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
Plan and execute events for the neighborhood, such as, clean-up days, the Annual Neighborhood Block Party, Holiday Decorating Days, Winter Gala and more.
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
Increase BHCA membership by 20% with the help of our BHCA board:
- Identify and bring in potential new members from all categories by advising on membership public relations materials
- Revise dues category
- Establish a new administrative rolling membership for Founders
- Sponsor receptions for new members and a Founders Reception
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.