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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on September 06, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
September 6,2016

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, minutes from Special meeting of June 13, 2016.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Ms. Olivia Mausel, 25 Briarwood Dr. to the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission, effective August 23, 2016:  Ms. Mausel will serve a three-year term; said term will expire July 1, 2019.

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Ellen Bernstein, 12 Montgomery Ave. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke; Ms. Bernstein will replace Seth Taylor and serve the remainder of his term; said term will expire February 1, 2019.

4.    From Mayor Alex A. Morse letter appointing Ms. Rosemary Arnold, 30 Mountain Rd. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke; Ms. Arnold will replace Mr. Christopher Sugrue and serve the remainder of his term; said term will expire February 1, 2018.

5.    From Katherine M. Jackowski, Collector of Taxes, letter re: Top 100 Delinquent Taxpayers for the City of Holyoke.

6.    From Board of Registrars of Voters, minutes of February 17, 2016.

7.    From Board of Public Works, minutes of June 27, 2016.

8.    From Sewer Commission, minutes of June 27, 2016.

9.    From Stormwater Authority, minutes of June 27, 2016.

PETITIONS

10.    Petition for a special permit for Easthampton Savings Bank at 170 Sargeant St. for a Commercial Drive up.

11.    Petition of David Greenberg (Pawn Depot Inc.) for a renewal of a Pawnbroker License at 448 Appleton St.

12.    Petition of David Greenberg, (Pawn Depot Inc.) for a renewal of a second hand license at 448 Appleton St.

13.    Petition of Edward J. Glica, for a renewal of a home occupation permit at 19 Concord Ave. for a Home remodeling business.

14.    Petition of Luis A. Gonzalez of 31 Springdale Ave. for a Street vendor license at Sprindale Park (Main St.).

15.    Petition of 228 Sargeant Street LLC, for a Zone Change for 226-230 Sargeant St. from R2 to BL.

16.    Petition of Daniel LiBoissonnault, 267 Southampton Rd. for a new home occupation (4.8.2), to produce crackers and non dairy, nut based cheeses.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

17.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

17A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Chapter 54 of the Holyoke Code of Ordinances be amended to make it unlawful to use a drone to fly over the private property of another without their prior written consent.  They shall also be prohibited from flying over any municipal property without the prior written consent of the city.  A violation shall be subject to a fine.  A drone shall be defined as any unmanned aerial system.  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

17B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order the City Ordinance establishing the committee called “The Biking and Pedestrian Committee” shall be amended in the following way:
“The paragraph describing committee composition, beginning with, ‘The committee should be comprised of:…,’ shall be struck out, and replaced with:
“‘The committee shall be comprised of no fewer than 7 member positions, no fewer than 5/7 of which are reserved for community members of Holyoke. The remainder may be filled by local elected officials or municipal staff serving in their official capacity. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve three-year terms. The Committee shall elect a Chair from the committee membership at the first meeting of each calendar year, to serve a one-year term. At the discretion of the Mayor, committee membership may be expanded or reduced (not to be reduced to fewer than 7 positions) with the consent of the Committee Chair. A quorum will be established as a simple majority of serving members (not including any vacant positions).’”  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended stating that the Committee shall have 7 members appointed to a three year term appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council

17C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Street Vendor License Application for Pedro Bocachica to operate a hot dog cart at the corner of High St. and Cabot St.  Recommend that the application be approved

17D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Order:  to amend appendix B – Wetlands Protection
Section 1 – 1 Purpose
Section 1 – 2 Applicability
Section 2  Jurisdiction
To Add language that would recognize that the Canal System is not a part of the “Natural” wetlands or waterways of the region and are not in the jurisdiction of the conservation commission the canals are a mechanical component used in the “service of the Public” as described in Section 8 exceptions. Recommend that the order has been complied with

18.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

18A.    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 “LED Lighting 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 grant be adopted

