REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
May 1,2018


The meeting was called to order by President McGee at 07:15 PM.

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

The name of Councilor Anderson-Burgos was drawn to head the roll call voting.


LAID ON THE TABLE

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Item 18A out of order
The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Council review of Mayoral appointee Hector Carrasquillo as Personnel Administrator for the City of Holyoke
have considered the same and Recommend that the appointee be confirmed .
Under Discussion:
Public Service Committee member Leahy gave information on Mr. Hector Carrasquillo including his resume and qualifications for the job of Personnel Director. Mr. Leahy stated that the feeling of the Committee is that his resume and qualifications are very good and that the Finance Committee unanimously recommended that he should be confirmed. Councilor Leahy stated that he would like to see Mr. Carrasquillo implement exit interviews in the City as a way of getting better feedback from former employees. Councilor McGiverin also spoke in favor of confirming Mr. Carrasquillo and complimented him on his qualifications for the position. Item 18A confirmed by voice vote.


Committee Members:
James M. Leahy
Rebecca Lisi
Joseph M. McGiverin
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez

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

From Irma Cruz, Assistant City Clerk minutes of Special meeting of March 20, and April 3, 2018 and minutes of regular City Council meeting of April 3, 2018.
---> Received.

ROMAN Ordered, that Ordered, that That the Mayor, Chief of Staff, Representatives from UFCW1459, VanPool and the Chief Financial Officer of the School Department attend the Development and Government Relations Committee to discuss a resolution filed to deny the current approved contract.
---> Received and laid on the table.

ROMAN Ordered, that Ordered, that That the School Department provided any and all reports from transportation consultants showing district savings on school department budget.
---> Received and laid on the table.

ROMAN Ordered, that Ordered, that The City Council of the City of Holyoke implores the Mayor of the City, Alex B. Morse, to deny and not sign the current proposed new three year contract for transportation of special needs students.   The proposed contract process, and costs savings proposed in the opinion of the Council does not fully take into account the human cost of proposed cost saving measures, and the outside costs to the City once over 130+ individuals lose their current job security. Also, it does not take into account the uncertainty of impact on the current special needs students and their families.   As such the Council at this time is unable to support the proposed contract.   
Furthermore be it resolved that the Council as a body reaffirms and clarifies to the public that the Council has no jurisdiction over said contract and or contract decisions. Said contract lies solely with the Mayor (Head of the School Committee) and the Superintendent (State of Massachusetts appointed receiver of the Holyoke Public Schools).  
---> Received and laid on the table.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Eric Tapp spoke on parking decks and suggested that someone speak to the Mayor about parking deck and the need for charging fees for parking as a potential source of income for fixes and for the City in general.

Helene Florio spoke and thanked Co. Bartley and DGR Committee and all other Councilors who attended the DGR Committee for a very thoughtful discussion on the property at Lynch school. Mrs. Florio stated that she is in favor of the Colvest project proposal and stated that it would be very good for Holyoke.

Anne Thalheimer spoke in support of Item 42: Anne Thalheimer stated that she feels that the City is a safe and accepting community and stated that she doesn’t know why the order has not been taken out of committee yet. Ms. Thalheimer stated that she wants a community and City Council that proclaims they are against hate and affirms it in meaningful words.

Deb. Aloisi spoke and thanked Gladys Lebron-Martinez for her help in cleaning up Chestnut Park and also thanked Jossie Valentin for helping to host Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz to the City of Holyoke. Deborah Aloisi spoke on further cleanup efforts that are needed in the City and hoped some initiatives could be started in order to make the clean-up efforts happen.

Wendy Urbin spoke on residential parking on Pine St. Mrs. Urbin stated that she is asking that the order regarding Pine St. not be withdrawn and that it be revisited in committee. Mrs. Urbin stated that she was hoping that some alternative solutions could be looked into regarding the order.

Susan Miller spoke and also expressed the same thoughts as Wendy Urbin noting that parking is a major problem on Pine St. and that she would like the Ord. Committee to take another look at permitted parking in the area or look into other solutions.


COMMUNICATIONS

From Irma Cruz Assistant City Clerk minutes of April 17, 2018.
---> Received.

From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re: Funds Deficit.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re: Grants.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re: Monthly Budget Reports.
---> Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Police Chief James M. Neiswanger letter informing his intentions to retire on July 20, 2018.
---> Received.
PETITIONS

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take items 10-14 as a package.
Under Discussion:
It was noted that each order represented a renewal. Councilor McGee confirmed that each applicant was up to date on municipal fees and taxes. Items 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 approved 12-0 (Roman absent)

Petition of William F. Sullivan Co, Inc. for a renewal of a Junk Dealer's license at 1 Jed Days Landing.
---> Received and adopted. Renewal granted.

Petition of William F. Sullivan Co, Inc. for a renewal of a Junk Dealer's License at 107 Appleton St.
---> Received and adopted. Renewal granted.

Petition of a renewal for a second hand license for Brad Matthew Jewelers at 2225 Northampton St.
---> Received and adopted. Renewal granted.

Petition of Zuleika Rivera for a renewal of a second hand license at 68 Cherry St.
---> Received and adopted. Renewal Granted.

Petition of Michael Mastroianni for a renewal of a Home occupation for computer consulting at 12 Winterberry Circle.
---> Received and adopted.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

City Council President Todd McGee mentioned that former Councilor Diosdado Lopez brought in t-shirts for the Puerto Rican parade in New York and stated that he is taking orders from Councilors and residents who would like to get a shirt for the event. Councilor McGee stated that last Sunday Elaine Pluta was recognized at the Canal Walk for all of her efforts, not just to implement and establish the canal walk but also for her contributions to the City in general. Councilor Valentin spoke on having the Mayor of San Juan into the City and noted that all expenses were covered by Mt. Holyoke College. Councilor Valentin gave full overview of events at Gateway City Arts as well as Girls Inc. in the City. Councilor Valentin noted that there was also a great event at Mt. Holyoke College and at City Hall where a key to the City was presented to the San Juan Mayor. Councilor Leahy congratulated Councilor Jossie Valentin on being awarded Democrat of the year in the City of Holyoke. Councilor Sullivan spoke on the public workshop that took place at the Senior Center for the Community Preservation Committee. Councilor Sullivan gave status update of the CPC including some upcoming dates to keep in mind. Councilor Lisi also gave update on the Roll and Stroll event that would be happening in the City. It was noted that Council President McGee and Vacon would be meeting with the Mayor to discuss the salary study that is currently in the Ord. Committee


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Item 42 out of order.
VALENTIN Ordered, that The City Council adopt a resolution affirming the City of Holyoke's commitment to being a safe and accepting community. That a copy of this resolution be provided to Senator Humason, State Representative Vega, and Governor Baker. Proposed resolution wording is included within. 

RESOLUTION DECLARING HOLYOKE’S COMMITMENT TO
BEING A SAFE AND ACCEPTING COMMUNITY
 
WHEREAS,      the Holyoke City Council has asserted that the City of Holyoke does not tolerate hate crimes and other expressions of hate, such as in its April 2016 Resolution “Affirming the City of Holyoke’s Commitment to Civil Rights and Ensuring Equity for All People in Holyoke and Beyond”; this April 2016 Resolution included language such as: “Basic concepts of human and civil rights dictate that discrimination based on gender identity and/or sexual orientation is inherently wrong; and "The City of Holyoke acknowledges, respects, and values the diversity of its community”; and
WHEREAS,      the Holyoke City Council believes in the rights of all people to lead lives of peace and dignity free from fear, harassment, and violence; and 
WHEREAS,      the Holyoke City Council is adamantly committed to protecting this community’s public servants and residents from racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, anti-immigrant, and anti-refugee sentiments and acts and all other targeting of residents based on their identities or perceived identities; and
WHEREAS,      the Holyoke City Council stands in strong opposition to the authoritarianism, policies, and rhetoric that engender hatred; and
WHEREAS,     the City of Holyoke supports respect for civil and human rights and recognizes that pursuant to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948, Article 3, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” and Article 5, “No one shall be subjected to…degrading treatment;”
 
