Ordinance Committee Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on February 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers




Notice of Committee Meeting


There will be a Regular Meeting of the Committee on



At the City Hall Council Chambers Tuesday, February 25 , 2014

At 6:30 PM Joint Public Hearing with Planning Board at 6:30

Per order of the Chairperson: Rebecca Lisi



  • Acceptance of Previous Meeting Minutes
  • Zone Change Petition from BG (General Business) to IP (Industrial Park) for the land in Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts identified by the City’s Assessors as Map 116 Block 00, Parcel 001, also known as Whiting Farms Road 18-acre Parcel
  • Lisi: Ordered the City Council amend Section 2-87 of the Ordinances to increase the fees for birth, death, and marriage certificates from $7 to $10.
  • Jourdain, Tallman: Ordered that an ordinance be created establishing a stipend of $4,000 per year for the Chairman of the War Memorial Commission
  • Soto: Ordered Parks and Recreation Commissioners come before the City Council to discuss what we can do to make our public parks smoke free
  • Soto, Lisi: Ordered that the City of Holyoke adopt a no smoking policy around or outside of any City building
  • Chateauneuf: Additional handicap parking for Public Library. There is concern that there is a need for more spaces than the ones provided in parking lot.
  • Jourdain: Ordered a handicap space be placed at 267 Walnut St. Placard# PO1598681
  • Leahy 2006: That the City /Mayor look into a violator funded automated traffic violation system for speeders and red light infractions.  Refer to Ordinance Committee/ copy to Mayor
  • Lisi 2008: That the Planning Department and the Law Department recommend language that appropriately defines density for condominium zoned parcels.
  • McGiverin 2008: Order:  the job desription for the Deputy Treasurer job be reviewed and modified
  • McGiverin 2008: Order:  that the City Council review its agenda and determine a way for the Mayor to file proposals that the City Council can act on without a City Councilors name.
  • Keane 2009: Order:  That the Chief of Police use all efforts to enforce the Noise Ordinance, particularly from Motor Vehicles
  • Brunelle 2009: Order:  That the Council adopt an ordinance to allow the Treasurer and/or Tax Collector to enter into payment agreements for properties with back taxes and in tax title
  • Devine, Brunelle 2009: Order:  that when the Tax Collector signs off that taxes are paid, that he include any tax agreements as well.
  • Brunelle 2009: Order:  that Appendix A be amended to correctly state that the fee for the special permit for Used and New Car Sales is a $550.00 non-refundable application fee and the fee for special permit for Motor Vehicle Repair Garage, MV Service Station, MV Body repair or paint shop be $350.00 non-refundable application fee; collected at time of application.
  • Brunelle 2009: That Chapter 90, Article III, Division 2 Industrial Wastewater Discharges be modified to accommodate new Pretreatment Streamlining Rules passed by EPA and required as a condition of the city’s NPDES Wastewater Discharge Permit.
  • Brunelle 2009: Order:  The position of City Treasurer be changed from an elected position to a position appointed by the mayor and confirmed by city council.  That a job description of responsibilities be created and minimal qualifications for the position be created by ordinance.
  • Lisi, Lopez 2010: the City of Holyoke develop a plot-plan ordinance which would include a survey of the land by a professional surveyor for new structures that require foundations.
  • Leahy 2010: The ordinance committee strengthen our ordinances that effect housing or keeping swine,chickens, rosters and other animals that could cause potential diseases and harmful effects in a non-farm setting.  Section 14-12 Keeping fowl. “No fowl shall be kept or maintained within the limits of the city except where allowed by zoning regulations.
  • Lisi 2010: Order:   that the City Council convene a dialogue with resident cat owners and professionals who participate in Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs in the City of Holyoke to discuss the scope and merits of the program and ways that it can effectively be tailored or limited, so as to not interfere with the quality of life of neighbors living near residents participating in TNR programs.
  • Lisi, Lopez, Purington, Vega 2010: Order:  that the City Council invite the permitting group in to discuss the criteria and process involved in slating buildings for demolition
  • Vacon 2010: Order:  the City Council add an ordinance (developed in collaboration with animal experts) to permit the managed care of feral cats that includes a formal TNR program with the goals of reducing the number of feral cats and increasing the number of neutered and vaccinated cats and gives the Animal Control Officer clear authority to remove an animal that is documented to be causing a nuisance.
  • Vacon, O’Neill 2010:  any residential or commercial property purchased by a charitable organization (other than a church) be required to make payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to stop the erosion of our tax base.  To the extent allowed by law and given any required notice, that current properties owned by charitable organizations (other than a church) be given notice that they will be required to make payments in lieu of taxes.
  • Devine 2010: Order:  That an ordinance be created in accordance with and to implement M.G.L. Ch. 40U, which was adopted by the City Council earlier this year, relative to the collection of municipal fines.
  • Lopez 2010: Order:  that Sec.2-113 Assistant City Treasurer be adopted by the City Council.
  • Lopez 2010: Order:  that the classification schedule for the Assistant City Treasurer be adopted as attached.
  • Devine, Murphy, Vacon, Vega: Order:  that the Rules and Orders of the City Council be changed to reflect the following new rule       That any order scheduled to be taken up in subcommittee on the same date as a regularly scheduled meeting of the full City Council, that the results of such sub committee meeting shall be placed on the following agenda of the full City Council.



Ryan M. Allen: Administrative Asst.

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 may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.




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