Public Safety Committee Meeting 3/27/19 Text Size

Event takes place on March 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Holyoke City Hall: Council Chambers

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting
There will be a regular meeting of the

Public Safety Committee


At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Wed. March 27, 2019 , at 6:00 PM
Per order of the Chair: Dan Bresnahan


Item 1: Leahy 9/5/18: Order:  that the Building Commissioner along with the Board of Health Commissioner come in front of the Public Safety subcommittee to discuss the City Hall Annex.

Item 2: Murphy 3/19/19: Ordered that the mayor provide the funding needed for the upgrade of the electrical systems at Wistariahurst.  The current system prevents the Museum from doing some business, but also poses a threat to personnel safety, and increases the threat of loss by fire. 

Item 3: Bartley 1/15/19:  Order:  The Mayor provide an update to City Council by its second meeting in February on findings and recommendations of the Mayor’s task force to combat panhandling.  The following is the Mayor’s press release from August 2017:  “We had an initial meeting of a task force two weeks ago that included local and regional stakeholders to address this issue. It included the board of health, DPW, police chief, Councilor Lisi, staff from tapestry health, providence ministries, and the director of community housing for the region. We want to address root causes including homelessness and substance abuse, and work on a case by case basis to ensure the barriers faced by individuals are addressed by the appropriate partner in our community.” Refer to Public Safety and copy to Mayor.

Item 4: Bartley 2/20/18 Order:  Holyoke has to get serious about cleaning up its image.  Recommend to the Mayor that a street sweeper clean every street at least once annually and then as many other streets as possible twice annually.  Refer to Mayor, Suez and DPW superintendent.  Copy to Public Safety to track progress. (ORDER ADOPTED 2/20/18)

Item 5: Bresnahan 1/15/19: Order:  that Holyoke police department have an officer stationed an Jims Mobil on Northampton Street during the hours that buses are picking up and dropping off students to observe drivers ignoring the bus stopping to pick up and drop off students. Times to be confirmed by council and sent to police

Item 6: Bartley 9/5/18: Order:  HPD set up traffic enforcement on Laurel St near the Willow St. “Y” to monitor speeding and revving engines. HPD set up speed and traffic enforcement as well as enforce the ‘no parking’ ordinance in the South St. area near Elmwood Towers. Please send reports to Public Safety for a hearing.

Item 7: Bartley 11/7/18: Order:  HPD set up traffic enforcement at Mackintosh/Sherwood/Wedgewood/Russell Terrace and the South St. area between Northampton St. and Chapin St. for a few periods over the next month. Speeding is an ongoing concern of area residents.

Item 8: Anderson-Burgos 4/3/18:  Order:  That the City Council request a speed study be conducted on Hillside Avenue to address a speeding issue expressed by multiple constituents.

Item 9: Anderson-Burgos 8/7/18: Order:  A study be done at the corner of Portland St & McKenzie St to see if suggestions can be made to improve safety. Many vehicles drive through the stop sign. Many close accidents have been witnessed by residents in the area.

Item 10: Anderson-Burgos 8/7/18: Order:  A constituent that resides at 156 Nonotuck St have been dealing with flooding issues for many years. Many years ago, when Mayor Sullivan was in office, this constituent had requested that a storm drain be placed at the dead end of the street to keep the water from flooding her property. It’s about time that this matter be taken seriously. It has become a hazardous liability especially in the winter when the water turns to ice.

Item 11: Item 9: Anderson-Burgos 8/7/18: Ordered that sidewalks on even side of Beacon St. be repaired.

Item 12: Anderson-Burgos 11/20/18: Order:  that temporary speed humps be placed on Woods Avenue, and that a speed study be done on the corner of Woods Ave and Hillside Ave. Residents living in that area have noticed an increase in traffic using excessive speed coming off and on from Woods Ave and Hillside Ave.  (ORDER WAS ADOPTED 11/20/18)

Item 13: Vacon 9/5/17: Order:  Change light to 5 minute delay at the intersection of Sunset and 202 or eliminate a left hand turn there.  Drivers cutting through the neighborhood are rewarded by the light changing to green for them immediately.  This is causing increased backups on 202 and Homestead leading to more drivers cutting through the neighborhood.

Item 14: Vacon 9/5/17: Order:  that flexible poles be installed in the road to prevent cars from crossing the double lines before the left lane turn lane begins from 202 to Homestead Ave.

Item 15: Vacon 3/5/19: Order:  Our DPW Superintendent has recommended a sidewalk construction to close Sunset and Ashley Roads at Rt 202. The estimated cost is $25,000. Holyoke Community College agreed to participate in mitigation if the anticipated traffic problems became a reality.  Please seek funding support for the Sunset portion of this project and propose a temporary solution until funding is secured for a permanent project.

Item 16: Anderson-Burgos Order:  Request a pedestrian safety study be done at the intersection of Northampton Street and Dwight Street. Pedestrians have expressed concerns that vehicles making a right on red from Northampton Street onto Dwight Street are failing to be cautious of pedestrians crossing Northampton Street, resulting in near hits.


Item 17: Order:  that the City Engineer investigate the traffic patterns around Northampton and South St in order to determine if any changes need to be made. Residents have been complaining about the traffic building up in the left turn lane onto South St. from Northampton St. southbound, in particular.


Item 18: Anderson-Burgos 8/7/18: Order:  A study be done at the intersection of West Franklin St & Linden St to see what can be done to improve safety. It’s a dangerous intersection where multiple accidents have occurred on many occasions.


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.  Also one or two items may require the committee to enter into executive session at this meeting.   


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