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Cambridge updates election law in charter, approves CPD sign on bonuses

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CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge City Council met in regular session in their chambers on the evening of Monday, Jan. 13 in Cambridge.

The Council completed the second reading of and then adopted an election law change to the city charter that sets the Citywide election day as the third Saturday in October of 2020, and the same date every fourth year after that. The ordinance also specifies the way that voter administration and the election itself will be administered and carried out.

The Council authorized sign-on bonuses for Cambridge Police Department to use to recruit new officers to join the CPD.

Cambridge Waterfront Development, Inc. Interim Executive Director Sandra Tripp-Jones presented the quarterly report from CWDI to the Council.

The Council also completed the first reading of an ordinance to permit strings of light bulbs for outdoor dining at a restaurant or cafe, or in a residential yard, subject to certain conditions.

Funds from various funds were allocated by the Council to support infrastructure work on Dorchester Ave. connected with the Packing House development project.

A motion to change the side yard setbacks for city properties to six feet failed in a 3-2 vote.

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