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.


The Union Square South Block in Somerville. (Photo: Linda Pinkow)

Eating in public spaces

Licensing Commission, 6 p.m. Monday. This commission chaired by Joe Lynch considers proposals from 16 restaurants for outdoor seating in public spaces across the city. Outdoor dining is allowed from April 1 to Nov. 30 this year. The public is welcome to comment on any of the license requests. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Paying for water

Water and Sewer Rates Public Hearing, 6 p.m. Monday. The city hosts an information session and public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2024 water and sewer rates. The information session begins at 6 p.m. and the public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is welcome to testify. Additional time will be offered after the hearing if attendees have more comments. The event takes place in the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. The public can participate in person or remotely via Zoom or phone.

Protecting people from trucks

City Council Legislative Matters Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by councilor Lance Davis hears from city staff on enforcement of the Ordinance to Safeguard Vulnerable Road Users, which requires that large trucks owned or contracted by the city have safety items installed to protect road users from the risk of falling under the sides of the vehicle, being caught under the wheels or being struck due to limited visibility from the truck driver’s viewpoint. The committee and staff will discuss possible changes to the ordinance and possible collaboration with Boston and Cambridge on enforcement. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Developing 90 Washington St.

Somerville Redevelopment Authority, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The agency chaired by Philip Ercolini provides an update on its search for a team to take on the redevelopment of the city-owned property at 90 Washington St. Located close to the East Somerville green line MBTA station, the four-acre site was acquired by the city to be the location for a public safety building. After pushback from neighbors and other residents, the SRA is now planning for a mixed-use project, integrating the police and fire headquarters with other functions that meet community needs, which may include retail businesses, housing, recreation facilities, civic space and other uses. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Reforming public safety

Public Safety for All webinar, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Department of Racial and Social Justice presents the first webinar in the Public Safety for All initiative, a series of live and pre-recorded webinars to help tell the community about public safety systems. PFSA is a “multitiered, community-driven initiative” to create public safety policies that advance racial and social justice, increase community input and build public confidence in the police, with the ultimate goal of adopting an alternative response model for public safety. The first session focuses on the Community Outreach, Help and Recovery program, featuring panelists who provide mental health and substance abuse recovery services in Somerville. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Haitian Flag Day

Haitian Flag Raising, 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday. In honor of Haiti’s Flag Day, the Somerville Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Haitian Club host a parade and official raising of Haiti’s flag. The parade starts at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave. and ends at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., both on Central Hill, followed by remarks from Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Haitian services coordinator Leptune Paul and other community leaders.

More labs in Union Square?

Planning Board and Land Use Committee joint hearing, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Planning Board and the City Council’s Land Use Committee host a public forum to hear Union Square One Development LLC propose a zoning amendment for its property in the heart of Union Square. Not to be confused with the master developer for the overall Union Square revitalization plan, Union Square Station Associates (also known as US2), Union Square One is a wholly owned affiliate of Boston-based developer The Hamilton Co. and its partners. Starting at Somerville Avenue and Prospect Street and stretching along Somerville Avenue from Dunkin Donuts to Buk Kyung Korean Restaurant, the site is known as the Union Square South Block. The developer is requesting a zoning amendment to allow it to build a structure that does not conform to the Union Square master plan. Union Square One seeks approval for a lab building with public outdoor space and amenities. Watchable by videoconferencing.