The ordinance breaks solar proposals into three sizes: small, medium, and large. The medium and large-scale arrays cannot be installed in residential zones. It also sets criteria for commonly cited issues such as decommissioning and maintenance and setback requirements.
While earlier meetings had focused on tightening up and clarifying general language, Monday's meeting returned to the commission's role in authorizing and approving public art projects and how to square that with the city charter that requires that the mayor has to sign any contract "where the amount involved is $2,000 or more."
The City Council has opened up a can of worms when it comes to false alarms.
The Police Department had come to the council with a fairly straightforward request: require those with burglar alarms to register with the city annually. The department's records are out of date and officials wanted to find a way to keep up with those records.
Mayor Thomas Bernard submitted an amended ordinance to the City Council that removes the commission's control on approving public art installations, turning it into a recommending body on par with certain other city boards, and also addressing a host of grammatical and word changes.
The mayor says the city's trash hauler went rouge by halting trash pickup in some cases and placing violation stickers on bins and bag throughout the city.
Recently, Republic Services, the city's trash hauler, began what city hall is calling "soft enforcement" of the city's current trash ordinances. The workers started placing violation stickers on resident's trash bins if they did not comply with the standards and in some cases refused to collect trash or recycling because of the non-complia
The city is considering capping the number of marijuana retailers at 10.
The Department of Community Development has proposed zoning regulations to guide where an establishment can go. Those regulations would cap the number of retailers at 10, three more than the required minimum.
The nearly dozen-member board was charged by Mayor Thomas Bernard to prepare an ordinance over three meetings in January with the purpose of having something on the books by the time the state begins accepting applications for cannabis facilities in April.
Mayor Thomas Bernard made the development of the ordinance a priority, creating the working group in his first weeks as mayor and informing the City Council he expected to have a draft presented to councilors in February.
City Councilor Keith Bona, who argued strongly against the ordinance change two weeks ago, was able to swing the vote unanimously to his side and prevent it from passing a second reading. His objections had centered around the city's parking ordinances that would be still be on the books but with no way to document new changes.