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School Committee to Meet on Monday, May 11th

The School Committee will meet virtually on Monday, May 11th beginning with an Executive Session at 5:45 p.m.

To 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.

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.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Convene virtual meeting and vote to enter into Executive Session in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 30A, §§ 18-25 of the Massachusetts General Laws to discuss:
    • strategy with respect to demonstrably likely, and imminently threatened litigation regarding special education;
    • discussion regarding Superintendent’s contract;
    • possible discussion re: EDCO membership where discussion in an Open Meeting will have a detrimental effect on litigation and strategy.

The Committee will then go out of Executive Session and convene in Open Session.

City Council Meetings – Week of May 10th

Committee of the Whole: The City Council will meet virtually as a Committee of the Whole on Monday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m.v- prior to the Full Council Meeting which will begin at 7:45 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85998083926 One tap mobile  +16465588656,,85998083926# Dial by your location  +1 646 558 8656    Meeting ID: 859 9808 3926

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for the approval of $2,000,000 in CPA funding to address the emergency housing needs of Newton’s low and moderate-income citizens through a COVID‐19 Emergency Housing Relief Program. In addition, the funds will be pooled with $500,000 in CDBG funding from the federal CARES Act to emergency housing need

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95216919265 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the following Meeting ID: 952 1691 9265

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to combine to parcels and demolish the existing single-family dwelling and two-family dwelling and construct a 4-unit multi-family dwelling, altering and extending the nonconforming front and side setbacks and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet within a setback at 13-17 Gardner Street – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request to rezone land and request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the Riverside MBTA mixed-use development at 355 and 399 Grove Street – NOTE: The focus of the discussion will be on project revisions. – See Planning Department Memo

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/855684064. To listen to this meeting via phone call 1-646-558-8656 and enter the meeting ID 855 684 064

The agenda includes the following:

  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan
  • Request for a Review of City Council Rules

NOTE: The following budgets will be discussed:

  • Veterans
  • Newton History Museum
  • Parks, Recreation and Culture
  • Health and Human Services

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96148623179 One tap mobile +16465588656,,96148623179# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 961 4862 3179

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a new public auto license for Om Sai Enterprises, Inc
  • Appeal of the approval of Traffic Council petition TC87-19 on January 23, 2020 on removing the stop signs on Roosevelt Road, in both directions, and retaining the stop signs on Theodore Road

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/754834867 One tap mobile +16465588656,,754834867# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 754 834 867

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request discussion with the Sustainability Team to create an ordinance to limit or prohibit the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction and substantially renovated buildings, as well as to clarify the Council’s authority to prohibit the extension of gas.

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/941974961 One tap mobile +16465588656,,941974961# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 941 974 961

The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing pursuant to 5-58, for schematic design and site plan approval at 130 Wheeler Road for the construction of three-classroom additions to accommodate a significant and sustained increase in enrollment
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

NOTE: The following budgets will be discussed:

  • Public Buildings

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 10th

Commission on Disability: The Commission on Disability will meet virtually on Monday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/415115921 Meeting ID: 415 115 921 One tap mobile +16465588656,,415115921# Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 415 115 921

The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of April 13, 2020 Minutes
  • CDBG Report
  • Accessible Fines Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • ADA Coordinator’s Report
  • Comments to the Open Space and Recreation Plan
  • Action Items from Goals at 3/4/20 Meeting
    • Brochure
    • Collaboration with HRC & FHC
    • Updating COD Webpage
    • Facebook Page
    • Articles for Distribution
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Alternate COD Member to Attend Mayor’s Quarterly Meetings
  • Planning for the ADA 30th Anniversary
  • Harvest Fair
    • Film Screening-December 3-Remote or In-Person?
    • MOD CAM Program Online?
  • Ideas for Fines Funded Projects
  • Donations to Non-Profit Disability Organizations
  • Grants to Newton Elementary Schools for Accessible Playground Equipment
  • Mayor’s Breakfast Update

Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89298626188 Or go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the Meeting ID: 89298626188 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, use one tap mobile +16465588656,,89298626188# US (New York) Or click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the Meeting ID: 89298626188

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install raised garden beds at 197 Grove Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build a rear addition, patio, and walkway at 19 Fern Street

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

Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 12th at 6:30 p.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting, go to: https://zoom.us/j/198026272 or +16465588656,,198026272#

The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of April 7, 2020 Minutes
  • City Updates
  • Discussion Items
    • Report from Survey Subgroup
    • Report from City Services Subgroup
    • Report from Marketing Subgroup
    • Report from Mentoring Subgroup
  • Recovery Fund Proposal
  • Next steps
    • “Interview” of survey respondents and incorporate survey data into subgroup section
    • Process to finalize the letter of ideas to the Mayor
    • Potential need for interim meeting to review draft letter
    • Approval of recommended ideas and the letter to the Mayor
  • Other Business

Election Commission: The Election Commission will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 10th at 2:00 p.m.

To Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85063010899 One tap mobile:16465588656,,85063010899# US (New York) Dial in:646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 85063010899

The agenda includes the following:

  • Updates on the September and November 2020 Elections.
  • Review of Polling Locations for September and November 2020 Elections.
  • Review of Plans for Polling Locations during Pandemic
  • Other Business.

Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m.

To Join the Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/309998760 or Dial +16465588656,,309998760#

The agenda includes the following:

  • Four Sign Permit Requests:
    • Bowen Cooperative Nursery School – 297 Lowell Avenue
    • Beth Isreal Lahey Health Urgent Care – 200-220 Boylston Street
    • Restore Hyper Wellness and Cryotherapy – 55 Needham Street
    • Trador Hair Salon – 901 Walnut Street
  • Request for a Comprehensive Sign Package for the Riverside/MBTA Development – 355 and 399 Grove Street

The Staff Memo can be found here.

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will meet virtually on Thursday, May 14th 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: 717372773.

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: 390-740-999 or use the direct link https://zoom.us/j/717372773.

To participate in this virtual meeting by calling in, dial: +16465588656 and enter the meeting ID: 717372773, followed by the # symbol

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to determine compliance regarding enclosing an area under the house with lath – at 116 Upland Avenue
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for a teardown/rebuild of a single-family home at 6 Vaughn Avenue
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) regarding a mixed-use Chapter 40B development at 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) on a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) regarding a mixed-use Chapter 40B development at Dunstan Street/Washington Street/Kempton Place – Dunstan East
  • Request for a three-year extension for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for generic DPW Roadwork
  • Request for a Certificate of Compliance (“COC”) for major landscaping in the Buffer Zone at 55 Grace Road
  • Conservation Area Decisions – Hydro-raking in Houghton Garden
  • Approval of April 23, 2020 Minutes
  • City of Newton 2020-20207 Open Space and Recreation Plan

The Packet documents can be found here.

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission: The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet virtually on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to https://zoom.us/j/99973593703 Or go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the Meeting ID: 99973593703 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, use one tap mobile +16465588656,,99973593703# US (New York) Or click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the Meeting ID: 99973593703

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to restore the exterior by replacing the siding, windows, doors, and lights; restoring the trim; and repairing and replacing the porch railing. Extend the second floor and construct a new roof at the rear, construct four shed dormers, and an overhang at the side entry door at 336 Elliot Street/7 Hale Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the existing rear addition with a new rear addition at 56 Rockland Place
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for approval of the replacement of the rear deck and stair at 18 Cliff Road – Violation

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

Newtonville Area Council to Meet – on Thursday, May 14th

The Newtonville Area Council will meet virtually on Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m.

To Join the Meeting on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86585788275?pwd=UWNtb3R6NzdLOVp6YnNHSmNaUzFFZz09 Meeting ID# 865 8578 8275  Password = 205995

The tentative agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • Burning Issues
  • Discussion with Josh Morse, Commissioner of Public Buildings re: NewCAL
  • Planning in uncertain times
    • Charitable, especially helping with food distribution
    • Monitoring: construction, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, rent hardship
    • Community spirit, emotional support
    • Budgetary – Is the budget being handled wisely – Are we headed toward a fiscal crisis?

The agenda also includes suggested reading for the topic: Planning in uncertain times.

