Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on March 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Council Chambers Holyoke, MA
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
LAID ON THE TABLE
1. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant Applications
recommend that the City Council adopt the DGR recommendations for FY 2019 Community Development Block Grant and adopt the attached resolution. With the following conditions:
1: Community Policing: minimum number of walking patrols should be 55
2: Paper City Basketball: to develop this organizations Grant management capacity the OCD should be responsible for payment and processing of all invoices as opposed to releasing funds to PCB
3: Police Dept. drop off center: any leases for real property must be reviewed and approved by the City Council
2. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Mary Morris, 15 Oakwood Ave. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Morris will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2022.
3. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to the City Council minutes of Special Meeting and Regular Meeting of March 5, 2019.
4. From John J. Ferriter, Esquire letter re: Notice of Community Outreach Meeting, Holyoke Green Growers LLC – 18-20 Water St.
5. From Holyoke Taxpayers Association invitation to Annual Meeting.
6. Petition of Frank Ferrini for a renewal of a Second hand license at 375 Whitney Ave.
7. Petition of Ivory Billiards, Thomas Lucchessi for a renewal of 19 pool tables and 1 billiard table at 151 Chestnut St.
8. Petition of William F. Sullivan & Co, Inc. for a renewal of a Junk Dealer’s License at 107 Appleton St.
9. Petition of William F. Sullivan & Co, Inc. for a renewal of a Junk Dealer’s License at 1 Jed Days Landing.
10. Petition of Joseph Harfoush for a renewal of a Livery License vehicle garaged at 395 Maple St.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
11. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
11A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special Permit Application for a the use of a temporary storage unit at 50 Holyoke St. in the White Lot for United Tractor Trailer School Recommend that Special Permit be approved under the following conditions:
1. That the storage structure be properly maintained
2. That the storage structure be be aesthetically pleasing in nature
11B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 136 Beech St. for Mary Ellen Krajewski Recommend that the order be adopted
11C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 15 School St. for Audrina Sullivan Recommend that the order be adopted
11D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 149 Essex St. for Carlos Espada Recommend that the order be adopted
11E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 156 Linden St. Apt. 2R for Alba C. Torres Recommend that the order be adopted
11F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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.” Recommend that the order be adopted
11G. 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
11H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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. Recommend that the order be approved
11I. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 156 Linden St. Apt 1L for Ivette Avellanet Recommend that the order be denied
12. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
13. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
13A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order 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. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order 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. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the DPW Superintendent and City Engineer look at making the top of Hitchcock St (where it merges with Westfield Rd.) safer. This would include possibly limiting parking on the south side of Hitchcock St. and eliminating or moving the PVTA bus stop as well as trimming or ordering the removal the hedges at 97 Hitchcock St to allow for better visibility. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13D. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the public safety committee meet with representatives from the police department, the district attorney’s office, the law department, and the building commissioner, to determine if buildings owned by certain landlords have a history of greater tendency of criminal drug activity than others. If that is the case, to discuss what legal means are available to hold that landlord fully accountable, and improve the quality of life for all of its residents. Recommend that the order has been complied with
13E. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order 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. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
15. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
16. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
16A. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred a Resident’s petition in support of a non-binding ballot question as to whether HG&E should offer fiber optic internet for purchase by residents. Petition also implores HG&E to conduct a feasibility study for a gradual rollout. Recommend that the non-binding ballot question be approved
16B. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order The City Council create a Home Rule Petition that limits the Executive branch/Mayor to asking only one government body (such as City Council or Holyoke Redevelopment or HEDIC or Holyoke Housing Authority) to purchase, declare surplus or take via eminent domain any real property. The home rule petition would mandate the Mayor/Executive branch gets only one bite at the apple: once a vote is made then that shall remain in effect for two years. The purpose is to effectuate the governing body’s vote and the intent of the City Charter, City ordinance and MA general laws, that the City Council maintain a decision-making role in all matters concerning real property affecting the City of Holyoke. This order comes because of a recent $30,000 purchase of 515-519 Dwight St. (directly across the street from City Hall) by the Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) recorded 11/30/17 (See attached property deed). Earlier that year, the City Council, at a vote of committee on June 5, 2017, and a vote of the full Council on June 6, 2017, by an 8-3 margin, denied taking 515-19 Dwight St. via eminent domain. However, the Mayor and director of OPED persuaded the HHA to procure the site for $30,000 from the property owner via a straight purchase and sale agreement. The deed to HHA from the site owner was recorded 11/30/17 at Book 21967, Page 228, in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. Thereafter, the City of Holyoke, via CDBG funds, not approved by Holyoke City Council but given approval by HUD, reimbursed HHA via a check dated 1/29/18. Lastly, I note for the City Council record that the HHA has four members appointed by the Mayor and one by the Governor. Recommend that the order has been complied with
16C. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City amend its Charter to replace the Mayor as the Chair of the School Committee, and make the Mayor and Ex-Officio member. Allowing the School Committee to Elect it’s own Chair. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
17. Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
18. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWELVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY SEVEN AND 82/100 Dollars ($12,537.82) as follows:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS $12,537.82
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $12,537.82
19. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWENTY TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED THIRTY AND 5/100 Dollars ($22,930.05) as follows:
12401-51106 PAY- WIRE INSPECTOR $22,930.05
12402-53050 INSPECTIONS – ELECTRICAL $22,930.05
20. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, THREE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED NINE AND 86/100 Dollars ($3,409.86) as follows:
12101-51107 PATROLMEN $3,409.86
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $3,409.86
21. MCGIVERIN — The City Council Finance Committee meet with the Police Department to discuss leasing police cruisers.
22. MURPHY — Ordered that the mayor provide the funding needed for the upgrade of the electrical systems at Wistariahurst. The current system prevents the Museum from doing some business, but also poses a threat to personnel safety, and increases the threat of loss by fire.
23. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the Community Preservation Act Committee and award a grant in the amount of $75,000 for the restoration of stained glass windows in the Holyoke City Hall. (Historic Commission, DPW & Friends of Holyoke City Hall)
24. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $359,689 to the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club. Replacement of outdoor basketball courts, bleachers, construction of shade pavilions, playground improvement, splash pad, and green space all located between Newton & Nick Cosmos Way
25. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $177.900 for the acquisition of Gloutak Woods Conservation Land consisting of 52.5 acres of undeveloped land. (Holyoke Conservation Commission, Kestral Land Trust)
26. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $500 for the restoration of the City Hall Annex Lanterns. (Historic Commission, DPW)
27. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $5,300 for the restoration of grave stones at the Smith’s Ferry Cemetery. (Parks & Rec, Historic Commission)
28. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $50,000 for pointing and facade work at 348 Chestnut St. (Voces de esperanza).
29. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $50,000 for window and facade work at 337 Chestnut St. (Voces de Esperanza).
30. SULLIVAN — that a representative from the Holyoke School Department be invited to discuss the cost of lighting & Janitorial services charged for the use of facilities for the Youth Athletic Program.
31. TALLMAN — that no parking be allowed at 1470 Dwight St. in Front
ANDERSON-BURGOS of Gates., Also that hash mark (striped lines) be
painted in front of Gates on street.
32. VALENTIN — That the City Council, in Chapter 42, Article I, Section 18, modify the plan review fee on the last line of the chart to state that “the 5c per square foot is to be charged only on the portion of the premises where the work is being carried out”
33. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Order that “no turn on red” signs be placed on Hillside Avenue on both sides of the intersection approaching Cherry St. Accidents and near accidents are a concern for motorists.
34. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Order that “no parking here to corner” signs be placed 20 feet on each side of Isabella Street leading to Forer Avenue as well on Forer Avenue leading to Isabella Street. Area residents have observed that cars parked on the narrow corner makes it a driving hazard, and potentially dangerous if large emergency vehicles attempt to navigate the corner.
35. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Request a pedestrian safety study be done at the intersection of Northampton Street and Dwight Street. Pedestrians have expressed concerns that vehicles making a right on red from Northampton Street onto Dwight Street are failing to be cautious of pedestrians crossing Northampton Street, resulting in near hits.
36. BARTLEY — Ordered, that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws and the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances, vote to approve the Order of Taking for certain temporary easement takings and thus acquire by right of eminent domain, in consideration for just compensation unless previously waived, parcels identified as Temporary Easements (TE) 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 on the plan titled “Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division Transportation Improvement Project Improvements at Kelly Community School (SRTS)” in the City of Holyoke, Hampden County, Project No. 608790 for the public purpose of the completion of the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) project located on Appleton, Main and Crescent Streets. The nature of this taking requires a public hearing before the City Council pursuant to Section 78-83 of the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances. Please find the legal form of the Order of Taking, inclusive of property descriptions and plans, attached.
All temporary easements are offered as donations through Certificates of Donation.
37. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — An order for DPW to remove handicapped parking at 14 Center Street with approval of Disability commission. According to resident person is deceased and is no longer needed.
the following from Section 86-321 Schedule I: Parking
14 Center St. East A point 174 feet north of Lyman St. A point 9 feet farther north Diagonal Handicap parking
38. MCGEE — that a limited no parking sign be placed in front of 17 Beacon Ave (no parking from 7am to 8am and 3pm to 4pm) only during the week and not weekends.
39. MCGEE — that the City Council invite in Scott Macpherson to discuss updates for the media equipment in the chambers.
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 March 15, 2019 by Irma Lopez