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Ordinance Committee Meeting June 27, 2023

Jun 27 2023

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Posted June 22, 2023, 1:30 PM

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

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

with hearings held jointly with the Planning Board

Tuesday, June 27, 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: Linda Vacon

Remote access via
Meeting ID: 831 7743 6694 Meeting Passcode: 289877 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode.


Item 1: 6-20-23 Petition of Amie Matos, street vendor application

Item 2: PUBLIC HEARING 5-16-23 Special Permit Application of Red Barn Growers LLC to operate a Marijuana Manufacturing Establishment at 1 Cabot Street Units 5 and 6 (048-01-010).

Item 3: 2-18-20 TALLMAN — Ordered That Ordinance Section 12-4 Flags of the City of Holyoke be amended to include the new regulations for flying the POW flag.
*Tabled 6-29-21, 5-11-22

Item 4: 6-6-23 GIVNER — Per constituent request, please remove the handicap sign at 16-18 Linden as the previous owner has passed.

Item 5: 6-20-23 From Kathleen Degnan, Assistant City Solicitor, OPEB Declaration of Trust Agreement

Item 6: 6-6-23 PUELLO — Ordered, That speed humps be placed on South Summer St. Petition attached.

Item 7: 4-18-23 JOURDAIN, MCGEE — ORDERED:
To amend section 2-156.1 to return the approval the assistant city solicitor for the city council by the President of the city council to the language:
(1) City council. An assistant city solicitor shall attend all regular and special city council meetings and subcommittee meetings as necessary. The assistant shall work with the city council regarding legal questions posed to the law department by the council or by individual council members. The appointment of the assistant city solicitor for the city council shall also be approved by the president of the city council.
To further amend to return this language to section 2-153 of our ordinance:
In special cases the mayor, or city council through a majority vote, may authorize or require the department to secure the advice or services of such additional counselors as they may deem best. No money shall be paid by the for legal services, except as expressly authorized by this chapter. The mayor shall fund any authorization approved by the city council under this section.
*Tabled 5-23-23

Item 8: 2-7-23 JOURDAIN, VACON — Ordered, that Ordinance 2-421 be amended to include all public hearings so that the public has an opportunity to truly participate in their government and to advance transparency.
*Tabled 4-25-23

Item 9: 3-21-23 JOURDAIN — Ordered, The City of Holyoke develop a personnel policy for the handling of administrative leave and codifying the rules into Ordinance as recommended by the Personnel Dept including but not limited to when employees should or should not be placed on paid leave or unpaid leave. The current process appears lacking objective standards. Taxpayers should also be protected to ensure people who should not be out on paid administrative leave are placed on unpaid administrative leave.
*Tabled 5-23-23

Item 10: 5-16-23 MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI — Ordered, that the City Council amend Ordinance 2-336(a) and (b) to reflect a streamlined process for disposition of tax title properties and other properties not needed by the City for municipal purposes and to add a new section for the creation of an Abutter Lots Sale Program.

Item 11: 6-6-23 RIVERA_I, ANDERSON-BURGOS, MALDONADO VELEZ, Ordered, to establish a Holyoke Food Coalition by city ordinance.

Item 12: 2-21-23 PUELLO — Ordered, in accordance with the city charter, create ordinance language that confirms, when a resident is elected as a ward councilor and subsequently moves to another ward during the term, the ward city council seat is vacated.
*Tabled 5-23-23

Item 13: 6-20-23 MCGIVERIN, TALLMAN, VACON — Ordered, That the City Council adjust the Sewer Rate ordinance.



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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