Public Safety Meeting 10/23/19 Text Size

Event takes place on October 23, 2019 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

Public Safety

 At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Wed. October 23rd, 2019, at 6:30PM
Per order of the Chair: Dan Bresnhan


Item 1: Murphy 9/3/19: Order:  that the public safety committee meet with the chief of police, Officer Josue Colon, and Mass State Police Trooper, Mike Cutone to discuss the potential benefits of establishing a C3 program for the South Holyoke and Churchill areas and what actions are needed to make it as successful as possible.

Item 2: McGee 8/6/19: Order:  That the public safety committee invite in the Police Department and the DPW to discuss the parking garage issues and come up with options to clean and protect the area.


Item 3: Bresnahan 8/6/19: Order:  No person shall solicit donations or conduct fundraising activities in the traveled portioned of a public way in a manner which, in the reasonable judgment of a police officer, endangers the safety of persons engaging in such conduct or persons using the public way

Item 4: Murphy 9/3/19: Order:  that the public safety committee meet with superintendent of the DPW, the police chief, Officer Colon, and Mike Cass, Springfield’s graffiti removal director, to get a better understanding of the benefits of having someone responsible for graffiti removal. 

Item 5: Lisi 4/2/19: Order:  that the HPD and HFD come in to discuss any marijuana related incidents in the past 6 months and whether they see a need for any additional regulations that would help avoid similar problems in the future.


Item 6: Murphy 9/3/19: Order:  that the City Engineer consider the possibility of constructing a speed bump on South Bridge Street adjacent to Valley Arena Park.  There have been several incidents of drivers speeding while children were crossing the street from the park.


Item 7: Murphy 8/6/19: Order:  that the city consider having the trees located in city parks examined to assure they are all still healthy.  This is filed after a large tree fell on what in fall would be a youth soccer field area.

Item 8: Lisi 5/7/19: Order:  That the DPW work with the city Council to develop a process for residents to request tree pits on city sidewalks near their home.. There may also be a fee associated with this process.

Item 9: Anderson-Burgos 8/7/18:  Ordered that 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.


Item 10: Lisi 8/7/18: 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 11: Anderson-Burgos 9/3/14: Order:  Ordered that the city council form a volunteer commission to study and recommend solutions to comprehensively address panhandling in the city of Holyoke. Members of the commission should have a range of backgrounds and expertise related to the various concerns and contributors to panhandling. These should include but not be limited to public safety, public health, employment, and education. 


Item 12: 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 13: Murphy 5/21/19:  Ordered that the committee reviewing the status of dangerous buildings provide the city council a report of all  buildings now marked with a red X, including ownership and if there are plans for those buildings in the near future. Also, if possible, an estimate of what it would cost to demolish each of these buildings. 



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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