These are just a few of the community gatherings and community events for the coming week. Visit the City of Somerville website for more information.
Birds, bees, flowers and trees
Pollinator Action Plan Advisory Committee4pm to 5:15pm Monday. More work on city maps to document local pollinator species and habitats, educate staff and residents about the interdependence of pollinators, habitat and city life, and suggest ways to promote suitable habitats. At its third public meeting, the committee will determine upcoming work, including the process for hiring a consultant and a schedule of public participation events. Viewable via video conference.
Communal Broadband Talk
City Council Public Utilities and Public Works CommitteeMonday 6 p.m. This committee, chaired by Councilor Jesse Clingan, conducts another public debate on community broadband. The committee was tasked with identifying a path for the city to provide universal internet over municipal broadband based on the recommendations of the 2019 Somerville Internet Access Task Force. Clingan told City Council at a meeting last month that supporters of Cambridge’s municipal broadband network will be speaking at the meeting about their similar efforts. Viewable via video conference.
Pollution of Foss Park
City Council Open Space, Environment and Energy CommitteeMonday 6 p.m. This committee, chaired by councilman Willie Burnley Jr., is discussing plans to “dramatically” increase the number of trees in Foss Park, Somerville’s second-largest public park. Owned and operated by the State Department of Conservation and Recreation, the heavily used park features athletic fields, an outdoor pool, and a play structure for small children. The park borders Mystic Avenue, McGrath Highway, Broadway and Interstate 93, and a recent study found high concentrations of air pollutants in the area. The report recommends installing a solid barrier or dense vegetation to mitigate pollution. Viewable via video conference.
Spring church meetings continue
community meeting 6Monday from 18:30 to 20:00. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and City Councilors meet the public at the Spring 2023 City Hall Community Meetings. These meetings are held twice a year in each of Somerville’s seven boroughs to share the latest city and neighborhood news and give community members the opportunity to to speak to their neighbors, elected officials and city employees. A convivial half-hour begins at 6 p.m. with pizza, healthy snacks, and casual conversation. The Ward 6 meeting will be held at Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave., Davis Square.
Spring meeting in Spanish
All Ward Community Meeting in SpanishWednesday, 6:30 p.m. The spring fellowship meeting series continues with a Spanish-speaking meeting focused on all communities. The meeting will be held in the East Somerville Community School cafeteria at 50 Cross St. and will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube page and shared on the Spanish-language Facebook page.
Comments on the Charter
Special Committee to Review the Charter, 6 p.m. Wednesday. The City Council meets as a whole to consider and hear public comments on proposed changes to the City Charter, which serves as the city’s constitution and defines the powers of the mayor, city council, and school board. The review process, which began in 2021, will produce recommendations for changes to the city’s governance structure. Viewable via video conference.
New Rules for East Broadway
traffic commission5:30 p.m. Thursday. The commission is considering changes to curbs, bus lanes and crosswalks on sections of East Broadway and several intersecting streets. Proposals include converting some metered parking spaces into loading zones, handicapped parking spaces or no-parking zones. These changes are part of a plan to expand dedicated bus lanes on East Broadway. Viewable via video conference.