The City Council will be voting on Oct. 1 on whether to overturn the Mayor’s veto of the Safe City Ordinance.

As expected, a special meeting of the Greenfield City Council has now appeared on the calendar for October 1. The only item on the agenda for this meeting is to take from the table of Mayor Martin’s veto of the Safe City Ordinance, which the Council voted to table at their regular September meeting. If…

The other controversial topic at this week’s City Council meeting? Why, the library, of course.

Somewhat lost amongst all of Wednesday night’s City Council meeting discussions of the Safe City Ordinance was a rather surprising item that came up during the “Communications from Mayor, City Officers and Employees” portion of the agenda. During his remarks, Mayor Martin stated that he had initiated a safety and accessibility evaluation of the current…

The recording of the Ways & Means Committee meeting from April 10, 2018 is available.

Greenfield Community Television has posted the video of this past Tuesday’s meeting of the Ways & Means Committee: Ways & Means is one of several committees of the Town Council and is tasked with dealing with town spending and budget issues. This week’s meeting featured a presentation of the proposed FY2019 budget by Mayor Martin…

If you’re interested in the FY2019 budget, go watch the Ways & Means Committee on GCTV now.

UPDATE: The meeting has ended, but if you are interested in watching it, GCTV typically posts the recorded video 2-3 days later. The Ways & Means Committee is currently discussing Mayor Martin’s proposed FY2019 budget. You can watch the proceedings live via GCTV. After Ways & Means, the budget moves to the full Council for…

I have gotten no further response from Chief Haigh regarding the SRO expansion proposal.

I emailed Greenfield Chief of Police Robert Haigh on Wednesday, April 4 asking if it was accurate to characterize his position on the expansion of the School Resource Officer program to be that the School Committee can be involved, but that the allocation of more SROs is a decision that rests with the Police Department…

Mayor Martin’s further response regarding the SRO program assessment and his support for expansion

Mayor Martin has now replied to my follow-up question about the Collaborative Team responsible for assessing the School Resource Officer program. He has pointed me to Chief Haigh and Jordana Harper, Superintendent of the Greenfield Public Schools. I am now awaiting a response from them. The Mayor went on to explain his support for the…

I am still waiting on responses from Mayor Martin and Chief Haigh about their School Resource Officer program proposal.

UPDATE: I have now heard back from Mayor Martin. I have not had any response since April 4 from either Mayor Martin or Chief Haigh to my follow-up questions regarding their proposal to expand the School Resource Office program in the Greenfield Public Schools. The questions I have asked are: To Mayor Martin: Who is…

It really seems like any change to the School Resource Officer program has to be approved by all the parties.

I have read through the Memorandum of Understanding a few times now, and while I am not a lawyer, I see nothing in it  (at least as it currently exists) that would cover the proposed expansion of the program. According to section IV.A.1 of the memorandum, The Greenfield Police Department will select and assign one…