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

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
November 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 Ordinance to whom was referred a Handicap application for Hector L. Anavitate at 261 Elm St.
Recommend that the order be adopted

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

6. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Susan Aiken, Brian Fitzgerald, Julita Rojas, Kyong Cruz, Nicole Perrier, Priscilla Garcia, Dian McCollum, Cappie Glica, & Barbara J. Grady, Also appointing Carmen Morales and Margaret Lemire as Commissioners of the Council on Aging, they will serve a one-year term; said term will expire on August 2019.

7. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, Memorandum of Agreement (Conservation and Sustainability Director).

8. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor Monthly Budget Reports for General Fund and Sewer Fund as of September 30, 2018.

9. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC minutes from October 16, 2018.

10. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC communication re: DOR requirements for new tax rate.

11. From Anthony Dulude, Assessor letter re: from DOR certifying values for 2019.

12. From Melanson Heath, 2017 Audit Management Letter.

13. From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of September 27, 2018.

14. From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority minutes of approved and released Executive minutes of April 17, 2014, June 10, 2015, May 18, 2016, August 17, 2016, September 21, 2016, May 24, 2018 (all executive minutes) and May 24, 2018 (regular minutes).

15. From Board of Fire Commission minutes of September 12, 2018.

16. From Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center minutes of August 8, 2018.

PETITIONS

17. Petition of Daniel LiBoissonnault for a renewal of a home occupation at 267 Southampton Rd. for plant based foods.

18. Petition of Tom Adamczyk for a zone change from R-1A to RM-20 for 15 Holy Family Rd.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

19. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

19A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order to Amend Chapter 86 to move the handicap parking space currently located on Oak Street to a location approximately 20 feet further south of Dwight Street. Said space will be located in front of 121 Oak St. Recommend that the order be adopted

19B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that DPW change yield sign from Westfield Rd to Homestead to a stop sign.  Sight limitations are creating a safety hazard. Recommend that the Council adopt the recommendations of the DPW

19C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that residents who reside at 179 High Street be given permanent resident parking. Recommend that the order given leave to withdraw

19D. 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

20. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

20A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $550,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of Pouillot Pool reconstruction, including 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, Recommend that the order be adopted

20B. 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 “Comprehensive Opioid Program” 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

20C. 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 “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. Recommend that the order be adopted

20D. 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 “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. Recommend that the order be adopted

20E. 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 “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. Recommend that the order be adopted

20F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the amount of Five thousand six hundred thirty-three and 52/100 Dollars ($5633.52) be authorized from the Solicitor Department’s Litigation (11512-57600), Two hundred seventy-five and 00/100 Dollars ($275) be authorized from the Litigation (11512-57600) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end. Recommend that the order be adopted

20G. 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

20H. 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 five hundred ninety-one and 32/100 Dollars ($4,591.32) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51105      Plumbing Inspector                    $3,552.15
12402-53040      Inspections- Plumbing/Gas                    1,039.18
                        TOTAL: $4,591.32
TO:
12401-51510      SIck Leave Buyback                  $3,552.15
12401-51500      Vacation Buyback                     1,039.18
                        TOTAL: $4,591.32 Recommend that the order be adopted

20I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Fourteen thousand three hundred sixty-nine and 03/100 Dollars ($14,369.03) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105      Firefighters                   $14,369.03
                        TOTAL: $14,369.03
TO:
12201-51104      Lieutenants                   $14,369.03
                        TOTAL: $14,369.03 Recommend that the order be adopted

20J. 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             478.91
                        TOTAL: $1,097.46 Recommend that the order be adopted

20K. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order 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 Recommend that the order be adopted

20L. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order 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 Recommend that the order be adopted

20M. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order 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 Recommend that the order be adopted

21. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

22. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

24. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

26. LEAHY — That the City of Holyoke invite Alex Cora, who is the manager of the Boston Red Sox to speak to the Holyoke Public School Children.  Cora led the Red Sox to the 2018 World Series championship in his first season as a manager, becoming the fifth manager to do so in MLB history. 
His story is impressive and he is an inspiration to the Kids of Holyoke!!! 

