This week: Willis Center info scarce, school funding, School Committee meets, 332 Main St demolition discussed, new car show in Green Hill Park proposed, curling on the Common.
Recap: City Council meeting
Police Chief Gemme announced that a $15,000/week foot patrol will run in Main South for 4-5 weeks.
Government transparency note: This item was not on the announced agenda, and activists from other neighborhoods have complained that they would have liked to know about these plans earlier in the process. In an email, the City Clerk says “[t]he City Manager presented the Council with two items as supplemental to the published agenda. We will add them to the journal and publish by the close of business Thursday.”
Lots of conversation and action on school funding. One attendee wrote in, summarizing: “The city builds schools that don’t have enough parking, don’t want teachers parking on city streets, and don’t want WPS to rent parking space.”
Recap: Public Health committee meeting
Politicians continue to ask questions about the closing of the Willis Center. The state says law enforcement is now involved in the situation.
School Committee meeting preview
Historical Commission meeting preview
February 7, 5:30 PM, City Hall.
Will discuss demolition of the Central Building (332 Main Street) again. The Historical Commission told the owners (the Krocks) to bring the financial backup justifying this. For much more background on the Krock family, see Unlocking the Krocks.
Parks & Rec Commission preview
February 7, 7pm, meeting room A, 50 Skyline Drive. Agenda.
May discuss the potential for a car show (NOT Summer Nationals) in Green Hill Park.
Curling on the Common
- “Saturday, February 23 9:00am-12:30pm. Watch a match and get a hands on lesson by the Petersham Curling Club. 9-10 am Curling Match, Free and open to the public 10-12:30. Hands on demonstrations, Free, pre-registration required. Pre-registration begins February 16th at firstname.lastname@example.org.”