Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on June 07, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
June 7, 2016
LAID ON THE TABLE
- FY 17 General Budget
2. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t to City Council minutes from May 17, 2016.
3. From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, re: Monthly Budget Reports.
4. From Anthony Dulude and Deborah J. Brunelle, Assessors, recertification of MAAO professional designation.
5. From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator, Office of Community Development letter re: Final FY2016 Community Development Block Grant Allocations.
6. From Holyoke Board of Health minutes from April 7, 2016.
7. From Board of Fire Commission, minutes from February 25, 2016.
8. From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, minutes from March 31, 2016.
9. From Board of Public Works, minutes from April 25, 2016.
10. From Sewer Commission, minutes April 25, 2016.
11. From Fairfield Avenue Local Historic District Commission, minutes from March 9, and April 13, 2016.
12. From GHCC and HTA letter regarding Fiscal’s Group recommendations regarding the budget.
13. From Historical Commission, minutes from March 14, April 11, and April 12, 2016.
14. From Stormwater Authority, minutes from April 25, 2016.
15. Petition of Daniel Rios, of Kareoke Social Club, for a new pool table license at 56 Adams St.
16. Petition of James Ryan, for a special permit for a non-conforming use (4.7.2) at 226-230 Sargeant St.
17. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
17A. Ordered that a no parking sign that reads no parking between 2:00pm – 4:00pm Monday thru Friday be placed on Samosett St. in front of Kelly School for safety and visual purpose
- Ordered that a handicap sign be placed in front of 136 Sargeant St. for Ivonne Mora
17C. Order: That the City Engineer investigate stopping the allowance for right on red turning from Rt 141 onto Northampton Street in front of the Northampton Street Fire Station.
17D. Zone Change Application of Frontier Development for property on 1575 Northampton St. from Current Zone R-1A to Proposed Zone BH
17E. Zone Change application of Dennis Croteau for property located at 79 & 83 Lower Westfield Rd. from Current Zone BL to Proposed Zone BG or IG
17F. ordered that in accordance with Section 2-349(c) “Licenses” of the Code of Ordinances, that the City Council approve the lease of
17G. Ordered that the City Council adopt an ordinance for water shut-ff authority for the Holyoke Water Dept.
18. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
18A. Secondhand License Application of Zuleika Rivera at 399 – 403 Hillside Ave.
18B. Financial Transfer request of $770 FROM: Overtime TO: Education and Training
18C. Financial Transfer request of $17,000 FROM Pay Motor Equipment Repair and Pay Heavy Equipment Repair TO: Unemployment
18D. Financial Transfer Request of $7,020 FROM: Pay Motor Equipment Operator TO: Vacation Buyback & Sick Leave Buyback
18E. Financial Transfer Request of $38,217 FROM Pay Snow Removal Overtime and Pay Motor Equipment Repair TO: Sick Leave Buyback & Vacation Buyback
18F. Financial Transfer request of $6,110FROM Veterans Benefits Direct TO: Pay Head Clerk
19. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
20. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
21. Development and Government Relations Reports (if any)
22. Charter and Rules Reports (if any)
23. Joint Committee of School Committee and City Council Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDER AND RESOLUTIONS
24. Leahy – 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.
25. Lebron-Martinez -Ordered that the parking ordinances relative to Race Street along the Canal Walk be amended in accordance with plans prepared by the City Engineer.
26. Lisi -Ordered that the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and Dinn Brothers, Inc., and in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations for a solar facility located on the property at Bobala Rd. Map 176, Parcel 34, Holyoke, MA. (Amended from Order that reflected wrong Parcel ID)
27. Lopez – the City Council adopt a Special Permit/application for any Methadone Clinics coming to the City.
28. Lopez -the City Solicitor or School Department Receiver provide a copy of the School Department (57 Suffolk Street) lease to the City Council.
29. Lopez -the DPW provide a copy of expenditures for the Commercial Street Gas Depot (last 4 years) & who is authorized to use the depot.
30. Lopez -the DPW provide a breakdown of expenditures for the recent relocation of the Tax Collector’s Office.
31. Lopez-the handicap parking space located at 77 Newton Street be moved to the disabled person address 79 Newton Street (this request come from the handicap owner). The current parking space is located in the wrong location by 20 or 30 ft.
32. McGee – Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Eight thousand five hundred sixty-one and 00/100 Dollars ($8,561) as follows:
FROM: 11351-51101 PAY-CITY AUDITOR $8,561
TO: 11381-51500 VACATION BUYBACK $3,561
11381-51510 SICK LEAVE BUYBACK 5,000
33. McGee -Order that the city engineer/DPW look into installing a stop sign at Old Jarvis and Bassett.
34. McGee – Order that DPW install temp speed bumps on Old Jarvis and do a traffic study.
35. McGee – Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Thirty-five thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($35,000) as follows:
FROM: 17524-59290 Interest-Short -term debt $35,000
TO: 19121-51999 Workers Compensation $35,000
36. McGee – Transfer
Financial Order: that the Council re-appropriate $143,609.21 of funds (originally included in the $11,803,000 bond issued in 2007 for the Dean Roof – Fund 3180) for the new purpose of new flooring for the following schools: McMahon, Donahue, Sullivan, Morgan, Peck, Kelly.
