Council Committee Reports – Now Available

The following Committee Reports are now available:

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, November 7th and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $215,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a bucket truck for the Forestry Division, request for authorization to appropriate $213,000 from bonded indebtedness to renovate three tennis courts at McGrath Park, request for authorization to appropriate $192,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the current Parks and Recreation trash truck with two F-550 6 cubic yard packers – one for trash and one for recycling,  requesting to amend Chapter 17, Sections 17‐46 through 17‐50 to allow Food Trucks specifically at Wells Avenue, appointment of Peter Doherty to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation, re-appointment of Marietta Marchitelli to the Jackson Homestead, re-appointment of Russel Feldman to the Jackson Homestead, and re-appointment of Thekla Diehl to the Biosafety Committee. All other items were held. The Committee also held a public hearing on a proposal to amend the City Charter and reduce the size of the City Council to 16 – with 8 Councilors elected at-large with a residency requirement and 8 Councilors elected by the Ward only with a residency requirement. Please see the report for more info. The Committee Report can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, November 8th and voted to approve the following:  request to the Mayor to take necessary steps to construct a  9 ½’ chain link fence with ivy around the exterior of the Rumford Avenue solar site, request to accept a drainage easement at the end of Lake Terrace extending the shoreline of Crystal Lake, and a request for authorization to appropriate $280,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a Gradall vehicle for the Public Works Department. The following items were voted No Action Necessary:  request for a discussion with the Department of Public Works regarding a policy for use of salt for snow clearing operations, request to pilot a curbside food waste program, request for an update on the Second Water Meter program, request for a discussion on the condition of the Kennard Estate building, and a request for updates on the fire station renovations.  All other items were held.  The Comittee report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, November 8th and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $106,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of upgrading the Toughbooks equipment in the Police Department’s first line response vehicles, request for authorization to appropriate $1,200,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck #2, appeal of the denial of Traffic Council petition TC12‐17 on June 22, 2017 for a four‐way stop sign at the intersection of Fairway Drive and Bunker Lane in West Newton, proposal to amend procedures to docket Traffic Council petitions, proposal to amend overtime parking ordinance, and a proposal to amend parking ordinance regarding enforcement of the Melrose Avenue parking area.  The Committee Report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, November 13th and voted to approve the following:  appointment of Anne Killilea to the Commission on Disability, and an ordinance to allow food trucks in the City of Newton – initially restricted to Wells Avenue – (see Planning Department Memo).All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, November 14th and voted to approve the following:  request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit to construct four
attached single-family dwellings in two buildings and to locate a driveway within 10 feet
of a side lot line at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to legalize third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing
non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street,  petition for a special permit/site plan approval  to redraw lot lines of three existing lots into two irregular shaped lots,
creating a higher than allowable build factor of 28.08 where 20 is allowed at an
unnumbered lot, 22 & 26 Goddard Street, request to extend notification to abutters for special permit petitions, request for a discussion with the Planning & Development Department regarding the fees charged for Special Permits and what the actual costs are for issuing Special Permits, and a request for a report from the Planning Department re how many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify for inclusion on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List; if a property is not on the list, what can be done to make it eligible.  The Committee report can be found here.  The Council Order for the Cherry Street petition can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, November 15th and voted to approve the proposed amendment to the Charter to reduce the size of the City Council from 24 to 16 – eliminating 8 of the at-large Councilors and consisting of 8 at-large Councilors with a residency requirement and 8 Ward only elected Councilors with a residency requirement.  The report can be found here.

Real Property and Reuse Committee:  The Real Property and Reuse Committee met on Thursday, November 16th and voted to approve a request for amendments to Chapter 2, Section 7, regarding the sale or lease of City-owned property.  The report can be found here.