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Holyoke City Council Meeting February 1, 2022

Feb 1 2022

7:00 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

 

Status updates for orders

Meeting will take place at Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St
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AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 1,2022

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 "Administrative Assistant to the City Council," Section 2-181 "Duties generally" be amended to add an additional category of duties pertaining to the management and updates of the city website and social media accounts, including offering guidance to staff members of city departments on use of the website as a records access and communication tool.
have considered the same and Recommended that the order be adopted.

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 be adopted.

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

COMMUNICATIONS

3. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Maureen Tisdell to the position of Acting Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Holyoke effective January 18, 2022: This Appointment shall remain in place until a new Director of Parks & Recreation is appointed to fill the vacancy. At such point Ms. Tisdell will return to her position of Assistant Director.

4. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter appointing Mr. Marcos Marrero, 34 Pinehurst Rd. to serve as a Commissioner of the Gas & Electric for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Marrero will replace Robert Gentile, who's term expired on July 1, 2020. Mr. Marrero will serve a year term; said term will expire July 1, 2026.

5. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter appointing Mr. Nicholas A. Duclos, 11 Arlington St. to serve as a Commissioner of the parks and Recreation for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Duclos will replace Mr. Israel Rivera and will serve Mr. RIvera's remainder of the term; said term will expire on June 30, 2024.

6. From Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Local Election Districts Review Commission, informing that this division meets the requirements of MGL Chapter 54, Section 1 and is otherwise consistent with law and has thus been approved by the Commission. Effective date of new ward and precincts was December 31, 2021.

7. From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority Annual report summarizing activities from November 2020 through October 2021.

8. From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office for Community Development letter re: Activities of the Office for Community Development.

9. Proposed language changes to Ordinance Sec 2-201 and 2-221 regarding Duties and Qualifications.

10. From Board of Fire Commission minutes of December 29, 2021.

11. From Councilor Maldonado-Velez, City Council Rules examples with titles and sections. Send to Charter & Rules

Amherst (https://www.amherstma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/46001/Amherst-Town-Council-Rules-and-Procedures?bidId=)
Boston (https://www.boston.gov/departments/city-council/city-council-rules)

12. From Councilor Maldonado-Velez Communication regarding Holyoke Food Economy Coalition Bylaws. see attachment

PETITIONS

13. Petition of Raquel Fasoli Figueroa, for a renewal of a home occupation at 145 Mountain View Dr. for a Painting Business.

14. Petition of Joseph Charles Mazzola (Paper City Fabrics) for a new second hand license Section 66-39, at 332 Pleasant St.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

15. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

15A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Zone Change Application from R1 to RM20 for Cherry Hill Estates Condominium Trust at 1 Maplecrest Circle (151-00-006.1C) to change the back 6.7 acres from R1 to RM20 to form one contiguous zoning. Recommended that the order be adopted.

15B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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. Recommended that the order be adopted.

15C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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. Recommended that the order be adopted.

15D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be placed in front of 70 Walnut St. for Angel Lopez, Placard #PL3940078. Recommended that the order be adopted.

15E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be removed from the front of 130 Cabot St. Recommended that the order be adopted.

15F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that additional speed limit signs be posted on Homestead Ave, north and south of 202, locations to be determined by our City Engineer. Recommended that the order be adopted.

15G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that an ordinance establishing municipal fines for illegal operation of dirt bikes and OHV's be established at the highest possible level allowed. Recommended that the order be adopted.

15H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city of Holyoke look to adopt an ordinance similar to Springfield regarding recreation and off highway vehicles - see chapter 385- recreation & off-highway vehicles city of Springfield.
> <ORD-2019-11 Chapter 385-Recreation & Off-Highway Vehicles - City of Springfield, Massachusetts Recommended that the order has been complied with.

15I. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the ordinance committee meet to discuss downtown parking meters in terms of the amount of time allowed & the price charged, as well as how we might increase the number of payment options available. Recommended that the order be referred to the Mayor for the purposes of appointing a Parking Advisory Board to make recommendations to the Ordinance Committee.

