Fairness in the marketplace is a cornerstone of economic health for consumers and businesses alike. Today's society places great trust in the marketplace that we are getting what we pay for. Retailers also rely on a fair environment where the competition is held to the same high standards that they themselves adhere to. Considering that as much as 50% of a family′s income is used to purchase consumer goods, the impact on an inaccurate marketplace can be significant to each of us.
Holyoke residents can feel comfortable when making a purchase that they too are being protected against unfair market practices. To ensure this the weights and measures official annually inspects, approves, adjusts, or rejects devices from gasoline pump meters to pharmacy scales to cannabis scales. In addition to the numerous devices the official also inspects price markings, pre-packaged weighed commodities, and investigates all complaints.
2023 ANNUAL NOTICE
In Compliance with provisions of Section 41, Chapter 98, of the General Laws of Massachusetts, as amended by Chapter 32 of Acts of 1928, I hereby give notice to all inhabitants or persons having usual places of business in Holyoke using weighing and measuring devices for the purpose of buying or selling goods, wares or merchandise for public weighing or for hire or reward, to bring in such weighing and measuring devices to be tested, adjusted and sealed. I shall be at the office of Weights and Measures, 20 Korean Veterans Plaza, every day during regular business hours to attend to this duty.
Per M.G.L.A. c. 98, §§ 34, "the mayor of each city and the selectmen of each town of over 20,000 inhabitants shall appoint a sealer, and may appoint one or more deputies to act under the direction of the sealer. The sealer and deputies shall enforce the law pertaining to weighing and measuring devices and to the giving of false or insufficient weight or measure, and any person who hinders, obstructs or in any way interferes with a sealer or deputy in the performance of duty shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars for the first offense and a fine of not more than one thousand dollars for each subsequent offense."