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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on April 04, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall, City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
April 4,2017

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re:  Veto of Ordinance regarding Community Preservation Committee.

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

3.    Petition of Jannette Vega for a Street vendor license for a mobile food truck.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, CMC City Clerk, minutes of March 21, 2017.

5.    From Lori J. Belanger, Chief Procurement Officer letter re:  Financial Order to transfer $4,000 to Chief Procurement Office Salary Line.

6.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator  Office of Community Development, letter re:  FY 2017 CDBG Allocations and Annual Plan.

7.    From Stephen Zrike, Receiver letter re: findings of the Holyoke Public Schools Central Office Task Force.

8.    From Peter LaPointe, Vice President of the Colvest Group, letter requesting that the Zone Change Application for 1504 Northampton St be withdrawn.

9.    From Parks & Recreation Commission, minutes of February 28, 2017.

10.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority minutes of July 1,  August 19, December 16, 2015, March 3, 2016 & March 31, 2016.

11.    From Board of Public Works, Sewer Commission and Stormwater Authority minutes of February 27, 2017.

PETITIONS

12.    Petition of Fara Bahrehmand, (Yellow Cab) for 5 new taxi cab licenses.

13.    Petition of Fara Bahrehmand (Yellow Cab) for renewal of a taxi cab license.

14.    Petition of Joseph Harfoush, for a renewal of a livery License garaged at 395 Maple St.

15.    Petition of Grandma’s Attic Thrift Store for a renewal of a second hand license at 1976 Northampton St.

16.    Petition of Brad Matthew Jewelers for a renewal of a second hand license at 2225 Northampton St.

17.    Petition of Thomas Lucchesi, for renewal of 19 Pool tables and 1 Billiard Table located at 151 Chestnut St.

18.    Petition of John P. McCann for a renewal of a home occupation permit at 415 Ingleside St. for a Massage Therapy/Yoga business.

19.    Petition of United Material Management of Holyoke, Inc. for a new special permit for motor vehicle repair garage in IG Zone (7.2.13(a) ) on Main St. Map 055, Block 0000, Parcel 006.

20.    Petition of T-Mobile Northeast, LLC for a new special permit application for an antenna  for a Wireless Communications Facility at 1221 Main Street (Parcel No. 119-00-0001).

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

21.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

21A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Zone Change application for Holyoke Retail LLC for 1504 Northampton St. from zone R2 to Highway Business  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw without prejudice

22.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

22A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Collective Bargaining Agreement with UPSEU Local 424 DPW Supervisors  Recommend that the CBA be approved

22B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer request of $15,000 FROM: Education and Training TO: Claims  Recommend that the order be adopted

22C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a financial transfer request of $20,000 FROM Free Cash TO: Veterans Benefits  Recommend that the order be adopted

22D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a financial transfer request of $80,000 FROM: Free Cash TO: Expenses (rent)  Recommend that the order be adopted

22E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a secondhand license application for Mr. Frank Ferrini 375 Whitney Ave.  Recommend that the application be approved

23.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

23A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Fire Dept., Mayor and the Commissioners come to the Finance Committee to discuss the department budget and staff  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the HFD surveillance video or other video available and call logs be provided to the Public Safety Committee for review for the North East St. fire Recommend that the order has been complied with

23C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Fire Dept. immediately provide all records regarding use of any time off, tardiness, or absences. This is to include all scheduled, or unscheduled illness, vacation or any other time off for Dec. 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Mayor adequately fund the Fire Dept. to keep all apparatus in service and in operation. This includes the 5 engine companies and the 2 ladder companies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.  Recommend that the order has not been complied with

23E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Public Safety Committee invite in both the Chief of Fire and Chief of Police and a representative from Holyoke Medical Center to discuss the new ambulance service within the City  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23F.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Public Safety Committee invite in both the Chief of Police and Fire Chief to discuss the new ambulance service within the City  Recommend that the order has been complied with

