What’s Up in Newton this Week? Good news – COVID-19 cases are decreasing(?) and the number of deaths has not increased;City Council still deliberating budget with focus on Police Department budget; Former Newton School Committee Chair formerly invited by city Council and then disinvited will now be on webinar hosted by City Councilor Emily Norton; Dunstan East Chapter 40B proposal hearing continues;

COVID-19: Last week, I reported that the number of confirmed cases was at 771 as of June 11th and the number of reported deaths had risen to 118 as of June 9th. As of today, the number of confirmed cases has decreased to 765 as of June 18th with no new deaths as of June 16th. While this is good news, please continue to adhere to recommendations regarding safe hygiene and physical distancing.

Budget deliberations continue: The City Council will continue its budget deliberations this week, beginning on Monday and possibly continuing on Tuesday. A list of the departmental budgets and resolutions discussed and passed can be found here.

Former School Committee Chair to speak on NPS finances TODAY: Matt Hills will be a guest presenter in a webinar hosted by Ward 2 City Councilor Emily Norton and moderated by Paul Levy, Chair of the Newton Blue Ribbon Commission for Financial Resources 2006-2007. As I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters, the City’s most recent financial forecast suggests tough times ahead – and with the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding the City’s finances – and more importantly, the School’s finances is critical in planning for the City’s future. Register here.

Zoning Board of Appeals continues public hearing on Dunstan East: The Zoning Board of Appeals will continue its public hearing on the request for a Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permit to construct a 244 unit residential development, which will include 61 affordable housing units and approximately 12,141 square feet of retail space, and to maintain an approximately 8,222 square foot existing office building, all on approximately 3.17 acres of land at 1149, 1151, 1169, 1171-1173, 1179 and 1185 Washington Street, 12, 18, 24 and 25 Kempton Place, and 32 and 34 Dunstan Street – Dunstan East on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

Weekly Construction Schedule: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule can be found here.