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Holyoke City Council Meeting November 17, 2020

Nov 17 2020

7:00 pm Remote by Zoom

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AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
November 17,2020

PUBLIC COMMENT

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COMMUNICATIONS

1. From Crystal Barnes, Acting City Solicitor letter re: Citizens petition Under City Charter Section 8.

2. From Parks and Recreation minutes of September 17 and October 22, 2020.

PETITIONS

3. Petition of Holyoke Landing LLC for a special permit for a Drive thru facility (Bank Drive up Teller ATM (7.1.6).

4. Petition of Holyoke Landing LLC, for a new special permit for a Drive Thru facility/Fast Casual Restaurant/Fast Food (7.1.6).

5. Petition of Salmar Realty Inc. for a special permit for a Drive-Thru facility at 500 Easthampton Rd.

6. Petition of Eric Taub, for a special permit for a Construction of a new duplex at 102 Beech St.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

7. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

7A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a no parking on easterly side of Main St from HG&E pole #95 to a point 60' farther north, no park no parking between signs. Recommend that the order be adopted

7B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke install a 4-way Stop Sign at Michigan and Erie, Aves. Speeding on Michigan is a major problem. Recommend that the order has been complied with

7C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that DPW install a crosswalk in front of Blessed Sacrament School, located at 21 Westfield. This is per the request of the school administration brought to its attention by MSP and HPD. Recommend that the order be adopted

7D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that in an effort to enhance food access and security for our residents during these uncertain times that we expedite a backyard chicken ordinance as well as review of the permitting process for community gardens to ensure that it facilitates easy access and use of such sites Recommend that the order be adopted

8. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

8A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Collective Bargaining Agreement between by and between the Board of Public Works of the City of Holyoke MA and the UPSEU Local 424 Holyoke Public Works Supervisors Recommend that the contract be received

8B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer Request of $9,650 FROM: Refuse/Recycling Coordinator ($1,100) Shut Off Program ($8,550.00) TO: Refuse Foreman ($776.00) Refuse Overtime ($124.00) Refuse Longevity ($200.00) WW Principal Clerk/Stenographer ($5,576.00) WW Overtime ($2,874.00) WW Longevity ($100) TOTAL: $9,650 Recommend that the order be adopted

8C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer of $3,656.00 FROM: Professional Acct./Audit ($3,656.00) TO: Vacation Buyback TOTAL: $3,656.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

8D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer Request of $2,689.00 as follows FROM: Refuse/Recycling Coordinator ($2,689.00) TO: Building Maint. Supervisor ($839.00) Building Overtime ($99.00) Building Longevity ($100.00) Highway Foreman ($521.00) Highway Overtime ($96.00) Highway Snow Overtime ($176.00) Highway Longevity ($100) Auto Foreman ($622.00) Auto Overtime ($36.00) Auto Longevity ($100) TOTAL: $2,689 Recommend that the order be adopted

8E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City Council request the Mayor, the Blighted Property Committee, and the HRA, move forward on the demolition of the remaining parts of the Armory Building. With a report that just to shore up the building, the expense would be approximately $625,000 and the potential cost of demolition estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000, it makes more sense to demolish the building and potentially seek construction of single or two family homes which could compliment the adjacent properties on Pine St. Recommend that the order be adopted with a communication to the Mayor, Blighted Property Group, and the HRA

8F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Financial Transfer of $2,907.00 FROM Refuse/Recycling  Coordinator TO: Forester ($930.00) Forester Overtime ($187.00) Forestry Longevity ($100) Gen. Construction Inspector ($449.00)Gen. Const. Inspector Vaca Buyback ($63) Supt. Of Outdoor Works ($863.00) DPW Admin Overtime ($65.00) DPW Admin. Longevity ($100.00) DPW Admin Vaca Buyback ($50.00) TOTAL: $2,907.00 Recommend that the order be adopted

8G. 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 “DEPT. OF JUSTICE COMPREHENSIVE OPIOID, STIMULANT, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SITE-BASED PROGRAM” grant and authorized the establishment of a fund or other method appropriate for the accounting of the receipts and expenditures of all resources associated with said grant. Recommend that the order be adopted

8H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City Council approve funding of $18,000 in CPA Funding for a small grant program. This would allow for up to 6 or more small grants, none to exceed $3,000 Recommend that the order be adopted

8I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the council vote to have the city take over ownership of South Water Street from the state. Once the transfer is completed, that the city pave at least the roadway connecting Main Street via South Water Street to the properties of Hazen Paper and Sunoco Paper. Estimated cost of repaving is $88,000, and these two business currently pay about $130,000 in taxes, as well as significant water and sewer payments. Each also employs a significant number of well paid employees. In addition, Sunoco has stepped up to accept 10 paper recycling products, reducing the city's recycling expense by around $50,000 Recommend that the order be approved and that a communicatoin be given to the Mayor and State Delegation

9. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

9A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the sidewalk on Dartmouth Street near Jefferson St, be repaved and
leveled off. Recommend that the order has been complied with

9B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the sidewalk on the southeast corner of
intersection of St Jerome and Dwight be repaired. This particular concern because it has been
a recurrent safety issue for a child with a disability that lives near the intersection. Recommend that the order has been complied with

9C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order residents/constituents from Pine St near Appleton St
have expressed concern of the increase in drug trafficking and transients in their
neighborhood, parking and idling in front of their properties, and inquired as to where are the
Neighborhood watch signs that are in possession of the DPW. I would like to order that they
are installed in an attempt to display that the community meets and is vigilant. Recommend that the order has been complied with

9D. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that proper procedures should be set forth at city hall in regards to an
emergency, or threat of violence. There needs to be a clear plan of action. Recommend that the order has been complied with

9E. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the city engineer attend a committee meeting. Residents
have expressed ongoing concern regarding large trucks traveling up and down West Franklin
Street with particular concern about speeds traveling around the curve at the intersection
with St Jerome. Signs are posted but are not being adhered to. Recommend that the order has been complied with

9F. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the health director, the building commissioner, representatives
from the police and fire departments meet with the public safety committee to consider a
request from Williams Auto to create a locked in fence at the alley entrance on Hampshire
Street between High and Maple, and also another locked fence at the northerly line of the
property of 412 ½ Maple Street. This is needed both to prevent illegal drug activity and
excessive littering in the alleyway. Currently, trash has been dumped in the alley, and needles
are consistently left there as well. Recommend that the order has been complied with

10. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

12. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

12A. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that a City Council rule be added that City Council committees assigned in the prior term remain in effect for re-elected Councilors until the President-elect assigns new committees. Recommend that the order be adopted with the following amendment: Should the chair not be re-elected then the most senior member of the Committee shall serve as the Committee Chair.

