City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
206232
Kept in Committee
May 7, 2019 6:00 PM

That the Administration install portable toilets at playgrounds and the following parks: Albion, Dickerman, North Street, Lincoln (when it reopens), Marshall Street, Chuckie Harris, Kenney, Grimmons, Healey, Hoyt-Sullivan (when it reopens) and Conway, no later than July 2018.

Information

Department:Finance CommitteeSponsors:Ward Five City Councilor Mark Niedergang, j and the Entire Board
Category:ResolutionPurposes:Resolution

Official Text

That the Administration install portable toilets at playgrounds and the following parks: Albion, Dickerman, North Street, Lincoln (when it reopens), Marshall Street, Chuckie Harris, Kenney, Grimmons, Healey, Hoyt-Sullivan (when it reopens) and Conway, no later than July 2018, and if necessary to test the concept, begin with a pilot program at Albion Park.

 

Meeting History

Jun 28, 2018 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Jul 2, 2018 6:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting

Ms. Connor reported that the Administration is looking into this matter and has several questions, e.g., will access to public restrooms be a problem, is there a better way or something more environmentally sound, would drug activity take place there? Ms. Connor said that a pilot program at Albion Park is a possibility, adding that the Administration doesn’t want to rush into something and make the problem worse. Chairman Hirsch said that if there’s to be a process to explore larger issues, they should put port-a-potties in busy parks in the meantime as it is now the middle of the summer and they are, by definition, temporary or portable. . Alderman Ballantyne noted that addressing this issue is long overdue and the any crime concerns could be addressed by the police. Ms. Connor commented that consideration should be given to the needs of the older population that might benefit from them, as well. She stressed that portable toilets are meant to be temporary and suggested that work begin to get a permanent solution. Alderman Niedergang asked to do what can be done immediately and then work towards a permanent solution.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Oct 24, 2018 6:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting

See discussion of item #206188.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 8, 2019 6:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
May 7, 2019 6:00 PM Video Youth Services Committee Committee Meeting
draft Draft

Items 2, 3, 4 and 5 were discussed together. Mr. Koty and Mr. Bowler provided an update that Somerstat is studying the Port-a-Potty situation. Last year, the city installed public portable toilets in two neighborhood parks, Chuckie Harris and Albion Parks. Mr. Koty said that additional funding had been added to the DPW budget to fund service contracts for more port-a-potties. There were two 311 service calls and one police call regarding the port-a-potties.

Councilor Davis motioned and it was accepted that the Administration advise the City Council in writing not later than the May 23 meeting of the Council what, specifically, is being studied and what, specifically, is preventing installation of port-a-potties in City parks and playgrounds.

It was suggested in the meeting to install the public portable toilets in a number of new high-priority locations for this summer season and remove if there are any complaints.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE