Cambridge City Council meeting - June 4, 2012 - AGENDA

CITY MANAGERíS AGENDA
1. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of various donations for $500 to the Grant Fund Human Rights Other Ordinary Maintenance account which will support the annual Fair Housing Month student poster and essay contest.

2. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the transfer of $40,000 from the Water Fund Salary and Wages account to the Water Fund Travel and Training (Judgment and Damages) account to cover current and anticipated medical services and/or prescription reimbursement costs and lump sum settlement for the remainder of the fiscal year for personnel injured in the performance of their duties.

3. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a Boston Foundation Grant in the amount of $3,000 to the Grant Fund Police Other Ordinary Maintenance account which will support the Area IV Late Night Basketball Program.

4. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a Community Transformation Grant in the amount of $30,000 to the Grant Fund Police Salary and Wages account ($10,000) and to the Grant Fund Police Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($20,000). This grant is funded through the Metropolitan Are Planning Council (MAPC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MPDH) to complete a community safety audit project as part of the Community Transformation Grant.

5. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-60, regarding a report on making raffle license information and the process available online.

6. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-62, regarding a report on how the waiting list for community gardens works.

7. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the transfer of funds within the Race to the Top Grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $38,158.00 from the School Grant Fund Travel and Training account to the School Grant Fund Salaries and Wages account to cover the higher than anticipated costs for curriculum alignment work and for trainings that were provided in-house rather than through contractors which also increased the need for funds in the Salary and Wages account.

CHARTER RIGHT
1. 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 who falsified their emergency medical training re-certification while employed by the City of Cambridge. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Toomey on City Manager Agenda Number Two of May 21, 2012.]
Tabled - Toomey

2. 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.]

3. 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.]

4. 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.]

5. 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.]

COMMUNICATIONS
1. A communication was received from Forest City transmitting expanded shadow studies for the proposed Forest City Project on Massachusetts Avenue.


2. A communication was received from Gerald Bergman, 82 Elm Street supporting Order #10 and requesting that 35 Cherry Street be added to the order.

3. A communication was received from Saul Tannenbaum, 16 Cottage Street supporting an investigation and report back from the City Manager detailing the financial underpinnings of a municipal broadband network.


RESOLUTIONS
1. Congratulations to Elaine DeRosa on being selected as one of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's Unsung Heroines of 2012.   Vice Mayor Simmons

2. Congratulations to Catherine Zusy on being selected as one of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's Unsung Heroines of 2012.   Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Cheung

3. Happy 83rd Birthday wishes to Helen Murrell.   Vice Mayor Simmons

4. Resolution on the death of Judith J. Melanson.   Councillor Toomey

5. Resolution on the death of John S. "Sonny" Gentile Jr.   Councillor Maher

6. Resolution on the death of Helen C. (Lowry) Dwyer.   Councillor Decker

7. Happy 96th Birthday wishes to Reverend Monsignor Paul McManus and congratulations on his 70th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.   Councillor Toomey

8. Congratulations to Ricardo Millien on receiving the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.   Mayor Davis

9. Thanks to the Cambridge Public Health Department/Cambridge Health Alliance for sponsoring Hoops 'N' Health on June 16, 2012.   Councillor Reeves

10. Congratulations to The Men's Health League for its supporting role in the Hoops 'N' Health event on June 16, 2012.   Councillor Reeves

11. Thanks to the Harvard University and President Drew Gilpin Faust for its support of the Hoops 'N' Health event on June 16, 2012.   Councillor Reeves

12. Congratulations to the Men of Color Healthy Task Force for its support of the Hoops 'N' Health event on June 16, 2012.   Councillor Reeves

13. Thanks to Richard Harding for his contributions to the 19th Anniversary of the Hoops 'N' Health event on June 16, 2012.   Councillor Reeves

14. Thanks to MIT and President L. Rafael Reif for their support for the Hoops 'N' Health on event on June 16, 2012.   Councillor Reeves

15. Congratulations to Baby U on the occasion of its sixth graduating class on June 9, 2012.   Councillor Reeves

16. Congratulations to the Cambridge Department of Human Services for its supporting role in the Hoops 'N' Health event on June 16, 2012.   Councillor Reeves

17. Congratulations to the Central Square Business Association and Robin Lapidus on the occasion of the 2012 Taste of Cambridge event.   Councillor Reeves

18. Urge all residents to participate in the 2012 Taste of Cambridge event on June 12, 2012 in University Park Common.   Councillor Reeves

19. Speedy recovery wishes to Jacqueline Tynes.   Vice Mayor Simmons

20. Congratulations to Estelle Disch whose photography is being used for the front cover of a new book being published in India and Australia by Spinifex Press.   Vice Mayor Simmons

21. Resolution on the death of Lovell Dyett.   Councillor Reeves

22. Resolution on the death of Robert I. Winters.   Councillor Maher, Mayor Davis

23. Resolution on the death of Claire E. (Largenton) Conrad.   Councillor Maher

24. Congratulations to Mohannad Malak on receiving the Cambridge Taxi Driver of the Year Award.   Mayor Davis

25. Congratulations to City Councillor Leland Cheung on the occasion of his graduations from Harvard University and MIT.   Councillor Reeves, Councillor Toomey, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Simmons and Councillor vanBeuzekom

