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City Council meeting

The City Council is holding a meeting on January 26 at 12 p.m.

All City 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.

Discussion Topics

  1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
  2. COMMUNICATIONS FROM HER HONOR, THE MAYOR:

    0158
    Message and order for your approval an order authorizing the issuance of refunding bonds in a principal amount not to exceed Two Hundred Million Dollars ($200,000,000.00). The current conditions in the municipal bond market appears to be favorable for the City to potentially realize significant saving in debt service costs by refunding certain of its outstanding general obligation bonds.
    0159
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Twenty Four Million One Hundred Fifty Four Thousand Five Hundred Eighteen Dollars and Eighty Five Cents ($24,154,518.85) in the form of a grant, for the Federal FY2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be administered by the Fire Department. The grant will fund training for a class of 85 recruits at the BFD Training Academy and reimbursement for their salaries for 36 months.
    0160
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston (the “City”) to accept and expend the amount of Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000.00) in the form of a grant ( the “Grant Payment”), awarded by the United States Department of the Treasury, to be administered by the City’s Chief Financial Officer/Collector Treasurer. The Grant Payment is made from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund in the Treasury of the United States established by Section 9901 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
    0161
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000.00) in the form of a grant for the FY 2021 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, awarded by the United States Department of Justice to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund three positions (Coordinator, Criminologist, and Victim Advocate) overtime, travel and sub awards and training.
    0162
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Five Hundred Twenty Seven Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Six Dollars ($527,586.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY21 Connected and Protect, awarded by the United States Department of Justice to be administered by the Boston Police Department. The grant will fund clinician directed project coordinator, community partnerships for translation and outreach and staff cost for Section 12 activities carried out by the Boston Emergency Services Team in partnership with the BPD Street Outreach Unit.
    0163
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Hundred Ninety One Thousand Three Hundred Sixteen Dollars ($491,316.00) in the form of a grant, for First Responders Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to be administered by the Fire Department. The grant will fund a collaborative effort between the Boston Fire Department First Responders, The Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, the Boston Public Health Commission and community based organizations to improve the City’s response to opioid overdoses. Year 4 of a 4 year grant.
    0164
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Seventy Two Thousand Thirteen Dollars ($272,013.00) in the form of a grant for FY2021 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program, awarded by the United States Department of Justice to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund two Criminalist positions, overtime, lab supplies and continuing education expenses.
    0165
    Message 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 No Kid Hungry grant, awarded by Share Our Strength to be administered by the New Urban Mechanics. The grant will fund a Fellowship to pilot solutions for increased access to healthy food for children and families that experience economic insecurity and food insecurity.
    0166
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($125,000.00) in the form of a grant for the Federal FY21 Violence Against Women Act Stop grant, awarded by the United State Department of Justice, passed through the MA Executive Office of Public Safety & Security, to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund a Civilian Violence Advocate who provides services for victims in Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Charlestown and overtime for all Domestic Violence Advocates.
    0167
    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 FY21 Sustainable Materials Recovery Program/Recycling Dividend, awarded by the MA Office of the Attorney General to be administered by the Public Works Department. The grant will fund a cost benefit analysis of programs that utilized economic incentives to increase residential waste diversion in Boston Small Business Relief Fund.
    0168
    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Three Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($3,250.00) in the form of a grant for the National Arts Program Exhibit, awarded by the National Arts Program Foundation to be administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. The grant will fund cash awards to the winners of the City’s National Arts Program exhibit.
     

  3. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    0169
    Communication was received from Timothy J. Smyth, Executive Officer, Boston Retirement Board re: Certification and Transmittal to City Council of Boston Retirement System Calendar Year 2022 Operating Budget.
    0170
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Segun Idowa as Secretary of the Boards for the Dudley Square Realty Corporation, The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Center and the Ferdinand Building Development Corporation.
    0171
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Justin Sterritt, as President of the Boards for the Dudley Square Realty Corporation, The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Center and the Ferdinand Building Development Corporation.
    0172
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Brianna Millor as Chief of Civic Engagement.
    0173
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Enrique Pepen as Director of the Office of Neighborhood Services.
    0174
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Dion Irish as Treasurer of the Boards for the Dudley Square Realty Corporation, The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Center and the Ferdinand Building Development Corporation.
    0175
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Stephen Alkins, as a member of the Boston School Committee for a term expiring January 1, 2026.
    0176
    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 December 15, 2021.
    0177
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Justin Sterritt as Trustee of the Franklin Park Maintenance Trust Fund.
    0178
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Rickie Thompson as Trustee of the Franklin Park Maintenance Trust Fund.
    0179
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Justin Sterritt as Chairperson of the Franklin Park Maintenance Trust Fund.
    0180
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the reappointment of Katherine P. Craven as a Member of the City of Boston Public Facilities Commission.
    0181
    Notice was received from the Mayor of the reappointment of Lawrence D. Mammoli as a member of the City of Boston Public Facilities Commission.
    0182
    Notice was received from the Friends of the Public Gardens of the appointment of Abby Mason as Trustee of the Boston Common Maintenance Trust Fund.
    0183
    Notice was received from Councilor Edwards of her resignation from the Boston City Council effective April 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
    0184
    Notice was received from the City Clerk of a Vacancy in the City Council District 1 seat effective April 30, 2022.
     

  4. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    0185
    Councilor Mejia and Bok offered the following: Petition for a Special Law re: An Act Granting the City of Boston the Authority to Provide Legal Voting Rights in Municipal Elections for City of Boston Residents Aged 16 and 17 Years Old.
    0186
    Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Petition for a Special Act re: An Act Providing Certain Retirement Benefits for the Widow of a Former Firefighter of the City of Boston.
    0187
    Councilor Arroyo and Mejia offered the following: Petition for a Special Law re: An Act Relative to Reorganization of the Boston School Committee.
    0188
    Councilor Arroyo and Mejia offered the following: Ordinance Preventing Wage Theft in the City of Boston.
    0189
    Councilor Arroyo and Breadon offered the following: Ordinance Establishing Protections for the City of Boston Tree Canopy.
    0190
    Councilor Bok offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding increasing public housing in the City of Boston.
    0191
    Councilor Bok offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding zoning relief for affordable projects.
    0192
    Councilor Bok offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding using planning and land use tools for public good.
    0193
    Councilor Bok offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding reducing barriers to securing rental housing in Boston.
    0194
    Councilor Bok and Breadon offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding a review of COVID 19 recovery funds.
    0195
    Councilor Bok offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding a city level Conservation Corps for Boston.
    0196
    Councilor Bok offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding municipal broadband for the City of Boston.
    0197
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for a hearing addressing civil rights in the creation of sanctuary safe spaces in Boston.
    0198
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for a hearing addressing sexual assault and harassment in Boston Public Schools.
    0199
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for a hearing on state receivership for Boston Public Schools.
    0200
    Councilor Mejia offered the following: Order for a hearing on government transparency and accountability towards surveillance equipment.
    0201
    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding the Jackson/Mann and Horace Mann BPS school communities.
    0202
    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding the BCYF Jackson Mann Community Center and services in Allston Brighton.
    0203
    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Order for the City of Boston to submit a Count Question Resolution Operation case to the United States Census Bureau.
    0204
    Councilor Bok and Breadon offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding homeownership assistance including for first generation homebuyers.
    0205
    Councilor Flynn offered the following: Order that rules of the Boston City Council be adopted for the Municipal Years 2022 2023.
     

  5. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    0206
    Councilor Flynn for Councilor Arroyo offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Judnise Guillett in City Council effective December 11, 2021.
    0207
    Councilor Flynn for Councilor Louijeune offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Emily Polston in City Council.
    0208
    Councilor Flynn for Councilor Louijeune offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Jesse Purvis in City Council effective January 24, 2022.
    0209
    Councilor Flynn for Councilor Lara offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employees Stephanie Serrata and Dillon Tedesco in City Council.
    0210
    Councilor Flynn for Councilor Murphy ordered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Thomas Mannion and David Mareira in City Council effective January 29, 2022.
    0211
    Councilor Flynn for Councilor Murphy offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Stephen Graham III in City Council effective January 22, 2022.
     

  6. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for January 26, 2022.

  7. CONSENT AGENDA:

    0212
    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Resolution congratulating Christine Tieri.
    0213
    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Resolution in memory of Michael Georgopoulos.
    0214
    Councilor Breadon offered the following: Resolution in memory of Kathleen Woods Georgopoulos.
    0215
    Councilor Bok offered the following: Resolution in memory of Anna Adams.
    0216
    Councilor Louijeune offered the following: Resolution congratulating Haitian Americans United, Inc. for the 23rd Annual Haitian Independence Day Gala.
    0217
    Councilor Louijeune offered the following: Resolution in memory of Emmanuel Adonis.
    0218
    Councilor Louijeune offered the following: Resolution in memory of Eva Williams.
    0219
    Councilor Louijeune offered the following: Resolution in memory of Elizabeth Leah Frederique.
    0220
    Councilor Louijeune offered the following: Resolution congratulating Ten Haitian Artists in Recognition of Still Art Rises II   First Haitian Women's Exhibit at City Hall Presented By Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts.
    0221
    Councilor Worrell offered the following: Resolution declaring January 18th "Willie O'Ree Day" in the City of Boston.
     

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