Holyoke City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on August 02, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall, City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

August 2,2016


1.    Petition of  Verizon New England , Inc. to place one pole on the northerly side of Harvard St. at a point approximately one hundred seventy-three (173) feet Easterly from the center line of Pleasant St.



2.    From Brenna Murphy McGee and Ryan Allen, minutes from regular City Council meeting on June 7, June 21, June 28, and special meeting on June 13, 2016.

3.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, Re: Monthly Budget Reports.

4.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, letter re:  Tax Collector Relocation.

5.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor letter re:  State Aid.

6.    From Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, minutes from regular meeting of June 25, August 15, 2015 and April 28, 2016, also minutes from Executive Session on March 12, June 17, Sept. 12, 2013, and June 25, August 18, 2015.

7.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, Executive Session minutes of January 21, June 8, July 27, Sept. 16, Oct. 29, Nov. 18 & Dec. 16, 2009.

8.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, Executive Session minutes of January 6, January 20, 2010 and October 27, 2011.

9.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, Executive Session minutes of May 30, June 20, July 9, August 15, August 29, October 18, 2012.

10.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, Executive Session minutes of May 15, July 25, November 20, 2013, May 22, October 29, 2014 and February 18, 2015.

11.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes from June 6, 2016.

12.    From Board of Public Works, minutes May 23, & June 13, 2016.

13.    From Sewer Commission minutes of May 23, & June 13, 2016.

14.    From Stormwater Authority minutes of May 23 & June 13, 2016.


15.Petition of Heriberto Flores, for a special permit for a Medical Marijuana Facility at 630 Beaulieu St.

16.    Petition of John P. McCann, 415 Ingleside St. for a renewal of a home occupation for a Massage Therapy/yoga.

17.    Petition of Pedro L. Bocachica, 216 Elm St. for a street vendor license, at the corner of High and Cabot Sts.

18.    Petition of Jearnett Palau for a street vendor license to sell Frappe’s at 113 Sargeant St.

19.    Petition of Mont Marie Property LLC, 34 Lower Westfield Rd. for a zone change from RA to RO.

20.    Petition of Mont Marie Property, LLC, at 34 Lower Westfield Rd. for a text change of a Zoning Ordinance.



21.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

21A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Magnolia Ave, MacKenzie Ave and Portland Street be reviewed for a 3 way stop and approved as a 3 way stop if deemed appropriate.  Recommend that the order be adopted

21B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the Ordinance Committee discuss and reconsider the newly installed “No Parking Signs” recently installed at 220 Linden Street on the Cabot Street side of this address.  Further that the owners of both the Sanctuary Animal Clinic and Atlas Property Management be called in for their input on this matter.  Recommend that the order be adopted to remove recently installed stop signs

21C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the parking ordinances relative to Race St. along the Canal Walk be amended in accordance with plans prepared by the City Engineer  Recommend that the order be adopted

21D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that Division 3 entitled “Purchasing Department” of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be reviewed and amended as necessary for consistency with the thresholds set by M.G.L. ch. 30B.

Order:  That the City of Holyoke amend Chapter 30 of its Code of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement of outside legal counsel.  Since Chapter 30B, Section 1(15), exempts procurement of legal services from public bid laws, this Order would supersede state law and increase consumer protection. (x2 Bartley, Soto duplicate order)

Order:  To strengthen procurement laws, the city of Holyoke will put police ordered towing and any other public towing services out to bid on at least a biennial basis.   
 Recommend that the order be adopted as amended (see attached Ordinance in full)

21E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order request that a 15 minute parking only sign or verbiage to that effect be placed in front of 1373 Dwight St. in front of Friendly Variety Store  Recommend that the order be adopted

21F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council work to pass an operable sewer rate that lifts the burden of the budget shortfall off of the tax payers  Recommend that the sewer rate be increased by $0

21G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that DPW install temporary speed bumps on Old Jarvis and do a traffic study  Recommend the order be adopted and referred to HPD

21H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the crosswalks at the intersection of Beech and Dwight are assessed for pedestrian safety. Currently there are three crosswalks for four crossing points.  Recommend that the order be referred to the Mayor

21I.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Petition for a Vendor License for Mr. Ovidio Hernandez to operate an Ice Cup Syrup cart at corner of Appleton St. and Walnut St.  Recommend that the application be approved

21J.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Solicitor or the School Department Receiver provide a copy of the School Dept. 57 Suffolk St. lease to the City Council  Recommend that the order has been complied with

