City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Public Facilities Committee – 9/4/2019 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of David Gillespie to the Design Review Committee
  • Request to appropriate and expend $70,000 from FY2020 Budget Reserve to install surveillance cameras at the Rumford Avenue Recycling Center, Elliot Street and Craft Street yards
  • Request to appropriate and expend $175,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purchase of modular trailer at the Rumford Avenue Recycling Center
  • Request to appropriate and expend $496,000 from the Sewer Fund Surplus to purchase a Vactor combination cleaner truck to be used by Public Works Department during sewer cleaning operations
  • Request to appropriate and expend $315,000 from the Stormwater Management Fund Surplus to purchase a Vacuum Street Sweeper to be used by Public Works for street cleaning operations
  • Request to appropriate and expend $150,280 from bonded indebtedness for the purchase of two Ford F550 4×4 trucks for Public Works for street and snow operations
  • Request to appropriate and expend $739,059 from bonded indebtedness for the purchase of three 6-wheel trucks to be used by the Highway Department for street and snow operations

The Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on a request for a grant of location to install a small cell wireless facility on an existing utility pole located in the right-of-way in the vicinity of 262 Beacon Street

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – 9/4/2019 Report: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on a request for an update on the Lime Bike program in the City of Newton. All other items were held. Please note: There was considerable discussion on the following:

  • Ability to test and implement self-driving vehicles in Newton
  • Implementation of differential priced parking in Newton
  • Update on the Shared Parking Program

Land Use Committee – 9/5/2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct dormers on each side of the second floor, vertically extending the non-conforming front setback at 2 Thaxter Road
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 702 sq. ft. attached one-car garage and one-story addition above the garage at 29 Kewadin Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend the existing non-conforming FAR by replacing an existing one-story addition with a two-story addition, creating an FAR of .64 where .51 exists and .46 is allowed at 11 Canterbury Road
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow modifications to the site plan for driveway and patio spaces not shown on the approved site plan at 22 Beecher Place
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to further extend the non-conforming front setback on Wade Street, creating a new front setback of 14.7′ where 14.9′ exists as well as further extend the existing non-conforming front setback on Hersey Street, creating a new front setback of 14.8′ where 14.7′ exists and to allow parking in the front setback at 28 Wade Street (NOTE: that the request for parking within 5′ of the street was withdrawn)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 484 sq. ft. detached two-car garage and construct a dormer on the new structure greater than 50% of the wall plan below and closer than 3′ to the end wall where one garage exists creating more than 700 sq. ft. of garage space at 213-215 Langley Road (Subject to second call)

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – 9/10/2019 Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Rosemarie Woods as the City’s Treasurer/Tax Collector
  • Request for consideration of recommendations of Special Blue Ribbon Commission regarding compensation of the Mayor, City Council and School Committee – Mayor compensation – $155,000; City Council compensation – $15,500; School Committee compensation – $7,750
  • Request to appropriate and expend $70,000 from FY2020 Budget Reserve to install surveillance cameras at the Rumford Avenue Recycling Center, Elliot Street and Craft Street yards
    Request to appropriate and expend $175,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purchase of modular trailer at the Rumford Avenue Recycling Center
    Request to appropriate and expend $496,000 from the Sewer Fund Surplus to purchase a Vactor combination cleaner truck to be used by Public Works Department during sewer cleaning operations
    Request to appropriate and expend $315,000 from the Stormwater Management Fund Surplus to purchase a Vacuum Street Sweeper to be used by Public Works for street cleaning operations
    Request to appropriate and expend $150,280 from bonded indebtedness for the purchase of two Ford F550 4×4 trucks for Public Works for street and snow operations
    Request to appropriate and expend $739,059 from bonded indebtedness for the purchase of three 6-wheel trucks to be used by the Highway Department for street and snow operations
  • Re-appointment of Shawn Murphy as Constable

NOTE: There was significant discussion and update on the NewCAL project.

Land Use Committee – September 11, 2019 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a two-year Extension of Time to exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval which granted the construction of a 14,313 sq. ft. mixed-use development containing 9 residential units, 2,714 sq. ft. of commercial space and no more than 16 on-site parking stalls at 386-394 Watertown Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to further extend the non-conforming three-story dwelling by razing the existing deck and constructing a three-story side addition at 28 East Boulevard Road
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the Washington Place project to allow bank use which was previously prohibited as a condition of the special permit (NOTE: The item was voted out of committee on 6/18/2019 and then recommitted by the Full Council on August 12th)

All other items were held.