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Holyoke City Council Meeting December 17, 2019

Dec 17 2019

7:00 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
December 17,2019

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be placed in front of 9 Gates St. for Jeffrey Potter.
Recommend that the order be adopted

MUNICIPAL BUDGET

2. Option A. Supplemental Budget for FY2020

3. Option B. Supplemental Budget FY2020

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

COMMUNICATIONS

4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter addressing city's financial position, levy capacity, free cash and supplemental budget

5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Robert S. Edwards, 222 Redfern Dr. Longmeadow, Ma to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Edwards will serve a three year term; said term will expires on November 2022.

6. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk MMC and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass't. to City Council minutes of November 19, and December 3, 2019.

7. From Anthony Dulude, Communication from Massachusetts Department of Revenue letter re: Notice of Free Cash approval for City of Holyoke.

8. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, revised MOA for Holyoke Police Supervisors IBPO Local 409

9. From PERAC letter re: Appropriation for Fiscal Year 2021.

10. From Albert E. Bessette Jr. from Verizon Right of Way Manager letter re: Notice of Petition Withdrawal Job #1A3X5VS Harvard Street.

11. From Michael Sobolik, Chief Financial Office, Mill Town Agriculture LLC letter re: Notice of Community Outreach Meeting for Marijuana Establishment.

12. From Family and Friends of Holyoke Police Officer John A. DiNapoli, cordially invitation to attend a candlelight vigil on December 22, 2019 commemorating th 20th anniversary of his passing.

13. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, revised copy of the Holyoke Police Supervisors IBPO Local 409 contract.

PETITIONS

14. Petition of Four Trees Holyoke LLC for a Recreational Marijuana Retail Establishment (RMRE) and a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment (MME) at 1 Cabot St.

15. Petition of Kenrick Williams for a renewal of a Home Occupation for property preservation & management business at 97 Locust St..

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

16. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

16A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition of Holyoke Mall Company L.P. for a new Special Permit for a Height Limitation (5.3.1.) for 50 Holyoke St. Recommend that the Sp. Permit be approved

16B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 62-37 hours of operation for peddlers and/or solicitors be amended Recommend that the order be adopted

17. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

17A. 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 “FY2020 PLANNING ASSISTANCE 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 adopted

17B. 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 “MUNICIPAL ENERGY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 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

17C. 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 EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT DOLLARS AND 47/100 Dollars ($7,808.47) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51103      PAY-CHIEF OF WIRES             $7,808.47
TOTAL: $7,808.47
TO:
12402-53050      INSPECTIONS-ELECTRIC                     $7,808.47
TOTAL: $7,808.47 Recommend that the order be adopted

17D. 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 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 Recommend that the order be adopted

17E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the sum of $6,540,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the  Capital Planning Project  – Water Main Replacement  and the payment of all costs incidental and related hereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project. Recommend that the order be adopted

17F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the Tax Collector provide the City with the top 100 property owners that are delinquent or are not current with their City of Holyoke tax bill. Please provide an updated list to the Council within 30 days of this order. Recommend that the order has been complied with

18. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

19. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

20A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Petition for Joint or Identical Pole Locations for Verizon NE Inc. and Holyoke Gas and Electric Dept. request to locate poles, wires, cables and fixtures including necessary anchors, guys, and other such sustaining and protecting fixtures to be placed in used in common by you petitioners along and across the following public way or ways:
Jarvis Avenue: Place (1) jointly owned pole numbered T.30-01/E.7-1 on the westerly side of Jarvis Ave. at a point approx. 518 feet northerly from the center line of Old Bassett Rd. Recommend that the application be approved

20B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 40 Sec. 4A the City Council approve an intermunicipal agreement between the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission, City of Chicopee, City of Holyoke, and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for the continuation of the Connecticut River Cleanup Committee. Recommend that the order be approved

20C. 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 712 – 716 Dwight Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 006, Block 06, Parcel 010, consisting of a vacant eight-unit apartment building situated on a 2,744-square foot lot which is more particularly described in a deed recorded at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 10944, Page 51. On August 6, 2019 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a final judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22792, Page 87.  The property is zoned Limited Business (BL) and has an assessed value of $246,300.  (parcel map and assessor card included) Recommend that the order be adopted

20D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer of $10,000.00 from Alfred Shattelroe to purchase and redevelop 47 Chapin Street which is currently a vacant two-family house on a 6,839-square foot lot. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 079, Block 00, Parcel 014 zoned Downtown Residential (DR) with an assessed value of $116,000. Recommend that the order be adopted

