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Event takes place on January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA

January 21,2014


1.    Appointment of City Officers



2.    From Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council, previous minutes from January 7, 2014

3.    From City Clerk, Brenna Murphy McGee City Council minutes of previous meeting on January 7, 2014

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter reappointing Patricia A. Mertes, APRN 28 Dunn Ave. to serve as a Commissioner of the Board of Health, Ms. Mertes will serve a three year term; said term will expire February 1, 2017.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter reappointing Ms. Bernice Bowler, 26 Claren Dr. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission, Ms. Bowler will serve a three-year term; said term will expire February 1, 2017

6.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Maria Ferrer 490 Maple St. to serve as a member of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, Ms. Ferrer will serve a two year term; said term will expire on November 1, 2016.

7.    From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor Monthly Budget Reports for the General fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of December 31, 2013

8.    From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, Special funds revenue and expense statements from July 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013

9.    From Ken Johnston, Organizer, Holyoke Winter Carnival, flyer outlining Holyoke Winter Carnival events to be held in the City of Holyoke from February 7 to February 16, 2014

10.    Thank you letter from Frances G. Welson and Thomas D. Osborn of 1421 Northampton St. commending the Water Dept of the City of Holyoke for work done in there property.

11.    From Knights of Columbus, annual beano report

12.    From Board of Health, minutes of November 4, and November 19, 2013

13.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority minutes of November 20, 2013

14.    From Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, minutes of the Board of Directors from December 16, 2013


15.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

15A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed at 134 Oak St. for Angel M. Quinones, placard #P06942067, Expires:  Oct. 27, 2015
 Recommend that the order be adopted

16.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

17.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

18.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

19.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)



20.    BARTLEY    —    To establish a special parking rate of $5.00 per car
    JOURDAIN        from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 and on
            Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Mayor Proulx (Dwight
            St.) Garage.  

21.    BRESNAHAN    —    the Historical Commission come before the Council to discuss the status of “the Bud”.

22.    JOURDAIN    —    That Section 1 of Chapter 173 of the Acts of 1922 (adopted March 18, 1922) relative to the Holyoke Gas & Electric be amended as follows:
                At the end of Section 1 the following sentence be added, “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, the municipal gas and electric commission of the city of Holyoke or their manager shall not purchase, lease, sell or otherwise acquire or dispose of real estate without first receiving the two-thirds approval of the city council and approval of the mayor.”

23.    JOURDAIN    —    Council rule be created to add semi-annually a State Legislators’ Report to the Council Agenda.

24.    JOURDAIN    —    a proclamation be given to Detective William Delgado in honor of his bravery and courage under fire with special thanks for his service to the people of Holyoke.  That he and the Chief of Police be invited to the Council Chambers for this presentation on behalf of the City Council.

25.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    —    DPW and those responsible to enforced the cleaning of side walks to send notice to landlords and local business to assure the beside cleaning snow that also ice is clear out of side walks. It is difficult and dangerous for pedestrian specially elders and the children’s who are walk to school.

26.    LISI    —    City Council amend Section 2-87 of the Ordinances  to increase the fees for birth, death and marriage certificates from $7 to $10.  This would bring the City more in line with surrounding cities and towns. I have also attached a sheet of all the surrounding cities and towns fees, plus included Boston and Lowell

27.    MCGEE_T    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Fifty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Nine & 00/100 Dollars ($57,779.) as follows: (Police)

*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $57,779
        TOTAL:    $57,779.
12101-51500    Pay – Vacation Buyback        $6,497
12101-51510    Pay – Sick Leave Buyback        51,282
        TOTAL:    $57,779.

28.    MCGEE_T    —    that the amount of Five Thousand Fifty One & 89/100 Dollars ($5,051.89) be authorized from the Police Department’s 2013 Shannon Grant (1394-52000) appropriation in fiscal year 2014 for services rendered in fiscal year 2013 which were unencumbered at the 2013 fiscal year end.

29.    MCGEE_T    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Forty Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Nine & 00/100 Dollars ($40,429) as follows: (Council on Aging)

*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $40,429
        TOTAL:    $40,429
15411-51104    Pay – Utility Person (Kitchen)        $3,929
15412-52100    Energy-Gas/Oil/Electric        15,000
15412-52300    Water & Sewer        11,000
15412-52500    Rep. & Maint.-Bldgs. & Grounds        3,000
15412-54000    Supplies-Bldgs. & Grounds        1,000
15412-54200    Office & Professional Supplies        1,500
15412-54220    Supplies-Other        5,000
        TOTAL:    $40,429

30.    MCGEE_T    —    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “C.I.T. Jail Diversion Program” 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.

31.    SOTO    —    City Council respectfully ask the Mayor to engage a consultant that will review the overall Holyoke Fire Department structure, responsibilities, and practices and provide a cost analysis on other model services from comparable communities.”

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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