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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on May 01, 2018 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight st. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
May 1,2018

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Irma Cruz, Assistant City Clerk minutes of Special meeting of March 20, and April 3, 2018 and minutes of regular City Council meeting of April 3, 2018.

2.    Ordered, that That the Mayor, Chief of Staff, Representatives from UFCW1459, VanPool and the Chief Financial Officer of the School Department attend the Development and Government Relations Committee to discuss a resolution filed to deny the current approved contract.

3.    Ordered, that That the School Department provided any and all reports from transportation consultants showing district savings on school department budget.

4.    Ordered, that The City Council of the City of Holyoke implores the Mayor of the City, Alex B. Morse, to deny and not sign the current proposed new three year contract for transportation of special needs students.   The proposed contract process, and costs savings proposed in the opinion of the Council does not fully take into account the human cost of proposed cost saving measures, and the outside costs to the City once over 130+ individuals lose their current job security. Also, it does not take into account the uncertainty of impact on the current special needs students and their families.   As such the Council at this time is unable to support the proposed contract.   

Furthermore be it resolved that the Council as a body reaffirms and clarifies to the public that the Council has no jurisdiction over said contract and or contract decisions. Said contract lies solely with the Mayor (Head of the School Committee) and the Superintendent (State of Massachusetts appointed receiver of the Holyoke Public Schools). 

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

5.    From Irma Cruz Assistant City Clerk minutes of April 17, 2018.

6.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re:  Funds Deficit.

7.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re:  Grants.

8.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re:  Monthly Budget Reports.

9.    From Police Chief James M. Neiswanger letter informing his intentions to retire on July 20, 2018.

PETITIONS

10.    Petition of William F. Sullivan Co, Inc. for a renewal of a Junk Dealer’s license at 1 Jed Days Landing.

11.    Petition of William F. Sullivan Co, Inc. for a renewal of a Junk Dealer’s License at 107 Appleton St.

12.    Petition of a renewal for a second hand license for Brad Matthew Jewelers at 2225 Northampton St.

13.    Petition of Zuleika Rivera for a renewal of a second hand license at 68 Cherry St.

14.    Petition of  Michael Mastroianni for a renewal of a Home occupation for computer consulting at 12 Winterberry Circle.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

15.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

15A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that 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.  Recommend that the order be adopted

15B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order City Council Street Vendor License application for Manuel Contin to operate a mobile food truck at 219 Elm St.  Recommend that the application be approved

15C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Resident Only parking be established on Ivy Avenue in Holyoke.  Constituent Request.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

15D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the DPW Superintendent review the possibility of “Resident Parking Only” on Pine St., between Appleton and Essex. Request from residents. recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

15E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that a resident parking only signs be place in front of 340 Hampden Street other clients utilizing certain establishments leaving those who reside in this address without parking during the evening hours. Many are working individuals who ended up riding around in order to find parking places. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

16.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

17.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

18.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

18A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Council review of Mayoral appointee Hector Carrasquillo as Personnel Administrator for the City of Holyoke  Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

18B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Council review of Mayoral appointee Ms. Cappie Glica to the Council on Aging Commission for the City of Holyoke  Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

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

19A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the City Council receive communication from City’s Legal Dept. RE: Holyoke’s receivership program.  Awaiting disposition

19B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that The Holyoke city council invite a delegation from MA DOT to a future DGR meeting.  It would be the 3d such meeting. Awaiting disposition

19C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from the Colvest Group, Ltd. to purchase a parcel of land and building located at 1575 Northampton Street for $250,000.00. Awaiting disposition

19D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that OPED meet with the Council to discuss (A) Compliance of various PILOT Recipients and (B) Status of Hart Wool/Winn Dev. Projects.  Awaiting disposition

19E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order 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. Awaiting disposition

19F.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Communication from Mayor Alex Morse dated 2/2/2018 RE: Proposal for the former Lynch School Property Awaiting disposition

19G.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred February 27, 2018 Communication from the Law Dept. RE: Councilor Vacon’s request for legal opinion on 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 Awaiting disposition

19H.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred : Communication from Lori Belanger and Purchasing Dept. dated 2/23/18 RE: Recommendation of Colvest proposal for development at 1575 Northampton St. (former Lynch School)  Awaiting disposition

19I.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred : Communication from OPED Director Marcos Marrero dated 4/11/18 RE: Information on the sale process of 1575 Northampton St. (former Lynch School)  Awaiting disposition

20.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

22.    BARTLEY    —    Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare the property known as the Springdale Turn Hall on Vernon Street as surplus property available for disposition. The property consists of two parcels and is identified as follows:
2 Vernon Street, Assessors Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 100, consisting of an approximate 6,300 square foot building situated on 12,062 square feet of land and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 591, Page 570. On September 11, 2015 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20868, Page 273.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $86,000.
and
Vernon Street, Assessors Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 099, consisting of an approximate 5,000 square foot building situated on 12,500 square feet of land and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 638, Page 43. On November 29, 2011 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 19018, Page 127.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $75,300.
    (parcel map, assessor cards and tax taking worksheets attached)

23.    BARTLEY    —    The city council receive an update from the Mayor on the status of repairs to the Proulx and Taupier parking garages as well as the public parking meters. 