26. Congratulation to Lwin Mateo Lopez who marched and played the trumpet at the City of Cambridge Memorial Parade and Observance.   Councillor Reeves

27. Thanks to Avi Chomsky for participating in a panel discussion at the event "The True Cost of Energy: Coal" hosted by Councillor Decker.   Councillor Decker

28. Thanks to Drew Grande for participating in a panel discussion at the event "The True Cost of Energy: Coal" hosted by Councillor Decker.   Councillor Decker

29. Thanks to Eric Grunebaum for participating in a panel discussion at the event "The True Cost of Energy: Coal" hosted by Councillor Decker.   Councillor Decker

30. Thanks to Pat Gozemba for participating in a panel discussion at the event "The True Cost of Energy: Coal" hosted by Councillor Decker.   Councillor Decker

31. Congratulations to Lynn Vierra and how2heroes on the opening of their new studio test kitchen.   Councillor Toomey

32. Congratulations to All Star Pizza Bar on the opening of their location in Inman Square.   Councillor Toomey

33. Thanks to Marilyn Gagalis and the Cambridge Public Library for their effort in making the event "The True Cost of Energy: Coal" hosted by Councillor Decker a great success.   Councillor Decker

34. Congratulations to John Palfrey and Urs Gasser on their recent book entitled "Interop."   Councillor Reeves

35. Congratulations to the Cambridge Historical Society on their recent spring benefit to celebrate how Cambridge changed America as the center of innovation.   Councillor Cheung

36. Congratulations to Peter Gregson and the New England Conservatory Concert organizers for their excellent and success concert.   Councillor Cheung

37. Congratulations to Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professional Association New England on their 14th Annual Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.   Councillor Cheung

38. Welcome Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Melvin E. Wilson to the City of Cambridge.   Councillor Reeves


39. Congratulations to Priscilla Lee on being awarded the Second Annual Bayard Rustin Service Award.   Vice Mayor Simmons

40. Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to Helen and Joe Travers.   Councillor Maher

41. Congratulations to President Obama for his support of marriage equality.   Vice Mayor Simmons

42. Condolences to the family of Charlene Holmes.   Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey

43. Resolution on the death of Paige Stewart Kane.   Councillor Toomey, Councillor Maher

44. Get well wishes to Tanya Lee Cotto.   Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey

45. Happy 87th Birthday wishes to Lillian Maher.   Councillor Maher

46. Congratulations to the National NAACP on their vote supporting marriage equality.   Councillor Reeves


ORDERS
1. That the City Manager confer with the Director of Traffic, Parking and Transportation with a view in mind of changing the "Traffic Regulations in Appendix D, City of Cambridge - Traffic Department Parking Ticket Violations - Schedule 13 by striking out the penalty fee of $30.00 and inserting in place thereof the fee of $5.00 as it relates to Section 16.7 entitled" Street Cleaning.   Councillor Cheung
Referred to Finance Committee

2. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Police Commissioner and discuss increasing patrols aimed at preventing graffiti in the Wellington Harrington and East Cambridge area.   Councillor Toomey

3. That the Assistant to the City Council is requested to work with the Cohen Family and designate an appropriate location to mark the site of Lechmere Sales with a commemorative plaque.   Councillor Toomey

4. That the City Manager is requested to meet with NSTAR company officials to find out what maintenance and replacement plans exist for the transformers and electrical systems that serve the city.   Councillor vanBeuzekom and Councillor Toomey

5. The Cambridge City Council go on record committing its support to the peaceful resolution of the conflict and the implementation of a sustainable peace in northern Mali and throughout the region.   Councillor Reeves

6. That the City Manager is requested confer with the appropriate departments to apply for grants from the Department of Labor which will to provide job training and skills development services.   Councillor Cheung

7. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Department of Public Works on the feasibility of repaving Avon Street and Shepard Street between Walker and Garden Streets.   Councillor Cheung

8. That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments on the cost, user price, and payback period if Cambridge were to build its own broadband network and report back to the Cambridge City Council.   Councillor Cheung

9. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate departments on the cost analysis of credit card meters and report back to the Cambridge City Council.   Councillor Cheung

10. That the City Manager is requested to confer with MIT and the Community Development Department to look into the feasibility of acquiring the abandoned lot at the corner of Watson and Brookline Streets and 35 Cherry Street and to work with owned by MIT to provide access to said lots and report back to the Cambridge City Council.   Councillor Cheung
Amended

11. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to ascertain how the potential increase in student loan rates might impact Cambridge students and report back to the City Council.   Councillor Cheung

12. That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Cambridge Police Department to ascertain if automated external defibrillators can be utilized in police cars responding to emergencies.   Councillor Cheung

13. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate department heads and commissions on the feasibility of expanding the Danehy Park pilot program which allows barbequing at parks and other public spaces to other parks across Cambridge.   Councillor Cheung

