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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on February 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM
536 Dwight Street Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 21,2017

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council adopt a special permit/application for any methadone/suboxone clinics coming into the City  Recommend that the order be adopted

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re:  Veto of agenda Item #59, received and adopted on February 7, 2017.

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Mr. Josh Knox, 40 Morgan St. to serve as a member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Knox will serve a three year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2019.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Acting Personnel Director Kimberly Counter to the position of Civil Service Labor Registration Clerk referred to as ” Labor Service Director”  for the City of Holyoke effective February 13, 2017; Labor Service Director is a paid position with an annual stipend of $1,050.00 .

5.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, Monthly Budget Reports, for the General Fund and Sewer Fund as of December 31, 2016.

6.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, re:  Federal Grants.

7.    From Office of City Treasurer, letter re:  Section 2-349 Code of Ordinances

8.    From Terrance Murphy, Chairman, Parks & Recreation Commission, letter re-appointing Teresa M. Shepard as Director effective January 30, 2017 until January 29, 2021, subject to City Council approval.

9.    From Teresa Shepard, Director Parks & Recreation, letter to Kevin Jourdain, President of the City Council, requesting that a review of the Miscellaneous Pay Scale be placed on the City Council’s next meeting agenda.

10.    From Board of Health minutes of January 5, 2017.

11.    From Board of Public Works, Sewer Commission and Stormwater Authority, minutes of January 9, 2017.

PETITIONS

12.    Petition of Michael Mastroianni for a renewal of a home occupation for a home office at 12 Winterberry Circle.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

13.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

13A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred that City of Holyoke establish the Community Preservation Committee.  The purpose of this committee shall be to study community preservation resources, possibilities and needs, and to make annual recommendations to city council on spending of Community Preservation surcharge funds.  

Required members of the committee per state statue shall be one representative of the following city boards / commissions:

- Conversation Commission
- Planning Board
- Historical Commission
- Housing Authority
- Board of Park Commissioners

An 3 additional members will be appointed by the Holyoke City Council with a 4th seat being reserved for a member of the City Council, City Council appointment shall be made by the City Council President.
 Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

13B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council consider revising/streamlining the City’s
parking permit ordinance, Section 86-106, and any related schedules and
establish permit parking for Beech St. if necessary  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

13C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred That the sign ordinance for BH and BG be reviewed and revised to
increase the maximum surface area permitted for each sign as of right from 40 to 75 feet for businesses with less than 25,000 sq. ft.. of floor area and from 80 to 150 feet by special permit.
Also in the BH and BG zones for businesses with 25,000 or more feet of floor space maximum surface area permitted for each sign as of right is 200 sq. ft. and up to 400sq. ft. by special permit  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

13D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 267 East Dwight st. for Margarita Santos and Jose Febles  Recommend that the order be denied

14.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

15.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

15A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred That the Mayor and Police Chief please provide answers to the
following questions:
1. Will the city by incurring any costs including travel, hotel, meal or
other related expenses related to Chief’s training in Virginia?
2. Please explain what benefits there will be to the city from his
attendance at this training including please provide us all program
materials and requirements.
3. How will the Acting Chief’s former duties be handled for the 10 weeks he
or she will not be doing their Captain duties?
4. Are there any other local chiefs attending this training?
Please respond as soon as possible, in writing and then appear before
Public Safety to discuss.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

15B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred 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.  Recommend that the order has been complied with and referred to the Mayor’s Office for request of funds

15C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred that the Board of Fire Commissioners meet with the City Council to
discuss the ongoing problems with traffic signals Recommend that the order has been complied with

15D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred that the Police Department provide the council and public
information on statistics on the string of violence and crime occurring in
the Churchill neighborhood.  Contact Councilor Roman for specific streets.
Residents and neighbors have grave concerns regarding safety  Recommend that the order has been complied with

15E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred the City of Holyoke centralize, and consolidate within the fire
department all lists of empty and abandoned buildings, providing access to
its server to any and all other departments who need it. Recommend that the order has been complied with

15F.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred the City of Holyoke Fire Department, take over as the Emergency
Medical Dispatch for the City (EMD). Recommend that the order has been complied with

16.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

16A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the Personnel Director attend the next public service meeting to review and  discuss the applicants for the City Auditor Awaiting Disposition

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

18.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

20.    BARTLEY    –    In honor of both Marcotte Ford and Gary Rome Hyundai being in Holyoke since 1967 and in light of their 50th Anniversary, the Holyoke City Council issue a Proclamation expressing our gratitude.

