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  O-10
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  November 1, 2010
MAYOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
VICE MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR REEVES
COUNCILLOR SEIDEL
COUNCILLOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY

WHEREAS: Through a well-financed campaign which included misinformation and exaggeration, the referendum petition to repeal Paragraph D3 of Section 7.16.22 and Paragraph E. of Section 7.16.22 of the recently enacted amendments to the Sign Ordinance, Article 7 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinances, has garnered sufficient signatures of registered voters to require action by the City Council under MGL Chapter 43 section 42; and
    
WHEREAS: The Election Commission certified to the City Council through the City Clerk that the mandated number of signatures had been received and the City Clerk so notified the City Council; and
     
WHEREAS:

MGL Chapter 43 Section 42 provides that after notice and certification the City Council shall immediately reconsider such measure or part thereof and if such measure or part thereof is not rescinded in its entirety said measure or part thereof shall be submitted to the voters either at the next regular city election or at a special election; and 

     
WHEREAS: The next city election will not take place until November, 2011; and 
 
WHEREAS: The City Manager has informed the City Council that the cost to the City of a special election would be $170,000, an unwarranted burden upon the taxpayers of Cambridge; and 
     
WHEREAS:

Given the amount of public interest aroused by the issue, and the recommendations by the planning board and the city's professional planning staff about the need for policy attention regarding procedures and fairness in the sign process deferring the issue until after the next regular municipal election would have a detrimental effect on the public good; now therefore be it 

     
ORDERED:

That the City Council hereby reconsiders its vote to ordain Paragraph D3 of Section 7.16.22 and Paragraph E of Section 7.16.22 of the recently enacted amendments to the Sign Ordinance, Article 7 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinances; and be it further 

      

ORDERED:

That the City Council go on record rescinding Paragraph D3 of Section 7.16.22, Building Identification Signs, and Paragraph E of Section 7.16.22, General Waiver of Sign Limitations, as contained in Ordinance #1335 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge passed to be ordained on September 27, 2010 regulating signs; and be it further 
       

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to establish a special task force to make a comprehensive study of the issues presented by Paragraph D3 of Section 7.16.22 and Paragraph E of Section 7.16.22 of the recently enacted amendments to the Sign Ordinance, and to make recommendations to the City Council and the Planning Board on this matter. 

    

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