Sunday, June 23, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City of Somerville website.


The roof of the Somerville Media Center in Union Square – seen amid surrounding April 2021 construction – is due for discussion at a Tuesday meeting. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Fixing streets and public buildings

City Council Public Utilities and Public Works Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councilor Jesse Clingan will look at a long-broken elevator in the Armory arts building, the roof of the Somerville Media Center, a proposed water retention tank in Gilman Square, a sinkhole near 370 Medford St. and various streetscape improvements and other concerns. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Davis T station upgrades

Commission for Persons With Disabilities, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. This commission chaired by Bonnie Denis will hear a presentation from the MBTA regarding the elevator and other accessibility conditions at the Davis Square T station. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

City Hall coming to you

City Hall Community Meetings, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday continue this week in Ward 3 (Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave.) on Tuesday and Ward 4 (Healey School Cafeteria, 5 Meacham St.) on Wednesday. Formerly known as ResiStat, these community meetings are watchable by Zoom video conferencing. For those who attend in person, a meet-and-greet with refreshments begins at 6 p.m.

Charter changes proposed

City Council Charter Review Special Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councilor J.T. Scott will receive and discuss the recommendations of the City’s Charter Review Committee. The charter review process seeks to ensure Somerville’s government meets the needs of residents today and prepares for the challenges of the future. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Holland Street bike lanes

Traffic Commission, 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The commission will host a special meeting to review public comments and deliberate on proposed changes to Holland Street. The plan would add protected bike lanes between Teele and Davis squares, restricting parking on the south side of the street but adding some off-street parking options. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Different day and time for council

City Council, 7 p.m. Thursday. Meeting for the first time in three weeks, the Somerville City Council will vote to request status reports on water use and the unusually high number of residents reporting higher water bills, as well as the status of household hazardous waste collection. Members will also order the director of engineering to develop a plan to redesign the intersection of Broadway and Main Street, and the director of mobility to establish a traffic plan to mitigate speeding near the Healey School.

Councilors will consider a request from Mayor Katjana Ballantyne to approve the creation of an Immigrant Legal Services Stabilization Fund to help Somerville’s immigrant residents pay for advice from a licensed immigration attorney, and the creation of a BikeShare Stabilization Fund to be bankrolled by developer contributions, mitigation payments and donations.

The council meets at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville. The meeting will be livestreamed.