Two City Council meetings again this month

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/10/2019 5:55:01 PM

GREENFIELD — For those looking to weigh in on City Council agenda items, a Tuesday, Dec. 17 special City Council meeting will be the time to do so. Like last month, two City Council meetings will be held in December.

The special City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17 will be at 6 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center and the regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center.

The Dec. 17 meeting will have first readings, public hearings, second readings, appointments and communications with the City Council, including public comment. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the regularly scheduled meeting, the council will take up the remaining motions, orders and resolutions.

City Council Vice President Penny Ricketts said she thinks many people want to speak about the instructional assistants’ contract. The contract was ratified by the School Committee in November, and now funding is being determined by the city and the Greenfield School Department. Mayor William Martin has put forward a financial order to fund the contracts, which will have the first reading on Dec. 17.

“Although it’s not slated for a vote yet, I believe it may be their intention to stay vocal and present,” Ricketts said. “We are getting a tremendous number of emails from people concerned with the IA contract. This usually translates into numbers also willing to come speak out. I am unsure if the School Committee has or will get the same folks speaking out at their meetings.”

She added that the City Council “may also have a CPA (Community Preservation Act) presentation and a report from the housing committee.”

Greenfield City Clerk Kathy Scott said the meeting was split in two because of the large public comment anticipated at the December regular meeting.

“The council won’t have to start at 9:30 on motions and resolutions,” Scott said. “This way the public will be able to be heard, and councilors will be able to consider the motions and orders they will be voting on the next day. The meeting won’t go so late.”

There will be no public comment on Wednesday’s meeting agenda, Scott said.

City Council President Karen “Rudy” Renaud proposed the idea of having two meetings last month. She said November’s meetings were the first time a meeting was split, to her knowledge.

“The meetings have been remarkably long. Sometimes I’ve had to cut public comment to two minutes instead of three,” Renaud said. “Public comment is an important part of the meeting. It’s an opportunity for members of the public to speak to the council as a whole.”

Reach Melina Bourdeau at or 413-772-0261, ext. 263.

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