City Council Committee Reports

Below are the City Council Committee Reports filed for this week’s Full City Council Meeting. Please click on the meeting links to see the full report. For land use petitions, click on the address to find draft Council orders.

Land Use Committee – 6/5/2018:  The Land Use Committee met on June 5th and voted to recommend approval of the following special permit/site plan approval requests:

  • Request to enclose front entrance and further extend a non-conforming setback for property located at 12 Acorn Drive
  • Request to allow a detached accessory apartment in an existing detached structure for property located at 1224 Boylston Street
  • Request to allow a rear lot subdivision to create two lots and demolish the existing single-family structure and construct single-family dwellings on each lot for property located at 156 Otis Street

All other items were held.

Programs and Services Committee Report – 6/6/2018:  The Programs and Services Committee met on June 6th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Appointment of two new Library Trustees:  Bharat Bhushan and Chris Kirby
  • Request to transfer $75,000 from the Main Library Full-time Salaries Account to the Main Library Building Improvements Account to install a public address system
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to fund fence repairs throughout the City damaged by storms
  • Request for Home Rule Legislatiion to give the City the ability to modify the local 41A tax deferral program for seniors by increasing the income limit to qualifying and participating property owners

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Report – 6/6/2018:  The Public Facilities Committee met on June 6th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request to relocate a city drain and sewer easement on the Boston College Middle Campus
  • Petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Short Street from an existing main in Montclair Road to service 1521 Beacon Street
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash for repairs to 1294 Centre Street (former Health Department Building)
  • Request to appropriate $338,000 from bonded indebtedness to rehabilitate the Forest Grove Pump Station
  • Request to transfer $150,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to fund repair and replacement of streetlights

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee Report – 6/6/2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on June 6th and voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to purchase an Incident Command Vehicle for the Police Department
  • Bus license renewals for Boston College
  • Bus license renewals and license for one new bus for Trip Advisor
  • Reports of semi-annual taxi license and public auto inspections
  • Request to appropriate $121,770 from Free Cash to replace 120 bottles for the Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Request to appropriate $33,739 from Free Cash to purchase an extractor and gear dryer for Fire Stations 1 and 2

Finance Committee Report – 6/11/2018:  The Finance Committee met on June 11th and voted to recommend approval of the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept a Mass Housing grant of $85,000 to fund a fiscal impact team to analyze financial impacts from potential developments along Washington Street, Needham Street, Riverside and exam the proposed new Zoning Ordinance
  • Request to transfer $120,000 from Budget Reserve to Public Works Vehicle Maintenance Account to replace three vehicles in the Inspectional Services Department and one vehicle for the Inspector of Weights and Measures
  • Request to appropriate $75,000 from Free Cash to replace the Elliot Street generator and related electric service upgrade
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Human Resources Full-time Salaries Account to the Public Buildings Repairs and Maintenance Account to fund assorted year-end building improvements
  • Request authorization to transfer $150,000 from the Stormwater Current-Year Budget Reserve to a capital project account to fund a storm water retention system for Franklin Elementary School
  • Request authorization to appropriate $400,000 from the Water Fund Surplus – Available for Appropriation Account for the purpose of making hte FY2018 MWRA Lead Pipe Replacement Program loan payment
  • Request authorization to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash for fence repairs throughout the City
  • Request authorization to transfer $10,000 from Veteran’s Services Benefits Account to fund War Memorial Veterans Museum improvements
  • Request to transfer $75,000 from Main Library Full-time Salaries Account to Main Library Building Improvements Account to install a new public address system
  • Request to appropriate and expend $150,000 from Free Cash for repairs to 1294 Centre Street, the formerHealth Department Building
  • Commissioner of Public Works requesting approval of various sidewalk/driveway apron/curbcut betterments
  • Request to appropriate $338,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the rehabilitation of the Forest Grove Pump Station
  • Request authorization to transfer $150,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to fund repair/replacement of streetlights
  • Request authorization to transfer $40,000 from Police Department Full-time Salaries Account to the Police Department Computer Server Software Account to fund a time and attendance software
  • Request authorization to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to purchase an incident command vehicle for the Police Department
  • Request to appropriate $121,770 from Free Cash to replace 120 bottles for the self contained breathing apparatus
  • Request to appropriate $33,739 from Free Cash to purchase an extractor and gear dryer for both Fire Stations 1 and 2
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from the Fire Department Full-time Salaries Account to the Fire Department Electricity Account to cover the increase cost of electricity from the Station 3 addition
  • Request to transfer $10,000 from the Current Year Budget Reserve Account to the Law Department’s Full-time Salaries Account to provide funding for a few week overlap in the Office Manager’s position
  • Request to transfer $30,000 from the Current Year Budget Reserve Account to the Executive Office Consulting Account for the purpose of developing a cultural strategy for the City
  • Request to transfer $25,000 from the Current Year Budget Reserve Account to the Executive Office Consulting Account for the purpose of hiring a consultant to assist the Permit Software Working Group as they prepare to search for new permitting software
  • Request for authorization to transfer $260,000 from the Treasury Long Term Interest Account and $10,000 from the Treasury Advanced Refunding Contribution to cover the costs of the December advanced refunding

