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Public Safety Committee Meeting August 18, 2021

Aug 18 2021

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the committee on

Public Safety

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

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: Terence Murphy

*** Remote access via

Meeting ID: 884 9833 0534 Meeting Passcode: 854158 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with same Meeting ID and Passcode.  ***


Item 1: 11-21-17 MCGEE, LEAHY, TALLMAN -- Ordered, Order that Capt. Moriarty provide an updated list of safety options or procedures put in place to deal with security/safety at City Hall, sub committee meetings, and full council meetings.

Item 2: 10-20-20 HERNANDEZ, TALLMAN -- Property owners for 287 -291 Elm Street, Carrie and Arthur Naatz have reached out to possibly collaborate with City, HPD and other landlords such as Tony Visone that owns 294-298 Elm Street and the Buildings on Walnut Street adjacent to 300 Walnut, in the pursuit of installation of surveillance in an attempt to combat the overall criminal activity, drug, human trafficking in these areas.  I have full contact information for them both and would like to set up a meeting amongst all departments including our honorable mayor's office to initiate a plan to carry out our goal.
*Tabled 12-9-20, 1-6-21, 5-12-21

Item 3: 3-16-21 LISI, ANDERSON-BURGOS, HERNANDEZ, LEBRON-MARTINEZ -- that in an effort to obtain neutral, fact-based data and statistics, the City contract an independent assessment of Holyoke Police Department's structure, policies, and practices.
*Tabled 4-21-21

Item 4: 1-19-21 HERNANDEZ -- To invite the Chief of Police to discuss the plan that the department has in place in case there is any domestic terrorism in our City and if there are any changes to the current plan that were prompted since the attach on Capital Hill, this past 1/6/2021.

Item 5: 12-1-20 MURPHY -- Ordered that the public safety committee meet with representatives from the Opioid Substance Abuse task force, the health director, and Judge William Hadley, to discuss the need for a short-term residential transition program to assist individuals returning from a treatment program.  The goal of this would be to improve the chances of long-term success for these individuals.  The resident capacity would probably be around 20 beds.
*Tabled 1-6-21

Item 6: 4-20-21 GREANEY -- the Holyoke City Council invite a Medical professional from Holyoke Medical Center or Baystate Health to discuss the pros and cons of Marijuana usage and its effect on the community.


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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