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    Northampton City Council, Agenda of June 7, 2012

    COUNCILORS

    AT LARGE

    Jesse M. Adams

    William H. Dwight

    WARD

    1 Maureen T. Carney2 Paul D. Spector3 Owen Freeman-Daniels4 Pamela C. Schwartz5 David A. Murphy6 Marianne L. LaBarge7 Eugene A. Tacy

    CITY COUNCIL MEETING

    June 7, 2012

    CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

    WALLACE J. PUCHALSKI MUNICIPAL BUILDING

    212 MAIN STREET, NORTHAMPTON

    AGENDA

    Public Comment - 7:00 P.M.

    Regular Meeting - 7:05 P.M.

    REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

    ROLL CALL APPROVAL of MINUTES of May 17, 2012 and May 8, 2012 and May 9, 2012 Budget Hearings

    Minutes

    PROCLAMATIONS, RESOLUTIONS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS ONE-MINUTE ANNOUNCEMENTS APPOINTMENTS, ELECTIONS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS

    Reappointment of Gary Hartwell, Board of Public Works representative to Transportation &Parking Commission, Term to Expire January 2014

    CITY COUNCIL

    CITY OF NORTHAMPTONMASSACHUSETTS

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    Northampton City Council, Agenda of June 7, 2012

    Reappointments to City Boards, Committees and Commissions: Arts Council:

    Mary Clark (Revision of Appointment), 183 Riverside Drive, Florence, Term to ExpireMarch 2015, moving from full member to associate member

    Committee on Disabilities: Gaetane L. Fortin, 698 Westhampton Road, Florence, Term to Expire August 2015

    Conservation Commission: R. Downey Meyer, 516 North Farms Road, Florence, Term to Expire March 2014

    Housing Partnership: Lynne Wallace, 110 Cardinal Way, Florence, Term to Expire December 2013 Martha Acklesberg, 5 Hillcrest Drive, Florence, Term to Expire December 2014

    Recreation Commission: David Cronin, 103 Pioneer Knolls Extension, Florence, Term to Expire June 2014

    New Appointments to City Boards, Committees and Commissions: Tree Committee:

    My Nguyen, 16 Arnold Avenue #5, Northampton, Term to Expire June 2015 (replacingJohn Galvin)

    RECESS FOR FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

    Committee on Appointments & Evaluations Minutes of April 9, 2012 Committee on Elections, Rules, Ordinances, Orders and Claims Minutes of April 9, 2012 Transportation & Parking Commission Minutes of April 17, 2012 Finance Committee Minutes of April 24, 2012

    PRESENTATIONS Flag Day Tom Pease, Charles Coleman

    FINANCIAL ORDERS FY2013 General Fund Budget of $74,572,429 (1st Reading) FY2013 Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget of $5,517,720 (1st Reading) FY2013 Water Enterprise Fund Budget of $7,136,210 (1st Reading) FY2013 Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Budget of $3,764,287 (1st Reading) FY2013 Fire Department Revolving Fund of $200,000 (1st Reading)

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    Northampton City Council, Agenda of June 7, 2012

    FY2013 Fire Department Hazmat Revolving Fund of $65,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 Department of Public Works Construction Services Revolving Fund of $85,000

    (1st Reading)

    FY2013 Cross Connection Program Revolving Fund of $75,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 Tourism Directional Sign Program Revolving Fund of $20,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 Transportation Revolving Fund of $70,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 NCOA Activities Revolving Fund of $90,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 NCOA Gift Shop Revolving Fund of $40,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 NCOA Food Services Revolving Fund of $50,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 Committee on Disabilities Revolving Fund of $7,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 Recreation Department Athletic League Fees Revolving Fund of $230,000

    (1st Reading)

    FY2013 JFK Family Aquatic Center Revolving Fund of $120,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 Northampton School Department Transportation Revolving Fund of $175,000

    (1st Reading)

    FY2013 Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Farm Revolving Fund of $200,000(1st Reading)

    FY2013 Public Health Nursing Program Revolving Fund of $5,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 Energy and Sustainability Revolving Fund of $75,000 (1st Reading) FY2013 James House Revolving Fund of $75,000 (1st Reading) Financial Order: Transfer $32,470 from Energy Reinvestment Revolving Fund to Energy and

    Sustainability Revolving Fund (1st Reading)

    Financial Order: Appropriation of $23,000 to FY2012 Central Services Custodial SuppliesAccount (Request Two Readings)

    Financial Order: Appropriation of $104,000 from Community Preservation Act Funding to theOffice of Planning and Development for the Beaver Brook Bridge Project (2nd Reading) Financial Order: Appropriation of $290,000 from Community Preservation Act Funding to the

    Northampton Conservation Commission for the Broad Brook Gap Project (2nd Reading)

    Financial Order: Appropriation of $50,000 from Community Preservation Act Funding to theNorthampton Conservation Fund (2nd Reading)

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    Northampton City Council, Agenda of June 7, 2012

    Financial Order: Appropriation of $100,000 from Community Preservation Act Funding to theNorthampton Conservation Commission for the Hampshire County Courthouse Renovation(2nd Reading)

    ORDERS ORDINANCES

    Ordinance: Amend 312-36 Parking Meter Locations and Regulations Parking Passes(1st Reading Postponed from April 5, 2012)

    Ordinance: Amend 312-36 Parking Meter Locations and Regulations (Refer to Committees) Ordinance: Amend 312-33 Location of Parking Areas for Municipal Vehicles, Etc. (Refer to

    Committees)

    Ordinance: Amend 312-109 On-Street Parking Meter Zones (Refer to Committees) Ordinance: Amend 312-110 Off-Street Parking Areas (Refer to Committees)

    UPDATES FROM COUNCIL PRESIDENT AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS

    NEW BUSINESS Reserved for topics that the Chair did not reasonably anticipate would bediscussed.

    ADJOURN

    The next City Council meeting is June 21, 2012

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    Northampton City Council, Agenda of June 7, 2012

    Northampton City Council

    Finance Committee

    June 7, 2012

    Mayor David J. Narkewicz

    Council President William H. Dwight Councilor Marianne L. LaBarge

    Councilor David A. Murphy Councilor Eugene A. Tacy

    ROLL CALL FINANCIAL ORDERS

    FY2013 General Fund Budget of $74,572,429 FY2013 Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget of $5,517,720 FY2013 Water Enterprise Fund Budget of $7,136,210 FY2013 Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Budget of $3,764,287 FY2013 Fire Department Revolving Fund of $200,000 FY2013 Fire Department Hazmat Revolving Fund of $65,000 FY2013 Department of Public Works Construction Services Revolving Fund of $85,000 FY2013 Cross Connection Program Revolving Fund of $75,000 FY2013 Tourism Directional Sign Program Revolving Fund of $20,000 FY2013 Transportation Revolving Fund of $70,000 FY2013 NCOA Activities Revolving Fund of $90,000 FY2013 NCOA Gift Shop Revolving Fund of $40,000 FY2013 NCOA Food Services Revolving Fund of $50,000 FY2013 Committee on Disabilities Revolving Fund of $7,000 FY2013 Recreation Department Athletic League Fees Revolving Fund of $230,000

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    Northampton City Council, Agenda of June 7, 2012

    FY2013 JFK Family Aquatic Center Revolving Fund of $120,000 FY2013 Northampton School Department Transportation Revolving Fund of $175,000 FY2013 Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Farm Revolving Fund of $200,000 FY2013 Public Health Nursing Program Revolving Fund of $5,000 FY2013 Energy and Sustainability Revolving Fund of $75,000 FY2013 James House Revolving Fund of $75,000 Financial Order: Transfer $32,470 from Energy Reinvestment Revolving Fund to Energy and

    Sustainability Revolving Fund

    Financial Order: Appropriation of $23,000 to FY2012 Central Services Custodial SuppliesAccount

    FINANCIAL UPDATES - FY2012 Budget Update FY2013 Budget Update

    NEW BUSINESS Reserved for topics that the Chair did not reasonably anticipate would bediscussed.

    Contact:Mary L. Midura

    Executive [email protected]

    413-587-1210

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]
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    Committee on Elections, Rules, Ordinances, Orders and Claims, April 9, 2012 MinutesPage 1 of 2

    COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS, RULES, ORDINANCES, ORDERS AND CLAIMS

    Councilor David A. Murphy, Chair

    Councilor Jesse M. Adams

    Councilor Maureen T. Carney

    Meeting Minutes

    Monday, April 9, 20126:00 pm 8:00 pm

    City Council Chambers, 212 Main StreetWallace J. Puchalski Municipal Building, Northampton, MA

    1. Members present/absent: Councilor Murphy, Councilor Adams, Councilor Carney, City Solicitor AlanSeewald

    2. Meeting Called to OrderCouncilor Murphy called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

    3.

    Announcement of Audio/Video Recording of MeetingThe meeting is audio-recorded.

    4. Approval of Minutes of March 12, 2012Councilor Carney moved approval of the minutes; Councilor Adams seconded. The motion passed

    unanimously (3-0).

    5. Public CommentNone

    6.

    CLAIMS

    Adams Claim of October 29, 2011 (Continued from March 12, 2012)A second review by the DPW contends that the damage was part of the October snowstorm, and that the Citywas not negligent in care of the City tree.

    Councilor Carney moved to deny the claim; Councilor Adams seconded. The motion passed

    unanimously (3-0).

    Matus Claim of October 30, 2011 (Continued from March 12, 2012)Mr. Matus was present for the claim. Mr. Matus stated that the DPW letter was an admission of negligence.

    His tenant had warned the plow driver that the downed wire was connected to the house, but the plow driver

    was not a prudent and reasonable individual, and the plow driver should have acted differently. Mr. Matusstated that the plow driver laughed and continued plowing, which caused the wire to rip off part of the house.

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    Committee on Elections, Rules, Ordinances, Orders and Claims, April 9, 2012 MinutesPage 2 of 2

    Councilor Murphy questioned if there was any insurance settlement. Mr. Matus stated that his deductible is

    high and that he received no settlement; all expenses for repair were paid by Mr. Matus.

    Councilor Carney moved to approve the claim in the amount of $897.49, pending proof of insurance and

    deductible in excess of the damage; Councilor Adams seconded. The motion passed unanimously (3-0),

    Bible Baptist Church Claim of January 12, 2012Pastor Gustine was present for the claim. City Solicitor recommended approval of the claim, with conditions ofthe sign must be moved out of the City layout and no further claims would be honored on this sign.

    Councilor Carney moved approval of the claim in the amount of $716.77, with conditions to move the

    sign; Councilor Adams seconded. The motion passed unanimously (3-0).

    Hotel Northampton Claim of January 12, 2012Councilor Adams moved to deny the claim; Councilor Carney seconded. The motion passed

    unanimously (3-0).

    7. ORDINANCES Ordinance: Amend 312-117 Schedule XVI Handicapped Parking (Referred by City

    Council on January 5, 2012 to Transportation & Parking Commission (recommend as ofJanuary 17, 2012), Committee on Disabilities (recommend as of March 20, 2012), and

    Committee on Elections, Rules, Ordinances, Orders and Claims)

    Councilor Carney moved to forward the Ordinance to full City Council, as recommended; Councilor

    Adams seconded. The motion passed unanimously (3-0).

    8. NEW BUSINESSReserved for topics that the Chair did not reasonably anticipate would bediscussed.

    No new business.

    At 6:32 p.m., Councilor Carney moved to adjourn and was seconded by Councilor Adams. The motion

    passed unanimously (3-0).

    The next meeting is May 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm.Respectfully Submitted,

    Mary L. Midura

    Executive Secretary

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    Committee on Appointments and Evaluations

    Meeting Minutes, April 9, 2012

    In attendance: Councilor Marianne LaBarge, Councilor Pamela Schwartz, Councilor Paul Spector

    Minutes from 3/12/12. Marianne moved to approve. Paul seconded. All in favor.

    The Committee voted unanimously to recommend the following appointees to the Council:

    Committee on Disabilities: Eleanor Rennell

    Energy and Sustainability Commission, associate member: Kristina Hodges

    Planning Board, associate member: Karla Youngblood

    Department of Public Works: Chris Hellman

    Arts Council: Joan Axelrod-Contrada, Carl Russo

    Human Rights Commission: Jordana Amato, Rick Hart, Vijay Prishad

    Conservation Commission: Steve Sauter

    Tree Committee: Andrew PutnamHousing Partnership: Toni Hochstadt, Rachel Taylor-Doward

    Discussion/comments:

    Arts Council:

    Joan: interested in growing attendance at Transperformance.

    Carl: interested in looking at increasing other funding sources

    Human Rights Commission:

    Rick Hart: moved here about 6 years ago, worked at the Library, Friends of the Homeless wanted board

    representation from the library. Since then, became more involved. Attending human rights meetingssince January.

    Jordana Amato: Passion for education, adolescents, works in mental health field. Interested in serving

    on the grievance committee

    Jordana: Online form was tricky, hard to manage, accidentally listed her as interested in Housing

    Partnership, but not so. Paul will communicate around making form more manageable.

    Conservation Commission:

    Steve: last 25 years in Ashfield and served on boards and councils there (public works, schools).

    Interested in public service but looking for something new. Particular interest in natural resources. Anaturalist, competent in this area.

    Also had a problem with the application form.

    Housing Partnership: Toni Hochstadt: developed expertise in housing through work; got recruited.

    Said yes. Wanted to be more involved in local government. Would be interested in knowing governing

    guidelines.

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    Re: application form. The link to the PDF did not work. If you went straight to citys website, that

    worked.

    Paul will follow-up on form logistics.

    Meeting adjourned: 12:25 pm

    Submitted by Councilor Pamela C. Schwartz

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    Transportation and Parking CommissionCityof Northampton

    210 Main St reet , Room 18, Northampton, MA 01060

    ( 413) 587- 1210

    www.northamptonma.gov/tpc

    MEETING MINUTESTuesday, April 17, 2012

    City Council Chambers, Puchalski Municipal Building4:02 p.m. 6:14 p.m.

    Members Present: Eugene Tacy,Deborah Bruce,Leslie Stein,James Lowenthal,GaryHartwell,Owen Freeman-Daniels;Ned Huntley,Russell Sienkiewicz,Paul Sustick.

    Members Absent: Wayne Feiden

    Others Present: Laura Hanson, DPW

    Meeting called to order at 4:02 p.m. by Vice Chair Freeman-Daniels. Quorum met.

    1. Public Comment

    a. Parking Permits Judith Fine, City Council (ret.)

    Concerned the TPC will be raising the monthly parking permits in outer areasfrom $30 to $60; addressed the contention that employers and employees werepreviously taking the best spaces or going around town feeding meters (lessturnover); summarized that if so, customers then have few places to park andconsequently will stop coming to town, and she, as a business person, wouldhave fewer customers; argued also that employees will be unable to afford themonthly spots if the cost is doubled and will resume taking up the preferredspots downtown; suggested as an alternative, that the first hour free in theparking garage be dropped, saying the income received there would thenalleviate the need to boost the monthly fees.

    b. Danny Yacuzo, Executive Director, Northampton Business Improvement District

    Argued against the fee being set at $60 and to establish a more graduated fee of$45; warned that people will park far away from downtown as free parkingtakes them, thus changing the neighborhoods; contended that if 300 spaces-usedfalls to 200, it becomes a zero-sum gain in City revenue; cited San Diegoparking sensor program as a successful option for the future; suggested ticketingis inhospitable and that the garage is ticket-free; concluded the need is to get

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    people to park in the garage; cited Burlington and Ithica as examples whereending first hour free results in loss of parking revenue; summarized bypleading any raise in parking rates not be done w/a heavy hand; and thatremoving the first hour free has implications;

    Discussion

    Mr. Lowenthal said the $60 fee had been voted on in the affirmative and that hewould like not to re-open the vote;

    Mr. Freeman-Daniels disagreed, saying the vote was taken on an incorrectmemo;

    MOTION, Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Close Public Comment; Seconded, Mr. Huntley,Motion Carried.

