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Ordinance Committee Meeting March 23, 2021

Mar 23 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 Tuesday 3-23-21 at 6:30PM

Per order of the Chair: Rebecca Lisi

*** Meeting will take place remotely and can be accessed via Meeting ID: 884 9889 3129  Meeting Passcode: 704972 or by call in at 1 (301) 715-8592 with same Meeting ID and Passcode.  ***




Item 1: 4-21-15 LISI – Ordered, that Section 2-35 of the Code of Ordinances, entitled “Classification and Compensation Plans” be amended to incorporate a new Classification and Compensation Plan, Elected Official Salary Ordinance and Miscellaneous Salary Schedule based upon the results of the HRS Salary Study, and that the current DH, PR and Miscellaneous Salary Schedules, as well as any other amendments previously adopted under this section be repealed.

*Tabled 11-24-20, 12-22-20, 1-26-21, 2-23-21


Item 2: 2-20-18 ROMAN/LEAHY – Ordered, that the City of Holyoke take up and approve the salary study completed in 2014, and include in its salary revisions salaries of the Mayor, City Council and School Committee Members

*Tabled 11-24-20, 12-22-20, 1-26-21, 2-23-21


Item 3: 8-7-18 MCGIVERIN – Ordered, That Schedule B, Compensation for Elected Officials of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended as follows, effective January 1, 2019:

Mayor: $125,000      City Clerk: $90,000  City Treasurer: $85,000

City Council: $12,500          City Council President: $1,000 (in addition to above)

*Tabled 11-24-20, 12-22-20, 1-26-21, 2-23-21


Item 4a: 3-2-21 LISI, MCGEE — Ordered, That the Ordinance Committee review and potentially amend the residency requirements per the Personnel Directors letter.


Item 4b: 3-2-21 Letter from Todd McGee, City Council President, communicating the recommendation from the Personnel Director that the residency requirements be removed to allow for filling of vacant roles.


Item 5: 2-2-21 LISI — Ordered, that the City Council create a revolving fund to be set up for the Cities municipal rideshare funding received by the state through the Transportation Network Company (see attached).

*Referred from Finance Committee – 2-16-21, Tabled 3-9-21


Item 6a 1-21-20 MURPHY — Ordered that the Ordinance Committee consider an ordinance which would create a penalty for any driver handing out anything from the car window as a traffic safety violation.


Item 6b: 2-2-21 — Letter from Crystal Barnes, Acting City Solicitor, re: response to order to consider a penalty for any driver handing anything from a car window as a safety violation.


Item 7a: 2-2-21 BARTLEY — Ordered, The Ordinance Committee and City Council consider removal of M.G.L. chapter 85, Section 17A, from the city of Holyoke’s list of adopted statutes. The SJC recently ruled the law to be unconstitutional. Moreover, the Law Dept. is recommending this.


Item 7b: Letter from ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts, dated January 14, 2021, detailing SJC ruling in Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, et al. v. City of Fall River and requesting that the City of Holyoke cease enforcement of ordinances that correlate to M.G.L. c. 85, section 17A.





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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