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Holyoke City Council Meeting October 1, 2019

Oct 1 2019

7:00 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
October 1,2019

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, Mayors request re: Supplemental Budget.

2. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 131 Beech St. for Juan Colon Recommend that the order be adopted

3. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 372 Maple St. for Cynthia Y Hernandez De Leon Recommend that the order be adopted.

4. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the a handicap sign be placed in back of 3 Laurel St. for Betty Hallenbeck Recommend that the order be adopted

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

COMMUNICATIONS

5. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor Letter re: 2.6M Fire Department Vehicle Bond Balance.

6. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor letter re: Departmental Capital Plan Forms FY2020.

7. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor letter re: Monthly Budget Reports for the General fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant reports as of July 31, 2019.

8. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass't. to City Council minutes of September 3, 2019, regular meeting and minutes of September 16, 2019 special meeting.

9. From Holyoke Board of Health minutes of June 6 and August 8, 2019.

10. From Board of Fire Commissions minutes of July 18, 2019.

11. From Holyoke Police Department updated list related to Heroin OD's for 2018-2019.

PETITIONS

12. Petition of Ismael B. Ramos for a special permit for motor vehicle repair garage (7.2.13a) at 64 Clemente St.

13. Petition of Ismael B. Ramos for a special permit for outdoor sales lots for new and used motor vehicles and trucks, and marine and recreational vehicles (7.2.13) at 64 Clemente St.

14. Petition of Paul J. Wanat, President United Tractor Trailer School, Inc. for a special permit for a temporary storage unit at 50 Holyoke St. (red lot extension).

15. Petition of Edward Glica for a renewal of a Home Occupation for a home remodeling business at 19 Concord Ave.

16. Petition of Peoples Bank for a new special permit for a Drive-Thru ITM at 825 Hampden St.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

17. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

17A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order   that Section 86-322, Schedule I-A(c)(3) be amended to amend the parking fees for special events in the City. Recommend that the order be adopted

17B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that Section 82-5(a) be amended to increase the allowable abatement limit from $1,000 to $1,500 pursuant to an amendment to MGL c. 59, Section 5N recommend that the order be adopted

17C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Order: That the City Council Accept Mass General Law Section 21C 1/2:

Employees who are veterans; participation in Veterans or Memorial Day exercises; time off granted; exceptions Section 21C1/2. An employee of a city or town which accepts the provisions of this section who is a veteran as defined in clause Forty-third of section seven of chapter four or is a member of a department of war veterans listed in section seventeen of chapter eight, and who desires to participate in a Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercise, parade or service, may be allowed and granted a reasonable and sufficient period of time off from his duties to attend and participate in such services or exercises. This section shall not apply to employees whose duties and services are critical and essential to the public safety as determined by ordinance or by-law, and the city or town may determine whether such time shall be with or without pay. Recommend that the order be adopted

17D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that The City Engineer research if a four way stop sign is needed  at the intersection of Race Street and Dwight Streets. There has been a lot of accidents in this area for the last couple of years. Please have results back to the Public Safety Committee within 30 business days. Recommend that the order be adopted

17E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city establish a school safety zone in accordance with MGL Ch 90 section 18B as follows: “To establish 2 20 MPH safety Zone in the vicinity of the Dean School and athletic field on Main Street beginning 100 feet northerly of the school property and extending 0.25 miles to the south in accordnace with MGL Chapter 90 section 18B.” Recommend that the order be adopted

17F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that No Parking signs be replaced on Homestead Ave between Kane and Pynchon roads on the school side of Homestead Ave and added as a city ordinance.
Recommend that the order be adopted

18. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

18A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication From Cheryl A. Dugre, Executive Director Holyoke Retirement Board, to accept the provisions of Chapter 188 of the Acts 2010 Municipal Relief Act; Section 19, and increase the cost of living adjustment (COLA) base for retirees. Recommend that the City Council adopt the vote of the Retirement Board and approve the COLA increase

18B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Holyoke and NAGE R1 Clerical Union Recommend that the Item has been received

18C. 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 “FY 2020 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT SUPPORT AND INCENTIVE 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. Recommend that the order be approved

18D. 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 thirty five and 80/100 Dollars ($135.80) as follows:

FROM:
12402-53050       Electric Inspections                            $135.80
TOTAL: $135.80
TO:
12401-51109       Pay-Head Clerk                   $33.41
12401-51110       Pay-Local Building Inspector                           102.39
TOTAL: $135.80 Recommend that the order be approved

18E. 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 fourth hundred twenty two and 00/100 Dollars ($6,422.00) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51107       Library Assistant                                                                                                             $1,846.00
16101-51111       Library Assistant Evenings                                                                                            4.576.00
TOTAL:                                     $6,422.00
TO:
16101-51102       Reference Library Assistant                                                                                          $1,846.00
16101-51110       Reference Library Assistant-Evening                                                                          4,576.00
TOTAL:                                     $6,422. Recommend that the order be approved

18F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY AND 00/100 Dollars ($3,840.00) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51108     PARALEGAL              $3,840.00
TOTAL:           $3,840.00
TO:
15431-51102    DEPUTY COMMISSIONER              $3,840.00
TOTAL:           $3,840.00 Recommend that the order be approved

18G. 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 “2019 CONNECTICUT RIVER CSO CLEAN UP 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

18H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY THREE AND 00/100 Dollars ($8,583.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105     HEAD ADMIN CLERK/AUDIT                     $8,583.00
TOTAL:           $8,583.00
TO:
15431-51104    HEAD ADMIN CLERK/VETERANS             $8,583.00
TOTAL:           $8,583.00 Recommend that the order be approved

18I. 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 ONE HUNDRED AND 49/100 Dollars ($9,100.49) as follows:

FROM:
15101-51107     SANITARIAN III                                                                            $9,100.49
TOTAL:                          $9,100.49
TO:
15431-51102    DEPUTY COMMISSIONER                                                              $9,100.49
TOTAL:                          $9,100.49 Recommend that the order be approved

18J. 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 FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY FOUR AND 25/100 Dollars ($7,484.25) as follows:

FROM:
11521-51104     HEAD ADMIN CLERK/PERSONNEL                      $7,484.25
TOTAL:           $7,484.25
TO:
15431-51104    HEAD ADMIN CLERK/VETERANS             $7,484.25
TOTAL:           $7,484.25 Recommend that the order be approved

18K. 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 NINETY ONE AND 00/100 Dollars ($12,591.00) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51101      CITY SOLICITOR                  $12,591.00
TOTAL:           $12,591.00
TO:
15431-51102    DEPUTY COMMISSIONER              $12,591.00
TOTAL:           $12,591.00 Recommend that the order be approved

18L. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, Two thousand five hundred fifty five and 00/100 Dollars ($2,555.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105       Head Administrative Clerk                                $2,555.00
TOTAL: $2,555.00
TO:
11351-51102       Assistant City Auditor                        $2,555.00
TOTAL: $2,555.00 Recommend that the order be approved

18M. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Tax Collector and contracted provider for the excise tax bill come before the City Council to address constituents issues on not receiving their bill and then being assessed a late fee. Also, please provide the council with a copy of the contract the city has with the provider with in 7 days. Recommend that the order has been complied with

18N. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the mayor, the school receiver, and the law department work together to provide a legal, contractual  commitment for the school department to provide a payment of $1 million each year towards the bond payment for two middle schools should the debt exclusion question be approved.  Please report the status of this discussion to the city council by September 17th. Recommend that the order has been complied with

18O. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that The Mayor forward any contracts between the City of Holyoke and any consultants that were initiated in FY2019. The contracts provided should include any agreements between the City of Holyoke and any former City employee(s) Recommend that the order has been complied with

18P. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City Assessor come before the City Council and explain the following:
1) whether it is indeed true that the mall will be receiving an reduction in assessed value from $220 Million to $205 Million (8% reduction in the taxes it owes the City)
2) whether the Assessor has the ability to make this change to assessed value unilaterally, or if there are other individuals/boards/departments involved
3) the methodology and all relevant documentation that was used to reassess the mall property Recommend that the order has been complied with

