Sunday, June 16, 2024

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


Painter Maggie Cedarstrom in her studio at the Washington Street Art Center in March 2022. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Traffic and radar changes

City Council Traffic and Parking Committee, 6 p.m. Monday. This committee led by councilor Beatriz Gomez Mouakad huddles with the directors of the mobility and engineering departments to consider traffic calming measures on Hudson, Summer and Laurel streets as well as speed radar detectors on north-south cut-through streets throughout the city. They also discuss potential improvements to signs and safety on the Community Path and proposals for more bicycle parking. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Glimpse a future Tufts Street

Tufts Street reconstruction outreach pop-up, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Meet city staff at Tufts and Knowlton streets near the East Somerville MBTA green line station to learn about the Tufts Street reconstruction project. The city is gathering feedback about transportation safety concerns and redesign options for this small residential street that serves as a cut-through route between Washington and Cross streets. The new design will prioritize traffic calming measures to reduce speeds and discourage motor vehicle traffic.

Zoning to retain the artists

Listening session for Somerville artists, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Artists meet with the city’s Planning and Community Development staff and the Somerville Arts Council to consider potential zoning changes intended to protect art production spaces and support the creative economy. The Somerville Arts Space Risk Assessment, conducted by the city and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, investigates the impact of development and gentrification on arts organizations and offers recommendations to protect art spaces through new zoning rules. This listening session for artists is an initial stage in the process, followed by public hearings with the Land Use Committee, Planning Board and City Council. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing with a recording available after the meeting.

Housing stability update

City Council Housing and Community Development Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This committee led by councilor Kristen Strezo gets an update from the director of housing stability about residents facing displacement and households seeking rental assistance. A conversation about the use and management of the Armory continues, as well as a discussion about the Community Alert System with the police chief. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Evaluating U.S. funded programs

Caper review for 2022-2023, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development host a public hearing to review the city’s 2022-2023 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report. Caper is a federally mandated requirement for programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants and the Home Program. Comments from the public will be taken. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.