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City Council meeting

The City Council is holding a meeting on July 21 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. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
  2. COMMUNICATIONS FROM HER HONOR, THE MAYOR:

    0843    Message and ordinance amending City of Boston Municipal Code, Ordinances, 10 -11.4, Required Notice, Chapter X Housing Services.
    Filed in the Office of The City Clerk on July 19, 2021.

    0844    Message and order for your approval an Order to permit an extension of the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement  (the "Program") through Fiscal Year 2022, pursuant to the City of Boston Code Chapter XII, Section  12-3.5 (k).. 
    Filed in the City Clerk's Office on July 19, 2021.

    0845    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($1,150,000.00) in the form of a grant for a comprehensive, inter-agency strategy that connects law enforcement, employment, education, public health and youth development agencies to reduce youth violence in the Commonwealth. This additional funding increases the total grant to $2,300.000.00 over two years, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund FY22 and FY23 Safe and Successful Youth Initiative.

    0846    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars ($120,000.00) in the form of a grant for the Community Compact IT Grant, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Administration and Finance to be administered by the Department of Innovation & Technology. The grant will fund enhanced technology and configuration management that leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning.

    0847    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars ($110,000.00) in the form of a grant for a one-year fellowship, awarded by Harvard Business School to be administered by the Mayor's Office. The grant will fund Leadership Fellows Program.

    0848    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Seventy Thousand Dollars ($70,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY22 Local Consumer Program, awarded by the MA Attorney General to be administered by the Consumer Affairs and Licensing Department. The grant will fund intake, resolution and administration of consumer complaints and consumer outreach.

    0849    Message and order for your approval of the receipt of a Preservation Restriction Agreement on the 41 Melrose Street, Boston, Ma 02116 by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities d/b/a Historic New England.

    0850    Message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as a member of the Boston Parks Commission of the City of Boston for a term co-terminous with the Acting Mayor, filling the term of Christopher Cook, who has stepped down.

  3. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    0851    Communication was received from Tim Davis, Deputy Director of the Policy Development and Research Division, regarding the submission of the Report on the Ordinance Allowing Short-Term Residential Rentals in the City of Boston.

    0852    Notice was received from the Acting Mayor of the appointment of Maureen Garceau as First Collector-Treasurer effective August 2, 2021.

    0853    Communication was received from the Acting Mayor regarding the resignation of Boston Parks Parks Commission Christopher Cook.

    0854    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 June 16, 2021.

    0855    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 June 23, 2021.

    0856    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 June 30, 2021.

    0857    The Constable’s Bonds of the following having been duly approved by the Collector-Treasurer were received.

    Linda Castagna 
    Anthony Cillo
    Annmarie Flaherty
    David Johnson
    Natalia Lovasco
    Rosalinda Midence
    Amerly Monteiro
    Tawonya Morris-Williams
    Luquanda Murdaugh-Francis
    Yvonne Mylett
    Shane Reed
    Tashetta Stephens-Weston
    Yolanda Stinson-Tubbs
    Baraa Fadel Mohamed

  4. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    0762    The Committee on Housing & Community Development, to which was referred on June 16, 2021 Docket #0762, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Thirty Million Ninety Two Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety One Dollars and Thirty Cents ($30,092,991.30) in the form of a grant, Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA2), awarded by the United States Department of Treasury to be administered by the Department of Neighborhood Development, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0473    The Committee on Public Safety & Criminal Justice, to which was referred on March 31, 2021 Docket #0473, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Three Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($330,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY21 State Traffic Safety Information System Improvements Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, passed through the MA Executive Office of Public Safety, to be administered by the Police Department, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0631    The Committee on Public Safety & Criminal Justice, to which was referred on May 5, 2021 Docket #0631, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($1,750,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY21 BFD State Training Program, awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services to be administered by the Boston Fire Department, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0809    The Committee on Ways & Means, to which was referred on June 23, 2021 Docket #0809, message and order approving an appropriation order in the amount of Ninety-One Million Two Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars ($91,270,000.00) for the purpose of paying cost of designing, construction, equipping, and furnishing a new building for the William E. Carter School, that is to be built on the site of its current location at 396 Northampton 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.

    0776    The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on June 16, 2021 Docket #0776, Petition for Special Law re:  An Act to Restore Boston’s Governmentally-Involved Housing Protection, submits a report recommending the home rule petition ought to pass in an amended draft.

    0602    The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on April 28, 2021 Docket #0602, Petition for a Special Law re: An Act Relative to Early Voting Options for City of Boston Municipal Elections, submits a report recommending the home rule petition ought to pass in a new draft.

    0603    The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on April 28, 2021 Docket #0603, Petition for a Special Law re: An Act Relative to Same-Day Voter Registration for City of Boston Municipal Elections, submits a report recommending the home rule petition ought to pass in a new draft.

        

  5. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    0858    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Ordinance establishing protections for the City of Boston Tree Canopy.

    0859    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Petition for a Special Law re: An act directing the City of Boston Police Department to waive the maximum age requirement for police officers for Daniel Flores.

    0860    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss the redistricting process in the City of Boston.

    0861    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss predatory lending programs in the City of Boston.

    0862    Councilors Arroyo and Flynn offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss safety conditions in Boston Public School classrooms during extreme temperatures.

    0863    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss pest control and illegal dumping in the City of Boston.

    0864    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Resolution in Support of Colombians and Colombian Americans Urging the Federal Government to Safeguard the Exercise of Democracy in Colombia.

    0865    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Resolution Urging Action in the Massachusetts State Legislature to Uphold the Values of Transparency and Accessibility to the People's Business.

    0866    Councilors Essaibi-George and Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing July as BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month.

        

  6. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    0867    Councilor O'Malley for Councilor Edwards offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Michael Bonetti, Ricardo Patron, Jesse Purvis in City Council.

    0868    Councilor O'Malley for Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Rachel Nagin, John Studley and Brandi Walker in City Council.

    0869    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Peter Favorito, Ana Fonseca, Michael Giordano and Jessica Morris in City Council effective July 24, 2021.

        

  7. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for July 21, 2021.

  8. CONSENT AGENDA:

    0870    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing Jose Solis Scotty.

    0871    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution celebrating Gregory David Mumford.

    0872    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution in memory of Gary Daniel Wilson.

    0873    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing Brendan Cogavin.

    0874    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Resolution congratulating Thomas "Hutch" Hutchings.

    0875    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Athanasios Tsolias.

    0876    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing Donald G. Kiley.

    0877    Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution congratulating Ronald and Kim Odom.

    0878    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing Nxt Era Panthers and Coach Michel Brunache.

    0879    Councilor Edwards offered the following: Resolution congratulating Chrissy Pagliuca.

    0880    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution congratulating Rob Mason.

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