18Q. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the mayor propose a bond for the demolition of all city owned buildings which have been recommended for demolition.  The bond would probably be close to $2 million, but it would allow the city to clear many unsafe and dilapidated buildings over the next year or two, rather than over the next 10 years, with bond payments only slightly higher than what we pay yearly now for demolition.
Recommend that the order has been complied with

18R. 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 “CITY HALL STAINED GLASS WINDOWS” 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 has been complied with

18S. 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 forty three and 25/100 Dollars ($22,643.25) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51104       Lieutenants                                                                                                                       $7,846.53
12201-51105       Firefighters                                                                                                                        4,796.72
TOTAL:                                     $22,643.25
TO:
12201-51180       Injured on Duty                                                                                                               $22,643.25
TOTAL:                                     $22,643.25 Recommend that the order be denied

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 an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare 1094 Hampden Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 105, Block 00, Parcel 022, consisting of a vacant single-family house on an approximate 4,800 square foot lot. The property is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 15015, Page 278.  On July 2, 2019 the property was awarded to the City via a Land Court Decree with a Final Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22740, Page 108.  The property is zoned Two-Family Residence (R-2) and has an assessed value of $99,200. Recommend that the order be adopted

21B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare 28 Cabot Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 29, Block 04, Parcel 015, consisting of vacant land of approximately 3,817 square feet in size. The property is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 8738, Page 138.  On March 18, 2013, the property was awarded to the City via a Land Court Decree with a Final Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 19759, Page 377.  The property is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $151,800. Recommend that the order be adopted

21C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare 32 Cabot Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 29, Block 04, Parcel 014, consisting of vacant land of approximately 4,443 square feet in size. The property is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 5589, Page 540.  On September 21, 2018, the property was awarded to the City via a Land Court Decree with a Final Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22387, Page 358.  The property is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $20,100.  Recommend that the order be adopted

21D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, In accordance with MGL c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept the offer from Yunyi Liu to purchase the City-owned 3,688 acres of land located at 45 Lower Westfield Road for $220,000.00. The land is a portion of the Former Geriatric Authority property and identified in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 117, Block 00, Parcel 045. The property is shown as Lot 2B on the plan recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 385, Page 104. The property is zoned Multifamily residence and professional offices (RO) and has an assessed value of $215,700. Additional information is attached. Recommend that the order be adopted

21E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order : the City Council hereby: (1) Declares that the land at 416 Appleton Street (Board of Assessors’ parcel 061-02-014) has not been used for a park or open space and is not needed for such purposes. (2) Petitions the General Court of the Commonwealth for a Special Act to remove 416 Appleton Street from the Provisions of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. (3) Proposes to substitute or swap the Article 97 designation on 416 Appleton Street, replacing it with a designation on land associated with Holyoke’s Center City Pedestrian Plaza as part of the petition to the General Court of the Commonwealth, and in compliance with state regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. (4) Designates 30 John Street (parcel 013-04-006); and the northernmost portion of 505 Dwight Street (parcel 013-04-003) which is approximately 4,625 square feet of vacant land, for open space and recreational purposes.
Recommend that the order be adopted

21F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for Endangered Species 4WD LLC to operate an Auto Sales Facility (7.2.13) at 155 Elm St. Holyoke MA  Map 005 Block 04 Parcel 002 Recommend that the application be approved with conditions:
1.Facility lighting must be shielded from abutting properties
2.NO materials will be stockpiled outside of the facility
3. Signage must meet criteria of the Building Commissioner
4. The number of automobiles available for sale are not to exceed 5
5. All DPW Criteria shall be satisfied

21G. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for Endangered Species 4WD LLC to operate an and an Auto Repair Facility (7.2.13a) at 155 Elm St. Holyoke MA  Map 005 Block 04 Parcel 002. Recommend that the application be approved with conditions:
1.Facility lighting must be shielded from abutting properties
2.NO materials will be stockpiled outside of the facility
3. Signage must meet criteria of the Building Commissioner
4. The number of automobiles available for sale are not to exceed 5
5. All DPW Criteria shall be satisfied

21H. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that The City Council pass a resolution in support of the work of expanding natural gas capacity to the City of Holyoke.  The resolution should keep in mind the importance of protecting the environment but should recognize the reality that expanding business and building new schools can only be done when there is available energy and power.  Recommend that the following resolution be approved:

CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION

WHEREAS the Holyoke City Council recognizes the great work of the City’s municipal gas and
electric department and thanks the women and men of the Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) on its
continued and consistent dedication to the City of Holyoke; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council fully supports the work of the Holyoke Gas & Electric to
provide services at reasonable prices to the rate payers who use the services of HG&E; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council thanks HG&E for producing power necessary to support
residential and commercial and industrial consumers since 1902; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council is continually impressed by the myriad ways HG&E sources
the power needed, including natural gas, wind, solar, and hydro, advance economic development in
the city and to heat and cool Holyoke’s homes and businesses; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council thanks the HG&E for year-after-year supporting numerous
civic groups and agencies through its financial and volunteer efforts; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council stands with environmental agencies and advocates in their
mission to protect and preserve our precious air, land and water and making sure the environment
we leave to future generations is better than the one in which we live.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Holyoke City Council on this 1st day of
October 2019, supports the decision-making of the Commissioners and management of
HG&E to make sure the prices paid by the rate payers remain reasonable, the sources of power
remain abundant and reduction of carbon emissions remains a priority; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Holyoke City Council supports the efforts of the Commissioners
and Management of HG&E to expand natural gas capacity and hereby encourages HG&E to not
forever rely on fossil fuels because we, the Holyoke City Council, realize such energy is not the
future; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we, the Holyoke City Council, encourage all interested and
responsible parties to work to create economically viable sources of renewable energy and that we,
the Holyoke City Council, stand with HG&E because we know its Commissioners, Management and
Employees will use all resources responsibly.

22. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

24. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- that the crosswalks throughout the city be repainted
LISI wherever necessary to address a safety concern for
pedestrians, and for clarity of drivers.

25. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- that a handicap space be placed in front of 29 Belvidere Ave. for Jorge A. Burgos.

26. BARTLEY -- The Office of Planning and Economic Development provide
MURPHY an update on the purchase and sale contract status
SULLIVAN of the following properties at the next DGR meeting
VACON scheduled for October 7, 2019:
A. Geriatric Authority
B. Lynch
School

27. BRESNAHAN -- ordered that the Holyoke Police Department in force the 30 minute parking signs in front of 917 Hampden St. in particular on Fridays, and that the Holyoke Police Department respond to the City Council within 30 Days of this order.

28. LEAHY -- That the DPW present a list , with in 10 business days, of all planned street repaving projects completed since 01/01/19 and all planned street repaving projects planned to be completed before 12/31/19. Please submit this list to The City Clerk’s office to be listed as a communication on the following City Council meeting.

29. LEAHY -- That the City of Holyoke oppose Mass DOT Project File No. 606156 for many reasons including but not limited to:

*Unresolved Safety Issues
*Unresolved Noise issues
*Unresolved Environmental/Wetland Issues
*Unresolved Protected Species Issues
*Unresolved Construction Timetable Issues
*Unresolved Taking Issues
*Unresolved Diminution in Property Value Issues
*Unresolved ROW impact issues

30. LEAHY -- that the Superintendent of the Holyoke Water Department and the Mayor come into Public Service subcommittee to discuss the large amounts of complaints regarding discolored tap water and be prepared to discuss why there hasn’t been any notifications to the community.

31. MCGEE -- Ordered that the DPW place signs at the entrances to the community path (entrances on Radcliffe and Jefferson St.) stating "No dumping leaves, grass or refuse of any kind. Police take notice."

32. MCGEE -- Order that the City Council provide proclamations for the following retired Fire Department members: lt Richard Spike Ostiguy, Michael Leary, Hector Rodriguez, and James Tourigny.

