Cambridge City Council meeting - October 22, 2012 - AGENDA

CITY MANAGERíS AGENDA
1. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-114, regarding a report that home foreclosure sales via auction be required to show ownership by the lender or agent of said property before an auction can occur.

2. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-115, regarding a report on making accommodations for voters when elevators are not working or there are other barriers at polling locations.
Referred back to City Manager - Decker

3. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to an appropriation of the Low Income Heating Assistance Program grant in the amount of $1,027,975 funded by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and administered in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Community Development to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salary and Wages account ($244,685) and the Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($783,290) to allow the operation of the Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) serving Cambridge and Somerville.

4. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of funds of the America's Promise grant in the amount of $2,500 to the Grant Fund Other Ordinary Maintenance account which will be used to sponsor specific events designed to provide information and resources to our community of first-generation college students in Cambridge.

5. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) grant in the amount of $1,155 to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salary and Wages account which will allow the Community Learning Center to plan and implement two focus groups with members of immigrant populations/ethnic minorities in Cambridge to provide input on school meals.

6. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a grant from the MetroNorth Regional Employment Board for $121,000 to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salary and Wages account ($98,840) and to the Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($22,160) which will be used to reimburse the City for salary costs associated with enrolling additional income-eligible youth in the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program and to support program costs for work sites taking large numbers of youth and developing worksites for youth participants.

7. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $35,000 to the Grant Fund Community Development Other Ordinary Maintenance Account and will be used to pay for consultant services related to the City's role in the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Sunshot Grant project. The appropriation will be reimbursed by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, which has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

8. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a grant from the State Executive Office of Public Safety, Department of Fire Services for $188,000 to the Grant Fund Fire Extraordinary Expenditures account to provide funds for new and replacement equipment for the Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Response Team, including self contained breathing apparatus, combustible gas indicators, diagnostic chemical detection kits, and upgrades to decontamination equipment.

9. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of an Emergency Management Performance Grant from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for $32,500 to the Grant Fund Fire Other Ordinary Maintenance account which will provide funds for the purchase of a radio console for Emergency Operations Center at the Water Department to support the activities of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination within the Fire Department.

CHARTER RIGHT
1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Craig Kelley, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, for a public meeting held on Aug 6, 2012 to continue discussions on the MIT Nuclear Reactor and related public safety concerns, long-term planning and associated issues. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Kelley on Committee Report Number One of Oct 15, 2012.]
Report accepted & placed on file

2. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Craig Kelley, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, for a public meeting held on July 17, 2012 to discuss the jurisdiction of non-Cambridge Police Department law enforcement organizations including Harvard, MIT, State and MBTA Police and Health Alliance, special security personnel and out of town officers on construction details. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Kelley on Committee Report Number Two of Oct 15, 2012.]
Report accepted & placed on file

ON THE TABLE
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 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 exercised by Councillor Toomey on City Manager Agenda Number Two of May 21, 2012. Placed on Table on motion of Councillor Toomey on June 4, 2012.]

8. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 12-63 regarding a report on safety issues at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street. [City Manager Number Twenty-three of July 30, 2012 Placed on Table on motion of Councillor Kelley on July 30, 2012.]

9. That the City Manager is requested to confer with relevant City staff and report back to the City Council on whether a tagging program could be implemented to notify owners of bicycles that have been removed from sign posts by the Department of Public Works and contact information for retrieval of said bicycle. [Order Number Fourteen of July 30, 2012 Placed on Table on motion of Councillor vanBeuzekom on July 30, 2012. Councillor Toomey recorded in the negative on Tabling.]

APPLICATIONS AND PETITIONS
1. An application was received from Equity Office requesting permission for a new curb cut and to relocate a curb cut at the premises numbered 160 CambridgePark Drive; said petition has received approval from Inspectional Services, Traffic, Parking and Transportation, Historical Commission and Public Works. Neighborhood association response received.

2. An application was received from Vartan Keshishan requesting permission for a curb cut at the premises numbered 13-15 Athens Street; said petition has received approval from Inspectional Services, Traffic, Parking and Transportation, Historical Commission and Public Works. No response has been received from the neighborhood association.
Charter Right - Kelley

3. An application was received from Ara Barsoumian requesting permission to move the existing curb cut at the premises numbered 99 Kinnaird Street; said petition has received approval from Inspectional Services, Traffic, Parking and Transportation, Historical Commission and Public Works. Approval has been received from the neighborhood association.


LATE COMMUNICATIONS
1. A communication was received from Susan Yanow requesting that the Yanow zoning petition be withdrawn.

2. A communication was received from Richard McKinnon, President, The McKinnon Company, regarding the curb cut application for 160 CambridgePark Drive.

3. A communication was received from Susan Markowitz regarding rat infestation.

4. A communication was received from Gerald Bergman, 82 Elm Street, requesting that on Cambridge Food Day 2012 that the issues contained in the 1991 Food Policy Referendum be addressed and implement the Cambridge Food Policy.


RESOLUTIONS
1. Retirement of Jackie Neel from the Human Services Department.   Mayor Davis

2. Congratulations to the Trifone family on being named the 2012 "Family of the Year" by the Saints Cosmas and Damian Society.   Councillor Toomey, Councillor Maher

3. Resolution on the death of Marjorie A. (Murphy) Hennigan.   Councillor Decker

4. Congratulations to the newly state-designated Central Square Cultural District.   Councillor Reeves


5. Resolution on the death of John A. "Jack" Beckwith.   Councillor Decker

6. Resolution on the death of Peter J. Imrie.   Councillor Maher

7. Speedy recovery wishes to Brian C. Greene.   Councillor Decker

8. Congratulations to the East Cambridge Business Association and residents for their successful Rib Fest on October 21, 2012.   Councillor Toomey


ORDERS
1. That the Mayor and the Chair of the Government Operations and Rules Committee are requested to provide updates every other week on the status of the City Manager search process to the City Council and to work with the City's Information Technology staff to have those updates posted on the City Council website under a separate tab on the City Council's page on the City's website.   Councillor Kelley
Charter Right - Davis

2. That the City Manager is requested to confer with City staff and report back to the City Council on how City construction projects are scoped, contracted out and managed so that hazards in project fill, park equipment or other areas are not likely to be created as the equipment gets used or as soil gets compacted or as erosion or frost heaves or other environmental factors alter park topography.   Councillor Kelley

3. That the City Manager is requested to work together with Inspectional Services Department, the Department of Public Works, the Law Department, the Public Information Department, the Public Health Department and a group of concerned residents and property owners to explore action on suggestions for controlling the rodent population.   Councillor vanBeuzekom
Amended

4. That the City Manager is requested to direct the appropriate City officials to explore the possibility of completing an on-street parking census and the impacts of a plan for the gradual reduction of on-street parking spaces over the next decades.   Councillor vanBeuzekom
Referred to Traffic, Parking & Transportation Committee - Kelley (van Beuzekom opposed)


5. That the City Council go on record granting the request of Susan Yanow, et al to "leave to withdraw" the Yanow zoning petition.   Councillor Reeves


COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor David P. Maher, Chair of the Ordinance Committee, for a public meeting held on Oct 3, 2012 to discuss a zoning petition filed by Susan Yanow, et al to rezone from the existing Business A to Business A-1 the areas bounded by Windsor, Main Streets, Bishop Allen Drive, Columbia, Prospect and Norfolk Streets; rezone from the existing Bus. B and CRDD to a proposed new district Bus. B-3 in the area bounded by Green, Landsdowne, Magazine and Prospect Streets and Mass. Ave. define as a protected neighborhood zone the area zoned Res. C-1 and bounded by Portland, Main and Windsor Streets and a line 120 feet north of and parallel to Main Street; rezone the areas currently identified as Municipal Parking Lots along Bishop Allen Drive to a proposed new Municipal Parking District (MP).

2. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Interim City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor David P. Maher, Chair of the Ordinance Committee, for a public meeting held on Oct 3, 2012 to discuss an amendment by the City Council to add a footnote #15 to Table 6.36.1(a) Column III (Open Space, Res. A-1, A-2, Res. B) stating: "where a single dwelling unit is located on a private way and where said private way could provide adequate parking for at least one car, with the written notice from the Fire Department that emergency access would not be impaired, the requirement for off-street parking is waived."

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

Tues, Oct 23
10:00am   The Housing Committee will conduct a public meeting to receive an update on plans to sell 2 Mount Auburn Street.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, Oct 24
4:00pm   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)
5:30pm   The Government Operations and Rules Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss the visioning process for the City of Cambridge and the City Manager search.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, Oct 25
2:00pm   The Public Facilities, Arts and Celebrations Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss urban festivals and the role of festivals in civic life and economic development.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 29
5:30pm   Roundtable Meeting between City Council and School Committee to receive an update on the Innovation Agenda. No public comment. No votes will be taken. Meeting will not be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

Wed, Nov 14
4:30pm   The Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing on a zoning petition filed by Patty Chen, et al., to amend the Zoning Ordinance in Section 20.300 - Central Square Overlay District in Section 20.304.5 Use Limitations and Restrictions. This hearing to be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, Nov 15
5:00pm   The Environment Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss the Cambridge Public Schools FY12 Sustainability Year-in-Review Report and Cambridge's Green Purchasing Policies.  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

Mon, Nov 26
5:30pm   Roundtable Meeting. No public comment. No votes will be taken. Meeting will not be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, Nov 29
2:30pm   Public Facilities, Arts and Celebrations Committee  (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)

Mon, Dec 31
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Jan 7
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, Jan 10
2:00pm   Public Facilities, Arts and Celebrations Committee  (Location - TBA)

Mon, Jan 14
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Jan 28
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mon, Apr 8
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

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

TEXT OF ORDERS
O-1     Oct 22, 2012
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
WHEREAS: The status of the hiring of a new City Manager is not one that is clearly understood by all City Councillors or the general public; and
WHEREAS: Hiring a City Manager is one of the most important responsibilities the City Council has; and
WHEREAS: Having all involved parties share equal access to information about this important decision is an important part of ensuring that the hiring process is as effective as possible; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the Mayor and the Chair of the Government Operations and Rules Committee be and hereby are requested to provide updates every other week on the status of the City Manager search process to the City Council and to work with the City's Information Technology staff to have those updates posted on the City Council website under a separate tab on the City Council's page on the City's website.

