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Public Service Committee Meeting June 9, 2021

Jun 9 2021

6:30 pm Remote by Zoom


City Council

Holyoke Massachusetts


Notice of Committee Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of the committee on


Public service


Meeting to take place remotely on Zoom Meetings on Wednesday 6-9-21 at 6:30 PM

Per order of the Chair: Jim Leahy

*** Meeting will take place remotely and can be accessed via

Meeting ID: 844 7080 5647 Meeting Passcode: 393109 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with same Meeting ID and Passcode. ***


Item 1: 6-1-21 From Acting Mayor Terence Murphy letter appointing Ms. Sheila Biermann as Personnel Director of the City of Holyoke


Item 2: 6-1-21 MCGEE -- Order that the public service committee invite in and interview the following translation services fir city council:

Transfluenci - Stacey Chevalier, Interpreter Services Coordinator - - (413) 737-1888 - $65/hr. per interpreter, 3 hour minimum

HPS Language Access Services Department - Nick Magnolia, Translation Manager - (413) 512-5358 - $75/hr. per interpreter, 3 hour minimum

UMass Translation Services - Dr. Regina Galasso, Director - - (413) 545-2203 - $100/hr. per interpreter, 2 hour minimum

All of these providers would require 2 interpreters per meeting so that they can switch off at regular intervals (I suspect this will be the case with anyone you speak to).

There are a few other companies that provide interpretation services in the area, Language Bridge and Concordis Language Services


Item 3: 3-16-21 HERNANDEZ -- Ordered, that that a proposal/resolution filed in the past by Councilor Nelson Roman be taken up by the Public Service Committee as it relates to replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People Day.  The City of Holyoke consists of more than 50% of its population being Latinos, predominantly of Puerto Rican heritage.

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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