City Council Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee – May 5, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for an Extension of Time to Exercise a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the construction of an addition to the single-car garage extending the non-conforming setback, parking within the setback, and within 5 feet of the street and relief to exceed the allowable FAR at 1188 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert space on the third floor of an existing two-family structure to allow an interior accessory apartment exceeding 1000 sq. ft. at 169 Hunnewell Avenue – See Draft Council Order

Programs and Services Committee – May 6, 2020 Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to submit a Resolution to the State Legislature requesting approval of mail-in voting for the 2020 Elections and that the Secretary of State develop plans to implement it in Massachusetts – NOTE: The vote was 6-02 (Councilors Wright, Baker abstaining) – NOTE: The vote was 6-0-2 (Wright and Baker abstaining)


Programs and Services Committee

What’s Up In Newton this Week? – COVID-19 cases and deaths increase, Governor orders mandatory face coverings, School Committee votes to reduce its previously approved budget by $1.5 million and will present to City Council this week and more….

COVID-19: The number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and deaths in Newton has increased. The total number of confirmed positive cases was 559 as of April 30th and the number of deaths reported was at 71 as of April 28th. Over the weekend, the State reported additional confirmed cases and deaths with 68,087 confirmed cases and 4,004 deaths of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The State issues a comprehensive daily report which can be found here. City and Town updates on reported on Wednesdays. If you are a data geek like me, please take a look at Newton resident, Jack Prior’s most excellent Covid-19 website and incredible app!

Governor Orders Face Coverings: There’s been a lot of discussion in the community regarding facial masks – required or not indoors and outdoors.
While many of our surrounding communities adopted ordinances requiring residents to wear masks – (but not Newton), the Governor ordered that any person over the age of 2, who is in a public place in the Commonwealth, whether indoors or outdoors who is unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet from every other person, to cover their mouth and nose with a mask or a face covering – except if there is a medical condition or other Department of Health exemption. The Order requires all persons to wear a face-covering when inside a grocery store, pharmacy, and any retail store. The requirement extends to those using or providing transportation (taxis, ride-sharing, public transit) while within an enclosed or semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area. The order goes into effect this Wednesday and can be enforced by the Department of Health, local boards of health, and with the assistance of state and local police. The order can be found here.

The Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce is reporting that masks may be available for purchase.

Where you can buy face masks and other PPE
 
Here’s some local businesses selling Personal Protection Equipment. Call ahead to confirm and please tell them you heard about it from the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.
National Lumber on Needham Street reports that it has “ample supplies”of three-ply masks in 10 packs and 50 packs, as well as KN95’s masks and disposable gloves.
Keyes Drugs in Auburndale has supplies of surgical masks (limit 5 per person) and offers curbside pickup.
Union Pharmacy in Newton Centre will be getting surgical masks later this week, also is selling N95 masks.
Hipstitch in West Newton is making and taking orders for fabric masks. There’s a three day turn around for shipping.
Rafinova in Needham has pivoted to importing cloth masks. They used to import bags and accessories.
Birds Hill Pharmacy in Needham is making its own hand sanitizer.
Fully Promoted in Newton has access to a variety of PPE items, including medical grade KN95 masks, fabric and disposable masks, gowns, hand sanitizer.

Mayor asks Schools to reduce Budget by $1.5 million: Last Monday, the Mayor asked the School Department to reduce it’s previously approved budget by $1.5 million. The School Department voted last Thursday, to reduce it’s budget and will present it to the Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee on Wednesday, May 6th. The agenda can be found here.

Newton Food Pantry: Thanks to very generous donors, the Newton Food Pantry has been able to continue to serve those in need. For example, it has been able to provide curbside pickup twice a month to Newton residents (previously only once a month) – serving 978 households – 30″ new to the Food Pantry since March 18th; provide bulk grocery deliveries to seniors in 9 different Newton housing facilities, provide deliveries to those homebound because of disabilities or severe medical conditions, provide canned and dried goods for the city’s Backpack Program.

In addition to donating double-bagged grocery bags and egg cartons ( they can be dropped off at 61 Ballard Street or 36 Metacoment Road ONLY), please consider a financial donation at www.newtonfoodpantry.org/donate/

Additional potential food sources:

  • Whitson’s – Currently, the School’s Food Service Vendor, Whitson’s, is providing students with nutritious meals at three school sites, 150 Jackson Road, Newton North, and Newton South The School Committee reports that coordination is underway with City Officials to open serving sites to all residents regardless of age.
  • Newton Boys and Girls Club: In partnership with Lovin Spoonfuls and Newton Rotary, the Club is making socially distant, front porch deliveries of fresh ingredients and staple meals to families who request Covid 19 Food Assistance. For more information on this and other available programs visit www.newtonbgc.com.

