City Council

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 pm
John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant Street and Zoom (Hybrid)

Greenfield City Council

November 16, 2022

235th Regular Meeting

6:30 p.m.

John Zon Community Center/Zoom Hybrid

(UPDATED) AGENDA

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  1. Call to Order

CHAIRS STATEMENT: This meeting is being recorded by the City Council and GCTV-17. If any other persons present are doing the same you must notify the chairperson at this time. In accordance with MGLc 30A SS 20(g) “No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the Chair and all persons shall, at the request of the chair, be silent. No person shall disrupt the proceedings of a meeting of a public body. If, after clear warning from the chair, a person continues to disrupt the proceedings, the chair may order the person to withdraw from the meeting and if the person does not withdraw, the chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person from the meeting.”

  1. Roll Call of Members

  1. Pledge of Allegiance (voluntary)

  1. Approval of minutes - None

  1. Communications from Superintendent of Schools and School Committee (10 minutes)

5a. Questions from the Council for Superintendent of Schools and School Committee

  1. Communications from Mayor, City Officers and Employees (10 minutes)

6a. Questions from the Council for Mayor

  1. Communications from other City Employees as needed, by invitation:

Chief Assessor Randall Austin

Board of Assessors Joseph Ruggeri and James Geisman

  1. Public Comment

  1. Public Hearing(s) and Second Reading: (Pg. 4)
  • Appropriate $2,500,000 from Free Cash to Capital Stabilization Fund 8402.
  • Appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash to Compensated Absences Fund 8450.
  • Appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash to Contract Stabilization Fund 8403.
  • Appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to General Stabilization Fund 8400.
  • Appropriate $600,000 from Free Cash to reduce the FY2023 tax rate.
  • Transfer $107,300 from Free Cash to FY23 General Fund Vehicle Fuel Accounts.
  • Appropriate $8,500 from Sewer Retained Earnings to FY23 Sewer Vehicle Fuel Accounts.
  • Appropriate $10,000 from Water Retained Earnings to FY23 Water Vehicle Fuel Accounts.
  • Appropriate $14,387 from FY22 Reserve Fund to FY23 Weights and Measures Contracted Services.
  • To adopt a residential factor in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 58, Section 1A, which shall be used by the Board of Assessors to determine the percentages of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property.

  1. Motions, Orders, and Resolutions
  1. Appropriate $600,000 from Free Cash to reduce the FY2023 tax rate. (Pg. 6)
  2. Fiscal Year 2023 Tax Classification – (Pg. 8)
  • Minimum Residential Factor
  • Residential Exemption
  • Small Commercial Exemption
  1. Appropriate $2,500,000 from Free Cash to Capital Stabilization Fund 8402. (Pg. 32)
  2. Appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash to Compensated Absences Fund 8450. (Pg. 34)
  3. Appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash to Contract Stabilization Fund 8403. (Pg. 36)
  4. Appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to General Stabilization Fund 8400. (Pg. 38)
  5. Transfer $107,300 from Free Cash to FY23 General Fund Vehicle Fuel Accounts. (Pg. 40)
  6. Appropriate $8,500 from Sewer Retained Earnings to FY23 Sewer Vehicle Fuel Accounts. (Pg. 44)
  7. Appropriate $10,000 from Water Retained Earnings to FY23 Water Vehicle Fuel Accounts. (Pg. 46)
  8. Appropriate $14,387 from FY22 Reserve Fund to FY23 Weights and Measures Contracted Services. (Pg. 48)
  9. Rescind Borrowing Authorities of $500,000 for Construction of New Library (2nd Order). (Pg. 56)
  10. Resolution to Urge the Massachusetts General Court to pass H. 3053, An Act Relative to Tax Deeds, as filed in the 192nd Session. (Pg. 58)
  11. Amend Code of Greenfield Chapter 408 – Vehicles and Traffic. (Pg. 63)
  12. Amend Code for Greenfield Chapter 381- Stormwater Management. (Pg. 67)
  13. Amend Code for Greenfield Chapter 400 – Trees. (Pg. 69)
  14. Amend Code for Greenfield (New) Chapter 410 – Vendors. (Pg. 71)
  15. Mayor’s Appointments and Re-Appointments – Commission on Disability Access, Lynne Kelley; Human Rights Commission, Grady VerPlanck; Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Katie Rosewarne; plus 22 Re-Appointments. (Pg. 82)

  1. Presentation of Petitions and Similar Papers

  1. Report of Committees

  1. Unfinished Business

  1. Old Business

  1. New Business

First Reading (Pg. 90)

  • Repurpose $67,060.51 from School Department Capital Accounts for School Phone System.
  • Appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to Contract Stabilization Fund 8403.

  1. Motions for Reconsideration

  1. Adjournment

EXECUTIVE SESSION MAY BE CALLED

*Please note that the list of topics was comprehensive at the time of posting, however, the public body may consider and take action on unforeseen matters not specifically named in this notice. Posted in accordance with M.G.L.c 30A § 18-25.

PUBLIC HEARING

In accordance with Home Rule Charter, the Greenfield City Council will hold a public hearing on Wed., November 16, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St., and Zoom: https://greenfield-ma-gov.zoom.us/j/98386735754?pwd=VGFQSFk2OE5Ld0gxVTQvb0tWTytkdz09 Meeting ID 983 8673 5754 to receive public input on the following:

  • Appropriate $2,500,000 from Free Cash to Capital Stabilization Fund 8402.
  • Appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash to Compensated Absences Fund 8450.
  • Appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash to Contract Stabilization Fund 8403.
  • Appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to General Stabilization Fund 8400.
  • Appropriate $600,000 from Free Cash to reduce the FY2023 tax rate.
  • Transfer $107,300 from Free Cash to FY23 General Fund Vehicle Fuel Accounts.
  • Appropriate $8,500 from Sewer Retained Earnings to FY23 Sewer Vehicle Fuel Accounts.
  • Appropriate $10,000 from Water Retained Earnings to FY23 Water Vehicle Fuel Accounts.
  • Appropriate $14,387 from FY22 Reserve Fund to FY23 Weights and Measures Contracted Services.

The City Council may consider the same on Wed., November 16, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St., and Zoom: https://greenfield-ma-gov.zoom.us/j/98386735754?pwd=VGFQSFk2OE5Ld0gxVTQvb0tWTytkdz09 Meeting ID 983 8673 5754. Materials can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, 14 Court Sq. from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Mon. - Fri. or phone 413-772-1555, x. 6163.

Sheila Gilmour, Greenfield City Council President

PUBLIC HEARING

The Greenfield City Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 6:30 pm, at John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St., and via Zoom: https://greenfield-ma-gov.zoom.us/j/98386735754?pwd=VGFQSFk2OE5Ld0gxVTQvb0tWTytkdz09 Meeting ID 983 8673 5754 to adopt a residential factor in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 58, Section 1A, which shall be used by the Board of Assessors to determine the percentages of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of real and personal property.

The Assessors shall provide all information and data relevant to making such determination and the fiscal effect of the available alternatives.

The hearing is required under Section 56 of Chapter 40, Massachusetts General Laws.

Sheila Gilmour, Greenfield City Council President

Posted to: City Council (updated 2022-11-14 14:52:33).