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 CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF NORTHAMPTON
MASSACHUSETTS  

City Councilors:  
Marissa Elkins, At-Large
Jamila Gore, At-Large
Stanley W. Moulton, III, Ward 1
Karen Foster, Ward 2
James Nash, Ward 3
Garrick M. Perry, Ward 4
Alex Jarrett, Ward 5
Marianne L. LaBarge, Ward 6
Rachel Maiore, Ward 7

Meeting Agenda
 On-line Video Conference
 Meeting Date: April 14, 2022 Organizational Meeting
 Meeting Time:  7 p.m.

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1.

Announcement that Meeting is Being Audio/Video Recorded

This meeting is being audio and video recorded.

2.

Roll Call

3.

Public Hearings

A.

Public Hearing on 22.022 National Grid Pole Petition for One (1) singly-owned (SO) Pole on Ryan Road (Petition #30363546)

Per M.G.L. Ch. 166, Section 22, the Northampton City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 7 p.m. on National Grid's petition to install one singly-owned (SO) pole on Ryan Road (Petition #30363546). Instructions for accessing the hearing may be found on the April 14, 2022 City Council agenda to be posted on the city's website (www.northamptonma.gov) no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. The City Council will hear all persons who wish to be heard thereon.

4.

Public Comment

5.

Announcements from Councilors and the Mayor

6.

Presentations

A.

Ranked Choice Voting Committee Report and Draft Legislation

Presentation by Ranked Choice Voting Committee Chair Robert Boulrice

7.

Recess for Committee on Finance (See Separate Agenda)

8.

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.

22.064 An Order to Transfer $1,460 from City Council OM to City Council PS

Motion to move to the consent agenda approved by City Council on 3/31/2022

B.

22.065 An Order to Acquire Property Located on Westhampton Road

Motion to move to consent agenda approved by City Council on 3/31/2022.

C.

22.069 An Order to Authorize Expending Gift Money for Holiday Lights

Motion to move to consent agenda approved by City Council on 3/31/2022.

D.

21.073 Annual License for Louis Farrick of Antiques Corner as a second hand dealer

E.

22.075 Appointments - Refer to Committee on City Services

Community Preservation Committee
Brian Adams, 9 Hayward Road, Florence
Term: July 2022-June 2025 - Reappointment

Conservation Commission
C. Mason Maronn, 16 Ellington Road, Florence
Term: July 2022-June 2025 - Reappointment 

Disability Commission
Emma Cornwell, 256 Pleasant Street, Apt. 309, Northampton
Term: July 2022-June 2025 - Reappointment

 Historical Commission
Martha Lyon, 313 Elm Street, Northampton
Term: July 2022-June 2025 - Reappointment 

Human Rights Commission
Megan Paik, 9 Laurel Street, Northampton
Term: July 2022-June 2025 - Reappointment

F.

22.022 National Grid Pole Petition for One (1) singly-owned (SO) Pole on Ryan Road (Petition #30363546) - Approve Petition

9.

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.

22.076 Order Regarding Alteration of Winter Street - 1st Reading

Public Hearing required for all street alterations.  


Attached documents are:

Order to approve altering layout;
Order to authorize acquisition;
Order of taking;
Map of proposed alteration


B.

22.077 An Order to appropriate funds to support the Central Services Round House Parking Lot Project - 1st Reading

C.

22.078 An Order to authorize expenditure of funds from Fire Dept. Gift Account - 1st Reading

D.

22.079 An Order to appropriate funds for the purpose enhancing fire prevention services - 1st Reading

10.

Financial Orders (on 2nd reading)

A.

22.066 An Order Authorizing Acquisition of Easements for Alteration of Public Ways for MA Safe Routes to School Program (only if returned from Committee on Finance)

Process note: The Planning Board positively recommended alteration of the portions of roadway as proposed at its regular meeting on March 24, 2022. If the council determines that “common convenience and necessity” would be served by the laying out of the way, the council must make the necessary takings to acquire the easements needed for the way.

Motion to refer to the Committee on Finance was approved by City Council on March 31, 2022.

B.

22.067 An Order to Alter the Layout of Portions of Certain Streets - Parsons Street, Union Street, Pomeroy Terrace, Hawley Street and Holyoke Street (only if returned by Committee on Finance)

Process note: The process for the laying out, alteration, relocation and discontinuance of public ways is spelled out in M.G.L. Chapter 82, Section 1. The city solicitor has described the procedure the City Council is to follow based on the steps set forth in this statute. 

Motion to refer to Committee on Finance was approved by City Council on March 31, 2022.

C.

22.071 An Order to Approve $50,000 from Short Term Rental Impact Fees to Affordable Housing (only if returned by Committee on Finance)

Motion to refer to Finance Committee approved by City Council on March 31, 2022.

11.

Orders

A.

22.072 An Order For Special Legislation Relative To Ranked Choice Voting In The City Of Northampton - 1st Reading

12.

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.

Ordinances

A.

Ordinances Relative to Form Based Code - 2nd Reading

Process Notes:

1st Reading in City Council on 3/17/2022

Public Hearing in Legislative Matters on March 24 and continued to April 11 (Public hearing notice published March 10, 2022 and March 17, 2022 in the Daily Hampshire Gazette per M.G.L. Chapter 40A, Section 5.)

Positive Recommendation to City Council with amendments recommended by Planning Board (see attached document) and as amended by Legislative Matters on April 11:

  • Amendment by LM - document #22.054 - to item 11.8 B2 - Add " FVC & FVG" to list - place between CB & GB (approved by LM to accept amendment on 4/11).  This section is addressing traffic mitigation and the amendment proposed adds the Florence Village Central Business and General Business District.  Traffic mitigation is not required in these districts.
22.045 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amendment to Definitions
22.046 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amendment to Ch. 350-3.1 Districts
22.047 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amendment to Ch. 350-3.4 Zoning Maps
22.048 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amendment to Ch. 350-6.5 Screening and Buffers
22.049 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 350-7.4 Signs
22.050 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 350-7.9 Sandwich Board Signs
22.051 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 350-8.1, 8.8, 8.10, 8.11
22.052 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 350-9.3 Change of Use, etc.
22.053 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 350 to Delete Attachments 9, 10
22.054 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 350-11.6
22.055 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 350-10.1
22.056 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 350 to Add Sections 21, 22
22.057 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amend Ch. 161-3
22.058 An Ordinance Relative to Form-Based Zoning - Amendment to Ch. 156 CB and West Street Architecture


14.

Resolutions

A.

22.080 Resolution In Support of the Fair Share Amendment on the Nov. 8 State Election Ballot

B.

22.060 A Resolution in Support of H3126, An Act Providing for a Gender Neutral Designation on State Documents and Identifications

15.

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

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: Jim Nash, Council President  (E-mail:  jimnashcitycouncil@gmail.com) (Phone:  (413) 582-0637)