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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 21st

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87113070242.

To listen to this meeting via phone call 1-646-558-8686 and use the Meeting ID 871 1307 0242.

According to the agenda and Chair’s Note, the meeting will begin jointly with the Public Facilities Committee to receive an update from the Commissioner of Public Buildings on the NewCAL project.

The remainder of the meeting will include discussion of the following:

  • Request for a comparison of Newton’s fine for failure to license a dog to other communities and a request to increase the fine for failure to license a dog
  • Request for a review and possible changes to the off-leash dog ordinance to include:
    • raising fees required by dog walking companies in order to better maintain sites heavily used by dog walkers; and
    • requiring background checks on dog walkers to assure the safety of dog owners and dogs; and
    • requesting the development of regulations for dog walking and dog daycare companies to assure appropriate care for dogs
  • Request for an amendment of the relevant Newton ordinances relating to care and custody of dogs in public spaces, including licensing, leashing, paying for off-leash privileges in certain parks, and cleaning up, so as to allow staff involved in the supervision of Newton’s parks and conservation areas to enforce those ordinances or regulations, including issuing non-criminal citations pursuant to G.L. c. 40, Sec. 21D, in addition to the enforcement provided by the Newton police
  • Request for a discussion to understand the responsibility for large and small maintenance projects of the Newton farm structures
  • Request for an update from the Executive Department on compliance with Newton’s leaf blower ordinance and discussion of possible revisions to the ordinance’s enforcement provisions to improve compliance.

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87113070242 Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 871 1307 0242

According to the agenda and Chair’s Note: the Committee will meet jointly with the Programs & Services Committee to receive an update from the Commissioner of Public Buildings on the NewCAL project

School Committee to Meet on Monday, June 22nd

The School Committee will meet virtually on Monday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

To participate in the public comment portion of a meeting, please submit your NAME and ADDRESS by email with the subject line “Public Comment for [DATE]” to schoolcommittee@newton.k12.ma.us PRIOR to 7:00 pm, the official start time of the meeting. You will need to join the Virtual Meeting by computer or phone to participate. During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, the School Committee Chairperson will call your name. At that time, Unmute your microphone and Turn On Video to provide public comment. You are limited to 3 minutes.

Join the Zoom Meeting by Phone or Computer. Under both options you will be automatically muted with video off upon entering the meeting. Please leave your video and audio muted so that the meeting can proceed without interruption.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/390017072 Meeting ID: 390 017 072 Dial in:+1 646 558 8656 US Meeting ID: 390 017 072 Listen in on NewTV’s broadcast – Visit the NewTV website for more information.

The agenda includes the following:

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of June 21st

Newton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners: The Newton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet virtually on Monday, June 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87626392510 Meeting ID: 876 2639 2510

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The Notice of Meeting can be found here.

Community Preservation Commission: The Community Preservation Commission will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 23rd at 5:00 p.m.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 792 4230 7201

You can also access the meeting online at: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79242307201?pwd=UVZ3RWs3QmhkOCthSVYzM Dk5UVh6Zz09 Password: CPCP2020

The agenda includes the following:

  • Executive Session for the purpose of reviewing Executive Session minutes from October 2019

Council on Aging and Advisory Board: The Council on Aging and Advisory Board will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

To Join the Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89056089719?pwd=clQ0UjJpS080KzlRZ1N6SEZSSUIvdz09 Meeting ID: 890 5608 9719 Password: 994496

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Welcome/Approval of Minutes
  • General Update
  • NewCAL Update
  • Membership Update/Recognition
  • Year End Review

Newton Human Rights Commission: The Newton Human Rights Commission will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

To Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81833733191?pwd=ajFwZVVpSEpSY0p3QmRsUlZpWWZvUT09

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Student Reports related to Human Rights
  • Hate Crimes/Bias related incidents
  • Complaints Received
  • Declaring Racism is a Public Health Crisis
  • Create a Civil Review Board/Commission
  • Dissemination of Information regarding Events
  • Newton One Read

Newton Zoning Board of Appeals: The Newton Zoning Board of Appeals will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your phone, download the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app in any app store or at www.zoom.us. At the above date and time, click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 842 942 8454. Alternatively, the direct Zoom link to the meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8429428454.

To dial into the meeting via telephone, call in by dialing 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID: 842 942 8454.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on a Request for a Comprehensive Chapter 40B 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
  • Approval of May 20,2020 Meeting Minutes

Packet 1 can be found here, Packet 2 can be found here, and Packet 3 can be found here.

Design Review Committee: The Design Review Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 24th at 5:30 p.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81843999924 Meeting ID: 818 4399 9924

The agenda includes the following:

  • Oak Hill Middle School Addition Project
    • Vote to approve drawings for bidding
  • Commonwealth Golf Course Addition/Renovation of Existing Maintenance Building
    • Project Introduction

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 24th at 4:30 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83356309069?pwd=QWJTMmx2eHBVZytKSWxTY21DTXJKZz09

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time. To listen to this meeting via phone call 1-646-558-8656 and enter the meeting ID 833 5630 9069; Password: 603717

The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of May 27th Meeting Minutes
  • Reports
    • President
      • Library Budget 2021 changes
    • Director
    • Treasurer
    • Development
    • Friends
    • Committees
      • Finance
      • Spring Fling
      • Trustee Vacancy
  • Continuing Business
    • Library Solar Parking Lot Project
  • New Business
    • Trustees Budget FY2021
  • Visitors Discussion
  • Adjourn

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will meet virtually on Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82933208221 or
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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for the parking lot solar canopy at 330 Homer Street, the Newton Free Library
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for the relocation of above-ground propane tank at 2345 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for the continued Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for Dunstan East – Mixed Use 40B Development at Dunstan Street/Washington Street/Kempton Place
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for ecological restoration at 791 Walnut Street
  • Request for an amendment to an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for lawn extension with associated grading, retaining walls, and plantings at 62 Carlton Road
  • Request for an Informal Discussion regarding proposed bound lowering at 31 Harwich Road
  • Request for an Informal Discussion regarding site compliance issues at 78 Fesseden Street
  • Request to continue hearing until 8/6/2020 on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for a proposed retaining wall at 210 Upland Avenue
  • Administrative DecisionsApproval of June 4 and June 11th Meeting Minutes
    Issues Around Town
    Wetlands Updates
    Conservation Area Updates
    Issues Around Town Updates
    Administrative Matters Updates

Packet Documents can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet virtually on Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/288490607 or +16465588656, 288490607#

The agenda includes the following:

  • Two requests to waive the demolition delay:
    • 22 Esty Farm Road
    • 43 Sharpe Road
  • Request to demolish buildings at 125 Lincoln Street – National Register Property
  • Request to demolish barn and ell at 2072 Washington Street
  • Request to demolish buildings at 176 Highland Avenue

The Staff Memo can be found here and the Packet Documents can be found here.

Traffic Council to Meet – June 25th

Traffic Council: The Traffic Council will meet virtually on Thursday, June, 25th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94467649732

