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CITY OF NORTHAMPTON MASSACHUSETTS

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President Ryan R. O'Donnell, At -Large l Vice-President Gina Louise Sciarra, Ward 4 l William H. Dwight, At-Large l Maureen T. Carney, Ward 1 l Dennis P. Bidwell, Ward 2 l James Nash, Ward 3 l David A. Murphy, Ward 5 l Marianne L. LaBarge, Ward 6 l Alisa F. Klein, Ward 7

Meeting Agenda City Council Chambers

Walter J. Puchalski Municipal Building 212 Main Street, NorthamptonMeeting Date: February 15, 2018Meeting Time: 7:00pm

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Public Comment This meeting may be audio/video recorded and broadcast live by Northampton Community Television.

Roll Call Public Hearings Updates from Council President Committee Chairs Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors Communications and Proclamations from the Mayor Resolutions
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18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all nationals who cannot safely return to their home countries - 2nd Reading

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18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Certain Nationals.pdf

Presentations Consent Agenda

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Approval of Minutes of January 18, 2018 and February 1, 2018

01-18-2018_City Council Minutes.pdf

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Recess for Committee on Finance (See Separate Agenda)

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18.029 Order to Designate Certain School Employees as Special Municipal Employees - 2nd Reading

18.029_Order to Designate Certain School Employees_as Special Municipal Employees.pdf Ordinances

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18.036 Ordinance to Amend HB Table of Use to Delete Commercial Storage

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18.036 Ordinance to Amend HB Table of Use to Delete Commercial Storage.pdf

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18.037 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 15

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18.037 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 15.pdf

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18.038 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 16

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18.038 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 16.pdf

Financial Orders 18.018 Order to Appropriate 20,000 in Whiting Street Trust Funds - 2nd Reading

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18.018 Memo to Mayor with Committee Recomendations.pdf

18.018_Order to_Appropriate 20,000_Whiting Street Funds.pdf

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18.019 Order to Rescind Borrowing Authority - 4 Votes - 2nd Reading

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18.019 Order to Rescind Borrowing Authority - 4 votes.pdf

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18.020 Order to Reprogram Money for Academy of Music (AOM) Stage Doors to AOM Foundation Repairs - 2nd Reading

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18.020 Order to Reprogram Money for AOM Stage Doors to AOM Foundation Repair.pdf

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18.039 An Order To Authorize Acceptance of ValleyBike Share Easements - 1st Reading

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18.039 Order to Authorize Acceptance of ValleyBike Share Easements.pdf

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18.040 Order to Declare Lot 4 Village Hill South Surplus - 1st Reading

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18.040 Order to Declare Lot 4 Village Hill South Surplus.pdf

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

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

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CITY OF NORTHAMPTON MASSACHUSETTS

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President Ryan R. O'Donnell, At -Large l Vice-President Gina Louise Sciarra, Ward 4 l William H. Dwight, At-Large l Maureen T. Carney, Ward 1 l Dennis P. Bidwell, Ward 2 l James Nash, Ward 3 l David A. Murphy, Ward 5 l Marianne L. LaBarge, Ward 6 l Alisa F. Klein, Ward 7

Meeting Agenda City Council Chambers

Walter J. Puchalski Municipal Building 212 Main Street, NorthamptonMeeting Date: February 15, 2018Meeting Time: 7:00pm

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Public Comment This meeting may be audio/video recorded and broadcast live by Northampton Community Television.

Roll Call Public Hearings Updates from Council President Committee Chairs Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors Communications and Proclamations from the Mayor Resolutions
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18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all nationals who cannot safely return to their home countries - 2nd Reading

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18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Certain Nationals.pdf

Presentations Consent Agenda

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Approval of Minutes of January 18, 2018 and February 1, 2018

01-18-2018_City Council Minutes.pdf

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Recess for Committee on Finance (See Separate Agenda)

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18.029 Order to Designate Certain School Employees as Special Municipal Employees - 2nd Reading

18.029_Order to Designate Certain School Employees_as Special Municipal Employees.pdf Ordinances

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18.036 Ordinance to Amend HB Table of Use to Delete Commercial Storage

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18.036 Ordinance to Amend HB Table of Use to Delete Commercial Storage.pdf

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18.037 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 15

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18.037 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 15.pdf

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18.038 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 16

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18.038 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 16.pdf

Financial Orders 18.018 Order to Appropriate 20,000 in Whiting Street Trust Funds - 2nd Reading

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18.018 Memo to Mayor with Committee Recomendations.pdf

18.018_Order to_Appropriate 20,000_Whiting Street Funds.pdf

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18.019 Order to Rescind Borrowing Authority - 4 Votes - 2nd Reading

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18.019 Order to Rescind Borrowing Authority - 4 votes.pdf

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18.020 Order to Reprogram Money for Academy of Music (AOM) Stage Doors to AOM Foundation Repairs - 2nd Reading

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18.020 Order to Reprogram Money for AOM Stage Doors to AOM Foundation Repair.pdf

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18.039 An Order To Authorize Acceptance of ValleyBike Share Easements - 1st Reading

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18.039 Order to Authorize Acceptance of ValleyBike Share Easements.pdf

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18.040 Order to Declare Lot 4 Village Hill South Surplus - 1st Reading

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18.040 Order to Declare Lot 4 Village Hill South Surplus.pdf

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

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

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CITY OF NORTHAMPTON MASSACHUSETTS

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Meeting Agenda City Council Chambers

Walter J. Puchalski Municipal Building 212 Main Street, NorthamptonMeeting Date: February 15, 2018Meeting Time: 7:00pm

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Public Comment This meeting may be audio/video recorded and broadcast live by Northampton Community Television.

Roll Call Public Hearings Updates from Council President Committee Chairs Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors Communications and Proclamations from the Mayor Resolutions
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18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all nationals who cannot safely return to their home countries - 2nd Reading

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18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Certain Nationals.pdf

Presentations Consent Agenda

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Approval of Minutes of January 18, 2018 and February 1, 2018

01-18-2018_City Council Minutes.pdf

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Recess for Committee on Finance (See Separate Agenda)

Orders
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18.029 Order to Designate Certain School Employees as Special Municipal Employees - 2nd Reading

18.029_Order to Designate Certain School Employees_as Special Municipal Employees.pdf Ordinances

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18.036 Ordinance to Amend HB Table of Use to Delete Commercial Storage

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18.036 Ordinance to Amend HB Table of Use to Delete Commercial Storage.pdf

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18.037 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 15

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18.037 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 15.pdf

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18.038 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 16

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18.038 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 16.pdf

Financial Orders 18.018 Order to Appropriate 20,000 in Whiting Street Trust Funds - 2nd Reading

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18.018 Memo to Mayor with Committee Recomendations.pdf

18.018_Order to_Appropriate 20,000_Whiting Street Funds.pdf

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18.019 Order to Rescind Borrowing Authority - 4 Votes - 2nd Reading

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18.019 Order to Rescind Borrowing Authority - 4 votes.pdf

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18.020 Order to Reprogram Money for Academy of Music (AOM) Stage Doors to AOM Foundation Repairs - 2nd Reading

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18.020 Order to Reprogram Money for AOM Stage Doors to AOM Foundation Repair.pdf

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18.039 An Order To Authorize Acceptance of ValleyBike Share Easements - 1st Reading

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18.039 Order to Authorize Acceptance of ValleyBike Share Easements.pdf

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18.040 Order to Declare Lot 4 Village Hill South Surplus - 1st Reading

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18.040 Order to Declare Lot 4 Village Hill South Surplus.pdf

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

Tagged Passions:Tony Taylor Custom, surplus, and business

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

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CITY OF NORTHAMPTON MASSACHUSETTS

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President Ryan R. O'Donnell, At -Large l Vice-President Gina Louise Sciarra, Ward 4 l William H. Dwight, At-Large l Maureen T. Carney, Ward 1 l Dennis P. Bidwell, Ward 2 l James Nash, Ward 3 l David A. Murphy, Ward 5 l Marianne L. LaBarge, Ward 6 l Alisa F. Klein, Ward 7

Meeting Agenda City Council Chambers

Walter J. Puchalski Municipal Building 212 Main Street, NorthamptonMeeting Date: February 15, 2018Meeting Time: 7:00pm

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Public Comment This meeting may be audio/video recorded and broadcast live by Northampton Community Television.

Roll Call Public Hearings Updates from Council President Committee Chairs Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors Communications and Proclamations from the Mayor Resolutions
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18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all nationals who cannot safely return to their home countries - 2nd Reading

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18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Certain Nationals.pdf

Presentations Consent Agenda

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Approval of Minutes of January 18, 2018 and February 1, 2018

01-18-2018_City Council Minutes.pdf

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Recess for Committee on Finance (See Separate Agenda)

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18.029 Order to Designate Certain School Employees as Special Municipal Employees - 2nd Reading

18.029_Order to Designate Certain School Employees_as Special Municipal Employees.pdf Ordinances

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18.036 Ordinance to Amend HB Table of Use to Delete Commercial Storage

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18.036 Ordinance to Amend HB Table of Use to Delete Commercial Storage.pdf

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18.037 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 15

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18.037 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 15.pdf

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18.038 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 16

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18.038 Ordinance to Modify 350 Attachment 16.pdf

Financial Orders 18.018 Order to Appropriate 20,000 in Whiting Street Trust Funds - 2nd Reading

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18.018 Memo to Mayor with Committee Recomendations.pdf

18.018_Order to_Appropriate 20,000_Whiting Street Funds.pdf

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18.019 Order to Rescind Borrowing Authority - 4 Votes - 2nd Reading

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18.019 Order to Rescind Borrowing Authority - 4 votes.pdf

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18.020 Order to Reprogram Money for Academy of Music (AOM) Stage Doors to AOM Foundation Repairs - 2nd Reading

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18.020 Order to Reprogram Money for AOM Stage Doors to AOM Foundation Repair.pdf

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18.039 An Order To Authorize Acceptance of ValleyBike Share Easements - 1st Reading

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18.039 Order to Authorize Acceptance of ValleyBike Share Easements.pdf

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18.040 Order to Declare Lot 4 Village Hill South Surplus - 1st Reading

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18.040 Order to Declare Lot 4 Village Hill South Surplus.pdf

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

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

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In the City Council, February 1, in the year of Two Thousand and Eighteen Upon the recommendation of Councilor Marianne LaBarge, Councilor William H. Dwight, and Councilor James Nash R-18.031 Resolution calling for DHS to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all nationals who cannot safely return to their home countries.

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WHEREAS: Northampton is a Sanctuary City and we maintain a long and proud history as a community that supports, values, and respects immigrants, regardless of their status of documentation, and we embrace refugees escaping war and natural disasters; and

WHEREAS: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status that provides employment authorization and protection from deportation for foreign nationals who cannot be safely returned to their home countries; and
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WHEREAS: It is estimated that ending TPS for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras would result in a 6.9 billion reduction to Social Security and Medicare contributions over a decade, and the deportation of these individuals would cost taxpayers approximately 3.1 billion dollars; and

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WHEREAS: TPS keeps families together, safe, and productive while their countries of origin are still struggling with a lack of jobs and crime; and

WHEREAS: The City of Northampton recognizes the overwhelmingly positive contributions of TPS holders and their families to the economy, social fabric, diversity and well-being of our community; WHEREAS: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has decided to not extend designations of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for all nationals that currently hold TPS including over 300,000 Salvadoran, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Haitian immigrants; and WHEREAS: In light of the Trump Administration s radical increase of interior and exterior immigration enforcement through executive orders, funding requests, and policy guidance, the continued existence of TPS is very much at risk; and NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Northampton City Council supports the Temporary Protected Status program and is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider the decision to not extend the TPS program supporting Immigrants and Refugees escaping war, natural disasters, and crime; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to President Donald Trump, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen, Congressman James McGovern and Massachusetts Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren on behalf of Northampton City Council.
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(Minutes January 18, 2018)

606 Roll Call CITY COUNCIL MEETING CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS WALLACE J. PUCHALSKI MUNICIPAL BUILDING

212 MAIN STREET, NORTHAMPTON Northampton, MA _______________

A regular meeting of the City Council was called to order by City Council President Ryan R. O Donnell. At 7:11 p.m. on a roll call the following City Councilors were present: At-Large Councilor William H. Dwight At-Large Councilor Ryan R. O Donnell Ward 1 Councilor Maureen T. Carney Ward 2 Councilor Dennis P. Bidwell Ward 3 Councilor James Nash Ward 4 Councilor Gina-Louise Sciarra Ward 5 Councilor David A. Murphy Ward 6 Councilor Marianne L. LaBarge Ward 7 Councilor Alisa F. Klein Public Hearing Announcement of a Public Hearing upon a Petition by National Grid for Underground Utilities on Atwood Drive Public Hearing:

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18.013 Petition to Install Underground Conduit at 23 Atwood Drive Announcement of a Public Hearing

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Councilor O Donnell made the following announcement:

In accordance with the provisions of Section 22, Chapter 166, of the General Laws, a public hearing will be held on February 1, 2018 @ 7:05 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 212 Main Street, Northampton, on the petition of National Grid to install underground facilities under a public way on Atwood Drive. Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors Recognitions and One-Minute Announcements by Councilors

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Beginning next month on Thursday evenings the Police Department will be running a Citizen Police Academy, Councilor Nash announced. He personally is planning to attend the second and fourth Thursdays. He s heard it is a great program and is free. He encouraged anyone interested in learning more about the Police Department to attend.

Next Tuesday, January 23rd at 11 a.m. at Historic Northampton Blue Dog Forestry will bring oxen Rockin Star to Northampton for a demonstration of oxen logging. For over a century a logging operation operated at the site. Friday, February 2nd at 7:30 a.m. is the 2018 Library Legislative Breakfast, which this year is being held at Forbes Library, Councilor Sciarra shared. State funding for library resources has been consistently dropping for years, shifting the burden onto municipalities, so anything they can do to lobby for state benefits will benefit local libraries. Monday, February 5th, the Senate Task Force on Strengthening Massachusetts Local Retailers will hold a public hearing at Union station at 10:30 a.m., Councilor Bidwell related. The task force is set up to hear testimony throughout the state on challenges and opportunities facing local retailers. The event will be hosted by Judy Herrell.
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Saturday, January 11th is the Pioneer Valley Women s March, the second annual event, Councilor O Donnell reminded. He will be participating and invites other members of the community to join. The march will be starting at Sheldon Field.

