CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

I.        CITY MANAGER'S AGENDA

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appointment of the following Cambridge residents as new members of the Open Data Review Board for a term of 2 years, effective September 23, 2019: Alanna Williams and Jenine Turner-Trauring.

CMA 2019 #252

This matter was placed on file.

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 19-94, regarding paving prioritization.

CMA 2019 #253

This matter was placed on file.

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Numbers 19-70 and 19-98, regarding restoration and clean up of the Jerry's Pond area.

CMA 2019 #254

Many proposed improvements were proposed to this area by DPW, after a walk through of the area with Councillor Siddiqui. Councillors asked that in addition to those improvements, that the crosswalk on Rindge Avenue across from the McCrehan Memorial Pool is heavily traveled, especially by families in the summer and safety measures should be instituted in the surrounding areas. One proposed measure would be installing a sign as the crosswalk with flashing lights to alert motorists of the heavy traffic.

This matter was placed on file.

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to recommendations of the Community Preservation Act Committee (CPAC) for FY2020.

CMA 2019 #255

The Community Preservation Act allots funds to open space, historic preservation, and Affordable  Housing within Cambridge. Its restoration of a fire station, improvement of open spaces, and commitment to increasing Affordable Housing demonstrate the meaningful progress achieved by this Act. (I would advise the total $ value)

Approved.

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to petition to amend provisions in Section 22.20, which governs Green Building Requirements, and also applicable definitions contained in Article 2.000.

CMA 2019 #256

Referred to Planning Board and Ordinance Committee for Report and Recommendation.

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to a petition to amend provisions in Article 5.000 and Article 22.000 pertaining to setback requirements and exterior building insulation.

CMA 2019 #257

Referred to Planning Board and Ordinance Committee for report and recommendation.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

II. CALENDAR

CHARTER RIGHT

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 19-56, regarding a report on the feasibility of constructing a quick-build complete streets project to provide separated bike lanes on Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square, from Sidney Street to Putnam Avenue.

CMA 2019 #246

As the lack of bike lanes on this stretch of Massachusetts Ave has created a dangerous situation for cyclists, quick-build bike lanes or an alternative, temporary solution should be constructed sooner than the projected completion date of the 2023 Fiscal Year. Parking should be removed to accommodate these lanes if needed, and this matter will require a robust and meaningful community process with residents and business/property owners and other stakeholders.

This matter was placed on file.

ON THE TABLE

  1. A communication was received from Anthony I. Wilson, City Clerk, transmitting Part 4 of the report from Councillor Dennis J. Carlone, Co-Chair and Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Co-Chair of the Ordinance Committee, for a reconvened public hearing held on September 3, 2019 to continue discussions on a proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to create an Affordable Housing Overlay District.

CRT 2019 #65

No action taken. This matter will be placed on file on September 30, 2019.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to proposed amendments to the following ordinance: and proposed amendments to Chapter 14.04 of the Cambridge Municipal Code (the "Fair Housing Ordinance). Fair Housing (passed to a 2nd reading) AWAITING HOME RULE LEGISLATION-BEFORE PROPOSAL CAN BE ORDAINED

CMA 2018 #234

No action taken.

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 18-108, regarding a report on offering early voting in City Council and School Committee Elections. PENDING RESPONSE FROM LEGISLATURE

CMA 2018 #286

No action taken.

  1. A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the proposed Cannabis Business Permitting Ordinance. ON OR AFTER APRIL 22, 2019 THE QUESTION COMES ON PASSAGE TO BE ORDAINED

CMA 2019 #86

This item was ordained. A two year moratorium on the conversion of Registered Marijuana Dispensaries to adult use  will allow only State Designated Economic Empowerment applicants to open an adult use cannabis retail location in Cambridge for two years.

  1. A Zoning Petition has been received from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. et al proposing a Grand Junction Pathway Overlay District

APP 2019 #75

This item was voted to a second reading on a procedural vote. All Councillors expressed that they had significant concerns about moving this forward should the Eversource location on Fulkerson Street not be resolved by the final vote.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

III.        COMMUNICATIONS

  1. A communication was received from Michael C.J. Putnam, expressing strong opposition to the Affordable Housing Overlay.

COM 772 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Patrick Braga, regarding the Harvard Square Redesign.

