City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Public Facilities Committee – 11/7/2018:  The Public Facilities voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a grant of an underground easement to Mark Development, LLC in Washington Street for underground footings
  • Request to accept a sidewalk easement from Mark Development, LLC abutting Walnut Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the design, procurement and construction of interior improvements at the Newton Free Library
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to fund the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement and accessibility improvements design
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund upgrades to Fire Stations 1 and 2 including isolation of apparatus bay from living quarters and pole rehab/replacement

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – 11/7/2018:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for an ordinance amendment to increase the non-resident parking permit fee from $25 to a range which will include a maximum cap, to better cover costs and encourage alternatives to driving in parts of the City where demand is high

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – 11/8/2018:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow off-site relocation of the inclusionary zoning units as well as 24 additional units at 219 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to locate a veterinary hospital in an exiting Newton Nexus building at 131 – 181 Needham Street – See Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story detached garage, greater than 700 sq. ft. containing accommodations for 10 vehicles at 244 Dudley Road – See Council Order
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 161 sq. ft. second floor addition in the existing footprint of a house exceeding the maximum allowable FAR at 43 Kenwood Road – See Council Order

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – 11/14/2018:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Proposed zoning amendments regulating retail marijuana establishments – the Draft Ordinance can be found here.

Finance Committee – 11/14/2018:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Selection of a qualified public accounting firm to complete the City’s annual financial audit for FY2019- FY2023
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the design, procurement, and construction of the interior improvements at the Newton Free Library
  • Request to appropriate $150,000 from Free Cash to fund Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School window replacement and accessibility improvements design
  • Request to appropriate $300,000 from Free Cash to fund upgrades at Fire Stations 1 and 2 including isolation of apparatus bay from living quarters and pole rehab/replacement
  • Re-appointment of Anthony Bianchi as constable for the City of Newton