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of Holyoke, Massachusetts redoubles its commitment to the values of freedom, justice, and equality that bind us as a community, and to protecting those whose security and well-being may be threatened in the current political and social climate.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we stand in solidarity with, and advocate for the civil liberties and human rights of, every resident of Holyoke regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual and gender identity, national origin, or citizenship and immigration status.  
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we recommit to working towards a community, country, and world that are non-discriminatory, welcoming, just, inclusive, and pluralistic.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we vehemently condemn acts of vandalism, harassment, and violence that express hatred towards members of our community and beyond;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Holyoke is a hate-free zone in which hate crimes and discriminatory actions will not be tolerated.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon all members of our community to engage in positive community-building and take the necessary and courageous steps to prevent and respond to discrimination and hatred whenever and wherever they see it.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we are committed to holding our state and federal leaders accountable to the values and commitments expressed in this resolution.
 
Filed:   November 30, 2016
 
Offered by Councilor Jossie Valentin
Under discussion:
Motion made and seconded to receive and adopt: Councilor Valentin stated that she filed the order in November in 2016. It was noted that she filed the order after getting feedback from residents throughout the City. Councilor Valentin stated that the last time the order was supposed to come before the Council there was a lack of needed signatures and has been sitting in DGR Committee ever since. Councilor Valentin stated that she is asking that this order be adopted now on the floor and stated that she feels the resolution is a very important message to send to the City.

Councilor Anderson-Burgos spoke on the order stated that in his personal experience he has been attacked with racial slurs and homophobic slurs. Councilor Anderson-Burgos stated that he feels the message is simple and it should not be left in limbo. Councilor Anderson-Burgos encouraged the Council to vote in favor of the resolution.

Councilor Lisi spoke in support of the resolution noting that though the resolution is symbolic in nature it provides a positive message that should move forward. Councilor Lisi cited the hateful graffiti that took place on Mt. Tom as just one example why the resolution would be important to put out.

Councilor Sullivan spoke and mentioned a previous resolution that was passed and stated that the previous resolution covered everything that the present resolution does. Councilor Sullivan stated that it seems superfluous to have yet another resolution that states the same things. Councilor Sullivan stated that he does not see why the Council needs to react to people who put hateful graffiti on Mt. Tom or elsewhere and stated that all it does is give the vandals attention. Councilor Leahy spoke and stated that he feels HPD or public servants should be mentioned in the language because he feels that HPD gets hated on more than any other group in the City. Councilor Leahy stated that something in the language should address cyber bullying and hate that is spread through computers and forums like Hello Holyoke and masslive.

Motion made and seconded to amend the resolution to add public servants to the lists in the resolution: Motion passed by show of hands.

Councilor Lisi stated that she stated that the 7 identities listed on the resolution are identities and not career paths that one chooses. Councilor Lisi stated that she feels that there is difference between people being born into a certain identity and other things.

Councilor Valentin stated that the groups that are mentioned are what is considered protected groups and stated that a career choice is not a protected group.

Councilor Bartley spoke and stated that he wants to be on record as wanting the City to be a safe and accepting community. Councilor Bartley stated that he hopes to have these debates in committee because there are a multitude of opinions on what should constitute a protected group. Councilor Bartley stated that he feels the resolution is being brought up for political reasons by the Councilor whom filed it. Mr. Bartley further stated when the resolution was in committee he wanted to be able to amend the resolution to make it more inclusive but was not allowed to. Councilor Bartley stated that the maker of the order has not communicated with him to ask him to take up the order in the time it was in the DGR Committee. Councilor Bartley stated that he feels the resolution should go to another Committee besides DGR where the Council can go ahead and make amendments and have debate. Councilor Bartley stated that the City is a kind and accepting community and stated that he is open to ideas as to which Committee the order can go to for further debate.

Councilor Bresnahan spoke on persecution of Christians and noted that there is persecutions of Christians in the world. Councilor Bresnahan stated that when there are specific groups of people singled out like this in the language there are some people left out. Councilor Bresnahan named other groups such as handicapped and elderly groups that are not mentioned in the language.

Councilor Anderson-Burgos and stated that his sexuality is not a lifestyle and that it is an identity and that it is very difficult growing up being a homosexual and stated that if this can help protect someone who is going through bullying or exclusion that it is well worth it.

Councilor McGiverin spoke on the amendment and stated that public servants should be added to the language noting that they are also subject to hate crimes. Councilor McGiverin stated that immigrants should be added and noted the struggles that Irish immigrants faced on their arrival to the Country.

Councilor Lisi stated that the language in the resolution that does have a blanket statement that covers “any other individuals that might be targeted.”

Councilor Leahy stated that a carpet blanket statement is somewhat insulting to his father who was an Irish immigrant. Councilor Leahy stated that age discrimination is not included in the resolution and stated that it should be. Councilor Leahy stated that he feels that there are a lot of things missing in this resolution.

Councilor Bresnahan stated that this resolution is not celebrating diversity and the resolution is not inclusive.

Motion made and seconded to refer the order to Public Safety Committee

Councilor McGee spoke on the order and stated that there is language in the order that ensures all people are covered. Councilor McGee stated that he feels that the Council can get caught up on every minute detail in the language but stated that he feels the resolution is fairly inclusive document and that the message is a good one.

Motion to refer to Public Safety committee failed by voice vote.

Councilor Lebron-Martinez spoke on a constituent going through problems with bullying because of the persons sexuality and asked that a vote be taken today and not put off.

Motion was made and seconded adopt the resolution as amended to include public servants: Motion passed by voice vote. Councilors called for a roll call on the order: Roll call vote taken on the resolution: Resolution adopted 8-4 Nays: (Bartley, Sullivan, Vacon, Bresnahan dissenting) (Roman absent) ---> Received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 8--Nays 4 (Bartley, Bresnahan, Sullivan, Vacon)--Absent 1 (Roman). Referred to the Finance Committee.
Approved by the Mayor.


The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that 15 minute only parking spot is established in front of 733 High Street, Holyoke, MA. This will help improve the flow of traffic and safety at the established business on site.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .
Under Discussion:
Councilor Bartley noted that he chaired the meeting because Councilor Vacon was on vacation for the meeting date. Councilor Bartley stated that DPW Director put together a very thorough report and that the info given had unanimous support: Item 15A adopted 12-0 (Roman absent)

Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Roman).
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order City Council Street Vendor License application for Manuel Contin operate a mobile food truck at 219 Elm St.
have considered the same and Recommend that the application be approved .
Under Discussion:
Councilor Bartley gave overview of the application noting that the applicant would like to sell Latin food from a food truck. It was noted that March 1 to November 30th were the timing conditions put on the application. Item 15B adopted 12-0 (Roman absent)


Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.
Approved by the Mayor.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Resident Only parking be established on Ivy Avenue in Holyoke. Constituent Request.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw .
Under Discussion:
Councilor Bartley gave overview of discussion that took place in Ordinance Committee as well as feedback from the DPW Director. It was noted that due to the businesses on the corner the parking restrictions would be overly prohibitive especially with three handicap parking spaces on the street. Committee recommendation was adopted 12-0 (Roman absent) Item given LTW


Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted to give it leave to withdraw.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the DPW Superintendent review the possibility of "Resident Parking Only" on Pine St., between Appleton and Essex. Request from residents.
have considered the same and recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw.
Under Discussion:
Councilor Bartley spoke and commended the two speakers for making their voices heard at public comment and for attending the meetings. Councilor Bartley stated that he would like to refer the item back to committee for further discussion and to look at alternative solutions. Item 15D referred back to Ord. Committee.


Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a resident parking only signs be place in front of 340 Hampden Street other clients utilizing certain establishments leaving those who reside in this address without parking during the evening hours. Many are working individuals who ended up riding around in order to find parking places.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw .
Under Discussion:
Referred back to Ordinance Committee to allow Gladys Lebron-Martinez to be able to attend the meeting and speak on the order. Item 15E referred back to Ordinance


Committee Members:
Linda L. Vacon
David K. Bartley
Rebecca Lisi
Juan . Anderson-Burgos
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Council review of Mayoral appointee Ms. Cappie Glica to the Council on Aging Commission for the City of Holyoke
have considered the same and Recommend that the appointee be confirmed .
Under Discussion:
Councilor Leahy gave information on resume and qualifications of Cappie Glica. Councilor Leahy commended the Mayor’s appointment and Mrs. Glica for her willingness to serve on the board. Councilors Leahy and McGiverin both stated that Mrs. Glica is abundantly qualified for the position. Appointment confirmed by voice vote.


Committee Members:
James M. Leahy
Rebecca Lisi
Joseph M. McGiverin
Jossie M Valentin
Gladys Lebron-Martinez
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted. Appointment Confirmed.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from the Colvest Group, Ltd. to purchase a parcel of land and building located at 1575 Northampton Street for $250,000.00.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .
Under Discussion:
Councilor Bartley gave info on order thanked all Councilors that were present for the DGR meeting. Councilor Bartley gave information on the RFP and the review committee that looked at various bids that came in for Lynch School. It was noted a bank and a series of smaller tenants was the proposal for the property and the Colvest development. It was noted that the larger building could not be used as a pharmacy as stipulated in the sales agreement. Councilors spoke in favor of the proposal and noted the need to get the property onto the tax rolls with a thriving business. Motion was made and seconded to approve the order: Item 19A approved 12-0 (Roman absent)


Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and Adopted on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays --Yeas 12--Nays 0--Absent 1 (Roman).
Approved by the Mayor.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Items 19B, 19F and 19G as a package.
The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Communication from Mayor Alex Morse dated 2/2/2018 RE: Proposal for the former Lynch School Property
have considered the same and Recommend that the communication has been received .
Under Discussion:
It was noted that each item represented a communication that was presented to the Council: all items received by voice vote.


Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take items 19C & 19D as a package.
The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council receive communication from City’s Legal Dept. RE: Holyoke’s receivership program.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .
Under Discussion:
Councilor Bartley gave overview of presentation that took place and update that was given to the DGR Committee. Nyles Courschesne and Toby Wilson were both thanked for their work on the program. Councilors spoke on the importance of the receivership program and thanked the Law Dept. for the necessary update. Item 19c and 19D complied with by voice vote.


Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order The Law Dept. issue an update on the city's Receivership program by the end of March 2018 and forward same to DGR committee for a hearing (ie some time in April). The Law Dept. should plan to provide regular updates every 6 months. (For example, DGR would take this up each April and October and report back to the full CC). This is a great program and the public should be aware of the progress.
have considered the same and Recommend that the order has been complied with .
Under Discussion:
Councilor Bartley spoke on the order and noted that further updates were from Marcos Marrero and OPED in order to keep the Council apprised of the status of PILOT and TIF agreements. Committee report adopted by voice vote: Item 19E Complied with:

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred February 27, 2018 Communication from the Law Dept. RE: Councilor Vacon’s request for legal opinion on whether a permit for a project can be extended beyond the initial approval by a board, if the law has changed the approval process at the time of the request for an extension
have considered the same and Recommend that the communication has been received .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Communication from Lori Belanger and Purchasing Dept. dated 2/23/18 RE: Recommendation of Colvest proposal for development at 1575 Northampton St. (former Lynch School)
have considered the same and Recommend that the communication has been received .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Communication from OPED Director Marcos Marrero dated 4/11/18 RE: Information on the sale process of 1575 Northampton St. (former Lynch School)
have considered the same and Recommend that the communication has been received .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that OPED meet with the Council to discuss (A) Compliance of various PILOT Recipients and (B) Status of Hart Wool/Winn Dev. Projects.
have considered the same and Order amended to state " that OPED meet with the Council to discuss , Compliance of various PILOT Recipients and, Status of Hart Wool/Winn Dev. Project s as well as information on any PILOTS and TIFs etc. so often as new information becomes available. Recommend that the order be complied with as amended .

Committee Members:
David K. Bartley
Michael J. Sullivan
Jossie M Valentin
Peter R. Tallman
Nelson R. Roman
---> Report of Committee received and recommendation adopted.

ORDERS AND TRANSFERS

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Items 22 & 24 as a package.
BARTLEY Ordered, that Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare the property known as the Springdale Turn Hall on Vernon Street as surplus property available for disposition. The property consists of two parcels and is identified as follows:
2 Vernon Street, Assessors Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 100, consisting of an approximate 6,300 square foot building situated on 12,062 square feet of land and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 591, Page 570. On September 11, 2015 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20868, Page 273.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $86,000.
and
Vernon Street, Assessors Map 082, Block 00, Parcel 099, consisting of an approximate 5,000 square foot building situated on 12,500 square feet of land and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 638, Page 43. On November 29, 2011 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 19018, Page 127.  The property is zoned as Downtown Residential (DR) and has an assessed value of $75,300.
    (parcel map, assessor cards and tax taking worksheets attached)
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

BARTLEY Ordered, that The city council receive an update from the Mayor on the status of repairs to the Proulx and Taupier parking garages as well as the public parking meters. 
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the Ordinance Committee. Copy to Mayor, DPW.

BARTLEY Ordered, that Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. ch. 30B and the Holyoke Code of Ordinances procurement ordinance, the City Council declare the parcel at 277 Main Street as surplus property available for disposition. Said parcel is identified by the Holyoke Board of Assessors’ records as Map 030, Block 08, Parcel 002, consisting of a vacant lot approximately 2,745 square feet in size and is more particularly described at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 7342, Page 131. On March 31, 2015 the property was awarded to the City via Land Court Decree with a Judgment recorded in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 20645, Page 494.  The property is zoned as BH – Highway Business and has an assessed value of $16,500.
(parcel map, assessor card and tax taking worksheet attached)
---> Received and referred to the Development and Governmental Relations Committee.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Items 25 & 26 as a package.
LEAHY, McGee Ordered, that the Department of Public Works replaces the guard rail on Cleveland Street and City Forestry remove all dead trees off guard rail.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEAHY, McGee Ordered, that the Department of Public Works repaves Lenox Road
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEAHY, Bartley Ordered, that the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, the Board of Public Works, and the Mayor's Office communicate with the MDOT and Hampden Sherriff's Office to advise when clean up will begin and be completed on the on ramps, off ramps and medians of Route 91 and 391 areas of Holyoke. Please respond to the City Council within 10 business days.
---> Received and adopted. Referred to the DPW, BPW, Mayors Office, MDOT and Hampden Sherriffs Office.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEAHY, Anderson-Burgos, Bartley, Bresnahan, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, McGiverin, Roman, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon, Valentin Ordered, that the City Council gives Chief James Neiswanger a proclamation on the announcement of his retirement from the City of Holyoke. Chief Neiswanger has served, with honor, as Holyoke’s police chief for the last 7 years.
---> Received and adopted.
Approved by the Mayor.

LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that That DPW Repair pot hole in  cross guard in front of Kelly School On Mosher Street, and Mosher & Bower Street and North Bridge & Mosher.
---> Given leave to withdraw by maker.

