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Event takes place on April 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM
536 Dwight St. city Council Chambers, Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
April 17,2018

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Irma Cruz, Assistant City Clerk minutes of regular meeting of March 20, 2018.

2.    Ordered, that That the Mayor, Chief of Staff, Representatives from UFCW1459, VanPool and the Chief Financial Officer of the School Department attend the Development and Government Relations Committee to discuss a resolution filed to deny the current approved contract.

3.    Ordered, that That the School Department provided any and all reports from transportation consultants showing district savings on school department budget.

4.    Ordered, that The City Council of the City of Holyoke implores the Mayor of the City, Alex B. Morse, to deny and not sign the current proposed new three year contract for transportation of special needs students.   The proposed contract process, and costs savings proposed in the opinion of the Council does not fully take into account the human cost of proposed cost saving measures, and the outside costs to the City once over 130+ individuals lose their current job security. Also, it does not take into account the uncertainty of impact on the current special needs students and their families.   As such the Council at this time is unable to support the proposed contract.   

Furthermore be it resolved that the Council as a body reaffirms and clarifies to the public that the Council has no jurisdiction over said contract and or contract decisions. Said contract lies solely with the Mayor (Head of the School Committee) and the Superintendent (State of Massachusetts appointed receiver of the Holyoke Public Schools). 

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

5.    From Paul Payer, City Solicitor letter re:  City Council influence on Contracts.

6.    From Irma Cruz, Assistant City Clerk minutes of Special meeting of March 20, and April 3, 2018 and minutes of regular City Council meeting of April 3, 2018.

7.    From Marcos A. Marrero, Director Office of Planning & Economic Development  re:  sale process for 1575 Northampton St. former Lynch School.

8.    Communication from Councilor Roman to City Solicitor Paul Payer re: Opinion on contract.

9.    Petition filed  from residents of holyoke regarding traffic cutting through Sunset Road, Ashley Road and surrounding neighborhoods.

10.    From Board of Health minutes of March 1, 2018.

PETITIONS

11.    Petition of Fara Bahrehmand, Yellow Cab for a renewal of 6 Taxi Cab licenses.

12.    Petition of Goodwill Industries for a renewal of a second hand license at 231 South St.

13.    Petition of Victor R. Marrero for a new special permit for an Outdoor Sales lots for new and used motor vehicles and trucks, and marine and recreational vehicle (7.2.13) at 532 High St.

14.    Petition of Victor R. Marrero for a new special permit fora Motor Vehicle Repair Garage (7.2.13(a) at 532 High St.

15.    Petition of Thomas Lucchesi, of Ivory Billiards for a renewal of 19 Pool Tables and 1 Billiard table at 151 Chestnut St.

16.    Petition of Holyoke Turn Verein, Kim Silva for a renewal for 1 pool table and 6 bowling Alleys at 624 So. Bridge St.

17.    Petition of Walter J. Sybulski Jr. for a Zone change from R-2 to R-40 or R-60 at Russell Terrace and South St. Parcels:  Russell Terr: 111-00-072, 111-00-073, 112-00-022A, South St. 112-00-022.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

18.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

19.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

19A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication from Holyoke Water Works RE: Inter-municipal agreement for Tri City Carbon Project  Recommend that the multi-year be adopted

19B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Twenty-Eight Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($28,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
14101-51105 DPW- Senior Civil Engineer $28,000.00
TOTAL: $28,000.00
TO:
14101-51101 DPW- City Engineer/Asst Superintendent $28,000.00
TOTAL: $28,000.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

19C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the amount of Five hundred thirteen and 19/100 Dollars ($513.19) be authorized from the Legal Department’s Recording Fees (11512-57605) appropriation in fiscal year 2018 for services rendered in fiscal year 2017 which were unencumbered at the 2017 fiscal year end.  Recommend that the order be adopted

19D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the City of Holyoke appropriate the amount of Thirteen Million Seven
Hundred Ninety Seven Thousand Five Hundred Eighty One Dollars ($13,797,581.00)
for the purpose of paying costs of Boiler and Window replacement at the Dr. Marcella R.
Kelly Elementary School at 216 West St Holyoke and Window Replacements at the Lt.
Clayre Sullivan Elementary School at 400 Jarvis Ave, Holyoke and the William G. Morgan
Elementary School at 596 South Bridge St., Holyoke including the payment of all costs
incidental or related thereto (the “Project”),  recommend that the order be adopted

