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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
December 18,2018

PUBLIC HEARING

1. Petition for Pole and Wire Locations request from Holyoke Gas & Electric to locate a line of wires, cable, poles and fixtures, including the necessary sustaining and protecting fixtures, along and across the following public way or ways:

One (1) 40′ Class II pole on 25 Pinehurst Rd corner of Dunn Ave.

One (1) 40′ Class II pole on 34 Pinehurst Rd. corner of Dunn Ave.

One (1) 40″ Class II pole across the street from 20 & 24 Dunn Ave.

LAID ON THE TABLE

2. 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:

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

have considered the same and Recommend the order be adopted.

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Len Brouillette, 179 Morgan St. to serve as a Commissioner of the Council on Aging for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Brouillette will serve the remainder term of the Commission; said term will expire August 2019.

4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Ms. Susan Woods, 5 Fairfield Ave. to serve as an Alternate of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Woods will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on December 2021.

5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Mr. Price Armstrong 27 Park Slope to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Armstrong will serve a three year term; said term will expire February 1, 2022.

6. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Ms. Olivia Mausel 25 Briarwood Ave. to serve as an Alternate to the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission effective today December 14, 2018: Ms. Mausel will serve a three year term; said term will expire December 1, 2021.

7. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC minutes of December 4, 2018.

8. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor letter re: Monthly Budget Reports for the General Fund and Sewer Fund as of October 31, 2018.

9. Communication from Assessor Anthony Dulude, tax rate scenarios for FY19

10. From Michael P. McManus, Superintendent of DPW letter re: Sewer rate summary.

11. From Robert Peirent, PE City Engineer letter re: Special permit application for Boston Bud RMRE at 73 Sargeant St.

12. From Mark Naidorf, letter withdrawing name from the position as a Commissioner on the Board of Water Commissioners in the next election.

13. From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of October 25, 2018.

14. From Office of Planning and Development minutes of July 25, 2017, August 22, 2017, September 6, 2017, September 26, 2017, August 14, 2018, August 28, 2018 and October 9, 2018.

15. From Holyoke Economic and Industrial Corporation executive minutes of January 24 and June 21, 2018 also regular minutes of January 24 and June 21, 2018.

16. From Board of Public Works, Sewer Commission and Stormwater Authority minutes of October 15, 2018.

PETITIONS

17. Petition of EMB Natural Ventures, LLC for a special permit for a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment at 140 Middle Water St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

18. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

18A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a special permit application from Boston Bud Factory for a Registered Marijuana Retail Establishment (RMRE) and Registered Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment (RMME) at 73 Sargeant St. Holyoke MA Map 028 Block 07 Parcel 013
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 from the site to individual homes, residences or people
6. That the applicant provide an updated photometric plan showing the correct lighting scale
7. That the applicant shall provide traffic patrol should customer traffic impede flow or regular traffic as recommended by HPD

18B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special permit application from Solurge Inc. to operate a MME, MMD, RMRE, and delivery service at 650 Beaulieu St. (Map 055 Block 00 Parcel 001) . 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 from the site to individual homes, residences or people
6. That the applicant shall provide traffic patrol should customer traffic impede flow or regular traffic as recommended by HPD

18C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council amend the Sewer Rate Ordinance adjusting the deficit in the sewer budget. Recommend that the order be referred to the full Council without a recommendation

19. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

19A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred 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 Recommend that the order be adopted

19B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the amount of three thousand five hundred forty one and 20/100 Dollars ($3,541.20) be authorized from the Board of Health Department’s Advertising (15102-53430) 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

19C. 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 “FFY2019 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program Grant” 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

19D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered that the sum of $13.39 million is appropriated to pay the cost of System Wide Capital Planning Projects, 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

19E. 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 “DONATION – 14 GLOCK 21 FIREARMS / 12 BALLISTIC VESTS” 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

19F. 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 “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. Recommend that the order be adopted

19G. 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 “FY2017 Emergency Management Preparedness Grant” 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

19H. 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 “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. Recommend that the order be adopted

19I. 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 “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. Recommend that the order be adopted

19J. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($5,500.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105      HEAD CLERK – AUDIT              $5,500.00
                        TOTAL: $5,500.00
TO:
14211-51108      SAFETY INSPECTOR               $430.00
11751-51108      ASST. DIRECTOR – PLANNING             640.00
11751-51102      ASST. DIRECTOR – ECONOMIC DEV.              640.00
11751-51105      SR. PROJECT MANAGER                     558.00
11751-51106      PLANNER 1                  460.00
11751-51223      DEVELOPMENT SPEC             500.00
16911-51101      DIRECTOR – WISTARIAHURST             603.00
16911-51103      CITY HISTORIAN                       464.00
15431-51101      DIRECTOR – VETERANS SERVICES                597.00
16301-51101      DIRECTOR – PARKS & RECREATION                608.00
                        TOTAL: $5,500.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

