Easthampton inauguration ceremony to be held in Fire Department’s vehicle bays on Monday

  • Easthampton Municipal Building at 50 Payson Ave. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/30/2021 4:59:04 PM
Modified: 12/30/2021 4:58:37 PM

EASTHAMPTON — The city’s inauguration ceremony will be in-person, but brief, following a surge of COVID-19 cases. 

The ceremony will begin at noon inside the Easthampton Fire Department vehicle bays. Previous events have included a guest speaker like U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, and a gathering to follow afterward. This year, the city developed a plan for the ceremony that could be rolled back as necessary, said Mayor Nicole LaChapelle. 

“This is where we are now,” said LaChapelle. “Typically, the ceremony is performed one-by-one, but this year we’ll be taking the oath of office in groups. Everyone is required to wear a mask and by holding the ceremony in the Fire Department’s vehicle bays we can keep the garage doors to the bay open.”

State Rep. Dan Carey, D-Easthampton, will be in attendance. 

While the ceremony is a public event, traditional invitations were not sent out as they were in the past. Easthampton Media will broadcast the event. Following the ceremony, the City Council will meet virtually at 12:45 p.m. for a remote reorganizational meeting and hold an election to determine the 2022-2023 president and vice president. 

The Jan. 3 meeting will be the first for newly elected at-large councilors Koni Denham and Brad Riley. Denham and Riley fill the seats left vacant by outgoing at-large councilors President Margaret A. “Peg” Conniff and Erica Flood. Conniff announced she would not seek reelection in June and Flood, who was elected by the council in October 2020 to fill a vacancy, withdrew her name from the election in September. 

The meeting also marks the start of LaChapelle’s third term as mayor. In 2019, residents voted to extend the mayoral term from two years to four years. 

After School Committee members take their oath, they will also meet virtually for a remote reorganizational meeting at 1:15 p.m. 

Emily Thurlow can be reached at ethurlow@gazettenet.com


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