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City Council meeting

The City Council is holding a meeting on April 28 at 12 p.m.

All Council Meetings are held at 12 p.m. (noon) in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall, unless otherwise noted. All meetings are open to the public and are also available on Xfinity Channel 8, RCN 82, Fios 964, and livestream via City Council TV.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, meetings are currently being held remotely via Zoom.

Discussion Topics

  1. Agenda

    APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

    COMMUNICATIONS FROM HER HONOR, THE MAYOR:

    0594
    Message and order for your approval a home rule petition to the General Court entitled “Petition for a Special Law Re: An Act to Certain Affordable Housing in the Jamaica Plain Section of the City of Boston.”

    0595
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Forty-Five Thousand Five Hundred Ninety Dollars ($45,590.00) 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 & Culture. The grant will fund sub-awards to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to arts organizations.

    0596
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Twenty-Five Thousand Five Hundred Sixty-Seven Dollars ($25,567.00) in the form of a grant for the FY20 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement formula allocation, awarded by the United States Department of Justice, passed through the Massachusetts State Police/ Crime Laboratory, to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund training and continuing education for forensic examiners, criminalists and laboratory personnel.

    REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    0597
    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 March 17, 2021.

    0598
    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 March 31, 2021.

    0599
    Communication was received from Council President Pro Tempore O'Malley, designating Councilor Essaibi-George as a member of the Special Commission to End Family Homelessness.

    REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    0452
    The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on March 24, 2021 Docket #0452, message and order changing the date of the Preliminary Election for this municipal year from September 21, 2021 to September 14, 2021, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0369
    The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on March 3, 2021 Docket #0369, ordinance restricting the use of chemical crowd control agents and kinetic impact projectiles, submits a report recommending the ordinance ought to pass in a new draft.

    0550
    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Community, to which was referred on April 14, 2021 Docket #0550, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Eight Hundred Thirty-Two Thousand One Hundred Eighty Dollars ($1,832,180.00) in the form of a grant for the FY21 Title III-C Nutrition Service, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, passed through the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass in a new draft.

    0551
    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Community, to which was referred on April 14, 2021 Docket #0551, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Four Hundred Fifty-Sixty Thousand Six Hundred Fifty-Three Dollars ($1,456,653.00) in the form of grant, for the FY2022 State Allocation, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, passed the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass in a new draft.

    0552
    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Community, to which was referred on April 14, 2021 Docket #0552, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Fifty-Six Thousand Eight Hundred Forty Dollars ($1,056,840.00) in the form of a grant for the FY21 Council on Aging, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Elderly Affairs to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0553
    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Community, to which was referred on April 14, 2021 Docket #0553, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Nine Hundred Sixty-Six Thousand Nine Hundred Thirty-Two Dollars ($966,932.00) in the form of a grant for the FFY21 Title III-B Supportive Services, awarded by the U. S. Department of Human Services, passed through the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass in a new draft.

    0554
    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Community, to which was referred on April 14, 2021 Docket #0554, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Hundred Thousand Sixty-Eight Dollars ($400,068.00) in the form of a grant, for the FFY2021 Title III-A Area Plan Administration, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, passed through the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass in a new draft.

    0555
    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Community, to which was referred on April 14, 2021 Docket #0555, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Eighty-Six Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty Dollars ($286,860.00) in the form of a grant for the FY21 Senior Companion Program, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass in a new draft.

    0556
    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Community, to which was referred on April 14, 2021 Docket #0556, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Seventy-Three Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Nine Dollars ($173,589.00) in the form of a grant for the FY21 Long Term Care Ombudsman Services, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, passed through the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass in a new draft.

    0557
    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Community, to which was referred on April 14, 2021 Docket #0557, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Thirty-Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty-Three Dollars ($137,753.00) in the form of a grant for the FY21 Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass in a new draft.

    MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD-FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:

    0524-0526
    Orders for the FY22 Operating Budget, including annual appropriations for departmental operations, for the School Department, and for other post-employment benefits (OPEB).

    0527-0529
    Orders for capital fund transfer appropriations.

    0529-0531
    Orders for the Capital Budget, including loan orders and lease-purchase agreements.

    MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    0600
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Ordinance to Create a Task Force to Address Literacy Rates in the City of Boston.

    0601
    Councilors Mejia and Bok offered the following: An ordinance to establish systems for tracking vacant commercial properties in the City of Boston.

    0602
    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Petition for a Special Law re: An Act Relative to Early Voting Options for City of Boston Municipal Elections.

    0603
    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Petition for a Special Law re: An Act Relative to Same-Day Voter Registration for City of Boston Municipal Elections.

    0604
    Councilor Campbell offered the following: Petition for a Special Law re: An Act Regarding the Disability Pension for Allen Curry.

    0605
    Councilor Edwards offered the following: An order pursuant to G.L. c. 43b §10 to amend the Charter of the City of Boston by submission of a question for approval by the voters.

    0606
    Councilors Campbell and Flynn offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding an Office of Labor Standards.

    0607
    Councilors Mejia and Arroyo offered the following: Resolution calling on the Federal Government to Cancel All Student Debt.

    0608
    Councilors Essaibi-George and Edwards offered the following: Resolution in support of the I AM bill.

    0609
    Councilors Flynn and Edwards offered the following: Resolution recognizing April as the Month of the Military Child.

    PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    0610
    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Kyle Robidoux in City Council.

    GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for April 28, 2021.

    CONSENT AGENDA:

    0611
    Councilors Flaherty and Flynn offered the following: Resolution congratulating Mairead Kelly.

    0612
    Councilors Flaherty and Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Mary Cunningham.

    0613
    Councilors Flaherty and Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Brendan Banks.

    0614
    Councilors Flynn and Flaherty offered the following: Resolution recognizing Henry DiNatale.

    0615
    Councilors Flynn and Flaherty offered the following: Resolution recognizing Emma Halpin.

    0616
    Councilors Flynn and Flaherty offered the following: Resolution recognizing Will Reidy

    0617
    Councilors Flaherty and Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Andrew Misett.

    0618
    Councilors Flynn and Flaherty offered the following: Resolution recognizing Thomas White.

    0619
    Councilors Flaherty and Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Morgan White.

    0620
    Councilors Flaherty and Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Arianna Shepperd.

    0621
    Councilors Flynn and Flaherty offered the following: Resolution recognizing Sean Finalen.

    0622
    Councilors Flaherty and Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Jaelynn McClure.

    0623
    Councilors Flaherty and Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Ian Rosher.

    0624
    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution proclaiming April 25-30, 2021 as Jazz Week in Boston

    0625
    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing May 18, 2021 as AAPI Day Against Bullying & Hate in the City of Boston

    0626
    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution honoring Vietnam War Veterans Day.

    0627
    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Benevolent Asian Jade Society.

    0628
    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing Jim Wall.

    0629
    Councilor Edwards offered the following: Resolution recognizing Nando Ristorante and Enoteca.