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to remove 2-3 metered parking spaces, closest to Adams Street, in order for MBTA buses 59 outbound and 558 inbound to pull over to board and alight passengers on the north side of Watertown Street in Nonantum between Adams Street and Bridge Street
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-97 Left lane must turn left: Adams Street, southbound, onto Washington Street, and to add the following entry into TPR-97 Left lane must turn left: Washington Street westbound onto Lewis Terrace – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes errors in the TPR
  • Request to expand the no parking zone on Court Street near the intersection of Washington Street to account for the location of the new driveway and curb cut into the Garden Remedies Parking Lot
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-147 Obedience to isolated stop signs: Fuller Street at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive, northbound and to add the following entry into TPR-147: Fuller Street at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive, northbound (eastern intersection) and Fuller Street at Commonwealth Avenue, South Drive, northwestbound (western intersection) – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an error in the TPR
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-87. Left turns prohibited: Washington Street onto Waltham Street, eastbound vehicles, between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and to add the following entry into TPR-87. Left turns prohibited: Washington Street onto Waltham Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions
  • Request to add the following entry into TPR-87. Left turns prohibited: Commonwealth Avenue eastbound onto Woodbine Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions
  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: I-95/Massachusetts-128 Northbound, from right turn lane onto Washington Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to insert the following entry into Sec. TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: Grove Street Bypass, from right turn lane onto Washington Street – NOTE: that this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to add into the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) the existing “No Turn on Red” signs on all approaches of Beacon Street/Beethoven Avenue, with the eastbound approach “No Turn on Red” having a restriction of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-87. Left turns prohibited: Oakvale Road, eastbound, into Chestnut Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions
  • Request to insert the following entry into Sec. TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: Quinobequin Road, northbound, from right turn lane onto Washington Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: Elliot Street, northeastbound, from right turn lane onto Boylston Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-88. Right turn only. Grafton Street onto Commonwealth Avenue – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-87. Left turns prohibited: Lyman Street onto Centre Street- NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-87. Left turns prohibited: Beacon Place onto Centre Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs: Pleasant Street at Park Lane, southbound – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions
  • Request to insert the following entry into Sec. TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: Union Street at Beacon Street, northeastbound – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to insert the following entry into Sec. TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: College Road at Beacon Street, southwestbound – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to insert the following entry into Sec. TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs: Hammond Pond Parkway, northbound, from right turn lane onto Beacon Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to delete from Sec. TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs, the following: Park Street at Franklin Street, eastbound and westbound, as well as Park Street at Franklin Street, northeastbound, and to insert into Section TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs, the following: Franklin Street at Park Street, eastbound and westbound (eastern intersection), Park Street at Franklin Street, southbound (western intersection), & Park Street at Franklin Street, northbound (eastern intersection) – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes errors in the TPR
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-87. Left turns prohibited: Dedham Street, northbound onto Nahanton Street westbound at the northernmost intersection of Nahanton Street and Dedham Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions
  • Request to delete following entry from TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: Dedham Street at Nahanton Street, eastbound – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an error in the TPR
  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: Brookline Street, southbound, from right turn lane onto Dedham Street – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs: Brookline Street, southbound, from right turn lane onto Dedham Street- NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR
  • Request to remove the following entry from Sec. TPR-96. No Turn on Red signs: Parker Street, northbound, onto Wheeler Road – NOTE: this item does not make any changes in the field and changes the TPR to match existing field conditions
  • Request from the Director of Transportation Operations – the following to respond to safety concerns and changing conditions brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic: Traffic Council shall be allowed to vote to allow long-term trials on any public street or parking area located within 1,500 feet of a school. These temporary trials may include modifications to the traffic flow, parking, turning restrictions and/or pavement markings, and are to be approved by the Commissioner of Public Works in consultation with the Director of the Planning Department and the Chief of the Newton Police Department. These changes are temporary in nature and would revert to original conditions unless Traffic Council subsequently votes to make these temporary conditions permanent. At any time, the Police Department may end any Traffic Council trial

What’s Up in Newton this Week? COVID-19 cases continue to rise; Budget Deliberations continue; residents call for city leaders to defund Police Department; Three docket items targeted at Police Department; and more…..

COVID-19: COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Newton. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 771 as of June 11th, and the number of related deaths has risen to 118 as of June 9th. See latest stats from the City of Newton here or more detailed information on what’s happening statewide Daily Dashboard-here and Weekly Public Health Report – here. As the State and the City continue to re-open, please stay safe – wear a mask, and continue physical distancing as much as possible.

Budget Deliberations continue: Last week, despite the Zoom bombing and dispicable display of racism at the first Committee of the Whole Meeting, the City Council began its deliberations of the proposed FY2021 Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, and Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan with a lot of focus on the Police Budget and budgets that have seen significant cuts – eg. the Newton Free Library. Deliberations will continue this week beginning on Tuesday, June 16th at 6:00 p.m. and potentially continuing on Thursday and Friday.

Community Meeting on Police Budget: Almost 300 people showed up (virtually) to a well-organized, respectful community meeting regarding the Police Budget. Organizers called upon City leaders to do the following:

  • Reject any proposed increase in the Police Department Budget
  • No new Police Cruisers
  • No new hires, no recruitment (hiring of 5 new patrol officers proposed for $272,740
  • Defund the NPD by at least 10% in the FY2021 Budget and develop a plan for reallocation resources towards community solutions
  • Transfer mental health, addiction, or social service jobs and funds to Health and Human Services, and Education

If you missed it, you can watch it here.

Mayor to make public address: “…racism, public safety and the role of our police, our priorities as evidenced in our City budget, the pandemic and the economic recession” will be addressed by the Mayor, TONIGHT, at 6:00 p.m. You can watch it here or on NewTV.

Focus aimed at Police Department – with 3 targeted items to be discussed at Public Safety and Transportation Committee Meeting this Wednesday:

#275-20 Discussion with the Police and Human Resources about Newton practices COUNCILORS NORTON, DOWNS, GROSSMAN, LAREDO, MALAKIE, AUCHINCLOSS, NOEL AND BOWMAN requesting a discussion with the Newton Police Chief and Human Resources Director about Newton practices regarding recruitment, screening, training, advancement, and removal of police officers, including plans to increase the number of black and minority officers.

#279-20 Resolution on Newton Police Policy and Training COUNCILORS NOEL, ALBRIGHT, BOWMAN, NORTON, DOWNS, LEARY, LIPOF, WRIGHT, KALIS, KRINTZMAN, HUMPHREY, CROSSLEY, GROSSMAN, GREENBERG, RYAN, DANBERG AND AUCHINCLOSS submit a resolution to ensure Newton Police policy and training reflects the values and commitment of our community, reducing police violence, facilitating citizens’ First Amendment Right to peacefully protest, and actively engaging in non-biased community policing.

#280-20 Discussion with Police regarding department policies COUNCILORS ALBRIGHT, BOWMAN, DOWNS, GREENBERG, LEARY, KELLEY, WRIGHT, KALIS, HUMPHREY, MALAKIE, GROSSMAN, DANBERG, NOEL, LIPOF requesting a discussion with Chief McDonald and appropriate members of the Police Department regarding policies and procedures around the use of force and measures to combat racism. One possible outcome to augment departmental community policing might be a citizens’ oversight body that reflects the demographics and values of Newton.

Weekly Road Construction Schedule: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule is now available here.

Committee of the Whole Meetings – continued Budget Deliberations – Week of June 14th

The Committee of the Whole is scheduled to meet three times this week to discuss and possibly vote on the proposed FY2021 Budget, the Capital Improvement Plan, and the Supplement Capital Improvement Plan.

Committee of the Whole – The City Council will meet virtually as a Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, June 16th, at 6:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86134615162 Or iPhone one‐tap :       +16465588656,,86134615162#

You may also:

  • Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33)
  • Viewing a live stream on NewTV’s Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov

Committee of the Whole – If the City Council did not vote on the budget, CIP and Supplemental CIP on Tuesday, the City Council will meet virtually as a Committee of the Whole on Thursday, June 18th, at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89019841547 Or iPhone one‐tap :       +13126266799,,89019841547#

You may also:

  • Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33).
  • Viewing a live stream on NewTV’s Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov

Committee of the Whole – If the City Council did not vote on the budget, CIP and Supplemental CIP on Thursday, the City Council will meet virtually as a Committee of the Whole on Friday, June 19th, at 6:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86728376180 Or iPhone one‐tap :       +13126266799,,86728376180#

You may also:

  • Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33).
  • Viewing a live stream on NewTV’s Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov

Budget Information

Last week, the City Council began it’s budget deliberations as a Committee of the Whole. After three nights, the Council will continue it’s deliberations this week. Note: The City Council voted to approve two Budget Resolutions – both involving the Police Department:

  • Budget Resolution relating to Animal Control Enforcement
  • Budget Resolution to Perform a Bottom-up Analysis of the Police Department

Both of these resolutions can be found here.

All of the Budget Resolutions can be found here.

The Complete Budget Information can be found below:

Here is a compilation of the individual FY2021 Municipal Department Budgets along with the School Department Budget and reports from the City Council Committees that reviewed these budgets.

Executive

City Clerk

Comptroller

Purchasing

Assessing

Treasury

Law

Human Resources

Information Technology

Planning and CPA

Public Buildings

Financial Information Systems

Police

Fire

Inspectional Services

Public Works

Health and Human Services

Senior Services

Veterans Services

Library

Parks, Recreation and Culture

Historic Newton

School Department