18B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application to keep 2 pool tables at store numbered 637 South Summer St.  Recommend that the application be denied without prejudice

19.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

20.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

20A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Council Review of Mayoral appointee Christopher Gauthier to serve as an Alternate Member of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke  Recommend that the appointment be confirmed

20B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Council Review of Mayoral appointee Dan Fitzgerald to serve as an Associate Member of the Historical Commission  Recommend that the appointment be confirmed

20C.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Council Review of Mayoral appointee Lori Belanger to the position of “Chief Procurement Officer”  Recommend that the appointment be confirmed

20D.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Council Review of Mayoral appointee Miriam Panitch to serve as a Commissioner of the Planning Board  Recommend that the appointment be confirmed

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

21A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare the property located on South Bridge Street (MBP 029-07-006) “surplus property available for disposition.” On 12/4/1985 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 5968, Page 418. Said property is described in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 029, Block 07, Parcel 006, consisting of approximately .10 acre of vacant land, more or less, and is more particularly described in a deed recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 3387, Page 366. The property is zoned as DR and was previously assessed at $15,200.   Recommend that the order be adopted

21B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred In accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and Mt. Tom Solar, LLC, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations Recommend that the order be adopted

21C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred that the parcel at 175 Oak Street (NW corner Oak and Appleton, parcel number 061-07-008) be declared surplus and put out for sale via RFP.  Recommend that the order be adopted

21D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Ordered that the Commissioners of the Holyoke Gas and Electric and it’s General Manager meet with the City Council to discuss their vision, plans, and current projects.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

22.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

23.    Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

24.    ROMAN    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 588 So. Summer St. for Idalis Figueroa.

25.    ROMAN    –    that the Bus Stop at 68 Cabot Street be moved in front of 50-60 Cabot Street.

26.    ROMAN    –    that two handicap only parking signs be placed in front of 68 Cabot Street.

27.    ROMAN    –    that the PDW Trim Trees located above the City owned Parking Lot on the Corners of South Summer & Adams Street.

28.    ROMAN    –    that the Bus Stop / Depot in front of 475 Maple Street be moved 300 Ft in either direction and not directly in front of Falcetti Towers, smoke from smokers are effecting residents, and are sitting on front steps / benches designated for residents. 

29.    ROMAN    –    that an Emergency Vehicles only sign be placed in front of 68 Cabot Street, and 475 Maple Street.

30.    ROMAN    –     That the City of Holyoke completely replace the side walk on Sergeant Street between Pine Street and Walnut Street.   The sidewalks are in disrepair, they pose a safety risk for the residents in the neighborhood and community at large.  Despite DPW attempt of repair the damage to side walk is far greater and needs to be fully replaced.

31.    ROMAN    –    That the City of Holyoke repair & repave the side walk on right hand side of South Summer Street, between 618 South Summer Street until the corner where South Summer intersects with Adams Street.   There are a few elderly and handicap residents who are in need of this repair. Despite DPW attempt of repair the damage to side walk is far greater and needs to be fully replaced.

32.    ROMAN    –    That the DPW & Parks repair and replace any lighting at Chestnut Street Park, also that the DPW & Park and Rec Department change the lighting timing for Chestnut Street park to have lighting on overnight.

33.    ROMAN    –    that the DPW repair and paint the cement poles in front of 964 Main Street.   The last repair was done over 20 years ago and the poles are in need of repair and a restoration.

34.    ROMAN    –    that a Do Not Litter sign be placed on the City owned parking lot on the corner of Adams and South Summer Street.

35.    ROMAN    –    that the DPW replace side walk in front of 57 Elm Street, to include a dip to allow for driveway entrance for constituent.   

36.    ROMAN    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 133 Sargeant St. for Susana Arroyo.

37.    ROMAN    –    that the Holyoke Gas and Electric replace the green fence wrap at the Solar Panel Field on the corner of Grant and Meadow Street.

