Finance Committee Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on July 27, 2016 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


At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Wed. July 27th , at 6:30PM
Per order of Chair: Todd McGee

1. McGee 5/3/16: Ordered that blinking red crossing walk sings be placed around Kennedy Park (Highland School)

2.  Valentin 5/3/16: Ordered that two solar powered Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons be installed one on each side of the cross walk at Hampden St. / Clinton Ave. Crosswalk. Funding of $10,000 is requested for the proposed work, including concrete base warning sign installation

3. Sullivan 5/3/16: Order:  the City of Holyoke recommend and support a “Financial Assurance Mechanism” (FAM) for Holyoke Masonry products or BC Crushers of $500.00  The re-development of the 14 acres along Water St. is vital to the tax base and job creation needs of the Citizens of Holyoke.  The developer has a proven record of responsible remediation and clean-up activity at this site.

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4.  Sullivan 5/3/16:Order:  the City Council create a position under the authority of the Building Commissioner, with  the sole purpose of managing the demolition process of the many blighted buildings in the city.  Funding is already in place and this will save the city 100’s of thousands and potentially free up cash for other uses.

5. Soto 8/6/13: Ordered that the City of Holyoke have clear language regarding, what the requirements are for any of the City of Holyoke board members to qualify for City health insurance coverage.

6.  Bresnahan 10/20/15: Order:  In the hopes of a more transparent city government and a better system of checks in balances within our current government, order the law dept. provide a legal opinion on the powers the executive branch currently has within the city charter with  respect to the mayor being the sole person to enter into contracts and using tax dollars to pay out for these contracts without any approval from city council or any body within the city.  Further to report back to city council if an objective committee or board could be created in order to review contracts set forth by the executive branch to ensure that these monetary contracts the city is entering into is in the best interest of the city.  This board could include  the president of the city council, a member of the finance department within the city and members of the public appointed by city council

7. McGee 6/28/16: Ordered, that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2017, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Government TV Access Channel Revolving Fund.
            1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of  monitoring, programming, broadcasting and maintenance of the Holyoke community TV channel for HPRG and the Holyoke Public Schools.
            2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be proceeds from the fee agreement with Holyoke PEG Acccess Inc., contributions and other funds.
            3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be Superintendant of the Holyoke Public Schools.
            4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2017 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2017 or $150,000 which, when combined with all other such revolving funds authorized under M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2 under the direct control of the officer designated in 3., above, does not exceed 1% of the amount raised by taxation in 2017.

8.  Jourdain: Order:  he Water Department please work with their legal counsel to draft an amendment to their existing special act to add on management, control and oversight of wastewater services in the City of Holyoke so that this amendment may be considered by the City Council and Mayor for adoption as a Special Act amendment.  Please do this as soon as humanly possible.

9. Lebron-Martinez- Ordered that the Holyoke City Council vote to temporarily transfer the powers and duties of the Tax Collector to the Treasurer

10. Jourdain:Order:  Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and Holyoke Taxpayers Association be invited to kindly report all of their recommendations for consolidations, budget savings and revenue enhancements to the City Council and Mayor.  That they are encouraged to first meet with the Mayor prior to his submission of his budget to the City Council and then report to us their recommended cuts that they made to him.  Then starting by March 15 that they begin meeting with the Finance Committee to discuss what proposals of theirs in these areas they would like for us to approve by July 1


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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