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Monday, September 19, 2011

Legislative Matters To Discuss Hiring Ordinance & Liquor Licenses

The Legislative Matters Committee will, once again, discuss a local hiring ordinance submitted by Alderman At Large Bruce Desmond and Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston and supported by the entire Board of Alderman tomorrow night at their scheduled meeting being held in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall at 7pm. This is a committee meeting of the whole.

Legislative Item #191563 comes on the heels of lengthy labor discussions that was sparked after protests and picketing at Ward 5's Maxwell's Green development and has spread throughout the city through numerous articles, meetings, and petitions urging the city to put in labor expectations when allowing developers to build in Somerville.

Also being discussed is legislative item #191788, submitted by Mayor Curtatone asking for approval of a home rule petition authorizing the increase of the number of liquor licenses that the City of Somerville Licensing Commission may issue. A representative from the Licensing Commission has been invited to attend tomorrow's meeting.

Lastly, Ward 7 Alderman Bob Trane's Nuisance Control Ordinance will be discussed with a copy of Medford's Ordiance being presented as an example. Legislative item #191924, aims to "protect the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Somerville. This ordinance should permit the City to impose liability on property owners and other responsible persons for the nuisances and harm caused by loud and/or unruly gatherings on private property and shall prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage persons at such gatherings." Most complaints received by Alderman Trane surround loud parties and disrespect for neighbors. Ordaining such a piece of legislation would give absentee landlords serious consequences if they do not put more thought into who they rent their apartments to.

All concerned citizens are encouraged to attend this meeting!
Legislative Matters Committee
Committee of the Whole
9/20/2011 7:00 PM

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