20E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the director of the housing authority and the superintendent of the DPW appear before the DG&R committee to discuss plans to improve the snow removal in the narrow paved alleys in the Churchill Homes section of the city.  These paved alleys lead to back yard driveways for some homeowners, and plowing needs to be done to remove the snow from blocking access to the gated areas. Recommend that the order has been complied with

20F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Petition from Verizon NE Inc. requests permission to locate poles, wires, cables, and fixtures, including the necessary anchors, guys and other such sustaining and protecting fixtures to be owned and used in common by your petitioners and across the following public way or ways:
Harvard Street: Place (1) soley owned pole numbered T.6S on the northerly side of Harvard St. at a point approx. 173 feet easterly from the center line of Pleasant St. Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw without prejudice

21. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

23. MCGEE -- that the City Council set the tax rate for FY 2020.

24. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2020 TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT 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.

25. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "BARR FOUNDATION CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION - GRANT19-08201 " 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.

26. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, THIRTEEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TEN AND 00/100 Dollars ($13,310.00) as follows:

FROM:
14261-51106 POLICE FLEET MECHANIC $13,310.00
TOTAL: $13,310.00
TO:
12101-52410 R & M MOTOR VEHICLES $13,310.00
TOTAL: $13,310.00

27. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWELVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED TWENTY TWO AND 22/100 Dollars ($12,922.22) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 SERGEANTS $6,274.46
12101-51107 PATROLMAN 6,647.76
TOTAL: $12,922.22
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $12,922.22
TOTAL: $12,922.22

28. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWO THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTEEN AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,716.00) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51110 PAY-LOCAL BUILDING INSPECTOR $2,716.00
TOTAL: $2,716.00
TO:
12401-51102 PAY - ASSIST. BUILDING COMMISIONER $2,716.00
TOTAL: $2,716.00

29. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "SOUTH HOLYOKE HOMES PROJECT" 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.

30. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FFY2020 TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT 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.

31. MCGIVERIN -- Ordered, that, in accordance with Chapter 40, §4A, the City Council authorize the Mayor to execute a contract to deliver recyclables to the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).  The dual stream contract will be a 5 year contract term, with two 5 year extension.  A copy of the Dual Stream Designated Community Contract is provided.

32. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,500.00) as follows:

FROM:
11451-51105 FLOATING CLERK $2,500.00
TOTAL: $2,500.00
TO:
11351-51106 MUNIS ADMINISTRATOR STIPEND $2,500.00
TOTAL: $2,500.00

33. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,500.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105 HEAD ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK $2,500.00
TOTAL: $2,500.00
TO:
11351-51106 MUNIS ADMINISTRATOR STIPEND $2,500.00
TOTAL: $2,500.00

34. MURPHY -- that the No Parking Except to Load and Unload restriction on the northerly side of Sargeant Street between Main Street and the alley be eliminated.

35. MURPHY -- that the DG&R committee meet with the superintendent of the DPW to develop a specific planned schedule for snow removal on the sidewalks adjacent to all of the canals within the city.  The goal is to make certain that the length of time persons would need to walk in the road is as minimal as possible.

36. MURPHY -- that in support of a $6.566 million MassWorks grant for infrastructure improvements that will serve an affordable homeownership project in the vicinity of Carlos Vega Park in South Holyoke, order that:

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

37. BARTLEY -- The City council amend city ordinances to require property owners to:
a. Clear snow away from fire hydrants
b. Clear leaves from catch basins
Refer to Ordinance 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

______________________________
City Clerk

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
December 17,2019

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

The Clerk called the roll. Absent members: 1 (Anderson-Burgos) Present Members 12 (Bartley, Bresnahan, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, McGiverin, Murphy, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon, Valentin).

The name of Councilor Bresnahan was drawn to head the roll call voting.

 

LAID ON THE TABLE

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be placed in front of 9 Gates St. for Jeffrey Potter.
Recommend that the order be adopted
---> Laid on the table.

