City manager okays broadband feasibility study, acknowledging council rebellion on budget vote
Continuing lack of municipal broadband study inspires six-councillor budget item protest vote
Manager keeps brakes on social distance streets, sets Memorial Drive test ‘opposite’ council wish
Denied official report of police tweet discipline, councillors issue their own censure for incident
After the city solicitor doubled down on the legal theory that the City Council can’t ask about the discipline of municipal employees, the council passed its own order expressing “disappointment” in a police superintendent’s tweet that was “unprofessional, disrespectful and vulgar.”
City councillors can’t know of police discipline, they are informed by head of Law Department
Three city councillors entered their meeting Monday prepared to hear about discipline of a police officer “in executive session if required by state law,” only to discover that some of their peers, and the city solicitor, believed they weren’t allowed to know anything, even behind closed doors.
An uphill battle to study closing Memorial Drive despite positive reports from tests by state DCR
Some want streets as room for social distancing, while health official resists risk of ‘block parties’
School bus cameras okayed for new contract, along with other tech under surveillance law
The use of cameras on school buses generated debate from city councillors as the city manager requested authorization to bid a five-year contract for school bus transportation. Some other technology falling under the city’s surveillance ordinance slipped through without discussion.