Sunday, July 21, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City Calendar and in the city’s Open Meetings Portal.


A woman walks Cambridge’s golf course Jan. 1, 2022. (Photo: Chris Rycroft via Flickr)

Hazardous waste collection

Household hazardous waste collection day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Accepted items at a collection at 50 Mooney St., Cambridge Highlands, include such things as batteries (vehicle and non-alkaline); car fluids including antifreeze, brake, engine degreaser and transmission; car tires (a maximum of four per household); chemicals including cleaners, glues, removers and those used for photography and in swimming pools; fluorescent light bulbs; mercury items including thermometers and thermostats; paints, both oil-based and latex; poisons such as insecticides, pesticides and weed killers; prescription medicines (which are also accepted year-round by Cambridge police); propane cylinders (20 pounds or less only); and waste fuels including antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene, Sterno and motor oil.

Changes to the Linear Park

Committee on Public Planting Linear Park site visit, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday. An in-person meeting to review proposed work – specifically a path alignment – on the Linear Park in North Cambridge. City councillors are looking at this in a separate upcoming committee hearing; in the meantime, this meeting sets off from the Russell field house at the MBTA’s red line Alewife Station.

Public health, golf course use

City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. Council meetings tend to be short the day before final voting for municipal elections, but there are a handful of things that might lengthen this one. That starts with the return of an order from last week that would look into taking back control over the city’s public health after a budget-season shock illustrated the city’s complicated and unusual relationship with the Cambridge Health Alliance. There could also be discussion about phasing out the use of gas-powered leaf blowers and a look at who uses the municipal golf course. (The city doesn’t collect real demographics, but it has hired a director “committed to creating a welcoming environment for all users and expanding programs for youth, women, veterans and other groups.”) The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

City manager vs. the ‘Cafo’

Charter Review Committee, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. This group charged with suggesting updates to the city’s 80-year-old governing document considers a form of government with a strong mayor backed by a chief administrative and financial officer vs. the current city manager form of government. It also begins a review of the executive branch of city government – the one that executes laws made by the City Council. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Creating a Freedmen’s Bureau

Ordinance Committee, 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councillors Marc McGovern and Quinton Zondervan considers an order to establish an American Freedmen Commission to handle issues relating to the descendants of enslaved people, including making recommendations for reparations. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Infrastructure for The Port

Port infrastructure improvement project open house, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Updated designs of streets and Clement Morgan Park will be shown at this event with presentations, a chance to engage with project staff, free pizza, kids’ activities and more. The project aims to reduce flooding by replacing old pipes and putting in underground storage tanks. At the Community Art Center, 119 Windsor St., The Port, Cambridge.