Ordinance Meeting Thursday 11/2/17 Text Size

Event takes place on November 02, 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 Thursday Nov. 2nd at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon

Item 1: Item 8/1/17: Ordered that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana retail locations

Item 2: Lisi 8/1/17: Ordered that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana cultivation and production

  Item 3: 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.

 Item 4: 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 erected at all interceptions.
The program will be run or manage by the DPW with enforcement from the police.

Item 5: Jourdain 1/17/17: Ordered that the City Council create and adopt a new comprehensive Ethics ordinance

Item 6: City Council Vendor License application  for Nuestras Raices for 329 Main St.

Item 7: City Council Vendor License application for Jeanette Vega on Main St.

Item 8:  Jourdain 10/17/17: Order:  that the Mayor, Procurement Officer, Law department, a representative of Hampshire Towing, and a representative of Red’s Towing appear before the City Council to discuss campaign donations made to Mayor Alex Morse during the period January 1 to September 8, 2017 which appear to be in violation of Ordinance 2-335 and moreover appear to be a material breach of their contracts with the city.  A discussion of how this matter can be remedied should also take place.

Item 9:  Leahy 10/17/17: Order: The City of Holyoke opt-in to MGL c. 90 § 17C which will “Establishment of 25-miles-per-hour speed limit in thickly settled or business district in city or town.”  What this will do is setting the reasonable and proper speed on all city- and town-owned streets within thickly settled or business districts at 25 mph (that do not have existing special speed regulations).  If the City adopts this language, Holyoke can also adopt a 25 MPH thickly settled speed zone on a street-by-street basis. 

Item 10: Bartley 10/3/17: The city ordinances be amended to prohibit parking during the winter months (November through March, for example) at the north corner of Fenton St where it connects with Homestead Ave.  This would allow for better access for plows and emergency vehicles.  It is a constituent request.

Item 11: Jourdain 10/17/17: Ordered that the Ordinances Section 86-106 “Permit Parking “ be amended to reflect the following changes:

  1. That not more than two parking stickers be allowed per household
  2. That the ordinances reflect that Center St. is only addresses 1-20 Center St. from North Canal to Lyman St.

Item 12: Lopez 10/17/17: Ordered that the Holyoke notification system only purpose should be for emergency notifications

Item 13: Vacon 10 17/17: Order:   that we adopt state law Chapter 17A if necessary or enforce this State Law if adoption of the law is not needed.
Section 17A. Whoever, for the purpose of soliciting any alms, contribution or subscription or of selling any merchandise, except newspapers, or ticket of admission to any game, show, exhibition, fair, ball, entertainment or public gathering, signals a moving vehicle on any public way or causes the stopping of a vehicle thereon, or accosts any occupant of a vehicle stopped thereon at the direction of a police officer or signal man, or of a signal or device for regulating traffic, shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars. Whoever sells or offers for sale any item except newspapers within the limits of a state highway boundary without a permit issued by the department shall for the first offense be punished by a fine of fifty dollars and for each subsequent offense shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars. Notwithstanding the provisions of the first sentence of this section, on any city or town way which is not under jurisdiction of the department, the chief of police of a city or town may issue a permit to nonprofit organizations to solicit on said ways in conformity with the rules and regulations established by the police department of said city or town.


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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