Charter and Rules Committee Meeting 3/13/19 Text Size

Event takes place on March 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting
There will be a regular meeting of the

Charter and Rules Committee

At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Wed. March 13 , at 7:00 PM
Per order of the Chair: Terence Murphy


Item 1: Resident’s petition in support of a non-binding ballot question as to whether HG&E should offer fiber optic internet for purchase by residents. Petition also implores HG&E to conduct a feasibility study for a gradual rollout.

Item 2: Sullivan 4/17/18: Order:  That ARTICLE II section 42-41 Organization: compensation be changed to allow for a stipend for fire commissioners.


Item 3: Roman 9/5/18: Order:  that the City amend its Charter to replace the Mayor as the Chair of the School Committee, and make the Mayor and Ex-Officio member. Allowing the School Committee to Elect it’s own Chair.


Item 4: Bartley 5/15/18: The City Council create a Home Rule Petition that limits the Executive branch/Mayor to asking only one government body (such as City Council or Holyoke Redevelopment or HEDIC or Holyoke Housing Authority) to purchase, declare surplus or take via eminent domain any real property.  The home rule petition would mandate the Mayor/Executive branch gets only one bite at the apple:  once a vote is made then that shall remain in effect for two years. The purpose is to effectuate the governing body’s vote and the intent of the City Charter, City ordinance and MA general laws, that the City Council maintain a decision-making role in all matters concerning real property affecting the City of Holyoke.  This order comes because of a recent $30,000 purchase of 515-519 Dwight St. (directly across the street from City Hall) by the Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA) recorded 11/30/17 (See attached property deed).  Earlier that year, the City Council, at a vote of committee on June 5, 2017, and a vote of the full Council on June 6, 2017, by an 8-3 margin, denied taking 515-19 Dwight St. via eminent domain.  However, the Mayor and director of OPED persuaded the HHA to procure the site for $30,000 from the property owner via a straight purchase and sale agreement.  The deed to HHA from the site owner was recorded 11/30/17 at Book 21967, Page 228, in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.  Thereafter, the City of Holyoke, via CDBG funds, not approved by Holyoke City Council but given approval by HUD, reimbursed HHA via a check dated 1/29/18.  Lastly, I note for the City Council record that the HHA has four members appointed by the Mayor and one by the Governor. 


Item 5: McGiverin 12/18/18: Ordered that the following ballot question and summary be placed on the ballot for a special election on April 30, 2019 or another date voted on by the City Council.

Ballot Question
Shall the City of Holyoke be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to build two new middle schools in the City? 
            Yes __________     No ___________
and provided, further, that said question shall be deemed approved if a majority of the persons voting thereon shall vote “yes”.

Summary of Question
On December ____ 2018, the Holyoke City Council voted, without taking a position, to place a question on the ballot which will allow the voters to decide whether or not the City shall be allowed a temporary exclusion of the levy limit for purposes of raising funds to pay debt service costs to finance the development project for two new middle schools in the City. The exclusion of the levy limit shall cease at the time the bond is repaid in full. The question will be approved and the debt exclusion accepted if a majority of the voters voting on the ballot question vote “yes.”




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.  Also one or two items may require the committee to enter into executive session at this meeting.   

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