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Neighborhood council reconsiders development vote, talks crime rate

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  December 7, 2011 02:04 PM

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The Charlestown Neighborhood Council met Tuesday to discuss crime in the neighborhood, announce changes to the the street sweeping schedule, and again consider a development project at 40 Warren St.

Opponents of a proposed development at 40 Warren St. attempted to nullify an earlier vote by the council recommending the project for approval, arguing that their concerns were not heard before the council voted because of what they saw as inadequate notification.

Three council members voted to nullify the vote, but the 21-member council overwhelmingly rejected the motion on the grounds that they could not change their vote unless the proposal they approved changed significantly.

The council did agree to schedule an additional development committee meeting for January 5 to discuss the project ahead of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on January 24.

An update on criminal activity in the neighborhood by the council’s public safety committee reported that larcenies and breaking and entering crimes have increased in a year to date comparison from November 2010 to November 2011.

Ed Grace, the committee chairman, said the crimes were largely nonviolent, with many of the thefts being from cars or homes with unlocked doors or open windows.

A review of the Boston Police Department’s crime reports shows that crime in Charlestown (District A-15) is up by 14 percent this year as of December 4, 2011 compared to the same date last year, while crime in the city at large is down 9 percent.

The council also reported the street sweeping schedule for about a third of the neighborhood is also set to change once the city begins seasonal sweeping April 1. The city has agreed to sweep streets that have Wednesday trash pick up on Thursday instead of Tuesday as it does now. The city will also begin sweeping streets in the Navy Yard this spring.

The Big Sisters Association of Greater Boston announced at the meeting they are looking for volunteers to participate in their school-based mentoring program. Nikki White, a recruitment coordinator for the program, said 20 girls in Charlestown are waiting for Big Sister mentors and asked that anyone interested in volunteering an hour a week to call the organization at 617-236-8060.

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Kaiser can be reached at johanna.yourtown@gmail.com.

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