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Land Use Committee – 6/18/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing detached garage and shed and construct a 698.5 sq. ft. garage, further extending the non-conforming side setback at 92 Manet Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct an attic level dormer to increase the living space, creating an FAR of .52 where .46 is allowed and .43 exists at 61 Forest Street

Programs and Services Committee – 6/19/2019 Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Marcela Marino to the Community Education Commission
  • Appointment of Rebecca Mozaffarian to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Re-appointment of Barbara Meltz as a Library Trustee
  • Re-appointment of Shadi Aryanpour to the Community Education Commission
  • Request to approve plans to upgrade the AV equipment in the City Council Chamber to provide better projection of digital images
  • Request to approve an increase in the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council to $139,719 effective July 1, 2019, to match the percentage increase included in the FY20 budget for H-grade employees

Public Facilities Committee – 6/19/2019 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend Chapter 17, Section 3 and Chapter 26 Section 8D of the Revised Ordinances to provide for enforcement and fines for violations of the sidewalk clearing ordinance
  • Request to appropriate and expend $2 million from Free Cash to develop 25% conceptual design of the Washington Street corridor in order to make the improvements eligible for the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding
  • Petition for 5-58 schematic design and site plan approval at 687 Watertown Street for the interior renovation of the former Horace Mann Elementary School to accommodate the Newton Early Childhood Program. The design includes a new entry plaza, removal of the existing modular structures to provide an access drive, a school transportation van loading area and emergency access, and landscaping improvements. Additional site plan improvements include parking improvements and an accessible ramp to new play structures located in the adjacent area north of the building.
  • Request for a Resolution to support “An Act for Utility Transition to Using Renewable Energy” House H. 2849/Senate S.1940, also known as the FUTURE Act – mandates measures that address the urgent need to advance repair of a growing number of underground leaking gas pipes under our streets, while implementing a transition to safe and cleaner energy sources, and mandates processes to ensure coordinating this work with municipalities

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – 6/19/2019: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request amendments to Chapter 17, Section 3 and Chapter 26 Section 8D of the Revised Ordinances to provide for enforcement and fines for violations of the sidewalk clearing ordinance

Zoning and Planning Committee – 6/24/2019 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for amendments to the Inclusionary Zoning provisions of the Zoning Ordinance and apply the requirements to any project including 7 or more residential units; to increase the required percentage of affordable units for projects of a certain size; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle-income households; to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units and fractional cash payments; to waive certain inclusionary zoning requirements for 100% deed restricted affordable developments; to strengthen the Elder Housing with Services requirements and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes as necessary – Approved as amended
  • Request to amend the Zoning Ordinance to create a short-term rental ordinance that defines the short-term rental and bed and breakfast uses; identifies what zoning districts they would be allowed in and under what criteria, conditions, limitations and permitting process – Approved as amended
  • Request to amend the Zoning Ordinances to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration of short-term rentals with the Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public health and safety – Approved as amended
  • Re-appointment of Jack Leader and Robert Finkel to the Economic Development Commission
  • Re-appointment of Jane Brown, Robert Caruso, and Girard Plante to the Commission on Disability
  • Re-appointment of Nancy Grissom and Italo Visco to the Auburndale Historic District Commission

Land Use Committee – 6/25/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted special permit/site plan approval council order condition which prohibited banks to now allow petitioner to lease commercial space to not more than one bank with a total square footage not to exceed 3800 sq. ft. at 845 Washington Street and 245 Walnut Street (Washington Place)
  • Request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a two-story addition and one-story rear addition, further increasing the non-conforming FAR of .49 where .41 is allowed and .55 is proposed at 67 Marlboro Street

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – 6/26/2019 Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $2 million from Free Cash to develop 25% conceptual design of Washington Street corridor in order to make improvements to the corridor eligible for the State’s Transportation Improvement (TIP) Program – Approved as amended
  • Request to transfer funds to correct an error made in FY2019 funding of the Water, Sewer and Stormwater Health Benefits (Total: $235,000)
  • Request to reduce bond authorizations as a result in cost savings on projects or premiums received and applied to during the bond sales (Total: $1,468,425.42 – for details see agenda)
  • Request to transfer $15,000 from the Human Resources Full-time Salaries Account to the Inspectional Services Overtime/Special Projects Account to cover costs of the scanning project
  • Request to transfer $700,000 from the Snow and Ice Overtime Account to the Snow and Ice Rental Vehicles (Contractors) Account to rebalance the actual costs incurred for the removal of snow and ice throughout the FY2019 winter season
  • Request to amend Chapter 12, Section 71, by revising the definition of “reusable bag”, revising the definition of retailers to include establishments of less than 3500 sq. ft., and adding a $0.10 fee on paper bags provided by the retailer
  • Request to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council to $139,719 effective July 1, 2019, to match the percentage increase in the FY2020 budget for H-grade employees
  • Re-appointment of James Pellegrine as Constable for the City of Newton
  • Re-appointment of Daniel Kunitz as a trustee of the Cousens Fund