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Additional items on Nortampton City Council’s agenda Thursday

These other items are on the agenda when the City Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m.:

∎ A second vote setting the tax rate at $14.23 per thousand of assessed property value, a 88-cent increase over the current rate. If the rate is adopted, owners of an average single-family home valued at $297,323 would see their tax bill go up $234.

∎ Two new appointments to the Board of Health, expanding its membership to five. Mayor David J. Narkewicz has recommended Cynthia A. Suopis of 120 Coles Meadow Road and William Hargraves, 26 Crescent St., G-1, to fill the three-year terms.

∎ Six Community Preservation Act projects totaling $412,400.

∎ A first vote on an ordinance amendment that would make Lincoln Avenue one-way from North Street to Bridge Street.

∎ An order authorizing the city to buy a 19-foot-wide strip of land connecting Graves Avenue with Bridge Street Elementary School. The land, owned by Historic Northampton, will allow the city to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to the school.

∎ A presentation recognizing city employers who pay a living wage.

∎ An order authorizing the Office of Planning and Development to use money from a tourism gift account for gateway and other signage, pavement markings, plantings, and street and multi-use trail improvements.

∎ An ordinance amendment rezoning property owned by Lathrop Community Inc., 716 Bridge Road, from rural residential to urban residential B to allow for future expansion of Lathrop’s Northampton facility.

∎ An order authorizing the Historical Commission to spend money from a gift account for the printing of books and other historical materials.

∎ An application from the Northampton Center for the Arts for a fireworks permit for a New Year’s Eve celebration. The fireworks are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. at the parking garage downtown.

∎ A pair of ordinance amendments changing the process through which the city spends money paid by developers in lieu of traffic mitigation. Under the changes, such payments will be done by the mayor and with the approval of the City Council only after being first introduced for recommendation to the Transportation and Parking Commission.

∎ A second vote authorizing the city to accept a historic preservation restriction for a majority of the Clarke School property off Round Hill Road.

∎ A first vote to allow the city’s animal control officer to catch, confine or restrain dogs from running at large throughout the city in 2013.

∎ The appointment of six employees of Bill Willard Inc. as the city’s weighers of hay, coal and other articles.

∎ Approval of a second-hand articles license to E-Modern of 30 North Maple St.



Northampton City Council may elect vice president 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council may elect a vice president Thursday night, three weeks after delaying a vote on naming a second-in-command as part of several changes called for under the city’s new charter. The vice president would preside over council meetings in the absence of President William H. Dwight, who took over chairmanship of council meetings from the mayor …

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