Thursday, July 18, 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.


Middle East cease-fire order

A protest Jan. 8 at Cambridge City Halls for city councillors to pass a resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Middle East. (Photo: Yaakov Aldrich)

City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. In a so-far sedate term for a new council, the biggest public tumult has been over demand for a Middle East cease-fire resolution, a version of which failed last term when councillors weren’t able to offer changes in language. A difference this time is that instead of coming from two councillors, a new version is backed by four – including one who wanted to propose changes last term – and arrives already closer to passage.

Much of the rest of the agenda looks to move forward existing work, such as taking off the books an unenforced law against unrelated people living together and confirmation from the city manager that staff will look into buying property at 727 Massachusetts Ave. near City Hall. An order meant to encourage electric-car infrastructure returns after being set aside a week ago.

An update on the family homeless shelter that the state opened in December at the Registry of Deeds in East Cambridge is promised by the City Manager’s Office, and councillors call for support for a bill before the state Legislature that would, in turn, help Cambridge expand its struggling tree canopy.

Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Advisers on bike lanes meet

Cycling Safety Ordinance Advisory Group, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. An agenda for this meeting hasn’t been posted, but this is the group that advises the city on outreach and engagement around Cycling Safety Ordinance projects – the installation of approximately 25 miles of separated bike lanes by 2027 – and gives feedback on project installations. The group meets at the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Lechmere Park and senior homes

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The board gets an informational update on changes at Lechmere Canal Park in East Cambridge and reviews a proposal by the nonprofit B’nai B’rith Housing to add 110 units of affordable senior housing to an existing 80 at 89 Blanchard Road, in the Cambridge Highlands (covering 87-101 Blanchard Road), under the provisions of Affordable Housing Overlay zoning. It was a hearing intended for Tuesday, when a tech glitch prevented the hearing from being held: The city”s Internet connectivity went down, staff said. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

This post was updated Jan. 26, 2024, to show that Monday’s meeting of the City Council will not be held in-person.