O-2     Oct 22, 2012
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
WHEREAS: It appears that City park renovation projects are not ensuring that project fill is clear of potential hazards such as glass shards; and
WHEREAS: Hazards such as glass shards seem inherently counter to the goal of creating a safe, enjoyable park for children, adults or pets to use; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with City staff and report back to the City Council on how City construction projects are scoped, contracted out and managed so that hazards in project fill, park equipment or other areas are not likely to be created as the equipment gets used or as soil gets compacted or as erosion or frost heaves or other environmental factors alter park topography.

O-3     Oct 22, 2012  Amended
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge has implemented many strategies in an attempt to control the rodent population within the city and acknowledges the efforts currently underway and the City's responsiveness on this issue; and
WHEREAS: Many of these strategies have been effective. For example, changes in the litter & refuse ordinance(s); creation of the dumpster ordinance(s); improved coordination among city departments; the placement within squares and parks closed trash containers (Big Belly); the publishing of an online rodent-control pamphlet; the creation of an online rodent reporting system; and increased Inspectional Services reviews that cite non-compliant property owners; and
WHEREAS: Despite these efforts the rodent population within the city continues to increase (perhaps due to widespread availability of food; mild winters; and increased construction on both MBTA properties and private properties); and
WHEREAS: Residents and property owners must work in concert to reduce the urban rodent population; and
WHEREAS: There are further strategies the City of Cambridge and residents might employ such as:

ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work together with Inspectional Services, the Department of Public Works, the Law Department, the Public Information Department, the Public Health Department and a group of concerned residents and property owners to explore action on the above suggestions; and be it further
ORDERED: That the city provide updates on reported rodents locations and activity via map and/or charts; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council as soon as possible.

O-4     Oct 22, 2012
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM
WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge has implemented many strategies to encourage bicycling and walking; and
WHEREAS: Bike lanes and traffic calming have worked to make both activities safer and more enjoyable and with the result that a greater number of individuals are choosing to bicycle and walk within the city; and
WHEREAS: A slow and gradual reduction of on-street parking will also continue to support individuals who choose to walk or bicycle; and
WHEREAS: Similar to census data, knowing the number of on-street parking spaces (metered + unmetered + residential parking spaces) provides a base-line value for understanding how many cars presently park on the city's streets; and
WHEREAS: Once a base-line value is established, the City may explore the feasibility of a slow and gradual reduction of on-street parking spaces (i.e. a 1% reduction in the number of spaces/year for 20 years) as another strategy that supports bicycling and walking throughout the city; and
WHEREAS: The use of public street space that has historically been used as on-street parking may then be rededicated to city street features such as bike lanes, traffic calming or wider sidewalk space that allows for tree plantings and a more enjoyable pedestrian experience; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the appropriate City officials to explore the possibility of completing an on-street parking census and the impacts of a plan for the gradual reduction of on-street parking spaces over the next decades; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council as soon as possible.


O-5     Oct 22, 2012
COUNCILLOR REEVES
ORDERED: That the City Council go on record granting the request of Susan Yanow, et al to "leave to withdraw" the Yanow zoning petition.
No action taken


TEXT OF COMMITTEE REPORTS
Committee Report #1
The Ordinance Committee held a public meeting on Oct 3, 2012 beginning at 4:35pm in the Sullivan Chamber.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a zoning petition filed by Susan Yanow, et al to amend the Zoning Map of the City of Cambridge in the following areas:
rezone from the existing Business A to Business A-1 the areas bounded by Windsor and Main Streets and Bishop Allen Drive; and Columbia Street, Bishop Allen Drive, Prospect and Norfolk Streets; rezone from the existing Business B and Cambridgeport Revitalization Development District (CRDD) to a proposed new district Business B-3 in the area bounded by Green, Landsdowne, Magazine and Prospect Streets and Massachusetts Avenue; define as a protected neighborhood zone the area zoned Residence C-1 and bounded by Portland, Main and Windsor Streets and a line 120 feet north of and parallel to Main Street; rezone the areas currently identified as Municipal Parking Lots numbered 4, 5, and 6 along Bishop Allen Drive to a proposed new Municipal Parking District (MP). The district would not allow construction of any permanent buildings except for public purposes such as performances and farmer's markets and would require a minimum of 7.25% of any lot to be landscaped.

Present at the hearing were Councillor David Maher, Chair of the Committee; Councillors Craig Kelley, Kenneth Reeves, Timothy J. Toomey, Minka vanBeuzekom, Mayor Henrietta Davis and Vice Mayor E. Denise Simmons; Brian Murphy, Assistant City Manager for Community Development (CDD); Stuart Dash, Director of Community Planning, CDD; Jeff Roberts, Neighborhood Planner, CDD; and Interim City Clerk Donna P. Lopez.

Also present were Jesse Kanson-Benanav, 26 Willow Street; Joe Aiello, 207 Charles Street; Owen Kennett, 472 Mass. Avenue; Seth Taylor, 48 Norfolk Street; Dan Schur, 810 Main Street; Bill Cunningham, 6 Newtowne Court; Stephen Kaiser, 191 Hamilton Street; David Mattei, 238 Columbia Street; Gerald Bergman, 82 Elm Street; Mark Boyes-Watson, 222 Erie Street; Susan Fleischman, 5 St. Mary's Road; Eli Yarden, 143 Pleasant Street; Lee Farris, 269 Norfolk Street; Randa Ghattas, 88 School Street; Terrence Smith, Director of Government Affairs, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, 859 Mass. Avenue; Charles Marquardt, 10 Rogers Street; Esther Hanig, 136 Pine Street; George Metzger, 130 Bishop Allen Drive; Paul Stone, 219 Harvard Street; Julian Cassa, 109 Windsor Street; Allen Penniman, 24 Lopez Street; James Rafferty, 130 Bishop Allen Drive; James Williamson, 1000 Jackson Place; Solmon Chowdhry, 450 Mass. Avenue; and Dennis Carlone.

Councillor Maher convened the hearing and explained the purpose. He announced that the hearing is being televised and recorded. The meeting format will open with a presentation by Susan Yanow who will summarize the petition and then the staff of the Community Development Department will be heard.

Susan Yanow made a formal presentation on behalf of the petitioners stating that the petition was created by residents in Area 4. She outlined the goal of the petition. A map outlined the area of the petition (ATTACHMENT A). Section A was Main Street currently zoned Business A would be rezone to Business A-l and lower the height; Section B, the north side of Bishop Allen Drive currently zoned Business A would be rezoned to Business A-l and lower the height to 35; Section C, Mass. Avenue zoned Business B would change to Business B-3 with height limit to 65 feet; and rezone the area currently zoned Business B and the Cambridgeport Revitalization Development District (CRDD) to Business B-3; Section D would define an area currently zoned as Residence C-1 as a protected neighborhood zone. Newtowne Court does not change what is there it just emphasis the importance of neighborhood protection; Section E creates a district known as Municipal Parking District (MP) which looks at three city municipal parking lots and to retain them as open space. The transitional area of Bishop Allen is a residential area. Ms. Yanow stated that this petition is needed because in the last few years high end housing has been built. Cambridge cannot keep up with the need for housing. Dense development belongs around transit hubs, but the Red Line is over capacity. She stated that if residential and commercial developments are built near transit hubs cars will not be utilized. It is said that the Central Square and the Area Four area can handle more traffic, but there is gridlock at rush hour. Another concern is the infrastructure capacity. She spoke about smart growth. This area is the densest area in the city. There is also concern for technology creeping into this neighborhood. Ms. Yanow asked the City Council to preserve the neighborhood. The people who live in Central Square feel that their concerns are not being heard this is the reason for the petition.

Councillor Maher requested the staff of the Community Development Department to summarize the Planning Board hearing held on Tues, Oct 2, 2012 regarding the Yanow, et al petition.

Mr. Roberts stated that the Planning Board did vote to submit a recommendation to the City Council that the City Council not adopt the petition at this time because the Central Square Planning Study is underway and some of the concerns will be addressed during the Central Square process.

Councillor Maher stated that the following communications were received and would be made part of the record.

Franziska Amacher, 239 Mt. Auburn Street, supporting the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT B).

Richard Appleton, Senior Director, Facilities Planning and Engineering, Millennium, in opposition to the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT C).

Kelly Thompson Clark, President and CEO, and Terrence Smith, Director of Government Affairs, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, urging the Ordinance Committee to not recommend adoption of the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT D).

Allison Aaron Cascio, 36 Essex Street, supporting the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT E).

Ethan Cascio, 36 Essex Street, supporting the Yanow petition ATTACHMENT F).

Hubert Murray, 204 Erie Street, in opposition to the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT G).

Emily Fletcher, Founder & CEO, Esquared Partners, LLC, urging the City Council to vote against the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT H).

Jeremy Stein, 230 Western Avenue, in opposition to the down zoning petition (ATTACHMENT I).

Gail Seidman, University Stationery Company, requesting that the Yanow petition be rejected (ATTACHMENT J).

Patrick W. Barrett, III requesting that the City Council to vote no on the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT K).

Lori Jobe, 23 Essex Street, requesting the City Council to vote not on the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT L).

Carolyn Fuller, 12 Douglass Street, requesting the City Council to vote down the down zoning petition for Central Square (ATTACHMENT M).

David Ullman, 52 Bishop Allen Drive, in opposition to the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT N).

Sally A. Eaton, in opposition to the down zoning petition for Central Square (ATTACHMENT O).

James Madden, 93 Thorndike Street # 2, transmitting his belief that the Yanow petition is the wrong approach to take (ATTACHMENT P).

Joshua Gerber, Cambridge Local First, in opposition to the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT Q).

William McAvinney requesting that the Yanow be rejected (ATTACHMENT R).

Gary Ragaglia in opposition to down zoning (ATTACHMENT S)

George Metzger, President, Central Square Business Association, transmitting the opposition of the CSBA to the Yanow petition (ATTACHMENT T).

At the request of Councillor Maher the Interim City Clerk explained the written protest process.

Councillor Maher opened the meeting to public comment.

Stephen Kaiser informed the committee that he attended the Planning Board hearing last night. The concern expressed was that the Central Square study is ongoing. Ms. Yanow stated that residents feel they are not being heard and this petition is the way to have citizens voices heard. Mr. Kaiser stated that the process is flawed because there is only a small period to allow public comment. To try to up zone is illegal per the Constitution. The government cannot provide special profits for developers. Creative destruction is the threat to neighborhoods from developers. He spoke on traffic issues. The City has looked at 10 intersections and the City is trying to claim that Central Square is fine. The MBTA capacity issue is flawed. Kendall and Central Squares need community preservation.

