City Council meeting
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.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
COMMUNICATIONS FROM HER HONOR, THE MAYOR:
Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Nine Hundred Thirty-Six Thousand Four Hundred Forty Dollars and Twenty-Five Cents ($936,440.25) in the form of a grant, for the FFY21 Nutrition Service Incentive Program, 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. The grant will fund incentives to serve more meals to elders.
Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Hundred Eighty-Nine Thousand Six Hundred Nine Dollars and Twenty-Four Cents ($489,609.24) in the form of a grant, for the FY2022 State Allocation, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs to be administered by the Age Strong Commission. The grant will fund the Elder Lunch Program in Boston.
Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Thirty-Two Thousand Dollars ($32,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY21 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant, awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services to be administered by the Fire Department. The grant will fund the purchase of firefighter safety equipment.
MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD-FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:
Orders for the FY22 Operating Budget, including annual appropriations for departmental operations, for the School Department, and for other post-employment benefits (OPEB).
Orders for capital fund transfer appropriations.
Orders for the Capital Budget, including loan orders and lease-purchase agreements.
Message and order authorizing a limit for the Distributed Energy Resource Revolving Fund for Fiscal Year 2022 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. This revolving fund shall be credited with any and all receipts from the sale of renewable and alternative energy certificates and demand response program revenues produced by combined heat and power units located at Boston Public Schools sites, and solar renewable energy certificates produced by the City's photovoltaic arrays. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed One Hundred-Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00).
Message and order authorizing a limit for the Environment Conservation Commission revolving fund for the Fiscal Year 2022 for the purpose of securing outside consultants including engineers, wetlands scientist, wildlife biologists, or other experts in order to aid in the review of proposed projects to the Commission, per the city’s ordinance protecting local wetland and promoting climate change adaptation. The revolving fund shall be funded by receipts from fees imposed by the Commission for the purpose of securing outside consultants. The Environment Department will be the only department authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall be capped at Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00).
Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2022 to support the Canine Unit's training program for officers and police dogs from non-City of Boston law enforcement agencies. The Special Operating Division will charge tuition and other fees to outside law enforcement agencies for the Canine Unit. The tuition and other fees by outside agencies will be used to purchase training equipment, certify instructors, update facilities and provide funds for other training needs not otherwise budgeted. The Special Operations Division will be the only unit authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall be capped at One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00).
Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2022 to pay salaries and benefits of employees and to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to operate the Police Department Fitness Center. Revenue for this fund is derived from monthly membership fees. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00).
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:
Councilor Edwards offered the following: Ordinance amending CBC Chapter 8-13 Ensuring Equitable Regulation of the Cannabis Industry in the City of Boston.
Councilor Edwards offered the following: An Order Regarding a Text Amendment to the Boston Zoning Code with respect to Marijuana Establishments.
Councilors Edwards and O'Malley offered the following: Resolution urging the United States Congress to enact the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing the need for more BIPOC mental healthcare providers across services and practices in Boston.
Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing National Nurses Week, May 6 - May 12.
Councilors Wu and Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Boston.
Legislative Calendar for May 12, 2021.