Ordinance Committee Meeting 8/9/16 Text Size

Event takes place on August 09, 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, August 9, at 6:30 PM

Per order of the Chair:  Linda Vacon


1. Acceptance of previous meeting minutes


2. Joint Public Hearing Ordered that the City Council adopt a Special Permit/ application for any methadone/suboxone clinics coming into the City.


3.  Sullivan 8/2/16: That no property owned by the city of Holyoke, it’s Redevelopment Authority, HEDIC, or H.G.&E. shall have any use restrictions placed on it without the approval of the City Council.  The practice of leaving hazardous wastes on sites through the use of Alternative Use Limitation (AUL) or Beneficial Use Determination (BUD) can have a negative impact on future uses.  The value of the land could be greatly diminished and lead to even more costly remediation in the future.


4. Sullivan1/19/16: Order:  to amend appendix B – Wetlands Protection
Section 1 – 1 Purpose
Section 1 – 2 Applicability
Section 2  Jurisdiction

To Add language that would recognize that the Canal System is not a part of the “Natural” wetlands or waterways of the region and are not in the jurisdiction of the conservation commission the canals are a mechanical component used in the “service of the Public” as described in Section 8 exceptions.


5. Vending License application of Mr. Pedro L. Bochica to operate a Hot Dog Cart at the corner of High St. and Cabot St.


6. Vending License application of Mrs. Jearnett Palau to operate a Frappe Batidos business at 113 Sargeant St.


7.  JOurdain: order  that Division 3 entitled “Purchasing Department” of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be reviewed and amended as necessary for consistency with the thresholds set by M.G.L. ch. 30B.

8. Bartley: Order:  That the City of Holyoke amend Chapter 30 of its Code of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement of outside legal counsel.  Since Chapter 30B, Section 1(15), exempts procurement of legal services from public bid laws, this Order would supersede state law and increase consumer protection. (x2 Bartley, Soto duplicate order)

9. Bartley: Order To strengthen procurement laws, the city of Holyoke will put police ordered towing and any other public towing services out to bid on at least a biennial basis.  


10: : McGee8/2/16 : Order that pursuant to the public safety committee recommendation, June 21, 2016, the ordinance committee adopt an ordinance    changing the DPW’s policy making procedures on the ability to limit Holyoke residents from use of the yard waste area due to the tax payers trailer size.  The DPW’s argument is that it is looking to stop contractors from using the yard illegally by imposing a blanket policy that impacts taxpaying residents instead of doing their due diligence to stop the illegal use.



11. Jourdain 2/16/16: Chapter 54 of the Holyoke Code of Ordinances be amended to make it unlawful to use a drone to fly over the private property of another without their prior written consent.  They shall also be prohibited from flying over any municipal property without the prior written consent of the city.  A violation shall be subject to a fine.  A drone shall be defined as any unmanned aerial system.


12. Leahy 8/2/16: the City Ordinance establishing the committee called “The Biking and Pedestrian Committee” shall be amended in the following way: 

“The paragraph describing committee composition, beginning with, ‘The committee should be comprised of:…,’ shall be struck out, and replaced with: 

“‘The committee shall be comprised of no fewer than 7 member positions, no fewer than 5/7 of which are reserved for community members of Holyoke. The remainder may be filled by local elected officials or municipal staff serving in their official capacity. Members shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve three-year terms. The Committee shall elect a Chair from the committee membership at the first meeting of each calendar year, to serve a one-year term. At the discretion of the Mayor, committee membership may be expanded or reduced (not to be reduced to fewer than 7 positions) with the consent of the Committee Chair. A quorum will be established as a simple majority of serving members (not including any vacant positions).'” 




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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