Ordinance Committee Meeting 4/23/19 Text Size

Event takes place on April 23, 2019 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


At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Tuesday April 23, 2019, at 6:30 PM
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon


Item 1: Previous Meeting Minutes

Item 2: Special permit application of Analytics Labs LLC for establishment of a cannabis testing lab at 28C Appleton St, Suite 3. (Map 032 Block 01 Parcel 001)

Item 3: Special Permit special permit application of Life Essence Inc. for establishment of a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment at 56 Canal St., 7 North Bridge SE (Map 041 Block 01 Parcel 011 + 16,09

Item 4: Lebron-Martinez 12/18/18: Ordered that a no parking sign be placed on Walnut St. ten feed on each side of the private parking are of the Juvenile Court.

Item 5: McGee 1/5/19: Ordered that a no parking “from here to corner” sign be installed around the entrance way to 1 Elm St. of the new Holyoke Juvenile Court House

Item 6: Anderson-Burgos 11/7/18: Order:  that temporary speed humps be placed on Anderson Avenue, and that a speed study be done on the corner of Sycamore and Anderson. A resident living on Anderson noticed an increase in traffic using excessive speed coming around the blind corner from Anderson to Sycamore from the other end of Anderson as well as off of Carter Street. She is concerned for the safety of her young child as well as others.

Item 7: Leahy 1/15/19: Order:  that anytime the City Council or Department of Public Works change an ordinance or right of way that would effect the day to day operations of the Police Department or Fire Department that the City clerks Department immediately notify the deparments.  An example of this is when the barriers went up in the Ashley neighborhood, or reducing the speed limit through the city.

Item 8: Valentin 1/15/19: Ordered that the handicap sign be removed from 145 Essex St. for Carlos Espada. The individual has moved

Item 9: Murphy 3/5/19: Ordered that no parking be allowed on the odd numbered side of Jackson Street from the corner of South Bridge Street to the alleyway.  

Item 10: Vacon 2/5/19: Order:  that a No Parking sign be placed near the driveway with an arrow toward the driveway of 16 Dale St. on the side near Cherry St. Drivers are parking so close to the driveway that the homeowners are having difficulty entering and exiting safely.

Item 11: Leahy 2/5/19: Order that the DPW installs/Paints  a Don’t Block the Box at the intersection of Southampton Road and Easthampton Road.


Item 12: Murphy 2/19/19: Ordered that the DPW place the following sidewalks on the list for spring projects.  East side South Bridge Street from S Canal to Jackson Street; South side of Jackson Street from S Summer to S Bridge; North Side of Sargeant Street from S Bridge to S East St.


Item 13: Anderson-Burgos 2/19/19: Ordered that a no parking to corner sign be placed on the northbound side of Jarvis Avenue 20 feet prior to the entrance to Day Brook Village and no parking in front of United Bank on Northampton St.. Vehicles parking on the corner are presenting a hazardous obstruction to drivers attempting to exit.


Item 14: Bartley 2/19/19: Order:  The city install a crosswalk across Northampton St. near Washington Ave. and Lawler St. The purpose is to improve the safety of students getting to and from Metcalf School.


Item 15: Bresnahan 2/19/19 Order that a school zone speed limit sign very similar to the sign located at Lawrence School be placed in front of Metcalf School, at the crosswalk Northampton Street. and all Schools be reviewed.


Item 16: McGee 12/18/18: Ordered that a no parking sign be installed near the driveway at 970 Hampden St.


Item 17: Lisi 11/7/18: Ordered that the City Engineer research and provide the Council with recommendations for how to change the ordinance related to downtown parking so that business and residential needs can best be met


Item 18: Bartley 10/2/18: Order:  City of Holyoke install appropriate signage and School Zone warning lights near the following schools on Northampton St.: Center School, Metcalf School and Blessed Sacrament School, and also at EN White School


Item 19: Valentin 1/15/19: Order:  That the City Engineer evaluate the placement of a four-way stop at the intersection of Locust and Sargeant Street. Request from residents.


Item 20: Anderson-Burgos 11/7/18: Ordered  that a sign be placed on both ends of Monroe Street prohibiting large trucks from using it as a pass through. Residents have expressed that this creates a danger for children, and that one truck also damaged a power line leading up to a resident’s house.

Item 21: Bartley 4/2/19: Order:  A do not block the box be inserted on Northampton St. at the top of Carlton St. in the southbound lane of Route 5

Item 22: Anderson-Burgos 3/19/19: Order that “no parking here to corner” signs be placed 20 feet on each side of Isabella Street leading to Forer Avenue as well on Forer Avenue leading to Isabella Street. Area residents have observed that cars parked on the narrow corner makes it a driving hazard, and potentially dangerous if large emergency vehicles attempt to navigate the corner.


Item 23: Tallman 3/19/19: Order:  that no parking be allowed at 1470 Dwight St. in Front of Gates., Also that hash mark (striped lines) be painted in front of Gates on street.


Item 24: Anderson-Burgos 3/19/19: Order that “no turn on red” signs be placed on Hillside Avenue on both sides of the intersection approaching Cherry St. Accidents and near accidents are a concern for motorists.

Item 25: Lebron-Martinez 3/19/19: Order:  An order for DPW to remove  handicapped parking at 14 Center Street with approval of Disability commission. According to resident person is deceased and is no longer needed.


Item 26: McGee 3/19/19: l Order:  that a limited no parking sign be placed in front of 17 Beacon Ave (no parking from 7am to 8am and 3pm to 4pm) only during the week and not weekends.


Item 27: McGiverin 2/19/19: Order that the City Council review and update if necessary Section 102-34 -The Collection of fees;  Fee Schedule of Chapter 102 – Weights and Measures of the Code of Ordinances.  This Fee Schedule was last updated in 1997.


Item 28: Leahy 9/5/18: Order:  That Mr. Douglas Wlkinson has lived on Belvidere Ave. with his bride Ptricia for the last 52 years.  Mr. Wilkinson, now who is 83 years old, has had major medical setbacks.  Their neighbors have 9 cars and park them consistently infront of their home.  Mr. Wilkinson’s Handicap Placard is P92030348, Exp. 8/30/20.  We file this order to have  handicap spot placed infront of 48 Belvidere Ave. 


Item 29: Valentin 2/5/19: Ordered that a handicap sign be placed in front of 127 Beech St. for Fredy Rodriguez


Item 30: Murphy 2/19/19: Ordered that a handicap sign be placed in front of 290 Chestnut St. for Asnelly Negron


Item 31: 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 32: Murphy 4/2/19: Ordered that the City of Holyoke amend Section 7.10.4 Marijuana Facilities, Permitted Districts, to reduce the distance requirement from any pre-existing public or private school providing education in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or any grades 1 through 12; measured from the lot lines of impacted properties to 200 feet for cultivation factories only as permissible under M.G.L. 94 g, section 5 (b)3.  All other marijuana functions would continue to require a 500 foot buffer.”


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.  Also one or two items may require the committee to enter into executive session at this meeting.

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