Cambridge City Council meeting - May 21, 2012 - AGENDA

CITY MANAGERíS AGENDA
1. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appointment of Kevin A. Foster as a resident member of the Community Preservation Act Committee for a five year term, to expire June 1, 2017.

May 21, 2012
To the Honorable, the City Council:

I am hereby transmitting notification of the appointment of Kevin A. Foster as a resident member of the Community Preservation Act Committee for a five year term, to expire June 1, 2017.

Mr. Foster is very interested in community process and the benefits of having funding available for Historic Preservation, Open Space and Affordable Housing. With his family, including two young children, Mr. Foster enjoys Cambridge's variety of open space, he believes strongly in the preservation of Cambridge's wide-ranging historic resources and understands the importance of maintaining the city's diversity through provision of affordable housing opportunities.

Mr. Foster has a background in computer business strategy, with extensive experience leading cross-functional multi-national teams working on global projects, from concept development to successful implementation. He will bring his analytical business approach to considerations of local benefit for the residents of Cambridge as he weighs proposals for expenditure of CPA funds.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

2. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-35, which requests a report on whether there were any public safety officers that falsified their emergency medical training re-certification while employed by the City of Cambridge.
Charter Right - Toomey

3. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-44, regarding a report on how the proposal by Global Oil LLC will impact Cambridge.
Referred back to City Manager for report on working with surrounding communities and legal avenues City can pursue - Cheung

4. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-61, regarding a report on implementing a Buy Local policy.

May 21, 2012
To the Honorable, the City Council:

In response to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-61, regarding a report on implementing a Buy Local policy, please be advised that the procurement of goods and services is controlled by State Law, MGL Chapter 30B. This statute does not permit the granting of preferential treatment for businesses in local cities or towns.

I am extremely skeptical that the Legislature would enact an amendment authorizing such a preference due to the potential "balkanization" impact.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

5. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the transfer of $88,000 from the General Fund Public Works Other Ordinary Maintenance account to the General Fund Public Works Extraordinary Equipment account to cover the purchase of a replacement truck with a dump body and snow plow which is used for snow plowing and salting operations during the winter season and to cover the cost of purchasing two electric vehicles and the purchase and installation of an additional electric vehicle charging station at City Hall.

6. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the transfer of $12,020 from the General Fund Fire Salary and Wages account to the General Fund Fire Other Ordinary Maintenance account to fund the purchase and installation of new fuel pumps and fuel management system at Fire Headquarters and at the East Cambridge Fire Station.

7. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the transfer between School Department statutory accounts, which includes $308,251 from the General Fund School Salary and Wages account, $1,575 from the School Travel and Training account and $15,590 from the School Extraordinary Expenditures account to the School Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($325,416) related to various re-allocations within school department programs and schools during the year to support educational needs.

CHARTER RIGHT
1. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department on the feasibility of additional parking spaces for Ten Tables guests and report back to the City Council. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Cheung on Order Number Six of May 14, 2012.]
Placed on File under Rule 19 - No action taken

2. That the City Manager is requested to instruct the Acting City Solicitor to prepare draft language to the Municipal Code that will increase the fines for violations to the dog ordinance and refer said language to the Ordinance Committee. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Kelley on Order Number Thirteen of May 14, 2012.]
Withdrawn by unanimous consent - vanBeuzekom

3. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-09, regarding a report on the use of coal and on Cambridge becoming coal-free. City Manager Agenda Number One of Mar 5, 2012 [Placed on Table on motion of Vice Mayor Simmons on Mar 5, 2012.]

4. Urge greater cooperation from the Cambridge Housing Authority to better serve the people of Cambridge. [Order Number Two of Apr 9, 2012 Placed on Table on motion of Vice Mayor Simmons on Apr 9, 2012.]

5. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Community Development Department and other relevant departments in order to present to the City Council a map of Cambridge that shows, by location and by date, all of the areas where construction is and will be taking place over the coming decade. [Order Number Four of Apr 9, 2012 Placed on Table on motion of Councillor Toomey on Apr 9, 2012.]

6. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item No. 12-28, regarding temporary ramps and obstructions in construction zones. [City Manager Agenda Number Eight of Apr 23, 2012 Placed on Table on motion of Councillor Kelley on Apr 23, 2012.]

7. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to proposed revisions to Article 2, Section 2.24.050 of the Cambridge Municipal Code (the "Code") relative to the fees charged by the City Clerk for a Domestic Partnership Application. The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after May 7, 2012.
Ordained 9-0 - Ordinance #1348

8. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to an order requesting the appropriation and authorization to borrow $2,100,000 to provide funds for the replacement of the slate roof on City Hall and additional funds for the replacement of the roofs on the Ryan Garage and Simard Building at Public Works. The question comes on adoption on or after May 14, 2012.
Loan Order Adopted 9-0

9. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to an order requesting the appropriation and authorization to borrow $5,000,000 to provide funds for improvements to the Kendall Square area including Main Street between Broadway and Ames Street including the reconstruction of streets and sidewalks and the installation of new pedestrian-scale public lighting, street furniture, trees, and other beautification measures. The question comes on adoption on or after May 14, 2012.
Loan Order Adopted 9-0

10. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to an order requesting the appropriation and authorization to borrow $1,245,000 to provide funds for the acquisition of a ladder truck and pumper to replace vehicles that have been in service since 1994 and 1991, respectively. The question comes on adoption on or after May 14, 2012.
Loan Order Adopted 9-0

11. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to an order requesting the appropriation and authorization to borrow $1,540,000 to provide funds for the design, regrade, drainage, and installation of new synthetic field surfaces on the soccer fields at Danehy Park. The question comes on adoption on or after May 14, 2012.
Loan Order Adopted 9-0

12. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to an order requesting the appropriation and authorization to borrow $7,557,670 to provide funds for construction of sewer separation, stormwater management and combined sewer overflow reduction elimination improvements within the City's Alewife watershed. The question comes on adoption on or after May 14, 2012.
Loan Order Adopted 9-0

APPLICATIONS AND PETITIONS
1. An application was received from the Ndaje School of African Arts requesting permission for a temporary banner across Massachusetts Avenue at Pearl and Norfolk Streets announcing the Ndaje African Dance Festival at the Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Avenue June 28-July 1, 2012.

2. An application was received from Veritas Tutors, LLC requesting permission for a display of merchandise in front of the premises numbered 1360 Massachusetts Avenue.

3. An application was received from Cambridge Savings Bank requesting permission for a blade sign at the premises numbered 104 Mount Auburn Street. Approval has been received from Inspectional Services, Department of Public Works, Community Development, Historical Commission and abutter.

COMMUNICATIONS
1. A communication was received from Department of Public Utilities transmitting notice of a hearing taking place on June 14, 2012, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at One South Station, Boston pertaining to Steam Distribution Companies.

2. A communication was received from Carolyn Shipley, 15 Laurel Street transmitting information on Youth Centers vs. Community Schools.

3. A communication was received from Peter B. Wilkins, 74 Livermore Road, Belmont transmitting a proposed amendment to Chapter 6.04 of the Cambridge Municipal Code which regulates animal activities in the City.

4. A communication was received from Kathleen Lancaster and Michael Keating transmitting support of the attached proposed amendment to Chapter 6.04 of the Cambridge Municipal Code which regulates animal activities in the City.

5. A communication was received from Rosalind Gorin, 114 Brattle Street transmitting support for the proposed amendment from Peter Wilkins to Chapter 6.04 of the Cambridge Municipal Code which regulates animal activities in the City.

6. A communication was received from Cynthia M. Purvis, 249 Lexington Avenue transmitting support to a proposed amendment to Chapter 6.04 of the Cambridge Municipal Code which regulates animal activities in the City.

7. A communication was received from Heather Maguire Hoffman, co-president, Association of Cambridge Neighborhoods regarding Cambridge Redevelopment Authority.


8. A communication was received from Joseph Aiello, 207 Charles Street transmitting his comment to Policy Order #4 relating to monitoring disabled parking spaces.

9. A communication was received from Emily Dexter, 9 Fenno Street transmitting information on a National Conference on School Diversity.


RESOLUTIONS
1. Congratulations to Brazilian Magazine on their 5-year anniversary.   Councillor Toomey

2. Congratulations to James Shea for being named a Cambridge Annual Preservation Award Recipient by the Cambridge Historical Commission.   Vice Mayor Simmons

3. Congratulations to City Manager Robert W. Healy and his team for being named Cambridge Annual Preservation Award Recipients by the Cambridge Historical Commission.   Vice Mayor Simmons

4. Congratulations to Reverend Jonathan L. Walton on his appointment as Pusey Minister of Memorial Church at Harvard University and Plummer Professor of Morals at Harvard University.   Councillor Reeves

5. Resolution on the death of Mary M. (Russell) Adkins.   Councillor Toomey

6. Resolution on the death of Valentina (Sousa) Silva.   Councillor Toomey

7. Happy 80th Birthday wishes to Muriel Linton-Thorn.   Vice Mayor Simmons

8. Happy 90th Birthday wishes to Eleanor Kennedy.   Vice Mayor Simmons

9. Get well wishes to Horace Francis.   Vice Mayor Simmons

10. Urge residents to pause on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, to remember and pay tribute to our nation's defenders for their service and devotion.   Councillor Kelley

11. Resolution on the death of William R. Joyce.   Councillor Toomey

12. Resolution on the death of MaryEllen (Higgins) Duckett.   Councillor Toomey

13. Congratulations and best wishes to the Salvation Army on dedication of their new building at 402 Massachusetts Avenue on May 23, 2012.   Councillor Toomey

14. Thanks to Angela Pierre for her work on the FY2013 City Budget.   Councillor Decker

15. Thanks to Karen Preval for her work on the FY2013 City Budget.   Councillor Decker

16. Thanks to David Holland for his work on the FY2013 City Budget.   Councillor Decker

17. Thanks to Manisha Tibrewal for her work on the FY2013 City Budget.   Councillor Decker

18. Congratulating Wendy Silverberg on her retirement as well as her last concert with the first and second graders of the Peabody School.   Mayor Davis

19. Congratulating the Sidney-Pacific's Graduate Community on their 10th Anniversary.   Councillor Cheung

20. Congratulating Izhar Armony of Avalon Ventures for ranking number 75 on the Forbes' Midas List.   Councillor Cheung

21. Congratulating Sean Dalton of Highland Capital Partners for ranking number 91 on the Forbes' Midas List.   Councillor Cheung

22. Congratulating CloudTop team members for being awarded the grand prize from MIT $100K.   Councillor Cheung

23. Congratulating Mr. Reif on his appointment as president of MIT.   Councillor Cheung, Councillor Maher, Councillor Decker, Vice Mayor Simmons, Mayor Davis

24. Congratulating and supporting Dr. Carson C. Chow for his efforts to apply mathematics to understand and fight obesity in Americans.   Councillor Cheung

25. Congratulating Chairman Geoff Seyon on the rapid growth and expansion of Medullan Inc.   Councillor Cheung


26. Resolution on the death of Margaret Finnegan O'Brien.   Councillor Toomey

27. Resolution on the death of Mary Henderson Wilson Price.   Mayor Davis

28. Condolences to the family of Maddie Hayes and Vice Mayor Simmons on the death of the matriarch of the Hayes family, Maddie Hayes.   Mayor Davis, Councillor Cheung, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Toomey and Councillor vanBeuzekom

29. Resolution on the death of Charles Pierce.   Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons

30. Resolution on the death of Vincent Sinclair Watson.   Councillor Reeves


ORDERS
1. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Law Department and report back to the City Council on the current status of the Inlet Bridge and steps the City can take to ensure that agreements with the Commonwealth are upheld.   Councillor Toomey

2. That the City Manager is requested to work with the staff of the Cambridge City Library system so that the main library will be open on Sundays throughout the entire year.   Councillor vanBeuzekom
Kelley - NO

3. That the City Manager is requested to direct the Community Development Department to work together with Novartis to ensure public pedestrian connections are encouraged through the site and that any measures, such as installed fences or gates, remain open during daylight hours seven days a week for public access.   Councillor vanBeuzekom
Withdrawn by unanimous consent - vanBeuzekom

4. That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation and report back to the City Council as to what system is in place for monitoring the ongoing need of each designated disabled parking space over time.   Councillor vanBeuzekom


