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City Council meeting

The City Council is holding a meeting on September 11 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:

    1264 Message and order approving a Home Rule Petition to the General Court entitled “An Act to Authorize the Boston Redevelopment Authority to Grant Easements for Utility Purposes Over a Portion of a Certain Parcel of Land Located in the City of Boston”.

    1265 Message and order authorizing the issuance of tax-exempt refunding bonds in a principal amount not to exceed One Hundred Fifty Million Dollars ($150,000,000.00) in order to pay the principal, redemption premium, if any, and interest on the bonds or other obligations to be refunded, and other costs.

    1266 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Three Million Three Hundred Twenty-Eight Thousand Three Hundred Seventeen Dollars ($3,328,317.00) in the form of a grant for the FY20 Public Safety Answering Point, awarded by the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security to be administered by the Police Department. The grant will fund costs associated with providing Enhanced 911 services.

    1267 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Eight Hundred Eight Thousand Two Hundred Thirty Dollars ($1,808,230.00) in the form of a grant for the FFY20 Title IIIC- Nutrition, 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 Elderly Commission. The grant will fund home-delivered and congregate meals for seniors in Boston.

    1268 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Nineteen Thousand Six Hundred Fifty-Nine Dollars and Sixty-Eight Cents ($1,019,659.68) in the form of a grant for the FY20 State Elder Lunch Program, awarded by the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs to be administered by the Elderly Commission. The grant will fund meals for seniors in Boston.

    1269 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Nine Hundred Sixty-Six Thousand Nine Hundred Thirty-Two Dollars ($966,932.00) in the form of a grant, for the FFY20 Title III-B Supportive Services, 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 Elderly Commission. The grant will fund a comprehensive and coordinated health and social services system, which assist elders to maintain independent living in their communities as long as desired.

    1270 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Hundred Ninety-One Thousand Five Hundred Fifty-Two Dollars ($491,552.00) in the form of a grant, for the FFY20 Title III-E Caregiver, awarded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, passed though the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to be administered by the Elderly Commission. The grant would fund sub-grants for caregiver services to seniors, and to grandparents raising their grandchildren.

    1271 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Four Hundred Thousand Six Hundred Ninety-Four Dollars ($400,694.00) in the form of a grant for the FFY2020 Title III-A Area Plan Administration, 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 Elderly Commission. The grant will fund administrative expenses of the Age Strong Commission as the Boston Area Agency on Aging.

    1272 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Seventy-One Thousand Two Hundred Forty-Two Dollars ( $171,242.00) in the form of a grant, FFY20 Title III- Ombudsman awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, passed through the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, to the administered by the Elderly Commission. The grant will fund services and advocacy for seniors in nursing homes.

    1273 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Six Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($106,250.00) in the form of a grant, for the Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund, awarded by Boston College to be administered by the Transportation Department. The grant will fund two new Blue Bike Stations in Brighton.

    1274 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Seventy-Eight Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty-Five Dollars ($78,825.00) in the form of a grant for the Title III-D Preventative Health 2020, 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 Elderly Commission. The grant will fund information and services to improve the health of seniors in Boston.

    1275 Message and order authorizing the City to adopt a property tax exemption for members of the National Guard and reservists who are serving in foreign countries. The City of Boston initially adopted the exemption in Fiscal Year 2012, and by law, this local option must be extended by a vote of the City Council every two years. The City of Boston shall offer a property tax exemption of up to 100% for active members of the National Guard and reservists.

    1276 Message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Camilo Alvarez as a member of the Boston Art Commission for a term expiring on June 1, 2024.

    1277 Message and order for the confirmation of the appointment of Robert Freeman as a member of the Boston Art Commission for a term expiring January 1, 2024.

    1278 Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of Ekua Holmes, as a member of the Boston Art Commission, for a term expiring April 1, 2023.

    1279 Message and order for the confirmation of the reappointment of  Dr. Theodore Landsmark as a member of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (EDIC) Board of Directors for a term expiring August 15, 2024.

     

  3. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    1280 Notice was received from Councilor Essaibi-George of her absence from the City from Sunday, August 25th 2019 until Tuesday, August 27th 2019 to visit safe consumption sites in Toronto, Canada.

    1281 Notice was received from Councilor O'Malley of his absence from the City from Sunday, August 25th 2019 until Tuesday, August 27th 2019 to visit safe consumption sites in Toronto, Canada.

    1282 Notice was received from Councilor Ciommo of his absence from the City from Sunday, August 25th 2019 until Tuesday, August 27th 2019 to visit safe consumption sites in Toronto, Canada.

    1283 Notice was received from Councilor Essaibi-George regarding a request to amend Docket #0258: Order for a Working Session Regarding the Opioid Crisis.

    1284 Notice was received from Councilor Garrison of her resignation from the Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery.

