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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on June 04, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Council Chambers, Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
June 4,2019

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: Proposal for 405 Main St.

2. From Auditor Tanya Wdowiak, updated budget for FY 2020.

3. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council minutes of May 21, 2019.

4. From Anthony Dulude, MAA Chief Assessor and Deborah J. Brunelle, MAA, Assessor, recertification of MAAO Professional Designation.

5. Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Holyoke and the Holyoke Deputy Fire Chief’s Association.

6. Memorandum of Agreement, Re: Chief official of Wires, National Service Officer.

7. From Jesus M. Pereira, Director of Veterans Services, submitting disclosure by municipal employee of financial interest in a municipal contract as required by G.L. c.268A, 20(b) for Damian Cote, Building Commissioner and Randy J. Malek, Commissioner of Holyoke Soldiers Memorial.

PETITIONS

8. Petition of Erin Kelly for a renewal of a home occupation for a Yoga Business at 123 Homestead Ave.

9. Petition of David Greenberg (Pawn Depot Inc) for a renewal of a Pawnbroker License at 448 Appleton St.

10. Petition of David Greenberg, (Pawn Depot Inc.) for a renewal of a second hand license at 448 Appleton St.

11. Petition for Pole and Wire Locations, The Gas & Electric Department 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) new pole located between properties 87-89 & 81-83 Waldo St. Holyoke, MA

*One (1) pole relocated 50ft north between properties 75-77 & 71 Waldo St. Holyoke, MA

12. Petition of High End Management Company for a Special permit for RMRE & MME (7.10.2) located at 110 Winter St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

13. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

13A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

13B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order : 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

13C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the DPW installs/Paints a Don’t Block the Box at the intersection of Southampton Road and Easthampton Road. Recommend that the order be approved Recommend that the order be adopted

13D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a no parking sign be installed near the driveway at 970 Hampden St. Recommend that the order has been complied with

13E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that no parking be allowed at 1470 Dwight St. in Front of Gates., Also that hash mark (striped lines) be painted in front of Gates on street. Recommend the recommendation of the City Engineer Recommend that the City Council adopt the recommendations of the engineer

13F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an 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. Recommend that the recommendation of the city engineer Recommend that the City Council adopt the recommendations of the engineer

13G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that The city install a crosswalk across Northampton St. near Washington Ave. and Lawler St. The purpose is to improve the safety of students getting to and from Metcalf School. Complied with Recommend that the order has been complied with

13H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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. Complied with Recommend that the order has been complied with

13I. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred 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

14. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

15. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

16. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

17A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application of Mony Tith for a new special permit for a Motor Vehicle Repair Garage (7.2.13)(a) at 2237 Northampton St. (Map 115 Block 00 Parcel 016A) Recommend that the Sp. Permit be approved with the following conditions:

1: Hours of operation shall be Monday through Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sunday 9am to 1pm

2. Should a customer car be kept for repair over night it must be stored indoors

17B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application of Mt. Tom Generating Co, LLC for a new Special Permit for construction or substantial improvements on existing structure in the Flood Overlay District (8.1.5) at 200 Northampton St. Awaiting disposition

17C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application of The Colvest Group for a Special Permit for a Commercial Drive Thru (7.1.6) at 1575 Northampton St. (Map 105 Block 00 Parcel 061) ) Awaiting disposition

18. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

18A. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order To approve the calling of a debt exclusion ballot question, the following order can be used:
RESOLUTION and ORDER pursuant to the provisions of G.L. c.59, § 21Cthis _________ day of ________________, 2019
(1) that the City of Holyoke, pursuant to G.L.c. 59, § 21C(k), shall seek voter approval at the next [regular][special] election on September 24, 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 of indebtedness, issued by the City of Holyoke to pay costs of designing, constructing, furnishing and equipping a new elementary school of approximately 105,870 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 elementary school of approximately 107,038 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;  (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 elementary 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 elementary 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?
Yes ____ No ____ Recommend that the order be amended to replace “shall seek voter approval at the next [regular][special] election on September 24, 2019” With: “shall seek voter approval at the next [regular] election November 5th, 2019
Recommend that the amended order be referred to the full Council without a recommendation

18B. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the following ballot question and summary be placed on the ballot for a special election on April 30, 2019 or another date voted on by the City Council.

