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City Council Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Video - search or browse expanded documentation and coverage of meetings of the full council and subcommittees, starting from October 2013. Meeting notices continue to be posted to the city calendar as well.

Archive of agendas and notes from City Council meetings 2007 - 2013

Permits issued by the City Council

Taxpayer's Monthly Statement

2016 Ward Councilors

Ward 1

Adam Gomez
46 Laurel Street, 01107
413-221-7908
Gomezadam@live.com

Ward 2

Mike Fenton, President 
210 Atwater Road, 01107
413-787-6170
mfenton@springfieldcityhall.com

Ward 3

Melvin A. Edwards
20 Dexter Street, 01105
413-348-8036
melvinspeaks@msn.com

Ward 4

E. Henry Twiggs
78 Westminister Street, 01109
413-737-7306
Ehenry2@aol.com

 

Ward 5

Marcus Williams
313 Christopher Drive, 01119
413-222-8673
Marcusjw88@gmail.com

Ward 6

Kenneth E. Shea
389 Trafton Road, 01108
413-739-8148
kshea@springfieldcityhall.com

Ward 7

Tim Allen
141 Newton Road, 01118
413-427-4650
timallen1951@hotmail.com

Ward 8

Orlando Ramos, Vice President
140 Cardinal Street, 01151 
413-221-3556  
oramos108@aol.com  



2016 Councilors at Large

Thomas Ashe
341 Gillette Ave., 01118
413-505-9289
TomAshe318@gmail.com

Timothy J. Rooke 
63 Woodcrest Road, 01129
413-787-6170
trooke@springfieldcityhall.com

Bud L. Williams
155 Overlook Drive, 01118
413-783-9592
budL3@comcast.net

 

 

 

Justin Hurst 
1746 Parker Street, 01128
413-374-5844
jhurst@springfieldcityhall.com

Kateri Walsh
42 Magnolia Terrace, 01108
413-781-8042
kwalsh@springfieldcityhall.com

2016 City Council Sub-Committees

FINANCE                                MAINTENANCE and DEVELOPMENT

Timothy C. Allen*                     Kateri Walsh*
Timothy J. Rooke                      Bud L. Williams    
E. Henry Twiggs                        Adam Gomez

 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT        SPECIAL PERMIT REVIEW

Justin Hurst*                           Kenneth E. Shea*
Bud L. Williams                        E. Henry Twiggs 
Timothy C. Allen                      Adam Gomez

 

RACE and CIVIL RIGHTS       PUBLIC SAFETY

E. Henry Twiggs*                      Thomas M. Ashe*  
Orlando Ramos                         Kenneth E. Shea  
Timothy C. Allen                        Justin Hurst

 

 AUDIT                                   HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES

Timothy J. Rooke*                     Adam Gomez*
Orlando Ramos                          Melvin A. Edwards  
Kenneth E. Shea                        Marcus Williams

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT    COMMITTEE ON ELDER AFFAIRS                

Orlando Ramos*                       Marcus Williams*
Adam Gomez                            E. Henry Twiggs 
Justin Hurst                              Kateri Walsh

 

STATE and FEDERAL 
RELATIONS                             REO

Bud L. Williams*                       Melvin A. Edwards*
Melvin A. Edwards                    Timothy C. Allen
Kateri Walsh 

 

CAPITAL                        SCHOOL                    ANIMAL 
IMPROVEMENT              BUILDING                  CONTROL

Timothy J. Rooke*           Kenneth Shea*           Melvin A. Edwards*  

 

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL       LABOR ADVISORY 
COMMITTEE                          COMMITTEE 

Marcus Williams*                    Thomas M. Ashe*

 

 

 

*CHAIRPERSON

 

 

Legislative powers of the city are vested in the City Council, consisting of five members elected citywide and one from each of the city's eight wards, for two-year terms. Annually, the council elects one of its members as president. The members receive reimbursement. If a mayoral vacancy occurs, the president of the council becomes acting mayor until a new mayor is elected.

The council holds hearings, passes ordinances, financial orders and resolutions, oversees city finances, votes on the budget, and may authorize the sale of bonds. Another important power of the council is land-use regulation through zoning ordinances and the granting of special permits. Although the council focuses on policy review, members can also discuss and question policies of the mayor's administration and review the performance of city departments. Members serve on standing committees, which study and review these matters. The council also elects the city clerk for a three-year term and confirms the appointment of the city auditor.

All council meetings are open to the public. Minutes are kept in the city clerk's office and are open for public inspection. Citizens may speak at council meetings, at hearings, and by special permission. If they wish to oppose an ordinance already approved or to have one adopted, they may obtain action through a referendum petition or an initiative petition. A half-hour public speak-out session is held before every regularly scheduled council meeting.

Councilors also respond to individual problems and complaints from citizens.

The City Council generally meets on the first and third Mondays of each month. On an additional Monday each month the council holds hearings on zone changes and permits. All meetings are subject to the Open Meeting Law.









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