Charter and Rules 12/4/17 Text Size

Event takes place on December 04, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting
There will be a regular meeting of the Committee on
Charter and Rules

At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Monday December 4 at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Joe McGiverin

Item 1: Vacon 10/16/12: Ordered that no member of the City Council or other elected office of the City of Holyoke shall be permitted to hold any other elected office including positions in the MA General Court.

Item 2: McGee 11/21/17:  Order:  That the City Council consider a rule change for the start time of  for the regular City Council meetings.  That the regular scheduled meetings of the City Council start at 6:30pm and not 7:00pm.

Item 3: McGee 11/21/17: Order:  Order that the public comment list be increased to allow more to sign up and talk and adjust time allotment in accordance in increased size.

Item 4: McGee 11/21/17: Order that the City Council invite in school students to City Council meetings to do the Pledge of Allegiance and have those students and parents recognized on the agenda.

Item 5: Bartley 11/21/17 Late files are legitimate but it’s unreasonable for councilors to keep track of them.  Thus, Order that CC consider and adopt a rule change that states all Late Files shall be posted to the next meeting’s agenda in their own section.

Item 6: McGee 11/21/17: Ordered that the City Council Administrative Assistant be changed from a one year appointment to a two year term.

Item 7: McGee 11/21/17: Ordered that the Administrative Assistant establish a Facebook page for the City Council

Item 8: McGee 11/21/17: Ordered that the Personnel Dept. reissue City Council badges

Item 9: McGee 11/21/17: Order that the attorney assigned to the city council be moved into the  City Council area to have a desk and microphone in order to better address and answer questions for the council.

Item 10: McGee 11/21/17: Whereas there have been several suggestions/recommendations regarding charter and rules changes for the new city council year, therefore it is requested that the committee considered the following: Order that certain committees be reduced to 3 members from 5 members but that committees like Ordinance, DG&R, and Finance remain with 5 members.


Item 11: McGee 11/21/17 Order that an alternate member be appointed to a 3 member committee in order to fill in for an absent member on the day of a committee meeting.  The alternate may only vote if a regular member is absent.

Item 12: Roman 9/20/17: Ordered that the City Council charter and rules committee explore the Committees of the Holyoke City Council in comparison to other municipalities with similar size councils to see if there is any opportunity for streamlining and or expansion of the current council committees.


Item 13: McGee 11/21/17: Ordered that two new committees be established 1. Committee on Innovation and Economic Development and 2. Committee on Special permits and Zoning



Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen
The listing of matters are those reasonable anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

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