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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on August 07, 2018 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
August 7,2018

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application of Mr. Fara Bahrehmand to renew a license to operate taxi cab number 65, 09, 27, 29, and 58 upon any public way in the City of Holyoke Recommend that the applications be approved

2. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Five thousand one hundred fifty and 59/100 Dollars ($5,150.59) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107      Patrolmen                                                                                          $5,150.59
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $5,150.59
TO:
12101-51180      Injured on Duty                                                                                  $5,150.59
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $5,150.59 Recommend that the order be adopted

3. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Seven thousand two hundred  and 90/100 Dollars ($7,200.90) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51102      Pay-Asst Solicitor                                                                               $2,057.63
11511-51103      Pay-Associate Solicitor                                                                       5,143.27
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $7,200.90
TO:
11512-53190      Education and Training                                                                       $1,450.90
11512-54200      Office Supplies                                                                                  1,500.00
11512-57100      In-state Travel                                                                                    750.00
11512-57300      Dues and Subscriptions                                                                     1,500.00
11512-57600      Litigation                                                                                            2,000.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $7,200.90
  Recommend that the order be denied

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Christopher H. Gauthier, 1 Taylor St. to serve as a member of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke; Mr. Gauthier will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on May 1, 2021.

5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Mr. James Sutter 30 Fairfield Ave. to serve as a commissioner of the Gas & Electric for the City of Holyoke. Mr. Sutter will serve a six-year term; said term will expire July 1, 2024.

6. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Mary Louise Monahan 20 Coit St. to serve as a member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Monahan will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2021.

7. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-Appointing Mr. Marco Crescentini, 66 Fairfield Ave. to serve on the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission effective July 1, 2018: Mr. Crescentini will serve a three year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2021.

8. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. L. Dorothea MacNeil, 226 Beech St. to serve as the Republican Member for the Board of Registrar for the City of Holyoke: Ms. MacNeil will serve a three year term; said term will expire on March 31, 2021.

9. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Mr. Christian LaChapelle 128 Central Park Dr. to serve as a Commissioner of the Planning Board for the City of Holyoke: Mr. LaChapelle will serve a five year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2023.

10. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Anthony L. Luciano 24 O’Connor Ave. to serve as a commissioner of the Licensing Board for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Luciano will be replacing Tim Grader, whose 6-year term recently ended. Mr. Luciano will be appointed to serve a six year term; said term will expire on August 1, 2024.

11. From Paul Payer City Solicitor, Re: Collective Bargaining Agreement with Holyoke Deputy Chief’s Association.

12. From Paul Payer, City Solicitor Re: Collective Bargaining Agreement with UCFW Local 1459, Council on Aging.

13. From Bellamy Schmidt, City Auditor letter re: Monthly Budget Reports for General fund and Sewer Fund as of June 30, 2018.

14. From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re: Salary Ordinances.

15. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, MMC Fiscal Budget 2019 budget cuts.

16. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk MMC minutes from regular meeting of June 19 and Special Meeting of June 28, 2018.

17. From Sandra Smith, City Treasurer re: Updated list of the top 100 Tax delinquent property owners.

18. From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of April 26, 2018.

19. From Board of Health minutes of June 7, 2018.

20. From Board of Public Works, Sewer Commission & Stormwater Authority minutes of May 14 & June 4, 2018.

21. From Board of Fire Commissioners minutes of May 23, & June 20, 2018.

22. From David M. Conti, Manager Holyoke Water Works, Letter re: Informational Meeting.

23. From Holyoke Media copies of annual financial filings including form 990, form PC and an Independent Auditor’s Report.

24. From Maciej Golubiewski, Consul General, letter of gratitude for purchase of Mater Dolorosa Church.

PETITIONS

25. Petition of O’Connell Properties Inc. for a zone change at 522 Hampden St.

26. Petition of Isadeliz Rivera for a new second hand license at 171 High St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

27. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

27A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Zone Change application of Peoples Bank, 1850 Northampton St. Holyoke MA (Map 110 Block 00 Parcel 104) from current zone R-2 to proposed zone BL Recommend that the zone change application be approved

27B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition of RISE Holdings Inc. (Formerly GTI) special permit to amend an existing permit to allow a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment in the existing building on 28 Appleton St. Holyoke MA. Recommend that the application be approved with the following conditions:

1. That the owner of the building always pay commercial property tax rate to the extent allowed by Federal, State, and Local Laws for the duration of the Sp. Permit
2. That the business retain a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for of non-security jobs
3. That Hiring preference be given to security personnel that are retired Holyoke Police or are a retired member of another police department now lives in the City of Holyoke

27C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the salary Ordinance for pay scales for non/union employees who have worked for the city for a minimum of 10 years and have not received a raise (as confirmed by the Treasurer) in the past 10 years be increased by 3% so that these employees may receive a pay increase. Recommend that the order be adopted

27D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Petition of Jorge Tirse,of Gloversville, New York to operate a RMRE and MMD for medical and recreational marijuana purposes at 630 Beaulieu St. Holyoke MA Recommend that the application be approved with the following conditions:

1. That the owner of the building always pay commercial property tax rate to the extent allowed by Federal, State, and Local Laws for the duration of the Sp. Permit
2. That the business retain a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for of non-security jobs
3. That Hiring preference be given to security personnel that are retired Holyoke Police or are a retired member of another police department now lives in the City of Holyoke
4. There shall be no marijuana consumption to be allowed on site
5. There shall be no deliveries of retail or medical marijuana rom the site to individual homes, residences or people
6. Tha hours or operation be 8am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday

27E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition of Hothouse Holyoke, Audrey Park for a special permit for a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment (MME) at 5B Appleton St. Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw without prejudice per request of the applicant

27F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Public hearing for Petition of Canna Provisions, Inc. for a special permit for recreational Marijuana Dispensary at 380R Dwight St. Recommend that the application be approved with the following conditions:

1. That the owner of the building always pay commercial property tax rate to the extent allowed by Federal, State, and Local Laws for the duration of the Sp. Permit
2. That the business retain a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for of non-security jobs
3. That Hiring preference be given to security personnel that are retired Holyoke Police or are a retired member of another police department now lives in the City of Holyoke
4. There shall be no marijuana consumption to be allowed on site
5. There shall be no deliveries of retail or medical marijuana rom the site to individual homes, residences or people
6. Tha hours or operation be 8am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday

27G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Petition of Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield a corporation sole, for Blessed Sacrament Parish for a 4.7.3 Non-conforming structure special permit for a sign replacement at 1945 Northampton St. (Map 111 Block 00 Parcel 062) Recommend that the application be approved

28. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

28A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered that the City of Holyoke consider “open checkbook” software. Refer to Mayor, his Chief of Staff and the IT Department. Communicate a recommendation to the City Council Awaiting disposition

28B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness” 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. Awaiting disposition

28C. 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 “Holyoke Tourism Plan” 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. Awaiting disposition

29. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

30. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

31A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Petition for Salmar Realty Inc. for a special permit for a drive thru restaurant (Dunkin Donuts) located at 500 Easthampton Rd.(Map 213 Block 00 Parcel 003) Awaiting disposition

31B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. ch30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council consider declaring a portion of parcel on Easthampton Rd. as surplus property available for disposition subject of certain reuse restrictions. This parcel is shown as “Proposed Parking Lot Easement” measuring approximately 0.70 acres on the “Easement Plan” dated June 6, 2018 and prepared by R. Levesque Associates, Inc. attached hereto. The parcel is a portion of premises identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 212, Block 00, Parcel 001 and more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 16740, page 126. Awaiting disposition

