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Holyoke City Council Meeting August 2, 2022

Aug 2 2022

7:00 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Status updates for orders

El Consejo Municipal 2 de agosto 2022

Meeting will take place at Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St
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AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
August 2,2022

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order From Lisa Ball, Acting City Solicitor, letter re: Fire Chief's Contract Recommended that the order is in compliance pending passage of the budget

2. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application for Holyoke Wilds at 20 Hadley Mills Rd (041-01-015) to permit the use of the existing building as a marijuana manufacturing establishment. Recommended that the order be adopted with the following conditions:
1. That the owner of the building always pay the commercial property tax rate to the extent allowed by federal, state, and local laws for the duration of the Special Permit.
2. That the business retains a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for non-security jobs.
3. That the hiring preference be given to security personnel that are retired Holyoke police or are a retired member of another police department that now lives in the city of Holyoke.
4. There shall be no marijuana consumption allowed on site.
5. That the hours of operation be set according to City ordinances.
6. That the applicant must abide by Massachusetts General Laws and guidance's from the Cannabis Control Commission.
7. That the petitioner/applicant shall conform with city and state health laws, rules, and regulations, including odor nuisance controls, for the duration of the permit.
8. That the applicant add cultivation into the odor mitigation component of the application
9. That the applicant follow the recommendations of the June 7 letter from the City Engineer

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3. Mayor's Supplemental Budget from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

4. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Sharon Bittner-Willis as Acting City Treasurer effective July 15, 2022. This Appointment will last 60 Days, unless sooner revoked or upon the appointment of a permanent Treasurer.

5. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter reappointing Mr. Matteo Eiondato, 56 Fairfield Avenue, to serve on the Local Historic District Commission effective July 1, 2022: Mr. Riondato will serve a three year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2025.

6. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Ms. Lauren Niles, 40 Lexington Ave. to serve on the Local Historic District Commission (Fairfield Avenue): Ms. Niles will serve a three year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2025.

7. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Ms. Beth Gosselin, 1070 Northampton St. to serve on the Local Historict Commission ( Fairfiel Avenue ) effective July 1, 2022: Ms. Gosselin will serve a two year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2024.

8. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Ms. Lauren Niles, 40 Lexington Ave. to serve as an Alternate of the Planning Board for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Niles will serve a one-year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2023.

9. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter appointing Ms. Jessica Lebron-Martinez, 102 Brown Ave. to serve as a member on the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Lebron-Martinez will serve a three year term; Said term will expire on March 2025.

10. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter reappointing Ms. Joan Plummer, 7 Radcliffe St. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Plummer will serve a three year term; said term will expire on February 2025.

11. From Lisa A. Ball City Solicitor, letter re: Fire personnel work second jobs exceeding 30 hours a week.

12. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC and Jeffery Anderson-Burgos, Admin. Ass't. to City council minutes of June 7 & June 21, 2022.

13. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor, YTD Budget Report for the General fund and sewer fund and spreadsheet for the PILOT program revenues to date.

14. From the Acting City Treasurer,  Sharon Bittner-Willis. It is the most recent statements showing the balance for our stabilization accounts

15. From Aaron Vega, Director OPED, letter re: Economic Development & Housing Development Incentive report.

16. From Alicia Zoeller, Community Development Director re: CDBG funds substantial amendments.

17. From Alicia Zoeller, Director re:FY2022 CDBG proposals from July 1, 2022 to June 30. 2023.

18. Memorandum of Agreement by and between the City of Holyoke and NAGE R1-180, Clerical Union.

19. From Holyoke Police Department Holyoke Wild's Security Plan for 20 Hadley Mills Rd.

20. From AACO Realty Corp. letter regarding 380 Dwight St. Holyoke 420 LLC (failure to enforce city ordinances-Complaint.

21. From Holyoke Board of Health minutes of April 28 and May 19, 2022.

22. From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority minutes of May 18, and June 16, 2022.

23. Board of Fire Commission minutes of May 19, and June 16, 2022.

24. From Infused Element LLC notice of Community Outreach Meeting for a proposed marijuana Establishment at 1 Cabot St.

25. From Paul Burns, Director of Transit Operations at PVTA, letter re: update regarding PVTA shelter on South St.

PETITIONS

26. Petition for a renewal of a second hand license for GameStop located at 50 Holyoke St.

27. Petition of Betlai, LLC c/o Edison Yee (White Hut) for a special permit for a restaurant fast food use Section 9.3) at 825 Hampden St.

