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Development & Governmental Relations Committee Meeting January 25, 2021

Jan 25 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


Development & Governmental Relations (DGR)


Meeting to take place remotely on Zoom Meetings on Tuesday 1/25/21 at 6:30PM

Per order of the Chair: David Bartley


*** Meeting will take place remotely and can be accessed via Meeting ID: 826 1397 0812 Meeting Passcode: 894276 or by call in at 1 (929)205-6099 with same Meeting ID and Passcode.  ***



Item 1: Minutes from the last meeting.

Item 2: Amendment to the FY2019 Annual Plan to incorporate CDBG-CV Funds (Part II - Round 3) in the amount of $486,324.00.

Item 3: PUBLIC HEARING 11/4/20 Special Permit Application of Jill LaBeau for a driveway at the front of the house, facing the house at 23 O’Connor Ave. (Map 074 Block 00 Parcel 024).

Item 4: PUBLIC HEARING 12/15/20 Special Permit Application of Gina and Raquel Fasoli Figueroa for a painting business at 145 Mountain View Drive (Map 135 Block 00 Parcel 006).

Item 5a: PUBLIC HEARING (Continuation from December 14, 2020) 11/17/20 Special Permit Application of The Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, Inc. for a Drive-Thru Facility per section 7.1.6 of the Holyoke Zoning Ordinance at 500 Easthampton Rd. (Map 213 Block 00 Parcel 003).

Item 5b: 9-15-20 Letter from R. Levesque Associates requesting reinstatement and one year extension to approved special permit for Drive-Thru Facility at 500 Easthampton Road.

Item 5c: 500 Easthampton Traffic Analysis

Item 5d: 500 Easthampton Road Request for Continuance

Item 6a: 12-1-20 McGee – Ordered, Pursuant 301 CMR 51.07(1)(b), I, Todd McGee, Chairman of the City Council of the City of Holyoke, hereby agree to waive the 120 day notice period as required by said section as to a parcel of land of approximately 21.745 acres in the City of Holyoke, shown on Exhibit A attached hereto, in which the Department of Conservation and Recreation is considering acquiring an interest. Map-Lot 217-00-006

Item 6b: 12-1-20 Letter from Trustees of Reservations requesting support for waiver of 120 day notice period for DCR to acquire parcel.

Item 7: 12-15-20 Lisi, Leahy – Resolution related to GAH (Geriatric Authority of Holyoke) sale, amended to replace “Ware” with “Palmer.”

Item 8: 1-21-20 Greaney – Ordered, that the City Council be provided with a list of all non-profits including addresses and parties responsible for those sites, in the City of Holyoke.

Item 9a: 12-1-20 Bartley – Ordered, The Law Department provide an update to the City Council on the City’s Receivership program. This is our semi-annual review.

Item 9b: 12-1-20 Documents highlighting Current Receiverships & Updates and Completed Receiverships

Item 9c: 12-1-20 Daily Hampshire Gazette article dated 11-19-20 titled “Problem Properties: Holyoke grapples with dozens of run-down and dangerous sites”

Item 10: 12-15-20 McGiverin – Ordered, that the City Council’s DGR Committee work with the Planning Department and Mayoral designees to redraw the ward lines according to the new federal census.

Item 11: 12-1-20 Murphy, Anderson-Burgos, Lebron-Martinez, Lisi, McGee, Hernandez, Leahy, Tallman – Ordered, that the DGR committee meet with Holyoke Media to put together an action plan to televise city council meetings and sub-committee meetings translated into Spanish. The goal should be to televise within 48 hours of the actual meeting.

Item 12: 12-1-20 Murphy – Ordered, that the DGR committee meet with Holyoke Media, the mayor, the health director, and representatives from the Opioid Substance Abuse Task Force program, to present a five to ten minute video to be televised on Ch 15 on the importance of persons not contributing to panhandlers. The emphasis should be on the negative impact of doing so, in terms of panhandlers rejecting offers which could much more significantly improve the quality of their lives. Once the program is completed, it should be shown just prior to city council meetings on Ch 15.

Item 13: 12-1-20 Murphy, Lisi, Anderson-Burgos – Ordered, that the DGR committee meet with Holyoke Media about the possibility of having more programming on Ch 15. Is it possible to have some regular half hour programs which could both entertain and inform residents?

Item 14: Schedule next meeting. Potential dates: 2/22, 3/29, 4/26, 5/24, 6/14

DGR Chair: David Bartley


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