North Adams Council Sets Committee AgendasBy Tammy Daniels
12:21AM / Thursday, July 10, 2014
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council met briefly on Tuesday night to refer some items to its subcommittees.
A communication from Councilor Eric Buddington asking that the council consider removing certain functions from ordinance was referred to General Government.
Buddington said he didn't think short-term matters such as City Hall hours and employee vacation times should be covered by city ordinances.
"The employee handbook will cover some of these details, providing a written policy that will give us more freedom to simplify these sections of ordinance," he wrote to fellow councilors.
Mayor Richard Alcombright last year had looked to continue the summer City Hall hours into the fall but ran into the ordinance restrictions.
The General Government Committee will take up the communication, and a previous one from Buddington on declaring the city a "right to farm" community, on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m.
A communication submitted by Councilor Keith Bona on behalf of the Wheel Estates Tenants Association was referred to the Public Safety Committee and the Traffic Commission.
The tenants association, which purchased the park last year, is asking for the city to set a 15 mph speed limit in the park by ordinance.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, resident Mark Trottier announced it would be his last appearance. He later said he may be moving from the area.
Trottier has been a regular at the meetings for several years, questioning the administration and council's actions, making suggestions and urging the council to be thoughtful of taxpayers in its decisions.
In particular, he has championed a more aggressive enforcement of the city's parking laws to increase revenue. That included doing his own surveys of expired meters to show how much money was being lost.
Trottier said he hoped he'd shown the council "the coin has two sides."
"Mahalo," he told the council farewell, "unless the mayor wants to call me back if you all get out of hand."
In other business, the council:
• Postponed to its Aug. 26 meeting a decision on authorizing Steeple City Spirit's petition to the Legislature for an all-liquor license. The Public Safety Committee will hold another meeting before making its recommendations.
• Heard liaison reports from councilors.
• Approved licenses to drive taxis for Michael Lacasse and Edward Lacasse.