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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on October 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
October 16,2018

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 Ordinance to whom was referred that the council adopt an ordinance requiring city council approval of any license agreement for the use of city-owned real property where the term of such agreement exceeds thirty (30) days.  The Council enacted such an ordinance on February 2, 2016, however, the provision inserted as Section 2-349(c)(1) does not appear currently appear in the print or online Municode.  It appears the provision was not included in the legal form rewriting “Division 3. Purchasing Department” and adopted by the City Council on September 21, 2016.  The legal form may have been based on a version of Division 3 in effect prior to the enactment of Section 2-349(c)(1) Recommend that the order be adopted

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Mark P. Cutting, 40 Briarwood Dr. to serve as a member of the Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (HEDIC); This seat on the Board of Directors represents the Industrial Corporation sector. Mr. Cutting will serve a three-year term which will expire on June 30, 2021.

4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: $390K request for School Building Projects.

5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: Veto of Sign ordinance.

6. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC minutes of October 2, 2018.

7. Receivership Case Study for 193 Sycamore St.

8. Listing of Current Receiverships & Updates on various City locations.

9. From Planning & Economic Development public hearing and meeting minutes of August 14, August 28, and September 11, & September 25, 2018.

10. From Board of Public Works, Sewer Commission & Stormwater Authority minutes of August 27, 2018.

11. From Thomas J. O’Connor various reports re: Directors report, Animal disposition, Animal calls, adoptions & returns, budget, activity snapshot.

PETITIONS

12. Petition of Edward Glica for a renewal of a home occupation at 19 Concord Ave. for a home remodeling business.

13. Petition of Lasca Hoey for a renewal of a home occupation at 7 Line Rd. for a Massage Therapy business.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

14. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

14A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Zone change application, submitted by O’Connell Properties Inc. , for the property on 522 Hampden St. (Map 075 Block 02 Parcel 028) Holyoke MA Zone change proposal is from current zone BG to proposed zone RM- 
Recommend that the zone change be approved

14B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an Application from RISE Holdings, Inc. for a special permit for a Registered Marijuana Dispensary  located at 130 Race St.   
Recommend that the Sp. Permit 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 from the site to individual homes, residences or people
6. That hours or operation be 8am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday.
7. That the business shall be in compliance with the communication from City Engineer Robert Peirent and DPW dated 10/4/18
8. That the business shall be in compliance with all matters listed in communication from the Office of Planning & Economic Development dated 10/9/18

14C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Resident’s Petition requesting that the City Council “reconfigure Sunset Road  to reduce traffic cutting through the street and the surrounding community including Ashley Rd”.
Recommend that the recommendations of the DPW Director be temporary implemented

14D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Handicap application for Hector L. Anavitate at 261 Elm St.
Recommend that the order be adopted

14E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 294 Elm St. for Waleska M. Morin
Recommend that the order be adopted

14F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 184 Sargeant St. for Migdalia Colon
Recommend that the order be adopted

14G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that handicap sign be placed in front of Cabot St. for Diana Torres
Recommend that the order be adopted

15. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

15A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Four thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($4,000) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51106        Electrical Inspector                $4,000
                                TOTAL: $4,000
TO:
12402-53050        Electrical Inspections             $4,000
                                TOTAL: $4,000
Recommend that the order be adopted

15B. 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 “Complete Streets Construction” 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

15C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the City of Holyoke appropriate the amount of ($390,000) Dollars for the purpose of paying costs for the Schematic Design and related project management for the William R. Peck School located at 1916 Northampton Street, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto, and for which the City of Holyoke may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), said amount to be expended under the direction of the School Building Committee. To meet this appropriation the City Council,  with the approval of the Mayor is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 44, or pursuant to any other enabling authority. The City of Holyoke acknowledges that the MSBA’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any costs the City of Holyoke incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the City, and that the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this vote shall be reduced by any grant amount set forth in the Feasibility Study Agreement that may be executed between the City of Holyoke and the MSBA.
Recommend that the order be adopted

15D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Eleven thousand two hundred forty-five and 07/100 Dollars ($11,245.07) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105        Firefighters                 $11,245.07
                                TOTAL: $11,245.07
TO:
12201-51102        Deputy Chiefs              $2,523.01
12201-51103        Captains                       3,409.92
12201-51104        Lieutenants                 5,312.14
                                TOTAL: $11,245.07
Recommend that the order be adopted

15E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand ninety-seven and 46/100 Dollars ($1,097.46) as follows:

FROM:
1201-51110          Alarms Officers                       $1,097.46
                                TOTAL: $1,097.46
TO:
12201-51107        Supervisor-Alarms                 $618.55
12201-51109        Asst Supervisor-Alarms                     91
                                TOTAL: $1,097.46
Recommend that the order be adopted

15F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that Order that the City Council invite in Margaret Woods to the finance committee to give an update on the middle school project(s).
Recommend that the order has been complied with

15G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Communication from Mayor Alex B. Morse – letter to Jack McCarthy, Executive Director, MSBA
Recommend communication has been complied with

15H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Communication from Mayor Alex B. Morse – letter re: Holyoke Middle Schools
Recommend that the communication has been complied with

16. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

17. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

18A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Communication from Marcos Marrero RE: combining HRA and HEDIC Awaiting disposition

18B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Special Permit application from Mr. Jorge Alvarez for Driveway Construction at 45 Longwood Ave. Map 113 Block 00 Parcel 015 Awaiting disposition

18C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare 47 Chapin Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 079, Block 00, Parcel 014, consisting of a vacant two-family house on a 6,839 square foot lot which is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 4876, Page 144. On April 8, 2014 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20244, Page 295.  The property is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $116,000.  (parcel map and assessor card attached) Awaiting disposition