5. That the City Manager is requested to confer with MassDOT and the Director of Traffic, Parking and Transportation to look into implementing a ban similar to Boston which states that trucks transporting hazardous materials will be banned from the City of Boston between 6:00am and 8:00pm and must travel on Interstate 95 unless making a local delivery and report back to the City Council.   Councillor Cheung


COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Marjorie C. Decker, Chair of the Finance Committee, for public hearings held on May 2, 2012, May 9, 2012 and May 16, 2012 relative to the General Fund Budget for the City of Cambridge for Fiscal Year 2013 and recommending adoption of the budget in the amount of $454,384,460.
Adopted 8-1 - Kelley voted NO

2. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Marjorie C. Decker, Chair of the Finance Committee, for a public hearing held on May 9, 2012 relative to the Water Fund Budget for the City of Cambridge for Fiscal Year 2013 and recommending adoption of the budget in the amount of $14,144,080.
Adopted 9-0

3. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Marjorie C. Decker, Chair of the Finance Committee, for a public hearing held on May 9, 2012 relative to the Public Investment Fund for the City of Cambridge for Fiscal Year 2013 and recommending adoption of the budget in the amount of $21,277,065.
Adopted 9-0


LATE COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICERS
1. A communication from Councillor vanBeuzekom transmitting a communication from Jeff Lockwood, Global Head, Communications, Novartis Institute for Bio Medical Research, transmitting Novartis policy that during business hours the exterior courtyard is open and accessible to the public.


HEARING SCHEDULE
Mon, May 21
5:30pm   City Council Meeting [Budget Adoption]  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, May 23
4:00pm   The Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing on the petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance by adding to Section 5.50 entitled "Special Dimensional Regulations" a section 5.54 entitled "Special Regulations for Municipal Elementary and Middle (K-8) Schools". This hearing to be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)
4:45pm   The Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing on the petition of CJUF III Northpoint LLC to amend the Zoning Ordinances in Article 13.700-Planned Unit Development in the North Point Residence District. This hearing to be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, May 24
2:30pm   The University Relations Committee will conduct a public meeting to review plans for visits to academic institutions by the committee.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, May 30
9:00am   Roundtable Meeting to complete the update from Goody Clancy and the Community Development Department on the Kendall Central Study (K2C2) and to discuss the appropriate next steps in the process. No public comment. No votes will be taken. Meeting will not be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, May 31
5:30pm   The Transportation, Traffic and Parking Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss the PTDM Ordinance, how the ordinance works for property owner who comply with the PTDM, the specific tactics used to reduce Single Occupancy Vehicles and whether the PTDM Ordinance merits expansion to better serve and inform decision making in the current development boom.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 4
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, June 5
10:00am   The Government Operations and Rules Committee will conduct a public meeting to review the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority's relationship with the city, how the CRA was set up and who is the CRA's governing body.  (Ackermann Room)

Wed, June 6
4:00pm   The Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing on the petition from the Planning Board to rezone the North Massachusetts Avenue area. This hearing to be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)
4:15pm   The Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing on the petition of the Planning Board to amend the Zoning Map for an area along North Massachusetts Avenue in the vicinity of Trolley Square and Linear Park from Business A-2 to Residence C-2B. This hearing to be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 11
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 18
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 25
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, July 30
5:30pm   Special City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Sept 10
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Sept 24
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 1
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 15
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 22
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 29
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

TEXT OF ORDERS
O-1     May 21, 2012
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: The Northpoint Park operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation has quickly become a jewel in the Charles River park system and a much welcomed addition to the Cambridge neighborhood; and
WHEREAS: A number of improvements to the Lower Charles River Basin, including Northpoint Park, are legal obligations and mitigation for the negative impacts of the Big Dig; and
WHEREAS: The complete vision for the area includes a bridge and park system that allows pedestrians and bicyclists unimpeded access to the Lower Charles Basin and creates new connections that will benefit the Cambridge and Boston communities; and
WHEREAS: With the newly constructed North Bank Bridge, another of these obligations, the State has created a new connection spanning the railroad tracks and linking the Charlestown and Cambridge communities; and
WHEREAS: The Inlet Bridge, is a bridge that would improve access to the park and Lower Charles River Basin from the Cambridge side of the river; and
WHEREAS: The Inlet Bridge is a pedestrian connection that would span the Charles River and connect Northpoint Park to Monsignor O'Brien near the Museum of Science; and
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the City Council that the legal obligation to construct the Inlet Bridge is being disputed by state agencies; and
WHEREAS: Mitigation promised to the citizens of Cambridge by the Commonwealth should be upheld; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Law Department and report back to the City Council on the current status of the Inlet Bridge and steps the City can take to ensure that agreements with the Commonwealth are upheld.

