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Letter: Sweeney for North Adams City Council

I feel a sense of obligation and duty to bring a unique voice to the City Council chambers. I represent a younger demographic, which my work throughout North Adams and the surrounding towns has led me to connect and work with closely.

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North Adams Council Rejects Recommendation for Earlier Meetings

City Councilor Wayne Wilkinson had raised the idea of meeting earlier as the council's meetings crept longer into the evening. With meetings regularly running past 9 and sometimes closer to 10, Wilkinson thought a 6 p.m. start rather than 7:30 would get the councilors and audience out earlier.

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North Adams Council Considering Earlier Start Time

The council postponed action on the change Tuesday because two councilors were absent and the minutes of the General Government Committee meeting that discussed weren't ready.

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North Adams City Council Votes to Limit Public Comment

The new Rules of Order are a return to past practice in only allowing the public to speak to agenda items at the beginning of the meeting during "hearing of visitors" and keeps the open forum portion at the end of the meeting.

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North Adams Councilors Demand Rights to Solicitor, Chambers

Councilors have been grumbling for some time over having to go through the mayor's office to reach the city solicitor. The changes were implemented earlier this year when the city engaged KP Law of Boston, a firm specializing in municipal law.

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North Adams Council Moving Hearing of Visitors to Back of Meeting

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.

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New North Adams Council Approves Appointments, Donation

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.

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North Adams Swears in New Council, Mayor Bernard

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.

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North Adams Council Passes Final Measure of Term

The City Council at its last meeting of the term on Tuesday unanimously approved a change in sick-time buyback for non-union employees.

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North Adams' Newly Elected Councilors Attend MMA Workshops

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.

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North Adams Council Candidates Talk Economic Development, Crime

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.

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Women's Political Caucus Endorses North Adams Council Candidates

The Political Action Committee is endorsing Rebbecca Cohen and Marie T. Harpin in their races for North Adams City Council.

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