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CITIZENíS FORUM

for WARD 5 RESIDENTS
Meet with Linda at Mrs. Mitchellís
located in the plaza at Homestead and Westfield Road (Rt. 202)
Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:00 p.m.
AGENDA
  1. Gary Rome Update
  2. HCC road open/any issues
  3. Holyoke Hotel Project Update
  4. Budget review for vote June 24
  5. Other issues as requested
VIEW/PRINT forum minutes


Past Events:

Re-election fundraiser

For Linda Vacon, City Councilor Ward 5
Monday, May 11, 2015
6 - 8:00 p.m.
at JP's Restaurant
200 Whiting Farms Road

Thank you to everyone who is supporting my re-election campaign! My kick off event at JP's exceeded expectations.
I was so grateful to be surrounded by so many of you with your positive energy and surprised by your incredible generosity.
With encouragement like this, I am more motivated than ever to do my best "for you...for Holyoke"!

Truly Yours,
Linda



VIEW MINUTES from the Feb. 11, 2015 forum

Letter to the Editor by Councilor Vacon about the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center use of the former Geriatric Authority building

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Letter to Editor:
On April 7th the City Council adopted an order "That the City of Holyoke through the Mayor reach out to the Sheriff's department for the possibility of relocating the Howard Street program to the site of the former GAH building."

This order was redundant since the Mayor had already contacted Sheriff Ashe two months prior to the order, when it was noted the renovation costs might be too costly per the Sheriff's department. (April 13th Republican article).

It was understood that a proposal would come before the City Council for review prior to any approval.
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However, on April 16th it was announced that a lease arrangement had been completed. Then on April 21st the City Council was given a legal opinion that the Mayor did not need to come before the City Council as the agreement is NOT a lease, but a license to use the property. At that same meeting Sheriff Ashe made a statement indicating the space needed very little renovation.

What happened to the promise of transparency made by Mayor Morse? Again, a lack of transparency by this Mayor and his administration is the rule when doing business in Holyoke.

Then, on April 23rd at the neighborhood meeting at Devonshire, a resident asked for a traffic study for the intersection at Lower Westfield Road and Holy Family Road as that intersection was already problematic when the Geriatric Authority was open. A review of the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center website indicates there will be 182 inmates the former GA building (164 men and 18 women), twice the number of residents when the GA was open. While it was stated that a traffic study would not be completed, the increase in residents and trips indicate that this request is reasonable. As a good neighbor, maybe the Sheriff's department can assist with this matter, perhaps with the $120,000 annual savings they will realize with the agreement the Mayor has approved.

If the City Council had an opportunity to review this deal some questions I would ask include:
  1. What is the safety plan?
  2. What is the mitigation plan for increased traffic at an already problematic intersection?
  3. Why is the agreement providing a $120,000 savings per year for the program when we are in a $3 million dollar deficit?
  4. What assurance is there that this program will vacate the property in 18 months?
  5. What steps will be taken in the next 18 months to ensure that the highest and best use of the former GA property will be realized?
While we can all agree that we need added revenue, can we also agree that it is better to do the business of the city in public?

Submitted by
Linda Vacon

City Councilor, Ward 5
Finished reading

January 15th, 2015
I was so pleased to present this proclamation on behalf of the Holyoke City Council to Dina Levesque today as she celebrated her 100th birthday with her family at our Senior Center!
Dina and her sister and a lovely birthday cake provided by our Senior Center Acting Director to honor Dina's 100th birthday! Very Nice!

"Homeless Hotel" issue


September 19, 2014:
WWLP Ch. 22 Video - Holyoke residents voice concerns over homeless hotels


2015 Holyoke St. Pat's Road Race


We were rooting the runners on from the sidelines!

CITIZENíS FORUM

for WARD 5 RESIDENTS
Meet with Linda at Mrs. Mitchellís
located in the plaza at Homestead and Westfield Road (Rt. 202)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:00 p.m.
AGENDA
  • Gary Rome proposal
  • HCC road update
  • Holyoke Hotel
  • Whiting Farms zone update
  • Dollar Store update
  • Other issues, Geriatric Autjhority, crosswalks, signs
VIEW MINUTES from the forum


CITIZENíS FORUM

for WARD 5 RESIDENTS
Meet with Linda at Mrs. Mitchellís
located in the plaza at Homestead and Westfield Road (Rt. 202)
Thursday, September 18th 6:00 p.m.
AGENDA
  • Lower Westfield/Homestead intersection project
  • Gary Rome proposal
  • Dollar Store update
  • HCC road update
  • Holyoke Hotel
  • Whiting Farms zone update-next meeting Sept 30th
  • Other issues as requested
VIEW MINUTES from the forum


Memorial Day Observances, May 26th, 2014

Holyoke remembers war dead with Green Beret Max Bowers asking they be honored 'now and forever'
Linda & John with State Senator Humason

Linda & John with Ward 4 School committeeman Cesar Lopez


Ward 5 Citizen Forum - Apr. 23rd

  • Wednesday April 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
  • Mrs. Mitchellís - Homestead Avenue and Westfield Road
with updates on:
  • Lower Westfield Rd./Homestead intersection project
  • Marcotte Ford proposal
  • Dollar Store update
  • HCC road update
  • Update on Officer gun issue
  • Whiting Farms zone update
  • and other topics of interest as requested
  • Read Minutes of the Meeting


Ward 5 Citizen Forum - Dec. 12th

  • Thursday December 12th from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Mrs. Mitchellís - Homestead Avenue and Westfield Road
with updates on:
  • Marcotte Ford expansion ideas (Whiting Farms Road)
  • Geriatric Authority update
  • Crosswalk issues
  • and other topics of interest
  • Read Minutes of the Meeting


 
 

Ongoing Events:

Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting

"Neighbors Looking After Neighbors"
Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month
from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Glen Sexton, Wards 3 & 5 coordinator
Location: Holyoke Community College
Kittredge Center, (Room # may vary, see agenda)
303 Homestead Avenue
Map
More more info, call Glen at 413/858-0851
All Ward 5 residents are encouraged to attend

 
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