Category: City Council

Full City Council to Meet on Monday, March 18th

The Full City Council will meet on Monday, March 18th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here and the Docket Addendum can be found here.

In addition, there are memos for two items under consideration:

  • Memo from Ward 8 Councilors regarding proposed amendment for consideration for the Brown Middle School solar carport installation
  • Memo from Chair of Public Facilities regarding Wireless Application Fee

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee Report – March 5th:  The Land Use Committee met on March 5th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of detached single-car garage where an attached two-car garage exists, to allow greater than 700 sq. ft. of garage space and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet in height in the setback at 32 Baldpate Hill Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a for-profit school in the existing building at at 739 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to demolish an existing garage and replace it with a single-car attached garage, library space and a second-story accessory apartment, increasing the FAR to .65, where .44 is allowed and .50 exists at 46 Berwick Road
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow construction of a rear addition to the basement, first-floor, and second floor, increasing the height to 41.56 feet where 41.12 feet exists and 36 feet is allowed and increasing the non-conforming FAR to .42 where .36 exists and .33 is allowed at 45 Hyde Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to demolish and existing stair and landing at the rear of the structure and constructing a new larger deck and stairs further extending the existing non-conforming side setback at 110 Greenlawn Avenue
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-car garage creating more than 700 sq. ft. of garage space and more than one garage at 106 Sumner Street

Programs and Services Committee Report – March 6th:  The Programs and Services Committee met on March 6th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to submit a Statement of Interest to the MSBA for consideration of funding for the renovation/addition of Countryside Elementary School, designated as the highest priority for a major project after Cabot Elementary School, and Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School and the Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Request to re-appoint Brooke Foucault Welles to the Human Rights Commission

All other items were held.

Public Facilities Committee Report – March 6th:  The Public Facilities Committee met on March 6th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to submit a Statement of Interest to the MSBA for consideration of funding for the renovation/addition of Countryside Elementary School, designated as the highest priority for a major project after Cabot Elementary School, and Lincoln-Eliot
  • Request to appropriate $1,364,006 from bonded indebtedness to pay costs, including incidental and/or related costs of replacing boilers at Bigelow Middle School of which 32% of the cost will supported by the MSBA
  • Request to appropriate $5.6 million from bonded indebtedness to fund the construction of West Newton Square, which includes street and pedestrian improvements, traffic flow upgrades, signal upgrades, parking upgrades and the addition of bike lanes

All other items were held.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee Report – March 6th:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on March 6th and voted to approve the following:

  • Request to appropriate $5.6 million from bonded indebtedness to fund the construction of West Newton Square, which includes street and pedestrian improvements, traffic flow upgrades, signal upgrades, parking upgrades and the addition of bike lanes

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request for a discussion with Chief of Fire regarding fire building codes for new buildings and stick construction as well as on how the department ensures hydrants are in good working order

Finance Committee Report – March 11th:  The Finance Committee met on March 11th and voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of James Shaughnessy as Director of Assessing
  • Request to submit a Statement of Interest to the MSBA for consideration of funding for the renovation/addition of Countryside Elementary School, designated as the highest priority for a major project after Cabot Elementary School, and Lincoln-Eliot
  • Request to appropriate $1,364,006 from bonded indebtedness to pay costs, including incidental and/or related costs of replacing boilers at Bigelow Middle School of which 32% of the cost will supported by the MSBA
  • Request to amend Section 17-3 of the City of Newton’s Ordinances and adopt the FCC’s presumptively reasonable application fees for wireless attachments and new pole construction and conduct studies of the costs to document the City’s time and expenses regarding these applications
  • Request to amend the non-resident parking permit fee from $25 to better cover the costs and encourage alternatives to driving in parts of the City where demand is high
  • Request to amend Council Order #51-19 to authorize the transfer of $1,250,000 from the Angier Elementary School Project Account to the Capital Stabilization Account to the Accelerated Roads Program
  • Request to amend the FY2019 Budget Council order by increasing Retirement Accounts in both the Sewer Funds Benefits Account and the Water Funds Benefit Account by decreasing Sewer Maintenance and Operation by $188,067 and decreasing Water Maintenance and Operation by $302,283
  • Request to re-appropriate unspent bond funds for completed projects to new projects (see report for full listing)

Zoning and Planning Committee Report – March 11th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on March 11th and voted No Action Necessary on a proposed zoning amendment to allow Registered Marijuana Dispensaries and Marijuana Retailers by Special Permit in Limited Manufacturing and Manufacturing Districts.  All other items were held.

Land Use Committee Report – March 12th:  The Land Use Committee held a continuation of a public hearing on March 12th to discuss the Northland Development – specifically to hear an overview of the project revisions as they relate to site design, open space and fiscal/economic impacts and receive public comments.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of March 10th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Jim Shaughnessy as Director of Assessing Administration
  • Request authorization to submit Statement of Interest to the MSBA for consideration of funding for a renovation/addition of Countryside Elementary School, designated as the highest priority for a major project after Cabot Elementary School and the Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School and the Newton Early Childhood Program
  • Request to appropriate $1,364,006 from bonded indebtedness for to fund  incidental and/or related costs, of replacing the boilers at Bigelow Middle School which the City may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
  • Request to amend Section 17-3 of the City of Newton’s Ordinances and adopt the FCC’s presumptively reasonable application fees for wireless attachments and new pole construction and conduct studies of the costs to document the City’s time and expenses regarding these applications
  • Request to amend the non-resident parking permit fee from $25 to better cover the costs and encourage alternatives to driving in parts of the City where demand is high
  • Request to rescind the city’s acceptance of Section 22F of the Mass General Laws Chapter 40 which authorizes certain municipal boards and officers to fix reasonable fees for the issuance of certain licenses, permits, or certificates
  • Request for an ordinance amendment requiring divestment from direct or indirect investment in fossil fuel companies
  • Request to amend Council Order #51-19 to authorize the transfer of $1,250,000 from the Angier Elementary School Project Account to the Capital Stabilization Account to the Accelerated Roads Program
  • Request to amend the FY2019 Budget Council order by increasing Retirement Accounts in both the Sewer Funds Benefits Account and the Water Funds Benefit Account by decreasing Sewer Maintenance and Operation by $188,067 and decreasing Water Maintenance and Operation by $302,283
  • Request to re-appropriate unspent bond funds for completed projects to new projects (see agenda for full listing)

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment and Re-appointment of David Kayserman, 33 Hancock Street, as a member of the Auburndale Historic District Commission
  • Request to amend Chapter 30, Section 4.4.1. Business, Mixed Use & Manufacturing Districts. to allow Registered Marijuana Dispensaries and marijuana retailers by special permit in Limited Manufacturing and Manufacturing Districts – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance to increase the required percentage of affordable units; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units; and to clarify and improve the ordinance with other changes as necessary – See Planning Memo
  • Continued discussion of the Draft Zoning Ordinance – with overview of the Development Review Process – See Planning Memo

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda will be solely focused on the Northland Development specifically an overview of the project revisions as they relate to site design, open space and fiscal/economic impacts. See Planning Memo.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber for a conceptual review of a proposed Riverside Station Mixed-Use/Transit Oriented Development. The agenda can be found here and the Concept Plans can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Public Facilities Committee – February 20th:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to amend Section 17-3 of the City of Newton Ordinances adopting the FCC’s presumptively reasonable application fees for wireless attachments and new pole construction and conduct cost studying in the coming months to document the City’s time and expenses regarding these applications
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

All other items were held.

Finance Committee – February 25th:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Amendments to Section 17-23(d) of the Newton City Ordinances to include fines for overtime parking violations – $15.00 for metered and unmetered spaces
  • Amendments to Chapter 29, Section 120(a) Stormwater Use Charge by deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with $100 charge billed quarterly for 1-4 family dwellings and all other properties $0.0425 per square foot of impervious surface area, except that if the square footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150.00, then the annual fee shall be $150.00
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime
  • Re-appointment of Charles Grillo, Jr. as Constable for the City of Newton
  • Request to apply bond premiums to for payment of each capital project cost and the amount authorized  to be borrowed for each such project shall be reduced by the amount of any such premium so applied

Zoning and Planning Committee – February 25th:  The Zoning and Planning Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Kelley Brown to the Planning and Development Board
  • Re-appointment of Daniel Green to the Newton Conservation Commission

All other items were held. Please be sure to read the report for a detailed discussion of Zoning Redesign and the Build-out Analysis.

Land Use Committee – February 26th:  The Land Use Committee voted to APPROVE the following:

  • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to create two attached dwelling units, allowing waivers and reductions of other requirements such as lot area, parking, setback, and lot coverage requirements
    at 20 Dale Street/19 Simpson Terrace
  • Request for an Extension of Time to exercise a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles in excess of 700 sq. ft. and increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue
  • Request for an Extension of Time to Open a Public Hearing to amend Special Permit Council Order #288-18 to allow retail marijuana sales in conjunction with as the approved RMD (Registered Medical Dispensary) and waive additional requirements such as facade transparency, parking requirements (stall dimensions, aisle width, screening, landscaping, and lighting requirements)  at 24-26 Elliot Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to construct a six-unit residential dwelling, to construct a second three-story 34.5’ residential dwelling with three units, allow ground floor units, and allow reduction and waivers of parking and lighting requirements at 424-432 Cherry Street

The Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on the following request:

  • Request for a review of compliance of the current Hancock Estates project with the
    approved special permit

Traffic Council Report – February 28th:  The Traffic Council voted to APPROVE the following:

  • Parking prohibited between 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on the East Side of Kingsbury Road, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
  • Parking meter time limit changed from 1 hour to 2 hours for parking meters along Walnut Street and Lincoln Street
  • Addition of Cheswick Road to the Auburndale Village Parking District with the following restrictions:   2-hour limit, all days, all times in front of the Lasell College properties; no parking 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., all days + parking by Auburndale Permit Only, Sept 1 to May 15, remainder of Cheswick Road, both sides
  • Addition of “No Right Turn on Red” restrictions at the intersection of Center and Church Street – all approaches

The Traffic Council voted to DENY the following:

  • Request for parking restrictions on the northern branch of Waban Avenue from #81 to #119 between Manitoba and Crofton
  • Request for a two-hour parking limit 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on School Days, east side of Paulson Road from Beacon Street to Evelyn Road

The Traffic Council voted No Action Necessary on the following item:

  • Request to modify the TPR (Traffic Parking Regulations) regarding pedestrian hybrid beacons to replace damaged traffic signal on Lexington Street near the Burr School

All other items were held.

 

Washington Street Planning – Important Dates – Especially this Wednesday, February 27th at Franklin Elementary School

Washington Street Vision Plan:  Chair of Zoning, Susan Albright released this memo regarding the status and scheduling of Washington Street Planning.

  • Public Comment Period ends on March 12th. Vision Plan link can be found here.
  • First discussion of draft Vision Plan in the Zoning and Planning Committee will take place on March 25th.

Washington Street Zoning Code will be discussed at the Franklin Elementary School on Wednesday, February 27th at 6:45 p.m. All are invited to attend and encouraged to provide feedback and comments to the Planning Department.

City Council Meetings – Week of February 24th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Proposal to amend Section 17-23(d) of the City of Newton Ordinances to include Overtime parking fines of $15 for metered spaces and non-metered time restricted spaces
  • Proposal to amend Chapter 29, Section 120 (a) Stormwater Use Charge by deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following rates:  $100 for 1-4 families and $0.0425 per square foot of impervious surface area  except that if the square footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150.00, then the annual fee shall be $150.00
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve- Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime
  • Re-appointment of Charles Grillo, Jr. as a Constable
  • Request to authorize the Administration to supplement prior bond authorizations and apply bond premiums to the payment of capital project costs in accordance with the Municipal Modernization Act

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Re-appointment of Kelley Brown to the Planning and Development Board
  • Re-appointment of Daniel Green to the Conservation Commission
  • Progress Report of the Riverside Vision Plan – See Planning Memo
  • Review of the Draft Zoning Ordinance – Planning Department will provide a review of all Districts and present the Build-Out Analysis – See Planning Memo

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Two requests for an Extension of Time to Exercise  a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval:
    • to create two attached dwelling units, allowing waivers to the lot are requirements and lot area per unit requirements, to reduce the side setback requirement, to reduce the lot coverage requirement, to allow a driveway within 10’ of a side lot line and to allow parking within 20’ of a side lot line at 20 Dale Street/19 Simpson Terrace
    • to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at
  • A request for an Extension of Time to Open a Public Hearing until March 26th to amend a previously approved Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow retail marijuana sales in conjunction with an approved Registered Medical Dispensary and waive requirements such as facade, parking requirements, screening requirements, landscaping requirements, and lighting requirements at 24-26 Elliot Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a attached dwelling unit to the existing single-family structure,  reduce lot area, frontage and lot coverage  requirements, to reduce front and side setback requirements and to allow a driveway along the side lot line, requiring an amendment to Variance #99442 at 10 Pillion Court
  • Compliance Review of the Hancock Estates Special Permit
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert an existing single-family dwelling to construct a six-unit residential dwelling with, to construct a second three-story 34.5’ residential dwelling with three units, to allow ground floor units and reduction in parking requirements and waivers to other conditions including stall width, aisle width, driveway width, landscape screening and lighting at 424- 432 Cherry Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to  allow a 36’ three-story nine-unit multi-family dwelling with accessory parking or nine cars, to allow multi-family residential use on the ground level in a Business 1 District, and allow reductions and waivers to parking requirements, setback requirements, retaining wall heights and screening and lighting requirements at 39 Herrick Road