21K.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke consider adding stop signs on Washington Ave. at the intersection of Charles St. and Chapin St.  Recommend that  the order has been complied with

21L.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Engineer/DPW look into installing a stop sign at Old Jarvis and Bassett Recommend that the order has been complied with

21M.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred That our ordinances be reviewed to revise language to prevent panhandling at gateways to our City and other locations.  This activity does not promote a business friendly environment.  Consider adding language that panhandlers be required to obtain a permit from the municipal police department; that it is a crime to panhandle in commercial areas well as within 50 feet of any bank or automated teller machine and that it is a considered a crime for panhandlers to make false or untrue statements, or to disguise themselves, to solicit money, and to use money obtained for a claim of a specific purpose (e.g. food) to be spent on anything else. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

21N.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred  that the City Council review the Business General (BG), Business Highway (BH), Shopping Center (SC), and IG (General Industry) zoning ordinances to see if they can be consolidated and/or reformulated to make more intuitive and business friendly commercial districts  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

22.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

22A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  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.

 Recommend that the order be adopted pending a draft letter submitted to the Council by the developer

22B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that blinking red crossing walk signs be placed around Kennedy Park   Recommend that the order be amended to state Ordered that solar powered rectangular rapid flashing beacons be installed near Kennedy Park (Lincoln/Nonotuck) Funding of $10,000 is requested for the proposed work, including concrete base and warning sign installation: Recommend that the order be adopted as amended and referred to the Mayor for funding

22C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred That two (2) solar powered Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) be installed (one on each side of the crosswalk) at Hampden Street/Clinton Ave crosswalk. Funding of $10,000 is requested for the proposed work, including concrete base and warning sign installation Recommend that the order be adopted and referred to the Mayor for funding

22D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred 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
 Recommend that the order has been complied with

22E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred 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.
 Recommend that the order has been complied with

22F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke City Council vote to temporarily transfer the powers and duties of the Tax Collector to the Treasurer   Recommend that the order has been complied with

22G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred The 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.
 Recommend that the order has been complied with

23.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

24.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

25.    Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)

25A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred The Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” which was approved by the Holyoke City Council on December 4, 2012 and by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development on February 5, 2013, vote to approve the transfer of the properties listed below to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority for consideration of $1.00.

          Parcel ID
Current Use
Assessed Value
Book / Page
Area #9
Vacant Land
20125 / 375
Vacant Land
 20566 / 3
Vacant Land
20566 / 4
Vacant Land
16564 / 387
Vacant Land
16826 / 128
Area #3
Vacant Building
19864 / 549
Area #10
Vacant Building
11072 / 306
 Recommend that the order be approved

25B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Petition of UWM Holdings, Inc. for an amendment to a Special Permit originally granted for operation of a solid waste handling facility at 686 Main St.  Recommend that the application be approved

25C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred  Special Permit for a Motor Vehicle repair garage for Mr. Carlos Ramos at 178 Suffolk St  Recommend that the application be given leave to withdraw

26.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

27.    Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)


28.    MCGEE    —    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “LED Lighting Upgrade” grant and authorizes the establishment of a Fund or other method appropriate for the accounting of the receipts and expenditures of all resources associated with the administration of said grant.

29.    MCGEE    —    that the amount of One thousand six hundred eighteen and 75/100 Dollars ($1618.75) be authorized from the Solicitor Department’s Special Counsel (11512-53010), Seven thousand three hundred seventeen and 11/100 Dollars ($7317.11) be authorized from the Special Counsel (11512-53010) appropriation in fiscal year 2017 for services rendered in fiscal year 2016 which were unencumbered at the 2016 fiscal year end.

30.    MCGEE    —    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 Vacant Property Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of 1)Boarding up and cleaning up vacant properties and recording liens for such expenses; 2) Recording liens for unpaid vacant building registration fees and ticket fines.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be 1) Vacant building registration fees; 2) Reimbursement for board-up and cleaning expenses; 3) Ticket fines; 4) Reimbursement for lien recording expenses.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be Brian Fitzgerald.
    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 $50,000 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.

31.    MCGEE    —    Order that the forestry dept remove the dangerous tree near 34 Claren Dr.

32.    MCGEE    —    Order that the water department cap the pipe hole near 7 Wyckoff Ave.

33.    MCGEE    —    Order that DPW replace the sidewalks on Taylor Street.

34.    MCGEE    —    Order that pursuant to the public safety committee recommendation, June 21, 2016, the ordinance committee adopt an ordinance    changing the DPW’s policy making procedures on the ability to limit Holyoke residents from use of the yard waste area due to the tax payers trailer size.  The DPW’s argument is that it is looking to stop contractors from using the yard illegally by imposing a blanket policy that impacts taxpaying residents instead of doing their due diligence to stop the illegal use.

35.    MCGEE    —    Order that the planning department provide the public safety committee an updated report with regard to 160 water street.  Information/report should be provided within 2 weeks.

36.    MCGEE    —    That a representative of the DPW and Park and Rec
    LEAHY        come before the finance committee to provide a detailed
            break down of the bonding package for the fields (joints
            point, Roberts, etc). The representatives have to
            provide a breakdown of what is taking place at each
            location, timeline for each project and cost associated
            with each project, said report is due in two weeks.

37.    MCGEE    —    Order that the DPW/forestry dept cutback the trees near 18 Pearl Street and dingle area.

38.    MCGEE    —    Order that in light of the two fires the city has recently seen that the fire chief be invited into finance to give an update on the overtime account.

39.    MCGEE    —    that the DPW/forestry dept cut the tree branches overhanging the traffic lights at Northampton and Hampden.

40.    MCGEE    —    that (2nd request) that the DPW repair the berm at 37 Bemis which the city plow destroyed in the winter.

41.    MCGEE    —    that the DPW/forestry dept cut the tree branches overhanging the sidewalk at Laura lane/ Northampton St

42.    MCGEE    —    That Section 4.8 of the zoning ordinance, (mainly be amended to prohibit any commercial vehicles from parking on the street or in driveways.

43.    MCGEE    —    that the Vendor permit ordinance be amended to specifically address the process for obtaining the permit, which department will issue such permits and how to track and maintain information on such vendors/supporters.  Currently, a vendor was fingerprinted as part of the Vendor permit process and was sent to several departments to obtain the permit and no one had any idea of the permit (thus the need for a process). Therefore, the Vendor permit should be issued by DPW or Park & Rec with an approval form sign off by the Board of Health and Treasurers office (regarding taxes being current).

44.    MCGEE    —    hat the mayor provide a list of all potential bond options, requested options and/or suggested bond options for the city.  The mayor and city council should meet in finance to develop/establish a priority list of those bond options of high importance’s in order to develop an overall bond package.

45.    MCGEE    —    that the DPW cut down or remove the bushes in front of Lynch School.  The area is over grown and needs to be cleaned up ASAP.

46.    MCGEE    —    that in order to offer up options/suggestions and therefore better address the school department office space issues (57 Suffolk Street) the following options should be reviewed by the newly established committee: 1. The school dept could be moved to Metcalf school, 2. That the dual language program at Metcalf could be moved to Lynch School in order to expand the program to more Holyoke children, 3. School department and dual language program move to Lynch School in order to bifurcate the use of the building.  All city councilors, school committee members and public are invited to provide other suggestions for the committee to address and ultimately act.

47.    ROMAN    —    Ordered that the City Council amend Ordinance Section 2-37 (c) to “an employee of the city clerk’s office only during two weeks prior to a state election and one week prior to a municipal election.”

48.    ROMAN    —    That the DPW place two handicap parking spots on the City owned parking lot on the corner of South Summer and Adams Street.  Per recommendations from the Handicap Commissioner Welch. 

49.    ROMAN    —    That the City of Holyoke remove the loud speaker permit authority from the Police Department and include any loud speaker / outdoor permitting in special permits issued by the licensing board, this will improve efficiency, transparency and equity when issuing permits for loud speaker permits. 

50.    ROMAN    —    That the DPW clean up the ally way behind 500 Maple Street to 468 Maple Street. Residents actively maintain the ally way and keep clean however recent illegal dumping has occurred.

51.    ROMAN    —    That HG&E trim trees around electrical wires that are touching, in ally way behind 500 Maple Street to 468 Maple Street.

52.    ROMAN    —    That the City of Holyoke issue a proclamation to Irene Meehan, resident of Providence Place, born in Italy, but a lifelong resident of Holyoke since a young child, who turned 103 years old on August 1st, 2016.

53.    ROMAN    —    That the City of Holyoke strengthen its residency requirements for employees, this includes all interim department heads and all non union positions.  Also that an “interim” department head shall only be allowed to be a non resident for one (1) year after given the title and then must re-locate to the City of Holyoke in order to continue on in said position.

54.    ROMAN    —    That the City of Holyoke urge the Mayor during contract negotiations with all union contracts that stronger provisions for residency requirements be implemented.

55.    ROMAN    —    That any seasonal amusement attraction that will be in operation longer than 14 days wanting to operate in the City of Holyoke receive a special permit by the Holyoke City Council.  This will ensure community input and conditions, if any, are included and protected.

56.    ROMAN    —    that the City Engineer and DPW perform a traffic study on Vernon Street. Also that temporary speed bumps be placed.  There has been an increase of speeding on the street.

57.    SULLIVAN    —    That no property owned by the city of Holyoke, it’s Redevelopment Authority, HEDIC, or H.G.&E. shall have any use restrictions placed on it without the approval of the City Council.  The practice of leaving hazardous wastes on sites through the use of Alternative Use Limitation (AUL) or Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) can have a negative impact on future uses.  The value of the land could be greatly diminished and lead to even more costly remediation in the future.

58.    TALLMAN    —    adopt an ordinance related to wind power for both private and commercial property.  The city should have this type of construction reasonably regulated within the zoning section.

59.    VACON    —    That no budgeted salary line can be increased following approval of the budget without an appropriation submitted to and approved by the City Council.

60.    VACON    —    That a stop sign be placed and a stop line painted at Richard Eger Drive and Whitney Ave.

61.    VACON    —    That the sign ordinance for BH and BG be reviewed and revised to increase the maximum surface area permitted for each sign as of right from 40 to 75 feet for businesses with less than 25000 square feet of floor area and from 80 to 150 feet by special permit.

Also, in the BH and BG zones for businesses with 25000 or more feet of floor space maximum surface area permitted for each sign as of right is 200 square feet and up to 400 square feet by special permit.

62.    VACON    —    That any person or group soliciting money from the public on city (public) property must obtain a permit from the police department prior to any solicitation.
The permit shall remain in effect for a time designated by the Police Chief for up to 1year
and shall be obtained at least annually.  A permit fee may be charged to cover costs.

63.    VACON    —    Add signs on both sides of Mountain Road such as Slow, Wildlife crossing to encourage drivers reduce their speed.  Drivers are using this road as a cut through, traveling at high speeds and residents have safety concerns.  Also request Police Department to enforce speeds during high traffic times.

64.    VACON    —    That Holyoke Media Inc. appear before the City Council
    MCGEE        to explain the use of cable fees and provide the City
    MCGIVERIN        Council with legal documentation that authorizes the
    TALLMAN        creation of Holyoke Media Inc and a copy of the organizational
            corporate papers.  That Holyoke Media also provides
            a financial report and audit of the finances.  Cable
            subscribers in Holyoke are paying $5.00 per month
            in comparison to 50 cents per month paid by subscribers
            in other towns.  Many cable customers are questioning
            the use of their cable fees which now totals approximately
            one million dollars.

65.    BARTLEY    —    The City Council consider amending City ordinances to limit parking on the north side of Myrtle St. from the corner of Northampton St. east to the first driveway.

66.    BARTLEY    —    The DPW immediately advise the City Council on where the temporary speed bumps are located and develop a schedule of when/where they will be used.  Further, the Mayor please consider purchasing additional sets of temporary speed humps.

67.    BARTLEY    —    The City Council seek input from the city engineer
    MCGEE        to consider removing 2 of the 4 ‘no parking’ signs
            on Old Easthampton Rd.  Specifically, consider removing
            the ‘no parking’ signs from pole numbers 45-1 and
            45-2.  Further, order that a ‘no parking any time’
            sign be posted on the west side of Old Easthampton
            Rd., which would prevent motorists from parking in
            front of the home owners on that street.  Finally,
            order that the Administrative Assistant send written
            notice to the home owners on Old Easthampton Rd. when
            a hearing date is scheduled with the Ordinance Committee.

68.    JOURDAIN    —    That the State Primaries for the nomination of candidates of Political Parties for offices to be filled at the Biennial State primary in 2016, be and they are hereby called to be held in the City of Holyoke on Thursday, September 8, 2016, in the several polling places as designated by the City Council.  The polls will be opened at 7:00AM, and remain open continuously thereafter until 8:00PM when the polls will be closed, and all voters of political parties will in the several polling places in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, give in their votes for the nomination of candidates of political parties for the following offices:
    Que las Primarias del Estado para la nominacion de candidatos del Partido Politico para las oficinas que seran ocupadas en la Bienal Eleccion del Estado en el ano 2016, sea y illos de por este medio llamado a que lleve a cabo en la Ciudad de Holyoke el Jueves, Septiembre, 8, 2016, en los varios lugares de votacion, como designado por el concejo municipal.  Las urnas seran abiertas a las 7:00AM, y permanaceran abiertas continuamente de alli en adelante hasta las 8:00PM cuanda las urnas sean cerrada, y todas los votantes de los partidos politico en los varios lugares de votacion en el cual ellos tienen derecho a votar, entredicha horas ceder sus votos para la nominacion de candidatos del partido politico para las siguentes oficinas:

Representative in Congress – Representante en el Congreso
Councilor – Concejal
Senator in General Court – Senador de la Legislatura Estatal
Representative in General Court – Representante de la Legislatura Estatal
Sheriff – Alguacil

69.    JOURDAIN    —    That the Polling Places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke for the State Primary to be held Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

    ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recinto en la Ciudad de Holyoke para las Elecciones Estatal Primarias Esta que se llevaran a cabo el Jueves, 8 de Septiembre 2016, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

PRECINCT A – Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 Bowers St..
RECINTO A—Rosary Towers Recreation Room  21 de la Calle Bowers

PRECINCT B—Prospect Heights Community Room, 41 Chestnut St.
RECINTO B—Prospect Heights, 41 de la Calle Chestnut

        PRECINCT A—Morgan School Gym, South Bridge St. Entrance only
        RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela Morgan, en la Calle So. Bridge solamente

        PRECINCT B – Falcetti Towers, 475 Maple St.
        RECINTO B – Falcetti Towers, 475 de la Calle Maple

        PRECINCT A – Elmwood Engine House, South St.
        RECINTO A – Elmwood Engine House, en la Calle South

        PRECINCT B – Metcalf  School Gym, 2019 Northampton St.
        RECINTO B –Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

        PRECINCT A& B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, Appleton St.
        RECINTO A&B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, en la Calle Appleton

        PRECINCT A – Lt. Elmer J. McMahon School Gym, Kane Rd.
        RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela McMahon, en la Calle Kane

        PRECINCT B – Maurice A. Donahue School Gym, Whiting Farms Rd.
        RECINTO B—Gimnasio de la Escuela Donahue, en la Calle Whiting Farms    
        PRECINCT A&B –Sullivan School, 400 Jarvis Ave.
        RECINTO A&B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 de la Calle Jarvis

        PRECINCT A&B – E. N. White School Gym, 1 Jefferson St.
        PRECINTO A&B– Gimnasio de la Escuela E. N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson

70.    LEAHY    —    Order that: since its construction season can a page be added to the City of Holyoke’s website indicating what construction, repairs or instillation that are occurring on each street. The purpose of this order is people are coming home to spray paint markings on the street, curbs and sidewalks of their homes and the property owner isn’t notified on what is happening. Please refer this order to the Department of Public Works, Water Department, Gas and Electric department and any other agency that marks up the streets.

71.    LEAHY    —    Ordered that the Housing Authority and the Water Department come before the Public Service subcommittee to discuss and give an update on the Lyman Street project.

72.    LEAHY    —    The Honorable Holyoke City Council gives the representatives from the Eastern States Exposition a proclamation for its centennial celebration, 1916-2016.  The Eastern States, the Big E, is known as the largest State fair in New England and the 5th largest in the country. There were 1,345,961 people walking through the gates in 2015.  

73.    LEAHY    —    the City Ordinance establishing the committee called “The Biking and Pedestrian Committee” shall be amended in the following way:

“The paragraph describing committee composition, beginning with, ‘The committee should be comprised of:…,’ shall be struck out, and replaced with:

“‘The committee shall be comprised of no fewer than 7 member positions, no fewer than 5/7 of which are reserved for community members of Holyoke. The remainder may be filled by local elected officials or municipal staff serving in their official capacity. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve three-year terms. The Committee shall elect a Chair from the committee membership at the first meeting of each calendar year, to serve a one-year term. At the discretion of the Mayor, committee membership may be expanded or reduced (not to be reduced to fewer than 7 positions) with the consent of the Committee Chair. A quorum will be established as a simple majority of serving members (not including any vacant positions).'”

74.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    —    no parking signs be placed at Pequot Street in the entrance of Kelly school.

75.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    —    That the side walk near 300 Hampden street be repaired.

The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  
Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law

                  City Clerk

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