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Event takes place on September 05, 2018 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
September 5,2018

PUBLIC HEARING

1. Petition for Verizon job #1A2U9DB, Walnut St.

LAID ON THE TABLE

2. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC minutes of regular meeting of June 19, and special meeting of June 28, 2018.

3. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application of Mr. Fara Bahrehmand to renew a license to operate taxi cab number 65, 09, 27, 29, and 58 upon any public way in the City of Holyoke Recommend that the applications be approved

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: Veto of Salary Ordinances.

5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Morriss M. Partee, 127 Saint Kolbe Dr. to serve as an associate member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Holyoke; Mr. Partee will serve a two-year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2020.

6. From Alex B. Morse letter re: MSBA Board Vote.

7. From Paul Payer, City Solicitor letter re: host community agreement charitable donations”

8. From Irma Cruz, Assistant City Clerk, minutes of August 7, 2018.

9. From Board of Fire Commission, minutes of July 18, 2018.

10. From Albert E. Bessette, Jr., Esq. letter re: Petition for Verizon Job #1A2U9DB, Walnut Street.

11. From Teresa M. Shepard, Director, Parks & Recreation letter re: acquisition and the installation of a Medal of Honor Memorial for Veterans Park. The Memorial honors:
CM John MacKenzie, US Navy – WWI
Sgt. Joseph E. Mueller, US Army – WWII
Lt. Raymond O. Beaudoin, US Army – WWII

12. From Teresa Shepard, Director, Parks & Recreation re: reports detailing the expenditures from Jan. 1, 2018, August 28, 2018 from the Parks Department 3 Revolving accounts.
0200-General Revolving Account
0350-Roberts sports complex Account
0260-Community field revolving account.

13. From Campers of the Cuyo Social Justice program, petitioning that the City of Holyoke examine its recognition of the 2nd Monday in October as Columbus Day and replace it with “Indigenous Peoples Day”.

PETITIONS

14. Petition of Diego Munoz-Torres for a new second hand license at 247 Main St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

15. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

16. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

16A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Holyoke Deputy Chief’s Association Recommend that the CBA be received

16B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $420,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the design and construction of traffic signals at Westfield Road and Apremont Highway, and the payment of all costs incidental and related hereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project. Recommend that the order be adopted

16C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Eleven thousand one hundred fifteen and 47/100 Dollars ($11,115.47) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105      Firefighters                   $11,115.47
                        TOTAL: $11,115.47
TO:
12201-51102      Deputy Chiefs               $11,115.47
                        TOTAL: $11,115.47 Recommend that the order be adopted

16D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order   that The Mayor and others knowledgeable please provide a detailed explanation as to how a city employee personally paid for IT services prior to the close of FY18.  Recommend that the order be adopted

16E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2019 911 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

16F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2019 911 Training” 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

16G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “MEMA Homeland Security” 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

16H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $1,400,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the replacement of traffic signals at the following locations

Northampton St. and Hampden St.
Northampton St. and Sargeant St.
Northampton St. and Dwight St.
Linden and Suffolk St.
Linen and Beech St.
Linden and Hampden St.
Pleasant St. and Hampden St.
Pleasant St. and Lincoln St.
Pleasant St. and Dwight St., and Appleton St.
Cabot St. and South Canal St.
Homestead Ave. and Cherry St. Recommend that the order be adopted

16I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $2,500,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks for the City of Holyoke Fire Department, and the payment of all costs incidental and related hereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project. Recommend that the order be adopted

17. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

17A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that The City of Holyoke talks with the National Law Firm of Scott & Scott in regards to joining on the Class Action Lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recoup costs associated with the opioid crisis. The City of Holyoke has had seven overdoses in 2015 and 11 in 2016 Recommend that the order be referred to the full City Council without a recommendation

17B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order   That the DPW repair and completely replace the entire stretch of Main Street from Ingleside and Main through the West Springfield Town Line.  Temporary patches continue to reopen and are a cause of major pot hole related car damages, etc. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that DPW and Alarm Division report back to Public Safety with an update on the traffic lights throughout the city. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17D. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that DPW and Marcos Marrero come before the public safety committee to address the permitting and safety matters associated with the art in the park located on the corner of Lincoln and Northampton Street.
  Recommend that the order has been complied with

17E. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that DPW and Park and Rec report back to Public Safety on the status of the review of all the parks in the city. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17F. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that HPD enforce traffic ordinances in the Fenton St area. Speeding is the major concern of neighborhood residents. Report back to public safety committee. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17G. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the Auditor and Treasurer confirm that the $5,000 budgeted for the stage and sound for the Hispanic Family Festival has been allocated to the Festival.  Response to be provided to City Council ASAP Recommend that the order has been complied with

17H. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the Park and Rec Department and Commissioners provide the City Council with an update on the permitting status to the Hispanic Family Festival. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17I. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Council consider the acceptance of all private ways in the City of Holyoke as public ways. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17J. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the DPW Superintendent give an update regarding the proposed crosswalk on Hampden St., across from Stop & Shop. The City Council voted to approve this order last year.
  Recommend that the order has been complied with

17K. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the DPW & Park and Rec provide an update on the tennis courts, Mackenzie field house, and pool projects (timelines for completing, status, etc) which the city has bonded for and received grants on. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17L. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the fire department through its alarm division give the Honorable Holyoke City Council a report on which fire alarm boxes are working and which ones are not. For those that aren’t functioning please let us know what the plan is, either fixing or removing. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17M. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Police Department provide the accident records for the past 5 years for the corner of Hampden and Northampton St.s and that they be evaluated with the City Engineer to see if traffic changes are needed in the area Recommend that the order has been complied with

17N. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the Law Department provide a dollar amount of small claims settlements against the City of Holyoke due to Pot Holes on Main Street from Ingleside and Main through the West Springfield Town Line. Recommend that the order has been complied with

18. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

20. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

22. VACON — that the sunken manhole covers on Homestead Ave between Kane and Seidel Farm be repaired/raised.

23. VACON — That speed humps be installed on Lower Westfield Rd, Richard Eger Dr, Whitney Ave and Lynn Ann Dr. (Petition attached)

24. VACON — change yield sign from Westfield Rd to Homestead to a stop sign.  Sight limitations are creating a safety hazard.

25. VACON — that no change in pay for any elected official shall take effect during the current term of office.  Individuals know the pay for the position at the time they run for office.

26. VACON — That signs that are out of compliance due to size/location (on city property corners) buildings, or yards, be removed.  Request that the  Building Dpt. and DPW ensure compliance/removal as needed.

27. VALENTIN — Amend Chapter 86 to move the handicap parking space currently located on Oak Street to a location approximately 20 feet further south of Dwight Street. Said space will be located in front of 121 Oak St.

28. BARTLEY — HPD set up traffic enforcement on Laurel St near the Willow St. “Y” to monitor speeding and revving engines. HPD set up speed and traffic enforcement as well as enforce the ‘no parking’ ordinance in the South St. area near Elmwood Towers. Please send reports to Public Safety for a hearing.

29. BARTLEY — The City of Holyoke consider for passage the following ordinance:  no person shall erect or maintain upon its property a fence, tree, shrub, bush or other vegetation which interferes unreasonably with the view of motorists and any order from the city of Holyoke Engineer for the partial or total removal of such fence, tree, shrub, bush or other vegetation shall be complied with forthwith.  Refer to ordinance.

30. BARTLEY — With speeding being a common concern citywide, the city council recommends to the Mayor that an appropriation request to procure 10 temporary speed humps by made to City Council and that, if purchased, the DPW/City Engineer rotate them throughout Holyoke as needed.

31. BARTLEY — In honor of its back-to-back New England College Baseball League championships, the City Council honors Holyoke’s own Valley Blue Sox with a proclamation.

32. BARTLEY — Ordered that the council adopt an ordinance requiring city council approval of any license agreement for the use of city-owned real property where the term of such agreement exceeds thirty (30) days.  The Council enacted such an ordinance on February 2, 2016, however, the provision inserted as Section 2-349(c)(1) does not appear currently appear in the print or online Municode.  It appears the provision was not included in the legal form rewriting “Division 3. Purchasing Department” and adopted by the City Council on September 21, 2016.  The legal form may have been based on a version of Division 3 in effect prior to the enactment of Section 2-349(c)(1).

33. BARTLEY — Ordered that the City Council approve a set of license agreements between Action Ambulance and the City of Holyoke for use of garaging facilities at Holyoke Fire Department Stations 1, 3 and 5 and the former station at 490 South Street.  Draft language for Action Ambulance is attached hereto and will be distributed to all city councilors.

34. BRESNAHAN — that the DPW clean vegetation around Lynch School

35. LEAHY — that the Building Commissioner along with the Board of Health Commissioner come in front of the Public Safety subcommittee to discuss the City Hall Annex.

36. LEAHY — that the Parks and Recreation Department clean the bleachers at Gilligan Field.  There is 
Broken beer bottles, broken glass, and trash everywhere. 

37. LEAHY — The parents of our Holyoke athletes have spent countless hours raising funds and support from local businesses. They need support for what the school budget does not fund. 

38. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — that residents who reside at 179 High Street be given permanent resident parking. See letter forward by one residents and others in same address in agreement. 

39. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — Per residents request that Holyoke City Departments responsible for the quality of life issue of  home owners and renters who are residing within Chestnut (around Holyoke Public library), Elm,  Appleton and  Cabot (near Lawrence School)  address the blighted building/homes issue, the Opioids epidemic, Sex trafficking and homelessness within this particular corridor for the betterment and  quality of life for the residents and their families residing in this area.   ( Please attach a petition from residents)  

40. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — That a no parking signs be place on both side of Pequot Street at Kelly School entrance per principal request.

41. MCGEE — Proclamation of September as Attendance Awareness Month

Whereas good attendance is essential to student achievement and graduation, and we are committed to dedicating our resources and attention to reducing chronic absenteeism rates, with a focus starting as early as pre kindergarten and kindergarten,

WHEREAS chronic absence – missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason including excused and unexcused absences, or just two of three days a month – is a proven predictor of academic trouble and dropout rates,

WHEREAS chronic absence is now a required reporting metric under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and incorporated into the new Massachusetts district and school accountability system,

WHEREAS improving attendance and reducing chronic absence takes commitment, collaboration and tailored approaches to particular challenges and strengths in each community,

WHEREAS chronic absence predicts lower third-grade reading proficiency, course failure and eventual dropout, it weakens our communities and our local economy,

WHEREAS the impact of chronic absence hits students in low-income communities and children of color particularly hard if they don’t have the resources to make up for lost time in the classroom and are more likely to face systemic barriers to getting to school – such as unreliable transportation, lack of access to health care, unstable or unaffordable housing,

WHEREAS, attendance gaps among groups of students often turn into achievement gaps that undermine student success. Chronic absence particularly exacerbates the achievement gap that separates students in low-income communities from their peers, since students from low-income communities are both more likely to be chronically absent and more likely to be affected academically by missing school.

WHEREAS, absenteeism also undermines efforts to improve struggling schools, since it’s hard to measure improvement in classroom instruction if students are not in class to benefit from them,

WHEREAS schools and community partners can reach out more frequently to absent students to determine what barriers they face to attending school and what would help them attend more regularly,
WHEREAS health care providers can share the importance of school attendance with families and can offer proactive, preventive care to reduce absences,
WHEREAS schools and districts must do more to track, calculate and share the data on how many students are chronically absent so that we can see the attendance gaps and can deliver the right interventions to the right students,

WHEREAS all students – even those who show up regularly – are affected by chronic absence because teachers must spend time reviewing for students who missed lessons,

WHEREAS chronic absence can be significantly reduced when schools, families and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and address hurdles that keep children from getting to school,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of Holyoke, Massachusetts hereby proclaims our city will stand with the nation in recognizing September as “Attendance Awareness Month.” We hereby commit to focusing on reducing chronic absenteeism to give all children an equitable opportunity to learn, grow an

42. MCGEE — that the City Council invite in Pam Peebles of the TJO Animal control.

43. MCGEE — that the City Council invite in Mr. Barry Feingold, the new President of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.

44. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand fifty and 00/100 Dollars ($1,050) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51105 Plumbing and Gas Inspector $1,050
TOTAL: $1,050
TO:
12401-51101 Building Commissioner $1,050
TOTAL: $1,050

45. MCGIVERIN — that the amount of One hundred sixty and 00/100 Dollars ($160.00) be authorized from the Personnel Department’s Advertising (11522-53430) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.

46. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Sixteen thousand three hundred eighty-nine and 04/100 Dollars ($16,389.04) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 Sergeants $3,075.74
12101-51107 Patrolmen 13,313.30
TOTAL: $16,389.04
TO:
12101-51108 Injured on Duty $16,389.04
TOTAL: $16,389.04

47. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Three thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($3,000) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51105 Pay-Plumbing Inspector $3,000
TOTAL: $3,000
TO:
12402-53040 Plumbing Inspections $3,000
TOTAL: $3,000

48. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2017 Byrne Justice Assistance 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.

49. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand nine hundred sixty-nine and 00/100 Dollars ($1,969) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969
TO:
12201-51180 Injured on Duty $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969

50. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIxteen thousand three hundred eighty-nine and 04/100 Dollars ($16,389.04) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 Sergeants $3,075.74
12101-51107 Patrolmen 13,313.30
TOTAL: $16,389.04
TO:
12101-51181 Injured on Duty $16,389.04
TOTAL: $16,389.04

51. MCGIVERIN — that the amount of Eighty three and 33/100 Dollars ($83.33) be authorized from the Personnel Department’s Medical Claims – Police and Fire (19412-57640) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.

52. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2018 Connecticut River CSO Mitigation ” 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.

53. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Recycling Dividends 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.

54. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand nine hundred sixty-nine and 00/100 Dollars ($1,969) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969
TO:
12201-5118 Injured on Duty $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969

55. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Four thousand two hundred eighty-eight and 00/100 Dollars ($4,288) as follows:

FROM:
15411-51105 Social Worker $4,288
TOTAL: $4,288
TO:
15411-51102 Nutrition Director $1,288
15411-51104 Utility Person 759
15411-51202 Health Services Provider 1,177
15411-51203 Driver 1,064
TOTAL: $4,288

56. MCGIVERIN — Ordered that the sum of $1,625,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks for the City of Holyoke Fire Department, and the payment of all costs incidental and related hereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project.

Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44,. Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issued pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

Further Ordered: That there shall be no change in the purpose of this bond authorization without prior vote of approval by the Holyoke City Council.

57. MCGIVERIN — Ordered that the sum of $2,600,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks and one (1) Quint Truck for the City of Holyoke Fire Department, and the payment of all costs incidental and related hereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project.

Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44,. Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issued pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

Further Ordered: That there shall be no change in the purpose of this bond authorization without prior vote of approval by the Holyoke City Council.

58. ROMAN — that a handicap sign be placed in front of 294 Elm St. for Waleska M. Morin.

59. ROMAN — that the Board of Health inspect blighted rear of property at 318 Elm Street.

60. ROMAN — that the City amend its Charter to replace the Mayor as the Chair of the School Committee, and make the Mayor and Ex-Officio member. Allowing the School Committee to Elect it’s own Chair.

61. ROMAN — that the City Council pass a resolution in solidarity and support of the nurses and staff at Providence Hospital who are facing cuts.  Recommended to go to DGR that the staff, administration and individuals affected be invited in to discuss these devastating cuts.  

62. ROMAN — that the City of Holyoke adopt term limits for all elected positions to no more 4 terms for all elected positions.

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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