Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #60
ORDER ADOPTED
Mar 5, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department, the License Commission, and any other City departments about the possibility of re-evaluating the fees associated with community block parties, specifically entertainment fees for unpaid, local musicians.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department permits block parties, which are events hosted by a group of neighbors, a non-profit, or an association that require the closing of a portion of a City street for part of a day; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

As part of the application process, a resident must secure signatures from 75% of households on the street, submit an application 30 days in advance, and pay a $25 fee; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The permit fee covers processing of the application, and the Department’s delivery of plastic orange barrels for use the day of the event, providing that residents still allow access to emergency vehicles, vehicles of persons with disabilities, and residents needing to get to and from their homes; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The informational page on the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department’s website states that, “providing amplified or acoustical music…at a block party is subject to approval by Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department and may require approval by and/or permits from other city agencies”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

It has come to the attention of the City Council that obtaining an entertainment permit, often resulting in an additional $50 fee, can be burdensome to communities, who finance these events independently; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Often, musicians performing at such events are local and unpaid, making the possibility of an additional $50 fee appear out of step with the spirit of the event; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge should be encouraging community-building events, such as neighborhood-organized block parties with local entertainment, but the associated fees may be too burdensome in certain situations; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, the License Commission, and any other City departments regarding the possibility of re-evaluating the fees associated with community block parties, specifically entertainment fees for unpaid, local musicians; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on the above matter.

 

Meeting History

Mar 5, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED