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City Council meeting

The City Council will hold a virtual meeting remotely via Zoom on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 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:

    0909
    Message and order for your approval the proposed Ordinance for the purpose to expand the current membership of the Public Improvement Commission for effective management of public rights of ways, to enhance public travel, and safe guard public safety.

    Filed in the Office of the Clerk on August 17, 2020.

    0910
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend a grant from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in the amount not to exceed Thirty Million Dollars ($30,000,000.00) for cost related to the construction and implementation of dedicated bus lanes and similar bus priority measures in various locations within the City of Boston.

    0911
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts to be administered by the Office of Arts and Culture. The grant will fund sub-awards to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep doors open to arts organizations.

    0912
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Six Thousand Seventy-One Dollars ($106,071.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY21 Co-Response, awarded by the MA Department of Mental Health to be administered by the Boston Police Department. The grant will fund a full-time Master’s-level Mental Health Clinician to co-respond with officers in Police Districts B-2- and B-3, and a part-time Certified Peer Specialist.

    0913
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) in the form a grant, for the Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow Program, awarded by Harvard Business School to be administered by the Mayor’s Office. The grant will fund a fellow for a one-year term with an annualized salary of $100,000.00.

    0914
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the 2020 Summer Jobs Fund, awarded by the Harvard University Office of General Counsel to be administered by the Youth Engagement and Employment. The grant will fund employment and enrichment for Boston youth at community-based organizations.

    0915
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00) in the form of a grant for the FY20 Art Works, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts to be administered by the Office of Arts and Culture. The grant will fund technical assistance for community arts and cultural events and projects.

    0916
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000.00) in the form of a grant for Boston Properties Donation, awarded by the Donor’s Group to be administered by the Office of Arts and Culture. The grant will fund repairs and maintenance of the Quest Eternal statue.

    0917
    Message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Jeanne Pinado as an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term ending July 1, 2021.

    0918
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Diana Parcon as an alternate member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring on June 30, 2023.

    0919
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of David Berarducci as a member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring on June 30, 2023.

    0920
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of John Amodeo as an alternate member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring on June 30, 2021.

    0921
    Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Felicia Jacques as a member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring on June 30, 2023.

  3. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    0922
    Notice was received from the Mayor of his absence from the City from 9:00 A.M. on Monday, August 3, 2020 until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, August 7, 2020.

    0923
    Notice was received from the Auditing Department providing the Fiscal Year 2021 Payroll Allotment Schedules for all City Departments.

    0924
    Communication was received from Councilor Janey of a letter sent to the Mayor regarding a Black and Brown Agenda for Boston.

    0925
    Communication was received from the Mayor designating Robert Arcangeli, Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of Boston Law Department, to execute "Host Community Agreements" and "Letters of Support or Non-Opposition" as may be required by MGL Chapter 94G and the regulations of the Cannabis Control Commission effective August 17, 2020.

    0926
    Notice was received from the City Clerk in accordance with Chapter 6 of the Ordinances of 1979 re: action taken by the Mayor on papers acted upon by the City Council at its meeting of July 8, 2020.

    0927
    Notice was received from the City Clerk in accordance with Chapter 6 of the Ordinances of 1979 re: action taken by the Mayor on papers acted upon by the City Council at its meeting of July 29, 2020.

    0928
    The Constable's Bonds of the following having been duly approved by the Collector-Treasurer, were received:
    Derren Brown
    Marcio Fonseca
    Derrick Hughes
    Melvin Johnson
    Tonya Marshall
    Cynthia Martinez
    Evangeline Maxwell-Davis

    Sherea McLaughlin
    Alexa McNeil
    Donna Moore
    Grismaldy Nova
    Erika Storer
    Israel Timberlake

  4. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    0857
    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on July 29, 2020 Docket #0857, message and order approving an appropriation of Seven Million Fifty Thousand Six Hundred Seven Dollars ($7,050,607.00) for the purpose of paying for the costs associated with the roof and boiler replacement project at the following schools; Mary Lyon School, McKinley School,  and Curley K-8, for which the City of Boston may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority, 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 be read for the first time and assigned for further action.

    0104
    The Committee on Planning Development and Transportation, to which was referred on January 29, 2020 Docket #0104, message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Timothy Burke, as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, for a term ending July 1, 2021, submits a report recommending the order ought to be denied without prejudice.

    0105
    The Committee on Planning Development and Transportation, to which was referred on January 29, 2020 Docket #0105 message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Ann Beha, as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, for a term ending July 1, 2021, submits a report recommending the order ought to be denied without prejudice.

    0251
    The Committee on Planning Development and Transportation, to which was referred on January 29, 2020 Docket #0251, message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Konstantinos Ligris as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term expiring March 1, 2022, submits a report recommending the order ought to be denied without prejudice.

