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Holyoke City Council Meeting December 7, 2021

Dec 7 2021

7:00 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Status updates for orders

 

El Consejo Municipal 7 de diciembre 2021

Meeting will take place at Holyoke City Hall
536 Dwight St
and can also be accessed remotely via www.zoom.us
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AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
December 7,2021

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application of Peter Rosskothen/Delaney House/Log Cabin at 3 Country Club Rd (226-00-005) to replace the existing double sided billboard facing I-91 with a new double sided 'non-accessory electronic sign" of approximately 672 sq ft, to be mounted on a poll of approximately 40' of height with a "V" shaped structure Recommended that the order has been adopted with the following conditions:
1. That the height of the sign from the ground to the top of the sign by no greater than 40 feet,
2. That the area of the sign be no greater than 672 square feet.
3. That the sign is allowed to be digital.

2. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that That the City of Holyoke, re-examine the current ordinance which only specifies that the snow and ice shall be removed from the entire width of the sidewalk on all portions of streets on which parking meters are installed but does not state this for residential zones.
Sec. 78-141. - Removal of snow and ice.
(a) No owner or person in control of an estate abutting upon any street, lane, court, or square within the city where there is a sidewalk shall place or suffer to remain for more than 24 hours any snow upon such sidewalk, or any ice upon such sidewalk unless such ice is made even and covered with sand, sawdust, ashes or other suitable material to prevent slipping; nor shall any person place any ice or snow onto other private property or public ways. This section shall apply to snow or ice which may have fallen from any building upon such sidewalk and to snow which may have accumulated upon such sidewalk by drifting, and to ice formed from water running or accumulating upon such sidewalk.
(b)
On all portions of streets on which parking meters are installed, all snow and ice shall be removed from the entire width of the sidewalk within eight hours after the cessation of any snowstorm.
(Code 1972, § 18-15)
We are currently having issues with the owner of 921 Dwight Street, Holyoke, MA in which he does not abide by the ordinance and when he finally gets to complying he shovels out a 12 inch pad as wide as the shovel in his corner lot located on Linden and Dwight Street. Residents have raised their avid discontent in the matter, the HPD and BOH have tied resources in the matter and as most recent as this last snow storm it appears that the owner is not aware of his property lines and responsibility. See library of images that I am including as an example since the snow season started. Recommended that the order has been adopted.

3. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the ordinances be updated to reflect that Columbus Day will now be referred to as Indigenous Peoples Day. Recommended that the order has been adopted, as amended by adding ",formerly known as "Columbus Day" at the end..

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter re-appointing Ms. Miriam Panitch, 134 Madison Ave. to serve as a Commissioner of the Planning Board for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Panitch will serve a five-year term; said term will expire on June 30, 2024.

5. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Mr. Morris M. Partee, 127 St. Kolbe Dr. to serve as a member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Partee will serve a two year term; said term will expire July 1, 2023.

6. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter appointing Ms. Jennifer Keitt, 63 Arthur St. to serve as a member of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority: Ms. Keitt will replace Ms. Gladys Lebron-Martinez and will serve her remainder term; said term will expire on November 1, 2022.

7. From Tanya Wdowiak, City Auditor , City of Holyoke Financial Statements, Management Letter and Independent Auditor's Reports Pursuant to Government Auditing Standards and Uniform Guidance for the year ended June 30, 2020.

8. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC Ward 5 City Councilor Recount November 19, 2021.

9. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC and Jeffery Anderson-Burgos Admin Asst to City Council minutes of October 19, and November 16, 2021.

10. Communication from Assessors office regarding first right of refusal for Chapter land property of Adam Mulcahy.

11. CPA Project funding extension recommendations.

12. From Board of Fire Commission minutes of October 21, 2021.

13. Letter from Meagan Magrath-Smith Holyoke Community Preservation Act Chairman, regarding Amy Landau increase in salary.

14. From PERAC letter re: Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2023.

15. From Kevin A. Jourdain, letter of resignation as a member of the Holyoke Water Works Commission effective January 2, 2022.

16. From Brian G. Smith letter of resignation from the Holyoke Retirement Board as a voting member.

17. From Craig DellaPenna letter re: Combining Holyoke's two Historical Commissions.

18. From Maribel Ortiz, Cover letter and resume for interest in the Community Preservation Committee.

19. From Franchesca Nunez, Cover letter and resume for interest in the Community Preservation Committee.

PETITIONS

20. Petition of GreenGrab, Inc. for a special permit to operate a Marijuana Delivery Operator at 620 Beaulieu St.

21. Petition of Andrea Alvarez for a renewal of a home occupation for a Salon at 45 Longwood Ave.

22. Petition of Daniel LiBoissonnault for a renewal of a home occupation for a Plant-based/Non Dairy business at 267 Southampton Rd.

23. Petition of John P. McCann for a renewal of a Home Occupation for Massage Therapy and Yoga at 415 Ingleside St.

24. Petition of 876 Grow Inc. for a Marijuana and Cultivation Establishment at 360 Race St.

25. Petition of Hybrid House LLC for a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment at 55 Jackson St.

 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

26. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

26A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council amend Ordinance 2-69 by striking section (g) (2) from the ordinance. That section states " No employee of the city shall simultaneously serve on the city council during their time of employment." Recommended that the order be adopted.

26B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Remove handicap sign from in front of 136 Beech street. Constituent passed away. Recommended that the order be adopted.

26C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 58 North Bridge St. for Marilyn Vazquez, Placard P95360581 Recommended that the order be adopted, as amended to that a handicap sign be placed on the side of 58 North Bridge St on Ely St.

26D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the handicap sign located at 24 Hampden St be removed. The resident that applied for this has since moved to another location in the city, and has a new application pending for the new address. Recommended that the order be adopted.

26E. The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred an order Per the School Committee, refer to the Joint Committee of the City Council and School Committee an order to review proposed transfer of school committee land near Dean High School which abuts Ingleside St. and St. Vincent St. Ask that the Joint Committee review the City Engineer’s drawings and take a vote whether to recommend approval of the transfer. Recommended that the order has been complied with.

26F. The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred an order that in an effort to document and make transparent the work that the Holyoke Public Schools have done under receivership, the City Council invite in Anthony Soto, Interim Receiver, as well as any cabinet level members, and possibly a representative from DESE to go over the metrics by which our student achievement is being evaluated, an explanation of the progress we have made thus far, and the benchmarks that we need to meet in order to be released from receivership. Recommended that the order has been complied with.

26G. The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred an order That the City Council invite in the Middle School Building project to discuss City Council role, eligibility period, timing of meetings etc. Recommended that the order has been complied with.

26H. The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred an order that the joint committee of city council and school committee meet to discuss potentially transferring school property on the Dean campus at the intersection of St Vincent and Northampton St to the city for the potential purpose of constructing some homes, and making the streets and sidewalks safer for all, while producing some tax revenues. Recommended that the order has been complied with.

26I. The Committee on Joint Committee of City Council and School to whom was referred an order that the joint council/school committee meet with the receiver to discuss the potential benefits of providing cursive writing instruction in some of the early grades. Studies have demonstrated that learning cursive improves fine motor skills; increases brain activity in both the right and left hemisphere; is a helpful tool for those with learning disabilities; and improves hand-eye coordination. Recommended that the order has been complied with, with a condition that that a report be provided at the end of the school year.

27. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

27A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order City Council and the Mayor and the Law Dept review the J & J settlement agreement (see attached) and vote to approve joining as this will provide needed funds to fight the opioid crisis. According to the Attorney General’s Office, municipalities that join will receive direct annual payments to expend on municipal abatement strategies developed with input from public health experts, municipal leaders, and families affected by the crisis. FYI: final action must be submitted to the A.G. by January 2, 2022 in order for Holyoke to receive funds. Awaiting disposition

27B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Settlement Agreement By and Between The City of Holyoke and the UFCW, Local 1459 Council on Aging employees. Awaiting disposition

27C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the amount of NINE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($9,705.00) be authorized from the COMPUTER SERVICES Department's PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING SERVICES (11552-53010), TWENTY THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY SEVEN AND 00/100 Dollars ($20457) be authorized from the POLICE/FIRE NETWORK ADMINISTRATION (11552-53020) appropriation in fiscal year 2022 for services rendered in fiscal year 2021 which were unencumbered at the 2021 fiscal year end. Awaiting disposition

27D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the Auditor report to the city council on collection efforts for police detail work. Refer to Finance, copy to Auditor. Awaiting disposition

27E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, ELEVEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($11,800.00) as follows:
FROM:
14261-51102 MOTOR EQUIPMENT REPAIRMAN $11,800.00
TOTAL: $11,800.00
TO:
14261-51300 OVERTIME $11,800.00
TOTAL: $11,800.00 Awaiting disposition

27F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, ELEVEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($11,200.00) as follows:
FROM:
14251-51105 POWER SHOVEL OPERATOR $11,200.00
TOTAL: $11,200.00
TO:
14251-51106 PROPERTY MAINT & DEMO WORKER $11,200.00
TOTAL: $11,200.00 Awaiting disposition

27G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, ONE HUNDRED SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($107,500.00) as follows:
FROM:
14251-51104 HEAVY MOTOR EQUIPMENT OPERATOR $89,100.00
14801-51101 PARKING CONTROL OFFICER 5,000.00
16501-51109 PARKS MAINTENANCE MAN 13,400.00
TOTAL: $107,500.00
TO:
14222-52502 R&M CITY HALL $5,000.00
14222-52503 R&M CITY HALL ANNEX 5,000.00
14222-52504 R&M PELLISSIER BLDG 10,000.00
14222-52505 R&M SENIOR CENTER 10,000.00
14222-52509 R&M POLICE 10,000.00
14222-52512 R&M FIRE STATION NO. 3 2,500.00
14302-53100 REFUSE-OTHER SERVICES 65,000.00
TOTAL: $107,500.00 Awaiting disposition

27H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($1,500.00) as follows:
FROM:
11611-51103 PRINCIPAL CLERK $1,500.00
TOTAL: $1,500.00
TO:
11611-51300 OVERTIME $1,500.00
TOTAL: $1,500.00 Awaiting disposition

27I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, TWENTY SIX THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($26,400.00) as follows:
FROM:
14301-51102 HEAVY MOTOR EQUIPMENT OPERATOR $26,400.00
TOTAL: $26,400.00
TO:
14302-53100 REFUSE-OTHER SERVICES $26,400.00
TOTAL: $26,400.00 Awaiting disposition

27J. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order to accept funds from the Holyoke Gas & Electric and to enter into the escrow agreement to pay off their 2012 General Obligation bonds. Awaiting disposition

28. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

29. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

30A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order License Agreement between City of Holyoke and Edward A. Owen Recommended that the order has been adopted, with referall of an amendment to the Law Department requesting that the amendment come in legal form as a communication to the City Council.

30B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council’s DGR Committee work with the Planning Department and Mayoral designees to redraw the ward lines according to the new federal census. Recommended that the order has been adopted.

30C. 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 Clemente Street parcel 006 (Assessors Map 028, Block 04, Parcel 006) as surplus property available for disposition. The property is approximately 5,314 square feet in size, zoned Downtown Residential and has an assessed value of $34,500 Recommended that the order has been adopted.

30D. 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 Clemente Street parcel 007 (Assessors Map 028, Block 04, Parcel 007) as surplus property available for disposition. The property is approximately 5,532 square feet in size, zoned Downtown Residential and has an assessed value of $34,500 Recommended that the order has been adopted.

30E. 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 Procurement Ordinance, vote that the City of Holyoke accept the proposal and sell 277 Main Street for $5,000 to Next Realty, Inc. (Shakeel Ahmed, President). 277 Main Street is a vacant lot approximately 2,745 square feet in size. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s records as Map 030, Block 08, Parcel 002, is zoned Highway Business (BH) and has an assessed value of $18,200. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

30F. 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 Procurement Ordinance, vote that the City of Holyoke accept the proposal and sell 285 Main Street for $5,000 to Next Realty, Inc. (Shakeel Ahmed, President). 285 Main Street is a vacant lot approximately 2,744 square feet in size. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s records as Map 030, Block 08, Parcel 004, is zoned Highway Business (BH) and has an assessed value of $24,800. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

30G. 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 Procurement Ordinance, vote that the City of Holyoke accept the proposal and sell 86 Beech Street for $15,000 to BEX, LLC (Eric Taub, Manager). 86 Beech Street is a vacant lot approximately 6,621 square feet in size. The property is identified in the Holyoke Assessor’s records as Map 062, Block 02, Parcel 017, is zoned Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $32,600. Recommended that the order has been adopted.

30H. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create. - A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” which was approved by the Holyoke City Council on December 4, 2012 and as amended on December 15, 2020, vote to approve the transfer of Clemente Street parcel 006 (Assessors Map 028, Block 04, Parcel 006) to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority for consideration of $1.00. Said parcel is approximately 5,314 square feet in size, zoned Downtown Residential and has an assessed value of $34,500. Recommended that the order has been adopted.

30I. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create. - A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” which was approved by the Holyoke City Council on December 4, 2012 and as amended on December 15, 2020, vote to approve the transfer of Clemente Street parcel 007 (Assessors Map 028, Block 04, Parcel 007) to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority for consideration of $1.00. Said parcel is approximately 5,532 square feet in size, zoned Downtown Residential and has an assessed value of $34,500. Recommended that the order has been adopted.

31. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

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

 

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

33. LEBRON-MARTINEZ -- That a handicap sign be placed in front of 70 Walnut St. for Angel Lopez, Placard #PL3940078.

34. LISI -- hat Mayor Garcia initiate a financial transfer to create a capital stabilization fund (this action was already approved by the Finance Committee and full City Council).   --

35. MCGEE -- Proclamation to Susan Kelley for 10 years of dedicated service as executive director of the children’s museum of Holyoke.

36. MCGEE, MCGIVERIN -- That the City Council vote to set a MRF fir (FY22) tax Classification.

37. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED NINETY FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,495.00) as follows:

FROM:
11351-51102 PAY - UNION ACCOUNTANT $2,495.00
TOTAL: $2,495.00
TO:
11211-51103 PAY - AIDE TO MAYOR $2,495.00
TOTAL: $2,495.00

38. MCGIVERIN -- That the City Council approve the expense of the FY2022 Holyoke Share-ValleyBike Administration in the amount of $9,610.00 to be paid from the TNC-Rideshare receipts reserved for appropriation fund #2601.

39. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "RECYCLING DIVIDENDS PROGRAM, $14,400, 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.

40. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, TWO THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY SIX AND 78/100 Dollars ($2,296.78) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTER $2,296.78
TOTAL: $2,296.78
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $2,296.78
TOTAL: $2,296.78

41. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, FIFTEEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED FORTY THREE AND 66/100 Dollars ($15,243.66) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51104 LIEUTENANT $3,883.22
12101-51105 SERGEANT 3,361.90
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 7,998.54
TOTAL: $15,243.66
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $15,243.66
TOTAL: $15,243.66

42. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, SEVENTEEN THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED NINE DOLLARS AND 84/100 Dollars ($17,909.84) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51104 LIEUTENANT $3,883.22
12101-51105 SERGEANT 3,361.90
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 10,664.72
TOTAL: $17,909.84
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $17,909.84
TOTAL: $17,909.84

43. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, EIGHT HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($800.00) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51400 LONGEVITY $800.00
TOTAL: $800.00
TO:
12401-51300 OVERTIME $800.00
TOTAL: $800.00

44. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,565.00) as follows:

FROM:
15411-51400 LONGEVITY $1,385.00
15411-51500 VACATION BUYBACK 1,180.00
TOTAL: $2,565.00
TO:
15411-51102 NUTRITION DIRECTOR $975.00
15411-51202 HEALTH SERVICES 675.00
15411-51101 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 675.00
15411-51103 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR 240.00
TOTAL: $2,565.00

45. MCGIVERIN -- Order to use $1,699,874.78 of the ARPA revenue loss as a funding source to the 2022 budget.

46. MCGIVERIN -- Order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "HUD HOME Investment Partnerships- American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP)” 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.  The grant was awarded for the purpose of affordable housing, homelessness support, and rental assistance.

47. SULLIVAN -- HOLYOKE CPA ANNUAL BUDGET ARTICLE 2022 – November Revision

Request for the City Council to vote to appropriate and reserve from the Community Preservation Fund annual revenues, in the amounts recommended by the Community Preservation Committee, for committee administrative expenses and reserves in fiscal year 2022, with each item to be considered a separate appropriation:

Appropriations:
FY 2022 Revenues for CPA Local Surcharge Collections $ 545,304
FY 2022 State CPA Match (39.4%) $ 214,687

Budget:
FY 2022 Revenues for Administrative Expenses $ 38,000
FY 2022 Revenues for Historic Resources $ 75,999
FY 2022 Revenues for Community Housing $ 75,999
FY 2022 Revenues for Open Space/Recreation $ 75,999
FY 2022 Revenues for FY 2022 Budgeted Reserve $ 493,994

Total:
FY 2022 CPA Budget $ 759,991

Notes:
- Original State Match based on anticipated 32.3% match to FY 21 Local Collections. State Match guidance has been updated to 39.4%. November 2021 disbursement.
- 5% Administrative, 10% in Historic, Housing & Open Space each. Remaining allocated to Budgeted Reserve to utilize at the committee’s discretion.
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Prepared by Andrew T. McMahon on 11/30/2021

48. SULLIVAN, VACON -- That the City adopt a temporary moratorium on issuing special permits for MME’s and on the use of land and structures in the City for MME’s for a period of six months, so the City can study and enact ordinances that protect the health and well being of its citizens and businesses that may be negatively impacted by MME’s including but not limited to:
-Studying and evaluating the potential health hazards and economic impact of air emitted from MME’s
-Studying and evaluating the effectiveness of the latest filtration and mitigation technology for emissions from MME’s
-Implementation of effective filtration and mitigation system minimum requirements to eliminate air quality hazards and nuisance odors emitted from MME’s
-Implementation of effective buffers to protect citizens and businesses from air quality hazards and nuisance odors emitted from MME’s
-Development and implementation of clear and enforceable air quality and nuisance odor standards and penalties, including fines and operation shut downs
-Identifying the appropriate city department for monitoring and enforcement of air quality and nuisance odor violations
-Exploring dedicated funding for monitoring and enforcement of air quality nuisance odor emissions from MME’s.

49. VACON -- that Comcast improves quality and consistency of internet, phone and general service to the users In Holyoke.  A written report of repairs, upgrades etc., along with a review of the 10 year contract is requested to ensure compliance.

50. VACON -- that the Ordinance Committee review and recommend ordinance language changes pertaining to our reservoirs including but not limited to: a) increase the fines/penalties from the current amount of not more than $50 for any offense to a minimum of $250 for subsequent offenses.  b) expand the language in the ordinance to include Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) and State Police for issuing citations and fines.  c) consider revising Section 90-53 to enforce that fines will be paid to the Holyoke Water Works.
d) consider other revisions to ensure safety of the water supply, including uses and activities at the reservoir.

51. VACON -- request our City Solicitor to provide a legal opinion regarding the authority of the City Council to issue a special permit for a use that is not addressed in our zoning language, specifically placing a battery storage facility in a RA zone.

52. VACON -- Have the speed trailer placed on Mountain Road near #437 facing Southampton Rd, due to drivers traveling at high speeds.

53. BARTLEY -- The city amend its ordinances to limit parking in front of the business at 548 South St.  The new restaurant seeks to cap parking during its business hours to one hour.

54. BARTLEY -- The City remove the No Parking signs proximate to 274 South St. & 2 Brown Avenue.  The signs affect two homeowners and the W-3 councilor met with both 11/20/21 and both wanted the signs removed.

55. BARTLEY -- The city council send a gentle reminder to the DPW and the plow vendors to please plow the carve-out street near 274 South St. and 2 Brown Ave this winter.

56. BARTLEY -- The City Council send an invitation to the St. Patrick's Parade Committee, including the Parade President, its members and Directors, to appear at the Council's second meeting in March (3/15/22) to present the award winners and Colleens.  Also invite the Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band to perform.

 

Addendum:

LATE FILES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

Late File A. From Lisa Ball, Acting City Solicitor, legal opinion on City Councilors also holding employment with the City of Holyoke.

Late File B. HERNANDEZ -- Ordered, Remove handicap sign from in front of 136 Beech street.  Constituent passed away.

Late File C. From Deborah Brunelle, Assessor, communication regarding tax assessment of billboards in Holyoke.

 

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 4 - Reappointment of Miriam Panitch to Planning Board

Item 5 - Appointment of Morris Partee to Board of Appeals

Item 6 - Appointment of Jennifer Keitt to Holyoke Redevelopment Authority

Item 7 - City of Holyoke Financial Statements for year end June 30, 2020 (File too large for upload. Available upon request to the City Council Admin.)

Item 7 - City of Holyoke Management letter year end June 30, 2020

Item 7 - City of Holyoke Independent Auditors Report year end June 30, 2020

Item 8 - Ward 5 City councilor recount Nov. 19

Item 9 - November 16, 2021 City Council Meeting Minutes

Item 10 - Assessors office communication regarding first right of refusal for Chapter land property of Adam Mulcahy

Item 11 - CPA Project funding extension recommendations

Item 12 - October 21, 2021 Fire Commission Meeting Minutes

Item 13 - Meagan Magrath-Smith Holyoke Community Preservation Act Chairman communication regarding Amy Landau increase in salary

Item 14 - PERAC Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2023

Item 15 - Kevin A. Jourdain letter of resignation as a member of the Holyoke Water Works Commission

Item 16 - Brian G. Smith letter of resignation from the Holyoke Retirement Board

Item 17 - Craig DellaPenna letter regarding Combining Holyoke's two Historical Commissions

Item 18 - Maribel Ortiz Cover letter and resume for interest in CPC

Item 19 - Franchesca Nunez Cover letter and resume for interest in CPC

Item 30A - Updated license agreement for Edward Owen

Late File A - Notice of sale of City property 415-417 Main Street

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