33. MCGEE -- that DPW/Suez clean out the sewers on George Street, Jefferson, and near EN White school.

34. MCGEE -- that the DPW/Suez repair the manhole cover at the entrance to Mt Tom.  Currently there is a large metal plate covering it.

35. MCGEE -- that HPD install the speed radar machine at the entrance to EN White School on Jefferson.

36. MCGEE -- That the Charter and Rules committee revisit the combining
SULLIVAN of the Tax collector/ Treasurers office into one centralized
office.

37. MCGEE -- Order that a no parking sign be install near the driveway of 970 Hampden.

38. MCGEE -- That the Biennial Municipal Election in the City of Holyoke for the choice of City Officers be and the same is hereby called to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the several polling places as designated by the City Council. The polls will be opened at 7:00 am. in the forenoon and closed at 8:00 PM. in the afternoon of said day, and all the voters in the several precincts in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, may cast their votes by voting machines and paper ballots for the election of:
Que las Elecciones Municipal (Biennial) en la Cuidad de Holyoke, para el escojer de oficiales de la cuidad, sera llevado a cabo el Martes, 5, de Noviembre 2019 en los varios barrios, designados por la Assambleista Municipal. Los precintos estaran abiertos a las 7:00 a.m. de la manana y permaneceran abierto hasta las 8:00 p.m., cuando los precintos sean designado para votar en las horas dicha y haigan dado sus votos por medio de las maquinas de eleccion o por boletos de papel, para la eleccion de:

ONE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE AT-LARGE to serve for the term of four years, from the first Monday in January following his/her election, and until his/her successor is qualified.
UN MIEMBRO DE EL COMITE DE ESCUELA EN-GENERAL, para servir por un termino de cuatro anos, desde el primer lunes en Enero, despues de las elecciones, O'hasta que su sucesor sea cualificado.

SIX COUNCILORS AT LARGE, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
SEIS, ASAMBLEISTAS EN-GENERAL, para servir un termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O'hasta que su sucesor se cualificado.

ONE COUNCILOR FROM EACH WARD, by and from the voters of each ward, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
UN ASAMBLEISTA DE CADA BARRIO, por los votantes de cada barrio, para servir por el termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero despues de elecciones, O'hasta que su sucesor se cualificado.

ONE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR EACH WARD, by and from the voters of each ward, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
UN MIEMBRO DE EL COMITE DE ESCUELA DE CADA BARRIO, por los votantes de cada barrio, para servir un termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O'hasta que su sucesor sea cualificado.

39. MCGEE -- Suspend Rule 1 of the Rules and Orders of the City Council in so far as it pertains to the regularly scheduled meeting of November 5, 2019 as it is the date of the Municipal Election and reschedule this meeting.

40. MCGEE -- That the Polling Places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke for the Biennial Municipal Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recinto en la Ciudad de Holyoke para la Eleccion Biennial Municipal que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 5 de Noviembre 2019, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

WARD ONE BARRIO UNO

PRECINCT A – Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 Bowers St..
RECINTO A—Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 de la Calle Bowers

PRECINCT B—Prospect Heights Community Room, 41 Chestnut St.
RECINTO B—Prospect Heights, 41 de la Calle Chestnut

WARD TWO BARRIO DOS

PRECINCT A—Morgan School Gym, South Bridge St. Entrance only
RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela Morgan, en la Calle So. Bridge solamente

PRECINCT B – Falcetti Towers, 475 Maple St.
RECINTO B – Falcetti Towers, 475 de la Calle Maple

WARD THREE BARRIO TRES

PRECINCT A – Elmwood Engine House, South St.
RECINTO A – Elmwood Engine House, en la Calle South

PRECINCT B – Metcalf School Gym, 2019 Northampton St.
RECINTO B –Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

WARD FOUR BARRIOS CUATRO

PRECINCT A& B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, Appleton St.
RECINTO A&B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, en la Calle Appleton

WARD FIVE BARRIOS CINCO

PRECINCT A – Lt. Elmer J. McMahon School Gym, Kane Rd.
RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela McMahon, en la Calle Kane

PRECINCT B – Maurice A. Donahue School Gym, Whiting Farms Rd.
RECINTO B—Gimnasio de la Escuela Donahue, en la Calle Whiting Farms

WARD SIX BARRIO SEIS

PRECINCT A&B –Sullivan School, 400 Jarvis Ave.
RECINTO A&B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 de la calle Jarvis

WARD SEVEN BARRIO SIETE

PRECINCT A&B - E. N. White School Gym, 1 Jefferson St.
PRECINTO A&B– Gimnasio de la Escuela E. N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson

41. MCGEE -- That the HG & E look into installing walking path lights on the path between Radcliffe and Jefferson St. in order to address illegal dumping and safety concerns raised by constituents.

42. MCGEE -- that HG&E reinstall the light on the pole to the ally way near 906-930 Hampden Street.  The light was removed when a new pole was install but the light wasn’t replaced.

43. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "CULVERT REPLACEMENT MUNICIPAL ASSISTANCE" 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.

44. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SIXTEEN THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY EIGHT AND 84/100 Dollars ($16,478.84) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51104 LIEUTENANTS $7,846.53
12201-51105 FIRE FIGHTERS 8,632.31
TOTAL: $16,478.84
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $16,478.84
TOTAL: $16,478.84

45. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, NINE THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($9,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51103 PAY-CHIEF OF WIRES $9,000.00
TOTAL: $9,000.00
TO:
12402-53050 INSPECTIONS- ELECTRICAL $9,000.00
TOTAL: $9,000.00

46. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SIX THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY NINE AND 10/100 Dollars ($6,789.10) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 PATROLMAN $6,789.10
TOTAL: $6,789.10
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $6,789.10
TOTAL: $6,789.10

47. MCGIVERIN -- 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

48. MURPHY -- that a handicap space be placed in front of 302 Chestnut St. Apt 2A for Harain Aldarondo.

49. MURPHY -- that the DPW install fencing between 102 Pine St and
LEBRON-MARTINEZ 106 Pine St, as well as in the alley to prevent vacant
property from being used for illicit activities.

50. MURPHY -- that the public safety committee meet with the police department, city engineer, and superintendent of the DPW, and the director of school transportation to consider options for improving safety on Main Street between Vernon and Day Avenue.  This has been the scene of accidents, and also an area in which drivers seem to ignore school bus stops.  Options to be considered are more traffic enforcement, speed bumps, and or a blinking red traffic light at either James St or Springdale Ave..

51. MURPHY -- that the city create an ordinance which would ban the usage of thin-film, single-use plastic bags that are being used by retail establishments.  Such ban to take place within 180 days of the passage of the ordinance.

52. SULLIVAN -- That the law department send out demand letters to the insurance company under provisions of both G.L. c 93A Ma Consumer Protection Act and G.L. c 176D, the Unfair Methods of Competition and Unfair and Deceptive Acts in the business of Insurance.
Send to Dev. & Gov. Rel.

53. SULLIVAN -- That the law department update the Honorable City Council on the "Essex House" claim at the next meeting of the full council.

54. VACON -- that DPW install a temporary road block at Sunset Rd. & Rt 202 until funding is located for project construction as approved.

55. VACON -- that our building & or legal staff cause the property owner of 333 Rock Valley Road to comply with our city ordinance and apply for a special permit for a front driveway as others have been required to do.
6-1. - Off-street parking.
6.1.8.1. Special permit for a driveway in a front yard. A special permit may be granted by the city council for a driveway within the front yard of a residentially...

56. VACON -- that “no parking” be established and signs installed on Lower Westfield Rd. from the Elks driveway to the reservoir gate.

57. VACON -- that the property owner trim the hedges back on Homestead Ave where they are blocking the side walk (approx 50 feet after the driveway of the new Amazon project on Homestead Ave.

58. VACON -- that road lines be painted on County Road and Westfield roads.  The lines are so faded it has become a safety hazard.

59. VACON -- request that our City Engineer evaluate the intersection at the city line at Rock Valley Road and Southampton Roads for the possibility of a 4 way stop sign or recommend other safety improvement options.

60. VACON -- That a “slow/children” sign be placed on Apremont Hwy.  The corner of Dupuis Road and Apremont Hwy by the large hickory tree is a suggested the location from a resident due to more children in the neighborhood and drivers traveling too fast on the street.

61. VACON -- that the dead tree at 419 Southampton Road be taken down.

62. VACON -- that the sunken manhole covers on Homestead Ave at Pynchon and Sterling Roads be raised and repaired.

63. VALENTIN -- that a handicap sign be placed in front of 256 Walnut St. for Miguel A. Rodriguez.

 

 

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

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
October 1,2019

The meeting was called to order by President McGee at 07:05 PM.

The Clerk called the roll. Absent members: 0.

The name of Councilor Anderson-Burgos was drawn to head the roll call voting.

Proclamation was presented to Mr. Jason Garand by Councilor Rebecca Lisi and Council President Todd McGee for his many years of service to the City of Holyoke and the Local 336 Carpenters Union.

LAID ON THE TABLE

From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, Mayors request re: Supplemental Budget.

---> Laid on the table.

Motion was made and seconded to take items 2, 3 and 4 as a package
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 131 Beech St. for Juan Colon Recommend that the order be adopted

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 372 Maple St. for Cynthia Y Hernandez De Leon Recommend that the order be adopted.

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the a handicap sign be placed in back of 3 Laurel St. for Betty Hallenbeck Recommend that the order be adopted

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor
Under Discussion:
It was noted that each of the tabled orders were recommended for adoption and that the City Council was just waiting on the legal form for each of the orders. It was further noted that legal form and measurements from the Engineer’s Office were all available for the meeting and therefore each of the orders could now be adopted. Motion was made and seconded to approve Items 2, 3, and 4: Items 2, 3, and 4 adopted 13-0
Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take Items 21D out of order
The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, In accordance with MGL c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept the offer from Yunyi Liu to purchase the City-owned 3,688 acres of land located at 45 Lower Westfield Road for $220,000.00. The land is a portion of the Former Geriatric Authority property and identified in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 117, Block 00, Parcel 045. The property is shown as Lot 2B on the plan recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 385, Page 104. The property is zoned Multifamily residence and professional offices (RO) and has an assessed value of $215,700. Additional information is attached.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
Under Discussion:
Councilor Bartley gave information on the property and parcel and explained the project. It was noted that the development team would like to build condominiums. It was further noted that the parcel was about 3.688 acres. Councilor Bartley further noted that the land conveyance would be for the price of $220,000. Councilor Bartley stated that he is welcoming of this development especially because the City is in need for condominium housing which is lacking. It was noted that the estimated tax income for the City was about $100,000 a year. Motion was made and seconded to approve the order: Clerk called the roll: Item 21D approved 13-0

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

COMMUNICATIONS

From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor Letter re: 2.6M Fire Department Vehicle Bond Balance.

---> Received.

From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor letter re: Departmental Capital Plan Forms FY2020.

---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor letter re: Monthly Budget Reports for the General fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant reports as of July 31, 2019.

---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass't. to City Council minutes of September 3, 2019, regular meeting and minutes of September 16, 2019 special meeting.

---> September 3, 2019 received and approved. September 16, 2019 laid on the table.

From Holyoke Board of Health minutes of June 6 and August 8, 2019.

---> Received.

From Board of Fire Commissions minutes of July 18, 2019.

---> Received.

From Holyoke Police Department updated list related to Heroin OD's for 2018-2019.

---> Received.
Under Discussion:
Councilor Vacon stated that she feels that needle exchange is adding to the overdoses in the City along with the knowledge of the accessibility of Narcan. Councilor Vacon stated that she feels the City is providing easy access and opportunity for people to use heroin and that the effect is to draw people into the City to use drugs and overdose. Councilor Lisi spoke and stated that without having the numbers from other surrounding communities it is hard to put the numbers the Council received in context. Motion was made and seconded to receive the communication: Motion passed by voice vote.

PETITIONS

Motion was made and seconded to take items 12, 13 and 16 as a package
Petition of Ismael B. Ramos for a special permit for motor vehicle repair garage (7.2.13a) at 64 Clemente St.

---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

Petition of Ismael B. Ramos for a special permit for outdoor sales lots for new and used motor vehicles and trucks, and marine and recreational vehicles (7.2.13) at 64 Clemente St.

---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

Petition of Paul J. Wanat, President United Tractor Trailer School, Inc. for a special permit for a temporary storage unit at 50 Holyoke St. (red lot extension).

---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

Petition of Edward Glica for a renewal of a Home Occupation for a home remodeling business at 19 Concord Ave.

---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the mayor.
Under Discussion:
It was noted that the application was a renewal. Councilor McGee confirmed that all municipal fees and taxes were up to date for the applicant. Motion was made and seconded to approve Item 15: Clerk called the roll, Item 15 approved 13-0

Petition of Peoples Bank for a new special permit for a Drive-Thru ITM at 825 Hampden St.

---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Council President McGee spoke and gave several updates on things going on in the City including basketball sign-ups taking place on Oct. 5th. It was also noted that the Holyoke Fire Dept. is having a retirement party on 10/18/19 at 6:00pm at the Wherehouse?. Councilor Bartley thanked the HPD for their work on identifying of the perpetrator of break-ins taking place in the City of Holyoke. Several Councilors gave updates on events in the City of Holyoke. Moment of silence was held for noose situation that took place at Donahue Middle School. Councilor McGee thanked the Fire Dept. and all first responders who helped to contain the fire on Fairfield Avenue that took place over the weekend.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order   that Section 86-322, Schedule I-A(c)(3) be amended to amend the parking fees for special events in the City.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor Bartley spoke as the maker of the order. Councilor Bartley felt that the ordinance change was a good way to allow the DPW to have a bit more leeway and discretion in charging and collecting parking fees in the City especially in events that are big draws and require more resources from the Department. Councilor Bartley stated that any raise in the parking fees are reasonable and would fall within the jurisdiction of the DPW. Motion was made and seconded to approve the order: Clerk called the roll: Item 17A approved 13-0
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that Section 82-5(a) be amended to increase the allowable abatement limit from $1,000 to $1,500 pursuant to an amendment to MGL c. 59, Section 5N

have considered the same and recommend that the order be adopted.

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Ordinance Chair Vacon spoke and stated that the order was to adjust the City Ordinances to conform to state law and to allow for people in work off programs to have more of the tax relief that they are entitled to: Motion was made and seconded to adopt the order: Clerk called the roll: Item 17B Approved 13-0
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Order: That the City Council Accept Mass General Law Section 21C 1/2:

Employees who are veterans; participation in Veterans or Memorial Day exercises; time off granted; exceptions Section 21C1/2. An employee of a city or town which accepts the provisions of this section who is a veteran as defined in clause Forty-third of section seven of chapter four or is a member of a department of war veterans listed in section seventeen of chapter eight, and who desires to participate in a Veterans Day or Memorial Day exercise, parade or service, may be allowed and granted a reasonable and sufficient period of time off from his duties to attend and participate in such services or exercises. This section shall not apply to employees whose duties and services are critical and essential to the public safety as determined by ordinance or by-law, and the city or town may determine whether such time shall be with or without pay.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor Vacon stated that this order like Item 17B was again to conform the City’s Ordinances to Mass General Law and that this was a request of the Vetaran’s Office to ensure that the MA Law was reflected and codified in the City ordinances. Motion was made and seconded to approve Item 17B, Clerk called the roll: Item 17C approved 13-0

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take items 17D,17E & 17F
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that The City Engineer research if a four way stop sign is needed  at the intersection of Race Street and Dwight Streets. There has been a lot of accidents in this area for the last couple of years. Please have results back to the Public Safety Committee within 30 business days.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor Vacon stated that each of the orders were traffic related and involved orders that were vetted and studied by the City engineer. It was noted that in each of the orders the Engineer gave a set of recommendations that were listed out on papers provided to the Council. Councilor Vacon noted that each of the recommendations were approved by the committee unanimously in committee. Motion was made and seconded to approve Items 17D, 17E, and 17F: Clerk called the roll: Items Approved 13-0
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city establish a school safety zone in accordance with MGL Ch 90 section 18B as follows: “To establish 2 20 MPH safety Zone in the vicinity of the Dean School and athletic field on Main Street beginning 100 feet northerly of the school property and extending 0.25 miles to the south in accordnace with MGL Chapter 90 section 18B.”

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that No Parking signs be replaced on Homestead Ave between Kane and Pynchon roads on the school side of Homestead Ave and added as a city ordinance.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted.

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Communication From Cheryl A. Dugre, Executive Director Holyoke Retirement Board, to accept the provisions of Chapter 188 of the Acts 2010 Municipal Relief Act; Section 19, and increase the cost of living adjustment (COLA) base for retirees.
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the City Council adopt the vote of the Retirement Board and approve the COLA increase .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Anderson-Burgos).
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin noted that Cheryl Dugre from the Retirement Board was in and gave information on the COLA increase and it was noted that this increase has not been approved for 12 years and the City Council felt that the COLA increase was due. Councilor McGiverin also gave updates on how the retirement investments have been doing noting that they have been doing well. Motion was made and seconded to approve Item 18A, Clerk called the roll: Item 18A approved 12-0 (Anderson-Burgos absent for vote)

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 18A and 18L as a package
The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Holyoke and NAGE R1 Clerical Union

have considered the same and Recommend that the Item has been received .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Received.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, Two thousand five hundred fifty five and 00/100 Dollars ($2,555.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105       Head Administrative Clerk                                $2,555.00
TOTAL: $2,555.00
TO:
11351-51102       Assistant City Auditor                        $2,555.00
TOTAL: $2,555.00
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin gave information on the two orders noting that 18B was the MOA and that 18L was the financial transfer that would be the mechanism of approval for the union agreement. It was noted that the head administrative clerk of the auditor’s department filed a grievance for being removed from the union. It was noted that the former employee won her case and she was reinstated in the union and that the financial transfer was for the pay that she did not get when she was removed from that union. Motion was made and seconded to approve receive Item 18B and approve Item 18L motion passed 13-0.
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 “FY 2020 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT SUPPORT AND INCENTIVE 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.
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin explained the grant noting that the dollar figure was for 175,400 dollars for it would go toward paying dispatchers and equipment for the HPD that would include improving communications between HPD vehicles and the dispatchers. Councilor McGiverin stated that the high number is very good for the HPD and that the Finance Committee unanimously voted to approve the order. Clerk called the roll: Item 18C approved 13-0
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 thirty five and 80/100 Dollars ($135.80) as follows:

FROM:
12402-53050       Electric Inspections                            $135.80
TOTAL: $135.80
TO:
12401-51109       Pay-Head Clerk                   $33.41
12401-51110       Pay-Local Building Inspector                           102.39
TOTAL: $135.80
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin gave overview of the transfer request noting that money was a small amount that was owed from work done and that was owed in the previous fiscal year. T was noted that the money was left over and therefore could be approved in the transfer. Councilor McGiverin stated that the Finance Committee heard from Building Commissioner Damian Cote who had no problem approving the transfer. Clerk called the roll: Item 18D Approved 13-0
Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take Items 18E and 18S taken up as a package
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 fourth hundred twenty two and 00/100 Dollars ($6,422.00) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51107       Library Assistant                                                                                                             $1,846.00
16101-51111       Library Assistant Evenings                                                                                            4.576.00
TOTAL:                                     $6,422.00
TO:
16101-51102       Reference Library Assistant                                                                                          $1,846.00
16101-51110       Reference Library Assistant-Evening                                                                          4,576.00
TOTAL:                                     $6,422.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.

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 forty three and 25/100 Dollars ($22,643.25) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51104       Lieutenants                                                                                                                       $7,846.53
12201-51105       Firefighters                                                                                                                        4,796.72
TOTAL:                                     $22,643.25
TO:
12201-51180       Injured on Duty                                                                                                               $22,643.25
TOTAL:                                     $22,643.25

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be denied .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Bartley).
UNDER DISCUSSION:
It was noted that City Auditor and Maria Pagan had stated that the orders are either not needed or improperly worded in form. Clerk called the roll: Item 18E and 18S denied 13-0
Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take Items 18F, 18H, 18I, 18J, 18K taken up as a package
The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, THREE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY AND 00/100 Dollars ($3,840.00) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51108     PARALEGAL              $3,840.00
TOTAL:           $3,840.00
TO:
15431-51102    DEPUTY COMMISSIONER              $3,840.00
TOTAL:           $3,840.00
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 1 (Bresnahan)--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY THREE AND 00/100 Dollars ($8,583.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105     HEAD ADMIN CLERK/AUDIT                     $8,583.00
TOTAL:           $8,583.00
TO:
15431-51104    HEAD ADMIN CLERK/VETERANS             $8,583.00
TOTAL:           $8,583.00
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 1 (Bresnahan)--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

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 ONE HUNDRED AND 49/100 Dollars ($9,100.49) as follows:

FROM:
15101-51107     SANITARIAN III                                                                            $9,100.49
TOTAL:                          $9,100.49
TO:
15431-51102    DEPUTY COMMISSIONER                                                              $9,100.49
TOTAL:                          $9,100.49
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 1 (Bresnahan)--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

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 FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY FOUR AND 25/100 Dollars ($7,484.25) as follows:

FROM:
11521-51104     HEAD ADMIN CLERK/PERSONNEL                      $7,484.25
TOTAL:           $7,484.25
TO:
15431-51104    HEAD ADMIN CLERK/VETERANS             $7,484.25
TOTAL:           $7,484.25
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
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 NINETY ONE AND 00/100 Dollars ($12,591.00) as follows:

FROM:
11511-51101      CITY SOLICITOR                  $12,591.00
TOTAL:           $12,591.00
TO:
15431-51102    DEPUTY COMMISSIONER              $12,591.00
TOTAL:           $12,591.00
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 1 (Bresnahan)--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin gave overview of each of the financial transfers and the discussion that took place in committee. Councilor McGiverin also stated that each of the orders were unanimously approved at the previous Finance Committee meeting: Items 18F, 18H, 18I, 18J, 18K approved 12-1 (Bresnahan Dissenting)
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 “2019 CONNECTICUT RIVER CSO CLEAN UP 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.
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Bresnahan).
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin gave information on the grant noting the dollar amount of $1,050,000 for sewage treatment. It was noted that the CSO grant was necessary because the City is mandated to treat sewage before it can be put into the Ct. River. It was noted that the order came from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Motion was made and seconded to approve Item 18G: Clerk called the roll: Item 18G Approved 13-0
--> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 1 (Bresnahan)--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Tax Collector and contracted provider for the excise tax bill come before the City Council to address constituents issues on not receiving their bill and then being assessed a late fee. Also, please provide the council with a copy of the contract the city has with the provider with in 7 days.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
It was noted that Tax Collector Katie Jackowski was present at the meeting along with the long-term vendor Kelly and Ryan whom helps the tax collector office send out demand notices. It was noted that the Tax Collector explained the situation that took place and the process the notices go through. Councilor McGiverin gave relevant facts including the process that takes place within the Tax Collector office. Motion was made and seconded that the order has been complied with: Item 18M Complied with 13-0

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the mayor, the school receiver, and the law department work together to provide a legal, contractual  commitment for the school department to provide a payment of $1 million each year towards the bond payment for two middle schools should the debt exclusion question be approved.  Please report the status of this discussion to the city council by September 17th.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Finance Chair McGiverin spoke and gave overview of discussion that took place in the Finance Committee meeting. It was noted that order dealt with trying to get additional revenues to offset tax payer funds to be able to pay for the middle school project. It was noted that City Solicitor gave note giving the legalities of entering into a long term contract that would be between the School Dept. and the City and how funds could be channeled from the Schools to the City. Councilor McGiverin also gave a breakdown of net school spending and Chapter 70 monies and how these mechanisms work. It was noted that Dr. Zrike and Anthony Soto from the schools were present for the meeting and answered questions and participated in discussion. Councilor Murphy spoke and stated that in Charter and Rules Dr. Zrike did state that if there are savings in the School budget that he stated it could be put into the City budget to help with adding additional revenue streams. It was noted that this I only a possibility and not a definite option. Councilor Vacon requested that the City Council read the full communication from the Law Dept. into the record. Councilor Murphy read the entirety of the communication into the record. Councilor Vacon gave information on the current administrative contract between the City and the schools. Councilor Leahy spoke and stated that he does not trust any handshake deal with the state to match funds or to get additional funding from the state or the school dept. and stated that the City has been burned before and used the Quinn Bill as an example. Councilor Lisi asked if an MOU for getting payment from the schools would be legally binding. It was noted that the City should see the language in the MOU before there can be an answer to the question. It was noted that there could be a kind of fail-safe in the budget process if the schools did not live up to their end of the funding as agreed to. Councilors expressed confidence in Dr. Zrike and his efforts and integrity but still expressed skepticism on being able to guarantee additional funding from the Schools as reliable funding to help pay for the schools. Councilor Bartley spoke and stated that the City cannot withhold money to the School Dept. if the School dept. either could not or refused to pay for their agreed upon sum. Councilor Bartley stated that withholding funds would be a violation of law and therefore that possibility should not be viewed as a fail-safe alternative. Councilor Bartley stated that there can be negotiations and laws but the fact is there is no revenue source to fund the Quinn Bill and therefore the state does not pay. If there is no revenue source for the schools then the City will not get additional revenue. Councilor Bartley spoke and asked whether the bond would be voted upon before the election and noted that the City residents, it seems will not have a full picture of the financing before the election. Councilors continued the discussion about working to find additional funding for the middle school projects. Motion was made and seconded to adopt the committee report that the order had been complied with: Item 18N Complied with by voice vote.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that The Mayor forward any contracts between the City of Holyoke and any consultants that were initiated in FY2019. The contracts provided should include any agreements between the City of Holyoke and any former City employee(s)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor Bartley stated that though he has asked for this information through the regular City Council Chambers he has not received the requested information from the Mayor. Councilor Bartley stated that the order was filed several months ago and still there has not been a response. Councilor Bartley stated that he has filled out a FOIA request, something a City Councilor should not have to do in order to ensure this information is provided. Councilor Bartley stated that he looks forward to finally getting the info via the FOIA request and would report to the Council. Item 18O complied with by voice vote .

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City Assessor come before the City Council and explain the following:
1) whether it is indeed true that the mall will be receiving an reduction in assessed value from $220 Million to $205 Million (8% reduction in the taxes it owes the City)
2) whether the Assessor has the ability to make this change to assessed value unilaterally, or if there are other individuals/boards/departments involved
3) the methodology and all relevant documentation that was used to reassess the mall property

have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin spoke and gave information that was given to the Council by the City Assessor. It was noted that Tony Dulude attended the meeting and gave presentation on the Mall property valuations. It was noted the mall was re-assessed and not give an abatement. Councilor McGiverin gave information on the difference and noted that the assessed value was reduced because the rents and types of rents have changed significantly from retail to more service based entertainment type businesses. Motion was made and seconded that Item 18P has been complied with: Item 18P complied with by voice vote
The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the mayor propose a bond for the demolition of all city owned buildings which have been recommended for demolition.  The bond would probably be close to $2 million, but it would allow the city to clear many unsafe and dilapidated buildings over the next year or two, rather than over the next 10 years, with bond payments only slightly higher than what we pay yearly now for demolition.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin gave overview of the meeting and noted that Building Commissioner Cote was in and that bonding for this would need to be for ten years. Councilor McGiverin stated that information given at the committee level was good and updated were given in a satisfactory manner. Councilor Murphy stated that he hopes the Mayor will take a close look at doing this kind of bonding because there is such a great need to clear out the vacant and blighted buildings in the City. Item `18Q complied with by voice vote.
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 “CITY HALL STAINED GLASS WINDOWS” 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.
(Recommended by the Mayor)

have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 1 (Bresnahan)--Absent 1 (Murphy).
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor McGiverin gave information on the grant noting that the grant required a 50/50 match from the City to repair stained glass windows in City Hall. Motion was made and seconded to approve the order: Item 18R approved 13-0
Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Items 21A,21b and 21C as a package
The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare 1094 Hampden Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 105, Block 00, Parcel 022, consisting of a vacant single-family house on an approximate 4,800 square foot lot. The property is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 15015, Page 278.  On July 2, 2019 the property was awarded to the City via a Land Court Decree with a Final Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22740, Page 108.  The property is zoned Two-Family Residence (R-2) and has an assessed value of $99,200.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare 28 Cabot Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 29, Block 04, Parcel 015, consisting of vacant land of approximately 3,817 square feet in size. The property is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 8738, Page 138.  On March 18, 2013, the property was awarded to the City via a Land Court Decree with a Final Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 19759, Page 377.  The property is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $151,800.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare 32 Cabot Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 29, Block 04, Parcel 014, consisting of vacant land of approximately 4,443 square feet in size. The property is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 5589, Page 540.  On September 21, 2018, the property was awarded to the City via a Land Court Decree with a Final Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22387, Page 358.  The property is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $20,100.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
DGR Chair Bartley spoke and gave information on each of the orders. It was noted that a two family house is at one of the addresses and the other two are empty parcels. It was noted by Councilor Bartley that the idea was to hopefully get these properties developed and back on the tax rolls. Motion was made and seconded to approve the orders: Items 21A, 21B, and 21C Approved 13-0
The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order : the City Council hereby: (1) Declares that the land at 416 Appleton Street (Board of Assessors’ parcel 061-02-014) has not been used for a park or open space and is not needed for such purposes. (2) Petitions the General Court of the Commonwealth for a Special Act to remove 416 Appleton Street from the Provisions of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. (3) Proposes to substitute or swap the Article 97 designation on 416 Appleton Street, replacing it with a designation on land associated with Holyoke’s Center City Pedestrian Plaza as part of the petition to the General Court of the Commonwealth, and in compliance with state regulations enacted by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. (4) Designates 30 John Street (parcel 013-04-006); and the northernmost portion of 505 Dwight Street (parcel 013-04-003) which is approximately 4,625 square feet of vacant land, for open space and recreational purposes.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor Bartley spoke and gave information on the land noting that the parcel is going out to RFP and that it is a sliver of land. Councilor Bartley stated that the plan is to surplus the property and convey it and that it would be a benefit to a few property owners in the area to go through this process. Item 21E adopted 12-1 (McGiverin dissenting)
Councilor Valentin exited meeting at 9:24pm
Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Items 21F & 21G
The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for Endangered Species 4WD LLC to operate an Auto Sales Facility (7.2.13) at 155 Elm St. Holyoke MA  Map 005 Block 04 Parcel 002

have considered the same and Recommend that the application be approved with conditions:
1.Facility lighting must be shielded from abutting properties
2.NO materials will be stockpiled outside of the facility
3. Signage must meet criteria of city ordinance
4. The number of automobiles available for sale are not to exceed 5
5. All DPW Criteria shall be referenced through City Engineer Robert Perient's letter dated September 5, 2019
.

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit application for Endangered Species 4WD LLC to operate an and an Auto Repair Facility (7.2.13a) at 155 Elm St. Holyoke MA  Map 005 Block 04 Parcel 002.

have considered the same and Disposition: Recommend that the application be approved with conditions:
1.Facility lighting must be shielded from abutting properties
2. No materials will be stockpiled outside of the facility
3. Signage must meet criteria of city ordinance
4. The number of automobiles available for sale are not to exceed 5
5. All DPW criteria shall be referenced through City Engineer Robert Perient's letter dated September 5, 2019
.

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor Bartley gave overview of the application and stated that the existing business was an auto-repair and that the new owners would be doing the same in a specialized way on 4-wheel drive autos. Councilor Bartley stated that the City welcomes this investment especially without having to give a TIF. It was noted that the following conditions would be attached to the application:
1.Facility lighting must be shielded from abutting properties
2.NO materials will be stockpiled outside of the facility
3. Signage must meet criteria of the Building Commissioner
4. The number of automobiles available for sale are not to exceed 5
5. All DPW Criteria shall be satisfied (Communication from Bob Pereint dated September 5, 2019 all recommendations be complied with)
Items 21F and 21G approved 12-0 (Valentin absent)
The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that The City Council pass a resolution in support of the work of expanding natural gas capacity to the City of Holyoke.  The resolution should keep in mind the importance of protecting the environment but should recognize the reality that expanding business and building new schools can only be done when there is available energy and power.

have considered the same and Recommend that the following resolution be approved:

CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION

WHEREAS the Holyoke City Council recognizes the great work of the City’s municipal gas and
electric department and thanks the women and men of the Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) on its
continued and consistent dedication to the City of Holyoke; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council fully supports the work of the Holyoke Gas & Electric to
provide services at reasonable prices to the rate payers who use the services of HG&E; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council thanks HG&E for producing power necessary to support
residential and commercial and industrial consumers since 1902; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council is continually impressed by the myriad ways HG&E sources
the power needed, including natural gas, wind, solar, and hydro, advance economic development in
the city and to heat and cool Holyoke’s homes and businesses; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council thanks the HG&E for year-after-year supporting numerous
civic groups and agencies through its financial and volunteer efforts; and
WHEREAS, the Holyoke City Council stands with environmental agencies and advocates in their
mission to protect and preserve our precious air, land and water and making sure the environment
we leave to future generations is better than the one in which we live.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Holyoke City Council on this 1st day of
October 2019, supports the decision-making of the Commissioners and management of
HG&E to make sure the prices paid by the rate payers remain reasonable, the sources of power
remain abundant and reduction of carbon emissions remains a priority; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Holyoke City Council supports the efforts of the Commissioners
and Management of HG&E to expand natural gas capacity and hereby encourages HG&E to not
forever rely on fossil fuels because we, the Holyoke City Council, realize such energy is not the
future; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we, the Holyoke City Council, encourage all interested and
responsible parties to work to create economically viable sources of renewable energy and that we,
the Holyoke City Council, stand with HG&E because we know its Commissioners, Management and
Employees will use all resources responsibly.

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy

---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
Mayor did not sign.
UNDER DISCUSSION;
Councilor Bartley, Vacon, and Sullivan spoke in favor of the resolution noting the importance of providing the City with adequate energy resources and giving the Holyoke Gas and Electric the ability to make the moves necessary to provide the energy needs of residents and businesses in the City at reasonable prices. Item 21H approved by voice vote.

ORDERS AND TRANSFERS

ANDERSON-BURGOS, Lisi Ordered, that that the crosswalks throughout the city be repainted wherever necessary to address a safety concern for pedestrians, and for clarity of drivers.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

ANDERSON-BURGOS Ordered, that that a handicap space be placed in front of 29 Belvidere Ave. for Jorge A. Burgos.

---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

BARTLEY, Murphy, Sullivan, Vacon Ordered, that The Office of Planning and Economic Development provide an update on the purchase and sale contract status of the following properties at the next DGR meeting scheduled for October 7, 2019:
A. Geriatric Authority
B. Lynch School

---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee. Copy to Planning.

BRESNAHAN Ordered, that ordered that the Holyoke Police Department in force the 30 minute parking signs in front of 917 Hampden St. in particular on Fridays, and that the Holyoke Police Department respond to the City Council within 30 Days of this order.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Holyoke Police Department. Copy to Public Safety.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEAHY Ordered, that That the DPW present a list , with in 10 business days, of all planned street repaving projects completed since 01/01/19 and all planned street repaving projects planned to be completed before 12/31/19. Please submit this list to The City Clerk’s office to be listed as a communication on the following City Council meeting.  Please break down list by ward.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEAHY Ordered, that That the City of Holyoke oppose Mass DOT Project File No. 606156 for many reasons including but not limited to:

*Unresolved Safety Issues
*Unresolved Noise issues
*Unresolved Environmental/Wetland Issues
*Unresolved Protected Species Issues
*Unresolved Construction Timetable Issues
*Unresolved Taking Issues
*Unresolved Diminution in Property Value Issues
*Unresolved ROW impact issues

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the MassDot in Boston. Copy to Finanace. Mayor did not sign

LEAHY Ordered, that that the Superintendent of the Holyoke Water Department and the Mayor come into Public Service subcommittee to discuss the large amounts of complaints regarding discolored tap water and be prepared to discuss why there hasn’t been any notifications to the community.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Water Department and Mayor. Copy to Public Service.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that Ordered that the DPW place signs at the entrances to the community path (entrances on Radcliffe and Jefferson St.) stating "No dumping leaves, grass or refuse of any kind. Police take notice."

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that the City Council provide proclamations for the following retired Fire Department members: lt Richard Spike Ostiguy, Michael Leary, Hector Rodriguez, and James Tourigny.

---> Received and adopted.

MCGEE, Lisi Ordered, that that DPW/Suez clean out the sewers on George Street, Jefferson, and near EN White school.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW and Suez.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE, Tallman Ordered, that that the DPW/Suez repair the manhole cover at the entrance to Mt Tom.  Currently there is a large metal plate covering it.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW and Suez. Copy to MassDOT.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that that HPD install the speed radar machine at the entrance to EN White School on Jefferson.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Holyoke Police Department.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE, Sullivan Ordered, that That the Charter and Rules committee revisit the combining of the Tax collector/ Treasurers office into one centralized office.

---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that a no parking sign be install near the driveway of 970 Hampden.

---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that That the Biennial Municipal Election in the City of Holyoke for the choice of City Officers be and the same is hereby called to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the several polling places as designated by the City Council. The polls will be opened at 7:00 am. in the forenoon and closed at 8:00 PM. in the afternoon of said day, and all the voters in the several precincts in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, may cast their votes by voting machines and paper ballots for the election of:
Que las Elecciones Municipal (Biennial) en la Cuidad de Holyoke, para el escojer de oficiales de la cuidad, sera llevado a cabo el Martes, 5, de Noviembre 2019 en los varios barrios, designados por la Assambleista Municipal. Los precintos estaran abiertos a las 7:00 a.m. de la manana y permaneceran abierto hasta las 8:00 p.m., cuando los precintos sean designado para votar en las horas dicha y haigan dado sus votos por medio de las maquinas de eleccion o por boletos de papel, para la eleccion de:

ONE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE AT-LARGE to serve for the term of four years, from the first Monday in January following his/her election, and until his/her successor is qualified.
UN MIEMBRO DE EL COMITE DE ESCUELA EN-GENERAL, para servir por un termino de cuatro anos, desde el primer lunes en Enero, despues de las elecciones, O'hasta que su sucesor sea cualificado.

SIX COUNCILORS AT LARGE, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
SEIS, ASAMBLEISTAS EN-GENERAL, para servir un termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O'hasta que su sucesor se cualificado.

ONE COUNCILOR FROM EACH WARD, by and from the voters of each ward, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
UN ASAMBLEISTA DE CADA BARRIO, por los votantes de cada barrio, para servir por el termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero despues de elecciones, O'hasta que su sucesor se cualificado.

ONE MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR EACH WARD, by and from the voters of each ward, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
UN MIEMBRO DE EL COMITE DE ESCUELA DE CADA BARRIO, por los votantes de cada barrio, para servir un termino de dos anos, desde el primer lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O'hasta que su sucesor sea cualificado.

