Ordinance Committee Meeting 1/10/17 Text Size

Event takes place on January 10, 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 Tuesday January 10 at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon


Item 1: Bartley 9/6/16: Order:  The City Council consider revising its ordinances relative to the funds provided to the Mayor’s office in lieu of providing a vehicle.


Item 2: McGee 1/3/17: ordered that Section 2-48 travel policy, part 4 (a) of the code of ordinances be amended to add the Mayor to the list of employees authorized to take their city vehicle home.”


Item 3: Jourdain 3/2/16: Order the Mayor come before the Ord. Committee of the Council to discuss his plan to move municipal offices. He should discuss this plan with us prior to implementing it.


Item 4: Vacon 8/2/16: Ordered that no budgeted salary line can be increased following approval of the budget without an appropriation submitted to and approved by the City Council.


Item 5. Bartley 9/21/16: The City Council create by Ordinance Resident Only Parking on Mackintosh Terrace that would allow parking on-street parking on the north side of the street from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. only for cars that are registered with the City and that display the necessary decal.  Further, the City Council establish relevant signage.


Item 6: Leahy 9/21/16: Order:  that the department of public works paints a “do not block the intersection” at the  intersection  of Columbus Avenue and Northampton Street.


Item 7: 9/6/16: Ordered that Chapter 86 of the Cod of Ordinances be amended as necessary in order to prohibit the operation of commercial vehicles on Dartmouth St.


Item 8: Jourdain 8/2/16: Ordered that an ordinance be created to modify the 30 minute parking area in front of Divine Beauty Salon on Dwight St. to allow space for one handicapped parking space


Item 9: Bartley 10/18/16: Order:  The City provide 1-hour parking, 7 days/week, on the south side of Myrtle St. from the corner of Northampton St. to the parking lot behind the Dam Café.  (Similar to order the Ordinance Committee approved at its 9/27 meeting.)


Item 10: Vacon 10/18/16: Order:  That “No Parking” be established at the exit of McMahon School as vehicles are having difficulty exiting when cars are parked to close to the driveway.


Item 11: Vacon 10/18/16: Order:  Request our City Engineer evaluate Rt 202 and make eastbound one lane, rather than two due to increased speeding and safety complaints.


Item 12: Bartley 10/18/16: Order:  The City of Holyoke consider parking improvements on Russell Terrace such as limiting parking to allow for school buses to better navigate the street and adding a Stop sign.


Item 13: Bartley 10/18/16: Order:  The City of Holyoke consider lowering the speed limit on Willow St.


Item 14: McGee 11/7/17: Order:  That the speed limit of 30 MPH be lowered to 20 MPH on Old Ferry Rd.


Item 15: McGee 11/7/16: Order:  That the engineer look at a no turn on red sign being placed at Cherry Street to Northampton.


Item 16: Order:  The Department of Public Works install no Parking signs at the beginning of Maple Street located in the circle of Mater Dolorosa School.  Have the signs read, ” no parking from 7:00 to 9:00am and from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Monday through Friday.


Item 17: Valentin: Order:  That the handicap parking located at 195-197 Suffolk St. be removed immediately. The person has moved out of state and the handicap parking is no longer needed.


Item 18: Lopez 6/7/16: Order:  the City Council adopt a Special Permit/application for any Methadone Clinics coming to the City.



Item 19: Vacon 8/2/16: Order:  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.

Item 20: Roman 12/20/16: Order:  Ordered that the DPW place resident only parking signs in front of 89, 91, 93, 95 and 97 Franklin Street.  Due to the proximity of businesses and near by resident only parking spots individuals do not have ample parking spaces to park their family vehicles. 


Item 21: Leahy 11/15/16: Order:  Composition of the Committee – Statutory Requirement:
The first five members of the CPC are required by the statute, and each of the following boards must designate one of its voting members to serve on the CPC:

– The Conservation Commission (created by Section 8C of Chapter 40) 

– Planning Board (Section 81a of Chapter 41)

– Housing Authority (Section 3 of Chapter 121B)

– Historic Commission (Section 8D of Chapter 40)

– Board of Parks Commissioners (Section 2 of Chapter 45)
Composition of the Committee – At Large Members:
– One (1) citizen not currently holding elected or appointed office, nor currently municipal employees, as appointed by the Mayor

– Three (3) citizens not currently holding elected or appointed office, nor currently municipal employees, as appointed by the City Council
Term of Office:
1, 2, or 3 years. We can discuss in Ordinance then the full City Council. 


Item 22: Roman 11/15/16: Order:  that City of Holyoke establish the Community Preservation Committee.  The purpose of this committee shall be to study community preservation resources, possibilities and needs, and to make annual recommendations to city council on spending of Community Preservation surcharge funds.  

Required members of the committee per state statue shall be one representative of the following city boards / commissions: 

– Conversation Commission
– Planning Board 
– Historical Commission 
– Housing Authority 
– Board of Park Commissioners 

An 3 additional members will be appointed by the Holyoke City Council with a 4th seat being reserved for a member of the City Council, City Council appointment shall be made by the City Council President.



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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