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Holyoke City Council Meeting June 21, 2022

Jun 21 2022

7:00 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Status updates to orders

 

El Consejo Municipal 21 de junio 2022

 

Meeting will take place at Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St
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AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
June 21,2022

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2. From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter in support of the DPW Boards request to remove the current salary range cap for Director of DPW,

3. From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC budget cuts for FY2023.

4. From Board of Public works, letter requesting the City Council to remove Salary Range cap for the Director of DPW.

5. From Councilor Vacon communication from Constituent regarding School Takeovers by the state.

PETITIONS

6. Petition for a street vendor license for Jesus Feliciano between middle and appleton Sts.

7. Petition of Holyoke Smokes Corp. for a new special permit for a Marijuana Delivery License Establishment at 81-85 Sargeant St.

8. Petition from Qihang Zhang a new marijuana cultivation & processing establishment located at 6 Appleton St.

9. Petition from Carefully Curated LLC for a new special permit for a Medical Marijuana Establishment at 420 Race St.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

10. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

10A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order based on the passage of Chapter 48 of the Acts of 2022, that Section 2-67 be amended to include City Solicitor and Superintendent of Public Works as exempt from the residency requirement. Recommended that the order be adopted.

10B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Special Permit Application for Delivered Inc at 101 N. Bridge St (039-02-006) to buildout and operate a marijuana 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 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 following the recommendations in the June 7, 2022 letter from the City Engineer

10C. 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 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 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

10D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that City Ordinance Chapter 2, Article II, Division 5, Sections 2-152, 2-156, and 2-158 be updated as necessary based on any new proposed structuring of the City’s law department. Recommended that the order be adopted.

10E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 2-34 (b) Hours of Municipal Offices and Employees be amended to include the office of the City Solicitor as exempted from having the hours of 8:30 to 4:30 Recommended that the order be adopted.

10F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order a committee be formed called "The Tourism advisory committee."
The scope of the Committee is to:
1. Create and market a new brand for Holyoke,
2. Initiate permit reform for events, public gatherings, beautification, and public art.
3. Annually monitor and report the progress of tourism initiatives to Mayor and City Council.
4. Review infrastructure maintenance program.
5. Coordinate business communications and Holyoke tourism opportunities into one marketing effort.
6. Establish and support signature destinations and districts such as a Puerto Rican Cultural District on Main Street and The Canal District.
7. Promote ecotourism and outdoor recreation.
8. Make recommendations for a financial and human resources plan.
9. Recommend annual updates to the Holyoke Tourism Strategic Plan.
The Committee will utilize the Holyoke Tourism Strategic Plan. The Committee will, from time to time, update and revise the plan as they find necessary.
The Committee should comprise one representative appointed by each of the following agencies: Holyoke Local Cultural Council, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development, Holyoke City Council, Holyoke Historical Commission, and Wistariahurst Museum. A minimum of five (5) and up to eight (8) at-large members will be nominated and recommended by the Committee and appointed by the Mayor for a three-year term. Recommended that the order be adopted, as amended to require that one of the at-large members be a youth member.,

10G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order From Robert Peirent, City Engineer, report on possible hump request for Bray Park Drive Recommended that the Engineer's report to not install temporary speed humps be accepted.

10H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Petition for Speed Hump from citizens for Moss Ave Recommended that the Engineer's recommendation to not install temporary speed humps be accepted.

10I. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Remove existing handicapped sign at 402 Pleasant St by request of a new resident at the same address Recommended that the order be adopted.

10J. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the handicap spot in the ordinances located on the east side of Pleasant St 200 feet south of Lincoln St be removed. The Engineer has stated that the entry does not match anything currently installed Recommended that the order be adopted.

10K. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that speed hump be placed on Fenton St Recommended that the Engineer's report to not install temporary speed humps be accepted.

10L. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That speed humps be placed on Memorial Dr Recommended that the Engineer's recommendation to not install temporary speed humps be accepted.

10M. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that speed humps be placed on Moss Ave Recommended that the Engineer's recommendation to not proceed with temporary speed humps be accepted.

10N. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that speed hump/s be placed on Upland Road Recommended that the Engineer's recommendation to proceed with temporary speed humps be accepted.

10O. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the ordinance be amended to change the City Council’s Administrative Assistant term from one year to two years Recommended that the order has been complied with.

10P. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Zone change application from BH to BC for Gennaro Santaniello at 18 Cabot St (029-04-001) to make the pre-existing non-conforming structure under BH zone a conforming structure under BC zone Awaiting disposition

10Q. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Petition of Yoeli Brene, for a street vendor license to be located on High Street between Hampshire and Worcester Pl Recommended that the order be given a leave to withdraw

10R. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Zone change application from R-2 to BL submitted by Betlai, LLC c/o Edison Yee, for the property located at Pleasant Street, Parcel ID # 092-00-112, (former Peoples Bank parking lot), to create continuity with the abutting parcel to the south to allow for future development Awaiting disposition

11. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

11A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Holyoke FY 2023 CPA Budget for City Council Approval. This budget is usually a projection of anticipated revenue from CPA collections as well as the anticipated state match (this years match from the DOR is estimated to be 35%, which is based on the previous years allocation). Recommended that the order be adopted.

11B. 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 "DIVERTING JUVENILES AND EMERGING ADULTS FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM INVOLVEMENT, $50,000, 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 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11C. 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 "FY23 SHARED STREETS AND SPACES, $200,000, 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 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11D. 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 "REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION GRANT PROGRAM, $25,000, 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 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11E. 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 THREE HUNDRED FIFTY AND 66/100 Dollars ($11,350.66) as follows:
FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS $11,350.66
TOTAL: $11,350.66
TO:
12201-51109 PAY-ASSISTANT SUPERVISOR - ALARMS $11,350.66
TOTAL: $11,350.66 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11F. 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 MILLION AND 00/100 Dollars ($1,000,000) as follows:
FROM:
13002-57000 SCHOOL - OTHER EXPENSES $1,000,000
TOTAL: $1,000,000
TO:
8810-10400 STABILIZATION $1,000,000
TOTAL: $1,000,000 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, THREE HUNDRED FOUR AND 71/100 Dollars ($304.71) as follows:
FROM:
11382-53190 EDUCATION & TRAINING $304.71
TOTAL: $304.71
TO:
11381-51300 OVERTIME $304.71
TOTAL: $304.71 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11H. 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 SEVEN AND 64/100 Dollars ($207.64) as follows:
FROM:
11751-51240 TEMP/SEASONAL $207.64
TOTAL: $207.64
TO:
11751-51300 OVERTIME $207.64
TOTAL: $207.64 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11I. 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 THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,865.00) as follows:
FROM:
15432-57700 VETERANS BENEFITS - DIRECT $2,865.00
TOTAL: $2,865.00
TO:
11571-51101 ADMIN ASST TO CITY COUNCIL $2,865.00
TOTAL: $2,865.00 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11J. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2023 from fiscal year 2022 free cash a sum of FIFTY THOUSAND AND 00/100 DOLLARS ($50,000) as follows:
FROM: FY2022 FREE CASH
TO: CAPITAL STABILIZATION FUND
Capital Stabilization Fund to be created by City Ordinance prior to June 30, 2022 for appropriation for fiscal year 2023 Recommended that the order be adopted.

11K. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2023 from fiscal year 2022 Sewer Enterprise free cash a sum of TWO HUNDRED NINETY THREE THOUSAND AND 00/100 DOLLARS ($293,000) as follows:
FROM: FY2022 SEWER ENTERPRISE FREE CASH
TO: SEWER ENTERPRISE STABILIZATION FUND
Sewer Enterprise Stabilization fund to be created by City Ordinance prior to June 30, 2022 for appropriation for fiscal year 2023 Recommended that the order be adopted.

12. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

13. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

13A. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order From Jose Bayron Chairman Parks & Rec and Helene Busby Vice Chairman letter appointing Tom Reynolds as the new director Awaiting disposition

13B. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Ms. Gladys Lebron-Martinez to serve as a Commissioner of the Holyoke Housing Authority for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Lebron-Martinez will replace Myriam Quinones and will serve he remainder term; said term will expire on April 1, 2024 Awaiting disposition

13C. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Nathan Chung, 9 Prew Ave Apt 4A, to serve as a Commissioner of the Planning Board for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Chung will replace Mr. John Kelly and will serve a three year term; said term will expire on June 30, 2025 Awaiting disposition

13D. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter appointing Thomas Wilson, Attorney, 21 Hampton Knolls Rd. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke: Attorney Wilson will replace Ms. Stephanie N. Marcotte and will serve the remainder term; said term will expire in February 2024 Awaiting disposition

13E. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order 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. Awaiting disposition

13F. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the representatives of MiFA Victory Theater come before the Public Service subcommittee to discuss how the theater stands in funding and an expected opening of the Theater Awaiting disposition

13G. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the Victory Theater principals appear before the City Council to provide us with a update on the status of the Victory Theater Awaiting disposition

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

15. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

15A. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that the City Council Rules are reviewed, reorganized, and that titles are added for accessibility Recommended that the order be adopted.

15B. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that we rename the Joint School / City Council Committee to Youth Services Committee (or something similar) which would give that committee additional responsibilities such as making sure we comply with our CC Rule 65 that requires a Youth Ambassador to the City Council and creating opportunity for youth to be more civically involved Recommended that the order be adopted.

15C. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that a new rule be created stating that “For the purposes of determining voting majorities and super majorities at full City Council meetings, eligible voting members shall mean the full body of the City Council except any members that may have properly abstained from participating in debate for a vote.” In addition, in any rules referring to the full membership of the City Council for determining a voting majority or super majority, amend them to state “eligible members of the City Council.” These locations are in Rule 35 and Rule 66 Recommended that the order has been complied with.

15D. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that Rule 38 be amended by striking out “a 2/3 super majority” and replacing it with “a majority of all eligible members Recommended that the order has been complied with

15E. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that That we change our rules to pass ordinances other than zone changes by a simple majority Recommended that the order has been complied with

15F. The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order That we add a city council rule which requires a unanimous vote to continue meetings past 10pm Recommended that the order has been complied with

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

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

17. MALDONADO-VELEZ, GIVNER -- Ordered that the City Council add a Section for Battery Storage Facilities to the Zoning Ordinance (Section TBD) to reflect technology advancements and future need for such installations; new facilities will be reviewed through Section 10.0, Major Site Plan Review.

18. MCGEE -- That Rule 1 of the City Council be suspended for the purpose of the City Council going on Summer Recess and that the July 5, July 19 and August 16, 2022 meetings be cancelled.

19. MCGEE -- That the City Council meeting of September 6. 2022 be cancelled due to the State Primary Election.

20. MCGEE -- that the City Council review Section 7.10, Marijuana Facilities, to ensure that the review process is business sensible and that the review process for obtaining the Special Permit is being adhered to by Ordinance; amendments to this Section may be proposed and approved as part of this discussion.

21. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, SEVENTEEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND 00/100 Dollars ($17,500.00) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51320 PARADE $3,500.00
12101-51323 SNOW TOWS 6,100.00
12101-51322 ELECTIONS 7,900.00
TOTAL: $17,500.00
TO:
12101-51321 SPECIAL EVENTS $17,500.00
TOTAL: $17,500.00

22. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, TWENTY THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FORTY SEVEN AND 63/100 Dollars ($20,447.63) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51104 LIEUTENANT $3,883.22
12101-51105 SERGEANT 6,723.80
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 9,840.61
TOTAL: $20,447.63
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $20,447.63
TOTAL: $20,447.63

23. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, NINETEEN THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY ONE AND 19/100 Dollars ($19,721.19) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51104 LIEUTENANT $5,436.51
12101-51105 SERGEANT 6,723.80
12101-51107 PATROLMEN 7,560.88
TOTAL: $19,721.19
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $19,721.19
TOTAL: $19,721.19

24. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, TWO THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED THIRTY AND 34/100 Dollars ($2,330.34) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS $2,330.34
TOTAL: $2,330.34
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $2,330.34
TOTAL: $2,330.34

25. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, FIVE THOUSAND AND 00/100 Dollars ($5,000.00) as follows:

FROM:
16101-51112 FINANCIAL MANAGER $5,000.00
TOTAL: $5,000.00
TO:
16101-51103 REFERENCE LIBRARIAN $5,000.00
TOTAL: $5,000.00

26. MCGIVERIN -- that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "MASS IN MOTION, $110,752, 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.

