REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
March 19,2019


The meeting was called to order by President McGee at 07:09 PM.

The Clerk called the roll. Absent members: 2 (McGiverin, Valentin) Present Members 11 (Anderson-Burgos, Bartley, Bresnahan, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, Murphy, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon).

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


LAID ON THE TABLE

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant Applications
  recommend that the City Council adopt the DGR recommendations for FY 2019 Community Development Block Grant and adopt the attached resolution. With the following conditions:

1: Community Policing: minimum number of walking patrols should be 55
2: Paper City Basketball: to develop this organizations Grant management capacity the OCD should be responsible for payment and processing of all invoices as opposed to releasing funds to PCB
3: Police Dept. drop off center: any leases for real property must be reviewed and approved by the City Council
Motion was made and seconded to adopt the committee report and approve the recommendations of the DGR Committee
UNDER DISCUSSION:
Councilor Bartley spoke and gave information on the committee report. It was noted that the DGR Committee had met with Alicia Zoeller and had taken into account recommendations of the Citizens Advisory Committee when making their CDBG recommendations. Councilor Bartley noted that the order was tabled because for the first time the Council was being asked to vote on the CDBG appropriations without any feedback or recommendations from the Mayor. It was noted that the Mayor’s recommendation differed a lot from the recommendations made by the CAC and the Council. It was noted that Councilor Sullivan would no longer serve on the CAC feeling that the Mayor had ignored the work put in by that committee. Councilor Murphy spoke and stated that he feels the Mayor should be allocating funds for demolition of unsafe buildings especially because they pose such a safety risk in the City. Councilor Sullivan spoke and noted some of the camps especially a behavioral health camp for children that was left unfunded by the Mayor’s recommendations. Councilor Sullivan encouraged the Mayor to look at funding these camps and urged Councilors to reach out to the Mayor and urge him to take a deeper look and give more consideration to the City Council and CAC recommendations for CDBG fund allocations.
---> In City Council, on March 19, 2019, the report of committee was received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.
PUBLIC COMMENT
Laura Clampitt spoke and encouraged Councilors to vote in favor of putting forth the ballot question contained in Item 16A fiber optic internet roll out from HG&E to be provided to residents.

Ken Lefebvre also spoke in favor of the City Council approving the non-binding ballot question in Item 16A to gauge public interest in having HG&E have a roll out for providing fiber optic internet to residents in the City of Holyoke


COMMUNICATIONS

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Mary Morris, 15 Oakwood Ave. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Morris will serve a three year term; said term will expire on March 2022.
---> Received and appointment confirmed.

From Brenna Murphy McGee, MMC and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass't. to the City Council minutes of Special Meeting and Regular Meeting of March 5, 2019.
---> Approved.

From John J. Ferriter, Esquire letter re: Notice of Community Outreach Meeting, Holyoke Green Growers LLC - 18-20 Water St.
---> Received.

From Holyoke Taxpayers Association invitation to Annual Meeting.
---> Received.
PETITIONS

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 6-10 as a package
Petition of Frank Ferrini for a renewal of a Second hand license at 375 Whitney Ave.
It was noted that each application was a license renewal. Council President McGee confirmed that each of the applications was up to date on municipal taxes and fees. Motion was made and seconded to approve each of the license renewals
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

Petition of Ivory Billiards, Thomas Lucchessi for a renewal of 19 pool tables and 1 billiard table at 151 Chestnut St.
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

Petition of William F. Sullivan & Co, Inc. for a renewal of a Junk Dealer's License at 107 Appleton St.
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

Petition of William F. Sullivan & Co, Inc. for a renewal of a Junk Dealer's License at 1 Jed Days Landing.
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

Petition of Joseph Harfoush for a renewal of a Livery License vehicle garaged at 395 Maple St.
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