37. McGee – Transfer
Financial Order: that the Council re-appropriate $380,774.14 of funds (originally included in the $13,570,000 bond issued in 2011 for the Holyoke High School Renovations – Fund 3190) for the new purpose of new flooring for the following schools: McMahon, Donahue, Sullivan, Morgan, Peck, Kelly.
38. McGee – Transfer
Financial Order: that the Council re-appropriate $1,850.00 of funds (originally included in the $13,570,000 bond issued in 2011 for the Holyoke High School Renovations – Fund 3190) for the new purpose of closing out the remaining balance in the Fund for the Dean Science Lab (Fund 3330).
39. McGee -Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Twenty-six thousand sixty-five and/100 Dollars ($26,065) as follows:
FROM: 11451-51102 Pay-Assistant Treasurer $11,065
14101-51103 Pay-Construction Inspector 15,000
TO: 19121-51999 Workers Compensation $26,065
40. McGee – Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Eight thousand five hundred sixty-one and 00/100 Dollars ($8,561) as follows:
41. Roman – that a handicap sign be placed in front of 556 So. Summer St. for Yvette Cruz.
42. Roman Order: The City of Holyoke requires that any City-owned vehicles used by outside vendors have the City’s insignia painted on it.
43. Tallman Order: That the City Council invite the applicant for the 3rd Assessor position in to the Public Service Committee for an interview.
44. Vacon Order: That no person shall be appointed to any Board or Commission if any taxes, sewer or water bills are unpaid. A member of any Board or Commission who fails to pay taxes, sewer or water bills shall resign their seat. The Treasurer or Collector shall provide a list of the payment status of each appointed person to the City Council twice a year.
45. Bartley Order: The City of Holyoke consider adding stop signs on Washington Ave. at the intersection of Charles St. and Chapin St.
46. Bresnahan: Order: Request that the a representative from the Fire Dept., health Dept. and Building Dept., Planning dept. come before public safety committee to discuss the bed and breakfast that are currently in operation. Seeing the process that Jays Bed and Breakfast just recently completed to be in compliance with any City or State laws, we need to ensure that other Bed and Breakfast that are currently advertising and are in operation within the City of Holyoke have any and all licenses, are properly zoned and are in fact legitimate.
47. Bresnahan: Order: Order that the Tax Collector provide the City Council with a list of the top 100 property owners that are not in compliance or are current with their city of Holyoke tax bills. This top 100 list refers to most monies (taxes) owed to the city.
48. Bresnahan: Order: Request that a 15 minute parking only sign or verbiage to that effect be placed in front of 1373 Dwight St. In front of Friendly Variety Store.
Bresnahan: Order: Order that John J. Lynch Jr. High School be returned to the Holyoke school Committee forthwith for proper disposition
49. Bresnahan: Order: Order that the Personnel director appear to the city council to discuss the hiring practices that took place for the Purchasing Director and the floating clerk. Please provide all job postings for these positions, starting dates, any written contracts, all resumes received for these positions and any and all benefits granted for these positions add interview times and dates for these positions as well
50. Greaney: Order: Ordered: that the City Council do whatever is necessary to preserve John J. Lynch School for the people of Holyoke. This includes doing a feasibility study to move the School Dept. Offices to that location, and to open the building for all educational, and recreational purposes for our children. This should come to fruition prior to the opening of school in September of 2016.
51. Greaney: Order: that the Holyoke Fire Dept or other appropriate agencies conduct an evacuation study for the School Dept offices at 57 Suffolk St. such study should include the service ability of the outside fire escapes on the building. Also included in the study should be the status and condition of the elevator for handicap accessibility.
52. Jourdain: Ordered, that the DPW replace the no commercial vehicle signs on Lynwood Ave so that tractor trailers and other type vehicles stay off the street. The current ones are too faded and need replacing. DPW please make sure there is one on both ends of the street.
53. Jourdain: Order: that a handicap sign be placed in front of 72 Leary Dr. for Vilmarie Hernandez.
54. Jourdain: Ordered, that Magnolia Ave, MacKenzie Ave and Portland Street be reviewed for a 3 way stop and approved as a 3 way stop if deemed appropriate.
55. Jourdain: Ordered, that a civilian data analyst/statistician position be created in the Holyoke Police department. This position is vital to support grants as well as being transparent with citizens on what there is for crime occurring in the community.
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
Posted on June 3, 2016 by Irma Lopez