27. MCGEE -- that the City Council review Section 5.3, Special Permit to Exceed Height Limitation, in order to allow increased building height for all uses and additional zoning districts. Ensuring the allowable height may be increased by Planning Board Special Permit and in conjunction with those projects meeting the applicability of Section 10.1.2, Major Site Plan Review.

28. MCGIVERIN -- 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.

29. MCGIVERIN -- that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, FIVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FORTY FOUR AND 68/100 Dollars ($5,544.68) as follows:

FROM:
XXXXX-XXXXX FREE CASH $5,544.68
TOTAL: $5,544.68
TO:
8781-10400 HHS CLASS OF 1947 SCHOLARSHIP $1,725.04
8794-10400 DR EDWARDO CARBALLO SCHOLARSHIP 1,497.09
8490-10400 GEORGE A ELLIOTT SCHOLARSHIP 887.88
8390-10400 ROBERT & JEWELL SUHER SCHOLARSHIP 852.15
8560-10400 FRANCES MOQUIN SCHOLARSHIP 408.99
8796-10400 JAMES M BOLDUC SCHOLARSHIP 102.71
8750-10400 HHS CLASS OF 1949 70.82
TOTAL: $5,544.68

30. MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI -- Ordered, 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.

31. VACON -- that our City Engineer recommend traffic calming measures for Whiting Farms Rd.  Constituents are reporting drivers operating their vehicles in an unsafe manner.

32. VACON -- that the city engineer evaluate the area of Cherry & Dale Streets for speed calming measures and the PD enforce speed limits. Pedestrians and drivers are reporting drivers traveling at high speeds failing to stop for the crosswalk and causing dangerous situations for drivers entering Cherry Street from Dale St. and driveways on Cherry St.

33. VACON -- that the radar speed feedback sign be placed on Cherry Street near the curve (Beaudoin Village side of road) when approaching the intersection at Dale.  Pedestrians have reported nearly being hit by drivers while in the crosswalk.

34. VACON -- that the lines on Rt 202 on the closed right hand lane going toward Westfield be painted ASAP.  Two lanes are being used as travel lanes creating a safety hazard.

35. VACON -- that crosswalk be painted on County Rd near #90.  It has not been painted for a number of years.  Constituent request.

36. VACON, BARTLEY, JOURDAIN -- 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.

37. VACON -- Order, that traffic enforcement be increased due to the increasing number of accidents and reported failure of drivers to obey traffic laws such as exceeding speed limits, failure to stop for stop signs, lights, people in crosswalks, failure to signal, yield etc.  A quarterly summary report of tickets issued is requested.

38. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- That the DPW install a raised crosswalk at the intersection of Linden St and West Franklin St. Vehicles coming down Linden St are not coming to a complete stop.

39. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- That HPD come to a Public Safety Committee meeting to discuss patrolling of West Franklin St. There is a significant amount of speeding, accidents and trucks cutting through.

40. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- That HPD patrol Florence Ave. The residents feel unsafe with all the vehicles that have been cutting through and speeding recently.

41. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- That the DPW seek an alternative solution for rock salt. Salt is corrosive to vehicles and roads, and can contaminate drinking water and be toxic to wildlife.

42. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- That the HPD come to an ordinance meeting to discuss how the noise ordinance can be applied to speed bikes.

43. ANDERSON-BURGOS -- That the DPW replace the sidewalk between 38 and 40 Arnodale Ave. The sidewalk has become hazardous to walk on.

44. GIVNER -- that the City Council review Section 6.4, Signs, in its entirety in order to make changes to the existing Ordinance to further refine and streamline the signage regulations.