19E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Four thousand eight hundred forty-one and 52/100 Dollars ($4,841.52) as follows:
FROM:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $4,841.52
TOTAL: $4,841.52
TO:
12101-51180 Injured n Duty $4,341.52
12101-51910 Stipend 500.00
TOTAL: $4,841.52 Recommend that the order be adopted

19F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, One million two hundred thirty-five thousand one hundred twenty-six and 00/100 Dollars ($1,235,126) as follows:

FROM:
18202-56513 Charter School Assessment $1,235,126
TOTAL: $1,235,126
TO:
13002-57000 School Expenses $900,000
19131-51999 Unemployment 335,126
TOTAL: $1,235,126   Recommend that the order be adopted

19G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Three thousand nine hundred ninety-four and 94/100 Dollars ($3,994.94) as follows:
FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $3,994.94
TOTAL: $3,994.94
TO:
12201-51180 Injured on Duty $3,994.94
TOTAL: $3,994.94 Recommend that the order be adopted

19H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Three thousand twelve and 64/100 Dollars ($3,012.64) as follows:
FROM:
15432-57600 Patriotic Events $3,012.64
TOTAL: $3,012.64
TO:
15431-51104 Pay-Head Clerk $3,012.64
TOTAL: $3,012.64  Recommend that the order be adopted

19I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the amount of Two hundred seventy-nine and 10/100 Dollars ($279.10) be authorized from the Board of Health Department’s Advertising (15102-53430) appropriation in fiscal year 2018 for services rendered in fiscal year 2017 which were unencumbered at the 2017 fiscal year end.  Recommend that the order be adopted

20.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

21.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

23.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

25.    VALENTIN    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 195 Suffolk St. for Maria Vazquez.

26.    VALENTIN    –    That the Assessors come in and explain their assessment processes, how they determine values and growth of residential, commercial and personal property. 

27.    LISI    –    the City Council invite in the Chief of Police and any appropriate mental health care professionals to inform us of best practices for dealing with overdoses in the field as well as current protocol for dealing with passive exposure to fentanyl and other dangerous opioids and/or narcotics.

28.    LISI    –    the Mayor coordinate with the HG&E and the Holyoke Police Department to provide a training to all municipal employees for how to identify and deal with cyber threats. 

29.    LISI    –    the HG&E alongside the HPD develop a protocol for identifying, reporting, and alerting City Hall employees of possible cyber threats and how to avoid them.

30.    LISI    –    the City Council add as a permanent agenda item, “Reports of ad hoc committees.”

31.    MCGEE    –    that the Holyoke water Dept commissioners and representatives come before the ordinance committee to discuss payment in lieu of tax programs.

32.    MCGEE    –    that the auditor come before ordinance to address all payment in lieu of tax programs in the city.

33.    MCGEE    –    that the city council invite in David Potter in order
    LEBRON-MARTINEZ        to present and discuss the HARP project.

34.    MCGEE    –    that the DPW/forestry Dept remove the dead tree near the driveway of 1450 Northampton Street

35.    MCGEE    –    that DPW and Marcos Marrero come before the public safety committee to address the permitting and safety matters associated with the art in the park located on the corner of Lincoln and Northampton Street.

36.    MCGEE    –    that the city of Holyoke study and address the possibility of shifting its employees and retirees into the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) health insurance.

37.    MCGIVERIN    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Four thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($4,000) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51105    Pay- Plumbing Inspector        $4,000
        TOTAL:    $4,000
TO:
12402-53040    Inspections-Plumbing        $4,000
        TOTAL:    $4,000

38.    MCGIVERIN    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Six thousand twenty-two and 06/100 Dollars ($6,022.06) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105    Firefighters        $6,022.06
        TOTAL:    $6,022.06
TO:
12201-51180    Injured on Duty        $6,022.06
        TOTAL:    $6,022.06

39.    MCGIVERIN    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Eight thousand two hundred ninety-two and 22/100 Dollars ($8,292.22) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107    Patrolmen        $8,292.22
        TOTAL:    $8,292.22
TO:
12101-51180    Injured on Duty        $8,292.22
        TOTAL:    $8,292.22

40.    MCGIVERIN    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT” 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.

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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