O-2     May 21, 2012
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM
WHEREAS: A goal of the Cambridge City Council is to "Strengthen and Support Human Services, Public Education and Out of School Learning in Cambridge for the benefit of residents of all ages"; and
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge has recently completed an award-winning public library at significant cost to the taxpayers; and
WHEREAS: The Cambridge City Library system has more open hours per week than most communities in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS: The main branch of the Cambridge City Library system is closed on Sundays; and
WHEREAS: Many families and individual residents will enjoy the use of this excellent resource on Sundays; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the staff of the Cambridge City Library system so that the main library will be open on Sundays throughout the entire year; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council with an explanation as to when the main library will be open on Sundays.

O-3     May 21, 2012
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM
WHEREAS: Generally, Cambridge Open Space Zoning Regulations require that a specified minimum portion of a lot remain open and usable to the public and provide active street level use by the public; and
WHEREAS: Cambridge Citywide Urban Design Objective (Zoning Code: 19.32) states that "New development should be pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, with positive relationship to its surroundings"; and
WHEREAS: Cambridge Citywide Urban Design Objective (Zoning Code: 19.37) states that "Enhancement and expansion of open space amenities in the city should be incorporated into new development in the city ... on large-parcel commercial developments, publicly beneficial open space is provided"; and
WHEREAS: The Novartis campus building (formerly the NECCO Factory site) located on 254 Massachusetts Avenue has open space in the form of plazas, landscaped areas and pedestrian pathways integrated into the site so as to benefit building users and the general public; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the Community Development Department to work together with Novartis to ensure public pedestrian connections are encouraged through the site and that any measures, such as installed fences or gates, remain open during daylight hours seven days a week for public access; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this topic.

O-4     May 21, 2012
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM
WHEREAS: The Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department appropriately allows disabled residents to apply for and obtain designated disability parking spaces on residential streets; and
WHEREAS: From time to time, disabled residents move away and no longer require the assigned designated disability parking space; and
WHEREAS: There seems to be no apparent system for monitoring the ongoing necessity of these parking spaces on residential streets; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation and report back to the City Council as to what system is in place for monitoring the ongoing need of each designated parking space over time; and be it further
ORDERED: If no system is in place for monitoring the ongoing need, evaluate a possible three year renewal system for each designated disability parking space on residential streets.


O-5     May 21, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: Oil rigs and other 18-wheelers that transport highly volatile materials across the city raise concerns of terror attacks and are a direct threat to public safety should a fatal accident occur; and
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that MassDOT has ruled that trucks transporting hazardous materials will be banned from the City of Boston between 6am and 8pm and must instead travel on Interstate 95 unless making a local delivery and are permanently banned from Big Dig tunnels; and
WHEREAS: This policy will go into effect next month and it is important to ensure that it does not inadvertently lead to an increased number of fuel-carrying trucks using Cambridge streets to reach their destination; and
WHEREAS: Introducing a similar policy will send a strong message that Cambridge does not support public safety threats, public health or environmental damage that could result from trucks transporting hazardous materials through our neighborhoods and will take the necessary steps to prevent any potential threats from occurring; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with MassDOT and the Director of Traffic, Parking and Transportation to look into implementing a similar policy in Cambridge and report back to the City Council.


AWAITING REPORT LIST
12-02. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the repair of all street lights that are not working in Cambridge.
Vice Mayor Simmons and Full Membership 01/23/12 (O-1)

12-08. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on instituting a ban on plastic bags.
Councillor Decker, Councillor vanBeuzekom and Full Membership 01/23/12 (O-10)

12-12. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on zoning changes for the Sullivan Courthouse and neighboring parcels.
Councillor Toomey, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves & Councillor vanBeuzekom 01/30/12 (O-7)

12-20. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on what steps the City will take to help the general public keep track of awaiting maintenance issues on things like park equipment, graffiti, sidewalks, etc.
Councillor Kelley, Councillor Decker, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 02/13/12 (O-4)

12-21. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the ownership status of the Cambridge Street overpass and on the abilities of universities and other organizations to close off property owned by them but enjoyed by the public.
Councillor Kelley, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 02/13/12 (O-6)

12-25. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on developing a process which would require developers seeking zoning relief to build a model of the area impacted by the proposed developments.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 02/13/12 (O-12)

12-26. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on resurfacing the courts at the Jimmy Johnson Street Hockey Rink and providing lighting for the playing area.
Councillor Toomey, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher & Vice Mayor Simmons 02/13/12 (O-13)

12-29. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the no left turn on the Cambridge Common and to remove the bicycle prohibition on certain streets, such as Whittemore Avenue. Referred back for additional information on 3/5/2012.
Councillor Kelley 02/13/12 (O-17)

12-33. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on a plan for implementing separate trash or recycling curbside pick up for small businesses along existing curbside pick up routes.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 03/05/12 (O-1)

12-35. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #2
RE: report on whether there were any public safety officers that falsified their emergency medical training re-certification while employed by the City of Cambridge.
Councillor vanBeuzekom and Full Membership 03/05/12 (O-3)

12-37. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on installing traffic calming measures on Norfolk Street between Broadway and Hampshire Street.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 03/05/12 (O-7)

12-40. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on improper leases and rental of owned affordable housing units.
Councillor Reeves, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor vanBeuzekom 03/19/12 (O-3)

12-41. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on what additional measures could be taken to improve the amount of municipal green purchasing by city government, including at the school department.
Mayor Davis, Councillor vanBeuzekom, Councillor Cheung, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 03/19/12 (O-4)

12-42. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on reevaluating pedestrian safety concerns at the intersection of Coolidge Avenue and Mt. Auburn Street and the x-shaped intersection where Mt. Auburn crosses Fresh Pond/Gerry's Landing.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 03/19/12 (O-6)

12-43. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility and desirability of developing an off-leash dog park in or nearby Area 4.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 03/19/12 (O-9)

12-44. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #3
RE: report on how the proposal by Global Oil LLC will impact Cambridge.
Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor vanBeuzekom, Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 03/19/12 (O-10)

12-46. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the accident at the corner of Dover Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Referred back by Councillor Kelley for more information at meeting of 4/9/2012.
Councillor Kelley, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor vanBeuzekom 03/26/12 (O-3)

12-47. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on legal requirements for public notices and meetings of the Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeals.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 04/02/12 (O-2)

12-50. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the legal and logistic possibility of banning the use of imidacloprid insecticide.
Councillor vanBeuzekom and Full Membership 04/23/12 (O-2)

12-51. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of finding additional office space for the City Council.
Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Reeves & Councillor vanBeuzekom 04/23/12 (O-5)

12-52. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how the Council may incorporate the use of electronic communications technology in the conduct of its business, including the parameters of and prerequisities for such use.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 04/23/12 (O-7)

12-53. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on turning on all water for fountains and gardens at the earliest possible date of the year and shut off at the latest possible date of the year.
Councillor vanBeuzekom and Full Membership 04/23/12 (O-8)

12-54. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how to establish an Community Choice Aggregation Network which will engage in electricity procurement for the entire City of Cambridge.
Councillor vanBeuzekom and Full Membership 04/23/12 (O-9)

12-57. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on appropriate regulation of satellite dishes, possibly through an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance.
Mayor Davis and Full Membership 04/30/12 (O-2)

12-58. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on recent ruling that law enforcement can conduct strip searches.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 05/14/12 (O-7)

12-59. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on implementing a city-wide department answering service.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 05/14/12 (O-4)

12-60. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on making raffle license information and the process available online.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 05/14/12 (O-8)

12-61. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #4
RE: report on implementing a Buy Local policy.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 05/14/12 (O-9)

12-62. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how the waiting list for community gardens work.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 05/14/12 (O-10)

12-63. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on safety issues at the intersection of Mass Avenue and Vassar Street.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 05/14/12 (O-11)