12B. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that Holyoke determine the voting location for Ward 3 Precinct A, for both the 9/1/20 state/federal primary and the 11/3/20state/federal general election ASAP. The order is written in light of last minute change to the South St. Fire Station polling location for the 5/19 special election caused by the vendor's concerns due to COVID-19. Further ordered that Holyoke also consider the location for 1-B as this too was amended due to the property owners COVID-19 concerns. Recommend that the order has been complied with

12C. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that Holyoke set up a commission to look at all of its polling locations for every ward for future elections. Holyoke should ensure that voting locations have excellent access for voters and great amenities for our poll workers. Recommend that the order be adopted and referred to the City Council president to appoint a commission and give a report back by June of 2021

12D. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke adopt term limits for all elected positions to not more than four terms for all elected positions. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

12E. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke review in collaboration with the City Clerk the processes for a citizens petition, that appear in the City Charter, making the process more streamlined and standard. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

12F. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Ordered that the City of Holyoke place a binding referendum changing the charter to make terms of all remaining local municipal elected officials not elected to four year terms to switch and become four year terms. (I.E. City Council School committee, etc) Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

12G. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Ordered that the newly formed charter group look into the pros and cons of combining the personnel dept. with the School Dept., HG&E, and other personnel offices in the City into one Human Resources division. Recommend that the order has been complied with

12H. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that a no parking on easterly side of Main St from HG&E pole #95 to a point 60' farther north, no park no parking between signs. Recommend that the order be adopted

12I. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that a non-binding ballot question be placed on the next election ballot: Ballot question should be "Should 16 and 17 year old residents be allowed to vote in municipal elections? Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

12J. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke amend through ordinance or Charter change that any and all community agreements made by the Executive must be ratified and approved by the City Council in order for them to take effect. All previous agreements would be grand fathered in and not need Council ratification . Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

14. MCGEE -- that the city engineer update the city council on the speed bumps for Bemis.

15. MCGEE -- that the DPW give the public safety committee an update on the sidewalk repairs for Northampton street around the Hampton knolls Road area.

16. MCGEE -- that the public safety committee invite in Aumani Harris from Boston Medical, HEALing Communities Study Coalition, in order to have a discussion about Naloxboxes as a way of reducing fatal opioid overdoses.

17. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2021, TEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED THIRTY SEVEN AND 25/100 Dollars ($10,237.25) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTER $4,915.58
12201-51104 LIEUTENANT 5,321.67
TOTAL: $10,237.25
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $10,237.25
TOTAL: $10,237.25

18. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2021, NINE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY THREE AND 80/100 Dollars ($9,853.80) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 SERGEANTS $6,591.96
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 3,261.84
TOTAL: $9,853.80
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $9,853.80
TOTAL: $9,853.80

19. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2021 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT TRAINING " grant and authorizes the establishment of a Fund or other method appropriate for the accounting of the receipts and expenditures of all resources associated with the administration of said grant.

20. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2021 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT SUPPORT AND INCENTIVE " 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.

21. TALLMAN -- that DPW erect a "Do not enter sign" at corner of
HERNANDEZ Linden and Sargeant St.

22. VACON -- The Apremont/ Rock Valley intersection remains problematic with near-misses reported.
A stop sign where Apremont takes a right turn up the hill has been requested. It was found not to be proper, but the sign that is there on Apremont  is confusing to drivers as to which road has the right of way if a driver is proceeding from Apremont on to Rock Valley Road.
Another request is to make the intersection a T so traffic would need to stop from three directions.  Refer to Public Safety and our Engineer.

23. VACON -- that no new road detail shifts be scheduled or provided for any company or department that has an outstanding balance due to the PD/City of Holyoke.

24. VACON -- that the bonding for the 10 priority intersections and funding for the traffic light installations be reviewed in Finance Committee.

 

 

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

 

Ryan Allen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Full City Council Meeting 11/17/20
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REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
November 17,2020

The meeting was called to order by President McGee at 07:02 PM.

The Clerk called the roll. Absent members: 0 Members Present 13 (Anderson-Burgos, Bartley, Greaney, Hernandez, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, McGiverin, Murphy, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon)..

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENT
President McGee clarified rules for public comment: asked members of public to raise hands, each would be given 1 minute, 30 seconds.

Linda Pratt: (7D)
Thanks boards, community, and committees, asked for passage, and for elimination of requirement for special permit and public hearing. Questioned necessity of these requirements.

Amy Calendrella: (7D)
Speaking on behalf of herself/others in favor of removing special requirements, believed they are a burden. Wants to focus on issue of mindset, on positives instead of potential negatives. Other noises in the city are more disruptive then hens. Asked for city to put trust in people.

Andrew Fisk: (7D)
Agreed the ordinance should be passed, requested removal of special permit requirement. Stated that government should set standards and then get out of the way.

Guy O’Donnell: (7D )
Echoed other comments. Stated he sees strong public support for hens. He is un favor of passage, and in favor of taking out special requirements. Sees hens as great local, healthy food, provides personal connection with food, builds community knowledge, resilience. Sees current societal struggles with supply chains as an argument for more local sustainability.

Jose Maldonado: (7D)
Initially didn’t believe chickens in Holyoke made sense but evolved to see value. Sees issue as freedom of choice, doesn’t believe chickens will impede on rights of others, but be a potential point of positive conversation between neighbors. Doesn’t see special requirements as efficient to the process.

Chelsea Gazillo: (7D)
Fully supports city to pass hen ordinance, member of Holyoke Community Collective and works for American Farmland Trust. Urgent need for access and affordability, given current pandemic. Believes there are environmental benefits, have a smaller footprint than factory farms. Concerned about comments by some members of ordinance committee. Doesn’t believe public comments are being heard and respected by some members. Urges passage.

John Rivera: (7D)
Stated he believes special notice and public hearing requirements are excessive, and believes they are restrictive. He believes the issue would help with food deserts and food insecurity in Holyoke.

Nicole Trombley: (7D)
Stated she is in favor of hen ordinance without notification requirements.

Jose Adastra: (Motion made by McGee to suspend rules to allow to non-resident to speak, second by Anderson-Burgos; all in favor) (7D)
He lives in Northampton. He believes the ordinance is related to independence and food security. Asks for passage without special permit. Believes special permit creates unnecessary extra work for city council.

