Public Meeting Notices
Public meetings are always posted in City Hall, outside the City Clerk’s office and appear weekly in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
The Northampton City Council meets on the first and third Thursday of the month with Public Comment beginning at 7:15 p.m. The meetings are held in City Council Chambers in the Puchalski Building, 212 Main Street. For more information about Council meetings and the most recent Council agenda, visit the City Council page.
The Northampton School Committee meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month with Public Comment beginning at 7:15 p.m. The meetings are held in the Community Room at the JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road. For more information about School Committee meetings and the most recent School Committee Agenda, visit the Northampton Public Schools page.
There are more than two dozen citizen Boards and Commissions in Northampton. Hundreds of residents serve as volunteers on these boards, helping to maintain and promote the high quality of life we all enjoy in Northampton through their efforts. Click on the name of the Board or Commission below for more information about the board’s mission, meeting time and location.
- Academy of Music Board of Trustees
- Affordable Housing Trust
- Arts Council
- Board of Health
- Board of Public Works
- Cable Television Advisory Board
- Capital Improvements Committee
- Center for The Arts
- Central Business Architecture Committee
- Conservation Committee
- Committee on Disabilities
- Council on Aging
- Elm St. Historic Committee
- Historical Commission
- Housing Partnership
- Human Rights Commission
- License Commission
- Northampton Housing Authority
- Next Step Collaborative
- Northampton Redevelopment Authority
- Northampton State Hospital Citizens Advisory Committee
- Planning Board
- Public Works, Board of
- Recreation Commission
- Registrar of Voters
- Senior Center Building Committee
- Solid Waste Advisory Task Force
- Transportation and Parking Committee
- Tree Committee
- Youth Commission
- Zoning Board of Appeals
Description of Board: New members are appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Mayor and the President of Smith College serve ex-officio, although they may name a designee. The Board oversees the operation of the historic Academy of Music Theatre.
Department that staffs it: There is no city staff support for this committee. For more information, contact the Mayor's Office.
Description of Board: The Mayor appoints and City Council confirms between 5 and 22 members for 3-year terms, no more than two consecutive terms. None of the members may be elected officials. Members must demonstrate scholarship or creativity in, or distinguished service to the Arts, Humanities or Interpretive Sciences. Arts Council distributes Arts Lottery funds and supports and nurtures arts activities in the community.
Department that staffs it: Arts Council.
Description of Board: The Mayor appoints and City Council confirms members to seven-person board in February to serve three year terms.
Meeting time: Second and Fourth Wednesday
Meeting place: Locust Street office of Department of Public Works
Department that staffs it: Department of Public Works.
Description of Board: Mayor appoints City residents to serve three year terms on this seven member committee, one member each from Finance, School and Planning Departments. The Committee plans capital outlays for the coming six years and presents an annual report to the Council.
Meeting time: Variable; meets once a year over a period of two to three months.
Meeting place: Varies; all meetings will be posted at City Clerk’s Office
Department that staffs it: Mayor's Office.
Description of Board: Mayor appoints and Council confirms members of the fifteen person board in February to begin serving five-year terms in March. The Board oversees management and public use of the Arts space in the Sullivan School Building. They may set fees, seek funds and oversee the Art Manager or Technical Director of the Center.
Department that staffs it: There is no city staff support for this committee.