    1285 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Evandro Carvalho as Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission effective August 26, 2019.

    1286 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of John Taglilatela as the Director of Valuation in the Assessing Department effective July 13, 2019.

  4. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    666 The Committee on Healthy Women, Families and Communities, to which was referred on April 24, 2019 Docket #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, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

    0667 The Committee on Healthy Women, Families and Communities, to which was referred on April 24, 2019 Docket #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 Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, to be administered by the Elderly Commission, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass in a new draft.

    0866 The Committee on Environment, Sustainability, and Parks to which was referred on June 5, 2019 Docket #0866, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the Boston Digital Archaeology Project, awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to be administered by the Environment Department. The grant will fund salary for an archaeologist to collect data and digitized findings and make them accessible to scholars and the general public, submits a report recommending the order ought to pass.

  5. MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD-FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:

    1051 Message and order to declare surplus City-owned former Transportation Department parcels with vacant land and transfer the care, custody, management and control of said property to the Public Facilities Commission. The land is located at 40-50 Warren Street in Roxbury District (Ward 08, Parcel 02550000).

    1106 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000.00) in the form of a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program Action Grant awarded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The purpose of the grant is to facilitate preliminary design, technical analysis, and pre-permitting for proposed climate-resilient capital improvements to the Joseph Moakley Park located in the neighborhood of South Boston.

  6. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    1287 Councilor Garrison offered the following: Resolution in support of the Boston Police Department and the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association.

    1288 Councilors Baker, Campbell and Wu offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss a "Little Saigon Cultural District" Designation in Fields Corner.

    1289 Councilors Flynn and Edwards offered the following: Resolution supporting children born abroad to military members and federal workers.

    1290 Councilors Edwards and Flynn offered the following:  Resolution supporting workers at the Battery Wharf Hotel.

    1291 Councilors Flynn and Edwards and Wu offered the following: Order for a Hearing to discuss updates on the implementation of the Short Term Rental Ordinance.

    1292 Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Order for a hearing regarding prohibiting wearing a mask, hood or other device to conceal any portion of the face to conceal the identity of the wearer upon or within public property in the City of Boston.

    1293 Councilor Garrison offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss exploring the establishment of Hybrid School Committee.

  7. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    1294 Councilor Campbell for Councilor Janey offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Brandon Yu Lizuka Russell in City Council.

    1295 Councilor Campbell for Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Ana Fonseca in City Council.

  8. GREEN SHEETS:

    Legislative Calendar for August 21, 2019.

  9. CONSENT AGENDA:

    1296 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution recognizing the 2019 St. Elizabeth's Medical Center 2019 Healthcare Scholarship Recipients.

    1297 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution recognizing Frances Pauline Hurvitz.

    1298 Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing Sanell Dempster.

    1299 Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing Christopher "Wassy" Bowen.

    1300 Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing Heaven "Snakey" Charles.

    1301 Councilor Campbell offered the following: Resolution recognizing Henry Antoine.

    1302 Councilor Garrison offered the following: Resolution recognizing Nicholas J. Zozula.

    1303 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing Eileen Keough.

    1304 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution in memory of Maria "Ma" G. Iafrate.

    1305 Councilor Ciommo offered the following: Resolution recognizing Rita DiGesse.

    1306 Councilor Garrison offered the following: Resolutions recognizing 14 people and their families for furthering the common good for all in the City of Boston.

    1307 Councilor Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing Sri Krishna Janmastami.

    1308 Councilors Flynn, Flaherty, Garrison and Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing Diego Davila Ramos.

    1309 Councilors Flynn, Flaherty, Garrison, Essaibi-George and Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing Kim Sit.

    1310 Councilors Flynn, Flaherty, Garrison, Essaibi-George and Wu offered the following: Resolution recognizing 2019 Residence Lab.

    1311 Councilors Flynn, Flaherty, Baker, Wu, McCarthy, O'Malley, Janey, Edwards, Garrison, Essaibi-George, Campbell, Zakim and Ciommo offered the following: Resolution recognizing Women's Suffrage.

    1312 Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution in memory of Patricia F. McDonough.

    1313 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Michael P. Shea.

    1314 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Stephen "Steve" Slyne.

    1315 Councilor McCarthy offered the following: Resolution in memory of Myles Michael Colleran.

    1316 Councilors Flynn, Flaherty, Garrison, Wu and Essaibi-George offered the following: Resolution recognizing Methunion Manor Co-op Annual Unity Cookout.

    1317 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing the Jamaica Plain Music Festival.

    1318 Councilor Zakim offered the following: Resolution in memory of Winifred Denise Clark.

    1319 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Fotios N. Kourtis.

    1320 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Doreen Conroy.

    1321 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution in memory of Leonard Cropper.

    1322 Councilor O'Malley offered the following: Resolution recognizing the 17th International Myeloma Workshop.