REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
September 5,2018


The meeting was called to order by President McGee at 07:10 PM.

The Clerk called the roll. Absent members: 1 (Valentin) Present Members 12 (Anderson-Burgos, Bartley, Bresnahan, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, McGiverin, Roman, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon).

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

Councilor McGee stated that Councilor Valentin would be unable to attend the meeting and noted that she had let him know this in advance.

Moment of silence was held by the Council for several Holyoke residents that had passed away while the Council was on break. These residents included Carla Pueschel, Tom Hogan, Frances Lavelle, former Holyoke Alderman Daniel Knapp and Councilor Leahy’s Uncle John McGinty
PUBLIC HEARING

Petition for Verizon job #1A2U9DB, Walnut St.
Motion was made and seconded to open the public hearing.
Councilor Bartley spoke and addressed the memorandum on the construction of the juvenile court on Walnut St. Councilor Bartley stated that he would support this despite Verizon flouting MA state law in regards to double poles. Councilor Bartley stated that Verizon has to get into compliance and remove double poles but stated that the project is too important to be held up because of these violations. Councilor Bartley noted that he would like to see Verizon remove the double poles and get into compliance with State law. Councilor Leahy expressed concerns about lack of information on the public hearing noting that he had questions about the assessed value of the location and how money would be dispersed. Councilors expressed concern about the double poles and Verizon not removing them. Representative from Verizon Mr. Paul Reisenger addressed the Council and provided information on the project to the Council
---> Petition for Verizon Job was adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 8--Nays 3 (Leahy, Roman, Sullivan)--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Valentin).
Motion was made to close the public hearing.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 10 out of order:
From Albert E. Bessette, Jr., Esq. letter re: Petition for Verizon Job #1A2U9DB, Walnut Street.
---> Received.
LAID ON THE TABLE

From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC minutes of regular meeting of June 19, and special meeting of June 28, 2018.
---> Received and approved.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application of Mr. Fara Bahrehmand to renew a license to operate taxi cab number 65, 09, 27, 29, and 58 upon any public way in the City of Holyoke Recommend that the applications be approved
---> Laid on the table.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 41 out of order
MCGEE Ordered, that Proclamation of September as Attendance Awareness Month

Whereas good attendance is essential to student achievement and graduation, and we are committed to dedicating our resources and attention to reducing chronic absenteeism rates, with a focus starting as early as pre kindergarten and kindergarten,

WHEREAS chronic absence – missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason including excused and unexcused absences, or just two of three days a month – is a proven predictor of academic trouble and dropout rates,

WHEREAS chronic absence is now a required reporting metric under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and incorporated into the new Massachusetts district and school accountability system,

WHEREAS improving attendance and reducing chronic absence takes commitment, collaboration and tailored approaches to particular challenges and strengths in each community,

WHEREAS chronic absence predicts lower third-grade reading proficiency, course failure and eventual dropout, it weakens our communities and our local economy,

WHEREAS the impact of chronic absence hits students in low-income communities and children of color particularly hard if they don’t have the resources to make up for lost time in the classroom and are more likely to face systemic barriers to getting to school – such as unreliable transportation, lack of access to health care, unstable or unaffordable housing,

WHEREAS, attendance gaps among groups of students often turn into achievement gaps that undermine student success. Chronic absence particularly exacerbates the achievement gap that separates students in low-income communities from their peers, since students from low-income communities are both more likely to be chronically absent and more likely to be affected academically by missing school.

WHEREAS, absenteeism also undermines efforts to improve struggling schools, since it’s hard to measure improvement in classroom instruction if students are not in class to benefit from them,

WHEREAS schools and community partners can reach out more frequently to absent students to determine what barriers they face to attending school and what would help them attend more regularly,
WHEREAS health care providers can share the importance of school attendance with families and can offer proactive, preventive care to reduce absences,
WHEREAS schools and districts must do more to track, calculate and share the data on how many students are chronically absent so that we can see the attendance gaps and can deliver the right interventions to the right students,

WHEREAS all students – even those who show up regularly – are affected by chronic absence because teachers must spend time reviewing for students who missed lessons,

WHEREAS chronic absence can be significantly reduced when schools, families and communities work together to monitor and promote good attendance and address hurdles that keep children from getting to school,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of Holyoke, Massachusetts hereby proclaims our city will stand with the nation in recognizing September as “Attendance Awareness Month.” We hereby commit to focusing on reducing chronic absenteeism to give all children an equitable opportunity to learn, grow an
Under discussion: Councilor McGee gave abbreviated reading of the resolution. Michael Moriarty addressed the Council and noted that the resolution was reinforce and raise awareness for attendance for students in the City schools. Mr. Moriarty spoke and noted studies that show an equivalence to lack of literacy and absenteeism in schools.

---> In City Council, on September 5, 2018, the proclamation was received and adopted.


Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 56, 57, Late File E & 16I out of order:
MCGIVERIN Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT PROGRAM - VEHICLE ACQUISITION" 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 Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
Under discussion:
It was noted that each order pertained to $975,000 grant for the City of Holyoke to purchase ladder trucks for the Fire Department. Rules were suspended to allow Chief Pond to address the Council and give information on each of the orders. Chief Pond spoke and gave all the numbers and information involved in the grant. It was noted that a match was required from the City for the grant. It was noted that the City match required was approximately $88,000 and that this money would come out of the bond package previously adopted by the Council. Councilor McGiverin gave status update of the ladder trucks that need to be replaced and the need for the City to fund these apparatuses. Councilor McGiverin spoke and stated that the Auditor addressed with the finance committee the fact that the City continues to add to the bonding which means that more money is added to what the City owes and needs to pay back for the bonding. Councilor McGiverin stated that the Finance Committee recommends that of the three options, Late File A be adopted. Councilor McGee provided info that differentiated the four potential financial orders and the potential of purchasing an additional quint truck and the fact that if the quint truck is purchased now there would be a savings. Councilors discussed the pros and cons of each financial transfer.
---> In City Council, on September 5, 2018, the report of committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that Ordered that the sum of $2,600,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks and one (1) Quint Truck for the City of Holyoke Fire Department, 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 Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> In City Council, on September 5, 2018, the report of committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 9--Nays 3 (Bartley, Bresnahan, Vacon)--Absent 1 (Valentin).

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that Ordered that the sum of $1,625,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks for the City of Holyoke Fire Department, 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 Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> In City Council, on September 5, 2018, the report of committee received and Denied on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11 (Anderson-Burgos, Bartley, Bresnahan, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, McGiverin, Roman, Sullivan, Tallman)--Nays 1--Absent 1 (Valentin).

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $2,500,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of purchase of two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks for the City of Holyoke Fire Department, 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.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be denied.

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted (the motion to deny) on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 1 (Vacon)--Absent 1 (Valentin).

PUBLIC COMMENT
Samantha Singh spoke about community effort to get together and stop sex trafficking and other signs in her neighborhood and in the City. It was noted that a petition was started by Councilor Lebron-Martinez and that mostly all of the residents signed the petition to end crime and litter in the area. It was noted that there would be a community meeting on September 13th between residents and businesses about quality of life issues for the neighborhood of Churchill and Prospect Heights.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 39 out of order
LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that Per residents request that Holyoke City Departments responsible for the quality of life issue of  home owners and renters who are residing within Chestnut (around Holyoke Public library), Elm,  Appleton and  Cabot (near Lawrence School)  address the blighted building/homes issue, the Opioids epidemic, Sex trafficking and homelessness within this particular corridor for the betterment and  quality of life for the residents and their families residing in this area.   ( Please attach a petition from residents)  
Under discussion:
Councilor Lebron-Martinez spoke on the need for this meeting and engaging with City officials and residents to work on these serious issues in the area. Councilor Lebron-Martinez also addressed the fact that people are camping in alley ways and in blighted buildings and stated that there needs to be a resolution and fix for these residents.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to Board of Health, Mayor, Police, Fire, G & E, Suez, DPW.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 14 out of order:
Petition of Diego Munoz-Torres for a new second hand license at 247 Main St.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 16A &16C out of order
The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Holyoke Deputy Chief’s Association
have considered the same and Recommend that the CBA be received .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
---> Received.

Councilor McGiverin stated that 16A is a collective bargaining contract and noted that Item 16C is the financial transfer that would ratify the contract. Councilor McGiverin stated that all Councilor shad received the contract previous to the Finance meeting and Full Council meeting. Councilor McGiverin gave information on aspects of the contract and noted that representatives of the union were present for the meetings. It was noted that percentage increases were the highlights and Co. McGiverin gave information on the salary increases. It was noted that the Finance Committee voted to recommend the contract be ratified and the financial transfer be approved.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Eleven thousand one hundred fifteen and 47/100 Dollars ($11,115.47) as follows:
FROM:
12201-51105      Firefighters                   $11,115.47
                        TOTAL: $11,115.47
TO:
12201-51102      Deputy Chiefs               $11,115.47
                        TOTAL: $11,115.47
(Recommended by the Mayor)

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

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
---> In City Council, on September 5, 2018, the report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).


COMMUNICATIONS

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: Veto of Salary Ordinances.
Under discussion:
Motion made and seconded to receive the communication and override the Mayor’s veto. Councilor Vacon stated that it seems very petty for the Mayor to veto this potential raise for 11 employees and stated that she sees the Mayor’s veto as petty and politically vindictive especially as the Mayor is lobbying for a raise for himself. Councilor Lisi stated that she had voted in favor of the order now being vetoed but stated that she wanted to call attention to the 3% raise as being unfair and inadequate. Councilors spoke in favor of the override vote noting that these 11 people do deserve a raise despite the fact that it may not go far enough. It was noted in this situation something is better than nothing for these individuals. Rules were suspended to allow the Law Dept. to address the Council. Legal Dept. noted that passing the order allows for these 11 individuals to have a potential for a pay increase but does not straight away give a raise.

---> Motion was made and seconded to override the Mayor's Veto.
Veto override adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Mr. Morriss M. Partee, 127 Saint Kolbe Dr. to serve as an associate member of the Board of Appeals for the City of Holyoke; Mr. Partee will serve a two year term; said term will expire on July 1, 2020.
---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee.

From Alex B. Morse letter re: MSBA Board Vote.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Paul Payer, City Solicitor letter re: host community agreement charitable donations"
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

From Irma Cruz, Assistant City Clerk, minutes of August 7, 2018.
---> Received and adopted.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 9 & 33 as a package
From Board of Fire Commission, minutes of July 18, 2018.
Councilor Bartley spoke on licenses needing to come before the City Council and noted that municode needs to be updated to reflect the ordinance that was previously passed. Councilor Bartley noted that he had filed an order to ensure that the ordinance language is passed again and that it is included in municode.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

BARTLEY Ordered, that that the City Council approve a set of license agreements between Action Ambulance and the City of Holyoke for use of garaging facilities at Holyoke Fire Department Stations 1, 3 and 5 and the former station at 490 South Street.  Draft language for Action Ambulance is attached hereto and will be distributed to all city councilors.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

From Teresa M. Shepard, Director, Parks & Recreation letter re: acquisition and the installation of a Medal of Honor Memorial for Veterans Park. The Memorial honors:
CM John MacKenzie, US Navy - WWI
Sgt. Joseph E. Mueller, US Army - WWII
Lt. Raymond O. Beaudoin, US Army - WWII
---> Received.

From Teresa Shepard, Director, Parks & Recreation re: reports detailing the expenditures from Jan. 1, 2018, August 28, 2018 from the Parks Department 3 Revolving accounts.
0200-General Revolving Account
0350-Roberts sports complex Account
0260-Community field revolving account.
---> Received.

