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City Council meeting

The City Council is holding a meeting on June 3 at 12 p.m.

All meetings are open to the public. You can also watch meetings on Comcast channel 8, RCN channel 82, Verizon channel 1964, and online at Boston.gov.

PLEASE NOTE

The schedule for meetings is subject to change at the call of the City Council president.

Discussion Topics

  1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:
  2. COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS HONOR, THE MAYOR:

    0729
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend reimbursements up to the amount of Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000.00), from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    0730
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Thirty Thousand Eight Hundred Dollars ($30,800.00) in the form of grant for the FY19 Fair Housing Assistance Program, awarded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to be administered by the Department of Fair Housing and Equity. The grant will fund training costs related to processing housing discrimination complaints received by the Boston Fair Housing and Equity Commission.

    0731
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Thousand Two Hundred Ninety Two Dollars ($4,292.00) in the form of a grant for the Street Outreach Unit Opioid COVID-19 Pilot Program, awarded by the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund the purchase and disbursement of up to 30 smartphones for High Users of Emergency Services (HUES), in order to maintain bi-weekly contact through the Police-Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative. HUES will also receive Narcan and training, along with a list of virtual support groups. The phones will allow collection of baseline data and ensure that the Street Outreach unit can maintain contact and continue building rapport with their clients during the pandemic.

    0732
    Message and order for your approval an Order authorizing the City of Boston to increase the Elderly Property Tax Exemption pursuant to MGL Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41C from $750.00 to $1,000.00, effective for the Fiscal Year 2021.

    0733
    Message and order for your approval an Order authorizing the City of Boston to lower the interest rate that accrues on property taxes deferred, for eligible seniors from 4% to 1% effective for the Fiscal Year 2021 pursuant to MGL Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 41A.

    0734
    Message and order to declare surplus City-owned former Public Works Department parcel property known as Windsor Street in the Roxbury District (Ward 09 Parcel 02025020) will transfer the care, custody, management and control of said property to the Public Facilities Commission.

    0735
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Rebecca Gutman, as a member of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Board of Health for a term expiring on January 15, 2023.

    0736
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Manny Lopes, as a member of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Board of Health for a term expiring on January 15, 2023.

    0737
    Message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Guale Valdez, as a member of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Board of Health for a term expiring on January 15, 2022.

    0738
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Nelson Arroyo, as a member of the Zoning Commission for a term ending May 1, 2022.

    0739
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Jane Cooper Brayton, as a member of the Zoning Commission for a term ending May 1, 2022.

    0740
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Drew Leff, as a member of the Zoning Commission for a term ending May 1, 2021.

    0741
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Joel Pierce, as a member of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission for a term ending May 1, 2021.

    0742
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of P.T. Vineburgh, as a member of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission for a term ending May 1, 2022.

    0743
    Message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Justine Orlando, as a member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2022.

    0744
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Michael Woodall, as the Chair of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission for a term ending January 1, 2024.

  3. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    0588
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0588, message and order for annual appropriation and tax order for FY2021, submits a report recommending the order ought to be rejected without prejudice.

    0589
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0589, message and order for annual appropriation for the school department for FY2021, submits a report recommending the order ought to be rejected without prejudice.

    0590
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0590, message and order approving an appropriation of Forty Million Dollars ($40,000,000.00) to the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liability Trust Fund established under Section 20 of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 32B, submits a report recommending the order ought to be rejected without prejudice.

    0591
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0591, message and order approving an appropriation of Twenty-Seven Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($27,200,000.00) from the City’s Capital Grant Fund in order to provide funding for various transportation and public realm improvements, submits a report recommending the order ought to be rejected without prejudice.

    0592
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0592, message and order approving an appropriation of Seven Million Dollars ($7,000,000.00) from the City’s Capital Grant Fund to address the impact of transportation network services on municipal roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure of any other public purpose substantially related to the operation of transportation network services in the city, submits a report recommending the order ought to be rejected without prejudice.

    0597
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0597, message and order authorizing the appropriation of One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,300,000.00) from the income of the George Francis Parkman Fund, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0598
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0598, message and order approving an appropriation of Four Million Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($4,400,000.00) from the 21st Century Fund, also known as the Public Educational, or Governmental (PEG) Access and Cable Related Fund, pursuant to Section 53F 3/4 of Chapter 44 of the General Laws, to the PEG Access and Cable Related Grant for cable related purposes consistent with the franchise agreement between the cable operator and the city including but not limited to: (i) supporting public, educational or governmental access cable television services; (ii) monitoring compliance of cable operator with the franchise agreement; or (iii) preparation of renewal of the franchise license, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0599
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0599, message and order authorizing the Law Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to purchase goods and services for repairs to city property, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0600
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0600, message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor’s Office of Tourism revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to purchase goods and services to support events and programming on and around City Hall Plaza to advance tourism and promote participation in public celebrations, civic, and cultural events, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0601
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0601, message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to purchase goods and services to support the operation of the Strand Theatre, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0602
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0602, message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to purchase goods and services to support public art to enhance the public realm throughout the City of Boston, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0603
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0603, message and order authorizing a limit for the Distributed Energy Resources revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to facilitate the purchase of offsets of greenhouse gas emissions which shall be associated with a portion of the electricity consumed by the City annually; and to operate, maintain, monitor, and expand the City’s existing solar arrays and Boston Public Schools’ combined heat and power facilities, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0604
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0604, message and order authorizing a limit for the Parks Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to reimburse for the administrative cost to those City agencies which enforced CBC Chapter 16, sections 1.9 and 1.9B, and for costs associated with licensing and registration, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0605
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0605, message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to pay salaries and benefits of employees and to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to operate the City Hall Child Care, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0606
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0606, message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to support the maintenance and repair for BPS facilities, including custodial and utility costs for extended building time, school police cost associated with events, floor refinishing, landscaping and building repairs, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0607
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0607, message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to repair and purchase Boston Public Schools computer technology, including computers, mobile devices, and instructional software, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0608
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0608, message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 for Boston Public Schools transportation costs, including bus and public transportation costs, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0609
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0609, message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to support training programs for officers from non-City of Boston law enforcement agencies, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0610
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0610, message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to support the Canine Unit’s training program for officers and police dogs from non-City of Boston law enforcement agencies, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0611
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0611, message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2021 to pay salaries and benefits of employees and to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to operate the Police Department Fitness Center, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0612
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0612, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with certain entities, for the purpose of reporting costs and receiving Title IV-E (Every Student Succeeds Act) allowable federal reimbursement for said costs as they relate to transporting eligible children from foster placements and schools of origin, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0613
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0613, message and order authorizing an appropriation from the Boston Equity Fund to create a special revenue project grant to support revenue project grant to support equity applicants and licenses to establish and operate a cannabis business in the City of Boston, pursuant to City of Boston Ordinances Chapter 8, Section 13, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0593
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0593, message and order approving an appropriation of Three Hundred Twenty-Eight Million Eight Hundred Ninety-Five Thousand Dollars ($328,895,000.00) for the acquisition of interests in land or the acquisition of assets, or the landscaping, alteration, remediation, rehabilitation, improvement of public land, the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, alteration, remodeling, enlargement, demolition, removal or extraordinary repairs of public buildings, facilities, assets, works or infrastructure; for the cost of feasibility studies or engineering or architectural services for plans and specifications; for the development, design, purchase and installation of computer hardware or software and computer-assisted integrated financial management and accounting systems; and any and all cost incidental or related to the above described projects; for the purposes of various city departments included Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Department of Innovation and Technology, Environment, Fire, Neighborhood Development, Office of Arts and Culture, Parks and Recreation, Police, Property Management, Public Works, and Transportation Departments, Boston Public Library, and Public Health Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to read for the first time and assigned for further action.

    0594
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0594, message and order approving an appropriation of Seventy Three Million Nine Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ($73,990,000.00) for the acquisition of interests in land or the acquisition of assets, or the landscaping, alteration, remediation, rehabilitation, or improvement of public land, the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, alteration, remodeling, enlargement, demolition, removal or extraordinary repairs of public buildings, facilities, assets, works or infrastructure; for the cost of feasibility studies or engineering or architectural services for plans and specifications; for the development, design, purchase and installation of computer hardware or software and computer-assisted integrated financial management and accounting systems; and any and all cost incidental or related to the above described projects; for the purposes of the Boston Public Schools, submits a report recommending the order ought to read for the first time and assigned for further action.

    0595
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0595, message and order approving an appropriation of Twelve Million Six Hundred Fifteen Thousand Five Hundred Four Dollars ($12,615,504.00) for the purpose of paying cost of the Boston Arts Academy located at 174 Ipswich Street in the City of Boston, including the payment of all cost incidental or related thereto, and for which the City of Boston may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), said amount to be expended under the direction of the Public Facilities Department on behalf of Boston Public Schools, submits a report recommending the order ought to read for the first time and assigned for further action.

    0596
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on April 8, 2020 Docket #0596, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to enter into one or more leases, lease-purchase or installment sales agreements in Fiscal Year 2021 in an amount not to exceed Thirty-Six Million Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($36,400,000.00). These funds are to be used by various City departments for the acquisition of equipment in furtherance of their respective governmental functions. The list of equipment includes: computer equipment (hardware and software), motor vehicles and trailers, ambulances, firefighting equipment, office equipment, telecommunications equipment, photocopying equipment, medical equipment, school and educational equipment, school buses, parking meters, street lighting installation, traffic signal equipment and equipment functionally related to, and components of the foregoing, submits a report recommending the order ought to read for the first time and assigned for further action.

    0505
    The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on March 11, 2020 Docket #0505, order approving a petition for Special Law re: An Act regarding the Disability Pension for Scott O’Brien, Ryan Lenane, Harry Jean, Terry Cotton, Kurt Stokinger, Matthew Morris and Richard Cintolo, submits a report recommending the Home Rule Petition ought to be rejected without prejudice.

  4. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    0745
    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss ways for the City to prevent and investigate incidents of hate crimes and discrimination.

    0746
    Councilors Breadon and Flynn offered the following: Resolution in support of state legislature bills regarding the occupational presumption of exposure to COVID-19.

    0747
    Councilors Breadon and Janey offered the following:  Order for a hearing regarding the status of college and university plans to reopen for Fall 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    0748
    Councilors Wu and Janey offered the following: Resolution recognizing June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

    0749
    Councilors Mejia and Arroyo offered the following: Resolution in Support of Federal Action Condemning Police Brutality, Racial Profiling, and the Use of Excessive and Militarized Force.

  5. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    0750
    Councilor Janey for Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Samantha Bennett, Tricia Kalayjian, Alicia Payne, Ryan Spitz, Paul Sullivan and Quinn Valcich in City Council effective May 30, 2020.

    0751
    Councilor Janey for Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Samantha Bennett, Tricia Kalayjian, Alicia Payne, Ryan Spitz, Paul Sullivan and Quinn Valcich in City Council effective June 6, 2020.

  6. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for June 3, 2020.