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.

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Somerville’s City Council plans to ask about Post Office staffing and mail delivery problems. (Photo: Diego De Alba via Unsplash)

Free Narcan to stop overdoses

Narcan Distribution, 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The Somerville Prevention staff hosts a Narcan distribution event. Overdose prevention information and harm-reduction materials, including Narcan, Fentanyl test strips, CPR face shields and syringe disposal boxes that will be handed out for free. The distribution will be at 165 Broadway, East Somerville.

Policies on animal testing

Biosafety Committee, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The group reviews animal testing and research policies in a city where innovation-industry labs are increasingly common, and considers a Tufts University application. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Matching state green zoning

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. Once, the state had to catch up with Somerville’s sustainability-focused zoning. Now that construction methods and energy efficiency are included in Massachusetts stretch and specialized energy codes, Somerville needs to update its 2019 zoning ordinance to catch up with the state. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Post Office troubles tackled

City Council, 7 p.m. Thursday. Among various agenda items: Mail delivery has become inconsistent, affecting municipal bill collection and leading to reports of bills not received and accounts marked delinquent, councilor at large Kristen Strezo says, asking that postal officials explain their efforts to staff carrier routes and address Post Office staff shortages. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave., Winter Hill. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Memorial Day events

Memorial Day parade, 11 a.m. Sunday, and Memorial Day ceremony, 10 a.m. Monday. The parade steps off at the Davis Square Rotary and heads up Holland Street to Teele Square, ending at Broadway and North Street. It will be livestreamed at facebook.com/SomervilleCityTV and broadcast afterward on the GovTV for cable subscribers and at youtube.com/SomervilleCityTV. The ceremony the next day is at Somerville Veterans Cemetery, 1330 Broadway, West Somerville.


School risk assessments asked

City Council and School Committee Finance and Facilities Subcommittee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. There’s a resolution that the school district give regular updates on a state funding process for the Winter Hill and Brown schools – one closed by safety concerns and the other nearing the need for upgrades, and possibly to be combined in a new structure and location. Orders include a call for a risk assessment on Infrastructure and Asset Management projects and on reopening a lab after a gas leak at the West Somerville Neighborhood School. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Water and sewer rate increase

Hearing on water and sewer rate proposal, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Water and sewer bills have been a sore point for many this year, even without the surges felt from a meter changeout problem, but there’s bad news for all: Rates are proposed to go up for volumetric charges in fiscal Year 2025 by 10 percent in water use and 5 percent in sewage use. There’s no change to base charges for either utility, though, and city staff are taking taking public comment on the pricing proposal at this hearing at the Somerville Water and Sewer Department, 17 Franey Road, Magoun Square and through Zoom videoconferencing.


Upcoming school district budget

City Council Finance Committee, 8:30 p.m. May 30. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson expects to review the School Department and a handful of other items on the city’s fiscal year 2025 budget. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave., Winter Hill. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.