Jesse Kanson-Benanav, 26 Willow Street, representing A Better Cambridge, stated that growth and change are inevitable. He stated that he supports smart growth. Down zoning does not do this. He is opposed to the Yanow petition. He filed a petition signed by 400 residents (ATTACHMENT U). Down zoning will hurt diversity. There is an appetite for development in the City. Limiting the supply of housing will not create more affordable housing for families. Down zoning will have a negative impact on the economics of the City. He stated that there is no plan to redevelop Newtowne Court. This would require federal funds. Newtowne Court is not in jeopardy. He stated reducing heights to use more of the parcel is detrimental to preserving open space.

Joe Aiello, 207 Charles Street, stated that he is a member of A Better Cambridge. Down zoning does not bring betterment for the whole City and is against what should be done for the City. He favored smart growth. This "not in my back yard" approach needs to go.

Owen Kennett, 472 Mass. Avenue, owner of Middle East Restaurant, stated his opposition to the petition. The height restrictions in the Yanow petition would make it difficult for the City.

Seth Taylor, 48 Norfolk Street, stated that he lives in a Business A-l area. There is a lot of diversity in the area. The municipal parking lots should not be built on. There are no parks in the area. It is critical to have open space on Mass. Avenue. He has an issue with the height restriction - it will not change the character of the community.

Bill Cunningham, 6 Newtowne Court, stated that there is enthusiasm by some to increase the size and density of Cambridge. He stated that most people are afraid. There are very few benefits from development. Why should Newtowne Court residents be afraid of development? It is because of the federal cut backs, layoff and the restructuring of Cambridge Housing Authority. There is an attempt to find partners in the private sector for housing. The one-for-one redevelopment will create a different type of territory. Businesses will be geared to new comers rather than the long term residents. He supports the Yanow petition. This proposal should be given serious consideration.

Gerald Bergman, 82 Elm Street, stated that the concerns in the Yanow petition are valued. He spoke about the $15M revenue received for the number of building permits pulled. He spoke about developers who give to public official campaigns. He did not support the Forest City proposal because it was the wrong building in the wrong place. This petition should be put on the table and wait for the completion of the Central Square study. Mr. Bergman submitted a communication for the record (ATTACHMENT V).

Mark Boyes-Watson, 222 Erie Street, stated that he was opposed to the down zoning petition. There was never an intention in Central Square study process to damage the areas near the square. The service parking lots in the heart could be done better. On the parking lot there could be 70 units of housing built. The vision of the Red Ribbon Committee and the consultants are taking the City through a complex process. It is a disaster to go forward with the negative point of view. He hopes to move forward and strengthen retail in Central Square. He urged the City Council to vote down the Yanow petition.

Susan Fleischman, Central Square Advisory Committee member, commented that the committee is a diverse committee. We are engaged in a conversation and this petition is attempting to stop the conversation. She feels that it is thought that the process is segued. She is concerned with traffic and issues in the Yanow petition.

Elie Yarden, 143 Pleasant Street, stated that one of the reasons he moved to Cambridge was Central Square. He stated that resistance to change leads to rational development. The consultant hired explained to the members of the Central Square Advisory Committee that there are benefits to be gained by giving up the parking lot. Most of the people who work in the City do not live here. He cautioned to be aware of private interests. He submitted a communication (ATTACHMENT W).

Lee Ferris, 269 Norfolk Street, stated she supports the Yanow petition. Supporters of the Yanow petition do not oppose development. She stated that she supported mixed use on Mass. Avenue. She felt that it is wise to lower the building heights. She strongly supports affordable housing and likes how the Yanow petition protects Newtowne Court. The property owners on Mass. Avenue have had the opportunity to build high buildings for many years. She informed the committee that if the Yanow petition is not adopted; she supported the Planning Board recommendation.

Randa Ghattas, 88 School Street, stated that she hates her street. She wanted to know what is being preserved -- the cars! Down zoning is counterproductive. She stated that rents are increased with or without development. She urged enhancing the mixed use of Central Square and encouraging small land owners to develop their own property. She favored a walk able community. Fear of change is fine-but change is happening. Embrace the fear she urged.

Terry Smith, Director of Government Affairs, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, informed the committee that the members of the Chamber of Commerce are opposed to the Yanow petition. The Red Ribbon Commission and the Central Square Advisory Committee have identified many changes and the Yanow petition would make the changes impossible. This petition would result in a less vital Central Square, less affordable housing and make it difficult to conduct business. The Yanow petition ignores the vision for Central Square. He urged the City Council not to vote for the Yanow petition.

Charlie Marquardt, 10 Rogers Street, spoke on behalf of Cambridge Local First. He read the letter included in Attachment Q. He stated that down zoning will drive housing prices up.

Esther Hanig, 136 Pine Street, opposed the Yanow petition because it would have a detrimental effect on the low income housing stock as well as diversity. Economic diversity is important to have strong public schools. The Yanow petition limits smart growth. There is additional need for retail and housing. Most opponents share the same concerns as the supporters of the Yanow petition. This is a critical conversation about our city. She urged the City Council to vote against the Yanow petition.

George Metzger, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, spoke on behalf of Central Square Business Association in opposition to the Yanow petition. Discussions on both sides have merit. The Central Square Advisory Committee has been wrestling with the issues. The Yanow petition does not have a vision of what Central Square should be. Central Square has had an overlay district for 20 years. There is no proposal from the Central Square Advisory Committee now. He urged the City Council to vote against the Yanow petition.

