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Charter and Rules Committee Meeting July 17, 2023

Jul 17 2023

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Posted July 13, 2023, 12:00 PM

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25,
Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2023,
notice is hereby given of a meeting of the committee on
Charter and Rules

Monday, July 17, 2023
6:30 PM

Meeting to take place at
Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St
and can be accessed remotely on Zoom Meetings
Per order of the Chair: Jose Maldonado Velez

Remote access via
Meeting ID: 891 6557 9384 Meeting Passcode: 040159 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode.


Item 1: 10-4-22 MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI — That the City of Holyoke, through its Honorable City Council and Honorable Mayor, hereby petitions the Massachusetts General Court to enact legislation “Establishing an Appointed Treasurer for the City of Holyoke” in the form set forth below; provided, however, that the General Court may reasonably vary the form and substance of the requested legislation within the scope of the general public objectives of this petition.
“An Act Establishing an Appointed Treasurer for the City of Holyoke” – This act proposes to change the City Treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one; the appointment will be made by the  Mayor, with approval of the City Council, for a term not to exceed five (5) years and qualifications for the position may be established by ordinance. If adopted, the Treasurer elected in the 2023 municipal election will fill the vacancy in the office for the remaining two (2) years, and a Treasurer will be appointed to the position following the expiration of that term in January 2026 or sooner if the office is vacated.
*Tabled 10-24-22

Item 2: 4-18-23 (sent to Ord. copy to Charter for potential home rule petition) MCGEE — Ordered, that the position of Chief Administrative and Financial Officer be created and added to Schedule A.

Item 3: 4-4-23 RIVERA_I, GIVNER, MALDONADO VELEZ, MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI, RIVERA_J — Ordered, that Section 34 of the Holyoke City Charter be amended to establish a Police Commission by virtue of a Special Act in Accordance with the provisions of Articles of Amendment, Article II, Section 8 of the Massachusetts Constitution.

Item 4: 3-21-23 JOURDAIN — That the Law department and City Council meet to discuss the recent Supreme Judicial Court decision in the matter Barron v Kolenda (SJC-13284) and the impact of that decision as it relates to and/or may modify our council rules.

Item 5: 10-18-22 VACON, PUELLO — modify rule 6D to add. The use of profanity is prohibited and a member will no longer be permitted to speak on the question under debate when a member uses profane language.
*Tabled 2-27-23

Item 6: 2-7-23 MCGEE — Ordered that all roads and sign issues (including ordinances) be sent to the Public Safety Committee instead of Ordinance Committee
*Tabled 4-10-23

Item 7: 2-7-23 MCGEE — Ordered that all employment related ordinance issues be sent to the Public Service Committee instead of Ordinance Committee
*Tabled 4-10-23

Item 8: 2-7-23 MCGEE —  Ordered that the Public Service Committee be renamed the Public Service and Human Resources Committee
*Tabled 4-10-23

Item 9: 4-5-22 MALDONADO-VELEZ — Ordered, Order that we create a Cannabis Committee to strictly deal with Marijuana special permits and ordinance changes related to cannabis.
*Tabled 4-12-22, 10-24-22, 1-9-23, 2-27-23


Administrative Assistant: Jeffery Anderson-Burgos

The listing of matters are those reasonably 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. Agenda subject to change up to two business days (48 hours) prior to posted meeting time.

Jeffery Anderson-Burgos
Administrative Assistant to the City Council

Holyoke City Hall
536 Dwight St, Room 10
Holyoke, MA 01040
Regular hours 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Meeting days 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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