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Sad News – Passing of Reverend Howard Haywood and Linda Plaut

It is with heavy heart to inform you about the passing of Reverend Howard Haywood and Linda Plaut. Both gave so much of their hearts and souls to the City of Newton and they will be sorely missed. Sincerest sympathies, love, and prayers go out to their families and friends.

Reverend Haywood served as past of the Myrtle Baptist Church. A staunch affordable housing and civil rights advocate, he served on numerous Newton organizations including the Council on Aging, the Newton Community Development Foundation, the Newton Clergy Association, the Newton Human Rights Commission.  Services will be held at the Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve Street, West Newton.  Wake:  Saturday, February 23rd from 4 – 8 p.m. and the Funeral on Sunday, February 24th at 1 p.m.

Linda Plaut served as Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Newton, promoting community and cultural events throughout the City. Linda served as Director of the Newton Cultural Council and Director of the Newton Pride Committee. She helped found and run numerous events including Newton’s Harvest Fair, the Festival of the Arts, NewtonServes, Newton Youth Players and the Heartbreak Hill Race. Services will be announced on Tuesday, February 19th here.

 

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of February 17th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 7:15 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend a $19,741.60 Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
  • Proposed Ordinance amendments to Chapter 12, Section 71 by revising the definition of  “reusable bag”, revising the definition for retailers to include establishments of less than 3,500 sq. ft., and adding a 10-cent fee for paper bags provided by the retailer

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an amendment to Section 17-3 of the City of Newton Ordinances adopting the Federal Communications Commission’s presumptive reasonable application fees for wireless attachments and new pole construction and conduct cost studying in the coming months to document the City’s time and expenses regarding these applications
  • Submission of the 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Request for an evaluation of the City’s street sweeping policies and protocols
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve- Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

Programs and Services Committee:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Programs and Services Committee has been cancelled. Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee has been cancelled. Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee – February 5th:  The Land Use Committee met and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend the habitable space above an existing attached garage, creating an FAR of .36 where .34 is allowed and .34 exists at 11 Village Circle
  • Request for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to waive 15 parking stalls, to waive perimeter landscaping requirements of an outdoor play area and to waive perimeter landscaping requirements of a parking facility associated with a day care center in a residential zone to support the proposed day care at 1440-1450 Washington Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert the existing 2.5 story structure into an eight-bedroom hotel with a ground floor restaurant at 1170-1176 Walnut Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert a two-family dwelling into a three-unit multi-family dwelling by converting the existing attic space, allow parking within 5’ of residential dwelling units, to waive the minimum aisle width requirements, to waive driveway width, and to waive lighting requirements at 20- 22 Circuit Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the expansion of a nonconforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story multi family development 32.6’ in height in a manufacturing district with greater than 20,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area, allowing a nonconforming front setback, to allow a reduction of the requirement for parking to 1.25 stalls per unit, to waive maneuvering space for restricted parking stalls, to allow tandem parking and to allow retaining walls greater than four feet in height in the setback at 182-184 California Street
  • Request for a Class 2 Auto Dealers License for Sonoma Classics, LLC at 1215 Chestnut Street

Programs and Services Committee – February 6th:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Amy Sangiolo (that’s me!), Julia Malakie, and Beth Wilkinson to the Urban Tree Commission
  • Proposed Ordinance Amendments to Chapter 12, Section 71, by revising the definition of “reusable bag” , revising the definition for retailers to includes establishments of less than 3,500 sq. ft., and adding a 10 cent fee for paper bags by the retailer

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on proposed amendments to the Plastic Bag Ordinance as it was similar to the item listed above.

All other items were held.  NOTE:  There was a substantive discussion regarding the Charter Subcommittee’s Report. See Report.

Public Facilities Committee  February 6th:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following accounts:  Rental – Vehicles and Regular Overtime
  • Request to amend the Stormwater Use Charge Ordinance by deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following:  $100 for 1-4 family dwellings and $0.0425 per sq. ft. of impervious surface area, except if the sq. footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150, then the annual fee shall be $150
  • Request authorization to enter into negotiations for the potential lease of 18 municipal and school properties for purposes of third-party construction, ownership, and operation of on-site renewable solar energy generation from which the City will purchase electric output or net metering credits – See Draft Lease Agreement
  • Appointment of Steven Ferry to the Solid Waste Comminssion

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – February 6th:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request amendments to Chapter 24, Section 24-11 Supplemental Traffic Control Detail and amend Section 19-46 to include the new Supplemental Traffic Control Detail appointees

The request to end the winter parking ban on select streets in Ward 2 and Ward 3 was held.

