Union Square Neighborhood Council Meeting

  • Argenziano School 290 Washington Street Somerville, MA, 02143 United States

WHAT IS IT?

The redevelopment that will transform our neighborhood is just beginning. Residents, business people, and city officials have been working together to plan a Neighborhood Council to influence this transformation.

GET INVOLVED

  • Come to the community meeting
  • Meet your neighbors
  • Show we care about our community
  • Learn more about the proposed Council
  • Provide input on the Neighborhood Council role and approach
  • Learn how to run for the first-year board

COMMUNITY MEETING

WHEN: June 21, 7-9pm

WHERE: Argenziano School, 290 Washington St

Please help get the word out by distributing these flyers:

Timeline

  1. USNC-WG holds a broad community meeting on the 21st of June, at the Argenziano School at 7-9pm, at which USNC is presented. At a subsequent meeting, a vote will be held to ratify interim board formation, an elections committee is established, board candidates solicited, and the election announced.
  2. The USNC Interim Board Election is held.
  3. Two weeks later the newly elected Board will hold the first Union Square Neighborhood Council Meeting.

VISION

Our Vision for Union Square is a thriving, engaged, enjoyable, inclusive, sustainable, diverse urban neighborhood and vibrant commercial center.

MISSION

Our Mission is to shape the future of Union Square as an increasingly inclusive and vibrant neighborhood and commercial center built around the aspirations of the people who live and work here.

VALUES

Our Values are interdependence, inclusion, wellness, participation, equity, enjoyment, stewardship, transparency and civic engagement.

GOALS

Our Goals are to build community, empower members of the community, minimize displacement and promote affordability, increase economic opportunity, and steward the public realm and built environment. Furthermore, the Union Sq. Neighborhood Council aspires to be representative of the demographics of the community in Union Square. Our ideal board is comprised of at least 50% women and at least 27% people of color just like our neighborhood. We recognize these goals are aspirational however we do ask that all candidates for board be committed to the above and think creatively about how to achieve it for the USNC.

WHO ARE WE?

The Neighborhood Council Working Group is:

  • Open to anyone with an interest in the future of Union Square
  • Owners, renters, business owners, workers, artists, seniors, members of LOCUS and CAC.
  • Establishing our own protocols and democratic processes
  • A forum for discussing ordinances that will affect Union Square
  • Including Zoning Overlay, MLDA, CBO
  • Developing Structure, Bylaws, Ratification and Election processes for a formalized, elected Neighborhood Council

Meetings

As a Working Group we have developed a process of:

  • Meeting bi-weekly for 2-3 hours, alternating between weekend mornings and weekday evenings
  • Co-Facilitation and agenda management
  • Formal circulation and approval of meeting minutes
  • Adopting a robust code of conduct
  • Tasking subcommittees with developing materials and making recommendations
  • Includes Zoning, CBA, Structure & Bylaws subcommittees
  • Voting to approve motions by 2/3 majority

For more information: http://unionsquareneighborhoodcouncil.org/