28. Petition of Yajaira Mulero, for a street vendor license.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

29. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

29A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application Amendment for Buudda Brothers LLC at 90 Sargeant St (018-01-018) to amend the special permit due to plans to remove certain added-on structures and replace with a new addition Recommended that the order be adopted with the following conditions:
1. That the owner of the building always pay the commercial property tax rate to the extent allowed by federal, state, and local laws for the duration of the Special Permit.
2. That the business retains a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for non-security jobs.
3. That the hiring preference be given to security personnel that are retired Holyoke police or are a retired member of another police department that now lives in the city of Holyoke.
4. There shall be no marijuana consumption allowed on site.
5. That the hours of operation be set according to City ordinances.
6. That the applicant must abide by Massachusetts General Laws and guidances from the Cannabis Control Commission.
7. That the petitioner/applicant shall conform with city and state health laws, rules, and regulations, including odor nuisance controls, for the duration of the permit.

29B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application Amendment for Mill Town Agriculture LLC at 1 Cabot St (048-01-010) continue to operate a marijuana cultivation business having completed a structural change application with the CCC Recommended that the order be adopted with the following conditions:
1. That the owner of the building always pay the commercial property tax rate to the extent allowed by federal, state, and local laws for the duration of the Special Permit.
2. That the business retains a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for non-security jobs.
3. That the hiring preference be given to security personnel that are retired Holyoke police or are a retired member of another police department that now lives in the city of Holyoke.
4. There shall be no marijuana consumption allowed on site.
5. That the hours of operation be set according to City ordinances.
6. That the applicant must abide by Massachusetts General Laws and guidances from the Cannabis Control Commission.
7. That the petitioner/applicant shall conform with city and state health laws, rules, and regulations, including odor nuisance controls, for the duration of the permit.
8. That the applicant comply with the conditions of the Engineer’s letter dated June 21, 2022.
9. That the applicant will submit a letter from the Police Department regarding the updated security plan.

29C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City Council adopt an ordinance that requires all department heads and employees to electronically track (i.e. Munis or other such system as determined by the Personnel Department) all time off accrued and used on a monthly basis. They are also required to report all time off requests, approvals, denials and usage tracking centrally to the Personnel department on a monthly basis. The personnel department shall ensure compliance with city time off policies. Any employee or department head who knowingly provides false information on the reporting of time shall be subject to discipline up to and including termination. They shall also be subject to restitution and/or other civil fine as may be established by ordinance Recommended that the order be adopted as amended

29D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council amend Holyoke Zoning Ordinances to correct the site plan review process in Section 7.10.6.5(b). Recommended that the order be adopted.

29E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council consider updating the Demolition Delay ordinance with changes proposed by the Historical Commission Recommended that the order be adopted as amended

29F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke City Council review and amend Section 86-322 of the Zoning Ordinance to allow for restricted electric vehicle charging station parking spots. Adding Subsection F to include ; F. Electric vehicle charging stations.
The following locations are designated as electric vehicle charging stations:
Parking
Area Location Area/Number of Spaces Time Limit/Class Recommended that the order be adopted

29G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order The city amend its ordinance by ADDING the following language affecting the East-side of Russell Terrance as following:
Russell Ter. East South St. running in a northerly direction Point 143 feet more or less No Parking Recommended that the order be adopted.

29H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order the city DELETE the following two ordinances affecting the west-side of Russell Terrace as follows:
*Russell Ter. West from Carlton St. running in a southerly direction to a Point 292 feet more or less
*Russell Ter. Westerly Beginning of Russell Ter. End of Russell Ter. No parking any time. Recommended that the order be adopted.

29I. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the ordinance committee meet to discuss amending the demolition order regarding historical commission review to begin the process once a property has been listed by the problem property group. The goal of this would be to enhance the possibility of preserving structures, and to do so prior to extensive building deterioration, which then escalates costs Recommended that the order be referred to the mayor.

29J. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Petition for a street vendor license for Jesùs Feliciano between Middle and Appleton Sts. Recommended that the order be adopted.

29K. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application Amendment for Massbiology Technology LLC at 6 Appleton St (048-01-003) to change the entrance location from the NE side of the building to the SE side. Recommended that the order be adopted with the following condition:
That the applicant will provide the Fire Department access control to the gated area.

29L. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application for Ahava LLC at 333 N. Canal St (036-01-001) for marijuana cultivation and product manufacturing Recommended that the order be adopted with the following conditions:
1. That the owner of the building always pay the commercial property tax rate to the extent allowed by federal, state, and local laws for the duration of the Special Permit.
2. That the business retains a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for non-security jobs.
3. That the hiring preference be given to security personnel that are retired Holyoke police or are a retired member of another police department that now lives in the city of Holyoke.
4. There shall be no marijuana consumption allowed on site.
5. That the hours of operation be set according to City ordinances.
6. That the applicant must abide by Massachusetts General Laws and guidances from the Cannabis Control Commission.
7. That the petitioner/applicant shall conform with city and state health laws, rules, and regulations, including odor nuisance controls, for the duration of the permit.
8. That the applicant will provide the mechanical plans to the Planning Department prior to the project beginning.

29M. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application for Holyoke Smokes Corp at 81-85 Sargeant St (019-01-003.1) to create a marijuana delivery license establishment as a warehouse to store marijuana products not open to the public, and to purchase store, sell, and deliver directly to consumers homes. Recommended that the order be adopted with the following conditions:
1. That the owner of the building always pay the commercial property tax rate to the extent allowed by federal, state, and local laws for the duration of the Special Permit.
2. That the business retains a minimum 30% Holyoke residents for non-security jobs.
3. That the hiring preference be given to security personnel that are retired Holyoke police or are a retired member of another police department that now lives in the city of Holyoke.
4. There shall be no marijuana consumption allowed on site.
5. That the hours of operation be set according to City ordinances.
6. That the applicant must abide by Massachusetts General Laws and guidances from the Cannabis Control Commission.
7. That the petitioner/applicant shall conform with city and state health laws, rules, and regulations, including odor nuisance controls, for the duration of the permit.

29N. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be placed in front of 563 So. Canal St. for William Vazquez, placard # PL2290306 Recommended that the order be adopted.

29O. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be placed in front of 584 So. Summer St for Isaiah Lee Suarez Recommended that the order be adopted.

29P. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be placed in front of 948 Dwight St. for Said M. Umari. Recommended that the order be adopted.

29Q. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that following the adoption of a resolution in support of the district, that the Ordinance Committee work with the mayor and the appropriate city and state departments to adopt an ordinance creating a Puerto Rican Cultural District within the City of Holyoke. Recommended that the order be adopted.

29R. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That until residents are offered an opportunity to meet IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD with public officials and public board members, who are making decisions with little to zero neighborhood input, the City shall not spend any funds or incur any costs for any new buildings including any school. Recommended that the order be adopted.

29S. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Under certain special circumstances with supermajority approval of the city council, the starting pay for a position with a salary set by ordinance can exceed the mid range, but not exceed the maximum. Such a special circumstance shall have no effect on any other salary range or pay rate for any city employee. Recommended that the order be adopted.

29T. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city council invites a representative from the Department of Early Education and Care to an Ordinance committee meeting to discuss home day cares - their current processes, licensing, and if a special permit at the local level is a suggested practice. Recommended that the order has been complied with.

29U. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Petition of Jesùs Feliciano, for a street vendor license to be located at 130 Race St. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw

30. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

30A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Communication from Mayor Garcia with supplemental budget. Recommended that the order be adopted.

30B. 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 "FY2023 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT SUPPORT & INCENTIVE, $246,443, NO MATCH " 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 that the order be adopted.

30C. 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 "MASSACHUSETTS PRESERVATION PROJECTS FUND-STAINED GLASS WINDOW CONSERVATION, $55,000, 50% MATCH (CPA FUNDED)" 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 that the order be adopted.

30D. 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 "MASSTRAILS - ANNIVERSARY HILL PARK TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS, $100,000, 20% MATCH (CPA FUNDED), " 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 that the order be adopted.

30E. 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 "WINTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WRAP), $445,008, NO MATCH" 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 that the order be adopted.

30F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2023, ONE MILLION AND 00/100 Dollars ($1,000,000) as follows:
FROM:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $1,000,000
TOTAL: $1,000,000
TO:
8811-10400 CAPITAL STABILIZATION $1,000,000
TOTAL: $1,000,000 Recommended that the order be adopted.

30G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2023, ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($1,600) as follows:
FROM:
11751-51400 LONGEVITY $1,600
TOTAL: $1,600
TO:
11751-51300 OVERTIME $1,600
TOTAL: $1,600 Recommended that the order be adopted.

30H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2023, THIRTY FOUR THOUSAND THIRTY THREE AND 00/100 Dollars ($34,033) as follows:
FROM:
16101-52100 ENERGY/GAS/OIL/ELECTRIC $30,000
16102-54221 LIBRARY BOOKS 4,033
TOTAL: $34,033
TO:
16101-51102 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT $32,945
16101-51111 LIBRARY ASSISTANT EVENING 393
16101-51105 CATALOGER 695
TOTAL: $34,033 Recommended that the order be adopted.

30I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order MOA for Local 1459 Recommended thatt the order has been complied with.

30J. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Communication from City Solicitor: Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Professional Supervisors Association dated July 8, 2022. Recommended that the order has been complied with

31. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

31A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that a blinking stop sign be placed on Linden St at the intersection of Mac Kenzie Ave and Anderson Ave Recommended that the order has been complied with

31B. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that any gates to our local parks be closed and secured at closing time to reduce unauthorized access and vandalism. A constituent reported vandalism at Community Field Recommended that the order has been complied with

31C. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that honorable city council invite organizers of the Holyoke HUB to come in and present on what the Holyoke HUB is and how it will benefit the city of Holyoke. Recommended that the order has been complied with

31D. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that Public Health & DPW identify owners of property on the corner of Lyman and No. Summer St. as well as the property across the alley to it. Both Properties are overgrown with tall grass and are prone to illegal dumping Recommended that the order has been complied with

31E. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the city council invite in Jim Lavelle of HG & E and his representatives to a city informational session in order to update residents on general matters related to the HG&E (I.e. pole locations, moving poles, cost analysis of wires above vs underground). Recommended that the order has been complied with

31F. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the DPW/City Engineer come before the Public Safety to address tree removal on Princeton St. and offer up some solutions to the amount of trees that were removed. Maybe follow-up with DCR (Sarah Greenleaf Recommended that the order has been complied with

31G. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the School Receiver Soto and Police Chief Pratt (and members of their teams as needed) please appear before the Public Safety Committee to discuss and review school safety and active shooter protocols and training in our public schools. Recommended that the order has been complied with

31H. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that we consider adding a left turn signal to traffic lights for southeast bound traffic at the intersection of West Franklin St and Beech St. It is often difficult for vehicles making a left from West Franklin St on to Beech St. This will also address the safety of our residents on the crosswalks Recommended that the order has been complied with

31I. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that we create a new role that would lead the Department of Public Care and Safety Recommended that the order has been complied with

31J. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that we fund the Public Safety line item with $200,000 and create a Department of Public Care and Safety that is separate from police, fire department, and others currently being tasked with the job of public safety. The role will work on setting up a department that will provide multiple types of civilian responders to community needs, including peer response to mental health and substance use crises, as an alternative to police response. They will work with community partners to create spaces like the winter warming shelters and connecting all community partners and the public to their services. Regionally work with other communities that have instituted a similar department. Will also work on expanding the usage of the 988 number rolling out July 16th Recommended that the order has been complied with

31K. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that we work on expanding the Community Responder Model (see communication) that the Holyoke Police Department is already participating in with local organizations. Recommended that the order has been complied with

31L. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order The City DPW, Engineer and Mayor look to remove one-half of the "double sidewalk" between Wolcott & Congress Ave for the purpose of re-installing a tree belt and/or adding angled parking. This is supported by the abutters who brought this to my attention. This would "green" the area and add additional parking crucial to this neighborhood Recommended that the order has been complied with

32. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

32A. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order That the public service committee begin the process of accepting resumes and interviewing candidates for the open position on the Board of Assessors Recommended that the order has been complied

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

33A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application for Jose T. Almonte to build a 4 family home at the empty lot (039-02-002) to the immediate north of 81 North Bridge St Recommended that the order be adopted

33B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application for New Holyoke Realty LLC at Whiting Farms Rd (116-00-020, the lot to the immediate south of Gary Rome Hyundai) to construct a car wash facility. Recommended that the order be adopted with the following conditions:
1. That the hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday 8:00am - 8:30pm, and Friday through Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm,
2. That a manager will be on duty during all business hours,
3. That the owner will not allow self service bays at the facility,
4. That the current buffer of trees between the facility and abutting properties be maintained,
5. That the shrubbery described in the application will be planted and maintained on the Whiting Farms side as noted in the application,
6. That if sidewalks are understood to be required, applicant will follow through the requirement,
7. That access to use of vacuums will be part of car wash service and not as a separate available service.

33C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B and the City ordinance for property disposition, vote that the City of Holyoke accept the proposal and sell 525 Pleasant Street for $20,111.00 to Indra Harris. The property is described in the City Assessor Records as Map 091, Block 00, Parcel 073, consisting of approximately 7,841 square feet of land. The property is zoned as Multi-Family Residence (RM-20) and has an assessed value of $40,000. Additional information is attached Recommended that the order be adopted.

33D. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, declare 267 Elm Street (Assessors Map 004, Block 03, Parcel 004) as surplus property available for disposition. The property was acquired via a tax lien foreclosure in 2017. It is approximately 5,662 square feet in size, zoned Downtown Residential and has an assessed value of $34,500 Recommended that the order be adopted.

33E. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order The DGR committee invite GEORGE MULRY, Volleyball Hall of Game Executive Director, to a meeting in May (or thereafter) to discuss the new Hall inductees, the future of the Hall in Holyoke and other programming related to volleyball in order to help promote the game in the city and region Recommended that the order has been complied with

33F. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order City Council invite Jordan Hart, chamber of commerce executive director, to appear before the DGR committee Recommended that the order has been complied with

33G. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Special Petition Application - Patrick and Melissa Leahy at 9 Wyckoff Ave for a pool and equipment Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw with consent of the applicant.

34. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

36. MCGEE -- In accordance with the new Tourism Advisory Committee (TAC) Ordinance, in reference to the composition of the initial appointed committee that a Holyoke City Councilor be appointed to the committee.  (for reference see the section from the ordinance below)
The initial Committee shall be comprised of one representative appointed annually by each of the following agencies which totals seven (7) members:
(a) The Holyoke Local Cultural Council; (b) The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce; (c) The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau; (d) The Holyoke Office of Planning and Economic Development; (e) The Holyoke City Council; (f) The Holyoke Historical Commission; and (g) The Wistariahurst Museum.

37. MCGEE -- Order that Park & Rec establish a pickle ball court at the tennis courts locations around the city.

38. MCGEE -- Order that the city engineer review the inner section of Yale and Park Slope to determine what options are available (i.e. new signage) to help slow traffic in the area.

39. MCGEE -- That the State Primaries for the nomination of candidates of Political Parties for offices to be filled at the State primary in 2022 be and they are hereby called to be held in the City of Holyoke on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, in the several polling places as designated by the City Council. The polls will be opened at 7:00AM, and remain open continuously thereafter until 8:00PM when the polls will be closed, and all voters of political parties will in the several polling places in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, give in their votes for the nomination of candidates of political parties for the following offices:
Que las Primarias del Estado para la nominacion de candidatos del Partido Politico para las oficinas que seran ocupadas en la Eleccion del Estado en el ano 2022, sea y illos de por este medio llamado a que lleve a cabo en la Ciudad de Holyoke el Martes, Septiembre, 6, 2022, en los varios lugares de votacion, como designado por el concejo municipal. Las urnas seran abiertas a las 7:00AM, y permanaceran abiertas continuamente de alli en adelante hasta las 8:00PM cuanda las urnas sean cerrada, y todas los votantes de los partidos politico en los varios lugares de votacion en el cual ellos tienen derecho a votar, entredicha horas ceder sus votos para la nominacion de candidatos del partido politico para las siguentes oficinas:

Governor - Gobernador
Lt. Governor - Vice Gobernador
Attorney General - Fiscal General
Secretary of State - Secretario de Estado
Treasurer - Tesorero
Auditor - Auditor
Representative in Congress – Representante en el Congreso
Councillor - Concejal
Senator in General Court – Senador de la Legislatura Estatal
Representative in General Court – Representante de la Legislatura Estatal
District Attorney - Fiscal de Distrito
Register of Deeds - Jefe del Registro de Escrituras Publicas

40. MCGEE -- That the Polling Place for each of the voting precinct in the City of Holyoke for the State Primary to be held Tuesday, September 6, 2022, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recinto en la Ciudad de Holyoke para la Eleccion Primaria Estatal Esta que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 6 de Septiembre 2022, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

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

PRECINCT B— Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St.
RECINTO B— Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St

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

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

WARD THREE BARRIO TRES
PRECINCT A & B – Metcalf School, 2019 Northampton St,
RECINTO A & B – Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

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

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

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

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

WARD SIX BARRIO SEIS
PRECINCT A&B – Sullivan School 400 Jarvis Ave.
RECINTO A&B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 de la Calle Jarvis

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

41. MCGEE -- Order that we name portion of high street Fernandez way. In recognition of 34 years of dedicated service to the city of holyoke.

42. MCGEE -- Ordered, that the City Council present a proclamation to the Fernandez Family Restaurant in honor of their 34 years in business as a beloved member of the community and their dedicated support for many local organizations over the years."

43. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2023, FIVE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FIFTY SEVEN AND 52/100 Dollars ($5,157.52) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS $5,157.52
TOTAL: $5,157.52
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $5,157.52
TOTAL: $5,157.52

44. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2023 STATE 911 DEPARTMENT SUPPORT AND INCENTIVE GRANT, $246,443, NO MATCH" 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.

45. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2023, EIGHTEEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED NINETY TWO AND 49/100 Dollars ($18,192.49) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51104 LIEUTENANT $3,883.22
12101-51105 SERGEANT 7,059.99
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 7,249.28
TOTAL: $18,192.49
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $18,192.49
TOTAL: $18,192.49

46. MCGIVERIN -- to use $2,017,526.96 of the ARPA revenue loss as a funding source to the FY2023 budget..

47. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "2022 MASSTRAILS GRANT, $50,000, $12,500 MATCH THROUGH CANNABIS IMPACT STABILIZATION FUND, " 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.

48. MCGIVERIN -- Order that $12,500 be transferred from the Cannabis Impact & Innovation Fund to OPED to be the match to the MassTrails Grant for continued planning on South Main Street Corridor Improvement Plans.
See executive summary and presentation at this link
https://www.holyoke.org/springdale-corridor-main-st-project/

49. RIVERA_I -- That the honorable city council rename Albion St. (street in between Canal St. & No. Summer St) to Extraordinaiire Way, after well-known local Rapper Justin Chavez (Extraordinaiire) who recently passed away.

50. RIVERA_I -- That the honorable city council pass an ordinance banning facial surveillance technology (Please see attachment).

51. RIVERA_I -- That the city engineer research if a stop sign could be placed at the end of Willow St. where it meets Brown Ave.

52. BARTLEY -- The City Engineer look at on-street parking at the top of Fairmont Ave. and recommend available suggestions to relieve congestion.  Refer to Public Safety.

53. BARTLEY -- Due to neighbor concerns, the city engineer review accident reports at the intersection of Linden and Hampshire Streets and, if needed, recommend traffic safety improvements at what now is a 3-way stop.  Refer to public safety and copy to city engineer for a report in 60 days time.

