Charter and Rules Meeting 2/22/18 Text Size

Event takes place on February 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Committee on

Charter & Rules


At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Thursday February 22, 2018 at 6:30PM


Per order of the Chair: Nelson Rafael Roman




Item 1:   McGee 5/20/12   Ordered that the newly formed charter group look into the pros and cons of combining the personnel department with the school department, HG&E, and other personnel offices in the city into one centralized human resource division.  


Item 2:  Roman 09/20/17  Ordered that the City Council Charter & Rules Committee explore the Committees of the Holyoke City Council in comparison to the other municipalities with similar size councils to see if there is any opportunity for streamlining and or expansion of the current council committees.




Item 3: Approval of previous meeting minutes (12/4/2017)


Item 4:  Public hearing:  Roman 1/16/18  Ordered that a non binding ballot question be placed on the next election ballot.  


Ballot Question:  Should 16 & 17 year old vote in municipal elections?


Shall the City of Holyoke implement and allow residents of the ages 16 and 17 the right to vote in municipal elections?


Item 4:  Public hearing:  Roman 1/16/18  Ordered that the City Council Review and Hold a Public Hearing on the Rules of the City Council and make any recommendations for changes to the Rules Document of the City Council.


Item 5: McGee 11/21/17  Ordered that the City Solicitor come before the council to give an update on open meeting law changes (i.e. emails, reply all to emails, etc.)


Item 6:  Roman 1/16/18  Ordered that the City of Holyoke amend its rules to add public comment as part of all committee meetings, and allow members of the public the opportunity to speak at all committee meetings.  


Item 7:  Roman 1/16/18  Ordered that the City of Holyoke Review in collaboration with the City Clerk the process for a Citizens Petition, that appear in the City Charter, making the process more streamlined and standard.  


Item 8: Roman 1/16/18 Ordered that an official charter change through ballot question be placed on the next regularly scheduled municipal election.  


Ballot Question Creating a Recall Process of Elected Officials.  



Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen

The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.


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