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – 6/11/2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on June 11th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Three appointments to the Planning and Development Board (Sudha Maheshwari, Kevin McCormack, and James Robertson and one re-appointment to the Planning and Development Board (Peter Doeringer)

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee Report – 6/12/2018: The Land Use Committee met on June 11th and voted to recommend approval of the following items:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 455 sq. ft. two-story addition, creating an FAR of .58 where .39 exists and .45 is allowed at 39 Summit Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend the hours of operation and increase the number of customers at one time, requiring an amendment to Special Permit Board Order #257-13(4) at 145 Wells Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a restaurant
    with greater than 50 seats, a waiver for 12 parking stalls and allow the re-use of an existing non-conforming sign at 342-344 Watertown Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a multi-family development in a business district with greater than 20,000 gross floor area, with a four-story structure 41’ in height, containing an 18-unit dwelling with ground floor units, to allow an FAR of 1.31, to allow a density bonus to reduce the lot area per unit and increase the number of inclusionary units, to allow a reduction of the requirement for parking to 1.25 stalls per unit, to allow parking in the setback, to allow parking within 5’ of a building containing dwelling units, to waive minimum stall dimension requirements, to allow a reduction in the minimum width of a entrance/exit drive, to allow a reduction in the minimum width of maneuvering aisles, to waive lighting requirements and to waive perimeter landscape screening requirements in Ward, 1, Newton, at 189-193 Adams Court (Note:  The petiton was reduced to 15 units of housing)

Traffic Council Report – 6/14/2018:  The Traffic Council met on June 14th and voted to approve the following:

  • Addition of Upland Road (Mill to Pheasant) to the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District adding a two-hour parking restriction 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. school days, both sides, except by Newtonvile Parking permit
  • Addition of Pheasant Road to the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District adding a two-hour parking restriction 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. school days, both sides, except by Newtonvile Parking permit
  • Prohibition of right turn on red  from the Angier School driveway, southbound, onto
    Beacon Street, and prohibits right turns on red from Manitoba Road,
    northbound onto Beacon Street between the hours of 8:00am to 9:00am,
    12:00pm to 1:00pm, and 2:30pm to 3:30pm, school days
  • Expansion of Auburndale Village Parking District to include:  Woodland Road (Grove to Windermere), Hawthorne Avenue (Woodland to Aspen), and Aspen Avenue (Hawthorne to Washington), creating a one-hour limit Sept 1 to May 15, except holidays or by Auburndale Permit, onto the west side of Hawthorne Avenue (Woodland to Aspen), and creates a one-hour limit, all days, all times, except by Auburndale Permit on the north side of Aspen Avenue (Hawthorne to Washington)
  • Expansion of Auburndale Village Parking District to iinclude:   Windermere Road (Woodland to Commonwealth Avenue) creating No parking, 8:00am to 10:00 am except Saturday, Sunday and Holiday; Resident Parking Only, Monday-Friday
    September 1 to May 15
  • Creation of parking restrictions along sections of Crafts Street (Watertown Street to Waltham Street) and along sections of Waltham Street (Crafts Street to the Waltham
    City Line).

All other items were voted No Action Necessary.