Holyoke City Council Meeting

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 6,2018

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing the following individuals to serve as members on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke:
Mr. Bellamy Schmidt, 661 West Cherry St., Mr. George Mettey, 7 Hemlock Dr., Mr. Jeremy Smith, 485 Hillside Ave., and Mr. Charles Berrios, 488 Maple St., they will serve a two-year term; said term will expire on February 2020.

2.    From Brenna Murphy McGee MMC, City Clerk communication on explanation of FY2018 budget requests.

3.    From Damian J. Cote, Building Commissioner Overview and Impact report 5 year update.

4.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator, Office of Community Development Re:  FFY2018 Community Development Block Grant Proposal Book.

5.    From David M. Conti, Manager Holyoke Water Works, letter re:  Inter municipal agreement for Tri-City Carbon Project.

6.    From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes from December 14, 2017.

7.    From Helen Gomez Andrews, Co founder of High End Chocolate, letter re: intention to apply for a cannabis Cultivation, Manufacturing and Retail license in the State of Massachusetts and the City of Holyoke.

PETITIONS

8.    Petition of Kenrick Williams, for a renewal of a home occupation for a property preservation business at 97 Locust St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

9.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

9A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that order that the handicap parking sign near 970 Hampden Street be moved back away from the driveway as it is becoming a safety hazard for the home owner.  Recommend that the order be adopted

9B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council Establish one “15-minute parking only” parking space in front of Easy Pick Convenience located at 224 Lyman St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

9C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a no parking sign across the street from the drive way of 25 Arthur Street.  This is request of the property owner  Recommend that the order be adopted

9D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the DPW gives Roberts Field a street number. There is too much confusion when people put the address into a GPS.  Recommend that the order be adopted

9E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  A special permit application for Forward Change Experience DBA Hobby Quest for a 4.7.2. Non-Conforming Use at 226 Sargeant St. Map 089 Block 00 Parcel 017  Recommend that the special permit be approved

9F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred A special permit application for The Parlor Faded Co. LLC for a 4.7.2. Non-Conforming Use at 230 Sargeant St. Map 089 Block 00 Parcel 017  Recommend that the application be approved

9G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that The City install a crosswalk from B.S. Church to the Messier parking lot across Northampton St near Carlton St. This is a constituent request.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

10.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

10A.    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 “FY2018 TRAFFIC GRANT” 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted

10B.    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 “State 911 Department Support and Incentive Grant” 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted

10C.    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 “State 911 Dept Training and EMD/Regulatory Compliance Grant” 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted

11.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

12.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

13A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Order:  Hon. Mike Knapik, Director of Gov. Baker’s western Massachusetts office, appear before the DGR committee.  Mr. Knapik to attend the same meeting with Sen. Humason and Rep. Vega  Recommend that the order has been complied with

13B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council  Invite Hon. Don Humason and Hon. Aaron Vega to an upcoming meeting  of the DGR Committee.  This order will help CC comply with its Rule 32A.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

13C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Public Works Department provide a detailed inventory of all benches/park equipment in storage at the John J. Lynch School.  (Include trash receptacles, tree planters etc).   Recommend that the order has been complied with

14.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

16.    SULLIVAN    –    That the City of Holyoke adopt MGL CH 39, Sec 23D in order to allow committee members to miss one meeting during the public hearing process.

MGL Ch 39, Sec. 23D
Section 23D. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, upon municipal acceptance of this section for 1 or more types of adjudicatory hearings, a member of any municipal board, committee or commission when holding an adjudicatory hearing shall not be disqualified from voting in the matter solely due to that member’s absence from no more than a single session of the hearing at which testimony or other evidence is received.  Before any such vote, the member shall certify in writing that he has examined all evidence received at the missed session, which evidence shall include an audio or video recording of the missed session or a transcript thereof.  The written certification shall be part of the record of the hearing.  Nothing in this section shall change, replace, negate or otherwise supersede applicable quorum requirements.

(b)  By ordinance or by-law, a city or town may adopt minimum additional requirements for attendance at scheduled board, committee, and commission hearings under this section.

17.    SULLIVAN    –    that the DPW commissioners & sewer commissioners meet with the council to discuss merger of elimination of sewer commissioner and the sewer deficit.

18.    SULLIVAN    –    that the water commissioners & dept. head meet with the council to discuss and update issues regarding Ashley & Whiting Reservoir, tax abatements.

19.    SULLIVAN    –    That the Law Dept look into joining class action suits against opoid manufacturers to recover financial damages suffered by the City.

20.    SULLIVAN    –    Whereas:  Property values in the City have risen at a very modest rate and are taxed at the maximum amount allowed.  Any increase in property values should reflect a decrease in the tax rate.
Whereas:  Level funding will not work in addressing the City’s impending financial woes.
Whereas:  Stronger measures must be implemented now in order to avoid a financial crisis and lessen the burden on taxpayers.

The Holyoke City Council hereby encourages the Mayor to submit a budget that incorporates a reduction in total spending of at least 2.5%.

