A city law that would reduce gas leaks, improve safety, help the environment and lessen the cost of gas has not been implemented due to gas company National Grid's lawsuit opposing its implementation. The law, which was to be implemented in July 2017, created a new mechanism for the city to deal with gas leaks to improve the management of Boston's infrastructure by coordinating maintenance, repair, upgrades, replacement with gas companies. Gas companies, of which National Grid is dominant in Boston, would be notified when a street is open by another utility company, cable company and others. The ordinance also gives the city the authority to recoup costs from utility companies for the destruction of trees and shrubbery, which often happens from gas leaks. District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley authored the law, which was passed by the Boston City Council and signed into law by Mayor Marty Walsh in December 2016.
The Boston Transportation Department is holding the second public meeting to discuss the JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan on March 22nd. You can also provide your concerns through an online interactive map. The Boston Transportation Department has created an interactive map in which users can add routes and points of concerns for accessibility, pedestrian access, bicyclist safety, transit rider issues, vehicle issues and more. Click here to see the interactive map. The JP/Rox Plan will guide future development and improvements along the corridor of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. The plan area encompasses Forest Hills, Egleston Square and Jackson Square, generally bounded by Washington Street, Columbus Avenue and Amory Street.
Community members are invited to discuss the rehabilitation of the Jamaica Pond dock in a public meeting on Jan. 30th. The Jamaica Pond dock is behind the boathouse and is used as a launching point for boats. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will provide a brief presentation at the meeting and then the community is welcome to give feedback on the presentation and the design process. Construction of the new dock is scheduled to start this spring.
The city's Commission for Persons with Disabilities is inviting everyone, whether you're a Bostonian or not, to take a survey to provide opinions about existing barriers and accessibility needs in Boston. The city will use the findings of the Accessibility Priority Survey to shape strategic planning to better serve those with disabilities. The survey is a new initiative as part of the city's ongoing effort to increase accessibility and engage people with disabilities in all aspects of life within Boston. "The survey is for anyone who lives, plays or works in Boston. We are also encouraging professionals or advocates who work with people with disability to take it," said Winston Pierre, Constituent Engagement Specialist for the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
Mayor Martin Walsh will host a Jamaica Plain open house on Monday night with representatives from numerous city departments for residents to learn about ongoing programs that are available. At this free open house residents will have the chance to learn about programs from the following departments, including the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Advancement, Imagine Boston 2030, Vision Zero, Office of Housing Stability, BOS:311, Greenovate Boston, Boston Home Center, Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Fire Department, Boston Police Department, the MassDOT and more. Representatives from the following departments will also be on hand: Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston Transportation Department, Public Works Department, Inspectional Services Department, Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Public Schools. Food and refreshments will be served. The open house is taking place at English High School from 6 to 8 pm on Monday, July 10.