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City Council Meetings – Week of May 20th

Full City Council will meet on Monday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers as a Committee of the Whole with the Finance Committee Chair presiding and again on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. and possibly again on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. The Full Council will begin budget deliberations after hearing reports from each committee.  The agenda for the May 21st meeting can be found here and the agenda for the May 23rd meeting can be found here.

Full City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 21st at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The reports docket can be found here and the new docket can be found here.

Real Property/Reuse Committee:  The Real Property/Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:

  • Request for discussion regarding non-compliance with Council Order #360-16, Stanton Avenue Water Tower site, including rescinding the Order and reopening the reuse process for all interested parties.

The agenda can be found here.

Budget Reports

The complete Budget Book containing reports from each of the substantive committees that oversee and review departmental budgets can be found here.  These will be discussed when the Full City Council meets as a Committee of the Whole beginning on Monday, May 21st.

Committee Reports

Public Facilities Committee Report – 5/3/2018:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash for the Oak and Christina Street Intersection project
  • Request to appropriate $175,000 from Free Cash to fund sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Newton Corner including landscaping and a new bus shelter
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash and transfer $200,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to fund the following:  $215,000 for DPW Admin Electricity; $50,000 for DPW Vehicle Maintenance; and $135,000 for DPW Transportation

Land Use Committee Report – 5/8/2018:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a second-floor deck above the existing sunporch, extending the existing nonconforming setback vertically at 140 Windermere Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to relocate stairs and enclose an existing porch, further increasing the existing nonconforming lot coveragevand nonconforming FAR to .63 where .59 exists and .44 is allowed at 458 Woodward Street
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to to allow
    for the location of a new driveway, requiring an amendment to the site plan at 5-7 Elm Street and 11-19 Elm Street
  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval in order to amend previously granted Special Permits #273-14(2) and #40-07 to allow for the location of a new driveway, requiring an amendment to the site plan at 5-7 Elm Street and 11-19 Elm Street

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Report – 5/09/2018:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Petition for a grant of location to relocate a pole and remove a pole to accommodate the bus turnaround at Cabot School
  • Petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Dedham Street from an existing gas main at the intersection of Dedham and Carlson to house #912
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Capital Stabilization Fund for Phase I of the Feasibility Study for 150 Jackson Road
  • Request to appropriate $70,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for the design of the Horace Mann elevator accessibility project
  • Request to transfer $140,800 from Budget Reserve for Snow/Ice Removal, $100,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to Contracted Services – Snow/Ice Removal, and $670,000 from Overtime – Snow/Ice Removal to Contracted Services –
    Snow/Ice Removal – for a total of $920,800
  • Request to appropriate $3,700,000 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the water main infrastructure within the City
  • Appointment of Councilor Andrea Kelley to the Design Review Committee

Finance Committee Report – 5/14/2018:  The Finance Committee met on May 14th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $1,210,000 from Free Cash to purchase new portable radios for the Police and Fire Departments
  • Request to appropriate $600,000 from Free Cash to fund the Fire Department Overtime account
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to fund the facility programming phase for an Active Living Center for community and senior needs
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from Capital Stabilization Fund to the Public Buildings Department to fund Lincoln Eliot HVAC System and other weatherization improvements
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Capital Stabilization Fund for Phase I of the Feasibility Study for 150 Jackson Road
  • Request to appropriate $70,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for the design of the Horace Mann elevator accessibility project
  • Request to appropriate $3,700,000 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the water main infrastructure within the City
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash for the Oak and Christina Street intersection project (NOTE that this was amended to $700,000
  • Request to appropriate $175,000 from Free Cash to fund sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Newton Corner including landscaping and a new bus shelter
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash and transfer $200,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to fund the following:  $215,000 for DPW Admin Electricity; $50,000 for DPW Vehicle Maintenance; and $135,000 for DPW Transportation
  • Request to transfer $140,800 from Budget Reserve for Snow/Ice Removal, $100,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to Contracted Services – Snow/Ice Removal, and $670,000 from Overtime – Snow/Ice Removal to Contracted Services –
    Snow/Ice Removal – for a total of $920,800
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to supplement the FY2018 School Department Budget; and
  • Request for authorization to transfer $30,000 from the Executive Office Full-time Salaries Account to the Executive Office Consultants Account to fund development of a Climate Action Plan.

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash to supplement the DPW Snow and Ice operations budget.

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – 5/14/2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met and voted to approve the following appointments and re-appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals:  Timothy Durken, Lei Reilly, Stuart Snyder, Vincent Farina, Michael Rossi, Brooke Lipsitt, William McLaughlin, Barbara Huggins Carboni, Michael Quinn, and Treff LaFleche to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee Report – 5/15/2018:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a for-profit learning center in the existing office space, at 320 Needham Street
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for non-accessory parking to lease 496 parking stalls to off-site, third party users at 199 Boylston Street
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to the previously approved 140-unit development option with plans for a revised 140-unit development option resulting in a hybrid between the originally approved 140-unit development and the 160-unit development adding a fifth floor to the middle building fronting Washington Street and reducing massing in the rear of the east building along Washington Street for the Washington Place project

Parks and Recreation Commission meeting – May 21st

The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet on Monday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
  • Public Hearing on a proposed Newton Highlands Upper Falls Greenway Art Display
  • Public Hearing on the Farlow Park Project
  • Informational discussion on the Angier School Shade Structure
  • Committee Reports – Community Preservation, Farm Commission, Cabot Redesign Committee, Commonwealth Golf Course, Off-Leash Working Group, Crystak Lake Working Group, Athletic Fields Committee
  • NewCAL
  • Policy and Procedure Review – (Field Naming and Sign Policy)

Zoning Board of Appeals to meet – May 22nd

The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will hold a public hearing on the following:

  • Request from CAN-DOto amend a conditions previously granted Comprehensive Permit (Chapter 40B) for the construction of 8 housing units located at 263 Auburn Street that would have been required to have been met as a condition precedent to receiving a building permit to a condition precedent to receiving an occupancy permit.

The agenda can be found here.

Council on Aging to meet – May 22nd

The Council on Aging is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Presentation by New-Cal Working Group; overview of process, time line and then
    input
  • Reports from the Chair/Director, Membership, Springwell, Senior Citizens Fund, Working Groups (housing, Transportation, Engagement) and a Legislative Report (FY2019 Formula Grant update)
  • Taste of Senior Living Program – Fall Library Series

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees Meeting – May 23rd

The Library Board of Trustees will meet on May 23rd at 9:45 a.m. in the Trustees Room.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Reports from the President, Treasurer, LIbrary Director, Development, Friends of the Library and Committee.
  • Discussion and update on Renovation Design Planning
  • Discussion and update on a Proposed policy on conduct in the library
  • Discussion and vote on a Proposed policy on the use of the Teen Space
  • Discussion and vote on a Proposed policy on animals in the library
  • Discussion about library publicity – process and management
  • Discussion on Development coordination and donor management
  • Discussion on achieving greater meeting efficiency
  • Discussion on visitors

Newton Historical Commission – Thursday, May 24th

The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to landmark 125 Chestnut Street
  • Request to approve a draft Memorandum of Agreement with Northland Development, LLC for the 55 Tower Road property
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace doors, add a window and skylight and remove chimney for property located at 1615 Beacon Street
  • Request to demolish and resurface portion of a building located at 225 Beacon Street
  • Request to demolish buildings located at 44 Hereward Road
  • Request to demolish carriage house located at 587 Walnut Street
  • Request to demolish smokestack at 164 Cypress Street – National Register property
  • Request to demolish buildings at 46-48 Hilltop Street
  • Request to demolish buildings at 1957 Beacon Street
  • Request to demolish buildings at 214 Windsor Road – National Register property
  • Request to demolish buildings at 68 Evergreen Avenue
  • Request to construct a front addition at 11 Avon Place
  • Request to waive a demolition delay at 162 Waban Avenue
  • Request to waive a demolition delay at 87 Levbert Road

The staff memo can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.