14. That the City Manager is requested to work with the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority on the issue of scheduling their meetings at the same time as regularly scheduled City Council meetings.   Councillor Cheung

15. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Community Development Department to look into the feasibility of an ordinance proposal that will incentivize more developers to create green roofs and a plan for permitting them.   Councillor Cheung

16. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to look into the feasibility of providing a map of long term parking spots for rental on the city website and report back to the Cambridge City Council.   Councillor Cheung

17. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate city departments regarding one way traffic on Lexington Avenue.   Councillor Maher


18. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Police Commissioner and report back on the Willow Street shooting incident.   Councillor Toomey

19. That the City Manager is requested to report back on the legal process the City must follow for the sale, reuse, or lease of the space of the Foundry building at 101 Rogers Street, as well as a list of organizations that have toured the property to date while under City ownership.   Councillor Toomey
Charter Right - Cheung


COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. A communication was received from Paula Crane, Administrative Assistant, City Clerk's Office, transmitting a report from Councillor Minka vanBeuzekom, Chair of the Environment Committee for a public meeting held on Apr 24, 2012 to discuss water conservation and energy efficiency as it pertains to the treatment and distribution of Cambridge's water and associated costs.

COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTS FROM CITY OFFICERS
1. A communication was received from Patricia A. Berry, Executive Secretary to the School Committee, transmitting a copy of an order from the School Committee requesting clarification from the City on how the City's 5-year financial plan will impact the School District's building renovation plan passed as part of the Innovation Agenda.


MISCELLANEOUS
1. Oath of Office of Athanasi Nicholas Darviris as a Police Officer for the City of Cambridge.

2. Oath of Office of Jonathan Edward-Reid Russell as a Police Officer for the City of Cambridge.

3. Oath of Office of Lester Joseph Sullivan as a Police Officer for the City of Cambridge.


HEARING SCHEDULE
Mon, June 4
1:00pm   The Neighborhood and Long Term Planning Committee will conduct a public meeting to consider ideas for the best long term community use of the Foundry Works Building.  (Sullivan Chamber)
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)
12:30pm   The Cable TV, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss putting university educational study content on the public access channel.  (Sullivan Chamber)
2:30pm   The Cable TV, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss creating a Smarter City using Information and Innovation Technology.  (Sullivan Chamber)

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)

Tues, June 12
4:00pm   The Cable TV, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss planning and outreach regarding the digital divide.  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

Mon, June 25
5:30pm   Roundtable/Working Meeting. No public comment. No votes will be taken. Meeting will not be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, June 26
5:00pm   The Environment Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss open space throughout the City.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, June 27
4:00pm   The Ordinance Committee will conduct a public meeting to continue discussion on the petition of Forest City/MIT to amend the Zoning Ordinance by extending the Cambridgeport Revitalization Development District from Green Street out to Massachusetts Avenue in the area adjacent to Blanche Street and further to provide for the potential development of a residential building on Sidney Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Green Street.  (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)

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

Mon, Nov 19
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Nov 26
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Dec 3
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

Mon, Dec 17
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

TEXT OF ORDERS
O-1     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Director of Traffic, Parking and Transportation with a view in mind of changing the "Traffic Regulations in Appendix D, City of Cambridge - Traffic Department Parking Ticket Violations - Schedule 13 by striking out the penalty fee of $30.00 and inserting in place thereof the fee of $5.00 as it relates to Section 16.7 entitled" Street Cleaning.

O-2     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the City Council that there has been an increase in graffiti in the Wellington Harrington and East Cambridge area; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Police Commissioner and discuss increasing patrols aimed at preventing this activity.

O-3     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: As Kendall Square currently is making history as a hub of innovation, Lechmere Square has its own history of innovation; and
WHEREAS: Lechmere Sales was a family owned Cambridge business that was truly innovative in its day; and
WHEREAS: The Cohen brothers, Maurice, Norman, and Phillip were true entrepreneurs that change the way consumers bought and were exposed to electronics, appliances, and the latest technology; and
WHEREAS: Lechmere Sales was a cornerstone of the East Cambridge landscape for many decades and through their marketing gimmicks such as 22 cent cherry pies on Washington's Birthday, "Lechmere Night at the Circus", and spring "picnic sales", the Cohen Brothers became a part of the lives of their customers in a way that today's big box retailers cannot achieve; and
WHEREAS: The Cohen Brothers and Lechmere Sales were inducted into Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2009; and
WHEREAS: Lechmere Sales should be recognized for the role they played in the lives of so many Cambridge families; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the Assistant to the City Council be and hereby is requested to work with the Cohen Family and designate an appropriate location to mark the site of Lechmere Sales with a commemorative plaque.

O-4     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: In March and May of this year residents, businesses, institutions and public services such as the Boston Fire Department's computerized 911 dispatch system and the MBTA were left without power due to substantial NSTAR electrical equipment failure.; and
WHEREAS: The March power outage resulted in a smoky four alarm-fire when a 115,000 volt 100-ton transformer/substation exploded and the "back-up transformer" also failed; and
WHEREAS: An estimated 20,000 people were without power for 4 days; and
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge has multiple transformers, conduits, and wiring for electrical transfer; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to meet with NSTAR company officials to find out what maintenance and replacement plans exist for the transformers and electrical systems that serve the city; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council as to whether NSTAR is able to ensure to the greatest extent possible the continued and successful flow of the city's electrical power.

O-5     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR REEVES
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge acknowledges the escalating conflict in northern Mali; and
WHEREAS: This conflict is endangering both the citizenry and world heritage held in the various libraries of the region; and
WHEREAS: The conflict situation in northern Mali has resulted in large numbers of refugees pouring into neighboring countries; and
WHEREAS: This conflict is having a destabilizing effect on the entire region; and
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge deplores the violent targeting civilians and in particular, women and girls of the region who have been victims of sexual assault; and
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge deplores the wanton destruction of ancient manuscripts held in libraries of the region; these manuscripts are a critical part of West Africa's intellectual history and thus, a significant piece of world heritage; now therefore be it
ORDERED: The Cambridge City Council go on record committing its support to the peaceful resolution of the conflict and the implementation of a sustainable peace in northern Mali and throughout the region; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to the West African Research Association, Dr. Habib Sy of the Africa Codicology Institute, and the family of Joh Camara on behalf of the entire City Council.

O-6     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge has long been an unparalleled advocate in providing access to key benefits that support veterans who risked everything to protect our country; and
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that the Department of Labor is offering applications for approximately $12 million in grants to provide job training and skills development services that will help an estimated 6,000 veterans move toward employment and independence; and
WHEREAS: As a partner, the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program is offering funds that will go toward skill assessments, individual job counseling, labor market information, classroom or on-the-job training, skills upgrades, placement assistance and crucial follow-up services to provide veterans with the skills they need to be confident members of the workforce; and
WHEREAS: The Department of Labor will award at least ten grants in ten states on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including faith based and community organizations; and
WHEREAS: The deadline for grant applications is June 15th 2012; eligible applicants are state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, including faith based and community organizations; and
WHEREAS: Grantees must be familiar with the areas and populations to be served, and must have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested confer with the appropriate departments and apply for this program.

O-7     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that the condition of Avon Street and Shepard Street between Walker and Garden Street has severely deteriorated causing dangerous conditions for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists; and
WHEREAS: Only dollops of macadam have been applied to the area after repeated CRS inquiries have been made to repave the two roads; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Department of Public Works on the feasibility of repaving the abovementioned roads and report back to the Cambridge City Council.

O-8     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: The need for reliable, affordable high-speed connections to the internet in communities has become increasingly crucial to attract and cultivate jobs; and
WHEREAS: Cities such as Chattanooga, Tennessee and Lafayette, Louisiana have found success owning and operating their own broadband network at higher connections and lower costs than relying on a single cable phone/DSL company; and
WHEREAS: In the past, residents have expressed a strong interest in having more broadband network options available at faster speeds and affordable prices; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments on the cost, user price, and payback period if Cambridge were to build its own broadband network and report back to the Cambridge City Council.

O-9     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
ORDERED: Accepting payment at parking meters via credit card was a strong topic of interest during the FY13 budget discussion; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments on the cost analysis of credit card meters and report back to the Cambridge City Council.

O-10     June 4, 2012  Amended
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: Community garden plots beautify the cityscape, produce healthy food and unite community members together in a tranquil environment; and
WHEREAS: Given the many benefits of community gardens, it should come as no surprise that there is a growing demand for more plots in the city; and
ORDERED: It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that there is a an abandoned lot at the corner of Watson and Brookline Streets and 35 Cherry Street owned by MIT that could be converted into a community garden or open space; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with MIT and the Community Development Department to look into the feasibility of acquiring these plots this plot of land and report back to the Cambridge City Council.

O-11     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: Investing in higher education has never been more important for the next generation of innovators, organizers and entrepreneurs to develop livelihoods and put their talents to use to power America's future; and
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that interest rates on student loans could double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1st , which will saddle students with an additional $1,000 of debt over the span of paying off a loan if lawmakers do not take immediate action; and
WHEREAS: As Cambridge is a hub of higher education, the impacts of doubling student loan rates would surely devastate the college and graduate student community; and
WHEREAS: While there is a bi-partisan consensus in Congress and the Senate that student loan interest rates should not be allowed to increase, lawmakers are at a stalemate on how to prevent this rise from occurring; and
WHEREAS: In a 52-45 vote, Republican Senators blocked further work on the "Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012," a Democrat-sponsored bill that would extend low interest rates on federally subsidized student loans for another year and instead propose radical cuts to preventive health funds; and
WHEREAS: Urging members of our Congressional and Senate delegation to to do whatever it takes to keep student loan rates down will send a strong message that Cambridge will stand up for tomorrow's leaders to leave them in the best position possible to transition to a successful future; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City of Cambridge go on record opposing doubling student loan rates; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to ascertain how this potential increase might impact Cambridge students and report back to the City Council; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this order to Congressman Michael Capuano, Congressman Ed Markey, Senator John Kerry and Senator Scott Brown on behalf of the entire Cambridge City Council.

