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Whiting Reservoir Study Committee Meeting June 29, 2021

Jun 29 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 6/29/21 5:00 PM

*** Meeting can be accessed via

Meeting ID: 820 7006 9398 Meeting Passcode: 789156 or by call in at 1 (646) 558-8656 with the same Meeting ID and Passcode. ***



Review of minutes of June 1 meeting

Discussion of plans for Public Hearings



Whiting Street reservoir Committee

Minutes for July 29, 2021, 5:00 p.m.


The meeting was called to order at 5:05 p.m. by Sue Ellen Panitch


Committee members in attendance were:

Marlene Connor          Harry Craven          Jeff Horan

Kate Kruckemeyer      David Moore          Sue Ellen Panitch


The WSR Committee unanimously accepted the minutes of the  June 1, 2021 meeting with the correction that Mr. Robert Comeau had given the tour of the Reservoir.  A correction was also made to the spelling of Ms. Kruckemeyer’s last name.


Marlene Connor then led a review of the Draft of a power point presentation which she had developed for use as part of Public Hearings on the future of WSR.

There was an in depth discussion of each point.  Ms. Connor will make revisions to the Presentation and send them to all WSR committee members for review.  The Presentation will be finalized at the next meeting of the committee which will be held on July 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.


Mrs. Panitch reported on a brief discussion with David Conte of Holyoke Water Works.  Mr. Conte said that the Water Works has applied for Federal Covid relief funds for the repairs needed for the sluiceway at WSR and that the repairs would include three culverts of prestressed concrete.  He also, using elevation maps of the area, advised that the Reservoir when full had an elevation of 385 feet.  The base of the quarry on Mt. Tom is at an elevation of 520 feet.  He did not have information on the hydraulics.  Both Mr. Horan and Mr. Moore will look into this to see if the committee can obtain any information as to drainage patterns.


Mr. Horan asked if Mrs. Panitch had considered an opening statement for a public hearing and Mrs. Panitch said the her plan was to welcome participants, give a very brief history of WSR, how long the committee has been working and that the purpose of the meeting was to gain information from the pubic about their concerns and ideas for the future of WSR.  Following this, to state that Mrs. Connor would give a power point presentation on the work that has been done.  After this presentations, rules for the meeting would be given.


It was decided that the Committee would meet next on the first and third Tuesdays of July at 5:00 p.m.  The Agenda for the next meeting will include final approval of the Power Point Presentation, discussion of rules for public hearings,  development of media materials and whether to hold the hearings on Zoom or to hold them Live.

If a Live meeting is to be held, a determination of local and technical support will be needed.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sue Ellen Panitch

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