REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
November 21,2017


The meeting was called to order by President Jourdain at 07:08 PM.

The Clerk called the roll. Absent members: 2 (Bresnahan, Valentin) Present Members 13 (Bartley, Greaney, Jourdain, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, Lopez, McGee, McGiverin, Roman, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon).

The name of Councilor Vacon was drawn to head the roll call voting.


LAID ON THE TABLE

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: Veto of Recreational Marijuana Moratorium
---> Laid on the table.
PUBLIC COMMENT


COMMUNICATIONS

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 33 out of order:
LISI Ordered, that the City Council adopt the following proclamation to recognize the Holyoke Youth Football League's Pee Wee team: 

Whereas, the Holyoke Youth Football Pee Wee team has won 21 consecutive games this season; and 

Whereas the Holyoke Youth Football Pee Wee team are the Superbowl champions for the region; and

Whereas the Holyoke Youth Football Pee Wee team is a co-ed team that has successfully adopted the Heads Up Tackling program and gained recognition of NFL recruiters;
---> Received and adopted.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 63 out of order:
VACON Ordered, that any restrictions on the deed/lot 181-00-137 on Sun Valley Rd., recently sold at auction, be reviewed and a determination made if they allow for a building on the lot.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee. Copy to Legal, Treasurer, Building Department.
Legal-Please issue a legal opinion within 30 days .

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Kelly Curran, 230 South St. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Curran will serve a two year term said term will expire in February 2019.
---> Received and appointment confirmed.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 3 & 4 as a package
From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter reappointing Ms. Wendy Weiss, 3 Fairfield Ave. to serve as a member of the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission effective July 1, 2017: Ms. Weiss will serve a three year term; said term will expire July 1, 2020.
---> Received and appointment confirmed.

From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Margaret Sikop of 328 West Franklin St. to serve as a Commissioner of the Council on Aging: and appointing Barbara Grady of 44 Edward Dr. to serve as a Commissioner of the Council on Aging.
---> Received and appointment confirmed.

From City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee, minutes of the October 17, 2017 City Council Meeting
---> Received and adopted as amended.

From City Solicitor Paul RE: Possible Executive Session for purpose of discussing pending litigation, negotiations and settlements
---> Laid on the table.

From City Solicitor Paul Payer RE: Legal form of recreational marijuana ordinances
---> Received.

From Community Preservation Committee, Holyoke CPA Annual Budget Article
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

Letter from Eric Haskins from Northampton, requesting a proposal for a Community Garden on the corner of Cabot and High Sts.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

From Sara Kron, 41 Pearl St. letter of resignation from the Holyoke Local Cultural Council.
---> Received.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 11-13 as a package
From Board of Registrar of Voters minutes of October 5, 2017.
---> Received.

From Board of Health, minutes of July 6 and September 6, 2017.
---> Received.

From Board of Fire Commissioners minutes of September 27, October 23, October 25, & November 8, 2017.
---> Received.

From Robert L. Quinn, letter re: Petition Opposing placing the Former Mater Dolorosa Church in a single building Local Historic District.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 20E out of order:
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Whereas new businesses that have developed around the mall area are looking for better directional signage for their business and such signage could be placed on private property owners property, it is therefore requested that the ordinance committee considered the following as a possible new ordinance 
NON-ACCESSORY SIGN ORDINANCE

Definitions

Billboard-a freestanding sign larger than 40 square feet in gross area or a wall sign covering more than 10% of the area to which it is affixed; 

Non-Accessory Sign-  A sign which advertises a business, service, product, commodity, entertainment or similar object or activity which is conducted sold or offered on a Lot other than the Lot where the sign is erected. They are also known as off-site signs or off-premises signs. No property shall have more than one (1) non-accessory signs including on its property. 

