City Council Meeting June 3rd, 2024

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Update: The vote to approve the city budget for fiscal year 2025 is tomorrow. It’s “hidden” as a committee report CMA 2024#73. Budgets are almost always passed unanimously, and this one will likely be no different.

City Manager’s Agenda

Grants and Appropriations

  • #1 (CMA 2024 #110) – $250,000 transfer from the Employee Salaries and Wages account to the Employee Travel and Training account for anticipated costs of workers compensation medical bills for personnel injured
  • #2 (CMA 2024 #111) – $5,000 grant from the Project Bread Summer Eats Grant to awarded to the Summer Food Program by Project Bread
  • #3 (CMA 2024 #112) – $325 donation from a preschool family fundraiser to the Human Service Programs account to purchase classroom supplies
  • #4 (CMA 2024 #113) – $15,000 grant from the Cambridge Health Alliance to the Human Services account to support the Cambridge Food Pantry Network
  • #7 (CMA 2024 #116) – $240,000 appropriation from Free Cash, to cover unanticipated costs for expert appraisal services related to current litigation involving energy and utility valuations

Appointments

  • #5 (CMA 2024 #114) – Planning Board – Adam Westbrook and Diego Macias as members and Daniel Anderson and Joy Jackson as associate members

Communications

  • #6 (CMA 2024 #115) – The Planning Board neither has a positive nor negative recommendation on the Ronayne, et al., Zoning Petition to, “allow multifamily residential uses across the city.”

Requests

  • #8 (CMA 2024 #116) – Requesting that the city council move to an Executive Session to discuss pending litigation

Policy Orders

  • #1 (POR 2024#67) – That the Council renew its observance of Loving Day on June 12, 2024
  • #2 (POR 2024#68) – Requesting that the city implement more robust ticketing and parking enforcement measures near the intersection of Norman Street and Belmont Street
  • #3 (POR 2024 #69) – Asking the City Manager why the Wage Theft Enforcement Committee has not yet been appointed
  • #4 (POR 2024 #70) – Requesting that the city, “explore the feasibility of delaying the Mass Avenue reconstruction project to minimize its impact upon the busy season for restaurants and other affected businesses.”
  • #5 (POR 2024 #71) – Requesting that the city provide a list of zoning initiatives along with the CDD’s recommendations for a timeline for completing each one
  • #6 (POR 2024 #72) – Requesting that the CDD provide a written outreach plan for engaging with the community about Central Square initiatives
  • #7 (POR 2024 #73) – Requesting that they city provide a draft Request for Information about the city owned lots at 84 & 96 Bishop Allen
  • #8 (POR 2024 #74) – Support of H.1713/S.947, An Act to Ensure Legal Parentage Equality, to ensure all parents and children are afforded the same protections under the law
  • #9 (POR 2024 #74) – Requesting that the city justify the increased fees for Youth Centers

Charter Righted Policy Orders

  • #1 (POR 2024 #65) – Support for bill S.627/H1158, an act “Establishing Protections and Accountability for TNC and DNC Workers”

Applications and Petitions

  • #1 (APP 2024#19) – 2 projecting signs and 1 awning – Edward Batten representing Eastern Bank – 415 Main Street
  • #2 (APP 2024#20) – Curb cut – Gina Fobelle – 17 Miller Avenue

All comments are from members of our comment team.

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