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

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of May 3rd

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m. To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95695742827 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the following Meeting ID: 956 9574 2827

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an Extension of Time to Exercise a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the construction of an addition to the single-car garage extending the non-conforming setback, parking within the setback, and within 5 feet of the street and relief to exceed the allowable FAR at 1188 Chestnut Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert space on the third floor of an existing two-family structure to allow an interior accessory apartment exceeding 1000 sq. ft. at 169 Hunnewell Avenue
  • Request to rezone land and request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for the Riverside MBTA mixed-use development at 355 and 399 Grove Street – Please note the presentation and discussion will focus on the Grove Street Bike Lane and discussion relative to mitigation and other aspects of the project – See Planning Memo

Programs and Services Committee and Finance Committee: The Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee will meet convene jointly and virtually on Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86814394716 or call 1-646- 558-8656 and use the following Meeting ID: 868-1439-4716

This joint Budget meeting will focus on School Enrollment, School Department Budget, and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget including updates on all current and planned school construction projects.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Request to submit a Resolution to the State Legislature requesting approval of mail-in voting for the 2020 Elections and that the Secretary of State develop plans to implement it in Massachusetts

The Superintendent’s Proposed FY2021 Budget can be found here. Memo from Liam Hurley regarding adjustments to the Budget can be found here. The FY2021-FY2025 CIP can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting has been cancelled. The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/92360294374. To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 923 6029 4374

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to discuss and adopt the 2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan, a letter stating that the Zoning and Planning Committee reviewed the Plan, and adoption of the plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan – See Planning Department Memo – NOTE: The Committee will meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board to hold a public hearing on this item.
  • Request to review and, if appropriate, an update of Chapter 22, Sections 22-50 to 22-76 that relate to demolition delays, historic designation, and landmarking – See Planning Department Memo

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee’s regularly scheduled meeting has been cancelled due to the School Budget Meeting. The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.


Traffic Council
: The Traffic Council will meet virtually on Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://zoom.us/j/95333013716 One tap mobile +16465588656,,95333013716# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 953 3301 3716

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request stop signs on the Pleasant Street southbound and westbound approaches at Lake Avenue to create an all-way stop
  • Request to prohibit parking all days and all times on the east side of Pleasant Street, beginning at the intersection with Lake Avenue heading northerly 85 feet, to provide for safe maneuverability around the Pleasant Street and Lake Avenue intersection
  • Request to extend the blue zone on the east side of Pleasant Street to a point 20 feet north of Tyler Terrace
  • Request to remove the “No Parking” sign (in the direction towards Parsons Street) in front of 1069 Washington Street
  • Request to insert into the provision of Sec. TPR-146. Flashing Warning light locations, on River Street at Elm Court (pedestrian activated RRFB)
  • Request to insert into the provision of Sec. TPR-146. Flashing Warning light locations on Cabot Street at Blake Street (pedestrian activated RRFB)
  • Request to insert into the provision of Sec. TPR-146. Flashing Warning light locations on East Side Parkway at Winchester Street (pedestrian activated RRFB)
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-85. One-way streets: Page Road: (1) from Lowell Avenue westerly to Watertown Street, and to add the following entry into Sec. TPR-85. One-way streets: Page Road: (1) from Lowell Avenue westerly to Walker Street. Note that this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an error in the TPR
  • Request to insert into the provision of Sec. TPR-85. One-way streets, the following: Dolphin Road from Mandalay Road to Fellsmere Road. Note that this item does not make any changes in the field and fixes an omission in the TPR

The following requests are to remove entries from the Traffic and Parking Regulations (“TPR”)and removal will not make any changes in the field and only fixes an error in the TPR:

  • Request to remove the following entry fro TPR-85: One-way streets: Gibbs Street, from Centre Street easterly to end, and to add the following entry into TPR-85. One-way streets: Gibbs Street from Centre Street to Sumner Street.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-85. One-way streets: Hammond Street from Priscilla Road to Beacon Street and to add the following entry into TPR-85. One-way streets: Hammond Street from Priscilla Road to College Road.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-85. One-way streets: Hammond Street from Priscilla Road to Beacon Street and to add the following entry into TPR-85. One-way streets: Hammond Street from Priscilla Road to College Road.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-85. One-way streets: Langley Road, from Centre Street easterly to Crescent Avenue and to add the following entry into Sec. TPR85. One-way streets: Langley Road, from Centre Street to Sumner Street.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-85. One-way streets: Sumner Street (2) from Willow Street to Beacon Street, and to add the following entry into Sec. TPR-85. Oneway streets: Sumner Street (2) from Beacon Street to Willow Street.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-147 Obedience to isolated stop signs: Pleasant Street at Chapin Road, northbound.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-85. One-way streets: Nonantum Street – Nonantum Street, from Marlboro Street westerly to Waverley Avenue, Ward 7, and to add the following entry into Sec. TPR-85. One-way streets: Nonantum Street, from Shornecliffe Road to Waverley Avenue.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-85. One-way streets: Phillips Street, from Commonwealth Avenue southeasterly to Bourne Street, and to add the following entry into Sec. TPR-85. One-way streets: Phillips Street from Bourne Street to Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Request to add the following entry into TPR-147 Obedience to isolated stop signs: Crescent Street at Robinhood Street, northbound.
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-147 Obedience to isolated stop signs: Evelyn Road at Beacon Street, southbound.

The Chair intends to entertain a Motion for No Action Necessary on the following item:List

  • Request to modify Sec. TPR-147 Obedience to isolated stop signs. to match existing conditions at the intersection of Pleasant Street at Chapin Road. This item makes no change in the field

Full City Council to Meet on Monday, May 4th

The Full City Council is scheduled to meet virtually on Monday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. To join the meeting, go to: https://zoom.us/j/674089549 Meeting ID: 674-089-549 One tap mobile +16465588656,,674089549# US (New York) Land line +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 674-089-549 You may also: 1. Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33). 2. Viewing a live stream on NewTV’s Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov

The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Programs and Services Committee – April 22, 2020 Report: The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to allocate $500,000 to a non-lapsing account dedicated to the City’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19; additionally, re-classify the previously approved $250,000 to the same account and allow the administration to disburse these funds to support compensation, supplies, or other accounts as necessary. NOTE: Programs & Services voted as follows: #239-20(1) $250,000 – Approved 6-0-2 (Councilors Krintzman and Noel abstaining)
  • Four Reappointments to the Off-Leash Dog Task Force Ted Kuklinski
    • Mary Lee Belleville
    • Amy Koel
    • Lee McIntyre
  • Two re-appointments to the Farm Commission
    • James Harper
    • Vaunita Schnell
  • Two re-appointments to the Biosafety Committee
    • William Dietrich
    • Gary du Moulin

Public Facilities – April 22, 2020 Report: The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a grant of location to install a proposed 24×36 vault at existing utility pole #437/23 (in front of 230 Walnut Street) and trench 74’+ in a westerly direction across Walnut Street to private property at 845 Washington Street
  • Request for a 5-58 – schematic design and site plan approval for renovation of the existing parking lot which will include modifications to site circulation, including pedestrian and traffic movements, landscaping, site lighting, storm drainage improvements, additional parking spaces and the installation of new solar arrays which will generate electrical power to be used by the library – 330 Homer Street
  • Three reappointments to the Designer Selection Committee:
    • Amy MacKrell
    • Tamar Warburg
    • Howard Goldberg

Finance Committee – April 27, 2020 Report: The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to accept and expend a $100,000 MassDOT Community Transit Grant to assist with the City’s NewMo program that provides transportation for older adults
  • Request to accept and expend a $396,500 Commonwealth MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for design and engineering services for the extension of the Upper Falls Greenway and Pettee Square streetscape enhancements
  • Request to allocate $500,000 from Free Cash to a non-lapsing account dedicated to the City’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and to allow re-classification of a previously approved $250,000 to the same account and allow use of the funds to support compensation, supplies, or other accounts as necessary
  • Resolution to the Mayor to determine the feasibility of capping delivery fees charged to businesses

Zoning and Planning Committee – April 27, 2020 Report: All items were held in the Zoning and Planning Committee.

Land Use Committee – April 28, 2020 Report: The Land Use Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert the existing structure from an existing non-conforming office use to a new non-conforming use at 632 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow changes to a site plan at 5- 7 Elm StreetThe Petitioner requested to withdraw the petition without prejudice. The Committee voted unanimously in favor.