Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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


U.S. Sen. Edward Markey during a visit to the area Oct. 30, 2020. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Markey talks Green New Deal

SustainaVille Week keynote address, 6:30 p.m. Monday. As part of Somerville’s annual SustainaVille Week, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and Mayor Katjana Ballantyne offer their thoughts on “The Green New Deal and Somerville.” Community members will learn about how federal funding and priorities can support climate resiliency action in Somerville. Advance registration is required. The event takes place in the auditorium at Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave., Central Hill.

Investing in our planet

SustainaVille Panel Discussion, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. A panel of experts explores how “Environmental, Social and Governance” investing can support environmental justice and climate resilience. Panelists include Cassidy Yates, climate resiliency engineer at Weston & Sampson; Julie Dyer Wood, climate compact director at the Charles River Watershed Association; and Devin MacGoy, energy democracy community organizer at GreenRoots. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Medical debt relief for residents

City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson debates whether the city can and should use municipal funds for a medical debt relief program to help residents. Councilors have requested guidance from the city solicitor regarding whether the city would be allowed legally to use general funds for this purpose. If so, councilors will debate whether it would be a good idea. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Spring ward meetings begin

Ward 3 Community Meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and city councilors meet the public at the spring 2023 City Hall Community Meetings, beginning in Ward 3. These meetings are held twice a year in each of Somerville’s seven wards to share the latest city and neighborhood updates and to allow community members to talk with their neighbors, elected officials and city staff. A social half-hour begins at 6 p.m. with pizza, healthy snacks and informal conversation. The Ward 3 meeting takes place in the cafeteria at Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave., Central Hill.

Spring ward meetings continue

Ward 5 Community Meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The semi-annual series of community meetings continues in Ward 5 in the cafeteria at the Kennedy School, 5 Cherry St.

Council convenes

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