Kevin Jourdain spoke and gave information on free cash and suggested that the City Council should be fiscally conservative in its approach to setting the tax rate and how it should vote on the budget. Councilor Jourdain spoke on the constant dwindling of free cash that has been taking place over the years. Kevin Jourdain stated that the budget is going up each year free cash is going down. Councilor Jourdain recommended the budget option where free cash would be placed in the stabilization fund.
Rules were suspended to allow Mayor Morse to speak on the 3 supplemental budget options and to address the City’s financial status. Mayor Morse gave overview of the three options and Councilors were allowed to ask questions to get more information on the three plans. Mayor Morse spoke on the rise in property valuations and new growth within the City as a positive thing for the City. Mayor Morse stated that lack of free cash means that the City is accurately budgeting and taxing residents. Mayor Morse continued to give overview of each of the budget options.
Councilor Leahy asked questions of the legal department about litigation against the City and how cases are proceeding. Councilor Leahy stated that he likes to under fund the Law Dept. in order to ensure checks and balances especially when it comes to resolving litigation. Assistant . City Solicitor Crystal Barnes gave overview of how outside counsel is paid and who they are and how they charge the City. It was noted that Atty. Emma charges roughly $9,000 to $10,000 a month for working on litigation against the City. Crystal Barnes gave a general update on litigation status without going into detail in order to not jeopardize ongoing cases. Councilor Leahy spoke on the personnel and clerical line item for personnel in the Mayor’s office and it was noted that the Mayor had restored money that was previously cut by the Council for personnel in the budget. Councilor Leahy also asked about the line item for cyber security insurance. Mayor Morse gave information on the need for cyber security insurance noting that there is a constant threat that needs watching and that insurance would be worth it to the City. Councilor McGiverin stated that he does not feel the Council should be given these options so late in the year in December and that these things should have been dealt with earlier to give the Council more time to make decisions. Councilor McGiverin also stated that some of these options have a number of financial transfers attached to it of which the Council has many questions. Councilor McGiverin recommended that the Council take the action that would transfer money into stabilization, stating that transferring money out of that account would not hurt the City bond rating.
Councilor Bartley spoke and stated that he feels these items should go to the Finance Committee in order to have more free-flowing discussion. Councilor Bartley noted that there are a number of examples of funding restored in the supplemental budgets that were cut by the City Council by a strong majority. Councilor Bartley asked how the City picked Dowd Insurance for its cyber security insurance. Mayor Morse explained the process noting that there is a committee that makes these decisions. Councilor Bartley also asked about line item for School Resource Officers. It was noted by the Mayor that the dollar amount would be coming from the School budget.
Councilor Vacon spoke on the budget from a macro view. Councilor Vacon spoke on the budget being increased by 5.7% and noted that the Council only cut some $600,000 from the budget. Councilor Vacon spoke on the increase to home values and how this effectively increases the tax bill for residents who have been paying the freight already. Councilor Vacon recommended that the City step back and look at it from the perspective of the tax payers that have been footing a heavier bill.
Councilor Lisi stated that the lack of a major amount of free cash goes to show more accurate and responsible budgeting because the City is not overshooting by as much. Councilor Lisi spoke on how the City has invested in capital improvements and new development. Councilor Lisi encouraged the Council to support the option C, Late File A option for the supplemental budget. Councilor Murphy spoke and stated that the best way for the City Council to go about this is to put the money into stabilization because it would allow the Council to review each of the financial transfer requests. Motion was made and seconded to adopt option B represented as Item 3 on the agenda.
Councilor McGee spoke and stated that the three last minute options that were given to the Council and that this isn’t how good budgeting should work. Councilor McGee noted that the Council take a whole month of June to review the budget line item for line item and now the Council is expected to rush and take this vote. Councilor McGee stated that this process isn’t fair to residents either because they are unable to follow the process. Councilor McGee gave some of the time restrictions on the process before the Council. City Council continued to explore the pros and cons of each of the proposals with a consensus forming that option B as represented as Item 3 on the agenda as the most desirable option.

MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Option A. Supplemental Budget for FY2020
---> Denied

Option B. Supplemental Budget FY2020
---> In City Council, on December 17, 2019, the City Council amended Supplemental Budget Option B to send $750,000 to the stabilization fund. The amendment was adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays – Yeas 7 – Nays 5 (Bresnahan, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, Murphy Valentin) – Absent 1 (Anderson-Burgos).

Supplemental Budget Option B was adopted as amended on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 7--Nays 5 (Bresnahan, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, Murphy, Valentin) --Absent 0.

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

COMMUNICATIONS

From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter addressing city's financial position, levy capacity, free cash and supplemental budget
---> Received.

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Robert S. Edwards, 222 Redfern Dr. Longmeadow, Ma to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Edwards will serve a three year term; said term will expires on November 2022.
---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee.

From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk MMC and Ryan Allen, Administrative. Assistant. to City Council minutes of November 19, and December 3, 2019.
---> Received and adopted.

From Anthony Dulude, Communication from Massachusetts Department of Revenue letter re: Notice of Free Cash approval for City of Holyoke.
---> Received.

From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, revised MOA for Holyoke Police Supervisors IBPO Local 409
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From PERAC letter re: Appropriation for Fiscal Year 2021.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Albert E. Bessette Jr. from Verizon Right of Way Manager letter re: Notice of Petition Withdrawal Job #1A3X5VS Harvard Street.
---> Received.

From Michael Sobolik, Chief Financial Office, Mill Town Agriculture LLC letter re: Notice of Community Outreach Meeting for Marijuana Establishment.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

From Family and Friends of Holyoke Police Officer John A. DiNapoli, cordially invitation to attend a candlelight vigil on December 22, 2019 commemorating th 20th anniversary of his passing.
---> Received.

From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, revised copy of the Holyoke Police Supervisors IBPO Local 409 contract.
---> Duplicate

PETITIONS

Petition of Four Trees Holyoke LLC for a Recreational Marijuana Retail Establishment (RMRE) and a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment (MME) at 1 Cabot St.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

Petition of Kenrick Williams for a renewal of a Home Occupation for property preservation & management business at 97 Locust St..
---> Received 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.

Presidents Report: Update on City Council Christmas party was given. Councilor McGee thanked Councilor Bresnahan and Councilor Valentin for their service on the City Council. Councilor McGee stated that both Councilors would always be a friend and stated that he had personally learned from Councilor Bresnahan and Councilor Valentin. Councilor McGee noted that the inauguration would be January 6th for the City Council. Councilor McGee also mentioned that there are Council badges from the Holyoke Police Dept. and that he had one for each Councilor.
Councilor Valentin spoke and thanked the residents of the City for their vote and thanked her colleagues for working for the City.
Councilor Bresnahan also spoke and thanked everyone for working with him and thanked the residents of Holyoke.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition of Holyoke Mall Company L.P. for a new Special Permit for a Height Limitation (5.3.1.) for 50 Holyoke St.
have considered the same and Recommend that the Sp. Permit be approved .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon spoke on the Special Permit and noted that should the Council approve the Special. Permit the Holyoke Mall would be able to move forward with having a movie theater complex developed on their property. Councilor Bartley spoke and gave information noting that there was one abutter who attended the meeting and that the abutter was in favor of the Special Permit.
---> Report of Committee received 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.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 62-37 hours of operation for peddlers and/or solicitors be amended
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
Under discussion
Councilor Bartley gave information on the discussion that took place in the committee meeting and it was noted that the order was an effort to change the hours of operation and to allow vendors and food trucks to have more discretion as far as how long they can be open for during a work day. It was noted that this order would expand those hours and hopefully be a helpful to the business community in the City.
---> 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 (Anderson-Burgos).
Approved by the Mayor.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 24 out of order:
Rules were suspended to allow Chief Febo and Sgt. Hart to answer questions and to provide information on the grant. Sgt. Hart spoke and noted that the grant was time sensitive and noted that the grant is for traffic enforcement and to add increased patrols and check points.
MCGIVERIN Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2020 TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT 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.

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Bresnahan).
Approved by the Mayor.

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 “FY2020 PLANNING ASSISTANCE 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 adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
Councilor McGiverin gave committee report and noted the amount of the grant. It was noted that it was an in-kind contribution of 39,000 dollars and would bring some students from Harvard in to do a study to look into environmental changes and the effect on the City. It was noted that OPED Director Marcos Marrero spoke in favor of the order and the program.
---> 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.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 39 out of order:
MCGEE Ordered, that the City Council set the tax rate for FY 2020.
Under discussion:

---> A motion was made and seconded to set the CIP Shift to 1.60 ($19.11/$39.58) The motion was not voted on.

Motion was made and seconded to set the CIP Shift to 1.595 ($19.16/$39.45). The motion was received and denied on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 4 (Bresnahan, McGiverin, Murphy, Sullivan) -- Nays 8 -- Absent 1(Anderson-Burgos).

Motion was made and seconded to set the CIP Shift to 1.605 ($19.07/$39.70). The motion was received and adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 7 (Bartley, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, Tallman, Valentin) -- Nays 5 --Absent 1 (Anderson-Burgos).