Erik Frary (with husband, Aaron): (7D)
Speaking in favor of chicken ordinance. Stated he believes backyard farming is imperative for future of planet and health of communities. Also believes special permit is hindrance to access.

Kara Nye: (7D)
She wants to join others who are in favor, believes special requirements are unnecessary and costly. Stated she believes ordinance will give families access to food source, fun for families with children. Special requirements are unnecessary and create unnecessary barrier. States that lots of other things are more disruptive and don’t require ordinances.

Councilor Hernandez stated that Andrea Kwart has a hand up.

Andrea Kwart: (7D)
Wants to echo other residents on hen ordinance. Extended offer to councilors to give trust to residents. They can handle hen situation well. Asked for few requirements, give space for creativity with process. Hen availability will allow for framework of connection.

Councilor Leahy: Received message from Colin saying they couldn’t raise hand.

Councilor Lisi: there are people on screen 2 who have not spoken.

Zulay Holland: (7D)
In support of hens. Extra fees will make it inaccessible. Accessibility is important during difficult times. Asking to give rid of extra barriers. Unnamed housemate added that this is important for the Puerto Rican community in Holyoke.

Councilor Lisi added she knows of two messages send to public comment email.

President McGee read from public comment email: Jens Michaelson: (7D)
Asked for amendment to chicken ordinance to eliminate special permit, undue burden, should count on adults to take care of property.

Councilor Hernandez asked for clarification of emails sent to her and other councilor versus those sent to the public comment email.

President McGee clarified that the public comment email was set up for submitting to this forum.

Councilor Lisi stated that she received messages that additional comments were sent to public comment email. She expressed concern that emails sent to public comment are not being seen.

Councilor Lisi read message to sent to her: Brita Dempsey (sp?): (7D)
Supports ordinance, believed there is unnecessary red tape with special requirements. Also believes requirements are racist.

Councilor Hernandez: asked Admin Assistant, Ryan Allen, if there is spam folder that additional comments may have gone to.

Admin Asst. Allen: Not to my knowledge. Hadn’t seen any additional comments.

Margot Wise: (7D – Hens)
Heard questions about why people can’t just buy eggs. Talked about basic supplies missing from shelves during early day of pandemic. People being able to supply their own food, empowering, self-sustaining. Restrictions would be prohibitive.

President McGee: Stated that public comment has ended. Late file received regarding a petition on the order regarding hens.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 7D out of order.
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that in an effort to enhance food access and security for our residents during these uncertain times that we expedite a backyard chicken ordinance as well as review of the permitting process for community gardens to ensure that it facilitates easy access and use of such sites
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Linda L. Vacon
Terence Murphy
Libby Hernandez
Under discussion:

Councilor Lisi: thanks to members of committee, long public hearing, plus planning board. Issues raised during public comments, board of health has addressed those issues. Regulations have been created to assist with issues. Planning Board believes all residential zones would be appropriate. Ordinance amended to all residential to one and two family homes, plus downtown residential up to 6 unit dwellings. Ability to have hens is with landowner as opposed to renters. Hens must be kept in coops with a minimum of 3 square feet per hen, plus run of at least 10 square feet per hen. Coops and run must be at least 8 feet from side property line, 10 feet from rear line, 50 feet from neighboring dwelling, 100 feet from surface water sources. References made to noise ordinances. Roosters are prohibited. Happy to have community working together. Talked about thinking about the costs associated with getting started: fees, permits, notices. Believes cost to just initiate process is prohibitive. Supports amendment to remove the special permit and 300 feet abutter notification. Comments resonate. Does believe it would be an undue burden on city council. Likens it to process for marijuana process. Likes the idea of strong regulations, but then getting out of the way. Foster neighborly conversations.

Councilor Vacon: sees that the special requirements are not to the liking of the comment. Stated belief that compromise worked on in committee hadn’t really turned out to be a compromise. Stated that property owners have reasonable expectation of enjoying property under what local laws are when purchased. Only way for neighbors to be heard is through public hearing process. Only supported this ordinance with that caveat.

Councilor Leahy: thanked for speakers and for emails sent. Ask Lisi questions. Was a 12 month pilot on table?
Councilor Lisi: no.
Councilor Leahy: that might have been a good idea. Are residents who will own hen responsible for putting hens in coop at night?
Councilor Lisi: no requirements for them to be in coop at night. They only run freely in run outside of coop.
Councilor Leahy: Is compost a part of this ordinance?
Councilor Lisi: there are multiple ways for hens to be fed off house compost. Owners can compost hen droppings.
Councilor Leahy: 6 hens average a quarter of a ton of manure a year.

Councilor Hernandez: Thanks for all of people who came out for public comment and all of the work put in. People are economically strapped. A lot of people came here to communicate support, but don’t have access to public comment. They would have capacity to put together coops. Talked about high prices of eggs in stores. Community can do this the right way, without extra scrutiny, regulations, economic impact of extra requirements. Voting in favor. Asks for other councilors to join her. Give this a shot.

Councilor Lisi: Spoke about concept of changing zone with every situation. That is not the process. We had a process that we adjusted zone change with this process, and that hens will be allowed in all residential properties. Each time would not be a zone change. Over the time of this process, community has overwhelmingly supported this.

Councilor Anderson-Burgos: Thanks to public commenters, been listening to constituents and residents, their stories. Received many emails and calls in support of ordinance. Process of ordinance seemed like betting and dealing. If this passes, a lot of people wouldn’t be able to afford it with restrictions. This is not just about needs created by pandemic, but about community. This should make sense, even to those who might not plan to have hens. Lets do this, and then we can adjust if we need to.

Councilor McGiverin: Attended all public hearings and meetings for this, concur with the process of drafting this ordinance. Stated that public health director informed that when issue of special permits for health department come up, they don’t hold public hearing. Doesn’t believe that is democratic. Ordinance Committee did their job. I said public hearing is deal breaker for me, but a better way to say it is this: I don’t care if my neighbors have them, but there are neighborhoods where this may not work. The compromise worked out in Ordinance Committee is part of the democratic process.

Councilor Murphy: I’ve been trying to find a middle ground. If we approve this, this will change character of neighborhoods, neighbors should have a chance to express their perspective. If this ordinance stays as is, anyone who is considering hens should approach neighbors to gauge support. It is an opportunity to get to know neighbors. Special permit makes sense. It is a one time cost. If we pass this, it is a privilege, not a right. Felt good about compromise. Will not support with amendment.

Councilor Hernandez: Addressed comments by Councilors McGiverin and Murphy. People can talk to neighbors without the special permit cost in place. Believes we have lost touch with earth. People who have limited means still have the capacity to care for hens. This is an opportunity to teach. Restrictions are prohibitive. This is something great. I know I may not be able to speak again.

President McGee: We always allow suspending rules to speak again.

Councilor Vacon: the order is a compromise. Most speakers know we already have hen ordinance in residential/agricultural zone. Compromise is not deterrence. Out of fairness, we have to have an open process. This is a compromise. Disappointed in committee members who agreed to compromise against it now. Sees her role to represent all people in city. If people have opportunity to weigh in, it allows for open transparent process.

Councilor Lebron-Martinez: in favor of idea since 2010. Recounted Holyoke being seen as a punchline and a joke when this came up before. Concerned about barriers put up. There are many community gardens in Holyoke, many in the lower wards. See benefits of hens being available to be raised in these neighborhoods. Fees are a limitation for some. If I wanted to do it, I have room, but the hoops would be too much. Certain community groups will be limited by hearings, need to come before the council.

Councilor Lisi: in Ordinance, we had a majority to move forward without special hearing, but we wanted to ensure support of full body. Compromise was created to bring all on board. Initially, it was thought to be $250, but extra fees bring it up to $500. Initially proposal was 100 feet for abutters, and certified mail, which would get neighbors noticed and allow for objections with Board of Health. Formal public hearing could politicize and formalize neighbor disputes, raise tensions. Original language, proposed as amendment, application with Board of Health, permits renewed annually, applications requires all abutters notified by certified mail within of 100 feet. Abutters would have period of 21 days to provide concerns to Board of Health in writing. $20 to cover administration and inspection cost.

Councilor Tallman: people are vocal on this issue. Have received several calls, talked to people on the street. It would be difficult to see this go down. Doesn’t believe even with amendment, doesn’t believe it will go forward. Believes requirements are too costly, too restrictive. Would love to see it go through. Sees compromise as democratic process.

Councilor Murphy: one of the country’s problems today – my way or highway – what I’m seeing on both sides. Sees rationale for both sides. Attempted to reduce cost of special permit, was advised would not be good thing to do. I think we try to deal with potential problems up front rather than trying to address what comes up later. Maybe we can make suggestions through public hearing. Have talked to many people who have no idea this has come up. Maybe we can send back to Ordinance and try and reduce costs.

Councilor Leahy: I am not against hens, but concerned about quality of life. Revisit what was proposed in 2010, one year trial period, limit of 50 licenses, residential areas not so close to other homes. More detailed compost plans. Liked talk about less government. Thinks fees should be reduced, understands the extra work put on Sean [Board of Health Director]. Maybe Board of Health can deputize others to be inspectors for coops, report directly to Sean.

Councilor Greaney: majority of calls received are against. Heard talk of bad food at McDonalds, and racism, etc., and these are not the heart of matter. Many don’t want this. Compromise was on table, and that doesn’t seem to be good enough, so now opposed to it totally. Representing many residents who have expressed opposition. Will be voting no.

Councilor Anderson-Burgos: start with this clarifying point: this is not about politics. There isn’t room for politics, this is about the people of city, needs for city. Talked to friend who may move back to city because sees city changing for the better. Agriculture is huge part of Latino identity. Asked for listening to people who say restrictions will be too much. Expressed question on whether or not people who move to neighborhoods think about zoning. We are over thinking this issue. If there are problems, we can address these things. We are changing. Do we fight it or go with it?

Councilor Lisi: Motion to amend – delete special permit with public hearing requirement. Replace with Board of Health permit with a 100ft abutter notification, abutters must be notified by certified mail a minimum of one week but no later than 30 days prior to the application, abutters shall have a period of 21 days from the date of notice to provide any concerns to the Board of Health in writing with shall be taken under advisement with approving or renewing the permit. Complete applications should be returned to the Board of Health, along with a $20 fee to cover the cost of administration and inspection. period from neighbors, $20 fee. Councilor Anderson-Burgos seconds.

Councilor Bartley: Asked to Rebecca – asks for clarification of section of ordinance.
Councilor Lisi: responds with appropriate section. Section 14-2B: Wild Animals, livestock animals, .2 for hens, definitions, applications. Described what is being removed and amended.

President McGee: amendment: called for a roll call: Anderson-Burgos: Yes; Bartley: No; Greaney: No; Hernandez: Yes; Leahy: No; Lebron-Martinez: Yes; Lisi: Yes; McGee: No; Mcgiverin: No; Murphy: No; Sullivan: No; Tallman: Yes; Vacon: No.

City Clerk McGee: 5 yays, 8 nays.

President McGee: with the vote, the amendment does not pass.
Councilor Murphy: motion to send back to ordinance, with goal of trying to reduce expense of special permit.

President McGee: Question to Chair of committee: current reading is a 300 foot notice?
Councilor Lisi: special permit of the city council automatically triggers a public hearing and automatically trigger a 300 ft abutter notification. Changing details of this permit would create unusual circumstances from all other special permit requirements.
President McGee: can 300 foot be amended?
Councilor Bartley: motion to suspend for Legal to speak
Councilor Lisi: if we changed special permit requirements, it would be unusual and create complications. Special permit and public hearing requirements are M.G.L. We can amend them to make them particular to our ordinance. Undue burdens on Clerk’s office. Bulk of cost is fixed.
Councilor Bartley: motion to suspend to allow the Law Department to speak.
President McGee; repeated motion, took vote. All in favor.
Acting Solicitor Barnes: easier, more cohesive to reference M.G.L. Designation in ordinances for special permits. Special permit fee is not arbitrary. Rest of process is still in place. Special permits should all be cohesive.
Councilor Bartley: question to law department. Can we waive 300 foot notice to make it shorter distance, down to 100 feet? Can we amend special permits to no longer mandate put legal notices in paper that nobody reads.
Acting Solicitor Barnes: it is part of public hearing process.

President McGee: thanks to everyone who spoke. Received calls as well. In contrast to 10 years ago, sees people trying to make this work. Has seen situations in ward 7 when adults were not being adults, not fair to abutters. Sees that council is trying to make sure neighbors are being treated fairly. Lowering costs can be achieved, but there are people who may not be good neighbors, and there should be protection for those who aren’t being treated fairly.

Acting Solicitor Barnes: under section 11 under 40A, it is a 300 foot buffer. We can be more strict but not more broad under M.G.L. It can be 500 but not 100.

Councilor Leahy: M.G.L. means Mass General Laws

Councilor Murphy: we need time to figure out how to lower cost. Is there any local option in M.G.L., where we can limit to 1 publication instead of 2?

Acting Solicitor Barnes: option would be to not make it a special permit. Changing a special permit changes all special permits.

Councilor Murphy: if we are communicating directly with all impacted parties, that would be more beneficial and cheaper contact. Sees major issue for people is cost. Wants to figure out a way to lower it.

Councilor McGiverin: is there a reason why Board of Health can give special permit without public hearing?
Acting Solicitor Barnes: it isn’t a permit, it is just an application.

Councilor Bartley: can City Council petition for a home rule petition to shrink down fees? Is it feasible to waive newspaper fees.

Acting Solicitor Barnes: we notice in a publication of general circulation. There are other options besides the Republican. Fees for special permit are in ordinances

Councilor Bartley: can we file home rule petition to publish on city website in lieu of publishing in newspaper?

Acting Solicitor Barnes: don’t know if it would work because it may preempt state law. Can bring it up with legislators.

Councilor Greaney: some constituents have asked if hen ordinance would affect property value. How would we find answers to that question?

Councilor Lisi: I can circulate that information to councilors.

President McGee: motion is to refer back to committee.

Councilor McGiverin: quick question about procedure. Is there a time limit?

Acting Solicitor Barnes: 90 days after close of public hearing.

Councilor Lisi: I don’t think we’re in jeopardy of 90 days.

President McGee takes vote on motion to send back to committee: all vote in favor of sending back to committee.
---> Report of Committee received and referred to the Ordinance Committee

COMMUNICATIONS

From Crystal Barnes, Acting City Solicitor letter re: Citizens petition Under City Charter Section 8.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules Committee.

From Parks and Recreation minutes of September 17 and October 22, 2020.
---> Received.

President’s report: welcome to new city council admin, thanks to Ryan for helping with transition. To committee members, please make sure jacket is in order for meeting. Also, happy Thanksgiving.

PETITIONS

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 3-6 as a package
Petition of Holyoke Landing LLC for a special permit for a Drive thru facility (Bank Drive up Teller ATM (7.1.6).
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

Petition of Holyoke Landing LLC, for a new special permit for a Drive Thru facility/Fast Casual Restaurant/Fast Food (7.1.6).
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

Petition of Salmar Realty Inc. for a special permit for a Drive-Thru facility at 500 Easthampton Rd.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

Petition of Eric Taub, for a special permit for a Construction of a new duplex at 102 Beech St.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a no parking on easterly side of Main St from HG&E pole #95 to a point 60' farther north, no park no parking between signs.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Linda L. Vacon
Terence Murphy
Libby Hernandez

---> 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 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Lebron-Martinez).

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke install a 4-way Stop Sign at Michigan and Erie, Aves. Speeding on Michigan is a major problem.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be denied per the City Engineer.

Committee Members:
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Linda L. Vacon
Terence Murphy
Libby Hernandez
Under discussion:
Councilor Lisi Motion to make an amendment, recommend that we accepted the engineer’s report to deny. DPW said that there are special requirements for where 4 way stops can be placed, this intersection does not meet warrant analysis requirements. They are not to be used for speed regulations.

Councilor Bartley: in this case fed standards that come into play, even at local level. This was constituent request. One part we added, DPW superintended suggested that area is right for speed humps and temporary speed humps. Motion made in meeting to amend to add temporary speed humps. Neighbors feel burden have said they received clerks petition, 90% on Michigan Ave have signed.

President McGee: you’re okay with denial?

Councilor Bartley: this is standard, we can fight, but if we go against it, we can put the city in jeopardy.

Murphy: because HCC is not operational, when they are back, thought that they would do a study.

Councilor Bartley: there is a high bar. Once we are out of Covid, they’ll do another test.

Councilor McGiverin: 4 way stops can help, but can be liability. Engineer correct to suggest speed humps. Big problem is cut through traffic. Any deterrence can help neighborhood.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that DPW install a crosswalk in front of Blessed Sacrament School, located at 21 Westfield. This is per the request of the school administration brought to its attention by MSP and HPD.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Linda L. Vacon
Terence Murphy
Libby Hernandez
Councilor Lisi: Motion to receive and adopt. Interesting solution, under advisement of engineer. Be a mid block crosswalk, this would be an appropriate location. Westfield Rd side of Blessed Sacrament. Construction season is currently over, will start with add paintings, and signage, and mid block sign. In spring will add curb ramps and addition lighting for protection.

Councilor Bartley: good summation. This was a constituent request from principal and pastor. There is a similar on Northampton Street across Metcalf.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 8A, 8B, 8D, 8F as a package
The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Collective Bargaining Agreement between by and between the Board of Public Works of the City of Holyoke MA and the UPSEU Local 424 Holyoke Public Works Supervisors
have considered the same and Recommend that the contract be received .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
Under discussion:
Councilor McGiverin: 8A - This is a contract negotiated by city, with DPW supervisors, local 424. Talked of those present at negotiation. Some concessions made in contract: adding to all vehicles, monitored by management. Change in vacation time usage when City Hall is closed. Base on vacation days change. There was a question about having restricted parking in street but M.G.L. may supersede that part of contract.
Total: 1.5% salary increase annually, retroactive to the current fiscal year.
Classification changes and change to longevity pay. There were also three transfers.

Councilor Leahy: DPW employees are unsung heroes, hard workers, question to Crystal Barnes: mayor lets employees on Friday of Thanksgiving off. Told that other departments get paid time and a half for those days.

Acting Solicitor Barnes: not sure of that information. It would be a part of their contracts.

Councilor Leahy: so if City Hall was closed and they still had to work, they would have to get paid time and a half?

Acting Solicitor Barnes: I don’t have that information here.

Councilor Leahy: can you look into that? It would seem to add a huge cost to city.