Paul Stone, 219 Harvard Street, stated that the Planning Board proposal that had a 3 story building is not appealing to him. He stated that Cambridge is under attack. There is a land boom underway. He urged the City Council to support the Yanow petition. There is no trust for the Central Square Advisory Committee process. A serious look must be taken on what is coming down the pike.

Allen Penniman, 24 Lopez Street, spoke in opposition to Yanow petition. He stated that down zoning threatens mom and pop retail. He urged the Yanow petition be voted down.

James Rafferty, Attorney with offices at 130 Bishop Allen Drive, stated that he represented many property owners who have filed written protest. He suggested that the City Council should look at the existing zoning in place and then make policy decisions on whether changes are warranted. He stated that the overlay district places additional height restriction in the BB district. He commented that in Ms. Yanow's presentation no one can point out an impact occurring from the overlay that is objectionable. The as-of-right height requirement in the petition is 45 feet; the overlay district height is 55 feet and by special permit the height is 80 feet. This is not a zoning petition; it is a tactic to introduce another conversation. This is about creating leverage. The City Council should not be involved in creating leverage. This is a bad idea and does not include the vision of the last few years. He urged the City Council to vote against the Yanow petition.

James Williamson, 1000 Jackson Place, spoke about Holmes Building being considered nonconforming. He spoke about the conflict between money, greed, and building. He thinks it is about greed. The City does not need to be in a panic for additional commercial development. He stated that caution is the word for the day. His reservation about the Yanow petition is density. He stated that the big problems with public transportation are not being discussed or estimated. Urban design issues must be reviewed. Down zoning puts city in better position for community benefits.

Solmon Chowdhry, 450 Mass. Avenue, stated that he owns a restaurant in Cambridge and grew up in Cambridge. Cambridge is unique; especially Central Square. He stated that he is opposed to the Yanow petition. Commercial rent will skyrocket if this petition is passed. He urged the City Council not to pass the Yanow petition.

Dennis Carlone stated that he hears the planning frustration. Bishop Allen Drive height is 40-50 feet, maybe it should remain. The mechanical rooftop issue that was pushed aside is going to come back. All parties, including the neighborhood, the Central Square Advisory Committee and Forest City, need to come together. Part of the problem is that streets are split down the middle and there are different zones on each side. In the 1930's big buildings were build that the neighbors agreed with.

On motion of Councillor Reeves public comment was closed at 6:12 PM.

Councillor Kelley asked the CDD staff to explain the bulk control plane and the setbacks. Mr. Dash explained that the bulk control plane is in place now and as proposed would make a building similar to the Dance Complex not possible. He used the Holmes building as an example of bulk control plane that has a 55 feet height and a setback at a 45 degree angle and may rise to 80 feet at the same angle. The Yanow petition has the setback at 45 to a rise of 65 feet. Councillor Kelley asked about the street line setback versus property line setback. Mr. Dash stated that in the bulk control planes both street and property lines can be used. Councillor Kelley stated that an 80 feet height straight up is one thing, versus 80 feet height with a setback. The presentation did not show what could be. He did not support the petition and he cannot see keeping the parking lots as the best use as ground level parking.

Councillor vanBeuzekom favored having a chart outlining what is currently allowed and what is proposed. She asked for clarification on the overlay district and how it limits what currently exists. Mr. Dash explained that the Central Square Overlay District has been in place for 20 years. The base zoning in effect is BB; the overlay district modifies the base zone. The base zone allows 80 feet height in BB zone, however, the overlay allows only 55 feet height and a special permit from the Planning Board is required to go above the 55 feet height and there is a criterion which must be met. The overlay district also has criteria requirements as to the type of development for Central Square. Mr. Roberts stated that a summary of all the requirements for the overlay would be provided. Councillor vanBeuzekom asked if there is an oversight of the special permit process for the overlay district. Mr. Dash explained it is a two step process. There is a large project review commission described in the ordinance which does the first review of the project. They submit their recommendations to the Planning Board. The Planning Board makes the final decision on the special permit. Councillor vanBeuzekom requested a map of the Central Square Overlay District and how it overlays over the area of the Yanow petition.

Councillor Maher asked Mr. Roberts to restate the action taken by the Planning Board on the Yanow petition. Mr. Roberts stated that the Planning Board voted to recommend that the City Council not adopt the petition at this time because the Central Square Advisory Committee process is discussing issues outlined in the petition. Councillor Maher asked when the City Council would receive the recommendation from the Central Square Advisory Committee. Mr. Dash stated that the recommendation is expected in the fall and the work of the Planning Board will be done. Assistant City Manager for Community Development gave a list of scheduled meeting of the Central Square Advisory Committee. The meetings are scheduled for Oct 10, 17, 24, Nov 7 and 28. Councillor vanBeuzekom added that the Planning Board did not agree on the merits of the Yanow petition.

Councillor Maher stated that there are several things that the committee could do this evening. Councillor vanBeuzekom stated that she would like the petition to remain in committee. Councillor Kelley stated that he would not like the petition to remain in committee. He would not like to vote the petition down. At this time Councillor Kelley submitted the following motion:

ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to instruct the Community Development Department to develop language that would remove the Municipal Parking Section from the Yanow petition.

This motion - Failed on a voice vote.

