The people of Holyoke should know what direction their city is going in. To that end I will try to explain this as accurately as I possibly can.
First, here is and order pending for todays city council meeting:
29. LOPEZ -- That the Water Dept. Manager and Commissioners come to the Public Safety Committee in order to discuss:
1) any potential contamination due to the Transfer Station Trash 2) Storage of Trash near the Reservoir in Railroad Carts 3) Who is going to supervise this operation near the reservoir on a 24 hours period 359 days out of the year 4) Who is going to pay for the security and Supervision 5) A 2 million dollars bond should be required of the Transfer Station (to cover any issues near the reservoir or along the railroad tracks) Why is this a problem?
The railroad is a federal transportation authority, like an airline. Since the railroad supersedes the reservoir, the railroad comes first. If the city now has a problem with the railroads operations in that area than the city would need to shut down it's operations in that area.
On this issue Lopez has pushed the city into a fight it can not win. He is trying to make the city act outside the law, and he is putting city employees in the position of potentially breaking the law. When the federal agencies get done with Holyoke the city will be looking at paying a fine for interfering in the operations of a federal transportation authority.
These illegal orders have put the city at risk, and Lopez knows it. This will not end well.