31C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws and the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances, vote to approve the Order of Taking for certain takings in fee, permanent easements and temporary easements and thus acquire by right of eminent domain, in consideration for just compensation unless previously waived, parcels identified as Parcel No. 1, Parcel No. 2; and as PE-7B, PE-8; and as TE-2, TE-12, TE-20, and TE-21, on said plan titled “Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division Transportation Plan and Profile of Dwight Street, Heritage Street, and Front Street in the City of Holyoke, Hampden County”, Project No. 607256, for the public purpose of the completion of the Roadway Improvement Project at Dwight, Heritage and Front Streets. Awaiting disposition

32. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

34. SULLIVAN — -that Section 2-470 be amended to coincide with the Community Preservation Committee Application Schedule, as follows:

DRAFT Sec. 2-470. – Schedule.
In any given year, the committee shall maintain the following schedule: in March, the committee shall develop and submit its operational and administrative budget to the mayor in accordance with section 2-469(c); in April, the committee shall make its final proposal recommendation to the City Council in accordance with section 2-468; in July, each designating authority shall appoint members in accordance with section 2-467. The committee shall meet as necessary to fulfill its required duties, except that the committee shall meet no less than four times in any fiscal year.

35. TALLMAN — No parking be allowed from 7am-9am, 2pm-4pm (Mon-Fri)
LEBRON-MARTINEZ on the west side of Maple St., From the Fire Hydrant
at the Cul-de-Sac to the corner of St. Kolbe Dr.
3 no parking signs will be needed.

36. TALLMAN — that pool pumps may not be operated between the hours
VACON of 10pm-6am.

37. VACON — that any and all debit cards be destroyed and the accounts that fund them closed.  The bank statements requested months ago have not been provided.

38. VACON — That the CC receives an update on the Essex demolition law suit.   Also, that the CC be updated re: status on the bond payment for the 10,000 wired in error to a gmail account by the Treasurer.  Is the bond written in a manner that it will cover payment to restore the funds?

39. VACON — That truck restrictions be placed on Southampton Road 8pm-8am (same as Homestead). This road is not intended for heavy truck traffic.  Trucks can use Routes 5/10 when Rt. 141 is closed.

40. VACON — Ordered that amendments be made to Section 42-18 permit fee schedule to coincide with fire department fee schedule guidelines. This is to correct some minimal errors in permitting.

41. VALENTIN — that a handicap sign be placed in front of 261 Elm St. #1L for Hector L. Anavitate.

42. ANDERSON-BURGOS — A study be done at the corner of Portland St & McKenzie St to see if suggestions can be made to improve safety. Many vehicles drive through the stop sign. Many close accidents have been witnessed by residents in the area.

43. ANDERSON-BURGOS — A study be done at the intersection of West Franklin St & Lincoln St to see what can be done to improve safety. It’s a dangerous intersection where multiple accidents have occurred on many occasions.

44. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Sidewalks on even side of Beacon St need to be repaired.

45. ANDERSON-BURGOS — A constituent that resides at 156 Nonotuck St have been dealing with flooding issues for many years. Many years ago, when Mayor Sullivan was in office, this constituent had requested that a storm drain be placed at the dead end of the street to keep the water from flooding her property. It’s about time that this matter be taken seriously. It has become a hazardous liability especially in the winter when the water turns to ice.

46. BARTLEY — that the City Engineer provide recommendations as to whether ‘no parking’ sign(s) should be placed on the eastern end of West Glen St. where it connects with Northampton St. The number of cars that park there on both sides of the street cause potential traffic congestion as well as issues for public safety vehicles.

47. BARTLEY — that the Mayor and Chief of Police accept a donation of a drop box for unwanted prescription medications. Both the office of the Hampden D.A. and the Holyoke Mall are willing to donate one to the City of Holyoke. The city’s Board of Health is in support of this. An official in a neighboring community advised that their drop box has been a “tremendous success” in their city.

