On 3/4 City Council Agenda: “A Resolution of the City Council on the Direction of Solid Waste Management Policy in Northampton”

City Council President David Narkewicz and Ward 4 Councilor Pamela Schwartz are sponsoring the following resolution for a first reading at the March 4 City Council meeting. Concerned citizens are urged to attend the meeting, which will begin at 7:15pm in City Council Chambers, 212 Main Street.

See also:

Bessette: Ban Landfills from Water Supply Protection Districts; Video and Transcript (2/25/10)

Northampton Media: “BPW Votes to Hold Off on Landfill Expansion Application” (1/27/10)
The [Board of Public Works] statement expressed concern about “whether or not the city can develop a strategy to avoid potential litigation,” and about “financial challenges” that the city must address in deciding how to dispose of its waste.

The resolution, which passed unanimously, noted that the next step in the permitting process, which would “normally” be preparing an application for site plan approval, would require “additional staff resources as well as more funds in technical assistance.”

“However, without a clear indication of city support, we have decided not to pursue further investment in development of the landfill expansion project at this time,” concluded the resolution.