45. JOURDAIN -- That the Fire Chief and Fire Commission please provide the following information to the City Council within 30 days:  Do any fire personnel of all ranks work second jobs that exceed 30 hours per week? If yes, how many?  How does the department manage those second full-time obligations when Ordinance 2-35 states that fire class of the public safety group are supposed to be working a 48 hour schedule?  After the report is received, please invite in the Chief and Commission to discuss if appropriate.

46. JOURDAIN -- That the City Council create an ordinance that creates food truck zones in the city with the goals of eliminating food deserts, managing the locations, and promoting various neighborhoods.

47. JOURDAIN --    Law dept please provide a legal opinion if a department can charge a fee for use of city facilities and property without authorization of the City Council.  Please note the adoption of ordinance 2-349 on licenses (attached) that was adopted by the City Council on 2/16/16 by overriding the Mayor’s veto but does not appear on Municode.  Law dept please specifically comment on the Parks & Rec “pool pass” program which provides pool users a license for a fee to use city pools for the Summer (greater than 30 days) and if that falls under the jurisdiction of 2-349.  If yes, then please ask them to cease and desist charging a fee until they get approval from the City Council.

48. JOURDAIN -- Acting DPW Superintendent please provide the City Council & Parking committee the following report:  for the prior 5 years (need to consider pre/post pandemic usage changes), amount of meter revenue and amount of parking garage revenue.  Please provide total usage % (used spaces divided total spaces) at both parking garages annually.  Please also provide any analysis of cost to get all meters fully operational.  Please provide the expected life cycle of the new meters if purchased.  Please also provide us the current amortization schedule for the Mayor Taupier Suffolk Street Parking Garage.

49. JOURDAIN, VACON -- The an ordinance be created to allow for a Fire Chief contract and that this ordinance also establish a salary range for the position (Min/Mid/Max)

50. JOURDAIN -- That the PVTA be requested to replace their bus shelter on South Street at the South Street shopping plaza.  Bus riders have gone some time without the prior shelter.

51. JOURDAIN, VACON -- The City Clerk please work with law department to double check that all ordinance/charter changes made over prior 8 years actually made it on to Municode. Municode is viewed as the source of truth and it absolutely needs to be accurate. (i.e. Charter Sec 9 still says 15 Councilors, Sec 25 Mayoral 4 year term not mentioned, Subpart B Special Acts has not been updated since 2016 is that right?, Ordinance 2-349 not included, etc.)

52. JOURDAIN -- That the Police enforce the no parking regulations along Cherry Street near Beaudoin Village.

Addendum:

LATE FILES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

A. Petition of Jesùs Feliciano, for a street vendor license to be located at 130 Race St.

B. JOURDAIN -- Ordered, 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.

C. MCGEE -- order the city council give a proclamation for Barbara Bernard who will be turning a young 95 years old on July 13th.  Contributing writer and columnist for the Springfield Republican, civic leader, Citizenship Award Winner by the Holyoke Parade Committee, awards from the Italian Progressive Society, and Pynchon Award winner…

D. MCGEE -- ORDERED that Sec 2-40 and Sec 2-41 of the City Ordinances regarding Vacation Leave be amended to add language that the City may credit a new employee with additional paid vacation time based on relative prior employment experience

E. MCGEE -- Ordered that the City Council invite the HHS PURPLE KNIGHTS Volleyball team who captured the South Division title with a record of 8-0 defeated Southwick 3-0.  Overall record is 15-1

F. RIVERA_I -- Ordered, Resident on 326 Elm St. would like handicap sign on the side of his house removed as it is no longer needed.

G. From Robert Peirent, City Engineer, report on possible hump request for Bray Park Drive

H. MCGIVERIN -- Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2022, TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE AND 00/100 Dollars ($2,865.00) as follows:
15432-57700 VETERANS BENEFITS - DIRECT $2,865.00
TOTAL: $2,865.00
TO:
11571-51101      ADMIN ASST TO CITY COUNCIL                       $2,865.00
TOTAL: $2,865.00

I. BARTLEY -- Ordered, that we suspend our rules to waive our 3rd meeting in Sept. due to the Big E Parade.

 

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

Meeting posted: June 16, 2022 12:15 PM


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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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