Sign A Sign includes any letter, word, symbol, drawing picture design device flag pennant article light or object that is designed to advertise, inform, direct or attract attention to or indicate any business, person or activity

1. Non-accessory signs shall be allowed as matter of right in the BH zone
2. No property shall have more than one (1) non-accessory signs including on its property.
3. All signs must conform to the Sign Ordinances of the City of Holyoke.
4. The owners of all Non-accessory signs shall have a written lease or rental agreement with the owners of the property on which the sign will be erected. In that agreement, there shall be clauses stating who is responsible for both maintenance and insurance for the sign and the leases or rented area where the sign is standing.
5. All non-accessory signs will have a minimum height of five feet to the bottom of the sign above the mean finished grade where the sign is located.
6. All non-accessory signs will have a maximum height not to exceed thirty feet to the top of the sign above the nearest pavement grade.
7. The maximum message area of the non-accessory sign shall not exceed eight feet in the BH district.
8. Where such sign consists of two parallel flat signs, the maximum thickness between the two signs faces is two feet.
9. Every sign shall be maintained in good condition. If a sign shows corrosion or deteriorated paint over 25% of the area of side of the area of one side; or if damage causes a loss of 10% of its substance, or if the sign suffers damage or deterioration which creates a risk of harm to the person or properly of another; or if the establishment is no longer in business, such sign shall be removed by the property owner.
10. The area around each sign shall be erected without a Building permit from the Building Commissioner for the City of Holyoke.

have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted as amended .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon spoke on the order noting that there were numerous meetings by the Ord. Committee and the Planning Board respectively and that there were two key changes made to the original language submitted to the order. It was noted that the BH zone was amended to IG zone only and that the signage would be allowed by Special Permit only. Councilor Lopez spoke in favor of the order noting that it gives adequate protection to the City by having a process by in which residents can have a voice. Councilor Lisi noted that the Planning Board took a different and broader approach that could have been more comprehensive. Councilor Lisi stated that billboards if done right could present a decent monetary flow to the City.
---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Bresnahan, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.
PETITIONS

Petition of Manuel Contin for a street vendor license at Dwight and Chestnut Sts.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 16-18 as a package
Petition of Edward Glica for a renewal of a home occupation at 19 Concord Ave. for a remodeling business.
Under discussion:
It was noted that each application was a renewal and that all municipal fees and taxes were paid and up to date.
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Bresnahan, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

Petition of Lasca Hoey for a renewal of a home occupation at 7 Line Rd. for a massage therapy business.
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Bresnahan, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

Petition of Daniel LiBoissonnault for a renewal of a home occupation at 267 Southampton Rd. for a Wholesale food production.
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 13--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Bresnahan, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

Petition of Carmen Rivera for a new special permit for a home occupation at 170 Oak St. for a towing business.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

Presidents Report: Councilor Jourdain spoke and stated that he is looking to purchase the Government photo and has been working with the Mayor and Auditor and Administrative Assistant to ensure it is paid for and noted that it has become an onerous task. Councilor Jourdain took time to thank everyone who had run for election or who had served and congratulated Mr. Juan Anderson-Burgos for winning the Ward 6 seat. Councilor Jourdain stated that was looking to get an update on the 2 million dollars for communications for the Fire Dept. Councilor Roman spoke on toy drives being held and stated that he can be contacted for anyone looking to donate to the toy drive. Councilor McGee spoke on holiday gift wrapping for hospice. Councilor Jourdain wished everyone listening and in attendance a happy Thanksgiving.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a City Council street vendor license application of Nuestras Raices to sell agricultural products at 329 Main St.
have considered the same and Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw per request of the applicant .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon noted that the Ord. Committee had ruled to give the application leave to withdraw because after review a Street Vendor License for the applicant was not needed or warranted.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a street vendor license application for Jannette Vega to operate a food truck and have her license extended until 6/30/2018
have considered the same and Recommend that the application be approved .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
It was noted that the street vendor license in question had previously been vetted and passed by the Ord. Committee and that the applicant was looking for an extension on the time period for which she could operate.
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Bresnahan, Greaney Jr., Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 20C & 20D as a package
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana retail locations
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted as amended .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
It was noted that there were numerous public hearings held on the matter. Councilor Vacon noted that the Ord. Committee opened the hearings jointly with the Planning Board but the Planning Board chose to continue it’s hearing to an earlier date than when the Ord. Committee could meet and therefore the two bodies met separately on parallel tracks for the public hearings. It was noted that the Ord. Committee held its hearings within the time frames of the law and closed its hearing and waited for a recommendation from the Planning Board. It was noted that feed back was received during the hearings and the feeling of the Committee is that the recommendation from the Ord. board before the Council is a good one. It was noted that the Ord. Committee was split on the matter with some wishing to not have an ordinance at all and with some wishing the language was much more expansive but that the final product was a compromise and signed of by all 5 members of Ordinance who viewed the issue from widely different views on the matter.

Councilor McGiverin spoke and stated that he did not receive a legal copy of the final ordinance language and a question on certain aspects of the language. Councilor Jourdain spoke and stated that Marcos Marrero did a great job of taking the medical marijuana ordinance and making it relate to recreational stating that there are 4 categories manufacturing, dispensary, retail and testing facilities. Councilor Jourdain read off the “30 day” aspect of the language noting that a marijuana facility licensure would be forfeited if it was not in operation for 30 days or it failed to meet legal requirements. Councilor McGiverin stated that he has heard from parties that feel that this part of the language could be a problem when negotiating with potential companies and developers. Councilor McGiverin stated that he feels that owners should reserve the right to change sell his or her business without the hold up having a new vote. Councilor Jourdain stated that special permits already go to the person and not to the business entity. Councilor McGiverin stated that he disagrees with aspects of that policy. It was noted that there would be no moratorium with the language and that the legislation would be implemented among passage.

Councilor Roman spoke and stated that he received the email and asked if it would be a violation of the Council rules or violation of procedure to vote on the items this night because the Planning Board had not yet given a recommendation. Councilor Roman stated that he would not vote for the order in it’s current form because he felt that it should be expanded to more than just zone IG which is 95% in Wards 1 and 2.

Councilor Jourdain spoke on his difference of opinion with the Legal Dept. on the 21 day window in which an order must be acted upon or else it effectively is null and void and is “stale”. Councilor Jourdain also stated that there was a sense of urgency for the Ord. Committee to get something done so that business could go forward where as the Planning Board has continued it’s hearing to January 8th and that he feels there are politics behind that Planning Board decision. Councilor Jourdain stated that if the Law Dept. interpretation were to be correct the Planning Board could effectively hold any zoning ordinance up indefinitely when it ever it wanted thus taking away all power of the Council to be able to act on it. Councilor Jourdain noted that the Govt. has never operated in that way stating that has been the policy for decades. Councilor Jourdain also stated that the mind set of the committee was to get this ordinance off the ground, get laws in place so as not to hold anything up and than other zones can be added at a future date if that is the will of the body.

Councilor Lisi stated that overall it is a great piece of legislation because it is straightforward and deals with various sub-categories of marijuana production and retail. Councilor Lisi stated that it would seem that there should be more zones included since the product is a legal product. Councilor Lisi also stated that it’s limited zoning could mean losing out on certain developers or businesses that would want to locate in other zones rather than IG. Councilor Lisi stated that if other Councilors did not get a full chance to read the legal language than perhaps it should be tabled.

Councilor Vacon spoke and stated that many months were spent crafting the Medical Marijuana ordinance and that this language is nearly the same thing in a side by side comparison. Councilor Vacon stated the language is not new information and that all Councilors are aware of the language. It was noted by Councilor Vacon that the current language represents a very good compromise ordinance.
---> Report of Committee received and laid on the table.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana cultivation and production
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted as amended .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
---> Report of Committee received and laid on the table.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered that the Ordinances Section 86-106 “Permit Parking “ be amended to reflect the following changes:
1. That not more than two parking stickers be allowed per household
2. That the ordinances reflect that Center St. is only addresses 1-20 Center St. from North Canal to Lyman St.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon read off the order and noted that the intent of the order was to tighten up a previously passed ordinance in regards to permitted parking and to allow it to function better.
---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Bresnahan, Greaney Jr., Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City consider adopting the MA state statutes necessary to reduce the speed limit to 25 mph on residential roads
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted on a street by street basis .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon gave summary of the discussion that took place in the Ordinance meeting noting that the DPW director was present for the meeting and gave different options that the City could pursue. It was noted that after discussion the Committee felt the best way to lower the speed limits on the list of streets presented was on a case by case street by street basis. Rules were suspended to allow Atty. Barnes to address the Council. Atty. Barnes stated that Mass DOT would have to weigh in on each change and explained the role that Mass DOT would play along with the process that would take place.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke notification system shall only be used for emergency notifications and be announced by a non-elected public safety official
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon spoke and stated that the intent of the order was to formalize aspects of the notification system and to ensure that there is a non-elected public safety official sending out the notifications:
---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Bresnahan, Greaney Jr., Valentin).
* Vetoed by Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Whoever, for the purpose of soliciting any alms, contribution or subscription or of selling any merchandise, except newspapers, or ticket of admission to any game, show, exhibition, fair, ball, entertainment or public gathering, signals a moving vehicle on any public way or causes the stopping of a vehicle thereon, or accosts any occupant of a vehicle stopped thereon at the direction of a police officer or signal man, or of a signal or device for regulating traffic, shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars. Whoever sells or offers for sale any item except newspapers within the limits of a state highway boundary without a permit issued by the department shall for the first offense be punished by a fine of fifty dollars and for each subsequent offense shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars. Notwithstanding the provisions of the first sentence of this section, on any city or town way which is not under jurisdiction of the department, the chief of police of a city or town may issue a permit to nonprofit organizations to solicit on said ways in conformity with the rules and regulations established by the police department of said city or town.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Councilor Vacon spoke on the order and noted that the order was already a matter of state law but had not been adopted into the City Ordinances. Councilors spoke on the various legal ways the item could be enforced and noted that those who stop and give money to anyone soliciting can also be ticketed under this law.
---> Report of Committee received and the Ordinance passed its first reading.
The Ordinance passed its second reading.
The Ordinance was passed to be enrolled.
The Committee has considered the same and find that it is truly and properly enrolled.
Report of Enrollment received.
The Ordinance was passed to be Ordained and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Bresnahan, Greaney Jr., Valentin).
* Vetoed by Mayor

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that  the City of Holyoke creates an ordinance that requires a group or business that hands out or exchanges needles be required to have the needles marked with a specific color. This will help our board of health and police department identify where the needle originated from.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
It was noted that Reps. From Tapestry Health attended meetings and gave feedback to the Committee. It was noted that it would be a violation of state regulations and medical regulations to tamper with the needles in such a way as to change the color or other aspects of the needles. Councilor Leahy stated that he objects to these conclusions.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that The City of Holyoke opt-in to MGL c. 90 § 17C which will “Establishment of 25-miles-per-hour speed limit in thickly settled or business district in city or town.”  What this will do is setting the reasonable and proper speed on all city- and town owned streets within thickly settled or business districts at 25 mph (that do not have existing special speed regulations).  If the City adopts this language, Holyoke can also adopt a 25 MPH thickly settled speed zone on a street-by-street basis.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
Rebecca Lisi
Kevin A. Jourdain
David K. Bartley
Diosdado Lopez
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon noted that the order is essentially a duplicate order to the others being taken up in Committee and therefore the Committee deemed it has been complied with.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Mayor appoint a resident of Ward 1 or Ward 2 to the Fire Commission as soon as possible.  Besides the fire truck for downtown being browned out, it appears the Commission seats have been browned out too for the residents of the lower wards.  The Mayor recently appointed a resident of Ward 7 to the vacant seat formerly held by Ms. Devine.  The Mayor should reconsider that appointment and appoint a resident who can be a voice for the residents in Ward 1 and 2.  Right now only Wards 5, 6 and 7 have residents represented on the Commission.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
James M. Leahy
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Under discussion:
Councilor Sullivan stated that he would like this order to be adopted and sent to the Mayor for his consideration. It was noted that the Committee could only rule that the order has been complied with.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Law Dept. review who has the authority to take a fire apparatus off line. This order is due to the Fire Commissioners intentions to take an Engine off line permanently under the reorganization plan the Fire Commissioners are attempting to implement have That last black out in the City required City Council Approval approximately 1976.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
James M. Leahy
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that Fire Chief pond request the ISO to provide in writing whether or not the closing of an Engine 2 will impact our ISO rating
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
James M. Leahy
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order  that the Chief of Police / Holyoke Police Department provide a detailed breakdown of “Operation Full Throttle,” and what streets/neighborhoods did these 400 arrests occur.   If information could be provided back to the City Council within 30 days.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
James M. Leahy
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that full page ads be placed in the Springfield Republican and Holyoke Sun informing the public of social services which deal with addiction and homelessness.   The ad will also address the consequences involved in contributing directly to a panhandler as well as educate the public as to the safety and health issues involved.
 have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
James M. Leahy
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that signs be placed at key gateways and traffic islands.  Sign will read  PLEASE HELP OUR COMMUNITY, DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO PANHANDLERS.
  have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
James M. Leahy
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred City Council review of Mayoral appointee Tessa Murphy-Rombletti to the Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation
have considered the same and Recommend that the appointee be confirmed .

