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CITY COUNCIL MEETING

All weekly 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.

Discussion Topics

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

    1105 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Twenty-Five Million Dollars ($25,000,000.00) and any interest accrued thereon-received in the form of annual Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000.00) payments and held in an interest-bearing escrow fund until designated for use by the City-for the Sullivan Square Infrastructure Project.

    1106 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Sixty-Five Thousand Dollars ($165,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the Mayor’s Office of Human Services’ Connect, Learn and Explore Initiative, awarded by Boston Children’s Hospital to be administered by the Office of Human Services. The grant will fund youth sports and swim activities in partnership with Boston Public Schools.

    1107 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 development of urban space at 581 Dudley Street in the Roxbury section of the City of Boston to improve climate resiliency and provide outdoor recreation space, awarded by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation to be administered by the Department of Neighborhood Development. The grant will fund Dudley Street (State ARPA Earmark).

    1108 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Thirty-Eight Thousand ($38,000.00) in the form of a grant for the MHC FY24 Survey and Planning Grant Phase II, awarded by the United States Department of the Interior, passed through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, to be administered by the Office of Historic Preservation. The grant will fund Phase II of the East Boston Survey Update. The aim of Phase II is to produce new and updated inventory forms for properties in East Boston's Orient Heights area.

    1109 Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Twenty-Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($22,500.00) in the form of a grant, for the Child Care Licensing Support grant, awarded by the United Way to be administered by the Office of Early Childhood. The grant will fund stipends for individuals who have completed the Family Childcare Licensing Support Training and have opened their businesses.

    1110 Message and order for your approval an Order to reduce the FY25 appropriation for the Reserve for Collective Bargaining by Seven Hundred Eighty-Six Thousand Five Hundred and Three Dollars ($786,503.00) to provide funding for a City Department for the FY25 increases contained within the collective bargaining agreements between the City of Boston and Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association.

    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on July 8, 2024.

    1111 Message and order for a supplemental appropriation Order for a City Department for FY25 in the amount of Seven Hundred Eighty-Six Thousand Five Hundred and Three Dollars ($786,503.00) to cover the FY25 cost items contained within the collective bargaining agreements between the City of Boston and the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association. The terms of the contract are July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2027. The major provisions of the contract include a base wage increase of 2% to be given in October of each fiscal year of the contract term and flat amounts of $500, $250, $900, and $800 to be added to annual salaries in January of each fiscal year.

    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on July 8, 2024.

    1112 Message and order for your approval an Order to reduce the FY25 appropriation for the Reserve for Collective Bargaining by Thirty Four Thousand Three Hundred Thirty One Dollars ($34,331.00) to provide funding for a City Department for the FY25 increases contained within the collective bargaining agreements between the City of Boston and Teamsters Local 25.

    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on July 8, 2024.

    1113 Message and order for a supplemental appropriation Order for a City Department for FY25 in the amount of Thirty-Four Thousand Three Hundred Thirty-One Dollars ($34,331.00) to cover the FY25 cost items contained within the collective bargaining agreements between the City of Boston and the Teamsters Local 25. The terms of the contract are July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2027. The major provisions of the contract includes a base wage increase of 2% to be given in July of each fiscal year of the contract term and flat amounts of $500, $250, $900, and $800 to be added to annual salaries in January of each fiscal year.

    Filed in the Office of the City Clerk on July 8, 2024.

    1114 I hereby transmit for your review the City of Boston’s 2023 Annual Surveillance Report, pursuant to the Ordinance on Surveillance Oversight and Information Sharing, Boston City Code Section 16-63 (the “Ordinance”).

  4. REPORTS OF PUBLIC OFFICERS AND OTHERS:

    1115 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Jerica Bradley as Temporary First Assistant Collector-Treasurer for a period of 60 days, effective June 29, 2024.

    1116 Notice was received from the Mayor of the appointment of Tim McKenzie as Temporary Second Assistant Collector-Treasurer for a period of 60 days, effective June 29, 2024.

    1117 Notice was received from the Mayor of her absence from the City on Monday July 1, 2024 from 9:00 a.m., returning Monday July 1, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

    1118 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 May 8, 2024.

    1119 Communication was received from Timothy J. Smyth, Executive Officer of the Boston Retirement Board re: the FY25 Retiree Cost of Living Adjustment ("COLA") vote.

    1120 Notice was received from Governor Healey of the appointment of Mayor Wu as a member of the Advisory Commission of Local Government, for a term expiring January 15, 2025.

    1121 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 June 26, 2024.

    1122 Communication was received from Keegan Werlin LLP, re: NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy, EFSB 22-03 D.P.U. 22-21, of the final decision issued by the Energy Facilities Sitting Board dated July 2, 2024.

    1123 The Constable Bonds of Sleamms Petit-Maitre and Francisco Mejia having been duly approved by the Collector-Treasurer were received and approved.

  5. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES:

    0904 The Committee on Arts, Culture, Entertainment, Tourism, & Special Events, to which was referred on June 5, 2024, Docket #0904, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Two Hundred Ninety-Seven Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($297,200.00) in the form of a grant for the FY24 Local Cultural Council Program, awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to be administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture. The grant will fund innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in the City of Boston, submits a report recommending that the docket ought to pass.

    0903 The Committee on Arts, Culture, Entertainment, Tourism, & Special Events, to which was referred on June 5, 2024, Docket #0903, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000.00) in the form of a grant, for the Culture Access Fund, awarded by the Boston Foundation to be administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. The grant will fund the support of the Cultural Access Pilot Program, BPS Sundays, from the Boston Foundation, submits a report recommending that the docket ought to pass.

    0905 The Committee on Arts, Culture, Entertainment, Tourism, & Special Events, to which was referred on June 5, 2024, Docket #0905 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, for the Cultural Access Fund, awarded by the Barr Foundation to be administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. The grant will fund support for the Cultural Access Fund Pilot Program, helping to support the BPS Sundays initiative across several arts and cultural institutions, submits a report recommending that the docket ought to pass.

    0906 The Committee on Arts, Culture, Entertainment, Tourism, & Special Events, to which was referred on June 5, 2024, Docket #0906, Message and order authorizing the City of Boston to accept and expend the amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00) in the form of a grant, BPS Sundays pilot program support, awarded by Pilot House Philanthropy to be administered by the Office of Arts and Culture. The grant will fund the learning and evaluation component of the BPS Sunday Pilot Program, submits a report recommending that the docket ought to pass.

  6. MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD-FOR POSSIBLE ACTION:

    0303  Order for a hearing to review the rules and regulation of vehicles in relation to expansion of micro mobility access.

    0357  Order for a hearing to discuss the possibility of congestion pricing in Boston.

    0925  An Ordinance to Adopt the Small Commercial Tax Exemption as a Local Option in the City of Boston.

  7. MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

    1124 Councilor Durkan offered the following: An Ordinance Amending the City of Boston Code Ordinances Chapter VII Section 7 Regulating Restrictions on Park Frontages.

    1125 Councilor Pepén offered the following: Petition for a Special Law RE: An Act Providing Certain Death Benefits for Pamela Thompson, the Widow of a Former Firefighter of the City of Boston.

    1126 Councilor Flynn offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss resources for early childhood education and ways to ensure access to early childhood education for Boston families.

    1127 Councilor Pepén offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss alternative sidewalk options than concrete.

    1128 Councilor Pepén offered the following: Order for a hearing to discuss a fundamental overhaul of the Massachusetts Cannabis System.

    1129 Councilor Pepén offered the following: Order for a hearing to improve recruitment of civilian crossing guards to serve Boston families.

    1130 Councilor Pepén offered the following: Order for a hearing to implement community-safe rodent birth control to protect Boston families, companion animals, and wildlife.

    1131 Councilor Breadon offered the following: Order for a hearing to review capital planning, budgeting, and project management practices in the capital program of the City of Boston.

    1132 Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution calling for the reinstatement of the Community Syringe Redemption Program in the City of Boston.

    1133 Councilor Weber offered the following: Resolution in support of H.115 and S.49, "An Act to facilitate labor peace among the cannabis workforce."

    1134 Councilor Murphy and Flynn offered the following: Resolution congratulating John McGahan and recognizing July 10th as John McGahan Day in the City of Boston.

    1135 Councilor Murphy offered the following: Resolution in support of MCAS.

  8. PERSONNEL ORDERS:

    1136 Councilor Louijeune for Councilor Fernandes Anderson offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Logan M. O'Neill is City Council, effective July 15, 2024.

    1137 Councilor Louijeune for Councilor Weber offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Bonnie Delaune in City Council, effective July 1, 2024.

    1138 Councilor Louijeune for Councilor Fernandes Anderson offered the following: Order for the appointment of temporary employee Ewura Yankah in City Council, effective July 6, 2024.

  9. GREEN SHEETS:

    10/24  Legislative Calendar July 10, 2024.

  10. CONSENT AGENDA:

    1139  Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing US Navy Week.

    1140  Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Boston Harborfest.

    1141  Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing St. Theresa Society.

    1142  Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Cheers Bar and Hampshire House.

    1143  Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Boston Police Officer Dudley Hill.

    1144  Councilor Flynn offered the following: Resolution recognizing Whittier Street Health Center.

    1145  Councilor FitzGerald offered the following: Resolution in memory of Alba Zacaj.

    1146  Councilor Weber offered the following: Resolution in memory of Doña Betsaida Gutiérrez.

    1147  Councilor Pepén offered the following: Resolution recognizing Jeanne DuBois.

    1148  Councilor Pepén offered the following: Resolution recognizing Alta McDonald.

    1149  Councilor Pepén offered the following: Resolution recognizing DJ T. Clark.

    1150  Councilor Pepén offered the following: Resolution in memory of Russell Flynne Sr.

    1151  Councilor Fernandes Anderson offered the following: Resolution in memory of Amilcar Cabral.

    1152  Councilor Fernandes Anderson offered the following: Resolution recognizing Nha Balila.

    1153  Councilor Fernandes Anderson offered the following: Resolution recognizing the Cabo Verdean Community of Boston.

    1154  Councilor Fernandes Anderson offered the following: Resolution recognizing Cabo Verdean Heritage Month.

    1155  Councilor Weber offered the following: Resolution recognizing Bikes Not Bombs.

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