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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on February 04, 2014 at 7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St.

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 4,2014

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    Previous City Council minutes from January 21, 2014 from City Clerk and Administrative Ass’t to City Council

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse correspondence regarding a vote to submit  a statement of interest with the Massachusetts Building Authority

3.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, report re:  tax title open/closed cases as assigned to Council

4.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, report re:  Year End 2013 Summary report on outside Council for the Treasurer’s Office.

5.    From Board of Assessor’s letter re:  tax exempt of medical marijuana

6.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Office of Community Development letter re: FFY2014 Office for Community Development Block Grant Applications

7.    From License Board Commission minutes from December 11, 2013

PETITIONS

8.    Petition of Gilberto Rivas, of Gil’s Auto Repair and Performance for a transfer of a motor vehicle repair garage from 21 Hadley Mills Rd. to 606 Main St.

9.    Petition of Dominick Phan for a new Junk Dealer’s license at 673 High St.

10.    Petition of Dominick Phan for a new pawnbroker’s license at 673 High St.

11.    Petition of Dominick Phan for a new Second hand license at 673 High St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

12.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

12A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City establish a Zoning Ordinance pertaining to Medical Marijuana and its associated facilities, protecting the public health and safety while remaining consistent with applicable state law.  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

12B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order an order That the City establish a Zoning Ordinance pertaining to Medical Marijuana and its associated facilities, protecting the public health and safety while remaining consistent with applicable state law  (Minority Report) No recommendation

12C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order to establish a special parking rate of $5.00 per car from 7a.m. to 7p.m. on Saturday, March 22 and on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Mayor Proulx  (Dwight St.) garage.   Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

13.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

13A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $104,777 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Pay Vacation/Personal Buyback ($29,061) Pay Sick Leave Buyback ($75,716)  Recommend that the Financial Transfer be approved

13B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $10,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Repair and Maintenance- City Hall Annex Recommend that the Financial Transfer be approved

13C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $15,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: City Hall Stained Glass Project Recommend that the Financial Transfer be approved

13D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $1,000 FROM Inspections- Plumbing and Gas TO Pay Temporary and Seasonal  Recommend that the Financial Transfer be approved

13E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $1,167 FROM Pay Head Clerk TO Pay Creative Economy Industry Coordinator  Recommend that the Financial Transfer be denied

13F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $5,000 From Pay Head Clerk TO Professional Services Recommend that the financial transfer be approved

13G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $8,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Postage Recommend that the Financial Transfer  be approved

13H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Secondhand License Application on 50 Holyoke Street #d252 Holyoke Mall for Record Town Inc.- FYE 38 Corporate Circle  Albany NY 12203 Recommend that the Secondhand license be approved

13I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application to keep one pool table to be used for amusement merely and not for the purpose of gaming for money or for property in the store numbered 119 High St. Holyoke MA for Carmen Rivera Recommend that the application be approved

13J.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with MGL Chapter 44 Sec 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “CITY HALL STAINED GLASS RESTORATION-LIBRARY” 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 grant be approved

13K.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with MGL Chapter 44 Sec 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “KABOOM” 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 grant be approved

13L.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with MGL Chapter 44 Sec. 53A the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Council on Aging Chairs and Games Donations 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 grant be approved

13M.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with MGL Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “CITY HALL STAINED GLASS RESTORATION -MHC” 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 grant be approved

13N.    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 $140,000 for the renovation of Avery field and That by accepting this grant, Avery field 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 order be adopted

13O.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $9,788 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Pay- Vacation Buyback ($4,788) and Pay- Sick Leave Buyback ($5,000)  Recommend that the Financial Transfer be approved

13P.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application for Faramarz Bahremand 58 Timber Dr. East Longmeadow MA, that he be granted a license to operate one taxicab upon any public way in the City of Holyoke Recommend that the application be approved

14.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

14A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that a representative of the Fire Department come before the City Council and give an update on what is being done to keep the traffic lights in working condition Recommend that the order has been complied with

14B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that Bill Fuqua and Tim Price present a cost analysis for the City DPW to start a recycling pick up program for businesses in Holyoke Recommend that the order has been complied with

14C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke explore the centralization of outgoing mail from all City Departments Recommend that the order has been complied with

14D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the DPW look at Pena Park for repairs on swings and or clean up of the park/ trashbins and to make sure sprinklers have been fully repaired it has come to my attention that the park needs to be fully repaired Recommend that the order has been complied with

14E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order the City Council invite the Holyoke Water Works and Commissioners if necessary to discuss and understand the necessary actions that need to be taken to resolve the problems tenants/homeowners at 73-121 Newton St. are facing with water line being shut off due to living in road houses that are all connected to one pipe system.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

15.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

16.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

17.    GREANEY JR.    –    DPW, HPD, and City Engineer assess the recurrent speeding and parking issues on Hillside Ave from Woods Ave to Cherry St. and install speed limit signs and take any other appropriate action to address the speeding and parking problems on Hillside Ave.

18.    GREANEY JR.    –    City Property owners be responsible for any dead or decaying trees that cause a public safety hazard for other residents or their property.

