City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Programs and Services Committee – 1/22/2020 Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • 4 Appointments to the Youth Commission:
    • Anna Kusiak
    • Anabel Marre
    • Andrew Li
    • Shiv Sawhney
  • Appointment of Sue Rasala to the Council on Aging
  • Re-appointment of Elizabeth Dugan to the Council on Aging

Public Safety and Transportation – 1/29/2020 Report: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate and expend $900,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Fire Rescue Full Time Salaries Account

Note: There was a substantive discussion on the following item that was discussed jointly with the Public Facilities Committee (see Public Facilities Committee Report below):

  • Request discussion with the administration and school officials on transportation priorities and and public works/streets/sidewalks, etc.

Public Facilities – 1/22/2020 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $1,000,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to DPW Overtime, Snow and Ice Removal and DPW Rental Vehicles/Subcontractors Accounts
  • Public Hearing on Request for Grant of Location (Eversource Energy) to relocate one pole northerly from its existing location in front of 3-5 Claflin Place to the south side of Claflin Place
  • Three Public Hearings on Request for Grants of Location (National Grid):
    • to install and maintain a gas main in Jackson Street
    • to install and maintain a gas main in Sargent Street
    • to install and maintain a gas main in David Road

NOTE: There was substantive discussion on the following items:

  • Request discussion with the administration and school officials on transportation priorities and and public works/streets/sidewalks, etc., and
  • Update from the Commissioner of Public Buildings on ongoing Public Building projects in municipal buildings, schools, the library and NewCAL

Zoning and Planning Committee – 1/27/2020 Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend Chapter 22 of the Revised Newton City Ordinances, 2017, to temporarily suspend nominations made by the Historical Commission and by the City Council for landmark designations. The temporary suspension will prevent and suspend the processing, and approval of any property currently under consideration for landmark designation and will temporarily suspend future landmark designations made by the Historical Commission and the City Council. Landmark nominations made by the Mayor, Director of Planning of Development and the Commissioner of Inspectional Services shall not be affected. This temporary suspension shall end no later than December 31, 2020. NOTE: The Committee amended the item and approved a 6-month moratorium and a review in Committee in three months.

All other items were held.

Land Use Committee – 1/28/2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Class 2 Auto Dealer License – Paragon Exports
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow parking design criteria including waivers to: interior landscaping requirements, lighting requirements, to allow parking accessory to a manufacturing use in a residential district and to allow parking in the front and side setback at 287-289 Newtonville Avenue – See Draft Council Order

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – 1/29/2020 Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $1,000,000 from Budget Reserve- Snow and Ice Removal Account to the DPW Overtime, Snow and Ice Removal and DPW Rental Vehicles/Subcontractors Accounts
  • Request to appropriate and expend $900,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Fire Rescue Full Time Salaries
  • Request to appropriate and expend $41,869 from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase the conversion of the phone system at Williams Elementary School to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) – (amended to substitute Burr School as Williams School was converted in 2018)
  • Request to accept and expend a $3,000 grant from the US Food and Drug Administration for Environmental Health Specialist training- NOTE: This item was amended to $6,000 – for the acceptance of two grants
  • Request to accept and expend a $200,000 Housing Choice Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to study the possibility of converting the West Newton Armory into affordable housing