54. BARTLEY -- DPW repaint the crosswalk on Hillside Ave near Coit.  Receive and refer to DPW. Copy to Public Safety.

55. GIVNER -- Proclamation establishing Holyoke's recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, annually on the first Friday of June. (Receive adopt and send to Mayor for approval)

56. GIVNER -- Order to have handicapped sign removed from 402 Pleasant St, per new owner request. (Receive, adopt, and send order to DPW)

57. GIVNER -- Order that speed limit signs be installed on Parker st, to deter speeding, per constituent request

58. GIVNER -- Order that HPD create a publicly visible calendar of speed trailers so that communities know when they can expect to see requested actions in their neighborhoods

59. GIVNER -- Order to amend the Holyoke Zoning Ordinance to reflect the following:
(1) Sec 4.3, amend table to allow Motor Vehicle Sales (use) in BG by Special Permit (CC);
(2) Section 7.2.13, amend text by adding the BG zone to the others currently listed (BH, IG, BE);
(3) perhaps the creation of a new Special Permit for allowing the non-conforming use in a historic structure in  BG zone; and lastly
(54) a zone change to BG for the parcels 091-00-062 & 091-00-063 (a future SP condition item could be, to join both parcels by ANR).

60. JOURDAIN, ANDERSON-BURGOS, RIVERA_I -- That the City Council conduct a comprehensive study of employee safety for the benefit of our Holyoke municipal employees and our taxpayers.  The City Council should invite in the Personnel Director, our Workers’ Comp representatives, Mayor, law department, department heads, union leadership, and others as needed to gather all of the information we need to study the root causes of employee injuries, how they are handled, how are they mitigated, how are we handling risk management to avoid future losses.  Our goal should be to keep employees safe, reduce lost hours, productivity and overall cost to the city.  We need to collect all relevant data including a prior 3 year report tracking injury claims, workers’ comp claims, injured on duty claims, and related.  Ideally, the City Council will produce a report within 6 months on its findings in conjunction with all key stakeholders.

61. JOURDAIN -- That the City Council review and enhance as necessary the city’s current noise nuisance ordinance

62. JOURDAIN -- The Building department receive additional staffing to inspect and manage compliance of cannabis related matters paid for from the cannabis impact fees as a directly related cost.

63. JOURDAIN -- The Building department receive additional staffing to inspect and manage civil compliance enforcement of city ordinances and state building codes in our city.  Citizen complaints are literally being turned away and ignored because the department says it does not have the staffing to investigate and enforce the law.

64. JOURDAIN -- The City Council and Mayor in conjunction with our department heads develop a comprehensive “Clean Holyoke Initiative” that develops a strategy to clean and beautify Holyoke by providing the plan and resources to get it done.  Our future success as a city will in part count on being a beautiful, clean city.

65. MALDONADO-VELEZ, RIVERA_I -- Order that we invite the Fiestas Patronales de Holyoke committee into chambers and be presented with a Council proclamation.

Addendum:

LATE FILES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

A. From Mayor Joshua A Garcia, Communication from Mayor Joshua A. Garcia regarding order the city repave west cherry asap - received and adopted on June 7, 2022.

B. MALDONADO-VELEZ, JOURDAIN -- Ordered, a Resolution in Support of Eviction Sealing to Promote Housing Opportunity and Mobility (Attached).

C. MALDONADO-VELEZ, ANDERSON-BURGOS -- Ordered, that we create a Food Economy Coalition (Attached). Refer to Ordinance and request that it is taken up at a meeting ASAP as the order is attached to potential grant funding.

D. MALDONADO-VELEZ -- Ordered, that the city engineer study the intersection of Hamilton Street and Main Street in the hopes of adding safety measures. Some problems at this intersection have been "very dangerous to cross the street even with the marked crosswalk" and "dangerous when taking a left turn from Hamilton onto Main Street". Any recommendations to how we can improve the safety at this intersection would be great!

E. From Michael D. Bissonnette, Associate City solicitor, letter regarding city residency.

F. MCGIVERIN -- Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, EIGHTY SIX THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED NINETY SIX AND 36/100 Dollars ($86,796.36) as follows:
FROM:
3110-10400       CSO-ENGINEERING/PLANNING                        $46,002.80
3150-10400       FIRE STATION-PROJECT MANAGER               40,793.56
TOTAL: $86,796.36
TO:
3370-10400       SCHOOL FEASIBILITY LAWRENCE/PECK                    $86,796.36
TOTAL: $86,796.36

G. MCGEE -- Ordered, That the City Council ask the HR Dept to post the position of Treasurer.

H. MCGEE -- That the City/DPW/Public Safety Committee review and determine how to close Wyckoff Ave from Northampton Street, similar to that on 202.