Committee Members:
James M. Leahy
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
Under discussion:
Councilor Leahy spoke on Tess Murphy-Rombletti and her various positions with the City. Councilor Leahy stated that her resume was very good and she should be confirmed.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred City Council review of Mayoral appointee Priscilla Garcia to serve as a commissioner on the Council on Aging
have considered the same and Recommend that the appointee be confirmed .

Committee Members:
James M. Leahy
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
Under discussion:
Councilor Leahy spoke about Priscilla Garcia noting that she was a standout volunteer for the Council on Aging and based on that was recruited to join the board.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the City Council invite MIFA to give an update on their current projects including the update with the Victor Theater Development
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
James M. Leahy
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Howard B. Greaney Jr.
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
Under discussion:
Councilor Sullivan gave summary overview of the presentation given to the Committee by MIFA. Councilor Lebron Martinez stated that she filed the order in order to get a measure and status as to the Victor Theater. It was noted that while funds are still being collected and work is still being done the target date for opening the theater is still in the future. Councilor Sullivan gave overview of how money is collected by MIFA by tax credits.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the CC invite the new PVTA Administrator, Sandra E. Sheehan, to a future DGR meeting to discuss bus and transit service in and around Holyoke. Ms. Sheehan previously worked for the Greater Hartford Transit District as Director of Grants and Contract Administration
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Joseph M. McGiverin
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Nelson R. Roman
Under discussion:
Councilor Bartley stated that this was the DGR Committee working to the Government Relations aspect of the Committee. He noted that Sandra Sheehan attended the meeting and gave the Committee a lot of information about the PVTA and how bus stops are set up via ordinances. Councilor Bartley also gave overview of the status of the PVTA. Councilor Bartley noted that it is important to maintain a good working relationship with the PVTA since so many in the City rely on public transportation.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
ORDERS AND TRANSFERS

JOURDAIN Ordered, that "Due to safety concerns, the transfer of money or goods between a motorist or its occupants and a pedestrian on any  traveled portion of a road shall be prohibited. If a vehicle is legally parked and/or on private property, then this shall not apply."
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

LEAHY, McGee, Tallman Ordered, that That the City Council request the Mayor to fund the account that funds the heat for the John J Lynch Gymnasium. This gym is used seven (7) nights a week during November, December and January for suburban girls and boys basketball.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Mayor & Park and Rec..
Approved by the Mayor.

LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that That the forestry or DPW trim the branches of a tree in front of 216 Essex Street before it starts to snow.  

---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW/Forestry.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that That Holyoke Gas & Electric turn lights behind 21 Bower Street for safety reason.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Gas and Electric
.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that a handicap sign be placed in front of 11 No. East St. for Gadiel Ortiz.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

LISI, Jourdain, Lebron-Martinez, Roman Ordered, that in an effort to reduce the number of dirty needles plaguing our streets in Holyoke and across the Commonwealth, the City Council make a formal request of our State Legislators, Rep. Aaron Vega and Sen. Don Humason, to file legislation that requires any facility that is selling or dispensing syringe needles to also accept used syringes free of charge
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the State Rep. Aaron Vega & Senator Don Humason.
Approved by the Mayor.

LISI Ordered, that the City Council adopt the following proclamation to recognize the positive impact that Thomas Wyse had on his students at Donahue School and the broader learning community in Holyoke:
Whereas, Mr. Thomas Wyse spent 12 years nurturing the minds and spirits of the children of Donahue School in Holyoke, regardless of whether they attended class with him or not.
Whereas,  The children of Holyoke are our most important asset and our most cherished gift.
Whereas,  School teachers nourish our children's minds and prepare them academically, as well as socially and civically, to engage in our society and contribute to the American experience.
Whereas, teachers should be accorded high public esteem, reflecting the value the community places on public education; and
Whereas, Thomas Wyse had an inherent belief in the ability and capabilities of every student; and
Whereas, Thomas Wyse will continue to influence his students long after their school days are only memories;
---> Received and adopted.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 35-40 as a package
MCGEE Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "2017 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GRANT" 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.
To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Alex B Morse, Mayor

---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "MUNICIPAL ENERGY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT" 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.

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Four thousand fifty-three and 70/100/100 Dollars ($4,053.70) as follows:
FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $4,053.70
TOTAL: $4,053.70
TO:
12201-51180 Inj On Duty $4,053.70
TOTAL: $4,053.70

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Twenty-four thousand nine hundred sixty-six and 37/100/100 Dollars ($24,966.37) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 Patrolmen $24,966.37
TOTAL: $24,966.37
TO:
12101-51180 Inj On Duty $24,966.37
TOTAL: $24,966.37

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "PARC Grant for Valley Arena Park" 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.

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that Financial Order: Ordered that the sum of $100,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the rehabilitation and construction of Valley Arena Park in South Holyoke including, lighting, planting, landscaping, stormwater management, and the payment of all costs incidental and related hereto, 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(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; 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 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 Chapter 44,. 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 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.

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that Ordered that, in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and C2 MA Kelly Way Solar, LLC, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations for the property located at 505 Kelly Way.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 42-49, and 53-57 as a package
MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that Whereas there have been several suggestions/recommendations regarding charter and rules changes for the new city council year, therefore it is requested that the committee considered the following:
Order that certain committees be reduced to 3 members from 5 members but that committees like Ordinance, DG&R, and Finance remain with 5 members.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that Order that an alternate member be appointed to a 3 member committee in order to fill in for an absent member on the day of a committee meeting. The alternate may only vote if a regular member is absent.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that Order that the public comment list be increased to allow more to sign up and talk and adjust time allotment in accordance in increased size.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that That the City Council consider a rule change for the start time of for the regular City Council meetings. That the regular scheduled meetings of the City Council start at 6:30pm and not 7:00pm.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that Order that two new committee be established 1. Committee on Innovation & Economic Development, 2. Committee on Special permits and Zoning.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that Order that the attorney assigned to the city council be moved into the City Council area to have a desk and microphone in order to better address and answer questions for the council.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that Order that the City Council invite in school students to City Council meetings to do the Pledge of Allegiance and have those students and parents recognized on the agenda.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that Order that the personnel department/ police department reissue city council badges.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE, Roman Ordered, that Order that the City Council Administrative Assistant be changed from a one year appointment to a two year term.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that the Administrative Assistant establish a Facebook page for the City Council.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that the Vendor license process be amended to come in as one bill/application and that the tax collector will collect the fee and then distribute out the appropriate amount to departments (I.e Board of Health fee, DPW fee, etc)
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that department heads, when sending their budget information to the Mayor, provide a copy to the City Council Finance Committee.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Administrative Assistant to the City Council; Assessors; Auditor; Building Commissioner; City Clerk' Conservation; Council on Aging; Fire Department; Forestry; Gas and Electric; Board of Health; Historical Commission; Library; Mayor; Parks and Rec.; Personnel; Planning and Economic Development; Police Department; Procurement; Department of Public Works; Registrar of Voters; Retirement Board; School Department; Solicitor; Tax Collector; Treasurer; Veteran's Services
Please submit to City Council. Copy to Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that a "SLOW CHILDREN AT PLAY SIGN", to be placed between Lexington and Madison and on Jefferson near liberty.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that Holyoke Media replace the outdated video and microphone system in the chambers ASAP.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Holyoke Media.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that the Administrative Assistant work with the Purchasing Department to get the City Council voicemail set up and working ASAP.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Administrative Assistant and Purchasing.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that Administrative Assistant purchase a copy machine for the city council area.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE, Jourdain Ordered, that Order that the City Council picture frames be placed back in the hallways ASAP.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Mayor & DPW.

MCGEE, Leahy, Tallman Ordered, that Order that Capt. Morarity provide an updated list of safety options or procedures put in place to deal with the security/safety at City Hall, sub committee meetings and full council meetings.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to Captain Morarity.

MCGEE Ordered, that Order that the City Solicitor come before the council to give an update on open meeting law changes (I.e. Emails, reply all to emails, etc.)
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

ROMAN, McGee Ordered, that Order that the city council invite in newly elected City Councilor Juan Anderson-Burgos into the chamber for full city council meetings.
---> Received and adopted.

VACON Ordered, that a No Engine Brake sign be added to Southampton Road near the Rock Valley, Southampton Rd intersection, per constituent request.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that DPW meet with representatives from HCC and residents of the neighborhood re: mitigation of traffic issues in the Sunset, Ashley, Clayton road neighborhood.  When the new light was added, HCC representatives addressed concerns of the residents know if negative consequences occurred they would work to reduce the negative effects  caused by traffic.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

VACON Ordered, that a 30 MPH speed limit sign be added at the top of Apremont near the top of the hill after the curve so that drivers know the entire road is 30mph.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that the Public Safety Committee invite representatives from HCC and DPW to address the increasing traffic concerns in the Sunset, Ashley and Clayton Rd neighborhoods.  When the light was added at 202 and Sunset, neighbors were advised in a public meeting that HCC could assist with mitigation efforts if traffic problems developed with the new road and light at HCC.
---> Given leave to withdraw.

VACON Ordered, that DPW repair the potholes at the bottom of Whitney Ave.  They are a safety hazard.  Please move this road up on the re-surfacing list.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that Order that the Chief of Police send a car at midnight on Saturday nights when it's good weather to park in the entranceway of Dowd Insurance facing outward toward Bobala Dr. to deter the racers entering from I-91 to use  the road as a raceway until 2 AM Sunday morning. This is violating our ordinances and wreaking havoc in the residential neighborhood that is located next to Bobala Dr.  Also, please notify the Chief of Police of W. Springfield of this racing so that they can address it from their end on Interstate Dr.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Police Department.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that DPW repair the potholes on Holy Family Road in front of Devonshire Place.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that the 202 / Homestead Ave intersection be evaluated for a blinking yellow left arrow on the northbound side of Homestead Ave. and implemented if warranted.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW. Copy to Public Safety.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that Order: That the City Solicitor issue an opinion as to what authority a department head has to authorize paid leave for a non work related injury or illness when contractual benefits have been exhausted.  There are contracts that define benefits that have been approved by the City Council.  These actions, if occurring, and not corrected appear to create a liability for the city.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Legal.
Approved by the Mayor.

