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Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on February 04, 2020 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 4,2020

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk MMC and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t. to the City Council minutes of December 17, 2019.

2. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the City Council review and update if necessary Section 102-34 -The Collection of fees;  Fee Schedule of Chapter 102 – Weights and Measures of the Code of Ordinances.  This Fee Schedule was last updated in 1997.
  Recommend that the order be adopted

3. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  That the fees in section 102-34 of the city ordinances be increased as necessary.  We are paying the state more for this service than we are collecting. Recommend that the order be adopted

4. From Board of Health minutes of October 3, 3019.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Bernice Bowler, 26 Claren Dr. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Bowler will serve a three-year term; said term will expire February 1, 2023.

6. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Ms. Christine K. Berge 87 Beech St. to serve as a member of the Historical Commission for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Berge will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on January 30, 2023.

7. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk MMC & Ryan Allen, Admim. Ass’t. to the City Council minutes of January 21, 2020.

8. From Alicia Zoeller, Comm. Dev. Director Re: FFY2020 Community Development Block Grant Proposals.

9. REQUIRED FORM OF VOTE TO SUBMIT A STATEMENT OF INTEREST

Resolved: Having convened in an open meeting on 2/4/2020, prior to the SOI submission closing date, the City Council of Holyoke, in accordance with its charter, by-laws, and ordinances, has voted to authorize the Superintendent to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority the Statement of Interest Form dated 2/13/2020 for the Dean Campus, 1045 Main St. which describes and explains the following deficiencies and the priority category(s) for which an application may be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in the future. Participation sought in the Accelerated Repair Program Category #5 for replacement, repair or modernization of school facility systems, such as roofs windows boilers and heating and ventilation systems to increase energy conservation and decrease energy related costs in a school facility. Permission is desired at this facility to replace the school boilers. The City of Holyoke hereby further specifically acknowledges that by submitting this Statement of Interest Form, the Massachusetts School Building Authority in no way guarantees the acceptance or the approval of an application, the awarding of a grant or any other funding commitment from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

10. REQUIRED FORM OF VOTE TO SUBMIT A STATEMENT OF INTEREST
Resolved: Having convened in an open meeting on 2/4/2020, prior to the SOI submission closing date, the City Council of Holyoke, in accordance with its charter, by-laws, and ordinances, has voted to authorize the Superintendent to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority the Statement of Interest Form dated 2/13/2020 for the Donahue School, 210 Whiting Farms Rd. which describes and explains the following deficiencies and the priority category(s) for which an application may be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in the future. Participation sought in the Accelerated Repair Program Category #5 for replacement, repair or modernization of school facility systems, such as roofs windows boilers and heating and ventilation systems to increase energy conservation and decrease energy related costs in a school facility. Permission is desired at this facility to replace the school roof. The City of Holyoke hereby further specifically acknowledges that by submitting this Statement of Interest Form, the Massachusetts School Building Authority in no way guarantees the acceptance or the approval of an application, the awarding of a grant or any other funding commitment from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

11. REQUIRED FORM OF VOTE TO SUBMIT A STATEMENT OF INTEREST
Resolved: Having convened in an open meeting on 2/4/2020, prior to the SOI submission closing date, the City Council of Holyoke, in accordance with its charter, by-laws, and ordinances, has voted to authorize the Superintendent to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority the Statement of Interest Form dated 2/13/2020 for the E.N. White School, 1 Jefferson St.. which describes and explains the following deficiencies and the priority category(s) for which an application may be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in the future. Participation sought in the Accelerated Repair Program Category #5 for replacement, repair or modernization of school facility systems, such as roofs windows boilers and heating and ventilation systems to increase energy conservation and decrease energy related costs in a school facility. Permission is desired at this facility to replace the school roof. The City of Holyoke hereby further specifically acknowledges that by submitting this Statement of Interest Form, the Massachusetts School Building Authority in no way guarantees the acceptance or the approval of an application, the awarding of a grant or any other funding commitment from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

