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Holyoke City Council regular meeting Text Size

Event takes place on April 03, 2018 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
April 3,2018

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Theresa Cooper-Gordon, 102 Linden St. to serve as a Commissioner of the Holyoke  Housing Authority for the City of Holyoke:  Ms. Cooper-Gordon will serve a five year term; said term will expire on April 1, 2023.

2.    From Irma Cruz, Assistant City Clerk, minutes of regular meeting of March 20, 2018.

3.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re:  2019 Budget.

4.    From Bellamy Schmidt, City Auditor, letter re:  Monthly Budget Reports for General Fund and Sewer Fund as of January 31, 2018.

5.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Solicitor, letter re: Turnaround of Auditor’s office.

6.    From Dr. Stephen Zrike, Receiver/Superintendent, Holyoke Public Schools, letter re: Update on Transportation for Students with Disabilities

7.    From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes of February 15, 2018.

8.    From Board of Health, minutes of February 1, 2018.

9.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority executive minutes of July 1, August 19, December 16, 2015, March 3, March 31, 2016.

10.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, meeting minutes of October 19, November 16, 2016 & January 18, February 15, April 19, May 17, June 28, August 23, October 25, 2017, also the annual meeting minutes for November 16, 2016.

11.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes of February 22, 2018.

PETITIONS

12.    Petition of Jannette Vega, of  227 West Franklin St. for a street vendor license on Hampden st. (Between Maple and Chestnut Sts.)

13.    Petition of Frank Ferrini for a renewal of a second hand license at 375 Whitney Ave.

14.    Petition of Tai Woong Kang, for a renewal of a second hand license at 311 High St.

15.    Petition of Mimi Mae (EZ exchange) for a renewal of a second hand license at 324 Appleton St.

16.    Petition of Andrea Alvarez, for a new special permit for a home occupation fora Hair Salon at 45 Longwood Ave.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

17.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

17A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that a handicap sign be placed in front of 545 So. Bridge St. for Tony Garcia  Recommend that the order be adopted

17B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  That the City Council adopt an ordinance to limit the parking on the corner of Belvedere and Northampton St where Silk Deli is located. Residents have been experiencing parking hazards in this area.   Recommend that the order be adopted with the recommendations of the DPW Superintendent

17C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 330 Walnut St. for Irvin J. Rodriguez  Recommend that the order be adopted

17D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council, in order to expand the search and scope for the City Auditor position change the residency requirement.  Recommend that the order be referred to Charter and Rules with the following recommendations: 1. That there be no residency requirement for the City Auditor position. 2. That the position be given a 3 to 5 year term. 3. That the position be removed from the City Charter and be made into a position defined in the City’s ordinances

17E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order, that the “No Parking From Here to Corner” sign on Portland Street at the intersections of Mackenzie and Magnolia avenues be replaced with a new sign.
  Recommend that the order be adopted with the recommendations of the DPW Superintendent

18.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

19.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

20.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

21A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Special Permit Application from Cellco Partnership c/o Verizon Wireless to Erect Personal Wireless Service Facilities for Telecommunication Services at 177 West St. Map 034 Block 04 Parcel 003  Recommend that the application be approved

21B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Special Permit Applications from Cellco Partnership c/o Verizon Wireless to Erect Personal Wireless Service Facilities for Telecommunication Services at 302 Chestnut St. Map 010 Block 08 Parcel 010  Recommend that the application be approved

21C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Special Permit Applications from Cellco Partnership c/o Verizon Wireless to Erect Personal Wireless Service Facilities for Telecommunication Services at 532 South Bridge St. Map 029 Block 04 Parcel 010.  Recommend that the application be approved

21D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Public Hearing of 4 Special Permit Applications from Cellco Partnership c/o Verizon Wireless to Erect Personal Wireless Service Facilities for Telecommunication Services at 2217 Northampton St. Map 115 Block 00 Parcel 016  Recommend that the application be approved

21E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Order:  That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from OneHolyoke CDC to purchase a parcel of land located at 278 Pine Street for $1. Said Parcel contains approximately 0.19 acres and is described in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 004, Block 06, Parcel 013 and being more particularly described in deeds recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 21088, Page 399. The parcel is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $31,200.  Recommend that the order be adopted

21F.    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 from Way Finders, Inc. to purchase a parcel of land located at 188 Chestnut Street for $15,500. Said Parcel contains approximately 0.27 acres and is described in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 011, Block 10, Parcel 008 and being more particularly described in deeds recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20552, Page 219 and further described in Book 12504, Page 178. The parcel is zoned Multifamily Residence and Professional Offices (RO) and has an assessed value of $24,500.  Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council.  Recommend that the order be adopted

22.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

24.    MCGIVERIN    —    Ordered that, Section 2, Definitions, of the Holyoke Zoning Ordinance, and Section 4.3, Table of Principal Uses, be amended to allow additional, complementary uses within IP (Industrial Park) Districts to increase the possibility and feasibility of new development on long-vacant land in Holyoke.

25.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Six thousand nine hundred seventy-five and 32/100 Dollars ($6,975.32) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107    Patrolmen        $6,975.32
        TOTAL:    $6,975.32
TO:
12101-51180    Injured on Duty        $6,975.32
        TOTAL:    $6,975.32

26.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Six thousand twenty-two and 06/100 Dollars ($6,022.06) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105    Firefighters        $6,022.06
        TOTAL:    $6,022.06
TO:
12201-51180    Injured on Duty        $6,022.06
        TOTAL:    $6,022.06

27.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Three thousand nine hundred ninety-four and 94/100 Dollars ($3,994.94) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105    Firefighters        $3,994.94
        TOTAL:    $3,994.94
TO:
12201-51180    Injured on Duty        $3,994.94
        TOTAL:    $3,994.94

28.    MCGIVERIN    —    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, One million two hundred thirty-five thousand one hundred twenty-six and 00/100 Dollars ($1,235,126) as follows:

FROM:
18202-56513    Charter School Assessment        $1,235,126
        TOTAL:    $1,235,126
TO:
13002-57000    School Expenses        $900,000
19131-51999    Unemployment        335,126
        TOTAL:    $1,235,126

29.    ROMAN    —    Ordered 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. The finance department shall be managed by a chief financial officer who shall be responsible to and be appointed by the mayor, subject to the approval of the city council, for a term of no less than 3 years. The chief financial officer may serve, ex officio, as the auditor or treasurer; provided however that no director shall serve, ex- officio, as both auditor and treasurer.

