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City Council meeting

The City Council is holding a meeting on October 20 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:

    Message and order for your approval a home rule petition to the General Court entitled; “Petition for a Special Law Re: Expanding the Authority of the Public Facilities Commission with Respect to Housing Stabilization.”
    1067

    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty One Dollars ($425,881.00) in the form of a grant for the FY21 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Local Allocation, awarded by the United States Department of Justice to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund a Domestic Violence Management Analyst at the Family Justice Center, a Hub & Center of Responsibility Coordinator and a Technology Coordinator for multiple data collection, reporting and record management systems. 
    1068

    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) in the form a grant for the FY22 National Violent Death Reporting System Grant, award by the MA Department of Public of Health to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund data collection by the Bureau of Investigative Services and the Drug Control Unit. 
    1069

    Message and order approving the receipt of a Preservation Restriction Agreement on the Vertullo Building, 74 84 Fairmount Avenue, Hyde Park, Boston, Massachusetts, 02136 2734.
    1070

  3. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    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 September 15, 2021.
    1071

    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 September 22, 2021.
    1072

    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 September 29, 2021.
    1073

    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 October 6, 2021.
    1074

    Notice was received from the Acting Mayor of the temporary appointment of Tammy Pust, as Interim Director of Labor Relations effective October 4, 2021.
    1075

    Notice was received from the Acting Mayor of the appointment of Kannan Thiruvengadam as a member of the Conservation Commission.
    1076

    Notice was received from the Acting Mayor of her absence from the City from 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 9, 2021until 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 10, 2021.
    1077

  4. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on May 19, 2021, Docket #0685 An Order Regarding a Text Amendment to the Boston Zoning Code with respect to parking minimums for affordable housing, submits a report recommending that the order ought to pass in a new draft.
    0685

    The Committee on Strong Women, Families, & Communities, to which was referred on September 15, 2021, Docket #0958, 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 of a grant for the No Kid Hungry, awarded by Share Our Strength to be administered by the Office of Food Access. The grant will fund school based food programs (BosFoodLove) and the Community Hub Schools Initiative, submits a report recommending that the order ought to pass.
    0958

    The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on March 3, 2021, Docket #0397, Ordinance on Surveillance Oversight and Information Sharing, submits a report that the ordinance ought to pass in a new draft.
    0397

    The Committee on Boston COVID 19 Recovery, to which was referred on September 22, 2021, Docket #0994, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Six Hundred Three Thousand One Hundred Twelve Dollars ($1,603,112.00) in the form a grant for the American Rescue Plan Act, Title III B awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, passed though the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to be administered by the Age Strong Commission. The grant will fund Supportive Services for older adults in Boston, for the period 4/1/21 through 6/30/22, submits a report recommending that the order ought to pass.
    0994

    The Committee on Boston's COVID 19 Recovery. to which was referred on September 22, 2021, Docket #0995, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Four Hundred Six Thousand Three Hundred Thirty One Dollars ($1,406,331.00) in the form of a grant, for the American Rescue Plan Act Title III C Nutrition 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 Age Strong Commission. The grant will fund nutrition services for older adults in Boston, for the period 4/1/21 through 6/30/22, submits a report recommending that the order ought to pass.
    0995

    The Committee on Boston's COVID 19 Recovery, to which was referred on September 22, 2021, Docket #0996, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Hundred Twenty Three Thousand One Hundred Seventy Dollars ($423,170.00) in the form of a grant for the American Rescue Plan Act  Title III A, 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 administration cost for planning and implementation by the Age Strong Commission, from 4/1/2021 to 9/14/2021, submits a report that the order ought to pass.
    0996

    The Committee on Boston's COVID 19 Recovery, to which was referred on September 22, 2021, Docket #0997, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Three Hundred Ninety Four Thousand One Hundred Thirty Three Dollars ($394,133.00) in the form of a grant for the American Rescue Plan Act, Title III E, 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 Family Caregiver Services for older adults in Boston, for the period 4/1/2021 through 6/30/22, submits a report recommending that the order ought to pass.
    0997

    The Committee on Boston's COVID 19 Recovery, to which was referred on September 22, 2021, Docket #0999,Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Fifty Seven Thousand Five Hundred Twenty Two Dollars ($157,522.00) in the form of a grant, for the American Rescue Plan Act, Title III D, 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 the Long Term Care Ombudsman program, for the period 4/1/21 through 6/30/22, submits a report that the order ought to pass.
    0999

