Councilors will meet for a regular meeting and a finance committee meeting Monday.
QUINCY — City councilors will meet for the second time since summer recess on Monday and are set to discuss the city’s new special education center, a $3.6 million appropriation for a new emergency radio system and the upcoming presidential election.
The finance committee will meet first at 5:30 p.m., and the regular city council meeting will start at 6. The meeting will be broadcast on Zoom and councilors will not meet in person at city hall. The meeting ID is 863 1445 1110.
The finance committee will discuss spending $14 million to turn a three-story building near Central Middle School into a special education center. The council already approved $8.5 million for the project — $6.8 million to buy the building and $1.7 million to start the renovation. The center will focus on the district’s autistic population from prekindergarten to eighth grade, and will include a sensory room, a full kitchen, a small gym, classrooms, and dedicated spaces for physical and occupational therapy.
Councilors discussed the spending for more than an hour at a meeting earlier this month but ultimately decided to push off the decision and instead demanded a presentation outlining the city’s financial priorities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Councilors Anne Mahoney and Brad Croall expressed concern about the city planning to move ahead with several major projects despite no clear vision of where municipal finances may stand due to uncertainty brought by the coronavirus.
Mahoney asked to table the vote until the finance department could present a comprehensive view of the city’s priorities, ensuring councilors can make an “educated vote.” Such a presentationn is not mentioned on the agenda for the meeting.
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During the regular city council member, the mayor’s office will present a $3.65 million request to replace and upgrade the fire and police departments’ emergency radio system. An outline of the project details $711,110 in site work, $171,666 in soft costs like construction engineering and $2,750,000 for a contract with Motorola, a telecommunications company.
Councilors will put forward a change to the municipal code that will ensure all short-term rental units be registered with the city. The change in code outlines what exactly qualifies as a short-term rental, what rules such rentals need to follow and sets up a complaint process for when rules are violated.
Town Clerk Nicole Crispo will ask councilors to vote to designate polling places for the November presidential election, and City Councilor Brian Palmucci will put forth a resolution on voting access.
The resolution asks the clerk’s office to consider establishing ballot drop-off locations in each neighborhood; explore the use of fire stations or other public buildings as drop-off locations; explore the feasibility of a ballot pickup program in coordination with the police department; and consider setting up curbside voting at locations across the city.
For the full city council agenda, visit quincyma.gov.
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