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CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF NORTHAMPTON
MASSACHUSETTS  

 


Councilors:

  • President Ryan R. O'Donnell, At-Large
  • Vice-President Gina Louise Sciarra, Ward 4
  • William H. Dwight, At-Large
  • Maureen T. Carney, Ward 1
  • Dennis P. Bidwell, Ward 2
  • James Nash, Ward 3
  • David A. Murphy, Ward 5
  • Marianne L. LaBarge, Ward 6
  • Alisa F. Klein, Ward 7


Meeting Agenda
City Council Chambers
Walter J. Puchalski Municipal Building
212 Main Street, Northampton
Meeting Date:  April 5, 2018
Meeting Time:  7:00pm



1.

Announcement of Audio/Video Recording

This meeting may be audio/video recorded for broadcasting by Northampton Community Television.
2.

Public Comment

This meeting may be audio/video recorded and broadcast live by Northampton Community Television.
3.

Roll Call

4.

Public Hearings

5.

Updates from Council President & Committee Chairs

6.

Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors

7.

Communications and Proclamations from the Mayor

Consider written request of the Mayor that City Council invoke Article 3, Section 3-7 of the Northampton Charter and, pursuant to Article 3, Section 3-7(a), determine by a roll call vote whether the Mayor will be unable to perform the duties of the office during an upcoming trip abroad.
8.

Consent Agenda

A.

Approval of Minutes of March 1, 2018

B.

18.057 Appointment to Northampton Housing Authority - Positive Recommendation, City Services - 04/02/2018

Marilyn Richards, 20 Bridge Rd., Unit 8, Florence

Term:  March 2018-June 2023

(Replacing expired term of Lynne Wallace)


C.

18.071 Appointments to Disability Commission and Planning Board (Associate & Full Member) - All Positive Recommendations, City Services Committee - 04/02/2018

Disability Commission
Emma Cornwell, 
35 Holyoke Street, Northampton, MA  01060
Term: March 2018 - June 2019
(To replace the unexpired term of Ruth MCrath)

Planning Board
Janna White, 
18 Hancock Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Term: March 2018 - June 2019
(As Associate Member to replace the unexpired term of Euripedes de Oliveira)

Euripedes de Oliveira, 9 Washington Place, Northampton, MA  01060
Term: March 2018 - June 2019
(As a Full Member to fill the unexpired term of Ann Dewitt Brooks)

D.

18.081 Appointment of Marie Westburg as Director of Senior Services - for referral to City Services

Process Note: Per Northampton Charter Section 2-10, the City Council shall refer candidates for appointment as a department head or as a member of a multi-member body to a standing committee of the council which shall review each candidate for appointment and make a recommendation to the full city council not less than 7 nor more than 45 days after the referral.
E.

18.082 Appointments to the Arts Council and Housing Authority - for referral to City Services

Arts Council
John Thorpe,
97 South St., Northampton, MA  01060
Term:  April 2018 - June 2021
(To replace the expired term of Herbert Ross)

Eamonn Edge, 56 Summer St., Northampton, MA  01060
Term:  April 2018 - June 2019
(To replace the term of Joe Pesce)

Dara Herman Zierlan,  49 Lyman Road, Northampton, MA
Term:  April 2018 - June 2021
(To replace the expired term of Eric Olsson)

Northampton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
Fenessa Hayde, 17B Hampshire Heights, Northampton, MA
Term:  April 2018 - June 2023
(To replace the expired term of Ronald Hebert)

9.

Resolutions

A.

18.078 A Resolution in Support of Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence in Massachusetts - 1st Reading

10.

Presentations

11.

Recess for Committee on Finance (See Separate Agenda)

12.

Financial Orders (on 1st reading pending Finance review)

Rule 2.6 requires the Finance Committee to consider certain financial matters.
A.

18.070 Order to Establish Water and Sewer Rates for FY 2019 - 1st Reading

History:
- Referred to Finance Committee for Public Hearing on 3/15/2018 per City Council Rule 2.6.1.1.5
- Public Hearing held - March 27, 2018 - Positive Recommendation, Finance Committee
B.