Finance Committee – February 11th:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Michelle Pizzi O’Brien as the Director of Human Resources
  • Submittal of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and external audit reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018
  • Review of the June 30, 2017 Independent Financial Audit Report  (Go here for reports)
  • Request to appropriate and expend $51,168.77 for full and final settlement of claims filed by Roger Counts against the City
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $20,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for the Newton Food Safety Training Video Project *
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $3,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for Environmental Health Specialist Training*
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $4,000 Mass Housing Finance Authority grant to support activities of the Hoarding Task Force *
  • Request to amend a previously granted Council Order by changing the funding source of $28,804 received from the State as reimbursement for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from Revenue 2018 to Free Cash
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following:  Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – February 10th:  All items were held.

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 17th

Board of License Commissioners:  The Newton Board of License Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda can be found here.

Financial Audit Advisory Committee:  The Financial Audit Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, February 20th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda can be found here.

Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board will meet on Wednesday, February 19th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department’s Conference Room. The agenda includes the following requests for sign permits:

  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services I Commonwealth Real Estate – 250 Boylston Street
  • Chetwynde Healthcare – 1650 Washington Street
  • Salon Artist – 391 Langley Road

Request for a Comprehensive Sign Package:

  • Washington Place 845 Washington Street and 245 Walnut Street

Design Review:

  • Gateway Center Facade Lighting

Discussion with Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission Chair regarding non-compliant fence

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following Requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:

  • Request to install railings at the front entry and mudroom entry at 48 Reservoir Avenue
  • Request to install roof vent cap at 100 Suffolk Road
  • Request to replace existing accessibility ramp and entry porch and install brick walkway at 292 Hammond Street, Boston College
  • Request to amend previously approved plans for house, garage and hardscaping at 45 Old England Road
  • Request to install garage doors and paint house at 41 Chestnut HIll Road
  • Request to modify or replace railings on rear roof area and rear retaining wall at 29 Gate House Road (Violation)
  • Request for feedback on project to construct a new entry porch and covered porch, convert door to a window, and reconstruct and modify a bay window at 521 Hammond Street
  • Request to renovate and restore the house and carriage house/gate house, build addition, reconstruct Staff Cottage, and add area for mechanicals at 400 Beacon Street

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of February 10th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Michelle Pizzi O’Brien as the Director of Human Resources
  • Submittal of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and external audit reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018
  • Review of the June 30, 2017 Independent Financial Audit Report  (Go here for reports)
  • Request to rescind the acceptance of Section 22F of Mass General Laws Chapter 40 which authorizes certain municipal boards and officers to fix reasonable fees for the issuance of certain licenses, permits, or certificates as provided therein
  • Request to appropriate and expend $51,168.77 for full and final settlement of claims filed by Roger Counts against the City
  • Request authorization to accept and expend the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant in the amount of $19,741.60
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $20,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for the Newton Food Safety Training Video Project *
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $3,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for Environmental Health Specialist Training*
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $4,000 Mass Housing Finance Authority grant to support activities of the Hoarding Task Force *
  • Request to amend a previously granted Council Order by changing the funding source of $28,804 received from the State as reimbursement for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from Revenue 2018 to Free Cash
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following:  Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

Go here for Memo on Health Department Grants

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning will meet on Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda is focused on an update on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan. See Planning Department Memo – Hello Washington Street Vision Plan Draft Two.

Blue Ribbon Commission: The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda is focused on reviewing outputs from the sub-committees.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a previously granted special permit to create two attached dwelling units and waive various requirements including lot area, lot per unit, reduce side setback requirements, allow a driveway within 10′ of side lot line and allow parking within 20′ of a side lot line at 20 Dale/19 Simpson Terrace
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing garage and replace it with a single-car attached garage, library space and a second story accessory apartment, increasing the non-conforming FAR to .65 where .44 is required and .50 exists at 46 Berwick Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the construction of a detached single-car garage where an attached two car garage exists, to allow greater than 700 sq. ft. of garage space and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet in height in the setback at 32 Baldpate Hill Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request to rezone three parcels and request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow mixed-use development at 156 Oak Street, 275-281 Needham Street, and 55 Tower Road (22.6 acres of land) – NORTHLAND PROJECT – See Planning Memo

Newton School Committee to Meet on Monday, February 10th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, February 11th beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 210 and will go into Executive Session and move to Room 304 to discuss strategy in preparation for Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association. The School Committee will then reconvene in open session at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210. The agenda includes the following: