Council will have full plate March 19

GREENFIELD — Town Council will have a full plate when it meets this month and takes up a new noise ordinance that would limit the use of machinery, like leaf blowers, to specific hours and an ordinance proposed by the mayor on how the town should deal with vacant properties, as well as whether the town should borrow $150,000 to purchase the former Hapco auto parts property to make way for a municipal parking garage.

Town Council will meet on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Greenfield Community Television studio at 393 Main St.

The council voted down the mayor’s proposal last month to purchase the Hapco property by using surplus “free cash,” but instead said it would entertain the idea of buying the property by borrowing the money.

Mayor William Martin would like to buy the property from the Greenfield Redevelopment Authority, because he believes the town has a better chance of receiving funding from the state and more grants if it owns it.

The council will also consider a new ordinance that would limit when residents, businesses and others could use power tools, have radios and televisions turned up loud enough to create a disturbance, or play drums or other musical instruments using amplifiers that would disturb neighbors late at night or early in the morning.

Another ordinance it will consider is one that regulates how the town will deal with vacant properties in the future and how owners of those properties will be fined and held responsible.

The council had originally planned on taking up the Conservation Commission’s rewrite of the town’s wetlands rules, but will not consider that until at least April, as one of its committee’s will not hold a public hearing on the issue until the end of this month.

The Appointments and Ordinances Committee will collect all public input on the issue, deliberate, and then make its own suggestions about the rewrite, possibly adding an amendment or more. The committee will send its recommendation to the full council for approval.

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