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Meeting Name: City Council Agenda status: Final-revised
Meeting date/time: 10/25/2022 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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22-1841 11.1.Roll CallCall of the Roll.Placed on filePass Roll call Video Video
22-1842 11.2.RemembrancesRemembrances.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1843 11.3.MinutesApproval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting, September 22, 2022.Approved  Action details Video Video
22-1804 12.1.CitationCommending Adda Santos on receipt of the award of Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1790 13.1.Grant of LocationComcast applying for a Grant of Location to install 10 feet of conduit in Hawkins Street, from Utility Pole 164/1-1 to a point of pickup at 3 Hawkins Street.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1791 13.2.Grant of LocationEversource applying for a Grant of Location to install 8 feet of conduit in the intersection of Princeton Street and Alpine Street, from Utility Pole 7/8 to a point of pickup at 4 Princeton Street.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1793 14.1.OrderThat the Director of the Office of Housing Stability discuss the potential impact of the anticipated January 2023 Social Security cost of living increase on affordable housing.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1794 14.2.OrderThat the Director of Mobility discuss the possible implementation of Neighborways painting on Edgar Street.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1795 14.3.CommunicationConveying a report on the Children's Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
22-1796 14.4.OrderThat the Director of Inspectional Services develop a policy requiring all redevelopments to post the information detailed within on the outer perimeter of the property.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1797 14.5.ResolutionThat the Administration make information about all licenses and permits viewable without requiring a CitizenServ account.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1826 14.6.OrderThat the Director of Economic Development update this Council on progress toward a Task Force for creation of a Community Center.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1827 14.7.OrderThat the Director of Mobility work with the Ward 3 Councilor to make Benton Road one-way from Highland Ave to Summer Street.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1828 14.8.OrderThat the Director of Parking place a "Yield to Pedestrians" sign in the temporary crosswalk across Somerville Ave at Spring Street.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1798 14.9.ResolutionThat the Administration update this Council on efforts to use District Improvement Financing to capture new tax growth, specifically for new affordable housing.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1829 14.10.ResolutionThat the Administration create an electric bicycle incentive program for public employees.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1830 14.11.OrderThat the Director of Mobility present to this Council on where heavy commercial vehicles are restricted per Traffic Regulations Section 7-27 Operation of Heavy Commercial Vehicles.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1831 14.12.OrderThat the Director of Parking, Director of Mobility, and Police Chief present to this Council on enforcement of Traffic Regulations Section 7-27(a).Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1832 14.13.OrderThat the Director of Parking, Director of Mobility, and Director of Engineering present to this Council on engagement and consideration of business needs regarding curbside changes.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1834 14.14.OrderThat the Director of Mobility and Director of Engineering present to this Council on documentation of vehicle types, timing and frequency, and turning movements when determining on-street loading zones.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1835 14.15.OrderThat the Director of Mobility provide an update on the businesses surveyed regarding Highland Ave improvements and share the data collected.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1836 14.16.OrderThat the Director of Constituent Services add a 311 Service Request category for reporting parking in bicycle lanes.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1837 14.17.OrderThat the Director of Mobility evaluate cut through traffic on Vernon Street and Trull Street and provide recommendations for traffic calming.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1838 14.18.OrderThat the Director of Mobility explore traffic calming options on Porter Street.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1839 14.19.OrderThat the Director of Mobility respond to the petition regarding traffic calming and additional bicycle parking at the Kennedy School.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1840 14.20.OrderThat the Director of Engineering report on how schools are notified of road construction projects or work that impacts bus routes within a half mile radius.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1765 15.1.OrderThat Outside Counsel Timothy Zessin update this Council on the 10/6/22 Civil Service Commission decision Kiely, Michael v. City of Somerville, and the impact on the confirmations process.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1781 16.A.1.Committee ReportReport of the Committee on Finance, meeting on October 20, 2022.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1535 16.A.2.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to accept and expend a $36,000 grant with no new match required, from the MA Department of Environmental Protection to the Department of Public Works for the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
22-1538 16.A.3.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to accept and expend a $16,900 grant with no new match required, from Mass Cultural Council to the Arts Council for unrestricted operating support.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
22-1557 16.A.4.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to create the BikeShare Stabilization Fund and accept a payment to the Fund of $75,000 from developer contributions to sponsor new Bike Share Stations.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1559 16.A.5.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to appropriate $75,000 from the Bike Share Stabilization Fund for installation and startup costs of a BlueBike station at the 100 Chestnut Development site.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1563 16.A.6.Mayor's RequestRequesting a supplemental appropriation of $24,000 to the Law Department Salaries Account to fund an anticipated deficit.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
22-1637 16.A.7.Mayor's RequestRequesting the appropriation of $60,155 from the CPA Undesignated Fund Balance for restoration of 181 Broadway.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1639 16.A.8.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of the termination of the London Street easement.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1662 16.A.9.Mayor's RequestRequesting authorization to borrow $4,390,000 in a bond, and to appropriate the same amount for the recurring FY23 Sewer Improvements program.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1663 16.A.10.Mayor's RequestRequesting authorization to borrow $7,110,000 in a bond, and to appropriate the same amount for the recurring FY23 Water Main Rehabilitation program.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1664 16.A.11.Mayor's RequestRequesting authorization to borrow $1,730,000 in a bond, and to appropriate the same amount for the annual recurring FY23 Sewer System Evaluation and Infiltration/Inflow Assessment.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1665 16.A.12.Mayor's RequestRequesting authorization to borrow $1,477,738 in a bond, and to appropriate the same amount for participation in the FY23 MWRA Lead Line Replacement Program.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1666 16.A.13.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to pay prior year invoices totaling $255,097.62 using available funds in various Department of Public Works Accounts.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
22-1667 16.A.14.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to accept and expend a $200,000 grant with no new match required, from the City of Boston Office of Emergency Management to the Police Department for First Responder portable radios.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
22-1670 16.A.15.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of a transfer of $60,000 from the SomerViva Professional & Technical Services Account to the Immigrant Legal Services Stabilization Fund to provide funding for immigrant legal defense services.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
22-1671 16.A.16.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to create the Immigrant Legal Services Stabilization Fund.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1672 16.A.17.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to appropriate $60,000 from the Immigrant Legal Services Stabilization Fund to fund legal services for immigrants seeking permanent residency.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1673 16.A.18.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to accept and expend a $1,000 donation from Iron Workers Local 7 Union to fund the Vietnam Moving Wall event November 10-14.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
22-1674 16.A.19.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to establish a Consolidated Gift Account to accept donations for the Vietnam Moving Wall event on Veterans Day Weekend.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1677 16.A.20.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to pay prior year invoices totaling $62,020 using available funds in the Department of Public Works Grounds Account for tree services.ApprovedPass Action details Not available
22-1678 16.A.21.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of a transfer of $121,500 from the Salary Contingency, Salaries Account to the DPW Highway, Other Lump Sum Benefits account to fund an agreement with the Somerville Municipal Employees Association.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1679 16.A.22.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of a transfer of $15,000 from the Salary Contingency, Salaries Account to the Law Department Judgments & Settlements Account to fund an Agreement with the Somerville Municipal Employees Association.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1779 16.B.1.Committee ReportReport of the Committee on Housing and Community Development, meeting on October 19, 2022.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-0169 16.B.2.OrderThat the Director of Economic Development discuss the city's maintenance plan for tenants and occupants of the Arts at the Armory.Work completedPass Action details Not available
22-0501 16.B.3.OrderThat the Director of Economic Development update this Council on the efforts to hire a consultant regarding the Armory.Work completedPass Action details Not available
22-1032 16.B.4.Public Communication55 voters submitting a petition calling for a public hearing re: the Arts at the Armory building.Work completedPass Action details Not available
22-1780 16.C.1.Committee ReportReport of the Committee on Land Use, meeting on October 20, 2022.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-0467 16.C.2.OrdinanceProposing a zoning map amendment to change the zoning district of the contiguous parcels containing 250-256 Somerville Avenue and 5-27 Allen Street (odd side only: 5-7, 9, 11, 13, 17, 21-23, and 27) from Urban Residence (UR) to Neighborhood Residence (NR).Placed on filePass Action details Not available
22-0468 16.C.3.OrdinanceProposing a zoning map amendment to change the zoning district of the contiguous or abutting-across-a-public-way parcels of 29-31, 33-35, and 37-39 Allen Street (odd side only) and 34 Allen Street from Urban Residence (UR) to Commercial Business (CB).Placed on filePass Action details Not available
22-0668 16.C.4.OrderThat the Director of Mobility consider including Electric Vehicle charging station requirements in Section 11 of the Zoning Ordinances.Work completedPass Action details Not available