From Campers of the Cuyo Social Justice program, petitioning that the City of Holyoke examine its recognition of the 2nd Monday in October as Columbus Day and replace it with "Indigenous Peoples Day".
---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee.

PETITIONS

Presidents Report: Councilor McGee stated that the Holyoke Merry go Round would celebrate its 25th Anniversary from the National Carousel Association on September 15th at 8:30am. Councilor Leahy spoke on tennis court repairs at Jones Point. It was noted that September 18th would be Holyoke Day at the Big E. Councilor Roman spoke and stated that Nueva Esperanza would be hosting free community events and gave the dates that events would take place. Councilor Roman also gave date of “Taste of South Holyoke” noting that the festival is September 27th. It was noted that the next City Council meeting would be held on Wed. September 19th so that Councilors can attend Holyoke Day at the Big E.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $420,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the design and construction of traffic signals at Westfield Road and Apremont Highway, 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.
(Recommended by the Mayor)
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
Under discussion:
Councilor McGiverin spoke on $420,000 bond to be used on traffic safety infrastructure on the intersection at the Apremont Highway. It was noted that the intersection would be a stand-alone and that the improvements would make a big difference on the safety and efficiency of the intersection. Councilor Vacon thanked everyone for their efforts and vote in favor of the order.

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (Anderson-Burgos, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.


The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order   that The Mayor and others knowledgeable please provide a detailed explanation as to how a city employee personally paid for IT services prior to the close of FY18. 
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
Under discussion:
Councilor McGiverin spoke and gave info on the order and noted that a City employee out of the Mayor’s Office paid a bill to keep the City website running. It was noted that there was some urgency in getting the bill paid because it was possible that the City website would be shut down in the middle of budget hearings and during the budget vote. Councilor Bartley spoke and stated that he appreciates Finance Chair McGiverin taking up the order but stated that he would like to get paperwork info that he requested pertaining to the transaction and the order.

---> Report of Committee received and laid on the table.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items
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 “2019 911 Support” 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 by the Mayor)
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
Councilor McGiverin gave information noting that one grant is for 911 dispatch support and one grant is for 911 dispatch training. Councilor McGiverin gave the dollar amounts noting that some of the money goes to salaries including overtime. Councilor McGiverin noted that 16 hours of training is required on an annual basis and that the training grant would cover this necessary training.

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

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 “2019 911 Training” 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 by the Mayor)
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

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 “MEMA Homeland Security” 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 by the Mayor)
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
Councilor McGiverin gave info on the grant noting that the dollar amount is $5,000 and that it compliments a lot of things the City does pertaining to national security and allows the City to position itself to work in collaboration with other law enforcement and national security apparatus in case of a natural disaster or emergency. It was noted that the majority of the money would be going to training for auxiliary police.

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $1,400,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of the replacement of traffic signals at the following locations

Northampton St. and Hampden St.
Northampton St. and Sargeant St.
Northampton St. and Dwight St.
Linden and Suffolk St.
Linen and Beech St.
Linden and Hampden St.
Pleasant St. and Hampden St.
Pleasant St. and Lincoln St.
Pleasant St. and Dwight St., and Appleton St.
Cabot St. and South Canal St.
Homestead Ave. and Cherry St.
(Recommended by the Mayor)

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

Committee Members:
Joseph M. McGiverin
James M. Leahy
Peter R. Tallman
Michael J. Sullivan
Todd McGee
Councilor McGiverin spoke on the bond and noted that the intersections listed are in desperate need of maintenance and repair if not outright replacement. It was noted that DPW Director McManus and Joe O’Connor gave the reasons why these intersections are listed as the top priority intersections. It was noted that a match for the money would be necessary. Councilor McGiverin stated that this is a bond that the Finance Committee felt is absolutely necessary based on the dire need for getting these intersections fixed in order to improve public safety.

