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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on February 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
cITY hALL, COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 536 DWIGHT ST. HOLYOKE, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 20,2018

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Mr. Dan Fitzgerald, 40 Gates St. to serve as an associate of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke:  Mr. Fitzgerald will serve a three-year term; said term will expire April 1, 2021.

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Paola Ferrario, 25 Morgan St. to serve as an Associate member of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Ferrario will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on April 1, 2021.

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Barbara Heisler, 7 Center St. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Heisler will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2021.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Mary Moriarty, 429 Homestead Ave. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Moriarty will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on February 1, 2021.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter reappointing Fire Chief John Pond, to serve as the Emergency Management Director of the City of Holyoke:  Chief Pond will serve a one-year term; said term will expire January 2019.

6.    From Irma L. Cruz, Assistant City Clerk, minutes of Special meeting and regular meeting of February 6, 2018.

7.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office of Community Development, letter re:  Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) – FY2018 CDBG Recommendations.

8.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office for Community Development, re:  OCD FFY2017 Funding recommendations.

9.    From David M. Conti, Manager Holyoke Water Works, letter re:  Agreement for Sewer Billing and Water Shut-off services.

10.    From Board of Health minutes of October 5, 2017 and December 7, 2017.

11.    From Board of Public Works, Sewer Commission and Stormwater Authority minutes of December 8, 2017.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

12.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

12A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City of Holyoke adopt MGL CH 39, Sec 23D in order to allow committee members to miss one meeting during the public hearing process.

MGL Ch 39, Sec. 23D
Section 23D. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, upon municipal acceptance of this section for 1 or more types of adjudicatory hearings, a member of any municipal board, committee or commission when holding an adjudicatory hearing shall not be disqualified from voting in the matter solely due to that member’s absence from no more than a single session of the hearing at which testimony or other evidence is received.  Before any such vote, the member shall certify in writing that he has examined all evidence received at the missed session, which evidence shall include an audio or video recording of the missed session or a transcript thereof.  The written certification shall be part of the record of the hearing.  Nothing in this section shall change, replace, negate or otherwise supersede applicable quorum requirements.

(b)  By ordinance or by-law, a city or town may adopt minimum additional requirements for attendance at scheduled board, committee, and commission hearings under this section. Recommend that the order be adopted

12B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city council adopt a rent control ordinance for the arts and industry overlay zone and other zones as appropriate in order to protect current residents from being displaced as new residential and commercial tenants begin to seek out space in our city’s center.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

12C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order, that the City of Holyoke through ordinance pass the “Fair Chance Rule,” requiring that the city itself as an employer make revisions to its current civil service processes and eliminate any barriers including the checking of the “box,” 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, finances, and the youth  Recommend that the order has been complied with

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 “COPS Hiring 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 an order  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Two thousand four hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($2,400.00) as follows:
FROM:
11352-54200    Office Supplies        $2,400.00
        TOTAL:    $2,400.00
TO:
11351-51250    Temp/Seasonal        $2,400.00
        TOTAL:    $2,400.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

13C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-SIX AND 85/100 Dollars ($2026.85) as follows:
FROM:
12201-51105    FIREFIGHTERS        $2026.85
        TOTAL:    $2026.85
TO:
12201-51180    INJ ON DUTY        $2026.85
        TOTAL:    $2026.85 Recommend that the order be adopted

13D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order hat there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Eight Hundred Forty-four and 88/100 Dollars ($844.88) as follows:
FROM:
12101-51107    PATROLMEN        $844.88
        TOTAL:    $844.88
TO:
12101-51180    INJ ON DUTY        $844.88
        TOTAL:    $844.88 Recommend that the order be adopted

13E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the city council approve payment of prior year bill to Grynn and Barrett for Government portraits.  The payment will come from the City Hall Supplies budget line.  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, TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED NINETY-ONE AND 10/100 Dollars ($2,691.10) as follows:
FROM:
12101-51103    CAPTAINS        $1035.00
12101-51204    PT CLERKS        1500.00
12101-51204    PT CLERKS        156.10
        TOTAL:    $2,691.10
TO:
12101-51104    LIEUTENANTS        $1035.00
12101-51110    SR CLERKS        1500.00
12101-51118    ADMIN ASST        156.10
        TOTAL:    $2,691.10 Recommend that the order be adopted