Councilor McGiverin: This was a request from the City Auditor. Allow for increase of buyback of vacation time. This is related to Covid because vacation time cannot be used. Money is surplus in account and will not need to be used for rest of year.
---> Received.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer Request of $9,650 FROM: Refuse/Recycling Coordinator ($1,100) Shut Off Program ($8,550.00) TO: Refuse Foreman ($776.00) Refuse Overtime ($124.00) Refuse Longevity ($200.00) WW Principal Clerk/Stenographer ($5,576.00) WW Overtime ($2,874.00) WW Longevity ($100) TOTAL: $9,650
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
---> 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 a Financial Transfer Request of $2,689.00 as follows FROM: Refuse/Recycling Coordinator ($2,689.00) TO: Building Maint. Supervisor ($839.00) Building Overtime ($99.00) Building Longevity ($100.00) Highway Foreman ($521.00) Highway Overtime ($96.00) Highway Snow Overtime ($176.00) Highway Longevity ($100) Auto Foreman ($622.00) Auto Overtime ($36.00) Auto Longevity ($100) TOTAL: $2,689
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
---> 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 Financial Transfer of $2,907.00 FROM Refuse/Recycling  Coordinator TO: Forester ($930.00) Forester Overtime ($187.00) Forestry Longevity ($100) Gen. Construction Inspector ($449.00)Gen. Const. Inspector Vaca Buyback ($63) Supt. Of Outdoor Works ($863.00) DPW Admin Overtime ($65.00) DPW Admin. Longevity ($100.00) DPW Admin Vaca Buyback ($50.00) TOTAL: $2,907.00
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
---> 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 a Financial Transfer of $3,656.00 FROM: Professional Acct./Audit ($3,656.00) TO: Vacation Buyback TOTAL: $3,656.00
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
---> 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 the City Council request the Mayor, the Blighted Property Committee, and the HRA, move forward on the demolition of the remaining parts of the Armory Building. With a report that just to shore up the building, the expense would be approximately $625,000 and the potential cost of demolition estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000, it makes more sense to demolish the building and potentially seek construction of single or two family homes which could compliment the adjacent properties on Pine St. have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted with a communication to the Mayor, Blighted Property Group, and the HRA with a report back to the City Council in 90 days on the plan for the building.

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
Under discussion:
Councilor McGiverin: There was a long discussion in committee. This was not added to larger list of blighted properties. Armory is historic building in Holyoke. Talked about greater costs for preserving building then for demolition. Fire chief had concerns about safety. I believe the property has potential for development, committee disagreed.

Councilor Murphy: Been vacant for 15 years, development hasn’t happened. We need fairness for people who lives on that street. For there to be development, a great deal of cost would be incurred by city or developer. Ask for council to follow committee recommendations.

Councilor Greaney: we all want to preserve history, but with new buildings in area, old buildings can’t be held onto in favor of buildings that would be more conducive to the neighborhood.

President McGee; motion is to receive, adopt, send to mayor, blighted property group, and HRA.

Councilor McGiverin: with media attention, received two contacts interested in this type of building, will refer them to OPED office. Believes when outside of building in still in good case, we need to keep in mind for development. We have interested people who do want to do business development. Believes other buildings in top 5 are more dangerous, higher safety hazards. Historical nature of Armory, if it can be developed, is worth exploring. Advising council to vote against.

Councilor Murphy: this won’t happen overnight. If put in front of mayor, this is number 19. We need to rebuild to replace image of city. Interested parties should go to mayor’s office. This should be put on list.

Councilor Tallman: this was great discussion. Building has been there long time. This area could bring tax dollars into city with new housing. This should be sent to mayor, property group, HRA. Anything we can do to make area ore pleasant would benefit city.

Councilor Sullivan: moving this to list doesn’t put it at front of list, still leaves time for developer to come in. Attracting developer would require spending money on new roof to preserve inside.

Councilor Bartley: in favor of adoption. Sad to lose history, but reality and cost forces decision. Location has marketability.

Councilor Lisi: moving this to list may light a fire. I do think this area is marketable. Façade is desirable. Move it, if only to highlight the need to step up marketing campaign.

Councilor Anderson-Burgos: there are good memories, but we have to weigh that against cost. Are we as a city benefitting where it is now?

Councilor McGiverin: this vote tonight is to demolish the building. The message would be that the City Council doesn’t want to save it. There are other options if designated as a problem.

Councilor Greaney: there are many buildings that have not been developed, and we have to face reality. Properties could have been developed years ago.

Councilor Lisi: don’t expect city to take expense of preserving building. Expenses can be taken on by private developer. Appreciate intent to send message to mayor, HRA, but after a reread of order, cannot support it.

Councilor Murphy: reading executive summary: 3 historic walls can be reused, but floors, spans, etc, cannot be, and costs are estimated to be $625,000. If someone came in to preserve it, in favor of that, but nobody is making that offer.

Councilor Greaney: if we don’t take this step, it will eventually demolish itself.

President McGee: this is request, we are recommending. They can say no. This is message that we want this building to be safe.

Councilor Anderson-Burgos: can we set a time frame for a response?

President McGee: we can ask for communication in a certain amount of time.

Councilor Anderson-Burgos: yes, let’s ask for a timeframe, motion to make amendment for to get response in 90 days. Councilor Murphy seconded.

Councilor McGiverin: we’re sending a message that doesn’t help marketability of property.

President McGee: does send a message that we should get on marketing it.

Councilor Vacon: agree that this will put more attention on it, will put urgency on it.

President McGee: Clarifies amendment, asking for a response from the mayors office in 90 days. All vote in favor of amendment.

Councilor McGiverin asks for a roll call for 8E, with amendment.
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 10--Nays 3 (Hernandez, Lisi, McGiverin)--Absent 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 “DEPT. OF JUSTICE COMPREHENSIVE OPIOID, STIMULANT, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SITE-BASED PROGRAM” grant and authorized the establishment of a fund or other method appropriate for the accounting of the receipts and expenditures of all resources associated with said grant.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
Under discussion:
Had Sgt Hart before Finance Committee, 2nd round of grant Dept of Justice. Highlights: Total grant is $597,650, no match from city. 3 portions, Behavioral Health Network: $173,200, UMASS $144,450 for database to help city and BHN track people who benefit from grant. database help city BHN track beneficiaries, and $235,200 to city, pays for officers, commissioners of BHN, pays full salary of another officer, data that allows us to work with UMass. Recommend that it be adopted as is.
---> 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 the City Council approve funding of $18,000 in CPA Funding for a small grant program. This would allow for up to 6 or more small grants, none to exceed $3,000
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
Under discussion:
This is request of CPA committee. We approve parameters for CPA. They have estimated revenue each year. We have final say in projects they approve. With this passage, we allow them to create small grants program, with caps.

Councilor Sullivan: offered examples of projects that had to wait for full council meetings. This helps expedite procedure for approving smaller projects without having to wait for full council meeting. Moe streamlined applications process. Laid out restrictions.
---> Report of Committee received 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 the council vote to have the city take over ownership of South Water Street from the state. Once the transfer is completed, that the city pave at least the roadway connecting Main Street via South Water Street to the properties of Hazen Paper and Sunoco Paper. Estimated cost of repaving is $88,000, and these two business currently pay about $130,000 in taxes, as well as significant water and sewer payments. Each also employs a significant number of well paid employees. In addition, Sunoco has stepped up to accept 10 paper recycling products, reducing the city's recycling expense by around $50,000
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved and that a communication be given to the Mayor and State Delegation .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
James M. Leahy
David K. Bartley
Under discussion:
Councilor McGiverin: motion to receive and adopt. Had a representative from Hazen Paper and from Sunoco at the meeting. Both are good employers and good corporate citizens. This road needs to be paved. Cost estimates would be well worth it.

Councilor Murphy: We’re referring this to the Board of Public Works as well as to the mayor and the state. Both companies indicated that they’d have to work with the state highway department. State gives property, but we haven’t moved on it in a year. Area is difficult for fire trucks, road conditions could slow service. Appreciate state delegation’s work to help get the property transferred.

Councilor Greaney: let’s approve this. This should be a priority.

President McGee. Recommended that the motion be received and approved, and send message to mayor and state legislative delegation.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take up items 9a-9f as a package
The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the sidewalk on Dartmouth Street near Jefferson St, be repaved and
leveled off.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Joseph M. McGiverin
Todd McGee
Michael J. Sullivan
Under discussion:
Councilor Murphy: With 9A, we did meet with city engineer. Expectation was in a couple weeks, sidewalk should be repaired. With 9B, sidewalk St Jerome and Dwight, has been reviewed. Goal is to repave sidewalk from corner in the spring. With 9C, with neighborhood watch signs, met with superintendent. They neglected Appleton to Essex, will be doing that street in next week. With 9D, with City Hall and threat of violence. Met with Jeffrey Trask Emergency Manager, and Fire Chief Przekopowski. Prepared to develop in depth action plan. Chief expects that after Covid, they’ll be developing action plans for all city buildings. With 9E, trucks traveling on West Franklin, in particular at St. Jerome, has been complied with. With Councilor Anderson-Burgos, we asked if there could be stricter enforcement on the street. We were also asked to seek an ordinance prohibiting truck traffic from sunset to sunrise on West Franklin as well as on Sargeant. With 9F, regarding Williams Auto. Councilor Bartley and I met with Mr. Williams. Concerns about things happening in alley. Trash concerns, drug dealing, human waste, needles. Neighbors were okay with fence, but fire chief was concerned about delay in responding to potential emergencies on back porches. Will try to see if there are other ways to address concerns, maybe cameras and/or lighting in alley.

Councilor McGiverin: great meeting, all the right department heads were there, as well as the people who brought items to attention of councilors, and all primary order filers. There was good discussion. Unfortunate that we can’t do anything with the alley because city doesn’t’ own it.

Councilor Leahy: glad there’s an action plan for safety around City Hall. There is a safety concern sometimes with heated issues coming before the Council.

Councilor Tallman: Great meeting. Good order for City Hall safety. Hope we can get help for Mr. Williams as well, get more surveillance in the area.

Councilor Murphy: Williams willing to pay for cameras and lighting.

Councilor Vacon: point of order, want to make up motion to take up 12H, intended to be a Public Safety order.

President McGee read 12H.

Councilor Murphy: that was the order we passed through Ordinance. It was regarding raised sidewalks and speed bumps. Engineer suggested that we could hear back with recommendations by April 1st.

President McGee: ordered that 9A-9F, all has been complied with. All vote in favor.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the sidewalk on the southeast corner of
intersection of St Jerome and Dwight be repaired. This particular concern because it has been
a recurrent safety issue for a child with a disability that lives near the intersection.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Joseph M. McGiverin
Todd McGee
Michael J. Sullivan
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order residents/constituents from Pine St near Appleton St
have expressed concern of the increase in drug trafficking and transients in their
neighborhood, parking and idling in front of their properties, and inquired as to where are the
Neighborhood watch signs that are in possession of the DPW. I would like to order that they
are installed in an attempt to display that the community meets and is vigilant.

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

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Joseph M. McGiverin
Todd McGee
Michael J. Sullivan
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that proper procedures should be set forth at city hall in regards to an
emergency, or threat of violence. There needs to be a clear plan of action.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Joseph M. McGiverin
Todd McGee
Michael J. Sullivan
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the city engineer attend a committee meeting. Residents
have expressed ongoing concern regarding large trucks traveling up and down West Franklin
Street with particular concern about speeds traveling around the curve at the intersection
with St Jerome. Signs are posted but are not being adhered to.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Joseph M. McGiverin
Todd McGee
Michael J. Sullivan
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the health director, the building commissioner, representatives
from the police and fire departments meet with the public safety committee to consider a
request from Williams Auto to create a locked in fence at the alley entrance on Hampshire
Street between High and Maple, and also another locked fence at the northerly line of the
property of 412 ½ Maple Street. This is needed both to prevent illegal drug activity and
excessive littering in the alleyway. Currently, trash has been dumped in the alley, and needles
are consistently left there as well.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Joseph M. McGiverin
Todd McGee
Michael J. Sullivan
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that a City Council rule be added that City Council committees assigned in the prior term remain in effect for re-elected Councilors until the President-elect assigns new committees.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted with the following amendment: Should the chair not be re-elected then the most senior member of the Committee shall serve as the Committee Chair. .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Under discussion:
President McGee read 12A, with amendment: should the Chair not be reelected, most senior member of committee would become the Chair.

Councilor Vacon: motion to receive and adopt. Councilor Tallman seconded.

Councilor Vacon: Rule proposed to address gap that came up, address future unanticipated reasons. Would allow committees to continue their work.

Councilor McGiverin: no problem with intent of order. Section 11, Chapter 189 of Charter states that no other city council business until a new council president is elected. City Council rules can’t supersede the Charter.

Councilor Vacon: this has nothing to do with the president. It has to do with the appointing of the committees.

Councilor McGiverin: Charter states that no business can take place until a new president is elected.

President McGee: should we make a request that Crystal Barnes look into it? All vote in favor.

Acting Solicitor Barnes: haven’t looked into it, but can.

