HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Holyoke City Council’s Ordinance Committee voted Tuesday night to not consider the ordinance filed by City Councilor Dan Bresnahan. He had filed an order to call the decorated tree in front of City Hall a “Christmas tree,” not “Holiday tree.”
However, three of the five Ordinance Committee members, Rebecca Lisi, David Bartley and Gordon Alexander, voted against opening up a discussion. Some councilors were upset, but some want the City Council to now focus on issues like the tax rates.
Holyoke City Councilor Jossie Valentin told 22News, “You know we’re hearing about the dire consequences we are in financially. Those are my priorities. I don’t think that orders on what we call a tree are really the priorities for the city, but you know, we all have the right to file the orders we feel are important.”
The only way to bring up the “Christmas tree” vs. “Holiday tree” issue is if a city councilor re-files the order and starts the process from the beginning.