*Postponed* Ordinance Committee Meeting 2/12/19 Text Size

Event takes place on February 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers


*** URGENT: Due to inclement weather the 2/12/19 Ordinance Committee has been postponed to February 26, 2019 at 6:30PM ***


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 February 12th, 2019 at 6:30pm
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon


Item 1: Previous Meeting Minutes


Item 2: Special permit application submitted by EMB Natural Ventures, LLC for the establishment of a marijuana facility for cultivation purposes at 140 Middle Water St. Holyoke MA 01040


Item 3: Valentin 11/7/18: Order:  That an official petition and notification process be implemented regarding “resident parking only” requests, such as the petition and notification process in place for speed humps via ordinance at this time. Proposed wording: “That no “resident parking only” be established, except upon petition to the City Council signed by at least two-thirds of the property owners or two-thirds of the registered voters within the impacted segment of a proposed “resident parking only” street.” 


Item 4: Vacon: Order:  that a permanent reconfiguration of Sunset and/or Ashley Road or other streets in the neighborhood be considered once the temporary pilot project is completed.


Item 5: Sullivan 11/20/18: Order:  The City Council and Mayor amend the city ordinances to create a commission whose purpose is to consider all aspects of the Whiting Street Reservoir.  The commission should be comprised of Holyoke residents only.  The charge of the commission should include reviewing costs to maintain the Reservoir and repurposing it for future use as well as ensuring that reasonable environmental considerations are maintained.


Item 6: Bartley:  Order:  The City council amend its ordinances to create a committee to study the costs and benefits of involved with the City of Holyoke establishing its own animal control facility.  The expectation is that the committee, once created, will produce a report to be reviewed by the Board of Health, City Council, Mayor and other relevant departments.


Item 7: Bresnahan 1/15/19: Order:  Ordinance committee review the current vacant and blighted building ordinance by calling in The Health Dept the building Dept. The greater Holyoke landlord association and any other concerned parties to address the ordinance and determine if there is a more business/landlord friendly way to ensure vacant buildings are in compliance with the current ordinance


Item 8: Leahy/Bartley 1/15/19: Order:  Any city department receiving grant money as approved by the city council per Mass. General Law or any other authorizing criteria shall within a reasonable period of time but no later than 60 days from the conclusion of said grant generate a detailed report that matches the planned outcomes with the documented results. The report should be submitted to the city clerk and forwarded to the next available city council agenda.  Once received and approved by city council the Mayor shall have the report posted publicly.


Item 9: McGee 8/7/18: Order:  Ordered: The City Council adopt MGL c. 33, Sec. 59, more specifically that an employee of the commonwealth in a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States who is ordered to service for more than 30 consecutive days shall be paid the regular base salary as a public employee for each pay period of such military leave of absence, reduced by any amount received either from the United States or the commonwealth as base pay for military service performed during the same pay period. No such employee shall lose any seniority or accrued vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, compensation time or earned overtime.


Item 10: McGiverin 10/2/18: Financial Order:  ONE HUNDRED AND ___________ AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 2 OF THE
Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Holyoke as follows:
SECTION 1. Division 4 entitled “City Auditor” of Article II entitled “Officers
and Employees Generally” of Chapter 2 entitled “Administration” of the Revised Code of
Ordinances of the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts, 1997, as amended, is hereby further
amended by the following:
At the end of Section 2-138(e) Departmental Revolving Funds
(e) Authorized Revolving Funds.
(9) Fire Department Stations Revolving Fund
(i) Fund Name. There shall be a separate fund called the Fire
Department Stations Revolving Fund for the use of the Holyoke
Fire Department.
(ii) Revenues. The city Auditor shall establish the Fire Department
Stations Revolving Fund as a separate account and credit to the fund
lease payments received from Action Ambulance providers for the
use of various fire department stations in the city.
(iii) Purposes and Expenditures. During each fiscal year, the Holyoke Fire
Chief may incur liabilities against and spend monies from the Fire
Department Stations Revolving Fund for the specific and sole purpose
of making necessary building repairs, and maintenance, and the
purchase of supplies and equipment forat fire department stations
throughout the city.
The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the fund
during the fiscal year shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected
during the fiscal year.
(iv) Fiscal Years. The Fire Department Stations Revolving Fund shall
operate for fiscal years that begin on or after July 1, 2018.
SECTION 2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are
hereby repealed.
SECTION 3. This ordinance shall take effect upon passage.



Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen
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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