Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on April 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers, Holyoke, MA
LAID ON THE TABLE
1. amended minutes of Special City Council meeting of March 18, 2014
2. Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a stop sign be placed at the North intersection on Sullivan Rd. by the access road to Seven’s Roofing and the Sullivan Rd. Guard House to ISO New England
3. City Council minutes of previous meeting of April 1, 2014
4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Timothy W. Purington, 243 Oak St. to serve as a commissioner of the Holyoke Housing Authority, Mr. Purington will replace Mr. Juan Pedrosa and will serve a five year term; said term will expire on April, 2019
5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Jon Florio, 31 Wellesley Rd. to serve as the Republican Member of the Board of Registrar of Voters, Mr. Florio is replacing and finishing the remaining term of Mr. Tim Purington, which expires on March 31, 2016
6. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Michele Aubrey, 208 Southampton Rd. to serve as the Republican Member for the Board of Registrar of Voters, Ms. Aubrey will serve a three year term, said term will expire on March 31, 2017
7. From Office of Planning & Economic Development letter stating that the City of Holyoke was awarded a reimbursable Grant to remediate and dispose of hazardous materials within the existing structure located at 216 Appleton St.
8. From Office of Planning & Economic Development, letter re: Approval to pay prior FY Brownfield Compliance Fees
9. From Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and Holyoke Taxpayers Association Inc. letter to Mayor Alex Morse re: first set of recommendations by the newly formed Fiscal Advisory Committee
10. From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of February 4, 2014
11. From License Board Commission Meeting of March 5, 2014
12. From Board of Health minutes from February 10, 2014
13. From Conservation Commission, meeting minutes of March 13, 2014
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
14. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
14A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the PR Salary Schedule of Section 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to increase the salary of the Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Mayor from PR 14 to PR 19.
Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
14B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City shall designate up to 20 parking spaces for use by only Holyoke Police Department related vehicles in the lower level of the Mayor Proulx garage Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
15. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
15A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a financial transfer $27,300 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Repair and Maintenance- Vehicles Recommend that the financial transfer be approved
15B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $52,500 FROM Pay -Police Reserves TO Education and Training ($16,500) Medical Costs ($20,430) Personnel Equipment ($15,570) Recommend that the financial transfer be approved
15C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $55,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Motor Vehicle Fuel Recommend that the financial transfer be approved
15D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered that the Assessors and representatives of the Holyoke Gas and Electric meet with the City Council to discuss the G&E proposed PILOT agreement for solar projects in the City to ensure that these agreements are structured in a manner that is prudent and in the financial best interest of the taxpayers of the City. Recommend that the order has been complied with
15E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer $25,000 FROM Claims and Damages- General TO: Special Counsel Services Recommend that the order be referred to the Full Council without a recommendation
15F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial transfer $34,000 dollars FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Litigation Recommend that the order be referred to the Full Council without a recommendation
15G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer $35,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Special Counsel Services Recommend that the order be referred to the Full Council without a recommendation
16. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
16A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that due to a recent accident on Brown Ave. in which a dog was left for dead by a hit-and-run motorist, the City Council directs HPD to conduct speed and traffic surveillance, to issue tickets as necessary, and to report back to the Holyoke City Council Recommend that the order has been complied with
16B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Police Department’s new Code Enforcement and Community Relations officer appear before the City Council to provide an overview of the Police Department’s plans for these areas of policing. Recommend that the order has been complied with
16C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Public Safety Committee have the DPW, Police Department, and parking enforcement agents come in to discuss the tracking process and enforcement of tickets. Also to provide a break down of total number of tickets issued from 2009 to present. Recommend that the order has been complied with
17. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
17A. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Review of Mayoral appointee Anthony Brooks to the Commission on Disabilities Recommend that the appointee be confirmed
17B. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Review of Mayoral appointee James Mahoney as Director of Veterans Services Recommend that the appointee be confirmed
18. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
19. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
20. MCGEE – that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Fourteen Thousand Thirty Eight & 00/100 Dollars ($14,038) as follows: (City Auditor)
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $14,038
11351-51500 Pay – Vacation Buyback $9,038
11351-51510 Pay – Sick Leave Buyback 5,000
21. MCGEE – that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Home Depot Foundation Fire Station # 6 Support” 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.
22. MCGEE – that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Greening the Gateway Cities” 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.
23. MCGEE – that the amount of Nine Thousand Six Hundred Thirty Five & 00/100 Dollars ($9,635.00) be authorized from the Planning & Economic Development Department’s SmartGrowth Zone Incentive (MGL Ch.40R) (1376-57000) appropriation in fiscal year 2014 for services rendered in fiscal year 2013 which were unencumbered at the 2013 fiscal year end.
24. MCGEE – That the Board of Heath contact the owners of the St. Jerome Rectory and have them repair/install a new fence near the Orchard Street homes. The fence is old and falling in the yards of home owners.
25. MCGEE – That the City look into moving the Adult Day Care Program from the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke to the new Holyoke Senior Center.
26. MCGEE – That the DPW repair the service drain near the light on Dwight Street in front of the 7-11 Store. The sewer drain “sunk in” and is now a pothole.
27. MCGEE – That the DPW update the City Council on total number of signs and locations of the City Information signs like that near the YMCA.
28. SOTO – That the City explore the Red light technology system
29. SOTO – the DPW put a ” Do not block box ” signage at the entrance of 615 -625 Homestead Ave customers are having difficulty existing and entering plaza.
30. SOTO – The DPW remove the handicap sign in front of 805 High St the occupants no longer there.
31. VACON – That our Engineer evaluate the left arrow (to go north on Whiting Farms Rd) to increase safety for the drivers traveling west on Lower Westfield Rd. Is it possible to have the left arrow after the green light turns to red for those traveling west like the light on Northampton & Westfield Road near the Blessed Sacrament Church?
32. VALENTIN – DPW remove the handicap parking sign at 33 O’Connor Avenue. Resident has moved and handicap parking is no longer needed.
33. ALEXANDER – Ordered, that Creative Economy Industry Coordinator
LEBRON-MARTINEZ position repeal date be extended by amending the PR
LISI Classification Schedule of Chapter 2 and the 115th
VALENTIN Amendment to Chapter 2 to strike the following sentence:
“this ordinance shall automatically be repealed two
years from the date of passage” and replacing it with
this ordinance shall automatically be repealed on
June 30th of 2016.
34. BARTLEY – MA DOT will send a representative to Holyoke to provide updates to the community on public works projects managed by the Commonwealth within the City.
35. BARTLEY – Holyoke Housing Authority to be invited to come to City Council to give public an update on Lyman Terrace and any other development projects.
36. BARTLEY – HPD please monitor motor vehicles’ compliance with speed limits on the following streets: on Westfield Rd. near the intersection at Woodland St.; Brown Ave.; and Laurel St. Please report back to City Council in 45 days with any analysis and the number of tickets issued.
37. CHATEAUNEUF – City install “Do Not Block Driveway” signs at entrance to Dino’s restaurant on Homestead Avenue. The congestion from traffic makes it difficult for customers to get in and out of the parking lot.
38. JOURDAIN – Ordered, now that the Mt Tom Quarry is closed what does the developer plan to do in terms of reclamation. During the 1998-1999 discussions of this proposal, many promises were made as to how the property would look when the quarry was closed and how the property would be properly reclaimed. Many beautiful illustrations were provided as to what it might look like. I request the Development committee review this issue, invite key players in to discuss and learn what the future holds for the former quarry.
39. LEAHY – that the Department of Public Works, with help from the Historical Commission, puts up one sign in each neighborhood indicating what section of the City. For Instance; Churchill, The Flats, Elmwood, Highlands, and Oakdale for example. Over the St. Patrick’s parade weekend which is the largest homecoming in New England I was hearing people from all over the country talking to their friends and families and indicating what part of Holyoke they were from. The one common denominator of everyone from Holyoke is pride and tradition. A sign could read ” Elmwood” , a neighborhood in the City of Holyoke.
40. LEBRON-MARTINEZ – that a handicap sign be placed at 6 Center St. for Antonia Santiago, Placard No. P76200002 Expires: Feb. 14, 2016
Posted on April 11, 2014 by Irma Lopez