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Event takes place on June 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chamber 536 Dwight St. Holyoke MA

June 18,2013


1.    Second Reading for FY 2014 Budget



2.    Previous City Council minutes from June 4, 2013

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter reappointing the following individual Mr. Matthew Chenier, 20 Fairfield Ave. to the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission effective July 1, 2013; Mr. Chenier will serve a three year term; said term will expire July 1, 2016.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter reappointing the following individual Ms. Olivia Mausel, 25 Briarwood Dr. to the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission effective July 1, 2013;  Ms. Mausel will serve a three year term; said term will expire July 1, 2016

5.    From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, General Fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant appropriations budget reports as of May 31, 2013

6.    From David Guzman Jr. letter re: list of the Ingleside Traffic Improvement Properties that are current on all taxes owed to the City of Holyoke

7.    From Board of Assessors, allowing the transfer of $97,686.75 available to transfer to Overlay supplies as of May 31, 2013.

8.    From Damian J. Cote, Building Commissioner, letter stating all building, gas and plumbing permits available online

9.    From Building Department list of Building permits from May 1, 2013 to May 31, 2013

10.    From Building Department list of Electrical and Gas permits from May 1, 2013 to May 31, 2013

11.    From Office for Community Development, Linda B. McQuade, Administrator letter re:  Final CDBG Allocations

12.    From Kathleen Anderson, President Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, letter responding to City Council Presidents email requesting input from the Chamber of Commerce on cutting the City budget.

13.    From Patricia Devine, Chair of Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, letter re:  monthly meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 5:30pm

14.    From Board of Health, minutes from May 20, 2013

15.    From Holyoke Local Cultural Council, minutes from April 23, 2013



16.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

16A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 2-600 be further amended to create a more efficient way to notify City Councilors and other City Departments of all applications before the license board in light of the fact that the open meeting law requires that the agenda be posted only 48 hours prior to the meeting. The current ordinance requires seven days notice, which leaves a gap between when Councilors are notified and when the actual meeting agenda is posted.  Recommend that the order be adopted with the amendment : DELETING: Sec 2-600 “Notification to City Councilors, Police, Building and Fire Departments,” in its entirety

16B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a representative from the Law Department and License Board appear before the City Council to explain MGL Chp 138 Section 12 paragraph 15 with respect to the sale of cordials  Recommend that the order has been complied with

16C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Ordinance Committee and the Licensing Board meet to put some requirements before issuing Seasonal Licenses and extending Seasonal Licensing (1.) Notification of residents and City Council for both applying and extending licensing (2.) Fire Dept. inspection prior to issuing any seasonal Licensing or extending an existing one (3.) Number of seasonal licenses & extension requests (4.) Limiting the number of extensions (5.) Limiting the number of seasonal licenses  Recommend that the order has been complied with

16D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the License Board Commissioners, Building Dept., and Legal Department, Chief Scott & Board of Health Director come to the Ordinance Committee to discuss (a.) Enforcement of City Ordinances, (b) Violations issues for 2009, (c.) Process for revoking a Used Sales License or Special Permit  Recommend that the Order be given leave to withdrawal

16E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the license board shall notify all City Councilors at least seven days prior to any license board meeting on the following: (1) All requests for an alcoholic beverage license, (2) All alcoholic beverage license renewals, Seasonal & Extension, (3) All transfers of ownership of an alcoholic beverage license (4) All changes of location for an alcoholic beverage license, (5) All requests for a used care sales license (6) All requests for an automobile repair license Recommend that the order be given leave to withdrawal

16F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the License Commissioners report to the Chief of Police any violations, or that the License Commissioners legally designate a person to handle enforcement of the City Ordinances  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdrawal

17.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

18.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

19.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

20.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)


21.    LISI    —    “City Council” be removed as a body in the lawsuit
    LEBRON-MARTINEZ against the city regarding needle exchange.  It is
    SOTO        unclear as to whether a majority of councilors are
    VEGA        signed onto the lawsuit; any councilors who wish to
            pursue the case should do so on an individual basis
            (should not be representing the body as a whole)

22.    LISI    —    the City Council seek an opinion from the AG’s office
    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    as to whether there is a direct conflict of interest
    SOTO        in having Attorney Allyn represent the council in
    VEGA        the needle exchange suit when he is already taking
            up other cases against the city for which the City
            Council may be required to appropriate funds as part
            of potential settlements.

23.    MCGEE_T    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Seventy Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($70,000) as follows: (City Solicitor)

*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $70,000
        TOTAL:    $70,000
11512-53010    Special Counsel Services        $70,000
        TOTAL:    $70,000

24.    MCGEE_T    —    Holyoke City Council accept a payment from Holyoke
    MCGEE_B        Community College in the amount of $404,385.00 for
            the construction of water improvements along Westfield
            Road from Homestead Avenue to the new campus access
            roadway in order to create a looped water system per
            the attached agreement.

25.    SOTO    —    the City of Holyoke explore  the possibly to  raise fees currently at  $10.00 to $20.00 per release for police tows .

26.    SOTO    —    the companies providing Towing services,  for the city of Holyoke come before the City Council To discuss service they provide for the City.

27.    SOTO    —    Holyoke Geriatric Authority explore a plan for closure and or privatization

28.    SOTO    —    City Council revoke any actual or perceived authority
    LEBRON-MARTINEZ        granted to Councilor Jourdain, pursuant to agenda
            #83 ordered August 7, 2012 (Nays – Lisi, Lebron-Martinez),
            and require that any action taken on behalf of City
            Council or individually named councilors be approved
            by vote of City Council.

29.    VACON    —    In accordance with his own words, that City Councilor Aaron Vega stop taking the pay for the City Council position while he also serves as State Representative and return any funds that will appear on a W-2 since January 1, 2013, to the general fund of the city of Holyoke.  Mr. Vega wrote, “I have spoken to an overwhelming number of constituents and elected leaders who have indicated they want me to finish out my term through the end of 2013.  I have also confirmed with the state ethics board and our law department that is perfectly legal for me to do so, so long as I give up my councilor’s salary.  This would allow my annual salary of $10,000 to go back to the general fund for other use.”

30.    VACON    —    DPW utilize flexible poles or some other option to prevent drivers from parking cars on Homestead Ave., over the curb to the sidewalk at the park at McMahon School.  It is a “no parking” area and residents have cited safety concerns for pedestrians in the crosswalk and on the sidewalk.

31.    VACON    —    flashing lights or some appropriate measure be taken to make the crosswalk near McMahon School more visible to drivers

32.    VEGA    —    City Council, through the DPW, City Engineer and Office of Planning & Economic Development, evaluate and consider accepting the southern portion of Water Street and southern portion of Appleton Street as proper public rights of way so that the industrial businesses along those streets may have proper frontage and access. The specific parcels to evaluate are: 048-01-000 (between parcels 048-01-008 and 049-01-007), 049-01-007 and the northwestern portion of parcel 049-01-005.

33.    VEGA    —    City Council, accept parcels number 048-01-000 (between parcels 048-01-008 and 049-01-007), and the northwestern portion of  parcel 049-01-005 as the Water Street  public right of way.

34.    VEGA    —    City Council, accept parcel number 049-01-007 as the Appleton Street public right of way.

35.    VEGA    —    The Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws and the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances, vote to approve the Order of Taking for certain takings in fee, permanent easements and temporary easements and thus acquire by right of eminent domain, in consideration for just compensation unless previously waived, parcels identified as C-1, C-2, C-3; and as U-1, U-2, U-4, U-5, and U-6; and as TE-1, TE-2, TE-3, and TE-4, on said plan titled “Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division Transportation Improvement Project Lower Westfield Road at Homestead Avenue / Whitney Avenue in the City of Holyoke, Hampden County” for the public purpose of the completion of the Transportation Improvement Project at Lower Westfield Road and Homestead Avenue.  The nature of this taking requires a public hearing before the City Council pursuant to Section 78-83 of the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances. Please find the legal form of the Order of Taking, inclusive of property descriptions and plans, attached.

36.    BRESNAHAN    —    City Council vote to accept the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 138 section 12 paragraph 15. Which would enable the Holyoke License Board to grant a license to current Wine and Beer/Wine and Malt holding Licensees to sell cordials at their respective establishments.

37.    JOURDAIN    —    City retain a real estate agent to market and sell Lynch School so it is aggressively being marketed.  That a For Sale sign be placed out front

38.    JOURDAIN    —    Denis Walsh and his property management team be invited before the Redevelopment Committee to provide an update on the progress they are making on redeveloping the Old Holyoke Catholic property

39.    JOURDAIN    —    City Council suspend Rule 1 and stand down for Summer Recess for the following scheduled meetings:
July 2, July 16 and August 20

40.    JOURDAIN    —    City Council give David Dupont a proclamation in recognition of his retirement after many great years of dedicated service as an Educator and Administrator in the Holyoke Public Schools; including as our Superintendent.

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

                  City Clerk

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