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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on April 05, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Council chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, Mass.

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
April 5,2016

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.    Election of Officers:   City Auditor and Tax Collector.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Miriam Panitch 134 Madison Ave. to serve as a Commissioner of the Planning Board for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Panitch will serve a five-year term; said term will expire on June 30, 2021.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Mr. Anthony Brooks, 97 High St. Apt 7 as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke, Mr. Brooks 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 of March 15, 2016.

7.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re:  Monthly budget reports for the General Fund and Water Treatment Plant as of February 29, 2016.

8.    From David A. Martins, Chief Procurement Office official letter of retirement as of May 1, 2016.

9.    From Board of Public Works minutes of February 22, 2016.

10.    From Sewer Commission minutes from February 22, 2016.

11.    From Stormwater Authority minutes of February 22, 2016.

12.    From Holyoke Historical Commission minutes from January 11, February 22, 2016

PETITIONS

13.    Petition of Mt. Tom Solar, LLC for a special permit for Construction of Solar PV Facility within the Flood Overlay District at 200 Northampton St.

14.    Petition of Antonio Robles, 64 Magnolia Ave. for a renewal of a Junk Collector’s license.

15.    Petition of Kim A. Silva of Holyoke Turn Verein for renewal of 2 pool tables and 6 Bowling Alleys located at 624 So. Bridge St.

16.    Petition of Thomas Lucchesi, for a renewal of 19 Pool Tables and 1 Billiard Table at 151 Chestnut St.

17.    Petition of Ricardo Betancourt for a pool table at 65 Commercial St.

18.    Petition of First Baptist Church (Grandma’s Attic Thrift Store) for a renewal of a second hand license at 1976 Northampton St.

19.    Petition of ECOATM, Inc. for a renewal of a second hand license at 50 Holyoke St.

20.    Petition of Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley for a renewal of a second hand license at 235 South St.

21.    Petition of Mimi Mai, for a renewal of a second hand license at 326 Appleton St.

22.    Petition of Record Town Inc. d/b/a FYE #725 for a renewal of a second hand license at 50 Holyoke St.

23.    Petition of Tai Woong Kong, (Emmanuel Jewelry) for a renewal of a second hand license at 311 High St.

24.    Petition of Faramarz Bahrehmand, (Yellow Cab) for 2 renewal taxicab applications.

25.    Petition of Faramarz Bahrehmand (Yellow Cab) for 4 new taxi cab applications.

26.    Petition of John L. Grossman for a new home occupation permit  (4.8.2) for an office at 16 Carol Lane.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

27.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

27A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  Ordered that the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and O’Connell Development Group, and in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations  Recommend that the order be adopted

27B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  that the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and Dinn Brothers, Inc., and in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations  Recommend that the order be adopted

27C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an  that the discard of refuse items on public or private property in excess of 2lbs. constitutes an act of “Illegal Dumping”, examples are items such as mattresses, furniture, tires, bags of household trash, Etc., Penalty for such illegal disposal to be no less than $1,000 and up to $2,500 reward for arrest and conviction $250.00  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

27D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 148 Leary Dr. for Giovanni Correa  Recommend that the order be adopted

27E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the current bus stop in front of 60/62/64 Hampshire St. be moved in front of open lot located at 74 Hampshire St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

27F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke create a three way stop at intersections of Papineau St. and Temple St. to reduce the level of speeding vehicles passing through without slowing down, also this intersection is located behind the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s home school Recommend that the order be adopted

27G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a stop sign be created at the corner of Forer St. at the intersection of Isabella St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

27H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city Change Russell Terrace and Harrison Ave. from allowing one-way traffic to two way traffic Recommend that the order be adopted as amended stating “Ordered that the city Change Russell Terrace from allowing one way traffic to two way traffic. “

27I.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the off-street parking fee be increased to $40 per month and that the off-street hourly parking fee be increased to $0.35 per hour to a maximum of $3.50 per day.  Recommend that the order be adopted

27J.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred that the discard of hazardous or regulated waste be subject to fines of $2,500 – $5,000 reward leading to arrest and conviction of $500. Examples would be asbestos, PCB’s, lead, mercury, Etc., This would include items containing hazardous materials, such as refrigerators, (freon), brake pads, floor tile (asbestos), paint and batteries (lead) light fixtures (PCB’s)  Recommend that the order be adopted

27K.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that Ordered that the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and Rita M. Lawler, Trustee of the Timothy J. Lawler Trust of 76 Alvord Place, South Hadley and David A. Begley and Estelle A. Begley Trustees of the Begley Family Realty Trust and in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations for a solar facility located on property at Martin St.. Map 120 Parcel 11, Holyoke, MA  Recommend that the order be denied

27L.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered that the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and Forestdale Cemetery Association, and in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations  Recommend that the order be denied

27M.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and Ryan & Boudreau LLC c/o Robert Baker, and in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations  Recommend that the order be denied

28.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

29.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

30.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

31A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the City Council consider adopting the following resolution in opposition to the Federal Trans-Pacific (TPP trade deal  Awaiting disposition

31B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an 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.  Awaiting disposition

31C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council pass the attached resolution entitled “the Humanitarian Matter of Oscar Lopez Rivera”  awaiting disposition

31D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that 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  Awaiting disposition

31E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that 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.  Awaiting disposition

31F.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred special permit application of Mr. Jesus M. Candelario to operate a bed and breakfast at 1109 Dwight St.  awaiting disposition

32.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

33.    VACON    –    Request to the Police Chief to enforce “no parking” of tractor trailers on residential streets for Holy Family Road.

34.    VACON    –    That signs encouraging slower speeds be posted on Mt Rd. as recommended by our City Engineer.

35.    VALENTIN    –    he City Council adopt a resolution affirming the City of Holyoke’s commitment to civil rights and ensuring equity for all people in Holyoke and beyond. That a copy of this resolution be provided to Senator Humason, State Representative Vega, and Governor Baker.

36.    BARTLEY    –    Due to pending installation of a mid-block crosswalk, the City Council consider eliminating parking spaces on the northbound portion of South St.

37.    BARTLEY    –    Per constituent concerns, truck traffic on Homestead Ave. between Westfield Rd. and Cherry St./Jarvis Ave. should be disallowed during overnight hours. 

38.    BARTLEY    –    DPW replace the sidewalk on Queen St. between Coit and King Sts. 

39.    BARTLEY    –    DPW replace the sidewalk at the corner of South St. and Harrison Ave.

40.    LEAHY    –    the City place 4 Stop signs in intersections where lights are not working and are blinking to prevent accidents until these lights are fully repaired.

41.    LEAHY    –    that the Dog park, located at Community Field, have lights installed.

42.    LEAHY    –    the Dog park, located at Community Field, have water installed.

43.    LEAHY    –    the Dog park, located at Community Field have dog friendly mulch installed.

44.    LEAHY    –    the City puts in a 60 foot baseball/softball field with dugouts, fence and lights at Community Field.

45.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    the city council demands that speed bumps be place on Bower Street to prevent speeding up the hills near Kelly School a firs grade student crossing the crosswalk was hit on March 1, 2016;
We had a fatality several years ago and we most avoid a fatality with one of the children.

46.    MCGEE    –    That the City Council present a proclamation to Roger Reidy, Sr. For his 90th birthday celebration and for his 45 years of dedicated service to the City of Holyoke through his oil company, Reidy Oil.  Mr. Reidy is still working in his 90th year of life installing Medical Alarms for his son’s business, Reidy Heating and Cooling.

47.    MCGEE    –    Order that the city council invite in the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce/Taxpayer Assoc. to the finance committee to continue the budget collaboration.

48.    MCGEE    –    the DPW (sewer) install shut off  systems in the sewer area of Pleasant/Harvard in order to help limit to odor issues.

49.    MCGEE    –    that DPW paint the crosswalks around Kennedy park ASAP.

50.    MCGEE    –    the City Council invite in Whitney Anderson (school dept) Sandy Smith (treasurer) and Dave Martins (Procurement Officer) in to finance to get an update on EN White/Morgan School boiler projects.

51.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Six thousand one hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($6,100) as follows: (Veterans)

FROM:
15432-57700    Veterans Benefits Direct        $6,110
        TOTAL:    $6,100
TO:
15431-51104    Pay-Head Clerk        $6,110
        TOTAL:    $6,100

52.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Sustained Traffic Enforcement 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.

53.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Fifty thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($50,000) as follows:  (Law Dept.)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $50,000
        TOTAL:    $50,000
TO:
11512-53010    Special Counsel        $50,000
        TOTAL:    $50,000

54.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Five hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($500) as follows:  (Law Dept.)

FROM:
11511-51105    Pay-Principal Clerk        $500
        TOTAL:    $500
TO:
11512-57100    In-state Travel        $500
        TOTAL:    $500

55.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “JACKSON ST. CSO ABATEMENT” 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.

56.    ROMAN    –    the City Council invite Scott Lemay, Owner of UWM Holdings located on 686 Main Street, before the entire City Council to present on the cost savings to the City as well as revenue generated over the past 3 years.

57.    ROMAN    –    the Animal Control Officer immediately remove the current outdoor feeding / shelter for cats located on Main Street, near Dean Technical High School, there is a lack of legal permits, and the residents/neighbors are being adversely affected.

58.    ROMAN    –    the City Council create an official resolution to celebrate the Turn Hall’s 145 Anniversary in the City of Holyoke, and in particular the heart of South Holyoke.  

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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