I. MCGEE -- Ordered, That the City Council give a proclamation to Bob Peirent for his years of dedication service.

J. RIVERA_I - Ordered, that the honorable City Council award a proclamation to the Holyoke Youth Girls Softball team for their division championship.

 

ORDERS PULLED FROM COMMITTEE

MCGIVERIN -- Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, FIFTY THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($50,000) as follows:
FROM:
15432-57000 VETERANS BENEFITS-DIRECT $50,000
TOTAL: $50,000
TO:
19412-57630 CLAIMS & DAMAGES $50,000
TOTAL: $50,000

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


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Item 3 Mayors Supplemental Budget July 1, 2022 To June 30, 2023

Item 4 Appointment Letter For Sharon Bittner Willis To Serve As Acting City Treasurer

Item 5 Reappointment Letter For Matteo Riondato To Serve On The Local Historic District Commission

Item 6 Appointment Letter For Lauren Niles To Serve On The Local Historic District Commission

Item 7 Appointment Letter For Beth Gosselin To Serve On The Local Historic Commission

Item 8 Appointment Letter For Lauren Niles To Serve As An Alternate Of The Planning Board

Item 9 Appointment Letter For Jessica Lebron-Martinez To Serve As A Member On The Commission On Disabilities

Item 10 Reappointment Letter For Joan Plummer To Serve As A Member On The Library Board Of Directors

Item 11 City Solicitor Letter Regarding Fire Personnel Work Second Jobs Exceeding 30 Hours A Week

Item 12 6-7-22 City Council Meeting Minutes

Item 12 6-21-22 City Council Meeting Minutes

Item 13 Budget Report For The General Fund

Item 13 FY2022 Budget Report For PILOT Program Revenues

Item 13 Letter Regarding General Fund And Sewer Enterprise Budget Reports

Item 13 Sewer Budget Report

Item 14 Acting City Treasurer Stabilization Accounts Recent Statements

Item 15 OPED Incentive Report

Item 15 OPED Letter Regarding Economic Development & Housing Development Incentive Report

Item 16 Community Development CDBG Funds Substantial Amendments

Item 17 FY2022 CDBG Proposals From 7-1-22 To 6-30-23

Item 18 MOA Between City Of Holyoke And NAGE R1-180

Item 19 Holyoke Wild's Security Plan Approval

Item 20 AACO Realty Corp Complaint Letter Regarding 380 Dwight St. Holyoke 420 LLC

Item 21 BOH 4-28-22 Meeting Minutes

Item 21 BOH 5-19-22 Meeting Minutes

Item 22 Holyoke Redevelopment Authority 5-18-22 Meeting Minutes

Item 22 Holyoke Redevelopment Authority 6-16-22 Meeting Minutes

Item 23 Fire Commission 5-19-22 Meeting Minutes

Item 23 Fire Commission 6-16-22 Meeting Minutes

Item 24 Community Outreach Meeting Notice Infused Element LLC At 1 Cabot St

Item 25 PVTA Director Of Transit Operations Update Regarding Bus Shelter On South St

Item 29C Legal For For Electronic Tracking Of Employee Timekeeping

Item 29E, 29I Legal Form To Update The Demolition Delay Ordinance

Item 29F Legal Form For Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Item 29G Legal Form To Add No Parking Spots To East Side Of Russell Terrace

Item 29H - Legal form to delete no parking spots on west side of Russell Terrace

Item 29N, 29O, 29P Legal Form To Add Handicap Spots For 563 So. Canal St, 584 So. Summer St, 948 Dwight St

Item 29R Legal Form For Neighborhood Meetings Prior To Public Building Construction

Item 29S Legal Form Allowing Starting Salary To Exceed Mid Range In Special Circumstances

Item 48 Application To To Transfer $12,500 From Cannabis Impact & Innovation Fund As Match To The MassTrails Grant

Item 56 Proclamation To Declare Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Late File C Waste Management Study Group 7-25-22 Meeting Minutes

Late File H Mill Town Agriculture Security Plan Approval

Late File I Final Cherry Sheet

Late File I Tax Recap Mayor's Supplemental 8 2 2022

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Holyoke, MA 01040
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