Monday, July 22, 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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A man passed by a business March 30, 2023, in Somerville’s Union Square, where a business organization plans a June 20 gathering to prioritize its work. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Cannabis retailer is proposed

Cannabis community outreach, 6 p.m. Friday. Haze of Somerville wants to sell recreational marijuana, apparently under the name Simplicity, at 362-368 Mystic Ave., Ten Hills, in a space that’s been a storefront for a hair stylist and phone seller. The meeting is online.


Rodent-free composting

Rodent prevention compost workshop, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Learn how to build a rodent-proof compost system and what composting methods make sense for your household in a workshop from Groundwork Somerville and the City of Somerville held at South Street Farm, 138 South St., near Union Square.


Budget hearings return

City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Monday. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson considers specific aspects of the $360 million budget proposed by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne on May 30, namely information technology, infrastructure and asset management, capital projects, engineering, water and sewer, DPW administration, buildings, grounds, fields maintenance, school custodians, solid waste, lights, lines and electrical, highway, fleet management and snow removal. Watchable online and by Zoom videoconferencing.


Budget cuts considered

City Council Finance Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson consider cuts to departmental budgets – hence “cut night” – toward the end of the annual process for the $360 million budget proposed by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne on May 30. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave., Winter Hill, Somerville. Watchable online and by Zoom videoconferencing.


Union Square Main Streets’ future

Keeping Small Strong: Reflect and Refine Community Workshop, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 20. Share thoughts on what will ensure Union Square continues to thrive, hear from neighbors about their priorities, learn about what Union Square Main Streets has been up to and enjoy food and conversations at New Life Science Lab, seventh floor, 10 Prospect St., Union Square, Somerville.

Assembly civic space change

Planning Board, 6 p.m. June 20. The developer Greystar wants a big change to its approved plans for a civic space at the 16-story, 465,000-square-foot life-sciences building called 74M proposed for a parcel known either as 74 Middlesex Ave. or Zero Kensington Ave., Assembly Square. There were two types of civic space in the plan: a neighborhood park and through-block plaza. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Approval of a revised budget

City Council Finance Committee, 7 p.m. June 20. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson brings to a close the process of approving the $360 million budget proposed by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne on May 30. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave., Winter Hill, Somerville. Watchable online and by Zoom videoconferencing.