Coronavirus Update: Due to public health concerns, the hearings that normally would be held on a week have been postponed or canceled due to the guidance of Mayor Martin Walsh and the order of Gov. Charlie Baker. Some meetings, however, have been moved to an online or teleconference format under the emergency order on the Open Meeting Law issued by Gov. Baker.
From the Aug. 13 Emergency License Board meeting, noon, online:
Emergency Virtual Informational Hearing Beer Gardens + Large Extensions
Hearing regarding licensees operating on special one-day licenses and licensees with temporary extensions with a significant capacity. You are hereby notified that the Licensing Board for the City of the Boston will conduct a virtual emergency informational hearing regarding all establishments operating on a series of Special One-Day Licenses (commonly referred to as beer gardens) and those operating on a temporary extension with a significant capacity on August 13, at noon.
From the Aug. 14 Emergency License Board meeting, 1 p.m., online:
Emergency Virtual Hearing – You are hereby notified that the Licensing Board for the City of the Boston will conduct a virtual emergency informational hearing regarding all establishments with a Club License, Veteran’s License, or Temporary C.V. License on August 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. The Emergency Informational Hearing is being held to address the numerous complaints received by the Board and the Inspectional Services Department regarding the operations of Licensees.
From the Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.,Council Committee on Government Operations Working Session: An ordinance to provide for the safe disposal of sharps through the establishment of a Product Stewardship Program.
From the Aug. 18, 10 a.m., Committee on Housing and Community Development Hearing: Support for tenants facing eviction and displacement and the creation of temporary rental assistance to support residents impacted by COVID-19.
From the Aug. 19 Community Meeting for proposed Back Bay Cannibis establishment: Compassionate Organics, LLC (“Compassionate Organics”) will hold a virtual community outreach meeting on August 19, at 6 p.m. to discuss the proposed siting of a Cannabis Establishment at 331A-333 Newbury Street, Boston.
From the Aug. 20, 1 p.m., Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation Hearing: Order for a hearing regarding implementing changes for safe streets during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
This matter is sponsored by Councilor Michelle Wu and Councilor Liz Breadon and was referred to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation on April 29.
Boston Fire Department Update on Permits
Due to the harsh economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses, the Boston Fire Department is extending the expiration date on all existing Place of Assembly and Annual Permits from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Any issued Place of Assembly Permit or Annual Permit stating an expiration date of June 30, 2020 will now automatically be valid in the City of Boston until September 30, 2020. The invoices for renewal will be mailed out in mid-August, and the permitting cycle for both Place of Assembly and Annual Permits will become October 1 to September 30 of the following year from this point forward.
Reporting Workplace Safety Concerns
•Workers in any size organization have options if they feel they are being pressured into an unsafe situation. Attorney General Maura Healey has created resources for workers to report safety concerns during reopening. They include an online form at the Attorney General’s website and a dedicated Fair Labor hotline at 617-727-3465. People can also find those resources by calling 311.
•How to Report a Problem Property
Since taking office in 2014, Mayor Walsh has made fixing quality of life issues a priority in his administration. From investing in Public Works to making sure community policing is a staple in every neighborhood, we are making sure every neighborhood is clean, safe and a great place to live and work in. Unfortunately some properties in Boston need more help than others, and that’s why we are here. If you know of a property that fits one of the following criteria: multiple calls to 911, one that’s blighted or just a general concern, we encourage you to reach out to your neighborhood liaison.