18.074 Order to Reprogram Funds to Purchase Pay to Park Kiosks - 1st Reading

C.

18.075 Order to Reprogram Forbes Tree and Fire Alarm Account Funds to Replace Tractor - 1st Reading

D.

18.076 Order to Authorize Payment of Prior Year Bill - 1st Reading

E.

18.077 Order to Rescind Remaining Borrowing Authority for River Road Retaining Wall Project - 1st Reading

F.

18.079 Order to Appropriate $7,500 from Free Cash for UPS at Florence Fire Station - two readings requested

Process Note:  The Mayor has requested two readings to expedite processing.
13.

Financial Orders (on 2nd reading)

A.

18.028 Order To Accept M.G.L. Ch. 64N, Section 3 (A), Local Option Sales Tax On Marijuana Sales - 2nd Reading

History:
  • Positive Recommendation from Finance Committee - 3/1/2018
  • Approved in first reading 3/15/2018
B.

18.058 Order to Waive Chapter 61A Right of First Refusal at 508 Sylvester Road - 2nd Reading

History:
- Finance Committee recommended release of Right of First Refusal - 3/15/2018
- Approved in first reading by City Council - 3/15/2018
C.

18.059 Order to Expand Parsons Brook Greenway with Land from former Bill Willard, Inc. Property - 2nd Reading

History:
- Finance Committee, Positive Recommendation - 3/15/2018
- Approved in first reading, 3/15/2018
D.

18.060 Order to Authorize Northampton School Committee to Accept Gift of New Floor from Jackson Street School PTO - 2nd Reading

History:
- Finance Committee, Positive Recommendation - 3/15/2018
- Approved in first reading - 3/15/2018
E.

18.061 Order to Reprogram River Road Retaining Wall Balance to Paving Projects - 2nd Reading

History:
- Finance Committee, Positive Recommendation - 3/15/2018
- Approved in first reading - 3/15/2018
F.

18.062 Order to Authorize Payment of a Prior Year Bill - 2nd Reading

History:
- Finance Committee, Positive Recommendation - 3/15/2018
- Approved in first reading - 3/15/2018
14.

Orders

A.

18.021 Order for King Street Acceptance - 2nd Reading

History:
- Planning Board, Positive Recommendation - 2/8/2018
- City Council Street Layout Hearing - 3/15/2018
- Approved in first reading - 3/15/2018

Process Note:  The City Engineer has requested that the plans entitled, "King Street Layout Alteration, 347 & 361 King Street (C-1) and 325 King Street (C-2), prepared by the Department of Public Works Engineering Division dated 2/28/2018'" be incorporated into the order. The city solicitor amended the order to insert a plan reference in the "Ordered, that" clause and make other slight form changes. If the City Council is so inclined, it is requested that the order be amended as approved by the city solicitor
B.

18.024 Order for Garfield Street Acceptance - 2nd Reading

History:
- Petition and Order for Garfield Avenue Street Acceptance received by City Council -1/29/2018
- Petition and Order referred to Planning Board and to full council for street layout public hearing - 2/1/2018
- Planning Board issued favorable report - 2/8/2018
- City Council held Street Layout hearing - 3/15/2018
- Approved in first reading - 3/15/2018
15.

Ordinances (Not yet Referred)

Rule 5.2.3 provides that no ordinance shall be voted on by the City Council until it has been considered by the Committee on Legislative Matters.
A.

18.080 An Ordinance Limiting the Number of Retail Marijuana Establishments in the City

16.

Ordinances

A.

18.043 An Ordinance related to bicycling on sidewalks, defining multi-use trails, and regulating bike lane - 2nd Reading

History:
- Referred to Legislative Matters by City Council, 3/1/2018
- Reviewed by city solicitor with recommended amendments
- Positive Recommendation - amended version, LM, 3/12/2018
- Approved in first reading - 3/15/2018
17.

Information Requests (Charter Provision 2-7) and Committee Study Requests

18.

New Business

Contact:  R. O'Donnell, Council President
ryan@ryanodonnell.org or 
(413) 570-3159