The City Council is the "legislature" of the Holyoke City government.
With a composition of 13 members, seven represent the residential wards of the City, while the remaining eight are elected at-large. The Council has a mandate to insure that Holyoke is run in an effective and efficient manner. The council holds hearings, passes ordinances, financial orders and resolutions and oversees city finances. In addition, Councilors respond to resident complaints and problems. The Council Members serve on standing committees, which study and review these matters.
The City Council's major duties include:
- Approving laws
- Appointing the tax collector; assessors and certain other municipal officers; Confirming Mayoral appointments.
- Reviewing and approving the annual municipal budget
- Rules and orders of the City Council
Interested in getting involved?
All council meetings are open to the public and your attendance is welcomed. The City Council generally meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the City Council Chambers located at City Hall.
The agendas for City Council meetings are posted two business days before the relevant meeting. Past agendas are also available either online or at the City Clerk's office.
Meeting Minutes are kept in the City Clerk's office and are open for public inspection.
The clerk in conjunction with Holyoke Media provide access to live streaming and archived meetings.