City Council Meetings – Week of September 8th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Rosemarie Woods as the City’s Treasurer/Tax Collector
  • Request to consider the recommendations of the special Blue Ribbon Commission regarding compensation for the Mayor, City Council, and the School Committee (NOTE: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve $155,000 for the Mayor; $15,500 for the City Council; and $7,750 for the School Committee)
  • Request to appropriate and expend $70,000 from FY2020 Budget Reserve to install surveillance cameras at Rumford Avenue Recycling Center, Eliot 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 during sewer cleaning operations
  • Request to appropriate and expend $315,00 from the Stormwater Management Fund Surplus to purchase a Vacuum Street Sweeper to be used by the Public Works Department for street cleaning operations
  • Request to appropriate and expend $150,280 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 Constsable

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board on Monday, September 9th at 6:30 p.m in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Zoning Amendments filed by the Developer relative to the Mixed Use 3 zoning district for the Riverside MBTA Station development – See Planning Department Memo
  • Zoning Amendments filed by the Lower Falls Improvement Association pertaining to the Mixed Use 3/Transit Oriented zoning district for the Riverside MBTA Station development – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for approval and adoption of the Washington Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Department Memo
  • Re-appointment of Michael Quinn and Timothy Durken to the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Re-appointment of John Downie to the Urban Design Commission

The Public Hearing Notice on the Washington Street Vision Plan can be found here.

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a continuance of the public hearing for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a multi-family dwelling with three units, further extending the non-conforming frontage and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet within a setback at 12-14 Middle Street
  • Request for a two-year Extension of Time to exercise a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the construction of a 14,313 sq. ft. mixed use development containing 9 residential units, 2714 sq. ft. of commercial space and no more than 16 on-site parking stalls at 386-394 Watertown Street
  • Request to further extend the non-conforming three-story dwelling by razing an existing deck and constructing a three-story side at 28 East Boulevard Road – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow commerical bank use not to exceed 3800 sq. ft. at 845 Washington Street and 245 Walnut Street Washington Place (NOTE: This was referred back to the Land Use Committee after a motion to reconsider at the City Council meeting on September 3rd.
  • Request to rezone three parcels and request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow a mixed-use development greater than 20,000 sq.ft. with building heights of up to 96′ consisting of 822 (now 800) residential units…NORTHLAND DEVELOPMENT – (NOTE: The Committee will hear an overview of the design guidelines, community benefits and the request to rezone the site for the following items. The Planning Department will also review the petitioner’s responses to the questions raised relative to transportation at the hearing on August 6th. The Committee may discuss other aspects of the petition but NO public comment will be taken. The Public Hearing will remain open and there will be additional opportunities for public comment.) – See Planning Department Memo and See Letter to Land Use Committee from Petitioner’s Legal Counsel