City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee – April 2, 2019 Report:  The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow restructuring of the parking layout, eliminating 14 parking stalls and requiring a waiver of 11 parking stalls at 2345 Commonwealth Avenue (Marriott Hotel)

All other items were held.

Programs and Services Committee – April 3, 2019 Report:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Yasodhara Paruchuru and Michele Fortez-Cruz to the Urban Tree Commission
  • Request for Resolution to the federal government to adopt a new nuclear policy
  • Request to prohibit polystyrene-based disposable food or beverage containers in the City if that packaging takes place in the City of Newton

Please note: The Nuclear Resolution is attached to the report but the draft ordinance is attached to the agenda which can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee – April 3, 2019 Report:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the folllowing:

  • Petition for a grant of location to install small cell wireless facility on an existing utility pole located in the right of way in the vicinity of 132 Adams Street
  • Petition for main drain extensions in Staniford Street from the property at 65 Staniford Street to the existing sewer manhole at the intersection of Staniford Street and Freeman Street and from the property at 68 Staniford Street to the existing sewer manhole at the intersection of Staniford Street and West Pine Street
  • Request to appropriate and expend $256,000 from the Sewer Fund Reserve for the purpose of funding the Staniford Sewer Extension
  • Request relocation of a portion of an easement from the Trustees of Boston College to the City of Newton for drain lines to reroute a portion of the existing City storm drain beyond the footprint of the planned integrated Science Building

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – April 3, 2019:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend Section 19-191 to allow the Director of Planning to set the parking meter fees in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Works – Approved as amended  –
    • Proposed Language: Sec. 19-191. Parking meter fees. The fees for parking in a parking meter space during the days and hours designated for parking meters will be set by the Director of Planning and Development, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Works. Consistent with a documented parking occupancy goal.

The Public Safety and Transportation voted No Action Necessary on the Request for an update and discussion on implementation of the Passport Parking system and voted to accept Withdrawal without Prejudice for the request for a one-year license for one new van license for Garden Remedies – Withdrawn without Prejudice – (In the beginning, they will operate by appointment only and will have a police detail and message boards if necessary).

Finance Committee – April 8, 2019:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request authorization to appropriate $5.6 million from bonded indebtedness to fund construction of the West Newton Square Project which includes street and pedestrian improvements, traffic flow upgrades, signal upgrades, and the addition of bike lanes
  • Request authorization to appropriate $129,000 from the Sewer Reserve Fund to install a sewer connection from Rumford Avenue transfer station for an office trailer at the site
  • Request authorization to appropriate $256,000 from the Sewer Reserve Fund to fund the Staniford Street Sewer Extension
  • Request authorization to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash to fund Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime for snow and ice removal – amended to $750,000
  • Request authorization to appropriate $250,000 from Stormwater Management Fund Surplus Account for cleaning, inspection, and assessment of a concrete box culvert located adjacent to 170 Needham Street that conveys stormwater from the South Meadow Brook drainage basin
  • Request for an ordinance prohibiting polystyrene-based disposable food or beverage containers in the City of Newton if that packaging takes place on the premises of food establishments in the City of Newton
  • Re-appointment of Emma Watkins of the Newton Taxation Aid Committee

Zoning and Planning Committee – April 8, 2019:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request City Council authorization to submit the FY20 Annual Action Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the City of Newton Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solution Grant funds and the WestMetro HOME Consortium – See Planning Department Memo

All other items were held.