Pittsfield City Council Meeting - November 12, 2019

Open Agenda

1. Open microphone 00:01:16


2. Appointments 00:11:30

A communication from Mayor Tyer reappointing Patricia Begrowicz and Thomas J. Sakshaug to the Airport Commission


3. Appointments 00:12:10

A communication from Mayor Tyer appointing Kathleen Amuso and Rev. Charles E. Pratt, Jr. to the Berkshire Athenaeum Board of Trustees


4. Appointments 00:12:42

A communication from Mayor Tyer appointing Melissa O'Dell to the Airport Commission


5. Appointments 00:13:08

A communication from Mayor Tyer appointing Dr. Even Dobelle to the Sister Cities Commission


6. Communications - Mayor 00:13:41

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting a communication appointing Justin Brady and Jesse Shulman as Permanent Firefighters with the Pittsfield Fire Department


7. Communications - Mayor 00:15:01

A communication from Mayor Tyer with a certificate presentation to the graduates of the Citizens Academy Program


8. Communications - Mayor 00:19:32

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept a grant of funds in the amount of $28,719.00 from the United States Department of Justice


9. Communications - Mayor 00:20:01

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept a grant of funds in the amount of $650.00 from the MED-Project Drug Stewardship Program


10. Communications - Mayor 00:20:28

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept a grant of funds in the amount of $15,500.00 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security


11. Communications - Mayor 00:20:58

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept a grant of funds in the amount of $1,500.00 from Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection


12. Communications - Mayor 00:21:27

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept an additional grant of funds in the amount of $12,047.00 from the Corporation for National and Community Service


13. Communications - Mayor 00:21:55

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept an additional grant of funds in the amount of $7,500.00 from the Corporation for National and Community Service


14. Communications - Mayor 00:22:22

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to adopt the City of Pittsfield's 2019 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan update


15. Communications - Mayor 00:23:16

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept a grant of funds in the amount of $2,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation


16. Communications - Mayor 00:25:31

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept a grant of funds in the amount of $26,000 from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation


17. Communications - Mayor 00:26:03

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order to accept a grant of funds in the amount of $113,316.12 from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs


18. Communications - Mayor 00:33:41

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order appropriating an additional $500,000 in Free Cash to further reduce the fiscal year 2020 tax rate


21. Communications/Reports- City Officers & Boards 01:08:14

A communication from Ellen Maxon, Chairperson for the Police Advisory and Review Board with observations and recommendations on the needs of a new police station


22. Communications/Reports- City Officers & Boards 01:12:40

A petition from Councilor Persip with an amendment to the Code of the City of Pittsfield, Chapter 23, Zoning


23. Reports of Committees 01:19:28

Report from the Public Works Committee A petition from the residents of Roxbury Avenue requesting the City of Pittsfield, Department of Public Services undertake repairs of Roxbury Avenue, recommending to file the petition, 3/0


24. Unfinished Business 01:20:24

A report from the Traffic Commission on a communication from Mayor Tyer submitting two traffic orders: a. Removal of No Parking Regulations on a portion of South Church Street; b. Removal of Taxicab Stand on the Southerly side of South Church Street, recommending to approve (4/0) [Tabled 10/8/19]


25. New Business 01:20:33

A petition from the Alex Blumin asking the Pittsfield Councilors to support coming Resolution in House of Representatives to recognize Armenian Genocide done by Turkey in WW1


20. Public Hearing 02:10:39

Public Hearing for the Fiscal Year 2019 Tax Rate


19. Communications - Mayor 02:11:21

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting a communication requesting the City Council to enter into Executive Session for the purposes of negotiation