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Event takes place on June 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

 

City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts

 

Notice of Committee Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the Committee on

Public Service

 

At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Thurs, June 19 at 6:45 PM

Per order of Chairperson- Dan Bresnahan

 

  • Acceptance of Previous meeting minutes
  • McGee T 4/15/14: Ordered that the DPW update the City Council on total number of signs and locations of the City information signs like that near the YMCA
  • Leahy 4/15/14: that the Department of Public Works, with help from the Historical Commission, puts up one sign in each neighborhood indicating what section of the City. For Instance; Churchill, The Flats, Elmwood, Highlands, and Oakdale for example. Over the St. Patrick’s parade weekend which is the largest homecoming in New England I was hearing people from all over the country talking to their friends and families and indicating what part of Holyoke they were from. The one common denominator of everyone from Holyoke is pride and tradition. A sign could read ” Elmwood” , a neighborhood in the City of Holyoke.
  • Soto 4/1/14: Ordered that the director to the Holyoke Senior Center provide a daily census for the last quarter. Please try to be as specific as possible and where in the city the participants/visitors come from.
  • Soto 5/1/14: Order that the three tow truck companies operating in the City appear before the City Council to discuss policies and practices regarding customer service as well as billing practices
  • Alexander 4/1/14: Ordered that the City Council work with the Personnel Dept. to review and update the Auditor’s job qualifications and job description, and that advertising to solicit candidates be placed as soon as that review is complete
  • Alexander 4/1/14: Ordered that the Water Department take ownership and responsibility for maintenance for all pipes up to the water meter and adjust its rates accordingly to absorb the additional cost
  • Alexander 4/1/14: Ordered that all meeting minutes for any body subject to open meeting law include reference to any and all materials submitted for consideration during that meeting or hearing, and that copies of those materials be kept on file in the City Clerk’s office for public inspection for a period of time consistent with City Ordinances and State Law
  • Lisi 4/1/14: Ordered that the City Council with the City Clerk review the City’s policy for notification before violations are sent to the court
  • Lisi 4/1/14: Ordered that the City Council with the City Clerk consider adopting a policy that allows dog owners to pay their license fees for several years in advance (i.e. the duration of the rabies vaccination), this could help cut down on administrative costs to the city as well as narrow the possibility for violations to occur.
  • McGee T, Leahy, Soto 4/15/14: Ordered that the City look into moving the Adult Day Care Program from the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke to the new Holyoke Senior Center.
  • McGee T: Ordered that the City Council present Barbara Baran a proclamation for being the recipient of the “2014 Business Person of the Year Award” by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayoral appointment of Michele Aubrey to the Board of Registrar of Voters for the City of Holyoke
  • Mayoral appointment of Jon Florio to the Board of Registrar of Voters for the City of Holyoke
  • Lisi, Lebron-Martinez 4/3/13: That the Holyoke Police Chief and Board of Health Director come before the City Council to discuss a method for enforcing the health code violations at 277 Main St. due to excessive trash being dumped at the site since it burned down in a fire.  The likely perpetrators are tenants in the adjacent building and it seems that either a) a police officer should open several bags in order to identify mail or other evidence regarding who is committing the violations or b) a live feed surveillance camera be set up in order to record individuals committing the violation as it takes place
  • Resignation notice of Brian Smith from the position of City Auditor
  • Communication from Law Dept. regarding Open Meeting Law and Committee Meetings
  • Ferreira 12/17/13: Ordered that the Mayor, Treasurer, Personnel Director a representative from the fire unions and Fire chief, come before the City Council to discuss the possibility of regionalizing the Fire Department with the towns of Southampton and South Hadley. A representative from those towns should also be present to discuss budgets and potential savings as well as potential union issues.
  • Ferreira 12/17/13: Ordered that Mayor, Treasurer, Personnel Director, union representative and Building Inspector come before the City Council to discuss the possibility of regionalizing the Building Department with the towns of Southampton and South Hadley. A representative from those towns should also be present to discuss budgets and potential savings.
  • Ferreira 12/17/13: Ordered that Mayor, Treasurer, Personnel Director a representative from the fire unions and Fire chief, come before the City Council to discuss the possibility of regionalizing the Fire Department with the towns of Southampton and South Hadley. A representative from those towns should also be present to discuss budgets and potential savings as well as potential union issues.
  • Ferreira 12/17/13: Ordered that the Mayor, Treasurer, Personnel Director, union representative and Health department  come before the City Council to discuss the possibility of regionalizing the Health Department with the towns of Southampton and South Hadley. A representative from those towns should also be present to discuss budgets and potential savings
  • Ferreira 12/17/14: Ordered that the Mayor, Treasurer, Personnel Director, union representative and Veterans Director come before the City Council to discuss the possibility of regionalizing the Veterans Department with the towns of Southampton and South Hadley. A representative from those towns should also be present to discuss budgets and potential savings.
  • Ferreira 12/17/14: Ordered that all City department heads send any mail digitally whenever possible. There are very few instances where a hard copy is required. Please report to the city council within three months the steps you’ve taken to significantly reduce the city postage budget. If this is not done in a satisfactory and timely manor, I recommend my Council colleagues completely freeze the postage budget until significant progress is shown.

 

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.

 

 


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