Cambridge City Council meeting - November 21, 2011 - AGENDA

CITY MANAGERíS AGENDA
1. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 10-184, regarding a report on the possibility of the Cambridge Farmers Market using space for the winter months in the ground floor of the First Street garage or other suitable space.

2. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-82, regarding a report on possible implications of the merger between the Longy School of Music and Bard College.

3. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-128, regarding a report on trimming tree branches around the tot lot in the area of Pine and Eaton Streets.

4. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-118, regarding a report on plans for the McCrehan pool.

5. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-147, regarding a report on job training programs.

6. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-144, regarding a report on the gun shot incident at Bristol and Hampshire Streets.

7. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-120, regarding a report on plans to ensure that tow truck drivers model safe and courteous driving in the City.

8. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the Final Landmark Designation Study Report for the Ellis School/North Cambridge Catholic High School at 40 Norris Street recommended by the Historical Commission.

Agenda Item No. 8A     Nov 21, 2011
ORDERED: That the former Ellis School (later the North Cambridge Catholic High School) at 40 Norris Street be designated as a protected landmark pursuant to Chapter 2.78, Article III, Section 2.78.180 of the Code of the City of Cambridge, as recommended by vote of the Cambridge Historical Commission on November 3, 2011. The premises so designated are defined as parcel 151 of assessor's map 192 and are recorded in book 55397, page 563, of the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds. This designation is justified by the important architectural and historical associations the school embodies, for its prominent role in the North Cambridge community, for its architectural significance in terms of its period, style, and method of construction, as one of the last intact elementary school buildings of its generation, and as the last Cambridge example of school architecture by architect Aaron H. Gould. The effect of this designation shall be that review by the Cambridge Historical Commission and the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness, Hardship or Non-Applicability shall be required before any construction activity can take place within the designated area or any action can be taken affecting the appearance of the buildings at 40 Norris Street that would in either case be visible from a public way. The Commission shall not consider and shall have no jurisdiction over interior features or improvements, nor over any portion of the buildings not visible from a public way. The Commission shall not make any recommendation or requirement except for the purposes of preventing alterations that would appear to be incongruous with the historical aspects or other architectural characteristics of the building.

In making determinations, the Commission shall be guided by the Final Landmark Designation Study Report dated November 10, 2011, and by Section VII, Standards and Criteria, and by the applicable sections of Chapter 2.78, Article III, of the Cambridge Municipal Code.
Passed 9-0

9. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-154, regarding a report on whether there are any obstacles to adoption of the proposed amendment to Section 9.16.

10. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-160, regarding a report on the feasibility and impact of the following: Instituting a policy that, after ascertainment, if the City of Cambridge takes more than 90 days to negotiate a contract with a potential cable service provider, the potentially new service provider can operate under the same terms as the existing incumbent service provider, with the option to continue negotiation with the City of Cambridge while operating under those terms.

11. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-65, regarding a report on the possibility of emulating the San Francisco Yellow Pages ban in Cambridge.

12. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-89, regarding a report on the need for a bamboo ordinance.

13. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the retirement of City Solicitor Donald A. Drisdell.

Nov 21, 2011
To the Honorable, the City Council:

This is to inform you that City Solicitor Donald A. Drisdell has informed me of his intention to retire on Jan 20, 2012, after many years of valuable service to the City.

Please be advised that I have appointed Nancy Glowa as Acting City Solicitor effective Jan 20, 2012.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

14. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of voluntary donations received from the 2011 resident sticker renewals in the amount of $5,896 to the Public Investment Fund Community Development Extraordinary Expenditures account. This amount reflects donations received through Oct 31, 2011. These funds will be used for the installation and/or purchase of bike racks. An acknowledgement of the funding source will be provided at the location of the installed bike racks. This is also in response to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-71 regarding a report on the total donations raised during the 2011 resident sticker renewals for energy/environmental initiatives.

Nov 21, 2011
To the Honorable, the City Council:

I am hereby requesting the appropriation of voluntary donations received from the 2011 resident sticker renewals in the amount of $5,896 to the Public Investment Fund Community Development Extraordinary Expenditures account. This amount reflects donations received through Oct 31, 2011. These funds will be used for the installation and/or purchase of bike racks. An acknowledgement of the funding source will be provided at the location of the installed bike racks.

This is also in response to Awaiting Report Item 11-71 regarding a report on the total donations raised during the 2011 resident sticker renewals for energy/environmental initiatives.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

15. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation not to adopt the zoning changes proposed in the Andrews, et al. Zoning Petition (Inclusionary Housing Changes). [Negative recommendation]

16. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation on the Bagedenow, et al. Zoning Petition (Side Yards in C-1 Districts). [Positive recommendation, with proposed changes]

17. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation to not adopt the Julia Bishop, et al Zoning Petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance, Section 17.20 - Special District 2, to delete some uses currently allowed, decrease allowable development and create fence regulations along Linear Park. [Negative recommendation]

18. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation not to adopt the Runkel, et al. Zoning Petition (41 Bellis Circle). [Negative recommendation]

19. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-152, regarding the feasibility of bike corrals in Cambridge.

Nov 21, 2011
To the Honorable, the City Council:

In response to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-152, regarding the feasibility of bike corrals in Cambridge, Assistant City Manager for Community Development Brian Murphy reports the following:

The City of Cambridge Bicycle Parking Program provides bicycle racks throughout the city in order to support and encourage the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation. There are presently over 900 bicycle parking racks on the public right of way throughout the city, about 90% of which are located in commercial districts.

The number of cycling trips in Cambridge has increased by almost 150% between 2002 and 2010, accompanied by an increase in the demand for bicycle parking. Over the past 5 years, over 350 new bicycle parking racks have been installed on public sidewalks, funded in part by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Regional Bike Parking Program.

City staff has been developing a program for Cambridge to utilize on-street parking spaces for bicycle parking stalls. Each stall fits in one vehicle parking spot and provides parking for 14 bicycles. The current plan is for six locations to be rolled out in Spring 2012. Stalls will be put into storage for the winter months. Funding for the stalls will be provided by the MAPC program.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

20. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-145, regarding a report on the decision making process of where bus shelters are placed.

21. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-146, regarding a report on the upkeep of the Cambridge Common.

22. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-102, regarding a report on using BLAZE technology for bicycle safety.

23. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number Item 11-85, regarding a report on plans for participation in the BIO 2012 Convention.

24. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to a transfer within the Terrascope Youth Radio Program Grant from MIT through the National Science Foundation in the amount of $38,400 from the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Other Ordinary Maintenance account to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salary and Wages account to support stipends paid to youth participants.

25. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) grant for the Peabody Preschool in the amount of $11,642.00 received from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salaries and Wages account ($963.00) and to the Grant Fund Human Services Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($10,679.00) and will be used to improve the quality of education for preschool children through professional development, curriculum enrichment, and parent involvement.

26. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) grant for the Morse Preschool in the amount of $11,045.00 received from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salaries and Wages account ($868.00) and to the Grant Fund Human Services Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($10,177.00) and will be used to improve the quality of education for preschool children through professional development, curriculum enrichment, and parent involvement.

27. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the Points of Entry Grant for $100,000.00 funded by the Open Society Foundation through Kratos Learning Solutions, to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Salary and Wages account ($66,955.50), to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($32,795.50), and to the Grant Fund Human Service Programs Travel and Training account ($249.00) and will be used to support individual and group career counseling, workshops, integrated curriculum, expanded learning time, and distance learning at the Community Learning Center (CLC).

28. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a Fair Housing Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for $37,000 to the Grant Fund Human Rights Salary and Wages Account ($33,000), and Grant Fund Human Rights Travel and Training Account ($4,000) which will be used to cover a portion of the salary of an Attorney-Investigator, who works on cases from the Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP).

29. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for $45,000 to the Grant Fund Public Celebrations Other Ordinary Maintenance account to support the Let the Public Play project.

30. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-20, regarding a report on the possibility of retaining the traffic light on Memorial Drive at Magazine Street.

31. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-148, regarding a report on implementing restaurant valet parking on Third Street.

32. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-140, regarding a report on removing hazardous metal pieces of street signs.

33. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-129, regarding a report on the possibility of using Bobcats to clear snow on neighborhood and retail sidewalks.

34. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-142, regarding a report on increasing the number of Household Hazardous Waste Days per year.

Nov 21, 2011

To the Honorable, the City Council:

In response to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-142 regarding a report on increasing the number of Household Hazardous Waste Days per year, Public Works Commissioner Lisa Peterson reports the following:

The City of Cambridge holds three (3) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Days per year typically scheduled in April, June and October. For more information on HHW days and material accepted, please go to the Public Works website at http://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/ourservices/recyclingandtrash/hazardouswastecollection.aspx.

Since 2004 we have been tracking the number of cars coming to each event. (The event also accommodates walk- ins and bicycles, but these users do not encounter wait time.) Wait time for cars is typically 15-20 minutes. We work closely with the Police to ensure that the lines move as quickly as possible.

 

April

June October Total

2004

239 198 306 743

2005

252 233 310 795

2006

267 238 289 794

2007

352 271 311 934

2008

282

159

314

755

2009

329

297

325

951

2010

333

273

353

959

2011

342

232

281

855

A review of the information above shows an increasing trend until this past year when use went down by over 100 cars. Based on this, we believe three (3) HHW days per years is adequate. We will continue to monitor the trend and see if demand increases.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

35. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-157, regarding a report on Citizen Observer alerts.

36. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a Smart Policing Initiative: Smart Policing Innovation grant from the Federal Bureau of Justice in the amount of $299,668 to the Grant Fund Police Other Ordinary Maintenance account ($184,736), to the Grant Fund Police Travel and Training account ($4,932) and to Grant Fund Police Extraordinary Expenditures account ($110,000) and will cover the cost of geographic information and other software, computer hardware and printers, implementation consultants, supplies and travel related to Smart Policing Initiative training.
Kelley voted NO

37. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Number Item Number 11-83, regarding a report on technology plan for the City, the use of social media tools, and identifying projects that would benefit from using Gov 2.0, as well as a response to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-84, regarding the creation of a research and development office for technology.

Nov 21, 2011
To the Honorable, the City Council:

In response to Awaiting Report Number 11-83, regarding a report on technology plan for the City, the use of social media tools, and identifying projects that would benefit from using Gov 2.0, as well as a response to Awaiting Report 11-84, regarding the creation of a research and development office for technology, please be advised of the following:

As part of the FY12 Budget Process, the City Council appropriated funds for the development of mobile applications, a citizen complaint system and an optimized search function. All of these initiatives have been completed.

In addition, I informed the City Council that I would be forming an E-Gov Executive Committee. While the Information Technology (IT) Department has employed a planning process, incorporating input from across City departments and from a range of stakeholders, evaluating suggestions, input and cost considerations as part of its determinations on priorities, the creation of an E-Gov Executive Committee will allow the City to develop a more formal procedure for prioritizing projects and assisting in development of an IT Strategic Plan. A formal IT Strategic Plan will allow the City to continue to address the ever-expanding interest in keeping pace with technology, which will enhance city service delivery and municipal government communication.

The following is a summary of the composition of the E-Gov Executive Committee, as well as an update of the activities and planned initiatives the Committee has worked on.

The E-Gov Executive Committee was formed in June 2011. The members of the E-Gov Executive Committee are:
City Manager
Deputy City Manager
Assistant City Manager for Fiscal Affairs
Assistant City Manager for Human Services
Assistant City Manager for Community Development
Deputy Finance Director/Budget Director
Chief Information Officer
Commissioner of Public Works
School Department Chief Financial Officer

The E-Gov Executive Committee has held three meetings to discuss priorities and devise a strategic process for Information Technology planning going forward. Funds were allocated in the 2012 Budget to support a range of existing IT Projects as well as a new set of Innovation Projects (see May 23, 2011 report to the City Council from the City Manager). A summary of the status of these projects and others is attached.

The E-Gov Executive Committee will continue to meet during Fiscal Year 2012 and focus on setting a strategy for future Budget years which will include input from all City Departments as well as the Public.

The following action plan was developed at these meetings and includes the current status of those initiatives:

E-Gov Executive Committee - Action/Future Discussion Items

1. Public input- Develop a workshop for January 2012, which will assemble City departments and provide a forum through which the E-Gov Executive Committee is able to receive input and suggestions from the public on technology improvements to enhance interaction with the City.

STATUS: Planning is in process for this workshop for January 2012. A working group of the E-Gov Executive Committee, comprised of the Deputy City Manager, Deputy Finance Director/Budget Director, Chief Information Officer, Assistant City Manager for Community Development, Commissioner of Public Works and the School Department Chief Financial Officer, plus three members of the public, will be responsible for selecting the date, time and location of the workshop, developing a workshop format and other details. This working group will report back to the E-Gov Executive Committee.

2. E-Gov Project Management Committee Creation - It was agreed that an E-Gov Project Management team will be created to monitor progress and provide support to IT for current and future innovation projects. The E-Gov Project Management team will be comprised of members recommended by the E-Gov Executive Committee and will represent department managers responsible for planning, developing and implementation of technology initiatives for their departments. The proposed list of members will be forwarded to the E-Gov Executive Committee for approval.

The scope of this Project Management team will focus on developing a list of innovation initiatives to support the business needs of the City and not ITD Operations. CIO, Mary Hart will chair the first meeting before the end of the calendar year. The long-term objective is to set a strategy for technology innovation in the City, in collaboration with the E-Gov Executive Committee. The first task of the E-Gov Project Management Committee will be to review and prioritize the short term existing projects to be implemented by ITD. The E-Gov Project Management Committee will also brainstorm about other initiatives that the team would like to see planned for and prioritized in the 2013 Capital Budget. The results of this session will be presented to the E-Gov Executive Committee prior to Capital Budget review. Long term goals will be set after preparation of the FY13 Budget is complete.

STATUS: Names for the Project Management Committee have been collected by the CIO and are awaiting approval by the Executive Committee.

3. Budget - Explore ways to segregate IT budget allocations to better illustrate ongoing IT expenditures to support the IT system, versus IT innovations. Also, the E-Gov Project Management Committee will take information from the public workshop as well as from their internal meetings to begin development of a multi-year innovations budget for presentation to the E-Gov Executive Committee and the Public Investment Committee.

STATUS: E-Gov Executive Committee will prepare the FY13 Capital Budget submission to the Public Investment Committee for review.

4. Enhance and coordinate existing social media and communication protocols to better inform the public in emergency situations. Also, develop a hierarchy of outreach and develop additional capacity within the City. Departments identified for inclusion in this discussion are: Police, DPW, Water, ISD, Fire, Schools, Library, DHSP, Traffic and PIO. The CIO will train and give access to any staff designated to post alerts to the City Website. The CIO is also investigating how to set up Social Network apps with the proper security to protect the City Network.

STATUS: All Departments have been trained in how to post alerts on the City Website. The Cambridge Alert Network was launched in fall 2011 and there have been numerous meetings held to define the hierarchy of communication between the Departments. These meetings will be ongoing and additional meetings on this topic will be scheduled.

5. Social Networking Training - The City should work toward creating City Facebook and Twitter accounts but first needs to learn best practices and how to best administer these media. Roles need to be defined for who should administer each type of media. The CIO will investigate opportunities for training, working with the Police Department's Public Information Officer.

STATUS: The City Facebook page was launched and publicized in November 2011. The City's Personnel Dept. (Training and Staff Development Manager) is planning classes on best practices for using Social Media and those classes are planned for the fall/winter of 2011/12.

6. Develop a Social Media Policy for ongoing City operations. The E-Gov Project Management Committee should develop a draft proposal for the E-Gov Executive Committee to review and approve.

STATUS: The CIO will investigate potential workshops for the E-Gov Executive Committee to attend to learn more about Social Media and how it can be a useful tool in City Government. In addition, the Committee will review examples of policies developed by other municipalities. A policy will be eventually distributed to all City employees.

UPDATE ON MAJOR IT INITIATIVES

Mobile Applications - Develop mobile applications, which will allow the public to access City services via a Smartphone. This will allow transition of the web-based pothole reporting application to a mobile application and will allow the public to send in a photo of a problem for entry into the CRS work order system.

STATUS: Public launch was Mon, Oct 31, 2011; application expanded to include public reporting of graffiti, missed rubbish pick-up, streetlights out, rodent issues, along with potholes.

Citizen Complaint System - Enhancements to the current Cambridge Request System (CRS) to allow the public to enter a complaint directly to the work order system and receive notification of the work order ticket, an estimate of when the problem will be resolved and notification when the problem is resolved. The Complaint System will include access to a website database that shows the ticket and status.

STATUS: Public launch was Mon, Oct 31, 2011; Application expanded to include public reporting of graffiti, missed rubbish pick-up, streetlights out, rodent issues, along with potholes.

Optimized Search Function - Using Google Search, enhance the search function on the City website to return more relevant information.

STATUS: Completed. Google search was implemented in August, search expanded to include Cambridge Public Schools, Health Alliance and Housing Authority websites.

Implementation of the Inspectional Services Permitting System -

STATUS: Vendor selected and contract waiting to be executed pending appropriation of funds on Nov 21, 2011; implementation of system with projected roll-out during FY13.

Cambridge Alert Network (Merger of E-line, City Observer (Police) and Code Red (Reverse 311)

STATUS: Completed

Web Technology - Development of City Department web pages. Transition CDD, Arts Council, Police and DHSP to City Website and Content Management System.

STATUS: Projects have begun; currently in design phase for all departments; implementation phase beginning in early 2012; target completion summer 2012.

PeopleSoft (Oracle) - PeopleSoft (Oracle) upgrades for Human Resources, Payroll and Financial Systems. Current versions go off support in calendar 2012.

