Friday, June 14, 2024

Somerville city councillors are looking at how cable television franchise fees have been spent over the past five years. (Photo: Somerville Media Center via Facebook)

Separating stormwater and wastewater

Spring Hill sewer separation community meeting, 6 p.m. Monday. City staff members update the community and gather feedback about the ongoing sewer separation project in the Spring Hill neighborhood, which is served by a combined sewer system collecting wastewater and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. The city is working on installing storm drains that separate stormwater from wastewater. At this meeting, city staff will review progress made this winter, look ahead to the spring-summer construction season and hear from residents. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Animals on Allen Street

34 Allen St. neighborhood meeting, 6 p.m. Monday. Veterinarian Chris Ulrich, with his attorney Anne Vigorito and architect Tanya Carriere of Khalsa Design, present their plans to redevelop a 2,709-square-foot vacant commercial building, recently used as a dojo for martial arts classes, into a veterinarian’s office at 34 Allen St., Union Square. This meeting with public feedback is required as part of the application process for a special permit. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


More bus lanes on Broadway

East Broadway bus and crosswalk pop-up, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. City staff meet the public at Everett Avenue and Cross Street (near the East Somerville Community School) to share information and answer questions about upcoming changes on East Broadway. The city plans to create red bus and bike lanes and make changes to bus stop and crosswalk locations.

How the cable money was spent

City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by councilor Jake Wilson hears a report from the city’s communications director detailing how cable television franchise fees have been spent over the past five years. As local cable companies negotiate a new contract with the city, councilors seek more details about how the city spends what comes out of it. Watchable by videoconferencing.


Public safety building debate

90 Washington St. Civic Advisory Committee, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. This committee charged with evaluating development options for the city-owned parcel near the East Somerville green line MBTA station holds its second public meeting. The city took the land by eminent domain for the purpose of erecting a replacement police and fire complex, but last year Mayor Katjana Ballantyne paused the design process to get more community input. City staff will present a virtual site tour, explain the process of evaluating proposals, review public feedback from last year and accept further public comment. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Helping immigrants get green cards

Pathway for Immigrant Workers information session, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The City of Somerville and Cambridge-based nonprofit organization Pathways for Immigrant Workers host a free legal information session for small employers and lower-wage workers at the East Somerville Community School Cafeteria, 50 Cross St. Employers and workers seeking employment-based permanent residency can schedule individual assessments to determine eligibility for pro-bono legal representation.


Civilian oversight of police

Civilian Oversight webinar, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday. In part four of a series of online seminars, staff from the city’s Department of Racial and Social Justice facilitate a panel discussion and Q&A with Boston and Cambridge civilian oversight staff. Somerville is considering how to structure a proposed civilian oversight entity that would investigate, monitor and review policies, procedures and complaints to enhance the transparency of police and ensure investigations are fair and thorough. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing and available online afterward along with recordings of the previous three webinars.

Council convenes

City Council, 7 p.m. Thursday. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave. on Central Hill; televised and watchable by videoconferencing, and posted online after the meeting. The agenda was not posted at press time.