City Council Committee Meetings – Week of February 2nd

Chairmen’s Meeting: The Chair’s of each Committee will meet on Monday, February 3rd at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Rules issues from Chairs and Members – Rules to be updated and reviewed
  • Legislative Agenda – what happened in committees – can there be a write-up for the TAB
  • Open Meeting Law – Is there a need for another training
  • Will Clerk find a place for communications in every committee area (?)
  • Suggestions for members of Boards and Commissions – list of openings will be provided
  • Other issues from the floor

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a free-standing sign on the property located at 40 Austin Street – (Rockland Bank) – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a new free-standing sign on the property located at 84 Needham Street (Creative Bookfair) – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a for-profit educational use at the existing building at 66 Winchester Street – (Olympia Fencing Center) – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow retail marijuana sales and waivers to lighting requirements at 58 Cross Street/1089 Washington Street – ASCEND MASS, LLC – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a retail marijuana establishment, to waive the minimum driveway width for two-way traffic, to waive perimeter screening requirements and to waive lighting requirements at 1158 Beacon Street – Union Twist – See Planning Memo

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two appointments to the Solid Waste Commission:
    • Meryl Kessler
    • Carl Valente
  • Request for an update on the status of the Solar Phase 3 Projects
  • Request for an update on the status of the Climate Action Plan
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from the Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following accounts:
    • $200,000 to DPW Overtime, Snow and Ice Removal
    • $300,000 to DPW Rental Vehicles/Subcontractors

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Chair’s Note: There will be a brief update on an item requesting the Mayor submit a new Crescent Street proposal
  • Request for a discussion with the Administration for the creation of an online or phone-based staff directory so that citizens can be directly connected to city staff
  • Request for a discussion with the Complete Count Committee Newton’s plans to ensure that all Newton residents are counted in the next census
  • Request to move the pollling location for Ward 2 Precinct 1 which is currently at the former Horace Mann Elementary School to the Albemarle Field House at 250 Albemarle Road

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The regularly scheduled Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting has been cancelled. The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.