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Event takes place on October 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM
536 Dwight St. Holyoke city hall, Council Chambers, Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
October 15,2019

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC & Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to City Council minutes of Special Meeting of September 16, 2019.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2. Communication from Councilor Bartley re: Agreement between the City of Holyoke and Rory Casey effective March 22, 2019.

3. Professional Services Agreement Advising & Consulting services to the Office of the Mayor effective November 19, 2018 thru June 30, 2019.

4. From Board of Health Minutes of September , 2019.

5. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC & Ryan Allen Admin. Ass’t to City Council minutes of October 1, 2019.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

6. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

6A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the City of Holyoke place a handicap parking sign at 11 Center St. for Carmen Roy Recommend that the order be adopted

6B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 527 So. Summer St. for Carmen Robles Recommend that the order be adopted

6C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the ordinance committee meet with the building commissioner and the city solicitor to discuss the merits of establishing a fine for property owners who have had their property sealed off blocking a street past a certain period.  There at least a couple of properties which are depriving others of easy access to their homes and businesses, with no immediate solution being proposed Recommend that the order has been complied with

6D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Ordinance committee review the current vacant and blighted building ordinance by calling in The Health Dept the building Dept. The greater Holyoke landlord association and any other concerned parties to address the ordinance and determine if there is a more business/landlord friendly way to ensure vacant buildings are in compliance with the current ordinance Recommend that the order has been complied with

7. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

7A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the Finance Committee invite in Mayor Lachapelle to discuss options and plans Easthampton used with regards to their new school project. Awaiting disposition

7B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the Finance Committee invite in Mayor Lachapelle to discuss options and plans Easthampton used with regards to their new school project.
Awaiting disposition

7C. 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 “CULVERT REPLACEMENT MUNICIPAL ASSISTANCE” 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. Awaiting disposition

7D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the City Council invite in Mayor LaChapelle of Easthampton to discuss the Easthampton experience with debt exclusion for their school project. Concrete projections, numbers, and date to articulate the impact of the school construction on taxpayers and the community at large. Awaiting disposition

7E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Superintendent of the Holyoke Water Department and the Mayor come into Public Service subcommittee to discuss the large amounts of complaints regarding discolored tap water and be prepared to discuss why there hasn’t been any notifications to the community Recommend that the order has been complied with

7F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, NINE THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($9,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
12401-51103      PAY-CHIEF OF WIRES             $9,000.00
                        TOTAL: $9,000.00
TO:
12402-53050      INSPECTIONS- ELECTRICAL                $9,000.00
                        TOTAL: $9,000.00 Awaiting disposition

8. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

9. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

9A. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred City Council review of Mayoral appointee Marco Crescentini to serve as alternate of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

9B. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred a City Council review of Mayoral appointee Matteo Riodato to the Fairfield Ave. Historic Commission
Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

9C. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order  that the City of Holyoke Water Dept. assess each fire hydrant Citywide and submit a detailed report to the City Council for discussion in the Public Service Committee. Recommend that the order has been complied with

9D. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the City Council invite into the Public Service Committee David Conti, the Water Commissioners, and Fire Dept. representatives to discuss the fire Hydrant issues that took place on Fairfield Ave. Please provide info on plans that in place to address water flow to fires if piping is bad in an area. Also please provide Committee with complete list of other areas in the City like Fairfield and what timelines are in place to fix such piping issues. Currently the Water Department has a bond for addressing several capital plans, is the bond sufficient to cover hydrant/piping needs or what funding would be required to address such a need? Recommend that the order has been complied with

9E. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke Water Dept. come before the Public Service Committee to discuss their findings on the Fire Hydrant study Recommend that the order has been complied with

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

10A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  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. Recommend that the order has been complied with

10B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order   that the parks and recreation director, the community development director, and the public works superintendent appear before the DGR committee to discuss the plans and the needed funding to upgrade Springdale Park. Recommend that the order has been complied with

10C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the DG&R committee meet with representatives from the building department, the board of health, the planning and development office to review the conditions of buildings and the alleyways off Main Street from Sargeant to Hamilton Streets.  This is a situation which needs both immediate and long term actions to correct a dangerous situation.
  Recommend that the order has been complied with

10D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the DG&R committee meet with the superintendent of the DPW, the city engineer, and the city forester to discuss the problems caused by planting trees on city streets.  Discussion should include types of trees which might be planted without having negative impact on neighborhood sidewalks. Recommend that the order has been complied with

10E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Mayor, the Director of Planning and Development, and the Director of the Holyoke Housing Authority meet with the DG&R committee to seek ways to include the parking lot at the corner of Clemente and Hamilton Streets as part of the planned South Holyoke housing redevelopment around Carlos Vega Park.   Recommend that the order has been complied with

10F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Special permit application of Frank DeMarinis for a Single-Family Home in the Floodplain Overlay District 8.1.2 on Northampton St. at Map 223 Block 00 Parcel 019.  Recommend that the application be approved with the following conditions:
a.       The petitioner shall work with Conservation commission and the southerly abutter’s independent arborist to identify trees along the property line that are to be removed.  It shall be the responsibility of the petitioner to remove those trees (approx. 23) that are likely to fall on the abutter’s property.  Because said trees have an estimated maximum life span of 3 years, it is required that all trees so identified are to be removed within that 3-year period.
b.       Plant appropriate vegetation to serve as a buffer between the petitioner’s property and the property of the southern-most abutter but specifically along the property line for no less than 150’ but not more than 200’.  The petitioner and the abutter should confer beforehand to ensure trees are planted in the right place.  Trees should be approximately 5-feet apart.  Type of species to be planted is arborvitaes, which shall be of a height no less than 7’ when planted.  All trees as described shall be planted along the property line within 12 months of date of special permit unless otherwise agreed-to by the petitioner and the abutter in writing.
c.       Sept 13, 2019, letter of Conservation Commissioner shall be complied with by petitioner.
d.       Sept 20, 2019, letter of Building Commissioner shall be complied with by petitioner.
e.       City ordinance section 8.1.5 (7) was must be complied with.

