City Council Reports – Now Available

Programs and Services – February 5, 2020 Committee Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to relocate the polling location for Ward 2 Precinct 1, which is currently at the old Horace Mann School on the corner of Watertown Street and Albermarle Road to the Albermarle Field House at 250 Albermarle Road.

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request a discussion with the Complete Count Committee Newton’s plans to assure that all Newton residents are counted in the next Census.

All other items were held.

Public Facilities – February 5, 2020 Committee Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Meryl Kessler and Carl Valente to the Solid Waste Commission
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the DPW Overtime, Snow and Ice Removal ($200,000) and DPW Rental Vehicles/Subcontractors Accounts ($300,000).

All other items were held. Please note: There was a substantive discussion on the Solar Phase 3 Projects and on the update on the Climate Action Plan.

Finance – February 10, 2020 Committee Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve 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 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
  • Reappointment of James Shaughnessy as a member of the Board of Assessors

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning – February 10, 2020 Committee Report: The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • 2 Appointments to the Upper Falls Historic District Commission: Scott Aquillina and 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

All other items were held. Please note: There was a substantive discussion regarding the Draft Zoning Ordinance.

Land Use Committee – February 5, 2020 Report (Report NOT online): The Land Use Committee voted to approve 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 Draft Council Order
  • 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 See Draft Council Order

Land Use Committee – February 11, 2020 Committee Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve 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

All other items were held.