13G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Whereas:  Property values in the City have risen at a very modest rate and are taxed at the maximum amount allowed.  Any increase in property values should reflect a decrease in the tax rate.
Whereas:  Level funding will not work in addressing the City’s impending financial woes.
Whereas:  Stronger measures must be implemented now in order to avoid a financial crisis and lessen the burden on taxpayers.
  Recommend that the order be denied

14.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

14A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order  that a emergency button be installed in the City Council chamber.  Awaiting disposition

14B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order  that Capt. Moriarty provide an updated list of safety options or procedures put in place to deal with the security/safety at City Hall, sub committee meetings and full council meetings.  Awaiting disposition

14C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order  that the emergency buttons in the city clerks office and Mayors office be immediately tested and fixed if necessary.  Awaiting disposition

14D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that a hearing be set to review and reduce traffic cutting through the Sunset and Ashley neighborhood and what improvements could be made to reduce the safety hazards, such as changing traffic lights, making streets one-way, creating cul-de-sacs etc.  Awaiting disposition

14E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that proper procedures should be set forth at City Hall in regards to an emergency, or a threat of violence. There needs to be a clear plan of action.  Awaiting disposition

14F.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that surveillance cameras be installed in the corridors of City Hall and the Annex.  Awaiting disposition

15.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

17.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

19.    VACON    —    that any department head who approves pay for an employee who has exhausted all paid benefits for a non-work related injury or issue be required to have written approval by the Mayor and an approved transfer or appropriation from the City Council.

20.    VACON    —    That the planning board please provide written minutes of the meeting of Feb. 13,  2018.

21.    LEAHY,VACON    —    Order that the city council invite in City Treasurer
    MCGEE        Sandra A. Smith and a Holyoke Police Department representative(s)
            to a Public Service subcommittee meeting to discuss
            the procedures and protocols for transferring funds
            in the Treasurer’s office and other city departments.
            

22.    VACON    —    that the City Solicitor provide a legal opinion re:  whether a permit for a project can be extended beyond the initial approval by a board, if the law has changed the approval process at the time of the request for an extension.

23.    BARTLEY    —    HPD enforce traffic ordinances in the Fenton St area. Speeding is the major concern of neighborhood residents. Report back to public safety committee.

24.    BARTLEY    —    HPD set up traffic enforcement along Northampton St. between Whiting Farms Rd. and Beech/Cherry Sts during peak traffic times (ie 7-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.) to enforce the various motor vehicle ordinances (speeding, do not block the box, running red lights, idling in crosswalk, not yielding to pedestrians, etc.) and report back to the Public Safety Committee with any findings.

25.    BARTLEY    —    The Law Dept. issue an update on the city’s Receivership program by the end of March 2018 and forward same to DGR committee for a hearing (ie some time in April).  The Law Dept. should plan to provide regular updates every 6 months.  (For example, DGR would take this up each April and October and report back to the full CC). This is a great program and the public should be aware of the progress.

26.    BARTLEY    —    The DPW superintendent and the Mayor look into making Rt. 5 in the Crosier Field area and Mackintosh Terrace safer for pedestrians.  Please provide feedback on a pedestrian crossing light at the intersection near Center School as well as speed humps on Mackintosh Terrace and, finally, a sidewalk on the north side of Mackintosh Terrace.  HPD should provide motor vehicle crash & accident data for Rt. 5 between Beech & South St. as well as Mackintosh Terrace. Refer to Ordinance, HPD, DPW & the Mayor.

27.    BARTLEY    —    Holyoke has to get serious about cleaning up its image.  Recommend to the Mayor that a street sweeper clean every street at least once annually and then as many other streets as possible twice annually.  Refer to Mayor and DPW superintendent.  Copy to Public Safety to track progress.

28.    BARTLEY    —    Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council consider declaring a parcel at 278 Pine Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors’ records as Map 004, Block 06, Parcel 013 and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 21088, Page 399.

29.    LEAHY    —    Order that the honorable Holyoke City Council invite
    MCGEE        in Betsy Frey in to give her a proclamation on behalf Holyoke
    ROMAN        Sporting Goods 90th Birthday. Holyoke Sporting Goods
            was established in 1928 and continues to supply local
            teams, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals
            brand name sporting merchandise at competitive prices.
            

30.    LEAHY    —    The City Council be notified by department heads on
    VACON        all allegations of missing funds within three business
            days.

31.    MCGEE    —    Order that a street sign for MONTGOMERY AVE be placed at the RIVER TERRACE entry into Montgomery Ave.  

32.    MCGEE    —    that the missing sign for WYCKOFF AVE.. be replaced.  As one travels north on Montgomery the street becomes dead end.  The Dead end sign is in good shape but the WYCKOFF AVE. street sign is missing.  That sign used to be posted directly atop the DEAD END sign.

33.    MCGEE    —    Order that the HG&E install a street light on the current pole located on Alma Road (which is the corner of Jarvis Ave and Alma Road.)

34.    ROMAN    —    Ordered that the City of Holyoke through ordinance create and draft/adopt ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS language to the City Charter.  Accessory dwelling units (also known as ‘accessory apartments’, ‘guest apartments’, ‘in-law apartments’, ‘family apartments’ or ‘secondary units’) provide units that can be integrated into existing single family neighborhoods to provide low priced housing alternatives that have little or no negative impact on the character of the neighborhood.   ( RECOMMENDED TO SEND ORDINANCE COMMITTEE)

35.    ROMAN    —    Ordered that the City of Holyoke approve a penalty
    LEAHY        fee for throwing trash into public waste replicates
            $100.00 for individuals home waste, and $250.00 for
            business waste.   Current public receptacles are being
            filled with home waste and business waste and over
            flowing in public parks, side walks etc.   ( RECOMMENDED
            TO SEND ORDINANCE COMMITTEE)

36.    ROMAN    —    That the City of Holyoke amend its Marijuana legislation to include the Equity Provision based off of a similar program instituted in the City of Oakland California. . This program addresses past disparities in the cannabis industry by prioritizing the victims of the war on drugs and minimizing barriers of entry into the industry. ( RECOMMENDED TO SEND ORDINANCE COMMITTEE)  

37.    ROMAN    —    That the City of Holyoke amend through ordinance or charter (whichever is deemed appropriate by the law department.) any and all host community agreements made by the Executive must be ratified and approved by the City Council in order for them to take effect.  All previous agreements shall be grand fathered in and not need ratification, but all others going forward must be approved by a simple majority of the City Council.  (RECOMMENDED TO SEND ORDINANCE COMMITTEE or CHARTER AND RULES DEPENDING ON RECOMMENDATION OF LAW DEPARTMENT)  

38.    ROMAN    —    That the Law Department provide a dollar amount of
    LEAHY        small claims settlements against the City of Holyoke
            due to Pot Holes on Main Street from Ingleside and
            Main through the West Springfield Town Line. (RECOMMENDED
            TO SEND TO PUBLIC SAFETY)  

39.    ROMAN    —    Ordered that the City of Holyoke take up and approve
    LEAHY        the salary study completed in 2014, and include in
            its salary revisions salaries of the Mayor, City Council
            and School Committee Members.  (RECOMMENDED TO SEND
            ORDINANCE COMMITTEE)  

40.    ROMAN    —    That the DPW repair and completely replace the entire
    LEAHY        stretch of Main Street from Ingleside and Main through
            the West Springfield Town Line.  Temporary patches
            continue to reopen and are a cause of major pot hole
            related car damages, etc.  (RECOMMENDED RECEIVE &
            ADOPT WITH A COPY TO PUBLIC SAFETY) 

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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