COM 773 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Ken Gaulin, 100 Memorial Drive, regarding the Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay.

COM 774 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from John Martin, 72 Antrim Street, regarding the Affordable Housing Overlay Zoning Proposal.

COM 775 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Pamela Oldham, 5 Appleton Road, regarding the Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay.

COM 776 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Jane Zhou, regarding the Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay.

COM 777 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Danica Mari, regarding the Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay and Fresh Pond developments.

COM 778 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Vincent Logiudice, 89 A/B Hampshire Street, regarding the Affordable Housing Overlay proposal.

COM 779 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Michele Sprengnether, 31 Chilton Street, regarding the New Street upzoning proposal.

COM 780 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from John Paul Holian, regarding the Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay.

COM 781 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Maria Vetrano, 463 Concord Avenue, regarding concerns about the homeless population growing around Fresh Pond.

COM 782 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Pamela Van Dort, 13 Cornelius Way, regarding the Alexandria Upzoning Petition.

COM 783 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1.   A communication was received from Chris Zurn, 6 Rindgefield Street, regarding the Affordable Housing Overlay.

COM 784 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Suzanne Blier, 5 Fuller Place, regarding the New Street Storage Complex and the Sullivan Courthouse Garage Proposal.

COM 785 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Arti Pandey, regarding the Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay.

COM 786 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Robert Camacho, 24 Corporal Burns Road, regarding the New Street SSG proposal.

COM 787 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Andrew Ezekowitz and LiQun Liu, regarding the Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay.

COM 788 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Robert J. La Tremouille, regarding "Department of Conservation and Recreation Leaves Open More Destruction of the Charles River".

COM 789 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Saskia James, regarding the Cannabis Business Permitting Ordinance.

COM 790 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Peter Valentine, regarding people who live useless lives.

COM 791 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Joseph T. Maguire, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., regarding amendment to Zoning petition for Grand Junction Pathway Overlay District.

COM 792 #2019

This communication was referred to Calendar Item #6.

  1. A communication was received from Michael Monestime, Central Square Business Improvement District, and Nathanael Fillmore, Cambridge Bicycle Safety, expressing their joint support for building protected bicycle lanes on Massachusetts Avenue between Sidney Street and Putnam Avenue in the near future.

COM 793 #2019

This communication was referred to Calendar Item #1.

  1. A communication was received from Carol O'Hare, 172 Magazine Street, regarding Cannabis,

          Municipal Code.

COM 794 #2019

This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Joe Maguire, regarding Grand Junction Pathway District Zoning Petition.

              COM 795 #2019

             This communication was placed on file.

  1. A communication was received from Nichole Snow, regarding medical marijuana.

              COM 796 #2019

              This communication was placed on file.

  1. An anonymous communication was received, regarding safer bicycle infrastructure.

            COM 797 #2019

              This communication was placed on file.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

IV. RESOLUTIONS

  1. That the City Council go on record congratulating all the honorees of this year’s YWCA Cambridge “Tribute to Outstanding Women” awards ceremony.

Councillor Simmons

RES 2019 #307

This resolution was adopted without discussion.

  1. Speedy recovery wishes to Marcia Brathwaite.

Councillor Simmons

RES 2019 #308

This resolution was adopted without discussion.

  1. Resolution on the Death of Sharon Hamer

Vice Mayor Devereux, Mayor McGovern

RES 2019 #309

This resolution was adopted without discussion.

  1. Welcoming JR Associates to Cambridge.

Councillor Toomey

RES 2019 #310

This resolution was adopted without discussion.

  1. Resolution on the death of Mary Ford.

Councillor Toomey

RES 2019 #311

This resolution was adopted without discussion.

  1. Best wishes to Paddy's on their 9th Annual 5K Cambridge Classic and congratulations on their 85th Anniversary Celebration on September 29, 2019.

Councillor Toomey

RES 2019 #312

This resolution was adopted as amended to add Councillor Simmons.

  1. Congratulations to City Councillor E. Denise Simmons on being honored with the "HistoryMaker Award" at the 2019 Annual History Project Awards.

Councillor Toomey

RES 2019 #313

This resolution was adopted.

  1. Happy 40th Anniversary wishes to Louie and Cheryl DePasquale.

Councillor Simmons

RES 2019 #314

This resolution was adopted.

