City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee – February 5th:  The Land Use Committee met and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend the habitable space above an existing attached garage, creating an FAR of .36 where .34 is allowed and .34 exists at 11 Village Circle
  • Request for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to waive 15 parking stalls, to waive perimeter landscaping requirements of an outdoor play area and to waive perimeter landscaping requirements of a parking facility associated with a day care center in a residential zone to support the proposed day care at 1440-1450 Washington Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert the existing 2.5 story structure into an eight-bedroom hotel with a ground floor restaurant at 1170-1176 Walnut Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert a two-family dwelling into a three-unit multi-family dwelling by converting the existing attic space, allow parking within 5’ of residential dwelling units, to waive the minimum aisle width requirements, to waive driveway width, and to waive lighting requirements at 20- 22 Circuit Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the expansion of a nonconforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story multi family development 32.6’ in height in a manufacturing district with greater than 20,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area, allowing a nonconforming front setback, to allow a reduction of the requirement for parking to 1.25 stalls per unit, to waive maneuvering space for restricted parking stalls, to allow tandem parking and to allow retaining walls greater than four feet in height in the setback at 182-184 California Street
  • Request for a Class 2 Auto Dealers License for Sonoma Classics, LLC at 1215 Chestnut Street

Programs and Services Committee – February 6th:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Amy Sangiolo (that’s me!), Julia Malakie, and Beth Wilkinson to the Urban Tree Commission
  • Proposed Ordinance Amendments to Chapter 12, Section 71, by revising the definition of “reusable bag” , revising the definition for retailers to includes establishments of less than 3,500 sq. ft., and adding a 10 cent fee for paper bags by the retailer

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on proposed amendments to the Plastic Bag Ordinance as it was similar to the item listed above.

All other items were held.  NOTE:  There was a substantive discussion regarding the Charter Subcommittee’s Report. See Report.

Public Facilities Committee  February 6th:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following accounts:  Rental – Vehicles and Regular Overtime
  • Request to amend the Stormwater Use Charge Ordinance by deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following:  $100 for 1-4 family dwellings and $0.0425 per sq. ft. of impervious surface area, except if the sq. footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150, then the annual fee shall be $150
  • Request authorization to enter into negotiations for the potential lease of 18 municipal and school properties for purposes of third-party construction, ownership, and operation of on-site renewable solar energy generation from which the City will purchase electric output or net metering credits – See Draft Lease Agreement
  • Appointment of Steven Ferry to the Solid Waste Comminssion

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – February 6th:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request amendments to Chapter 24, Section 24-11 Supplemental Traffic Control Detail and amend Section 19-46 to include the new Supplemental Traffic Control Detail appointees

The request to end the winter parking ban on select streets in Ward 2 and Ward 3 was held.

Finance Committee – February 11th:  The Finance Committee voted to approve 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 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 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

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – February 10th:  All items were held.