12. REQUIRED FORM OF VOTE TO SUBMIT A STATEMENT OF INTEREST
Resolved: Having convened in an open meeting on 2/4/2020, prior to the SOI submission closing date, the City Council of Holyoke, in accordance with its charter, by-laws, and ordinances, has voted to authorize the Superintendent to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority the Statement of Interest Form dated 2/13/2020 for the Morgan School, 596 South Bridge St.. which describes and explains the following deficiencies and the priority category(s) for which an application may be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in the future. Participation sought in the Accelerated Repair Program Category #5 for replacement, repair or modernization of school facility systems, such as roofs windows boilers and heating and ventilation systems to increase energy conservation and decrease energy related costs in a school facility. Permission is desired at this facility to replace the school roof. The City of Holyoke hereby further specifically acknowledges that by submitting this Statement of Interest Form, the Massachusetts School Building Authority in no way guarantees the acceptance or the approval of an application, the awarding of a grant or any other funding commitment from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

13. REQUIRED FORM OF VOTE TO SUBMIT A STATEMENT OF INTEREST
Resolved: Having convened in an open meeting on 2/4/2020, prior to the SOI submission closing date, the City Council of Holyoke, in accordance with its charter, by-laws, and ordinances, has voted to authorize the Superintendent to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority the Statement of Interest Form dated 2/13/2020 for the Sullivan School, 400 Jarvis Ave.. which describes and explains the following deficiencies and the priority category(s) for which an application may be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority in the future. Participation sought in the Accelerated Repair Program Category #5 for replacement, repair or modernization of school facility systems, such as roofs windows boilers and heating and ventilation systems to increase energy conservation and decrease energy related costs in a school facility. Permission is desired at this facility to replace the school roof. The City of Holyoke hereby further specifically acknowledges that by submitting this Statement of Interest Form, the Massachusetts School Building Authority in no way guarantees the acceptance or the approval of an application, the awarding of a grant or any other funding commitment from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Massachusetts School Building Authority, or commits the City/Town/Regional School District to filing an application for funding with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

14. From Board of Fire Commission minutes of December 18, 2019.

15. List of Non-profits requested by Councilor Greaney Jr.

16. From Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control Re: Directors Report(fourth quarter Oct-Dec. 2019), Holyoke Animal Calls, animal disposition Summary, budget report.

17. From Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center minutes of November 13, 2019.

18. Letter from Holyoke High Retirees/former teachers to the editors of The Holyoke Sun and The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

19. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

19A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Ordered that a handicap sign be placed at 533 So. Summer St. for Maria Alvarado Recommend that the order be adopted

19B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed at 300 Chestnut St. for Nictsa Garcia Recommend that the order be adopted

19C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that handicap sign be placed in front of 24 Hampden St. for Marilyn Vasquez Recommend that the order be adopted

19D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City of Holyoke amend zoning ordinances Section 4.3 (A) (8) to require a Special Permit prior to granting permission for this use in all residential districts in the City of Holyoke and not longer allow the use as of right; the special permit is to be issued by one of the following boards and only after a public hearing of the City Council or of the Planning Board or Board of Appeals. Recommend that the order be adopted

19E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City charge a sales tax or license fee (similar to a taxi cab) on Uber/Lyft ride share companies Recommend that the order has been complied with

19F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the City Council review and consider an amendment to the zoning ordinance related to corner lots including section 2.0 Definitions,  4.4 Accessory Uses and Structures, and 5.0 Dimensional Controls.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

19G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the City of Holyoke amend Section 14-12 of the Code of Ordinances to allow for the keeping of live poultry for the purposes of nutrition, and fresh eggs by permit from the Board of Health Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

19H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the City travel policy be amended to adopt the “Federal per diem rate for the destination City” as the maximum allowable reimbursement for all daily meal expenses Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

19I. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  That the Ordinance Committee create an Ordinance requiring the Mayor to provide any financial burden to the City when entering or allowing a private company contract to use any City buildings or facilities.  Also, that the City Council has final approval of such contracts using any buildings (Example: recent Ambulance contract moving part of the services to the Fire Dept. Headquarters and others). Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