15J. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Petition from residents of Elmwood Ave. for speed humps. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15K. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Petition of Gomoto, LLC - Charles A. Theocles for a street vendor license for a mobile food truck Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15L. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a handicap sign be placed in front of 370 Maple St. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15M. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a residents only parking signs be place on Columbus Avenue. Residents have expressed concerns that parking for area businesses are parking along street, including driveways in some instances Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15N. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a sign be placed on both ends of Monroe Street prohibiting large trucks from using it as a pass through. Residents have expressed that this creates a danger for children, and that one truck also damaged a power line leading up to a resident's house. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15O. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that an ordinance be established prohibiting gas stations from selling gas to illegal dirt bikers/OHV's. Recommended that the order be denied.

15P. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That ARTICLE II section 42-41 Organization: compensation be changed to allow for a stipend for fire commissioners. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15Q. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That City Council establish a school building study committee to review options and recommend steps for improvements within our city budget.
Membership to include but not be limited to:
Mayor, Receiver, one school committee member, one CC member, one small business owner, one large business owner, a parent with children in the public schools, a renter, a senior citizen, one teacher. Membership should represent all wards of the city to the greatest extent possible Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15R. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that City Ordinance Chapter 2, Article II, Division 5, Section 2-152 and Chapter 2, Article II Division 1, Section 2-67 be examined and updated to remove the residency requirement for City Solicitor Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15S. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that in order to allow for development and redevelopment of properties in South Holyoke in alignment with existing City plans; more properly define two gateways to the City; and to properly align the overlying zoning to what is presently in place, bringing those parcels further into conformity while in turn reducing the possibility of future incompatible uses, the following parcels be zone changed to BC - Downtown Business as shown in the following table:
MBP Number Address
028-03-007 398 MAIN ST, 028-03-009 370 MAIN ST, 028-03-010 358 MAIN ST
028-03-011 MAIN ST, 028-03-012 74 CABOT ST, 028-04-009 MAIN ST
028-04-010 MAIN ST, 028-04-011 454 MAIN ST, 028-04-012 452 MAIN ST
028-04-013 416 MAIN ST, 028-04-014 MAIN ST, 028-04-015 412 MAIN ST
028-04-016 60 HAMILTON ST, 028-06-001 MAIN ST, 028-06-002 341 MAIN ST
028-06-003 345 MAIN ST, 028-06-004 349 MAIN ST, 028-06-005 MAIN ST
028-06-006 363 MAIN ST, 028-06-007 365 MAIN ST, 028-06-008 369 MAIN ST
028-06-009 MAIN ST, 028-06-010 MAIN ST, 028-06-011 MAIN ST
028-06-012 385 MAIN ST, 028-06-013 389 MAIN ST, 028-06-014 MAIN ST
028-06-015 393 MAIN ST, 028-07-001 401 MAIN ST, 028-07-002 405 MAIN ST
028-07-003 409 MAIN ST, 028-07-004 415 MAIN ST, 028-07-005 MAIN ST
028-07-006 427 MAIN ST, 028-07-007 433 MAIN ST, 028-07-008 435 MAIN ST
028-07-009 437 MAIN ST, 028-07-010 447 MAIN ST, 028-07-011 449 MAIN ST
028-07-012 71 SARGEANT ST, 029-01-001 2 CABOT ST, 029-01-007 16 CABOT ST
029-01-008 14 CABOT ST, 029-04-001 20 CABOT ST, 029-04-001.1 18 CABOT ST
029-04-002 525 SOUTH SUMMER ST, 029-04-014 32 CABOT ST, 029-04-015 28 CABOT ST
030-03-004 CABOT ST, 030-03-005 CABOT ST, 030-03-006 57 CABOT ST
030-03-007 CABOT ST, 030-03-008 61 CABOT ST, 030-03-009 84 CLEMENTE ST
030-04-001 200 MAIN ST, 030-04-002 CRESCENT ST, 030-04-003 CLEMENTE ST
030-04-004 15 CLEMENTE ST, 030-04-005 CLEMENTE ST, 030-04-006 23 CLEMENTE ST
030-04-007 268 MAIN ST, 030-04-008 MAIN ST, 030-04-009 254 MAIN ST
030-04-010 MAIN ST, 030-05-006 330 MAIN ST, 030-05-015 MAIN ST
030-07-001 166 APPLETON ST, 030-07-002 MAIN ST, 030-07-003 MAIN ST
030-07-005 MAIN ST, 030-07-006 235 MAIN ST, 030-07-007 241 MAIN ST
030-07-008 251 MAIN ST, 030-07-009 MAIN ST, 030-07-010 267 MAIN ST
030-08-001 273 MAIN ST, 030-08-002 277 MAIN ST, 030-08-003 281 MAIN ST
030-08-004 285 MAIN ST, 030-08-005 289 MAIN ST, 030-08-006 293 MAIN ST
030-08-007 305 MAIN ST, 030-08-008 309 MAIN ST, 030-08-009 317 MAIN ST
030-08-010 321 MAIN ST, 030-08-011 325 MAIN ST, 030-08-012 329 MAIN ST
031-01-014 510 SOUTH BRIDGE ST, 031-01-017 SOUTH BRIDGE ST
031-01-018 31 CABOT ST, 031-01-019 37 CABOT ST, 031-01-020 41 CABOT ST
031-01-021 SOUTH EAST ST, 032-01-015 13 CABOT ST, 032-01-016 7 CABOT ST Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15T. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that in order to allow for development and redevelopment of properties in the area in alignment with existing City plans; provide cohesiveness to the area and bring those parcels further into conformity, the following parcels be zone changed as shown in the following table:
PARCEL ID OWNER PROPOSED CURRENT USE
011-07-008 N.E. Telephone RO to BC parking lot
011-07-009 N.E. Telephone RO to BC parking lot
011-07-010 N.E. Telephone RO to BC telephone exchange station
011-10-002 2nd Cong. Church RO to BC religious
011-10-003 Foley Property RO to BC educational property
011-10-005 Foley Property RO to DR parking lot
011-10-006 Alecto Realty Trust RO to DR Two-Family
011-10-007 LC2 Holyoke LLC RO to DR developable land
011-10-008 LC2 Holyoke LLC RO to DR developable land Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15U. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that no change in pay for any elected official shall take effect during the current term of office. Individuals know the pay for the position at the time they run for office Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15V. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that permanent speed bumps be installed on Bemis Road, attached is the petition by residents requesting the speed bumps. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15W. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That speed humps be installed on Lower Westfield Rd, Richard Eger Dr, Whitney Ave and Lynn Ann Dr. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15X. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Chapter 2, Section 2-336 (c) be amended to include the words, "with the exception of food vendors with the appropriate permits from the state, Board of Health and Department of Public Works." Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15Y. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council adopt an ordinance that phases out and prohibits the use of plastic bags in the city (plastics bags are one of the greatest contributors to the trash and debris problems we have throughout the city and many neighboring city's have passed language that we can emulate). Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15Z. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council, in accordance with MGL Chapter 43, Section 43, submit the following question to the voters at the next biennial state election: " Shall this City allow the sale of marijuana products, as those terms are defined in G.L. c.94G, 1, for consumption on the premises where sold, a summary of which appears below?" Passage of this order shall be contingent on the state legislature's approval of House Bill 4284 or other legislative/interpretive change to M.G.L. c. 94G, sec 3(b) deemed acceptable by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15[. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the city develop a comprehensive sign ordinance that allows for the possibility of billboards and/or off site signage. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15\. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke create a Retail Center (RC) zone taking into account both present tenancies and desired future development of such properties, with appropriate criteria to ensure proper cohesive uses and promote continued mixed commercial / retail in Holyoke Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15]. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke draft and adopt a Small Cell Tower Installation ordinance said ordinance would limit equipment must not extend further than 50 inches from the top of the pole/roof. Once installed, all rooftop poles/roofs would be subject to inspection by the city every other year at a fee of $500 apiece to said wireless company Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15^. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke remove from its Code of Ordinances, Appendix A, Zoning Ordinance, Section 8.3 “Shopping Center Districts” and any other references to said zone and replace with Retail Center (RC). Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15_. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City of Holyoke remove the loud speaker permit authority from the Police Department and include any loud speaker / outdoor permitting in special permits issued by the licensing board, this will improve efficiency, transparency and equity when issuing permits for loud speaker permits. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15`. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke through ordinance create “gentrification mitigation zones.” "Gentrification Mitigation Zones," or GMZ will be areas with large working class and highest concentration of poverty according to the US Census Data tracts, above-average increases in property values and signs of resident displacement. The districts would be subject to stronger protections for tenants whose housing may be at risk as developers and people with higher incomes move into a neighborhood. In a gentrification mitigation zone, tenants of a building that’s put up for sale would have the first chance to buy it, with the possible assistance of local (i.e. CPA), state and federal funds. If renters opted not to buy their building, the sale would be subject to a tax of 1 percent or less to assist tenants who face displacement locally.​
Developers in these proposed zones would also have to create community impact statements to address how they would affect the neighborhood’s character, existing affordable housing, schools and other resources. They would be required to meet with any Ward Councilor in which a zone lies and the local neighborhood councils to present their plans. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15a. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the contract with Zip Cars be reviewed to determine why the city is not receiving any revenue from this enterprise and what can be changed to make sure the city receives an appropriate payment for allowing this company special parking privileges downtown Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15b. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the DG&R committee meet with the appropriate city departments to review the events leading up to the problems at 62-64 Commercial Street. Have there been previous concerns about the heating system within those buildings? Also, please review what went well in terms of providing solutions for the tenants, and what did not go well, so that we can improve the process in the future Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15c. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the DPW install truck exclusion signs at both ends of Bemis Rd Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15d. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the DPW Superintendent reviews parking options on Hampden and Beacon and offer suggestions that may alleviate delivery issues for Eddie's Furniture. Request from business owner. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15e. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the following changes be made to the classification and compensation plans of chapter 2 proposed ordinance changes Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15f. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the most recent changes to the sign ordinance be rescinded Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15g. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the ordinance committee amend ordinance 2-467, related to the Community Preservation Committee, by removing the position requirement of city council member to the CPC. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15h. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the ordinance committee meet with the director of planning and development and other appropriate parties to discuss the current zoning in South Holyoke. The goal of this meeting would be to amend designated zoning to promote economic development and also enhance the residential redevelopment planned for the area. As is, current zoning is preventing several areas which have been vacated either by fire or demolition from being used effectively Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15i. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the PR Salary Schedule of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to increase the salary of all PR 14 positions to PR 19 Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15j. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Supervisors Union please provide a list of all employees in the union and how long they have been part of the union for. Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15k. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that we review and amend the noise and any other applicable ordinances to reduce the increased amount of unnecessary vehicle noise in our city Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15l. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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 Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15m. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order The City council amend its ordinances to create a committee to study the costs and benefits of involved with the City of Holyoke establishing its own animal control facility. The expectation is that the committee,
once created, will produce a report to be reviewed by the Board of Health, City Council, Mayor and other relevant departments Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15n. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order the City Council ordinance committee do a comprehensive review of the City's sign ordinance alongside technical support and feedback from the planning board and legal department Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15o. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order The City of Holyoke consider remaining the portion of Chapin St. that is south of South St. As a suggestion, it should be re-named South Chapin St Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

15p. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order the Holyoke City Council pass a wage theft ordinance to ensure that all contractors and developers who receive public funds (city contracts, tax breaks, housing development breaks) would need to comply with state laws governing the payment of wage and hour laws as well as any other obligations that would otherwise be required by the municipality to meet. If possible, the ordinance should also include advantages for Holyoke residents to obtain this work and ensure women, people of color, and Veterans are hired on the construction projects Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw.

16. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

16A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order From Historical Commission, letter regarding the demolition of historical buildings Awaiting disposition

16B. 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 "FY2021 PATRICK LEAHY BULLETPROOF VEST PARTNERSHIP, $42,000, MATCH $21,000," 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 Awaiting disposition

16C. 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 "FY2022 SENATOR CHARLES E. SHANNON, JR. COMMUNITY SAFETY INITIATIVE (SHANNON CSI), $556,355.26, 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. Awaiting disposition

16D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the chief of police come before the finance committee to discuss the staffing issues it is having with the department and the budgeting concerns Awaiting disposition

16E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the legal department, chief of police, auditor and mayor come before the finance committee to address the 4th captain position Awaiting disposition

16F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the mayor and the receiver meet with the finance committee to update the city council on the potential of receiving MSBA approval for building one new middle school with MSBA assistance. Please provide any update on when the city might know the status of the proposal, and the financial implications of any approval Awaiting disposition

16G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $475,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the new middle school design phase and the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, 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(7) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefor; 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 or convenient to carry out this project.
Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.
Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.
Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any outstanding bonds of the City, as well as any bonds issued pursuant to this Order, and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.
Further Ordered: That there shall be no change in the purpose of this bond authorization without prior vote of approval by the Holyoke City Council Awaiting disposition

16H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, EIGHTEEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHTY ONE AND 72/100 Dollars ($18,881.72) as follows:
FROM:
15431-51103 PAY-INVESTIGATOR $18,881.72
TOTAL: $18,881.72
TO:
15431-51105 PAY- NATIONAL SERVICE OFFICER $18,881.72
TOTAL: $18,881.72 Awaiting disposition

16I. 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 EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($185,500.00) as follows:
FROM:
12101-51510 SICK BUYBACK $100,000.00
12101-51505 TIME OWED 45,000.00
12101-51500 VACATION BUYBACK 40,500.00
TOTAL: $185,500.00
TO:
12102-55860 PERSONNEL EQUIPMENT $21,000.00
12102-54221 SUPPLIES-AMMO 14,500.00
12102-53010 DATA MAINTENANCE 36,000.00
12102-52410 R&M M/V 20,000.00
12102-53190 EDUCATION & TRAINING 30,000.00
12102-54830 M/V SUPPLIES 14,000.00
12102-54800 M/V FUEL 30,000.00
12102-54200 OFFICE SUPPLIES 20,000.00
TOTAL: $185,500.00 Awaiting disposition

16J. 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 TWO THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FORTY FIVE AND 10/100 Dollars ($22,145.10) as follows:
FROM:
15431-51103 PAY-INVESTIGATOR $22,145.10
TOTAL: $22,145.10
TO:
15431-51105 PAY-NATIONAL SERVICE OFFICER $22,145.10
TOTAL: $22,145.10 Awaiting disposition

16K. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, TWO HUNDRED FIVE THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($205,000.00) as follows:
FROM:
12101-51104 LIEUTENANT $30,000.00
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 105,000.00
12101-51117 E911 DISPATCHER 70,000.00
TOTAL: $205,000.00
TO:
12101-51109 RESERVES $30,000.00
12101-51300 OVERTIME 175,000.00
TOTAL: $205,000.00 Awaiting disposition

16L. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order to accept the recent in-kind gift contribution from Ceaco to the Veteran's Services Office of 1 pallet of various games/puzzles valued at $2,821.50 Awaiting disposition

17. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

17A. The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the city engineer review and determine if a four way stop sign(s) can be placed at Fairfield and Nonotuck. Recommended that the order be referred to the Ordinance Committee, following the recommendations of the City Engineer.

18. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

18A. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order From Franchesca Nunez, Cover letter and resume for interest in the Community Preservation Committee Recommended that the candidate be appointed

18B. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order From Maribel Ortiz, Cover letter and resume for interest in the Community Preservation Committee Recommended that the candidate be appointed

18C. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order 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. Recommended that the appointee be confirmed.

18D. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order 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.. Recommended that the appointment be referred back to the City Council.

18E. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order From Mayor Joshua Garcia, letter of appointment for new Personnel Director Kelly Curran Recommended that the appointment be confirmed

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

20. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

20A. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Amend city council rules by adding: Legal form for Ordinance changes shall be provided 48 hours prior to a City Council meeting.
If legal form is not provided 48 hours prior to the meeting, upon objection of any member of the City Council, the matter will be tabled until the next meeting. The purpose of this rule is to ensure that each Councilor has time to read proposed changes prior to voting on the matter. Recommended that the order be adopted as an amendment to Rule 58.

20B. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order Ordered that the City Council amend or clarify enforcement of Rule 61 so that a committee must act on an order within 30 days of City Council referral. Any order not acted on within 30 days shall be deemed tabled Recommended that the order be adopted as amended, changing 30 days to 45 days.

20C. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that Rule 32 be amended to add “and Marijuana Establishments” after “except for Home Occupation” to the description of the D&GR Committee. This needs to be updated to reflect that the Ordinance Committee handles those petitions Recommended that the order be adopted

20D. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that we degender the language of rule 2 Recommended that the order be adopted as amended to instruct that the language of all City Council rules be degendered.

20E. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that we degender the language of rule 37 Recommended that the order be adopted as amended to instruct that the language of all City Council rules be degendered

20F. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that we degender the language of rule 4 Recommended that the order be adopted as amended to instruct that the language of all City Council rules be degendered

20G. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that we degender the language of rule 62 Recommended that the order be adopted as amended to instruct that the language of all City Council rules be degendered

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

22. MCGEE -- Order that the city council present a proclamation to Gail LaRose for her dedicated service to the children at EN White school.

23. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, SEVEN THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FORTY FOUR AND 20/100 Dollars ($7,444.20) as follows:

FROM:
11611-51103 PAY-PRINCIPAL CLERK $7,444.20
TOTAL: $7,444.20
TO:
11612-53030 PRINT/BIND/MICROFILM $5,066.10
11612-53100 OTHER SERVICES 2,378.10
TOTAL: $7,444.20

24. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, SEVEN THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($7,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
11751-51223 DEVELOPMENTAL SPECIALIST $7,000.00
TOTAL: $7,000.00
TO:
11751-51105 SR. PROJECT MANAGER $7,000.00
TOTAL: $7,000.00

25. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED EIGHT AND 93/100 Dollars ($3,208.93) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51103 CAPTAIN $3,208.93
TOTAL: $3,208.93
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $3,208.93
TOTAL: $3,208.93

26. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED TWENTY NINE AND 38/100 Dollars ($3,229.38) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51103 CAPTAIN $3,229.38
TOTAL: $3,229.38
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $3,229.38
TOTAL: $3,229.38

27. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "VETERAN'S HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM, $15,000, 50% 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.

28. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY22 FIREFIGHTER EQUIPMENT GRANT, $23,063, 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.

29. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "GREEN COMMUNITIES MUNICIPAL ENERGY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (META), $15,000, 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.

30. MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI -- Ordered that the D&GR Committee invite Lynn Gray, new General Manager of the Holyoke Mall, to allow for an introduction to the Holyoke City Council.

31. PUELLO -- That the school Receiver Mr. Anthony Soto and his team be requested to explore the steps, costs and federal reimbursements associated with re-establishing the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps or similar sister service program in the public schools. It is additionally requested that interest be measured to determine student body support for such a program.

32. RIVERA_J -- Order that the city council review and approve the
PUELLO PR cultural district resolution.

33. RIVERA_J -- Order that the City of Holyoke establish a three way stop sign at the corner of Mosher and Center Streets.

34. RIVERA_J -- Order that the City of Holyoke establish a three way stop sign at the corner of Mosher and North Bridge Streets

35. VACON -- Per request of Commissioner Patti Devine that Section 2-201.1 Duties and Qualifications of the general superintendent of the department of public works be reviewed to consider/propose amending the language.

36. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- That the DPW Commissioners appear before the ordinance committee to discuss proposed language changes to Sec. 2-201 of the city ordinances.

37. BARTLEY -- City council invite  Sarah Greenleaf, Urban Forester,
PUELLO of DCR's Urban & Community Forestry, to a future DGR
meeting to discuss DCR's ongoing free tree-planting
program for Holyoke.  DCR staff and its volunteers
have planted hundreds of trees in designated areas
of the city.  Sarah and DCR have planted trees on
both public and private property and are looking to
plant more in 2022.  Refer to DGR.  Copy to Conservation.

38. BARTLEY -- The city engineer review the signaling at the Maple
PUELLO St / South St. / Parenteau Dr intersection.  Multiple
accidents and near-accidents have occurred there over
the years as motorists from Maple St turn Left against
oncoming traffic on South St (heading downtown).
The intersection is proximate to the former Whole
Donut and the Fitzpatrick Ice Rink.  Refer to Public
Safety with copy to City Engineer.

39. BARTLEY -- 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.

40. BARTLEY -- The Holyoke zoning ordinances shall be amended to no longer allow daycare services in R-1 or R-2 district by right but only by a city council special permit.  Refer to Ordinance. Copy to Legal.

41. MALDONADO-VELEZ -- Request to the mayor for an annual state of Holyoke address. Refer to Public Service.

42. MALDONADO-VELEZ -- Institute a quarterly Town Hall where residents are able to come in and express their concerns, with more time allotted than the public comment section. Refer to Public Service.

43. MALDONADO-VELEZ -- relook at committee responsibilities and restructure. Refer to Charter & Rules.

44. MALDONADO-VELEZ -- add rule to require a set monthly meeting time of all City Council committees. Refer to Charter & Rules.

 

 

Addendum:

LATE FILES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

A. From Cannabis Control Commission, Guidance for Municipalities

B. GIVNER -- That the city of Holyoke establish/make public a reporting system for immediate safety issues such as the lack of stop signs or other traffic signage at the corners of Sycamore and Hampshire streets.

C. From Anthony Soto, HPS Superintendent/Receiver, communication regarding financial literacy curriculum

D. MCGIVERIN -- Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2021 PATRICK LEAHY BULLETPROOF VEST PARTNERSHIP, $42,000, MATCH $21,000," 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 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 1 - Legal draft for amendment to Admin Asst job description

Item 2 - Amendment to Chapter 78 Snow and Ice

Item 3 - Appointment letter for Maureen Tisdell to serve as Acting Director of Parks & Recreation

Item 4 - Appointment letter for Marcos Marrero to serve as a Commissioner of the Gas & Electric

Item 5 - Appointment letter for Nicholas A. Duclos to serve as a Commissioner of the parks and Recreation

Item 6 - Massachusetts Local Election Districts Review Commission - Approval of new ward and precincts

Item 7 - Holyoke Redevelopment Authority - Annual report from November 2020 through October 2021

Item 8 - Letter regarding Activities of Office of Community Development

Item 9 - Proposed language changes regarding Duties and Qualifications of DPW Superintendent

Item 10 - Board of Fire Commission - 12-29-21 Meeting Minutes

Item 11 - City Council Rules example from Amherst

Item 11 - City Council Rules example from Boston

Item 12 - Communication regarding Holyoke Food Economy Coalition Bylaws

Item 15A - Legal draft for Zone Change at 1 Maplecrest Circle

Item 15B - Legal draft to delete no parking on Brown Ave

Item15C - Legal draft to establish limited parking on South St.

Item 15D - Legal draft to add handicapped parking on Walnut St.

Item 15E - Legal draft to delete handicapped parking on Cabot St.

Item 15G - Legal draft to establish fines for illegal operation of dirt bikes

Late File - Kelly Curran updated resume

Late File - January 18, 2022 City Council Meeting Minutes

Late File - From Cinder McNerney, Hilltop Securities - Debt Schedule Forecast for bonding for a new middle school building at Peck

Late file - Legal opinion on Zoning for Solar battery storage

Late File - HG&E Letter of support for META grant

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Jeffery Anderson-Burgos
Administrative Assistant to the City Council

Holyoke City Hall
536 Dwight St, Room 10
Holyoke, MA 01040
Regular hours 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Meeting days 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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