City Council to split monthly meeting in two


Staff Writer
Published: 11/14/2019 10:06:05 PM
Modified: 11/14/2019 10:05:54 PM

GREENFIELD — For those looking to speak directly to the City Council, a meeting dedicated to communications will be held this month.

This month’s City Council meeting will be split in two — with a special meeting Tuesday and a regular meeting Wednesday. City Clerk Kathy Scott said Tuesday’s meeting will be for communications — including public comment and two public hearings.

City Council President Karen “Rudy” Renaud proposed the idea. She said this the first time she’s aware of that a meeting has been split.

“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.”

Both Renaud and Scott said City Council meetings have been running later into the evening.

“Within the past year, there has been a lot of communication from the public, the School Committee, the mayor and others to the City Council at regular meetings,” Scott said. “The City Council doesn’t get to motions, orders and resolutions until about 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. There are quite a few motions, orders and resolutions on the agenda.”

Renaud said she “wished we had been doing this all year,” and hopes to have another split meeting in December.

Items on the draft agenda include a vote on whether to approve the City Council meeting minutes; a vote whether to suspend rules of procedure; communications from the School Committee and Superintendent Jordana Harper; communications from Mayor William Martin, city officers and employees; communications from other city employees (as needed or by invitation); and public comment.

There are also two public hearings: one to approve payment of the 2019 fiscal year invoice for Partek Solutions in the amount of $2,167 to be paid from the 2020 fiscal year Parking Department budget; and a public hearing for the 2020 fiscal year tax classification.

Scott said Tuesday’s meeting will be when residents can comment on the two public hearings as well.

Renaud said splitting the meeting in two will allow councilors to “hear public comment, think about the things residents have said, chew on it and then vote on Wednesday fresh and not tired.”

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

“There is so much on the council agenda,” Renaud said, “and we don’t want any one item or person speaking to be short-changed because we didn’t give everything proper time.”

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


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