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City Council meeting

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

All meetings are open to the public. You can also watch meetings on Comcast channel 8, RCN channel 82, and online at Boston.gov.

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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:

    0536    Message and order for Annual Appropriation and Tax Order for FY2018.
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on April 10, 2017.

    0537    Message and order for Annual Appropriation for the School Department for FY2018.
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on April 10, 2017.

    0538    Message and order approving an appropriation of Forty Million Dollars ($40,000,000.00) to the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liability Trust Fund established under Section 20 of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 32B.
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on April 10, 2017.

    0539    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to appropriate the amount of Forty-Five Million Three Hundred Eighty-Five Thousand Dollars ($45,385,000.00) from the City's Capital Grant Fund in order to provide funding for various transportation and public realm improvements. These projects are aligned with the goals of GoBoston 2030, the City's transportation master plan. The funds shall be credited to the Capital Grant fund from the Parking Meter Fund.

    0540    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to enter into one or more leases, lease-purchase or installment sales agreements in Fiscal Year 2018 in an amount not to exceed Twenty-Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($27,500,000.00). These funds are to used by various City departments for the acquisition of equipment in furtherance of their respective governmental functions. The list of equipment includes: computer equipment (hardware and software), motor vehicles and trailers, ambulances, firefighting equipment, office equipment, telecommunications equipment, photocopying equipment, medical equipment, school and educational equipment, school buses, parking meters, street lighting installation, traffic signal equipment and equipment functionally related to, and components of, the foregoing.
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on April 10, 2017.

    0541    Message and order for an appropriation order in the amount of Two Hundred Fifty-Five Million Two Hundred Sixty Thousands Dollars ($255,260, 000.00) for the acquisition of interests in land or the acquisition of assets, or the landscaping, alteration, remediation, rehabilitation of improvement of public land, the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, alteration, remodeling, enlargement, demolition, removal or extraordinary repairs of public buildings, facilities, assets, works or infrastructure; for the cost of feasibility studies or engineering or architectural services for plans and specifications; for the development, design, purchase and installation of computer hardware or software and computer –assisted integrated financial management and accounting systems; for any other public work, improvement or asset with a maximum useful life of at least 5 years and not otherwise specified; for planting shade trees, for the purpose of various city departments including the Boston Center for Youth and Families, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Department of Innovation and Technology, Public Works, School and Transportation departments.
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on April 10, 2017.

    0542    Message and appropriation order in the amount of Three Million One Hundred Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars ($3,135,000.00) for the construction and rehabilitation of municipal golf courses, including the acquisition and reconstruction of land, installation and replacement of irrigation systems, the construction and rehabilitation of buildings, and the cost of equipment and furnishings, for the purpose of the Parks and Recreation Department. 
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on April 10, 2017.

    0543    Message and appropriation order in the amount of Six Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars ($660,000.00) in aid of the Economic Development Industrial Corporation and the Boston Redevelopment Authority d/b/a Boston Planning and Development Agency for the engineering and design of improvements at the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park.
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on April 10, 2017.

    0544    Message and order for your approval an Ordinance authorizing certain revolving funds in accordance with provisions of G.L. c.44 53E1/2, as amended by Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016 (the Municipal Modernization Act).
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on April 10, 2017.

    0545    Message and order authorizing the Law Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 to purchase goods and services for repairs to city property. This revolving fund shall be funded by receipts from recoveries for damages to city property caused by third parties. The Law Department will be the only unit authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall be capped at Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00).

    0546    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Environment Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 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, as well as to operate  and maintain the City's existing solar facilities, and to expand the City's generating capacity.
    This revolving fund shall be credited with any and all receipts from the sale of solar renewable energy certificates produced by the City's solar photovoltaic arrays. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00).

    0547    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor's Office of Tourism revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 to purchase goods and services to support events and programming on and around City Hall Plaza to advance tourism and promote participation in public celebrations, civic, and cultural events. This revolving fund shall be funded by receipts from payments for the use of City Hall Plaza pursuant to City of Boston Code, Ordinance, 11-7.14. The Mayor's Office of Tourism will be the only unit authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall be capped at One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00).
     
    0548    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 to purchase goods and services to support public art to enhance the public realm throughout the City of Boston. This revolving fund shall be funded by receipts from easements within the public way granted by the Public Improvement Commission. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture will be the only unit authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall be capped at One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00).

    0549    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 to purchase goods and services to support the operation of the Strand Theatre. This revolving fund shall be funded by receipts from rental fees for the use of the Strand Theatre. The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture will be the only unit authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall be capped at One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00).

    0550    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 to support the maintenance and repair for BPS facilities, including custodial and utility costs for extended building time, floor refinishing, landscaping and building repairs. Receipts from Lease, Permit for Use and Parking Fees for BPS facilities will be deposited in the fund. BPS will be the only unit authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall not exceed Two Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,600,000.00).

    0551    Message and order are authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 to repair and purchase Boston Public Schools computer technology including computers, mobile devices, and instructional services. This revolving fund shall be credited with any and all receipts from equipment sales and repair fees for Boston Public School technology. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500.000.00).

    0552    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for the Fiscal Year 2018 for Boston Public School Transportation cost, including bus and public transportation costs. This revolving fund shall be credited with revenue received by Boston Public School Department for the provision of transportation to groups and entities for field trips and activities other than transportation to and from school. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed One Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($125,000.00).

    0553    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Inspectional Services Department revolving fund for the Fiscal Year 2018 to reimburse for administrative costs to those City agencies which enforce CBC Chapter 16, section 1.9 and 1.9B and for costs associated with licensing and registration. This revolving fund shall be credited with receipts from all dog registrations fees collected pursuant to CBC Chapter 18, section 1.4 (6-10) and fines pursuant to CBC Chapter 16, sections 1.9 and 1.9B. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00).

    0554    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 to pay salaries and benefits of employees and to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to operate the City Hall Child Care. This revolving fund shall be credited with any and all receipts from tuition paid by parents or guardians for children enrolled at the center. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000.00).

    0555    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 to support training programs for officers from non-City of Boston law enforcement agencies. The Academy will charge participating outside law enforcement agencies tuition for each recruit, police officer or special police officer they send to the Academy.  The tuition paid by outside agencies will be used to purchase training equipment, certify instructors, update facilities, and to provide funds for training needs not otherwise budgeted. The Police Academy 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).

    0556    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 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 only unit authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall be capped at Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000.00).

    0557    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 for the purpose of purchasing, leasing, or renting space, materials, and equipment to be partially or wholly used for instructional purposes for new hackney carriage driver applications and providing funds for other training needs not otherwise budgeted. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00).

    0558    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Police Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2018 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 Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00).

    0559    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal 2017 to support the maintenance and repair for BPS facilities, including custodial and utility costs for extended building time, floor refinishing, landscaping and building repairs. Receipts from Lease, Permit for Use and Parking Fees for BPS facilities will be deposited in the fund. BPS will be the only unit authorized to expend from the fund and such expenditures shall not exceed Two Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,600,000.00).

    0560    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Environment Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2017 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, as well as to operate  and maintain the City's existing solar facilities, and to expand the City's generating capacity. This revolving fund shall be credited with any and all receipts from the sale of solar renewable energy certificates produced by the City's solar photovoltaic arrays. Receipts and resulting expenditures from this fund shall not exceed Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00).

    0561    Message and order authorizing the appropriations of One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,000.00) from the income of the George Francis Parkman Fund. The funds are to be expended under the direction of the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the maintenance and improvement of Boston Common and Parks in existence since January 12, 1887.

  3. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    0562    Notice was received from the Mayor of his absence from the City from 6:15 A.M. on Thursday, April 6th, until 9:45 P.M. on Wednesday, April 12th 2017.

    0563    Communication was received from MassPort re: Boston-Logan International Airport Parking Project and Environmental Notification Form.

    0564    Communication was received from Councilor Josh Zakim that he will not be in attendance at the Boston City Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    0565    Communication was received from Brian P. Golden, Director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency regarding Proposed Minor Modification to the South End Urban Renewal Plan Project No. Mass. R-56, with respect to Parcel 30A.

