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Event takes place on February 13, 2019 at 5:30 PM
Parks & Recreation Office

Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

February 13, 2019 – 5:30 PM

Parks & Recreation Main Office




  1. Call to Order


  1. Acceptance of minutes from the November 29, 2018 Commission Meeting


  1. Correspondence Received:

Department of Public Works – Public Hearing Notices:

  • November 19, 2018, at DPW. Application received for a Stormwater Permit by Stiebel Properties, Inc., for Russell Terrace.

January 23, 2019, Stormwater Permit by MIFA for the Victory Theatre.

Office of Planning & Economic Development – Notices:

  • Notice of Decision, Special Permit for an Increase in Sign Size, for Walgreens. Date of Hearing – November 13, 2018
  • Office of Planning & Econmoic Development: Notice of Public Hearings, City Hall Annex on November 13, 2018, for a site plan review petition submitted by Steibel Properties. Increase in Sign Size, Walgreens, Northampton Street. November 27, 2018 Special Permit to exceed fence height, Russell Terrace.
  • Notice of Decision on November 27, 2018, Russell Terrace Case #131 Approved.
  • Notice of Decision, February 1, 2019, Victory Theatre, Approved with conditions.
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Site Plan Review Petition, Victory Theatre


Renovations, approved with conditions.

  • Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony: Reception for Tyler Andre Guertin
  • Marvin Cable, Esq., Notice of Community Outreach Meeting Regarding Proposal for a Marijuana Establishment. January 28, 2019 at 375 Whitney Avenue for proposed establishment at 604 Main Street.


  1. City Council Orders Received:
  • Introduced by Councilor Joseph M. McGivern

Ordered, Financial Order: Ordered that the sum of $550,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of Pouliot Pool reconstruction, including 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, provided that the amount of authorized borrowing shall be reduced by the amount of such aid received prior to the issuance of bonds or notes under this order; 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 so such purposes.


Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest cost, 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 any material change to the description of projects included in this bond authorization shall be subject to approval of the Holyoke City Council.

Funds are available for appropriation transfer per city Auditor.

To the City Council, I hereby recommend the passage of the above order the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Signed Alex B. Morse, Mayor

In City Council, October 16, 2018. Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

In City Council, on November 7, 2018, report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays. Yeas 9, Nays, 0, Absent 4, (Anderson-Burgos, Bresnahan, Lisi, Roman).


Introduced by Councilor Joseph M. McGiverin

  • Ordered, that in accordance with the M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “HEALTHY SUMMER YOUTH JOBS 2018” 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.

To the City Council:

I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Signed, Alex B. Morse, Mayor

In City Council, November 20, 2018. Received and referred to the Finance Committee.


In City Council, on December 18, 2018, the report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays. Yeas 11, Nays

0, Absent 2, (Lisi, Roman).


Introduced by Councilor David K. Bartley

  • Ordered, the City Council order the Parks & Recreation Commission to work with the State’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on planting more trees in our City Parks. The following is a brief comment and a list of suggestions from DCR: “There are a lot of other parks within the planting zone, both small and large, that could use more tree canopy cover.  I have listed below some other parks to look into for spring plating potential:
  1. Sheard Park – planted in 2016 – still more potential for trees to be planted
  2. Pulaski Park – planted in 2016 – still more potential for a few trees to be planted
  3. Veterans Memorial Park
  4. Carlos Vega Park corner of Clemente and S. East Street
  5. Valley Arena Park – S. Bridge Street between Hamilton and Sergeant St.
  6. Springdale Park – lots of potential for tree planting
  7. Crosier Field – Peck School
  8. MacKenzie Stadium – Holyoke High School
  9. McNally Field – Kelly School
  10. Laurel Park

In City Council, November 2018. Received and Adopted. Referred to the Parks and Rec, DPW, DCR & City Forester.


  1. Community Preservation Committee Update
  • Smith’s Ferry Cemetery Improvement project: Public Hearing for Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Parks Commission Representative – discussion


  1. Budget Status for Fiscal Year 2019

Additional funds will have requested for FY 20 in the Part-time Seasonal Account.

FY 2020 Budget Request


  1. New Business
  • Holyoke Youth Baseball – Little League Inc, discussion
  • Dean Memorial Park, property owned by O’Connell Development, located on the corner of Linden & Beech Streets, discussion based on an e-mail received from John Dyjach, Office of Planning & Economic Development
  • Holyoke Rows – Yearly Contract
  • Yearly Review of Polices & Fees – Begin Discussion


  1. Old Business
  • The following Community Development Block applications were submitted by the Department of Public Works on behalf of the Holyoke Parks & Recreation Department: EN White Playground, Springdale Park, Master Plan, Scotts Tower, New Player Benches & Protective Fencing at various City Parks, and the re-design of the water Spray at Pina Park.
  • The Pouliot Pool Project has been awarded the full $400,000 reimbursable PARC Grant, effective July 2019.
  • The following Community Development Block Grant projects will begin construction in the Spring of 2019 and the projects will be complete prior to July 1, 2019. The demolition of the basketball court at Ely Park and the reconstruction of a full-sized basketball court. The installation of adult work-out equipment, complete with poured in place rubber at Pulaski Park, the installation of domino tables at Carlos Vega Park, the installation of new benches at Pulaski Park.


  1. Recreation Report – Attached


  1. New Hires/Seasonal, Part-Time Staff

No new hires.  On January 1, 2019, the minimum hourly wage in Massachusetts rose to $12/hr.


  1. Next Meeting Date


  1. Adjournment



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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