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City Council meeting

The City Council is holding a meeting on November 29 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.

Please note

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:
    1458 Message and order amending Chapter 16 Section 12.3 of the City of Boston Code Ordinance (Advertising).
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on November 27, 2017.
     
    1459 Message and order to reduce the FY18 appropriation for reserve for Collective Bargaining by Two Million Six Hundred Eighty One Thousand One Hundred Fifty Seven Dollars ($2,681,157.00) to provide funding for various departments for the FY18 increases contained within the collective bargaining agreement between the City of Boston and SENA.
     
    1460 Message and order approving a supplemental appropriation of Two Million Six Hundred Eighty One Thousand One Hundred Fifty Seven Dollars ($2,681,157.00) for various departments to cover the FY18 cost items contained within the Collective bargaining agreement between City of Boston and SENA.
    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on November 27, 2017.
     
    1461 Message and order approving appropriations of Two Hundred Eighty-Five Thousand Three Hundred Ninety-Three Dollars ($285,393.00) for the administrative and operating expenses of the City of Boston Community Preservation Committee ("CPC") for fiscal year commencing July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2018 and further ordered of Seventeen Million Eight Hundred Ninety-Four Thousand Six Hundred Eight Dollars ($17,894,608.00) be appropriated and reserved from the City of Boston Community Preservation Fund  annual revenues for further appropriation for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2018, upon the recommendations of the Community Preservation Committee.
     
    1462 Message and order to declare surplus City-owned formerly Boston Redevelopment Authority vacant parcels of land to be transfer the care, custody, management and control of said property to the Public Facilities Commission. The vacant parcels are located at:  1 Akron Street in the Roxbury District, 11 Chipman Street in the Dorchester District, 52 Elmont Street, the Roxbury District, 24 Leston Street in the Mattapan District, 97 Marcella Street, in the Roxbury District, 93-95 Marcella Street, in the Roxbury District, 101 Marcella Street in the Roxbury District, 105 Marcella Street in the Roxbury District, 109 Marcella Street in the Roxbury District, 113 Marcella Street in the Roxbury District, 115 Marcella Street in the Roxbury District, 30 Mildred Street in the Mattapan District, 85 Selden Street in the Dorchester District, 0 Tucker Street, in the Dorchester District, 436 Warren Street in the Dorchester District, 26 West Cottage Street in the Dorchester District and 30 Westville Street in the Dorchester District.
     
    1463 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Thirteen Million Eight Hundred Sixteen Thousand Dollars ($13,816,000.00) in the form of the FFY2017 Urban Area Security Initiative awarded by the United States Department of Homeland Security, passed through the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, to be administered by the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management. The grant will fund the continued support of unique planning, exercises, trainings, and operational needs, that will assist in building enhanced and sustainable security capacities to help prevent, respond to and recover from threats or acts of terrorism, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents.
     
    1464 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Six Hundred Twenty-Eight Thousand Three Hundred Sixty-Five Dollars ($628,365.00) in form of a grant for the FFY16 AFG Operations Award, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be administered by the Fire Department. The grant would fund a pre-fabricated fire props to train firefighters on wind-driven fires; mid and hi-rise operations; plus expenses for 4 day driver training program that will bring the Boston Fire Department into compliance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards 1451, 1500 and 1911.
     
    1465 Messages and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000.00) in the form of a grant for the Beta Blocks grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to be administered by the Mayor's Office. The grant will fund experiments that aim to improve civic life by supporting Boston's efforts to create a process for deploying sensors in urban environments.
     
    1466 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Seventy-Nine Thousand Dollars ($179,000.00) in the form of a grant  for the FY18 Local Culture Council program, awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to be administered by the Office of Arts and Culture. The grants would fund sub-awards for arts, humanities and science-related programming within the City of Boston.
     
    1467 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 from the Planning for the Economic Mobility Lab, awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation to be administered by the Mayor's Office. The grant will fund the cost of researching and planning an Economic Mobility Lab to advance economic mobility and security for lower and lower middle class Bostonians.
     
    1468 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Sixty-Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy-Five Dollars ($69,975.00) in the form of a grant, to support Federal FY 2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, passed through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, to be administered by the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management. The grant will fund a consultant to update the functional needs of specific populations and neighborhoods into all aspects of the City of Boston Emergency Management Program.
     
    1469 Message and order to accept a donation for the benefit of the City of Boston of three (3) bicycles for the use by District C-6 of the Boston Police Department. The bicycles will allow for continual contact and visibility within the South Boston neighborhood and help improve the day to day lives of residents, workers and visitors in the area, which will further facilitate the district's services and benefit the residents of Boston.
     
    1470 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Terri North as a member of the Back Bay West/ Bay State Road Architectural Conservation Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2020.
     
    1471 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Pamela Beale as a member of the Back Bay West/ Bay State Road Architectural Conservation Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2020.
     
    1472 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Ruth Knopf as a member of the Bay Village Historic District Commission for a term expiring April 1, 2020.
     
    1473 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Kathleen McDermott as a member of the Bay Village Historic District Commission for a term expiring April 1, 2020.
     
    1474 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Stephen Dunwell as an alternate member of the Bay Village Historic District Commission for a term expiring April 1,2020.
     
    1475 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Thomas Hotaling as an alternate member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2020.
     
    1476 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Lynn Smiledge as a full member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2020.
     
    1477 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Kirsten Hoffman as a full member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2019.
     
    1478 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of David Berarducci as a full member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2020.
     
    1479 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Felicia Jacques as a member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2019.
     
    1480 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of Diana Parcon as an alternate member of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2019.
     
    1481 Message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Francoise Elise as a member of the Saint Botolph Architectural Conservation District Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2020.
     
    1482 Message and order for the confirmation of the re-appointment of John Karoff as a member of the Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission for a term expiring May 1, 2020.
  3. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    1483 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 22a.

    1484 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Drew Smith, as First Assistant Collector-Treasurer, effective November 13, 2017.

    1485 Communication was received from Dion S. Irish, Chair, Board of Election, certifying results of election held on November 7, 2017 for the Mayor and City Council.

    1486 Communication was received from Councilor O'Malley requesting the Chair of the Committee on Government Operations pull Docket #0132, an Ordinance regarding the Reduction of Plastic Bags in Boston, from the committee to give the public 48 hours' notice of a potential vote.

  4. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:
    0340 The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on March 1, 2017 Docket #0340, message and order approving a Home Rule Petition to the General Court entitled “Petition for a Special Law re: An Act Authorizing the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (“EDIC”) to Qualify a Single Energy Services Company for the Design, Construction, Operation, Maintenance, and Financing of a District Energy/Microgrid Project and Related Energy Savings Performance Contract to Serve Public and Private Owners and Tenants in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park”, submits a report recommending the home rule petition ought to pass.
     
    0751 The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on May 24, 2017 Docket #0751, message and order approving a Petition for a Special Law regarding “An Act Relative to Certain Affordable Housing in the Roxbury Section of the City of Boston”, submits a report recommending the home rule petition ought to pass.
     
    0752 The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on May 24, 2017 Docket #0752, message and order approving a Petition for a Special Law regarding “An Act Relative to Certain Affordable Housing in the Jamaica Plain Section of the City of Boston”, submits a report recommending the home rule petition ought to pass.
  5. MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD-FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:

    1433 Order that the City Council’s Special Committee on the Community Preservation Act hold interviews of finalists for appointment to the Community Preservation Committee.

    1392 Message and order approving an appropriation of One Million Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($1,025,000.00) from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund for projects that will ornament the City’s streets, ways, squares and parks.

    0600 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Forty-One Thousand Four Hundred Twelve Dollars ($41,412.00) in the form of a grant awarded by Demand Abolition to be administered by the Police Department. The grant would fund Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Network/Phase II for law enforcement interventions, technology, and research-based innovations.

    1005 Message and order authorizing the Police Department to accept and expend a grant of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00) from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center FY17 Allocation, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to upgrade, expand and integrate technology and protocols related to anti-terrorism, anti-crime, anti-gang and emergency response.

    1051 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend a grant of Three Million Two Hundred Fifty Three Thousand Three Hundred Seventeen Dollars ( $3,253,317.00) for the FY18 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Support and Incentive Grant, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Public Safety & Security to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund the cost associated with providing Enhanced 911 services.

    1053 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend a grant of Six Hundred Eighty-Four Thousand One Hundred Twenty-One Dollars ($684,121.00) for the FY18 State 911 Training Grant awarded by the MA Executive Office of Public Safety to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund training and certification of Enhanced 911 telecommunications staff.

    1300 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy Two Dollars ($115,872.00) in the form of a grant for the FY2017 Port Security Grant Program, awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to be administered by the Police Department. The grant would fund the installation and re-powering of the BPD Harbor Patrol Unit vessels; the 31' SAFE boat and the 28' Kvichak boat.

    1377 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend a grant of Two Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Forty-Four Dollars ($225,044.00) for the FY2017 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program, awarded by National Institute of Justice to be administered by the Police Department. The grant would fund two Criminalist positions, lab supplies and continuing education expenses.

    1391 Message and order for a supplemental appropriation request in the amount of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00). This funding became available as a result of an unanticipated payment during the Fiscal Year 2018 to the City of Boston through the transfer of the Old City Hall leases. The funding will be used to allow the Boston Centers for Youth and Families to enter into a grant agreement with Urban Edge, a community-based non-profit, to assist in their efforts to bring a new youth recreation center which will include an ice skating rink and field house to Jackson Square.

    1397 Message and order approving an increase in the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off credit amount from One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) per fiscal year to a maximum of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00) per fiscal year, effective Fiscal Year 2019. By increasing the credit amount, the City will be able to offer participating seniors the maximum allowable credit pursuant to Section 5K of c. 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as most recently amended by Section 127 of Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016.

    1424 Message and order for an approval of an appropriations of One Hundred Twenty-Three Million Fifty-Five Thousand Four Hundred Thirteen Dollars ($123,055,413.00) for the purpose of paying cost of the Boston Arts Academy, which is a new school facility to be built on the site of the current Boston Arts Academy located at 174 Ipswich Street in the City of Boston.

    1455 Order that pursuant to Chapter 40, section 56, the residential factor in the City of Boston for FY2018 shall be the minimum residential factor as determined by the Commissioner of Revenue pursuant to M. G. L. Chapter 58, section 1A and be it further that pursuant to Chapter 59, section 5C, as amended, a residential exemption in the amount of value equal to thirty five percent (35%) of the average assessed value of all Class One-Residential parcels in the City of Boston be, and hereby is approved for Fiscal Year 2018.

    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.

  6. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:
    1487 Councilor Wu offered the following: An Ordinance Amending City of Boston Code Chapter 17-19 Regulating Acoustic Live Entertainment.
     
    1488 Councilor Baker offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding a medical marijuana dispensary at 50 Clapp Street.
     
    1489 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Massachusetts delegation in Congress to protect and preserve the regulations of net neutrality.
  7. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    1490 Councilor Wu for Councilor Zakim offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employees Kathryn Bell, Nicholas G. Carter, Jamie Howell-Walton, and Kyndal Feinman in City Council effective December 2, 2017.

    1491 Councilor Wu for Councilor Zakim offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employees Kathryn Bell, Nicholas G. Carter, Jamie Howell-Walton, and Kyndal Feinman in City Council effective December 9, 2017.

  8. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for November 29, 2017.

  9. CONSENT AGENDA:

    1492 Councilor LaMattina offered the following: Resolution congratulating Max & Tonia Tassinari.

    1493 Councilors Campbell, Flaherty, Essaibi-George and Pressley offered the following: Resolution congratulating Marva Serotkin.

    1494 Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution recognizing Mildred Ave K-8 school being awarded the 2017 Ed Vestors Thomas W. Payzant School On the Move Prize.

    1495 Councilors Ciommo and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing 11 people on completing the leadership development academy graduation.

    1496 Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution in memory of Elizabeth A. Mulry.

    1497 Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution in memory of Bruno Dipietro.

    1498 Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing seventy three BPD Superior Retirees / Detectives.

    1499 Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution congratulating nine recipients of the Hidden Heroes and Sheroes Celebration Award.

    1500 Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing Officer Mike Rockwell.

    1501 Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing Officer Brendan Bosse.

    1502 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution recognizing Paul Berkeley.

    1503 Councilors O'Malley and Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing Michael G. Contompasis.

    1504 Councilors Campbell and Pressley offered the following: Resolution recognizing Darnell Adams

    1505 Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Resolution recognizing Karla Trigueros.

    1506 Councilor Flaherty offered the following: Resolution recognizing Miguel Vargus.

    1507 Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution recognizing Crispy Dough Pizzeria.

    1508 Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing Kathy Tavares.

    1509 Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution in memory of Frances Redd.

    1510 Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution in memory of Jane W. Weston.

    1511 Councilor Jackson offered the following: Resolution in memory of John Hamilton McCormack.

    1512 Councilor Pressley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Mr. Albin O'Brian Russell.

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