Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #276
Order Adopted
Nov 23, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to appropriate the funds necessary to procure the work of the Collins Center as outlined in their submitted proposal

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, PNSponsors:Councillor Patricia Nolan, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

Body

WHEREAS:

On July 27th, 2020, the Council unanimously passed a Policy Order asking the Mayor to call a Special Meeting for the Collins Center for Public Management to present to the Council on the process of charter review; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

That Special Meeting took place on September 23rd, 2020, and after a detailed presentation on the charter review, the Council had additional questions for the Collins Center staff and wanted more information about the different paths that the City could take to review its charter; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge, which adopted the Plan E Charter in 1940, has not once held a formal review process to consider revisions, making it one of the only municipalities in Massachusetts to go 80 years without reviewing its most important legal document; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Chapter 43B, Section 2, in General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts states: “Every city and town shall have the power to adopt or revise its charter or to amend its existing charter in accordance with procedures prescribed by [Chapter 43B]”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Somerville recently launched a charter review process, starting with the Council voting to appropriate funds to contract a technical expert to guide their work; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Council expressed interest in furthering its understanding of how a process of charter revision, review and or change would work, and the Collins Center drafted a four-step proposal that would include procuring and presenting Cambridge-specific information to the Council to better inform Councilors of the options and strategies available; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to appropriate the funds necessary to procure the work of the Collins Center as outlined in their submitted proposal.

 

Meeting History

Nov 23, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan