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Finance Committee Meeting May 10, 2021

May 10 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


Meeting to take place remotely on Zoom Meetings on Monday 5-10-21 at 6:30 PM

Per order of the Chair: Joe McGiverin

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

Meeting ID: 841 2402 0752 Meeting Passcode: 427796 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with same Meeting ID and Passcode. ***



Item 1: 4-20-21 Petition for a new Junk Dealer’s License for Luis Nieves at 2 Harrison Ave

Item 2: 5-4-21 Petition of ECOATM, LLC for a new second hand license at 2261 Northampton St.

Item 3: 5-4-21 Petition of ECOATM, LLC for a new second hand license at 250 Westfield Rd.

Item 4: 5-4-21 MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2021, TWENTY ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED SIXTY NINE AND 00/100 Dollars ($21,569.00) as follows:


12101-51590 COURT $21,569.00

TOTAL: $21,569.00


1116-10400 FY19 SUSTAINED TRAFFIC ENF $4,308.24


1348-10400 2018 MEMA HOMELAND SECURITY 3,779.38

1397-10400 EMD & TRNG 1,258.44

1436-10400 FY20 TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT 343.87

1446-10400 DIVERTING JUVENILES 5,349.06

1447-10400 2019 TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT & EQUIP 3,056.50

1461-10400 2018 TRAFFIC 2,353.46

1462-10400 2018 SUS TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT 248.54

TOTAL: $21,569.00

Item 5: 5-4-21 Mackenzie Stadium Lease, between the City of Holyoke, Parks & Recreation Department and Commission and Valley Blue Sox Foundation, Inc.

Item 6: 5-4-21 MCGIVERIN — Ordered: That loan order of the City Council adopted on March 2, 2021, and approved by the Mayor on March 9, 2021, which order appropriated, by borrowing, $1,216,500 for the purchase of Department of Public Works and Fire Department vehicles, is amended to also permit the expenditure of any funds in excess of the amounts needed to purchase the vehicles originally described therein, to purchase a front end loader.

Item 7: 5-4-21 MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2021, ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED THREE AND 00/100 Dollars ($1,403.00) as follows:
11751-51109 SENIOR PLANNER $1,403.00
TOTAL: $1,403.00
11712-53020 CT RIVER CHANNEL MARKER $1,403.00
TOTAL: $1,403.00

Item 8: 4-6-21 MCGEE — Order to invite in the auditor to discuss and update the council on the rules associated with the ARP Act – auditor to also provide council with update as they become available. Refer to finance.
*Tabled 4-15-21

Item 9: 4-20-21 GREANEY, JR. — The DPW Superintendent provide the City Council with an inventory list of all DPW vehicles that are currently in use and those that are not in use.

Item 10: 3-2-21 MURPHY — Ordered, that as the city considers purchasing any replacement vehicles it reach out to the state to see if the city could be eligible for significant rebates off the purchase price of electric vehicles.  The MOR-EV program offers rebates to private as well as public entities for purchasing electric vehicles now including trucks.
In addition, that the city look into the Massachusetts Green Communities grant program which provides funding to assist with the installation of EV charging infrastructure.

Item 11: 1-19-21 LISI — Ordered, that That the mayor consider establishing a capital stabilization fund, potentially with a one-time expenditure from our presently healthy emergency stabilization fund.

Item 12: 1-19-21 MURPHY — Ordered that the city council encourage the mayor to appropriate a percentage of the yearly interest from the stabilization account in order to make sure that projects needed around the city will be funded and completed as soon as possible.  Projects such as West Glen St, estimated at $35,000-$40,000, sidewalks on Woods Ave, and potentially on Northampton St, the intersection of Apremont Hwy and Rock Valley Rd, sidewalk on St Jerome and Dwight St corner should be included, as well as other sidewalks etc. The goal of this is to get these projects which impact the quality of life throughout the city not be delayed because of lack of funds, when in fact the stabilization fund continues to grow.

Item 13: 1-5-21 MCGIVERIN — That the City Council meet with DPW Superintendent to discuss bonding for replacement of vehicles.
*Tabled 1-28-21

Item 14: MCGEE — Order that the finance committee invite in Suez representatives to discuss budget shortfall and potential cost saving measures.
*Tabled 1-28-21

Item 15: 5-5-20 LEAHY — Ordered that, the Water Department working in conjunction with the Environmental Police submit a report to the City Council itemizing the fines for dogs in the Cities reservoirs and fishing In the Reservoirs, as well.
Please submit this report monthly or for the remainder of the time the City has retained the Environmental Police.
*Tabled 2-8-21

Item 16: 5-4-21 MCGIVERIN — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2021, SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY NINE AND 00/100 Dollars ($689.00) as follows:
11211-51103 AIDE TO MAYOR $689.00
TOTAL: $689.00
11511-51101 CITY SOLICITOR $689.00
TOTAL: $689.00

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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