STATUS: Projects have begun for human resource/payroll upgrade; scheduled completion by late fall 2011, financials upgrade to begin spring 2012 with schedule completion by the end of FY12.

The creation of a development office for technology would require significant additional resources, which would impact the City's ability to provide funding for not only technology initiatives but initiatives in other areas while being mindful of the City Council's goal of "evaluating expenditures with a view of maintaining a strong fiscal position and awareness of the impact on taxpayers." The E-Gov Committees will work with the Public Investment Committee in the upcoming budget process to review funding proposals to support technology initiatives and innovations.

I believe that with the creation of the E-Gov Executive and Project Management Committees, we have created a structured methodology to review, monitor and develop technology initiatives and innovations, provide an opportunity to receive public input and coordinate funding priorities with the Public Investment Committee. The information contained in this report illustrates the on-going significant progress the City has made on a number of technology initiatives as part of its continuing effort to support technology improvements.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

38. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Number Item Number 11-64, regarding a report on the feasibility of paying for city services on-line.

Nov 21, 2011
To the Honorable, the City Council:

In response to Awaiting Report Number Item Number 11-64, regarding a report on the feasibility of paying for city services on-line, Assistant City Manager for Finance Louis DePasquale reports the following:

The attached document provides a listing of the taxes and services for which residents and taxpayers are able to pay on-line and/or at the department location using a credit card. These on-line payment options were developed by a working group within the Finance Department in collaboration with City Departments in a planned and phased approach in order to adequately satisfy accounting, reporting and security control requirements to protect both the user and the City.

It should be noted that the City recently implemented an on-line payment process to allow taxpayers to pay their real estate and personal property taxes, beginning with the first half FY12 property tax bills.

In addition, the Department of Public Works will shortly begin accepting on-line credit card payments for a variety of permits and fees, which include the following: White Goods, Park Permits, Sidewalk Business Use, Crane/Boom/Pump Truck, Excavation Permit and Sidewalk Closure Permit.

Also, with the implementation of the new Inspectional Services Department's permitting system, individuals will be able to apply and pay for many permits on-line.

As noted above, the working group within the Finance Department will continue to work with City Departments, in a planned and phased approach, to provide citizens additional options to pay for applicable City services on-line. However, the expansion and implementation of these opportunities will still require adequate accounting, reporting and security controls to protect both the user and the City.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

39. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-109, regarding a report on options to go paperless with City bills.

40. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-92, regarding the feasibility of creating a system that the general public could use to search by a unique identifier for official documents such as building permits, variance applications, License Commission inspections, and the like.

Nov 21, 2011
To the Honorable, the City Council:

In response to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-92, regarding the feasibility of creating a system that the general public could use to search by a unique identifier for official documents such as building permits, variance applications, License Commission inspections, and the like, please be advised of the following;

Currently the public can only query the Assessor's database. The database that contains permits and license information is not accessible by the public. The City has reviewed a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new "state-of-the-art" permitting system for the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and is in the process of awarding a contract, subject to City Council approval of a supplemental appropriation on tonight's agenda. The implementation of this new system is expected to be completed during FY13. A key component of this new system would be the standardization of Inspectional permits and licenses for addresses used in both the Master Address System and the Assessors database. The identifiers in this system will be map/lot, and associated addresses. It is anticipated that such a system would provide the opportunity for the public to search regarding the existence of various Inspectional permits. It is envisioned that the permitting and licensing activities of the other departments, such as License and Public Works, may be moved to this system following the completion of the initial ISD project, which would allow the search of various documents using a unique identifier.

Very truly yours, Robert W. Healy, City Manager

41. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $78,506 from additional building permit fees to the Finance (IT Department) Public Investment Extraordinary Expenditures account to allow for the contract for the Inspectional Services Permitting System to be executed based on a competitive bid process.

42. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-28, regarding a report on possible projects that could be completed with the help of Code for America.

43. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-125, regarding a report on the feasibility of providing a service similar to SeeClickFix.

44. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-141, regarding a report on repairing the sidewalks on Boardman Street.

45. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation on the de Rham, et al. Zoning Petition (Enforcement and Fines). [Positive recommendation, with proposed changes]

ON THE TABLE
1. That the City Manager is requested to restore funding for School Department clerical positions until a proper and negotiated process can be achieved with the Cambridge School Department and Unions representing the employees, and to report back to the City Council on the progress. [Order Number Fourteen of Apr 26, 2010 Placed on Table. Councillor Kelley made motions to take from table on May 10, 2010 failed 2-7-0, Sept 13, 2010 failed 4-4-1, Sept 27, 2010 failed 3-5-1, Dec 13, 2010 failed 3-6-0. Remains on Table.]

2. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 10-32, regarding a report on issues with the development of the former St. John's property site. [Charter Right exercised on City Manager Agenda Item Number Eighteen of May 24, 2010. Placed on Table June 7, 2010.]

3. An application was received from Tony LaVita, requesting permission for a curb cut at the premises numbered 68 Middlesex Street; said petition has received approval from Inspectional Services, Traffic, Parking and Transportation, Historical and Public Works. No response has been received from the neighborhood association. [Applications and Petitions Number Ten of June 7, 2010 Placed on Table.]

4. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 10-189, regarding a report on the legitimacy of the tax exempt claim of Education First. [Charter Right exercised on City Manager Agenda Item Number Nineteen of Jan 24, 2011. Placed on Table Jan 31, 2011.]

5. That the City Manager is requested to have the Community Development Department convene a meeting with neighbors in the vicinity of Grove Street and Blanchard Road, the Fresh Pond Master Plan Committee and other relevant parties to review the zoning along the golf course and the Fresh Pond Reservation in that area. [Charter Right exercised on Order Number Five of Jan 24, 2011. Placed on Table Jan 31, 2011.]

6. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council with a complete and comprehensive list of all concessions made to the City and broader Cambridge community by developers and the universities in exchange for zoning relief, special permits, or Council approval. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Reeves on Order Number Eleven of Apr 25, 2011. Tabled on Motion of Councillor Cheung on May 2, 2011.]

7. Transmitting communication from Robert W. Healy, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 11-94, regarding a report on fireworks at Corcoran Park on July 4th. [City Manager Agenda Item Number Nineteen of Sept 12, 2011 Placed on Table on motion of Councillor Kelley.]

8. An application was received from Eric Griffith, requesting permission for a curb cut at the premises numbered 9 Wyman Street; said petition has received approval from Inspectional Services, Traffic, Parking and Transportation and Public Works. No neighborhood association for that area. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Kelley on Applications and Petitions Number Three of Oct 24, 2011. Placed on Table Oct 31, 2011 by Councillor Cheung on roll call vote 6-3-0.]

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
9. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Sam Seidel, Chair of the Ordinance Committee for a public meeting held on September 7, 2011 to consider a petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance filed by Elizabeth deRham et al. The petition proposes an amendment to Section 9.16 of the Zoning which currently provides for a $100 per violation per day fine upon conviction of said violation. The amendment would provide for a fine not to exceed the maximum specified in M.G.L. Ch 40A sec.7, currently $300 per violation per day and would allow the fine to be levied at the discretion of the Superintendent of Buildings. The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Oct 31, 2011. Planning Board hearing held Sept 13, 2011. Petition expires Dec 6, 2011.
Ordained as amended by Substitution 9-0 - Ordinance #1342

10. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Sam Seidel, Chair of the Ordinance Committee for a public meeting held on Sept 7, 2011 to consider a petition filed by Julia Bishop et al., to amend Section 17.20 of the Zoning Ordinance - Regulations for Special District 2, located in North Cambridge along Linear Park. Order #26 adopted on Oct 17, 2011 to discharge from committee. [Report placed on Unfinished Business on Oct 17, 2011.] The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Nov 28, 2011. Planning Board hearing held Sept 13, 2011. Petition expires Dec 6, 2011.

11. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Sam Seidel, Chair of the Ordinance Committee for a public meeting held on Oct 13, 2011 to consider a petition filed by Laura Runkel et al. to rezone 41 Bellis Circle, an area abutting the northern block of Bellis Circle, bordered on the north by the commuter rail tracks, on the south by Bellis Circle and on the east side by Sherman Street, from Residence C-1A to Residence C. The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Nov 14, 2011. Planning Board hearing held Sept 13, 2011. Petition expires Dec 13, 2011.
Referred to Law Department for opinion

12. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Sam Seidel, Chair of the Ordinance Committee for a public hearing held on Sept 14, 2011 and a follow-up public meeting on Oct 25, 2011 to consider a re-filed petition to amend the zoning ordinance filed by Chestnut Hill Realty. The petition would allow creation by special permit of rental apartment units in basement units of existing multifamily residential buildings in Residence C Districts which meet the special permit criteria. The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Nov 28, 2011. Planning Board hearing held Sept 6, 2011. Petition expires Dec 13, 2011.

13. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Sam Seidel, Chair of the Ordinance Committee for a public hearing held on Sept 14, 2011 to consider a petition by Matthew Bagedonow et al. to amend Section 5.24.4 Paragraph(4) of the Zoning Ordinance as follows: "For Residence Zoning District C-1, in no case shall side yards be less than 7'-6". This shall apply to any plane or projection from the plane of the building." [Order #3 of Nov 7, 2011 to discharge from committee adopted.] The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Nov 28, 2011. Planning Board hearing held Sept 13, 2011. Petition expires Dec 13, 2011.

APPLICATIONS AND PETITIONS
1. An application was received from Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, requesting permission for a blade sign at the premises numbered 43 Brattle Street. Approval has been received from Inspectional Services, Department of Public Works, Community Development, Historical Commission and abutters.

2. An application was received from People's United Bank, requesting permission for a sign at the premises numbered 485 Massachusetts Avenue. Approval has been received from Inspectional Services, Department of Public Works, Community Development and abutters.

3. An application was received from Cambridge Community Television, requesting permission for a sign at the premises numbered 438 Massachusetts Avenue. Approval has been received from Inspectional Services, Department of Public Works, Community Development and abutters.

4. An application was received from Pierre's Hair Design, requesting permission for a sandwich board sign in front of the premises numbered 152A Columbia Street.

5. An application was received from Pierre's Barber Shop, requesting permission for a sandwich board sign in front of the premises numbered 274 Broadway.

COMMUNICATIONS
1. A communication was received from Mike Nakagawa, Madison Avenue, regarding the Bishop Petition.

2. A communication was received from Whittemore Avenue LLC, 12, 32-32R Whittemore Avenue and Tyler Court Realty Trust, 35 Cottage Park Avenue and 25 Edmunds Street, transmitting written protest to the Julia Bishop, et al. Zoning Petition.


3. A communication was received from Carol O'Hare, 172 Magazine Street, regarding the Central Square nightclub zoning.


RESOLUTIONS
1. Resolution on the death of Rita R. Nadeau.   Mayor Maher

2. Commend CCTV on its election coverage.   Vice Mayor Davis
Reeves voted NO

3. Resolution on the death of First Lieutenant Dustin D. Vincent.   Councillor Decker

4. Condolences to the family of Virginia Dwyer.   Mayor Maher

5. Resolution on the death of Joseph James Forster.   Mayor Maher, Councillor Toomey

6. Resolution on the death of Dorothy (Delorie) Maxwell.   Mayor Maher

7. Resolution on the death of Edward P. McCarthy.   Mayor Maher

8. Resolution on the death of John J. "Jack" Regan.   Mayor Maher

9. Resolution on the death of Margaret Lois "Maggie" Graham.   Councillor Toomey

10. Resolution on the death of Barbara M. (Murphy) Bailey.   Councillor Decker

11. Congratulations to Bradley Kingston on his new position as Housing Stabilization Program Manager for Homestart Inc.   Councillor Decker

12. Congratulations to Judy Jetson Hair Salon on its 25th anniversary.   Councillor Decker

13. Resolution on the death of June M. (Grynkiewicz) Kelly.   Councillor Toomey

14. Congratulations to John Robertson on his new position as Legislative Director for the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   Councillor Decker

15. Best wishes to David Baier on his retirement from the Massachusetts Municipal Association.   Councillor Decker

16. Happy 29th Birthday to Jacqueline Franks.   Councillor Decker

17. Resolution on the death of Benjamin Mehrling.   Vice Mayor Davis

18. Congratulations to Gary Strack for his superb job in managing the Enormous Room.   Councillor Simmons

19. Congratulations to Department of Public Works Commissioner Lisa Peterson and Recycling Director Randi Mail for their innovative recycling initiatives that merited the MassRecycle 2011 Board of Director's Outstanding Achievement Award.   Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Simmons

20. Thanks to the Cambridge Fire Department for participating in the Toys for Tots program.   Councillor Simmons

21. Compliments to both Houses of the Massachusetts Legislature for the passage of HR H502/S764 "AN ACT RELATIVE TO TRANSGENDER HUMAN RIGHTS.   Councillor Simmons

22. Thanks to Tavern in the Square as they host its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov 24, 2011.   Councillor Simmons, Mayor Maher

23. Welcome Boston Dog Co. to Cambridge at 535 Cambridge Street.   Councillor Toomey

24. Congratulations to the members of the Mid-Cambridge Oral History Project and the Longfellow Neighborhood Council and Community School on the publication of "From the Heart of Cambridge: A Neighborhood Portrait."   Vice Mayor Davis

25. Congratulations and thanks to the Cambridge Family YMCA on being a major partner in the Men's Health Team.   Councillor Reeves

26. Commemorating Henry A. Lewis III for his work in advancing men's health.   Councillor Reeves

27. Commemorating Sion Chambers for his work in advancing men's health.   Councillor Reeves

28. Congratulations to the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House for its work in advancing men's health.   Councillor Reeves

29. Congratulations to Richard Harding for his work in advancing men's health.   Councillor Reeves

30. Congratulations to the Men's Health Team on their success in advancing men's health.   Councillor Reeves

31. Happy Birthday wishes to Phyllis Munro Ferguson Seidel.   Councillor Seidel


32. Resolution on the death of Edward F. O'Connor.   Mayor Maher

33. Congratulations to Ryan T. Callinan on the occasion of being sworn in as a Cambridge Police Officer on November 18, 2011.   Mayor Maher

34. Congratulations to Edmund A. Costa on the occasion of being sworn in as a Cambridge Police Officer on November 18, 2011.   Mayor Maher

35. Congratulations to Paul M. Burke Jr. on the occasion of being sworn in as a Cambridge Police Officer on November 18, 2011.   Mayor Maher

36. Congratulations to Daniel S. McGinty on the occasion of being sworn in as a Cambridge Police Officer on November 18, 2011.   Mayor Maher

37. Congratulations to the St. Cosmas and Damien Family of the Year.   Councillor Toomey

38. Congratulations to the St. Cosmas and Damien Woman of the Year.   Councillor Toomey

39. Congratulations to the St. Cosmas and Damien Man of the Year.   Councillor Toomey

40. Happy 95th Birthday wishes to Albert Wilson.   Mayor Maher

41. Congratulations to Levon Totsohnii Thomas of MIT for being named a White House Champion of Change.   Mayor Maher

42. Happy 20th Birthday wishes to Danielle Jones.   Vice Mayor Davis

43. Happy 65th Birthday wishes to a special Cantabrigian.   Mayor Maher

44. Welcome Officers Daniel McNeill and Nick Mochi home from Afghanistan and thanks and gratitude for their service.   Councillor Cheung


ORDERS
1. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Director of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department and report back to the City Council as to why the meters on Cambridge Common were replaced with coin-only meters and if it will be happening elsewhere in the city.   Councillor Decker

2. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council at the earliest possible City Council meeting on the possible uses, and the extent of such uses, per the current table of uses in the Zoning Ordinance, and associated language for building conversions, of the Sullivan Courthouse at 40 Thorndike Street.   Councillor Kelley

3. That the City Council hereby sets 7:00pm at the Dec 12, 2011 City Council meeting as the time to receive the Red Ribbon Commission Report on Central Square.   Councillor Reeves

4. That the City Council go on record asking the universities and colleges of Cambridge to report back on all policies and procedures regarding sexual assault of children with the hopes that the result will be a requirement to report such crimes to the local police.   Councillor Decker

5. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and request the prompt reinstallation of the lighting fixtures along the O'Brien Highway in the vicinity of Canal Park.   Councillor Toomey

6. That the City Manager is requested to supply information and make a recommendation on the possibility of providing free shingles vaccinations for Cambridge residents over 60 years old.   Vice Mayor Davis

7. That the City Manager is requested to seek input from area residents and confer with the Assistant City Manager of Community Development, the Director of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, the Police Commissioner, and relevant agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to ensure that all reasonable measures be examined and taken to ensure improved pedestrian safety along the stretch of roadway from Mount Auburn Street at Coolidge Hill to Fresh Pond Parkway.   Mayor Maher

8. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Director of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, the Police Commissioner, the City Engineer and the MBTA to ensure that bus traffic created by the closure of the Red Line does not pose a risk to the safety of the community or personal property of residents along the Alewife Brook Parkway.   Mayor Maher

9. That the City Manager work with the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation to develop traffic mitigation solutions including but not limited to installing a sign alerting motorists of frequent senior crossings in the vicinity of Cadbury Commons, and installing a speed bump and/or raised sidewalks on Sherman Street in the vicinity of Cadbury Commons   Councillor Simmons

10. That the City Council hereby goes on record re-filing as of Dec 7, 2011 the Julia Bishop et al. petition to amend the zoning in Special District 2 in North Cambridge.   Mayor Maher


11. That the City Manager is requested to undertake the acquisition of the St. Francis property and begin a neighborhood planning process, with residents and stakeholders, and in conjunction with the newly-acquired Foundry Building to determine how the needs for the community uses and municipal uses can be satisfied through the renovations of both buildings, and to report back to the City Council.   Councillor Toomey
Amended by Substitution by Councillor Davis

