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City Council meeting

The City Council is holding a meeting on April 24 at 12 p.m.

All meetings are open to the public. You can also watch meetings on Comcast channel 8, RCN channel 82, Verizon channel 1964, 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:

    0663 Message and ordinance amending the City of Boston Code, Ordinances, Chapters, 6,7,16, and 18. The purpose of these amendments is to facilitate the transfer of the Animal Care and Control unit from the Inspectional Services Department to the Parks and Recreation Department.Filed in the Office of the Clerk on April 22, 2019.

    0664 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Eight Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($850,000.00) in the form of a grant, FY19 Boston Regional Intelligence Center Allocation, awarded by MA Executive Office Of Public Safety & Security to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund upgrading, expanding, and integrating technology and protocols related to anti-terrorism, anti-crime, anti-gang, and emergency response.

    0665 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00) in the form of a grant awarded by the Boston Redevelopment Authority d/b/a the Boston Planning and Development Agency, pursuant to the 135 Morrissey Boulevard Cooperation Agreement. The purpose of the grant is to facilitate planning, design and capital improvements at and adjacent to the MBTA's JFK/UMASS Station.

    0666 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Sixty-Two Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty-Three Dollars ($262,763.00) in the form of a grant for the 2019 Senior Companion Program, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service to be administered by the Elderly Commission. The grant will fund part-time stipendiary community service opportunities for low-income persons who are 60 years and older.

    0667 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Thirty Thousand Two Hundred Fifty-Three Dollars ($130,253.00) in the form of a grant for the Retirement Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service to be administered by the Elderly Commission. The grant will fund 356 RSVP volunteers who will provide social support to homebound and older adults and individuals with disabilities.

    0668 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the K9 Unit, awarded by the Detective Joe Gallant Memorial Foundation to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund the replacement of ID Harnesses and training collars for Boston Police Department canines.

  3. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    0669 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Emme Handy as a Trustee of the Boston Common Maintenance Trust Fund for a term expiring January 10, 2020.

    0670 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Emme Handy as a Trustee of the Franklin Park Maintenance Trust Fund for a term expiring January 10, 2020.

    0671 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Sammy Nabulsi as a Member of the Municipal Lobbying Compliance Commission for a term expiring January 3, 2022.

    0672 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Stephanie Everett as a Member of the Municipal Lobbying Compliance Commission for a term expiring January 3, 2022.

    0673 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Vivien Li as a Member of the Municipal Lobbying Compliance Commission for a term expiring January 3, 2022.

    0674 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 February 13, 2019.

    0675 Communication was received from the Boston Retirement Board re: FY20 Retiree Cost of Living Adjustment ("COLA") Vote.

    0676 Communication was received from Councilor O'Malley notifying that he and his colleagues will be touring the New England Aquarium on Tuesday April 23, 2019 and will also be meeting with the President of the New England Aquarium, Vikki Spruill.

    0677 Communication was received from Brian P. Golden, Director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency regarding Proposed Minor Modification to the Charlestown Urban Renewal Plan, Project No. Mass. R-55, with respect to the creation of Parcel c-2a-5.

  4. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    0644 The Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred on April 10, 2019, Docket #0644, an order for the adjustment of the local room occupancy excise rate under MGL c.64G, section 3A, and acceptance of MGL c. 64G, sections 3D (a) and 3D (b) allowing cities and towns to impose a community impact fee on short-term rentals, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0174 The Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation, to which was referred on January 16, 2019, Docket #0174, message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend a grant from the Boston Planning and Development Agency in an amount not to exceed One Million Five Hundred Two Thousand and Fifty Dollars ($1,502,050.00) for the cost related to the design and construction of the Harrison Avenue Complete Street Corridor Project, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0447 The Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation, to which was referred on March 6, 2019, Docket #0447, 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 awarded by MCAF Winthrop, LLC pursuant to the 115 Winthrop Square Redevelopment Project Cooperation Agreement. The purpose of the grant is to fund a bus rapid transit plan as described in the project's Transportation Access Plan Agreement, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

  5. MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD-FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:

    0104    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the grant of Four Hundred Ninety-Eight Thousand Two Hundred Ninety-one Dollars ($498,291.00) for the First Responders-Comprehensive Addition and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to be administered by the Fire Safety, Health and Wellness. The grant will fund the Boston Fire Department Recovery Services Program. This is 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.

    0108    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Million Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($2,250,000.00) in the form of a grant for the FY19 Boston Fire Department State Training Grant, awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services to be administered by the Fire Department. The grant will fund the Boston Fire Department's Training Division for FY19. The State earmark supplements City funds for training, supplies and materials for the Boston Fire Training Division and Academy.

    0112    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 FFY2019 Traffic Enforcement Program, awarded by the United States Department of Transportation, passed through the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, to be administered by the Boston Police Department. The grant will fund high-visibility traffic enforcement of motor vehicle laws, including but not limited to, speeding and aggressive driving, impaired driving and occupant protection.

    0216    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Five Hundred Fifty-Nine Thousand Fourteen Dollars and Eighteen Cents ($1,559,014.18) in the form of a grant for the 2019 Senator Charles R. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang violence through coordinated prevention and intervention, law enforcement, prosecution, and reintegration program.

