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Event takes place on March 02, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
March 2,2016

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    Petition of Verizon New England , Inc. to place one pole on the northerly side of Harvard St. at a point approximately one hundred seventy-three (173) feet Easterly from the center line of Pleasant St.

2.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  Ordered that the relevant sections of Chapter 86 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to allow the Holyoke Housing Authority to issue permits for parking on Leary Dr. and to authorize the Holyoke Housing Authority to tow vehicles parked without permits. Further, that the listing of spaces on Leary Dr. be reviewed and amended as necessary to update the location of the permit parking spaces and visitor spaces  Recommend that the order be adopted

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Mr. Bellamy Schmidt, 661 West Cherry St., Mr. George Mettey, 7 Hemlock Dr. and Mr. Jeremy Smith, 485 Hillside Ave. to serve as members on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke;  they will serve a two-year term; said terms will expire February 2018.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Nicole Morrison, 124 Ridgewood Ave. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Morrison will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March, 2019.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Mary Morris, 15 Oakwood Ave. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Morris will serve a three-year term;  said term will expire on March 2019.

6.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council, minutes from February 16, 2016.

7.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office for Community Development, letter re:  CDBG Allocation Spreadsheet.

8.    From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, annual meeting minutes and regular meeting minutes for December 15, 2015.

9.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes from January 27, 2016.

10.    From Board of Public Works, minutes from January 4, 2016.

11.    From Sewer Commission, minutes from January 4, 2016.

12.    From Stormwater Authority, minutes from January 4, 2016.

13.    From Diosdado Lopez, Board President of The Hispanic Family, inviting the Holyoke City Council to the 29th Annual Hispanic Family Festival & Western Massachusetts Puerto Rican Parade.

14.    From Thomas F. Gibson, Esquire letter re:  Amendment to Municipal Ordinance 2-421 – Time for Holding Meetings.

PETITIONS

15.    Petition of Carlos J. Ramos for a new special permit for a motor vehicle repair garage at 184 Suffolk St. (Parcel #061-01-005).

16.    Petition of Joseph Harfoush, for a renewal of a Livery License vehicle to be garaged at 395 Maple St.

17.    Petition of Maloney Development, LLC for a special permit for a driveway in Front Yard (#6.1.8.1.) for property address located at 61-132 Tokeneke Rd (Parcel #116-00-002).

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

18.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

18A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city affix a handicap parking sign on the telephone pole in front of 99 Carlton St. Recommend that the handicap application be approved

18B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that whenever the Mayor sells a property to anyone that he first notify all abutters prior to agreeing to that sale. That an ordinance be created to this effect.  Recommend that the order be adopted

18C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred that a handicap sign be placed in front of 62 Elm Street for Gail A. Bergeron.
 Recommend that the handicap application be approved

18D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred that DPW Place “no overnight parking” signs in front of 5 Donlee Street and across from 5 Donlee per request of the residents.
 Recommend that the order be adopted

18E.    The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School Committee to whom was referred  that the City Council invite the school receiver to address the public and City Councilors. Recommend that the order has been complied with

18F.    The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School Committee to whom was referred  that the receiver of public schools, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike, appear before the joint committee of the City Council and School Committee Recommend that the order has been complied with

19.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

19A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Emergency Management Performance” 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. Recommend that the order be approved

19B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Hydroelectric Generation Unit Upgrade” 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. Recommend that the order be approved

19C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication from the Holyoke Water Works requesting the opportunity for a meeting to discuss various financial matters relative to the department and its operations.  Recommend that communication be received with a report back to the full Council

19D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer of $51,970.76 FROM 2014 Bond Principal TO: Liability Insurance  Recommend that the order be adopted

19E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order : Financial Transfer of $105,000 FROM: Free Cash TO: Fire Overtime Recommend that the order be approved

19F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer of $310,000 FROM Bond Principal TO: Pay Firefighters  Recommend that the order be approved

19G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Financial Transfer of $30,000 FROM Free Cash TO: Veterans Benefits  Recommend that the order be approved

19H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that all departments report to the City Council any projected financial department short falls that they might have or have already requested funds for such matters  Recommend that the order has been complied with

19I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order the Auditor provide a list of nine item transfers/ budget transfers that have occurred in all departments from November to present and where such funds were transferred to  Recommend that the order has been complied with

19J.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer request of $200,00 FROM: Free Cash TO: Police Overtime Recommend that the order be denied

19K.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Financial Transfer request of $168,000 FROM: Free Cash TO: Sick Leave Buyback  Recommend that the order be denied

19L.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  Financial Transfer request of $3,500 FROM: Free Cash TO: Pay Extra Clerical Help
 Recommend that the order be denied

20.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

21.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

22A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Special Permit application to amend an existing special permit to allow removal of associated screening as required, for Bell Atlantic Mobile of MA Corp. Ltd d/b/a Verizon Wireless, at 485 South St. Map 112 Block 00 Parcel 024. Awaiting disposition

22B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for a renewal of a Home Occupation permit of Mr. Gerardo Ramos of 275 Sargent St. Holyoke MA for Marine Reef Habitat to increase the flow of customers to 5 per month.  Awaiting disposition

22C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  that the City Council pass the attached resolution titled “The Humanitarian Matter of Oscar Lopez Rivera” Awaiting disposition

22D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  that the City Council Consider adopting the following resolution in opposition to the Federal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal Awaiting disposition

22E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit 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). Awaiting disposition

23.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

24.    MCGEE    –    Whereas, several requests have been made to have the city look into a CPA and allow the voters the opportunity to decide on adoption of a CPA (note: CPA = The Community Preservation Act, codified as General Laws chapter 44B, allows cities and towns that accept certain of its provisions to create a special Community Preservation Fund by assessing a surcharge on annual real estate taxes and to appropriate monies in that fund for open space, historic resource and affordable housing purposes).

Therefore, order that:
 
The City consider: hereby accepts Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of Chapter 44B of the General Laws, otherwise known as the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, by approving a surcharge on real property for the purposes permitted by said Act, including the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources, the acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of land for recreational use, the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing, and the rehabilitation and restoration of such open space and community housing that is acquired or created as provided under said Act; that the amount of such surcharge on real property shall be 1% of the annual real estate tax levy against real property commencing in fiscal year 2018; and that the City hereby accepts the following exemptions from such surcharge permitted under Section 3(e) of said Act: property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the City, as defined
 in Section 2 of said Act, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of class three, commercial property, and class four, industrial property as defined in section 2A of said Chapter 59. Upon approval of the City Council, the actions of the body shall be submitted for acceptance by the voters at the next regular municipal or state election.
 
Or
 
the City hereby accepts Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of Chapter 44B of the General Laws, otherwise known as the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, by approving a surcharge on real property for the purposes permitted by said Act, including the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources, the acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of land for recreational use, the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing, and the rehabilitation and restoration of such open space and community housing that is acquired or created as provided under said Act; that the amount of such surcharge on real property shall be .5% of the annual real estate tax levy against real property commencing in fiscal year 2018; and that the City hereby accepts the following exemptions from such surcharge permitted under Section 3(e) of said Act: property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the City, as defined in Section 2 of said Act, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of class three, commercial property, and class four, industrial property as defined in section 2A of said Chapter 59. Upon approval of the City Council, the actions of the body shall be submitted for acceptance by the voters at the next regular municipal or state election.

25.    MCGEE    –    The city charge a sales tax or license fee (similar to a taxi cab) on uber/lyft ride share companies.

26.    MCGEE    –    Order that the fire alarm division provide the finance committee with a detailed break down of each traffic light (and cross walk signals) intersection area that is in need of repair, the report should show all cost(s) for replacing/redoing each area. Also, the report should give a final cost for all intersections along with a list of the top 10 most troubled areas.  In conjunction with this order the DPW is requested to review each intersections and determine if new curb/sidewalk sections will be needed and that cost should be shown as well.

27.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, One hundred thirty-four thousand eight hundred ninety-six and 00/100 Dollars ($134,896) as follows: (Police Dept.)

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $134,896
        TOTAL:    $134,896
TO:
12101-51510    SIck Leave Buyback        $134,896
        TOTAL:    $134,896

28.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, One hundred fifty thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($150,000) as follows: (Police Dept.)

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $150,000
        TOTAL:    $150,000
TO:
12101-51300    Overtime        $150,000
        TOTAL:    $150,000

29.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Twenty thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($20,000) as follows: (Police Dept.)

