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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on March 07, 2017 at 7:00 PM
City hall, City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
March 7,2017

PUBLIC HEARING

1.    Re:  From Citizens of the City of Holyoke, petition to call a meeting of the Holyoke City Council to hold a public hearing regarding the proposed new ordinance governing the establishment of the Community Preservation Committee.

LAID ON THE TABLE

2.    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

3.    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

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, correspondence regarding a vote to submit a Statement of Interest with the Massachusetts Building Authority.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Mr. James M. Sheehan, 195 Lower Westfield Rd. to serve as a member of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke; Mr. Sheehan will serve a three- year term; said term will expire on January 2020.

6.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Ms. Bernice Bowler, 26 Claren Dr. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke; Ms. Bowler will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on February 1, 2020.

7.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, CMC City Clerk, letter re:  response for order filed in regards to list of the board members for the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Housing Authority Board & Board of Parks & Recreation.

8.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, CMC City Clerk, minutes of February 7, & February 21, 2017.

9.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re:  Fire Victims Fund.

10.    From Brian Fitzgerald, Health Director letter in response to Order filed by Councilor Greaney, regarding Inspections of fire victims new dwelling units.

11.    From Jeffrey F. Burkott, Principal Planner, letter to Michael P. McManus, DPW Superintendent re:  Changing name of east portion of Coit St. to Merrick Ave.

12.    From Parks & Recreation Commission, minutes of January 31, February 7 and 8, 2017.

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

14.    From Board of Fire Commissioners minutes of January 27, 2017.

15.    From Navae Rodriguez, Council on Aging, letter requesting an invitation to come before the City Council to discuss about Dementia Friendly Communities.

16.    From UMASS Donahue Institute “Study that shows the economic impact the St. Patrick’s parade has on the community”.

PETITIONS

17.    Petition of Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley for a renewal of a second hand license at 231 South St.

18.    Petition of Record Town Inc. d/b/a FYE for a renewal of a second hand license at 50 Holyoke St.

19.    Petition of Ann O’Leary for a renewal of a home occupation for a real estate office at 208 Huron Ave.

20.    Petition of Mt. Tom Solar Project, special permit amendment for 200 Northampton St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

21.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

21A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the ordinances of the City of Holyoke be changed to require all landlords with three or more units install fire alarms and have them in good working condition.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

21B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city use any legislative mechanism necessary to require the installation of monitored fire alarm systems in residential buildings with four or more units.
  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

21C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Council adopt an ordinance which requires when a communication failure is detected by a third party monitoring company in any residential building with 4 or more units, the Fire Department be notified immediately. At the discretion of the Fire Chief a fire watch detail may be assigned until the system is working again.  The cost of the detail will be paid for by the property owner. ​  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

21D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that fire alarm systems shall be directly connected to the fire department for any residential building three stories or greater and with 4 or more units.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

21E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that buildings sold within the City for residential occupancy be inspected for health and other safety codes before permitted to b in operation in addition to the fire alarms ordinance that already exist, than additional ordinance require landlords to install systems to alert the fire departments of any fires within the premises.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

22.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

22A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer request of $104,740 FROM: Free Cash TO: Sick Leave Buyback (HPD)  Awaiting disposition

22B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer request of $20,000 FROM Free Cash TO: Other Charges and Expenses (HPD)  Awaiting disposition

22C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer request of $36,650.30 FROM Free Cash TO: Sick Leave Buyback (HFD)  Awaiting disposition

22D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer request of $6,000 FROM Election Officers TO: Office Supplies and Education Training (Clerk’s Office)  Awaiting disposition

22E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Resolution to provide tax relief to homeowners and encourage new buyers in the housing market, provide tax relief for business owners, balance budget without increasing taxes, stop growth of City budget (etc.)  Awaiting disposition

22F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an  Application of Faramarz Bahrehmand to operate one taxi cab in the City of Holyoke  Awaiting disposition

22G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an Application of Ricardo Betancourt for 1 pool table at 65 Commercial St.  Awaiting disposition

22H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  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. Awaiting disposition