And, Wednesday, January 31st in the Hearing Room of City Hall, he is proposing to have an open Town Hall-style meeting to hear from members of the public about what they feel should be priorities for the next two years and to have an open question and answer session, Councilor O Donnell continued. The meeting will begin

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(Minutes January 18, 2018)

607 at 6 p.m. Committee Assignments Committee Assignments Councilor O Donnell reviewed a letter presenting his assignments to City Council committees and his recommendations for Mayoral appointment to multi-member bodies. He reviewed the principles he followed in making same.

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100 of councilors received their first choice of committee assignments and 75 received both their first and second choices. Half received their first, second and third choices, he related.

He did not appoint councilors to the Public Works and Utilities Committee and instead proposed a rule change for the council s consideration. The Public Works and Utilities Committee succeeded an earlier committee. The group used to have DPW staff as members of the committee and no longer does and has not met for 295 days. He would like to explore a better way to deal with DPW issues, he explained. Communications and Proclamations From the Mayor Communications and Proclamations From the Mayor: Stormwater and Flood Control Utility Presentation for FY2017 by DPW Director Donna LaScaleia in accordance with Chapter 280, Section 213 of the Code of Ordinances DPW Director Donna LaScaleia presented a Powerpoint presentation on the Stormwater and Flood Control Utility, showing slides and giving statistics on the different components of the system (catch basis, storm drains, manholes, etc.) maintained by her department. She fielded questions and comments from councilors. The city is in the fourth fiscal year of this new utility and will be moving into the fifth year with the development of the FY2019 budget, Mayor Narkewicz noted. He referred to Councilor Dwight s comment that there was a lot of conversation about the utility last year. They have already made some changes, and he is going to be working with Director LaScaleia over the next several months to make additional changes to try to address some of the issues they ve heard. He anticipates bringing those forward in the fall. Resolutions R-18.003 Resolution of the City Council of the City of Northampton in Support of 100 Percent Renewable Energy - 1st Reading Resolutions: R-18.003 Resolution of the City Council of the City of Northampton in Support of 100 Percent Renewable Energy - 1st Reading
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Councilor O Donnell read the text of the resolution.

Councilor Dwight moved to approve the resolution. Councilor Klein seconded. Councilor Klein moved to recognize Sam Titelman. Councilor Bidwell seconded. Members voted unanimously to approve the motion by a voice vote of 9:0. As a sponsor of the resolution, Councilor Dwight described it as an appeal to the state legislature to act on legislation that will set realistic, achievable goals to move society away from its dependency on fossil fuels. It is a very lengthy document but contained in it essentially is the intention to set goals and adjust priorities locally to move away from reliance on fossil fuels and transition toward sustainable and renewable energy sources for this community and the state, hopefully setting an example for other communities throughout the state and country. What prompted greater urgency was the president s recent abdication of a national commitment to reducing factors that contribute to global warming, a/k/a climate change, while simultaneously expanding offshore drilling, he explained.

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Mr. Titelman will speak to one of the ways by which proponents can move toward those goals and explain how Massachusetts was a leader in legislation that allows for

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(Minutes January 18, 2018)

608 this, Councilor Dwight added. He just came from Sonoma County and Napa Valley where they took Massachusetts lead and ran with it.

Presentation on Community Choice Energy Plus - Sam Titelman Mr. Titelman thanked Councilors Dwight and Klein and the Mayor s Youth Commis- sion and Energy Sustainability Commission for co-sponsoring the resolution and the entire council for its time and consideration. The resolution reflects their deep concern about climate change and belief that local government action is necessary to help address this challenge. The document recognizes achievements Northampton has already made and seeks to build upon these by expressing support for a statewide 100 renewables bill and by stating that Northampton should consider its municipal decisions in light of its support for moving toward 100 renewable energy. The resolution contains language asking Northampton to consider the concept of Commu- nity Choice Energy which in Northampton s case they hope would include Amherst and Pelham, both of which have already expressed interest.

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Mr. Titelman presented additional information about Community Choice Energy (CCE). Massachusetts law enables cities and towns to form individual and joint municipal electric aggregations, commonly referred to as CCE s. Under the law, these entities can perform two functions: 1) collectively purchase electric power in bulk from competitive suppliers on behalf of electricity consumers within the CCE s borders, (This action can include purchasing electric supply which contains a greater percentage of renewable energy than what is required under Massachusetts law) and 2) adopt an energy plan to implement energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy programs, phasing in these programs over time, to steadily reduce the community s electricity consumption and displace fossil fuel generated electric power supply with local renewable energy generation. CCE s that perform both these functions are referred to as CCE Plus.

The CCE Plus collectively buys the competitive electric power and eventually generates local renewable power on behalf of its consumers. The incumbent utility, in Northampton s case National Grid, continues to perform the same functions it does now. It owns and operates the centralized electric grid, delivers the power the CCE purchases and provides consumers with consolidated billing and customer services. The charge consumers pay for electric service appears as a line item on their National Grid bill and National Grid transfers this payment to the CCE.

