Public meetings this week look at reopening restaurants into parking lots and streets, an emergency housing fund, the return of the Affordable Housing Overlay Zoning Petition and issues relating to funding the police department and changing how the police department does business.
The Covid-19 pandemic has indeed accelerated the need for expanded broadband access. But a proposed solution of a city-owned broadband network wouldn’t deliver the service residents need.
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.”
Public meetings this week look at $267 million in spending – starting with $237 million for the Tobin Montessori and Vassal Lane Upper Schools – and when the city will wrap up its look at digital equity and begin work on municipal broadband. “Nonprofit row” and the Foundry projects take shape too.
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.