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Northampton council to discuss park-and-ride at VA, other items

NORTHAMPTON — These other items are on the agenda when the City Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Puchalski Municipal Building:

∎ Authorization of an easement for a park-and-ride lot at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds.

∎ Presentation of a bevy of awards to members of the Police Department, as well as the swearing-in of John D. Cartledge as lieutenant, Josef M. Barszcz as sergeant and five new police officers.

∎ A proclamation recognizing October as domestic violence awareness month.

∎ Four appointments to city boards, including Jena Sujat of 97 Laurel Park to the Arts Council, Robert Walker’s reappointment to the Central Business Architecture Committee; R. Downey Meyer’s reappointment to the Conservation Commission; and Victoria Eklund’s reappointment to the Committee on Disabilities.

∎ An order requiring department heads to seek approval from a supervising board or commission when disposing of surplus city property valued under $5,000 and greater than $100.

∎ A transfer of $73,800, from a 2008 appropriation to acquire a Massachusetts Highway Division salt shed, to a pair of Department of Public Works projects, including $50,000 to repair a DPW garage floor and $23,800 for land survey and legal services associated with accepting public ways.

∎ A second vote authorizing the city’s Office of Planning and Development to accept donations and payments to a traffic mitigation account, and to approve spending $134,000 out of that account for eight traffic calming and rail-trail projects throughout the city.

∎ A second vote authorizing the city to transfer 6.5 acres of land it owns behind 21 Hatfield Road near the Connecticut River Greenway to the Conservation Commission for conservation and passive recreation.

∎ Final vote allowing the mayor, in consultation with the Energy and Sustainability Commission, to participate in contracts for power supply and other related services jointly with other municipalities through the Hampshire Council of Governments.

∎ A drainage easement at 91 Grove St. from L-3 Communications Corp.

∎ A second vote to accept an affordable housing restriction at the New South Street Apartments for 25 years through 2053.

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