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Event takes place on December 05, 2017 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, City Council chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
December 5,2017

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re:  Veto of Recreational Marijuana Moratorium.

2.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana retail locations  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

3.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana cultivation and production  Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

4.    “In accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 40 Sec. 4A the City Council approve an inter municipal agreement between the Town of Amherst, City of Holyoke, City of Northampton, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, City of Springfield and University of Massachusetts, Amherst for a regional bike share program to replace the prior approved inter municipal agreement dated December of 2015.”

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: order to transfer $1,101,328. out of the retirement line item to balance the budget.

6.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, CMC, City Clerk minutes of November 21, 2017.

7.    From Marcos A. Marrero, Director Office of Planning & Economic Development letter requested by Ordinance Committee members on November 28 to provide an official communication which memorializes prior feedback sent to committee members via email, regarding the council’s current draft Marijuana facilities ordinance.

8.    From Marcos A. Marrero, Director Office of Planning & Economic Development. letter re: consideration of Item #75 from the Council’s November 21, agenda tabled for consideration of additional information.

9.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office of Community Development letter re:  FY 2017 Annual Plan Re-programming of Community Development Block Grant Funds.

10.    From Citizens of City of Holyoke, petition to abolish the current permit parking system for Center Street between Lyman and Canal Sts.

PETITIONS

11.    Petition of Gary Rome for a special permit for a non-accessory sign at 150 Whiting Farms Rd.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

12.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

12A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana cultivation and production  Recommend that the order be adopted noting the procedural objections from the City Law Dept.

12B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana retail locations  Recommend that the order be adopted with the Committee noting the procedural objections of the City Law Dept.

12C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that DPW Establish and post “no left turn” at Ashley and 202.  This is a safety issue.  Recommend that the order be adopted

12D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a loading zone only parking spot be created around 305 Main Street, a nearby shelter for families as well as the restaurant are needed a loading zone space to allow families moving in and out of the facility as well as vendors to drop off.   Recommend that the order be adopted

12E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a limited no parking sign near the corner by 42 Shawmut Ave be installed to allow delivery truck access. The no parking would be limited to 8am to 4 pm, parking after 4pm would be allowed.  Recommend that the order be adopted

12F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a sign Slow (with a wheel chair symbol) be posted near 513 Whitney Ave apartments so drivers will be made aware of a person in the area using a wheelchair near the roadway.  Recommend that the order be adopted

12G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that No Parking be established and signs placed on both sides of Sunset near the 202 end of the street. (#10).  Recommend that the order be adopted

12H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Ordinances be amended to prohibit parking during the winter months (November through March) at the north corner of Fenton St. where it connects with Homestead Ave. This would allow for better access for plows and emergency vehicles. It is a constituent request  Recommend that the order be adopted

12I.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That no parking be established on the Southerly side of Belvidere Ave between Hillside Avenue and Alto St from December 15 to March 15.  Recommend that the order be adopted

12J.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council create and adopt a new comprehensive Ethics ordinance  Recommend that the order be adopted

12K.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that The City remove Handicap parking at 27-29 John St. (Placard #P14500961). The resident no longer is at this address  Recommend the order be adopted

12L.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City remove the “no parking” to corner sign on the North Side of John St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

13.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

13A.    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 “2017 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted

13B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Whereas there are several traffic light and cross walking signal failures throughout the city, in order to properly address the public safety issues with regard traffic light and cross walk intersection failures it is requested that:
the DPW and fire department provide different bonding options for replacing/repairing the traffic light/cross walks in the city.  The options should be provided to the city council ASAP.  Recommend that the order has been complied with pending a report be provided to the City Council within 2 weeks

13C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the sum of $100,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the rehabilitation and construction of Valley Arena Park in South Holyoke including, lighting, planting, landscaping, stormwater management, 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

13D.    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 “MUNICIPAL ENERGY TECHNICAL 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted

13E.    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 “PARC Grant for Valley Arena Park” 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

13F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Twenty-four thousand nine hundred sixty-six and 37/100/100 Dollars ($24,966.37) as follows: FROM:
12101-51107       Patrolmen                             $24,966.37
                                TOTAL:$24,966.37
TO:
12101-51180       Inj On Duty                          $24,966.37
                                TOTAL:$24,966.37  Recommend that the financial transfer be approved

13G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2018, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Bicycle Share Revolving Fund.  Recommend that the order be denied

13H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Order:  that the sum of $550,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of city playground projects, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, 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, provided that the amount of the authorized borrowing shall be reduced by the amount of such aid received prior to the issuance of bonds or notes under this order; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project.   Recommend that the order be denied

13I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2018, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Revolving Fund.  Recommend that the order be adopted pending a breakdown on spending provided to the Council

13J.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the DPW and/or city engineer provide the City Council with all the maintenance and most recent/assessment report on the annex building.  Please send the reports to the council within 2 weeks.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

13K.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2018, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Community Field Park Revolving Fund.  Recommend that the order be approved

13L.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2018, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Recycling Program Revolving Fund.  Recommend that the order be denied

14.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

15.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

17.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

17A.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that The City Council amend its rules to allow the committee Chair to name any city councilor to sit at the committee table and to have full authority to deliberate and vote.  The purpose of this is to ensure a quorum is present.  The Chair shall have discretion to name a city councilor so long as the city councilor is present. Recommend that the order be adopted to amend Rule 31 that If and only if the City Council President is not present to stand in for a Committee meeting for that Committee to reach a quorum, the Committee will pick any City Councilor present to fill in to reach a quorum.

17B.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred  that The City Council amend its Rule 31 to allow any Committee Chair to name any present Council member to join the committee in order to meet the quorum requirement.  The substitute member shall be allowed to vote.  The substitute member shall relinquish the committee seat when a permanent committee member arrives to satisfy the quorum requirement.  The rule now states, in part, “If any committee lacks a quorum the President of the Council can sit in to meet that quorum requirement.”   Recommend that the order be adopted to amend Rule 31 that If and only if the City Council President is not present to stand in for a Committee meeting for that Committee to reach a quorum, the Committee will pick any City Councilor present to fill in to reach a quorum.

17C.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Ordered that the Charter and Rules Committee review and offer suggested rule changes to the City Council rules for the next years make up (I.e that sub-committee will be made up of 3 members and not 5)  Recommend that Rule 31 be amended Standing Committee: That Ordinance, Finance and DGR Committees remain at 5 members. Public Safety, Public Service, Joint School Committee, and Charter and Rules contain 3 members.

17D.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order  That the Holyoke City Council adopt the provisions of M.G.L c32 section 20A pertaining to the indemnification of members of municipal retirement boards.
 Recommend that the order be adopted

17E.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order  that no member of the City Council or other elected office of the City of Holyoke shall be permitted to hold any other elected office including positions in the MA General Court. Awaiting disposition

17F.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order  that the attorney assigned to the city council be moved into the  City Council area to have a desk and microphone in order to better address and answer questions for the council. Awaiting disposition

17G.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order  that the Personnel Dept. reissue City Council badges Awaiting disposition

17H.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order  that the public comment list be increased to allow more to sign up and talk and adjust time allotment in accordance in increased size. Awaiting disposition

17I.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that an alternate member be appointed to a 3 member committee in order to fill in for an absent member on the day of a committee meeting.  The alternate may only vote if a regular member is absent. Awaiting disposition

17J.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the Administrative Assistant establish a Facebook page for the City Council Awaiting disposition

17K.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City Council Administrative Assistant be changed from a one year appointment to a two year term.  Awaiting disposition

17L.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City Council charter and rules committee explore the Committees of the Holyoke City Council in comparison to other municipalities with similar size councils to see if there is any opportunity for streamlining and or expansion of the current council committees. Awaiting disposition

17M.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City Council consider a rule change for the start time of  for the regular City Council meetings.  That the regular scheduled meetings of the City Council start at 6:30pm and not 7:00pm. Awaiting disposition

17N.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that two new committees be established 1. Committee on Innovation and Economic Development and 2. Committee on Special permits and Zoning  Awaiting disposition

17O.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that whereas Late files are legitimate but it’s unreasonable for councilors to keep track of them.  Thus, Order that CC consider and adopt a rule change that states all Late Files shall be posted to the next meeting’s agenda in their own section.
 Awaiting disposition

17P.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order : that certain committees be reduced to 3 members from 5 members but that committees like Ordinance, DG&R, and Finance remain with 5 members. Awaiting disposition

17Q.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order : that the City Council invite in school students to City Council meetings to do the Pledge of Allegiance and have those students and parents recognized on the agenda. Awaiting disposition

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

19.    LISI    —    That the city develop a comprehensive sign ordinance that allows for the possibility of billboards and/or off site signage.

20.    MCGEE    —    That the City Council accept the PILOT agreement for C2 MA Kelly Way Solar, LLC.

21.    MCGEE    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Three hundred fifty-two thousand /100 Dollars ($352,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
0010-12318    Overlay Allow and Abatements        $352,000.00
        TOTAL:    $352,000.00
TO:
XXXX-XXXXX    General Fund Tax Levy        $352,000.00
        TOTAL:    $352,000.00

22.    MCGEE    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, One Million One Hundred One Thousand Three Hundred Twenty-Eight Dollars/100 Dollars ($1,101,328.00) as follows:

FROM:
19111-51999    Retirement Contribution        $1,101,328.00
        TOTAL:    $1,101,328.00
TO:
XXXX-XXXXX    General Fund Tax Levy        $1,101,328.00
        TOTAL:    $1,101,328.00

23.    VACON    —    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 513 Whitney Ave. for Joseph Stanek.

24.    BARTLEY    —    The Holyoke City Council (for the 3d straight year) invite a delegation from the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee. The board of directors, committee members, Colleen’s, and award winners are invited to the City Council meeting of Tuesday, March 6, 2018.  Also, invite a the Caldonian Pipe and Drum Band. Receive and Refer to the Administrative Assistant to coordinate the event.

25.    BARTLEY    —    : The Holyoke city council invite the city’s state delegation (Hon. Don Humanson (R-Westfield) and Hon. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)) to a future meeting of the DGR Committee.  It would be the 4th such meeting.

26.    BARTLEY    —    The Holyoke city council invite a delegation from MA DOT to a future DGR meeting.  It would be the 3d such meeting.

27.    BARTLEY    —    The City Council create a “temporary sign” ordinance that regulates when such temporary signs can be placed in homeowners’ yards and on commercial buildings or otherwise in public view.  The ordinance should regulate when the sign(s) can be installed, the sign(s) size as well as the deadline by when the sign(s) must be removed.  The ordinance could then impose a penalty on the property owner and/or the vendor or candidate in whose favor the sign is for.  The ordinance should also describe which city department(s) shall enforce this ordinance.  (Background: my purpose in filing this order is not to punish vendors or political candidates but to emphasize that campaigns, for example, are only finite by nature and any political signs should only be temporary themselves and not be permanently posted in lawns or on buildings.   This Order’s intent is not to impose regulating the content of the vendor or political candidate’s speech but only to preserve aesthetic appeal and traffic safety.)  Any current political signs leftover from past campaigns shall not be exempt from this ordinance.

28.    BARTLEY    —    : the city enhance the infrastructure at Crosier field by installation of sidewalks on the North side of Mackintosh Terrace.  Further, order that any new construction on this field should include sidewalk and parking improvements

29.    BARTLEY    —    : the city engineer suggest improvements to the South St. corridor between People’s Bank (soon to be another entity) and the Hibiscus restaurant at Chapin St.  This area is becoming congested and popular with residents and visitors.  

30.    BARTLEY    —    :  HPD set up traffic enforcement at Russell Terrace/South St. to make sure motorists are obeying the speed limit and parking restrictions.  Also, please keep an eye out for pedestrians to ensure their safety.  Report back to the Public Safety committee.

31.    BARTLEY    —    :  HG&E install a street lamp on Martin St. at pole #4.  

32.    BRESNAHAN    —    That the tape recorded minutes of the Planning Board meeting dated 11/28/17 be presented to City Council to ascertain the reasoning  why the proposed project to be located at the corner of Pleasant and Hampden street was withdrawn.

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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