22I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that As long as taxpayers with private sewers (septic systems) are paying to subsidize the sewer fund ( which is supposed to be self supporting) and/or in the event that a citywide storm water fee is imposed, homeowners upon presentation of a valid septic service repair/improvement bill will be reimbursed up to $500.00 per year.  That the city will determine the proper office and establish procedures to implement this reimbursement system.  Awaiting disposition

22J.    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 “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.  Awaiting disposition

22K.    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 “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.  Awaiting disposition

22L.    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 “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.  Awaiting disposition

22M.    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 “Shannon Community Safety Initiative” 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

22N.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Collective Bargaining Agreement with UPSEU Local 424, DPW Supervisors  Awaiting disposition

22O.    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 “Shannon Community Safety Initiative” 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

23.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

24.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

25A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council ask the Mayor, DPW, Superintendent to use 2017 CDBG funds to purchase and install an outdoor bulletin board, that can be locked and is waterproof. That is sufficient in size and installed in a convenient location for the public.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

25B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Mayor, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, City Treasurer, Acting City Auditor and Law Dept. provide a full list of all non-profit organizations that expressed interest in administering and overseeing the “Mayor’s Fire Victims Fund. Furthermore that the selectors provide a written selection process of how the Chamber Centennial Foundation was ultimately selected  Recommend that the order has been complied with

25C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Community Development block Grants recommend the order be adopted

26.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

28.    BRESNAHAN    –    that the Problem Property Group provide a listing to this body of any and all lists that this group is working on with respect to abandoned properties within the city

29.    BRESNAHAN    –    that the Mayors office provide the city council a copy of the contract between the new ambulance service currently operating out of South Street, the city of Holyoke and any other parties involved on this contract

30.    BRESNAHAN    –    that a representative from the Holyoke Boys and Girls club give the City Council an update as to any on goings with the property at the old Mt Tom Ski area

31.    JOURDAIN    –    that the DPW post no parking signs on the easterly side of Isabella Street from 200 feet north of the intersection of Isabella Street and Corser Street to 80 feet north of Forer Avenue.”

32.    JOURDAIN    –    “General Meeting of Citizens”  item to discuss the CPA committee ordinance as requested by petitioners. 

33.    JOURDAIN    –    That an ordinance be created as follows:
 
“No elected
    VACON        official, department head or other city employee shall
            issue any order that shall knowingly violate any law
            or regulation of the federal, state or local government
            or the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution
            of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the Charter
            of the City of Holyoke, or any lawful order of a court
            of competent jurisdiction.  No such order given shall
            be valid or shall be enforced by the City of Holyoke
            or its departments.”

34.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Ordinance Committee review Section 18-35 “Regulation of blighted and vacant buildings” to consider revising the appeal process for vacant building registration and applicable fees.

35.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Eighty Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($80,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $80,000
        TOTAL:    $80,000
TO:
13002-57000    Expenses (rent)        $80,000
        TOTAL:    $80,000

36.    MCGEE    –    that the DPW install LED Exit signs/ direction exit signs in the Children’s Museum as soon as possible.

37.    MCGEE    –    that the crosswalk signals at: Dwight/Northampton Street and Hampden/Northampton Street Be fixed or replaced as soon as possible, the crossing lights do not work and are a public safety issue. (This is the 2nd request)

38.    MCGEE    –    that DPW provide a report on the safety of the skylights for the DPW drop off center.

39.    MCGEE    –    that the DPW install the temp speed bumps on Bemis near Mt Tom Ave.  Also, Please do a traffic count along with this use of the temp speed bumps.

40.    MCGEE    –    that the police department conduct radar for speeding on Bemis.

41.    MCGEE    –    that the City Council invite in the school superintendent to discuss the potential of new middle schools for the city.

42.    VACON    –    that speed limit signs be posted on the Apremont Hwy hill near the upper part of the road between 202 and Rock Valley Road.  That stop signs be placed at Apremont Hwy where it turns to the right up the hill and where it turns right on to Rock Valley Rd. until such time as the intersection is reconfigured into a three way stop.

43.    BARTLEY    –    DPW alert motorists on Congress St. that a deaf person resides in the area and to proceed with caution.  This is a constituent’s request.

44.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council invite the Hon. Nick Cocchi, Hampden County Sheriff, to a future meeting of the DGR committee.

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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