38.    ROMAN    –    that the City of Holyoke send notification to Comcast & Verizon Communications to trim trees around electrical wires that are touching, in ally way behind 500 Maple Street to 468 Maple Street.

39.    ROMAN    –    the City Council recommend to the Mayor, the City
    BARTLEY        Auditor, and the City’s financial advisors that funds
            generated from Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) agreements
            for solar energy, i.e., Mt Tom Solar, AEIGS,etc, be
            earmarked for City’s Stabilization Fund.  These revenues
            should not be put into the City’s general fund but
            instead be used to support the city’s “rainy day”
            fund.

40.    VACON    –    the City Engineer evaluate and recommend stop sign placement’s at Lower Westfield Road near the Elks where Whitney Ave crosses to the Elks and that lines are painted in the roads that meet Lower Westfield road to indicate that they are two way streets.  Consider moving the stop sign part way through the “rotary- like” area to Lower Westfield Road so that all traffic entering Lower Westfield Road from the side streets must stop prior to entering the roadway.  Constituents are requesting safety improvements due to increased traffic in the area.

41.    VACON    –    That our City Engineer inspect the culvert, catch basin and general area around 255 Southampton Road and recommend steps to alleviate the flooding that is washing out the driveway.  The area has a history of flooding and the height of the road has been raised due to multiple resurfacing projects.

42.    VACON    –    Consider accepting Wall Road as a city street and determine who currently owns the road.

43.    VACON    –    Add solar powered lights or signage or other improvements to make crosswalks at Kane Road, Sterling Rd. and Pynchon Rd more visible to drivers to increase safety for pedestrians.

44.    BARTLEY    –    DPW install berms at 41 Granville St., 27 Grandview St., and 37 Eastern Promenade.  Requested by the respective property owners.  Please contact them prior to installation. (Second request)

45.    BARTLEY    –    With the Laurel St. fountain now repaired and the re-installed, the City Council consider a dedication and naming ceremony.

46.    BARTLEY    –    The City consider applying for $1,500 in grant funds from the Secretary of the Commonwealth for the purpose of being open on weekends for up to 4 hours for early voting.  The Secretary will also offer an additional $250 bonus for additional two-hour increments up to eight hours.

47.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council consider revising its ordinances relative to the funds provided to the Mayor’s office in lieu of providing a vehicle.

48.    BARTLEY    –    The DPW look into ways to improve Ogden St. and report back to the City Council. This is an unpaved roadway and the residents in that area would like to see the road paved as soon as possible.

49.    BARTLEY    –    DPW install appropriate signage on WESTFIELD RD. to alert motorists that a blind person resides in the vicinity.  The signage should be posted between WOODLAND ST. and ROOSEVELT AVE. Requested by the respective property owners.  Please contact the Ward 3 Councilor prior to installation. (Second request)

50.    GREANEY JR.    –    that the City Council order that all clothing drop
    LEAHY        boxes on property throughout the City are the responsibility
            of the property owner to police and maintain. Any
            and all such clothing drop boxes shall be kept clean
            of any clothes and trash that might accumulate outside
            these boxes. Any violation of this ordinance shall
            be culpable for a fine of up to 25 dollars. It should
            be noted that all property owners who allow these
            drop boxes on their property should be in communication
            with the owners of these boxes to prevent any eye
            sores in the neighborhoods of Holyoke.

51.    JOURDAIN    –    That the public Trash barrel in front of 187 Sargeant Street be removed.  The DPW does not have the ability to empty it on a regular basis and it is being loaded with unpicked up trash as well as other debris.  It is causing a public nuisance to neighbors.  DPW stated that an order is required to remove it so this order has been filed.

52.    JOURDAIN    –    the speed bumps which used to be on Bray Park Drive
    VACON        please be reinstalled.  The street was redone a few
            years ago and they were not replaced.  Residents requesting
            this.

53.    JOURDAIN    –    ordinances related to ancillary structures be reviewed for possible revisions; particularly as it relates to garages.

