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CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF NORTHAMPTON
MASSACHUSETTS

City Councilors:
Marissa Elkins, At-Large
Garrick Perry, At-Large
Stanley W. Moulton, III, Ward 1
Deborah L. Pastrich-Klemer, Ward 2
Quaverly H. Rothenberg, Ward 3
Jeremy Dubs, Ward 4
Alex Jarrett, Ward 5 - President
Marianne LaBarge, Ward 6
Rachel Maiore, Ward 7 - Vice President

Meeting Agenda
City Council Chambers
212 Main Street, Northampton
Thursday, February 1, 2024, 7 p.m.

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1.

Roll Call

2.

Announcement that meeting is being Audio/Video Recorded

This meeting is being audio/video recorded.

3.

Public Hearings

4.

Public Comment

5.

Announcements from Councilors and the Mayor

6.

Presentations

7.

Consent Agenda

Rule 4.4.4 There shall be no debate or discussion by any City Council member regarding any item on the Consent Agenda, beyond asking questions for simple clarification.
Rule 4.4.5  Any item may be removed from the Consent Agenda upon the request of any City Council member prior to the taking of a vote on the motion to approve it.  All such items will be considered individually, in the order in which they were removed, immediately following consideration of the Consent Agenda.

A.

Minutes of January 18, 2024

B.

24.006 An Order to Appropriate $34,057 from Stabilization for a HPHW Heater at the Senior Center - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to consent agenda - 1/18/2024

8.

Financial Orders (on 1st reading)

Rule 2.6.1.1.1 Process. Financial orders will be introduced and discussed at a full City Council meeting and referred to either the consent agenda of a future meeting or the Finance Committee for more public input, discussion and recommendation.

A.

24.011 An Order to Transfer $72,949 for Workers Compensation Audit - 1st reading

9.

Financial Orders (on 2nd reading)

10.

Orders

A.

24.005 An Order Authorizing Temporary Construction Easements for Rocky Hill Greenway - 2nd reading

History:
- Introduced and discussed - 1/18/2024

B.

24.010 An Order to Grant Utility Easement to National Grid for 196 Cooke Ave. Affordable Housing Project - 1st reading

11.

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.

24.007 An Ordinance Relative to Stop Sign on Redford Drive - 1st reading

B.

24.008 An Ordinance Relative to Multi-way Stop Signs in Various Locations - 1st reading

C.

24.009 An Ordinance Relative to Parking on West Street - 1st reading

12.

Zoning 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.

13.

Zoning Ordinances

A.

23.349 An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 350-12.2 Outdoor Lighting - 2nd reading

Process note: Please see attached amendment to be introduced on the floor.

History:
- Referred to Planning Board (PB) and Legislative Matters (LM) - 10/19/2023
- Joint PB/LM public hearing opened and continued to 12/11/2023 - 11/13/2023
Amended ordinance submitted incorporating comments received - 11/27/2023
- Positive recommendation, PB, with amendment to set color temperature maximum at 3,000 Kelvin instead of 2,700- 12/11/2023
- Positive recommendation, LM, as proposed - 12/11/2023
- Per Rule 5.8 Automatic carryover, pending matters are carried over to the new council
- Referred to Legislative Matters to restart public hearing - 1/04/2024
- Section 350-12.2 Outdoor Lighting updated to change maximum correlated color temperature (CCT) for street lights to 3000K with 2700K for all other outdoor lighting and to adjust BUG rating for street lights in CB-Core district (See 23.349 as updated 1/23/2024)
- Public hearing held 1/29/2024. LM positively recommended w/retention of 0 - 2700K CCT standard for all outdoor lighting, including streetlights, retention of original 2-0-2 BUG rating for CB-Core district and addition of provision for waiver of streetlight standards in specific circumstances - 1/29/2024

14.

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

15.

Resolutions

16.

New Business

Rule 4.9 NEW BUSINESS. Any Councilor may introduce any written proposed order, ordinance, or resolution to be considered by the Council at the next meeting, but not to be debated during new business. 

17.

Adjourn

Contact: Alex Jarrett, City Council President
Email: ajarrett@northamptonma.gov
Phone: (413) 320-4700