1. Northampton City Council gives final approval to BID changes, endorses mayor's capital plan

    Northampton City Council gives final approval to BID changes, endorses mayor's capital plan

    The City Council gave final approval to a request by the Business Improvement District to cut its membership fees in half and endorsed Mayor David J. Narkewicz's five-year capital improvement program in a meeting that was more like a sprint than its last marathon session. Two weeks ago, the council gave preliminary approval to the BID request, but not until opponents and advocates weighed in at a public hearing that lasted for more than an hour. On Thursday, only a handful of speakers addressed the issue, according to Council President William H. Dwight. Among them was attorney John Fitz-Gibbon ...

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