City Council Committee Meetings – Week of March 15th

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a discussion with a representative of the ACLU of Massachusetts regarding the current policy environment on facial surveillance technologies
  • Request for a discussion with the Police Department and Traffic Engineers to discuss multiple crossings around the Memorial Spaulding School

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Julie Winsett to the Urban Tree Commission
  • Appointment of Murali Vemula to the Health and Human Services Advisory Committee
  • Appointments to the Newton Community Education Commission
    • Silka Rothschild
    • John Oliver
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club.
  • Request to authorize remote participation for City Council meetings
  • Request a discussion with the Department of Senior Services regarding outreach and services to the growing number of Newton residents who are 85 and older yet living alone. (Discussion should focus on the City’s efforts to provide a program; whether through current programs or proposed alternatives).
  • Requesting to transfer $250,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to Acct #0121030‐543500 Emergency Operations‐Supplies account for the purpose of being prepared to act, should the need arise

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • 5 Public Hearings Requesting Grant of Location
    • to relocate one pole to the southerly side of Farquhar Road in front of #20 Harvard Street
    • to relocate one pole approximately 30’ south of the existing pole location in front of #34 Duffield Road
    • to install approximately conduit in a westerly direction from existing manhole 16/314A to a proposed hand hole between building 721‐719 Washington Street
    • to install conduit in a westerly direction from existing manhole 16/211 to the alley of the Post Office at 897 Washington Street to provide FIOS
    • to install conduit from existing manhole 211 in a southeasterly direction to existing pole 94 located in the sidewalk on the southerly side of Washington Street
  • Request to accept $270,000 of lighting equipment as well as authorization to accept more funds to be expended on the installation of a field light system for the Newton South High School Winkler Stadium Field which is on Newton Parks and Recreation property. The funds are being donated by the Newton South High School Booster Club.
  • Request to transfer $60,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to a non‐lapsing Public Buildings Department account for the evaluation and recommendations for the upgrade of the Police Headquarters HVAC System.
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash for the purpose of providing interior and exterior improvements at the Horace Mann School at 225 Nevada Street.
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from June 30, 2019 Certified Free Cash to the Newton Public Schools for the purpose of reimbursing Newton Public Schools for one‐ time costs associated with several projects that were necessary to accomplish the movement of the Horace Mann Elementary School community to the former Carr School on Nevada Street.
  • Request to appropriate and expend $7,000,000 and authorize a general obligation borrowing of an equal amount for the estimated design and construction costs associated with Water Main Improvements in FY2021 and authorization to apply any premium 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 to accept 40 linear feet of sewer pipe as a public sewer and the acceptance of a 20’ x 40’ easement in property known as the Farwell Street Subdivision. The developer shall pay all costs associated with the construction of the sewer pipe and the direct connection to the MWRA trunk interceptor sewer line.