Ordinance Meeting 5/9/17 Text Size

Event takes place on May 09, 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 May 9th at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon

Item 1: Approval of previous meeting minutes

Item 2. Lopez 2/21/17: Ordered that The Ordinance adopt a special permit application for a methadone/suboxone clinics coming into the city.

Item 3. McGiverin/Leahy 3/21/17: Ordered that the Council review and amend Section 7.1.6 of the City’s zoning ordinance regarding drive in, take out restaurants, and consider amending the special permit for commercial drive-throughs and/or add a special permit for restaurant drive-throughs.

Item 4: Roman/Jourdain: Ordered that the City of Holyoke pass a moratorium on the approval of any recreational marijuana retailers, growers and distributors. Moratorium would expire December 31, 2018

Item 5: Jourdain/Roman: Order:  That an Ordinance be created requiring the Mayor to submit a balanced budget for the subsequent fiscal year to the City Council by April 30th of each year.  The Mayor’s Budget proposal for expenses may not exceed the projected revenues for the subsequent fiscal year.  The Mayor may not use uncertified free cash dollars or unapproved withdrawals from the Stabilization fund in his revenue estimate to provide a balanced budget for the subsequent fiscal year. 

Item 6: 2/21/17: Order:  That the Ordinance Committee looks into drafting an Ordinance requiring that the City Solicitor Position be fill within 120 days of a vacancy.  (Legal Dept. should not be allowed to run by an Acting City Solicitor  forever under this administration).

Item 7: Jourdain 9/6/16: Ordered that ordinances related to ancillary structures be reviewed for possible revisions; particularly as it relates to garages.

Item 8: Roman 1/17/7: Ordered that the City of Holyoke amend its Zoning laws and establish a permit for seasonal amusements

Item 9: McGee 4/18/17: Ordered that Ordinance Sec. 82-4 be amended to expand the Senior Tax Work Off Program by 10 slots (from 20 to 30) to accommodate both an increased interest in participation by municipal departments and a growing number of senior citizens interested in participating in the program.

Item 10: Jourdain 3/7/17: Ordered, that the Ordinance Committee review Section 18-35 “Regulation of blighted and vacant buildings” to consider revising the appeal process for vacant building registration and applicable fees.

Item 11: Order:  that the City Council consider amending section 18-35 with respect to the vacant building fee charge. In that we consider suspending the fee if owner has an open and valid building permit on said vacant property and work is actively taking place.  Also if a new owner purchases a vacant property the vacant permit fee charge starts at year one for the new owner

Item 12: Street Vendor License extension request of Jannette Vega of R&J Kitchen of 227 W. Franklin St. Holyoke MA

Item 13: Street Vendor Permit for Pedro Bocachica of 214 Elm St. for a hot dog cart at the corner of High St. and Cabot St.

Item 14: Street Vendor Permit for Mr. Jose Laboy of 1465 Dwight St. to operate a hog dog cart at the corner of High St. and Division St.

Item 15: Street Vendor Permit application for Mr. Jose Laboy to sell hot dogs at the corner of Maple St. and Dwight St.

Item 16: McGee 8/2/16 Order:  that the Vendor permit ordinance be amended to specifically address the process for obtaining the permit, which department will issue such permits and how to track and maintain information on such vendors/supporters.  Currently, a vendor was fingerprinted as part of the Vendor permit process and was sent to several departments to obtain the permit and no one had any idea of the permit (thus the need for a process). Therefore, the Vendor permit should be issued by DPW or Park & Rec with an approval form sign off by the Board of Health and Treasurers office (regarding taxes being current).

Item 17: Roman 1/17/17: Order that an official charter change through ballot question be placed on the next regularly scheduled municipal election for a recall process of elected officials.

Item 18: Jourdain/Vacon 3/7/17: Ordered that an ordinance be created stating “No elected official, department head or other city employee shall issue any order that shall knowingly violate any law or regulation of the federal, state or local government or the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the Charter of the City of Holyoke, or any lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction.  No such order given shall be valid or shall be enforced by the City of Holyoke or its departments.”


Item 19: Bartley 12/20/16: Order:  The City Council consider amending the city ordinances or asking the state delegation to amend state law to require that city officials (i.e. department heads) provide official notice to ward councilors (at least) when any public notice is sent to abutters in the ward councilor’s jurisdiction.  I would suggest that when a councilor has an e-mail account a PDF copy would be sufficient to comply so as to not add to an applicant’s expense.  Notice requirements would apply to zone changes, special permits and license board laws, for example, but not be limited to them. 



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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