Public Service Committee Meeting May 10, 2022
6:00 pm City Hall Holyoke
536 Dwight St, Holyoke 01040
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25,
and Section 20 of Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021,
notice is hereby given of a meeting of the committee on
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Meeting to take place at
Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St
and can be accessed remotely on Zoom Meetings
Per order of the Chair: Peter Tallman
Remote access via www.zoom.us
Meeting ID: 859 0629 1961 Meeting Passcode: 498170 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode.
Item 1: 3-15-22 From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter appointing Dr. Tiffany B. Curtis, 285 Hampden St. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke: Dr. Curtis will replace Mr. Jason Lefebvre and will serve his remainder term; said term will expire on February 2023.
Item 2: 4-19-22 From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia, letter appointing Ms. Sarah Wedaman, 28 Howard St. to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Wedaman will replace Mary L. Morris and will serve a three-year term; said term will expire in March 2025.
Item 3: 4-19-22 From Mayor Joshua A. Garcia letter reappointing Ms. Kelly Curran, 230 South St. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke: Ms. Curran will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on February 2025.
Item 4: 8-3-21 LEAHY — Ordered, a committee be formed called “The Tourism advisory committee.”
The scope of the Committee is to:
1. Create and market a new brand for Holyoke,
2. Initiate permit reform for events, public gatherings, beautification, and public art.
3. Annually monitor and report the progress of tourism initiatives to Mayor and City Council.
4. Review infrastructure maintenance program.
5. Coordinate business communications and Holyoke tourism opportunities into one marketing effort.
6. Establish and support signature destinations and districts such as a Puerto Rican Cultural District on Main Street and The Canal District.
7. Promote ecotourism and outdoor recreation.
8. Make recommendations for a financial and human resources plan.
9. Recommend annual updates to the Holyoke Tourism Strategic Plan.
The Committee will utilize the Holyoke Tourism Strategic Plan. The Committee will, from time to time, update and revise the plan as they find necessary.
The Committee should comprise one representative appointed by each of the following agencies: Holyoke Local Cultural Council, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development, Holyoke City Council, Holyoke Historical Commission, and Wistariahurst Museum. A minimum of five (5) and up to eight (8) at-large members will be nominated and recommended by the Committee and appointed by the Mayor for a three-year term.
Item 5: 10-5-21 MCGEE — Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council review and approve the relocation of a department or departments to the unused space of the tax collector/personnel office. These spaces are forward facing offices/spaces that allow better constituent access/service. (Note: One consideration would be to move the planning department into these spaces which would allow constituents/business easier access to the process).
Item 6: 4-5-22 PUELLO, VACON — Ordered, That the city invite El Corazon/Heart of Holyoke Project community artist and owner of Creativity Art, Yolando Gonzalez and her artists, to discuss artistic programing opportunities for youth and to present and approve upcoming art designs for fire alarm boxes located at Main and Sargeant, Main and Jackson as well as High and Hampshire 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.
536 Dwight St, Room 10
Holyoke, MA 01040
Meeting days 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM