Boston City Council meeting - September 28, 2017
Today we honored this year’s winners of the Henry L. Shattuck Award for excellence in public service, the unsung heroes who serve in Boston city government:
  • Boston City Council’s own Kerry Jordan, TV Operations and Technology Manager
  • Heather Campisano, Chief of Staff at the Boston Planning and Development Agency
  • Martin Kain, Director of Training at the Boston Election Department
  • Sherry Lewis DaPonte, Assistant Headmaster at the Boston Latin School
  • Sergeant Gino Provenzano, Bureau of Field Services at the Boston Police Department
  • Deborah Pullen, Director, Employee Information in the Office of Human Capital at the Boston School Department
  • Maria Santos, Procurement Manager at the Boston Public Health Commission
  • Barry Stafford, Principal Fire Alarm Operator at the Boston Fire Department.
  • Henry Vitale (winner of the Shattuck Chairman’s Award), Executive Director of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.
Thank you all for your dedication and service to the City of Boston!
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BPS Teachers Contract: We voted to accept Ways & Means Chairman Ciommo’s recommendation to approve the orders filed last week by the Mayor to fund the newly settled Boston Teachers contract. The orders will take $20 million from the FY18 Collective Bargaining Reserve, as well as $11.1 million from the general reserves to fund commitments made in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Boston School Committee and Boston Teachers Union, Local 66, AFT-Mass, AFL-CIO. The main provisions of the contract are a 2% base wage increase effective 9/2016 and 3% in 9/2017, along with a Cost of Living Adjustment across all salary classifications.
Short-Term Rental Housing: Councilor Zakim called for a hearing to discuss how the city reviews plans for new developments with respect to short term rental set-asides. The hearing is designed to increase transparency in the development review process around plans that a developer may have to set aside entire floors for short term rental corporations. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Housing & Community Development for a hearing.
Resolution Supporting Puerto Rico: We voted to adopt Councilor Jackson’s resolution for the solidarity in standing with residents of the Caribbean, and especially Puerto Rico, where countless Bostonians have friends and family members who’ve been devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The City of Boston remains in contact with leaders in Puerto Rico and remains ready to send any and all aid that we can.
Summer Jobs Funding: We voted to accept and expend a grant for $857,375 for the Success Link Employment program (formerly Youth Works). This organization works to place youth, especially at-risk youth, into summer employment with community organizations.
Executive Session: We entered executive session for me to give an update to Councilors on internal administrative matters at the end of the meeting.
NOTE: Our next Council meeting will be back in City Hall and on our regular day! See you Wednesday October 4th at 12:00pm in our new space.
Upcoming Hearings (Watch at
  • TODAY: Thursday 9/28 at 6:00PM, Docket #1061, order for a hearing regarding voter registration in the City of Boston. (Special Committee on Civil Rights) [Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 635 Commonwealth Ave Room 101 Boston, MA 02215]
  • Tuesday, 10/03 at 2:00PM, hearing on an order authorizing the City of Boston to adopt Community Choice Energy (Environment and Sustainability) [Ianella Chamber, 5th Floor City Hall]
  • Tuesday, 10/10 at 4:30PM, hearing on project with the National Black Women's Justice Institute (NBWJI) (Healthy Women, Families, and Children) [Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St, Roxbury]