City Council Committee Meetings – Week of February 10th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Michelle Pizzi O’Brien as the Director of Human Resources
  • Submittal of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and external audit reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018
  • Review of the June 30, 2017 Independent Financial Audit Report  (Go here for reports)
  • Request to rescind the acceptance of Section 22F of Mass General Laws Chapter 40 which authorizes certain municipal boards and officers to fix reasonable fees for the issuance of certain licenses, permits, or certificates as provided therein
  • Request to appropriate and expend $51,168.77 for full and final settlement of claims filed by Roger Counts against the City
  • Request authorization to accept and expend the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant in the amount of $19,741.60
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $20,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for the Newton Food Safety Training Video Project *
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $3,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for Environmental Health Specialist Training*
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $4,000 Mass Housing Finance Authority grant to support activities of the Hoarding Task Force *
  • Request to amend a previously granted Council Order by changing the funding source of $28,804 received from the State as reimbursement for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from Revenue 2018 to Free Cash
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following:  Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

Go here for Memo on Health Department Grants

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning will meet on Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda is focused on an update on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan. See Planning Department Memo – Hello Washington Street Vision Plan Draft Two.

Blue Ribbon Commission: The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda is focused on reviewing outputs from the sub-committees.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a previously granted special permit to create two attached dwelling units and waive various requirements including lot area, lot per unit, reduce side setback requirements, allow a driveway within 10′ of side lot line and allow parking within 20′ of a side lot line at 20 Dale/19 Simpson Terrace
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing garage and replace it with a single-car attached garage, library space and a second story accessory apartment, increasing the non-conforming FAR to .65 where .44 is required and .50 exists at 46 Berwick Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the construction of a detached single-car garage where an attached two car garage exists, to allow greater than 700 sq. ft. of garage space and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet in height in the setback at 32 Baldpate Hill Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request to rezone three parcels and request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow mixed-use development at 156 Oak Street, 275-281 Needham Street, and 55 Tower Road (22.6 acres of land) – NORTHLAND PROJECT – See Planning Memo