Archive of Past Events
Orders Filed by Linda
& Position on Issues
|In The News
October 4, 2019
Pier 1, Kaoud Rugs closing at Holyoke shopping center
September 29, 2019
Multiple Holyoke hydrants have low flow: Officials working to fix problem after home destroyed by fire
September 20, 2019
At forum on Holyoke override, school officials say new middle schools needed; Holyoke Mall manager says tax hike would put shopping center in ‘harm’s way’
September 11, 2019
Developer proposes up to 96 condos on Lower Westfield Road in Holyoke
September 10, 2019
MassDOT unveils plans for Holyoke highway project, residents speak out -
I attended this public meeting to learn more about this project as it will have a broad affect in our city if it moves forward. Linda
October 1, 2019
Holyoke City Council approves sale of Westfield Road parcel, condos planned
September 5, 2019
Amazon promises 235 jobs, $5.6M in construction for Holyoke distribution center
September 1, 2019
Holyoke searches for affordable path to newer, better schools (Editorial)
August 30, 2019
Holyoke City Council committee denies resident’s nonbinding ballot question on proposed middle schools
August 20, 2019
Now you can use your smartphone to pay for parking in downtown Holyoke
August 7, 2019
Holyoke Mall sells land, building; plumbers union plans training facility, developer has plans for parking lot
July 24, 2019
Holyoke City Council committee mulls resolution to increase natural gas service capacity
July 15, 2019
Holyoke Planning Board OKs Lower Westfield Road distribution center, over traffic objections from neighbor
June 25, 2019
Holyoke Planning Board hears plans for distribution center at former Atlas Copco
June 13, 2019
Holyoke City Council approves Proposition 2 1/2 override ballot question; middle schools remain in play
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WARD 5 CITY COUNCILOR
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I promise to work hard and do the best job I can for you and Holyoke
Forum on Ballot Question Tax Increase
Host: Keep Holyoke Affordable For All Committee
Location: Holyoke Senior Center
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Learn how a massive Proposition 2 1/2 override could have serious consequences for the home and business owners for years to come.
Hear about affordable middle school alternatives that can be done under the City's budget.
Here’s a chance to become an educated voter!
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Mayor Morse, Councilor Lisi push for massive property tax increase
Whiting Farms Road
Monday, September 30, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Donations gratefully accepted!
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Holyoke Free Cash Letter
Holyoke Water Works Institutes Public Safety and Protective Measures at Holyoke’s Drinking Water SupplyView PDF document here
On behalf of our citizens, I have asked the Inspector General to investigate the financial management of our city
Video: - "We are the fiscal watchdogs"
April 4, 2018 Forum - Related picture of traffic issues
Superintendent of Holyoke Public Works Mike McManus presented ideas to address longstanding traffic issues in Ward 5 at Blueberry Hill, Apremont Hwy. and Rock Valley Rd. and other locations
300-plus attend Gary Rome Hyundai grand opening in Holyoke.
Linda cuts the ribbon at the festive ceremony.
Holyoke Honors US Army Vietnam Veteran Charles Sullivan
I was honored to attend a special event at the home of Charles Sullivan, a US Army Vietnam Veteran, here in Ward 5 today, September 28, 2016.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts brought their Blue Crew of 30+ employee volunteers on a bus from throughout the state for their Annual Company Service Day.
They worked on the home of US Army Vietnam Veteran Mr. Charles Sullivan, landscaping, painting, replacing a broken window, replacing an unsafe kitchen floor and broken kitchen doors.
In addition, they built stairs with railings and a small deck.
To honor his service, the volunteers also installed a new flag pole and presented Mr. Sullivan with a U.S. flag with an honor guard arranged by Jim Mahoney, our Veterans Service Director.
I was pleased to be a part of this special day for a person who served our country and in turn was assisted in his time of need.
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Linda Vacon - Keith Davis, Treasurer
to Linda's left
Charles Sullivan, left
Flag pole installation
Letter to the Editor by Councilor Vacon
Holyoke residents with private systems should be excluded from water runoff fees
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Letter to Editor:
It is NOT fair for residents who pay for private sewer services (septic systems) to be charged an added fee for storm water. As it is, they have been subsidizing the inadequate sewer fee through their property taxes for the last two years. Storm water from the area of the city without a sewer system does not even reach the treatment plant as storm water cannot travel up the Rt. 202 hill to enter the treatment plant.
Those with septic systems want to pay for services they actually receive from the city and that the city is able to provide. It has been stated that there is no sewer service available for approximately 700 homes in Holyoke. Those cities that have a storm water fee probably all have homes on the city sewer system. In that situation everyone is paying for a service they receive.
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Recent Press releases:
- NEEDLE EXCHANGE HURTING PUBLIC SAFETY
Holyoke, MA.Today Holyoke Ward 5 City Councilor Linda Vacon announced that she will continue to fight the needle exchange program.
"We need to keep our streets safe. Unfortunately, the needle exchange program that costs taxpayers over $150,000 annually, acts
like a magnet and is bringing more problems into our community.
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More Info on Needle Exchange
Aug. 28, 2012
Holyoke Board of Health Chairwoman Ms. Katherine Liptak, RN, promised me references (during the public meeting) of studies the board utilized to come to their decision in favor of needle exchange. There has been no information forthcoming from the Board of Health at the time of this letter, so I have done some research.
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Needle exchange, an outdated, failed program
Letter to the Editor by Linda Vacon, July 18, 2012
A needle exchange program was approved by the Mayor shortly after City Council meetings ended for the summer. This action is contrary to the campaign rhetoric by our Mayor who promised transparency in our government. The Board of Health appointed by the Mayor voted unanimously to approve this. Is anyone surprised by that?
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Getting to know Linda:
As your Ward 5 City Councilor, I will continue to represent you:
By hearing concerns and ideas from residents.|
By serving on committees to make things happen.
By making informed decisions.
By keeping you informed on issues and decisions that affect you.
Please feel free to contact me by phone 210-6077 (cell) 533-6498 (home) or use the Contact form with any questions
you may have.
Thank you, Linda
4 important local issues, my perspective:
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