DGR Committee Full Agenda 11/18/19 Text Size

Event takes place on November 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts

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

Development and Govt. Relations Committee


At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Monday November 18th, at 6:00PM

Per order of the Chair: David Bartley




Item 1: Previous Meeting Minutes


Item 2: Special Permit applications for Mr. Ismael Ramos to establish an Auto Repair 7.2.13(A) and Auto Sales 7.2.13 business at 64 Clemente St. Holyoke MA (Map 030 Block 03 Parcel 011) 


Item 3: Special Permit application of Peoples Bank for a Commercial Drive-Thru ITM (4.3) at 825 Hampden St.  (Map 092 Block 00 Parcel 110, 111, and 112)


Item 4: Sullivan 1/17/17: Order:  That the Board of Water Commissioners and the Manager appear before the City Council to consider contracting with and independent consulting firm to prepare a feasibility/best use study on the future use of the Whiting Street Reservoir as both an active water source and as an emergency back-up source.  The study should focus on various potential scenarios including but not limited to:  expanded recreational use, revenue producing opportunities, selective development scenarios, and future maintenance and liability issues.  Said study to be completed and submitted back to the council within 6 months.


Item 5: Bartley 10/15/19: Order:  The law dept. and problem property group provide it’s regular 6-month update on the city’s receivership program and any other relevant issues.  Refer to DGR with copy to Law Dept.  Plan to make a committee presentation in November or December.


Item 6: Bartley 10/15/19: Order:  The Mayor or the Law Department or anyone with knowledge of the two Casey contracts please advise City Council as to who drafted the two contracts between the City of Holyoke and Rory Casey as it was disclosed by the city’s law department at Ordinance meeting on 10/8/19 that it did not draft the city contracts signed by the Mayor and Mr. Casey.


Item 7: Bartley 10/15/19: Order that the City Council receive a communication regarding the Casey contract with an effective date of March 22, 2019, from city Auditor/Treasurer.  The communication should include all invoices and payment copies relative to this contract.  Please specify the accounts in the budget from which funds were paid. Further, the City Auditor or any relevant official shall provide all reports produced as a result of this contract.  Finally, the City Auditor or any relevant official  shall provide documentation of what was delivered to the City by Mr. Casey for the $2,000.00 contracted amount.  Please provide these to city council by the first regular city council meeting in November 2019.


Item 8 : Communication: (2) Professional Services Agreements between office of the Mayor and Rory Casey


Item 9: Scheduling of next DGR meeting



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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