Ordinance Committee Meeting 10/24/17 Text Size

Event takes place on October 24, 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

At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Tues. Oct. 24 at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon

Item 1: Previous Meeting Minutes

Item 2: Item 3: Lisi 8/1/17: Ordered that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana retail locations

Item 3: Lisi 8/1/17: Ordered that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana cultivation and production

Item 4: Sullivan/Jourdain: Order:  That a complete review of Chapter 42 Fire Prevention and Protection be undertaken.  Many sections are outdated or need to be reviewed and updated.  Some sections are being ignored or circumvented.  Article III. which deals with the actual composition, staffing, and benefits of the department Is vague at best and receives less attention than the sale of cigarette lighters as detailed in 42-19.

Item 5: McGee 9/5/17: Order:  that a limited no parking sign near the corner by 42 Shawmut Ave be installed to allow delivery truck access. The no parking would be limited to 8am to 4 pm, parking after 4pm would be allowed.

Item 6: Lisi 9/5/17: Order:  the city consider adopting the MA state statutes necessary to reduce the speed limit to 25 mph on residential roads.


Item 7: Lisi 9/5/17: Order:  the DPW superintendent assess the placement of a signalized cross-walk near the Homestead Ave entrance to HCC.


Item 8: Jourdain 9/5/17: Order:  That no parking be established on the Southerly side of Belvidere Ave between Hillside Avenue and Alto St from December 15 to March 15.


Item 9: Vacon 9/5/17: Order:  Establish and post “no left turn” at Ashley and 202.  This is a safety issue.


Item 10: Greaney 9/5/17: Order:  that speed bumps be installed every 500 ft. on Hillside Ave. from Cherry St. to Woods Ave.

 Item 11: Bartley 9/5/17: Order:  The City remove the “no parking” to corner sign on the north side of John St.

Item 12: Vacon 9/5/17: Order:  that No Parking be established and signs placed on both sides of Sunset near the 202 end of the street. (#10).


Item 13: McGee 8/1/17: Order:  that the speed limit on Bemis be reduced from 30 MPH to 20 MPH in order to better address the speed and public safety issue


Item 14: Leahy 10/17/17: Because the regulatory speed limit on Lawler Street is 30 mph that the Police Department conducts a speed study to determine if the limit should be decreased to 25 mph.


Item 15: Roman 8/1/17: Order:  that a loading zone only parking spot be created around 305 Main Street, a nearby shelter for families as well as the restaurant are needed a loading zone space to allow families moving in and out of the facility as well as vendors to drop off. 


Item 16: Bartley 9/20/17: Order:  The City remove Handicap parking at 27-29 John St. (Placard #P14500961). The resident no longer is at this address


Item 17: Vacon 9/20/17: Order:  that a sign Slow (with a wheel chair symbol) be posted near 513 Whitney Ave apartments so drivers will be made aware of a person in the area using a wheelchair near the roadway.


Item 18: McGee 5/2/17: Order: Whereas new businesses that have developed around the mall area are looking for better directional signage for their business and such signage could be placed on private property owners property, it is therefore requested that the ordinance committee consider a possible new ordinance 


Item 19: Leahy 6/6/17: Order:  the City of Holyoke creates an ordinance that requires a group or business that hands out or exchanges needles be required to have the needles marked with a specific color. This will help our board of health and police department identify where the needle originated from.


Item 20: Order:  That the Ordinance Committee create an Ordinance for the Adopt an Island (Medians) Program with the following interceptions in the City (near 391 and Main Street, Whiting Farm by Kmart, Entrance to the Mall, Hampden and Northampton St., Dwight Street and Northampton St, Beech and Northampton St., and others). Also, that a $200.00 fine for trespassing, leaning against any City signs post or hanging anything to the signs plus a no litter sign be erected at all interceptions.
The program will be run or manage by the DPW with enforcement from the police.

Item 21: Jourdain 1/17/17: Ordered that the City Council create and adopt a new comprehensive Ethics ordinance

Item 22: City Council Vendor License application  for Nuestras Raices for 329 Main St.

Item 23: City Council Vendor License application for Jeanette Vega on Main St.

Item 24:  Jourdain 10/17/17: Order:  that the Mayor, Procurement Officer, Law department, a representative of Hampshire Towing, and a representative of Red’s Towing appear before the City Council to discuss campaign donations made to Mayor Alex Morse during the period January 1 to September 8, 2017 which appear to be in violation of Ordinance 2-335 and moreover appear to be a material breach of their contracts with the city.  A discussion of how this matter can be remedied should also take place.

Item 25: Leahy 10/17/17: Order: The City of Holyoke opt-in to MGL c. 90 § 17C which will “Establishment of 25-miles-per-hour speed limit in thickly settled or business district in city or town.”  What this will do is setting the reasonable and proper speed on all city- and town-owned streets within thickly settled or business districts at 25 mph (that do not have existing special speed regulations).  If the City adopts this language, Holyoke can also adopt a 25 MPH thickly settled speed zone on a street-by-street basis. 


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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