The amendments are at the request of Council President Keith Bona, who was elected to the post a the Organization of Government on Jan. 1. Each council president has the option of proposing modifications during their terms.
The meeting was brief with Bona, an eight-term councilor, presiding over his first session and Mayor Thomas Bernard presenting his first orders — reappointments, a donation and a communique on the formation of an ad hoc working group on retail marijuana.
Mayor Thomas W. Bernard and the newly elected City Council took their oaths of office at the well-attended ceremony in City Council Chambers on a frigid New Year's Day. Councilor Keith Bona, returning for his fifth consecutive two-year term, was elected as council president and Councilor Benjamin Lamb as vice president.
Several councilors-elect from North Adams joined other newly elected councilors and aldermen from across the state at a training conference held by the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors Association, a member group of Massachusetts Municipal Association, on Dec. 2 at Framingham State University's Warren Conference Center in Ashland.
Fifteen of the candidates on the ballot for City Council pitched their experience at a forum on Thursday night that focused on crime, infrastructure and how the city's anchor institutions fit into its growth and development.
The candidates, not surprisingly, were in broad agreement on how to address these issues ("ditto" was used several times), although they did take some time during the hourlong forum to try to distinguish themselves from the pack.
The request for a resolution was brought forth by Council President Benjamin Lamb on behalf of Vincent Melito, a resident and former councilor. Melito is also soliciting support from other communities in the Berkshires and the Clarksburg Select Board determined last week that any resolution should be put to a town meeting vote.
Wayne Wilkinson was returned to the City Council on Tuesday night by an unanimous vote of the councilors.
Wilkinson, a one-term councilor who came in 10th place in the last election, was one of four citizens who had submitted letters of interest to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Nancy Bullett on July 1.
City Councilor Nancy Bullett made her last motion on Tuesday night: the motion to adjourn, ending her tenure.
Bullett had submitted her letter of resignation, effective July 1, just over a month ago because of her plans to move out of state. The council will interview candidates to fill the remainder of her term on July 11.
The City Council intends to fill the vacancy being left by the resignation of Councilor Nancy Bullett.
In a communication to the full council, President Benjamin Lamb wrote, "it is our responsibility to select and appoint an individual to fill the seat she is vacating for the remainder of the current term to expire January 2018."
The council's Rule 25 sets out a process for filling mid-term vacancies. Candidates can submit letters of interest and qualifications and are given a chance to speak before the council for three minutes. Members may ask questions of the candidates and then take nominations and vote.