City Council Meetings – Week of June 4th

The following Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is scheduled to discuss the following:  petition for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use for property located at 893 Watertown Street, special permit/site plan approval to convert the existing detached truck storage structure into a residential unit and continue the office use in the front structure, constituting two uses on site at 46 Farwell Street, special permit/site plan approval to amend Board Order #229-13 to allow bank use at 170 Needham Street (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to construct a new attached garage at basement level, family room on first floor and bathroom and closet space on the second floor, extending the nonconforming front setback increasing the nonconforming FAR from .52 to .61 where .41 is allowed at 208 Homer Street (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue (see Planning Department memo, special permit/site plan approval to allow parking within 5’ of the street, in the front setback at 54 Lakewood Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to expand units at the two family dwelling, claiming basement space for the first floor and attic space for the second floor by adding dormers, increasing the FAR from .90 to .93 where .58 is allowed and relocating a noncompliant deck, further decreasing the existing nonconforming open space at 15 Ricker Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists at 1016 Centre Street (see Planning Department memo) , and an appointment to the BC Neighborhood Council. The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  proposed ordinance to require notice on gas station pumps that informs consumers that burning gas contributes to climate change, ordinance amendments to update guidelines and procedures regulating recombinant CNA technology. request to appropriate $57,676 from e-Rate funds to purchase technology for schools, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations to the library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other first floor improvements, citizens petition to adopt a resolution or other measure, such as the Model Local Resolution calling upon the U.S. House of Representatives to open an investigation into the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, and a resolution to recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 in Room 205 and will discuss the following: report from the Police Department of semi-annual semi-annual taxi license/public auto licenses for review, request to appropriate $450,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street, request for authorization to transfer the sum $340,000 from the full‐time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate and expend $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton, request for annual renewal of the Boston College Bus Licenses.  There are no changes proposed to last year’s licenses,300 Boylston Street, requesting one (1) new bus license, , appeal filed by Councilor Kalis regarding the Approval of TC19‐17 Traffic Council Decision on April 13, 2017:    TC19‐17 YIGAL AGAM, 198 Woodcliff Road, requesting a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders, , re‐appointment of a the resident member of the TRAFFIC COUNCIL.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Greenwood Street from the to an existing gas main next to #4 Sevland Road, (joint meeting with Public Safety) request for authorization to appropriate the $450,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street (see memo), recommendation by the Mayor that the City of Newton take an easement on property owned by Mount Ida College at the southeast corner of the Dedham Street and Carlson Avenue intersection in order to realign the Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue intersection (note:  that Mount Ida College supports the taking of the easement), a request to approve the abandonment of a portion of a City drain easement in the side and rear properties at 36 and 46 Tamworth Road,  a request for authorization to alter and widen portions of the Homer Street right of way in order to proceed with several safety improvements including  curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalk relocation, request authorization to appropriate 350,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to authorize a transfer of $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing several years’ worth of soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation, a request for authorization to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor, and a request for authorization to appropriate and expend $250,000 from the Override Capital Stabilization Fund to renovate the space on the 1st floor of the Ed Center which has been vacated by the relocation of the Pre-K Program to the Aquinas site to house the Central High School Program, additional professional development meeting space, and general office space.  The agenda can be found here.