    0253
    The Committee on Planning Development and Transportation, to which was referred on January 29, 2020 Docket #0251, message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Eric Robinson as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term expiring July 1, 2021, submits a report recommending the order ought to be denied without prejudice.

  5. MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD-FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:

    0803
    The Constable's Bonds of the following having been duly approved by the Collector-Treasurer, were received:

    • Ruth Baez
    • Paul Bartlett
    • Leonard Brown
    • Christopher Castagna
    • Gavin Castagna
    • Rolflyn Cazeau
    • Frico Damas
    • Mark A. Evlogiadis
    • Kimberly Freeman-Hodge
    • Collin Herelle
    • Carl Jean-Louis
    • Michael Jones
    • Steven Jones
    • Anthony Keller
    • Earlene Lee
    • Daniel Long
    • Berinda Malden
    • Burton Malkofsky
    • Paul Morelli
    • Jonas Morose
    • Matthew Morrison
    • Sleamms Petit-Maitre
    • Philmore Phillip
    • William Roch
    • Rouseline Torres
    • Welsey Williams
    • Steven M. Wilson Jr.

    0818
    The Constable's Bonds of Petit-Maitre Duckens, Michael James and Vincent James have been duly approved by the Collector-Treasurer, were received:

    0836
    The Constables’ Bonds of Ron Cobb, Helen Borgella, Meaka Brown, William Joyce, William Joyce, Norman Lowe, Arthur Montgomery and Anselm Nwankwo have been duly approved by the Collector-Treasurer, were received.

    0858
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Three Million Eight Hundred Twenty-Eight Thousand Three Hundred Seventeen Dollars ($3,828,317.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY21 Public Safety Answering Points Support and Incentive Grant, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Public Safety & Security to be administered by the Police Department will fund costs associated with providing Enhanced 911 services.

    0218
    Order for a hearing to discuss ways to support tenants facing eviction and displacement.

    0587
    Order for a hearing regarding the creation of temporary rental assistance to support residents impacted by COVID-19.

    0840
    Order for a hearing regarding police contracts as policy documents.

  6. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    0929
    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding discrimination in the metro Boston rental housing market.

    0930
    Councilor Wu offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding implementing a Boston Green New Deal and Just Recovery.

    0931
    Councilors Janey and Arroyo offered the following: Order for a hearing reviewing the City's Melnea Cass/Mass Ave 2.0 plan in light of Covid-19.

    0932
    Councilor Janey offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding the preservation of murals & public art.

    0933
    Councilors Edwards and Flaherty offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding community healing and trust building after child sexual abuse.

    0934
    Councilors Edwards and Wu offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding increasing transportation options for bicycles on the MBTA blue line.

    0935
    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Order for a hearing on pest control and illegal dumping in the City of Boston.

    0936
    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss issues relating to water and sewer infrastructure in the City of Boston.

    0937
    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Order for a Hearing regarding Libraries and Library Staff in the Boston Public Schools.

    0938
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for a hearing discussing youth involvement in regards to Police Reform.

    0939
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for a hearing addressing the relationship between school lunches and the achievement gap.

    0940
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for a hearing addressing sexual assault in Boston Public Schools.

    0941
    Councilors Bok and O'Malley offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding zoning relief for 100% affordable and deeply affordable projects.

    0942
    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Order approving a petition for Special Law re: An Act Regarding the Disability Pension for Ryan Lenane.

    0943
    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Order approving a petition for Special Law re: An Act Regarding the Disability Pension for Harry Jean.

    0944
    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Order approving a petition for Special Law re: An Act Regarding the Disability Pension for Terry Cotton.

    0945
    Councilors Campbell and Janey offered the following: Ordinance amending Chapter 12-9 of the City of Boston Code - Ordinances, regarding Human Rights.

    0946
    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Resolution in support of extending the 2020 census reporting deadline by one month in order to ensure a fair and complete count during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    0947
    Councilors Essaibi-George and Arroyo offered the following: Resolution in support of the United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union.

    0948
    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution in support of Waiving MCAS in Spring of 2021.

    0949
    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing August 9-15 as National Community Health Center Week.

    0950
    Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

    0951
    Councilors Arroyo and Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing August 6th 2020 as Jamaica's 58th Independence Day.

    0952
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Resolution recognizing September 12, 2020 as Black Joy Day in the City of Boston.

  7. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    0953
    Councilor Janey for Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Courtney Davis in City Council.

    0954
    Councilor Janey for Councilor Breadon offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Oscar Torres in City Council.

    0955
    Councilor Janey offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Key'Aira Lockett in City Council effective August 17, 2020.

    0956
    Councilor Janey offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Key'Aira Lockett in City Council effective August 22, 2020.

    0957
    Councilor Janey offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Key'Aira Lockett in City Council effective September 1, 2020.

    0958
    Councilor Janey offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Daniel Hutchinson in City Council.

    0959
    Councilor Janey offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Angel Rodriguez in City Council.

  8. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for August 19, 2020.