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June 7, 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, June 7, 2023

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1.   Roll Call.

2.   Pledge of Allegiance.

3.   Approval of Minutes:    None - May 17th & May 31st meeting minutes available ASAP

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. In accordance with Sec. 5-6 (a) of the Easthampton Home Rule Charter, notice is hereby given that the Easthampton City Council will hold a public hearing on June 7, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in the Easthampton Municipal Building, 50 Payson Ave., 2ndflr mtg. area and remotely by Google Meet, to act on the  proposed FY 2024 municipal operating budget.

b.  City Ordinance, Chapter 7 (Personnel)

-  Amend Article I by adding a new Sec. 7-6 (Civilian Traffic Control Officers)

- Amend Article II, Classification & Pay Plan, Sec. 7-17, Exhibit A, by adding the position of Data Collector at a Grade C.

6.  Communications from elected officials, boards and committees:

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)

*    - FY 2024 Budget (4-19-2023) (7-18-23)

Supplemental Appropriations:

**   -  $159,317.64 for 2 new Ford Police Interceptor Utility AWD Hybrid Cruisers (5-17-23) (8-15-23)

**   - $159,323 for conversion of financial software to web based version (5-17-23) (8-15-23)

**   - $1,000,000.00 Union Street water and sewer improvements (5-17-23) (8-15-23)


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

- Ordinance Review Committee’s final report (10-6-21) (6-28-23)

- Request to review safety of the sidewalk on South Street @ Main St. intersection (7-7-21) (6-27-23)

- Review of South/Main St. 4-way traffic light (2-16-22) (7-4-23)

- Review use of electric speed monitoring signs (2-16-22) (7-4-23)

- New City “Quick Actions” (9-7-22) (7-4-23)

- Mt. Tom Trailhead on East Street safety issues (3-15-23) (6-13-23)

- Review of Mountain View School Driveway (related to new School Zone) (4-5-23) (7-4-23)



- Ordinance Review Committee’s final report (10-6-21) (8-9-23)

City Ordinance & Zoning Ordinance amendments:

- Add Sec. 6-23:  Safe & fair access to legally protected reproductive and gender-affirming health care services (11-2-22) (7-30-23)

*          - Review an ordinance regarding the use of civilian traffic control monitors (4-5-23) (7-4-23)

- Review the LED Sign & Electronic Message Center Sign (Zoning) Ordinance (4-5-23) (7-4-23)

Request to amend the City Ordinances, Chpt. 7, Classification & Pay Plan, Exhibit A:

*            - Add the position of Data Collector at a Grade C (4-19-23) (7-18-23)

* Public Hearing – June 7, 2023

** Public Hearings – June 21, 2023



- Proposed “Resolution Against Antisemitism” from Councilor Zaret (5-3-23) (8-1-23)

10.   Old Business/Pending:

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

a.  Request for Immediate Consideration:

- Resolution in support of H.495/S.246 –an “Act empowering students & schools to thrive”       

b.  City Council appointment – Principal Assessor                                                   

c.  Mayoral appointments (2 new appointments)                                                       

 d.  Request to review traffic mitigation – intersection of Cottage/Chapel/Clark/Holyoke Sts.        

e.  Request to consider zoning waivers & change of board review under Sec. 11.13                    

f.  Request to consider several parking amendments in downtown                                      

g. CPA Intradepartmental Transfer:

- $750,000 move from undesignated to community housing for affordable housing projects           

h.  CPA Supplemental Appropriation:

- $200,000 for Treehouse support of affordable housing                                              

i.  Interdepartmental Transfer:

- $52,526.96 transfer to the PEG Access Account                                                     

j.  Supplemental Appropriation:

- $7,795.20 for Mayor’s executive asst. salary for last 3 pay periods of FY ’23                     

12.  Executive Session:

The City Council will discuss and as necessary vote to meet in executive session to discuss the possible resolution of claims made by the South Hadley Electric Light Department relative to work it claims to have performed in the city.

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