City Council Reports Now Available

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on October 17th and voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Alissa Ocasio Guiliani as City Solicitor
  • Appointments of Lori Yarvis, Charles Reilly, James Harper, MIchael Goldman and Vaunita Schnell to the Farm Commission

All other items were held. The Report can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on October 17th and voted to approve the following:

  • Petition for a water main extension through a proposed utility easement in a private way off of Farwell Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the installation of a new wash bay at the Crafts Street Garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase of two dump trucks for the DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Stormwater Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform the Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Analysis for Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to fund Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all remaining intersections throughout the City
  • Request to accept, appropriate and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY2018 allocation of the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the complete streets design for the Wells Avenue-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, October 22nd and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for authorization to accept and expend two grants from FEMA to Firefighters Grant Program totaling $81,819 with a required 10% match of $8,181 by the City. The first grant of $60,000 is for fire officer training and the second grant of $30,000 is for a fire fighter health and wellness program. (NOTE:  $60,000 + $30,000 = $90,000?)
  • Request from the School Committee that the City Council approve authorizing the Mayor to appropriate the state reimbursement of $28,804 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Curb/Sidewalk/Driveway Betterments for the following:
    • 51 Avalon Road
    • 25 Ballard Street
    • 36 Brooks Avenue
    • 33 Duxbury Road
    • 77 Pembroke Street
    • 65 Rowena Road
    • 66 Waban Hill Road
    • 86 Waban Hill Road
    • 101 Waban Hill Road
    • 101 Waban Hill Road
    • 1093 Walnut Street
    • 208 Auburn Street
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Bonded Indebtedness to fund the installation of a new wash bay at the Craft Street Garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase of 2 dump trucks for DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Stormwater Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform the Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Analysis for Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve to fund Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all remaining intersections throughout the City
  • Request to accept, appropriate and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY2018 allocation of the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the complete streets design for the Wells Avenue-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project

All other items were held. The Report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee met on October 22nd and all items were held. The Report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on October 23rd and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to withdraw without prejudice a petition for a special permit/site plan approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to a three story, six residential unit building with ground floor units, to construct a three-story three residential unit building with ground floor units and to allow waivers of other conditions such as parking and landscaping at 424 – 432 Cherry Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to locate a veterinary hospital in the existing building and waive up to five parking stalls at 858 Walnut Street
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a three-story addition to allow a building in excess of 20,000 sq. ft., to extend the non-conforming structure with regard to height, to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to setback, and allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, and to waive other requirements such as parking and landscaping at 1314 Washington Street and 31,33 Davis Street

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here.

Traffic Council: The Traffic Council met on October 25th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a three-way stop sign at Vernon and Eldridge Street
  • Request to add a stop sign at Wiltshire Road at Jackson Road
  • Request to remove the parking space on Richardson Street that is reserved for the Underwood School and return it to public circulation
  • Request to discuss and possible action to change the short-term unmetered parking spaces on the east side of Centre Street between Vernon and Centre Avenue. (Approved the language of TPR 441. TPR 441 converts the short 2-hour parking zone between Vernon Street and Centre Avenue into long term metered parking).
  • Request to discuss possible change to the circulation and direction of travel on Ward Street between Elmore and Morseland.  (Approved the language of TPR 442. TPR
    442 converts Ward Street between Elmore Street and Moreseland Avenue
    from a one-way westbound street into a two-way street, approves a “do not
    enter” restriction on Ward Street, eastbound, from Morseland Avenue, and
    installs a new parking restriction at all times on the south side of Ward Street
    from Moreseland Road to a point 165 feet easterly).
  • Request to edit sections of TPR 84(a) and remove TPR 84(b) which lists special speed regulations for streets in Newton which are are approved by MassDOT and not the Newton Traffic Council
  • Request to remove the left turn prohibitions listed in the TPR from Centre Street to Jefferson Street and onto Pearl Street.

The Council vote No Action Necessary on the following items:

  • Request for a parking restriction on Carlson Avenue- both sides
  • Request to remove the single remaining Underwood staff permit parking space from Richardson Street

All other items were held.  The Report can be found here and the Traffic Council Actions can be found here.