27. LISI — the City Council ordinance committee do a comprehensive review of the City’s sign ordinance alongside technical support and feedback from the planning board and legal department.

28. LISI — that the City Engineer research and provide the council with recommendations for how to change the ordinances related to downtown parking so that business and residential needs can be best met

29. LISI — that Sec 86-97 of the City’s Parking Ordinance be struck from the city’s parking ordinances:
Sec 86-97. -All night parking  
No person shall allow, permit or suffer any vehicles registered in his name, other than one acting in an emergency, to be parked on any street in the downtown area between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. of any day.

30. LISI — that the City Council ask our state delegate to file legislation to delete MGL – Part I, Title VII, Chapter 40P, Section 4 which prohibits rent control ordinances

31. LISI — that the City Council ask our state delegate to file legislation to amend MGL – Part I, Title VII, Chapter 40P, Section 4 which prohibits rent control ordinances in order to allow an exception for Gateway Cities to adopt rent control policies without having to reimburse property owners

32. MCGEE — that the Board of Health and Building Dept review 15 Shepard Drive and the concerns about expanding their driveway and excessive parked cars on property and report back finds to DG&R.

33. MCGEE — that DPW install new sidewalks on Wyckoff Ave.

34. MCGEE — that the City Engineer review Wyckoff Ave traffic flow as a cut through street and offer up suggestions on signage or other options to help remedy the problem.

35. MCGEE — that the city council provide proclamations for Veteran day awardees:
Colleen Chesmore citizen of the year, Emil Morales public Servant of the year and
Richard Purcell Veteran of the year.

36. MCGEE — Order that the public safety committee  invite in the Wistariahurst Museum director and address the safe, organic gardening practices at Wistariahurst.

37. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, twenty two thousand five hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($22,500) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51101 Pay-Solicitor $22,500
TOTAL: $22,500
TO:
11511-51102 Pay-Assistant Solicitor $22,500
TOTAL: $22,500

38. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, two thousand twenty eight and 07/100 Dollars ($2,028.07) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $2,028.07
TOTAL: $2,028.07
TO:
12201-51180 Injured on Duty $2,028.07
TOTAL: $2,028.07

39. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Sixty Two Hundred and 37/100 Dollars ($6,200.37) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $6,200.37
TOTAL: $6,200.37
TO:
12101-51180 Injured on Duty $6,200.37
TOTAL: $6,200.37

40. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, twenty three thousand four hundred sixty three and 80/100 Dollars ($23,463.80) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51101 PAY – SOLICITOR $1,600.00
11511-51105 PAY-PRINCIPAL CLERK 21,863.80
TOTAL: $23,463.80
TO:
11511-51108 PAY-PARALEGAL $23,463.80
TOTAL: $23,463.80

41. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, two thousand six hundred fifty and 00/100 Dollars ($2,650) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105 Head Clerk $2,650
TOTAL: $2,650
TO:
11711-51101 Director – Conservation $2,650
TOTAL: $2,650

42. ROMAN — Roman:   Ordered that the City of Holyoke amend Section 14-12 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to allow for the keeping of live poultry for the purposes of nutrition, and fresh eggs by permit from the Board of Health. 

43. ROMAN — Ordered that the DPW repaint the parking lines in South Holyoke and Churchill Neighborhoods.  Parking lines have become faded and residents are requesting parking lines be repainted. 

44. ROMAN — Ordered that the City Council re-post and refill its Youth City Councilor position and seat the new youth Councilor starting the first meeting in January.

45. SULLIVAN — That bond counsel be invited in to discuss effects
MCGEE and options available in bonding for two new middle
schools. The possibilities of longer term bonding,
early retirement options, and alternatives to a debt
exclusion need to be explored.

46. SULLIVAN — That a base minimum be established for the stabilization fund as a percentage of the city budget. Restrictions on the use of excess funds should be considered. Dedication to bond payment support should be a major consideration.

