Public Safety Committee Meeting April 19, 2023
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 Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2023,
notice is hereby given of a meeting of the committee on
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Meeting to take place at
Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St
and can be accessed remotely on Zoom Meetings
Per order of the Chair: Israel Rivera
Remote access via www.zoom.us
Meeting ID: 815 9281 0094 Meeting Passcode: 920377 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode.
Item 1: 1-3-23 MALDONADO VELEZ — Ordered, that the license board is invited to discuss the process of ensuring that all businesses operating within our city are licensed, what happens when the city is notified of an unlicensed business, and how businesses with seasonal licenses are tracked and held to compliance.
Item 2: 10-18-22 PUELLO — Ordered, That the Chief of Police please provide a narrative describing what happened to the previous, gray Ford Taurus mayoral issued vehicle. Please include any cost/insurance payouts to other parties and a current city vehicle use policy.
Item 3: 2-7-23 From Chief Pratt, update on order filed by Councilor Puello regarding Mayor Garcia Accident on city Vehicle, Vehicle Summary and Crash report.
Item 4: 4-4-23 RIVERA_I, GIVNER, MALDONADO VELEZ, MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI, RIVERA_J — Ordered, that Chapter 50, Article II of the Holyoke City Ordinances be amended to add Section 50-56 establishing a Police Commission.
Item 5: 4-4-23 RIVERA_I, GIVNER, MALDONADO VELEZ, MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI, RIVERA_J — Ordered, that Section 34 of the Holyoke City Charter be amended to establish a Police Commission by virtue of Special Act in Accordance with the provisions of Articles of Amendment, Article II, Section 8 of the Massachusetts Constitution.
Item 6: 11-15-22 ANDERSON-BURGOS — Order that Chief Pratt come in to discuss a possible gun drop off program.
*Tabled 1-10-23, 3-6-23
Item 7: 11-1-22 (copy) VACON — Ordered, that public cameras throughout the City be updated, replaced and added as needed to ensure safety and compliance with laws and needed funding transfers be approved when necessary.
Item 8: 10-4-22 MALDONADO VELEZ, RIVERA_I, GIVNER — Ordered, that an RFP be created to study a community responder model type program that is outside of the Police Dept but works in collaboration with that department as one of several contributing partners.
*Tabled 11-21-22, 3-6-23
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.
536 Dwight St, Room 10
Holyoke, MA 01040
Meeting days 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM