Holyoke City Council Meeting

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
September 3,2019

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, Mayors request re: Supplemental Budget.

2. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 131 Beech St. for Juan Colon Recommend that the order be adopted

3. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 372 Maple St. for Cynthia Y Hernandez De Leon Recommend that the order be adopted.

4. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that section 4.6.2.1 corner lot – be amended to allow Corner lots to erect and maintain a fence when such fence will have no impact on traffic, visibility, etc.
(4.6.2.1 Corner Lot No Fence shall be erected or maintained within the front or side yard setback of a corner lot as defined in Table 5.2 of the Zoning Ordinance in a manner which interferes with traffic visibility across the corner.) Recommend that the City Council adopt the recommendation of the Planning Board

5. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the a handicap sign be placed in back of 3 Laurel St. for Betty Hallenbeck Recommend that the order be adopted

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

6. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Marco Crescentini, 66 Fairfield Ave. to serve as an Alternate of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Crescentini will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on August 2022.

7. From Mayor Alex B. Morse communication re: Proposal for the city-owned land of Lower Westfield Rd.

8. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Matteo Riodato, 56 Fairfield Ave. to serve in Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission effective July 1, 2019: Mr. Riodato will serve a three year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2022.

9. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, Annual Financial Statements, Independent Auditor’s reports pursuant to Government Auditing Standards and Uniform Guidance and Management letter from Melanson and Heath.

10. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC & Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council minutes of August 6, 2019.

11. From Holyoke Board of Health minutes of June 6, 2019.

12. From Board of Public Works, Sewer Commission and Stormwater Authority minutes of June 17, 2019.

13. Invitation to Join Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse to the IVHF Mayor’s Reception to welcome the International Volleyball Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees, Award Winners, past Hall of Famers, VIP’s and Friends, Saturday November 8, 2019.

PETITIONS

14. Petition of Gomoto, LLC – Charles A. Theocles for a street vendor license for a mobile food truck.

15. Petition of Albert Bahadzhanov for a zone change from DR to IG for 40 Lyman St. & adjacent empty lot.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

16. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

16A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special permit application from The High End Management Co. to operate a Registered Marijuana Retail Establishment and Recreational Marijuana Cultivation Facility at 110 Winter St. Holyoke MA. (Map 031, 032 Block 01 Parcel 004, 009) Recommend that the application be approved with the following amendments / conditions

1. Application is amended to be for an MME (no retail)
2. 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
3. That the business retain a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for of non-security jobs
4. 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
5. There shall be no marijuana consumption to be allowed on site
6. There shall be no deliveries of retail or medical marijuana rom the site to individual homes, residences or people
7. That hours or operation be 8am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday.
8. Applicant must provide a fence to block access to the railroad track pending authorization from the abutting property owner

16B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that section 4.6.2.1 corner lot – be amended to allow Corner lots to erect and maintain a fence when such fence will have no impact on traffic, visibility, etc. Recommend that the order be adopted

16C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 86-321 Schedule I: Parking be amended to include the following on Canal St. to improve parking for DPW and its customers Recommend that the order be adopted

16D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that temporary speed humps be placed on Anderson Avenue, and that a speed study be done on the corner of Sycamore and Anderson. A resident living on Anderson noticed an increase in traffic using excessive speed coming around the blind corner from Anderson to Sycamore from the other end of Anderson as well as off of Carter Street. She is concerned for the safety of her young child as well as others. Recommend that the Council adopt the recommendations of the DPW and add a Slow Children sign

16E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City Engineer evaluate the placement of a four-way stop at the intersection of Locust and Sargeant Street. Request from residents Recommend that the order has been complied with

17. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

17A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby raised and appropriated in the fiscal year 2020, ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHT THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($1,788,325.00) as follows:

FROM:
18202-56513      CHARTER SCHOOL SENDING TUITION                        $36,716.00
                        TOTAL: $1,788,325.00
TO:
13001-51000      PERSONAL SERVICES             $1,493,219.00
18202-56511      SCHOOL CHOICE SENDING TUITION              331,822.00
                        TOTAL: $1,788,325.00 Recommend that the order be denied

17B. 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 “FY2019 MHC SURVEY & PLANNING ” 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

17C. 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 “MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY” 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

17D. 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 -ADDITIONAL FUNDING ” 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

17E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SIXTEEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($16,540.00) as follows:

FROM:
16102-52100      ENERGY OIL/GAS/ELECTRIC                $16,540.00
                        TOTAL: $16,540.00
TO:
16101-51114      COMPUTER COORDINATOR                $605.00
16101-51104      CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN                       1,125.00
16101-51113      ASSISTANT LIBRARY DIRECTOR                     1,150.00
16101-51101      LIBRARY DIRECTOR                6,410.00
16101-51107      LIBRARY ASSISTANT               4,650.00
16101-51111      LIBRARY ASSISTANT-EVENINGS                     $2,600.00
                        TOTAL: $16,540.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

18. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

19. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

21. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

21A. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Resident’s petition to request that the following non-binding question be placed on the ballot for the next general election, 11/5/19. “Should the City of Holyoke build one to two affordably-funded new Schools? Awaiting disposition

21B. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke amend its rules to add public comment as part of all committee meetings, allowing members of the public the opportunity to speak at all committee meetings.
  Awaiting disposition

21C. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order That the newly formed charter group look into the pros and cons of combining the personnel department with the school dept, HG&E, and other personnel offices in the city into one centralized human resource division. Awaiting disposition

21D. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that there is hereby established a finance department. Said finance department shall be responsible for the fiscal and financial affairs of the city and for the coordination and overall planning and supervision of all fiscal and financial activities of all city agencies. The finance department shall include the functions of assessing, auditing, collecting, purchasing and treasury. Awaiting disposition

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


MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

23. VACON — request that Police enforce “no parking” on Cherry
ANDERSON-BURGOS Street and Management of Beaudoin Village update Public
Safety Committee on status of parking for residents
there.

24. VACON — that the sunken manhole covers on Kane Road be repaired.  For DPW and Public Safety Committee.

25. VACON — ORDER: that 5.3.1 under section 5 of Dimensional Controls (zoning ordinance) be amended to add the BH zone so that height limitations in the BH zone may be exceeded by Special Permit when approved by the City Council in accordance with the following standards: 5.3.1.2 and 5.3.1.3.

26. VALENTIN — That the City Council rename Spring Street (between Race Street and Clemente Street) Betty Medina Street. This would be to honor the decades that Betty has dedicated to the Holyoke community, especially in her role as Executive Director of Enlace de Familias.

27. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Ordered that the lines dividing the lanes on the entire
VALENTIN stretch of Linden Street be repainted. Multiple constituents
have expressed concern that they have faded and it
often leads to hazardous traffic with drivers veering
between one side and the other.

28. ANDERSON-BURGOS — Ordered that the city council form a volunteer commission to study and recommend solutions to comprehensively address panhandling in the city of Holyoke. Members of the commission should have a range of backgrounds and expertise related to the various concerns and contributors to panhandling. These should include but not be limited to public safety, public health, employment, and education. 

29. BARTLEY — With the sale of 86 Lower Westfield Rd. the City has lost significant tax revenue. Order that the Mayor negotiate a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) with the new owner, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 104. Receiver and adopt and send copy to Finance Committee.

30. BARTLEY — The City Engineer make a recommendation to the city council regarding the crosswalk from Elmwood Towers across South St. There is parking on either side of the crosswalk and pedestrians cannot see the flow of traffic from the sidewalk.

31. BARTLEY — The DPW cut the grass in the tree belt along Whiting Farms Rd. from Northampton St. to Old Westfield Rd. as soon as possible.

32. BARTLEY — City of Holyoke post links on its website to all public transportation services including the new Amtrak Valley Flyer. 

33. BARTLEY — Dpw repair curbs on Queen St. Look particularly at #33, #41 and #47. I can meet City Engineer on site.

34. BARTLEY — That the Honorable City Council, In accordance with MGL c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept the offer from Yunyi Liu to purchase the City-owned 3,688 acres of land located at 45 Lower Westfield Road for $220,000.00. The land is a portion of the Former Geriatric Authority property and identified in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 117, Block 00, Parcel 045. The property is shown as Lot 2B on the plan recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 385, Page 104. The property is zoned Multifamily residence and professional offices (RO) and has an assessed value of $215,700. Additional information is attached.

35. BRESNAHAN — that the Building Department, Health Department and
LEAHY Police Department immediately investigate the condition
of the geriatric authority as complete doors are broken
open windows are open and it is evident that people
are getting full access to this property Then ensure
that this property is secured and remain secured for
the duration of its vacancy

36. LEAHY — Ordered that representatives from MIFA and the Victory Theatre come into the Public Service subcommittee to discuss the December 2020 re-opening, and for a discussion on the tax credits they are supposed to be receiving.

37. LEAHY — The Holyoke Gas and Electric reinstall the utility pole with a light in front or near 68 Waldo St.. Please send to the Holyoke Gas and Electric and a copy to Public Safety.

38. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — 1) Per request from the constituents on Lyman Terrace that signs be place saying there is children crossing and at play on John, Hampden and Lyman. 

39. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — And a warning for drivers about a ditches located on John, Hampden and Lyman Street as speed bumps to motorist of the ditch. Many have left their front end on the car on the ditch. 

40. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — The City of Holyoke place a handicap parking sign
BARTLEY for Carmen Roy at 11 Center St.

41. MCGEE — That the Polling Place for each of the voting precinct in the City of Holyoke for the Preliminary Election to be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recinto en la Ciudad de Holyoke para las Elecciones Preliminar Esta que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 24 de Septiembre 2019, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

WARD THREE BARRIO TRES
PRECINCT A – Elmwood Engine House, South St.
RECINTO A – Elmwood Engine House, en la Calle South

PRECINCT B – Metcalf School Gym, 2019 Northampton St.
RECINTO B –Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

42. MCGEE — That the Preliminary Election in the City of Holyoke for the choice of City Officers be and the same is hereby called to be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in the several polling places as designated by the City Council. The polls will be opened at 7:00 a.m. in the forenoon and closed at 8:00 p.m. in the afternoon of said day, and all the voters in the several precincts in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, may cast their votes by voting machines and paper ballots for the election of:
Que las Elecciones Preliminaria en la Cuidad de Holyoke, para el escojer de oficiales de la cuidad, sera llevado a cabo el Martes, 24, de Septiembre 2019 en los varios barrios, designados por la Asambleista Municipal. Los precintos estaran abiertos a las 7:00 a.m. de la manana y permaneceran abierto hasta las 8:00 p.m., cuando los precintos sean designado para votar en las horas dicha y hagan dado sus votos por medio de las maquinas de eleccion o por boletos de papel, para la eleccion de:

City Councilor Ward Three (3)/Asambleista Municipal Barrio tres (3)

43. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY 2020 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT SUPPORT AND INCENTIVE 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.

44. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “CITY HALL STAINED GLASS WINDOWS” 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.

45. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, Twenty two thousand six hundred forty three and 25/100 Dollars ($22,643.25) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51104 Lieutenants $7,846.53
12201-51105 Firefighters 4,796.72
TOTAL: $22,643.25
TO:
12201-51180 Injured on Duty $22,643.25
TOTAL: $22,643.25

46. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, Ten thousand three hundred sixty six and 10/100 Dollars ($10,366.10) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $10,366.10
TOTAL: $10,366.10
TO:
12101-51180 Injured on Duty $10,366.10
TOTAL: $10,366.10

47. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, Six thousand four hundred twenty two and 00/100 Dollars ($6,422.00) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51107 Library Assistant $1,846.00
16101-51111 Library Assistant Evenings 4.576.00
TOTAL: $6,422.00
TO:
16101-51102 Reference Library Assistant $1,846.00
16101-51110 Reference Library Assistant-Evening 4,576.00
TOTAL: $6,422.00

48. MCGIVERIN — Ordered, that the City of Holyoke create a Retail
ANDERSON-BURGOS Center (RC) zone taking into account both present
LISI tenancies and desired future development of such properties,
with appropriate criteria to ensure proper cohesive
uses and promote continued mixed commercial / retail
in Holyoke.

49. MCGIVERIN — Ordered, that the City of Holyoke rezone the following
ANDERSON-BURGOS parcels to Retail Center (RC) in an effort to create
LISI a cohesive regional destination district of mixed
commercial / retail which all property owners will
share the same regulations: 117-00-005, 174-00-013,
174-00-013A, 174-00-013B, 174-00-016, 174-00-017,
174-00-018, 174-00-020, 174-00-021, 174-00-022, 174-00-024,
176-00-010B, 176-00-010C, 176-00-013, 176-00-014,
176-00-014.1, 176-00-027, 176-00-028, 176-00-029.

50. MCGIVERIN — Ordered, that the City of Holyoke remove from its
ANDERSON-BURGOS Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Zoning Ordinance,
LISI Section 8.3 “Shopping Center Districts” and any other
references to said zone and replace with Retail Center
(RC).

51. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, One hundred thirty five and 80/100 Dollars ($135.80) as follows:

FROM:
12402-53050 Electric Inspections $135.80
TOTAL: $135.80
TO:
12401-51109 Pay-Head Clerk $33.41
12401-51110 Pay-Local Building Inspector 102.39
TOTAL: $135.80

52. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, Two thousand five hundred fifty five and 00/100 Dollars ($2,555.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105 Head Administrative Clerk $2,555.00
TOTAL: $2,555.00
TO:
11351-51102 Assistant City Auditor $2,555.00
TOTAL: $2,555.00

53. MURPHY — that the Department of Public Works fill the potholes on Papineau Street nearest Main Street as soon as possible.  There are several holes on each side of the street.

54. MURPHY — that the City Engineer consider the possibility of constructing a speed bump on South Bridge Street adjacent to Valley Arena Park.  There have been several incidents of drivers speeding while children were crossing the street from the park.

55. MURPHY — that the trees blocking both the stop sign and the no parking signs on S Bridge St at the corner of Sargeant Street be trimmed as soon as possible.

56. MURPHY — that the DG&R committee meet with the superintendent of the DPW, and the health director to seek solutions to the problem of city owned and other vacant lots which seem to be neglected until there is a complaint.  The city needs to at least with city owned lots have a regular schedule for clean up and trash and other debris removal.

57. MURPHY — that the DPW create and place signs reading “Please Pick Up After Your Dog” and working with the board of health and animal control offices place them appropriately.  One area that definitely needs the signs are within the Churchill Homes area.

58. MURPHY — that the public safety committee meet with the chief of police, Officer Josue Colon, and Mass State Police Trooper, Mik Cutone to discuss the potential benefits of establishing a C3 program for the South Holyoke and Churchill areas and what actions are needed to make it as successful as possible.

59. MURPHY — that the public safety committee meet with superintendent of the DPW, the police chief, Officer Colon, and Mike Cass, Springfield’s graffiti removal director, to get a better understanding of the benefits of having someone responsible for graffiti removal. 

60. MURPHY — that the directors of community development, the office of planning and development, the Holyoke Housing authority meet with the DG&R committee to discuss the potential usage of HUD Section 108 funds to accelerate the redevelopment of the many city owned vacant lots within the city.

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