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strategically tailored to maximize reductions in electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

This energy plan could fit well within the framework of the comprehensive climate resiliency and mitigation plan Northampton is working to adopt, he noted.

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Mr. Titelman cited a number of additional benefits, including that the CCE Plus could essentially function as an energy office to develop, implement and track sustainability programs and projects and coordinate inter-municipal projects as appropriate.

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Mr. Titelman explained how CCE enrollment works, particularly, that all consumers within a CCE region are automatically enrolled in the CCE if they receive electric supply at the time the CCE is formed. With automatic enrollment, national opt-out rates range from 3 to 5 , he presented.

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Once operational, the CCE Plus is revenue-based, not government subsidized. There are initial start-up costs to hire a consultant for the first year or so.

The Cape Light Compact is an example of a successful CCE. Established in 1997, the Cape Light Compact is operated by 21 member towns on Cape Cod and Martha s Vineyard serving approximately 200,000 consumers. 100 of the compact s competitive electric supply is matched with renewable energy credits.
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1st Reading

17.419 Resolu- tion to Support 15 Minimum Wage - 2nd Reading

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In its most recent fall Town Meeting, Amherst approved a resolution very similar to the one before them committing to exploring the possibility of forming a CCE Plus. He hopes they will pass the resolution and that the city will then take next steps to form an inter-municipal working group to further explore this possibility. Once explored, he hopes the city council will consider authorizing Northampton to develop a joint CCE Plus plan in cooperation with Amherst and Pelham for state DPU approval.

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Members asked questions and offered comments. Among other things, Councilor Klein asked Mr. Titelman to delineate the differences between the Hampshire Council of Governments (HCOG) energy aggregation program and the CCE Plus plan.

HCOG s plan was to develop individual CCE s within each participating municipal- ity with no formal mechanism for them to work together, whereas the CCE Plus plan is a joint CCE that formally allows communities to cooperate. Also, HCOG s plan focused primarily on reducing electricity rates while CCE Plus focuses heavily on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining competitive electric rates. In other differences, the HCOG plan focused primarily on procuring electricity from competitive suppliers and was a broker model, while the CCE Plus plan tries to keep ratepayer revenues within the local communities by using them to staff the joint CCE. HCOG cast a very wide net and had to serve many, many masters and ultimately ran up against the DPU, Councilor Dwight observed.
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Councilor O Donnell called the motion to approve the resolution to a vote. The motion passed unanimously 9:0 by roll call vote.

See Minutes of February 1, 2018 for 2nd Reading 17.419 Resolution to Support 15 Minimum Wage - 2nd Reading Councilor O Donnell proposed to waive the reading of the resolution since it was read at the last council meeting. There was no objection. Councilor LaBarge moved to approve the resolution. Councilor Sciarra seconded. They heard comments from Rich Cooper of State Street Fruit Store and Judy Herrell of Herrell s Ice Cream at the last meeting about the possibility of tiering for younger workers, Councilor Klein reminded. She wanted to share a personal experience that informs her thoughts about this concept. She worked from the age of 12 to help support her family and literally put food on the table. She was lucky enough to have a series of employers as a teenager that remunerated her based on what she was doing at the same rate as older workers. She comes from a family that was pretty ravaged by abuse and mental illness, and it was her and her older brother that put food on the table for the rest of their family and made sure their younger brother wasn t hungry.

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Working over the years in social service jobs with disadvantaged people, she has often seen other kids in the family being the ones bringing home the bacon, so to speak. She feels really strongly that employers have to remunerate people for what they do. They can t create tiering systems that somehow diminish the importance of the reason people are working.

It really is about human dignity. The best way that people can be held up and supported is for them to earn their living and to be able to provide for themselves and the people that they love with dignity. She feels very strongly about this resolution. At the same time that she recognizes the struggles that small business owner face, she feels very strongly that workers deserve to receive a respectable minimum wage on which they can support themselves and their families.
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Councilor Carney thanked Councilor Klein for her comments. She also thought about

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610 this particular issue quite a bit, she related. At 14, she started working at a nursing home as a nurse s aide doing quite difficult work and was paid the minimum wage the same as older workers. Some of the concerns she had about the tiering system is that there is a competitive disadvantage for those placed in the lower tier. She doesn t support that and this is not part of the state legislation that the resolution supports. She does support the resolution and asked her colleagues to support it as well. Councilor Nash said he would like to support what councilor Klein mentioned about youth workers being paid fairly. When people enter the work place they are expected to perform the job and meet the job requirements regardless of their age. He can t support the concept of a scaled system and does know that it creates hardships. If someone can meet the standard of what s required in the workplace, they really should be paid, he concluded. Councilor Bidwell acknowledged the compelling nature of comments heard. He put in a plug for the Massachusetts Senate Task Force for Strengthening Local Retail, saying he is glad there is a body specifically charged with looking at this. Small businesses are faced with very real pressures, including growing rents and payrolls.

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Councilor LaBarge thanked Councilor Klein for sharing her experience. She can see where small businesses in the city would have difficulties with filling jobs at 15 an hour. She thought a tiered system was a good idea when Councilor Bidwell brought it up. But she will say it has to be fair and she hopes at the state level they will try to work something out that will be fair to local businesses.

He is going to continue to abstain, Councilor Murphy advised. Somewhere between 13 and 15 he thinks the increase is going to start to reduce the number of entry- level jobs. He is certain it will affect the small non-profit he is involved with; he s going to lose an employee. The same thing with for profits; it s going to cost them a person. It is pretty devastating to lose a job, he pointed out. They will know more from what s going on in Seattle a little further down the road. On January 1st of this year, 18 states raised their minimum wages, Councilor O Donnell reported. Massachusetts will not for the first time in four years. Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Oregon and Washington have approved minimum wages above the 11 Commonwealth minimum wage. With regard to possible job losses, since the state raised the minimum wage in 2014, employers have added 211,000 jobs in Massachusetts. There have not been devastating economic losses in the state, in fact, they can point to positive, beneficial, salutary impacts on the economy. Finally, 39 of all Americans report that they do not have 1,000 in savings to weather the storm of a financial setback. He thinks they see income and equality rising and at the same time that they see the value of the minimum wage automatically going down due to cost of living increases.
Tagged Passions:streets, minimum wage, small business, equality, jobs, finance, economy, and business

Councilor O Donnell called the motion to approve the resolution a vote. On a roll call, the resolution passed 8:0 with one abstention (Councilor Murphy).

The following resolution passed second reading:

CITY OF NORTHAMPTON MASSACHUSETTS

In the City Council, November 16th, 2017 Upon the Recommendation of Councilors Ryan R. O Donnell and Maureen T. Carney. R-17.419 A RESOLUTION
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611 IN SUPPORT OF A 15 MINIMUM WAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS WHEREAS, Northampton s local economy depends on many low-wage, hourly workers who are struggling to meet to their basic needs, including many restaurant workers earning less than the full minimum wage; and

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WHEREAS, The median rent in Northampton is about 975 monthly, or 11,700

annually, which is over 50 of the 22,880 annual income of a full time worker; and

WHEREAS, Due to legislation enacted in 2014, the state minimum wage rose from

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8
to 11 by 2017 in annual dollar increases; and

WHEREAS, New York and California as well as cities such as Seattle and Washington, DC have recently enacted plans to raise their minimum wage to 15; and
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WHEREAS, The sub-minimum wage for tipped workers is currently 3.75 an hour

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in Massachusetts; and

WHEREAS, California, Minnesota and Maine have eliminated the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, and made it equal to the minimum wage; and WHEREAS, Northampton adopted a Fair Minimum Wage Ordinance ( 5-6 of the Code of Ordinances) that requires employees of the city s legislative and executive branches to be paid at least the state minimum wage; and WHEREAS, In Massachusetts, H.2365 and S.1004 would raise the state minimum wage by a dollar a year over 4 years until it reached 15, after which it would be automatically adjusted to rise with cost of living increases; and WHEREAS, These bills would also increase the sub-minimum wage over a period of 8 years until it matched the minimum wage; and

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WHEREAS, In the Northampton area, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

estimates that 30 of wage earners, or 19,517 people, would benefit from increasing the minimum wage to 15 by 2022; and
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WHEREAS, Raising the minimum wage boosts the local economy by giving low wage workers more take home pay to spend locally;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council supports an incremental increase of the minimum wage to 15 and indexing the minimum wage to future increases in the cost of living.
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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that to accomplish this, the City Council supports legislation in the spirit of H.2365 and S.1004.

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Administrative Assistant to the City Council shall cause a copy of this resolution to be sent to the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, the Governor, the Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Rep. Donohue and Sen. Friedman as well as Rep. Peter Kocot.

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Tagged Passions:council, development, workforce development, workforce, and Development

Rules suspended, passed two readings and enrolled.

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612 Consent Agenda Consent Agenda

Councilor O Donnell reviewed the items on the consent agenda. He asked if anyone wished to remove an item for separate consideration. No one did. He clarified that a vote to approve the consent agenda will be equivalent to referring the various appointments to the City Council Committee on City Services.

Councilor LaBarge moved to approve the consent agenda. Councilor Dwight seconded. The motion carried unanimously 9:0 by voice vote. The following items were approved as part of the consent agenda: A. Approve Minutes of January 2, 2018 Organizational Meeting B. 18.014 Appointments to Various Committees Referred to City Services Council on Aging Dennis Helmus, 176 North Street, Northampton, MA; Term: January 2018 - June 2021 (Filling the expired term of Michael Ahearn, Jr.)