10G. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order 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.   Recommend that the order be adopted with a strong recommendation from the DGR Committee that the building be named in honor of one Jorge L. Neves

11. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

13. BARTLEY — The law dept. and problem property group provide it’s regular 6-month update on the city’s receivership program and any other relevant issues.  Refer to DGR with copy to Law Dept.  Plan to make a committee presentation in November or December.

14. BARTLEY — The Mayor or the Law Department or anyone with knowledge of the two Casey contracts please advise City Council as to who drafted the two contracts between the City of Holyoke and Rory Casey as it was disclosed by the city’s law department at Ordinance meeting on 10/8/19 that it did not draft the city contracts signed by the Mayor and Mr. Casey.

15. BARTLEY — The Mayor, Building Commissioner, and DPW Superintendent provide an update to City Council regarding the city’s plans to free up Walnut St. from the fencing that has blocked this city street since February 2018. The City Officials should determine the costs associated as well as a funding source. Copy to Holyoke Fire Dept. for its feedback regarding fire protection for this area while the fencing remains in place. . Refer to Public Safety.

16. BARTLEY — City Council receive a communication regarding the Casey contract with an effective date of March 22, 2019, from city Auditor/Treasurer. The communication should include all invoices and payment copies relative to this contract. Please specify the accounts in the budget from which funds were paid. Further, the City Auditor or any relevant official shall provide all reports produced as a result of this contract. Finally, the City Auditor or any relevant official shall provide documentation of what was delivered to the City by Mr. Casey for the $2,000.00 contracted amount. Please provide these to city council by the first regular city council meeting in November 2019.

17. BARTLEY — City Council receive a communication regarding the Casey contract with effective dates of November 19, 2018 to June 30, 2019, from city Auditor/Treasurer. The communication should include all invoices and payment copies. Please specify the accounts in the budget from which funds were paid. Further, the City Auditor or any relevant official shall provide all reports produced as a result of this contract. Finally, the City Auditor or any relevant official shall provide documentation of what was delivered to the City by Mr. Casey for the $9,999.00 contracted amount. Please provide these to city council by the first regular city council meeting in November 2019.

18. LEAHY — that the Honorable City Council vote to add three
MCGEE (3) people by roll call to the Whiting Reservoir Study
MCGIVERIN Committee.

19. LEAHY — that the Honorable City Council vote for a person
MCGEE to serve on the Community Preservation Committee.
MCGIVERIN

20. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — Per non english (spanish) residents request that all minutes from council and school committee meeting be translated and up loaded in the Holyoke City website, TV coverage of every council and school committee meetings and subtitle within TV showing. 

21. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — That the clerk office assure that room 1(Mayors) office received a copy of  all city council agenda and all commitee meetings that will appear in city website for communication for direct communication purpose.

22. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — Per request of residents that orders that have gone thru committees and being reported to council for a vote list the name in front of order within the agenda of to be easier to follow who had file the particular order in the first place, and better understand the discussion. 

23. LEBRON-MARTINEZ — That DPW work on pedestrain crossing lines on around commercial street, specially on areas where children are crossing in the area of Holyoke Boys and Girls Club and other areas of the City that has not yet been completed. 

24. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($3,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
12402-53010 OTHER CONTRACTED SERVICES $3,000.00
TOTAL: $3,000.00
TO:
12401-51201 PROPERTY MAINT/DEMO SUPERVISOR $3,000.00
TOTAL: $3,000.00

25. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2019 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE ” 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.

26. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY19 BULLETPROOF VEST PARTNERSHIP ” 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 in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY19 EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE ” 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.

28. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SEVEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHT DOLLARS AND 00 /100 Dollars ($7,388.00) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51104 LIEUTENANTS $5,231.02
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS 2,156.98
TOTAL: $7,388.00
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $7,388.00
TOTAL: $7,388.00

29. MURPHY — that the HG&E install two light poles on Elm Street to improve lighting and also offer a deterrent for unwanted activities.  If possible, please place one light fixture between 320 and 324 Elm Street on the east side, and the other one on the west side at the intersection with Franklin Street.

30. MURPHY — that the DPW repaint the handicapped parking spaces for 318 and 320 Elm Street prior to the winter.

31. MURPHY — that the sidewalk in front of 320 Elm Street be repaired temporarily at an angle to prevent tripping, and then in the spring to be permanently repaired without the dangerous lip.

32. VACON — that the Mayor have his signs  removed from his old
BARTLEY campaign headquarters on Maple and Northampton streets
as there is no Mayor race this year.  The Mayor signs
are causing confusion.

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


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