Holyoke’s city-issued car policy updated

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is the only person throughout the city departments to have a city-issued vehicle without a seal on it. Tuesday night, the City Council voted to change that.

The council’s discussions come after Mayor Morse’s cousin was arrested for drunk driving last month while behind the wheel of Morse’s city car in Northampton.

Tuesday night the council started the process to change travel policies for city officials and their vehicles.

Holyoke City Council President Kevin Jourdain told 22News this action could save tax payers some money. “You’re talking about a 40-thousand dollar vehicle. Plus we pay the insurance plus we pay for all their gas, plus we pay for all the maintenance with the vehicle. Tax payers wish they had that deal.

During the meeting Council President Jourdain suggested a review of who has a city-issued vehicle, and if it’s necessary.

Under the current laws, only the person the vehicle is issued to can drive a city-issued car. Councilors said they want to update the laws, to make sure they’re obeyed.

Mayor Morse did not attend Tuesday night’s meeting.

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