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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
Vice-President - Karen Foster, Ward 2
Council President - James Nash, Ward 3
Garrick Perry, Ward 4
Alex Jarrett, Ward 5
Marianne LaBarge, Ward 6
Rachel Maiore, Ward 7

Meeting Agenda
On-line Video Conference
Meeting Date: October 6, 2022
Meeting Time: 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

A.
7:00P.M.

Public Hearing on 22.157 National Grid/Verizon Pole Petition for Willow Street (Petition #30570025)

Per M.G.L. Ch. 166, Section 22, the Northampton City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 7 p.m. on National Grid/Verizon's petition to install one (1) stub pole on Willow Street. (Petition #30570025). The City Council will hear all persons who wish to be heard thereon.

B.
7:15P.M.

Public Hearing on 22.152 National Grid Pole Petition to relocate one (1) pole and remove another on Hawley Street (Petition #28216274)

Per M.G.L. Ch. 166, Section 22, the Northampton City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 7:15 p.m. on National Grid's petition to relocate one (1) pole (Pole 17) and remove one (1) pole (Pole 18) on Hawley Street. (Petition #28216274). 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

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 September 15, 2022

B.

Approve 22.152 National Grid Pole Petition to relocate one (1) pole and remove another on Hawley Street (Petition #28216274)

See documents above

C.

Approve 22.157 National Grid/Verizon Pole Petition for Willow Street (Petition #30570025)

See documents above

D.

22.169 Appointments to Various Committees, all positive recommendations, City Services - 10/3/2022

Arts Council

Kaye Carroll, 91 Pines Edge Drive, Northampton

Term: September 2022-June 2025

To fill a vacancy

Conservation Commission

David Reckhow, 45 High Street, Florence 

Term: September 2022-June 2025

To fill a vacancy

Board of Registrars

Mary Lou Stuart, 15 High Meadow Road, Florence

Term: September 2022-March 2025

To fill a vacancy for a Republican Party member

E.

22.170 An Order Authorizing Expenditures from Accessible Parking Fines - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to consent agenda - 9/15/2022

F.

22.172 An Order to Reprogram Funds to Purchase Scanner-Printer - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to consent agenda - 9/15/2022

G.

22.174 Appointment of Jonah Zuckerman to Fill Vacancy in Elected Position on Community Preservation Committee

Process note: Per Charter Section 5-4, "Whenever a vacancy occurs on the Community Preservation Committee, the city council shall, within 30 days following the date of that vacancy, act to fill the vacancy. A person appointed to fill a vacancy by the city council shall serve only until a person is elected at the next regular city election and is sworn to the office."

History:
- Referred to City Services Committee - 9/15/2022
- City Services positively recommended Jonah Zuckerman,  - 10/3/2022

H.

22.188 Appointments to Various Committees, for referral to City Services

Agricultural Commission

John Omasta, 165 West Farms Road, Florence

Term: July 2021-June 2024

Reappointment

Arts Council

Alyona Skripka, 53 Riverside Drive, Florence

Term: October 2022-June 2025

To fill a vacancy

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.

22.178 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Northampton-New Haven Canal Greenway Repairs - 1st reading

B.

22.179 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Parsons House Collections Storage - 1st reading

C.

22.180 An Order to Reprogram Funds for Leeds School Roof Repair - 1st reading

D.

22.181 An Order to Appropriate $750,000 from Capital Stabilization for Radio System Upgrade - 1st reading

E.

22.182 An Order to Reprogram Funds for JFK Radio Antenna Replacement - 1st reading

F.

22.183 An Order Authorizing 30-Year Radio Tower Leases - 1st reading

G.

22.184 An Order to Reprogram Funds for AOM Fire Suppression System - 1st reading

H.

22.185 An Order to Reprogram Funds for Leeds School Playground - 1st reading

I.

22.187 An Order to Approve a Gift of Sidewalk Replacement Adjacent to 1 King Street - 1st reading

9.

Financial Orders (on 2nd reading)

A.

22.167 An Order to Appropriate $500,000 in CPA Funds for 10 Hawley Street Rehabilitation Project - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to Finance Committee and Community Resources - 9/1/2022
- Joint Finance Committee/Community Resources Committee (CRC) meeting - 9/21/2022
- Neutral recommendation, CRC - 9/21/2022
- Recommendation pending, Finance - 10/6/2022

10.

Orders

A.

22.173 An Order for Special Legislation Relative to Fossil Fuel-Free New Construction in the City of Northampton - 2nd reading

History:
- Introduced and discussed - 9/15/2022

B.

22.186 Warrant for November 8, 2022 State Election - 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.

22.175 An Ordinance Relative to Parking on Stoddard Street - 1st reading

B.

22.176 An Ordinance Relative to Parking on Prospect Street - 1st reading

12.

Ordinances

A.

22.159 An Ordinance to Amend Section 312-36 Parking Meter Locations and Regulations - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to Transportation and Parking Commission (TPC) and Legislative Matters (LM) - 8/18/2022
- Neutral recommendation, TPC with two changes: 1) E1, Class 1A and 1B should be 8PM, not 9PM; 2) 312-110(A) Roundhouse Lot, remove question marks and insert 3C and 4C to reflect that visitors can buy a monthly pass or pay by the hour. [By way of explanation for the neutral recommendation, the Commission did not want to hold this ordinance up, but notes that Nanci Forrestall voiced concerns about staffing considerations, technology limitations and revenue impacts that should be vetted further.]
- LM - Positive recommendation as amended by TPC with a limit to the rate increase allowed under ยง312-36 E(5) [Not to exceed a 100% increase] and various housekeeping changes  - 10/3/2022

B.

22.168 An Ordinance Amending Section 272-18 C Exemptions - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to Legislative Matters (LM) - 9/1/2022
- LM - positive recommendation with amendment to add "The council shall request a report from the Mayor In November of 2023 regarding enforcement and compliance." - 10/3/2022

C.

22.171 An Ordinance Establishing Procedures for Filling Vacancies in Elected Positions on the Community Preservation Committee - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to Legislative Matters (LM) - 9/15/2022
- Positive recommendation, LM - 10/3/2022

13.

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.

14.

Zoning Ordinances

A.

22.158 An Ordinance to Amend the Zoning Map on Chapel Street - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to Planning Board (PB) and Legislative Matters (LM) - 8/18/2022
- Positive recommendation, PB - 9/8/2022
- Positive recommendation, LM - 10/3/2022

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.

Resolutions

18.

Adjourn

Contact: Jim Nash, Council President
Email: jnash@northamptonma.gov
Phone: (413) 582-0637