---> Report of Committee passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that The City of Holyoke talks with the National Law Firm of Scott & Scott in regards to joining on the Class Action Lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recoup costs associated with the opioid crisis. The City of Holyoke has had seven overdoses in 2015 and 11 in 2016
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be complied with.

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Public Safety Chair Dan Bresnahan spoke and stated that the Public Safety Committee received communication from the Law Dept. noting that the City of Holyoke has signed on to the class action law suit. It was noted that the City would not need to put up any money in order to join the suit.

---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 17B-17N as a package
The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order   That the DPW repair and completely replace the entire stretch of Main Street from Ingleside and Main through the West Springfield Town Line.  Temporary patches continue to reopen and are a cause of major pot hole related car damages, etc.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Committee Chair Bresnahan gave overview of each of order and noted that for each information was provided by the requisite department heads and that the information provided either by communication or presented in person was deemed sufficient to call each order complied with. Councilor Bresnahan noted that DPW and Joe O’Connor attended Public Safety meeting and gave info on malfunctioning lights and efforts being undertaken to get them fixed. It was also noted that DPW wrote up a presentation and status report on all the City parks. It was noted that this presentation is available to all Councilors.

---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that DPW and Alarm Division report back to Public Safety with an update on the traffic lights throughout the city.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 DPW and Marcos Marrero come before the public safety committee to address the permitting and safety matters associated with the art in the park located on the corner of Lincoln and Northampton Street.
 
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 DPW and Park and Rec report back to Public Safety on the status of the review of all the parks in the city.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 HPD enforce traffic ordinances in the Fenton St area. Speeding is the major concern of neighborhood residents. Report back to public safety committee.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 the Auditor and Treasurer confirm that the $5,000 budgeted for the stage and sound for the Hispanic Family Festival has been allocated to the Festival.  Response to be provided to City Council ASAP
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 the Park and Rec Department and Commissioners provide the City Council with an update on the permitting status to the Hispanic Family Festival.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 the City Council consider the acceptance of all private ways in the City of Holyoke as public ways.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 the DPW Superintendent give an update regarding the proposed crosswalk on Hampden St., across from Stop & Shop. The City Council voted to approve this order last year.
 
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 the DPW & Park and Rec provide an update on the tennis courts, Mackenzie field house, and pool projects (timelines for completing, status, etc) which the city has bonded for and received grants on.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 the fire department through its alarm division give the Honorable Holyoke City Council a report on which fire alarm boxes are working and which ones are not. For those that aren’t functioning please let us know what the plan is, either fixing or removing.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 the Holyoke Police Department provide the accident records for the past 5 years for the corner of Hampden and Northampton St.s and that they be evaluated with the City Engineer to see if traffic changes are needed in the area
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
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 the Law Department provide a dollar amount of small claims settlements against the City of Holyoke due to Pot Holes on Main Street from Ingleside and Main through the West Springfield Town Line.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Daniel B. Bresnahan
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

ORDERS AND TRANSFERS

VACON Ordered, that the sunken manhole covers on Homestead Ave between Kane and Seidel Farm be repaired/raised.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

VACON Ordered, that That speed humps be installed on Lower Westfield Rd, Richard Eger Dr, Whitney Ave and Lynn Ann Dr. (Petition attached)
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee. Copy to DPW.

VACON Ordered, that change yield sign from Westfield Rd to Homestead to a stop sign.  Sight limitations are creating a safety hazard.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

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

VACON Ordered, that That signs that are out of compliance due to size/location (on city property corners) buildings, or yards, be removed.  Request that the  Building Dpt. and DPW ensure compliance/removal as needed.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Law Department. Copy to Building Department and DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

VALENTIN Ordered, that Amend Chapter 86 to move the handicap parking space currently located on Oak Street to a location approximately 20 feet further south of Dwight Street. Said space will be located in front of 121 Oak St.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

BARTLEY Ordered, that HPD set up traffic enforcement on Laurel St near the Willow St. "Y" to monitor speeding and revving engines. HPD set up speed and traffic enforcement as well as enforce the 'no parking' ordinance in the South St. area near Elmwood Towers. Please send reports to Public Safety for a hearing.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to Holyoke Police Department.

Motion was made and seconded to take items 29 & 32 as a package
BARTLEY Ordered, that The City of Holyoke consider for passage the following ordinance:  no person shall erect or maintain upon its property a fence, tree, shrub, bush or other vegetation which interferes unreasonably with the view of motorists and any order from the city of Holyoke Engineer for the partial or total removal of such fence, tree, shrub, bush or other vegetation shall be complied with forthwith.  Refer to ordinance.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

BARTLEY Ordered, that Ordered that the council adopt an ordinance requiring city council approval of any license agreement for the use of city owned real property where the term of such agreement exceeds thirty (30) days.  The Council enacted such an ordinance on February 2, 2016, however, the provision inserted as Section 2-349(c)(1) does not appear currently appear in the print or online Municode.  It appears the provision was not included in the legal form rewriting “Division 3. Purchasing Department” and adopted by the City Council on September 21, 2016.  The legal form may have been based on a version of Division 3 in effect prior to the enactment of Section 2-349(c)(1).
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

BARTLEY Ordered, that With speeding being a common concern citywide, the city council recommends to the Mayor that an appropriation request to procure 10 temporary speed humps by made to City Council and that, if purchased, the DPW/City Engineer rotate them throughout Holyoke as needed.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Mayor and DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

BARTLEY, Anderson-Burgos, Bresnahan, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, McGiverin, Roman, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon, Valentin Ordered, that In honor of its back-to-back New England College Baseball League championships, the City Council honors Holyoke's own Valley Blue Sox with a proclamation.
---> Received and adopted.

BRESNAHAN Ordered, that the DPW clean vegetation around Lynch School
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEAHY, Sullivan Ordered, that the Building Commissioner along with the Board of Health Commissioner come in front of the Public Safety subcommittee to discuss the City Hall Annex.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to Board of Health and Building Commissioner.

LEAHY Ordered, that the Parks and Recreation Department clean the bleachers at Gilligan Field.  There is 
Broken beer bottles, broken glass, and trash everywhere.  The parents of our Holyoke athletes have spent countless hours raising funds and support from local businesses. They need support for what the school budget does not fund. 
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to Parks and Rec and DPW.

LEAHY Ordered, that The parents of our Holyoke athletes have spent countless hours raising funds and support from local businesses. They need support for what the school budget does not fund. 
---> Combined with previous order

LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that residents who reside at 179 High Street be given permanent resident parking. See letter forward by one residents and others in same address in agreement. 
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that That a no parking signs be place on both side of Pequot Street at Kelly School entrance per principal request.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that the City Council invite in Pam Peebles of the TJO Animal control.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that the City Council invite in Mr. Barry Feingold, the new President of the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 44, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53 & 55 as a package
MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand fifty and 00/100 Dollars ($1,050) as follows:
FROM:
12401-51105 Plumbing and Gas Inspector $1,050
TOTAL: $1,050
TO:
12401-51101 Building Commissioner $1,050
TOTAL: $1,050

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that the amount of One hundred sixty and 00/100 Dollars ($160.00) be authorized from the Personnel Department's Advertising (11522-53430) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.
To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Three thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($3,000) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51105 Pay-Plumbing Inspector $3,000
TOTAL: $3,000
TO:
12402-53040 Plumbing Inspections $3,000
TOTAL: $3,000

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that the amount of Eighty three and 33/100 Dollars ($83.33) be authorized from the Personnel Department's Medical Claims - Police and Fire (19412-57640) appropriation in fiscal year 2019 for services rendered in fiscal year 2018 which were unencumbered at the 2018 fiscal year end.
To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "2018 Connecticut River CSO Mitigation " 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 Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "Recycling Dividends Program" 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 Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the "FY2017 Byrne Justice 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 Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Four thousand two hundred eighty-eight and 00/100 Dollars ($4,288) as follows:
FROM:
15411-51105 Social Worker $4,288
TOTAL: $4,288
TO:
15411-51102 Nutrition Director $1,288
15411-51104 Utility Person 759
15411-51202 Health Services Provider 1,177
15411-51203 Driver 1,064
TOTAL: $4,288

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 46, 49, 50 & 54 as a package
MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, Sixteen thousand three hundred eighty-nine and 04/100 Dollars ($16,389.04) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 Sergeants $3,075.74
12101-51107 Patrolmen 13,313.30
TOTAL: $16,389.04
TO:
12101-51108 Injured on Duty $16,389.04
TOTAL: $16,389.04

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Alex B Morse, Mayor

Councilor McGiverin spoke on each order noting that each financial transfer was to pay injured on duty. It was noted that these come in this way as an accounting tool and to have more transparency with these payments and how they reach council.

---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand nine hundred sixty-nine and 00/100 Dollars ($1,969) as follows:
FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969
TO:
12201-51180 Injured on Duty $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, SIxteen thousand three hundred eighty-nine and 04/100 Dollars ($16,389.04) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51105 Sergeants $3,075.74
12101-51107 Patrolmen 13,313.30
TOTAL: $16,389.04
TO:
12101-51181 Injured on Duty $16,389.04
TOTAL: $16,389.04

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin). Copy to 12.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, One thousand nine hundred sixty-nine and 00/100 Dollars ($1,969) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 Firefighters $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969
TO:
12201-5118 Injured on Duty $1,969
TOTAL: $1,969

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

ROMAN Ordered, that a handicap sign be placed in front of 294 Elm St. for Waleska M. Morin.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

ROMAN Ordered, that the Board of Health inspect blighted rear of property at 318 Elm Street.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Board of Health.
Approved by the Mayor.

ROMAN Ordered, that the City amend its Charter to replace the Mayor as the Chair of the School Committee, and make the Mayor and Ex-Officio member. Allowing the School Committee to Elect it’s own Chair.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules Committee.

ROMAN Ordered, that the City Council pass a resolution in solidarity and support of the nurses and staff at Providence Hospital who are facing cuts.  Recommended to go to DGR that the staff, administration and individuals affected be invited in to discuss these devastating cuts.   ---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

ROMAN Ordered, that the City of Holyoke adopt term limits for all elected positions to no more 4 terms for all elected positions.
---> Received and referred to the Charter and Rules Committee.

LATE FILED ORDERS & COMMUNICATIONS

Petition of RISE Holdings, Inc. for a special permit for a Registered Marijuana Dispensary located at 130 Race St.
Councilor McGiverin expressed that the late file should be referred to committee and not tabled. Councilor McGiverin stated that the business is investing millions of dollars in the City and should be afforded the courtesy of being sent to committee.
---> Send to next agenda

LEAHY, Anderson-Burgos Ordered, that the city removes the tree in front of 18 Columbus Ave immediately. It’s dead and branches are falling off daily.
---> Received and adopted.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEAHY Ordered, that the trees and bushes that are growing over the guardrails on Rt 141 but cut back immediately.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the MassHighway.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEAHY, Anderson-Burgos Ordered, that That Mr. Douglas Wlkinson has lived on Belvidere Ave. with his bride Ptricia for the last 52 years. Mr. Wilkinson, now who is 83 years old, has had major medical setbacks. Their neighbors have 9 cars and park them consistently infront of their home. Mr. Wilkinson's Handicap Placard is P92030348, Exp. 8/30/20. We file this order to have handicap spot placed in front of 48 Belvidere Ave.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

From Bellamy Schmidt, Acting Auditor, Communication regarding Debt Limit
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that That a special meeting be called for Sept 19, 2016 at 6:30pm for executive session to discuss legal cases.
---> Received and adopted.



Adjourn at 09:52 PM.
A true record
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