Ordinance Committee Meeting 8/8/17 Text Size

Event takes place on August 08, 2017 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 8th  at 6:30 PM

Per order of the Chair:  Linda Vacon


1: Acceptance of previous meeting minutes


2. McGee 4/4/17: Order:  that the city install permanent speed bumps on George Frost Drive, resident petition to be filed.  Temporary speed bumps and traffic study has been completed.


3. Jourdain 6/20/17: Order:  That Sec 2-157 of the City Ordinances be amended as follows in bolded italic type:
Sec. 2-157. – Absence, vacancy or disability, city solicitor.  
In the case of the absence, vacancy, or disability of the city solicitor, or in the case of the failure of the city council to confirm the city solicitor under section 34 of the Charter, the most senior assistant city solicitor, in number of years of continuous service to the city, shall act as the city solicitor and head of the law department for a period of time not to exceed ninety (90) days.  If the senior assistant city solicitor shall have acted as city solicitor for at least 90 days then he or she shall be removed from that acting position immediately, and no other member of the department may be eligible to serve in that capacity on an acting basis.


4. Lopez 6/6/17: Order:  That the Ordinance Committee and the law department establisher look into a new ordinance for solicitation/panhandling  near any interceptions in the city that will not be allowed at least 200 Ft from any interceptions, Schools, Library, Stores, and day care.  Also, that any solicitation or panhandling Person/Organization obtain a $5.00 permit from the City Council.  Any medians in the City will have no loitering signs and a fine of $50.00 for anyone without a permit.


5. Vacon 8/2//16: Order:  That any person or group soliciting money from the public on city (public) property must obtain a permit from the police department prior to any solicitation.
The permit shall remain in effect for a time designated by the Police Chief for up to 1year
and shall be obtained at least annually.  A permit fee may be charged to cover costs.


6. Jourdain 6/20/17: Order:  That the fine for overtime parking be increased from $10 to $20 as requested by the department, and other violations.


7. McGee 3/2/16: Ordered that the City charge a sales tax or license fee (similar to taxi cab) on Uber Lyft rid share companies


8. Lopez 2/21/17: Ordered that the Ordinance Committee starts the process of drafting an ordinance for the City Council to have its own legal representative instead of the acting City Solicitor


9. Leahy 6/6/17: Order:  the City of Holyoke creates an ordinance that requires a group or business that hands out or exchanges needles be required to have the needles marked with a specific color. This will help our board of health and police department identify where the needle originated from.


10. Lopez 8/1/17: Order:  That the Ordinance Committee create an Ordinance for the Adopt an Island (Medians) Program with the following interceptions in the City (near 391 and Main Street, Whiting Farm by Kmart, Entrance to the Mall, Hampden and Northampton St., Dwight Street and Northampton St, Beech and Northampton St., and others).
Also, that a $200.00 fine for trespassing, leaning against any City signs post or hanging anything to the signs plus a no litter sign be errected at all interceptions.
The program will be run or manage by the DPW with enforcement from the police.


11. Greaney 9/6/16: Order:  that the City Council order that all clothing drop boxes on property throughout the City are the responsibility of the property owner to police and maintain. Any and all such clothing drop boxes shall be kept clean of any clothes and trash that might accumulate outside these boxes. Any violation of this ordinance shall be culpable for a fine of up to 25 dollars. It should be noted that all property owners who allow these drop boxes on their property should be in communication with the owners of these boxes to prevent any eye sores in the neighborhoods of Holyoke.



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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