18D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order 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) Awaiting disposition

18E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order 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) Awaiting disposition

18F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, extend the order approved by the City Council on August 2, 2016 which authorized the transfer of the properties (listed below) to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority for consideration of $1.00.  The authorization would not be applicable to the property at 160 Middle Water Street as this transfer occurred. The original transfer authorization and this extension are in accordance with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” which was approved by the Holyoke City Council on December 4, 2012 and by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development on February 5, 2013, vote to approve. (map and copy of 8/2/16 City Council vote attached)
 

Parcel ID
Address
Current Use
Assessed Value
URP Area #9
 
 
 
031-01-015
501 SOUTH BRIDGE ST
Land
$13,700.00
031-01-016
SOUTH BRIDGE ST
Land
$12,600.00
031-01-017
501 BRIDGE ST
 Land
$1,300.00
030-03-007
CABOT ST
Land
$4,400.00
030-03-008
61 CABOT ST
Land
$21,400.00
URP Area #3
 
 
 
004-06-009
163 SARGEANT ST
Vacant Building
$126,800.00
URP Area #10
 
 
 
047-01-011
160 MIDDLE WATER ST
Vacant Building
40,000.00 Awaiting disposition

18G. 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 of and benefits of merging the two entities into one body. Awaiting disposition

18H. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the two, two acre parcels on Mountain Rd. adjacent to the conservation area be placed into the conservation area. Awaiting disposition

18I. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order the City Council hereby: (1) Declares that the land at 416 Appleton Street (Board of Assessors’ parcel 061-02-014) has not been used for a park or open space and is not needed for such purposes. (2) Petitions the General Court of the Commonwealth for a Special Act to remove 416 Appleton Street from the Provisions of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. (3) Proposes to substitute or swap the Article 97 designation on 416 Appleton Street, replacing it with a designation on land associated with Holyoke’s Center City Pedestrian Plaza as part of the petition to the General Court of the Commonwealth, and in compliance with state regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. (4) Designates 30 John Street (parcel 013-04-006); and the northernmost portion of 505 Dwight Street (parcel 013-04-003) which is approximately 4,625 square feet of vacant land, for open space and recreational purposes Awaiting disposition

18J. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order , that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare the parcel at 285 Main Street as surplus property available for disposition.  Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors as Map 030, Block 08, Parcel 004, consisting of a vacant 2,744 square foot lot which is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 6407, Page 421.  On August 23, 2018 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgement recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22326, page 584.  The property is zoned Highway Business (BH) and has an assessed value of $26,100 (parcel map and assessor card attached.) Awaiting disposition

18K. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare the parcel at 229 Beech Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 061, Block 06, Parcel 006, consisting of a vacant single-family house on a 6,491 square foot lot which is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 18255, Page 231. On January 13, 2017 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 21533, Page 39.  The property is zoned Multifamily Residence (RM-20 and has an assessed value of $106,400.  (parcel map and assessor card attached) Awaiting disposition

19. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

21. BRESNAHAN — that the personnel department respond to the City Council within 14 days of this order in writing, demonstrating  to the Council that the City Treasurer has all the certifications, licenses and up to date renewals as required by federal, state and local law.

22. MCGEE — Order that section 4.6.2.1 corner lot – be amended to allow Corner lots to erect and maintain a fence when such fence will have no impact on traffic, visibility, etc.
(4.6.2.1 Corner Lot
No Fence shall be erected or maintained within the front or side yard setback of a corner lot as defined in Table 5.2 of the Zoning Ordinance in a manner which interferes with traffic visibility across the corner.)

23. MCGEE — that DPW trim and or remove the tree in front of 10 Arlington.

24. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2018 Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance” 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.

25. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “End Abuse in Later Life” 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.

26. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2018 Innovations in Re-entry” 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.

27. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Twenty-three thousand two hundred forty-three and 00/100 Dollars ($23,243) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $23,243
TOTAL: $23,243
TO:
12201-51102 Deputy Chiefs $23,243
TOTAL: $23,243

28. 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

29. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Seven thousand forty-four and 72/100 Dollars ($7,044.72) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $7,044.72
TOTAL: $7,044.72
TO:
12101-51180 Injured on Duty $7,044.72
TOTAL: $7,044.72

30. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Seven Thousand seven hundred sixty one and 57/100 dollars/100 Dollars ($7,761.57) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $7,761.57
TOTAL: $7,761.57
TO:
12201-50012 Deputy Chiefs $7,761.57
TOTAL: $7,761.57

31. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby raised and appropriated in the fiscal year 2019, Twelve thousand five hundred twenty eight and 00/100 Dollars/100 Dollars ($12,528) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105 Head Clerk $5151
16101-51113 Assistant Director 7107
TOTAL: $12,528
TO:
11351-51102 Asst. Auditor $1482
11211-51102 Asst. to Mayor 1223
12201-51111 Asst to Fire Chief 2446
16101-51103 Reference Librarian 3156
16101-51105 Cataloguer 777
16101-51102 Library Asst. 634
16101-51111 Library Asst evening 646
16101-51108 Custodian 817
16101-51112 Financial Manager 1078
TOTAL: $12,528

32. 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:
12210-51180 Injured on duty $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969

33. VACON — That signs saying “do not block the intersection” be placed at the intersections of Clayton, Pynchon and Sterling at Homestead Ave. and that the do not block the box lines be painted (as at the Fire Station).

34. BARTLEY — HPD set up traffic enforcement at Martin and Lawler Sts. Please ensure compliance with speed limits on Martin, W Glen, Elmwood, Longwood. Lawler and Hitchcock Sts. Please ensure motorists obey Stop sign at Lawler and Martin Sts.

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

______________________________
City Clerk


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