48. BARTLEY — that the Board of Health department head and the Animal Control Officer appear before the City council to discuss both the merits of the Thos. J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption center and alternatives thereto. Advise the BOH to provide any reports or studies to the city council in advance of a subcommittee hearing.

49. BARTLEY — That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer of $10,000.00 from the Holyoke Housing Authority to purchase and redevelop 144 High Street. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 013, Block 02, Parcel 004, consisting of an approximate 5,460 square foot building situated on 3,354 square feet of land.  The property is zoned as Downtown Business (BC) and has an assessed value of $82,400. 

50. BARTLEY — For his tireless work on behalf of Holyoke’s youth, businesses and public schools, the City Council bestow a proclamation on Ed Caisse of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.

51. BARTLEY — The Mayor and others knowledgeable please provide a detailed explanation as to how a city employee personally paid for IT services prior to the close of FY18.  Refer to Finance. Copy to Mayo

52. 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 86 Beech Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors’ records as Map 062, Block 02, Parcel 017, consisting of a vacant single-family house on a 6,621 square foot lot which is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 5170, Page 239. On May 21, 2018 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22181, Page 380.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $61,800.  (parcel map and assessor card attached)

53. 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 405 – 407 Main Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors’ records as Map 028, Block 07, Parcel 002, consisting of a 2,613 square foot vacant lot which is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 9288, Page 003. On May 15, 2018, the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22181, Page 379 and dated May 21, 2018.  The property is zoned as Business Highway (BH) and has an assessed land value of $24,800.  (tax title foreclosure deed, parcel map and assessor card attached)

54. BRESNAHAN — that the Mayor’s office provide the contract the City of Holyoke has with the Volley Ball Hall of Fame and the Children’s Museum within 30 days of the date of this order.

55. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — Per residents request that Parks & Recreation consider to remodeled Pina Park with more sprinklers for next years as other parks in the city. 

56. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — That signs be place saying “Do not block drive way” on 37-39 Samosett and in front of  any of the homes on Samosett across the  McNally field Park where home owners have drive ways.

57. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — Per residents that the Board of health enforce the ordinance to those business and residential homes who is not  keeping their side walks and surrounding of property clean or presentable in the Ward One and B area.

58. LISI — that the City Council conduct another diversity and leadership training with professional facilitators

59. LISI — that the City Engineer investigate the traffic patterns around Northampton and South St in order to determine if any changes need to be made. Residents have been complaining about the traffic building up in the left turn lane onto South St. from Northampton St. southbound, in particular.

60. LISI — that the City Council request a legal opinion on the following:
1) How the dedicated funds for Wards 1 and 2 should be established as a result of the Host Community Agreement with RISE Holdings (formerly GTI)? 
2) If there are any legal or ethical issues with the way that those funds are currently established and disbursing money? 
3) if the Law Department identifies any legal or ethical issues, how might they be addressed and mitigated?
4) How can the City help build uniformity and transparency into the establishment of those funds and the process by which residents and community groups access those funds? 
5) Does the Green Fund/Verde Fund as its currently drafted meet legal/ethical scrutiny?

61. MCGEE — that the City Council hire and do a compliance/sensitivity training.

62. MCGEE — That the Polling Places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke for the State Primary to be held Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recinto en la Ciudad de Holyoke para las Elecciones Estatal Primarias Esta que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 4 de Septiembre 2018, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

WARD ONE BARRIO UNO
PRECINCT A – Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 Bowers St..
RECINTO A—Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 de la Calle Bowers

PRECINCT B—Prospect Heights Community Room, 41 Chestnut St.
RECINTO B—Prospect Heights, 41 de la Calle Chestnut

WARD TWO BARRIO DOS
PRECINCT A—Morgan School Gym, South Bridge St. Entrance only
RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela Morgan, en la Calle So. Bridge solamente

PRECINCT B – Falcetti Towers, 475 Maple St.
RECINTO B – Falcetti Towers, 475 de la Calle Maple

