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Tuesday, April 15th
Pleasant Futures - A Community Forum to Discuss a Vision for Pleasant Street

What should Pleasant Street look like in the near future?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7:00pm
118 Conz Street, Northampton

Come and share you thoughts on a Pleasant Street corridor plan.

This event is sponsored by the City of Northampton through its Office of Planning and Sustainability, in coordination with the Northampton Planning Board, Ward 3 City Councilor Ryan O'Donnell, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association and the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee.

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Wednesday, March 26th
Constituent Meeting

Great constituent meeting last night! We had a good crowd with lots of people, and we covered a lot of ground in our discussion... Thanks to everyone who showed up.

Friday, March 14th
North Street Constituent Meeting

Please join City Councilor Ryan O'Donnell for a constituent meeting to discuss issues of concern to our North Street neighborhood.

When: Tuesday, March 25th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Where: Hearing Room (Room 18), Second Floor, City Hall

Topics will include traffic and parking on North St, trucks and commercial vehicles, and other issues of concern to the North Street neighborhood, such as driver and pedestrian safety and sidewalks.

Please contact Ryan with any questions.

Thursday, February 27th
Transparency Amendment for the Stormwater Ordinance

Here's a brief mention of an amendment I wrote to the stormwater and flood control ordinance.

"O’Donnell, who represents Ward 3, was able to include language stipulating that the Board of Public Works make an annual presentation to the City Council every year on how the fund was used. - From MassLive

The ordinance will now go before the full City Council on Thursday, March 6th. Residents are encouraged to show up for public comment.

Monday, February 17th
Stormwater Hearing in Ordinance Committee

The Committee on Rules, Orders, Appointments, and Ordinances, jointly with the full City Council, will meet to discuss the stormwater ordinance:

Tuesday, February 25th
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Council Chambers, 212 Main Street

The ordinance has several amendments pending, including one I have offered to require regular public reports about the new utility. Please come and share your thoughts on the ordinance as it continues through the process.

Link to City event page

Friday, January 17th

Last night, Council committee assignments were announced. Here are mine for the 2014-2015 term:

  • Committee on Rules, Orders, Appointments and Ordinances
  • Committee on Economic & Community Development, Housing and Land Use
  • Joint City Council/School Committee Conference Committee
  • Transportation and Parking Commission

Thursday, January 16th
Petition: Fix Our Playground

Please consider signing this petition!

The Bridge Street School playground is a small, hard-packed dirt area with heavy use throughout the day. Crab grass grows over the summer, and once school starts the space again becomes mostly barren dirt – dusty on windy days, muddy with rain, and slick on icy days. But we can rehabilitate the playground, using a Community Preservation Act grant, and make it into a healthy play area combining a grass or other soft surface play area well as a hard surface area for basketball.

There will be informational meetings to explain this great project, show designs, and answer your questions. The meetings will be in the Bridge Street School library and are open to all:

Thursday, January 30 @ 3:30 pm
Monday, February 3 @ 6:30 pm

Thursday, January 9th
A New Council Takes Office

This week I was sworn in as the City Councilor for Ward 3. I was especially happy to see so many friends and supporters at the ceremony! Here is a video from NCTV:

The next day the Council held its organizational meeting and elected Councilor Bill Dwight as President and Councilor Jesse Adams as Vice-President.

Saturday, January 4th
Notice of Public Meeting about Smith Property Behind Lyman Rd

The Office of Planning and Sustainability is holding a forum on the future of the property owned by Smith College behind Lyman Rd in Ward 3. Please consider attending and speaking about your ideas and concerns. A representative from Smith College will also be present.

When: Monday February 3, 2014 at 5:30pm
Where: Hearing Room (Room 18), Second Floor, City Hall

Agenda from Office of Planning and Sustainability

Wednesday, January 1st
Upcoming Inauguration Ceremony

Happy New Year!

The City is holding an inauguration ceremony during which members of the new City Council will be sworn in, and of course the public is invited!

Monday, January 6th at 7:00pm
Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz St.

There will be some light refreshments after the ceremony. Feel free to stop by and join in the festivities. And here's to a great New Year!

Read the official City press release

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