19K. 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 HUNDRED EIGHTY THREE DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($483.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105      HEAD CLERK – AUDIT              $483.00
                        TOTAL: $483.00
TO:
16301-51103      ASST. DIRECTOR – PARKS & REC                   $483.00
                        TOTAL: $483.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

19L. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIX THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO  AND 00/100 Dollars ($6,172.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105      HEAD CLERK-AUDIT                 $6,172.00
                        TOTAL: $6,172.00
TO:
11711-51101      DIRECTOR – CONSERVATION              $580.00
15411-51101      DIRECTOR – COA                     645.00
15411-51103      ASST. DIRECTOR – COA                      457.00
15101-51101      DIR-BOARD OF HEALTH                      669.00
15101-51202      ANIMAL CONTROL                    420.00
12401-51101      DIRECTOR – BUILDINGS                       773.00
12401-51102      ASST. DIRECTOR – BUILDINGS                        589.00
12401-51201      SUPERVISOR – MAINT/DEMO               503.00
11381-51101      DIRECTOR OF PURCHASING               626.00
14101-51101      ASST. SUPERINTENDANT-DPW                       910.00
                        TOTAL: $6,172.00
  Recommend that the order be adopted

19M. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that 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 Recommend that the order has been complied with

19N. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the amount of eleven thousand nine hundred eighty one and 00/100 Dollars ($11,981.00) be authorized from the Mayor’s Office Department’s City Liability & Damage Insurances (19402-57400) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end. Recommend that the financial transfer request be denied

20. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

21. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

23. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

25. SULLIVAN — Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare properties located on Chestnut and Elm Streets as surplus properties available for disposition. The properties are identified as follows: 255 Chestnut Street, Assessors Map 004, Block 01, Parcel 001, consisting of approximately 12,807 square feet of land and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 16371, Page 323.  On July 31, 2001 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Final Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 11851, Page 415.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $31,200. AND Elm Street, Assessors Map 004, Block 01, Parcel 003, consisting of approximately 9,148 square feet of land and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 5631, Page 390.  On June 14, 1984 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Final Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 15874, Page 589.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $29,900.

26. SULLIVAN — Ordered, that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Holyoke and the Holyoke Housing Authority dated December, 2018, approve to transfer ownership of the parcels of land at 255 Chestnut Street (Assessors Map 004, Block 01, Parcel 001) and Elm Street Parcel 003 (Assessors Map 004, Block 01, Parcel 003) to the Holyoke Housing Authority for consideration of $1.00.

27. VALENTIN — that a handicap sign be placed in front of 136 Beech St. for Mary Ellen Krajewski.

28. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Request for temporary speed humps and a speed study be done on Woods Ave near Hillside Ave to address speeding concerns.

29. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Request that a light pole be placed on Sycamore St near the intersection with West Franklin St. Residents express that it is too dark in that area. 

30. BARTLEY — With the upcoming U.S. Census, the city council hereby orders that planning commence immediately to get the word out to Holyokers on the importance of answering the census. For example, have HG&E and the City send out reminders to residents about the importance of the Census in every correspondence

31. BARTLEY — It’s important to keep track of home and commercial conveyances and the City council orders that the Tax Collector provide to every person seeking a municipal lien certificate with a form for new property owners to fill out and return. Chicopee has a great example to use.

32. BARTLEY — In keeping with tradition started three years ago, the city council invite St. Patrick’s Parade Committee members, leadership, award winners and colleens to the first meeting in March and provide a city council proclamation. Also, the city council again invite the Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band to this meeting.

33. BARTLEY — DPW repair the street-wide divot on Granville St. and the potholes on Chapin St. And, for the fifth time, install a berm at 41 Granville St.

34. BARTLEY — The DPW make the sidewalks handicap-accessible on
ANDERSON-BURGOS Corser St. near the part of 10 Hospital Drive that
faces north. DPW paint the crosswalk, too. The route
from the parking lot to the medical building is used
daily by disabled patrons and this should be fixed
immediately. Refer to DPW and copy to the CFO at
Holyoke Medical Center and to the ownership group
of 10 Hospital Drive.

35. BARTLEY — The City of Holyoke consider renaming the street that
ANDERSON-BURGOS abuts the northern portion of 10 Hospital Drive. Currently
it is known as Corser St. but this part of the road
should have it’s own name and this is a great opportunity
to name a street for a person that has done something
significant for the health of the Holyoke community.

36. BARTLEY — The City of Holyoke consider remaining the portion of Chapin St. that is south of South St. As a suggestion, it should be re-named South Chapin St.

37. LEAHY — that the Honorable City Council present Mark Naidorf with a proclamation for his 30 years of service as a water Commissioner. Mr. Naidorf as played an intercal role in the Construction of the pipeline from Southampton, the addition of the new treatment plant, redoing many tanks and pumping stations and installing the UV disinfection system.

38. MCGEE — Order that the City Council set the tax rate for FY 2019

39. MCGEE — that the January 1st meeting be move to January 8th.

40. MCGEE — that a no parking still be installed near the driveway to 970 Hampden Street.

41. MCGEE — Order that the following changes be made to the classification and compensation plans of chapter 2 proposed ordinance changes (see attached highlighted changes)

42. 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 ($4,477.56) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $4,477.56
TOTAL: $4,477.56
TO:
12101-51180 Injured on Duty $4,477.56
TOTAL: $4,477.56

43. MCGIVERIN — That the following amounts be and are hereby appropriated as an amendment to the budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019) to be expended by the Departments for the purposes specified.

$ 3,807,014 Retired Teachers Health Insurance
$ 9,062 Air Pollution
$ 97,640 RMV Non-Renewal Surcharge
$ 857,246 Regional Transit
$ 72,917 Special Education
$ 2,596,320 School Choice Sending Tuition
$12,516,204 Charter School Sending Tuition

44. MCGIVERIN — Financial Order: Ordered that the sum of $8,906,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the Jackson Street Area Sewer Separation Project 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.

45. MCGIVERIN — that the amount of ONE HUNDRED TWENTY SEVEN AND 00/100 Dollars ($127.00) be authorized from the Mayor’ Office/Auditor Department’s CITY LIABILITY & DAMAGE INSURANCE (19402-57400) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.

46. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, seventy five thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($75,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
0010-12318 Overlay $75,000.00
TOTAL: $75,000.00

47. MCGIVERIN — A RESOLUTION TO FILE AND ACCEPT GRANTS WITH AND FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS FOR THE PARKLAND ACQUISITIONS AND RENOVATIONS FOR COMMUNITIES PROGRAM FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE POULIOT POOL
Whereas: The Pouliot Pool is a community-wide asset and the preservation and improvements to this facility are a City priority as evidenced in the most recent Open Space and Recreation Plan; and
Whereas: The Pouliot Pool is dedicated to park and recreation purposes under M.G.L. Chapter 45, Section 3; and
Whereas: The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is offering reimbursable grants to cities and towns to support the preservation and restoration of urban parks through the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant program (301 CMR 5.00); and
Whereas: the Pouliot Pool Improvements Project will cost a total of $2,050,000 (Two Million, Fifty-Thousand Dollars) and the City has appropriated this amount to complete the project.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
1. That the Mayor is authorized to file and accept grants from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; and
2. That the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to take such other actions as are necessary to carry out the terms, purposes, and conditions of this grant to be administered by the Parks and Recreation Department; and
3. That this resolution shall take effect upon passage.

48. MCGIVERIN — The Order for City Council should be as follows:

Ordered that the following ballot question and summary be placed on the ballot for a special election on April 30, 2019 or another date voted on by the City Council.

Ballot Question
Shall the City of Holyoke be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to build two new middle schools in the City? 
            Yes __________     No ___________
and provided, further, that said question shall be deemed approved if a majority of the persons voting thereon shall vote “yes”.

Summary of Question
On December ____ 2018, the Holyoke City Council voted, without taking a position, to place a question on the ballot which will allow the voters to decide whether or not the City shall be allowed a temporary exclusion of the levy limit for purposes of raising funds to pay debt service costs to finance the development project for two new middle schools in the City. The exclusion of the levy limit shall cease at the time the bond is repaid in full. The question will be approved and the debt exclusion accepted if a majority of the voters voting on the ballot question vote “yes.”

49. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT AND 00/100 Dollars ($1,298,768.00) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** FREE CASH $1,298,768.00
TOTAL: $1,298,768.00
TO:
*****-***** REDUCE 2019 TAX LEVY $551,737.00
19141-51999 HEALTH INSURANCE DEFICIT 418,474.00
*****-***** SEWER FUNDS R/E DEFICIT 32,984.00
*****-***** SPECIAL FUNDS DEFICIT 295,573.00
TOTAL: $1,298,768.00

50. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIX HUNDRED FOURTEEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED ELEVEN DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($614,211.00) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** FREE CASH $614,211.00
TOTAL: $614,211.00
TO:
19141-51999 HEALTH INSURANCE $418,474.00
*****-***** SPECIAL FUNDS DEFICIT 195,737.00
TOTAL: $614,211.00

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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