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a two-hour parking limit including Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., both sides, from Hammond Street to Suffolk Road to deter student and commuter parking – Note: This was held for trial of the following: No parking 8:00 a.m.
    to 10:00 a.m., except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Kingsbury Road,
    east side
  • Request for parking restrictions on the northern branch of Waban Avenue from #81 to #119 Waban Avenue between Manitoba Road and Crofton Road:  a) No parking, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, on the northern side (residential side) of the northern branch of Waban Avenue, and b) Two-hour parking restriction, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, southern side (reservation side) of the northern branch of Waban Avenue to deter commuter congestion and enhance safety
  • Request for a two-hour parking limit  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., school days, east side, Paulson Road from Beacon Street to Evelyn Road
  • Requesting for review and changes to  parking duration at the parking meters on Lincoln and Walnut streets in Newton Highlands
  • Request for Resident Parking Only on Roberta Road
  • Request to change parking regulations on Cheswick Road, potentially to include joining the Auburndale resident parking program
  • Request to modify the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) Sec. TPR-145.
    Traffic-control signal locations, part (a) Traffic control signals shall be placed
    at the following locations, and part (b) Pedestrian hybrid beacons shall be
    placed at the following locations, so as to replace the damaged traffic signal on
    Lexington Street at the Burr School, which is currently listed in part (a) of TPR145,
    with a pedestrian hybrid beacon at the same location. – NOTE: Chair will request Motion for No Action Necessary.
  • Request to add No Right on Red restrictions into the TPR at the intersection of Church Street at Centre Street

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of February 17th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 7:15 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend a $19,741.60 Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
  • Proposed Ordinance amendments to Chapter 12, Section 71 by revising the definition of  “reusable bag”, revising the definition for retailers to include establishments of less than 3,500 sq. ft., and adding a 10-cent fee for paper bags provided by the retailer

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an amendment to Section 17-3 of the City of Newton Ordinances adopting the Federal Communications Commission’s presumptive reasonable application fees for wireless attachments and new pole construction and conduct cost studying in the coming months to document the City’s time and expenses regarding these applications
  • Submission of the 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Request for an evaluation of the City’s street sweeping policies and protocols
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve- Snow and Ice Removal Account to Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

Programs and Services Committee:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Programs and Services Committee has been cancelled. Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee has been cancelled. Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Land Use Committee – February 5th:  The Land Use Committee met and voted to approve the following:

  • Request for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend the habitable space above an existing attached garage, creating an FAR of .36 where .34 is allowed and .34 exists at 11 Village Circle
  • Request for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to waive 15 parking stalls, to waive perimeter landscaping requirements of an outdoor play area and to waive perimeter landscaping requirements of a parking facility associated with a day care center in a residential zone to support the proposed day care at 1440-1450 Washington Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert the existing 2.5 story structure into an eight-bedroom hotel with a ground floor restaurant at 1170-1176 Walnut Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval 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 a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the expansion of a nonconforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story multi family development 32.6’ in height in a manufacturing district with greater than 20,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area, allowing a nonconforming front setback, to allow a reduction of the requirement for parking to 1.25 stalls per unit, to waive maneuvering space for restricted parking stalls, to allow tandem parking and to allow retaining walls greater than four feet in height in the setback at 182-184 California Street
  • Request for a Class 2 Auto Dealers License for Sonoma Classics, LLC at 1215 Chestnut Street

Programs and Services Committee – February 6th:  The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Re-appointment of Amy Sangiolo (that’s me!), Julia Malakie, and Beth Wilkinson to the Urban Tree Commission
  • Proposed Ordinance Amendments to Chapter 12, Section 71, by revising the definition of “reusable bag” , revising the definition for retailers to includes establishments of less than 3,500 sq. ft., and adding a 10 cent fee for paper bags by the retailer

The Committee voted No Action Necessary on proposed amendments to the Plastic Bag Ordinance as it was similar to the item listed above.