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Conservation Commission Elizabeth Wroblicka, 406 N. Farms Road, Florence, MA, Term: January 2018 - June 2021 (Replacing term of Tim Parshall)

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Energy Sustainability Commission Benjamin Weil, 123 Audubon Road, Leeds, MA, Term: January 2018 - June 2021 (Replacing term of Adin Maynard) Ashley Muspratt, 4 Fort Hill Terrace, Northampton, MA, Term: January 2018 - June 2021 (Replacing term of Kristina Hodges)

Public Shade Tree Commission Jay Girard, 158 Ryan Road, Florence, MA, Term 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2020 (reappointment)
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Recess for Committee on Finance Meeting

At 8:50 p.m. the City Council took a brief recess. When it reconvened at 9 p.m., the City Council recessed for the Committee on Finance meeting. The City Council reconvened at 9:50 p.m. Financial Orders 18.004 Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for Hous- ing Support Services - 1st Reading
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18.005 Order to Appropriate Com- munity Preserva- tion Act Funds for Restoration of Jail Farm Parcel to Agricultural Use- 1st Reading 18.006 An Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for Open Space Acquisition - 1st Reading

Financial Orders

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18.004 An Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for Housing Support Services - 1st Reading

Councilor Dwight moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor LaBarge seconded the motion. The motion passed by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. See mInutes of February 1, 2018 for second reading.

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18.005 Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for Restoration of Jail Farm Parcel to Agricultural Use - 1st Reading

Councilor LaBarge moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor Klein seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. See minutes of February 1, 2018 for second reading.

Tagged Passions:property, agriculture, jail, funding, and preservation

18.006 An Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for Open Space Acquisition - 1st Reading

Councilor LaBarge moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor Klein seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. Councilor LaBarge moved to suspend council rules to allow two readings at the same meeting. Councilor Klein seconded. The motion passed unanimously on a voice vote of 9:0.

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613 Councilor Dwight moved to approve the order in 2nd reading. Councilor LaBarge seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. The following Order passed second reading:

City of Northampton MASSACHUSETTS

In City Council, January 18, 2018 Upon the recommendation of the Community Preservation Committee
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18.006 Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for Open Space Acquisition

Ordered, that WHEREAS, the Northampton Conservation Commission and Office of Planning Sustainability submitted a CPA application for purchase of five open space parcels totaling 63 acres in the Mineral Hills and Rocky Hill Greenway; WHEREAS, the Mining Heritage project will provide opportunities for a cultural and geological outdoor classroom, in what may be Northampton s last example of an 18th century mine, and the Rocky Hill Greenway will add to a valuable wildlife and plant habitat linkage between the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and Connecticut River floodplain; WHEREAS, the project meets the goals of the Sustainable Northampton Plan, Northampton Community Preservation Plan, and Open Space, Recreation and Multi-use Trail Plan to protect open space, provide for passive recreation, and protect heritage landscapes; WHEREAS, on November 15, 2017, the Northampton Community Preservation Committee voted unanimously to recommend that 125,412 in Community Preservation Act funds be used to support this project. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDERED, That 125,412 be appropriated from Community Preservation Act funding to the Northampton Conservation Commission and Office of Planning and Sustainability for the Priority Open Spaces Acquisition Project. And, that the grantee meets the conditions approved by the Community Preservation Committee, the Mayor, and City Council. Specifically, 111,000 is appropriated from the CPA Open Space Reserve (account 2344930-359931), and 14,412 is appropriated from the CPA Undesignated Reserve (account 2344930-359930).

Tagged Passions:buildings and grounds, property, purchasing, boards and commissions, council, sustainability, plant, trails, watershed, recreation, Conservation, planning, funding, parks, and preservation

Rules suspended; passed two readings and enrolled.

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18.007 Order to Appropriate Com- munity Preserva- tion Act Funds for Mass Central Rail Trail Ext. - 1st Reading

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18.008 Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for the Sargeant House Expansion at 82 Bridge Street - 1st Reading 18.009 Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Affordable Hous- ing as Part of Village Hill Apart- ments-1st Reading

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18.010 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds to the Conservation Fund-1st Reading

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18.011 Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for a PV Habitat for Humanity Home on Garfield Ave. - 1st Reading

No additional detail provided

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18.012 Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Three PV Habitat for Humanity Afford- able Homes on Glendale Road - 1st Reading

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18.007 An Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for Mass Central Rail Trail Extension - 1st Reading

Councilor Dwight moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor Klein seconded the motion. The motion passed by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. See mInutes of February 1, 2018 for second reading.

Tagged Passions:trails, funding, transportation, and preservation

18.008 An Order to Appropriate Community Preservation Act Funds for the Sargeant House Expansion Project at 82 Bridge Street - 1st Reading

Councilor Klein moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor Bidwell seconded the motion. The motion passed by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. See mInutes of February 1, 2018 for second reading.

