Holyoke City council meeting Text Size
Event takes place on November 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, ma 01040
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
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. From City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC minutes of November 7, 2018.
3. From Hector Carrasquillo, Personnel Director letter re: Order from Councilor Bresnahan on City Treasurer certifications, Licenses, etc.
4. From Kip Foley letter of interest to serve on the CPA committee as an appointee of the City Council.
5. From Board of Fire Commission minutes of October 17, 2018.
6. Petition from citizens of Holyoke re: Holyoke Gas & Elec Memorandum of Understanding with Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to increase the amount of Gas the cities, of Northampton, Easthampton and Holyoke Receive.
7. Petition of Mt. Tom Solar, LLC for a special permit amendment (8.1) to construct in a floodplain overlay district at 200 Northampton St.
8. Petition of Westfield Bank for a special permit for an Installation of Drive thru ATM at 1650 Northampton St.
9. Petition of Jessica Rivera for a non-conforming use (4.7.2) at 226-228-230 Sargeant St.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
10. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
10A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke Personnel Department and its contractors review and make revisions to their current civil service processes and eliminate any barriers, during an interview and application process, that may preclude applicants with criminal records from gaining employment with the City of Holyoke and/or its contractors. Giving exception to any employment having to deal with the elderly, and the youth. Recommend that the order be adopted
10B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that The City council amend its ordinances to create a committee to study the costs and benefits of involved with the City of Holyoke establishing its own animal control facility. The expectation is that the committee, once created, will produce a report to be reviewed by the Board of Health, City Council, Mayor and other relevant departments. Recommend that the order be adopted
10C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that The City Council and Mayor amend the city ordinances to create a commission whose purpose is to consider all aspects of the Whiting Street Reservoir. The commission should be comprised of Holyoke residents only. The charge of the commission should include reviewing costs to maintain the Reservoir and repurposing it for future use as well as ensuring that reasonable environmental considerations are maintained recommend that the order be adopted
10D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 145 Essex St. for Carlos Espada Recommend that the order be adopted
10E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that 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. Recommend that the order be adopted
11. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
11A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication from Melanson Heath, 2017 Audit Management Letter Awaiting disposition
11B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Memorandum of Agreement (Conservation and Sustainability Director) Awaiting disposition
11C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, 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:
11511-51101 Pay-Solicitor $22,500
11511-51102 Pay-Assistant Solicitor $22,500
TOTAL: $22,500 Awaiting disposition
11D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order 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. awaiting disposition
11E. 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 four hundred sixty three and 80/100 Dollars ($23,463.80) as follows:
11511-51101 PAY – SOLICITOR $1,600.00
11511-51105 PAY-PRINCIPAL CLERK 21,863.80
11511-51108 PAY-PARALEGAL $23,463.80
TOTAL: $23,463.80 Awaiting disposition
11F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order , 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:
11351-51105 Head Clerk $2,650
11711-51101 Director – Conservation $2,650
TOTAL: $2,650 Awaiting disposition
11G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order : that the City Council adopt the provisions of Sections 63, 64, and 65 of Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2012, which allows retirement systems to increase the minimum benefit of Section 101 survivors from $6,000 or $9,000 to $12,000. Awaiting disposition
12. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
13. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
14. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
15. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
16. Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
17. MCGEE — that the City Council fill the expired term position for the CPA committee (the city councils appointment).
18. MCGEE — that DPW replace a Holyoke Community College sign at the corner of Jarvis Ave. and Easthampton Rd. that is quite faded.
19. MCGEE — Order that the City Council go into Executive Session during the November 20 meeting to discuss litigation.
20. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, four thousand four hundred seventy seven and 56/100 Dollars ($4477.56) as follows:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $4477.56
12101-51180 Injured on Duty $4477.56
21. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “GOVERNOR’S LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY” 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.
22. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY18 Strategies for Policing Initiative ” 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.
23. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Healthy Summer Youth Jobs 2018” 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.
24. MCGIVERIN — That the city vote to approve a Bond Request for the Board of Water Commissioners for “System-Wide Capital Planning Projects”. Total bond amount $13.39 million to fund a series of system-wide Capital Improvement Projects that will address deficiencies identified in the municipal water system.
25. ROMAN — Resolution to the Holyoke City Council, November 15,
THE EXPANSION OF GAS INFRASTRUCTURE AND CALLING FOR
INCREASED DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RENEWABLE
AND CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES
26. VACON — that a “do not block” box be painted on Homestead Ave. from the driveway of the Twin Stop/Dino’s plaza to the driveway of Strum’s plaza so that traffic can safely exit the plazas.
27. VACON — that a certificate of appreciation be issued to the Guardsmen who supported the National Guard landing of a UH-72 Lakota Helicopter on Mackenzie field on Saturday in support of our Veterans Day Ceremony.
These where the members who supported the aircraft static display:
CW3 Eric Smith
CW2 Michael Berry
SSG Gelson Laguerre
CW2 Eladio Pagan
28. VACON — that an update on the sewer collections be provided before a rate increase is considered.
29. ANDERSON-BURGOS — that temporary speed humps be placed on Woods Avenue, and that a speed study be done on the corner of Woods Ave and Hillside Ave. Residents living in that area have noticed an increase in traffic using excessive speed coming off and on from Woods Ave and Hillside Ave.
30. BARTLEY — The City Council invite a representative from Mt. Holyoke College to appear at a Development and Governmental Relations (DGR) meeting. The ties between our city and this legendary college should be exploited and strengthened.
31. BARTLEY — The City of Holyoke declare the month of March as “Irish American Heritage Month” in the City of Holyoke for all time. Once done, the City should take any necessary steps to promote the Irish-American experience and history of Holyokers near and far. If approved send notice to St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and AOH-James Curran Division. Both organizations may be willing to collaborate with the City to further promote this effort.
32. BARTLEY — The City Council order the Parks & Recreation Commission to work with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on planting more trees in our city parks. The following is a brief comment and a list of suggestions from DCR: “There are a lot of other parks within the planting zone, both small and large, that could use more tree canopy cover. I have listed below some other parks to look into for spring planting potential:
1.) Sheard Park – planted in 2016 – still more potential for trees to be planted
2.) Pulaski Park – planted in 2016 – still more potential for a few trees to be planted
3.) Veterans Memorial Park
4.) Carlos Vega Park – corner of Clemente and S. East St.
5.) Valley Arena Park – S. Bridge St., between Hamilton and Sargeant St.
6.) Springdale Park – lots of potential for tree planting!
7.) Crosier Field – Peck School
8.) Mackenzie Stadium – Holyoke High School
9.) McNally Field – Kelly School
10.) Laurel Park”
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
Posted on November 16, 2018 by Irma Lopez