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Development & Governmental Relations Committee Meeting July 26, 2021

Jul 26 2021

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts


Notice of Committee Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the committee on

Development & Governmental Relations (DGR)


On Monday, July 26, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Per order of the Chair, David Bartley


Meeting to take place at

Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St

and can be accessed remotely via

Meeting ID: 813 4170 5367 Meeting Passcode: 680996 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with same Meeting ID and Passcode.  ***



Item 1: Previous meeting minutes.

Item 2: 1-19-21 BARTLEY, MURPHY -- DPW and City Engineer provide an update on the potential to sell lots for housing at the top of St. Vincent St.  Refer to DPW, City Engineer.  Copy to DGR for a future meeting.

Item 3: 1-19-21 MURPHY -- The DPW come up with an action plan to collect the litter all along both sides of Rt 5 from McDonald's to the West Springfield town line, along both sides of Lower Westfield Rd. from Northampton St. to the bridge, along Whiting Farms Rd. from Northampton St. to Gordon Dr., and along Westfield Rd from Woodland St to Michigan Ave.  Refer to DPW and Suez; copy to DGR for a future meeting.

Item 4: 1-5-21 LISI -- Ordered, that the City Council invite in James Lavelle (and/or the G&E Commission members) from the Holyoke Gas and Electric to give an update on the issues they are presently experiencing including, but not limited to the gas moratorium, its renewable energy portfolio, and the fiber and broadband internet networks.

Item 5: 5-18-21 LISI -- that the City Council invite in Jim Lavelle from the HG&E and any commissioners as appropriate for an update on the nature and impact of the natural gas moratorium in Holyoke, and discuss any opportunities available for ensuring that we have the natural gas capacity we need in order to grow.

Item 6: 2-16-21 ANDERSON-BURGOS, MURPHY -- that the city of Holyoke undertake a feasibility study to figure out how to transfer power lines to underground. The study should seek to understand the costs, the obstacles, the potential cost savings, the impacts on service reliability and on public safety, and to seek what grants or other types of funding are available to limit the city’s cost of doing this.

Item 7: 2-16-21 SULLIVAN, BARTLEY, VACON -- That the manager and appropriate staff members of H.G.& E. be invited in to update the council on any findings regarding municipal broadband projects, related costs, and potential benefits and/or risks. Send to Dev. & Govt. Rel.

Item 8: 7-20-21 Proposals for the American Rescue Plan Act

Item 9: Schedule September meeting


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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