Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on January 05, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

January 5,2016


1.    Petition of Verizon New England , Inc. to place one pole on the northerly side of Harvard St. at a point approximately one hundred seventy-three (173) feet Easterly from the center line of Pleasant St.


2.    the City Council consider adopting the following resolution in opposition to the federal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal (language attached).



3.    Appointment of City Officers January 2016.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Fire Chief John Pond, 600 High St. to serve as the Emergency Management Director, Chief pond will serve a one year term; said term will expire on January 2017.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Ms. Alexandra L. Puffer 227 Madison Ave. to serve as a member of the Historical Commission, Ms. Puffer will serve a three year term; said term will expire on February 1, 2019.

6.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Asst to City Council minutes from December 15, 2015.

7.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, re:  Monthly Budget Reports, for the General fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of October 30,  and November 30, 2015.

8.    From Parks & Recreation Commission, minutes of October 7, 2015.

9.    From Board of Health minutes of November 12, 2015.

10.    From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, minutes September 30, 2015.

11.    From Fairfield Avenue Local Historic District Commission, minutes from July 8, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, 2015.

12.    Petition of Bell Atlantic Mobile of Massachusetts Corporation, Ltd. d/b/a Verizon Wireless, for an amendment to existing special permit to allow new antennas and removal of associated screening as required at 485 South St.


13.    VACON    —    That “No Parking after dark” signs be added to parking areas near the reservoirs so that towing can be enforced.  An increasing number of parked cars have been noted at these areas after dark.

14.    VACON    —    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to allow the issuance of an additional off-premises alcohol license to allow Sanjay Patel at his retail establishment known as Twin Stop on 635 Homestead Avenue.  It is requested that our legal department provide the language for this petition with suggested options in legal form.

15.    BARTLEY    —    The City Council issue a Proclamation to Holyoke-native
    LEAHY        and 30-year Wyckoff CC head professional, Tony Kelley,
            and congratulate him on his induction to the Connecticut
            Section PGA Hall of Fame.

16.    BARTLEY    —    The city engineer and DPW paint a STOP line on the
    ROMAN        southbound lane, where Main St. intersects with Riverdale
            Rd., sufficiently far back from the RED LIGHT to help
            make this intersection safer.  Also, the DPW should
            install a STOP Here sign to alert motorists on where
            they should wait when the light is Red.

17.    BARTLEY    —    Invite Hon. Don Humason and Hon. Aaron Vega to an upcoming meeting  of the DGR Committee.  This order will help CC comply with its Rule 32A.

18.    JOURDAIN    —    That an Ordinance be created requiring the Mayor to
    ROMAN        submit a balanced budget for the subsequent fiscal
            year to the City Council by April 30th of each year.
            The Mayor’s Budget proposal for expenses may not exceed
            the projected revenues for the subsequent fiscal year.
            The Mayor may not use uncertified free cash dollars
            or unapproved withdrawals from the Stabilization fund
            in his revenue estimate to provide a balanced budget
            for the subsequent fiscal year. 

19.    JOURDAIN    —    That the sidewalks on the even side of the dead end section of Norwood Terrace be replaced as soon as possible.

20.    JOURDAIN    —    Ordered That an ordinance be created which states that licenses in land or other real property of the City may not be issued until two-thirds of the City Council has approved.

21.    JOURDAIN    —    That a Proclamation be given to Helen Rogers congratulating her on the occasion of her 100th Birthday on February 9, 2016.

22.    JOURDAIN    —    Order that the city institute a hiring freeze for
    MCGEE        all departments until the city can better address
            the budget shortfalls and move forward with a plan
            as advised by bond council.

23.    MCGEE    —    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2016 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.

24.    ROMAN    —    Ordered that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare the property located on South Bridge Street (MBP 029-07-006)  “surplus property available for disposition.” On 12/4/1985 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 5968, Page 418. Said property is described in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 029, Block 07, Parcel 006, consisting of approximately .10 acre of vacant land, more or less, and is more particularly described in a deed recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 3387, Page 366. The property is zoned as DR and was previously assessed at $15,200.

25.    ROMAN    —    Whereas, this order seeks to assist the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated people into the community by removing barriers to gainful employment after their release from prison. More than 650,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each year and hundreds and thousands more leave local jails.   Formerly incarcerated people represent a group of job seekers ready to contribute and add to the work force.  Lack of employment is a significant cause of recidivism; people who are employed are significantly less likely to be re-arrested.   Obstacles to employment for people with criminal records and other barriers to re-entry are creating permanent members of an underclass that threatens the health of the community and undermines public safety. 

That the City of Holyoke Personnel Department and its contractors review and make revisions to their current civil service processes and eliminate any barriers, during an interview and application process, that may preclude applicants with criminal records from gaining employment with the City of Holyoke and/or its contractors.  Giving exception to any employment having to deal with the elderly, and the youth.

26.    ROMAN    —    Whereas, the current joint committee is an ad hoc committee created by City Council President Kevin Jourdain in 2011.  The need for this committee to become permanent is clearly evident – current receivership of the city’s public schools, as well as the need for continued and improved communication from the City Council and School Committee.

That the City Council amend its rules to make the joint committee of the City Council and School Committee a permanent standing committee.

27.    ROMAN    —    That the City of Holyoke create a four way stop sign intersection at the corner of Elm Street and Franklin Street in Holyoke.

28.    ROMAN    —    Whereas, the new Holyoke Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike has been the receiver of the Holyoke public schools since July 6 of 2015. As of January 6, 2016, it would be 6 months since the receivership, and appointment of Dr. Zrike as the Superintendent of the Holyoke Public Schools.  The committee hopes to hear from the Superintendent about highlights, obstacles and areas in which the City Council through budgeting can assist the school department.  Specifically around capital Improvement plans and projections, recent energy audits, recent state reports of abused and neglect, and any other anticipated fiscal necessities or requests for the remainder of the fiscal year.

That receiver of the public schools, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike, appear before the joint committee of the City Council and School Committee.

29.    ROMAN    —    That the City Council pass the attached resolution titled “The Humanitarian Matter of Oscar Lopez Rivera.”
(Attached find Proposed Resolution)

30.    ROMAN    —    Whereas, the Puerto Rican Community in the 1960’s came from the island to the City of Holyoke, the contributions of Puerto Rican’s to the City has been exponential.  Today the City of Holyoke has Latino population of 48.40% of the population 96% of them are Puerto Rican’s. South Holyoke is home to Roberto Clemente Street, Nueva Esperanza, Enlace de Familias, Nuestra Raices, and the birthplace or host of other important Puerto Rican events/or landmarks.  

That the City of Holyoke designate South Holyoke a Puerto Rican Cultural Area.  

31.    ROMAN    —    that a handicap sign be place in from of 15 Prew Ave. for Noelia Vizcarrondo.

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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