Ordinance Committee Meeting 12/12/17 Text Size

Event takes place on December 12, 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 December 12 at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon

Item 1: Previous Meeting Minutes

Item 2: Roman 1/17/17: Ordered that the City of Holyoke tax on cultivators of marijuana is imposed as follows: $9.25 per dry-weight ounce of marijuana flowers $2.75 per dry-weight ounce of marijuana leaves

Item 3: Leahy: Order:  that the city creates an ordinances on recreational marijuana regarding the taxation of the products that will be manufactured and or sold.

Item 4: Leahy: 10/18/16 Order:  the City or the Contractor who is doing construction or road enhancements be ordered to put caution signs and slow signs when traffic is diverted from a busy through street to a quiet residential street.

Item 5: McGee 10/3/17: Order:  Order that the ordinance committee invite in DPW to address and potentially correct the monthly parking pass issues in the parking decks in relation to the visitors parking needs for the volleyball hall of fame, children’s museum, etc.


Item 6: Bartley 10/17/17: Order:  The City install a crosswalk from B.S. Church to the Messier parking lot across Northampton St near Carlton St. This is a constituent request.


Item 7: Leahy 10/17/17: Order:  the DPW gives Roberts Field a street number. There is too much confusion when people put the address into a GPS.


Item 8: Lisi 9/5/17: Order:  the DPW superintendent assess the placement of a signalized cross-walk near the Homestead Ave entrance to HCC.


Item 9: Lisi 6/6/17: Order:  that the City Council consider adopting a program similar to Albequerque, NM’s “There’s a Better Way” or Portland, OR’s “Opportunity Crew” as an innovative and productive means for addressing the city’s panhandling issues with meaningful work-based alternatives (see links:,,


Item 10: Greaney 6/6/17  Ordered that the Holyoke Police Department provide the pan handlers in the City a list of all social and medical services available to them. If they continue to pan handle after notification and resist help, we will order more forceful action to deal with this public safety problem on our medians and intersections.


Item 11: McGee 9/5/17: Order:  that the City of Holyoke consider a vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 60 Section 3F, the law would allow the City to designate a place on its property or motor vehicle excise tax bills or mail with such bills a separate form whereby taxpayers may voluntarily check off, donate and pledge an amount of money, which shall increase the amount already due, for the purposes of providing support for veterans and their dependents in need of immediate assistance, or take any action relative thereto.


Item 12: Jourdain 9/20/17: Order:  That the Police Department enforce all traffic and pedestrin laws relative to anyone solciting in the street or on any traffic island in the city. 


Item 13: McGiverin 2/21/17: Ordered that the City Council look into creating a parking authority

Item 14: Sullivan 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. 


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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