Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on October 04, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
LAID ON THE TABLE
1. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, minutes of special meeting of June 13, 2016.
2. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Mr. Charlie Berrios, 488 Maple St. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Berrios will replace Ms. Janet Stupak and will serve a two-year term; said term will expire February 2018.
3. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, letter re: Early Voting.
4. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council minutes of September 21, 2016.
5. From Hayley M. Dunn, Secretary, Holyoke Board of Registrars of Voters, minutes of August 9, 2016.
6. From Parks & Recreation Commission, minutes of May 2, 2016.
7. From Board of Public Works, minutes of August 15, 2016.
8. From Sewer Commission, minutes of August 15, 2016.
9. From Stormwater Authority, minutes of August 15, 2016.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
10. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
10A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Petition for a text change of a Zoning Ordinance for Mont Marie Property LLC for property address 34 Lower Westfield Rd. Holyoke MA (Assessors Map 118 Block 00 Parcel 005) Text change is as follows: “Petitioner is requesting a text change to the Zoning Ordinance to add “for every five (5) acres of land area” at the end of section 4.3 subsections 22, 24 and 24A on the Use Chart to allow for larger buildings on a larger size parcel that can accommodate greater than 2,500 square feet.” Recommend that the application be approved
10B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Zone Change application of Mont Marie Property LLC for property address 34 Lower Westfield Rd. Holyoke MA (Assessors Map 118 Block 00 Parcel 005) from current zone RA to proposed zone RO. Recommend that the application be approved
10C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order to 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. Recommend that new material reflectors be added at Sterling Rd. and that trees be trimmed at Kane at school light flasher
10D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order ( Second request) that the engineer review the speed limit on old ferry road and that DPW post speed limit signs on the street. Recommend that the order be referred to the Police Department to enforce 30mph speed limit. Order referred to President of Canoe Club to suggest petition for speed humps
10E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Engineer evaluate and recommend stop sign placements 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. Recommend that the order has been complied with
10F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Special permit application of Heriberto Flores to operate a Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 630 Beaulieu St. Holyoke MA. (Assessors Map 055 Block 00 Parcel 003) Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw at the request of the applicant
11. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
11A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred that the City Council adopt the attached order of taking for the property at 394 High Street. awaiting disposition
11B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer request of $270,210.07 FROM Stabilization Fund TO: Claims and Damages Awaiting disposition
11C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Memorandum from Katherine Jackowski, Collector of Taxes Re: Top 100 Delinquent Taxpayers Awaiting disposition
11D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the sum of $112,000 is appropriated from Fund 0430 — Sale of Real Estate Ch. 44 Sec. 63 — for the purpose of purchasing three police cars. Awaiting disposition
11E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City Council approve the use of $112,000 from Fund 0430 (Sale of Real Estate Ch. 44) to purchase three new police cars (Ford Interceptor utility vehicles). awaiting disposition
11F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order 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. Awaiting disposition
12. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
12A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Engineer review West Franklin Street where appropriate for additional marked crosswalks and add appropriate signage for these as necessary. Recommend that the order has been complied with
12B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the DPW and/or engineer come before public safety to discuss the possibility of adding sidewalks along Bemis. Recommend that the order has been complied with
12C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That “no trespassing” on Holyoke Water Works right of way and surrounding areas off of Apremont Highway be enforced. There is a high amount of erosion occurring due to high ATV travel in the area. Recommend that the order has been complied with
12D. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the city look into adding a “No Loitering” sign on Main St. near the car wash Recommend that the order has been complied with
12E. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred the City of Holyoke Fire Department, serve as the backup Basic Life Support Ambulance for the City of Holyoke. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
13. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
14. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
15. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
16. Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
17. VACON – That solar powered lights be added to the stop signs at the Southampton Road and County Rd intersection. The two in Southampton have these lights and are much more visible to drivers and Paint stop lines at each stop sign.
18. GREANEY JR. – Ordered that the City Council discuss and receive a comprehensive legal opinion/clarification on political activities or political organizations, lobbying for their cause at the Holyoke Senior Center or any other public building supported by the tax payers of Holyoke.
Rationale: A lobbyist of an organization in favor of passage of the Community Preservation Act was actively soliciting citizens at the Holyoke Senior Center on Thursday morning September 29th 2016.
19. LEBRON-MARTINEZ – that a handicap space me made available for Mr. Miguel Garces (Salvation Army) at 271 Appleton St.
20. LEBRON-MARTINEZ – That School Zone signs be place around NERI School located on North Summer and Mosher to alert motorist so they will slow down.
21. LEBRON-MARTINEZ – That a Stop Sign be place on the Corner of North Summer and Mosher.
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
Posted on September 30, 2016 by Irma Lopez