123. The property is zoned as DR (Downtown Residential District) and has an assessed value of $26,900. Recommend that the purchase offer be approved

19B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 40 Sec. 4A the City Council approve an intermunicipal agreement between the Town of Amherst, City of Holyoke, City of Northampton, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, City of Springfield and University of Massachusetts, Amherst for a regional bike share program. Recommend that the order be adopted

19C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Special Permit application for a non-conforming structure at 1065 Hampden St. for Mr. Robert Everett. Recommend that the special permit be approved

19D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Special Permit application for a Commercial Drive Through Use (Fast food drive through) for Shield Hotel Management at 245 Whiting Farms Rd. map 174 Block 00 Parcel 13 Recommend that the special permit be approved

19E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Communication from Witman Properties Inc. letter of interest in purchasing parcel 61-2-14 to adjoin to 184-186 Beech St. Recommend that the communication has been received

19F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a communication update from Planning Dept. on Mt. Tom Coal Plant re-use study Recommend that the update has been received and the Committee will report back to the Full Council

20. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

21. VACON — That a legal opinion be provided regarding cemeteries; that are defined as an area of land set aside and dedicated for the final depository of the remains of a deceased person;  there is indication in law, regulations, etc., that the land shall not be used for another purpose.  Please provide an opinion that indicates if a cemetery can be used for any other purpose allowed by right, such as a day care or solar or other “as of right” use.

22. VACON — That ANR laws be reviewed and amended to establish a permitting process when business zones abut residential zones.

23. VACON — that the City Council be provided with a copy of the position posting for City Auditor and publications where the ad was placed.

24. BARTLEY — That the city affix a handicap parking sign on the telephone pole in front of 99 Carlton St.

25. BARTLEY — The city engineer assess the merits of installing a dedicated Left turn arrow onto the lights at Northampton St. for motorists turning left onto South St.

26. JOURDAIN — that the City Council set the minimum residential factor for FY 2016 for the purpose of determining the tax classification.

27. MCGEE — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2016 911 Training ” 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 there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Six hundred ninety-two and 31/100 Dollars ($692.31) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $692.31
TOTAL: $692.31
TO:
11611-51102 Pay-Assistant Clerk $691.32
TOTAL: $692.31

29. MCGEE — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Fourteen thousand three hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($14,300) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $14,300
TOTAL: $14,300
TO:
11611-51210 Elections Officers $9000
11611-51300 Overtime 800
11612-53030 Print/Bind/Microfilm 3000
11612-53100 Other Services 1500
TOTAL: $14,300

30. TALLMAN — Ordered, that Zoning Ordinance Section 4.4.1 and other sections be amended as necessary to allow for the accessory use of motor vehicle repair to be done as of right in limited situations such as the repair of fleet vehicles. Further ordered, that Section 86-3 of the Code of Ordinances be reviewed and amended as necessary to be consistent with the zoning in regards to where motor vehicle repair is allowed.

31. BARTLEY — The city remove the “no parking” sign in front of
LEBRON-MARTINEZ 70 Chestnut St. (Whiting School).

32. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — That the City Council provide a proclamation to Ms. Basilia Maldonado  in celebration of her 103th years of her birth (12-01-2012) and as a resident of Holyoke

33. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — That the City Council provide a proclamation to Ms. Letitia Brunetti Boucher in celebration of her 100th years of her birth and as a resident of Holyoke.

34. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — That all city administration inform City Councilors of any reports to be release to the public and to the media with in ample time, so we do not learn the information thru media outlets instead of the responsible person of such department.  

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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