Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A bus in Somerville’s Winter Hill neighborhood in 2012. (Photo: Eric Kilby via Flickr)

Fare-free bus routes eyed

City Council Traffic and Parking Committee, 6 p.m. Monday. This committee chaired by councilor Beatriz Gomez Mouakad talks with the director of the city’s Mobility Division about a study of bus routes to determine targets for fare-free rides. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Alternative emergency responses

City Council Public Health and Public Safety Committee, 6 p.m. Monday. This committee run by city councilor Charlotte Kelly meets with local mental health care providers and city staff to discuss unarmed, non-police emergency response methods. Watchable by videoconferencing.

New housing on Medford Street

Medford Street Neighborhood Meeting, 6 p.m. Monday. Somerville Living and DiBiase Homes hold their third public meeting to show revisions to an approved mixed-use residential and commercial project at 16-20 Medford St. in the Inner Belt neighborhood, the current site of Cubby Oil and Somerville Gas & Service. They expect to take questions from neighbors about the four-story, 41-unit condominium building. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Outdoor dining rules

Licensing Commission, 6 p.m. Monday. This commission led by Joe Lynch reviews changes to the rules for restaurant patio seating in the public way. Watchable by videoconferencing.


Help choose next police chief

Police Chief Search Public Listening Session, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. This public listening session led by the firm conducting the search for the next police chief gives community members an opportunity to voice expectations and concerns about the search process and the qualities the chief should possess. Watchable by videoconferencing with live American Sign Language interpretation and transcription services. An upcoming session in March will offer live translation in multiple languages.

Equity in recreation and housing

City Council Equity, Gender, Seniors, Families and Vulnerable Populations Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councilor Beatriz Gomez Mouakad meets with the Parks & Recreation director on how to eliminate equity barriers for residents signing up for recreation programs, and hears from planning and inspectional services staff about how the city provides oversight for compliance with Fair Housing Act design guidelines. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Designing 35 McGrath lab space

Urban Design Commission, 6 p.m. Tuesday. The commission provides design guidance to 35 McGrath Highway Realty Trust, which has the okay to put up a nine-story lab building in the Inner Belt neighborhood. Watchable by videoconferencing.