21.    SULLIVAN    –    That OPED meet with council to discuss (A) Compliance of various Pilot Recipients (B) Status of Hart Wool/Winn Dev. Projects.

22.    SULLIVAN    –    That the legal Department clarify for the council whether council members may be excluded from Executive Sessions of City Boards or Commissions.

23.    SULLIVAN    –    that all council member be AD Hoc Non voting members of all City Boards and Commissions and therefore allowed to participate in Executive Session.

24.    BARTLEY    –    DPW fix the sidewalk on South St. between (1) Harrison Ave. and Northampton St. as well as (2) Russell Terrace and Northampton St.  Not all of it is in dire straights but much of it could use some TLC and some of it needs to be replaced.  This area is CDBG eligible.

25.    BARTLEY    –    That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from Way Finders, Inc. to purchase a parcel of land located at 188 Chestnut Street for $15,500. Said Parcel contains approximately 0.27 acres and is described in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 011, Block 10, Parcel 008 and being more particularly described in deeds recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20552, Page 219 and further described in Book 12504, Page 178. The parcel is zoned Multifamily Residence and Professional Offices (RO) and has an assessed value of $24,500.  Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council.

26.    BRESNAHAN    –    The City Engineer/DPW review the intersection of Hampden and Nonotuck Streets to ensure that the lighting configuration and signage are adequate and ensure a safe way for drivers on Nonotuck Street to enter on to Hampden Street and for those drivers on Hampden Street to exit onto Nonotuck Street.  Further have a Representative of Police Dept. provide the total of all accidents that have occurred at this location over the past 5 years.

27.    LEAHY    –    Order That the City Council honor City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee with a proclamation for being given the highest designation of Master Municipal Clerk by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

28.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    In order to meet the MSBA deadline of March 20th for City Council approval of the middle school project’s Preliminary Design Phase, the Joint Committee of the City Council & School Committee shall invite in members of the School Building Committee, the OPM, Pinck&Co., and the architect, Jones Whitsett, for a presentation.  

29.    LISI    –    that given the recent FCC rulings on net neutrality, the City Council invite in representatives from HG&E to discuss public access to broadband, fiber, and the G&E’s ability to provide free, city-wide WiFi.

30.    LISI    –    that the City Council adopt an ordinance that phases out and prohibits the use of plastic bags in the city (plastics bags are one of the greatest contributors to the trash and debris problems we have throughout the city and many neighboring city’s have passed language that we can emulate).

31.    LISI    –    that the City Council adopt an ordinance that creates a new, Retail Center (RC) zone and create an RC district in the Whiting Farms corridor heading down to the mall (3rd time filing due to inactivity by committee chair).

32.    LISI    –    that the date that a special permit was received by the council appear next to the item on committee agendas. This will make it easier for the public to see how quickly the council is moving through the permitting process.

33.    LISI    –    that the City Council in coordination with the Tax Collector send out a notification (either via mail or phone) to all residents notifying them that the 3rd and 4th quarter tax bills will be coming out together on April 1st and will come due on May 1st due the Council’s inability to set a tax rate.

34.    MCGIVERIN    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “COPS Hiring Grant” 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.

35.    MCGIVERIN    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Shannon CSI Grant” 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.

36.    MCGIVERIN    –    That the city council approve payment of prior year bill to Grynn and Barrett for Government portraits.  The payment will come from the City Hall Supplies budget line.

37.    MCGIVERIN    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Eight Hundred Forty-four and 88/100 Dollars ($844.88) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107    PATROLMEN        $844.88
        TOTAL:    $844.88
TO:
12101-51180    INJ ON DUTY        $844.88
        TOTAL:    $844.88

38.    MCGIVERIN    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-SIX AND 85/100 Dollars ($2026.85) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105    FIREFIGHTERS        $2026.85
        TOTAL:    $2026.85
TO:
12201-51180    INJ ON DUTY        $2026.85
        TOTAL:    $2026.85

39.    MCGIVERIN    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED NINETY-ONE AND 10/100 Dollars ($2,691.10) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51103    CAPTAINS        $1035.00
12101-51204    PT CLERKS        1500.00
12101-51204    PT CLERKS        156.10
        TOTAL:    $2,691.10
TO:
12101-51104    LIEUTENANTS        $1035.00
12101-51110    SR CLERKS        1500.00
12101-51118    ADMIN ASST        156.10
        TOTAL:    $2,691.10

40.    MCGIVERIN    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Six Thousand two-hundred thirty-seven and 00/100 Dollars ($6,237.00) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51110    Local Inspector        $6,237.00
        TOTAL:    $6,237.00
TO:
12401-51101    Bldg Commissioner        $6,237.00
        TOTAL:    $6,237.00

41.    MCGIVERIN    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Two thousand four hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($2,400.00) as follows:

FROM:
11352-54200    Office Supplies        $2,400.00
        TOTAL:    $2,400.00
TO:
11351-51250    Temp/Seasonal        $2,400.00
        TOTAL:    $2,400.00

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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