City Council Reports now available

The following City Council Reports are now available:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, June 12th and voted to approve a request to approve ordinance amendment to update guidelines and procedures for the regulation of rDNA and remove special permit requirement for rDNA facilities. All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, June 12th and voted to approve the following:  request to transfer $45,000 from the Law Department’s full-time salaries account to the Law Department’s Claims/Settlements Account to provide funding for claims filed against the City, request to transfer $340,000 from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate $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, requesting to transfer from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund system enhancements to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), improvements to the Storage Area Network, and enhancements to the City’s fiber infrastructure, request to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools, request to appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor (Finance approved Part A –  $75K for design costs and held Part B – Construction Costs), request to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $4,981 from the State Historical Records Advisory Board to support the Newton Talks Project, request to authorize $15,000 from certain accounts to the Public Building Department for the development of a public information plan regarding the site cleanup at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998, request to appropriate $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street, request approval of sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments; requesting to transfer $150,000 (Finance amended it to $170,000) from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation, and a request to rescind Council Order #280-16 authorizing the City to borrow $165,000 for the Elliot Street Bridge Project and rescission of Council Order #277-16 authorizing the City to borrow $530,000 for the Washington Street @ Harvard Street Signalization Project.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following requests:  request authorization to appropriate and expend $71,000 from Free Cash for the purpose of construction of an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor, request to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and a request for a discussion with the School Department and members of the School Committee regarding the $1.2 million deficit in the School Department budget as outlined in the 2017 Fiscal and Operational Update Memo dated October 24, 2016.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  request to create an ordinance requiring notice be posted on retail gas pumps informing consumers that burning gas contributes to climate change and have a link to the City website offering alternatives to gas powered transit, a request to approve ordinance amendment to update guidelines and procedures for the regulation of rDNA and remove special permit requirement for rDNA facilities, request to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E‐Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools, request 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 a resolution to recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.  All other items were held.  The report contains a lengthy description of the Trump Impeachment resolution and can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  request for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Greenwood Street from the existing gas main to another existing gas main next to #4 Sevland Road for system reinforcement, 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 (NOTE:  This brings the cost to $1.808 million), recommendation 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:  Mount Ida College supports the taking of the easement), request that the City Council approve the abandonment of a portion of a City drain easement in the side and rear properties at 36 and 46 Tamworth Road, requestto alter and widen portions of the Homer Street right of way in order to proceed with several safety improvements for pedestrians including curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalk relocation, requestto appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to transfer $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 soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation,  and a request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor (NOTE:  Public Facilities split the item into Part A and Part B and approved Part A).  All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, June 7th and voted to approve the following:  Bus license renewals for Boston College, 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 (NOTE:  This brings total to $1.808 million), request to transfer $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, submittal of semi-annual taxi license/public auto license inspections for review, request for a shuttle bus to take people to and from Lifetime Fitness, request to re-appoint Alicia Wilson to the Traffic Council and an appeal of a Traffic Council decision regarding a new yield sign on Walnut Hill Road (NOTE:  The Committee held Part B).  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, June 6th and voted to approve the following:  petition to amend a special permit to allow bank use for property located at 170 Needham Street, request for a 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 (NOTE:  This is subject to second call), request for a 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, request for a 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 , and the appointment of Lynn Yetra to the BC Neighborhood Council.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.