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Event takes place on May 08, 2018 at 6:30 PM

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 8 , at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon


Item 1: Previous meeting minutes

Item 2: Bartley 3/20/18: Order:  The City Council create a “temporary sign” ordinance that regulates when such temporary signs can be placed in homeowners’ yards and on commercial buildings or otherwise in public view.  The ordinance should regulate when the sign(s) can be installed, the sign(s) size as well as the deadline by when the sign(s) must be removed.  The ordinance could then impose a penalty on the property owner and/or the vendor or candidate in whose favor the sign is for.  The ordinance should also describe which city department(s) shall enforce this ordinance.  (Background: my purpose in filing this order is not to punish vendors or political candidates but to emphasize that campaigns, for example, are only finite by nature and any political signs should only be temporary themselves and not be permanently posted in lawns or on buildings.   This Order’s intent is not to impose regulating the content of the vendor or political candidate’s speech but only to preserve aesthetic appeal and traffic safety.)  Any current political signs leftover from past campaigns shall not be exempt from this ordinance.

Item 3: McGee 3/20/18: Order:  that Section 6.4.7 of zoning be sent back to ordinance to be amended in order to be in conformity with the rest of the sign ordinances under the zoning code

Item 4: Bartley 4/3/18: Order:  The City Council review the fee schedule in the blighted property ordinance (18-35) for the purpose of ensuring that our fees do not discourage receivers and developers from buying and rehabilitating housing in poor condition.  Specifically, the city should grant receivers and other developers a one-year grace period in which the vacant building registration fee would be waived which would allow the developer time to fix a property so that’s it’s ready for occupancy.  City Council should also be sure that the Building Commissioner and Health Dept. work together and that each department works with developers/receivers as well as protects the public. 

Item 5: Lopez 12/19/17: Order:  1) That the Ordinance Committee create an Ordinance requesting that any City Credit Card or Debit Card giving by the City must get approval from the City Council. Also, that the City Treasurer provide a report to the City Council with the following details:
A) Who has a Debit Card or a Credit Card in the City.
B) Treasurer and Auditor provide a report yo the City Council with each Credit Card or Debit Card for the last 5 years.
C)  That all active  Credit Cards and Debit Cards be de-activated immediately.
that we get a print out of all purchases/transactions that the card has been used for .

Item 6: Leahy 11/15/16: Order:  that the city creates an ordinances on recreational marijuana regarding the taxation of the products that will be manufactured and or sold.

Item 7: Roman 1/17/17: Ordered that the City of Holyoke tax on cultivators of marijuana is imposed as follows:
$9.25 per dry-weight ounce of marijuana flowers
$2.75 per dry-weight ounce of marijuana leaves

Item 8: Lisi 5/1/18: Ordered that the City of Holyoke accept G.L.c. 64N Sec 3 to impose an excise on the retail sales of marijuana for adult use at the rate of 3%

Item 9: McGiverin 3/20/18: order to establish a fee to accompany tort claims to the City Law Dept. Suggested fee of $15. Successful claims would be granted fee reimbursement

Item 10: Roman 1/16/18: That the City of Holyoke Personnel Department and its contractors review and make revisions to their current civil service processes and eliminate any barriers, during an interview and application process, that may preclude applicants with criminal records from gaining employment with the City of Holyoke and/or its contractors.  Giving exception to any employment having to deal with the elderly, and the youth.

Item 11: Handicap parking application for Ana Cruz at 49 No. East St.

Item 12: Handicap parking application for Maria Vazquez at 195 Suffolk St.

Item 13: Handicap parking application for Heriberto Morales at 179 Oak St.


Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen
The listing of matters are those reasonably 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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