    0218    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount Three Hundred Five Thousand Three Hundred Sixty-Two Dollars ($305,362.00) in the form of a grant for the FY18 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program, awarded by the United States Department of Justice to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund a partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission to conduct home visits to opioid overdose survivors, linking them to appropriate services and resources.

    0219    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Fifty-Seven Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Two Dollars ($257,492.00) in the form of a grant, for the FY2018 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program, awarded by the National Institute of Justice to be administered by the Boston Police Department. The grant will fund two Criminalist positions, overtime, lab supplies, and continuing education expenses.

    0503    Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars ($280,000.00) in the form of a grant for the Safe & Successful Youth Initiative - Amendment FY18 and FY19, awarded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services to be administered by the Boston Police Department. The grant will fund a comprehensive, inter-agency strategy that connects law enforcement, employment, education, public health and youth development agencies to reduce youth violence in the Commonwealth.

    0622-0625    Orders for the FY20 Operating Budget including Annual Appropriations for Departmental Operations, Annual Appropriation for the School Department, Appropriation for Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), Appropriation for Certain Transportation and Public Realm Improvements, and Appropriation for Certain Park Improvements.    

    0631    Message and order authorizing the Law Department revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2020 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).

    0632    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor's Office of Tourism revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2020 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, and 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).

    0633    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2020 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).

    0634    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2020 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).

    0638    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2020 to repair and purchase Boston Public Schools computer technology, including computers, mobile devices, and instructional software. 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 Dollars ($1,000,000.00).

        
    0639    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2020 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).


    0640    Message and order authorizing a limit for the Boston Public Schools revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2020 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).
     

  6. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    0678 Councilors Zakim and Flaherty offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding Health Care Provider Parking Permits in the City of Boston.

    0679 Councilors Edwards offered the following: Resolution affirming the rights of graduate student workers to organize for fair working conditions.

    0680 Councilors Wu and Janey offered the following: Order requesting certain information under section 17F: re the latest quarterly report as provided for the Ordinance Promoting Equity in City of Boston Contracts.

    0681 Councilor Wu offered the following: An Ordinance Regarding Resident Parking in the City of Boston.

    0682 Councilors O'Malley and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution in support of the Education Promise Act.

    0683 Councilors O'Malley and Flynn offered the following: Resolution in support of the Stop and Shop United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

  7. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for April 24, 2019.

  8. CONSENT AGENDA:

    0684 Councilor McCarthy offered the following Resolution recognizing LULAC's 90th Anniversary championing for Hispanic Americans.

    0685 Councilor Flynn, Flaherty, Essaibi-George and Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing The United States Navy.

    0686 Councilors Flynn, Flaherty, Essaibi-George, Wu and Garrison offered the following: Resolution recognizing The Taipei Economic and Cultural office in Boston.

    0687 Councilors Flynn, Flaherty, Wu and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing Cityside Neighborhood Association.

    0688 Councilors Flynn and Flaherty offered the following: Resolution in memory Donna Marie Coakley.

    0689 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in memory of Caron "Cazz" Fales.

    0690 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in memory of Robert A. George.

    0691 Councilor Edwards offered the following: Resolution congratulating Maureen Stillman.

    0692 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in memory of Alexander M. Rosin.

    0693 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in memory of Mary Tempesta.

    0694 Councilors Essaibi-George and O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing 6 people at the Parkway in Motion Awards.

    0695 Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution in memory of Marshall Sloane.

    0696 Councilors Flynn, Campbell, Flaherty, Wu, Garrison and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution congratulating 12 people from the Chinatown Resident. Association.

    0697 Councilors Flynn, Campbell, Flaherty, Wu and Garrison offered the following: Resolution congratulating Gee Poy Kuo Association.

    0698 Councilors Flynn, Campbell, Flaherty, Wu and Garrison offered the following: Resolution congratulating Chinatown Crime Watch.

    0699 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in memory of Bart P. McCauley.

    0700 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution In Memory of Charles. P. Mahoney

    0701 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Theresa A. Donovan.

    0702 Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution in memory of Valerie Kaufman.

    0703 Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution recognizing Shari Thurer.

    0704 Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution recognizing Robert Thurer.

    0705 Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution recognizing Lynne Spencer.

    0706 Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution recognizing Jed Weiss.

    0707 Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution recognizing Ilana Braun.

    0708 Councilor Edwards offered the following: Resolution congratulating East Boston Beauty Academy.

    0709 Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution in honor of Dr. Pastor Michael G Coleman.

    0710 Councilors O'Malley and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution congratulating Elise Poniatowski.

    0711 Councilors O'Malley and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution congratulating Ashley Agostinelli.

    0712 Councilors O'Malley and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution congratulating Heather Mulkerrin.

    0713 Councilors O'Malley and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution congratulating Mackenzie Kelly.

    0714 Councilors O'Malley and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution congratulating Holly Gillis.

    0715 Councilor Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognize April 25, 2019 at the first ever city wide Needle Take Back Day.

     

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