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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on September 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
September 21,2016

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council, minutes of special meeting on June 13, 2016.

2.    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

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

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

4.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, letter re:  FY 2015 Audit.

5.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, letter re:  Monthly Budget Reports for the General Fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of June 30, 2016 and July 31, 2016.

6.    From Holyoke Board of Health minutes of July 14, 2016.

7.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes of  June 21, 2016.

8.    From Board of Public Works, minutes of July 11, 2016.

9.    From Sewer Commission, minutes of July 11, 2016.

10.    From Stormwater Authority, minutes of July 11, 2016.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

11.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

11A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order an order  that Division 3 entitled “Purchasing Department” of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be reviewed and amended as necessary for consistency with the thresholds set by M.G.L. ch. 30B.
Order:  That the City of Holyoke amend Chapter 30 of its Code of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement of outside legal counsel.  Since Chapter 30B, Section 1(15), exempts procurement of legal services from public bid laws, this Order would supersede state law and increase consumer protection. (x2 Bartley, Soto duplicate order)
Order:  To strengthen procurement laws, the city of Holyoke will put police ordered towing and any other public towing services out to bid on at least a biennial basis.    Recommend that the order be adopted with attached legal language

11B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke urge the Mayor during contract negotiations with all union contracts that stronger provisions for residency requirements be implemented.  Recommend that the order be adopted

11C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council consider the acceptance of some private ways in the City of Holyoke as public ways  Recommend that the order be referred to the Public Safety Committee

11D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that an Ordinance or Special Act be created to provide for the City to accept a Host Community Agreement with the consent of the Mayor and City Council for any medical marijuana facility to be located in the City.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

12.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

12A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  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. Awaiting disposition

12B.    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 “NEH TEACHING INSTITUTES” 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. awaiting disposition

12C.    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 “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. Awaiting disposition

12D.    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 “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. awaiting disposition

12E.    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 “ELECTRONIC PERMITTING SYSTEM” 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. Awaiting disposition

12F.    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 “FINANCIAL FORECASTING AND CAPITAL PLANNING” 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. awaiting disposition

12G.    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 “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. Awaiting disposition

13.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

14.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

16.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

18.    SULLIVAN    –    that $7,629.75 be paid out of free cash to pay school dept. custodial fees & utilities charged to Holyoke Elite’s Basketball or that such fees charged by the school dept be waived.

19.    VACON    –    Request our City Engineer evaluate and add a crosswalk at the top of Kane Road (where Kane meets Vermont), if feasible.  Children in the area walk to school.

20.    VACON    –    Place speed limit signs on Clayton Road and other side streets off of Homestead that are being used to cut through from Homestead to Rt. 202 so that police can enforce.  There has been an increase in safety concerns in the neighborhood with drivers cutting through at high speeds during rush hours.

21.    VACON    –    that companies such as Waste Management and others comply with the noise ordinance and refrain from emptying dumpsters outside of the 7am to 11pm time frame in residential areas.

Loading and unloading. The creation of a loud and excessive noise in connection with loading or unloading any vehicle or the opening and destruction of bales, boxes, crates and containers. The emptying of bulk waste containers located within 1,000 feet of a residentially zoned parcel shall be prohibited between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

22.    VALENTIN    –    That a handicap sign be placed in front of 143 Oak St. for Maribel Perez.

23.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council create by Ordinance Resident Only Parking on Mackintosh Terrace that would allow parking on-street parking on the north side of the street from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. only for cars that are registered with the City and that display the necessary decal.  Further, the City Council establish relevant signage.

24.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council review the City’s laws relative to the licensing of B & Bs.  Specifically, the city council ensure that approval form the Building Commissioner and HFD are necessary prerequisites.

25.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council invite the new DPW Superintendent to a future meeting of the Public Service Committee.

26.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council consider an on-street parking ban
    JOURDAIN        for the winter months for certain streets that due
            to accumulated snowfall become too narrow and impede
            or prevent emergency vehicles from passing through.
    

27.    BARTLEY    –    The Police Dept. start to strictly enforce city ordinance 86-211 prohibiting operation of heavy commercial vehicles on Hitchcock St.  

28.    GREANEY JR.    –     that the winter parking regulations be enforced to the letter of the law on all side streets from Woods Ave. to Cherry St. running East and West between Hillside Ave. and Northampton St. Cars that violate this ordinance are a safety hazard and must be towed immediately to allow for passage of all public safety vehicles.

29.    JOURDAIN    –    City Council adopt a resolution in Opposition to the Legalization of the Recreational Use of Marijuana in Massachusetts and send a letter to our State Delegation and the Governor to this effect.

30.    LEAHY    –    that the department of public works paints a “do not block the intersection” at the  intersection  of Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street.

31.    LEAHY    –    the DPW provides the City Council with the amount it costs, on average, per year (for the last four years) on signage requested by the Council. This was a constituent request.

32.    LEAHY    –    The War Memorial commissioners, Commanders of the 325 and 351 VFW’s and LT Walsh from the Holyoke Soldiers Home convene a meeting with the Public Service committee to discuss the funding and erecting a memorial to the victims of 9/11 so the city of Holyoke can honor them on the anniversary of this tragic event.

33.    MCGEE    –    that the DPW provide the city council with an updated list on the use of temporary speed bumps. The list should include all the streets where the temps have been requested, when will they be installed and when will a traffic report be provided to the council with regard to these streets.

34.    MCGEE    –    that the ordinance committee look into increasing the fines on property owners who violate the ordinance when performing illegal car repair on their property.

35.    MCGEE    –     that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FEMA FEDERAL FY2015 S.A.F.E.R.” 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.

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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