Holiday Greetings from Mayor Morse Text Size

This is a lovely time of year in the city of Holyoke. The Christmas Tree is up on the lawn of City Hall, and a genuine spirit of generosity—whether in the form of toy drives, or soup kitchens, or simple acts of kindness—is in the air. As 2015 winds down, I have been grateful for the chance to reflect on this past year and prepare for what’s to come. (All the gift-buying has been a bit stressful, though!)

In 2015, we saw millions of dollars of new investment, both public and private, made in our city. The former Holyoke Catholic building is now a completed housing development. For the first time in almost 50 years, there is now a train stop in downtown Holyoke. Last week, the state announced funding for the expansion of Holyoke Community College’s culinary program in the Cubit Building, right in the heart of our Innovation District.

In the coming year, I am committed to building on this record of success, while taking steps to make government more effective and accessible. For example, I have been working on plans for a Mobile City Hall. The idea is to send a truck staffed by city employees to areas of the city, including west Holyoke, where residents typically get less face-to-face time with city staff than people in other areas. Residents would be able to visit the truck to pay a bill, ask a staffer to research a record, or just discuss basic quality of life issues. This step, among others, will help make sure that Holyoke’s city government works well for all of our residents.

I am very hopeful about this coming legislative year. Before that work begins, I hope folks will enjoy some time with family and friends this holiday season. I also ask that we keep in mind those members of our community who are still struggling this time of year, and dedicate ourselves to the work of making Holyoke a safe and loving home for everyone. And lastly, I want to thank our fire department and police department for the work they do this time of year, and all year, to keep our people safe.  

I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a joyous holiday season.

Posted on December 23, 2015 by