WARD THREE BARRIO TRES
PRECINCT A – Elmwood Engine House, South St.
RECINTO A – Elmwood Engine House, en la Calle South

PRECINCT B – Metcalf School Gym, 2019 Northampton St.
RECINTO B –Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

WARD FOUR BARRIOS CUATRO
PRECINCT A& B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, Appleton St.
RECINTO A&B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, en la Calle Appleton

WARD FIVE BARRIOS CINCO
PRECINCT A – Lt. Elmer J. McMahon School Gym, Kane Rd.
RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela McMahon, en la Calle Kane

PRECINCT B – Maurice A. Donahue School Gym, Whiting Farms Rd.
RECINTO B—Gimnasio de la Escuela Donahue, en la Calle Whiting Farms

WARD SIX BARRIO SEIS
PRECINCT A&B –Sullivan School, 400 Jarvis Ave.
RECINTO A&B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 de la Calle Jarvis

WARD SEVEN BARRIO SIETE
PRECINCT A&B – E. N. White School Gym, 1 Jefferson St.
PRECINTO A&B– Gimnasio de la Escuela E. N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson

63. MCGEE — That the State Primaries for the nomination of candidates of Political Parties for offices to be filled at the State primary in 2018, be and they are hereby called to be held in the City of Holyoke on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in the several polling places as designated by the City Council. The polls will be opened at 7:00AM, and remain open continuously thereafter until 8:00PM when the polls will be closed, and all voters of political parties will in the several polling places in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, give in their votes for the nomination of candidates of political parties for the following offices:
Que las Primarias del Estado para la nominacion de candidatos del Partido Politico para las oficinas que seran ocupadas en la Eleccion del Estado en el ano 2018, sea y illos de por este medio llamado a que lleve a cabo en la Ciudad de Holyoke el Martes, Septiembre, 4, 2018, en los varios lugares de votacion, como designado por el concejo municipal. Las urnas seran abiertas a las 7:00AM, y permanaceran abiertas continuamente de alli en adelante hasta las 8:00PM cuanda las urnas sean cerrada, y todas los votantes de los partidos politico en los varios lugares de votacion en el cual ellos tienen derecho a votar, entredicha horas ceder sus votos para la nominacion de candidatos del partido politico para las siguentes oficinas:

Senator in Congress – Senador del Congreso
Governor – Gobernador
Lt. Governor – Vice Gobernador
Attorney General – Fiscal General
Secretary of State – Secretario de Estado
Treasurer – Tesorero
Auditor – Auditor
Representative in Congress – Representante en el Congreso
Councillor – Concejal
Senator in General Court – Senador de la Legislatura Estatal
Representative in General Court – Representante de la Legislatura Estatal
District Attorney – Fiscal de Distrito
Clerk of Courts – Secretario de las Cortes
Register of Deeds – Jefe del Registro de Escrituras Publicas

64. MCGEE — that DPW remove the grass and weeds near the flower barrels at the cherry street islands and other islands throughout the city.

65. MCGEE — Order that the legal department and park and rec provide
MCGIVERIN and update with regard to the football field.

66. MCGEE — Order that DPW patch and/or repave Anniversary Road.

67. MCGEE — Order that DPW/park and Rec. remove and replace the damaged playscape at EN White school.  It was hit by a car and is now a danger to students.  Also, the location should be moved away from the road to a new location near EN White (maybe behind the baseball field).

68. MCGEE — Order that the city council give a proclamation to Mr. and Mrs. Brunault for their 60th anniversary.

69. MCGEE — Order that the board of health and police department
ANDERSON-BURGOS contact the management company for Jarvis Heights
with regard to the trash issues and enforcement of
the no parking area.  There are several complaints
of people parking in the no parking area (even over
night) and dumping trash in the area.

