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Public Safety Committee Meeting February 26, 2024

Feb 26 2024

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Posted February 22, 2024, 4:05 PM

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City Council
Holyoke Massachusetts
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
Public Safety

Monday, February 26, 2024
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: Jenny Rivera
Remote access via
Meeting ID: 867 3145 2479 Meeting Passcode: 730457 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode.

Live Spanish interpretation will be available on local access channel 15 using the television’s SAP option, through the live stream on the city website, as well as on the Zoom feed by clicking the interpretation option and choosing Spanish.


Item 1: Minutes of November 29, 2023 meeting.

Item 2: 2-6-24 MAGRATH-SMITH – Ordered that members of the Fire Commission come into Public Safety to discuss the recent issue concerning firefighters obtaining their EMT certifications.

Item 3: 1-2-24 RIVERA_I — Order that honorable city council request the chief of police come into public safety to discuss the potential development of a traffic division solely focused on mitigating traffic issues throughout the city of Holyoke.

Item 4: 12-5-23 RIVERA_I — Order that the police department present an update on the goals or steps taken to address some of the concerns raised out of the MRI audit.

Item 5: 9-5-23 RIVERA_J, ANDERSON-BURGOS, GIVNER, MALDONADO-VELEZ, MURPHY-ROMBOLETTI, RIVERA_I — Ordered that the city council work with the mayor and school superintendent to address the reinstatement of bus services for Lyman Terrace as soon as possible, as a matter of public safety.  This has been a service they have received for the past 20 years.

Item 6: 4-18-23 GIVNER — Ordered, In the interest of public safety, that a traffic safety pledge be created, in good faith, and that this pledge be taken by all city employees and officials. All city employees and officials should be expected to model righteous behavior by adhering to speed limits and following all traffic laws, ESPECIALLY when using CITY VEHICLES. How can we expect our community to respect its laws if city employees are blatantly disregarding them.
*Tabled 9-27-23

Item 7: 10-4-22 MALDONADO-VELEZ — Ordered, that the city provide an update on any antiracism and diversity training already in place for employees, and update on how it can be improved.
*Tabled 11-21-22

Item 8: 1-18-22 MALDONADO-VELEZ, ANDERSON-BURGOS — Order that we create a Food Economy Coalition to identify and propose innovative policies, programming, and/or project solutions to improve the Holyoke food system and food entrepreneurship. Recommendations will be made to aligned bodies, such as the Office of Planning & Economic Development, the City Council, and relevant city departments (eg. DPW, BOH, etc.)

Item 9: 1-18-22 RIVERA_I — that the City council invite the Department of Public Works as well as the Parks & Recreation Department to a Public Safety committee meeting to address the upkeep and or improvement of Laurel St. Park.
*Tabled 1-24-22

Item 10: 6-21-22 ANDERSON-BURGOS — That the DPW seek an alternative solution for rock salt. Salt is corrosive to vehicles and roads, and can contaminate drinking water and be toxic to wildlife.
*Tabled 8-8-22, 11-21-22


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.

January 26, 2024
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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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