23G.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred City of Holyoke 2016 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Update  Recommend that the plan be approved

24.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

26.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

28.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Four thousand six hundred seventy-six and 34/100 Dollars ($4,676.34) as follows:

FROM:
14211-51103    Office Manager        $4,676.24
        TOTAL:    $4,676.34
TO:
14211-51104    Principal Clerk        $895.72
14211-51400    Longevity        750.00
14261-51101    Foreman        449.97
14261-51400    Longevity        250.00
14101-51103    Construction Supervisor        446.36
14221-51101    Maintenance Supervisor        476.87
14221-51400    Longevity        250.00
14251-51101    Foreman        435.55
14251-51400    Longevity        250.00
14301-51106    Recycling Coordinator        476.87
        TOTAL:    $4,676.34

29.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Three thousand one hundred thirty-four and 49/100 Dollars ($3134.49) as follows:

FROM:
14211-51103    Office Manager        $3,134.49
        TOTAL:    $3134.49
TO:
14301-51400    Longevity        $250.00
14211-51106    Supervisor-Outdoor Works        511.32
14211-51400    Longevity        250.00
14251-51101    Foreman        435.45
14251-51400    Longevity        250.00
12941-51101    Forester        1437.72
        TOTAL:    $3134.49

30.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Thirty thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($30,000) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51109    Reserve Officers        $30,000
        TOTAL:    $30,000
TO:
12102-53190    Education and Training        $30,000
        TOTAL:    $30,000

31.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Four thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($4,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $4,000
        TOTAL:    $4,000
TO:
11381-51101    Chief Procurement Officer        $4,000
        TOTAL:    $4,000

32.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Two hundred thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($200,000) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51201    Demo Supervisor        $48,600
12401-51202    Demo Worker        67,100
14101-51101    Engineer        33,500
14301-51102    Heavy Motor Equipment Operator        48,000
15411-51105    Volunteer Coordinator        2,800
        TOTAL:    $200,000
TO:
19131-51999    Unemployment        $200,000
        TOTAL:    $200,000

33.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Fourteen thousand eight hundred twenty-two and 24/100 Dollars ($14,822.24) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105    Firefighters        $9,957.16
12201-51104    Lieutenants        4,865.08
        TOTAL:    $14,822.24
TO:
12201-51180    Injured on Duty        $14,822.24
        TOTAL:    $14,822.24

34.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, One hundred thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($100,000) as follows:

FROM:
15101-51103    Sanitarian II        $11,000
15101-51850    Auto Allowance        5,100
11351-51101    Auditor        10,000
11511-51102    Assistant Solicitor        30,000
16301-51103    Recreation Coordinator        11,000
16101-51107    Library Assistant        22,000
16101-51108    Custodian        1,000
11452-56000    Tax Liability        4,000
17524-59290    Interest-Short Term Debt        5,900
        TOTAL:    $100,000
TO:
19131-51999    Unemployment        $100,000
        TOTAL:    $100,000

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    School Expenses (Rent)        $80,000
        TOTAL:    $80,000

36.    MCGEE    –    that the DPW repave Whittier Circle when the street repaving starts, the road is bad shape and needs attention ASAP.

37.    MCGEE    –    that the city install permanent speed bumps on George Frost Drive, resident petition to be filed.  Temporary speed bumps and traffic study has been completed.

38.    MCGEE    –    that another crosswalk be painted at the corner of Lincoln and Nonotuck. NOTE: Currently there are three crosswalks painted at the intersection. However, the West side of the intersection crossing from our place over towards Carve Salon is unpainted. With little league season at the park rapidly approaching we need ALL the cross walks painted, the new one added AND an update on the solar power blinking crossing walk sign/light done ASAP.

39.    ROMAN    –    That the City Clerk and registrar of voters provide a list of all of the current commissioners in the City and what Ward each commissioner lives in.

40.    SULLIVAN    –    To review and amend 18-35 as necessary to ensure more effective regulation and administration.

41.    SULLIVAN    –    Review section 6.4.5  #5 signs-institutional use.

42.    VACON    –    that a “no parking here to corner” be placed at Whiting Farms Road and Farnum Drive to improve the line of sight for drivers exiting from Farnum Drive.

43.    VACON    –    that the City Council issue a proclamation recognizing Rita Boucher as she celebrates her 100th birthday on May 10, 2017

44.    VACON    –    that NO parking on Cherry Street near Beaudoin Village be enforced with ticketing / towing.  Continued parking is creating a safety hazard.  Parking was considered on the street for this area and it was deemed unsafe by our city officials.

45.    VACON    –    that the man hole on Cherry Street near the exit from Beaudoin Village be cleared.  The area floods and accidents have been reportedly caused.

46.    VALENTIN    –    That two parking spaces opposite the driveway for 261 Elm St. be designated “no parking” to facilitate entry by the waste and recycling trucks. At present, if a car is parked in this area, it is impacting the ability for trucks to enter this property and remove waste and recycling. 

47.    BARTLEY    –    Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council consider declaring three parcels as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcels are identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors as parcels 117-00-018, 117-00-145 and 117-00-148.  The parcels are more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 3658, Page 325; Book 16921, Page 558; and in Plan Book 378, Page 97, accordingly (plan copy attached).

48.    BRESNAHAN    –    that the DPW install a parking sign for loading in front of 27 olive street to allow the bodega on Dwight and Appleton a place to have deliveries to its store.

49.    GREANEY JR.    –    that the Holyoke Senior Center provide a handicap accessible table in the Senior Center café for wheel chair and transport chair citizens

50.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordered, that the Mayor appoint a resident of Ward
    BARTLEY        1 or Ward 2 to the Fire Commission as soon as possible.
    ROMAN        Besides the fire truck for downtown being browned
            out, it appears the Commission seats have been browned
            out too for the residents of the lower wards.  The
            Mayor recently appointed a resident of Ward 7 to the
            vacant seat formerly held by Ms. Devine.  The Mayor
            should reconsider that appointment and appoint a resident
            who can be a voice for the residents in Ward 1 and
            2.  Right now only Wards 5, 6 and 7 have residents
            represented on the Commission.
 

51.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Canal Walk between Dwight Street and Appleton Street be named “Elaine Pluta Place” in honor of our former Mayor and former Council colleague.

52.    LEAHY    –    Composition of the Committee – Statutory Requirement:
 
The first five members of the CPC are required by the statute, and each of the following boards must designate one of its voting members to serve on the CPC:

- The Conservation Commission (created by Section 8C of Chapter 40)

- Planning Board (Section 81a of Chapter 41)

- Housing Authority (Section 3 of Chapter 121B)

- Historic Commission (Section 8D of Chapter 40)

- Board of Parks Commissioners (Section 2 of Chapter 45)
 
 
Composition of the Committee – At Large Members:
 
- One (1) citizen not currently holding elected or appointed office, nor currently municipal employees, as appointed by the Mayor

- Three (3) citizens not currently holding elected or appointed office, nor currently municipal employees, as appointed by the City Council
 
 
Term of Office:
 
1, 2, or 3 years. We can discuss in Ordinance then the full City Council.

53.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that the Honorable City Council vote to approve the Order of Taking to acquire by eminent domain and in fee simple absolute a 4,304 square foot parcel located at 515 – 519 Dwight Street for the construction of the Center City Pedestrian Plaza, and to award damages for said taking in the amount of $20,000.00.   Said parcel at 515 – 519 Dwight Street is identified by Holyoke Board of Assessors as Map 013, Block 04, Parcel 004. A Copy of the Order of Taking is attached hereto.

54.    BRESNAHAN    –    Ordered that the DPW remove the handicap parking spot at 201 Suffolk Street..

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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