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Event takes place on March 15, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
March 15,2016

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 appointing Ms. Deborah Aloisi, 147 Sycamore St. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities;  Ms. Aloisi will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2019.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Ms. Kimberly A. Ferris, 104 Cross Rd. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities;  Ms. Ferris will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2019.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Mr. James Mahoney as Director of Veterans Services, Mr. Mahoney term shall be for one (1) year from the date of confirmation and shall expire on April, 2017.

6.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council, minutes of March 2, 2016.

7.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, re:  Monthly Budget Reports for the General Fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of January 31, 2016.

8.    From Cheryl A. Dugre, Executive Director Holyoke Retirement Board, letter of notification that the Holyoke Retirement Board voted on acceptance of A FY 2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).

9.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator, Office for Community Development, letter re:  FFY2016 Committee on Development and Governmental Relations Recommendations.

10.    From BSC Group, Inc. on behalf of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, ” Connect, Construct, Create”:  A Plan for the revitalization of Center City Holyoke Environmental Notification Form.

11.    From Holyoke Board of Health minutes from February 4, 2016.

12.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, minutes of regular and annual meeting of December 16, 2015.

13.    From Board of Public Works minutes from January 25, 2016.

14.    From Sewer Commission minutes from January 25, 2016.

15.    From Stormwater Authority minutes from January 25, 2016.

16.    From Fairfield Avenue Local Historical Commission Annual Report 2014-2015.

17.    From Holyoke Historical Commission, annual report 2014-2015.

18.    From Holyoke Historical Commission, minutes from January 11, 2016.

PETITIONS

19.    Petition of William F. Sullivan & Co, Inc. for a renewal of a junk dealers license for 1 Jed Days Landing.

20.    Petition of William F. Sullivan & Co, Inc. for a renewal of a junk dealers license for 107 Appleton St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

21.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

21A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 79 Newton St. for Mr. Carlos Garcia  Recommend that the order be adopted

21B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That 1-2 parking spaces are eliminated on Hampden Street at the intersection of Hampden Street and School Street by installing “no parking” sign at that location. This intersection presents as a safety concern to drivers who have limited visibility  Recommend that the council adopt the recommendation of the City Engineer with DPW re-striping changing lanes

21C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke establish a three way stop sign at the intersection of Hampshire and Chestnut Streets.  Recommend that the council adopt the recommendations of the City engineer installing warning signs for the stop sign by adding new striping

21D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order At the point where Apremont Hwy turns right up the hill toward 202 and meets Rock Valley Road, that the intersection be re-configured into a “T” three- way stop. There has been a long standing safety hazard with the current configuration of the intersection.  recommend that the order be referred to the Public Safety committee

22.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

23.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

23A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order Order: that the Park 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 its repair or replacement.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23B.    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 significantly increased since the Senior Center has been in operation  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the city of Holyoke have the DPW be the sole one responsible for all police towing. This will help generate revenue, and also maintain the integrity of the professionalism where as the city can have oversight in all motor vehicle that are towed in the city.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the traffic light at Doyle Drive and Rt 202 be changed to blinking red and yellow at the end of each class day and 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.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order 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.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23F.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order With at least three traffic fatalities (New Year’s day at Chestnut/Hampshire Streets and Jan. 4 at Westfield Rd./Roosevelt Ave.) so far in 2016 and other close calls (Beech/Franklin St. crossing guard; and South St.) with pedestrians being struck, the city council invite the Police Chief to a future Public Safety meeting to discuss traffic enforcement and mitigation efforts used and planned by HPD.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

24.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

25A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B, and the City of Holyoke procurement ordinance, authorize the Mayor to enter into an agreement with the Commonwealth’s Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP), for the use of approximately 1,750 square feet of office space located in the City Hall Annex basement, being a portion of Assessors MBP 013-07-001. Recommend that the order be adopted

25B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred that the City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B, Sec. 16 (i) and the City of Holyoke Procurement Ordinance vote to declare surplus and available for disposition, approximately 1,750 square feet of office space within the City Hall Annex basement, being a portion of Assessors MBP 013-07-001.
 Recommend that the order be adopted

25C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council apply for and accept the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement grant and HOME program funds and issue it’s recommendations on the CDBG allocation  Recommend that the grant be approved as amended.

26.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

27.    TALLMAN    –    An ordinance be created that prohibits smoking in all City owned vehicles, third hand smoke, or smoky scent left in a vehicle can negatively effect other employees health.

28.    TALLMAN    –    DPW replace all the berms that were damaged during plowing operations, during recent snow events.

29.    TALLMAN    –    Police dept. enforce parking regulations concerning Tractor Trailers on City streets, and parking lots throughout the City.

30.    VALENTIN    –    That “NO PARKING” signs be installed on Cabot Street (between Linden
and Oak) based on safety concerns regarding limited visibility.

31.    VALENTIN    –    Ordered, that in accordance with the recently adopted ordinance, the City Council approval a renewal of the license with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department for the former Geriatric Authority building, for an additional one year term.

32.    VALENTIN    –    “That the area on Beech Street, on southbound lane within 100′ south of Hampshire Street and on northbound lane within 120′ south of Hampshire Street, be designated as a “No Parking” area. That this change be implemented as soon as possible to improve safety for drivers at this intersection.”

33.    BARTLEY    –    Per a constituent request, DPW affix signs that say the following “caution: blind person in the area”.  Signs should be affixed to the existing poles on Westfield Rd. near Woodland St.

34.    JOURDAIN    –    the Potholes in front of 11 Pinehurst Rd be filled asap.

35.    JOURDAIN    –    the DPW/Parks Dept. expedite the demolition of the Mackenzie Field club house.  This is terrible eyesore and it has taken far too long for it to be removed and area cleaned up.

36.    JOURDAIN    –    Parks dept. please install netting over the left field fence at Mackenzie Field to help prevent baseballs from going into the street area.

37.    JOURDAIN    –    DPW install no Engine Brakes signs coming down Beech Street near High School.  Terribly disrupting neighbors from inconsiderate truckers.  Police also take notice of this.

38.    JOURDAIN    –    That Marya Mavilya be given a proclamation of Congratulations in the celebration of her 100th Birthday!

39.    JOURDAIN    –    the Holyoke City Council adopt a Resolution of Opposition to raising the Cap on Charter Schools.  Holyoke already has 2 charter schools and any further increases in the cap would be terribly detrimental to the future success of the Holyoke Public Schools!  That a copy of this Resolution be provided to our state delegation as well as Governor Baker.

40.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –     that DPW place a Do Not Block Drive way sign on 57 Elm Street cars who are going to local restaurant are parking in front of their drive way.

41.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that a “No Parking Sign that reads no parking between 2:00pm-4:00pm Monday thru Friday be place on Samosett Street in front of Kelly School for safety and visual purpose.

42.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Shannon Community Safety Initiative” 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.

43.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Seven thousand six hundred thirty and 00/100 Dollars ($7,630) as follows:

FROM:
12442-53010    Professional Services        $7,630
        TOTAL:    $7,630
TO:
16911-51101    Pay-Director        $7,630
        TOTAL:    $7,630

44.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL YOUTH INITIATIVE” 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.

45.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Estate Planning Outreach” 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.

46.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Three thousand five hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($3,500) as follows:

FROM:
12442-53010    Contracted Services        $3,500
        TOTAL:    $3,500
TO:
16931-51300    Overtime        $3,500
        TOTAL:    $3,500

47.    MCGEE    –    Order that the wellness program and/or DPW install a temporary indoor track in the city hall auditorium.

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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