The North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) met for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The meeting began with a series of community reports, including a proposal for a new clean streets program by City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Watch the video above for the full rundown or jump to subjects of interest using this summary timeline.
(00:00) NEWNC President John Pregmon starts the meeting with a few announcements about upcoming events in the neighborhood.
(2:39) City Councilor Lydia Edwards presents a new clean streets initiative for the North End. The number one issue raised in the neighborhood is trash and the condition of the North End streets. Mimicked off the Downtown BID (Business Improvement District), Councilor Edwards is proposing an informal version of this where a subcommittee for cleaning the streets is added to an umbrella non-profit in the North End.
This subcommittee would determine the geographic area, the hours / days for cleaning and set a budget for these cleaning services that would complement what the city already provides. The committee would set up a donation structure to this non-profit where tenants, landlords and local businesses could participate on a monthly basis.
Councilor Edwards also discussed this initiative at the November NEWRA meeting. She hopes the program could launch in March 2019.
NEWNC council member Sean Hennessey asked if any approval would be required from the city. Edwards responded that no approval would be needed, since this program would not take away from city services nor deny public access to the streets. The initiative would work with the city to complement their services.
NEWNC council member Brett Roman asked what, if any, concerns have been expressed. Councilor Edwards said there’s always a doubt that no one else will give. There is also, with any collection of money, an issue of transparency. Councilor Edwards said the committee would share with everyone exactly where the money goes – trash bags, gloves, hourly pay for a hokey, etc.
(16:36) Maria Lanza from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services presents updates from the Mayor’s Office.
- Mayor Walsh has released the first ever inventory of Boston’s income-restricted housing analyzing type and location.
- MassDOT will be holding community meetings about the N. Washington Street Bridge project.
- The Mayor’s enchanted trolley tour will be rolling through December 2.
(19:42) Pat Bova presents public safety updates.
(22:28) John Pregmon presents updates from the Greenway, including that the neon signs will be up through April.
(23:03) Brett Roman talks about the Harborfront Neighborhood Alliance.
(23:42) Ashley McCarthy presents updates from RUFF North End Dog Group. RUFF is partnering with Polkadog Bakery to donate household items to Boston Animal Control this holiday season.
(24:27) Jody Faller gives an update from the Resident Parking / Traffic Committee. A reminder to residents that permit turnover happens the end of November. Don’t get a ticket on December 1 for failure to have a valid resident parking sticker!