19.    GREANEY JR.    –    DPW, and City Engineer come before the City Council to discuss making Hillside Avenue from Woods Ave to Cherry St. one side parking only.

20.    LISI    –    the City Council invite the Mayor to present a “State of the City” address in late February/early March

21.    LISI    –    the city conduct a study that examines the appropriateness of the current fee structures within all city departments

22.    LISI    –    the Mayor fund a study that assesses the staffing/organization/funding of all city departments

23.    LISI    –    That in an effort to protect the Quabbin Reservoir from wildlife caused contamination, the City Council adopt an ordinance making it illegal to feed gulls in public places (similar to Worcester ordinance below):

***§ 9B. Regulation of Feeding or Baiting of Waterfowl
(a) No person, except as otherwise provided by the Massachusetts General Laws, shall feed or bait any gulls (birds in the family Laridae often informally called seagulls) or any waterfowl of the family Anatidae (including, but not restricted to ducks, geese, and swans) at any place within the city.* As used in this ordinance, “feeding” and “baiting” shall mean the placing, exposing, depositing, distributing, or scattering, directly or indirectly, of any shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat, or other grain, bread, or salt, or any other feed or nutritive substances, in any manner or form, so as to constitute for such birds a lure, attraction, or enticement to, on, or over any areas where such feed items have been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered.
*Amended May 24, 2011 – 9613***

24.    LISI    –    city council with the clerk’s office, review all permit applications available through the clerk’s office to make sure that they clearly articulate who may need a particular permit, for what purpose(s) the permit may be obtained, and the information that the applicant must provide in order for the city council or other relevant departments to make a fair assessment of whether the permit should be granted.

25.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Two Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($2,000) as follows: (War Memorial Commission)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $2,000
        TOTAL:    $2,000
TO:
16931-51300    Pay – Overtime        $2,000
        TOTAL:    $2,000

26.    MCGEE_T    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “LEPC 2014 HazMat Exercises & Supplies” 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_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Eight Thousand Eighty Five & 00/100 Dollars ($8,085) as follows: (Council on Aging)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $8,085
        TOTAL:    $8,085
TO:
15411-51500    Pay – Vacation Buyback        $3,085
15411-51510    Pay – Sick Leave Buyback        5,000
        TOTAL:    $8,085

28.    MCGEE_T    –    That the Public Safety Committee have the DPW, Police Department, and Parking enforcement agents come in to discuss the tracking process and enforcement of tickets. Aso to provide the Committee with a break down of total number of tickets issued from 2009 to present.

29.    SOTO    –    the City Solicitor give a legal opinion on whether the City Council President can be on a City Council subcommittee .

30.    SOTO    –    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and reduce the number of at-large councilors from eight (8) to four (4). This change would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election following passage by the voters. See attached draft legislation.

31.    VALENTIN    –    a handicap parking sign be placed at 286 Pine St. (residence of Maria Santiago).

32.    VALENTIN    –    DPW and the City Engineer present realistic options to address the constant speeding issues on Hampden St. (mainly caused by vehicles coming from South Hadley on Route 202). Residents on Hampden St. have been dealing with major speeding issues and the problem seems to be increasing with more vehicles using Hampden St. as a way to reach Interstate 91.

33.    VALENTIN    –    DPW replaces the concrete barriers at the corner of School and Dwight St, with jersey barriers.

34.    VALENTIN    –    the traffic light pattern at the corner of Dwight and Linden St. be reassessed to determine if it should be a regular traffic light again (as it was several years ago) instead of a flashing light. This would discourage drivers from speeding on Linden St. since they would have to stop at the traffic light instead of going through a flashing yellow traffic light.

35.    BARTLEY    –    Holyoke City Council offer a proclamation to a native
    GREANEY JR.        son, Joe McCarthy, in honor of his 18 years of coaching
            high school baseball and his 25+ years of supporting
            youth sports.  Joe was inducted to the MA Baseball
            Coaches Association Hall of Fame on January 25, 2014.
            Joe and his wife, Carlene, have supported numerous
            Holyoke organizations for over 25 years through their
            business success.

36.    BARTLEY    –    the City Council vote to approve sending a letter to DCR Secretary Richard K. Sullivan requesting that the outdated, dilapidated, wooden sign in front of Fitzpatrick Skating Rink be replaced with a modern, electronic sign similar to the one in front of Holyoke H.S.  The letter would be signed by President Jourdain on behalf of the Council. 

37.    BARTLEY    –    City Council change the name of its Redevelopment committee to Development & Governmental Relations.

38.    BARTLEY    –    Creative Economy Director appear before the City Council to provide an update on the status of the Holyoke Creative Arts Council.  Where is this group now meeting?  What is the status of its FY14 budget? 

39.    BARTLEY    –    The Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30-B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare the following parcels of land “surplus property available for disposition.” Said parcels are described as: ( see list attached)

40.    BARTLEY    –    The Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” which was approved by the Holyoke City Council on December 4, 2012 and by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development on February 5, 2013, vote to approve the transfer of the properties listed below to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority for consideration of $1.00. ( see attached list)

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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