47. SULLIVAN — That the School Department prepare a summary of potential
MCGEE savings (or additional costs) associated with the
addition of two new middle schools.  Also, what other
grants may be available and what actions are being
taken.

48. SULLIVAN — That the City Assessor provide an opinion on the effect of two new middle schools on property values. The addition of new middle schools will make Holyoke a more desirable place to raise a family.

49. SULLIVAN — That OPED provide an opinion on the possible effects of a debt exclusion override on the existing business community and the consequences for new business attraction.

50. VACON — that a permanent reconfiguration of Sunset and/or Ashley Road or other streets in the neighborhood be considered once the temporary pilot project is completed.

51. VALENTIN — that a handicap sign be placed in front of 15 School St. for Audrina Sullivan.

52. VALENTIN — That an official petition and notification process be implemented regarding “resident parking only” requests, such as the petition and notification process in place for speed humps via ordinance at this time. Proposed wording: “That no “resident parking only” be established, except upon petition to the City Council signed by at least two-thirds of the property owners or two-thirds of the registered voters within the impacted segment of a proposed “resident parking only” street.” 

53. VALENTIN — That the “resident parking only” ordinance for Pine St. voted on recently be reconsidered and signs be taken down by DPW at this time. Several neighbors state that they were not notified of this change and are not in agreement with the rigidity of the ordinance as it is currently implemented. There is no official notification process at this time for “resident parking only” requests. 

54. ANDERSON-BURGOS — that the sidewalk located at the southwest corner of Woods Avenue and Hillside Avenue be repaired. Residents have expressed that they have repeatedly sought repairs at this location, as it is a hazard for pedestrians.

55. ANDERSON-BURGOS — that the sidewalk on the northwest side of Linden Street between West Franklin and MacKenzie Avenue be repaired. Residents living in the area have expressed incidents of tripping over uneven sidewalks.

56. ANDERSON-BURGOS — that the sidewalk on east side of the road at the north end of Norwood Terrace be repaired. Multiple residents have requested this in the past.

57. ANDERSON-BURGOS — that the sidewalk on the west corner of Sargeant and Locust be repaired. There is an extremely uneven sidewalk that creates a pedestrian hazard.

58. ANDERSON-BURGOS — that a sign be placed on both ends of Monroe Street prohibiting large trucks from using it as a pass through. Residents have expressed that this creates a danger for children, and that one truck also damaged a power line leading up to a resident’s house.

59. ANDERSON-BURGOS — that temporary speed humps be placed on Anderson Avenue, and that a speed study be done on the corner of Sycamore and Anderson. A resident living on Anderson noticed an increase in traffic using excessive speed coming around the blind corner from Anderson to Sycamore from the other end of Anderson as well as off of Carter Street. She is concerned for the safety of her young child as well as others.

60. BARTLEY — The Mayor and City Auditor work with the various department heads thus impacted to provide a capital budget to the City Council for FY20 and subsequent years. To not have a capital budget is short-sided and ultimately very costly to taxpayers. 

61. BARTLEY — City assess whether a “no parking” sign should be placed on either east or west side of Merrick Ave. at Westfield Rd.

62. BARTLEY — HPD set up traffic enforcement at Mackintosh/Sherwood/Wedgewood/Russell Terrace and the South St. area between Northampton St. and Chapin St. for a few periods over the next month. Speeding is an ongoing concern of area residents.

63. BARTLEY — The Mayor and/or DPW superintendent send a communication to City Council regarding its unanimously approved order that supported the procurement of up to 10 additional temporary speed humps.  Please send communication by the 1st full City Council meeting in December 2018

64. BRESNAHAN — that the Law department give a legal opinion as to whether or not panhandlers can be prevented from standing on the islands in the middle of traffic due to Safety issues. This is a matter of safety nothing more.

65. BRESNAHAN — that the DPW look into having a Do Not Block the Box installed at the top of Shawmut and Northampton street

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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