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Somerville Announces Latest Initiatives to Protect & Create Spaces for Local Art

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Arts Council are thrilled to share the latest City initiatives to protect existing artist studios and create new spaces for local artists.   Mayor Ballantyne’s administration is currently taking proactive steps to engage with the Somerville arts and cultural community, including: Embarking on a listening tour focusing on artist studio meetings. The tour is underway, with the next one scheduled for October 14.  Actively hiring for an Arts Space planner…

Community Choice Electricity Program to Provide Stable Electricity Costs, Double the Renewable Energy

*/ Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Office of Sustainability and Environment today announced the continuation of the City’s Community Choice Electricity (CCE) program, which will increase amounts of zero-carbon renewable energy from regional sources. Direct Energy is Somerville's current supplier through the CCE program. After a competitive process, Direct Energy will continue to be Somerville’s CCE program supplier, with new electricity rates that will be fixed from November 2022…

Somerville Community Preservation Committee Seeks New Member

Committee identifies funding priorities for approximately $3 million annually across affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space projects Applications due October 28 The Somerville Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is seeking one new member, and Somerville residents interested in affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks and open space are encouraged to apply. The CPC oversees the selection of projects to be recommended for funding by an estimated $3 million in…

Somerville Urban Forestry Committee Seeks Three Members

The City of Somerville Urban Forestry Committee (UFC) is now accepting applications for three new members. One vacancy is for a youth member (14 to 17 years old), one is for a member with urban forestry expertise, and one is open to all applicants.  The UFC advises the City on the management and maintenance of all trees and shrubs on public grounds and public ways. Members may also review issues related to the health, maintenance, and protection of trees and shrubs on public grounds and public…

Special Traffic Commission Meeting to Deliberate New Draft Safety Plan for Holland Street, October 6

The Somerville Traffic Commission will host a special virtual meeting on Thursday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m. to review public comment and deliberate the City’s new draft safety plan for Holland Street. This meeting follows the special Traffic Commission meeting held on September 21, where Mayor Ballantyne and City staff presented the draft plan and Commissioners heard public comment.  The draft plan was developed after a Somerville resident was killed while biking in Teele Square in August. In…

Historic Preservation Commission Seeks New Members

The City of Somerville seeks three full and six alternate members for the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). Available roles and open positions are listed below. The HPC administers the Demolition Review Ordinance and the Historic District Ordinance. HPC members work directly with staff in the Planning, Preservation & Zoning Division (PPZ) who provide professional analysis, guidance, and training to the HPC and help coordinate and administer Commission meetings.  The Commission…

90 Washington Street Redevelopment Public Meeting, October 6

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and City of Somerville staff invite you to attend the next community meeting to discuss 90 Washington Street, a 4-acre site near the East Somerville Green Line station envisioned as the home of a new Public Safety Building and a range of civic, commercial, and residential spaces.  Over the last nine months, the City has collected public input about the future of the site at dozens of community meetings, listening sessions, design workshops, and more. This meeting will…

Somerville Department of Racial & Social Justice to Launch Community Visioning Sessions and Survey to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety

The City of Somerville’s Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) Department continues community outreach to drive the initiative of reimagining policing and public safety across the city. A series of in-person and virtual community visioning sessions are being held to better understand the perceptions of policing and public safety in Somerville neighborhoods. In addition, the RSJ Department is launching a Reimagining Policing and Public Safety survey. Both the community visioning sessions and the…

Mayor's Statement on Migrants Flown to Martha's Vineyard

When over 50 people abruptly arrived at the Martha’s Vineyard airport last Wednesday, the town reacted with compassion and empathy for their fellow humans. They reacted like Americans. They demonstrated that Sanctuary Cities and States do not merely exist as hypotheticals, but rather the response by Massachusetts proved we are more than ready to provide real help and safety for migrants. As an immigrant myself, I know firsthand the struggles facing these families as they uproot their entire…

Somerville Creating Trailblazing Pollinator Action Plan to Support Local Wildlife

Pollinator Action Plan grows Somerville’s commitment to creating a healthy environment for pollinators – including bees, moths, and butterflies – that are vital for a flourishing urban ecosystem Apply by October 21, 2022, to Serve on the Pollinator Action Plan Advisory Committee   The City of Somerville is thrilled to announce the formation of an Advisory Committee to work on a Pollinator Action Plan that prioritizes local pollinator health to establish and maintain a healthy and biodiverse…

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