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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on May 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall, City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
May 21,2019

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. FY2020 Municipal Budget

2. Ordered, that the City appropriates the amount of one hundred thirty-one million, four hundred forty-six thousand, eight hundred four Dollars ($131,446,804) for the purpose of paying costs of designing, site preparation, including demolition and abatement as necessary, constructing, furnishing and equipping a new middle school of approximately 105,440 square feet, more or less, to be constructed on the open block bounded by Cabot, Chestnut, Hampshire and Elm Streets in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and a new middle school of approximately 105,480 square feet, more or less, to be constructed on the site of the existing William R. Peck School located at 1916 Northampton Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto (the “Projects”), each of which school facilities shall have an anticipated useful life as an educational facility for the instruction of school children for at least 50 years, and for which the City may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), said amount to be expended under the direction of the School Building Committee. To meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under M.G.L. c. 44, or pursuant to any other enabling authority. The City acknowledges that the MSBA’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any project costs the City incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the City; provided further that any grant that the City may receive from the MSBA for the Projects shall not exceed the lesser of (1) eighty and zero hundredths percent (80.00%) of eligible, approved project costs, as determined by the MSBA, or (2) the total maximum grant amount determined by the MSBA; and that the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this vote shall be reduced by any grant amount set forth in the Project Funding Agreement that may be executed between the City and the MSBA. Any premium received 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 M.G.L. c. 44, §20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount. The Treasurer is authorized to file an application with the appropriate officials of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (the “Commonwealth”) to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all bonds or notes of the City authorized by this order and to provide such information and execute such documents as such officials of the Commonwealth may require in connection therewith. No amounts shall be borrowed or expended hereunder unless the City shall have voted to exempt from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued pursuant to this order.
—> Received and laid on the table.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC & Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council minutes of May 7, 2019.

4. A Communication that a portion of Hadley Mills Road as described below be discontinued and abandoned under Section 78-81 et. seq. of the Holyoke Code of Ordinances.

5. From Alicia Zoeller, letter re: FFY2019 Spreadsheet-Community Development Block Grant.

6. From Economic Development & Industrial Corporation annual & regular minutes of November 14, 2018.

7. From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority annual & regular minutes of November 7, 2018.

8. From Board of Fire Commissioner minutes of April 17, 2019.

PETITIONS

9. Petition of Arnaldo Ravento Lopez for a home occupation for a food truck to be located at 222 Pine St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

10. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

10A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition of Candy Villaronga for a street Vendor license in front of 56 Adams St. Recommend that the application be approved with the conditions that the hours of operation be from Wed. to Sat. 8am to 4pm from May to November

10B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a school zone speed limit sign very similar to the sign located at Lawrence School be placed in front of Metcalf School, at the crosswalk Northampton Street. and all Schools be reviewed. Recommend that the order has been complied with

10C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the DPW place the following sidewalks on the list for spring projects.  East side South Bridge Street from S Canal to Jackson Street; South side of Jackson Street from S Summer to S Bridge; North Side of Sargeant Street from S Bridge to S East St. Recommend that the order has been complied with

10D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred that the City of Holyoke install appropriate signage and School Zone warning lights near the following schools on Northampton St.: Center School, Metcalf School and Blessed Sacrament School, and also at EN White School Recommend that the order has been complied with

10E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition of Arnaldo Ravento Lopez of 222 Pine St. for a street vendor license to be located at 436 High St Awaiting disposition

10F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition of Jesus Feliciano of 261 Elm St. for a street vendor license Awaiting disposition

10G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special Permit application of Buudda Brothers for a Marijuana Establishment and Recreational Marijuana Retail (RMRE & MME) 7.10.2 at 604 Main St. (Map 026 Block 02 Parcel 007) Awaiting disposition

10H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order for a Handicap application for Mr. William Vasquez for 16 Cabot St. Awaiting disposition

10I. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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” Awaiting disposition

11. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

11A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, EIGHT THOUSAND NINETY SIX AND 00/100 Dollars ($8,096.00) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51117      E911 DISPATCHER                                                                            $6,530.00
12101-51204      PT CLERKS                                                                                       1,566.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $8,096.00
TO:
12101-51203      PT DISPATCHER                                                                               $6,530.00
12101-51120      BUILDING MAINTENANCE                                                                1,566.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $8,096.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

11B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the Council order for boiler and window replacements at Kelly Elementary School and window replacements at Sullivan and Morgan Elementary Schools, approved on April 18,  2018, be modified to include removal, purchase, and installation, of new AC units in public school facilities within the City of Holyoke within the original $13,797,581.00 appropriation.   Recommend that the order be adopted

11C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Council order for traffic signal replacement approved on September 5, 2018 be modified to include purchasing and installing school zone traffic signals at the Metcalf School on Northampton Street and Dean School on Main Street.   School zone signals at other schools may be included subject to funding being available within the original $1,400,000 appropriation.   Recommend that the order be adopted

11D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of. $ 120,000 to Voces Esperanza.  Funds are to be use for interior renovation at 123 Pine Recommend that the order be adopted

11E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order 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:

FROM:
12201-51105      PAY-FIREFIGHTERS                 $87,500.00
                        TOTAL: $87,500.00
TO:
15102-53103      ANIMAL CONTROL – BOH                     $87,500.00
                        TOTAL: $87,500.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

11F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FIFTEEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY SIX AND 00/100 Dollars ($15,896.00) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105      FIREFIGHTER                                                                                    $15,896.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $15,896.00
TO:
12201-51101      FIRE CHIEF                                                                                       $15,896.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $15,896.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

11G. 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 HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($500.00) as follows:

FROM:
12402-53010      OTHER CONTRACTED SERVICES                                                    $500.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $500.00
TO:
12401-51300      OVERTIME                                                                                        $500.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $500.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

11H. 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 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 Recommend that the order be adopted

11I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETEEN AND 33 /100 Dollars ($1,219.33) as follows:

FROM:
15432-57100      IN STATE TRAVEL – VETERANS SERVICES                                         $1187.20
15432-53190      EDUCATION & TRAINING – VET SERV.                                             32.13
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $1,219.33
TO:
19202-57200      OUT OF STATE TRAVEL                                                                   $1,219.33
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $1,219.33 Recommend that the order be adopted

11J. 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 AND 00/100 Dollars ($6,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
12942-52410      R & M VEHICLES                                                                               $5,000.00
12942-52420      R & M OTHER                                                                                    500.00
12942-54900      SUPPLIES, SMALL TOOLS/EQUIPMENT                                            500.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $6,000.00
TO:
16502-52410      R & M VEHICLES                                                                               $6,000.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $6,000.00
  Recommend that the order be adopted

11K. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TEN THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($10,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105      FIREFIGHTERS                                                                                  $10,000.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $10,000.00
TO:
12201-51104      LIEUTENANTS                                                                                   $10,000.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $10,000.00
  Recommend that the order be adopted

11L. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, THIRTY THOUSAND  AND 00/100 Dollars ($30,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
12941-51104      TREE CLIMBER                                                                                 $30,000.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $30,000.00
TO:
12942-53010      CONTRACT FORESTRY SERVICES-OTHER                                         $30,000.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $30,000.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

11M. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, THREE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FORTY SEVEN AND 77/100 Dollars ($3,547.77) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51113      ASSISTANT LIBRARY DIRECTOR                                                      $3,547.77
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $3,547.77
TO:
16101-51107      LIBRARY ASSISTANT                                                                        $3.547.77
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $3,547.77 Recommend that the order be adopted

11N. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWENTY NINE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR AND 00/100 Dollars ($29,324.00) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51101      SOLICITOR                                                                                        $29,324.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $29,324.00
TO:
11511-51102      ASST. SOLICITOR                                                                              $29,324.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $29,324.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

11O. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWENTY SIX THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTEEN AND 00/100 Dollars ($26,815.00) as follows:

FROM:
14261-51106      POLICE FLEET MECHANIC                                                                $26,815.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $26,815.00
TO:
12102-52410      R & M MOTOR VEHICLES                                                                 $26,815.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $26,815.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

11P. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order a request that any monies spent for Roca services are presented to the City Council Recommend that the order has been complied with

11Q. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the Assessor and/or Tax Collector inform the council of how many tax-exempt properties exist within the City and provide us with a list of those businesses/entities.  Please submit report within 3 weeks Recommend that the order has been complied with

11R. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an 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? Recommend that the order has been complied with

12. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

13. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

14A. 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 an offer from Jah Jan, LLC to purchase and redevelop the City owned land located at 689 Main Street for $40,000.  The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessors records as Map 055, Block 00, Parcel 009 and described as a vacant lot approximately 20,343 square feet (.47 acre) in size.  The property is zoned General Industry (IG) and has an assessed value of $24,600. Additional information is attached. Recommend that the order be adopted

14B. 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 an offer of $1,000 from Eureka Enterprises, LLC to purchase and redevelop the City owned building at 144 High Street. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessors records as Map 013, Block 02, Parcel 004 and described as two-story 5,460 square foot building situated on 3,354 square feet of land.  The property is zoned as Downtown Business (BC) and has an assessed value of $82,400.  Additional information is attached. Recommend that the order be adopted

14C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that in order to allow for development and redevelopment of properties in the area in alignment with existing City plans; provide cohesiveness to the area and bring those parcels further into conformity, the following parcels be zone changed as shown in the following table:

PARCEL ID        OWNER                 PROPOSED        CURRENT USE
011-07-008         N.E. Telephone         RO to BC            parking lot

011-07-009         N.E. Telephone         RO to BC            parking lot

011-07-010         N.E. Telephone         RO to BC            telephone exchange station

011-10-002         2nd Cong. Church     RO to BC            religious

011-10-003         Foley Property           RO to BC            educational property

011-10-005         Foley Property           RO to DR            parking lot

011-10-006         Alecto Realty Trust    RO to DR            Two-Family

011-10-007         LC2 Holyoke LLC      RO to DR            developable land

011-10-008         LC2 Holyoke LLC      RO to DR            developable land Recommend that the order be referred to Ordinance Committee

14D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Development and Government Relations committee meet with the director of the office of planning and development, the director of the community development office, and representatives from the Holyoke Housing Authority, One Holyoke, Valley Opportunity Council, Nueva Esperanza, a Representative form redevelopment authority and other interested parties to discuss the short and long term plans for improving the Churchill neighborhood.  At this meeting, the following areas should be discussed specifically: corner of Jackson & Maple Street, vacant lot; corner of Jackson and Chestnut Street, vacant lot; corner of Franklin and Chestnut Street, vacant lot, corners of Hampshire and Elms Street, vacant lots, parts of Walnut Street between Sargeant and Hampshire, vacant lots and poorly maintained properties, and Commercial Street, vacant lots between Sargeant and Jackson Streets.  Goal is to move the process to a recommended action, and help create a timeline for what can and should be done, and by which agencies. Recommend that the order has been complied with

14E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Petition from Neighbor to Neighbor RE MOU between Holyoke Gas and Electric and Columbia Gas MA to establish new pipeline infrastructure. Recommend that the petition be given leave to withdraw without prejudice per the request of the petitioner

15. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

17. LEAHY — that a representative from Roca come before the Public
MURPHY Service subcommittee. We are looking for a overview
of their services and the great work they are doing
for the Cities Department of Public Works.

18. MCGEE — Ordered that the City Council appointment for the Community Preservation Act Committee be posted. The position will be vacated upon the expiration of the two year term of Mr. Andrew McMahon who will not seek another term on the board.

19. MCGEE — Ordered that the Chapter 2, Section 2-336 (c) be amended to include the words, “with the exception of food vendors with the appropriate permits from the state, Board of Health and Department of Public Works.”

20. MCGEE — That a proclamation be given to Barry J. Farrell for being honored as the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce’s 2018-2019 Business Person of the Year.

21. MCGEE — order that the law department, building commissioner, Mayor, and board of health review the MHA project at 11 Yale Street.  Please provide the city with an opinion on if the project violates the Dover Amendment or if the project goes outside the scope of the amendment (please see McLean Hospital Corp. v. Town of Lincoln). Also, provide the city with guidance on if the city has any authority over such projects. This is a request from several constituents.

22. MCGEE — order that State Representative Vega and Senator Humason request a moratorium on group home projects in the city of Holyoke and request that group homes be evenly place throughout the commonwealth.
This is a request from several constituents.

23. MCGEE — That the City Council look into placing a history marker on the corner of Cabot St. and South Summer St. to describe the medal of honor recipients that lived in the said area. Please invite in Mr. Jim Bronson to a sub-committee.

24. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($450,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $450,000.00
TOTAL: $450,000.00
TO:
11512-87600 LITIGATION $450,000.00
TOTAL: $450,000.00

25. MURPHY — Ordered that the mayor, the law department, police
BRESNAHAN chief, building commissioner, board of health director
and any other parties that might help in a discussion
for the city to take action against the owner of the
following properties: 173 Elm St/365 Appleton St and
556 S Bridge Street.  The properties appear to be
owned by the same landlord and rate the highest number
of police calls for residential properties in the
city.  

26. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($68,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
11452-53040 BORROWING CERTIFICATION $68,000.00
TOTAL: $68,000.00
TO:
11512-53010 PROFESSIONAL SERV.-SPECIAL COUNSEL $68,000.00
TOTAL: $68,000.00

27. MURPHY — Ordered that the building department and the board of health secure the structure at 616 S Summer St, and that the building review committee consider the demolition of this building asap unless there are immediate plans to rehab the building.  The entire property is unkempt, and the garage section appears open to drug activity and other health related problems.
Please report on the status of the building by June 18th to the city council indicating what the plans are for the property.

28. MURPHY — Ordered that the public service committee meet with the director of the senior center, the superintendent of the DPW, the city engineer, and the director of planning and development, to discuss the parking needs at the senior center and the potential solutions to those problems, including a discussion on the status of the Armory property. 

29. MURPHY — Ordered that the DPW and the city engineer consider ways to improve the safety at pedestrian crosswalks at Beech and Hampshire and Pine and Sargeant Streets.  Is it possible to highlight the crosswalks as have been done on Lower Westfield Road for the bicycle lanes?  Could a barrel with flashing light be placed on the center line?

30. MURPHY — Ordered that the committee reviewing the status of dangerous buildings provide the city council a report of all  buildings now marked with a red X, including ownership and if there are plans for those buildings in the near future. Also, if possible, an estimate of what it would cost to demolish each of these buildings. 

31. MURPHY — “Resolution and order pursuant to the provisions of G.L. c.59, 21C this ___________day of_______________2019

(1) that the City of Holyoke, pursuant to G.L.c.59, 21C(k), shall seek voter approval at the next general election on November, 2019 to assess taxes in excess of the amount allowed pursuant to G.L. 59, 21C for the payment of principal and interest on bonds, notes or certificates on indebtedness, issues by the City of Holyoke to pay costs of designing, constructing, furnishing and equipping a new middle school of approximately 105,460 square feet, more or less, to be constructed on the open block bounded by Cabot, Chestnut, Hampshire and Elms Streets in Holyoke, Massachusetts, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto:

(2) to that end, the city clerk is hereby directed to place the following question on the ballot:
 
“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 bonds issued in order to pay costs of designing, constructing, furnishing and equipping a new middle school of approximately 105,460 square feet, more or less, to be constructed on the open block bounded by Cabot, Chestnut, Hampshire and Elms Streets in Holyoke, Massachusetts, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto?”
Yes_________________No______________.

32. VACON — that the City Auditor provide a summary spread sheet indicating all current bonds and include those that have been approved but not yet purchased.  Please provide annual costs of the current bonds and the projected annual costs for the new bonds.
Please provide a summary of our total obligation and what borrowing capacity remains.

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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