19J. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that the position of Mayoral Aide – Chief of Staff be added to the PR Salary Schedule as PR24 Recommend that the order be given leave with withdraw

19K. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that all Retirement Board positions be established as Special Municipal Employees: Recommend that the order be given leave withdraw

19L. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke consider creating an ombudsman position to help entrepreneurs navigate the various permitting and licensing requirements for opening a new business in the City:  LTW Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

19M. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Water Dept. Commissioners and representatives come before the Ordinance Committee to discuss payment in lieu of taxes programs. Recommend that the Holyoke Water Dept. Commissioners and representatives come before the Ordinance Committee to discuss payment in lieu of taxes programs.

19N. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that through Ordinance a Criminal Analyst position be established by the Holyoke Police Dept Recommend that the order be given leave withdraw

19O. The Committee on Ordinance 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      Recommend that the order has been given leave to withdraw

19P. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that a new position be established for Mayoral Aide – Chief of Staff: Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

19Q. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order: that the Council consider adoption of a stormwater fee consisting of a combination of base fee paid by ALL city taxpayers AND a user fee applicable ONLY to property owners served by the city wastewater treatment system, and scaled appropriately for the amount of stormwater provided by each property to the system, taking into account such factors as property size and amount of impervious surface on the property. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

20. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

20A. 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 HUNDRED TWENTY NINE AND 19/100 Dollars ($929.19) as follows:
FROM:
12402-57100 IN STATE TRAVEL $929.19
TOTAL: $929.19

TO:
12401-51510 PAY-VACATION BUYBACK $929.19
TOTAL: $929.19 Recommend that the order be adopted

20B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the EASTHAMPTON SAVINGS BANK donation to the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department 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 donation. Recommend that the order be adopted

20C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Order:  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($65,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $25,000.00
TOTAL: $25,000.00
TO:
19412-57630 LEGAL CLAIMS $65,000.00
TOTAL: $65,000.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

20D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($65,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $65,000.00
TOTAL: $65,000.00

TO:
19412-57630 LEGAL CLAIMS $65,000.00
TOTAL: $65,000.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

20E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “SOUTH HOLYOKE HOMES PROJECT” 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

20F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order The City of Holyoke amend Zoning Ordinance section 4.3(A)(8) to require a special permit prior to granting permission for this use in all residential districts in the City of Holyoke and no longer allow the use as of right; the special permit is to be issued by one of the following boards and only after a public hearing: city council or the planning board or the board of appeals Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

20G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the City Council take final action on the matter of the bond issue for the two schools as soon as possible represented as Late File B at 11/5/19 full Council meeting. Recommend that the order has been complied with

20H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that Executive Session to discuss settlement offers regarding litigation matters of Pagan v. City of Holyoke and MCAD Gates v. City of Holyoke. Recommend that the order has been complied with

20I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order 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”), Recommend that the order be denied

20J. 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 “BARR FOUNDATION CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION – GRANT19-08201 ” 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

20K. 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 EIGHT HUNDRED SEVENTY SIX AND 00/100 Dollars ($9,876.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-59750       STABILIZATION                                                                                  $9,876.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $9,876.00
TO:
12101-51103      CAPTAIN                                                                                           $9,876.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $9,876.00 Awaiting disposition

20L. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, THIRTY SIX THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($36,845.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400       STABILIZATION                                                                                  $36,845.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $36,845.00
TO:
12101-51105      SERGEANTS                                                                                     $36,845.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $36,845.00 Awaiting disposition

20M. 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 TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED NINETY NINE AND 00/100 Dollars ($22,699.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400       STABILIZATION                         $22,699.00
                        TOTAL: $22,699.00
TO:
12101-51104      LIEUTENANTS              $22,699.00
                        TOTAL: $22,699.00 Awaiting disposition

20N. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, NINETEEN THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED THREE AND 00/100 Dollars ($19,403.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400       STABILIZATION                                                                                  $19,403.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $19,403.00
TO:
12101-51920      QUINN – EDUCATION                                                                         $19,403.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $19,403.00 Awaitig disposition