12. That the City Manager is requested to instruct the Historical Commission to commence an historical landmark study on the St. Francis Church property located at 315 Cambridge Street and 40 Sciarappa Street and report back to the City Council with an update on the process as it begins.   Councillor Toomey

13. That the City Manager is requested to report back on any actions taken to address and rectify the failure of public trust committed by alleged offenders who falsified emergency medical training re-certification and whether proper re-certificaiton has since been fulfilled and what measures are being taken to avoid future incidents.   Councillor Toomey

14. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Commissioner of Inspectional Services and determine if the used car lot located at 209 Broadway is fully licensed and abiding by city regulations regarding parking.   Councillor Toomey

15. That the City Manager is requested to direct the City Solicitor to provide the City Council with an opinion on the issue of spot zoning on the Runkel petition and provide a report to the City Council prior to the December 5, 2011 meeting.   Councillor Seidel


COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. A communication was received from D. Margaret Drury, City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor Sam Seidel, Chair of the Ordinance Committee for a public hearing held on Oct 13, 2011 to consider a petition submitted by the City Council to amend the Zoning Ordinance in Section 20.200 et seq., the Central Square Overlay District, by deleting Section 20.304.5.6, which currently requires all establishments where liquor is served to have their principal public entrance on Massachusetts Avenue or Main Street.

2. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, Deputy City Clerk, transmitting a report from Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Chair of the Public Safety Committee for a public meeting held on Oct 12, 2011 to discuss the city's plan to deal with natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

HEARING SCHEDULE
Mon, Nov 21
5:30pm   City Council Meeting

Tues, Nov 22
10:00am   The Community Health Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss Domestic Violence and Technology: Dangers and Opportunities.  (Sullivan Chamber) - MEETING CANCELLED
5:30pm   The Environment Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss goal setting for the Cambridge environment for the coming year.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Nov 28
5:30pm   Roundtable Meeting to receive an update on the United States Census. No public comment. No votes will be taken. Meeting will not be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, Nov 30
10:00am   The Community Health Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss Domestic Violence, Housing and Homelessness.  (Sullivan Chamber) - MEETING CANCELLED

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

Mon, Dec 12
5:30pm   City Council Meeting
7:00pm   Special Presentation Mayor's Red Ribbon Commission on Central Square.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, Dec 14
10:00am   The Community Health Committee will conduct a public meeting to discuss Domestic Violence and Youth.  (Sullivan Chamber) - MEETING CANCELLED

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

Wed, Dec 28
4:00pm   Ordinance Committee  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Jan 2
10:00am   CITY COUNCIL INAUGURAL MEETING  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Jan 9
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Jan 23
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

Mon, Feb 6
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Feb 13
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Feb 27
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

Mon, Mar 12
5:30pm   City Council Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

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

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

TEXT OF ORDERS
O-1     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR DECKER
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the City Council that the parking meters that once accepted credit card payments on Cambridge Common have been replaced with coin-only meters; and
WHEREAS: The public reasonably assumes that these coin-only meters have been reinstituted as a means of collecting more ticket revenue. The public should have been informed of such drastic changes beforehand; and
WHEREAS: These coin-only meters should be replaced back to meters that accept credit card payments, as it provided great convenience to the public; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Director of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department and report back to the City Council as to why these meters were replaced with coin-only meters and if it will be happening elsewhere in the city; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter.

O-2     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council at the earliest possible City Council meeting on the possible uses, and the extent of such uses, per the current table of uses in the Zoning Ordinance, and associated language for building conversions, of the Sullivan Courthouse at 40 Thorndike Street.

O-3     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR REEVES
ORDERED: That the City Council hereby sets 7:00pm at the Dec 12, 2011 City Council meeting as the time to receive the Red Ribbon Commission Report on Central Square.

O-4     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR DECKER
WHEREAS: This City Council has learned of a recent high profile case involving the sexual assault of children at a prominent university at the hands of a university staff member; and
WHEREAS: It has been reported in the media that there were both witnesses and reports to officials of these assaults with little to no action; and
WHEREAS: Most would find it reasonable to assume that this behavior would and should be handled by the local police department; now therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the City Council go on record asking the universities and colleges of Cambridge to report back on all policies and procedures regarding this type of behavior with the hopes that the result will be a requirement to report such crimes to the local police; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to the universities and colleges in Cambridge on behalf of the entire City Council.

O-5     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the City Council that street lights have been removed in the vicinity of Canal Park for repair; and
WHEREAS: Inadequate lighting in this area creates a public safety concern for residents and those using the Galleria Mall during the holiday season; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and request the prompt reinstallation of the lighting fixtures along the O'Brien Highway in the vicinity of Canal Park.

O-6     Nov 21, 2011
VICE MAYOR DAVIS
WHEREAS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people over 60 receive a vaccine to prevent shingles; and
WHEREAS: Medicare does not cover the cost of a shingles shot; and
WHEREAS: Some cities such as Attleboro and Newton offer free shingles shots; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to supply information and make a recommendation on the possibility of providing free shingles vaccinations for Cambridge residents over 60 years old.

O-7     Nov 21, 2011
MAYOR MAHER
WHEREAS: Residents have raised safety concerns regarding the pedestrian crossings along the stretch of roadway from Mount Auburn Street at Coolidge Hill to Fresh Pond Parkway at Huron Avenue; and
WHEREAS: The recent tragic fatality in this area further highlights the need to examine pedestrian safety along this section of roadway; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to seek input from area residents and confer with the Assistant City Manager of Community Development, the Director of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, the Police Commissioner, and relevant agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to ensure that all reasonable measures be examined and taken to ensure improved pedestrian safety; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter.

O-8     Nov 21, 2011
MAYOR MAHER
WHEREAS: The MBTA is performing needed repairs and upgrades to the Red Line from the Harvard Square Station to the Alewife Station on weekends until March 2012; and
WHEREAS: The repairs necessitate the closure of the Red Line and the bussing of passengers among the stations; and
WHEREAS: Sections of Route 16 between Massachusetts Avenue and Boston Avenue in Somerville/Medford have restriction on bus and large truck traffic for safety reasons; and
WHEREAS: Neighbors are reporting that buses are traveling on the restricted section of road; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Director of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, the Police Commissioner, the City Engineer and the MBTA to ensure that bus traffic created by the closure of the Red Line does not pose a risk to the safety of the community or personal property of residents along the Alewife Brook Parkway and that an appropriate path of travel, including avoiding the restricted sections of Route 16, is followed by the buses; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manger be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter.

O-9     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR SIMMONS
WHEREAS: The safety of Cambridge residents is of paramount concern to the City Council; and
WHEREAS: Cambridge has a reputation for being a city that is conducive for walking, a reputation from which Cambridge's designation as the most healthy city in the United States partly emanates; and
WHEREAS: Cambridge seniors take frequent walks especially when weather conditions permit; and
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the City Council that some cars travel down Sherman Street at a rate of speed that endangers the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists; and
WHEREAS: Residents of the Cadbury Commons Assisted Living facility have stated that access to Danehy Park, which is one of the great open spaced in the city, is greatly limited as a result of these speeding cars; and
WHEREAS: It is imperative that motorists on our city streets respect our traffic laws; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation to develop traffic mitigation solutions including but not limited to installing a sign alerting motorists of frequent senior crossings in the vicinity of Cadbury Commons, and installing a speed bump and/or raised sidewalks on Sherman Street in the vicinity of Cadbury Commons and report back to the City Council; be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Cambridge Police Department to ensure increased enforcement of traffic laws around Cadbury Commons and other senior apartment buildings in Cambridge.

O-10     Nov 21, 2011
MAYOR MAHER
ORDERED: That the City Council hereby goes on record re-filing as of Dec 7, 2011 the Julia Bishop et al. petition to amend the zoning in Special District 2 in North Cambridge; and be it further
ORDERED: That said re-filed petition be referred to the Planning Board and Ordinance Committee for a hearing and report back to the City Council.


O-11     Nov 21, 2011 - Original Order
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the City Council that St. Francis Church will soon be discontinuing services; and
WHEREAS: The Foundry Building located at 117 Rogers Street will soon be deeded to the City of Cambridge; and
WHEREAS: The closing of a neighborhood church is a solemn and sensitive events for parishioners and neighbors; and
WHEREAS: The future use of a church building should be in line with neighborhood needs and desires; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to undertake the acquisition of the St. Francis property and begin a neighborhood planning process, with residents and stakeholders, and in conjunction with the newly-acquired Foundry Building to determine how the needs for the community uses and municipal uses can be satisfied through the renovations of both buildings, and to report back to the City Council; and be it further
ORDERED: That an executive session is scheduled for discussion of purchasing the St. Francis property.

O-11     Nov 21, 2011 - Amended Order
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY (substitution by Councillor Davis)
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to undertake the acquisition of the St. Francis property and begin a neighborhood planning process, with residents and stakeholders, and in conjunction with the newly-acquired Foundry Building to determine how the needs for the community uses and municipal uses can be satisfied through the renovations of both buildings, and to report back to the City Council.

O-12     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to instruct the Historical Commission to commence an historical landmark study on the St. Francis Church property located at 315 Cambridge Street and 40 Sciarappa Street and report back to the City Council with an update on the process as it begins.

O-13     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
WHEREAS: In 2010 it came to public light that over two hundred public safety officers state-wide allegedly falsified their emergency medical training (EMT) re-certification; and
WHEREAS: Cambridge public safety officers were listed among those who allegedly falsified re-certification; and
WHEREAS: It is possible that these officers, who could have lacked proper re-certification, were assigned to duties in which proper re-certification was required, possibly putting the department and city at risk; and
WHEREAS: It is unclear whether these officers' wages reflected the re-certification and if it is possible to recoup any financial losses to the city; and
WHEREAS: It is also unclear whether false certification was obtained while under the employment of the City of Cambridge or while they were employed by another municipality; now therefore be it
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Fire Chief and Police Commissioner and report back to the City Council on the above-mentioned matter; and be it further
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back on any actions taken to address and rectify the failure of public trust committed by the alleged offenders and whether proper re-certificaiton has since been fulfilled and what measures are being taken to avoid future incidents.

O-14     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Commissioner of Inspectional Services and determine if the used car lot located at 209 Broadway is fully licensed and abiding by city regulations regarding parking.

O-15     Nov 21, 2011
COUNCILLOR SEIDEL
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the City Solicitor to provide the City Council with an opinion on the issue of spot zoning on the Runkel petition and provide a report to the City Council prior to the December 5, 2011 meeting.
Reeves voted PRESENT


TEXT OF COMMITTEE REPORTS
Committee Report #1
The Ordinance Committee held a public hearing on Oct 13, 2011 beginning at five o'clock and ten minutes P.M. in Ballroom B of the Senior Center. The purpose of the hearing was to consider a petition submitted by the City Council to amend the Zoning Ordinance in Section 20.200 et seq., the Central Square Overlay District, by deleting Section 20.304.5.6, which currently requires all establishments where liquor is served to have their principal public entrance on Massachusetts Avenue or Main Street (Attachment A).

Present at the hearing were Councillor Sam Seidel, Chair of the Committee; Vice Mayor Henrietta Davis; Councillor Leland Cheung; Councillor Marjorie C. Decker; Councillor Craig Kelley; Councillor Kenneth E. Reeves; and City Clerk D. Margaret Drury. Also present were Stuart Dash, Director of Community and Neighborhood Planning, Community Development Department (CDD); and Jeffrey Roberts, Neighborhood Planner, CDD.

Councillor Seidel convened the hearing and explained the purpose. He requested that CDD staff describe the petition. Mr. Dash introduced Mr. Roberts to provide the description. Mr. Roberts submitted a memorandum that CDD had prepared for the Planning Board on this petition (Attachment B) and summarized the main points. Mr. Roberts noted that the language was added in 1989 as part of the creation of the Central Square Overlay District. The intent was to prevent bar and nightclub activity from being located near residential areas. Bars and nightclubs are allowed uses in all bushiness-zoned portions of the Central Square Overlay District. Removing the restrictions on entrance locations would effectively allow bars and nightclubs entrances in most portions of the district, including along streets that are adjacent to residential neighborhoods.

In the memorandum CDD staff suggests consideration of alternative approaches that might achieve the goal of expanding the allowed areas while addressing concerns about adjacency. Possible alternatives could include selecting a few streets not adjacent to residential areas, requiring a specified distance from residential uses, or requiring a special permit with criteria that include distance from residential uses.

Councillor Seidel invited questions and comments from committee members.

Vice Mayor Davis said that she has had many complaints in the past from residents who lived near TT The Bear's Place, which opened onto Brookline Street. Regarding the CDD suggestion that 100 foot distance from residential uses could be an alternative, she said that 100 feet is only two house lots - nothing close to a distance that could protect neighbors from the late night noise. She added that perhaps the best idea should be a case by case basis, through the special permit approach. Vice Mayor Davis said that she has also heard from residents of other parts of the City who were concerned that this might happen in other parts of the City.

Councillor Reeves said that the history of limitation is that they have not always been based on logic but rather on just how everything has always been. The depth of the anguish over noise from nightclubs is often not there. He gave an example of how the main complainant about the Man Ray Nightclub was given a job there and all complaints ceased. He has no recollection of complaints from residents of the apartments about noise from bars and restaurants in Central Square. There are already some Central Square establishments with entrances on streets other than Massachusetts Avenue, for example, TT The Bear's and the Green Street Grill. He added that if Kendall had food and drink options open until 1-2am, it could go far toward solving the Kendall Square nighttime dearth of activity.

Councillor Kelley said that he is not anxious for nightlife in Central Square. One of the issues with entrances is that people come out to smoke. He is not eager to expand this phenomenon. He would not want to see it expanded by special permit; he would want defined standards and conditions.

Councillor Seidel asked about the general notion of deepening the Massachusetts Avenue character. Mr. Dash said that staff had a variety of opinions, especially with regard to different areas with different characteristics. The areas closest to Central Square are somewhat active already.

Councillor Reeves said that among the members of the Red Ribbon Commission, an emerging theme is that Central Square has everything, what we need is amplification.

Bishop Allen Drive is more residential, but there is the Elks Hall which does not seem to be a major source of complaints. It is the Massachusetts Avenue restriction that is not logical. Councillor Decker asked the committee to think about what the neighborhood would look like if there were bars on Bishop Allen Drive.

Councillor Reeves said that part of the motivation for this petition is the potential for a restaurant and bar at the old CCTV location at the corner of Prospect Street and Bishop Allen Drive.

Councillor Decker said that she lived on Bishop Allen Drive, not far from the Elks Club. There was lots of noise that bothered neighbors. She asked what kind of outreach has been done to the neighbors and residents of the petition area. She added that she would want to know that residents were really engaged before any such change, and not just by a notice of a zoning hearing.

Councillor Reeves said that on 17th Street in Washington DC, there are several of these late night restaurants. Some neighbors are now saying perhaps there are enough and there should not be more. He would support piloting and monitoring such a program. Councillor Reeves added that one of the members of the Red Ribbon report has a specialty in the area of entertainment zoning.

Councillor Seidel said he is open to entertaining the notion, but the neighborhood and resident issues are very important. He looks forward to the Red Ribbon Commission Report to give us more to work with regarding the issue.

Councillor Seidel then invited public comment.

George Metzger, President of the Central Square Business Association and a resident of 90 Antrim Street, stated that the business association wholeheartedly supports reviewing this situation. The map is somewhat confusing; the Middle East is down on Pearl Street. The India Pavilion has a liquor license and is not on the map. He stated that perhaps they could agree very quickly on certain areas as more appropriate. There are currently inconsistencies. He would also like to see more flexibility in planning and recognition that in a mixed use district there really is no hard line.

Gary Mello, 324 Franklin Street, urged that the City Council deny the petition. He said that he assumes this discussion is happening because someone has a project and wants this change. He does not believe that the expansion of liquor licenses is a benefit to the neighborhood.

Mark Shulman, 85 Windsor Street, stated that he operates the All Asia, and is working on a project on Prospect Street across from the Fields Restaurant and Bar.

Robert Winters, 366 Broadway, said that if the petition were passed in its current form, it would be a colossal error. But some expansion is acceptable, for example Prospect Street. He agrees with promoting side street and back street uses in Central Square, e.g., a comic book store. Restaurants with pouring licenses are also fine. But wholesale expansion of Central Square as a bar and nightlife district would be a mistake.

Adam Frye, part time resident of 36 Pearl Street, said that her Pearl Street residence is across from the street from the bar and patrons come and sit on her stoop and make noise. She agrees with the previous speaker about the type of expansion that should be encouraged. Art galleries on the side streets would be great.

Councillor Reeves said that people around the world enjoy themselves at late night establishments around residential neighborhoods.

Councillor Seidel said that more discussion and outreach to neighbors is needed.

Councillor Decker asked CDD if they were expecting to do a huge outreach projects in the next few weeks. Mr. Murphy answered in the negative and said that is why they offered other suggestions which would be more limited in scope and effect.

Councillor Decker said that the All Asia project should happen, that makes sense. But more outreach and discussion is needed before major changes are made. Councillor Reeves said that it is not that easy to get a whole lot of people to come to meetings.

Councillor Cheung said that he appreciates Councillor Reeve's attempts to focus on what Central Square could be. He asked whether holding the petition in committee would prevent CDD from doing more work on the issue. Councillor Seidel responded in the negative. As long as the Council wants to pursue the issue CDD will be willing to provide technical assistance.

Councillor Decker asked whether keeping the petition in committee would hinder All Asia from going forward. The answer was yes. She asked whether there is something else that can be done so as to not be an obstacle. Council Seidel said that he assumes that the model they are working on was based on what the existing zoning is.

Councillor Reeves moved that the petition remain in committee. The motion passed on a voice vote without objection.

Councillors Seidel thanked those present for their participation. The hearing was adjourned at six o'clock and fifteen minutes p.m.

For the Committee,
Councillor Sam Seidel, Chair


Committee Report #2
The Public Safety Committee held a public meeting on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 5:30pm in the conference room at 831 Massachusetts Avenue.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the city's plan to deal with natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

Present at the meeting were Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Chair of the Committee; Gerard Mahoney, Director of Emergency Management and Deputy Fire Chief; Steven Williams, Superintendent of Police; Joseph L. Wilson, Deputy Superintendent of Police; Dan Riviello, Communications Specialist, Police Department; George Fosque, Director, Emergency Communications; Sam Lipson, Director of Environmental Health, Cambridge Health Department; Lynn Schoeff, Director of Community Health, Cambridge Health Department; Lisa Peterson, Commissioner, Public Works; John Nardone, Assistant Commissioner of Operations, Public Works; Owen O'Riordan, City Engineer; Ellen Semonoff, Assistant City Manager for Human Services; Sue Clippinger, Director, Traffic, Parking and Transportation; Muna Kangsen; and Deputy City Clerk Donna P. Lopez.

Also present were John DiFava, Chief of Police, MIT; Bill VanSchalkwyk, Managing Director of Environment, Health and Safety Programs, MIT; David M. Barber, Emergency and Business Continuity Planner, MIT; and Tassy Bazille, Cambridge resident.

Councillor Simmons convened the meeting and explained the purpose. Recent events have brought up questions about natural disasters. She has received calls from senior citizens and each wanted to know the city's approach to natural disasters.

At this time Deputy Fire Chief Mahoney read a prepared statement (ATTACHMENT A). He is notified of large weather events from MEMA and sends this information to his list of large city departments. City officials attended National Incident Manager System (NIMS) training. CODE RED was installed to notify residents of emergency events. CODE RED was used during Hurricane Irene. State information was transmitted by him to local officials. Emergency plans are developed on an on-going basis. The Fire, Police, Public Works and Health Department are all capable of responding to natural disasters. Major media outlets were also notified of the city's plan for Hurricane Irene.

Dan Riviello, Communications Specialist, Police Department, stated that CODE RED is Cambridge's new alert system. He distributed information about communication efforts taken by the City for Hurricane Irene (ATTACHMENT B). There are three alert systems that include crime updates. E-Line sends snow emergency/street cleaning information. The newest system, CODE RED makes automated phone calls during emergency situations. There were 23,000 land line connections made during Hurricane Irene. CODE RED has had a promotional push. CODE RED flyers will be mailed with the water bills. He encouraged people to sign up for CODE RED. Cell phone numbers are needed to make the system effective. Councillor Simmons asked where the "help" desk to sign up for CODE RED is. She asked if the Senior Center and the building managers for elderly housing get this information. Mr. Riviello stated that better education about this program is needed for this population. The police department provides service for signing up. Councillor Simmons stressed making sure that those who need system the most get assistance and information. Superintendent Williams stated that the police department meets constantly with the Cambridge Housing Authority. He is in contact with Mr. Degou, Public Safety Administrator for the Cambridge Housing Authority.

Councillor Simmons asked if churches and organization are contacted about CODE RED. Mr. Riviello stated that churches and organizations are encouraged to sign up. Any telephone number can be added to the CODE RED system as long as it is tied to a Cambridge address. Mr. Nardone added that land lines will be notified. Mr. Fosque encouraged cell phone numbers be given for sign up for CODE RED as well as informing friends, family and neighbors about the new system. He stated that a church could be called about an emergency on Monday and no one is at the church. Councillor Simmons stated that she will make sure that the clergy is notified of this information. You go on-line, enter cell phone and receive an immediate message.

Councillor Simmons asked what happens if something unexpected happens. Mr. Mahoney explained what happened in the 2007 storm. The government urged businesses to let their employees go home early and this action caused gridlock. The Superintendent of Schools needs to follow weather because closing schools is under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent of Schools. There are a lot of issues to consider when closing school including transportation and child care. Ms. Schoeff stated that she works with School Department on Emergency Management. The superintendent will make the decision whether to keep students in school or to release them. The school has an e-mail system. Communications go out to parents immediately. Commissioner Peterson added that during snow events Public Works notifies the Superintendent of Schools and the best decision on the school issue is made. If school is cancelled the youth centers and day care centers are opened. Weather can change course and then you rely on the plans made. Mr. Nardone commented that with Hurricane Irene Public Works planned five days in advance of this storm. Superintendent Williams added that the Police Department was prepared for Hurricane Irene for both wind and/or rain. Mr. Fosque stated that 349-3300 is used for issues like the traffic ban; another telephone number is assigned to be used so that 911 is not used incorrectly.

Councillor Simmons asked how well does this message get out to the public. She wanted to look at this from an individual perspective. Mr. Fosque stated that Emergency Communications puts out on CODE RED the alternate phone number. Councillor Simmons inquired if this information could be added to the CODE RED flyer. Ms. Schoeff informed the committee that the Emergency Preparedness Brochure includes this telephone number.

Councillor Simmons asked how the universities interact with the City. Mr. VanSchalkwyk, MIT, stated that alerts come to us and are sent out on the MIT alert. All methods of communication are used to alert the students, families and vendors. Families can sign up to get the alerts. Superintendent Williams stated that MIT and Harvard University participate in the emergency preparedness training.

Councillor Simmons asked if you cannot use your phone what happens. Mr. Fosque responded pull the red emergency box. In the event that cell phones and land lines are not working how is information transmitted to the public. Bull horns are used by Police and Fire Departments. Mr. Lipson added that the broadcast media is utilized. Mr. Mahoney said if you require help pull the red call box and help will come.

What is done with animals in the event of evacuation asked Councillor Simmons? Pet sheltering is a delicate situation commented Mr. Mahoney. Pets cannot be brought to a shelter if it will upset the shelter residents. Councillor Simmons stated that some people will not leave their home without their pet. Mr. Mahoney stated that there is pet shelter cages were pets can be put outside of shelter. There are two shelters in the city. Of the eight residents in the shelter seven are homeless and one is elderly.

Councillor Simmons asked if outreach should be done to the housing managers. A broad education on Emergency Preparedness is good commented Mr. Mahoney. Incidents present so many variables that decisions are made through incident command. Ms. Semonoff stated that the shelters are not the most comfortable place. Have a nurse in a shelter is important.

Councillor Simmons asked how we better reach out to the senior housing developments. The senior housing developments house seniors as well as multi-mix of tenants who also need to be notified. She stated she would hold a subsequent meeting and invite the managers of senior buildings and provide this information to them. Other issues of concern are the information being multi-lingual and do property management companies get the information. CASCAP and Winn Development need to have this information also. Superintendent Williams informed the committee that the police department communicates with the Cadbury Commons.

Councillor Simmons opened the meeting to public comment. No one appeared.

Councillor Simmons thanked all those present for their attendance.

The meeting adjourned at 6:25pm.

For the Committee,
Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Chair


AWAITING REPORT LIST
10-50. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on options for amending the ordinance to allow for permitting of civic organizations to use public space after hours.
Councillor Cheung 03/22/10 (O-18)

10-89. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on a delineation of the boundaries of Joan Lorentz Park.
Councillor Seidel, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 05/24/10 (O-11)

10-133. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on railroad crossing safety policies and procedures, including equipment maintenance and repair in the City of Cambridge.
Councillor Seidel 09/13/10 (O-16)

10-177. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on meetings with presidents of Cambridge colleges/universities to work out a proposal that they will pay the tuition and fees for students graduating from Cambridge public high schools.
Councillor Reeves and Full Membership 11/22/10 (O-7)

10-178. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on developing an RFP for experimental music venues and space in Central Square.
Councillor Reeves and Full Membership 11/22/10 (O-8)

10-184. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #1
RE: report on the possibility of the Cambridge Farmers Market using space for the winter months in the ground floor of the First Street garage or other suitable space.
Vice Mayor Davis, Mayor Maher, Councillor Toomey, Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 12/13/10 (O-2)

10-185. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on establishing a "pilot program" for Clean Tech Start-Ups in the first floor of vacant First Street garage.
Mayor Maher and Full Membership 12/13/10 (O-4)

10-186. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on possible options for providing more support for the homeless youth in Cambridge.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 12/13/10 (O-5)

10-190. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of implementing the 311 system in Cambridge.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 12/20/10 (O-2)

11-06. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on whether the Responsible Employer Ordinance was complied with in regard to the recent bid on water-proofing project in Lafayette Square.
Councillor Cheung, Councillor Decker, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Kelley, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel, Councillor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 01/10/11 (O-9)

11-15. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on what incentives were given to Vertex as part of their relocation deal and evaluate how Cambridge could offer those same incentives to companies it is attempting to lure from out of state to the City.
Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Kelley, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel & Councillor Simmons 01/31/11 (O-15)

11-20. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #30
RE: report on the possibility of retaining the traffic light on Memorial Drive at Magazine Street.
Councillor Kelley, Councillor Cheung, Councillor Seidel, Vice Mayor Davis, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 02/07/11 (O-3)

11-27. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on recent trip of Public Safety officials to Israel and on the City's policies regarding the provision of professional development of City officials by private entities.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Cheung, Councillor Kelley, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel & Councillor Simmons 02/28/11 (O-20)

11-28. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #42
RE: report on possible projects that could be completed with the help of Code for America.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 03/07/11 (O-1)

11-53. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how to make the Follen Street/Little Concord Avenue intersection safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Referred back by Councillor Cheung on 5/23/2011 for further information.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 05/16/11 (O-3)

11-58. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of installing a projector presentation screen in the Sullivan Chamber.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 05/16/11 (O-12)

11-61. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the percentage of tree canopy coverage.
Councillor Seidel and Full Membership 05/16/11 (O-22)

11-64. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #38
RE: report on the feasibility of implementing paying for city services on-line.
Councillor Cheung 05/16/11 (O-29)

11-65. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #11
RE: report on the possibility of emulating the San Francisco Yellow Pages ban in Cambridge.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 05/23/11 (O-1)

11-71. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on total of donations raised during the 2011 resident sticker renewals for environmental initiatives, identify a project that the funds can be used for and publicly display that the funds were possible from resident donations.
Councillor Toomey, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel & Councillor Simmons 06/06/11 (O-2)

11-79. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on installing benches in front of the Main Library.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 06/27/11 (O-3)

11-81. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on producing information for residents and taxpayers regarding readily available financial information online for citizens to view and easily understand.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 06/27/11 (O-6)

11-82. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #2
RE: report on any possible implications of the merger between the Longy School of Music and Bard College.
Councillor Seidel 06/27/11 (O-9)

11-83. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #37
RE: report on technology plan for the city, the use of social media tools, and identifying projects that would benefit using Gov 2.0 Initiative.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-1)

11-84. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on creating a research and development office for technology.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-2)

11-85. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #23
RE: report on plans for participation in the BIO 2012 Convention.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-4)

11-89. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #12
RE: report on the need for a bamboo ordinance that either bans the planting of bamboo outright of somehow holds the owner of the bamboo accountable.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-8)

11-91. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on what information campaign will go along with the bike-share program.
Vice Mayor Davis and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-13)

11-92. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #40
RE: report on the feasibility of creating a system that the general public could search by a unique identifier, that contains all official documents such as building permits, variance applications, License Commission inspections, etc.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-15)

11-99. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on incorporating information regarding safe bicycling in the City with the dissemination of information related to and implementation of the Hubway bike share program.
Councillor Seidel and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-25)

11-101. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on examining the relationship between job creation in the City and available housing stock.
Councillor Seidel and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-27)

11-102. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #22
RE: report on the possibility of using BLAZE technology for the safety of bicyclists.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor Davis, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel, Councillor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 08/01/11 (O-29)

11-104. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the progress of Cambridge Office of College Success Initiative Working Group Draft.
Councillor Reeves and Full Membership 08/01/11 (O-31)

11-107. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on how the delay of the Green Line Extension project could impact the development at Northpoint.
Councillor Toomey 08/01/11 (O-34)

11-109. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #39
RE: report on options to go paperless with City bills.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 09/12/11 (O-1)

11-116. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on what changes need to be made to playgrounds and playing fields associated with the public schools in order to best support the Innovation Agenda.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 09/12/11 (O-23)

11-118. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #4
RE: report on plans for the McCrehan pool.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 09/12/11 (O-25)

11-120. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #7
RE: report on a plan to ensure that tow truck drivers model safe and courteous driving in the City.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 09/12/11 (O-27)

11-125. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #43
RE: report on the progress and feasibility of integrating and providing a service similar to SeeClickFix.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 09/12/11 (O-40)

11-127. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the public process that will take place to help determine the design of the new park in East Cambridge as it relates to the Biogen Idec build out mitigation agreement and whether a committee should be assembled as part of the process.
Councillor Toomey 09/12/11 (O-48)

11-128. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #3
RE: report on trimming tree branches around the tot lot in the area of Pine and Eaton Streets.
Councillor Reeves, Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Mayor Maher, Councillor Seidel, Councillor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 09/19/11 (O-10)

11-129. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #33
RE: report on the possibility of using Bobcats to clear snow on neighborhoods and retails sidewalks.
Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel, Councillor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 09/19/11 (O-5)

11-130. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on locating a dog park in East Cambridge similar to the one on Washington Street in Somerville.
Councillor Toomey 09/19/11 (O-11)

11-131. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on placing utility pole wires underground as part of the Alewife sewer project.
Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel & Councillor Simmons 09/19/11 (O-9)

11-133. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of beautifying Lechmere Station.
Councillor Toomey, Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel & Councillor Simmons 09/19/11 (O-4)

11-139. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on instituting a ban on disposable plastic bags from retailers.
Councillor Decker, Councillor Cheung, Councillor Kelley, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves, Councillor Seidel, Councillor Simmons & Councillor Toomey 10/03/11 (O-3)

11-140. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #32
RE: report on ensuring that hazardous metal pieces of street signs are removed from the sidewalk level when signs are removed.
Councillor Simmons and Full Membership 10/03/11 (O-4)

11-141. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #44
RE: report on repairing the sidewalks on and around Boardman Street.
Councillor Simmons and Full Membership 10/03/11 (O-5)

11-142. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #34
RE: report on increasing the number of hazardous waste drop off days per year.
Councillor Toomey 10/03/11 (O-7)

11-143. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on installing cement posts on the median in the area of 61 Aberdeen Avenue.
Councillor Reeves and Full Membership 10/17/11 (O-2)

11-144. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #6
RE: report on the gun shot incident at Bristol and Hampshire Streets.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 10/17/11 (O-7)

11-145. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #20
RE: report on the decision making process of where bus shelters are placed.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 10/17/11 (O-9)

11-146. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #21
RE: report on the upkeep of the Cambridge Common.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 10/17/11 (O-10)

11-147. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #5
RE: report on the current job training programs and possible areas for expansion of existing programs or the creation of new ones.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 10/17/11 (O-12)

11-148. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #31
RE: report on the feasibility of implementing restaurant validated parking on Third Street.
Councillor Cheung and Full Membership 10/17/11 (O-15)

11-149. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of traffic calming at Mt. Auburn Street and Putnam Avenue.
Councillor Simmons and Full Membership 10/17/11 (O-19)

11-150. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the MBTA's proposed bus changes.
Councillor Decker and Full Membership 10/17/11 (O-24)

11-151. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the Boston Parking Program specifically how buildings have been approved without residents being able to get on-street parking stickers in the Ellis Street neighborhood.
Councillor Kelley 10/17/11 (O-27)

11-152. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #19
RE: report on why Somerville has two on-street bike corral systems in Davis & Union Squares and Cambridge has none.
Councillor Kelley 10/17/11 (O-28)

11-153. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the impact of changing Section 14.2(b) of the Traffic Regulations relating to the issue of signage.
Councillor Kelley 10/17/11 (O-29)

11-154. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #9
RE: report on whether there are any obstacles to adoption of the proposed amendment to Section 9.16.
Councillor Kelley 10/17/11 (O-31)

11-155. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the possibility of installing recycling receptacles along Cambridge Street between Lechmere Square and Inman Square.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 10/24/11 (O-1)

11-156. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report back on Council Order No. 6, dated 10/24/2011.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 10/24/11 (O-6)

11-157. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #35
RE: report on how people without access to email or cell phone texts receive information distributed through CitizenOberver Alerts.
Councillor Kelley and Full Membership 10/24/11 (O-7)

11-158. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on comprehensive assessment and review of traffic and parking needs in the No. Mass Ave neighborhood.
Mayor Maher 10/24/11 (O-8)

11-159. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the recent string of street robberies.
Councillor Toomey and Full Membership 10/31/11 (O-2)

11-160. Report from the City Manager:  See Mgr #10
RE: report on the feasibility and impact of the following: Instituting a policy that, after ascertainment, if the City of Cambridge takes more than 90 days to negotiate a contract with a potential cable service provider, the potentially new service provider can operate under the same terms as the existing incumbent service provider, with the option to continue negotiation with the City of Cambridge while operating under those terms.
Councillor Cheung, Vice Mayor Davis, Councillor Decker, Councillor Kelley, Mayor Maher, Councillor Reeves & Councillor Simmons 10/31/11 (O-4)

11-161. Report from the City Manager:
RE: report on the feasibility of amending Section 11.200 of the Zoning Ordinance to require linkage from institutions, how inclusionary zoning could be extended to include institutions and the impact of MIT students on the Cambridge housing costs.
Councillor Cheung 10/31/11 (O-13)