Happy early Evacuation Day & St. Patrick’s Day, and Happy belated Pi Day! As always, please reach out with any questions to michelle.wu@boston.gov or 617-635-3115. Anyone can sign up to receive these notes by email at www.michelleforboston.com/sendmenotes or see the whole list of notes at www.michelleforboston.com/notes.
Hubway: The Mayor sent over an order for Council authorization to accept and expend a $50,000 grant to add one Hubway station in North Allston, to be matched with a second Hubway station to be funded from other sources. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Parks, Recreation & Transportation for a hearing.
Surplus City Parcels: The Mayor filed two orders to declare City-owned former Public Works Department parcels as surplus and transfer them to the Public Facilities Commission, which could dispose of the parcels. One is located at the northeasterly corner of Ritchie Street and Columbus Ave in Roxbury, and the other is at Willow Court in Dorchester. Both items were assigned to the Planning & Development Committee for a hearing.
Urban Renewal Minor Modifications: The Boston Planning & Development Authority gave notice of minor modifications to the Charlestown Urban Renewal Plan. The matter was placed on file. On the topic of Urban Renewal, the Council will be holding the second of our six-month oversight hearings with the BPDA, tentatively Monday, April 10th, at 10:30AM in City Hall.
MSBA Facilities Upgrade: We voted to pass Mayor Walsh’s order to submit statements of interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for their Accelerated Repair Program for the following schools: Chittick Elementary School, East Boston High School, James Curley K-8, Joyce Kilmer K-8, Marshall/Up-Academy K-8, O’Donnell School K-5, Oliver Perry K-8, Russell School K-5, Sumner School K-5, Timilty Middle School, and Tobin School K-8. We also took the first of two necessary 2/3 votes to fund roof and boiler replacement costs for projects at the following schools: Boston Latin School, Condon Elementary, McCormack Middle School, Dever Elementary, and Channing Elementary. The City will be eligible for a 65% cost reimbursement from the MSBA.
Childcare Assistance to Homeless Families: We voted to pass a resolution filed by Councilors Essaibi-George, Pressley, Campbell, and myself in support of S257/HD3564, a bill proposed by Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry and Rep. Marjorie Decker at the State House, which would provide immediate child care assistance to homeless families. The bill would reinstate a previous policy from 2007 allowing families living in any and all types of homeless shelters to access subsidized full-time childcare for a minimum of 6 months. The need for this type of legislation came out at the first of our Early Education & Childcare Policy Briefings last month, as we heard from families experiencing homelessness about how much of a barrier it was to need to secure childcare while also pursuing job applications, housing search, and education.
Upcoming Hearings/Working Sessions (Watch at www.cityofboston.gov/citycouncil/live.asp)
  • Thursday, 3/23 at 2:30PM, Community Preservation Committee (Government Operations)
  • Monday, 3/27 at 11:00AM, Tentative: College & University Engagement Office in the COB (City, Neighborhood Services & Veteran Affairs)
  • Monday, 3/27 at 3:00PM, Working Session: Plastic Bag Ordinance (Government Operations)
  • Monday, 3/27 at 6:00PM, Tentative: Special Education and Equitable Transitions (Education)
  • Tuesday, 3/28 at 6:30PM, Tentative: Policy Briefing: Community-Based Providers (Healthy Women, Families & Communities) [Offsite at Catholic Charities Laboure Center)
  • Monday, 4/3 at 1:00PM, Overcoming the Odds Program (Public Safety & Criminal Justice)