  4. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    0416    The Committee on Planning and Development, to which was referred on March 15, 2017 Docket #0416, message and order to declare surplus the City-owned former Public Works Department parcel located at the northeasterly corner of Richie Street and Columbus Avenue in the Roxbury District (Ward 11, Parcel 00867010) and to transfer the care, custody, management and control of said property to the Public Facilities Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0417    The Committee on Planning and Development, to which was referred on March 15, 2017 Docket #0417, message and order to declare surplus the City-owned former Public Works Department parcel located at Willow Court, in the Dorchester District (Ward 07, Parcel 03510000) and to transfer the care, custody, management and control of said property to the Public Facilities Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

  5. MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD-FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:

    0484    Order that the City Council Hold Biannual Urban Renewal Progress Update Hearings Until 2022.

    0182    Message and order authorizing the Police Commissioner to accept and expend a grant of One Hundred Twenty-Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Ten Dollars ($129,910.00) from the U.S. Department of Justice and MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security for the FY16 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant for the purpose of the Sex Offender Registry Notification Act through the Address Verification Pilot Program.

    0247    Message and order authorizing the Police Commissioner to accept and expend a grant of One Million One Hundred Fourteen Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty-Nine Dollars and Twenty-Nine Cents ($1,114,789.29) from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to the City of Boston's Police Department to support the FY 2017 Senator Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative.

    0342    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend grant of Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000.00) for the FY17 Mass Decontamination Units from the US Department of Human Services as a pass through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to be administered by the Boston Fire Department.

    0343    Message and order authorizing the Police Commissioner to accept and expend a grant of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) for the FY16 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvements, awarded by the National Institute of Justice, passed through the Massachusetts State Police/Crime Laboratory.

    0291    Order for a hearing to create an immigrant defense fund.

    0199    Order that the Committee on Healthy Women, Families and Communities will host a series of policy briefings related to key topics in early education and childcare.

    0482    Order for a Hearing to Address Recovery Service Beds at the Southampton Street Shelter.

  6. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    0566    Councilor Linehan offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding Winthrop Square.

    0567    Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution designating a Memorial Hero Square at 927 Harrison Avenue in Honor of Chief Water Tender, Frank Elmer Smith.

  7. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    0568    Councilor Wu for Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employees Timothy E. Goodin, Kevin McLaughlin, and Daniel Polanco in City Council effective April 22, 2017.

    0569    Councilor Wu for Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employees Timothy E. Goodin, Kevin McLaughlin, and Daniel Polanco in City Council effective April 29, 2017.

    0570    Councilor Wu for Councilor Jackson offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Justin Brown in City Council.

  8. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for April 12, 2017.

  9. CONSENT AGENDA:

    0571    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution congratulating Bernard Banks.

    0572    Councilors Wu and Zakim offered the following: Resolution recognizing New England Donor Services.

    0573    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing Edghill Thomas.

    0574    Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution recognizing Denise Reed.

    0575    Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution recognizing Woman Grow Boston.

    0576    Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution in memory of Linda E. Bottary.

    0577    Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution in memory of Paul T. McDonough.

    0578    Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution recognizing Thelma Burns.

    0579    Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution recognizing Joyce Stanley.

    0580    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing twenty people for their leadership and advocating for working families.

    0581    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing Oswald Euell.

    0582    Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing Marcia Euell.

    0583    Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution in memory of John E. Barbour.

    0584    Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution congratulating 37 retiring Boston Firefighters.

    0585    Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution recognizing Women Grow.

    0586    Councilor LaMattina offered the following: Resolution recognizing Mary Recchia.

    0587    Councilor LaMattina offered the following: Resolution in memory of Joan M. Woodman O'Halloran.

    0588    Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Resolution recognizing the Association of Ecuadorians in New England.

    0589    Councilor LaMattina offered the following: Resolution recognizing Betty's Design.

    0590    Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in recognition of Mildred Kunerth.

    0591    Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in memory of Joe Esposito.

    0592    Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in memory of John Bougas.

    0593    Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution in memory of Theodore Cutler.

    0594    Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution recognizing Northeastern Organ Donation Awareness Committee.

    0595    Councilors Zakim and Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

    0596    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Virginia A. Costello

    0597    Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing Joan Benoit Samuelson and April 12, 2017 as "Joan Benoit Samuelson Day".

    0598    Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution recognizing New Mission High School for supporting anti-bullying and offering support for students in the LBGTQ community with a "Day of Silence".

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