Photo: (c) Vin Catania
- Update the Beacon Hill Architectural Architectural Handbook, include updated information on the website and supplement with a book.
- Continue the lecture series
- Review the applications for approval included on the monthly agendas of the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission
- Plan another Green Building Forum
- Work on ways to build public awareness of the committee
Community Events Committee
The Committee plans and executes events for the neighborhood such as the annual Neighborhood Block Party, Holiday Decorating Days, the Winter Gala, Evening on the Esplanade, lectures and more. Our goal is to help attract and retain memebers as well as instill a sense of community. While many of our events are organized by the BHCA alone, we are happy to partner with other non-profits and community organizations to expand the range of activities and events offered to our members.
Support and encourage sustainable living for Beacon Hill residents and businesses, with a primary focus on:
- Green home
Joint Charles Street Committee
- Hold a series of community-wide meetings to discuss the status of Charles Street
- Work with the Beacon Hill Business Association to establish priorities for any improvements for Charles Street
- Incorporate neighborhood ideas into a proposal for the City
- Proceed with a transportation related study for inclusion of bike lanes along Charles Street
- Study traffic calming features and pedestrian enhancements at intersections
- Encourage the City to allocate capital funds to prepare a master plan for streetscape and historic signage improvements
The Committee seeks to identify and engage potential new members, as well as steward existing memebers, eithin the residential, business, and non-profit segments of our neighborhood. As "neighbors helping neighbors" since 1922 we preserve the unique historic character of Beacon Hill while working to ensure that it is a clean, safe, beautiful environment in which all can thrive and their concerns can be heard. Membership dues are an important source for our day-to-day activities so we actively seek to expand our membership base, welcoming new memebers with two receptions each year. When neighbors join together we are all stronger.
Parks and Public Spaces Committee
- Continue positive dialog with dog owners about the Boston Common
- Schedule more frequent Boston Common clean-up days (fall and spring)
- Monitoring of large scale events on the Common
- Monitoring ongoing repairs and renovations of the Common
- Involve more people in the committee
Public Relations Committee
- Evaluate BHCA website with goal of streamlining content, making it easier to navigate.
- Work with transition from paper communications to creating/generating more interest and use of electronic delivery of BHCA communications to membership (invitations, newsletters, etc.)
- Work with the Membership Committee to help create a messaging for membership benefits.
- Update the community plan for Beacon Hill
- Work with Boston Police
- Get language for 911 calls from Captain O’Rourke
- Attend monthly neighborhood Safety meetings
- In addition to regular reports, get reports on vandalism and # of calls to 911
- Develop a communication strategy to educate neighbors on best safety practices, involving articles in BHT, Courant, newsletter, public meetings
- Educate: Messages: call 911, call classification system (key words to use), car theft (don’t leave anything in your car), get to know your neighbors
Streets and Sidewalks Committee (formerly, City Services Committee)
- Initiate same day trash pick-up
- Persuade residents to use stronger bags for trash pick-up
- Coordinate activities with Green Committee
- Ask for stricter enforcement/ better coordination with ISD
- Survey and work with city on getting potholes and brick sidewalks repaired
- Survey and report dim gas lanterns
- Educate and reduce numbers of rats
- Educate community about health issues caused by dog owners not picking up after their dogs.
- Work with city to clean up newspaper boxes
- Devise ways to clean up Charles Street
Traffic and Parking Committee
- Develop an on-going working relationship with the appropriate people in the City'sTransportation Department so that requests from the committee will be respected and thus, when appropriate, acted upon.
- Continue to work with the appropriate city personnel to develop procedures for issuance and enforcement of street occupancy permits for contractors on Beacon Hill.
- Assess the need to take steps to reduce vehicle speed on Beacon Hill.
- Work to preserve and restore the street trees
- Maximize the joint resources of the community and the City to enhance the trees program
- Maintain and protect the trees and replacement of those that are dead, dying, and hazardous.
- Plant 10 new trees
Zoning and Licensing Committee
- Represent the neighborhood in zoning and licensing matters within the neighborhood.
- Advise the board of the BHCA’s standing policies on zoning and liquor licensing, as well as on the operation of zoning and licensing in the city of Boston
- Advise the board on whether to petition the Boston Zoning Commission for an amendment to the Boston Zoning Code to extend the applicability of rooftop equipment regulation to Beacon Hill.
- Advise the board on whether to update the Boston Zoning Code regarding antennae placement for mobile phones.
- Brief the board on the operations of zoning and licensing in the city of Boston and on the standing policies of the board on these subjects.