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City of Somerville, Massachusetts

Matters of Business of the City Council

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REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

October 10, 2019, 7:00 PM

City Council Chamber, City Hall-93 Highland Avenue

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OPENING OF THE MEETING

1. Roll Call

(ID 21821)

Call of the Roll.

2. Minutes

(ID 21822)

Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting,

September 12, 2019.

CITATIONS

3. Citation

(ID 21825)

By City Councilor Ballantyne, and the Mayor

Commending each of the 55 Crossing Guards who

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protect our children on school days, as they cross busy

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streets made busier this year by the bridge closures and

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construction activities.

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PUBLIC HEARINGS

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4. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21826)

Submitted by Eversource to install 408 feet of conduit in

Broadway from Manhole 2635 to a point of pickup at

725 Broadway.

5. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21827)

Submitted by Eversource to install 121 feet of conduit in

Broadway from Manhole 3636 to a point of pickup at

1070 Broadway.

6. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21828)

Submitted by Eversource to install 102 feet of conduit in

Broadway from Pole 144/6 to a point of pickup at 41

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Myrtle St.

7. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21829)

Submitted by Eversource to install 100 feet of conduit in

Broadway from Manhole 1905 to an Extenet wireless

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facility near 328 Broadway.

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8. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21830)

Submitted by Eversource to install 93 feet of conduit in

Somerville Ave from Manhole 20650 to a new Extenet

handhole near 411 Somerville Ave.

9. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21831)

Submitted by Eversource to install 71 feet of conduit in

Vinal Ave from Pole 248/1 to a point of pickup at 3

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Summer St.

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10. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21832)

Submitted by Eversource to install 57 feet of conduit in

Cedar St from Pole 238/1 to a point of pickup at 171

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Cedar St.

11. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21833)

Submitted by Eversource to install 44 feet of conduit in

Elmwood St from Pole 113/3 to a point of pickup at 17

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Elmwood St.

12. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21834)

Submitted by Eversource to install 9 feet of conduit in

College Ave from Pole 156/5 to a point of pickup at 40

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College Ave.

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13. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21835)

Submitted by Eversource to install 7 feet of conduit in

Willow Ave from Pole 198/22 to a point of pickup at 201

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Willow Ave.

14. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21836)

Submitted by ExteNet Systems to replace a City-owned

streetlight at 479 Canal St with a similar streetlight that

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includes a wireless small cell antenna and related

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equipment.

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15. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21837)

Submitted by ExteNet Systems to replace a City-owned

streetlight at 411 Somerville Ave with a similar

streetlight that includes a wireless small cell antenna and

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related equipment.

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16. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21838)

Submitted by ExteNet Systems to replace a City-owned

streetlight at 497 Broadway with a similar streetlight that

includes a wireless small cell antenna and related

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equipment.

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17. Grant of

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Location

(ID 21839)

Submitted by ExteNet Systems to replace a City-owned

streetlight at 75 Mystic Ave with a similar streetlight that

includes a wireless small cell antenna and related

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equipment.

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ORDERS, ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND MOTIONS OF MEMBERS

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18. Order

(ID 21803)

By City Councilor Davis

That the City Solicitor take all actions available to

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enforce any applicable law or regulation requiring

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utilities to remove wires that are no longer in use

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(including MGL c166 ss 30 33).

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19. Resolution

(ID 21804)

By City Councilor Ewen-Campen

That the Director of Sustainability and Environment and

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others in the Administration work with this Council to

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convene a task force to provide recommendations to

eliminate the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels in

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new buildings.

20. Resolution

(ID 21811)

By City Councilor Ewen-Campen, Hirsch

That the Administration update this Council on plans to

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preserve onsite affordable senior housing and care for the

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current and future residents of the Little Sisters of the

Poor facility.

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21. Order

(ID 21812)

By City Councilor Ewen-Campen

That the Commissioner of Public Works commence

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regular sidewalk cleaning outside the Nunziato Dog

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Park, and provide the Ward 3 City Councilor with a

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written policy for scheduled sidewalk cleaning.

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22. Order

(ID 21805)

By City Councilor White Jr.

That the Chief Assessor utilize a valuation method for

commercial real estate that takes into account the

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financial impact of the bridge closings on businesses

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located in such properties.

23. Order

(ID 21806)

By City Councilor White Jr.

That the Chief of Police report to this Council on any

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enforcement actions undertaken under Ordinance 9-97,

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especially with regard to disturbances of the peace in the

vicinity of Tufts College.

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24. Order

(ID 21788)

By City Councilor Ballantyne, Rossetti, Hirsch

That the Commissioner of Public Works install traffic

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dampening tools at the intersection of Broadway and

Simpson Avenue to slow the traffic speeding on

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Broadway.

25. Order

(ID 21807)

By City Councilor Niedergang

That the Director of SPCD report on the bus and bike

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lanes on Broadway on Winter Hill, including an

assessment of their effectiveness, a response to the many

complaints that have been received, and a description of

any changes that are planned or being investigated.

26. Order

(ID 21808)

By City Councilor Niedergang

That the Chief of Police redeploy as soon as possible at

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least 6 Police Officers full-time into the Traffic Division,

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to conduct traffic enforcement to regain control over our

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increasingly chaotic streets in the interest of public and

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especially pedestrian safety.

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27. Resolution

(ID 21809)

By City Councilor Niedergang

That the Administration provide an update on

implementation of the Tree Preservation Ordinance, with

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any recommendations for amendments to make it as

effective and enforceable as possible.

28. Order

(ID 21810)

By City Councilor Niedergang

Proposing amendments to Tree Preservation Ordinances

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12-103, 12-104 and 12-105.3, to allow the Tree Warden

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and Senior Urban Forestry and Landscape Planner to

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designate another member of their departments to

perform their duties and attend, count towards the

quorum for, and participate and vote in the meetings of

the Urban Forestry Committee.

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29. Order

(ID 21813)

By City Councilor Hirsch

That the Chief of Police and the Chief Fire Engineer

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provide an update on upcoming and past meetings with

Spectra Energy (now Enbridge) related to the Algonquin

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Gas Transmission line and the J-2 loop and any

communications regarding risks and safety procedures

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related to those pipelines.

30. Order

(ID 21815)

By City Councilor Hirsch

That the Director of SPCD or the Chief of Police discuss

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whether or not residents only and abutters only

driving restrictions are enforceable, and whether this

information can currently be reflected in mapping

applications like Google and WAZE.

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31. Communication

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(ID 21814)

By City Councilor Hirsch

Providing updates on metric development for the 2040

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SomerVision Housing Working Group.

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32. Resolution

(ID 21820)

By City Councilor Clingan

That the Administration perform an ADA accessibility

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audit of the entire city of Somerville (including state

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property) and based on that audit, devise a plan complete

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with timeline for implementation.

33. Order

(ID 21816)

By City Councilor Clingan

That the Chief of Police forgive all traffic violations to

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date for drivers fined for using the new bus only lane on Broadway until residents are educated on the changes.

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34. Order

(ID 21817)

By City Councilor Clingan

That the Director of SPCD create an education campaign

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for the new bus only lane on Broadway.

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35. Resolution

(ID 21818)

By City Councilor Clingan

That the Administration provide an update addressing

the Winter Hill in Motion project, including links to the

educational materials created.

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36. Order


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