22-1407 16.C.5.Public CommunicationBoynton Yards LandCo LLC requesting approval of the attached Land Conveyance petition for Boynton Yards.Laid on the tablePass Action details Not available
22-1430 16.C.6.Mayor's RequestRequesting ordainment of an amendment to the Somerville Zoning Ordinance Article 3, Residence Districts and Article 9, Use Provisions, to permit the adaptive reuse of commercial building types in the NR and UR zoning districts.Laid on the tablePass Action details Not available
22-1431 16.C.7.Mayor's RequestRequesting ordainment of an amendment to the Somerville Zoning Ordinance Articles 4 (Mid Rise Districts), 5 (High Rise Districts), 6 (Commercial Districts), 8 (Overlay Districts), and 9 (Use Provisions) to permit additional uses for any ground story commercial space fronting a Pedestrian Street.Laid on the tablePass Action details Not available
22-1442 16.C.8.Officer's CommunicationPlanning Board Chair conveying the Planning Board's recommendations for proposed amendments to the Somerville Zoning Ordinance, items #213430, #213601, #213705, #213807, and #213886.Placed on filePass Action details Not available
22-1778 16.D.1.Committee ReportReport of the Committee on Legislative Matters, meeting on October 18, 2022.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1320 16.D.2.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval of Police Officer assignments at Polling Places on Election Day as required by the VOTES Act.Placed on filePass Action details Not available
22-1461 16.D.3.OrdinanceThat Chapter 2, Article VI, Section 2-319 of the Code of Ordinances, regarding bereavement leave, be amended as attached.Ordinance ordainedPass Action details Video Video
22-1714 16.D.4.Mayor's RequestRequesting ordainment of an amendment to the Code of Ordinances, Section 2-221, to extend the exclusive period for Group A and Group B Priority Marijuana License applicants.Ordinance ordainedPass Action details Video Video
22-1771 17.1.Mayor's RequestRequesting ordainment of an amendment to Section 6.1 Commercial Districts: Fabrication of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance to permit additional uses for ground story commercial spaces fronting a Pedestrian Street.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
22-1823 17.2.Mayor's RequestRequesting approval to accept and expend a $38,752,085.12 American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 grant from the United States Treasury.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
22-1825 17.3.Mayor's RequestRequesting confirmation of the appointment of Kelly J. Cooper to the Election Commission.Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
22-1833 17.4.Mayor's CommunicationConveying a memorandum regarding the Condominium Conversion Ordinance.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
22-1748 18.1.Officer's CommunicationCity Clerk requesting confirmation of the appointment of Stephanie Widzowski to the position of Clerk of Committees.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1786 19.1.LicenseNew Drainlayer's License, Alfa Excavation Inc.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1787 19.2.LicenseNew Drainlayer's License, Bassco Excavating.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1788 19.3.LicenseRenewing Drainlayer's License, Insite Contracting Inc.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1789 19.4.LicenseRenewing Garage License, Herb Chambers, 259 McGrath Hwy.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1801 19.5.Public EventMayor's Office applying for a Public Event License for Truck O' Treat on October 27 from 4pm to 8pm.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1792 19.6.Public EventDenis Malkov applying for a Public Event License for Murdock St BP on October 29 from 11am to 5pm.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1799 19.7.Public EventDanielle Angelillo applying for a Public Event License for Halloween BP on October 31 from 3pm to 9pm.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1802 19.8.Public EventJT Scott applying for a Public Event License for Springfield St Halloween BP on October 31 from 4pm to 10pm.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1800 19.9.Public EventDominique Stassart applying for a Public Event License for Halloween BP on Prospect Hill on October 31 from 4pm to 10:30pm.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1803 19.10.Public EventVeteran's Department applying for a Public Event License for Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall on November 10-14.ApprovedPass Action details Video Video
22-1769 19.11.Public CommunicationDavid Einis requesting the adoption of an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance Map to change the zoning district of 14 White Street Place from Neighborhood Residence (NR) to Mid-Rise 4 (MR4).Referred for recommendationPass Action details Video Video
22-1770 19.12.Public CommunicationHarvard University conveying its Fall 2022 Accountability Report.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
22-1777 19.13.Public Communication63 registered voters submitting comments regarding bicycle and bus lanes.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
22-1772 19.14.Public CommunicationBill Valletta submitting comments regarding Item #214069, proposed amendments to the Neighborhood Council Designation Ordinance (Chapter 7, Article IX).Placed on file and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1844 110.1.OrderThat the Director of Racial and Social Justice provide an update on the Police Staffing Report.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1845 110.2.CommunicationConveying an update on the All-Ward Community Meeting in Spanish on October 18, 2022.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
22-1848 110.3.OrderThat this Council discuss municipal broadband, and the implementation of the Somerville Internet Access Task Force.Approved and sent for discussionPass Action details Video Video
22-1846 110.4.Public CommunicationTufts University conveying its Fall 2022 Accountability Report.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
22-1847 110.5.Public CommunicationMax Meinhold submitting comments regarding bicycle and bus lanes.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video
22-1852 111.1.CommunicationConveying information regarding the Councilor Clingan Halloween Safety Brigade.Placed on filePass Action details Video Video