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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on December 03, 2019 at 7:00 PM
536 Dwight St. Holyoke MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
December 3,2019

PUBLIC HEARING

1. Petition from Verizon New England Inc. requests 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:

HARVARD STREET: Place one (1) solely owned pole numbered T.6S on the northerly side of Harvard Street at a point approximately one hundred seventy-three (173) feet easterly from the center line of Pleasant Street.

Reason: Place one (1) solely owned pole on Harvard Street to support the existing pole line and to provide for the distribution of intelligence and telecommunication and for the transmission of high and low voltage electric current.

2. Petiton for Joint or Identical Pole Locations for 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:

JARVIS AVENUE: Place one (1) jointly owned pole numbered T.30-01/E.7-1 on the westerly side of Jarvis Avenue at a point approximately five hundred eighteen (518) feet northerly from the center line of Old Bassett Road.

Reason: Place one (1) jointly owned pole on Jarvis Avenue to eliminate a trespass: and to provide for the distribution of intellligence and telecommunications and for the transmission of high and low voltage electric current.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3. From Auditor Tanya Wdowiak, Monthly Budget vs Actual, General Fund and Sewer Enterprise Fund

4. From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office of Community Development letter re: FY2019 Annual Plan Re-Programming of Community Development Block Grant Funds.

5. From Anthony Dulude, Chief Assessor communication re: History of Free cash certified by DOR to the City of Holyoke from 2010-2019.

6. From OPED Director, Marcos Marrero, update on 45 Lower Westfield Rd. (former GAH)

7. From CPA Committee, Holyoke CPA Annual Budget Article 2020

8. From Board of Fire Commission minutes of October 16, 2019.

PETITIONS

9. Petition of Holyoke Cannabis Special Permit for a 7.10 Registered Marijuanan Retail Store at 380 Dwight St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

10. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

10A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a  Zone change application submitted by Albert Babadzanov for property on 40 Lyman St. & adjacent lot (038–02–002.1 & -001.1)  from current zone DR  to proposed zone IG. Awaiting disposition

10B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council establish a school building study committee to review options and recommend steps for improvements within our city budget.
Membership to include but not be limited to:
Mayor, Receiver, one school committee member, one CC member, one small business owner, one large business owner, a parent with children in the public schools, a renter, a senior citizen, one teacher.  Membership should represent all wards of the city to the greatest extent possible. Awaiting disposition

10C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be placed in front of 9 Gates St. for Jeffery Potter.
  Awaiting disposition

11. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

11A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Agreement between the City of Holyoke & Action Ambulance Service, Inc. Agreement for Emergency Ambulance Services. Awaiting disposition

11B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication from From Gina Paro, Ass’t City Solicitor Memorandum of Agreement for Holyoke Police Supervisors IBPO Local 409. Awaiting disposition

11C. 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 “FY2020 PLANNING ASSISTANCE 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. Awaiting disposition

11D. 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 “MUNICIPAL ENERGY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM” 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

11E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City impose an excise tax on air B&B Awaiting disposition

11F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Tax Collector provide the City with the top 100 property owners that are delinquent or are not current with their City of Holyoke tax bill. Please provide an updated list to the Council within 30 days of this order. Awaiting disposition

11G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO AND 77/100 Dollars ($24,362.77) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51104 CHILDRENS LIBRARIAN $5,285.77
16101-51107 LIBRARY ASSISTANT 6,495.00
16101-51111 LIBRARY ASSISTANT – EVENING 7,932.00
16101-51113 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR 4,650.00
TOTAL: $24,362.77
TO:
16101-51500 VACATION BUYBACK $572.04
16101-51510 SICK TIME BUYBACK 1,488.73
16101-51102 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT 1,814.00
16101-51110 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT-EVE 1,411.00
16101-51102 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT 6,495.00
16101-51110 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT – EVE 7,932.00
16101-51500 VACATION BUYBACK 925.00
16101-51510 SICK TIME BUYBACK 3,725.00
TOTAL: $24,362.77 Awaiting disposition

12. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

13. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

15. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

17. BARTLEY — The Holyoke City Council encourages all city department heads to provide correspondence to Spanish-speaking persons in Spanish to the extent feasible. The Holyoke City Council particularly encourages that technical letters from the Mayor’s office, School Dept., Law Dept., Building Commissioner, Planning Board, City Clerk, License Board, and City Council, by translated into Spanish, upon request.

18. BARTLEY — The city council encourage the Mayor and the Receiver, respectively, to post information about the 2020 Census on the City’s website & Chanel 15 and the HPS website and Chanel 12. Information should be in English and Spanish. (See the Administrative Assistant for literature.) The website and TV channels should post information about the need for Holyoke residents to participate and also the availability of jobs at over $19.00/hour. See 2020census.gov/jobs and 1-855-JOB-2020

19. BARTLEY — The Development & Governmental Relations committee host a U.S. Census employee at an upcoming meeting to learn more about the Census and to learn about job opportunities for Holyoke residents.

20. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, FIFTEEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE AND 00/100 Dollars ($15,373.00) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 SERGEANTS $7,215.63
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 8,157.37
TOTAL: $15,373.00
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $15,373.00
TOTAL: $15,373.00

21. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SEVEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT DOLLARS AND 47/100 Dollars ($7,808.47) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51103 PAY-CHIEF OF WIRES $7,808.47
TOTAL: $7,808.47
TO:
12402-53050 INSPECTIONS-ELECTRIC $7,808.47
TOTAL: $7,808.47

22. MCGIVERIN — Ordered that the sum of $6,540,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the Capital Planning Project – Water Main Replacement and the payment of all costs incidental and related hereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project.

Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City 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 Chapter 44,. Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issued pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

Further Ordered: That there shall be no change in the purpose of this bond authorization without prior vote of approval by the Holyoke City Council.

23. MURPHY — that the city council ask the city engineer to review parking on Sargeant Street between Main and Race Streets, and recommend the best locations to have four parking spaces designated as 30 minute parking.  The request should be from 11-7, Tuesday through Sunday, and the recommendations forwarded to the ordinance committee.

24. MURPHY — that the mayor provide the city council a listing of all cannabis companies that the city currently has a community host agreement with, and provide the best estimate as to when each might begin operations.  Please forward the report to the full city council for the December 17th meeting.

25. TALLMAN — That the DPW install truck exclusion signs at both ends of Bemis Rd.

26. TALLMAN — That the Parks Department & School Department consider researching Bankshot Play Courts, for inclusion and diversity of our children and community.

27. VACON — that DPW fill the cracks on Autumn Drive.  They are deep and increasing in size

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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