    2. Approval of Minutes of March 20, 2011

    Ms. Bruce objected to excessive length of Minutes and that they were toodetailed;

    the Clerk acknowledged email sent by Ms. Midura citing the correct date ofMinutes to be March 20th and not the 21st;

    Chair Tacy corrected spelling of Jim Laurilas name.

    Mr. Freeman-Daniels said that while he agreed the Minutes were too detailed,he also feels other meetings minutes are not detailed enough;

    MOTION, Motion, Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Approve Minutes; Seconded, Ms. Stein;Abstained, Chief Sienkiewicz; Motion Carried.

    3. Ordinance: Amend 312-36 Parking Meter Locations and Regulations (Referred byCity Council of April 5, 2012) Mayor David J. Narkewicz

    Noted the Commission voted to recommend this Ordinance to the City Council;said the City Council voted to delay it for two months and send it back forfurther discussion;

    Broken down to two comparisons: the top one with the assumption of one who

    lives downtown (10-hr days/6 days a week) who wants their car in a lot; Addressed discount inequity of 10-hour meters and long-term lots that werent

    raised (due to oversight) when other area meters rates were;

    Current changes make it cheaper to park at meters, thus making downtownparking more, and not less, problematic than before;

    Declared support for raising long-term rates from $30 to $60 a month;

    Discussion

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    Mr. Sustick said the Mayors position on raising fees is out of touch with MainSt.; said the business community seeking to encourage people to parkdowntown and that the numbers havent been crunched enough; said he believesthe numbers will indicate revenue has gone up significantly for the City over the

    last 5 years because businesses have been receiving more business (due torelaxed parking rates) and have been paying more in sales taxes; said the firsthour free in the garage has become an institution and will be hard to takeaway; alluded to the politic controversy of Mr. Letendres departure; said hefinds the Mayors numbers meaningless and that the Mayor should weigh inonly during the final stage of the legislative process;

    Mr. Freeman-Daniels said he sees a tremendous disparity between the 10-hour meters and the long-term ones; raised the question of the admin cost indistributing two sets of passes, in that raising the rates on 10-hour still carrieswith it the convenience, whereas long-term rate increases may incur financiallosses (The Mayor indicated this as something to look at.);

    Mayor noted the 10-hour meters to be on the periphery of downtown (King St.,Pleasant St., streets off of State St., etc.); indicated it to be a fine line betweenencouraging downtown parking and alleviating warehousing; summarized along term goal of establishing a coherent policy with respect to long-termpasses;

    Ms. Stein expressed appreciation for the business community, and that it ishealthy theyre weighing in on parking as they are; concurred with Mr.Sustick re: having smaller groups to look at the issues (The Mayor alerted her tolanguage in an Ordinance re: an ad hoc parking subcommittee);

    Mr. Freeman-Daniels read into the record that there shall be a parkingsubcommittee from an ordinance specific to the issue; noted the City Council

    voted to postpone this ordinance until June 7th

    ; noted the subcommittee wouldbe comprised of 3 TPC members and 4 members of the public;

    Mr. Lowenthal proposed that in lieu of a subcommittee and parking director, theissue is before the TPC (Mr. Freeman-Daniels agreed);

    MOTION, Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Table to later in the Meeting; Seconded, Ms. Bruce,Motion Carried.

    Discussion

    Mr. Freeman-Daniels and Chair Tacy clarified the process for nominees to go

    through the Mayors Office; initiate process now; Ms. Bruce agreed a subcommittee needs to be set up;

    Mr. Lowenthal argued that the TPC should have discussion on the complexityof parking, effects on the community, and the variety of stakeholders and theirneeds; said he wanted non-car drivers to be afforded same incentive to comedowntown as car drivers;

    Mr. Freeman-Daniels and Mr. Sustick emphasized maintaining tourism (out-of-towners with cars) as paramount for revenue;

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    MOTION, Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Reconstitute the Parking (Sub)committee; Seconded,Ms. Stein, Motion Carried.