---> Received and adopted.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that Suspend Rule 1 of the Rules and Orders of the City Council in so far as it pertains to the regularly scheduled meeting of November 5, 2019 as it is the date of the Municipal Election and reschedule this meeting. (October 29, 2019 tentative meeting date if Special Meeting is necessary).

---> Received and adopted.

MCGEE Ordered, that That the Polling Places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke for the Biennial Municipal Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recinto en la Ciudad de Holyoke para la Eleccion Biennial Municipal que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 5 de Noviembre 2019, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

WARD ONE BARRIO UNO

PRECINCT A – Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 Bowers St..
RECINTO A—Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 de la Calle Bowers

PRECINCT B—Prospect Heights Community Room, 41 Chestnut St.
RECINTO B—Prospect Heights, 41 de la Calle Chestnut

WARD TWO BARRIO DOS

PRECINCT A—Morgan School Gym, South Bridge St. Entrance only
RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela Morgan, en la Calle So. Bridge solamente

PRECINCT B – Falcetti Towers, 475 Maple St.
RECINTO B – Falcetti Towers, 475 de la Calle Maple

WARD THREE BARRIO TRES

PRECINCT A – Elmwood Engine House, South St.
RECINTO A – Elmwood Engine House, en la Calle South

PRECINCT B – Metcalf School Gym, 2019 Northampton St.
RECINTO B –Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

WARD FOUR BARRIOS CUATRO

PRECINCT A& B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, Appleton St.
RECINTO A&B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, en la Calle Appleton

WARD FIVE BARRIOS CINCO

PRECINCT A – Lt. Elmer J. McMahon School Gym, Kane Rd.
RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela McMahon, en la Calle Kane

PRECINCT B – Maurice A. Donahue School Gym, Whiting Farms Rd.
RECINTO B—Gimnasio de la Escuela Donahue, en la Calle Whiting Farms

WARD SIX BARRIO SEIS

PRECINCT A&B –Sullivan School, 400 Jarvis Ave.
RECINTO A&B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 de la calle Jarvis

WARD SEVEN BARRIO SIETE

PRECINCT A&B - E. N. White School Gym, 1 Jefferson St.
PRECINTO A&B– Gimnasio de la Escuela E. N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson

---> Received and adopted.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that That the HG & E look into installing walking path lights on the path between Radcliffe and Jefferson St. in order to address illegal dumping and safety concerns raised by constituents.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Hg & E.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that that HG&E reinstall the light on the pole to the ally way near 906-930 Hampden Street.  The light was removed when a new pole was install but the light wasn’t replaced.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the HG & E.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "CULVERT REPLACEMENT MUNICIPAL ASSISTANCE" 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, October 1, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor

---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SIXTEEN THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY EIGHT AND 84/100 Dollars ($16,478.84) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51104 LIEUTENANTS $7,846.53
12201-51105 FIRE FIGHTERS 8,632.31
TOTAL: $16,478.84
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $16,478.84
TOTAL: $16,478.84

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor

---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, NINE THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($9,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51103 PAY-CHIEF OF WIRES $9,000.00
TOTAL: $9,000.00
TO:
12402-53050 INSPECTIONS- ELECTRICAL $9,000.00
TOTAL: $9,000.00

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor

---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, SIX THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY NINE AND 10/100 Dollars ($6,789.10) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 PATROLMAN $6,789.10
TOTAL: $6,789.10
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $6,789.10
TOTAL: $6,789.10

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor

---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that 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

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor

---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MURPHY Ordered, that that a handicap space be placed in front of 302 Chestnut St. Apt 2A for Harain Aldarondo.

---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

MURPHY, Lebron-Martinez Ordered, that that the DPW install fencing between 102 Pine St and 106 Pine St, as well as in the alley to prevent vacant property from being used for illicit activities.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW. Copy to Public Safety and Holyoke Police Department.
Approved by the Mayor.

MURPHY Ordered, that that the public safety committee meet with the police department, city engineer, and superintendent of the DPW, and the director of school transportation to consider options for improving safety on Main Street between Vernon and Day Avenue.  This has been the scene of accidents, and also an area in which drivers seem to ignore school bus stops.  Options to be considered are more traffic enforcement, speed bumps, and or a blinking red traffic light at either James St or Springdale Ave..

---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to Holyoke Police Department, City Engineer, DPW, Schools.

MURPHY, Lisi Ordered, that that the city create an ordinance which would ban the usage of thin-film, single-use plastic bags that are being used by retail establishments.  Such ban to take place within 180 days of the passage of the ordinance.

---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

SULLIVAN Ordered, that That the law department send out demand letters to the insurance company under provisions of both G.L. c 93A Ma Consumer Protection Act and G.L. c 176D, the Unfair Methods of Competition and Unfair and Deceptive Acts in the business of Insurance.
Send to Dev. & Gov. Rel.

---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee. Copy to Law Department.

SULLIVAN Ordered, that That the law department update the Honorable City Council on the "Essex House" claim at the next meeting of the full council. Please respond before the October 15, 2019 meeting.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Law Department.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that that DPW install a temporary road block at Sunset Rd. & Rt 202 until funding is located for project construction as approved.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW. Copy to Public Safety.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that that our building & or legal staff cause the property owner of 333 Rock Valley Road to comply with our city ordinance and apply for a special permit for a front driveway as others have been required to do.
6-1. - Off-street parking.
6.1.8.1. Special permit for a driveway in a front yard. A special permit may be granted by the city council for a driveway within the front yard of a residentially...
Please respond back to Council by October 15, 2019.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Law Department and Building.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that that “no parking” be established and signs installed on Lower Westfield Rd. from the Elks driveway to the reservoir gate.

---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

VACON Ordered, that that the property owner trim the hedges back on Homestead Ave where they are blocking the side walk (approx 50 feet after the driveway of the new Amazon project on Homestead Ave.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Board of Health to enforce.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that that road lines be painted on County Road and Westfield roads.  The lines are so faded it has become a safety hazard.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that request that our City Engineer evaluate the intersection at the city line at Rock Valley Road and Southampton Roads for the possibility of a 4 way stop sign or recommend other safety improvement options.

---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee. Copy to Engineer.

VACON Ordered, that That a “slow/children” sign be placed on Apremont Hwy.  The corner of Dupuis Road and Apremont Hwy by the large hickory tree is a suggested the location from a resident due to more children in the neighborhood and drivers traveling too fast on the street.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that that the dead tree at 419 Southampton Road be taken down.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Forestry.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that that the sunken manhole covers on Homestead Ave at Pynchon and Sterling Roads be raised and repaired.

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Suez.
Approved by the Mayor.

VALENTIN Ordered, that that a handicap sign be placed in front of 256 Walnut St. for Miguel A. Rodriguez.

---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

LATE FILED ORDERS & COMMUNICATIONS

MCGEE, Anderson-Burgos Ordered, that Order that the city council invite into the public safety committee: David Conti (General manager), water commissioners, and Fire department representatives to discuss the fire hydrant issues that took place on Fairfield.  Please provide any information on plans that are in place to address water flow to fires if piping is bad in an area.  Also, provide the committee with a complete list of other areas in the city like Fairfield and what time lines are in place to fix such piping issues.  Currently, the Water department has a bond for address several capital plans, is the bond sufficient to cover hydrant/piping needs OR what funding would be required to address such need?

---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee. Copy to Water Department and Fire Department.

LEAHY Ordered, that The Holyoke Water Department assesses each Fire Hydrant Citywide and submit a detailed report to the City Council for discussion in the Public Safety Committee.

---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee. Copy to Water Department and Fire Department.

LEAHY Ordered, that The Holyoke Water Department comes before the Public Service Committee to discus their findings in the Fire Hydrant study.

---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee. Copy to Water Department and Fire Department.

 

Adjourn at 10:04 PM.
A true record
ATTEST:

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