City Council Meetings – Week of February 9th

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend a $43,943 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to fund overtime to have police officers monitor high accident locations and conduct traffic enforcement through written warnings and/or citations
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following accounts: DPW Overtime, Snow and Ice Removal ($200,000) and DPW Rental Vehicles/Subcontractors ($300,000)
  • Request to approve a proposed 5-year contract for online payment services with the vendor as chosen by the RFP evaluation committee
  • Recommendation from Community Preservation Committee (CPC) for authorization for City Treasurer to amend the funding source for $740,000 to fund legal and conservation restriction expenses for Webster Woods approved by Council Orders #379-19 (3) and (4) to allow the City to borrow seven hundred and forty thousand dollars ($740,000) as authorized by G. L. c. 44B, sec. 11, for a period of 30 years, and any expenditures already appropriated from the CPC’s Open Space Reserve and Restricted Fund Balance for open space pursuant to the CPC’s original recommendations be reimbursed from the sale of such bonds or notes, and that any premium received upon the sale of such bonds or notes, less any such premium applied to the payment of issuance costs of the bonds or notes shall be deposited in the Community Preservation Fund’s restricted fund balance for open space
  • Submission of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and external audit reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 for City Council review and acceptance
  • Chair’s Note: The Committee will review the June 30, 2019 Independent Financial Audit Report with Matt Hunt of Clifton, Larson, Allen, LLC, the City’s independent auditor. Please bring the Management Letter, GAO and OMB A-133 Reports, and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2019 that you received in the packet. The reports can also be found online here.
  • Reappointment of James Shaughnessy as a member of the Board of Assessors

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • 2 Appointments to the Upper Falls Historic District Commission:
    • Scott Aquillina
    • Daphne Romanoff
  • Appointment of Martin Smargiasi to the Auburndale Historic District Commission
  • Reappointment of Chris Steele to the Planning and Development Board
  • Reappointment of Dan Brody to the Community Preservation Committee
  • Request for review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance – See Planning Memo

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two Requests for an Extension of Time to exercise a special permit:
    • Request for an Extenskioin of Time to exercise a previously approved Special Permit to convert a two-family dwelling into a three-unit multi-family dwelling by converting the existing attic space, allow parking within 5’ of residential dwelling units, to waive the minimum aisle width requirements, to waive driveway width, and to waive lighting requirements at 20-22 Circuit Avenue
    • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a previously approved Special Permit to further increase the non-conforming FAR by constructing a 191 sq. ft. addition in the existing footprint of the house, further extending the non-conforming three-story structure at 105 Temple Street
  • Three Requests to amend a previously approved special permit:
    • Request to amend the deed restrictions and to revise the design of the parking structure and surface parking to the approved three-story office building, to reduce interior landscaping requirements, to reduce loading bay length requirements and to allow reduced minimum open space requirements which requires an amendment to the deed restriction at 180 Wells Avenue
    • Request to amend the deed restriction that was previously approved to be further amended to allow a waiver of the minimum open space requirement to less than 40% at 180 Wells Avenue
    • Request to amend a previously approved Special Permit to increase the number of allowable nursery students to 41, to allow parking in the front setback and to reduce the minimum open space at the site at 349 Dedham Street – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Change of Zone to Mixed-Use 3/Transit-Oriented District for portions of land located at 355 Grove Street (currently zoned BU-2) and 399 Grove Street (currently zoned BU-5) abutting the existing MU-3 Zone (Riverside Development)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a mixed use, transit-oriented development of residential units, office, retail, personal services, restaurant, hotel, and related commercial uses not to exceed 1,025,000 square feet of gross floor area …. at 355 and 399 Grove Street – Riverside MBTA Development) – See Planning Memo

NOTE: The Riverside Discussion will be focused relative to Housing and Fiscal Impacts