Tagged Passions:streets, expansion, funding, and preservation

18.009 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Affordable Housing as Part of Village Hill Apartments - 1st Reading

Councilor Bidwell moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor Dwight seconded the motion. The motion passed by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. See mInutes of February 1, 2018 for second reading.

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18.010 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds to the Conservation Fund - 1st Reading

Councilor LaBarge moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor Klein seconded the motion. The motion passed by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. See mInutes of February 1, 2018 for second reading.

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18.011 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for a PV Habitat for Humanity Home on Garfield Avenue - 1st Reading

Councilor Klein moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor Sciarra seconded the motion. The motion passed by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. See mInutes of February 1, 2018 for second reading.

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18.012 An Order to Appropriate CPA Funds for Three PV Habitat for Humanity Affordable Homes on Glendale Road - 1st Reading

Councilor LaBarge moved to approve the order in 1st reading. Councilor Klein seconded the motion. The motion passed by roll call vote of 9 Yes, 0 No. See mInutes of February 1, 2018 for second reading.

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Orders 18.015 Order to Make Various Amendments to the Council Rules

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Orders 18.015 Order to Make Various Amendments to the Council Rules Councilor Murphy moved to approve the order. Councilor Sciarra seconded.

The additional language about Committee Study Requests and Referral of Matters to Committees is based on what he sees as the desirability of having a few more of the items that come before them referred to committee for further discussion and investigation, Councilor Bidwell explained. Regarding the other proposed amendments, there was a time when council rules called for the council to annually adopt by resolution a legislative agenda, or list of the legislative matters they as a council would like to see their legislators take up, he reminded. That rule was stricken, but he thought there would be some value in having a yearly discussion with the Mayor about the Mayor s state legislative priorities. He

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615 has mentioned this to the Mayor, and he said he would entertain the idea of participating in such a discussion. Regarding conduct, he has suggested some language to add a little more substance to the instruction that city councilors and members of the public at all times conduct themselves with civility and respect. Re; state legislative priorities, she would like to resurrect what she thinks was originally a good idea by Councilor O Donnell but never used, Councilor Sciarra shared. She noticed in the past term that quite a number of the council s resolutions were based on legislation before the state legislature. At this moment, she feels like there is an increased interest in state legislation as state officials try to protect against what s happening at the federal level. The Mayor does a great job of lobbying for Northampton and she thinks they could have a very informative conversation with him about what he sees on the horizon and how they could play a part in it. Regarding decorum in the chamber; when there are conversations or banter it is extremely hard for her to hear what other councilors are saying. She appreciates everyone s enthusiasm, but it is disruptive and not always momentary. At the last meeting, she didn t hear the motion to adjourn and didn t vote. She thinks it is helpful to be able to point to a specific policy when enforcing this rule. The proposed change to 5.2.1 it is a slight emphasizing of what is already in the rules to stress that it applies to any matter, not just binding legislation, she suggested. It has come up a couple of times recently and there has been some discussion about it, particularly about whether it is appropriate to refer resolutions. She sees this as an opportunity to have a fuller discussion about that. With regard to the proposed change to section 4.7, while he was speaking last week there was a very vocal response to his rhetorical question, Councilor Nash observed. Were he not so much in the zone of his own thoughts, it probably would have thrown him off track, and that s basically what they re trying to avoid. He thinks it s good that they outline expected behavior so that their deliberations do not get interrupted. Regarding legislative priorities, connecting what they do to what s going on at the state house is critical, Councilor Nash agreed. Legislators can put those resolutions in their hip pocket and it becomes part of their ammunition to make their case. With regard to referring matters out to committee, once things come before the full council, council rules prevent them from interacting with the public, he pointed out. The great thing about committee is that more interaction can happen there.

Tagged Passions:policy, council, Gun Control, gun control, instruction, behavior, and lobbying

Things going to committee is terrific, he enthused.

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Councilor LaBarge agreed with the idea of discussing the legislative agenda with the Mayor and with the change to the section governing conduct.

Councilor Dwight said he would be interested in having the amendments referred. The very first rule change he proposed when first elected was to call for more decorum and civility within the chamber, he advised. At the time there were pronounced antipathies expressed by councilors towards the mayor, audience members screaming and yelling; demonstrations; protestations, etc.; there was lots of drama. The mayor left in tears at one point and there were physical threats. As a new councilor, that kind of shook him to the core and he proposed a civility rule. There was pushback from the ACLU, which said it was laudable to aspire to that but wrong to codify it. There was a time after he was re-elected when the council was actually occupied and its proceedings ground to a halt.

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His concern with amplification of the existing language is that they are conducting the people s business here and he doesn t know if they necessarily want to diminish that in any way. They ask for decorum but when they start to require it, he thinks they run into trouble and start pushing folks away in the name of doing efficient business.

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18.016 Order to Amend Council Rules

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He thinks the legislative priorities addition is perfect.


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