January 07, 2010, Northampton MA—Police and fire chiefs update the City Council a week and a half after a string of arson fires occurred in the early morning hours of December 27.
Fire Chief Brian Duggan and Police Chief Russell Sienkewicz talk about their emergency response operations and the investigation leading to the arrest of Anthony P. Baye, 25, of 85 Hawley Street on January 4 in connection with a fatal fire set at 17 Fair Street that claimed the lives of Paul Yeskie Sr., 81, and Paul Yeskie Jr., 39.
John Gariepy, who was the shift commander on the night of the arson fires, talks about what it was like for the firefighters and dispatchers as 15 structure and vehicle fires were called in within a 75-minute period.
A meeting of the Northampton Ward 3 Association Held at College Church in Northampton Mass. This Meeting was scheduled as a result of the Fires that occurred in Northampton on 12/27/2009
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P. Al Williams
2009 Northampton Community Television
This is a public forum on the potential purchase of the Bean Farm in Northampton, MA by the City of Northampton. The city plans on holding a number of additional meetings regarding this issue. The meeting was held on Monday, December 7, 2009 at the JFK Middle School Community Room in Northampton, MA.
Produced by Bonnie Burnham
—Northampton, MA, December 2, 2009: Watch as the Zoning Revisions Committee, following the lead of Dennis Bidwell, Chair of the Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Committee, decides to circumvent open meeting law by 1. renaming their subcommittees as "working groups" and 2. scheduling their next substantive discussion on rezoning King Street, the city's failing commercial strip, as an invitation-only event to be held at the Chamber of Commerce.
Video captured by Lachlan Zeigler for the North Street Neighborhood Association, northassoc.org.
"We would characterize it as a meeting of the Economic Development Committee of the Chamber to which we've invited members of this committee," said Bidwell.
The group decided to invite "realtors, bankers, and property owners" to the closed-door session, to make sure that only four members of the nine-member committee Chamber attend, and to not name the four members something other than a "subcommittee" so as to circumvent the requirements of Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.
Ameresco, the company that owns the gas-to-energy facility at the Northampton MA regional landfill, is refusing to make "landmark payments" to the city for the gas that it receives from the landfill, claiming that the gas quality is not up to snuff. Here DPW chief Ned Huntley tells the BPW that legal expenses in pursuing the $150,000 that Ameresco purportedly owes the city are approaching the $10,000 mark, and asks for permission to spend more. The city is represented by Mackie, Shea, and O'Brien, and Ameresco is represented by Arthur Krieger. Solid Waste Enterprise Fund takes the brunt.