21.    BRESNAHAN    –    that the City Council consider amending section 18-35 with respect to the vacant building fee charge. In that we consider suspending the fee if owner has an open and valid building permit on said vacant property and work is actively taking place.  Also if a new owner purchases a vacant property the vacant permit fee charge starts at year one for the new owner

22.    BRESNAHAN    –    that the City Council receive the names, appointment dates and by which Mayor appointed or reappointed the following board members:
Planning Board
Conservation Commission
Historical commission
Holyoke Housing authority
Board of parks and recreation

23.    BRESNAHAN    –    The building commissioner please provide his written professional opinion/evaluation of his inspection of the MD church within 30 days

24.    LOPEZ    –    That a Safety Alert Message be created by the Mayor every time Engine 2 is Brown out.  (Similar to the ones related to the Winter Parking Ban).

25.    LOPEZ    –     That the City Council or Ordinance Committee hold a Public Hearing with the final CPA Ordinance/document. This will allow the public to speak about the Ordinance before a final vote by the City Council.

26.    LOPEZ    –    That the City Council vote to put the following question on the next municipal election (November 7, 2017).

-Shall the City of Holyoke continues to pay the 5,000 dollars stipend to the School Committee Members?  Yes or NO

27.    LOPEZ    –    That the Mayor provide an update or future plan on hiring a City Solicitor.

28.    LOPEZ    –    That the Ordinance Committee looks into drafting an Ordinance requiring that the City Solicitor Position be fill within 120 days of a vacancy.  (Legal Dept. should not be allowed to run by an Acting City Solicitor  forever under this administration).

29.    LOPEZ    –    That the Ordinance Committee starts the process of drafting an Ordinance for the City Council to have own legal representative instead of the Acting City Solicitor.

30.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY16 Emergency Management Preparedness” 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.

31.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Hazardous Materials Preparedness” 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.

32.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, One hundred four thousand seven hundred forty and 00/100 Dollars ($104,740) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $104,740
        TOTAL:    $104,740
TO:
12101-51510    Sick Leave Buyback        $104,740
        TOTAL:    $104,740

33.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Marcotte Ford Life-Saving Equipment” 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.

34.    MCGIVERIN    –    That the City Council look into creating a parking authority.

35.    MCGEE    –    that Eileen Pooler be invited into come before the City Council to discuss the Electronic Permitting Grant funds and provide an update on the software purchased and/or being considered with said grant funds.

Note: The city accepted the grant in order to better organize electronic tracking and follow through system for the City Departments. It was noted that the grant would allow for better information sharing and streamlining City information.

36.    MCGEE    –    That the DPW and/or city engineer provide the City Council with all the maintenance and most recent/assessment report on the annex building.  Please send the reports to the council within 2 weeks.

37.    MCGEE    –    That the City Council present a proclamation to Debbie Haslam for her milestone of 45 years of dedicated service to the City of Holyoke.  

38.    ROMAN    –      Ordered that the DPW / City Engineer study the cost of expanding and adding a side walk between 60 and 5-27 Lower West Field Road.   The road is too narrow and pedestrians and students walking are unsafe.  Furthermore there are people cutting through the back yards of homeowners homes.

39.    ROMAN    –    Ordered that the City of Holyoke pass a moratorium
    JOURDAIN        on the approval of any recreational marijuana retailers,
            growers and distributors.   Moratorium would expire
            December 31, 2018.  

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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