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Ordinance Committee Planning Board Joint Meeting July 26, 2022

Jul 26 2022

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts

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
with public hearings held jointly with the
Planning Board

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
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: 867 6402 0752 Meeting Passcode: 819120 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode.


Item 1: 6-7-22 Petition of Jesùs Feliciano, for a street vendor license to be located at 130 Race St.

Item 2: 6-21-22 Petition for a street vendor license for Jesùs Feliciano between Middle and Appleton Sts.

Item 3: PUBLIC HEARING (joint hearing with the Planning Board, continued from 4-26-22, 6-28-22) 3-15-22 Zone change application from DR to BH for Daniel Laflamme at 41 Temple St (085-00-012) to operate a truck repair shop in a district zoned DR so that the business can be conforming.

Item 4: PUBLIC HEARING (joint hearing with the Planning Board, continued from 6-28-22) 5-3-22 Zone change application from R2 to BH for Dennis Bolduc at 474 Pleasant St (091-00-062 & 063) to develop into museum, restaurant, and motorcycle dealership.

Item 5: PUBLIC HEARING 6-21-22 Special Permit Application Amendment for Massbiology Technology LLC at 6 Appleton St (048-01-003) to change the entrance location from the NE side of the building to the SE side.

Item 6: PUBLIC HEARING 6-7-22 Special Permit Application for Ahava LLC at 333 N. Canal St (036-01-001) for marijuana cultivation and product manufacturing.

Item 7: PUBLIC HEARING 6-21-22 Special Permit Application for Holyoke Smokes Corp at 81-85 Sargeant St (019-01-003.1) to create a marijuana delivery license establishment as a warehouse to store marijuana products not open to the public, and to purchase store, sell, and deliver directly to consumers homes.

Item 8: PUBLIC HEARING 6-21-22 Special Permit Application for Carefully Curated LLC at 420 Race St (028-07-014) to reutilize the building as a recreational adult use marijuana manufacturing establishment.

Item 9: 5-3-22 TALLMAN, ENTIRE COUNCIL — that following the adoption of a resolution in support of the district, that the Ordinance Committee work with the mayor and the appropriate city and state departments to adopt an ordinance creating a Puerto Rican Cultural District within the City of Holyoke.

Item 10: 6-21-22 VACON, BARTLEY, JOURDAIN — Ordered, Under certain special circumstances with supermajority approval of the city council, the starting pay for a position with a salary set by ordinance can exceed the mid range, but not exceed the maximum. Such a special circumstance shall have no effect on any other salary range or pay rate for any city employee.

Item 11: 6-21-22 JOURDAIN, VACON — Ordered, That an ordinance be created to allow for a Fire Chief contract and that this ordinance also establish a salary range for the position (Min/Mid/Max)

Item 12: (Public hearing closed 6-28-22) 5-17-22 MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI — Ordered that the City Council vote to amend section 7.10 to include the following definitions, which reflect the language from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission:
Marijuana Courier: an entity licensed to deliver finished marijuana products, marijuana accessories and branded goods directly to consumers from a licensed marijuana retailer.  It cannot wholesale, warehouse, process, repackage, or white label these products.  A Marijuana Courier does not require a City Council Special Permit but does need to obtain a business certificate from the City Clerk’s office.
Marijuana Delivery Operator:  an entity licensed to purchase at wholesale and warehouse finished marijuana products acquired from a licensed marijuana cultivator, marijuana product manufacturer, microbusiness or craft marijuana cooperative, and white label, sell, and deliver finished marijuana products, marijuana accessories and marijuana branded goods directly to consumers, but is not authorized to repackage marijuana or marijuana products, or operate a storefront under this license.

Item 13: (Public hearing closed 6-28-22) 12-21-21 BARTLEY, LEAHY, MURPHY, VACON — That the Health Director, Building Commissioner and any other relevant city official meet ASAP with the Ordinance Committee to discuss odor mitigation at marijuana entities in Holyoke for the purpose of a) amending city ordinances and/or b) adding language to the list of conditions typically added to the Marijuana Special Permit.

Item 14: 2-1-22 BARTLEY — Ordered, That until residents are offered an opportunity to meet IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD with public officials and public board members, who are making decisions with little to zero neighborhood input, the City shall not spend any funds or incur any costs for any new buildings including any school.
*Tabled 2-22-22, 5-11-22, 6-28-22

Item 15: 5-17-22 GIVNER — Ordered, That a handicap sign be placed in front of 948 Dwight St. for Said M. Umari.

Item 16: 5-17-22 PUELLO — Ordered, That a handicap sign be placed in front of 584 So. Summer St for Isaiah Lee Suarez

Item 17: 6-7-22 MALDONADO-VELEZ, RIVERA_I — That a handicap sign be placed in front of 563 So. Canal St. for William Vazquez, placard # PL2290306.


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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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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