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Posted on: June 18, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Want to know what will be discussed by Common Council at its next meeting?

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At the Common Council meeting on June 19, there will be two presentations. The first presentation will be from John Kilby, chairman of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee.  The second presentation will be from the Deputy Fire Chief Don Nelson, along with consultants, with regard to plans for a potential new fire station.  There will be a hearing on an ordinance regarding revisions to the taxi and livery regulations.  There will also be an ordinance introduced that deals with the placement of new stop signs.  There are resolutions on (a) acceptance of grant money for the Office of Emergency Management, (b) acceptance of grant money to begin planning for playground and bocce court at the Community Center, and (c) the potential engagement of an auditor.

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Two Presentations

The first presentation will be by the chairman of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee. The committee has jurisdiction regarding the preservation of historic and landmark trees. Additionally, the committee has a role in providing input on the city’s tree management plans.  At a previous council meeting, Environmental Commission representatives discussed the need for strengthening the city’s tree management ordinances. On Tuesday, we will continue that discussion.

The second presentation will be on the need for a new fire station. The city has been examining the possibility of redeveloping the area where the fire station is currently located. The Fire Department has been working with consultants on the design of a new station, potential location and costs. This presentation will begin a conversation with residents about the potential project.   



There is one ordinance for hearing and one ordinance for introduction.  The ordinance for hearing will revise the taxi and livery regulations so that they are consistent with changes in state law and with the city’s practices.  The ordinance for introduction concerns the placement of stop signs.  Stop signs are proposed for Whittredge Road/Hobart Avenue, Whittredge Road/Essex Road, Lafayette Avenue/Madison Avenue, Maple Street/Oakland Place, and Plymouth Road/Silver Lake Drive.  This ordinance would result in three additional four-way stops in town.   

Resolutions for Consideration

There are only a few resolutions for consideration. Two of the resolutions relate to the acceptance of grant money.  One grant is to partially offset the salaries of the Emergency Management coordinator and two deputies.  The second grant is from Union County and is to be used for designing a pocket park at the new Community Center.  The pocket park is intended to bring back the bocce court and to create a park that includes equipment for kids with special needs.  Finally, there will be a resolution on whether to rehire our present auditor for the remainder of 2018 and 2019.          

Next Council Meeting:  Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30PM.  The next Council on the Road event will be on July 11 at 7PM at the First Aid Squad Building.   

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