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Public Safety Committee Meeting November 29, 2023

Nov 29 2023

6:30 pm City Hall Holyoke

536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040

Posted November 21, 2023, 3:30 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

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
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: Israel Rivera
Remote access via
Meeting ID: 886 5627 9915 Meeting Passcode: 515484 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: 9-5-23 RIVERA_J, MALDONADO-VELEZ — Order that the Board of Health, Police, or appropriate department let us know the process of addressing noise complaints, particularly when it comes to businesses operating their heavy machinery and making lots of noise as early as 5:30 am. The residents of Ward 1 say they have submitted complaints and nothing has been done to remedy the situation.

Item 2: 9-5-23 JOURDAIN, VACON — (copy) Police Chief provide an updated list of all tickets issued in Calendar Year 2023 including violation reason, number of violations, and the disposition.

Item 3: 8-1-23 RIVERA_I — (copy) that the city of Holyoke form a working group focused on developing solutions to mitigate rampant ongoing issues of vagrancy on High st. It has been recently brought to my attention that a bus shelter will be removed due to some of these ongoing issues. How many more bus shelters will get removed?

Item 4: 6-6-23 RIVERA_I — Order that the mayor, public health department, and sheriff department, veteran services department come into public safety to converse about the possibility of developing a Returning Citizens department under the public health.

Item 5: 6-6-23 RIVERA_I — Order that the Holyoke Hub come into public safety and present and updates they may have on the work they have been doing since the Hubs inception.

Item 6: 6-6-23 RIVERA_I — that city council invite representatives of the Sheriff department into public safety to present recidivism and release data specifically to Holyoke.

Item 7: 6-6-23 RIVERA_I — Order that employees at the Holyoke Police Community Center come into public safety and present on the services offered as well as any other projects they maybe working on that is important for the community to be aware of.

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. Refer to Public Safety.
*Tabled 11-21-22, 3-6-23, 4-19-23, 9-27-23

Item 9: 10-4-22 MALDONADO-VELEZ, RIVERA_I — Ordered, that the Mayor create and fund a Public Safety Department, suggesting a beginning budget of $500,000 for FY24. Refer to Mayor, Public Safety.
*Tabled 11-21-23

Item 10: 11-9-23 (copy) From Mayor Joshua A Garcia, Proposal for Ezekiel’s Plan: Operation Safe Streets


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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