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Governing Documents

Sec. 12-1. – Soldiers’ memorial commission.

The Soldiers’ Memorial Commission of the City of Holyoke, as established pursuant to Acts 1929, c. 113, as amended by Acts 1979, C. 44, shall have care, custody and control over all existing Veterans’ Memorials within the City, including any future proposed Veterans’ Memorials. This shall include any monument(s) or building(s) to be used as such a memorial(s).

(Ord. Of 6-19-18 [1st amd.], § 1)

Acts 1929

Chapter 113 Section 1

An Act Establishing a Soldier’s Memorial Commission in the City of Holyoke.

For the purpose of establishing and maintaining a memorial or memorials in the city of Holyoke to the men and women who served with the armed forces of the United States or of any nation allied or associated with the United States in any war, there is hereby established in said city an unpaid commission of the city of Holyoke, hereinafter called the commission, to consist of the mayor and city treasurer, ex officiis, and five other members, four of whom, as long as available, shall be men resident in said city who were honorably discharged or released from active world war service service

An Act establishing a soldiers’ memorial commission
IN THE CITY OF HOLYOKE.
Be it enacted, etc., as follows:
Section 1.  For the purpose of establishing and maintaining
a memorial or memorials in the city of Holyoke to the men and women who served with the armed forces of city of Hoiyoke,
the United States or of any nation allied or associated with the United States in any war, there is hereby established in said city an unpaid commission to be known as the Soldiers’ Memorial Commission of the city of Holyoke, hereinafter called the commission, to consist of the mayor and city treasurer, ex officiis, and five other members, four of whom, as long as available, shall be men resident in said city who were honorably discharged or released from active world war service in the United States army, navy or marine corps, or from service in the armed forces of any nation allied or associated with the United States in the world war, who shall be appointed in the manner and for the terms hereinafter provided. For the said purpose, the commission May receive shall have power and authority to receive and hold gifts of property, real and personal, from any and all sources, to purchase real estate in said city and to contract for the erection, care, maintenance and supervision of any building, buildings, monument or monuments to be used as such a memorial or memorials. Upon the organization of the city treasurer commission and the furnishing of the bond required of the city treasurer under section three, the said treasurer shall transfer to the account of the commission all moneys received by said city from the commonwealth under the provisions of chapter four hundred and eighty of the acts of nineteen hundred and twenty-four, and said moneys shall thereupon be available for the purposes of this act.

Section 2. The mayor of said city shall appoint, not later than September first in the current year, two members of said commission to serve until the expiration of one year, two members to serve until the expiration of two years, and one member to serve until the expiration of three years, from the first Monday in September in the current year, and thereafter as the terms of members expire, successors shall be appointed for terms of three years each. Vacancies shall be filled in like manner for unexpired terms. The members shall in all cases hold office until their successors are qualified. The members of the commission as first
constituted shall meet and organize within thirty days after all its members have been duly qualified.

Section 3. The city treasurer shall be the custodian of all funds and securities received by the commission and shall, as directed by the commission, invest and reinvest said funds and the proceeds of said securities. He shall furnish a bond satisfactory to the commission for the faithful performance of his duties. The commission shall keep a record of its doings, and shall annually make a report to the city showing the total amount of its assets and their investment and its receipts and disbursements during the year preceding, setting forth in detail the sources of said
receipts and the purposes of the expenditures. Said report shall be incorporated in the printed annual report of said city.

Section 4. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance, prior to August first in the current year, by the board of aldermen of said city, subject to the provisions of its charter, but not otherwise. Approved March 11, 1929.

Acts 1949

Chap. 0336  An Act increasing the membership of the soldiers’ memorial commission of the city of holyoke.

Be it enacted, etc., as follows:

Section 1. The membership of the soldiers’ memorial commission of the city of Holyoke, established by chapter one hundred and thirteen of the acts of nineteen hundred

and twenty-nine, is hereby increased by the addition of two appointive members who shall be veterans of World War II. Said additional members shall be appointed by the mayor, one of whom shall be appointed to serve for two years and the other shall be appointed to serve for three years. Their successors shall be appointed in the same manner as the successors of the other appointive members as provided by the provisions of said chapter one hundred and thirteen.

Section 2. This act shall take full effect upon its acceptance by the board of aldermen of the city of Holyoke, subject to the provisions of its charter, but not otherwise.

Approved May 24, 1949.

Acts, 1979

Chap. 44. AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE
SOLDIERS’ MEMORIAL COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF HOLYOKE.
Be it enacted, etc., as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 113 of the acts of 1929 is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- For the purpose of establishing and maintaining a memorial or memorials in the city of Holyoke to the men and women who served with the armed forces of the United States or of any nation allied or associated with
the United States in any war, there is hereby established in said city an unpaid commission to be known as the Soldiers’ Memorial Commission of the city of Holyoke, hereinafter called the commission, to consist of the mayor and city treasurer, ex officiis, and seven other members, four of whom, as long as available, shall be residents in said city who were honorably discharged or released from active service in any of the armed services of the United States or any nation allied with or associated with the United States in any war including but not limited to the first and second world wars, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and two of whom shall be veterans of the Second World War, who shall be appointed in the manner and for the terms hereinafter provided.
SECTION 2. Chapter three hundred and thirty-six of the acts of nineteen hundred and forty-nine is hereby repealed.
Approved March 23, 1979.

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