54.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Mayor please provide City Council a copy
    BARTLEY        of any contract between Bill Fuqua and City of Holyoke
            covering for services rendered since his departure
            as full-time Superintendent.  If no contract exists,
            then please provide us the rate of payment, hours
            to be worked and expectation of services to be performed.
            Please also inform us as to how much is Mr Fuqua being
            paid, how much Ms Reardon is being paid and how does
            this all fit into the budget the City Council provided
            for this position in light of the fact this position
            will be filled at some point.  Is it expected that
            further transfers to the department will be necessary
            to cover Superintendent salary? 

55.    JOURDAIN    –    That City Council suspend Rule 1 for the purpose of cancelling or rescheduling our Sept 20th meeting so City Council can attend Holyoke Day invitation to the Big E.

56.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Law department review the open meeting law and remote participation rules on what is and is not allowed for any municipal or quasi-municipal board.  Our traditional understanding of the open meeting law is that members of these boards need to be physically present at meetings where they are debating and voting on public matters.  Some boards are attempting or considering attempting to have members participating and voting without being physically present (via telephone or video).   The law department is also requested to review if the City Council can pass an ordinance requiring all of these boards be allowed to only meet with members who are physically present (corporally convened)?  Please report back as soon as possible.

57.    LEAHY    –    that the DPW replace the curbing on Yale Street with concrete.

58.    LEAHY    –    That the city charge an administration fee on all tows completed by the tow companies contracted with the city. This fee would be collected by the tow company and paid to the city monthly. The fee should be in line with the cities that surround Holyoke.

59.    LEAHY    –    Order that the DPW cuts down the over growth in front of Lynch Middle School.

60.    LEAHY    –    that the department of public works install multiple dog waste stations at Springdale Park. There are multiple soccer teams that are utilizing the park and disrespectful dog owners are not picking up after their dogs.

61.    LEAHY    –    That Chapter 86 of the Code of Ordinances be amended as necessary in order prohibit the operation of commercial vehicles on Dartmouth Street.

62.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    That a ” Do not block drive way police take notice”  sign be place in front of 167 Elm Street.

63.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that a handicap sign be place in front of 91 North East St. for Reinerio Trejo.

64.    LISI    –    the Code of Ordinances explicitly adopt and incorporate the provisions of the State Sanitary Code.

65.    LISI    –    the Code of Ordinances be amended to set specific fines, in accordance with M.G.L. ch 40, sec 21D, for violations of the State Sanitary Code and city blight ordinances, Section 18-35

66.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Two hundred seventy thousand two hundred five and 07/100 Dollars ($270,205.10) as follows:

FROM:
8810-10400    Stabilization Fund        $270,210.07
        TOTAL:    $270,205.10
TO:
19412-57630    Claims and Damages        $270,205.07
        TOTAL:    $270,205.10

67.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “State Homeland Security” 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.

68.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Assistance to Firefighters” 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.

69.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “New England Scenic Trail Connector” 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.

70.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2016 Byrne Memorial Local Solicitation” 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.

71.    MCGEE    –    Order that the sidewalks on Vadnais be replaced, they are old and dangerous.

72.    MCGEE    –    Order that the ordinance change the rule to require a special permit for parking of the commercial truck in a driveway or street for a home occupation regardless if the business is or is not being conducted within the home.

73.    MCGEE    –    the Senior Center increase the handicap parking spaces.
    VALENTIN        

74.    MCGEE    –    Second request) that the engineer review the speed limit on old ferry road and that DPW post speed limit signs on the street.

75.    MCGEE    –    Order that the DPW install signs in the Dwight Street parking lot that points to the Park with the names and hours of The Merry Go Round, Visitors Center, Children’s Museum and VBH of Fame.  So many people come into the museum and do not know there is a Merry Go Round, etc… (DPW can coordinate hours, etc with these areas).

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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