Board of Health
Public Health Affects Us All
The mission of the Holyoke Health Department is to enhance public health and safeguard the environment by assessing community needs and to provide prevention, protection, and educational resources to ensure the highest quality of life within the City of Holyoke.
The goal of this department is to improve the quality of life by encouraging healthy behaviors, promote wellness, educate, monitor, and to protect healthy environments in homes, schools, and workplaces.
Under State Statute, the Board of Health is responsible for permitting and inspecting businesses that provide services to the public that include:
Food Establishments Permitting and Inspections, and other Food Handling Issues such as:
- Bottled Water
- Food Complaints
- Frozen Dessert
- Mobile Food
- Retail Food
- Temporary Food
- Tanning Establishments
- Vacant Property
- Burial Permits
- Recreational Camps
- Manicuring Establishments
- Public Swimming Pools
- Ice Skating Rinks
Body Art Technicians & Establishments
Witnessing Title V Inspections
Plan Reviews for Septic Systems, Subdivisions, and Well Construction
Investigation of Foodborne & Waterborne Illness
Housing Inspections for Compliance
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TO: All Media
FROM: Holyoke Board of Health
DATE: May 16, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Ernest Mathieu – 413-322-5595
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HELP KEEP HOLYOKE CLEAN
Holyoke Health Board Urges Residents and Business Owners to keep properties clean
Springtime has finally arrived after what seemed like an eternal winter. Summertime is just around the corner and the leaves, flowers, grass and wild weeds and other natural foliage is growing. It’s that time of year that we all should take time to motivate ourselves and focus on spring-cleaning. Whether you are a tenant, residential property or business owner, we all must collectively take pride in keeping our properties and our City clean. It is everyone’s responsibility to control litter and rubbish by using proper placement of containers. Property owners should participate in recycling every other week, keep sidewalks and alleyways clean, trim shrubbery and mow lawns as needed, and register vehicles. Unregistered vehicles are prohibited on all properties except for licensed auto repair and auto sales business.
As a proud homeowner in Holyoke, you can obtain a Disposal Permit from the Department of Public Works (DPW) which entitles you to 7 visits to their location at 63 No. Canal Street. Residential yard waste is collected on a regular basis at the curb. Copies of trash and yard waste pick-up schedules can be found on the DPW website or obtained at the DPW Office.
In accordance to the rules and regulations of the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances, Property owners and tenants are required to abide by the following laws and requirements:
Residential rubbish receptacles shall be watertight containers with tightfitting covers of metal or other durable rodent-proof material. Sufficient numbers of containers shall be provided by the owner and/or residents to keep the property clean.
All owners of commercial, professional, industrial, multifamily and residential property must maintain their property, and occupants and business tenants must keep the premises they occupy, as well as common areas, including adjacent sidewalks, grass strips, one-half of alley, and rights-of-way to the edge of the surface of the vehicular travel way of any public street, in a clean and litter-free manner. Rubbish, refuse or other litter on any property must be removed by the owner, occupants and/or business tenants.
It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the bulk container area free of odors, scattered debris, overflowing, and all other nuisances. If the property owner is notified that the bulk container upon his property is in violation of any of the foregoing offenses, the property owner shall within twenty-four (24) hours of notification cause the offense to be remedied or shall be in violation of this ordinance.
The Board of Health often receives complaints regarding litter, rubbish, illegal dumping, overflowing trash containers and dumpsters, overgrown vegetation, abandoned and unregistered vehicles on private and business properties as well as vacant lots and alleyways. Upon receipt of a complaint an inspection will be made and the owner will be sent a letter with orders to clean up. Upon reinspection, if the property is cleaned as ordered it is noted and filed. However, if the property owner fails to clean up as ordered ticket fines ranging from $100.00-$500.00 are issued until the owner cleans the property as ordered.
The Board of Health is asking everyone to please not be a “litterbug” and that all walks of life within the City of Holyoke contribute daily to “Help Keep Holyoke Clean.”
If you have any questions concerning keeping properties clean, rubbish collection schedules or about items for pick-up, please call the Department of Public Works at 413-322-5645 or the Holyoke Board of Health at 413- 322-5595.
PRESS RELEASE (revised 05.16.2018) SPRING CLEANING
Click below for the recent West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Holyoke
LEGAL NOTICE BOARD OF HEALTH CITY OF HOLYOKE
At a regular Holyoke Board of Health meeting held on November 3, 2016, the Board of Health Members, acting under M.G.L., Chapter 111, Section 31, voted unanimously to revise and adopt “Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products”. Copies of this revised regulation can be obtained by calling the Board of Health at (413)322-5595, Mon-Fri between the hours of 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.
This regulation will be strictly enforced by the Board of Health and its appointed Agents.
Dalila Hyry-Dermith, Clerk
Patricia Mertes, APRN, Chair
Dr. Robert Mausel, Vice-Chair
Following is a Link to the New Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products
Please click here: new-tobacco-regulations-nov-3-2016
At a regular Holyoke Board of Health meeting held on February 2, 2017, the Board of Health Members, acting under M.G.L., Chapter 111, Section 31, voted unanimously to revise and adopt the City of Holyoke Regulation Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places. This is the second part to the Holyoke Board of Health Tobacco Regulations. The first part is the Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products. Copies of this revised regulation can be obtained by calling the Board of Health at (413)322-5595, Mon-Fri between the hours of 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. This regulation will be strictly enforced by the Board of Health and its appointed Agents, Dalila Hyry-Dermith, Clerk, Patricia Mertes, APRN Chair, Dr. Robert Mausel, Vice-Chair. ‘
Following is a Link to the New Regulation of the Holyoke Board of Health Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products
Please click here:PROHIBITING SMOKIN IN WORKPOACES & PUBLIC PLACES
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
CHARLES D. BAKER
The City has a long standing relationship with Tapestry Health’s Syringe Access Program to respond as quickly as possible to recover discarded needles as an extension of their needle exchange run through a program called Syringe Access. To report a found syringe you can call the Hot Line.
****The HOT LINE phone number to call is: (413) 650-2679.****
The call goes directly to voicemail where you will be asked to provide detailed information on the found syringe. This call is then distributed to Needle Exchange staff and to a group email of community residents that are interested in helping to clean up Holyoke.
Staff and community volunteers will respond within 24 to 36 hours to retrieve and safely dispose of the syringes.
Tapestry Health’s Contact Information:
15A Main Street, Holyoke, MA
(413) 315-3732 ext. 1
You can also dispose of your needles & diabetic lancets by placing them inside a Sharps Containers and bringing them to one of the kiosks at the following organizations. Sharps Containers can be purchased at any drugstore.
1-Council On Aging
291 Pine Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
2-Holyoke Health Center-Pharmacy
230 Maple Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
3-Baystate Medical Center-As of Friday, June 16, Baystate employees and community members can bring their unwanted medications and sharps and dispose of them safely, conveniently and confidentially into kiosks (collection receptacles) located in the Baystate Medical Center Daly Lobby. This initiative ensures that medications and sharps are disposed of properly, helping the environment and keeping dangerous medications like opioids off the street. Questions? Contact Baystate Medical Center’s Safety & Environmental Affairs Department at 794-1400. Location; 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199.
The Health Commission oversees and insures the enforcement of all State laws, regulations, and City Ordinances relating to public and environmental health. They also oversee various programs of Community Health and Environmental Services, and Health Education in order to protect public health and improve the quality of life in the community.
Dalila Hyry-Dermith Clerk- term expires Feb. 1, 2019
Patricia Mertes APRN, Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2020
Dr. Esteban A. Del Pilar-Morales, MD, Vice Chair – term expires Feb. 1, 2021
What do I need a permit for? What does it cost? Do I need to apply first?
Below we will help to answer your questions. Listed are the permits issued by the City of Holyoke Board of Health. To download the applications, simple click on the link. The list also outlines expiration dates and the annual fees associated with each permit. If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.
NOTE: All temporary applications and fees require that all applications, paperwork and fees must be in the office three business days (72 hours) prior to the event.
No permits will be issued outside of this time limit.
|PERMITS AND LICENSES
|FOOD ESTABLISHMENT APPL & Workers_Compensation_Insurance_Affidavit(total square footage includes storage)|
|FOOD ESTABLISHMENT APPL(under 25 seats) & Workers_Compensation_Insurance_Affidavit||June 30||$150.00|
|(25-100 seats)||June 30||$200.00|
|(101-200 seats)||June 30||$250.00|
|(Over 200 seats)||June 30||$300.00|
|RESIDENTIAL KITCHENS||June 30||$50.00|
|TEMPORARY FOOD APPL PACKET(per event-PLEASE SUBMIT ALL PAPERWORK TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO DATE OF EVENT)||valid for 14 days||$50.00|
|Catering Establishment||June 30||$100.00|
|FROZEN TREAT APPL||June 30||$100.00|
|Carbonated Beverage/Bottled Water|
|TOBACCO APPL||June 30||$100.00|
|DUMPSTER APPL||June 30||$20.00|
|Burial Permits*||as needed||$10.00|
|Funeral Directors*||April 30||$50.00|
|MANICURING APPL||Dec. 31||$100.00|
|Poultry farms/Barns & Stables*||Dec. 31||$50.00|
|SWIMMING POOL APPL||Dec 31||$100.00|
|Recreation Camps||Dec. 31||$75.00|
|TRANSPORT OF GARBAGE, SEPTAGE, OFFAL APPL|
|Septic System Installer/Contractor||Dec. 31||$100.00|
|Disposal System Construction||3 years from date of issue||$50.00|
|Percolation Test (witnessing of test)*||as needed||$100.00|
|Private Drinking Well Water*||No expiration||$100.00|
|Subdivision Plans*||No expiration||$100.00|
|MA Rent Voucher Inspection (MRVP)/per unit||1 yr. from date of issue||$75.00|
|Inspection and Occupancy Fee/per unit||as needed||$75.00|
|Vacant Building Registration Form 2018, Vacant Bldg ordinance, BOARD UP AND SECURE PROCEDURE, VBR Appeal Form||as needed||See PDF|
|as needed||See PDF|
*Apply at Board of Health
ALL FEES PAID ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Welcome! We do far more than caring for lost and abandoned animals in our community.
It is the goal of the City of Holyoke’s Animal Control Department to provide responsive, effective and courteous animal care and control assistance to residents and animals of Holyoke. Through the professional operation of the Animal Control Program and an animal care and control center. These services include but are not limited to:
- Licensing Information – Dog licenses are available through the City Clerk’s office
- Adoptions – We are pleased to partner with The Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, check their site to view current pets available for adoption as well as upcoming events. Also, be sure to visit their Facebook page!
- What to do if your animal is missing or has been impounded- Call 413-781-1485 and/or visit the Animal Care Center, located at 627 Cottage St Springfield, to verify if your pet is already there.
- Lost and Found Services – We will assist you and spread the word to surrounding communities to also be aware of your missing pet. We also urge patrons to call the local Police Department or Animal Control Department in your city/town to advise them of your missing pet.
If you need immediate assistance or have an animal related emergency outside of normal business hours, please call the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control Department at 413-781-1485 or the Holyoke Police Department at 413-322-6900
We in the City of Holyoke believe education is key. It is no different when it comes to your beloved pets. Providing valuable information, such as for missing pets, those available for adoption and other helpful links can be found at the following:
- Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.
- Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
- Homeless Cat Project
- Living with wildlife and education
- Problem Animal Control (PAC) Agents in the Connecticut District Valley
- Snakes In Massachusetts
- BLACK BEAR Next Door
- Westfield Regional Animal Shelter
- Holyoke Animal Ordinances
Please visit our Frequently asked questions page to find information about animal complaints, wildlife, emergency preparedness and MORE!
Code Inspectors oversee code enforcement activities related to sanitarian, food, environmental, human habitation, air pollution, hazardous waste, etc. They perform inspections and enforce all chapters of the State and Sanitary Code, the State and Environemntal Code, and various other applicable State Regulations, State Statues, and City Ordinances.
John Wierciszewski, Sanitarian I
Massachusetts Department of Health Code of Massachusetts regulations (CMR)
The Board of Health Provides the following inspection services
- Inspections Under State Sanitary Codes
- Lead Determinations/CLPPP
- Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program MRVP-Owner Request Inspections
Visit the State of Massachusetts web site for detailed information about this program.
We at the Board of Health know how important it is to stay current with your training, development and certification.
This is why we team up with reputable organizations to offer you high quality programming that fits your schedule, budget, and gives you the certification that you need. From workshops to online classes, here is the place to check out the current schedules.
Take a look at what we have to offer:
If you are interested please contact Merridith O’Leary, R.S., at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holyoke Board of Health
Holyoke board of health May 2018
Allergies: Stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, itchy skin and headaches can be symptoms of Spring-time allergies, especially pollen. If you have not talked to you doctor about these symptoms then you may want to find out exactly what you are allergic to and get treated. To reduce your risk to outside exposures, keep windows closed to avoid pollen from entering your home and run the air conditioning instead of opening the window. Try to avoid staying outside when the pollen count is high and shower after working outside to wash off that pollen. To see what the daily Western Mass pollen count is please visit:www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pollen-counts
Eat Healthy: Have you ever tried a Fiddlehead? Spring vegetables which include; fiddleheads, asparagus, beets, lettuce, and radishes will be coming to a Farmers Market or roadside stand near you. Eat local, it’s fresher! The Holyoke Farmer’s Market begins its season in May and is usually held Thursdays on High Street. Why not stop by to see what our vendors are growing. For more information on locally-sourced food, visit: https://www.localharvest.org/springfield-ma/farms
Drink up:Cool, clear water is not just refreshing but essential. It flushes out toxins, carries nutrients to your cells and when you’re exercising it helps pump blood to your muscles. Most importantly stay hydrated in the warmer weather. Your daily fluid intake depends on your health, age, gender and activity. Most importantly, avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages, these should not be counted as adequate water intake for the day. For more information on hydration, visit: www.cdc.gov.
Tuberculosis Skin Testing
Tuberculin Skin Testing will now be offered at the Holyoke Board of Health. We are located in City Hall Annex, 20 Korean Veterans Plaza.
SKIN TESTING WILL BE DONE BY APPOINTMENTS ONLY!
The fee is $10. You can make an appointment by calling the Public Health Nurse at (413) 322-5598. Please be aware that once this test is administered, you will need to return to the Board of Health to have the skin test read 48-72 hours later.
City Hall Annex
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke MA 01040 Map
(413) 322-5596 (fax)
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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