Councilor Vacon: this is about making sure committees continue, not cancel hearings, even if president has not assigned new committees.
President McGee: see point, but sees Councilor McGiverin’s point that if president has not assigned committees, can they still act. Could benefit from a legal ruling.
---> Report of Committee received and laid on the table.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that Holyoke determine the voting location for Ward 3 Precinct A, for both the 9/1/20 state/federal primary and the 11/3/20state/federal general election ASAP. The order is written in light of last minute change to the South St. Fire Station polling location for the 5/19 special election caused by the vendor's concerns due to COVID-19. Further ordered that Holyoke also consider the location for 1-B as this too was amended due to the property owners COVID-19 concerns.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon: Motion to receive and adopt. Seconded by Councilor Tallman. Was filed before elections, they have come and gone prior to taking this up.

President McGee read 12C. Recommended that order be adopted and referred to City Council President to appoint commission and give back report by June 2021.

Councilor Vacon: Motion to receive and adopt. Seconded by Councilor Tallman. Order by Councilor Bartley. During conversation about order, enrolled an order by Councilor Leahy about portable voting locations.

Councilor Bartley: this is about expanding opportunity for voters. Some areas are more atrocious than others in terms of turnout. This is about putting together a framework for a committee: Where should we have polling locations, how many, types of locations. Received many emails about potential polling locations.

Councilor Vacon: thanks to Councilor Bartley for filing. It is important that citizens are engaged, and have more equitable turnout throughout city.

Councilor Lisi: clerk or someone from that office should be in ad hoc committee. They would understand the needs of that office.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that Holyoke set up a commission to look at all of its polling locations for every ward for future elections. Holyoke should ensure that voting locations have excellent access for voters and great amenities for our poll workers.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted and referred to the City Council president to appoint a commission and give a report back by June of 2021 .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke adopt term limits for all elected positions to not more than four terms for all elected positions.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke review in collaboration with the City Clerk the processes for a citizens petition, that appear in the City Charter, making the process more streamlined and standard.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Ordered that the City of Holyoke place a binding referendum changing the charter to make terms of all remaining local municipal elected officials not elected to four year terms to switch and become four year terms. (I.E. City Council School committee, etc)
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Ordered that the newly formed charter group look into the pros and cons of combining the personnel dept. with the School Dept., HG&E, and other personnel offices in the City into one Human Resources division.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that a no parking on easterly side of Main St from HG&E pole #95 to a point 60' farther north, no park no parking between signs.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
---> Given leave to withdraw.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that a non-binding ballot question be placed on the next election ballot: Ballot question should be "Should 16 and 17 year old residents be allowed to vote in municipal elections?
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke amend through ordinance or Charter change that any and all community agreements made by the Executive must be ratified and approved by the City Council in order for them to take effect. All previous agreements would be grand fathered in and not need Council ratification .
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Howard B Greaney, Jr.
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

ORDERS AND TRANSFERS

MCGEE Ordered, that the city engineer update the city council on the speed bumps for Bemis.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.

MCGEE Ordered, that the DPW give the public safety committee an update on the sidewalk repairs for Northampton street around the Hampton knolls Road area.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that the public safety committee invite in Aumani Harris from Boston Medical, HEALing Communities Study Coalition, in order to have a discussion about Naloxboxes as a way of reducing fatal opioid overdoses.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2021, TEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED THIRTY SEVEN AND 25/100 Dollars ($10,237.25) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTER $4,915.58
12201-51104 LIEUTENANT 5,321.67
TOTAL: $10,237.25
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $10,237.25
TOTAL: $10,237.25

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2021, NINE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY THREE AND 80/100 Dollars ($9,853.80) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 SERGEANTS $6,591.96
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 3,261.84
TOTAL: $9,853.80
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $9,853.80
TOTAL: $9,853.80

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 0.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2021 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT TRAINING " grant and authorizes the establishment of a Fund or other method appropriate for the accounting of the receipts and expenditures of all resources associated with the administration of said grant.

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2021 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT SUPPORT AND INCENTIVE " grant and authorizes the establishment of a Fund or other method appropriate for the accounting of the receipts and expenditures of all resources associated with the administration of said grant.

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

TALLMAN, Hernandez Ordered, that DPW erect a "Do not enter sign" at corner of Linden and Sargeant St.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.

VACON Ordered, that The Apremont/ Rock Valley intersection remains problematic with near-misses reported.
A stop sign where Apremont takes a right turn up the hill has been requested. It was found not to be proper, but the sign that is there on Apremont  is confusing to drivers as to which road has the right of way if a driver is proceeding from Apremont on to Rock Valley Road.
Another request is to make the intersection a T so traffic would need to stop from three directions.  Refer to Public Safety and our Engineer.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to City Engineer.

VACON, Sullivan Ordered, that no new road detail shifts be scheduled or provided for any company or department that has an outstanding balance due to the PD/City of Holyoke.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee. Copy to Auditor and Treasurer.

VACON Ordered, that the bonding for the 10 priority intersections and funding for the traffic light installations be reviewed in Finance Committee.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

LATE FILED ORDERS & COMMUNICATIONS

From Melanson, Management letter year ended June 30, 2019, Independent Auditors Reports and Annual Financial Statements.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

HERNANDEZ Ordered, that Ordered that the city issue a handicap parking spot for 254 Walnut St.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

LISI Ordered, that That the City Council and Mayor send a strong letter to our wealthier Hampshire County neighbor communities that encourages them to initiate a Stop the Spread testing site in the upper Valley in light of Holyoke Health Director, Sean Gonsalves’ 11/13 update on the city’s latest COVID-19 metrics that our test sites are servicing 5-600 people in the 4-5 hours they are open.
Under discussion:
President McGee read A, from Councilor Lisi: that the city send a strong letter to our wealthier Hampshire County neighbor communities encouraging them to initiate stop the spread test sites.

Councilor Lisi: Our test sites are serving 500-600 a week. Holyoke is serving all of the upper values, including Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. We need one of our upper valley neighbors to push for another site. Need to send letter to those surrounding cities, as well as the state.

President McGee: agree and would like to sign onto it.

Councilor Vacon: seems letter needs to go state, and we could have Board of Health Director could write and we could support it.

Councilor Murphy: this is a great order, would include our state delegation to work with their colleagues. We need to separate test sites so that people are not deterred from getting tested.

Councilor Lebron-Martinez: agree with Councilor Vacon about sending it to the state.

Councilor Lisi: we should ask Sean to send letter alongside of us. We’re the body that has better authority to make request with state. Board of Health can send alongside of us.
---> Received and adopted.

Petition for residents regarding hen ordinance
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

 

Adjourn at 11:09 PM.
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