Board of Health

Public Health Affects Us All.

The mission of the Holyoke Health Department is to enhance public health and safeguard the environment by assessing community needs and to provide prevention, protection, and educational resources to ensure the highest quality of life within the City of Holyoke.

The goal of this department is to improve the quality of life by encouraging healthy behaviors, promote wellness, educate, monitor, and to protect healthy environments in homes, schools, and workplaces. 

Professional Services

Under State Statute, the Board of Health is responsible for permitting and inspecting businesses that provide services to the public that include:

Food Establishments Permitting and Inspections, and other Food Handling Issues such as:

  • Bakery
  • Bottled Water
  • Catering
  • Food Complaints
  • Frozen Dessert
  • Mobile Food
  • Retail Food
  • Temporary Food
  • Tobacco
  • Tanning Establishments
  • Wells
  • Vacant Property
  • Burial Permits
  • Recreational Camps
  • Manicuring Establishments
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Public Swimming Pools
  • Ice Skating Rinks
  • Body Art Technicians & Establishments
  • Witnessing Title V Inspections
  • Plan Reviews for Septic Systems, Subdivisions, and Well Construction
  • Investigation of Foodborne & Waterborne Illness
  • Housing Inspections for Compliance
Katie Gallagher - Assistant Director

gallagherk@holyoke.org

Sandra Zieminski, RN - Public Health Nurse

zieminskis@holyoke.org

Ernest Mathieu - Chief Sanitarian

mathieue@holyoke.org

John Wierciszewski - Senior Code Enforcement Inspector

wierciszewskij@holyoke.org

Juana Massa - Enforcement Inspector

massaj@holyoke.org

Linda Halama-Goodwin - Board of Health Head Clerk

halamal@holyoke.org

Beatriz Colon - Board of Health Clerk

colonb@holyoke.org

JackelineVillegas - License Board Head Clerk

villegasj@holyoke.org

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The Health Commission oversees and insures the enforcement of all State laws, regulations, and City Ordinances relating to public and environmental health. They also oversee various programs of Community Health and Environmental Services, and Health Education in order to protect  public health and improve the quality of life in the community. 

 

Current Members:

 

Katherine Liptak, RN, MSRN, Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2015

Patricia Mertes APRN, Vice Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2017

Dr. Robert Mausel, Clerk – term expires Feb. 1, 2015

Board members are Mayoral appointed and city council approved.


Current Members:

 

Jose Correa - term expires Jun. 1, 2016

Timothy Grader - term expires Jun. 1, 2018

Eileen Brady Leahy – term expires Jun. 1, 2020

What do I need a permit for? What does it cost? Do I need to apply first?
 

Below we will help to answer your questions. Listed are the permits issued by the City of Holyoke Board of Health. To down;oad the applications, simple click on the link. The list also outlines expiration dates and the annual fees associated with each permit. If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.

NOTE: All temporary applications and fees require that all applications, paperwork and fees must be in the office three business days (72 hours) prior to the event.

No permits will be issued outside of this time limit.

 

PERMITS AND LICENSES
 
EXPIRATION DATE
 
ANNUAL FEE
 
Retail Food Establishment (total square footage includes storage)      
  • (under 2,500 sq. ft.)             
June 30 $150.00
  • (2,500-15,000 sq. ft.)                        
June 30 $200.00
  • (0ver 15,000 sq. ft.)
June 30 $300.00
Food Service Establishment (under 25 seats) June 30 $150.00
(25-100 seats) June 30 $200.00
(101-200 seats)  June 30 $250.00
(Over 200 seats) June 30 $300.00
Mobile Food June 30 $100.00
Residential Kitchens June 30 $50.00
Temporary Food (per event) valid for 14 days $50.00
Catering Establishment June 30 $100.00
Bakery    
  • (Full Bakery-retail)
June 30 $150.00
  • (Limited Bakery-non-retail)
June 30 $50.00
Frozen June 30 $100.00
Carbonated Beverage/Bottled Water    
  • City
June 30 $37.50
  • State
June 30 $37.50
Tobacco June 30 $100.00
Dumpster June 30 $20.00
Burial Permits* as needed $10.00
Funeral Directors* April 30 $50.00
Manicure Dec. 31 $100.00
Tanning Dec. 31 $50.00
Body Art    
Dec. 31 $300.00
Dec. 31 $150.00
Poultry farms/Barns & Stables* Dec. 31 $50.00
Swimming Pools May 31 $100.00
HOTEL    
  • (0-50 rooms)
Dec. 31 $100.00
  • (51-100 rooms)
Dec. 31 $200.00
  • (over 100 rooms)
Dec. 31 $300.00
Recreation Camps Dec. 31 $75.00
Transport/Removal of garbage/offal/sewage/Offensive*    
  • (1-10 vehicles)
Dec. 31 $50.00
  • (11-20 vehicles)
Dec. 31 $20.00
  • (21 and over vehicles)
Dec. 31 $10.00
Septic System Installer/Contractor                  Dec. 31 $100.00
Disposal System Construction 3 years from date of issue  $50.00
Percolation Test (witnessing of test)* as needed $100.00
Private Drinking Well Water* No expiration $100.00
Subdivision Plans* No expiration $100.00
MA Rent Voucher Inspection (MRVP)/per unit 1 yr. from date of issue           $75.00
Inspection and Occupancy Fee/per unit as needed $75.00
     

*Apply at Board of Health

ALL FEES PAID ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
NO PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED IF TAXES ARE OWED

   

Welcome! We do far more than caring for lost and abandoned animals in our community. 
 

It is the goal of Holyoke City’s Animal Control to provide responsive, effective, and courteous animal care and control assistance to residents and animals of Holyoke City through the professional operation of the Animal Shelter and through animal care and control programs. These service include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Licensing Information – Dog licenses are available through the City Clerk’s office
  • Adoption – We are pleased to partner with The TJ O’Connor Animal Shelter, check their site to view current adoptions. Be sure to visit their Facebook page!
  • Redemption – What to do if your animal is impounded.
  • Lost and Found Services – We will help assist you.
  • Providing of Resource Information – A listing of ‘All Things Animals”, can be found here.
  • Public Education – We believe education is key.

 

Please visit our Frequently asked questions page to find information about animal complaints, wildlife, emergency preparedness, and MORE!

 

The Holyoke License Board is the licensing and enforcement agent for liquor, common victualler, entertainment, open air vendors,  motor vehicle repair, and Innholders licenses. It is responsible for the issuing of licenses and enforcing the rules, regulations, local ordinances and state laws pertaining to the above mentioned licenses.

For detailed information about state laws, visit The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. This helpful website allows you to download forms and applications, learn about renewals, and more.

 

Below is a listing of the City of Holyoke’s fees and schedules: 

 

                       

Local Fee

Expiration

Amusement

$75

Dec. 31

Class I

$100

Dec. 31

Class II

$100

Dec. 31

Club All Alcohol

$675

Dec. 31

Common Victualler

$25

Dec. 31

Common Victualler All Alcohol

$675

Dec. 31

Common Victualer Wind/Malt

$675

Dec. 31

Entertainment

$110

Dec. 31

InnHolders All Alcohol

$100

Dec. 31

Motor Vehicle Repair

$100

Dec. 31

Open Air Vendor

$100

Dec. 31

Package Store All Alcohol

$100

Dec. 31

Package Store Beer/Wine

$675

Dec. 31

Restaurant Wine/Malt

$675

Dec. 31

Restaurant All Alcohol

$1,000

Dec. 31

Seasonal All Alcohol                     

$675

Jan. 15

Seasonal Wine/Malt

$475

Jan. 15

Veterans Club All Alcohol

$675

Dec. 31

                       

 

 

ONE DAY              

 

 

All Alcohol/Wine/Malt                  

$30

 

Open Air Vendor

$30

 

Code Inspectors oversee code enforcement activities related to sanitarian, food, environmental, human habitation, air pollution, hazardous waste, etc. They perform inspections and enforce all chapters of the State and Sanitary Code, the State and Environemntal Code, and various other applicable State Regulations, State Statues, and City Ordinances.

 

Our Inspectors:

John Wierciszewski, Senior Code Inspector
Juana Massa, Code Inspector

 

Massachusetts Department of Health Code of Massachusetts regulations (CMR)

105 CMR: Department of Public Health

 

To report a violation please call us at: (413) 322-5955

 

The Board of Health Provides the following inspection services

  • Complaints
  • Inspections Under State Sanitary Codes
  • Lead Determinations/CLPPP
  • Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program MRVP-Owner Request Inspections
    Visit the State of Massachusetts web site for detailed information about this program.

We at the Board of Health know how important it is to stay current with your training, development and certification.
 

This is why we team up with reputable organizations to offer you high quality programming that fits your schedule, budget, and gives you the certification that you need. From workshops to online classes, here is the place to check out the current schedules.
 

Take a look at what we have to offer:
 

ServSafe Program 

Wheelwright Consultants

Rehabilitative Resources, Inc.

Eastern Food Safety

Western Massachusetts Public Health Association

Morrell Associates

 

Food Inspection Training

BCBOHA is sponsoring a full day training on food inspections taught by Nancy Simonds-Ruderman and others. The training will provide an overview of how to perform a risk-based food inspection that follows code requirements and standards set by the provisions of 105 CMR 590.00 and the FDA Food Code. 

 

Nancy Simonds-Ruderman has more than 20 years experience as a food safety consultant, 15 years regulatory experience with various Berkshire County Boards of Health and runs her own food safety consulting business.  She has trained more than 3,000 people in ServSafe in Western Massachusetts.

All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bounti-Fare Restaurant

200 Howland Avenue (Route 8)

Adams, MA

Registration & Light Breakfast 8:30

Class: 9:00 – 4:30

$25 Registration Fee, includes breakfast, lunch, training & materials

 

To register, fill out the attached form and email to diane@bcboha.org, fax to 888-778-9809 or call Diane at (413) 441-9060 to let us know you are coming by March 26, 2014.  You may pay at the door if that is easier, but you must register by March 26.

Attendance may be limited – preference will be given to Berkshire County BOH

 

 

Healthy Holyoke/Mass in Motion

 

 

mass-motion-logo3The Holyoke Mass in Motion program, Healthy Holyoke, funded by a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and administered by MDPH is housed within the Health Department. Designed to combat obesity and associated chronic diseases by promoting healthy eating and active living, Healthy Holyoke is implementing systems and policy change across five program areas: Safe Routes to Schools, Complete Streets, Farmers Markets, School Nutrition and Healthy Markets (Corner Stores.)

 

A major emphasis of the program in Holyoke is to increase access to healthy food options and fresh fruit and vegetables within a clinical setting (Holyoke Health Center), in the schools, at the City’s farmers market, and in corner stores or bodegas.

For more information contact Healthy Holyoke Coordinator Matt Lustig: lustigm@holyoke.org

 

Recent Accomplishments

 

Kelly School Walking School Bus A Great Success!

 With the assistance of the MassDOT Safe Routes to School Program, Holyoke DPW, and Police Department, Kelly School has a new Walking School Bus thanks to the dedicated work of Principal Jackie Glasheen and Project Manager Rebecca Masters.  Each morning Kelly School teachers meet students at the corner of South Bridge and South Hamilton streets and safely escort students to school. Since October 14 students have joined the walking bus. Rebecca reports a marked increase in attendance among the walkers. Many thanks to the Department of Public Works for repairing and installing  sidewalks and crosswalks along the route and for officers from the Holyoke Police Department who have joined the “bus”. Kelly School was awarded $5,000 from the Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council to support the walking school bus. Read about the Kelly School walking school bus in the Holyoke Sun.

 

Playground Grant Awarded to Healthy Holyoke

 Healthy Holyoke, with the support of the School Department, Parks and Recreation and Public Works, has received a $30,000 Let’s Play Playground Joint Use grant from Kaboom! to be used for a new community play structure at the new Kelly School playground.

 

Bicycle/ Pedestrian Committee Created

In November, Holyoke City Council approved the creation of a Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee to advise and provide recommendations to the City Council on bicycle and pedestrian safety issues, promote walking and bicycling use as a means of improving the health of Holyoke residents, and among other duties:

  • Draft a complete streets policy
  • Assist the City in the development of bicycle and pedestrian systems
  • Make recommendations for a City-wide Bicycle Master Plan and physical infrastructure related to walkways, trails and cycling networks, including planning, design standards, operations and maintenance, neighborhood traffic conditions including traffic calming and traffic management, street tree plantings and pedestrian accessibility

Look for the Committee to begin its work in the Spring of 2014

 

Bicycling in Holyoke: A Needs Assessment

In the Fall of 2013, Healthy Holyoke worked with the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) to identify recommendations on expanding bicycling in Holyoke:

  • Establish a Bicycling Advisory Committee
  • Create a Comprehensive Bicycle Plan
  • Study the Feasibility of multi-use path connections to other recreational trails, potentially along the Connecticut River

Read the complete Bicycling in Holyoke report.

 

Downtown Pedestrian Plan

In September 2013, WalkBoston produced a City of Holyoke – Center City Downtown Pedestrian Plan with recommendations for enhancing the downtown streetscape and improving pedestrian safety.

 

 

Department Head

Brian Fitzgerald

Brian Fitzgerald

Director

Office Address

City Hall Annex
Room 306
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Main Office

(413) 322-5595

(413) 322-5596 (fax)

boh@holyoke.org

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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