City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
190158
Placed on File
Mar 10, 2011 7:00 PM

30.G Requesting approval of an Ordinance to add or amend provisions for vegetative overgrowth, hazardous trees, outdoor wood storage, inoperable vehicles, unregistered vehicles, and the storage of boats or recreational vehicles.

Information

Department:Strategic Planning & Community DevelopmentSponsors:
Category:Mayor's RequestFunctions:Ordinance

Body

To the Honorable Board:

 

The Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), in collaboration with the Law Office, is proposing an amendment to the Code of Ordinances to address a series of provisions related to vegetative overgrowth, hazardous trees, wood storage, inoperable vehicles, unregistered vehicles, storage of boats or recreational vehicles, and modifying or adding fines.  This proposed ordinance addresses a number of issues that have long been of concern to your honorable board and myself including allowing overgrowth on a property to harbor rodents and allowing dismantled vehicles to remain on a property where they could be injurious to public health or safety.

 

Law Office and OSPCD staff will be available to answer any questions you may have concerning this proposed amendment to the Code of Ordinances.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Meeting History

Sep 23, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
Oct 12, 2010 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Ms. Lamboy reviewed the proposed changes and told the members that several issues were included in the proposal. The section regarding vegetation was written to address the issue of removing places that might possibly harbor rodents and allow mosquitoes to breed, rather than strictly dealing with the actual height of the vegetation. A new section dealing with the storage of wood was added and the committee had concerns about the proposed elevation requirement and portions of the language.

Alderman Trane's motion that the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Community Development (ISD) determine the average above ground distance of commercially available firewood holders, was approved.

Alderman O'Donovan said that his concern was about the issue of unregistered vehicles and he requested that the section dealing with same be severed from the proposed ordinance before the committee. A motion was made by Alderman Connolly and approved by the committee to sever the section.

Chairman Gewirtz asked that the language regarding unregistered vehicles be re-worked to address the concerns of the members and Alderman Trane suggested looking at Traffic and Parking language for military exemptions, etc.

The committee made changes to the proposal and removed all language referencing section 9-56 and 9-57. These sections will be re-submitted to the Board of Aldermen individually.

The committee approved sections 9-131, 9-132 and 9-133.

RESULT:APPROVED AS AMENDED
Oct 14, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
Mar 8, 2011 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:PLACED ON FILE
Mar 10, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:PLACED ON FILE