What’s Up this Week?

Salary increase standoff: Last week, I reported that the Mayor had vetoed the proposed salary increases approved by the City Council – $155,000 for the Mayor’s salary, $15,500 for the City Council’s salary and $7,750 for the School Committee, claiming that the amount approved by the City Council is excessive and should have been in line with the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendation. Well – a vote to override/discuss the veto is on the new docket but requires a suspension of the rules to be accepted to the docket and referred to Committees.

Another Gas Release in Waban/Lower Falls? Yes – Apparently, Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC informed ” … the City that it will be releasing odorized natural gas again in order to perform routine preventative maintenance work at its Valve Site near Walnut Street in Wellesley and Quinobequin Road in Newton near the Washington Street, Route 128 interchange. The release is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 8th at 7AM for a period of 12 hours. There will be another release after the maintenance work i completed sometime before Wednesday, October 16th. When the second release is scheduled, a notice will be released by the City.” Go here for more information.

Newton Farmers’ Markets: The Farmers’ Markets continue but will soon come to a close. Saturday Markets in West Newton are done but there are still a few weeks left for Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Stop by and pick up fresh veggies, meat, fish, and prepared foods. Go here to see all the vendors coming to the markets and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Farmers’ Markets be sure to subscribe to their newsletter here.

Community Outreach Meeting – Retail Marijuna: There will be a community outreach meeting on a proposed retail marijuana establishment (Union Twist) for 1158 Beacon Street on Thursday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1326 Washington Street. The Meeting Notice can be found here.

Register to VOTE: The last day to register to vote for the November 5th Municipal Elections is Wednesday, October 16th. To verify your voter registration, go here. You can register to vote online here or by mail here or you can also head down to City Hall and register in person.

Sample Ballots for the upcoming elections can be found here.

This week’s Road Construction Schedule – Now Available – go here!