Ordinance Committee Meeting 1/28/20 Text Size

Event takes place on January 28, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting
There will be a regular meeting of the committee on



At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Tues. January 28, at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: David Bartley


Item 1: Previous Meeting Minutes

Item 2: Murphy 12/17/19: Order:  that in support of a $6.566 million MassWorks grant for infrastructure improvements that will serve an affordable homeownership project in the vicinity of Carlos Vega Park in South Holyoke, order that:

South East Street from Adams Street to Sargeant Street be designated a pedestrian way with a northerly bicycle lane. (Schedule VI)
A southerly bicycle lane be added on the west side of Clemente Street from Hamilton Street to Adams Street. (Schedule XI)
A northerly bicycle lane be added on the east side of South East Street from Sargent Street to Hamilton Street.  (Schedule XI)
A bicycle lane be added on both sides of South Bridge Street from Sargeant Street to Hamilton Street. (Schedule XI)
South East Street from Sargeant Street to Hamilton Street be designated one-way in a northerly direction. (Schedule III)
Clemente Street from Adams Street to Sargeant Street be designated two-way. (Remove a portion of Clemente St from Schedule III)

Item 3: McGee 12/18/18: Ordered that the following changes be made to the classification plans of Chapter 2 proposed ordinance changes. (see attached highlighted changes)

Item 4: McGiverin 8/7/18: Ordered that Schedule B, Compensation for Elected Officials of Chapter 2 of the code of ordinances be amended as follows, effective January 1, 2019: Mayor: $125,000, City Clerk: $90,000, City Treasurer: $85,000, City Council $12,500, City Council President: $1,000 (in addition to above)

Item 5: Anderson-Burgos 6/9/18:  Order:  that the PR Salary Schedule of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to increase the salary of all PR 14 positions to PR 19.


Item 6: Anderson-Burgos 6/19/18: Ordered that a new position be established for Mayoral Aide – Chief of Staff


Item 7: Anderson-Burgos 6/19/18: Ordered that the position of Mayoral Aide – Chief of Staff be added to the PR Salary Schedule as PR24


Item 8: Jourdain/Roman 6/6/17: Ordered that through Ordinance a Criminal Analyst position be established by the Holyoke Police Dept.


Item 9: McGiverin 3/20/18: Ordered that all Retirement Board positions be established as Special Municipal Employees


Item 10: Sullivan 4/16/19: Ordered that Article II Section 42-41 Organization be amended to allow for a stipend for Fire Commissioners


Item 11: Vacon 9/5/18: Ordered that no change in pay for any elected official shall take effect during the current term of office. Individuals know the pay for the position at the time they fun for office.


Item 12: Lisi 12/1/15: Ordered 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


Item 13: Bartley 8/6/19: 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.


Item 14: Sullivan 6/18/19: Order:  To 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.


Item 15: Lebron-Martinez: 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            developable land


Item 16: McGee 5/1/18: Ordered that the Ordinance Committee invite in Paul Donahue project manager for Suez to discuss the Holyoke operations, give updates, offer planning suggestions for the CSO


Item 17: Murphy/McGee 2/19/19: Ordered that the city council meet with the department of public works superintendent to discuss the possibility of providing Refuse Disposal Permits free of charge to renters just as it is to residential homeowners.  Also, the policy deactivating a permit card when a landlord has failed to pay the sewer use charge should be discussed.


Item 18: McGee 4/17/18: Ordered that the Holyoke Water Dept. Commissioners and representatives come before the Ordinance Committee to discuss payment in lieu of taxes programs.


Item 19: Roman 11/7/18: Ordered 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


Item 20: Lopez 2/7/17:  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).

Item 21: McGee 5/21/19: Ordered that the Chapter 2 Section 2-336 (C)  be amended to include the words, “with the exception of food vendors with the appropriate permits from the state, Board of Health and Dept. of Public Works”.


Item 22: McGee 3/2/16: Ordered that the City charge a sales tax or license fee (similar to a taxi cab) on Uber/Lyft ride share companies.


Item 23: McGee/Lisi/Tallman/Valentin 4/18/17: Ordered that the ordinance committee amend ordinance 2-467, related to the Community Preservation Committee, by removing the position requirement of City Council member to the CPC.


Item 24: Valentin 3/6/18: Ordered that the DPW Superintendent reviews parking options on Hampden and Beacon and offer suggestions that may alleviate delivery issues for Eddie’s Furniture.


Item 25: McGiverin 2/21/17: Ordered that the City Council look into creating a parking authority


Item 26: Lisi Ordered that Sec. 86-97 of the City’s Parking Ordinances be struck from the Citys parking Ordinances: Sec. 86-97: All Night Parking: No person shall allow, permit, or suffer any vehicles registered in his name, other than one acting in an emergency, to be parked on any street in the downtown area between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. of any day.


Item 27: McGee 11/7/16: Ordered 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.


Item 28: Alexander 12/15/15: Whereas: ALL city residents benefit from an effective system to manage stormwater and snowmelt throughout the downtown, but only SOME properties contribute directly to the stormwater delivered to the waste treatment plant

Ordered: 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.


Item 29: Lebron-Martinez 1/7/20: Ordered that handicap sign be placed in front of 24 Hampden St. for Marilyn Vasquez


Item 30: Murphy 1/7/20: Ordered that a handicap sign be placed at 300 Chestnut St. for Nictsa Garcia


Item 31: Murphy 12/17/19: Ordered that a handicap sign be placed at 533 So. Summer St. for Maria Alvarado






Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen
The listing of matters are those reasonable anticipated by the chair which
may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be
discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the
extent permitted by law. Also one or two items may require the committee
to enter into executive session at this meeting.

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