All other items were held.  NOTE:  There was a substantive discussion regarding the Charter Subcommittee’s Report. See Report.

Public Facilities Committee  February 6th:  The Public Facilities Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following accounts:  Rental – Vehicles and Regular Overtime
  • Request to amend the Stormwater Use Charge Ordinance by deleting the current rate structure and replacing it with the following:  $100 for 1-4 family dwellings and $0.0425 per sq. ft. of impervious surface area, except if the sq. footage charge multiplied by the total impervious area of the parcel equals a sum less than $150, then the annual fee shall be $150
  • Request authorization to enter into negotiations for the potential lease of 18 municipal and school properties for purposes of third-party construction, ownership, and operation of on-site renewable solar energy generation from which the City will purchase electric output or net metering credits – See Draft Lease Agreement
  • Appointment of Steven Ferry to the Solid Waste Comminssion

Public Safety and Transportation Committee – February 6th:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted to No Action Necessary on the following:

  • Request amendments to Chapter 24, Section 24-11 Supplemental Traffic Control Detail and amend Section 19-46 to include the new Supplemental Traffic Control Detail appointees

The request to end the winter parking ban on select streets in Ward 2 and Ward 3 was held.

Finance Committee – February 11th:  The Finance Committee voted to approve the following:

  • Appointment of Michelle Pizzi O’Brien as the Director of Human Resources
  • Submittal of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and external audit reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018
  • Review of the June 30, 2017 Independent Financial Audit Report  (Go here for reports)
  • Request to appropriate and expend $51,168.77 for full and final settlement of claims filed by Roger Counts against the City
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $20,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for the Newton Food Safety Training Video Project *
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $3,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for Environmental Health Specialist Training*
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $4,000 Mass Housing Finance Authority grant to support activities of the Hoarding Task Force *
  • Request to amend a previously granted Council Order by changing the funding source of $28,804 received from the State as reimbursement for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from Revenue 2018 to Free Cash
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following:  Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

All other items were held.

Zoning and Planning Committee – February 10th:  All items were held.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of February 10th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Michelle Pizzi O’Brien as the Director of Human Resources
  • Submittal of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and external audit reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018
  • Review of the June 30, 2017 Independent Financial Audit Report  (Go here for reports)
  • Request to rescind the acceptance of Section 22F of Mass General Laws Chapter 40 which authorizes certain municipal boards and officers to fix reasonable fees for the issuance of certain licenses, permits, or certificates as provided therein
  • Request to appropriate and expend $51,168.77 for full and final settlement of claims filed by Roger Counts against the City
  • Request authorization to accept and expend the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant in the amount of $19,741.60
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $20,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for the Newton Food Safety Training Video Project *
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $3,000 US Food and Drug Administration Grant for Environmental Health Specialist Training*
  • Request authorization to accept and expend a $4,000 Mass Housing Finance Authority grant to support activities of the Hoarding Task Force *
  • Request to amend a previously granted Council Order by changing the funding source of $28,804 received from the State as reimbursement for McKinney-Vento Homeless Student Transportation from Revenue 2018 to Free Cash
  • Request authorization to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following:  Rental Vehicles and Regular Overtime

Go here for Memo on Health Department Grants

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning will meet on Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda is focused on an update on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan. See Planning Department Memo – Hello Washington Street Vision Plan Draft Two.

Blue Ribbon Commission: The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda is focused on reviewing outputs from the sub-committees.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an extension of time to exercise a previously granted special permit to create two attached dwelling units and waive various requirements including lot area, lot per unit, reduce side setback requirements, allow a driveway within 10′ of side lot line and allow parking within 20′ of a side lot line at 20 Dale/19 Simpson Terrace
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to raze an existing garage and replace it with a single-car attached garage, library space and a second story accessory apartment, increasing the non-conforming FAR to .65 where .44 is required and .50 exists at 46 Berwick Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the construction of a detached single-car garage where an attached two car garage exists, to allow greater than 700 sq. ft. of garage space and to allow a retaining wall greater than four feet in height in the setback at 32 Baldpate Hill Road – See Planning Memo
  • Request to rezone three parcels and request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow mixed-use development at 156 Oak Street, 275-281 Needham Street, and 55 Tower Road (22.6 acres of land) – NORTHLAND PROJECT – See Planning Memo