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September 20, 2023
6:00 PM

IN PERSON meeting at 50 Payson Ave., 2ndflr meeting area and REMOTE by Google Meet

Easthampton, MA 01027
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City Council

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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1.   Roll Call

2.   Pledge of Allegiance.

3.   Approval of Minutes:  September 6, 2023 meeting                                                

4.   Public Speak Time  (Opportunity to address the council regarding any topic not listed under Public Hearings)

5.  Public Hearings (starting at 6:15 p.m):

a. Amend Zoning Ordinance: Amend Section 10.1, Off-Street Parking to create Section 10.15, waivers, and to amend Section 11.13, Pre-Existing Non-Conforming Non-Residential Structures to insert “Special Permit Granting Authority” to sections “a” and “b”.

b. Supplemental Appropriation: - $400,000 from CPA funding for final design & construction costs to rehab and restore the Nonotuck Park pool and surrounding recreation area.

c.  Interdepartmental Transfers:

- $11,154.00 for payment of Veteran’s retirement appropriation to South Hadley as payment of final half   for the fiscal year as the veterans district is dissolved.

- $52,736.65 for approval to spend from the PEG Access Receipts Reserved Account for cable related purposes consistent with the franchise agreement.

d.  Request to petition the state to change the speed limits on Northampton Street (Route 10)

6.  Communications from elected officials, boards and committees:

a.  Planning Bd. report on zoning amendments for parking & non-conforming structures            

b.  Presentation by the Commission on Disability

7.  Mayor Communications:

8.  Correspondence, Announcements & President/Vice-President Communications:


(First date after item = date referred to sub-committee, Second date = action deadline):


- Quarterly fiscal reports from the City Auditor (8-5-20)

CPA Supplemental Appropriation: 

*          - $400,000 for rehab & restoration of the Nonotuck Park Pool & surrounding area (9-6-23) (12-5-23)

Interdepartmental Transfers:

*          - $11,154.00 for Veteran’s retirement appropriation to S. Hadley as district is dissolved (9-6-23) (12-5-23)

*         - $52,736.65 transfer to the PEG Access Account (9-6-23) (12-5-23)


- Quarterly review of Public Safety departments (2-2-22)

- Roadway, infrastructure, and pedestrian safety items (9-6-23)

- Ordinance Review Committee’s final report (10-6-21) (9-26-23)

- Proposed “Resolution Against Antisemitism” from Councilor Zaret (5-3-23) (10-30-23)

*     - Request to petition state to change speed limits on Northampton St. (Rte. 10) (8-2-23) (10-31-23)


- Mayoral appointments (5) (9-6-23) (12-5-23)

- Request to review process - Mayor & City Council appointments (9-6-23) (12-5-23)


- Ordinance Review Committee’s final report (10-6-21) (11-7-23)

- Senior Tax Work-Off Program - extension sought past end of 3 yr. pilot program (9-6-23) (12-5-23)

City Ordinance & Zoning Ordinance amendments:

- Review the LED Sign and Electronic Message Center Sign Ordinance (4-5-23) (12-1-23)

*    - Request to consider zoning waivers & change of board review under Sec. 11.13 (6-7-23) (12-4-23)

* Public Hearings – Sept. 20, 2023


- Eastworks easement revision request (9-6-23) (12-5-23)


- Proposal for non-binding city ballot question – multi-winner ranked choice voting (8-2-23) 


10.   Old Business/Pending:

11.   New Business (for referral to council committees for review):

    a.  Amend City Ordinances, Classification & Pay Plan:  Add Public Health Inspector             

    b.  Mayoral appointments (2)                                                                        

    c.  Tax classification hearing memo from the Principal Assessor                                     


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