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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final-revised
Meeting date/time: 1/12/2023 7:00 PM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: City Council Chamber and Remote Participation
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Minutes Minutes  
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23-0089 11.1.Roll CallCall of the Roll.Placed on filePass Roll call Video Video
23-0090 11.2.RemembrancesRemembrances.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0091 11.3.MinutesApproval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting, November 22, 2022.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0055 14.1.OrderThat the Director of Engineering and the Superintendent of Water and Sewer appear before this Council’s Committee on Public Utilities and Public Works to discuss the notification protocols for street work and water shutoffs.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0056 14.2.ResolutionThat the Administration update this Council on the cable franchise contract negotiations with Comcast and explain what the process entails.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0057 14.3.ResolutionThat the Administration update this Council on the contract renewal process with TZE and discuss how the process works.Approved and sent for discussion  Action details Video Video
23-0052 14.4.OrderThat this City Council's Committee on Land Use work with the Director of Planning, Preservation and Zoning to draft an amendment to the Zoning Ordinances to remove the prohibition on more than four unrelated adults living together.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0054 14.5.OrderThat the Director of Mobility formally petition the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to lower the speed limits on all state roads in Somerville to 25 miles per hour.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0053 14.6.ResolutionThat this City Council calls on the Administration to reverse its decision to remove the Somerville Media Center and the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers from the city-owned building at 90-92 Union Square, and to work with these community partners to find them suitable homes in Somerville before any further action is taken.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0064 14.7.OrderThat this City Council's Committee on Housing and Community Development discuss the attached letter from the Somerville Fair Housing Commission regarding the current Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination backlog.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0061 14.8.OrderThat the Commissioner of Public Works report on the maintenance schedule of street and traffic lights, including the number damaged or burned out.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0062 14.9.OrderThat the Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and the Environmental Health Coordinator discuss the feasibility of including neighborhood-specific rat control funding in Community Benefits Agreements.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0063 14.10.OrderThat the Environmental Health Coordinator and the Director of Inspectional Services discuss resident reports of cars damaged by rats over the past five years.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0067 14.11.OrderThat the Director of Housing discuss the feasibility of small home pocket neighborhoods to help address the affordable housing crisis.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0066 14.12.OrderThat the Director of Parking create a special parking designation for the area surrounding Holland Street, to accommodate seniors visiting the Council on Aging between the hours of 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0065 14.13.WithdrawnWithdrawn.WithdrawnPass Action details Not available
23-0082 14.14.OrderThat the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, the Director of Inspectional Services, and the Director of Planning, Preservation & Zoning explain to this Council how the City provides oversight for compliance with Fair Housing Act Design Guidelines, the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board CMR 521 and the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, from plan review through building and occupancy permits.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0083 14.15.OrderThat the Director of Mobility consider improvements to deficient conditions impacting the safety and pedestrian accessibility of Cedar Street.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0075 14.16.OrdinanceAmending Chapter 2, Article VI, Division 2 of the Code of Ordinances by adding a new section establishing Paid Leave for Survivors.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0076 14.17.OrdinanceAmending Chapter 8, Article I of the Code of Ordinances by adding a new section regarding Closed Captioning Accessibility.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0081 14.18.OrderThat the Board of Health deliver its annual report to this City Council in January, in compliance with Section 6-20 of the Code of Ordinances, with emphasis on the work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0080 14.19.OrderThat the Director of Procurement and Contracting Services update this Council on the status of the citywide disparity study.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0077 14.20.ResolutionIn Support of Survivors.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0078 14.21.ResolutionSupporting Closed Captioning Accessibility.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0079 14.22.ResolutionSupporting the Eradication of Medical Debt.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0068 14.23.OrderThat the Director of Mobility and the Director of Engineering update this Council on the possibility of increasing installation of traffic calming measures beyond the number of projects currently planned for 2023.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0069 14.24.OrderThat the Environmental Health Coordinator update this Council on any past pilots and any future plans for use of rodent hormonal birth control.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0070 14.25.OrderThat the Director of the Office of Sustainability and Environment update this Council on plans for a pilot of on-street direct current fast charging stations for electric vehicles.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0071 14.26.OrderThat the Director of the Office of Sustainability and Environment and the Commissioner of Public Works update this Council on plans for household hazardous waste collection.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0072 14.27.OrderThat the Director of Human Resources update this Council on the number of current job vacancies and the number of positions filled in 2022.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0073 14.28.ResolutionThat the Administration and School Department prioritize fully meeting Somerville Public Schools families’ demand for after school and vacation programming in the 2023-24 school year, including expanding the offerings of after-school enrichment clubs.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0047 16.A.1.Committee ReportReport of the Charter Review Special Committee, meeting as a Committee of the Whole on January 11, 2023.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0098 16.A.2.ResolutionSupporting the recommended language by the Charter Review Committee on expanding voting rights to non-citizen residents.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
23-0099 16.A.3.ResolutionSupporting the recommended language by the Charter Review Committee on expanding voting rights to 16- and 17-year old residents.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
23-0100 16.A.4.ResolutionSupporting the recommended language by the Charter Review Committee on reducing signature requirements for several elected officials.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
23-0102 16.A.5.ResolutionThat language be added to the Charter that the City Council President or designee and School Committee Chair or designee be included in the composition of all study committees.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
23-0087 17.1.Mayor's RequestRequesting ordainment of an amendment to the Code of Ordinances, Section 1-11 (Penalties and violations), to codify Traffic & Parking fines.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0084 17.2.Mayor's RequestRequesting the adoption of the Specialized Energy Code, 225 CMR, Sections 22 and 23, including Appendices RC and CC, in their entirety as the minimum energy code for the City.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0060 17.3.Mayor's RequestRequesting confirmation of the appointment of Cynthia L. Amara as City Solicitor.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0059 17.4.Mayor's RequestRequesting confirmation of the appointment of Charles J. Breen, Jr. as Fire Chief Engineer.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0049 17.5.Mayor's RequestRequesting authorization to borrow $4,545,827 in a bond, and to appropriate the same amount for streets and sidewalk reconstruction.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0016 17.6.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to appropriate $100,000 from the Encore Artist and Cultural Support Stabilization Fund to support Local Cultural Council grants to artists, organizations, and schools.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0037 17.7.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of a transfer of $5,000 from the Office of Sustainability and Environment Ordinary Maintenance Account to the Office of Sustainability and Environment Personal Services Account to reallocate approved funding for interns to the appropriate budget line.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0043 17.8.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to accept and expend a $1,050 gift with no new match required, from Tufts University Technology Support Center to the Council on Aging to reduce the cost of a luncheon for older adults.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0046 17.9.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to pay prior year invoices totaling $95,474.26 using available funds in various Department of Public Works Ordinary Maintenance Accounts for various services.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0017 17.10.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to pay prior year invoices totaling $3,332 using available funds in the Office of Sustainability and Environment Ordinary Maintenance Professional and Technical Services Account for preventative maintenance of solar arrays.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0044 17.11.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to pay prior year invoices totaling $796.67 using available funds in the City Clerk Office Supplies Account for various supplies.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0035 17.12.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to extend a contract with the Community Action Agency of Somerville for an additional four months to 2/29/2023 for housing search and stabilization services.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0048 17.13.Mayor's RequestRequesting that the City Council petition the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to modify the posted speed limit on State Route 38 in Somerville.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0050 17.14.Mayor's RequestRequesting that the City Council petition the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to modify the posted speed limit on State Route 28 in Somerville.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0051 17.15.Mayor's RequestRequesting that the City Council petition the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to modify the posted speed limit on State Route 16 in Somerville.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0086 17.16.Mayor's CommunicationConveying the 2022 Surveillance Technology Annual Report.Placed on file and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0038 18.1.Officer's CommunicationCity Clerk requesting confirmation of the re-appointment of Stephanie Widzowski to the position of Clerk of Committees.