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Seeking candidates to fill vacant At-Large School Committee seat

HOLYOKE — Stating “this year has been particularly challenging for my family,” Erin Brunelle, vice chair of the Holyoke School Committee, submitted her resignation on May 15 to the Holyoke School Committee. Her resignation was effective immediately. Mayor Garcia expressed his gratitude and appreciation for Brunelle’s 10 years of service on the School Committee. “I … Continued

Building Department COI Tutorial

HOLYOKE — The City’s Building Department on Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. will give a presentation on the steps required to obtain a Certificate of Inspection. The presentation — a short tutorial followed by Q&A — will be held at Holyoke Media on Suffolk Street. Though open to the public, the one-hour session is … Continued

Mayor’s State of the City Address

Mayor Joshua A. Garcia presented the proposed FY25 City Budget to the City Council and delivered a State of the City Address at a Special Meeting of the City Council on May 9, 2024. Click to watch video of the speech on Holyoke Media.  “Thank you, Holyoke city councilors, for the opportunity to address you tonight. … Continued

Mayor’s Proposed FY25 City Budget

The following is a snapshot overview of the FY25 proposed budget in detail (note: these are subject to change between now and June 30, 2024): Consolidated Workbook of Proposed FY25 Budget FY25 Working Budget Detailed The proposed FY25 budget presented to the City Council is based on what we understand to be our revenue and expense … Continued

Downtown Facilities Parking Improvement

At the City of Holyoke in our downtown we have three parking garage facilities that require attention. These include: 1) Ernest Proulx Municipal Parking Facility located on Dwight Street; 2) Suffolk Street Municipal Parking located off of Suffolk Street, and 3) we have the parking deck directly behind City Hall. Price quotes to address the … Continued

Mayor’s Op-ed: Holyoke, we punch above our weight

I would like to offer both detail and context to the depiction of Holyoke in Boston Globe reporter Katie Johnston’s April 18 news profile (“In Holyoke, a home of her own: One woman’s struggle to build a life in the state’s poorest place”). The Globe report suggests that Holyoke is a low-opportunity city. Not so. … Continued

Upcoming Anticipated Paving Schedule for 2024

Chapter 90 funds from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the source of funding Cities and Towns use to improve and maintain publicly accepted roads. The order of roads to be improved have been identified through our City’s pavement management system that rates the conditions of roads, usage, and determines the order of priority for repair. … Continued

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