20O. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($5,500.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400       STABILIZATION                                                                                  $5,500.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $5,500.00
TO:
12101-51915      EDUCATION PLAN                                                                            $5,500.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $5,500.00 Awaiting disposition

20P. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($5,500.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400       STABILIZATION                                                                                  $5,500.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $5,500.00
TO:
12101-51915      EDUCATION PLAN                                                                            $5,500.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $5,500.00 Awaiting disposition

20Q. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($1,835.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400       STABILIZATION                                                                                  $1,835.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $1,835.00
TO:
12101-51400      LONGEVITY                                                                                       $1,835.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $1,835.00 Awaiting disposition

20R. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SEVEN AND 00/100 Dollars ($7,107.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400       STABILIZATION                                                                                  $7,107.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $7,107.00
TO:
12101-51300      OVERTIME                                                                                        $7,107.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $7,107.00 Awaiting disposition

20S. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($450.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400       STABILIZATION                                                                                  $450.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $450.00
TO:
12101-51590      COURT APPEARANCES                                                                    $450.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $450.00 Awaiting disposition

20T. 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 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT TRAINING” 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

20U. 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 SENATOR CHARLES E. SHANNON, JR. COMMUNITY SAFETY INITIATIVE (SHANNON CSI)” 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

20V. 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 SUSTAINED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM (STEP)” 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

20W. 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 EEA MUNICIPAL VULNERABILITY PREPAREDNESS 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

20X. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY AND 00/100 Dollars ($85,550.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $85,550.00
TOTAL: $85,550.00
TO:
11552-53010 COMPUTER CONSULTING $85,550.00
TOTAL: $85,550.00 Awaiting disposition

20Y. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWELVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($12,535.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $12,535.00
TOTAL: $12,535.00
TO:
19402-57407 CYBER SECURITY INSURANCE $12,535.00
TOTAL: $12,535.00 Awaiting disposition

20Z. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($7,500.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $7,500.00
TOTAL: $7,500.00
TO:
11211-51250 EXTRA CLERICAL $7,500.00
TOTAL: $7,500.00
  Awaiting disposition

20[. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($6,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $6,000.00
TOTAL: $6,000.00
TO:
11212-57300 DUES $6,000.00
TOTAL: $6,000.00 Awaiting disposition

20\. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($100,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $100,000.00
TOTAL: $100,000.00
TO:
14222-52100 ENERGY-STREET LIGHTS $100,000.00
TOTAL: $100,000.00 Awaiting disposition

20]. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, THIRTEEN THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($13,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $13,000.00
TOTAL: $13,000.00
TO:
11382-53410 TELEPHONE USAGE $13,000.00
TOTAL: $13,000.00 Awaiting disposition

20^. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00/100 Dollars ($11,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
12201-51770      NON-CONTRIB PENSIONS                                                                $11,000.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $11,000.00
TO:
12201-51101      PAY FIRE CHIEF                                                                                $11,000.00
                                                                                          TOTAL:                            $11,000.00 Awaiting disposition

21. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

22. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

23A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order FY 2019 Annual Plan Re-Programming of Community Development Block Grant Funds  recommend that the Community Development Block Grant be approved as amended

23B. 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 $1.00 from Western Mass Demo Corp. to purchase 2 Vernon Street and the adjacent parcel which are identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 099 and Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 100. The property is the former Springdale Turn Hall is approximately 11,300 square feet in size situated on a 24,560-square foot lot.  Western Mass Demo Corp. proposes to demolish the structure and construct two houses on the properties.   Both properties are zoned Downtown Residential (DR) with assessed values of $75,300 and $86,000. Recommend that the order be adopted

23C. 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 $1.00 from Western Mass Demo Corp. to purchase and redevelop 229 Beech Street which is currently a vacant single-family house on a 6,491-square foot lot. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 061, Block 06, Parcel 006 zoned Multifamily Residential (RM-20) with an assessed value of $106,400. Recommend that the order be adopted

