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Northampton City Council may add conservation land

One of the transactions under consideration would add 21.4 acres to the Broad Brook Greenway/Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area.

The city has reached an agreement with the Vollinger family to buy the land for $21,400, though the family would hold limited and temporary timber rights.

The acquisition will fill a major gap in the middle of the Broad Brook Greenway, with funds coming from the Community Preservation Act and donations.

A second deal, if approved by the council, would authorize the Conservation Commission to buy a conservation restriction on 19-plus acres off Westhampton Road near Parsons Brook.

The city would buy the restriction to permanently preserve the land, which abuts existing conservation restrictions, from Daniel and Penelope Burke for $9,500. The purchase will be funded through CPA funds, donations and grants.

The council also will consider the following items when it meets at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Puchalski Municipal Building:

∎ A request to spend over budget for snow and ice removal this fiscal year. The city has spent most of the $426,350 it budgeted this year, thanks mostly to a massive storm earlier this month.

∎ A second vote on a resolution denouncing hate crimes in the city. The resolution comes in the wake of a brutal beating outside a downtown lounge last month.

∎ A pair of street acceptance petitions for Strawberry Hill and Park Avenue will be sent to the Planning Board and the Board of Public Works. ∎ A pair of warrants to schedule a special state primary April 30 and a special state election June 25. The elections are needed to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry.

∎ An order setting the City Council rules for 2012-2013.

∎ A second vote on three ordinance amendments to remove the mayor from the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and Land Use, to add a handicap parking space and other parking changes on Henshaw Avenue.

∎ A second vote on a zoning amendment that would merge two similar overlapping sections. The change would also clarify commercial uses allowed through special permit in cluster developments.

∎ A second vote on an ordinance amendment that would rezone densely developed residential properties between Barrett Street and Bridge Road from urban residential B to urban residential C.


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