Ordinance Committee Meeting Text Size
Event takes place on June 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers
Notice of Committee Meeting: There will be a regular meeting of the Committee on:
At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Tuesday June 28, at 6:30pm
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon
1. Acceptance of Previous meeting minutes
2. PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED Lisi 5/19/15: Ordered that the City Council work to pass an operable sewer rate that lifts the burden of the budget shortfall off of the taxpayers.
3. Bartley 6/3/14: Order: That the City of Holyoke amend Chapter 30 of its Code of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement of outside legal counsel. Since Chapter 30B, Section 1(15), exempts procurement of legal services from public bid laws, this Order would supersede state law and increase consumer protection.
4. Soto 6/3/14: Order: That the City of Holyoke amends Chapter 30 of its Code of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement of ambulance service. Since Chapter 30B, Section 1(24), exempts procurement of ambulance services from public bid laws, this Order would supersede state law and increase consumer protection.
5. Bartley 6/3/14: Order That the City of Holyoke amends Chapter 30 of its Code of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement of banking service. Since Chapter 30B, Section 1(23), exempts procurement of banking services from public bid laws, this Order would supersede state law and increase consumer protection.
6. Bartley 2/2/16: Order: To strengthen procurement laws, the city of Holyoke will put police ordered towing and any other public towing services out to bid on at least a biennial basis
7. Jourdain 2/2/16: Ordered, that Division 3 entitled “Purchasing Department” of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be reviewed and amended as necessary for consistency with the thresholds set by M.G.L. ch. 30B.
8. McGee 9/23/14: Order that the City proceed with a bid process regarding the replacement of the City’s outside legal council. The bid process can potentially offer cost savings to the city, look to attract a local firm and keep the process open and fair.
9. Jourdain 2/16/16: Ordered that Chapter 54 of the Holyoke Code of Ordinances be amended to make it unlawful to use a drone to fly over the private property of another without their prior written consent. They shall also be prohibited from flying over any municipal property without the prior written consent of the city. A violation shall be subject to a fine. A drone shall be defined as any unmanned aerial system.
10. Vacon 6/2/15: Order: That our ordinances be reviewed to revise language to prevent panhandling at gateways to our City and other locations. This activity does not promote a business friendly environment. Consider adding language that panhandlers be required to obtain a permit from the municipal police department; that it is a crime to panhandle in commercial areas well as within 50 feet of any bank or automated teller machine and that it is a considered a crime for panhandlers to make false or untrue statements, or to disguise themselves, to solicit money, and to use money obtained for a claim of a specific purpose (e.g. food) to be spent on anything else.
11. Lisi 5/19/15: Ordered that the City Council review the Business General (BG), Business Highway (BH), Shopping Center (SC), and IG (General Industry) zoning ordinances to see if they can be consolidated and/or reformulated to make more intuitive and business-friendly commercial districts
12. Petition of Ovidio Hernandez, 175 Walnut St. for a street vendor license to sell Ice cup syrup
13. Lopez 6/7/16: Ordered that the City Solicitor or School Dept. Receiver provide a copy of the School Dept. (57 Suffolk St.) lease to the City Council
Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen The listing of matters are those reasonable 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.
Posted on June 24, 2016 by allenr