70. MCGEE — Order that DPW – Suez street sweep the Lindor Heights/Discal
LEAHY lane area.

71. MCGEE — Order that the city impose an excise tax on air B&B.

72. MCGEE — Ordered: The City Council adopt MGL c. 33, Sec. 59, more specifically that an employee of the commonwealth in a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States who is ordered to service for more than 30 consecutive days shall be paid the regular base salary as a public employee for each pay period of such military leave of absence, reduced by any amount received either from the United States or the commonwealth as base pay for military service performed during the same pay period. No such employee shall lose any seniority or accrued vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, compensation time or earned overtime.

73. MCGEE — Ordered: The City Council adopt MGL c. 59, Sec. 5, more specifically section fifty-sixth, which states, “Upon the acceptance of this section by a city or town, the board of assessors may grant, real and personal property tax abatement up to 100 per cent of the total tax assessed to members of the Massachusetts National Guard and to reservists on active duty in foreign countries for the fiscal year they performed such service subject to eligibility criteria to be established by the board of assessors.  The authority to grant abatements under this section shall expire after 2 years of acceptance unless extended by a vote of the city or town.”

74. MCGEE — Order that the City Council give a proclamation to Mr. and Mrs. Walsh for their 50th anniversary.

75. MCGEE — Order that the city council give a proclamation to Paula A. Conway- 35 years of coaching volleyball at Holyoke High School.

76. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “MEMA Homeland Security” 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.

77. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2019 911 Training” 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.

78. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2019 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.

79. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Nine thousand six hundred seventy-two and 70/100 Dollars ($9,672.70) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 Sergeants $3,075.74
12101-51107 Patrolmen 6,596.96
TOTAL: $9,672.70
TO:
12101-51180 Injured on Duty $9,672.70
TOTAL: $9,672.70

80. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand nine hundred sixty-nine and 00/100 Dollars ($1,969.00) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $1,969.00
TOTAL: $1,969.00
TO:
12201-51180 Injured on duty $1,969.00
TOTAL: $1,969.00

81. MCGIVERIN — Ordered that the sum of $2,500,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks for the City of Holyoke Fire Department, 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.

Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44,. Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issued pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

Further Ordered: That there shall be no change in the purpose of this bond authorization without prior vote of approval by the Holyoke City Council.

82. MCGIVERIN — Ordered that the sum of $420,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the design and construction of traffic signals at Westfield Road and Apremont Highway, 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.

Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44,. Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issued pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

Further Ordered: That there shall be no change in the purpose of this bond authorization without prior vote of approval by the Holyoke City Council.

83. MCGIVERIN — Ordered that the sum of $1,400,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the replacement of traffic signals at the following locations

Northampton St. and Hampden St.
Northampton St. and Sargeant St.
Northampton St. and Dwight St.
Linden and Suffolk St.
Linen and Beech St.
Linden and Hampden St.
Pleasant St. and Hampden St.
Pleasant St. and Lincoln St.
Pleasant St. and Dwight St., and Appleton St.
Cabot St. and South Canal St.
Homestead Ave. and Cherry St.

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.

Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44,. Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issued pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

Further Ordered: That there shall be no change in the purpose of this bond authorization without prior vote of approval by the Holyoke City Council.

84. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Nine thousand six hundred seventy-two and 70/100 Dollars ($9,672.70) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 Sergeants $3,075.74
12101-51107 Patrolmen 6,596.96
TOTAL: $9,672.70
TO:
12101-51108 Injured on Duty $9,672.70
TOTAL: $9,672.70

85. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand nine hundred sixty-nine and 00/100 Dollars ($1,969) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969
TO:
12201-51180 Injured on Duty $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969

86. MCGIVERIN — That Schedule B, Compensation for Elected Officials of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended as follows, effective January 1, 2019:

Mayor: $125,000
City Clerk: $90,000
City Treasurer: $85,000
City Council: $12,500
City Council President: $1,000 (in addition to above)

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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