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Greenfield Town Council president doles out committee assignments

GREENFIELD — A newly reorganized Town Council has received its member assignments to subcommittees by newly elected President Hillary Hoffman.

The new president announced that Precinct 3 Councilor Brickett Allis will remain at the helm of the Ways and Means Committee, while Alfred Siano, who was recently elected to a three-year term in Precinct 2, will serve as head of the Appointments and Ordinances Committee.

Outgoing Precinct 5 Town Councilor David Singer served as Appointments and Ordinances chairman last year.

At-large Town Councilor Patrick Devlin will remain chairman of the Economic Development Committee and Marian Kelner will take the reins from Karen “Rudy” Renaud on the Community Relations and Education Committee. Renaud was elected vice president of the council this year. Council president and vice president don’t serve on committees, but oversee all of them.

Newly elected, first-time Town Councilor Penny Ricketts will serve on the Economic Development Committee and the Community Relations Committee.

Local lawyer Isaac Mass, who defeated outgoing President Mark Wisnewski for the only three-year at-large seat up for grabs this year, will serve on Ways and Means and Appointments and Ordinances.

Hoffman made good on the promise she made July 1, shortly after being elected president, by having assignments made to committees by July 3.

The new president said she would like all committees ready to meet by next week.

All Town Council chairs meet the first Monday of every month, Appointments and Ordinances meets the second Monday and Community Relations and Education meets the fourth Monday of each month. The Economic Development Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Ways and Means and the full Town Council meet the third Wednesday of each month.

A couple of the issues council committees and the full council will be tackling this year include a noise ordinance that the mayor recently vetoed and a plastic bag ban ordinance that will apparently resurface via a citizens’ petition.

Greenfield resident Garrett Connelly submitted a proposed plastic bag ban last year, but the council eventually turned it away, saying it needed a lot more work.

The new council will meet for it first monthly meeting of Fiscal Year 2015 on July 16 at 7 p.m. in the studio in Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main St. The fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.

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