  1. Resolution on the death of Pairle Jones.

Councillor Simmons

         RES 2019 #315

This resolution was adopted.

  1. Speedy recovery wishes to Tiffany Mitchell Hope.

             Councillor Simmons

            RES 2019 #316

            This resolution was adopted.

  1. Happy 34th Anniversary to Martin and Marie Vieira.

               Councillor Simmons                        

               RES 2019 #317

           This resolution was adopted.

  1. Speedy recovery wishes to Dena Petroulias.

              Councillor Simmons

             RES 2019 #318

            This resolution was adopted.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

V.        POLICY ORDER AND RESOLUTION LIST

  1. That the Executive Assistant to the City Council confer with the Dedication Committee to consider a request from Peter C. Johnson for a street sign dedication to Asa Brebner for his contributions to the community of Cambridge musicians.

Vice Mayor Devereux

POR 2019 #308

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right, and this matter will be taken up at the next scheduled City Council Meeting on Monday, September 30th.

  1. That the Executive Assistant to the City Council confer with the Dedication Committee to consider the request from Vice Mayor Devereux for a street sign dedication near 360 Huron Avenue in honor of Fresh Pond Market and the Najarian family.

Vice Mayor Devereux

POR 2019 #309

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right.

  1. That the City Manager is requested to work with the City Clerk’s Office, the Public Information Office, and the Information Technology Department to identify a suitable location on the City website to house information regarding the Municipal Code and to track non-zoning legislation and amendments.

Vice Mayor Devereux, Councillor Siddiqui

POR 2019 #310

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right.

  1. Enforcing Non-Smoking in Cambridge Buildings

Mayor McGovern

POR 2019 #311

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right.

  1. Renewable Energy for City Buildings

Councillor Carlone

POR 2019 #312

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right.

  1. Alcoholic beverage permitting in large parks

Vice Mayor Devereux, Councillor Siddiqui, Councillor Kelley

POR 2019 #313

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right.

  1. That the City Manager is requested to work with the appropriate departments to ensure that the redesign of the Harvard Square plaza and its coming renovation be used as an opportunity to further improve the safety of all crossings in the surrounding area.

Vice Mayor Devereux, Mayor McGovern, Councillor Carlone, Councillor Zondervan

POR 2019 #314

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right.

  1. That the City Manager is requested to light up City Hall red for World Dyslexia Awareness Day, Friday, October 4, 2019, beginning at sundown.

Mayor McGovern

POR 2019 #315

With how prevalent dyslexia is in the United States, it is becoming increasingly necessary to develop new ways to identify and address dyslexia. Councillor Mallon was added as a co-sponsor of this order.

This order was adopted as amended.

  1. That the City Manager is requested to work with the Department of Human Services and the Cambridge Public Library system to hire a social worker in the FY2021 budget for the Central Square Library branch.

Councillor Mallon, Councillor Siddiqui, Mayor McGovern

POR 2019 #316

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right.

  1. That the City Manager is requested to work with the Peace Commission and Citizens’ Commission on Civic Unity to ensure that the Meet Your Neighbor Day event is held at another time of year, in Spring or Summer, in order to eliminate any appearances of political conflict at Meet Your Neighbor Day events.

Vice Mayor Devereux

POR 2019 #317

Councillor Toomey exercised his charter-right.

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

VI. COMMITTEE REPORTS

  1. A report from Councillor Dennis J. Carlone and Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Co-Chairs of the Ordinance Committee, for a public hearing held on September 10, 2019 to discuss a Zoning Petition from Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. et al proposing a Grand Junction Pathway Overlay District

CRT 2019 #66

Report accepted and referred to Calendar Item #6.

  1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Dennis J. Carlone and Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Co-Chairs of the Ordinance Committee, for a public hearing held on August 14, 2019 to continue discussions on a proposed amendment to the Municipal Code to create a Cannabis Business Permitting ordinance including amendments submitted at the July 30, 2019 Special City Council meeting.

CRT 2019 #67

Report accepted and referred to Committee Report #3.

  1. A report from Councillor Dennis J. Carlone and Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Co-Chairs of the Ordinance Committee, for a public hearing held on September 18, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. to discuss amendments to the proposed Cannabis Business Permitting Ordinance

CRT 2019 #68

Report accepted, one order adopted, and one recommendation adopted.