Sunday, April 21, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City Calendar and in the city’s Open Meetings Portal.


Seen in September 2020 from Lafayette Square, Main Street is due to get protected bike lanes in each direction. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Municipal broadband feasibility

City Council roundtable/working meeting, 5:30 p.m. Monday. The council checks in on progress on a municipal broadband feasibility study and what may be final reports from consultants leading the city to what City Manager Yi-An Huang calls “a very exciting opportunity.” (Somerville officials looked in December at city-owned Internet too, which goes beyond recommendations from their own 2018 task force.) The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

School district budget proposal

School Committee special meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Superintendent Victoria Greer proposes a district budget for the 2024 fiscal year. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

City charter and education

School Committee special meeting, 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Members get a presentation from the Cambridge Charter Review Committee, which is remaking the city’s 80-year-old governing document. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

City-line voter challenge

Election Commission, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. It’s the threequel to the Feb. 15 case of whether Sam Seidel, who lives on Harris Street in a home on the city line, should be considered a resident of Cambridge or Somerville – a decision that could affect people in similar situations and was thus delayed March 1. The commission meets at 51 Inman St., Mid-Cambridge. (Update on March 14, 2022: This meeting is being rescheduled.)

Main and Hampshire street plans

Joint Transportation Committees, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The bicycle, pedestrian and transit advisory committees hear about two upcoming bike-lane plans proposed under the Cycling Safety Ordinance – on Main Street (which gets a whole meeting to itself Thursday) and Hampshire street. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Main Street bike lane project

Main Street Safety Improvement Project, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Main Street in The Port neighborhood – from Massachusetts Avenue in Lafayette Square and Portland Street near Kendall Square – is due to get separated bicycle lanes in both directions, improved crossing locations for pedestrians, identified locations for parking and loading and other changes focused on safety at key intersections. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.