O-12     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: Automated external defibrillators are designed to save cardiac arrest victims but new research finds the devices are often too far out of reach during an emergency; and
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that the Boston City Council has submitted a policy order for consideration mandating that the Boston Police Department utilize automated external defibrillators in police vehicles responding to 911 calls; and
WHEREAS: Adopting a similar policy in the City of Cambridge would allow police officers responding to life threatening emergencies the opportunity to begin caring for and treating cardiac arrest victims at critical moments before paramedics arrive; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Cambridge Police Department to ascertain if automated external defibrillators can be utilized in police cars responding to emergencies and report back to the Cambridge City Council.

O-13     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: Cambridge is home to beautiful, spacious parks and outdoor spaces, which allow community members to come together and enjoy the warmer months; and
WHEREAS: Policy order O-6 (May 10, 2010) called for a proposed ordinance change to allow residents to lawfully barbeque at parks and other public spaces; and
WHEREAS: As a result, Danehy Park was selected as the site for a pilot program; and
WHEREAS: As the barbeque area at Danehy Park has been a welcome addition for family and friends of the Cambridge community, residents are requesting that barbeque pilot programs be expanded in parks across Cambridge; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate department heads and commissions on the feasibility of developing similar pilot programs in parks throughout Cambridge in time for summer and report back to the Cambridge City Council.

O-14     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: Civic participation in City Council meetings and other city-related meetings is essential in keeping local officials in touch with the feedback and concerns of citizens in order to better meet their ever-changing needs; and
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the Cambridge City Council that the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) holds meetings at the same time as regularly scheduled City Council meetings; and
WHEREAS: In order to encourage the maximum participation at each meeting, it has been suggested that the CRA, adjust the timing of their meetings so as not to coincide with the weekly regularly scheduled City Council meetings; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority on the above mentioned issue.

O-15     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: Research shows that installing green roofs improves environmental quality and lowers energy use and urban air temperatures, while providing adequate insulation; and
WHEREAS: Residents are requesting that the city look into rewording the ordinance language to allow for the installation of green roofs; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Community Development Department to look into the feasibility of an ordinance proposal that will incentivize more developers to create green roofs and a plan for permitting them.

O-16     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
WHEREAS: It has been suggested that including a map of long term parking spots for non-residents looking to visit family members for extended periods of time on the city website would alleviate frustrations; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to look into the feasibility of providing a map of long term parking spots for rental on the city website and report back to the Cambridge City Council.

O-17     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR MAHER
WHEREAS: Several residents of Lexington Avenue (between Huron Avenue and Fresh Pond Parkway) have noticed a high volume of vehicles that drive the wrong way on their street; and
WHEREAS: The "Do Not Enter" sign at Fresh Pond Parkway is obscured by tree branches; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to confer with the appropriate city departments regarding one way traffic on Lexington Avenue.


O-18     June 4, 2012
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Police Commissioner and report back on the Willow Street shooting incident.

O-19     June 4, 2012  Charter Right - Cheung
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: The Foundry building at 101 Rogers Street was acquired by the City of Cambridge as part of a community benefits and mitigation offered by Alexandria Real Estate during a re-zoning process; and
WHEREAS: The agreement states that the Foundry Building, of approximately 52,000 square feet, be deeded to the City, with preference for municipal and community uses, with a minimum of 10,000 square feet for community use; and
WHEREAS: Ownership of 101 Rogers was transferred to the City of Cambridge at the beginning of 2012; and
WHEREAS: Along with community space, municipal use of the building is a primary focus; and
WHEREAS: An official procedure bound by laws governing use of municipal property must be followed as tenants are sought for the space; and
WHEREAS: It is important to the public that a well-defined process will be established to determine future use of the building; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council with possible municipal uses of 101 Rogers, considering, but not limited to, the needs for School Administration, High School Extension Program, and senior groups; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back on the legal process the City must follow for the sale, reuse, or lease of the space, as well as a list of organizations that have toured the property to date while under City ownership.


TEXT OF COMMITTEE REPORTS
Committee Report #1
The Environment Committee conducted a public meeting on Apr 24, 2012 at 5:35pm in the Sullivan Chamber.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss water conservation and energy efficiency as it pertains to the treatment and distribution of Cambridge's water and associated costs. For discussion:
   1) What steps are being taken to reduce water consumption (by commercial, institutional and private entities)?
   2) What steps are being taken to reduce the energy costs used to purify and distribute Cambridge municipal water?

Present at the meeting were Councillor Minka vanBeuzekom, Chair of the Committee; Councillor Leland Cheung; Richard Rossi, Assistant City Manager; Sam Corda, Managing Director, Cambridge Water Department; Lisa Peterson, Commissioner of Public Works; Ellen Katz, Fiscal Director, Department of Public Works; John Bolduc, Environmental Planner, Community Development Department; Savitri Khalsa; John Clifford; and Paula Crane, Administrative Assistant, City Clerk's Office.

