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Who are the Conservation Commissioners?

The Conservation Commission consists of seven unpaid volunteers– all residents of Holyoke– appointed by the Mayor.  The current Commission provides the City of Holyoke with close to 100 years of wetlands permitting experience!

Each Commissioner brings unique talents and interests to the board.  Some bring decades of permitting experience; some bring a love of public service; all bring a commitment to the protection of natural resources in Holyoke. The day-to-day affairs of the Commission are managed by a full-time paid director.

Current Commissioners:

  1. Michael Dodge,  Chairperson – term expires Feb. 1, 2020
  2. Vacant  – term expires Feb. 1, 2019
  3. Jeff Horan, Vice-Chairperson  – Feb 1, 2022
  4. Bernice Bowler- term expires Feb. 1, 2020
  5. Rosemary Arnold – term expires Feb. 1, 2022
  6. Mary Moriarty – term expires Feb. 1, 2021
  7. Price Armstrong – term expires Feb. 1, 2022

When does the Commission meet?

The Commission meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month except in  November and December.   Meetings are held at 6:15 p.m.  Meeting agendas are posted at least forty-eight hours in advance with the City Clerk and outside the Conservation Commission office.

Generally meetings are held in the fourth-floor conference room of City Hall Annex.  The door closest to the District Court is available for entry during meeting hours. During the warmer months, the Commission meets at the Sue Ellen Panitch River Access Center, 8 Oscar Street.

All members of the public are invited to attend.  Meetings are governed by the Commissions’ Bylaws.

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