Full DGR Meeting Agenda 4/8/19 Text Size

Event takes place on April 08, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chamber

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting
There will be a regular meeting of the

Development & Govt. Relations Committee

At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Monday. April 8, 2019 , at 6:00 PM
Per order of the Chair: David Bartley


Item 1: Previous meeting minutes


Item 2B: Petition from Neighbor to Neighbor MA Education Fund RE: MOU between Holyoke Gas and Electric and Columbia Gas of MA to establish new pipeline infrastructure

Item 3: Bartley 3/19/19:  Order of Taking for temporary easements by eminent domain parcels identified as temporary easements 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 on the “MA Dept. of Transportation Highway Division Transportation Improvement Project Improvements at Kelly Community School Plan” Project No. 608790 and as part of the Safe Routes to Schools project located on Appleton, Main and Crescent St.”

Item 4A: Vacon 1/15/19: Ordered that the City Council be updated on the payment status regarding money owed under the lease held by Gandara at the former Geriatric Authority

Item 4B: Vacon 1/15/19: Ordered that the City Council be updated on the status/disposition of the former Geriatric Authority property.

Item 5: Murphy 4/2/19: Order:  “Ordered that the development and government relations committee meet to discuss the future status of the former Springdale Turn Hall.  Is the building potentially able to be renovated and used as a neighborhood or recreation department resource?  If so, at what cost?  If it is not, is it a fire threat to the neighboring properties?  What is the time frame for removing it? What is the estimated cost of demolition?”

Item 6: Murphy, Sullivan, Tallman 2/19/19: Ordered that the Development and Government Relations committee meet with the director of the office of planning and development, the director of the community development office, and representatives from the Holyoke Housing Authority, One Holyoke, Valley Opportunity Council, Nueva Esperanza, a Representative form redevelopment authority and other interested parties to discuss the short and long term plans for improving the Churchill neighborhood.  At this meeting, the following areas should be discussed specifically: corner of Jackson & Maple Street, vacant lot; corner of Jackson and Chestnut Street, vacant lot; corner of Franklin and Chestnut Street, vacant lot, corners of Hampshire and Elms Street, vacant lots, parts of Walnut Street between Sargeant and Hampshire, vacant lots and poorly maintained properties, and Commercial Street, vacant lots between Sargeant and Jackson Streets.  Goal is to move the process to a recommended action, and help create a timeline for what can and should be done, and by which agencies.


Item 7: Valentin 5/15/18: Order:  the City Council hereby: (1) Declares that the land at 416 Appleton Street (Board of Assessors’ parcel 061-02-014) has not been used for a park or open space and is not needed for such purposes. (2) Petitions the General Court of the Commonwealth for a Special Act to remove 416 Appleton Street from the Provisions of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. (3) Proposes to substitute or swap the Article 97 designation on 416 Appleton Street, replacing it with a designation on land associated with Holyoke’s Center City Pedestrian Plaza as part of the petition to the General Court of the Commonwealth, and in compliance with state regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. (4) Designates 30 John Street (parcel 013-04-006); and the northernmost portion of 505 Dwight Street (parcel 013-04-003) which is approximately 4,625 square feet of vacant land, for open space and recreational purposes

Item 8: McGee/Martinez 4/17/18: Ordered that the City Council invite in David Potter in order to present and discuss the HARP project.

Item 9: Schedule next DGR Meeting


Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen
The listing of matters are those reasonable anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.  Also one or two items may require the committee to enter into executive session at this meeting.

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