Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on April 02, 2019 at 7:00 PM
536 Dwight St. City Hall, Council Chambers, Holyoke, MA 01040
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
1. Petition for Joint or Identical Pole Location Verizon New England, Inc. and Holyoke Gas & Electric Department, request permission to locate poles, wires, cables and fixtures, including the necessary anchors, guys and other such sustaining and protecting fixtures to be owned and used in common by your petitioners, along and across the following public way or ways:
Northampton Street: Relocate one (1) jointly owned pole numbered T.287/E.244 to a point on the easterly side of Northampton Street approximately one hundred seventy-two (172) feet southerly from the center line of Shawmut Avenue.
Reason: Relocate one (1) jointly owned pole on Northampton Street to accommodate and electric company upgrade; and to provide for the distribution of intelligence and telecommunications and for the transmission of high and low voltage electric current.
LAID ON THE TABLE
2. 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
3. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC letter re: Non-Binding Ballot Question.
4. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC minutes of March 19, 2019.
5. From Board of Commission minutes of February 20, 2019.
6. Invitation to attend the Sikh Flag Ceremony on April 13, 2019.
7. Petition of Life Essence, Inc. for a new Special permit for Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment (MME) at 56 Canal St.
8. Petition for a renewal of a home occupation for Karen Spear at 778 Homestead Ave, for a Nail Salon.
9. Petition of Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley, Inc. for a renewal of a second hand license at 235 South St.
10. Petition of Diego Munoz Torres for a renewal of a Second Hand License at 247 Main St.
11. Petition of Mimi Mai for a renewal of a Second Hand License at 326 Appleton St.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
12. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
13. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
14. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
14A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Building Commissioner along with the Board of Health Commissioner come in front of the Public Safety subcommittee to discuss the City Hall Annex. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order The Mayor provide an update to City Council by its second meeting in February on findings and recommendations of the Mayor’s task force to combat panhandling. The following is the Mayor’s press release from August 2017: “We had an initial meeting of a task force two weeks ago that included local and regional stakeholders to address this issue. It included the board of health, DPW, police chief, Councilor Lisi, staff from tapestry health, providence ministries, and the director of community housing for the region. We want to address root causes including homelessness and substance abuse, and work on a case by case basis to ensure the barriers faced by individuals are addressed by the appropriate partner in our community.” Refer to Public Safety and copy to Mayor. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order Holyoke has to get serious about cleaning up its image. Recommend to the Mayor that a street sweeper clean every street at least once annually and then as many other streets as possible twice annually. Refer to Mayor, Suez and DPW superintendent. Copy to Public Safety to track progress. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14D. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that Holyoke police department have an officer stationed an Jim’s Mobil on Northampton Street during the hours that buses are picking up and dropping off students to observe drivers ignoring the bus stopping to pick up and drop off students. Times to be confirmed by council and sent to police Recommend that the order has been complied with
14E. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order HPD set up traffic enforcement on Laurel St near the Willow St. “Y” to monitor speeding and revving engines. HPD set up speed and traffic enforcement as well as enforce the ‘no parking’ ordinance in the South St. area near Elmwood Towers. Please send reports to Public Safety for a hearing. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14F. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that HPD set up traffic enforcement at Mackintosh/Sherwood/Wedgewood/Russell Terrace and the South St. area between Northampton St. and Chapin St. for a few periods over the next month. Speeding is an ongoing concern of area residents. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14G. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the City Council request a speed study be conducted on Hillside Avenue to address a speeding issue expressed by multiple constituents. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14H. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that A study be done at the corner of Portland St & McKenzie St to see if suggestions can be made to improve safety. Many vehicles drive through the stop sign. Many close accidents have been witnessed by residents in the area. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14I. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order A constituent that resides at 156 Nonotuck St have been dealing with flooding issues for many years. Many years ago, when Mayor Sullivan was in office, this constituent had requested that a storm drain be placed at the dead end of the street to keep the water from flooding her property. It’s about time that this matter be taken seriously. It has become a hazardous liability especially in the winter when the water turns to ice Recommend that the order has been complied with
14J. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that sidewalks on even side of Beacon St. be repaired. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14K. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order 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. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14L. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order Change light to 5 minute delay at the intersection of Sunset and 202 or eliminate a left hand turn there. Drivers cutting through the neighborhood are rewarded by the light changing to green for them immediately. This is causing increased backups on 202 and Homestead leading to more drivers cutting through the neighborhood. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14M. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that flexible poles be installed in the road to prevent cars from crossing the double lines before the left lane turn lane begins from 202 to Homestead Ave. Recommend that the order has been complied with
14N. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that 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. Recommend that the order has been complied with
15. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
16. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
17. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
18. Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
19. MURPHY — Ordered that the City of Holyoke amend Section 7.10.4
BRESNAHAN Marijuana Facilities, Permitted Districts, to reduce
TALLMAN the distance requirement from any pre-existing public
or private school providing education in pre-kindergarten,
kindergarten or any grades 1 through 12; measured
from the lot lines of impacted properties to 200 feet
for cultivation factories only as permissible under
M.G.L. 94 g, section 5 (b)3. All other marijuana
functions would continue to require a 500 foot buffer.”
20. MURPHY — Ordered that the ordinance committee meet with the director of planning and development and other appropriate parties to discuss the current zoning in South Holyoke. The goal of this meeting would be to amend designated zoning to promote economic development and also enhance the residential redevelopment planned for the area. As is, current zoning is preventing several areas which have been vacated either by fire or demolition from being used effectively.”
21. MURPHY — “Ordered that the development and government relations committee meet to discuss the future status of the former Springdale Turn Hall. Is the building potentially able to be renovated and used as a neighborhood or recreation department resource? If so, at what cost? If it is not, is it a fire threat to the neighboring properties? What is the time frame for removing it? What is the estimated cost of demolition?”
22. SULLIVAN — THAT THE HONORABLE CITY COUNCIL APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT COMMITTEE AND AWARD A GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $100,000 TO THE MASSACHUSETTS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (MIFA). FUNDS ARE TO BE USED TO RESTORE 63 HISTORIC LIGHT FIXTURES AT THE VICTORY THEATER. FUNDS WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE LOCAL COMMITMENT NECESSARY TO HELP LEVERAGE THE REST OF THE FUNDS NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE THEATERS RESTORATION.
23. VACON — that our DPW Engineer evaluate the Primrose street area homes from #6-#14 to see if there is any way to reduce the water flow issues behind the homes affecting the back yards and driveways.
24. BARTLEY — Ordered that Section 86-322, Schedule I-A(c)(3) be amended to amend the parking fees for special events in the City.
25. BARTLEY — A do not block the box be inserted on Northampton St. at the top of Carlton St. in the southbound lane of Route 5. Refer to Ordinance.
26. BARTLEY — Please remove the handicap parking sign per the following
LEBRON-MARTINEZ resident’s request: “there is a handicap placard
space for 7 Center Street which is placed in front
of 14 Center the person that the handicap space was
issued for has passed away and there is no need for
the handicapped space.” Refer to Ordinance.
27. BARTLEY — That the DPW replace the sidewalks on the “odd” side of Clark St. Refer to DPW and the Mayor.
28. BARTLEY — The vendor that is using the space in City Hall formerly used by the office of Weights and Measures cease and desist operations. The Mayor and Law Dept. submit a formal request to the City Council for the use of that space and refer matter to DGR.
29. BARTLEY — The Mayor forward any contracts between the City of Holyoke and any consultants that were initiated in FY2019. The contracts provided should include any agreements between the City of Holyoke and any former City employee(s). Refer to Finance Committee.
30. BARTLEY — Now that it is the opinion of city leadership to go to a middle school system, the Mayor and the City Council consider taking the former Lynch School. Refer to DGR and copy to Charter and Rules.
31. BARTLEY — The DPW affix a “do not block driveways” sign to HG&E Pole #1 on Russell Terrace per request of building owner at 523 South St. Refer to DPW.
32. BARTLEY — That the public service committee conduct interviews
SULLIVAN for the new whiting reservior committee.
33. BRESNAHAN — Order that the tax collector report to the City Council to find out exactly or to their best estimate what the City will be getting in tax revenue from the marijuana industry here in the city?
34. BRESNAHAN — Order the DPW, Tax Collector/Treasurer report if the City is receiving any “tipping” fees from the trash transfer station on Main Street?, what if any has been collected so far and where is it going?
35. LISI — that the HPD and HFD come in to discuss any marijuana related incidents in the past 6 months and whether they see a need for any additional regulations that would help avoid similar problems in the future.
36. LISI — that the City Council consider signing on to a letter in support of the Holyoke Veterans Service Department’s grant application to provide case management support to Veterans in transitional housing who do not currently receive that support (see attached as example)
37. MCGEE — Order that DPW remove and replace the sidewalks (both sides) on Northampton Street from Vadnais to Mt. View Road. The sidewalks are in such bad condition they are a public safety matter.
38. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIX THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT AND 91/100 Dollars ($6,268.91) as follows:
12201-51105 PAY-FIREFIGHTERS $6,268.91
12201-51180 PAY-INJURED ON DUTY $6,268.91
39. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SEVEN THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FIFTY SIX AND 66/100 Dollars ($7,956.66) as follows:
12102-51107 PAY-PATROLMEN $7,956.66
12102-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $7,956.66
40. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,900.00) as follows:
12101-51117 PAY-E911 DISPATCHERS $2,900.00
12101-51203 PAY-PT DISPATCHERS $2,900.00
41. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY 2019-2020 STRATEGIC DEMOLITION FUND” 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.
42. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, THIRTEEN THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($13,000.00) as follows:
11351-51105 HEAD ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK $13,000.00
11352-53010 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES $13,000.00
43. MCGIVERIN — that the amount of TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($250.00) be authorized from the AUDIT/BOARD OF HEALTH/BOARD OF REGISTRAR Department’s PAY BOARD – BOARD OF HEALTH (15101-51201), SIX THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($5850) be authorized from the PAY COMMISSIONERS – BOARD OF REGISTRAR’S (11631-51201) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.
44. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIX THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($6,100.00) as follows:
11351-51105 PAY-HEAD ADMIN CLERK $6,100.00
15101-51201 BOARD MEMBERS – BOARD OF HEALTH $250.00
11631-51201 COMMISSIONERS – BOARD OF REGISTRAR’S 5,850.00
45. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, EIGHTY SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($87,500.00) as follows:
12201-51105 PAY-FIREFIGHTERS $87,500.00
15102-53103 ANIMAL CONTROL – BOH $87,500.00
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 29, 2019 by Irma Lopez