Public Safety Committee Meeting 3/6/19 Text Size

Event takes place on March 06, 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 6, 2019 , at 6:00 PM
Per order of the Chair: Dan Bresnahan


Item 1: Murphy 2/19/19: Ordered that the public safety committee meet with representatives from the police department, the district attorney’s office, the law department, and the building commissioner, to determine if buildings owned by certain landlords have a history of greater tendency of criminal drug activity than others.  If that is the case, to discuss what legal means are available to hold that landlord fully accountable, and improve the quality of life for all of its residents.


Item 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: Bartley 3/20/18: Order:  The chain link fence at Lt. William J. Sheard Playground be removed unless there’s some rationale reason for keeping it in place.  If it cannot be removed, then please explain why and at least replace it with something more attractive and that doesn’t become a magnet for plastic bags and litter.


Item 6: Murphy 2/5/19: Ordered that the Director of the Parks and Recreation and representatives from the police department meet with the public safety committee to discuss past safety issues at the South Chestnut Street park, and to plan for a safer program for both neighborhood youngsters and parks department employees.  Also to be discussed, have there safety concerns at other playgrounds or parks.



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


Item 10: Murphy 2/5/19: Ordered that the superintendent of the department of public works, the city engineer, and someone from the police department meet with the pubic safety committee of the city council to discuss the continuing problem of excessive speeding on Main Street from Springdale Park to the traffic light going on Route 5.  One of the goals would be to set up speed humps if possible on the street before the Dean crosswalk on both sides of the street.  Another would be to have more frequent radar enforcement at random times.  In addition, please consider posting electronic signage letting drivers know their speed as compared with the limit.  


Item 11: Bartley 3/15/18: Order that the DPW Superintendent and City Engineer look at making the top of Hitchcock St (where it merges with Westfield Rd.) safer.  This would include possibly limiting parking on the south side of Hitchcock St. and eliminating or moving the PVTA bus stop as well as trimming or ordering the removal the hedges at 97 Hitchcock St to allow for better visibility.


Item 12: Murphy 2/5/19: Ordered that either the public safety committee or the development and government relations committee meet with representatives from Womanshelter/Companeras, Western Mass Elder Services, the police department, the district attorney’s office, the mayor’s office, the school department and staff from the offices Representative Vega and Senator Humason to discuss the issue of domestic violence with the following goals:
1. Seek some money related to domestic violence from the money the governor has added to combat continued violence in order to provide more direct one on one support services and guidance to victims.
2. Seek ways to expand the number of confidential beds available to abuse victims.  Currently, the demand unfortunately exceeds the supply of shelter.  Seek legislator’s assistance to secure more funding from Dept of Public Health.
3. Working with the police department and the district attorney’s office, seek ways to reduce the potential for continued repeat offenders.
4. Develop and promote mentoring opportunities for teenagers especially to reduce the potential of teen dating violence.


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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