Presidents Report: Councilor McGee spoke and stated that Councilor McGiverin is doing good but that he is just taking it a bit easy right now and would not be attending the meeting tonight. It was also noted that Councilor Valentin had a scheduling conflict and would not be able to attend as well. Councilor McGee spoke and thanked HPD, HFD, and DPW along with all the people and groups that helped to make the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade weekend a safe and successful time for all. Councilor McGee stated that it was a phenomenal weekend for everyone. Councilor McGee gave special thanks to the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Committee.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take a vendor application out of the ordinance committee:
Petition of Charliza Silvestry/ The Grill for a Street vendor license on Hampden and Chestnuts sts.
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon gave information on the application and noted that she felt the application is non-controversial and can be taken up and acted on tonight. Applicant Lisa Sylvestri spoke and gave some information on the food cart noting that she had the necessary paperwork from DPW and BOH. Motion was made and seconded to amend the application to allow the operation of the food cart from March to November of 2019 from Monday to Friday.
---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special Permit Application for a the use of a temporary storage unit at 50 Holyoke St. in the White Lot for United Tractor Trailer School
have considered the same and Recommend that Special Permit be approved under the following conditions:

1. That the storage structure be properly maintained
2. That the storage structure be be aesthetically pleasing in nature .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon gave information noting that the application was for the use of a temporary storage facility on the White lot of the Holyoke Mall. It was noted that United Tractor Trailer driving school is operating on the premises of the Holyoke Mall and that this would allow for storage of necessary equipment and allow for a warm up space during winter months. It was noted that the City Assessor gave communication noting that there would be no effect on tax valuation of the property at the mall. Councilors Vacon, Bartley and Murphy spoke in favor of approving the application noting that the service provided is a positive on for the City and that it helps to train people to get into truck driving careers.
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 11A, 11B, 11C, and 11D as a package
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 136 Beech St. for Mary Ellen Krajewski
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
It was noted that each of the handicap applications had been properly vetted by the Commission on Disabilities and that each had been recommended for approval by the COD.
---> 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 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (McGiverin, Tallman, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 15 School St. for Audrina Sullivan
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted.

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
---> 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 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (McGiverin, Tallman, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 149 Essex St. for Carlos Espada
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
---> 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 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (McGiverin, Tallman, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 156 Linden St. Apt. 2R for Alba C. Torres
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
---> 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 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (McGiverin, Tallman, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take item 11I
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 156 Linden St. Apt 1L for Ivette Avellanet
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be denied .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
It was noted that the Commission on Disabilities had vetted the handicap application and recommended that the application be denied.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That an official petition and notification process be implemented regarding “resident parking only” requests, such as the petition and notification process in place for speed humps via ordinance at this time. Proposed wording: “That no “resident parking only” be established, except upon petition to the City Council signed by at least two-thirds of the property owners or two-thirds of the registered voters within the impacted segment of a proposed “resident parking only” street.” 
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted.

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon spoke and gave some details of the discussion that took place in the Ordinance Committee. It was noted that there has been some confusion surrounding resident only parking and that there have also been some administrative burdens in implementing resident only parking. Councilor Vacon stated that the Ord. Committee discussed ways of improving the process and ensuring that there is a very strong public opinion in favor of resident only parking before it can go forward.
---> 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 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

Councilor Lisi spoke and stated that she felt that Item 11H should be taken up as well:
Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take up 11H out of order
The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the “resident parking only” ordinance for Pine St. voted on recently be reconsidered and signs be taken down by DPW at this time. Several neighbors state that they were not notified of this change and are not in agreement with the rigidity of the ordinance as it is currently implemented. There is no official notification process at this time for “resident parking only” requests. 
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be approved.

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
Councilor Vacon spoke on the discussion that took place in the Ord. Committee. It was noted that the order calls for removal of the resident only parking that had been previously implemented on the road. Councilor Bartley stated that there was one resident on the street that wanted the signs. It was noted that the proponent of the signs went through the proper venue and that an order was filed and acted upon to implement resident only parking. Councilor Bartley stated that he feels that the one sign should be left for the resident who was a proponent of the resident only parking. It was noted that the perception of the committee was that residents didn’t seem to mind the removal of the signs except the one parking space for the resident that wanted it. Councilor Lisi stated that she did not feel that there should be an exception made and a cut out made for one resident and not others. Motion made and seconded to amend Item 11H to allow one sign from east corner of Appleton and Pine St. heading south 100 ft. to Essex St. to have resident only parking. Amendment failed for lack of a majority.
---> 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 8--Nays 3 (Bartley, Bresnahan, Vacon)--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that The City Council and Mayor amend the city ordinances to create a commission whose purpose is to consider all aspects of the Whiting Street Reservoir.  The commission should be comprised of Holyoke residents only.  The charge of the commission should include reviewing costs to maintain the Reservoir and repurposing it for future use as well as ensuring that reasonable environmental considerations are maintained.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Terence Murphy
Under discussion:
Councilor Bartley and Councilor Sullivan spoke and noted that this was tried in the past in a different Mayoral administration. It was noted that the board would have the charge to see what can be done with the Whiting Reservoir that takes into account the environmental sensitivity of the area. It was noted that the hope would be to get some good creative ideas in utilizing the Whiting Reservoir for potential passive recreation or economic development.
---> 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 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that either the public safety committee or the development and government relations committee meet with representatives from Womanshelter/Companeras, Western Mass Elder Services, the police department, the district attorney’s office, the mayor’s office, the school department and staff from the offices Representative Vega and Senator Humason to discuss the issue of domestic violence with the following goals:
1. Seek some money related to domestic violence from the money the governor has added to combat continued violence in order to provide more direct one on one support services and guidance to victims.
2. Seek ways to expand the number of confidential beds available to abuse victims.  Currently, the demand unfortunately exceeds the supply of shelter.  Seek legislator’s assistance to secure more funding from Dept of Public Health.
3. Working with the police department and the district attorney’s office, seek ways to reduce the potential for continued repeat offenders.
4. Develop and promote mentoring opportunities for teenagers especially to reduce the potential of teen dating violence.
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
Under discussion:
Councilor Bresnahan spoke and stated that he Executive Director from the Women’s Shelter and Western Mass Elder Care along with HPD representatives and Dr. Zrike were present for the discussion in the Public Safety meeting. Councilor Bresnahan gave some stats and numbers for domestic violence and noted that the discussion was productive in looking for more funding especially from the state in supporting domestic violence victims and mitigating the negative effect it has in the City of Holyoke. Councilor Bresnahan commended the collaboration between the various departments in the City in looking to help and support domestic violence victims. Councilor Murphy thanked everyone who came to the meeting for the work they do and for their contribution to the discussion that took place in Committee. Councilor Murphy gave overview of discussions that he had with State Rep. Vega in order to look into gaining more funding for abuse victims from the state level.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Director of the Parks and Recreation and representatives from the police department meet with the public safety committee to discuss past safety issues at the South Chestnut Street park, and to plan for a safer program for both neighborhood youngsters and parks department employees.  Also to be discussed, have there safety concerns at other playgrounds or parks.
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
Under discussion:
It was noted that Parks and Rec. Director Terry Shepherd and DPW Director Mike McManus were present at the meeting for discussion on the state of the parks and fostering safe recreational activities at these locations. It was noted that HPD also had a representative and noted that the parks are patrolled by HPD regularly. It was also noted that one of the major concerns is that they are often used by opioid users at night time and that hypodermic needles are left behind on the premises. Councilor Murphy spoke on the need to have safe parks where children can safely take part in recreational activities.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the DPW Superintendent and City Engineer look at making the top of Hitchcock St (where it merges with Westfield Rd.) safer.  This would include possibly limiting parking on the south side of Hitchcock St. and eliminating or moving the PVTA bus stop as well as trimming or ordering the removal the hedges at 97 Hitchcock St to allow for better visibility.
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
Under discussion:
Councilor Bartley spoke and gave overview of the efforts made by the DPW in regard to the order. It was noted that improvements have been made and that it is something he will continue to monitor.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the public safety committee meet with representatives from the police department, the district attorney’s office, the law department, and the building commissioner, to determine if buildings owned by certain landlords have a history of greater tendency of criminal drug activity than others.  If that is the case, to discuss what legal means are available to hold that landlord fully accountable, and improve the quality of life for all of its residents.
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
Under discussion:
Councilor Bresnahan and Councilor Murphy spoke on the order and noted that there needs to be a plan to deal with land lords that are harboring criminals within their buildings. It was noted that the Planning Dept. had done a targeted study and brought up some potential solutions and enforcement options available to the City. It was noted that some residents are intimidated and are afraid to leave their apartments buildings and live in a constant state of fear at these locations. Councilors discussed potential receivership options that the City could take. It was noted that it is very important that landlords be held to account if they are being negligible or are actively and knowingly harboring drug dealers and criminals.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the superintendent of the department of public works, the city engineer, and someone from the police department meet with the pubic safety committee of the city council to discuss the continuing problem of excessive speeding on Main Street from Springdale Park to the traffic light going on Route 5.  One of the goals would be to set up speed humps if possible on the street before the Dean crosswalk on both sides of the street.  Another would be to have more frequent radar enforcement at random times.  In addition, please consider posting electronic signage letting drivers know their speed as compared with the limit. 
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
Under discussion:
Councilor Bresnahan spoke and gave information on the order. It was noted that Main St. has a major problem with speeding and that motorist typically go well beyond the speed limit especially by Dean Tech. Councilor Bresnahan gave some of the potential solutions that were given by HPD and DPW that could hopefully deter speeding on Main St. It was noted that rumple strips is and flashing signs could both be potential additions that could hopefully curb speeding.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.


Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 23-29 out of order and as a package
SULLIVAN Ordered, that That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the Community Preservation Act Committee and award a grant in the amount of $75,000 for the restoration of stained glass windows in the Holyoke City Hall. (Historic Commission, DPW & Friends of Holyoke City Hall)
It was noted that each of the orders were recommendations by the Community Preservation Act Committee as far as awards under the CPA statute. Councilor Sullivan gave overview of each of the awards noting that there were awards recommended for improvements at the Boys and Girls Club, City Hall Stained Glass Windows, City Hall Annex, façade improvements for historic buildings on Chestnut St., and restoration of historic headstones at Smith’s Ferry cemetery. Councilors discussed the benefits of each project award but stated that in the future they would like to have more time to be able to review the recommendations of the CPAC. It was noted that the projects included in this initial package were not controversial so it would be in order to act upon them tonight. Councilors stated that they would hope for some time to be able to hear from project proponents and CPAC members at future meetings before they are approved
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

SULLIVAN Ordered, that That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $359,689 to the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club.  Replacement of outdoor basketball courts, bleachers,  construction of shade pavilions, playground improvement, splash pad, and green space all located between Newton & Nick Cosmos Way
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

SULLIVAN Ordered, that That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $177.900 for the acquisition of Gloutak Woods Conservation Land consisting of 52.5 acres of undeveloped land.  (Holyoke Conservation Commission, Kestral   Land Trust)
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

SULLIVAN Ordered, that  That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $500 for the restoration of the City Hall Annex Lanterns.  (Historic Commission, DPW)
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

SULLIVAN Ordered, that That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of  $5,300 for the restoration of grave stones at the Smith's Ferry Cemetery.  (Parks & Rec, Historic Commission)
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

SULLIVAN Ordered, that That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $50,000 for pointing and facade work at 348 Chestnut St. (Voces de esperanza).
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

SULLIVAN Ordered, that That the Honorable City Council approve the recommendation of the CPAC and award a grant in the amount of $50,000 for window and facade work at 337 Chestnut St. (Voces de Esperanza).
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 11--Nays 0--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.
The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred a Resident’s petition in support of a non-binding ballot question as to whether HG&E should offer fiber optic internet for purchase by residents. Petition also implores HG&E to conduct a feasibility study for a gradual roll out.
have considered the same and Recommend that the non-binding ballot question be approved .

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Under discussion:
Councilor Murphy spoke and gave information on the petition and the public discussion that took place in the Charter and Rule Committee. Councilor Leahy spoke and stated that he would like to see these kinds of questions be added when residents take the initiative to collect signatures and generate enough public interest to get these kinds of questions on the ballot. Councilor Leahy stated that doing it this way would sufficiently show that members of the public are in support of an initiative. Councilor Bartley stated that HG&E Director Lavelle stated that he is opposed to going forward with this. Councilor Bartley also stated that he has no idea what the ballot language would be for the question.
---> Report of Committee was laid on the table. Copy to Legal.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order The City Council create a Home Rule Petition that limits the Executive branch/Mayor to asking only one government body (such as City Council or Holyoke Redevelopment or HEDIC or Holyoke Housing Authority) to purchase, declare surplus or take via eminent domain any real property.  The home rule petition would mandate the Mayor/Executive branch gets only one bite at the apple:  once a vote is made then that shall remain in effect for two years. The purpose is to effectuate the governing body’s vote and the intent of the City Charter, City ordinance and MA general laws, that the City Council maintain a decision-making role in all matters concerning real property affecting the City of Holyoke.  This order comes because of a recent $30,000 purchase of 515-519 Dwight St. (directly across the street from City Hall) by the Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) recorded 11/30/17 (See attached property deed).  Earlier that year, the City Council, at a vote of committee on June 5, 2017, and a vote of the full Council on June 6, 2017, by an 8-3 margin, denied taking 515-19 Dwight St. via eminent domain.  However, the Mayor and director of OPED persuaded the HHA to procure the site for $30,000 from the property owner via a straight purchase and sale agreement.  The deed to HHA from the site owner was recorded 11/30/17 at Book 21967, Page 228, in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.  Thereafter, the City of Holyoke, via CDBG funds, not approved by Holyoke City Council but given approval by HUD, reimbursed HHA via a check dated 1/29/18.  Lastly, I note for the City Council record that the HHA has four members appointed by the Mayor and one by the Governor.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Under discussion:
Councilor Murphy gave overview of the order noting that there have been situations in dealing with property where the Mayor has several outlets to create an action with property that allows the executive branch to go around the vote and authority of the City Council. Councilor Bartley gave examples of how this is done and stated that he does not feel it is a good or productive practice within the City. Motion was made and seconded to amend the committee report to adopt the order: Councilor Bartley noted that actions that are voted against by the Council can then go to boards that are heavily appointed by the Mayor as a way of going around the will of the City Council
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 8--Nays 3 (Anderson-Burgos, Leahy, Lisi)--Absent 2 (McGiverin, Valentin).
Not signed by the Mayor.

The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order 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.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw .

Committee Members:
Terence Murphy
Todd McGee
Linda L. Vacon
Councilor Murphy spoke and noted that there were members of the School Committee present to speak against the order. It was noted that the maker of the order is no longer a City Councilor and there did not seem to be any immediate benefit in adopting the order.
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
ORDERS AND TRANSFERS

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the necessary rules and take items 18 and 20 as a package
MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWELVE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY SEVEN AND 82/100 Dollars ($12,537.82) as follows:

FROM:
12201-51105 FIREFIGHTERS $12,537.82
TOTAL: $12,537.82
TO:
12201-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $12,537.82
TOTAL: $12,537.82

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Bartley, McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, THREE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED NINE AND 86/100 Dollars ($3,409.86) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 PATROLMEN $3,409.86
TOTAL: $3,409.86
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $3,409.86
TOTAL: $3,409.86

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Bartley, McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2019, TWENTY TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED THIRTY AND 5/100 Dollars ($22,930.05) as follows:

FROM:
12401-51106 PAY- WIRE INSPECTOR $22,930.05
TOTAL: $22,930.05
TO:
12402-53050 INSPECTIONS - ELECTRICAL $22,930.05
TOTAL: $22,930.05

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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 FOUR HUNDRED NINE AND 86/100 Dollars ($3,409.86) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51107 PATROLMEN $3,409.86
TOTAL: $3,409.86
TO:
12101-51180 INJURED ON DUTY $3,409.86
TOTAL: $3,409.86

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Alex B Morse, Mayor
---> Passed two readings and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 10--Nays 0--Absent 3 (Bartley, McGiverin, Valentin).
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGIVERIN Ordered, that The City Council Finance Committee meet with the Police Department to discuss leasing police cruisers.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

MURPHY Ordered, that Ordered that the mayor provide the funding needed for the upgrade of the electrical systems at Wistariahurst.  The current system prevents the Museum from doing some business, but also poses a threat to personnel safety, and increases the threat of loss by fire. 
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to Mayor Morse.



SULLIVAN Ordered, that a representative from the Holyoke School Department be invited to discuss the cost of lighting & Janitorial services charged for the use of facilities for the Youth Athletic Program.
---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee.

TALLMAN, Anderson-Burgos Ordered, that no parking be allowed at 1470 Dwight St. in Front of Gates., Also that hash mark (striped lines) be painted in front of Gates on street.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

VALENTIN Ordered, that That the City Council, in Chapter 42, Article I, Section 18, modify the plan review fee on the last line of the chart to state that "the 5c per square foot is to be charged only on the portion of the premises where the work is being carried out"
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

ANDERSON-BURGOS Ordered, that Order that “no turn on red” signs be placed on Hillside Avenue on both sides of the intersection approaching Cherry St. Accidents and near accidents are a concern for motorists.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

ANDERSON-BURGOS Ordered, that Order that “no parking here to corner” signs be placed 20 feet on each side of Isabella Street leading to Forer Avenue as well on Forer Avenue leading to Isabella Street. Area residents have observed that cars parked on the narrow corner makes it a driving hazard, and potentially dangerous if large emergency vehicles attempt to navigate the corner.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

ANDERSON-BURGOS Ordered, that Request a pedestrian safety study be done at the intersection of Northampton Street and Dwight Street. Pedestrians have expressed concerns that vehicles making a right on red from Northampton Street onto Dwight Street are failing to be cautious of pedestrians crossing Northampton Street, resulting in near hits.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

BARTLEY Ordered, that Ordered, that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws and the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances, vote to approve the Order of Taking for certain temporary easement takings and thus acquire by right of eminent domain, in consideration for just compensation unless previously waived, parcels identified as Temporary Easements (TE) 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 on the plan titled “Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division Transportation Improvement Project Improvements at Kelly Community School (SRTS)” in the City of Holyoke, Hampden County, Project No. 608790 for the public purpose of the completion of the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) project located on Appleton, Main and Crescent Streets. The nature of this taking requires a public hearing before the City Council pursuant to Section 78-83 of the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances. Please find the legal form of the Order of Taking, inclusive of property descriptions and plans, attached.
All temporary easements are offered as donations through Certificates of Donation.
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that An order for DPW to remove  handicapped parking at 14 Center Street with approval of Disability commission. According to resident person is deceased and is no longer needed.

the following from Section 86-321 Schedule I: Parking
14 Center St. East A point 174 feet north of Lyman St. A point 9 feet farther north Diagonal Handicap parking
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that a limited no parking sign be placed in front of 17 Beacon Ave (no parking from 7am to 8am and 3pm to 4pm) only during the week and not weekends.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that the City Council invite in Scott Macpherson to discuss updates for the media equipment in the chambers.
---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee.
LATE FILED ORDERS & COMMUNICATIONS

MCGEE, McGiverin Ordered, that That State Senator Humason and State Rep. Vega file legislation and/or request the City of Holyoke an exemption to the MSBA formula for funding the two new middle school in order to achieve the full 80% reimbursed for build out.
---> Received and adopted.
Approved by the Mayor.

MURPHY Ordered, that That a handicap sign be placed in front of 16 Cabot St. for William Vazquez.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.



Adjourn at 09:58 PM.
A true record
ATTEST:


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