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Event takes place on April 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
April 16,2019

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1. From Crystal Barnes, Acting City Solicitor letter re: Proposition 2 1/2 Debt Exclusion Ballot Question.

2. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor re: Monthly Budget Reports for the General Fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of March 31, 2019.

3. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC & Ryan Allen, Admin. Asst. to City Council minutes of April 2, 2019

4. From Life Essence Inc. re: Community Outreach Meeting for a proposed Marijuana Establishment for April 22, 2019. at Kelly School, 216 West St. Holyoke, MA.

PETITIONS

5. Petition of Kim A. Silva for a renewal of 1 pool table and 6 billiard tables at 624 So. Bridge St.

6. Petition of Buudda Brothers for a special permit for a Marijuana Establishment and Recreational Marijuana Retail (RMRE & MME) 7.10.2 at 604 Main St.

7. Petition of The Colvest Group for a special permit for a Commercial Drive Thru (7.1.6) at 1675 Northampton St.

8. Petition of Candy Villaronga for a street Vendor license in front of 56 Adams St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

9. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

9A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Vacant Building Revolving Fund be amended from $50,000 to $100,000 Recommend that the order be adopted

9B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that any City department receiving grant money as approved by the City Council per Mass. General Law or any other authorizing criteria shall within a reasonable period of time but no later than 60 days from the conclusion of said grant generate a detailed report that matches the planned outcomes with the documented results. The report should be submitted to the city clerk and forwarded to the next available city council agenda.  Once received and approved by city council the Mayor shall have the report posted publicly. Recommend that the order be adopted

9C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that signs be placed at city entrances and strategic intersections which shall read; PLEASE DONATE ONLY TO RECOGNIZED CHARITIES Recommend that the order be adopted

9D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the single disbursement from the Vacant Building Revolving Fund in the amount of $100,000 be utilized for the demolition costs associated with 107 Clemente St. Recommend that the order has been complied with

9E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order to Create an ordinance to post signs similar to the one below (say no to panhandlers) along business corridors and at major intersections.  This idea was provided by a constituent and this order is filed in response to concerns from residents and businesses. Recommend that the order has been complied with

10. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

10A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the amount of TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($250.00) be authorized from the AUDIT/BOARD OF HEALTH/BOARD OF REGISTRAR Department’s PAY BOARD – BOARD OF HEALTH (15101-51201), SIX THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($5850) be authorized from the PAY COMMISSIONERS – BOARD OF REGISTRAR’S (11631-51201) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end. Recommend that the order be adopted

10B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIX THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($6,100.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105    PAY-HEAD ADMIN CLERK              $6,100.00
                        TOTAL:           $6,100.00
TO:
15101-51201    BOARD MEMBERS – BOARD OF HEALTH               $250.00
11631-51201    COMMISSIONERS – BOARD OF REGISTRAR’S                    5,850.00
                        TOTAL:           $6,100.00 Recommend that the order be approved

10C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, THIRTEEN THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($13,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105    HEAD ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK                $13,000.00
                        TOTAL:           $13,000.00
TO:
11352-53010    PROFESSIONAL SERVICES               $13,000.00
                        TOTAL:           $13,000.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

10D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWENTY TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED THIRTY AND 5/100 Dollars ($22,930.05) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51106       PAY- WIRE INSPECTOR                                                                                            $22,930.05
                                                                                                                        TOTAL:                                     $22,930.05
TO:
12402-53050       INSPECTIONS – ELECTRICAL                                                                                 $22,930.05
                                                                                                                        TOTAL:                                     $22,930.05 Recommend that the order be adopted

10E. 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 “FY 2019-2020 STRATEGIC DEMOLITION FUND” 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

10F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($100,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
11452-57950       LAND TAKINGS & EASEMENTS                                                                            $100,000.00
                                                                                                                        TOTAL:                                     $100,000.00
TO:
11512-53010       SPECIAL COUNSEL SERVICES                                                                               $80,000.00
19412-57630       CLAIMS                                                                                                                           15,000.00
11512-57600       LITIGATION                                                                                                                   5,000.00
                                                                                                                        TOTAL:                                     $100,000.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

10G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order, that the amount of ONE HUNDRED TEN AND 52/100 Dollars ($110.52) be authorized from the CITY SOLICITOR Department’s LITIGATION (11512-57600) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end. recommend that the order be adopted

10H. 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 “FFY 2019 PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST SAFETY GRANT 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

10I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIX THOUSAND /100 Dollars ($6,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
15411-51202       PAY-HEALTH SERVICES                              $6,000.00
                                TOTAL: $6,000.00
TO:
*****-*****       VETERANS HERITAGE GRANT                  $6,000.00
                                TOTAL: $6,000.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

10J. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order , that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWENTY THOUSAND/100 Dollars ($20,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
15411-51202       PAY-HEALTH SERVICES                              $20,000.00
                                TOTAL: $20,000.00
TO:
11612-53420       POSTAGE                             $5,000.00
15432-57700       VETERANS BENEFITS                   15,000.00
                                TOTAL: $20,000.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

10K. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,900.00) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51117    PAY-E911 DISPATCHERS                  $2,900.00
                        TOTAL:           $2,900.00
TO:
12101-51203    PAY-PT DISPATCHERS                     $2,900.00
                        TOTAL:           $2,900.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

10L. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a communication from the Holyoke Police Dept. regarding conflict of interest law exemption for Mr. Thomas Spafford Recommend that the communication be received

10M. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City Council vote to approve an exemption from MGL Ch. 268A, Sec. 20(b), the Conflict of Interest Law, for Thomas Spafford, an employee of the Fire Department, to be a Reserve Police Officer. Recommend that the order be approved

10N. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that The City Council Finance Committee meet with the Police Department to discuss leasing police cruisers. Recommend that the order has been complied with a recommendation to the Mayor go forward on the order

11. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

12. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

13A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred 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.” Recommend that the order be adopted

13B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council be updated on the status/disposition of the former Geriatric Authority property. Recommend that the order has been complied with

13C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council be updated on the payment status regarding money owed under the lease held by Gandara at the former Geriatric Authority Recommend that the order has been complied with

13D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order 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?” Recommend that the order has been complied with

13E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE EXPANSION OF GAS INFRASTRUCTURE AND CALLING FOR INCREASED DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RENEWABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES Recommend that the resolution be given leave to withdaw

14. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

14A. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that ARTICLE II Section 42-41 Organization: compensation be changed to allow for a stipend for fire commissioners Recommend that the order be referred to Ordinance Committee

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

16. SULLIVAN — That Section 19 of the city charter be amended to
BARTLEY read ” THE MAYOR SHALL APPOINT THREE PERSONS TO BE
FIRE COMMISSIONERS, SUBJECT TO CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION.”

17. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $ 30,000 to Voces Esperanza.  Funds are to be used to preserve the historic facade at 123 Pine St.

18. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of. $ 120,000 to Voces Esperanza.  Funds are to be use for interior renovation at 123 Pine St.

19. VACON — that a crosswalk sign be placed at the crosswalk at Bray Park Drive.

20. VACON — that the previously approved solar stop lights at County and Southampton Rd be installed as soon as possible.

21. VACON — that the City Council adopt a resolution opposing HB 3320 and SB 1209 also referred to as the Roe Bill and send it to our State Representative and Senator.
These bills expand MA abortion laws beyond Roe v Wade; allow for late term abortions, eliminate parental consent for minors and allow a baby born alive to be denied medical care, as some of the proposed changes.

22. BARTLEY — The DPW replace the sidewalk on the north side of Westfield Rd. starting at 119 Westfield Rd. running west to Michigan Avenue. This sidewalk has been ignored for years and is heavily used by both walkers and runners.

23. BARTLEY — That the DPW re-pave and, if necessary, re-grade Martin St. (especially around the catch basins) from West Glen St. to Hitchcock St. This road is in poor condition and needs the city’s attention.

24. BARTLEY — The DPW Superintendent provide City Council an update on efforts to improve public parking. Please provide updates on the contract with the third-party vendor. Please provide update on year over year revenue collection and please update the council with any updates, if any, relative to new practices for the administration and collection of revenue.

25. MCGEE — Order: Order that section 4.6.2.1 corner lot – be amended to allow Corner lots to erect and maintain a fence when such fence will have no impact on traffic, visibility, etc.
(4.6.2.1 Corner Lot No Fence shall be erected or maintained within the front or side yard setback of a corner lot as defined in Table 5.2 of the Zoning Ordinance in a manner which interferes with traffic visibility across the corner.)

26. MCGEE — that the City of Holyoke accept/adopt Michelle Lane as a city street.

27. MCGEE — Order that DPW work with Mass DOT to rehab Route 5 from Hampden Street to Mountain View via the complete streets program.

28. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($500.00) as follows:

FROM:
12402-53010 OTHER CONTRACTED SERVICES $500.00
TOTAL: $500.00
TO:
12401-51300 OVERTIME $500.00
TOTAL: $500.00

29. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, NINE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY AND 28/100 Dollars ($9,320.28) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 PATROLMEN $9,320.28
TOTAL: $9,320.28
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $9,320.28
TOTAL: $9,320.28

30. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, THREE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FORTY SEVEN AND 77/100 Dollars ($3,547.77) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51113 ASSISTANT LIBRARY DIRECTOR $3,547.77
TOTAL: $3,547.77
TO:
16101-51107 LIBRARY ASSISTANT $3.547.77
TOTAL: $3,547.77

31. MURPHY — Ordered that the DPW plan to repaint the parking designation lines on Elm Street between Sargeant and Franklin Streets, and also on South Summer Street between Adams and Sargeant Streets.

32. MURPHY — Ordered that the Gas & Electric expand the lighting capacity on pole # 41 to improve the lighting on the south side of Elm and Sargeant Streets, and if that is not possible, to consider putting some new lighting at that corner.  Concerns about darkness have been expressed by residents and also by police officers.

33. MURPHY — Ordered that the DPW have the corner lot at the corner of Sargeant and Clemente Streets cleaned up, and if possible, remove the fencing to which significant trash clings, and also clear the brush from that lot.

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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