Cambridge City Council held its first regular meeting of the autumn on Monday night – the first to be attended by new city manager Yi-An Huang ’05.
During the meeting, the council approved nearly $16 million in state and local funding for Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Trust and nearly $4 million for “historic preservation and open space projects” under the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act.
In an interview ahead of the meeting, Vice Mayor Alanna M. Mallon said the transition to Huang’s leadership has been a “really exciting time” and that she is optimistic about his relationship with the council.
Huang and the city council will have a retreat to discuss issues raised by Cambridge residents during last spring’s city manager search process, Mallon said. She described the discussion as “long overdue”.
Mallon added that Huang’s work during his onboarding “really validated the decision that we made as the city council to make Yi-An our next city manager and to really tackle some of these thorny issues that we were trying to solve as a one.” long time.”
During Monday’s meeting, councillors, Huang and city officials discussed monkeypox and proposals to increase “linkage fees,” a fee paid by private developers to the Affordable Housing Trust.
Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Derrick L. Neal presented the status of the Covid-19 pandemic and monkeypox in Cambridge, noting that the city had fewer than 10 cases of monkeypox. He urged Cambridge residents to get an updated booster vaccine to protect against the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and said those eligible for the monkeypox vaccine should do so.
The council also passed a resolution on the August death of “legendary Cambridge resident” Peter Z. Valentine, an eccentric local artist known for speaking at council meetings on topics such as “metaphysical energies” and “cosmic consciousness.”
“The joy and spirit and colorful essence of Peter resonates,” Councilor Patricia M. “Patty” Nolan ’80 said during the meeting.