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City Council Meeting 12/4/18 Text Size

Event takes place on December 04, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL

December 4,2018

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, twenty two thousand five hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($22,500) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51101 Pay-Solicitor $22,500
TOTAL: $22,500
TO:
11511-51102 Pay-Assistant Solicitor $22,500
TOTAL: $22,500

have considered the same and Recommend the order be adopted.

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2. From City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee, minutes of the November 20, 2018 City Council meeting

3. From Ward 2 City Councilor Nelson Rafael Roman, letter of resignation

4. From Assistant City Solicitor Crystal Barnes, Resignation and Replacement

5. From Assistant City Solicitor Crystal Barnes, Collective Bargaining Agreement with IAFF Local 1693, Holyoke Firefighters.

6. From Community Preservation Act Committee, rules of the Community Preservation Act Committee

PETITIONS

7. Petition for Pole and Wire Locations (HGED) to locate a line of wires, cables, poles and fixtures, including the necessary sustaining and protecting fixtures, along and across the following public way or ways:
One (1) 40′ Class II poles on 25 Pinehurst Rd corner of Dunn Ave, Holyoke MA

8. Petition for Pole and Wire Locations (HGED) to locate a line of wires, cables, poles and fixtures, including the necessary sustaining and protecting fixtures, along and across the following public way or ways:
One (1) 40′ Class II poles on 34 Pinehurst Rd corner of Dunn Ave, Holyoke MA

9. Petition of Pole and Wire Locations (HGED) to locate a line of wires, cables, poles and fixtures, including the necessary sustaining and protecting fixtures, along and across the following public way or ways:
One (1) 40′ Class II poles across the street from 20 & 24 Dunn Ave, Holyoke MA

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

10. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

11. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

11A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that bond counsel be invited in to discuss effects and options available in bonding for two new middle schools. The possibilities of longer term bonding, early retirement options, and alternatives to a debt exclusion need to be explored. Recommend that the order has been complied with

11B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City Assessor provide an opinion on the effect of two new middle schools on property values. The addition of new middle schools will make Holyoke a more desirable place to raise a family. Recommend that the order has been complied with

11C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the School Department prepare a summary of potential savings (or additional costs) associated with the addition of two new middle schools.  Also, what other grants may be available and what actions are being taken. Recommend that the order has been complied with

12. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

13. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

13A. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the City Council invite in the newly hired web company to address the problems the City is having with the system, time line to fixing, etc. Awaiting disposition

13B. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred City Council review Mayoral appointee Mark Cutting to serve as a member of HEDIC awaiting disposition

13C. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred City Council review of Mayoral appointee Rachel Graber to the Library Board of Directors Awaiting disposition

13D. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the City Council adopt a resolution to support local control over muncipal clean energy standards and portfolios awaiting disposition

13E. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the Crocker Communication system/phone system address the pohone issues where verizon user constituents couldn’t call into the City for services. Awaiting disposition

13F. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the Mayor coordinate with HG&E and the Holyoke Police Dept. to provide a trianing to all municipal employees for how to identify and deal with cyber threats awaiting disposition

13G. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order 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 fentanil and other dangerous opioids and/or narcotics.
Awaiting disposition

13H. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the HG&E along side the HPD develop a protocol for identifying, reporting, and alerting City Hall employees of possible cyber threats and how to avoid them. Awaiting disposition

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

14A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer of $10,000.00 from the Holyoke Housing Authority to purchase and redevelop 144 High Street. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 013, Block 02, Parcel 004, consisting of an approximate 5,460 square foot building situated on 3,354 square feet of land.  The property is zoned as Downtown Business (BC) and has an assessed value of $82,400.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

15. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

17. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, four thousand four hundred seventy seven and 56/100 Dollars ($4,477.56) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $4,477.56
TOTAL: $4,477.56
TO:
12101-51180 Injured on Duty $4,477.56
TOTAL: $4,477.56

18. MCGIVERIN — that the amount of eleven thousand nine hundred eighty one and 00/100 Dollars ($11,981.00) be authorized from the Mayor’s Office Department’s City Liability & Damage Insurances (19402-57400) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.

19. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FFY2019 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program 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.

20. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2017 Emergency Management Preparedness 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.

21. MCGIVERIN — that the amount of three thousand five hundred forty one and 20/100 Dollars ($3,541.20) be authorized from the Board of Health Department’s Advertising (15102-53430) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.

22. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Donation – 14 Glock 21 Firearms – Frazer Antalffy Integrated Consulting” 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. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, nineteen thousand five hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($19,500.00) as follows:

FROM:
14261-51106 DPW Police Mechanic $19,500.00
TOTAL: $19,500.00
TO:
12102-52410 Police M/V Repairs $19,500.00
TOTAL: $19,500.00

24. VACON — that the following actions take place to strengthen the financial condition of our City as per recommendations by our financial advisor Cinder McNerney:
-That a debt management stabilization fund be established.
-That a financial plan to improve the bond rating from A+ to AA be established
-That a minimum of 10% of the budget be maintained in the stabilization fund with a goal of increasing the fund to 15% of the budget prior to funds being used from the fund for other than emergency purposes.

25. BARTLEY — The catch basin at West Glen and Martin Streets does not appear to properly function. Please repair ASAP.  Refer to DPW, City Engineer and Suez.

26. BARTLEY — that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare the parcel at 106-108 Main Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 006, Block 08, Parcel 012, consisting of a vacant 7,020 square foot apartment style building with 4 – 8 units which is more particularly described in a deed recorded at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 13618, Page 243. On November 9, 2018 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a final judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22440, Page 85.  The property is zoned Highway Business (BH) and has an assessed value of $112,000. 

27. BARTLEY — that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare two parcels on James Street as surplus property available for disposition. The parcels are identified as follows:
2 James Street, Assessors Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 059, consisting of a vacant 1,512 single family style building which is more particularly described in a deed recorded at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 11719, Page 67.  On October 30, 2018 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a final judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22423, Page 460.  The property is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $82,900. 
          and
James Street, Assessors Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 060, consisting of approximately 8,500 square feet of land and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 6025, Page 217.  On May 15, 2018 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22172, Page 578.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $4,700.

28. BRESNAHAN — Order that the city solicitor and the auditor file the memorandum of understanding with the Holyoke fire department union immediately so it can be voted on by the city Council in 2018

29. LEAHY — that the Honorable Holyoke City Council present a proclamation to Michael Plaisance for his 31 years at the Springfield Republican newspaper and for covering Holyoke for 15 of those years!

30. MCGEE — that the DPW and/or the Water Department plow Old Easthampton Road and the parking area to the reservoir. 

31. MCGEE — that the HPD enforce the no parking areas along Jarvis Ave and Old Easthampton Road.  There have been several complaints of illegal parking and traffic issues due to the illegal parking.

32. MCGEE — that with the change over in the Auditor’s position and prior accounting issues the city hire former auditor Brian Smith on a consultant basis.  This request/discussion was confirmed in a prior Finance committee hearing.

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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