Councillor Kelley stated that he could not find the definition of protected neighborhood zone in the Zoning Ordinances or in the Yanow petition. Mr. Dash stated that there is nothing in the Zoning Ordinance that defines "protected neighborhood zone". Councillor Kelley stated that this needs to be defined.

In response to a question by Councillor vanBeuzekom, Mr. Roberts stated that there is nothing in the current Central Square Overlay District about open space, whether private or public open space.

Councillor Reeves stated that he does not support the Yanow petition in the current form.

Councillor Maher moved that the petition be referred to the full City Council without recommendation and that the subject matter be kept in committee. This motion carried on a voice vote.

Councillor Maher thanked all those present for their attendance.

The hearing adjourned at 6:45pm.

For the Committee,
Councillor David P. Maher, Chair


Committee Report #2
The Ordinance Committee held a public hearing on Oct 3, 2012 beginning at 4:13pm in the Sullivan Chamber.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss an amendment by the City Council to add a footnote #15 to Table 6.36.1(a) Column III (Open Space, Res. A-1, A-2, Res. B) stating: "where a single dwelling unit is located on a private way and where said private way could provide adequate parking for at least one car, with the written notice from the Fire Department that emergency access would not be impaired, the requirement for off-street parking is waived."

Present at the hearing were Councillor David Maher, Chair of the Committee; Councillor Craig Kelley; Councillor Kenneth Reeves; Jeff Roberts, Neighborhood Planner, Community Development Department (CDD); and Interim City Clerk Donna P. Lopez.

Also present were Stephen Kaiser, 191 Hamilton Street; Bill Cunningham, 6 Newtowne Court; and Eli Yarden, 143 Pleasant Street.

Councillor Maher convened the hearing and explained the purpose. He announced that the meeting is being televised and recorded. This petition was filed by Councillor Kelley and he requested Councillor Kelley to provide background on the petition.

Councillor Kelley explained that his neighbor tried to get a building permit for a house on a private way and everything about the property was conforming except the neighbor did not want to put in a parking space. Parking was available on an adjacent private way so why was there a need for a parking space. The Zoning Ordinance requires that if you build a new residential unit you are required to put in an off-street parking space. This cannot be waived without seeking a special permit. Councillor Kelley stated that when he reviewed the Zoning Ordinance he could not explain this. The previous occupants of the demolished house could park on the private way pursuant to the rules relating to parking on private ways. If adjacent to a private way you still can park so there is room for emergency vehicles why require an off-street parking space. He stated that he sees no down side to passing this amendment. Requiring new construction to have an off-street parking space where parking on a private way would not impact emergency vehicles seems silly. In theory special permits are easily granted but in reality it gives a lot of pull for projects. It is a negotiating point and expense that the property owner should not be subjected to.

Councillor Maher asked Mr. Roberts to explain why the Planning Board was not enthralled about this petition that was heard by the Planning Board the previous evening.

Mr. Roberts stated that this issue was discussed with Sue Clippinger, Director of Traffic, Parking and Transportation, who brought up issues that might arise from this petition dealing with the different types of private ways. Some private ways are privately owned, some are private ways owned by the city, but are not accepted by the City as streets for various reasons. Private ways issues raised were street widths, whether there are sidewalks or not, easement and utility issues. In relation to safety, the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, in consultation with the Fire Department, maintains a fire lane on private ways and can enforce these restrictions. Even if it is reasonable for someone to park on a private way today in the future, if a new building is built or land use conditions change, the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department may want to maintain the right to restrict parking. If the different types of private ways are reviewed, having a special permit provision where parking can be waived under specific conditions, but not waived under general conditions seemed to be the preferable approach to take by the Planning Board. The Planning Board did suggest that CDD staff pursue language to make it clearer in the special permit provision that available parking along a private way would justify waiving the parking requirement if all other conditions were met. Another issue raised by the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department is that the City has no right on enforcement on these private ways and if there was a dispute between neighbors who needed to use the private way for parking to satisfy the requirement to have parking space is not something that the City could manage and sort out. Mr. Roberts stated that the Planning Board took the comments of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department to heart and suggested alternatives that would address the issues.

Councillor Maher asked if the Planning Board is keeping the matter open awaiting response from the CDD staff. Mr. Roberts responded in the affirmative.

Councillor Maher stated that for a new property owner to move on to a private way, Councillor Kelley's request seems reasonable.

Councillor Maher asked CDD for language to grandfather existing property where there is new construction and unbuilt lots. Mr. Roberts stated that when zoning is applied to this case it may appear to be justified not to require parking but implement a provision that would apply in all private ways and all districts named in the petition. He further stated that the Planning Board would not be comfortable making recommendations without studying the full range of impacts and this may require extensive study.

Councillor Kelley made a motion that the petition be kept in committee pending review by the Planning Board and language prepared by the city staff. The motion carried on a voice vote.

Councillor Maher thanked all those present for their attendance.

On motion of Councillor Reeves the meeting adjourned at 4:25pm.

For the Committee,
Councillor David P. Maher, 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)

12-20. 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)

12-29. 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)

12-40. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on improper leases and rental of owned affordable housing units. Reconsideration filed by Councillor Toomey on 6/11/2012. Report referred back to City Manager for more information on motion of Councillor Toomey on 6/18/12.
Councillor Reeves, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor vanBeuzekom 03/19/12 (O-3)

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)

12-54. 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)

12-64. 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)

12-67. 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)

12-70. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on accepting payment at parking meters via credit card.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 06/04/12 (O-9)

12-71. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of converting the vacant lots at the corner of Watson and Brookline Streets and at 35 Cherry Street to community gardens or open space.
Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor vanBeuzekom 06/04/12 (O-10)

12-72. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how increases in student loans might impact Cambridge students.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 06/04/12 (O-11)

12-74. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of expanding the barbeque pilot program in parks throughout Cambridge.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 06/04/12 (O-13)

12-75. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of providing a map of long term parking spots for rent on the city website.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 06/04/12 (O-16)

12-78. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on expanding the number of Cambridge parks/playing fields with public toilets. Referred back to the City Manager on 6/18/12 on motion of Councillor Kelley.
Councillor vanBeuzekom and Full Membership 06/11/12 (O-5)

12-81. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on meeting with No. Mass Avenue neighbors, businesses and neighborhood groups about whether additional alterations to the median strip would be appropriate.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 06/11/12 (O-9)

12-82. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of implementing an initiative similar to the Boston Meter Program.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 06/11/12 (O-11)

12-85. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on installing security cameras in the Donnelly Field area.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 06/11/12 (O-14)

12-87. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the potential uses of the Foundry Building.
Councillor Toomey 06/04/12 (O-19)

12-88. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how the City plans to maintain grade separated bikeways and keep them free from sand, branches and other debris.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 06/11/12 (O-7)

12-89. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of implementing speed-control measures at the corner of Tremont Street and Gardner Road.
Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 07/30/12 (O-2)

12-90. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on Executive Session to discuss lawsuits.
Councillor Reeves and Full Membership 07/30/12 (O-5)

12-91. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the installation of lower and decorative lighting along Cardinal Medeiros Avenue.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 07/30/12 (O-6)

12-95. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on creating a Pavement to Parklet program.
Councillor vanBeuzekom, Councillor Cheung, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves & Councillor Toomey 07/30/12 (O-10)

12-97. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the incident at the Cambridge Gateway Inn on July 5, 2012.
Councillor vanBeuzekom, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves & Councillor Toomey 07/30/12 (O-12)

12-99. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on statistical information regarding enforcement citations for loud motorcycle mufflers, car radios and the City's plan to address these issues.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 07/30/12 (O-16)

12-102. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how sequestration would effect municipal finances and the finances of human services organizations that partner with the City.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 07/30/12 (O-30)

12-103. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report with a short summary on how CDBG grants have been used over the past few years in the City, with a list of completed projects, jobs created and the overall impact on the community.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 07/30/12 (O-31)

12-104. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on data requested on the Andrews Petition during an Ordinance Committee hearing last term that has not yet been received.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 07/30/12 (O-34)

12-105. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on answering questions regarding the Foundry Building in order to move the community process forward.
Councillor Cheung & Councillor Toomey 07/30/12 (O-35)

12-106. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on facilitating affordable housing opportunities for middle class families.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 09/10/12 (O-13)

12-107. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the number of Cambridge residents that are working as part of organized labor on development projects along with the percentage of minority and women members and what sort of communication takes place with the Rindge School of Technical Arts and local Unions.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 09/10/12 (O-14)

12-108. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on applying and participating in the Cities of Services program.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 09/10/12 (O-19)

12-109. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on what strategies other cities have used to dissuade land-banking.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 09/10/12 (O-21)

12-110. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the status of 2 Mt. Auburn Street.
Vice Mayor Simmons and Full Membership 09/10/12 (O-23)

12-111. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on improving pedestrian safety on Western Avenue at Kinnaird and Pleasant Streets.
Councillor vanBeuzekom and Full Membership 09/10/12 (O-24)

12-112. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on specific data that compares the actual energy efficiency for the City Hall Annex.
Councillor vanBeuzekom and Full Membership 09/10/12 (O-25)

12-114. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #1
RE: report on home foreclosure sales via auction be required to show ownership by the lender or agent of said property before an auction can occur.
Councillor vanBeuzekom, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 09/24/12 (O-3)

12-115. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #2
RE: report on making accommodations for voters when elevators are not working or there are other barriers at polling locations on election days.
Councillor Decker, Mayor Davis, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor vanBeuzekom 09/24/12 (O-6)

12-116. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on maintaining the present Central Square Farmer's Market permit rate despite an increase in the vehicle parking rates.
Councillor vanBeuzekom, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 09/24/12 (O-8)

12-117. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of expanding the number of residential and meter spaces at the North Point Park.
Councillor Maher, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey & Councillor vanBeuzekom 09/24/12 (O-9)

12-118. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of installing "Pay by Phone" enabled meters.
Councillor vanBeuzekom, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 09/24/12 (O-10)

12-119. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on banning DeFelice Corp. as a contractor on further work with the City and on the damaged gas pipe and safety measures that took place following the incident at Spring and Fulkerson Street caused by DeFelice Corp.
Councillor Toomey 09/24/12 (O-15)

12-120. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of creating a municipal exterminator and/or contracting exterminators to help eradicate rodent problems in the City.
Councillor Toomey, Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Vice Mayor Simmons & Councillor vanBeuzekom 10/01/12 (O-3)

12-121. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on Cambridge joining the Compassionate Action Network as a Compassionate City.
Mayor Davis 10/15/12 (O-5)