City Council Committee Meetings – This Week – 11/17

Real Property Reuse Committee: The Real Property Reuse Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Recommendation to make a parcel of land on Brackett Road be made available for sale or lease

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update on the Complete Streets Program
  • Request to appropriate $3,000,000 from Certified Free Cash to fund the City’s Pavement Management Program
  • Request to relocate an easement for sewer and drain purposes on private properties located at 151-153 and 181 Needham Street originally granted on March 19, 1951
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles Account
  • Request to appropriate $12,334,366 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations of the Newton Early Childhood Program at 687 Watertown Street (former Horace Mann School)
  • Request an update from the Administration and School Department on plans, proposed schedule, and any funding needing to correct deficiencies and improvements to the Horace Mann School at Nevada Street, including addressing classroom space needs, mitigating acoustics, providing sinks for the second floor classrooms, improving proximity of bathrooms to activity areas, etc.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $200,000 from Certified Free Cash to be managed by the Planning Department for the design/engineering of the Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway Greening Improvements Lyons Field West to the Charles River Bridge
  • Request for discussion and adoption of items within the Climate Action Plan and the Citizens’ Climate Action Plan (Note: Chair’s intention to move No Action Necessary)

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Rebecca Kramer to the Biosafety Committee
  • Appointment of Samuel Nathans as Library Trustee
  • Appointment of Visda Saeyan to the Urban Design Commission
  • Four re-appointments to the Jackson Homestead
    • Harry Lohr
    • Jay Walter
    • Karen Haywood
    • Treff LaFleche
  • Re-appointment of David Olson as City Clerk
  • Request to transfer $207,500 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Forestry Tree Services
  • Request authorization to transfer $69,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to City Council Officials with Benefits to cover the costs of six-months of the City Council’s new salary
  • Request amendment to the Noise Amendment to clarify the appropriate sound and other limit for rock saws and similar devices used in construction work in residential areas
  • Request discussion and adoption of best practices, including a mandate to separate recyclables from trash and include recycling pick up to meet Massachusetts Waste Ban regulations for private haulers doing business in the City of Newton
  • Request for a Resolution to support the Green New Deal

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $1,900,000 from Prior Year Carry forward for Wage Reserve and $600,000 from Current Year Wage Reserve to pay for the retroactive salaries and stipends due to the members of the Newton Police Superior Officers’ for the period of July 1 2014 through FY2020
  • Request for a discussion regarding the Commuter Rail Communities Coalition and the City of Newton’s participation goals
  • Request for a traffic study and discussion of parking and traffic at the arrival and dismissal times at Angier Elementary School

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow alteration of an existing structure, extending the existing non-conforming use by constructing an addition for an elevator, to reduce the non-conforming lot coverage, and to further extend the non-conforming parking in the front setback at 7400 Centre/77 Paul Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow retail marijuana sales and waivers to the extent necessary for minimum stall dimensions, perimeter screening requirements, interior landscaping requirements and lighting requirements at 58 Cross Street/1089 Washington Street – ASCEND MASS, LLC – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Change of Zone to Multi-Residence 3 for portions of land located at 15-21 Lexington Street currently zoned Single Residence 3 – See Planning Memo (same as below)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 24-unit multi-family dwelling with a below grade parking garage and surface stalls, to reduce the parking stall depth, to allow restricted end stalls in the garage parking facility, to waive the perimeter screening requirements for the outdoor parking facility, to waive interior landscaping requirements for the outdoor parking facility, and to waive the minimum intensity of outdoor lighting of the parking facility on 51,870 sq. ft. of land at 15-21 Lexington Street – See Planning Memo (same as above)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing single-family dwelling and construct three single-family dwelling units in one building, to reduce side setback requirements, to reduce the required lot area, to allow a driveway within 10 feet of the side lot line, and to allow retaining walls of four feet or more in height within the setback at 67 Walnut Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of three single-family attached dwelling units, to allow a reduction in the side setbacks, to allow a reduction in the required frontage, to allow a reduction in the required lot area, to allow a driveway within 10′ of a side lot line and to allow retaining walls greater than 4 feet within a setback at 264 Pearl Street – See Planning Memo