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North  Street  Neighbors   P.O.  Box  273   Northampton,  MA  01061-­‐0273   northstreetneighbors1@gmail.

com   June 6, 2012

Dear North Street Neighbor: Good News! The Mayor has arranged for the North Street area residents to meet with the DPW on Monday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Hearing Room, 2nd floor of City Hall. The meeting is scheduled from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. You will need to use the back door to access the City Hall after hours. At the request of Mayor Narkewicz, the DPW has written a response to our letter. Their response can be seen at Please note the section on the cost to provide concrete sidewalks versus bituminous sidewalks: “Surprisingly, the bid price for concrete sidewalk is reasonably competitive with bituminous. About 3,600 LF of bituminous sidewalk is proposed. Upgrading to concrete would be a premium of about $7,000.” In order to save time and help us stay focused, we will submit our questions to the DPW prior to the meeting. If you have any remaining questions or comments, please let us know as soon as possible but no later than Monday, June 11th. You can email us at or write us at the address above. We are very pleased to be able to meet again with the DPW. While we are aware that we have no legal recourse to make them alter their plans, we hope that our persistent and persuasive approach will help them modify some of them. Thank you again for your interest and support. Mark your calendars! Your ideas and suggestions are important as we work toward a resolution in everyone’s best interest. Sincerely,

Joan Rasool and David Newton