LEBRON-MARTINEZ Ordered, that That a handicap sign be placed in front of 16 East Court for Hector Reyes.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee. Copy to Commission on Disabilities.

MCGEE Ordered, that the ordinance committee invite in Paul Donahue, project manager for Suez to discuss the Holyoke operations, give updates, offer planning suggestions for the CSO.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Items 32, 33, 34 & 35 as a package.
MCGEE Ordered, that the forestry depart and/or (DPW) either remove the tree in front of 11 Princeton Street or remove roots that are damaging the sidewalk which is a safety hazard.
---> Received and adopted. Copy to DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that DPW and Suez repair the burm and sewer on 141 near Woodmar Glenn.
---> Received and adopted. Copy to DPW.
Approved by the Mayor.

MCGEE Ordered, that DPW and Park and Rec report back to Public Safety on the status of the review of all the parks in the city. 
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

MCGEE Ordered, that DPW and Alarm Division report back to Public Safety with an update on the traffic lights throughout the city.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee.

Motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules and take Items 36, 37, 38, 39 & 40 as a package.
MCGIVERIN Ordered, that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2018, Nineteen thousand six hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($19,600) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51109 PAY-Reserve Officer $19,600
TOTAL: $19,600
TO:
12102-53190 Education and Training $12,600
12102-55860 Personnel Equipment 7,000
TOTAL: $19,600

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, May 1, 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 2018, Thirty-three thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($33,000) as follows:

FROM:
12101-51109 PAY-Reserve Officer $20,000
12101-51323 Snow Tow 13,000
TOTAL: $33,000
TO:
12102-52410 Moter Vehicle Repairs $20,000
12102-54830 Motor Vehicle Supplies 13,000
TOTAL: $33,000

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, May 1, 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 2018, Ten Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($10,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** Free Cash $10,000
TOTAL: $10,000
TO:
12202-52410 R&M - Motor Vehicles $10,000
TOTAL: $10,000

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, May 1, 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 2018, Seventy-five thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($75,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** Free Cash $75,000
TOTAL: $75,000
TO:
11512-53010 Special Counsel $75,000
TOTAL: $75,000

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, May 1, 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 2018, Seventy-nine thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($79,000) as follows:

FROM:
*****-***** Free Cash $79,000
TOTAL: $79,000
TO:
11552-53100 Software License $44,000
11552-53180 System Hardware 35,000
TOTAL: $79,000

To the City Council:
I hereby recommend the passage of the above order at the meeting of your Council to be held Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

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

VALENTIN Ordered, that a handicap sign be placed in front of 32 Clinton Ave. for Edward Welch.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee. Copy to Commission on Disabilities.


LATE FILED ORDERS & COMMUNICATIONS

LEAHY Ordered, 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.
---> Received and referred to the Public Safety Committee. Copy to Mayor and Law Department.

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Israel Rivera, 1295 Dwight St. Apt 2R, to serve as a commissioner of the Parks & Recreation for the City of Holyoke: Mr. Rivera will replace Mr. Terence (Terry) Murphy and will serve a 3 year term; said term will expire June 30, 2021.
---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee.

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Ms. Danielle E. Brown, 3 Magnolia Ave. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Brown will replace Mr. Patrick Leahy and will serve a two year term; said term will expire in February 2020.
---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee.

From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Ms. Liana Pasialis, 1081 Hampden St. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Pasialis will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2021.
---> Received and referred to the Public Service Committee.

LISI Ordered, that the City of Holyoke accept G.L. c. 64N Sec 3 to impose an excise on the retail sales of marijuana for adult use at the rate of 3%.
---> Received and referred to the Ordinance Committee.

LISI Ordered, that the City Council approve a proclamation to Olivia Mausel for her decades of service at the City Council meeting of May 15, 2018.
---> Received and adopted.
Approved by the Mayor.



Adjourn at 09:20 PM.
A true record
ATTEST:


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