24.    BARTLEY    —    Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare the parcel at 277 Main Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors’ records as Map 030, Block 08, Parcel 002, consisting of a vacant lot approximately 2,745 square feet in size and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 7342, Page 131. On March 31, 2015 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20645, Page 494.  The property is zoned as BH – Highway Business and has an assessed value of $16,500.
(parcel map, assessor card and tax taking worksheet attached)

25.    LEAHY    —    the Department of Public Works replaces the guard
    MCGEE        rail on Cleveland Street

26.    LEAHY    —    that the Department of Public Works repaves Lenox
    MCGEE        Road

27.    LEAHY    —    the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, the Board of Public Works, and the Mayor’s Office communicate with the MDOT and Hampden Sherriff’s Office to advise when clean up will begin and be completed on the on ramps, off ramps and medians of Route 91 and 391 areas of Holyoke. Please respond to the City Council within 10 business days.

28.    LEAHY    —    that the City Council gives Chief James Neiswanger
    MCGEE        a proclamation on the announcement of his retirement
    SULLIVAN        from the City of Holyoke. Chief Neiswanger has served,
    VALENTIN        with honor, as Holyoke’s police chief for the last
            8 years.

29.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    —    That DPW Repair pot hole in  cross guard in front of Kelly School On Mosher Street, and Mosher & Bower Street and North Bridge & Mosher.

30.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    —    That a handicap sign be placed in front of 16 East Court for Hector Reyes.

31.    MCGEE    —    that the ordinance committee invite in Paul Donahue, project manager for Suez to discuss the Holyoke operations, give updates, offer planning suggestions for the CSO.

32.    MCGEE    —    that the forestry depart and/or (DPW) either remove the tree in front of 11 Princeton Street or remove roots that are damaging the sidewalk which is a safety hazard.

33.    MCGEE    —    that DPW and Suez repair the burm and sewer on 141 near Woodmar Glenn.

34.    MCGEE    —    that DPW and Park and Rec report back to Public Safety on the status of the review of all the parks in the city. 

35.    MCGEE    —    that DPW and Alarm Division report back to Public Safety with an update on the traffic lights throughout the city.

36.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Nineteen thousand six hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($19,600) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51109    PAY-Reserve Officer        $19,600
        TOTAL:    $19,600
TO:
12102-53190    Education and Training        $12,600
12102-55860    Personnel Equipment        7,000
        TOTAL:    $19,600

37.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Thirty-three thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($33,000) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51109    PAY-Reserve Officer        $20,000
12101-51323    Snow Tow        13,000
        TOTAL:    $33,000
TO:
12102-52410    Motor Vehicle Repairs        $20,000
12102-54830    Motor Vehicle Supplies        13,000
        TOTAL:    $33,000

38.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Ten Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($10,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $10,000
        TOTAL:    $10,000
TO:
12202-52410    R&M – Motor Vehicles        $10,000
        TOTAL:    $10,000

39.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Seventy-five thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($75,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $75,000
        TOTAL:    $75,000
TO:
11512-53010    Special Counsel        $75,000
        TOTAL:    $75,000

40.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Seventy-nine thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($79,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $79,000
        TOTAL:    $79,000
TO:
11552-53100    Software License        $44,000
11552-53180    System Hardware        35,000
        TOTAL:    $79,000

41.    VALENTIN    —    that a handicap sign be placed in front of 32 Clinton Ave. for Edward Welch.

42.    VALENTIN    —    The City Council adopt a resolution affirming the City of Holyoke’s commitment to being a safe and accepting community. That a copy of this resolution be provided to Senator Humason, State Representative Vega, and Governor Baker. Proposed resolution wording is included within.

RESOLUTION DECLARING HOLYOKE’S COMMITMENT TO
BEING A SAFE AND ACCEPTING COMMUNITY
 
WHEREAS,      the Holyoke City Council has asserted that the City of Holyoke does not tolerate hate crimes and other expressions of hate, such as in its April 2016 Resolution “Affirming the City of Holyoke’s Commitment to Civil Rights and Ensuring Equity for All People in Holyoke and Beyond”; this April 2016 Resolution included language such as: “Basic concepts of human and civil rights dictate that discrimination based on gender identity and/or sexual orientation is inherently wrong; and “The City of Holyoke acknowledges, respects, and values the diversity of its community”; and
WHEREAS,      the Holyoke City Council believes in the rights of all people to lead lives of peace and dignity free from fear, harassment, and violence; and
WHEREAS,      the Holyoke City Council is adamantly committed to protecting this community’s residents from racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, anti-immigrant, and anti-refugee sentiments and acts and all other targeting of residents based on their identities or perceived identities; and
WHEREAS,      the Holyoke City Council stands in strong opposition to the authoritarianism, policies, and rhetoric that engender hatred; and
WHEREAS,     the City of Holyoke supports respect for civil and human rights and recognizes that pursuant to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948, Article 3, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” and Article 5, “No one shall be subjected to…degrading treatment;”
 
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of Holyoke, Massachusetts redoubles its commitment to the values of freedom, justice, and equality that bind us as a community, and to protecting those whose security and well-being may be threatened in the current political and social climate.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we stand in solidarity with, and advocate for the civil liberties and human rights of, every resident of Holyoke regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual and gender identity, national origin, or citizenship and immigration status.  
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we recommit to working towards a community, country, and world that are non-discriminatory, welcoming, just, inclusive, and pluralistic.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we vehemently condemn acts of vandalism, harassment, and violence that express hatred towards members of our community and beyond;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Holyoke is a hate-free zone in which hate crimes and discriminatory actions will not be tolerated.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon all members of our community to engage in positive community-building and take the necessary and courageous steps to prevent and respond to discrimination and hatred whenever and wherever they see it.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we are committed to holding our state and federal leaders accountable to the values and commitments expressed in this resolution.
 
Filed:   November 30, 2016
 
Offered by Councilor Jossie Valentin

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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                  City Clerk


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