City of Somerville

Agenda Item
Work Completed
Apr 26, 2012 7:00 PM

That this Board’s Committee on Public Health and Safety address criminal activity and code violations at 132 Central Street, whether the City can recover funds spent on public safety calls there, and whether the City should conduct outreach to tenants to ensure a safe environment.


Department:City CouncilSponsors:Ward Five Alderman Sean T. O’Donovan

Official Text

That this Board’s Committee on Public Health and Public Safety address all activity at 132 Central Street, including but not limited to the criminal activity of March 31, 2012, code violations at the location, whether the City can recover funds expended for the public safety calls to the address and lastly, whether the City needs to conduct outreach to the tenants of the building to ensure all are living in a safe environment.


Meeting History

Apr 12, 2012 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
Apr 18, 2012 6:00 PM  Public Health and Public Safety Committee Committee Meeting

Deputy Chief Cabral explained how the Police Department tracks calls to a specific location and informed those present that directed patrols of the address in question have taken place since the shooting incident. Deputy Chief Cabral reviewed the facts of the case and stated that there is an ongoing investigation underway, however, the residents of the property have been uncooperative and at the present time there are no leads. Chairman White directed the Deputy Chief to run background checks on all of the people on the porch during the incident, asked questions about the manner in which the investigation is being conducted and made suggestions. Chairman White requested that the police department remain vigilant on this issue so that it does arise again in the summer. Some residents of the property expressed concern over the police report. According to neighbors, there is suspicious and suspected drug activity at a neighboring property. The owner of the property was present and indicated that he was undertaking action to evict the problem tenants.

Deputy Chief Cabral explained how incidents may be reported to the police and Alderman Roche stressed the importance of reporting incidents so that they may be documented by the police.

Alderman Roche’s motion that the Director of Traffic and Parking examine the feasibility of installing NO PARKING signs at the intersection of Central, Ames and Robinson Streets, was approved.

Apr 26, 2012 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting