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Council & Covid
Your City Council is working to ease the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some of our actions to date:
*Resolution to cap third-party app delivery fees at 10% (language and a link to why on page 45here)—passed.
*Allocating $750,000 to a COVID-19 fund to be used to pay for food assistance for needy residents, PPE for Newton employees and overtime associated with the pandemic--passed
*Resolution to allow voting by mail in Massachusetts (language on p. 3 here)—passed
*Allocating $2m in unrestricted Community Preservation funds to assist residents below 80% of median income or unemployed due to the pandemic with rent and mortgage payments—on hold while we get questions answered
*Exploring ways to make outdoor dining easier when restaurants can resume in-person service—under discussion with the administration
*Finding ways to bring life back to our village centers once retail establishments can open again—initial conversations
*Opening streets for physical activity, fresh air, sunshine and local traffic while discouraging speedy cut-through traffic—proposed, but still not scheduled for discussion I’m happy to hear your ideas on other ways we can help. Send me an email at email@example.com!