Ballot Question
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 bond issued in order to build two new middle schools in the City? 
            Yes __________     No ___________
and provided, further, that said question shall be deemed approved if a majority of the persons voting thereon shall vote “yes”.

Summary of Question
On December ____ 2018, the Holyoke City Council voted, without taking a position, to place a question on the ballot which will allow the voters to decide whether or not the City shall be allowed a temporary exclusion of the levy limit for purposes of raising funds to pay debt service costs to finance the development project for two new middle schools in the City. The exclusion of the levy limit shall cease at the time the bond is repaid in full. The question will be approved and the debt exclusion accepted if a majority of the voters voting on the ballot question vote “yes Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

18C. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Ordered: “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______________.
  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

20. MCGEE — that the Tax Collector and contracted provider for the excise tax bill come before the City Council to address constituents issues on not receiving their bill and then being assessed a late fee. Also, please provide the council with a copy of the contract the city has with the provider with in 7 days.

21. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, NINE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHT AND 00/100 Dollars ($9,988.00) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51105 PLUMBING & GAS INSPECTOR $2,488.00
12401-51106 WIRE INSPECTOR 7,500.00
TOTAL: $9,988.00
TO:
12401-51103 CHIEF OFFICIAL OF WIRES $9,988.00
TOTAL: $9,988.00

22. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND TWENTY AND 00/100 Dollars ($27,020.00) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51500 VACATION BUYBACK $1,770.00
16101-51510 SICK BUYBACK 1,100.00
16101-51114 COMPUTER COORDINATOR 1,500.00
16101-51107 LIBRARY ASSISTANT 18,000.00
16101-51111 LIBRARY ASSISTANT – NIGHT 2,000.00
16101-51109 CUSTODIAN 1,200.00
16101-51104 CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN 1,000.00
16101-51105 CATALOGUER 450.00
TOTAL: $27,020.00
TO:
16101-51113 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – LIBRARY $27,020.00
TOTAL: $27,020.00

23. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED ELEVEN AND 86/100 Dollars ($1,811.86) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51104 LIEUTENANTS $1,811.86
TOTAL: $1,811.86
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $1,811.86
TOTAL: $1,811.86

24. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, /100 Dollars ($5,259.34) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS $5,295.34
TOTAL: $5,259.34
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $5,295.34
TOTAL: $5,259.34

25. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FIVE THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($5,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
15101-51103 SANITARIAN II $5,000.00
TOTAL: $5,000.00
TO:
15102-53010 PROFESSIONAL HEALTH SERVICES $5,000.00
TOTAL: $5,000.00

26. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FFY 2019 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT” 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.

27. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SEVEN THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED TWENTY THREE AND 00/100 Dollars ($7,923.00) as follows:

FROM:
14101-51106 CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR $7,923.00
TOTAL: $7,923.00
TO:
14101-51106 SENIOR CIVIL ENGINEER $7,923.00
TOTAL: $7,923.00

28. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, FORTY FIVE THOUSAND THIRTY TWO AND 00/100 Dollars ($45,032.00) as follows:

FROM:
14261-51102 MOTOR EQUIPMENT REPAIRMAN $45,032.00
TOTAL: $45,032.00
TO:
14301-51102 HEAVY MOTOR EQUIPMENT OPERATOR $45,032.00
TOTAL: $45,032.00

29. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIX THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY AND 61/100 Dollars ($6,940.61) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** FREE CASH $6,940.61
TOTAL: $6,940.61
TO:
11631-51103 ASST REGISTRAR OF VOTERS $4,099.23
11631-51105 ELECTIONS CLERK 1,391.38
11631-51201 BOARD OF REG. COMM. 1,350.00
11611-51240 PAY- TEMPORARY/SEASONAL 100.00
TOTAL: $6,940.61

30. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, EIGHTY EIGHT THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED NINE DOLLARS/100 Dollars ($88,909.00) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** FREE CASH $74,109.00
11451-51105 FLOATING CLERK – TREASURER 14,800.00
TOTAL: $88,909.00
TO:
11512-53010 LITIGATION $88,909.00
TOTAL: $88,909.00

31. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, THIRTEEN THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY THREE AND 92/100 Dollars ($13,453.92) as follows:

FROM:
11452-53050 LAND COURT $13,453.92
TOTAL: $13,453.92
TO:
17524-59290 SHORT TERM DEBT $13,453.92
TOTAL: $13,453.92

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

FROM:
15411-51202 PAY-HEALTH SERVICES – COUNCIL ON AGING $26,000.00
TOTAL: $26,000.00
TO:
19402-57400 PROPERTY INSURANCE $26,000.00
TOTAL: $26,000.00

33. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SEVENTY NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR AND 57/100 Dollars ($79,474.57) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** FREE CASH $79,474.57
TOTAL: $79,474.57
TO:
19141-51999 HEALTH INSURANCE $79,474.57
TOTAL: $79,474.57

34. MURPHY — Ordered that all department heads submit to the city
VACON council their expected capital improvement needs for
the next five years.  These reports should include
the rationale for these projects, the estimated potential
costs for each expenditure and the urgency of each,
noting on a scale of 1-4 with 1 the most pressing
need.

35. MURPHY — Ordered that the finance committee of the city council
VACON meet to discuss earmarking the income derived from
the marijuana industries host agreements and tax revenues
as follows: 20% deposited into the stabilization fund;
45% deposited into a capital improvement fund; 35%
deposited into the general fund.

36. MURPHY — Ordered that the contract with Zip Cars be reviewed to determine why the city is not receiving any revenue from this enterprise and what can be changed to make sure the city receives an appropriate payment for allowing this company special parking privileges downtown.

37. MURPHY — Ordered that the mayor, the school receiver, and the law department work together to provide a legal, contractual  commitment for the school department to provide a payment of $1 million each year towards the bond payment for two middle schools should the debt exclusion question be approved.  Please report the status of this discussion to the city council by September 17th.

38. SULLIVAN — That the Honorable Holyoke City Council approve a grant to One Holyoke CDC as recommended by the Community Preservation Committee in the amount of $32,000 for project at 43 Canal St.  

39. VALENTIN — That Chief Pond be invited to an ordinance Committee
MURPHY meeting to discuss an incentive program for six (6)
family and above residential properties installing
or upgrading a compliant monitored fire protection
system in their property.

40. BARTLEY — That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from Nueva Esperanza, Inc. to purchase the surplus City owned land located at 405 – 407 Main Street for $1,000.  The land is approximately 2,614 square feet in size and is identified in the Holyoke Assessors records as Map 028, Block 07, Parcel 002. The property was awarded to the City by a Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22181, Page 379 and is further described deeds Book 9288, Page 3.  The property is zoned Highway Business (BH) and has an assessed value of $24,800.  Mayor’s acceptance letter has been submitted to the Council. (parcel map, assessor card and proposal attached)

41. BARTLEY — The City of Holyoke consider joining the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control District to continue the efforts of the city’s Board of Health to prevent human impact against West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. There is a minimum enrollment cost of $5,000.00 for surveillance, outreach and education. Refer to Finance and copy to Board of Health.

42. BARTLEY — The DPW install a clearer/larger No Left Turn or Do Not Enter sign at the entrance to Kmart Plaza from Whiting Farms Rd.

43. BRESNAHAN — that the city council being given a tour within 30 days of this order of the top floor of the city hall and all rooms as wells as the basement of city hall to visualize the conditions off said areas.

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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