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0039 18.2.Officer's CommunicationCity Clerk requesting confirmation of the re-appointment of Peter Forcellese, Sr. to the position of Legislative Clerk.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0085 18.3.Officer's CommunicationChief of Police conveying a response to item 22-1056, an order that the Chief of Police report to this Council, any verified or suspected false reports of gunshots by ShotSpotter.Placed on file and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0036 18.4.Officer's CommunicationFair Housing Commission conveying the Fiscal Year 2021 Fair Housing Commission Annual Report.Placed on file and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0032 19.1.LicenseNew Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Top Speed Vehicle, 631 Somerville Ave, 8 cars inside, 6 outside, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Sun Closed.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0018 19.2.LicenseRenewing Automatic Amusement Devices License, Lucky Strike, 325 Revolution Dr.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0019 19.3.LicenseRenewing Dog Kennel License, Riverdog Daycare, 321 Somerville Ave.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0034 19.4.LicenseRenewing Drainlayer's License, F.E. French Construction.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0020 19.5.LicenseRenewing Garage License, Master Used Cars, 121 Prospect St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0021 19.6.LicenseRenewing Open Air Vendor License, Next Wave-Full Circle School, 8 Bonair St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0022 19.7.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Aris Auto, 3 Craigie St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0023 19.8.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Automotive Transport Service, 40 Joy St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0024 19.9.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Gene Automotive, 56 Joy St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0025 19.10.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Intercar, 39 Webster Ave.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0033 19.11.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Joy St Motors, 24 Joy St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0026 19.12.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Master Used Cars, 121 Prospect St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0027 19.13.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Motorcycles & More, 109 Bailey Rd.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0028 19.14.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 3, Nissenbaum Auto Parts, 480 Columbia St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0029 19.15.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 3, Nissenbaum Auto Parts, 0 Windsor St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0030 19.16.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Somerville Motors, 182 Washington St.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0031 19.17.LicenseRenewing Used Car Dealer License Class 2, Web Motor Sales, 5 Middlesex Ave.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0045 19.18.LicenseRenewing Taxi Medallion License, Raymy Inc, Med #59.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0015 19.19.Public CommunicationThe Metro Building Trades Council nominating Rodrigo Badaro to the Wage Theft Advisory Committee.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0014 19.20.Public CommunicationThe Welcome Project nominating Emilio Cruz to the Wage Theft Advisory Committee.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
23-0013 19.21.Public CommunicationPublic Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) submitting the required Fiscal Year 2024 retirement system appropriation.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
23-0088 110.1.CommunicationConveying a reporting of the Children's Cabinet.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
23-0092 110.2.OrderThat the Directors of Mobility and Traffic and Parking discuss with this Council the use of meters at electric vehicle charging stations and ability for the City's vendor to impose a monetary charge after a certain amount of time that the vehicle is parked there.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0093 110.3.OrderThat the Director of Mobility share and discuss with this Council, the plan to use the $100,000 in funding secured from the state for a traffic study of the intersection of Route 16 and Broadway.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0094 110.4.OrderThat the Director of Health and Human Services share with this Council any plans to encourage or require indoor masking in light of the recent COVID-19 surge.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0097 110.5.OrderThat the Mobility Department consider adding speed humps or other traffic calming measures to Packard Avenue.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0101 110.6.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of a Home Rule Petition to require the adoption of Institutional Master Plans.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0103 110.7.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of a Home Rule Petition to provide legal voting rights in municipal elections for residents aged 16 and 17 years old.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0104 110.8.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of a Home Rule Petition further defining the purposes of the Affordable Housing Trust.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
23-0107 110.9.Mayor's CommunicationConveying the 2022 Surveillance Technology Annual Report as it relates to Somerville Public Schools.Placed on file and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0106 110.10.Mayor's CommunicationConveying information regarding item 23-0084, a Mayor's Request requesting the adoption of the Specialized Energy Code.Placed on file and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
23-0108 110.11.Officer's CommunicationCommissioner of Public Works conveying responses to agenda items listed within.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video