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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on February 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers, Holyoke, MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 18,2014

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    From City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee, minutes of the previous Special Meeting of the City Council on February 4, 2014

2.    From City Treasurer, Jon D. Lumbra, letter re:  property awarded to the City via Land Court decree, (34 Hamilton St.)

3.    From City Treasurer, Jon D. Lumbra, letter re:  property awarded to the City via Land Court decree, (Bray Park Dr.)

4.    From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, Monthly Budget Reports for the General Fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of January 31, 2014

5.    From Parks & Recreation Commission, minutes from November 19, 2013

6.    From Board of Health minutes from December 9, 2013

7.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes of October 21, 2013

8.    From Holyoke Geriatric Authority minutes from January 9 and January 15, 2014.

9.    From Holyoke Catholic High School, annual beano report

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

10.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

10A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap placard be established for Elia Martinez at 996 Dwight St. Recommend that the order be adopted

10B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap placard be established for Yara M. Diaz at 980 Dwight St. Recommend that the order be adopted

10C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that handicap parking space be placed at 21 Clinton Ave. for Rob Tougas placard #PO6998157 Recommend that the order be adopted

10D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that handicap placard be placed at 320 Elm Street for Nilda Irizarry, Placard Number P98915582 Recommend that the order be adopted

10E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred that in accordance with MGL Ch. 40C, Sec. 3, the City Council adopt an ordinance to establish the Polish Heritage Local Historic District, as  recommended in the Final Report and shown on the map submitted by the Fairfield Ave Local Historic District Commission  Recommend the order be given leave to withdraw

11.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

12.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

13.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

14.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

15.    JOURDAIN    –    the City Solicitor or her designee answer the following questions regarding the Treasurer’s acquisition of the Essex House on High St.:

1.)  It has been stated to the City Council that the City of Holyoke, prior to the acquisition of the Essex House, had municipal liability for the current condition of the property and that we had a duty to repair or remedy the poor condition of the property to ensure it did not collapse on passersby or neighbors.  Moreover, that if we failed to act to acquire or repair the building then if the building collapsed and fell upon a passerby or neighbor that the City not the lawful owner alone would have been liable for such an injury?  Please explain the legal theory supporting this conclusion with case citation and legal analysis.  Secondly, please explain if this analysis took place prior to the actions of the Treasurer to support the decision to acquire the building by tax title.

2.)  Now that we are the owner of the property, please explain if our legal responsibilities and duties are the same as they were prior to taking ownership or if they have become enhanced with ownership?

3.)  Please provide the name(s) of the prior owner(s) of the acquired property and their last business address including the names of the officers/owners of any company if applicable with their last known residential address.

4.)  Please inform the City Council of what legal actions the City intends to take against these former owner(s) to recover the costs of acquiring this property and the required demolition costs.

16.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, One Hundred Forty Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($140,000) as follows: (DPW)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $140,000
        TOTAL:    $140,000
TO:
14251-51301    Pay – Snow Removal Overtime        $25,000
14252-53100    Snow Removal Services        100,000
14262-52410    Rep. & Maint. – Vehicles        15,000
        TOTAL:    $140,000

17.    MCGIVERIN    –    City Council create a new rule establishing deadlines for sub-committee agendas

18.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, One Hundred Fifty Five Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($155,000) as follows: (DPW)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $155,000
        TOTAL:    $155,000
TO:
14222-52102    Energy – City Hall        $80,000
14222-52103    Energy – City Hall Annex        15,000
14302-54800    Motor Vehicle Fuel        20,000
16502-52300    Water & Sewer        40,000
        TOTAL:    $155,000

19.    TALLMAN    –    The the Holyoke City Council hereby proclaim Holyoke, Massachusetts as a Purple Heart City, one of the few communities in Massachusetts so designated, honoring the service and sacrifice of our nations men and women in uniform that were wounded or killed by enemy while serving to protect the freedom enjoyed by all Americans.

WHEREAS     the citizens of the City of Holyoke have shown their admiration for and commitment to those who have and continue selflessly to serve our Country in war and peace, and

WHEREAS     one of our sons, John S. MacKenzie was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service during WWI and

WHEREAS     two of our sons, Raymond O. Beaudoin, (posthumous), and Joseph Muller, (posthumous), were awarded the Medal of Honor for their sacrifices during WWII and

WHEREAS     the Soldiers Home in Holyoke does now and has served the needs of veterans in mind and body and spirit since 1952 and

WHEREAS     the Holyoke VNA/Hospice Life Care is a level two member of the “We Honor Veterans” program and

WHEREAS     Holyoke has a proud tradition of military service in all wars since the Great War between States and

WHEREAS     many hundreds of our men and women have been wounded in action, and given their lives for our country, NOW THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED, we, the City Council of Holyoke proclaim the City of Holyoke to be a Purple Heart City.

20.    BRESNAHAN    –    DPW/Parks & Recreation either take down the American Flag located at Kennedy Park at night/inclement weather or ensure that she is illuminated during these times., also ensure that this flag currently flying at Kennedy Park is made of  an all weather material ie: nylon or other  non-absorbent material

21.    CHATEAUNEUF    –    Additional handicap parking for Public Library. There is concern that there is a need for more spaces than the ones provided in parking lot.

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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