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 “MUNICIPAL ENERGY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE 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
Under discussion:
Finance Chair McGiverin spoke on the grant and gave information. It was noted that the grant would be for 12,500 with not match needed to resolve a CSO related pump station issues at Jones Ferry. Councilor McGiverin noted that Bob Perient gave all the relevant information and that he is in favor of the grant.
---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

Valentin exited meeting at 9:29pm
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 EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHT DOLLARS AND 47/100 Dollars ($7,808.47) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51103      PAY-CHIEF OF WIRES             $7,808.47
TOTAL: $7,808.47
TO:
12402-53050      INSPECTIONS-ELECTRIC                     $7,808.47
TOTAL: $7,808.47
(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
Under discussion:
It was noted that these transfers take place regularly to pay for chief of wires which is a position that it is vacant in the Building Dept. It was noted that someone is doing this work and that this bill is to pay past due bills for the work done.
---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 9--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Valentin). Councilors Leahy and Lisi did not vote or participate in discussion on this item.
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, TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO AND 77/100 Dollars ($24,362.77) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51104   CHILDREN'S 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
(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
Under discussion:
Councilor McGiverin noted that Library Director Maria Pagan was in for the meeting to give information and that she stated that the transfer is to pay personnel in the department. It was noted that there are vacancies in the Library and people have been doing work per-diem and that this transfer is to cover those costs.
---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the sum of $6,540,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the  Capital Planning Project  – Water Main Replacement  and the payment of all costs incidental and related hereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project.
(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
Under discussion:
Councilor McGiverin gave overview of the addition to the bond and noted that this would help address Fairfield Avenue and the water pressure issues on that street. It was noted that Water Commissioner David Conti and Water Commissioner Harbilus both gave info to the Finance Committee and spoke about the need to make the improvements via the bond.
---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the Tax Collector provide the City with the top 100 property owners that are delinquent or are not current with their City of Holyoke tax bill. Please provide an updated list to the Council within 30 days of this order.
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
Under discussion:
Councilor Bresnahan spoke and gave overview of discussion that took place in committee. It was noted that the tax collector had provided the list that was requested and therefore the order was found to be Complied with
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Petition for Joint or Identical Pole Locations for Verizon NE Inc. and Holyoke Gas and Electric Dept. request to locate poles, wires, cables and fixtures including necessary anchors, guys, and other such sustaining and protecting fixtures to be placed in used in common by you petitioners along and across the following public way or ways:
Jarvis Avenue: Place (1) jointly owned pole numbered T.30-01/E.7-1 on the westerly side of Jarvis Ave. at a point approx. 518 feet northerly from the center line of Old Bassett Rd.
have considered the same and Recommend that the application be approved .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
Councilor Bartley gave information on the petition from Verizon. Councilor Bartley stated that the DGR order was a continuance of a public hearing. It was noted that the petition was straight forward and was not controversial. Councilor Bartley stated that the petition was to move a telephone pole off of private property on to a public sidewalk. It was noted that the new position is now subject to taxation to the City. Councilor Bartley noted that there was no opposition to the petition in the hearing.
---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Valentin).
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. 40 Sec. 4A the City Council approve an inter municipal agreement between the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission, City of Chicopee, City of Holyoke, and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for the continuation of the Connecticut River Cleanup Committee.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
Councilor Bartley noted that this would be to allow the Mayor to enter into a 25-year contract to share the Springfield recycling flow. It was noted that the administrative cost to the City would be $2,000 per year. It was noted that Bob Perient stated that this was the right way forward for the City for recycling needs.
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Anderson-Burgos, Leahy, Valentin).
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 712 – 716 Dwight Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors records as Map 006, Block 06, Parcel 010, consisting of a vacant eight unit apartment building situated on a 2,744-square foot lot which is more particularly described in a deed recorded at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 10944, Page 51. On August 6, 2019 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a final judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 22792, Page 87.  The property is zoned Limited Business (BL) and has an assessed value of $246,300.  (parcel map and assessor card included)
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
Under discussion:
Councilor Bartley spoke on the property and noted that it’s in between Walnut and Elm St. Councilor Bartley gave some of the background of the property and noted that this has an empty lot next to the order and that the goal would be to RFP the parcel and try to get it back on the tax rolls and get an interested developer.
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Anderson-Burgos, Leahy, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer of $10,000.00 from Alfred Shattelroe to purchase and redevelop 47 Chapin Street which is currently a vacant two family house on a 6,839-square foot lot. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as Map 079, Block 00, Parcel 014 zoned Downtown Residential (DR) with an assessed value of $116,000.
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
Under discussion:
Councilor Bartley gave information on the order and noted that the purchase would be for $10,000 for conveyance of the property. It was noted that the purchasing property would be looking to invest around 160,000 dollars for repairs into the house. It was noted that the hope is that the repairs and renovation would hopefully enhance the neighborhood.
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

Lisi left meeting at 10:01
The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order  that the director of the housing authority and the superintendent of the DPW appear before the DG&R committee to discuss plans to improve the snow removal in the narrow paved alleys in the Churchill Homes section of the city.  These paved alleys lead to back yard driveways for some homeowners, and plowing needs to be done to remove the snow from blocking access to the gated areas.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

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

Under discussion:
Councilor Bartley spoke and stated that Matthew Mainville and Marcos Marrero had attended the meeting to discuss responsibility for clearing snow out of alleyways and walk ways on HHA property. It was noted that Mr. Mainville wanted to do his best to further educate tenants on their responsibilities in snow removal. Mr. Mainville had also spoke on increasing the effort to help in snow removal for these alleyways and streets.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Petition from Verizon NE Inc. requests permission to locate poles, wires, cables, and fixtures, including the necessary anchors, guys and other such sustaining and protecting fixtures to be owned and used in common by your petitioners and across the following public way or ways:
Harvard Street: Place (1) soley owned pole numbered T.6S on the northerly side of Harvard St. at a point approx. 173 feet easterly from the center line of Pleasant St.
have considered the same and Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw without prejudice .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
It was noted that the petition was being withdrawn by Verizon. It was noted that in Item 10 Verizon sent a communication asking that Item 20F be given leave to withdraw:
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

ORDERS AND TRANSFERS

 

 

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "BARR FOUNDATION CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION - GRANT19-08201 " 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, December 17, 2019.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, THIRTEEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TEN AND 00/100 Dollars ($13,310.00) as follows:

FROM:
14261-51106 POLICE FLEET MECHANIC $13,310.00
TOTAL: $13,310.00
TO:
12101-52410 R & M MOTOR VEHICLES $13,310.00
TOTAL: $13,310.00

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWELVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED TWENTY TWO AND 22/100 Dollars ($12,922.22) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 SERGEANTS $6,274.46
12101-51107 PATROLMAN 6,647.76
TOTAL: $12,922.22
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $12,922.22
TOTAL: $12,922.22

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Anderson-Burgos, Lisi, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWO THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTEEN AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,716.00) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51110 PAY-LOCAL BUILDING INSPECTOR $2,716.00
TOTAL: $2,716.00
TO:
12401-51102 PAY - ASSIST. BUILDING COMMISSIONER $2,716.00
TOTAL: $2,716.00

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

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 "SOUTH HOLYOKE HOMES PROJECT" 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, December 17, 2019.

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 "FFY2020 TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT 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.

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Duplicate

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that Ordered, that, in accordance with Chapter 40, §4A, the City Council authorize the Mayor to execute a contract to deliver recyclables to the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).  The dual stream contract will be a 5 year contract term, with two 5 year extension.  A copy of the Dual Stream Designated Community Contract is provided.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,500.00) as follows:

FROM:
11451-51105 FLOATING CLERK $2,500.00
TOTAL: $2,500.00
TO:
11351-51106 MUNIS ADMINISTRATOR STIPEND $2,500.00
TOTAL: $2,500.00

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2020, TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,500.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51105 HEAD ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK $2,500.00
TOTAL: $2,500.00
TO:
11351-51106 MUNIS ADMINISTRATOR STIPEND $2,500.00
TOTAL: $2,500.00

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

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

MURPHY Ordered, that the No Parking Except to Load and Unload restriction on the northerly side of Sargeant Street between Main Street and the alley be eliminated.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

MURPHY Ordered, that the DG&R committee meet with the superintendent of the DPW to develop a specific planned schedule for snow removal on the sidewalks adjacent to all of the canals within the city.  The goal is to make certain that the length of time persons would need to walk in the road is as minimal as possible.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

MURPHY Ordered, that in support of a $6.566 million MassWorks grant for infrastructure improvements that will serve an affordable homeownership project in the vicinity of Carlos Vega Park in South Holyoke, order that:

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

BARTLEY Ordered, that The City council amend city ordinances to require property owners to:
a. Clear snow away from fire hydrants
b. Clear leaves from catch basins
Refer to Ordinance committee.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

LATE FILED ORDERS & COMMUNICATIONS

Option C. Supplemental Budget FY2020.
---> Denied

MURPHY Ordered, that a handicap application for Maria Alvarado be placed in front of 533 So. Summer St.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

 

Adjourn at 10:02 PM.
A true record
ATTEST:

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