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $20,000
        TOTAL:    $20,000
TO:
12102-52410    Motor Vehicle Repairs        $20,000
        TOTAL:    $20,000

30.    ROMAN    –    the City hereby accepts Sections 3 to 7, inclusive, of Chapter 44B of the General Laws, otherwise known as the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act, by approving a surcharge on real property for the purposes permitted by said Act, including the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, the acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic resources, the acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of land for recreational use, the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of community housing, and the rehabilitation and restoration of such open space and community housing that is acquired or created as provided under said Act; that the amount of such surcharge on real property shall be 1.5% of the annual real estate tax levy against real property commencing in fiscal year 2018; and that the City hereby accepts the following exemptions from such surcharge permitted under Section 3(e) of said Act: property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the City, as defined in Section 2 of said Act, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property, $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of class three, commercial property, and class four, industrial property as defined in section 2A of said Chapter 59. Upon approval of the City Council, the actions of the body shall be submitted for acceptance by the voters at the next regular municipal or state election.

31.    ROMAN    –    the City invite Mayor Morse, representatives from the Community Preservation Coalition, the City’s Legal Department, and local Holyoke cpa advocates to provide information about how the CPA functions and answer questions regarding the adoption of the Community Preservation Act. Also extend invitations to Representative Vega and Senator Humason to attend this meeting, if their schedules allow.

32.    SULLIVAN    –    That the Director of Economic Development, along with a representative of HG&E and any other department he deems beneficial, appear before the City Council.  Questions were left unanswered regarding development and financing issues surrounding the Parsons site, which Mr. Marerro felt, should be dealt with in executive session.  In addition questions regarding the 1 million DOER Grant, the recent requests for multiple PILOT programs, and the location of future solar arrays, all need further clarification.

33.    SULLIVAN    –    That the City Council review and amend Section 18-35 “Regulations of Blighted and Vacant Buildings” and any other sections as may be necessary.  Recommendations should be solicited from the Mayor, Building Commissioner, Board of Health, and Police Dept.

34.    SULLIVAN    –    the City Council enact a proclamation congratulating the 5th and 6th grade HOLYOKE LADY KNIGHTS for a tremendous season and recent tournament championship.

35.    SULLIVAN    –    the City Council create a position under the authority of the Building Commissioner, with  the sole purpose of managing the demolition process of the many blighted buildings in the city.  Funding is already in place and this will save the city 100’s of thousands and potentially free up cash for other uses.

36.    SULLIVAN    –    the City Council initiate a Home Rule Petition for Prevailing Wages Exemptions. This would be to exempt Holyoke from complying with Sections 26 through 27g of Chapter 149 G.L. for projects estimated to cost $35,000 or less

37.    TALLMAN    –    that the Office of Planning and Economic Development provide the City Council with a list of City owned vacant lots.

38.    BARTLEY    –    Holyoke P.D. monitor speed on Longwood Ave. and report
    SULLIVAN        findings to the public safety committee.

39.    BARTLEY    –    Holyoke P.D. enforce the “do not block the box” ordinances citywide but in particular the two on Northampton St. near Clark & Gilman and please report back to the public service committee any findings.

40.    BARTLEY    –    That Holyoke’s finance team develop a plan to find funding for the myriad infrastructure problems in the city.  For example, prepare a bond package as suggested by the CC President on inauguration day.  Of particular concern are the broken-down traffic lights.

41.    BARTLEY    –    Now that the Parks Dept. has developed a plan and a budget to improve Mayer Field, that the City determine a means to fund the construction.  For example, prepare a bond package as suggested by the CC President on inauguration day.

42.    JOURDAIN    –    That the City Engineer review the intersection at West Franklin and Linden Street.  It is a dangerous intersection that needs further safety remediation.  Please examine if a flashing light as well as making it a 3 way intersection with Linden St fully one way as possible solutions.  Please report back to City Council as soon as possible.

43.    JOURDAIN    –    That the DPW replace the guardrail in front of 237 Sargeant Street with a new and improved guardrail.  DPW please also place reflective arrows on the guard rail coming from Magnolia and Sargeant all the way around the bend to make the turn more apparent to motorists coming up Sargeant St.  Please handle as soon as possible because this is a safety issue.

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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