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CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF NORTHAMPTON
MASSACHUSETTS  

 Councilors:  
  • President Ryan R. O'Donnell, At-Large
  • William H. Dwight, At-Large
  • Maureen T. Carney, Ward 1
  • Dennis P. Bidwell, Ward 2
  • James Nash, Ward 3
  • Vice-President Gina Louise Sciarra, Ward 4
  • 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:  February 21, 2019
Meeting Time:  7:00pm


1.

Announcement of Audio/Video Recording

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

Public Comment

3.

Roll Call

4.

Public Hearings

A.

Announcement of Public Hearing to consider FY 2020 Water and Sewer Rates

By Order of the City Council, a Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2019  at 7:05 p.m. in Council Chambers, 212 Main Street, Northampton, MA. The City Council will consider the proposed FY2020 water and sewer rates and hear all persons who wish to be heard thereon. 
B.

Public Hearing concerning the Northampton Capital Improvement Program for FY2020-FY2024

In accordance with The Charter of Northampton, Massachusetts, Article 7 Finance and Fiscal Procedures, Section 7-5: Capital Improvement Program, (b) Public Hearing. BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL, the Northampton City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:05 p.m. in Council Chambers, Wallace J. Puchalski Municipal Building, 212 Main Street, Northampton, MA. The City Council will consider the Capital Improvement Program for FY2020-FY2024, and hear all persons who wish to be heard thereon. 
5.

Updates from Council President & Committee Chairs

6.

Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors

7.

Communications and Proclamations from the Mayor

8.

Resolutions

A.

19.003 A Resolution to Adopt the Capital Improvement Program for FY2020-FY2024 Submitted to City Council on February 4, 2019 - 1st reading

B.

19.006 A Resolution in Support of Changing the Massachusetts State Flag and Seal - 1st reading

9.

Presentations

10.

Recess for Committee on City Services (See Separate Agenda)

11.

Consent Agenda

A.

Minutes of February 7, 2019

B.

18.241B Appointment to Housing Authority

Process note:  The Mayor's office has respectfully requested that this appointment be expedited to allow a full complement of members to be present for the Annual Meeting of the Commissioners of the Northampton Housing Authority,

Housing Authority
Elizabeth Silver
, 67 Willow Street, Florence
Term: February 2019 to March 2021
To fill the unexpired term of Jerry Budgar
C.

19.008 Appointments to Various Committees - for Referral to City Services

Arts Council
Rachel Hart, 211 Elm Street, Unit 2A, Northampton
Term: March 2019 - June 2021
To fill a vacancy on the Arts Council

Historical Commission
Emily Estes Baillargeon,
19 Allison Street, Northampton
Term: March 2019 to June 2019
To fulfill the remaining term of Bruce Kriviskey

Housing Partnership
Carmen Junno,
73 Straw Avenue, Florence
Term: March 2019 to June 2019
To fill a vacancy on the Housing Partnership
12.

Recess for Committee on Finance (See Separate Agenda)

13.

Financial Order (for Referral to Finance Committee)

A.

19.009 An Order to Establish Water and Sewer Rates for FY2020

Process note:  Per Section 6.01 of the Administrative Code (Department of Public Works), "The department makes annual recommendations to the Mayor for water and sewer rates, which shall be subject to the approval of the City Council."

Per 2.6.1.1. COMMITTEE on FINANCE

2.6.1.1.5. The Committee may hold public hearings on water, sewer, stormwater and other municipal utility rates.



14.

Financial Orders (on 1st reading pending Finance review)

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

19.002 An Order to Purchase, Declare Surplus and Donate Land on Easthampton Road to Massachusetts Audubon Society for Conservation Purposes - 1st reading

B.

19.004 An Order to Reprogram Memorial Hall Repairs Surplus to Senior Center Repairs - 1st reading

C.

19.005 An Order for FY2019 Budget Transfers - 1st reading

D.

19.007 An Order for FY2019 Budget Transfers - 1st reading

Process note: the Mayor's office has respectfully requested two readings to expedite approval. 
15.

Financial Orders (on 2nd reading)

A.

18.233 An Order to Acquire Land on Chestnut Mountain Road in Hatfield for Water Supply Protection - 2nd reading

History:
- Positive recommendation, Finance Committee - 2/7/2019
- Amended to remove phrase "of the easement" from final sentence - 2/7/2019
- Passed 1st reading - 2/7/2019
B.

18.236 An Order to Reprogram AOM Funds from Foundation Repair to Stage Door Handicapped Access - 2nd reading

History:
- Positive recommendation, Finance Committee - 2/7/2019
- Passed 1st reading - 2/7/2019
C.

18.237 An Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for Creation of Affordable Housing Units at Village Hill Apartments - 2nd reading

History:
- Positive recommendation, Finance Committee - 2/7/2019
- Passed 1st reading - 2/7/2019
D.

18.238 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Parsons Brook Pine Barrens Acquisition Project - 2nd reading

History:
- Positive recommendation, Finance Committee - 2/7/2019
- Passed 1st reading - 2/7/2019
E.

18.239 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Rocky Hill Trail at Burts Bog - 2nd reading

History:
- Positive recommendation, Finance Committee - 2/7/2019
- Passed 1st reading - 2/7/2019
F.

18.240 A Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Restoration of 125-year Old Window at Forbes Library - 2nd reading

History:
 - Positive recommendation, Finance Committee - 2/7/2019
 - Passed 1st reading - 2/7/2019
16.

Orders

17.

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.
18.

Ordinances

19.

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

20.

New Business

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