Also present were Gary Mello; Audrey Shulman, HEET; Susan Redlich; and Robert Winters.

Councillor vanBeuzekom welcomed all present and invited Sam Corda to begin his PowerPoint presentation which was a historical review of the Water Department's water consumption and energy consumption (see attachment A for detailed graphs, tables, and lists from this presentation).

Mr. Corda stated the Water Department's role as it relates to energy used by the City of Cambridge. He stated that the Water Department uses 12% of the city's total energy.

He noted that monthly water consumption by the city is trending downward, and that has been fairly consistent for the past fifteen years. The average daily water usage was between 15 and 18 million gallons per day in the 1980s. In the 2000s this average was between 13 and 15 million gallons per day, with the trend moving closer to 13 million gallons per day in 2011-- a present day reduction of approximately 5 million gallons per day. The City's water treatment facility was built to handle demand of 24 million gallons per day.

Mr. Corda spoke about the seasonal variation in citywide water consumption. He stated that averages in Massachusetts range from 20% to 50% variation between summer and winter but that Cambridge increases by only 20%. He noted that during the summer months, water consumption increases due to lawn watering and other outdoor activities (pool filling) but as an urban city we don't have too much seasonal variability.

Mr. Rossi suggested that one of the reasons less water is now consumed by Cambridge residents, is greater use of water saving devices. During the period of time that the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)started raising wholesale rates significantly to communities who had historically been receiving water for a very low cost, the interest in water saving devises rose. Similarly, as the cost of Cambridge City water increased, so too did residents become more aware of their level of consumption and became interested in water saving devises. As an example, he stated that Tech Square which was originally built in the early 1960's did not build with any energy or water conservation in mind and later these same buildings were re-designed with a much greater view towards water and energy consumption. All of new construction takes water saving serviously in mind to save on water and sewer charges. Mr. Rossi noted that the two largest water ratepayers are Harvard and MIT. Mr. Corda stated that these institutions represent 16% - 18% percent of the total water used by the City.

Councillor vanBeuzekom asked how the City of Cambridge decided upon the tiers used in its cost of water block rate system. Noting that block rates for various MA cities and towns display great variability in how the block tiers and rates are set. She noted that block rate pricing can be used to discourage water use as the price of water increases. Response is that the rates and blocks were historically set. There is no plan to change them significantly in the near term.

Mr. Corda then moved to the topic of citywide water consumption and user base variation.

He stated that the user base is stable. See in attachment A the Cambridge Water Uses by Category 2007-2011 multi-bar graph to visualize how the 5 categories [Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Industrial and Mixed (Commercial/Residential)] have remained nearly identical over the past 5 years. The total water consumption by category is Residential (44%), Commercial (24%), Institutional (17%), Industrial (11%), and Mixed (3%).

Regarding water usage by category, Councillor vanBeuzekom inquired of Mr. Corda if he was surprised by the information contained in the various graphs. Mr. Corda responded that the figures are as expected. He stated that people are trying to save money and many individuals cutting back makes a more significant impact than if a single institution such as Harvard or MIT cut back. Mr. Rossi noted that an additional variable to consider is that - even as the cities' population has increased - its water consumption has remained steady. He posited that one might draw the conclusion that when usage stays level despite an increase in population -individual water users must be using less water. He stated that new construction standards that, for example, mandate low flow toilets which have a 1.5-gallon capacity versus an 8-gallon capacity and homeowner updates to other cost-saving appliances within buildings make a big difference as well.

Mr. Corda spoke of citywide water consumption and initiatives to reduce water consumption. He noted that the City of Cambridge charges less for water than other communities. Councillor vanBeuzekom noted that Cambridge cost is significantly less than some other communities. Mr. Rossi added that the replacement of approximately half of the approximately 15,000 water meters and the implementation of the new Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system has allowed the city to significantly improve its ability to measure water flow and to understand how much water is being distributed. Additionally, the AMR system reads water flow to buildings 4 times a day, this type of data collection can note significant increases in water flow (i.e. perhaps due to a running toilet) and property owners can be alerted immediately. An additional benefit is much more accuracy in metering.

Mr. Corda stressed that leak detection and repair are vital to keeping the cost of water distribution down. In 2011, approximately 14% of the city's water was unaccounted for and while some water loss within the underground pipes of the city's water system is to be expected, he is working to identify and repair sources for leaks. He stated that the leak detection program that is currently in place checks for major leaks within the 190-mile water pipe system every two years. Mr. Corda stated that this year, the Water Department is working with the EPA-approved American Water Works Methodology which is a step-by-step protocol that audit's water loss within the system. This will help the city locate where the biggest losses may be occurring within the system so that it can make repairs and correct these losses. Mr. Corda also stressed that any leaks reported to the Water Department are fixed immediately. This is an important aspect of the Cambridge Water Department's leak repair philosophy.

