City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Real Property Reuse Committee – October 22nd Report: The Real Property Reuse Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Mayoral appointments to the Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) Committee for the West Newton Armory:
    • Ted Hess‐Mahan
    • Sue Parsons
    • Kelley Brown
    • David Koven
  • Council President appointments to the Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) Committee for the West Newton Armory:
    • Jonathan Katz
    • Barry Abramson
    • Anita Lichtblau
  • Reuse of a 1200 sq. ft. Parcel of Land on Brackett Road – the Committee voted to approve the following:
    • to make the property available for sale;
    • to waive the creation of a JAPG;
    • to request additional information from the Director of Planning; to waive the requirement that the Public Hearing be postponed until after the Planning Director’s Report is received;
    • and to hold the Public Hearing on November 19th

All other items were held.

Programs and Services Committee – October 23rd Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Kathleen McCarthy as a member of the Licensing Board
  • Request for an amendment to City Ordinances to allow increase in School Committee Members salary to $7,750

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee – October 23rd Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Grant of Location to install and maintain conduit in Woodward Street and turning onto Lincoln Street to perform system upgrades
  • Request for a Grant of Location to relocate one pole to the southerly side of Chandler Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install and maintain conduit on Temple and turning and crossing onto Putnam Street to provide new services on Putnam Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install maintain conduit on Walnut Street to provide new service
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install a gas main in Walnut Street and to install and maintain a gas main on Washington Street to provide service to #245 and #845 Washington Street
  • Request for a Grant of Location to install conduit across Beacon Street west of Tudor Road
  • Request to accept a Green Communities Program Grant of $111,217 from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The grant will be used for lighting at the Newton South High School tennis courts and field house; additional funding will be requested by the Public Buildings Department to supplement the grant funds and complete this lighting
  • Request to appropriate $1,160,066 for the Day Middle School Boiler Replacement Project from bonded indebtedness? of which approximately $360,753 will be funded by a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program and authorization to apply premiums received upon the sale of the bonds or notes, less the cost of preparing, issuing, and marketing them, and any accrued interest received upon the delivery of the bonds or notes to the costs of the project and to reduce the amount authorized to be borrowed for the project by like amount
  • Request amendments to the City Ordinances to create an Infiltration and Inflow Mitigation Ordinance that would codify mitigation requirements for development projects over a certain size, potential for fees in lieu of mitigation and waiver fees by the City Council

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – October 23rd Meeting: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a discussion and potential change to the Senior Citizen’s Parking Sticker program to allow the possibility for vehicles displaying a valid Senior Citizen’s Parking Sticker to continue to park on Highland Avenue, between Lowell Avenue & Bram Way, thereby freeing up parking spaces within the Austin Street Parking Lot for other vehicles

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request for a discussion about a new commuter parking program in Newton

Finance Committee – October 28th Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request authorization to accept a Mass Housing grant of $4,300 to support the activities of the Newton Hoarding Task Force
  • Request authorization to rescind a curb betterment assessment at 66 Waban Hill Road
  • Request City Council approval authorizing Mayor to appropriate state reimbursement of $11,706 for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Request to accept Green Communities Program grant funds of $111,217 from the Mass Department of Energy Resources. The grant will be used for lighting at the Newton South High School tennis court and field house
  • Request authorization to appropriate $1,160,066 for the Day Middle School Boiler Replacement Project, of which $360,753 will be funded by a grant from the Mass School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program and authorization to apply any premiums received, less costs of preparing, marketing, etc. and any accrued interest to the costs of the project and to reduce amount authorized to be borrowed
  • Request an amendment to City Ordinances to increase the School Committee salaries to $7,750

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – October 28th Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to approve grant of a conservation restriction at the Crystal Lake Bathhouse and 20 Rogers Street; a 44,449 sq. ft. parcel of land bordering Crystal Lake to the Newton Conservators

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – October 29th Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 2.5 story, 1298 sq. ft. side addition at 27 Oak Street, creating an FAR of .53 where .49 is allowed and .40 exists at 25-27 Oak Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to attach and expand an existing detached garage structure to the main dwelling, creating an FAR of .54 where .38 exists and .48 is allowed, parking within 5′ of the street and to further extend the nonconforming front setback at 73 Falmouth Road – See Planning Memo – approved Subject to Second Call
  • Request for an Extension of Time to Exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story addition in the BU1 District to be used for construction of a mixed-use development at 1314 Washington Street, 31 and 33 Davis Street

All other items were held.

Traffic Council – October 24th Report: The Traffic Council voted to approve the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of CVS at 1199 Centre Street – Item was held for a trial
  • Request for a two-hour parking restriction between 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. to deter commuter parking – Item was held for potential inclusion in the Newton Corner Parking District to include Ricker Road, Playstead Road and Ricker Terrace
  • Request to restrict parking on the portion of Glenland Road located in Newton
  • Request to discuss and possibly change the parking restrictions on Myrtle Street to ensure safe access for emergency vehicles
  • Request to restrict parking at all times along the south side of Watertown Street between Dunstan Street and a point 100 feet westerly to improve sightlines for vehicles turning from Dunstan Street onto Watertown Street
  • Request to approve a stop sign at the Albermarle Road westbound approach to Eddy Street

The following items were voted No Action Necessary:

  • Request for a two-hour parking restriction 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Monday – Friday – northside on Playstead Road
  • Request for a review and possible change to the parking regulations on the portion of Ricker Terrace located in Newton, which may include permit parking