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Event takes place on November 07, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, City council chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
November 7,2016

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Alex B. Morse, Mayor, letter re:  Veto of September 21, 2016, Agenda Item #11A, Amendments to the Procurement Ordinance, Sections 2-331 through 2-347.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Mr. Thomas Creed, 2 Pheasant Dr.  as a member of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority:  Mr. Creed will serve a five year term; said term will expire on November 1, 2021.

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing the following individuals to serve as commissioners of the Council on Aging for the City of Holyoke:
Susan Aiken, 359 Linden St. Julita Rojas, 337 Sargeant St. #2R, Richard Quenneville, 251 Ontario Ave. Barbara Sbrega, 121 West King St. Norma Bagnall, 169 Sycamore St. Brian Fitzgerald, 233 Sargeant St. Cynthia Archer, 88 Columbus Ave. Kyong Cruz, 107 Martin St. Jacqueline Brown-Hazard, 254 Walnut St. Margaret Sikop, 328 West Franklin St.
Also, appointing to serve as commissioners, Ruben Urbina, 15 Chapman Ave. and Nicole Perrier, 1706 Northampton St. they will serve a one year term; said term will expire on August 28, 2017.

4.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, re:  Monthly Budget Reports for General Fund and Sewer Fund Budget reports as of August 31, 2016.

5.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, CMC City Clerk & Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t to City Council, minutes of October 18, 2016.

6.    From Holyoke Historical Commission, minutes for September 19,  and October 17, 2016.

7.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority minutes of May 18,  and September 21, 2016.

8.    From Local Historic District Commission, minutes from September 14 and October 11, 2016.

PETITIONS

9.    Petition of  Lasca Hoey, for a renewal of Home occupation at 7 Line Rd. for a Massage Therapy business.

10.    Petition of Kathleen A. Cavanaugh, 324-326 Sargeant St. for a new home occupation #4.8.2. for a law office on the second floor of this property.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

11.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

11A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order the City Council amend Ordinance Section 2-37 (c) to “an employee of the City Clerk’s Office only during two weeks prior to a state election and one week prior to a municipal election.” This Ordinance shall take effect October 24th, 2016  Recommend that the order be adopted

11B.    The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke provide information to the Joint Committee of the City Council and School Committee as to the dollars available for capital improvements, now that the school construction bonds are completed  recommend that the order has been complied with

11C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  that the Code of Ordinances explicitly adopt and incorporate the provisions of the State Sanitary Code   Recommend that the order has been adopted

11D.    The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred an order that the Superintendent attend the Joint Meeting of the City Council and School Committee to discuss school security improvements/ City wide crises response efforts  recommend that the order has been complied with

11E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  that 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 Recommend that the order be adopted  Recommend that the order be adopted

11F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that handicap sign be placed in front of 91 North East St. for Reinerio Trejo  Recommend that the application be denied

11G.    The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred  that the administrative staff of Goodwin College and Windsor Marketing Group be invited to address the Council and School Committee regarding potential collaboration and partnering with Dean Tech HS  Recommend that the order has been complied with

11H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a ha handicap sign be placed inf ront of 588 So. Summer St. for Idalis Figueroa  Recommend that the order be adopted

11I.    The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred an order that the Superintendent attend the Joint meeting of the City Council and School Committee to discuss MSBA projects  recommend that the order has been complied with

11J.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 133 Sargeant St. for Susana Arroyo Recommend that the order be adopted

11K.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 143 Oak st. for Maribel Perez Recommend that the order be adopted

11L.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap space be made available at 271 Appleton St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

11M.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the DPW place two handicap parking spots on the City owned parking lot on the corner of South Summer and Adams St. per recommendation from the Handicap Commissioner Welch  Recommend that the order be adopted

11N.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a stop sign be placed on the corner of North Summer and Mosher St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

11O.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the bus stop at 68 Cabot St. be moved in front of 50-60 Cabot St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

11P.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Bus Stop / Depot in front of 475 Maple St. 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended stating that the bus stop be moved to park and that bus stop in front of 475 Maple St. and bus stop to the north be eliminated.

12.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

12A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, 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

12B.    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 “JAIL DIVERSION 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  awaiting disposition

12C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred that the City Council accept petition from residents of Mountain Road area.  Reconsider the decision about the provisions of the New England Scenic Trail Grant.
  awaiting disposition

12D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the Mayor please provide City Council a copy 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?
  Awaiting disposition

12E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  That the Mayor & Legal Dept. put together only ONE claim/agreement for ALL the complaints related to the demolition of the Essex House (Maria Ferrer, Salsarengue, Old San Juan Bakery and others) in order for the City Council to take care/discuss of all the businesses claims at once.  (not in piecemeal fashion). This will ensure that all businesses are treated equal.   Awaiting disposition

12F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred that the fire alarm division provide the finance committee with a detailed break down of each traffic light (and cross walk signals) intersection area that is in need of repair, the report should show all cost(s) for replacing/redoing each area. Also, the report should give a final cost for all intersections along with a list of the top 10 most troubled areas.  In conjunction with this order the DPW is requested to review each intersections and determine if new curb/sidewalk sections will be needed and that cost should be shown as well.  awaiting disposition

12G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the mayor provide a list of all potential bond options, requested options and/or suggested bond options for the city.  The mayor and city council should meet in finance to develop/establish a priority list of those bond options of high importances in order to develop an overall bond package.  Awaiting disposition

12H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That a representative of the DPW and Park and Rec come before the finance committee to provide a detailed break down of the bonding package for the fields (joints point, Roberts, etc). The representatives have to provide a breakdown of what is taking place at each location, timeline for each project and cost associated with each project, said report is due in two weeks.  Awaiting disposition

12I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That a representative of the DPW and Park and Rec come before the finance committee to provide a detailed break down of the bonding package for the fields (joints point, Roberts, etc). The representatives have to provide a breakdown of what is taking place at each location, timeline for each project and cost associated with each project, said report is due in two weeks.  Awaiting disposition

12J.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the sum of $21,706,000.00 is appropriated for the capital projects on the list attached hereto, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to M.G.L. ch. 44 and Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1997, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore. 

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.  Awaiting disposition

13.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

13A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred that the City accept Temple St. as a Public St.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

13B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the 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  Recommend that the order be adopted  Recommend that the order be adopted

13C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City look into a “No Loitering” sign on Main St. near the car wash Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

14.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

14A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order Special Permit application for Home Occupation for Mr. Daniel LiBoissonnault at 267 Southampton Rd.  Recommend that the order be referred to the DGR Committee

14B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral appointment of Lori Belanger to the position of Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Holyoke  Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

14C.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred  That the City Council consider the application of Mr. Frankie Santos, Senior at Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School to the Youth Councilor Seat  Recommend that the order has been received

14D.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order the HHS principal has nominated the following individual to serve as the Youth Ambassador to the Holyoke City Council for a term ending in June 2017: Gabriel Camacho, grade 11.  Recommend that the order has been received

14E.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral appointment of Mr. Charlie Berrios to the library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke  Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

14F.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral appointment of Olivia Mausel to the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission  Recommend that appointment be given leave to withdraw at the request of the appointee

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

15A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke City Council extend an invitation to Bennett Walsh, the new Superintendent of the Holyoke Soldier’s Home, to meet in Committee in the Fall of 2016
  Awaiting disposition

15B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the City Council approve the Resolution for the Certified Housing Development Incentive Program Project and local Tax Increment Exemption (TIE) Agreement with AACO Realty Corporation for the redevelopment of 380 Dwight Street (known as “The Canal Galleries”) in Board of Assessors Map 021, Block 01, Parcel 003.  Awaiting disposition

15C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the City Council approve the Resolution for the Certified Project and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement with AACO Realty Corporation for the redevelopment project (known as “The Canal Gallery”) at 380 Dwight Street (Board of Assessors Map 021, Block 01, Parcel 003).
  Awaiting disposition

15D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that members of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority and HEDIC meet with the City Council to discuss current and future projects aimed at supporting the manufacturing and industrial base in Holyoke.  Awaiting disposition

15E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order With CDBG funding coming round again, the Mayor is invited to attend any DGR meeting relative thereto.  Further, please consider designating $100,000.00 of CDBG funds for business façade improvements.  As a suggestion: the grants to businesses should require matching funds of at least 25%.  Awaiting disposition

16.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

18.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the parks and recreation commission, parks and recreation director, personnel director and law dept take 15-20 minutes to give the City Council a briefing in executive session to discuss the recent employee placed on paid administrative leave.”

19.    JOURDAIN    –    That a handicap sign be placed in front of 30 Portland St. for Jose H. Duque.

20.    MCGEE    –     that the  City travel policy be amended to adopt the “Federal per diem rate for the destination city” as the maximum allowable reimbursement for all daily meal expenses.

21.    MCGEE    –    That the City Council invite the school superintendent and building relocation committee in to get an update on the process.

22.    MCGEE    –    That the speed limit of 30 MPH be lowered to 20 MPH on Old Ferry Rd.

23.    MCGEE    –    That the auditor confirm the true nature of the Wistariahurst Museum “revolving account” (i.e. The funds from ticket sales, event sales, etc…) that are used to help pay salaries. If there is no account then a revolving fund should be established for such funds.  Please provide an update in 2 weeks.

24.    MCGEE    –    That the DPW/forestry remove the tree near 38 Jefferson Street.

25.    MCGEE    –    That the engineer look at a no turn on red sign being placed at Cherry Street to Northampton.

26.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Jackson Street Sewer Separation and 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.

27.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “911 Department Support and Incentive” 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.

28.    SULLIVAN    –    That the settlement for Maria Ferrer be paid immediately from the remaining unused portion of the demolition bond for the former Essex House.  The city council approved 1.5m and to date approximately $1,260,000 has been  spent,  leaving a balance of approximately $240,000.  This settlement is an expense for the demolition. Interest payment for use of the bond funding is far less than revenue lost by using stabilization funds. 

29.    VACON    –    that a sign be added at the end of Dale St at Cherry that indicates “NO OUTLET”. Residents state trucks are trying to cut through the neighborhood.

30.    BARTLEY    –    That the G & E, Water Works, DPW and the Mayor’s office promote the upcoming winter parking ban via newsletters, inserts to invoices and the city’s web site as soon as possible and to continue to with reminders throughout the winter months.  Please include any emergency contact information to assist the public.

31.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council consider acceptance of Ogden St. (the section between Lorraine St. and Homestead Ave.) as repairs are needed in this area.

32.    BARTLEY    –    DPW install a “Do Not Enter” sign on Carlton St.  Specifically, attach the sign to pole #11 (with the G & E’s permission) as cars are regularly traveling the wrong way down this street from Messier’s Funeral Home.

33.    BARTLEY    –    City Forester assess the condition of the tree on city property between 30 and 32 Glen St. and report back to the Ward 3 councilor as soon as possible.

34.    VACON    –    That the paper street adjacent to 72 Mueller Rd (parcel ID 182-00-032) and Rear County Road (parcel ID 182-00-035) be declared surplus and made available for sale.

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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