Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on December 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, City Council chambers, 536 Dwight st. Holyoke, MA
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
LAID ON THE TABLE
1. 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
2. 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
3. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: Veto of agenda item #201, received and adopted November 21, 2017.
4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: Veto of Notification System Ordinance.
5. From Brenna Murphy McGee CMC, City Clerk minutes of December 5, 2017.
6. From Katherine M. Jackowski, Tax Collector letter expressing her concerns on tax rate.
7. From Dr. Stephen Zrike, Receiver/Superintendent communication for an update on bonding appropriation of $275,000 for design study in participation of MSBA’s Accelerated Repair Program.
8. From Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission, letter re: Appropriation for Fiscal year 2019.
9. From Cinder McNerney, Managing Director of FirstSouthWest re: Temporary use of Stabilization Funds, if necessary.
10. From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of October 26, 2017.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
11. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
11A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke consider a vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 60 Section 3F, the law would allow the City to designate a place on its property or motor vehicle excise tax bills or mail with such bills a separate form whereby taxpayers may voluntarily check off, donate and pledge an amount of money, which shall increase the amount already due, for the purposes of providing support for veterans and their dependents in need of immediate assistance, or take any action relative thereto. Recommend that the order be adopted
11B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Police Department provide the pan handlers in the City a list of all social and medical services available to them. If they continue to pan handle after notification and resist help, we will order more forceful action to deal with this public safety problem on our medians and intersections Recommend that the order has been complied with
11C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council consider adopting a program similar to Albequerque, NM’s “There’s a Better Way” or Portland, OR’s “Opportunity Crew” as an innovative and productive means for addressing the city’s panhandling issues with meaningful work-based alternatives (see links: https://www.cabq.gov/mayor/priorities-initiatives/initiatives/theres-a-better-way, https://nationswell.com/tulsa-better-way-day-jobs-panhandlers/, http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/05/to-panhandlers-program-may-offer-welcome-change-jobs/) Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
12. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
13. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
13A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the planning department provide the public safety committee an updated report with regard to 160 water street. Information/report should be provided within 2 weeks. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order 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
13C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an Order that: That the City of Holyoke makes a major push towards recycling in public areas by:
1. That all parks have a recycling container, a blue one on wheels,
labeled consistently city wide so they are recognized by the public.
2. That all school playgrounds and fields have recycling containers.
3. That any store, that request a DPW provided recycling container, be located at the entrance to promote recycling. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13D. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the DPW consider placing a sign at the parcel of land just before the parking lot at Kenney field that reads Slow Children At Play or similar wording to let drivers know there is a field/playground ahead Recommend that the order has been complied with
13E. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the department of public works installs a much larger sign on the corner of Hampden and Lincoln Street that reads use turn signals. The sign that is there currently is extremely small and people do not see it. This causes a large back up of traffic. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13F. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that The DPW superintendent and the City Forester be invited to a Public Safety committee meeting to discuss removing dead trees and tree stumps as well as planting replacement trees. Please be prepared to discuss an action plan that includes a budget. If the Mayor could attend that would be great, too. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13G. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Police Department provide a detailed list of any crimes or arrests in the past 12 months between 1056/1057 Main St to 1125 Main St., 350 Ingleside to 370 Ingleside St. also on the following streets: Jones Ferry Rd, Oscar St, Arthur St. Peltiah St. and Saint Vincent St. residents in this neighborhood would like to know what the crime date is for these streets. Please provide data within 60 Days of receipt of the request, provide a copy to Ward Councilor and City Council Public Safety Committee. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13H. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the Holyoke Police Department use their authority under M.G.L. Part 1, Title XVII, Ch. 123, Section 35 to protect any person who has lost the power of self control and is dangerously injuring their own health. This law allows for the commitment of an individual to a public or private facility by the court for care and treatment after a hearing. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
15. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
15A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Special Permit application of Mr. Eric Cassidy for a non-conforming use 4.7.2 at 187 Sargeant St./301 Linden St. (Assessors Map: 077 Block 02 Parcel 009) Change from a barber shop to a chiropractor’s office. Awaiting disposition
15B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Communication from Alicia Zoeller from the Office of Community Development Re: FY2017 Annual Plan Re-Programming of CDBG Funds Awaiting disposition
15C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order “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.” Awaiting disposition
15D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable Holyoke City Council present our representatives in Boston with a resolution in support of Sheriff Cocchi’s plans for a substance abuse and recovery facility at the Hampden County House of Correction. Current programs lack adequate follow up and none are located in Wmass Awaiting disposition
15E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the HRA and HEDIC meet with the DGR to discuss the possibility and benefits of merging the two entities into one body Awaiting disposition
15F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the attached letters from Morgan School’s 8th grade in support of the Parks Bond Package for the repair of Valley Arena Park be submitted to the Development and Government Relations Committee. Awaiting disposition
15G. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Constituent letter regarding making property across from Sam’s Convenience Store into a community garden
16. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
17. Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
18. 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 and 00 /100 Dollars ($1,101,328) as follows:
Various-511XX Various Unfilled Salary Lines (see attached) $162,252
14222-52100 Energy- Street Lights 40,000
Various-524XX Various Repairs and Maint (see attached) 84,950
12402-53020 Demolition-Unsafe Bldgs 10,000
Various-542XX Various Supplies (see attached) 11,995
Various-54800 Various MV Fuel (see attached) 28,750
8810-10400 Stabilization Fund 763,381
XXXX-XXXXX General Fund Tax Levy $1,101,328
19. MCGEE — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Eleven Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Three and 51/100 Dollars ($11,353.51) as follows:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $7,299.81
12201-51105 Firefighters 4,053.70
12101-51180 Inj On Duty $7,299.81
12201-51180 Inj On Duty 4,053.70
20. 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 and 00/100 Dollars ($1,101,328) as follows:
8810-10400 Stabilization $1,101,328
XXXX-XXXXX General Fund Tax Levy $1,101,328
21. MCGEE — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “U.S. DEPT OF JUSTICE COPS HIRING PROGRAM AWARD” 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.
22. ROMAN — Ordered that at 15 Minute Only Parking spot is established in front of 733 High Street, Holyoke, MA. This will help improve the flow of traffic and safety at the established business on site.
23. ROMAN — Ordered that the City approve the following contract for shared services for a Food Services Director with the City of Springfield, to be paid for by the School Department out of its budget. Shared director cost will be $30,000 which will be paid to the City of Springfield, that will house the Food Services Director for both districts.
24. ROMAN — that a handicap sign be placed in front of 330 Walnut St. for Irvin J. Rodriguez.
25. ROMAN — That a handicap sign be placed in front of 545 So. Bridge St. for Tony Garcia.
26. VACON — that DPW trim the brush on city land near the driveway of the apartments where it enters Whitney Ave to improve visibility for drivers.
27. BARTLEY — City official apprise the City Council on the status of the repairs (including the collection mechanism) at the two parking garages (Mayor Proulx, Mayor Taupier) as well as provide contract information on the new parking vendor.
28. JOURDAIN — Ordered, that the “No Parking From Here to Corner” sign on Portland Street at the intersections of Mackenzie and Magnolia avenues be replaced with a new sign.
29. LOPEZ — That the Building Commissioner provide the following information about his 50″ TV screen in his office within 10 days to the City Council.
A) Total cost of TV and installation.
B) Reasons or Purposes for buying such TV
C) Can the TV be returned and the City refunded
30. LOPEZ — 1) That the Ordinance Committee create an Ordinance
BRESNAHAN requesting that any City Credit Card or Debit Card
VACON giving by the City must get approval from the City
Council. Also, that the City Treasurer provide a report
to the City Council with the following details:
Who has a Debit Card or a Credit Card in the City.
Treasurer and Auditor provide a report yo the City
Council with each Credit Card or Debit Card for the
last 5 years.
C) That all active Credit Cards and
Debit Cards be de-activated immediately.
get a print out of all purchases/transactions that
the card has been used for .
31. LOPEZ — That a disabled parking lot be created for Nathaniel Santiago (child) at 577 South Bridge Street (house has a narrow driveway…making it difficult for the child).
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 December 15, 2017 by Irma Lopez