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Event takes place on November 24, 2014 at 7:00 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 Service



At City Hall in the Council Chamber, on Monday November 24, at 7:00PM

Per order of the Chair: Dan Bresnahan




1. Acceptance of previous meeting minutes


2. Jourdain 11/19/14 Order: the DPW prepare an estimate of the capital improvement needed to renovate the rear entryway at Sullivan School and provide this to the Mayor and City Council as soon as possible.  Moreover, that the Mayor appropriate the funds to make these needed renovations.


3. Leahy 12/3/13: Ordered that the DPW initiate the restoration of room 11 in City Hall. The murals are in disrepair and some portraits are missing.


4. Leahy 4/15/14: Order: that the Department of Public Works, with help from the Historical Commission, puts up one sign in each neighborhood indicating what section of the City. For Instance; Churchill, The Flats, Elmwood, Highlands, and Oakdale for example. Over the St. Patrick’s parade weekend which is the largest homecoming in New England I was hearing people from all over the country talking to their friends and families and indicating what part of Holyoke they were from. The one common denominator of everyone from Holyoke is pride and tradition. A sign could read ” Elmwood” , a neighborhood in the City of Holyoke.


5. Vacon 9/2/14: Order: That the American flag shall be displayed in front of city public buildings in accordance with public law 94-344 known as the Federal flag code. When two flag poles are present , the State or City flag shall be displayed on the second pole; however, other flags may be displayed from time to time only below the American flag if on the same pole and below the State or City flag if on the same pole.
The American flag shall only be displayed at half staff when ordered by the President or the Governor in accordance with the law.


6. McGee 9/23/14: Ordered that the Legal Department and Building Department come before the City Council to give an update on the zoning violation near 51 Sterling Ave.


7. Alexander 3/4/14: Ordered: That the City Clerk create and present a plan to ensure publication online as part of a comprehensive municipal code of ordinances, any changes or revisions within 7 days of adoption by the Council. Further ordered, that such a plan be presented within 90 days of adoption of this order, and implemented within 180 days of the authorization of any expenses necessary for its implementation.


8. Alexander 4/1/14 Ordered: that meeting minutes for any body subject to Open Meeting Law include reference to any and all materials submitted for consideration during that meeting or hearing, and that copies of those materials be kept on file in the City Clerk’s office for public inspection for a period of time consistent with existing City ordinances and State law.


9. Lisi 4/1/14: Ordered that the City Council with the City Clerk review the City’s policy for notification before violations are sent to the Court.


10. Lisi 4/1/14: Ordered that the City Council with the City Clerk consider adopting a policy that allows dog owners to pay their license fees for several years in advance (i.e. the duration the rabies vaccination), this could help cut down on administrative costs to the City as well as narrow the possibility for violations to occur.


11. Soto 8/5/14: Ordered that all members of the City Council request that the Hampden County District Attorney conduct an independent investigation into the reason(s) the $45,000 payment was made by Mayor Alex Morse to former City Solicitor Heather Egan in order to make sure there was nothing unethical, illegal or improper associated with said payment.


12. Alexander 4/1/14: Ordered that the City Council work with the Personnel Department to review and update the Auditor’s Job Qualifications and Job Description, and that advertising to solicit candidates be placed as soon as the review is complete.


13. Lisi 9/23/14: Ordered that the City Council begin advertising the Administrative Assistant to the City Council position to ensure that we have a robust slate of candidates to select from when making appointments in January.


14. Soto 10/21/14: Ordered that the Creative Art’s Director come before the City Council to provide an update on what he’s been working on currently and what is his vision for the near future.


15. Home occupation permit for Timothy Wright for 113 Westfield Rd.


16. Application for a Special Permit for a Flea Market at 60 Jackson St. for Mr. Gus Plagakis



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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