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Whiting Reservoir Study Committee Meeting August 3, 2021

Aug 3 2021

5:00 pm Remote by Zoom


Holyoke Massachusetts

Notice of Committee Meeting

There will be a regular meeting of

The Whiting Reservoir Study Committee

Meeting to take place remotely on Zoom Meetings on Tuesday 8/3/21 at 5:00 PM

*** Meeting can be accessed via

Meeting ID: 213 224 4596 Meeting Passcode: 771059 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode. ***



Discussion of press release and articles for public meetings

Whiting Street Reservoir Study Committee

August 3, 2021 Meeting Minutes


In Attendance:  Sue Ellen Panitch (Chair), Marlene Connor (Vice Chair), Kip Foley, Jeff Horan, Harry Craven, &  Kate Kruckemeyer.

Absent: Dave Moore, Terry Sheppard.

Guests present: Elbert Bowler.


Meeting called to order at 5:02


We began by choosing photos of the Reservoir to include in the Power Point and flyer.


The Mayor is requesting a $300 transfer from the City Council to cover secretarial and other costs for our public hearing. Hopefully that will be approved at this evening’s City Council meeting. Unfortunately Jeffrey Anderson-Burgos can’t do this work per advice from the State Ethics office. We can look to HCC for a potential hire for this work.


Springfield Republican has promised an article for us. Sue Ellen has also reached out to the Hampshire Gazette. Dave Madsen from Channel 40 is interested in featuring us last Sunday in September.


We agreed that Maureen had made a great start on an article to be submitted for publication. Some additions were suggested for an introduction about the WSR being “our national park,” and individual members should follow up with Maureen. It was noted that submitted articles to the paper are typically 700-900 words.


We rescheduled our first proposed meeting date, because the 21st of September is the preliminary election. We can keep the Wednesday September 29th. We decided to add Tuesday October 5th (which would have been our regular meeting night). We discussed whether we can have an in-person meeting given Covid trends, which are unclear at this point. We agreed we would like to do the in person meeting outside if possible; would one of the abutters with a pavilion (Wycoff or the Country Club) be willing to donate space? Kip will reach out, checking both dates; if they don’t work then Sue Ellen can check with Summit View. We would need to check whether they have wifi for an outdoor meeting. We would likely have that date be the 5pm meeting, and the virtual meeting be at 6pm.


We will aim to finalize dates at a short special meeting next Tuesday August 10th at 5pm so that publicity can be started.


Elbert has volunteered to poster widely around the city, particularly lower wards.


Send any ideas about where to email/digitally post on social media to Kate.


Adjourned at 5:57.

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