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Charter & Rules Committee Meeting April 12, 2021

Apr 12 2021

6:30 pm Remote by Zoom


City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the committee on

Charter and Rules


Meeting to take place remotely on Zoom Meetings on Monday 4-12-21 at 6:30 PM


Per order of the Chair: Linda Vacon

*** Meeting will take place remotely and can be accessed via

Meeting ID: 813 1559 2066 Meeting Passcode: 152223 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with same Meeting ID and Passcode.  ***



Item 1a: 10-6-20 Petition calling for the resignation of Mayor Alex Morse as well as calling on the City Council to pass a resolution calling for the resignation of Mayor Alex Morse.
*Tabled 3-15-21

Item 1b: 11-17-20 Letter from City Solicitor, Crystal Barnes, regarding the procedure and requirements of a citizens petition.
*Tabled 3-15-21

Item 2: 4-6-21 Communication from UMass Amherst, Saul Weing Arnstein & Lehr: final investigative report on the Alex Morse matter.
*This is an expanded version of the report tabled on 3-15-21

Item 3: 2-6-18 SULLIVAN -- Ordered, that the DPW commissioners & sewer commissioners meet with the council to discuss merger of elimination of sewer commissioner and the sewer deficit.
*Tabled 3-15-21

Item 4: 3-2-21 LISI -- that the City Council vote to place the following question on the ballot as a binding referendum: "Should the City Treasurer be changed from an elected position to an appointed position that combines the  duties of Treasurer and Tax Collector?"

Item 5: 1-19-21 MCGEE -- Ordered that the City Council Administrative Assistant appointment be a two year appoint that coincides with the City Council terms.

Item 6: 4-6-21 MURPHY -- Ordered that the city charter be amended so that if there is a vacancy in the mayor's office and the president of the city council cannot assume the duties full time, the full council would then select another councilor to assume the role of acting mayor by majority vote of the council.  The acting mayor would still continue to represent their constituents as a councilor.


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.

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