Ordinance Committee Meeting 12/13/16 Text Size

Event takes place on December 13, 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 Tuesday December 13th, at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon


Item 1: Approval of previous meeting minutes

Item 2:  Lopez 6/7/16: Ordered that the City Council adopt a Special Permit/ application for any Methadone/Suboxone clinics coming to the City.

Item 3: 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 4: Bartley 9/21/16: Order:  The City Council consider an on-street parking ban for the winter months for certain streets that due to accumulated snowfall become too narrow and impede or prevent emergency vehicles from passing through.

Item 5: 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 6: Roman 11/15/16: Order:  That the City Council, establish local ordinances regarding the regulation and taxation of recreational marijuana.  Including establishing a local tax on marijuana sales of 2% (amount allowed by law).

Item 7: Leahy 11/15/16 Order:  that the Law Department come before the Public Service subcommittee. Since the passage of recreational marijuana how will that  effect our ordinances and laws. Also give us an update on the cities regulatory power over the stores that will be selling/manufacturing of marijuana and edibles.

 Item 8: Leahy 11/15/16: Order:  that the city creates an ordinances on recreational marijuana regarding the taxation of the products that will be manufactured and or sold.

 Item 9: Vacon 11/15/16: Order:  That the sale of recreational marijuana be allowed under the same zoning as medical marijuana.

 Item 10: Jourdain 3/2/16: Ordered that the Mayor come before a committee of the City Council to discuss his plan to move municipal offices. He should discuss this plan with us prior to implementing it.

 Item 11: Bartley 9/6/16: Ordered that the City Council consider revising its ordinances relative to the funds provided to the Mayor’s office in lieu of providing a vehicle.

 Item 12: Jourdain 9/6/16: Ordered that ordinances related to ancillary structures be reviewed for possible revisions particularly as it relates to garages.

 Item 13: Bartley 9/21/16: Odered that the City Council review the City’s laws relative to the licensing of B&Bs. Specifically the City Council ensure that approval from the building commissioner and HFD are necessary prerequisites.

 Item 14: Bresnahan 11/15/16: Ordered that the City of Holyoke ordinance committee discuss creating regulations with respect to the Air bed and breakfasts located within the City of Holyoke.

 Item 15: Roman 8/2/16: Order:  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.

 Item 16: Roman 8/2/16: Order:  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.

Item 17: Handicap application for Abigail Sevigne at 189 Beech St.

Item 18: Handicap application for Jose Duque at 30 Portland St.

Item 19: Handicap application for Brenda Lorenzi at 552 So. Summer St. Apt. 3R

Item 20: Handicap application for Josephine Rivera at 11 Center St.



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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