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Holyoke City Council Meeting

Nov 17 2020

7:00 pm Remote by Zoom

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AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
November 17,2020

PUBLIC COMMENT

e: Nov 17, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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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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