6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke
536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25,
and Section 20 of Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021,
notice is hereby given of a meeting of the committee on
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
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 www.zoom.us
Meeting ID: 899 5162 7453 Meeting Passcode: 211945 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode.
Item 1: 6-15-21 MCGEE — Order that City Ordinance Chapter 2, Article II, Division 5, Sections 2-152, 2-156, and 2-158 be updated as necessary based on any new proposed structuring of the City’s law department.
*Tabled 5-11-22, 5-24-22
Item 2: 6-7-22 VACON — Ordered that Section 2-34 (b) Hours of Municipal Offices and Employees be amended to include the office of the City Solicitor as exempted from having the hours of 8:30 to 4:30
Item 3: PUBLIC HEARING 5-3-22 Special Permit Application for Holyoke Wilds at 20 Hadley Mills Rd (041-01-015) to permit the use of the existing building as a marijuana manufacturing establishment.
Item 4: PUBLIC HEARING 5-3-22 Special Permit Application for Delivered Inc at 101 N. Bridge St (039-02-006) to buildout and operate a marijuana establishment.
Item 5: PUBLIC HEARING (continued from 5-24-22) 4-19-22 Zone change application from R-2 to BL submitted by Betlai, LLC c/o Edison Yee, for the property located at Pleasant Street, Parcel ID # 092-00-112, (former Peoples Bank parking lot), to create continuity with the abutting parcel to the south to allow for future development.
Item 6: PUBLIC HEARING (continued from 11-23-21, 12-14-21, 2-22-22, 3-22-22, 5-24-22)
9-7-21 VACON — Amend the zoning ordinance to read any home construction in a residential zone shall be greater than 50% living space. A special permit from CC is required if the home construction will have 50% or less living space.
Recently home plans have been approved and it has been communicated from the Building Commissioner that our current residential zoning allows for construction of a home that is 80% garage and 20% living space.
Item 7: 4-5-22 Zone change application from BH to BC for Gennaro Santaniello at 18 Cabot St (029-04-001) to make the pre-existing non-conforming structure under BH zone a conforming structure under BC zone
*Public hearing closed 5-24-22
Item 8: 5-17-22 MCGEE — Ordered, based on the passage of Chapter 48 of the Acts of 2022, that Section 2-67 be amended to include City Solicitor and Superintendent of Public Works as exempt from the residency requirement.
Item 9: 8-3-21 (referred from Public Service 5-17-22) LEAHY — Ordered, a committee be formed called “The Tourism advisory committee.”
The scope of the Committee is to:
1. Create and market a new brand for Holyoke,
2. Initiate permit reform for events, public gatherings, beautification, and public art.
3. Annually monitor and report the progress of tourism initiatives to Mayor and City Council.
4. Review infrastructure maintenance program.
5. Coordinate business communications and Holyoke tourism opportunities into one marketing effort.
6. Establish and support signature destinations and districts such as a Puerto Rican Cultural District on Main Street and The Canal District.
7. Promote ecotourism and outdoor recreation.
8. Make recommendations for a financial and human resources plan.
9. Recommend annual updates to the Holyoke Tourism Strategic Plan.
The Committee will utilize the Holyoke Tourism Strategic Plan. The Committee will, from time to time, update and revise the plan as they find necessary.
The Committee should comprise one representative appointed by each of the following agencies: Holyoke Local Cultural Council, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development, Holyoke City Council, Holyoke Historical Commission, and Wistariahurst Museum. A minimum of five (5) and up to eight (8) at-large members will be nominated and recommended by the Committee and appointed by the Mayor for a three-year term.
Item 10: 3-10-20 VACON — Ordered, that street vendors who have received a license may be granted a renewal of the license for the same location without a hearing when all required approvals are presented with the application and any required fees/taxes are paid
*Tabled 1-25-22, 4-26-22
Item 11: 8-3-21 VACON — Ordered, that speed hump/s be placed on Upland Road – see neighborhood petition filed with City Clerk.
Item 12: 10-19-21 BARTLEY — Ordered, that speed humps be placed on Moss Ave.
Item 13: 10-19-21 Petition for Speed Hump from citizens for Moss Ave.
Item 14: 11-16-21 BARTLEY — Ordered, that speed hump be placed on Fenton St.
Item 15: 11-16-21 BARTLEY — Ordered, that speed humps be placed on Mackintosh Terrace
Item 16: 5-3-22 BARTLEY — Ordered, That speed humps be placed on Mackintosh Terr.
Item 17: 11-16-21 BARTLEY — Ordered, That speed humps be placed on Memorial Dr.
Item 18: 6-7-22 From Robert Peirent, City Engineer, report on possible speed hump requested for Bray Park Drive
Item 19: 5-3-22 GIVNER — Ordered, Remove existing handicapped sign at 402 Pleasant St by request of a new resident at the same address.
Item 20: 6-7-22 GIVNER — Ordered, that the handicap spot in the ordinances located on the east side of Pleasant St 200 feet south of Lincoln St be removed. The Engineer has stated that the entry does not match anything currently installed.
Item 21: 3-15-22 MCGEE — Ordered, that the ordinance be amended to change the City Council’s Administrative Assistant term from one year to two years.
Item 22: 3-15-22 Petition of Yoeli Brene, for a street vendor license to be located on High Street between Hampshire and Worcester Pl
*Tabled 3-22-22, 4-26-22
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.