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

 

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
March 5,2019

PUBLIC HEARING

1. Petition for Pole & Wire Locations Gas & Electric requests permission to locate a line of wires, cables, 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 Ely St. Holyoke, MA.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Deborah K. Aloisi, 147 Sycamore St. to serve as a member of the Commission of Disabilities for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Aloisi will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2022.

3. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC and Ryan Allen, Admin. Asst to City Council minutes of February 19, 2019.

4. From Hilltop securities letter re: Holyoke Credit Rating Overview.

5. From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of November 29, 2018.

6. From Board of Public Works, Sewer Department and Stormwater Authority minutes of December 10, 2018.

7. From Board of Fire Commission minutes of January 23, 2019.

PETITIONS

8. Petition of ECOATM, LLC for a renewal of a second hand license at 50 Holyoke St.

9. Petition of Mony Tith for a new special permit for a Motor Vehicle Repair Garage (7.2.13)(a) at 2237 Northampton St.

10. Petition of Jerry Guidera, for a special permit for a Marijuana Testing Facility (MTF) (7.10.2) at 28 Appleton St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

11. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

11A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Financial Order:  ONE HUNDRED AND ___________ AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 2 OF THE
REVISED CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF HOLYOKE,
MASSACHUSETTS 1997
AN ORDINANCE
Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Holyoke as follows:
SECTION 1. Division 4 entitled “City Auditor” of Article II entitled “Officers
and Employees Generally” of Chapter 2 entitled “Administration” of the Revised Code of
Ordinances of the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1997, as amended, is hereby further
amended by the following:
ADDING:
At the end of Section 2-138(e) Departmental Revolving Funds
(e) Authorized Revolving Funds.
(9) Fire Department Stations Revolving Fund
(i) Fund Name. There shall be a separate fund called the Fire
Department Stations Revolving Fund for the use of the Holyoke
Fire Department.
(ii) Revenues. The city Auditor shall establish the Fire Department
Stations Revolving Fund as a separate account and credit to the fund
lease payments received from Action Ambulance providers for the
use of various fire department stations in the city.
(iii) Purposes and Expenditures. During each fiscal year, the Holyoke Fire
Chief may incur liabilities against and spend monies from the Fire
Department Stations Revolving Fund for the specific and sole purpose
of making necessary building repairs, and maintenance, and the
purchase of supplies and equipment at fire department stations
throughout the city.
The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the fund
during the fiscal year shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected
during the fiscal year.
(iv) Fiscal Years. The Fire Department Stations Revolving Fund shall
operate for fiscal years that begin on or after July 1, 2018.
SECTION 2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are
hereby repealed.
SECTION 3. This ordinance shall take effect upon passage. Recommend that the order be adopted

11B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special permit application submitted by EMB Natural Ventures, LLC for the establishment of a marijuana facility for cultivation purposes at 140 Middle Water St. Holyoke MA 01040 Recommend that the order be adopted 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 rom the site to individual homes, residences or people

11C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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

11D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred 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

11E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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. Recommend that the order has been complied with

12. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

12A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 1459: DPW
  Recommend that the CBA be approved

12B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order   that the following actions take place to strengthen the financial condition of our City as per recommendations by our financial advisor Cinder McNerney:
-That a debt management stabilization fund be established.
-That a financial plan to improve the bond rating from A+ to AA be established
-That a minimum of 10% of the budget be maintained in the stabilization fund with a goal of increasing the fund to 15% of the budget prior to funds being used from the fund for other than emergency purposes. Recommend that the order be adopted and forwarded to the Mayor

12C. 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 “Veterans’ Heritage Grant 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

12D. 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 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 recommend that the order be denied

13. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

14. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

15A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant Applications
  Awaiting disposition

15B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Law Dept. update on the City receivership program Awaiting disposition

15C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Petition from Neighbor to Neighbor MA Education Fund regarding MOU between Holyoke Gas and Electric and Columbia Gas of Mato establish new pipeline infrastructure Awaiting disposition

15D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Communication dated 2/13/19 from Mayor Morse titled “Proposal for the former Geriatric Authority Property” Awaiting disposition

15E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Resolution opposing the expansion of gas infrastructure and calling for increased development and implementation of renewable and clean energy sources Awaiting disposition

15F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept the offer from the B2 Health, LLC to purchase the land and building located at 45 Lower Westfield Road and adjacent land for $250,000.00.  The properties are identified in Holyoke Assessor’s as Map 117, Block 00, Parcel 018 and Map 117, Block 00, Parcel 145.  The properties are more particularly described in Hampden  County Registry of Deeds in  Book 3658, Page 325 and Book 16921, Page 558. The parcel is zoned Multifamily residence .and professional office (RO) and is the former Holyoke Geriatric Authority.  Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council. Awaiting disposition

16. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

18. MCGEE — Order DPW/Mass DOT repave Northampton Street from Hampden to Mountain View.

19. MURPHY — Ordered that the city engineer examine the safety
LEBRON-MARTINEZ of the pedestrian walkways on Dwight Street both from
the city hall parking lot and Heritage Park to the
Proulx parking deck.  There have been concerns expressed
about cars not noticing the pedestrian signage, and
not yielding.  Is it possible to remove one or two
parking slots on Dwight Street to make the pedestrian
right of way more visible for drivers or provide some
other means of making the crossing safer?

20. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FFY 2019 PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST SAFETY GRANT 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.

21. MCGIVERIN — that the amount of ONE HUNDRED TEN AND 52/100 Dollars ($110.52) be authorized from the CITY SOLICITOR Department’s LITIGATION (11512-57600) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.

22. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FOUR THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED NINETY NINE AND 63/100 Dollars ($4,199.63) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS $4,199.63
TOTAL: $4,199.63
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $4,199.63
TOTAL: $4,199.63

23. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, NINE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN AND 73/100 Dollars ($9,487.73) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 PATROLMEN $9,487.73
TOTAL: $9,487.73
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $9,487.73
TOTAL: $9,487.73

24. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIX THOUSAND /100 Dollars ($6,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
15411-51202 PAY-HEALTH SERVICES $6,000.00
TOTAL: $6,000.00
TO:
*****-***** VETERANS HERITAGE GRANT $6,000.00
TOTAL: $6,000.00

25. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWENTY THOUSAND/100 Dollars ($20,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
15411-51202 PAY-HEALTH SERVICES $20,000.00
TOTAL: $20,000.00
TO:
11612-53420 POSTAGE $5,000.00
15432-57700 VETERANS BENEFITS 15,000.00
TOTAL: $20,000.00

26. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTEEN NINE HUNDRED FORTY EIGHT AND 41/100 Dollars ($518,948.41) as follows:

FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $518,948.41
TOTAL: $518,948.41
TO:
11512-57600 LITIGATION $518,948.41
TOTAL: $518,948.41

27. MURPHY — Ordered that the city solicitor offer an opinion regarding liability under the following circumstances.  After a snowstorm,
a homeowner clears their sidewalk within 24 hours.  However, 2 days later, the city plows the road again and pushes snow and ice back onto the sidewalk again.  Who would have liability if someone got hurt on that sidewalk after, and how long does the homeowner have to clear the walkway?

28. MURPHY — Ordered that no parking be allowed on the odd numbered side of Jackson Street from the corner of South Bridge Street to the alleyway.  

29. MURPHY — that the Police Department report on the frequency of accidents at intersections of Maple & Hampshire Sts. in the past year; Also that the city engineer examine ways to improve safety at the intersections.

30. SULLIVAN — The Retirement Board, Mayor, Treasurer, Auditor & Bond Counsel along with the Manager of Holyoke Gas & Electric be invited in to a meeting of the Finance Committee to discuss the merits and feasibility of a pension obligation bond (POB) annual cash flow savings to the City may exceed 5 Million Dollars.

31. SULLIVAN — That HG &E install a street light be placed on pole #2 on Stratford Rd.

32. SULLIVAN — That signs be placed at city entrances and strategic intersections which shall read; PLEASE DONATE ONLY TO RECOGNIZED CHARITIES.

33. VACON — that Rock Valley Road from Southampton Rd to the Southampton town line be repaired and re-surfaced.  Residents are reporting many potholes.

34. VACON — Our DPW Superintendent has recommended a sidewalk construction to close Sunset and Ashley Roads at Rt 202. The estimated cost is $25,000. Holyoke Community College agreed to participate in mitigation if the anticipated traffic problems became a reality.  Please seek funding support for the Sunset portion of this project and propose a temporary solution until funding is secured for a permanent project.

35. VACON — That a single disbursement from the Vacant Building
MURPHY Revolving Fund in the amount of $100,000.00 be utilized
for the demolition costs associated with 107 Clemente
Street.

36. VACON — That the limit on the total amount which may be expended
MURPHY from the Vacant Building Revolving Fund be amended
from $50,000.00 to $100,000.00 during each fiscal
year.

37. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Order that a residents only parking signs be place on Columbus Avenue. Residents have expressed concerns that parking for area businesses are parking along street, including driveways in some instances.

38. 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.

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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