30.    ROMAN    —    Ordered that the City of Holyoke draft and adopt a Small Cell Tower Installation ordinance said ordinance would limit equipment must not extend further than 50 inches from the top of the pole/roof. Once installed, all rooftop poles/roofs would be subject to inspection by the city every other year at a fee of $500 apiece to said wireless company.

31.    SULLIVAN    —    a marker or plaque be placed at Rohan Park in honor of Edwin L. Kirtland, for whom the former Kirtland School was named.

32.    SULLIVAN    —    the limestone monuments in honor of our veterans and located in the Armory be removed. They should be installed in a safe and suitable location such as the war memorial, or stored for future use.

33.    VACON    —    Create an ordinance to post signs similar to the one below (say no to panhandlers) along business corridors and at major intersections.  This idea was provided by a constituent and this order is filed in response to concerns from residents and businesses.  See attached article.

34.    VALENTIN    —    That a handicap sign be placed in front of 179 Oak St. for Heriberto Morales.

35.    ANDERSON-BURGOS    —    That a crime watch sign be placed on pole # 21 located at the corner of Pinehurst Rd & West Franklin St where it once was but has since been removed. This is a constituent request.

36.    ANDERSON-BURGOS    —    That the City Council adopt an ordinance to limit the amount of parking spaces at Nicks Nest located on the Dillon St side of the restaurant. It’s become a traffic hazard for oncoming traffic to and from Northampton St and Dillon st alike. This is a constituent request.

37.    ANDERSON-BURGOS    —    That the City Council request a speed study be conducted on Hillside Avenue to address a speeding issue expressed by multiple constituents.

38.    ANDERSON-BURGOS    —    That the City Council request a speed study be conducted on Columbus Ave to address a speeding issue expressed by multiple constituents.

39.    ANDERSON-BURGOS    —    That the DPW do extensive repairs on Old Jarvis Ave. Constituents have expressed that the road is in serious disrepair and is a hazard to drive on.

40.    ANDERSON-BURGOS    —    That the DPW do repairs on odd and even side of West Franklin St.

41.    ANDERSON-BURGOS    —    That the Parks & Recreation Department replace wood chips at Rohan Park  because footings on structures are exposed which could result in injuries to children.

42.    ANDERSON-BURGOS    —    That the DPW place trash receptacles in a couple spots throughout Summit Ave. The amount of trash that accumulates on a weekly basis is getting out of hand.

43.    BARTLEY    —    The management of Wistariahurst provide to the City Council a report documenting the $250,000.00 grant it received (circa 2010).  The grant was referenced in a letter from DLS dated 3/19/18 and the deficiency from the grants ($124,921.00) was discussed in City Council 3/20/18 and paid for by city taxpayers to balance the FY18 budget.  Provide a narrative of the source of the funds, what they were used for, and how the fund had a deficiency.  Please provide prior to the city council’s budget review time.

44.    BARTLEY    —    The Auditor provide documentation to the City Council that the 14 “fund deficits” delineated in the DLS letter dated 3/19/18 are paid. Further, provide to the City Council a list of all other outstanding accounts where deficits exist and have DLS confirm them.  If no other special revenue fund deficits exist, then please acknowledge this.  Please provide to the full city council prior to this year’s budget review.

45.    BARTLEY    —    The Mayor, the Auditor and the city’s financial team as needed, provide draft internal controls on how city grants are to be administered so that future governments (re: city taxpayers) are not faced with paying for administrative shortfalls.

46.    BARTLEY    —    The City Council invite the Board members and/or administrators of Holyoke Media to a DGR meeting.  In advance of the meeting, please provide the following:
·    A narrative of Plans for your company;
·    Any agreements between Holyoke Media and the City of Holyoke;
·    an accounting (financial statements including P and L and Balance sheet) and/or audit through 12/31/17;
·    a copy of the 3 most current bank statements (i.e. 1/31, 2/28, & 3/31/18);
·    a narrative of your revenue source(s);
·    a list of expenses for 2017 thru 3/31/18;
·    an employee list;
·    and information relative to Holyoke Media’s recent purchase of 1 Suffolk St. from HEDIC including the Purchase and Sale contract.

47.    BARTLEY    —    DPW install a Stop sign where Russell Terrace intersects South St.  Amend the city ordinances as follows:
Add the following to Section 86-325 Schedule IV: Stop Streets

Street Stopped        Direction of Travel                            Intersection

Russell Terr.              Southerly                                            South St.

48.    BARTLEY    —    The City Council review the fee schedule in the blighted property ordinance (18-35) for the purpose of ensuring that our fees do not discourage receivers and developers from buying and rehabilitating housing in poor condition.  Specifically, the city should grant receivers and other developers a one-year grace period in which the vacant building registration fee would be waived which would allow the developer time to fix a property so that’s it’s ready for occupancy.  City Council should also be sure that the Building Commissioner and Health Dept. work together and that each department works with developers/receivers as well as protects the public.  Refer to Ordinance with a copy to Building Commissioner, Health Dept., and the Mayor.

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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