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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:  October 18, 2018
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 a Public Hearing regarding FY2019 Tax Levy

The Northampton City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, November  1, 2018, at 7:05 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 212 Main Street, Northampton, MA to discuss the percentages of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property within the City of Northampton for FY 2019 in accordance with Chapter 40, Section 56 of the Massachusetts General Laws.  Information regarding this issue will be available for public inspection in the City Clerk’s office on or before October 30, 2018 after 12:00 p.m.
5.

Updates from Council President & Committee Chairs

A.

Announcement Regarding Executive Session Minutes

The Open Meeting Law (M.G.L. Chapter 30A, Section 22) requires public bodies to regularly review minutes of Executive Session to determine if they may be disclosed. It has been determined that, because of pending litigation, the purpose of the November 16, 2017 Executive Session has not been yet served, so continued nondisclosure is  warranted.
6.

Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors

7.

Communications and Proclamations from the Mayor

8.

Resolutions

A.

18.170 A Resolution Opposing the Expansion of Gas Infrastructure and Calling for Increased Development and Implementation of Renewable and Clean Energy Sources - 2nd reading

History:
- Amended to incorporate additions to reflect September 14, 2018 Columbia Gas pipeline explosions and related events, add recipients and change names of SWAP and NESC to correct scrivener's errors - 10/4/2018
- Passed first reading - 10/4/2018

B.

18.186 A Resolution Reaffirming Northampton and Massachusetts Non-Discrimination Laws Prohibiting Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation on the Basis of Gender Identity and Gender Expression - 1st reading

9.

Presentations

10.

Consent Agenda

A.

Minutes of October 4, 2018

B.

18.189 Appointments to Various Committees

Planning Board
Terry Culhane,
5 Stearns Court, Northampton
Term: October 2018-June 2019
to fill the unexpired term of Dan Felten

Transportation and Parking Commission
Adam Novitt,
17 Hooker Avenue, Florence
Term: October 2018-June 2021
To fill the vacancy left by the expired term of Christa Grenat

Trust Fund Committee
Jake Dissinger,
8 Stowell Street, Leeds
Term: October 2018-June 2021
To fill the vacancy left by the expired term of Staunton Williams
11.

18.187 Warrant for 2018 State Election - 1st reading

Process note: Two readings are requested as the warrant must be posted by October 30, 2018.
12.

Recess for Committee on Finance (See Separate Agenda)

13.

Financial Orders (on 1st reading pending Finance review)

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

18.176 An Order to Reprogram AOM Capital Project Surplus to AOM Stage Door Handicapped Access Capital Project - 1st reading

B.

18.177 An Order to Increase Senior Tax Work-Off Program Maximum Abatement - 1st reading

C.

18.178 An Order to Increase Veterans Tax Work-Off Program Maximum Abatement - 1st reading

D.

18.180 An Order to Authorize PILOT Agreement with Syncarpha Solar, LLC - 1st reading

E.

18.181 An Order to Approve the Purchase of 119 Acres on Marble Brook, Leeds - 1st reading

F.

18.182 An Order Authorizing Acquisition of Easements for Garfield Avenue Extension - 1st reading

Process note: Two readings are requested to finalize street acceptance process before the first snowfall as Habitat for Humanity has been plowing this small section of roadway. The City Council is asked to execute an Order of Taking.

History:
  The City Council  previously acted to lay out and accept Garfield Avenue Extension as a public way and approved 18.095 An Order of Garfield Avenue Taking in second reading on May 17, 2018. Due to a mistake in wording, the City Council is being asked to redo the order with amended wording.


G.

18.185 An Order to Reprogram Radio Hardware Funds for Radio Hardware and Radio Consulting - 1st reading

H.

18.188 An Order to Appropriate $75,000 in CPA Funds for Housing for Homeless Youth Project - 1st reading

Process note:  The Community Preservation Committee has requested two readings to expedite the project.
14.

Financial Orders (on 2nd reading)

A.

18.171 An Order Authorizing Acquisition of Easements for Avis Circle - 2nd reading

History:
The City Council voted on August 19, 1999 to layout and accept Avis Circle as a public way but never authorized the taking of easements for this purpose. This action to acquire easements within the right-of-way will complete the street acceptance process.
- Amended in Finance to change phrase "The Mayor is hereby authorized to acquire" to 'The City Council hereby authorizes the acquisition" and to insert the word "of'
- Positive recommendation as amended, Finance Committee - 10/04/2018
- Amended order passed first reading - 10/4/2018
15.

Orders

16.

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.

18.179 An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 350-11.5 B2 Site Plan Submittal Requirements

B.

18.183 An Ordinance Relative to No Parking on Grass Plots/Tree Belts

Process Note: The Office of Planning & Sustainability requests referral to the Transportation & Parking Commission as well as Legislative Matters.
C.

18.184 An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 5 of the Code of Ordinances by Adding Section 5-7 (Designating Certain Positions as Municipal Employees)

17.

Ordinances

A.

18.123 An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 312-110 of the Code Book - 1st reading

Process note: Two readings are requested to expedite so work to install new parking kiosks for Strong Avenue parking lot can commence.
History:

- referred by City Council to Legislative Matters and Transportation & Parking Commission (TPC) - 6/21/2018
- Positive recommendation contingent on positive recommendation from TPC, Legislative Matters - 10/09/2018
- Positive recommendation, TPC - 10/16/2018
B.

18.125 An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 312-104 of the Code Book - 1st reading

History:
- referred by City Council to Legislative Matters and Transportation & Parking Commission (TPC) - 6/21/2018
- Positive recommendation contingent on positive recommendation from TPC, Legislative Matters - 10/09/2018
- Positive recommendation, TPC - 10/16/2018
C.

18.172 An Ordinance Relative to Parking on Union Street - 1st reading

History:
- Positive recommendation, Transportation & Parking Commission - 9/18/2018
- City Council referred to Legislative Matters - 10/4/2018
- amended to change 'Monday through Saturday' to 'Monday through Friday,' Legislative Matters - 10/09/2018
- Positive recommendation, Legislative Matters - 10/09/2018
D.

18.137 An Ordinance Relative to Parking on King Street - 2nd reading

History:
- Positive recommendation, Transportation & Parking Commission - 6/19/2018
- Referred to Legislative Matters - 7/12/2018
- Positive recommendation, Legislative Matters - 9/24/2018
- Passed first reading - 10/4/2018
E.

18.138 An Ordinance Relative to Parking on Adare Place - 2nd reading

History:
- Positive recommendation, Transportation & Parking Commission - 6/19/2018
- Referred to Legislative Matters - 7/12/2018
- Positive recommendation, Legislative Matters - 9/24/2018
- Amended to change from  "a point 60 feet northeasterly from Adare Place" to "a point 60 feet northeasterly from Prospect Street"
- Passed 1st reading - 10/4/2018
F.

18.146 An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 153 Cemeteries - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to Legislative Matters - 8/16/2018
- Positive recommendation, Legislative Matters - 9/24/2018
- Passed 1st reading - 10/4/2018
G.

18.152 An Ordinance to Establish a Charter Review Committee - 2nd reading

History:
- Referred to Legislative Matters - 8/16/2018 
- Positive recommendation, Legislative Matters - 9/24/2018
- Amended to change name of ordinance, change "under the supervision of the City Solicitor" to "overseen by the City Solicitor" and to insert the phrase "in consultation with the ward councilor" after the word 'Mayor' in Section 9-2(a) - 10/4/2018.
- Passed 1st reading 10/4/2018
18.

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

19.

New Business

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