The City Council is the "legislature" of the Holyoke City government.
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With a composition of 13 members, seven represent the residential wards of the City, while the remaining six 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. Due to precautions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, all meetings are currently being held in a hybrid format, with both in person and remote participation via Zoom. Log in and call in credentials are provided with meeting agendas.
Agendas and Minutes as well as video links to meetings are available. Agendas for City Council meetings are posted two business days before the relevant meeting. Past Agendas and Minutes are also kept in the City Clerk's office, are open for public inspection, and can provided upon request.
The Holyoke City Council Rules (amended 3-1-2022) are a set of policies for how the City Council governs itself.
The clerk in conjunction with Holyoke Media provides access to live streaming and archived meetings.
The Holyoke Code of Ordinances provides a searchable page detailing the city charter and the ordinances that govern the City of Holyoke.