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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on February 05, 2019 at 7:00 PM
City hall, Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 5,2019

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC, minutes of regular meeting December 18, 2018 and Special Meeting January 8, 2019.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Ms. Kelly Curran, 230 South St. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Curran will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on February 2022.

3. From Gina Paro Assistant City Solicitor letter re: Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 1459, DPW. and Memorandum of Agreement.

4. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC minutes of January 15, 2019.

5. From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office for Community Development, Re: FFY2019 Community Development Block Grant Applications.

6. From Massachusetts School Building Authority, letter re: Holyoke Third Amendment to the Feasibility Study Agreement H.B. Lawrence School (MSBA project No. 201701370010).

7. From Citizens of Holyoke petition in support the addition of this non binding ballot question. A Yes vote supports HG &E offering fiber optic internet for purchase by residents and implores HG & E to conduct feasibility studies for a gradual rollout. The findings of this study are to be presented at a City Council meeting by April 2022 or sooner.

8. Board of Fire Commission minutes of December 19, 2018.

9. From Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, minutes of November 14, 2018 and information & charts.

PETITIONS

10. Petition of Charliza Silvestry/ The Grill for a Street vendor license on Hampden and Chestnuts sts.

11. Petition of Paul J. Wanat, President United Tractor Trailer School, Inc. for a temporary Storage unit at 50 Holyoke St. (White Lot)

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

12. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

13. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

13A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order, that the amount of TWO HUNDRED EIGHTEEN AND 40/100 Dollars ($218.40) be authorized from the OFFICE OF THE MAYOR Department’s DUES & SUBSCRIPTIONS (11212-57300) 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

13B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that there be and is hereby raised and appropriated in the fiscal year 2019, EIGHT THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN AND 00/100 DOLLARS/100 Dollars ($8,487.00) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****           FREE CASH                 $8487.00
                        TOTAL: $8,487.00
TO:
11381-*****        PURCHASING               $1,545.00
11461-*****        TAX COLLECTOR                     1,692.00
11451-*****        TREASURER                680.00
15431-*****        VETERANS                   1,374.00
11631-*****        VOTER             862.00
16931-*****        WAR MEMORIAL                      629.00
16911-*****        WISTARIAHURST                      1,705.00
                        TOTAL: $8,487.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

13C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby raised and appropriated in the fiscal year 2019, FORTY THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SEVEN AND 00/100 DOLLARS/100 Dollars ($40,207.00) as follows:

FROM:
*****-******         FREE CASH                 $40,207
                        TOTAL: $40,207.00
TO:
11411-*****        ASSESSOR                  $1,597.00
11351-*****        AUDITOR                      810.00
12401-*****        BUILDING                     1,686.00
14221-*****        CITY HALL CUSTODIANS                     1,243.00
11611-*****        CITY CLERK                 2,321.00
12401-*****        CODES & INSPECTIONS                       2,768.00
15101-*****        HEALTH                        8,527.00
16301-*****        PARKS & REC.             810.00
11751-*****        PLANNING                    2,316.00
12101-*****        POLICE                        18,129.00
                        TOTAL: $40,207.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

13D. 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 “FY2019 SENATOR CHARLES E. SHANNON, JR., COMMUNITY SAFETY INITIATIVE (SHANNON CSI)” 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

13E. 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 “STUDENT AWARENESS OF FIRE EDUCATION & SENIOR AWARENESS OF FIRE EDUCATION (S.A.F.E.)” 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

13F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a REVISION TO PREVIOUS BOND APPROVAL IN CITY COUNCIL 9/5/18: Ordered that the sum of $2,600,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase for two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks, one (1) Quint Truck, two (2) Command Vehicles and the purchase of all tools, equipment, training, etc, for vehicles.  These funds will also cover the 10% match in the amount of $88,636 for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (total grant awarded $975,000) 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

13G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Memorandum of Agreement between City of Holyoke and NAGE R1-180 Clerical Union Recommend that the order has been complied with

13H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication dated 1/1/19 from OPED Director Marcos Marrero RE: “opinion on the possible effects of a debt exclusion override on the existing business community and the consequences for new business attraction” Recommend that the order has been complied with

14. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

15. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

16A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that 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.    Awaiting disposition

16B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council invite in Mr. Barry Feingold, the new President of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. Awaiting disposition

16C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order 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. Awaiting disposition

16D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred . that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare two parcels on James Street as surplus property available for disposition. The parcels are identified as follows:
2 James Street, Assessors Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 059, consisting of a vacant 1,512 single family style building which is more particularly described in a deed recorded at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 11719, Page 67.  On October 30, 2018 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a final judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22423, Page 460.  The property is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $82,900. 
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James Street, Assessors Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 060, consisting of approximately 8,500 square feet of land and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 6025, Page 217.  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 22172, Page 578.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $4,700. Awaiting disposition

16E. 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 106-108 Main Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 006, Block 08, Parcel 012, consisting of a vacant 7,020 square foot apartment style building with 4 – 8 units which is more particularly described in a deed recorded at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 13618, Page 243. On November 9, 2018 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a final judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22440, Page 85.  The property is zoned Highway Business (BH) and has an assessed value of $112,000.  Awaiting disposition

16F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Ordered that the City Council approve a set of license agreements between Action Ambulance and the City of Holyoke for use of garaging facilities at Holyoke Fire Department Stations 1, 3 and 5 and the former station at 490 South Street.  Draft language for Action Ambulance is attached hereto and will be distributed to all city councilors. Awaiting disposition

16G. 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 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. Awaiting disposition

16H. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order 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.
  Awaiting disposition

17. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

19. LEAHY — Order that the DPW installs/Paints  a Don’t Block the Box at the intersection of Southampton Road and Easthampton Road.

20. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FIFTEEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE AND 26/100 Dollars ($15,355.26) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 PATROLMEN $15,355.26
TOTAL: $15,355.26
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $15,355.26
TOTAL: $15,355.26

21. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, EIGHT THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED NINETY FIVE AND 74/100 Dollars ($8,195.74) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS $8,195.74
TOTAL: $8,195.74
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $8,195.74
TOTAL: $8,195.74

22. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWO THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,300.00) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51101 PAY-SOLICITOR $2,300.00
TOTAL: $2,300.00
TO:
11512-53010 SPECIAL COUNSEL SERVICES $2300.00
TOTAL: $2,300.00

23. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($100,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
11452-57950 LAND TAKINGS & EASEMENTS $100,000.00
TOTAL: $100,000.00
TO:
11512-53010 SPECIAL COUNSEL SERVICES $80,000.00
19412-57630 CLAIMS 15,000.00
11512-57600 LITIGATION 5,000.00
TOTAL: $100,000.00

24. MURPHY — Ordered that the department of public works upgrade the playing surface at the James Jackson basketball courts on South Canal Street to make them more level and safe for playing competitive basketball.   We are hoping to work with the Safe Neighborhood Initiative group to host some tournaments/events during the summer months.

25. MURPHY — Ordered that the department of public works repave and level the sidewalks on the east side of Chestnut Street from Franklin Street to Sargeant Street.  This has become a difficult walk for elderly persons and persons with disabilities to use.

26. MURPHY — Ordered that the department of public works look to install an ADA compliant ramp on Chestnut Street in front of the door to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.  The current situation prevents persons in wheelchairs from gaining access without personal assistance.

27. MURPHY — Ordered that the superintendent of the department of public works, the city engineer, and someone from the police department meet with the pubic safety committee of the city council to discuss the continuing problem of excessive speeding on Main Street from Springdale Park to the traffic light going on Route 5.  One of the goals would be to set up speed humps if possible on the street before the Dean crosswalk on both sides of the street.  Another would be to have more frequent radar enforcement at random times.  In addition, please consider posting electronic signage letting drivers know their speed as compared with the limit.  

28. MURPHY — Ordered that the department of public works and the engineer look to see if installing a sidewalk on the northwest corner of St Vincent and Main Street is feasible up to the driveway entering the Dean School parking lot.  The current sidewalk only begins at the western entrance to the parking lot. 

29. MURPHY — Ordered that the Director of the Parks and Recreation and representatives from the police department meet with the public safety committee to discuss past safety issues at the South Chestnut Street park, and to plan for a safer program for both neighborhood youngsters and parks department employees.  Also to be discussed, have there safety concerns at other playgrounds or parks.

30. MURPHY — Ordered that the department of public works add Main Street from just south of Jed Days Landing to the route 5 traffic lights for paving this spring.

31. MURPHY — Ordered that either the public safety committee or the development and government relations committee meet with representatives from Womanshelter/Companeras, Western Mass Elder Services, the police department, the district attorney’s office, the mayor’s office, the school department and staff from the offices Representative Vega and Senator Humason to discuss the issue of domestic violence with the following goals:
1. Seek some money related to domestic violence from the money the governor has added to combat continued violence in order to provide more direct one on one support services and guidance to victims.
2. Seek ways to expand the number of confidential beds available to abuse victims.  Currently, the demand unfortunately exceeds the supply of shelter.  Seek legislator’s assistance to secure more funding from Dept of Public Health.
3. Working with the police department and the district attorney’s office, seek ways to reduce the potential for continued repeat offenders.
4. Develop and promote mentoring opportunities for teenagers especially to reduce the potential of teen dating violence.

32. VACON — that a No Parking sign be placed near the driveway with an arrow toward the driveway of 16 Dale St. on the side near Cherry St. Drivers are parking so close to the driveway that the homeowners are having difficulty entering and exiting safely.

33. VACON — that DPW resolve the water issue of water pooling and ice forming on Primrose Road by installing a catch basin on Kane at the corner of Primrose or by some other corrective steps as the engineer may determine.  This is a safety issue on Primrose.

34. VACON — That our Auditor report to City Council on a quarterly basis ( or more frequently if needed ) on the financial status of our city, including but not limited to total debt and debt expense, bond rating, revenue and cash projections and updates on any financial plan development as recommended by Cinder, our financial consultant.

35. VALENTIN — that a handicap sign be placed in front of 127 Beech St. for Fredy Rodriguez.

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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