City Council Reports – Now Available

Blue Ribbon Commission:  The Blue Ribbon Commission met on Wednesday, January 16th. The report can be found here.

Public Facilities Commission:  The Public Facilities Commission met on Wednesday, January 16th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime Accounts
  • Request to appropriate and expend $1,750,000 from the January 2019 Declaration of Overlay Surplus and transfer $1,250,000 from Capital Stabilization for a total of $3 million to be transferred to the City’s Pavement Management Program – NOTE:  Approved subject to 2nd call
  • Request to amend Chapter 29 Section 80 Sewer Use Charge by deleting the following: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewage works in proportion to water consumption – NOTE:  Approved subject to 2nd call

All other items were held – including the item for enforcement and fines for sidewalk snow clearing and authorization to enter into lease negotiations for solar installations.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, January 16th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to rescind Council Order #607-18 re-purposing $95,844.51 to address Fire Department needs and requesting to appropriate $95,000 from Free Cash to several Fire Department Accounts – (Automobile/Light Trucks; Training Expenses; Housekeeping Equipment; Public Buildings – Repair and Maintenance)
  • Request to amend the overtime parking ordinance with the following new language:  “No person shall park a vehicle within a designated metered parking space or in a parking space within a time-restricted area for a longer consecutive period than the time limit specified or beyond the hours specified. Vehicles parked within any metered parking space must be moved to a different parking space upon or before the expiration of the posted time limit. Vehicles parked within any non-metered time-restricted parking space must be moved to a location beyond the nearest intersection or to a location outside an off-street municipal parking lot upon or before the expiration of the posted time limit, and may not return for two hours.” – NOTE:  This item was recommitted by the Full Council on April 2, 2018.

The Committee voted to DENY the following:

  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision converting Ward Street between Elmore and Morseland from a one-way westbound street into a two-way street, approving a “Do Not Enter” restriction on Ward Street, eastbound, from Ward Street, and installing a new parking restriction at all times on the south side of Ward Street from Morseland
  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision denying a request for a stop sign at the intersection of Glen Avenue and Elgin Street to create a 4-way stop

The Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on the Annual Report of the work of the Traffic Council in 2018.

Finance Committee Report:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, January 28th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to rescind Council Order #607-18 re-purposing $95,844.51 to address Fire Department needs and requesting to appropriate $95,000 from Free Cash to several Fire Department Accounts – (Automobile/Light Trucks; Training Expenses; Housekeeping Equipment; Public Buildings – Repair and Maintenance)
  • Request to accept and expend a $20,460 MEMA Grant to purchase equipment for emergency operations throughout the City
  • Request to accept and expend a $50,464 Mass Office on Disability Grant to acquire Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Request to amend Chapter 29 Section 80 Sewer Use Charge by deleting the following: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewage works in proportion to water consumption
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime Accounts
  • Request to appropriate and expend $1,750,000 from the January 2019 Declaration of Overlay Surplus and transfer $1,250,000 from Capital Stabilization for a total of $3 million to be transferred to the City’s Pavement Management Program
  • Request to accept and expend a $10,000 gift from the Ruderman Family Foundation to fund an accessible pathway at the Hyde Playground

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the DPW Processing Recyclables to fund increased costs of processing recyclables due to changes in the recycling market
  • Discussion with the Director of Planning and Development regarding the visioning process for the Riverside MBTA Station

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, January 28th and voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Warren Abramson to the Commission on Disability
  • Adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan as an amendment to the City’s 2007 Comprehensive Plan with amendments – See Planning Department Memo

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, January 29th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to further increase the non-conforming FAR by constructing a 191 sq. ft. addition in the existing footprint of the house, further extending the non-conforming three-story structure at 105 Temple Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct at two-story garage in the footprint of a razed garage with an additional 225 sq. ft. exceeding the allowable FAR of .43 where .51 exists and .53 is proposed at 48 Billings Park

All other items were held. Proposed Draft Council Orders and Presentations for the two items that have been approved can be found at the end of the report.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council met on Thursday, January 24th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to add a No Right Turn on Red sign on Walnut Street northbound onto Watertown Street, Eastbound
  • Request to replace the Taxi Zone on Langley Road in Newton Centre with a two-hour parking meter zone
  • Request to change the parking regulations on the section of Otis Street in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and on Lowell Avenue between Otis Street and Calvin Road to better accommodate staff parking
  • Request to remove the following from the TPR:
    • Adams Street, one-way street from Watertown Street to Silver Lake Avenue, between the hours of 4:00 – 6:00 PM
    • Austin Street, one-way street from Lowell Avenue to Walnut Street
    • Bowers Street, one-way street from Newtonville Avenue to Harvard Street
    • Braeland Avenue, one-way from Langley Road to Cypress Street
    • Deforest Road, one-way street from Crehore Drive to Grove Street
    • Middlesex Road, one-way street from Brookline Line to Devon Road
    • Putnam Street, one-way from Hunter Street northerly to Washington Street
    • Right turn only from Lowell Avenue, westbound, onto Walnut Street
    • No Left Turn from Perkins Street onto Washington Street
    • No left turn from Putnam Street onto Winthrop Street

The Traffic Council voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Discussion and potential action to relocate parking along East Side Parkway from the east (residential) side to the west (park) side
  • Request for the installation of a raised crosswalk in the Cabot Street corridor, between the intersections of Cabot Street and Parkview Avenue and Cabot Street and East Side Parkway in conjunction with item TC28-12 previously discussed on May 30, 2013

All other items were held.