    The Committee on Boston's COVID 19 Recovery, to which was referred on September 22, 2021, Docket #1001, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expand the amount of One Hundred Forty Thousand One Hundred Twenty One Dollars ($140,121.00) in the form of a grant, for the American Rescue Plan Act, Title III D, awarded by the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services, passed though the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to be administered by the Age Strong Commission. The grant will fund preventative health services for older adults in Boston, for the period 4/1/21 through 6/30/22, submits a report recommending that the order ought to pass.
    1001

    The Committee on Strong Women, Families & Communities, to which was referred on September 29, 2021, Docket #1014, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) in the form of a grant for the FY21 Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA to be administered by the Office of Food Access. The grant will fund projects to increase the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables by low income SNAP consumers, submits a report recommending that the order ought to pass.
    1014
     

  5. MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:

    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000.00) in the form of a Land Water Conservation Fund grant awarded by the National Park Service, passed through the Massachusetts  Division of Conservation Services, to be administered by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The grant will be used for improvements at Malcolm X Park that will make paths, entrances, and play areas compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    1013

    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Six Hundred Seventy Two Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Five Dollars and Sixty Cents ($672,685.60) in the form of a grant for the FY22 YouthWorks, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, passed through the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation of Boston, to be administered by the Youth Engagement & Employment. The grant will fund the Summer 2021 Success Link Employment Program.
    0825

    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Hundred Seventy Six Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty Six Dollars ($476,666.00) in the form of a grant for Nutrition Services for Boston elders, 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 the FY21 Title IIIC Supplemental.
    0826

    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Seven Hundred Sixty Eight Thousand Three Hundred Seventy Eight Dollars and Fifty Six Cents ($1,768,378.56) in the form of a grant for the FY22 State Elder Lunch Program, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs to be administered by the Age Strong Commission. The grant will fund nutrition services for up to 284,394 older adults in the City of Boston at $6.24 per meal.
    1011

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

    Ordinance to create the Boston Commemoration Commission.
    0638

  6. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Ordinance Preventing Wage Theft in the City of Boston.
    1078

    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for a hearing on the Status of Early Education and Childcare Workers.
    1079

    Councilor Edwards and Arroyo offered the following: Resolution in Support of S.874 and H.1435, an Act Promoting Housing Stability and Homelessness Prevention In Massachusetts.
    1080

    Councilor Flynn and Wu offered the following: Resolution in support of H. 3115 "An Act Ensuring Equitable Representation in the Commonwealth".
    1081

    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Resolution recognizing October as Dyslexia Awareness Month in the City of Boston.
     1082

  7. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    Councilor O'Malley for Councilor Essaibi George offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Karen Foley in City Council.
    1083

    Councilor O'Malley for Councilor Essaibi George offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Danielle Foley in City Council. 
    1084

    Councilor O'Malley for Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Sandra Saavedra Sanchez in City Council effective October 23, 2021.
    1085

  8. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for October 20, 2021.

  9. CONSENT AGENDA:

    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing Republic of China Day in Boston. 
    1086

    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution in recognition of Jerry Rubin.
    1087

    Councilor Flynn and Flaherty offered the following: Resolution in memory of Anne Marie Collins.
    1088

    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Resolution recognizing Cynthia Woolcock.
    1089

    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Resolution recognizing Saint Columbkille Parish.
    1090
    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing 58 retiring Boston Police Officers for their years of service. 
    1091

    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Resolution recognizing Filiberto Santiago.
    1092

    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Resolution recognizing Morning Star Baptist Church.
    1093

    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Pattie Happnie.
    1094

    Councilor O'Malley, Arroyo, Mejia, Baker, Bok, Breadon, Campbell, Edwards, Essaibi George, Flaherty, Flynn, Janey and Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing 25 community members for Hispanic Heritage Month. 
    1095

    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution congratulating George O'Malley. 
    1096

    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing the Mulvey Family.
    1097

    Councilor Edwards offered the following: Resolution in memory of James Cali.
    1098

    Councilor Edwards offered the following: Resolution in memory of Tony Demarco.
    1099

    Councilor Edwards offered the following: Resolution in memory of Fernando Da Silva
    1100

    Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Resolution congratulating John O'Neill.
    1101

    Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Resolution congratulating Verissimo Tavares.
    1102

    Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Resolution congratulating Demone Coleman.
    1103

    Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Resolution congratulating Reginald Dennis
    1104

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