23D. 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 $1.00 from Western Mass Demo Corp. to purchase and redevelop 2 James Street which is currently a vacant single-family house on a 6,360-square foot lot and the adjacent James Street parcel comprised of an 8,500 square foot lot. The properties are identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 059 and Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 060 both zoned Downtown Residential (DR) with assessed values of $87,600 and $4,700. Recommend that the order be adopted

23E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Ordered, that in accordance with Section 2-336(c) of the Holyoke Code of Ordinances, the City Council approves a License to Enter with the Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. (VOC) for 123 Pine Street and the adjacent parcel (#062-03-001).  The purpose of the License to Enter is to allow VOC property access to perform its due diligence for its planned redevelopment of the properties.  The VOC entered into an Option Agreement with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority to acquire and redevelop the properties.  The License to Enter shall expire on September 30, 2020 being the same date as the Option Agreement ends. Should the Option Agreement be extended, the License to Enter shall also be extended until the date of closing of the property sale. Recommend that the order be adopted

23F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  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. Recommend that the order has been complied with

23G. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council encourage the Mayor and the Receiver, respectively, to post information about the 2020 Census on the City’s website & Channel 15 and the HPS website and Channel 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 2020 census.gov/jobs and 1-855-JOB-2020 Recommend that the order has been complied with

24. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

26. HERNANDEZ — that a handicap sign be placed in front of 28 Clinton Ave. for James Kelley.

27. MCGIVERIN — that a Finance Department be created, under the leadership of a Finance Director, with details of each to be added to our code of ordinances.”

28. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “STUDENT AWARENESS OF FIRE EDUCATION (S.A.F.E.)” 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.

29. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “SENIOR SAFE” 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.

30. MCGIVERIN — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “HOLYOKE CITY HALL RESTORATION & REPAIR” 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.

31. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, ELEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FORTY NINE AND 48/100 Dollars ($11,549.48) as follows:

FROM:
15431-51104 HEAD CLERK $11,549.48
TOTAL: $11,549.48
TO:
15431-51103 INVESTIGATOR $11,549.48
TOTAL: $11,549.48

32. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWENTY THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY THREE AND 11/100 Dollars ($20,183.11) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 SERGEANTS $6,274.46
12101-51107 PATROLMAN 13,908.65
TOTAL: $20,183.11
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $20,183.11
TOTAL: $20,183.11

33. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWO THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED TWENTY ONE AND 32/100 Dollars ($2,121.32) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTER $2,121.32
TOTAL: $2,121.32
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $2,121.32
TOTAL: $2,121.32

34. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS/100 Dollars ($2,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
60402-52420 R&M SEWERS $1,500.00
60402-53430 ADVERTISING 500.00
TOTAL: $2,000.00
TO:
60401-51999 RETIREMENT & BENEFITS $2,000.00
TOTAL: $2,000.00

35. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED FORTY THREE AND 52/100 Dollars ($28,643.52) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51109 RESERVES $28,643.52
TOTAL: $28,643.52
TO:
12102-55860 PERSONNEL EQUIPMENT $28,643.52
TOTAL: $28,643.52

36. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, ONE HUNDRED SIX THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR AND 00/100 Dollars ($106,524.00) as follows:

FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $106,524.00
TOTAL: $106,524.00
TO:
12101-51103 CAPTAIN $9,876.00
12101-51104 LIEUTENANTS 22,699.00
12101-51105 SERGEANTS 36,845.00
12101-51900 IN SERVICE TRAINING 2,809.00
12101-51920 QUINN-EDUCATION 19,403.00
12101-51915 EDUCATION PLAN 5,500.00
12101-51400 LONGEVITY 1,835.00
12101-51300 OVERTIME 7,107.00
12101-51590 COURT APPEARANCES 450.00
TOTAL: $106,524.00

37. MCGIVERIN — DUE TO THE OVERALL DECREASE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL STATE EDUCATION RECEIPTS FOR CHARTER SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS FROM $12,522,870 TO $12,182,540
SCHOOL DEPT. PAGE 28:

LINE 18202-56513 CHARTER SCHOOL SENDING TUITION DECREASE BY $340,330

38. MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SIX HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SIX AND 00/100 Dollars ($634,166.00) as follows:

FROM:
18202-56513 CHARTER SCHOOL SENDING TUITION $436,844
18202-56511 SCHOOL CHOICE SENDING TUITION 197,322
TOTAL: $634,166.00
TO:
13001-51000 PERSONAL SERVICES $634166
TOTAL: $634,166.00

39. MURPHY — That a handicap sign be placed in front of 93 Jackson St. for Nashdiel Figueroa.

40. MURPHY — Ordered that the City Council request the City Clerk’s office to compile a listing of handicapped approved parking locations within the past ten years.  The listing should include the name of the applicant, the address, and the date of approval.  Once completed, the city clerk’s office should send a renewal letter to the applicant requesting that they verify that they still live at that address and continue to need the plate.  This mailing should take place once a year, and if applicants do not respond within 30 days, then the city council should be notified to begin the process of repealing the ordinance and having the signs removed.

41. MURPHY — Ordered that the school department and the department of public works seek to partner with the Mass DOT Safe Routes to School program to seek funding to improve the safety for students walking and or biking to school.  One priority should be the construction of a sidewalk for the Dean Campus beginning at the parking lot exit off Main Street and continuing southerly to the corner of St Vincent Street, and then continuing up St Vincent Street on the northerly side to the parking lot exit on that street.  All other school routes in the city should also be reviewed for needed improvements.

42. MURPHY — that parking on South Race Street from 45 feet south of Jackson Street intersection on the east side of the street to a point 105 south of the intersection be posted as 30 minute parking from 9 AM until 7 PM daily.  Ordinance to take effect July 1, 2020.

43. MURPHY — that no parking be allowed on the west side of South Race Street from the intersection with Jackson Street to a point 180 feet south.  This is to assure fire apparatus can easily maneuver through the street.  Ordinance to take effect July 1 2020.

44. MURPHY — that the posted speed limits for Main Street Sec 86-212 be replaced with the following:
Main Street Northbound.  Beginning at Route 5 and Ingleside Street, then northerly on Main Street; 0.45 miles at 35 miles per hour, 0.25 miles at 20 miles per hour to create a safety zone extending 100 feet north of the Dean School property, 2.4 miles at 30 miles per hour ending at Canal Street and Race Street; the total distance being 3.1 miles.
Main Street Southbound. Beginning at Canal Street and Race Street, then southerly on Main Street, 2.4 miles at 30 miles per hour, 0.25 miles at 20 miles per hour to create a safety zone beginning 100 feet north of the Dean School property, 0.45 miles at 35 miles per hour ending at Route 5 and Ingleside Street; the total distance being 3.1 miles.

45. MURPHY — that the finance committee meet with the mayor, treasurer,
SULLIVAN and the auditor to discuss bonding for the demolition
of the following buildings recommended by the problem
building group.  In addition, a portion of the bond
should be used to purchase a used excavator estimated
at $150,000, which could reduce city expenses for
demolition, drainage improvements, utility replacement,
and road work.
394 High, estimated cost $244,800

146 Brown, ” $161,400
16 Commercial, ” $250,000

345 Dwight, ” $400,000
115 Newton, ” $125,000

281 Main, ” $163,800
246 Lyman, ” $40,000
84
Newton, ” $100,000
106 Pine, ” $125,000
588 High,
” $224,000
115 Cabot, ” $250,000
Estimated cost
of demolition $2,084,000 which could be reduced significantly
with purchase of excavator.

46. MURPHY — that the DG&R committee invite Suez project manager Michael Williams to a meeting to discuss their Holyoke operations, including street sweeping, catch basin cleaning, and other issues and services provided within their contract.

47. MURPHY — that in support of the South Holyoke Homes project, designed to revitalize housing in the vicinity of Carlos Vega  Park in South Holyoke, the city council approve a home rule petition to exempt the Holyoke Housing Authority’s development project from MGL Ch 149, while continuing to be subject to all prevailing wage laws.

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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