Saturday, July 20, 2024

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


Learn about Tufts Street …

Somerville‘s Tufts Street is to be redesigned, repaved and reconstructed. (Photo: City of Somerville)

Tufts Street reconstruction community meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Ward 1 city councilor Matthew McLaughlin and city staff host a conversation about proposed transportation safety improvements on Tufts Street, a small residential lane that runs from Washington Street to Cross Street in East Somerville. It serves as a route to the new East Somerville green line station and was recently designated as a “neighborway” in the Somerville Bicycle Network Plan. The new design will prioritize traffic calming to reduce speeds and discourage cut-through traffic. After a presentation from city staff, community members can share their thoughts on Tufts Street and discuss redesign options. The city will continue community engagement through the fall, share a conceptual design for public feedback this winter and present final designs in the spring. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

One Siberian elm to go

Public shade tree hearing, noon Thursday. The public gets a chance to object to the proposed removal of a tree on the edge of an Eversource substation at 51 Prospect St., Union Square. Growing out of a fence on the Newton Street side of the property, the 9-inch diameter Siberian elm in “fair condition” is slated for removal because it’s in the way of the expansion of the substation. Objections to the removal of the tree must be submitted in writing to the tree warden before or at this public hearing. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Cleanup for seniors

Declutter drop-in session, 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday. Somerville and Cambridge residents age 60 and over are invited to consider their clutter. The Council on Aging offers a Decluttering Support Group that meets in the spring and fall for six to eight weeks. This one-hour drop-in session provides an introduction and some help for those unable to make a six-week commitment. The meeting takes place at the Holland Street Center, 167 Holland St.

… And check out Tufts Street

Tufts Street Walk, 6 p.m. Thursday. The Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee takes community members on a walk down Tufts Street. The small residential lane between Cross and Washington streets is slated to be redesigned, repaved and reconstructed to improve safety and comfort. In addition, the MBTA is planning to install a crosswalk and a floating bus stop on Washington Street next to Tufts Street to decrease the crossing distance and make the crosswalk more visible. The committee is looking for feedback on the city’s designs. Meet at the entrance to the East Somerville Green Line station on Washington Street.