    MOTION, Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Re-open Public Comment; Seconded, Mr. Huntley,Motion Carried.

    c. Christine Newmann, Parish Committee Chair, St. Valentines Church, King St.

    Expressed concern over a no-parking area in front of the church, particularly asa year ago when 3 parishioners received tickets on Ash Wednesday, and thenagain this recent Ash Wednesday when the Mayors office revoked theagreement arranged with Mr. Letendre (pertaining to lax enforcement at 4 pmSaturday and 11 am Sunday), said that its difficult to park for church services,and that shed like for the sign to be moved and not discourage people from

    going to church; said she was told the Mayor would look into it, and wasinformed the TPC would take up the No-Parking sign as an issue at the Aprilmeeting;

    Discussion

    Ms. Stein suggested the sign could be changed from reading any time tosomething that would accommodate church-goers;

    [Clergyman] expressed gratitude for any consideration for extra parking spacesnear the church;

    Chair Tacy asked Ms. Hanson to investigate the parking situation at the church;

    suggestion issue be put on next agenda; Chief Sienkiewicz said the matter is being worked on.

    MOTION (2nd), Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Close Public Comment; Seconded, Ms. Stein,Motion Carried.

    4. Union Street Traffic Calming; DPW Preliminary Analysis Laura Hanson, DPW

    312-17 School Zone Ordinance Criteria; traffic volume;

    Ms. Hanson summarized the results of the traffic calming study: Union St. sees

    about 1,000 vehicles per 24-hr day, which is due to it being used as a cut-through from Bridge St. to Market St.; and the greatest concern is that the speedlimit is 25 mph on much of Union St., (except in the school zone), and that carsare going 6-8 mph over the speed limit in the school zone; meanwhile CherrySt. (parallel) has prima faci speed limit of 30 mph; did receive a commitmentfrom Mr. Van Epps to help subsidize two speed humps on Union St.; requestedthat TPC discuss private persons interested in paying for speed humps; said sheis also seeking feedback from the Commission;

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    Discussion

    Ms. Stein wondered as to the efficacy of placing speed humps in an 85-percentile area;

    Consensus concludes there is speeding going on around the school;

    Chair Tacy suggested this matter be put on agenda for next meeting;

    Mr. Lowenthal agreed that speeding goes on Union St.; favors traffic calming;

    Mr. Freeman-Daniels concurred; private financing; grants; priorities;

    Mr. Huntley said hes concerned with affect on Cherry St.;

    MOTION, Mr. Lowenthal, to Have Ms. Hanson Proceed with Temporary TrafficHumps; Seconded, Mr. Hartwell; Motion Carried.

    5. Florence Parking

    MOTION, Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Postpone; Seconded, Mr. Hartwell; Motion Carried.

    6. Restructuring of Parking Division

    No Discussion.

    7. Discussion for Residents to Receive Convex Mirrors

    MOTION, Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Table Indefinitely; Seconded, Mr. Lowenthal;Motion Carried.

    8. Roadway Safety Audit Smith College

    Multiple members acknowledging being in attendance;

    Mr. Hartwell provided context of establishing a connection of the Rail Trail tothe Smith campus; speed data; expects report sooner than June 1st;

    9. DPW Updates

    Construction projects; very excited; out to bid; competitive market; replacingpavements, sidewalks;

    Ms. Hanson met with DOT as crosswalks deplorable on Main St., thermoplasticis disintegrating; other communities not suffering same problem;

    Pedestrian Safety Project;

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    10. New Business

    Mr. Huntley roundabout at Look Park;

    Beads; crosswalk material;

    MOTION, Mr. Freeman-Daniels, to Adjourn; Seconded, Chief Sienkiewicz; MotionCarried 6.14 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Gregory P. AmmonsJohnson & Hill Staffing