VALENTIN Ordered, that a handicap sign be placed in front of 843 Dwight St. for Sara I. Rivera.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

BARTLEY Ordered, that Late files are legitimate but it's unreasonable for councilors to keep track of them.  Thus, Order that CC consider and adopt a rule change that states all Late Files shall be posted to the next meeting's agenda in their own section.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules.

BARTLEY, Lebron-Martinez Ordered, that Establish one "15-minute parking only" parking space in front of Easy Pick Convenience located at 224 Lyman St.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

BARTLEY Ordered, that "In accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 40 Sec. 4A the City Council approve an inter municipal agreement between the Town of Amherst, City of Holyoke, City of Northampton, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, City of Springfield and University of Massachusetts, Amherst for a regional bike share program to replace the prior approved inter municipal agreement dated December of 2015."
---> Received and laid on the table.

BARTLEY Ordered, that City of Holyoke review opportunities, including CDBG funds, to find financing to do the following:
a. Light up the Dingle between Crosier and Beech St. A recent attack as well as some unsavory activity has been reported. HG & E advised that lighting up the dingle is estimated to cost $30,000.00. Hopefully CDBG funds could be allocated.
b. Repair the dilapidated sidewalk in front of 548 South St. It should either be repaired (and made a double-sidewalk) or replaced. Hopefully CDBG funds could be allocated.
c. Create a sidewalk through the Rt. 391 corridor connecting High St. (near Atty. Brady’s office) to the crosswalk at Maple St. near Fitzpatrick Rink. Hopefully CDBG funds could be allocated.
d. Create a sidewalk on Charles St. between Washington Ave. and Laurel St. Hopefully CDBG funds could be allocated.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Mayor & Community Development.
Approved by the Mayor.

BARTLEY Ordered, that HPD increase traffic enforcement on Hillside Ave. Specifically, when resources allow please set up radar/lidar enforcement and report back to Public Safety Committee.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Police Department. Copy to Public Safety
.
Approved by the Mayor.

BARTLEY Ordered, that HPD enforce the “do not block the box” at Gilman and Clark Sts. When resources allow please have an officer enforce this ordinance (preferably on a monthly basis) and then report back to the Public Safety Committee with any findings.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Police Department. Copy to Public Safety.
Approved by the Mayor.

BARTLEY Ordered, that : Holyoke G & E install a street light on pole #295 (Northampton St.) between Myrtle Ave. and Hitchcock St.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Gas and Electric.
Approved by the Mayor.

BARTLEY Ordered, that the DPW consider a 4-way stop sign at Washington Ave. / Charles St. intersection.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

BARTLEY, Leahy Ordered, that : the DPW/Park & Rec. Dept. consider a curb cut on the west side of Veterans Park (across Chestnut St. from Holyoke Catholic Apts.) and install a ramp so that disabled residents can easily access the park. Also, please consider adding a trash receptacle & recycling bin at the west end of the park.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW & Parks and Rec.
Approved by the Mayor.

BRESNAHAN Ordered, that that a representative of the building department come before the city Council to discuss any change in the permit fees for residential and commercial property owners within the city of Holyoke.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee and Building Commissioner.

BRESNAHAN Ordered, that That the City Council review the street vendor application and permitting process.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

BRESNAHAN, Roman Ordered, that the property behind Hunter Tree on Berkshire Street be cleaned and secured as this area has become a highly trafficked drug using area the property is owned by the railroad, “also requested that the Pioneer Valley Railroad Company be given notice as well for any property it may own in this area.”
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW, Police Department, Pioneer Valley Railroad Company.
Approved by the Mayor.

GREANEY JR. Ordered, that the DPW places a stop sign at the intersection of Judith St. and Sheehan Dr. There have been multiple instances of near collisions with cars turning from Judas St. onto Sheehan Dr. without stopping. This is a constituent request.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.
LATE FILED ORDERS & COMMUNICATIONS

ROMAN, Bresnahan Ordered, that That a no parking sign across the street from the drive way of 25 Arthur Street. This is request of the property owner
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.



Adjourn at 10:57 PM.
A true record
ATTEST:


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