Mr. Corda commented that the water lines along Concord Avenue just went through a major upgrade to reduce leaks. The replacement of the water main on Concord Avenue is part of the Distribution System Rehabilitation Program. He stated that water mains are being updated. He commented that there was over ninety miles of pipe (from the 1991 Distribution study) that are scheduled for rehabilitation throughout the city so there is a lot of work to be done. The Water Department is working in conjunction with the Department of Public Works on these projects such that streets, when sewer lines and storm water systems are getting repaired; water mains are also being replaced.

Conservation methods that educate the public were noted. Public outreach, tours, downloadable web-docs, and printed information on water-related issues are available to residents. Mr. Corda noted that informational materials are given to visitors at the water treatment facility. He affirmed that the Water Department's web page has many helpful links and valuable information and that the web page for the Water Department is being updated. He also stated that Water Week and the Annual Fresh Pond Day reaches residents directly as well.

Mr. Corda then gave some background information regarding the AMR Program which was initiated in 2004 and completed in 2006. He stated that there are four electronic reads per day per meter. Over 8,000 meters were replaced as part of the AMR installation program. Regarding the life span of the water meters, Mr. Corda stated that the goal of the Water Department is to continue replacing meters on a rolling basis and the intention is to replace all water meters that are over fifteen years old. Mr. Rossi stated that prior to this program, if a resident did not allow the Water Department into their home for a meter reading, and then the city was only able to estimate the charges for the water bill. This bill would be estimated at a very high usage to encourage residents to allow an actual reading of the meter. He stated that before the electronic and automatic reading of meters were put in place, some residents paid estimated bills. The benefit of AMR program to the resident was the upgrade of the meter, accurate reads on a daily basis, weekly leak assessments that minimize waste/cost to property owners leading to an overall reduction the total of usage of water in the city.

Councillor Cheung asked a question about how the data is actually retrieved from the meters. Mr. Corda explained that this new system transmits data via radio signal to a data collection unit which then transmits the data to the Water Department server. All the data is saved on the server for reporting, analysis and billing. There are redundancies within the system that assure instances of data loss are kept to a minimum. Mr. Rossi gave some background information as to how the meter reading process has evolved in the past decade. He stated that initially, meter readers had to visit homes to take the readings. Now the AMR System reads the meters through a fixed network and no one has to enter a facility to read the meter. He stated that the City of Cambridge is very pleased with the system.

John Bolduc stated that the Cambridge Energy Alliance is a good champion for water conservation and that that they have valuable information regarding water consumption.

Moving to the question of who are the Top 25 Water Users (2011) within the City of Cambridge (see chart in attachment A). Mr. Rossi stated that while MIT and Harvard are the top two users of water within the city, they practice water conservation to the maximum extent. They do pay full water and sewer fees which are not part of PILOT.

Councillor vanBeuzekom noted that Lisa Peterson mentioned that Harvard and MIT receive an abatement for portion of their sewer charge, because some of the water they use in their power plants is not going into the sewer but converted to steam.

Councillor vanBeuzekom was pleasantly surprised to find that biotechnology companies are using water efficiently. Mr. Corda stated that these companies are very sensitive to this issue and use sophisticated operating systems in order to keep their costs down.

Mr. Corda then moved to the topic of the monthly Cambridge Water Department plant electric usage totals. He stated that electricity usage peaked in approximately 2006, but that there is now a downward trend. He stated that the trend is also stable regarding natural gas.

Mr. Corda spoke on the issue of the Cambridge Water Department Energy Reduction Program. He stated that there are many things that his department is doing to reduce energy such as lighting and HVAC upgrades, GPS systems on city vehicles to reduce vehicle trips and idling time. There is also change to how the pumps for finishing water are used. Mr. Rossi spoke about the potential of wind power at Fresh Pond. He stated that the public process would be difficulty as people are protective regarding what takes place at Fresh Pond. Same comment applies to solar PV or wind turbine on the cover of Payson Park in Belmont where finished water is held before flowing to Cambridge residents.

Mr. Corda commented on the Hydro Feasibility Study on water flowing from Hobbes Reservoir and stated that the City decided not to move forward with the recommendations because of the federal permitting and regulatory stipulations were greatly impair volume of flow in the system. The Water Department continues to work in conjunction with City/DPW to meet the "Green Community" reduction of energy use goals. Total Water Department energy savings to date are 6,022 MMBTUs.

Mr. Corda stated that as part of the Demand Reduction Program and the Energy Audit by CDM, ESM Recommendations and Renewable Energy, keen insights regarding energy efficiency and process optimization were submitted.

Suggestion Yes/No  Notes
Variable-Frequency Drives on raw water pumps  Yes  
Refinish Water Coating surfaces on pumps Yes As pumps are refurbished
Energy Efficient Roofs No PV Solar installed instead
Building Housekeeping Yes Multiple behavior modifications
Economize HVAC Systems Yes Economizer controls and HW VFDs - Under Review
Lighting Yes Indoor/outdoor replace with LED over time
Demand Reduction Yes Will save $$ from utility charge, not reduce consumption
Demand Response -- Options under review
Process Optimization Yes Several technical changes to processes
Energy Management Program Yes New energy management system under review with DPW
WTP Roof PV Solar Yes $ appropriated in capital budget
Conduit Hydro-Electric No Regulatory Issues

One recent change for example is for Water Department to run only one pump from Noon to 5:00pm. The capacity of the storage tank in Belmont versus the daily demand is such that water doesn't need to be finished at maximum capacity. This practice during non-peak hours dramatically reduces the demand charges for the City but has no effect on the total use of electricity.

Mr. Corda indicated that all of the items in the table that were marked with a star (see attachment A) were recommendations that the Water Department has either put in place or are moving forward on. Mr. Corda stated that audits such as ones performed by NSTAR are reasonable but that it is best to hire a more mechanical type of consultant in order to get a more thorough and detailed energy audit. He stated that the Water Department received a thorough audit and implementation from CDM in October 2011. (see attachment B) and some of these recommendations have begun since the months of the audit. Mr. Corda stated that as part of the audit, a specialist in pumping took part and that his technical involvement was very helpful.

Ellen Katz stated the biggest areas of concern of the state and federal government as it relates to energy and conservation are waste water and water treatment facilities. She noted that Mr. Corda is part of the leadership group that focuses on these issues. She stated that Cambridge is very fortunate to have Mr. Corda as part of this statewide leadership team.

Councillor vanBeuzekom then opened the meeting to comments and questions. Audrey Schulman noted that 60% of Cambridge's properties are apartments. She asked if the Water Department has the ability to contact with property owners/landlords - so that the landlords can be made aware of energy and water savings ideas. Mr. Corda stated that the AMR Program has and will continue to aid in that process. He confirmed that notifications are sent to property owners directly and that generally the landlords respond well to this system. Mr. Rossi reiterated that most people want to correct problems if they exist and that the response to this program has been very positive.

Savitri Khalsa asked what the city's timeline is for replacing all of the 15,000 water meters in the city. Mr. Corda again stated that roughly half, or 8, 000 meters have been replaced and that fifteen years is a fairly good lifespan for a water meter. He said that the city plans to replace approximately 1,000 meters each year. Mr. Rossi noted as well, that industrial-sized meters were also replaced recently and that the costs of the replacement of many of these large-size meters were absorbed by the property owners.

Mr. Corda stated that City revenue from water and sewer is approximately $60 million dollars/year.

Mr. Rossi stated that Cambridge is unmatched in the region regarding conservation as they relate to the water and sewer systems. He spoke of the challenges the city faced when preparing to build the water treatment facility at Fresh Pond and the public concern they needed to work through in order to get covers on the Payson Park water storage tanks. He noted that, in today's environment, MWRA would probably not allow a city of Cambridge's size to join their water system and buy water from them. He stated that because of Cambridge's water treatment facility, Cambridge has its own water supply and can control the cost of the city's water. He stated that the MWRA water system serves as a backup to Cambridge's water system.

Susan Redlich stated that we are fortunate to live in a community with excellent water management. She stated that when she took part in giving tours at the Water Department visitors were impressed by the system in place in Cambridge. She stated that it is risky to have private ownership of water sources.

She further noted, as a city we should avoid getting into any possible situation in which we might consider selling our water system to a private organization. She believes that maintaining this public resource is imperative. Mr. Rossi agreed with Ms. Redlich statement about the value of the city owning its own water source and stated that a critical issue is managing the resource. He noted that shortly Cambridge will be coming forward with a recommendation to buy more of the watershed lands surrounding the various reservoirs. He stated that potential harm from development could cause real concern to the health of the watersheds.

Audrey Schulman inquired about the total natural gas usage in 2011. Mr. Corda stated that the numbers are higher because it was a difficult winter.

Councillor vanBeuzekom inquired if there has been talk about using non-potable water on the Fresh Pond Gold Course. Mr. Rossi stated that non-potable water is already used at the golf course.

Gary Mello questioned the elevation of Hobbs Brook and Fresh Pond. Mr. Corda replied that the elevation is approximately 170 feet. This allows for a gravity feed system, another reason energy costs are low.

Councillor vanBeuzekom thanked all those who attended the meeting.

The meeting concluded at 6:53pm.

For the Committee,
Councillor Minka vanBeuzekom, Chair

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:
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. Charter Right exercised by Councillor Toomey on 5/21/12.
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:
RE: report on how the proposal by Global Oil LLC will impact Cambridge. Referred back by Councillor Cheung for a report on 5/21/12.
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)

12-53. 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)

12-62. 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)

12-64. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on current status of the Inlet Bridge and what steps the City can take to ensure that agreements with the Commonwealth are upheld.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 05/21/12 (O-1)

12-65. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on an explanation as the when the main library will be open on Sundays.
Councillor vanBeuzekom, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 05/21/12 (O-2)

12-66. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on what system is in place for monitoring the ongoing need of each designated disability parking space.
Councillor vanBeuzekom, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves & Vice Mayor Simmons 05/21/12 (O-4)

12-67. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on implementing a ban on trucks transporting hazardous materials through the City.
Councillor Cheung 05/21/12 (O-5)