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Ordinance Committee Meeting January 28, 2020

Jan 28 2020

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040


Item 1: Previous meeting minutes.


Item 2: 12-17-19 MURPHY — that in support of a $6.566 million MassWorks grant for infrastructure improvements that will serve an affordable homeownership project in the vicinity of Carlos Vega Park in South Holyoke, order that:
South East Street from Adams Street to Sargeant Street be designated a pedestrian way with a northerly bicycle lane. (Schedule VI)
A southerly bicycle lane be added on the west side of Clemente Street from Hamilton Street to Adams Street. (Schedule XI)
A northerly bicycle lane be added on the east side of South East Street from Sargent Street to Hamilton Street.  (Schedule XI)
A bicycle lane be added on both sides of South Bridge Street from Sargeant Street to Hamilton Street. (Schedule XI)
South East Street from Sargeant Street to Hamilton Street be designated one-way in a northerly direction. (Schedule III)
Clemente Street from Adams Street to Sargeant Street be designated two-way. (Remove a portion of Clemente St from Schedule III)


Item 3: 12-18-18 MCGEE — Ordered, that Order that the following changes be made to the classification and compensation plans of chapter 2 proposed ordinance changes (see attached highlighted changes)


Item 4: 8-7-18 MCGIVERIN — Ordered, that That Schedule B, Compensation for Elected Officials of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended as follows, effective January 1, 2019:

Mayor: $125,000
City Clerk: $90,000
City Treasurer: $85,000
City Council: $12,500
City Council President: $1,000 (in addition to above)


Item 5: 6-19-18 ANDERSON-BURGOS — Ordered, 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


Item 6: 6-19-18 ANDERSON-BURGOS — Ordered, that a new position be established for Mayoral Aide – Chief of Staff


Item 7: 6-19-18 ANDERSON-BURGOS — Ordered, that the position of Mayoral Aide – Chief of Staff be added in the PR salary schedule as PR24


Item 8: 6-6-17 JOURDAIN, ROMAN — Ordered, that through Ordinance that the Criminal Analyst position established by the Police Department be created


Item 9: 3-20-18 MCGIVERIN — Ordered, that Order to establish all Retirement Board positions as special municipal employees


Item 10: 4-17-18 SULLIVAN — Ordered, that That ARTICLE II section 42-41 Organization: compensation be changed to allow for a stipend for fire commissioners


Item 11: 9-5-18 VACON Ordered, 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


Item 12: 12-1-15 LISI, LEAHY, SOTO — Ordered, that That the city council consider creating an ombudsman position to help entrepreneurs navigate the various permitting and licensing requirements for opening new businesses in the city.


Item 13: 1-21-20 BARTLEY — The City of Holyoke amend Zoning Ordinance section 4.3(A)(8) to require a special permit prior to granting permission for this use in all residential districts in the City of Holyoke and no longer allow the use as of right; the special permit is to be issued by one of the following boards and only after a public hearing: city council or the planning board or the board of appeals.
(This is a re-file from 8/6/2019 agenda)


Item 14: 6-18-19 SULLIVAN — Ordered, that To review and consider an amendment to the zoning ordinance related to corner lots including section 2.0 Definitions,
4.4 Accessory Uses and Structures, and 5.0 Dimensional Controls


Item 15: 11-19-19 LEBRON-MARTINEZ — Ordered, that 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


Item 16: 5-1-18 MCGEE — that the ordinance committee invite in Paul Donahue, project manager for Suez to discuss the Holyoke operations, give updates, offer planning suggestions for the CSO.


Item 17: 2-19-19 MURPHY, LEBRON-MARTINEZ — Ordered that the city council meet with the department of public works superintendent to discuss the possibility of providing Refuse Disposal Permits free of charge to renters just as it is to residential homeowners. Also, the policy deactivating a permit card when a landlord has failed to pay the sewer use charge should be discussed.


Item 18: 4-17-18 MCGEE — Ordered, that the Holyoke water Dept commissioners and representatives come before the ordinance committee to discuss payment in lieu of tax programs


Item 19: 11-7-18 ROMAN — Ordered, that Roman:   Ordered that the City of Holyoke amend Section 14-12 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to allow for the keeping of live poultry for the purposes of nutrition, and fresh eggs by permit from the Board of Health.
The Ordinance Committee consider a public hearing and notify neighbors


Item 20: 2-7-17 LOPEZ — Ordered, that That the Ordinance Committee create an Ordinance requiring the Mayor to provide any financial burden to the City when entering or allowing a private company contract to use any City buildings or facilities.  Also, that the City Council has final approval of such contracts using any buildings (Example: recent Ambulance contract moving part of the services to the Fire Department. Headquarters and others)


Item 21: 5-21-19 MCGEE — Ordered, that Ordered 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.”


Item 22: 3-2-16 MCGEE — Ordered, that The city charge a sales tax or license fee (similar to a taxi cab) on uber/lyft ride share companies


Item 23: 4-18-17 MCGEE, LISI, TALLMAN, VALENTIN — Ordered, 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


Item 24: 3-6-18 VALENTIN — 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.


Item 25: 2-21-17 MCGIVERIN — That the City Council look into creating a parking authority.


Item 26: 11-7-18 LISI — that Sec 86-97 of the City’s Parking Ordinance be struck from the city’s parking ordinances:
Sec 86-97. -All night parking
No person shall allow, permit or suffer any vehicles registered in his name, other than one acting in an emergency, to be parked on any street in the downtown area between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. of any day.


Item 27: 11-7-16 MCGEE — Ordered, that the City travel policy be amended to adopt the “Federal per diem rate for the destination city” as the maximum allowable reimbursement for all daily meal expenses


Item 28: 12-15-15 ALEXANDER — Ordered, that Whereas: ALL city residents benefit from an effective system to manage stormwater and snow melt throughout the downtown, but only SOME properties contribute directly to the stormwater delivered to the waste treatment plant
Ordered: that the Council consider adoption of a stormwater fee consisting of a combination of base fee paid by ALL city taxpayers AND a user fee applicable ONLY to property owners served by the city wastewater treatment system, and scaled appropriately for the amount of stormwater provided by each property to the system, taking into account such factors as property size and amount of impervious surface on the property.


Item 29: 1-7-20 LEBRON-MARTINEZ — Ordered, that a handicap sign be placed in front of 24 Hampden St. for Marilyn Vazquez


Item 30: 1-7-20 MURPHY — Ordered, that That a handicap sign to be placed at 300 Chestnut St. for Nictsa Garcia


Item 31: 12-17-19 MURPHY — Ordered, that a handicap application for Maria Alvarado be placed in front of 533 So. Summer St

Jeffery Anderson-Burgos
Administrative Assistant to the City Council

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Holyoke, MA 01040
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