Category: City Council

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

City Council Meetings – Week of June 14th

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Monday, June 15th, at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89889200218. To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 898 8920 0218

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance

Chair’s Note: The following two items will be discussed along with the main item so they may be taken up as they relate to Article 3, residential districts, for this meeting. Please refer to the Planning Department memo.

  • Request for a review of the zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units – See Planning Memo
  • Request to amend Newton Ordinances to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals
  • Re-appointment of Laurie Malcolm to the Upper Falls Historic District Commission

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet virtually on Monday, June 15th, at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88142911905

Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 881 4291 1905

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request authorization to transfer $750,000 from Retiree Health Insurance to Fire/Rescue Regular Overtime
  • Request discussion on use of parking payment kiosks in municipal lots as required by condition 1 of Council Order #446-19
  • Request to transfer $1500 from Computer Equipment Repairs and Maintenance to Full-Time Salaries to correct an error in the FY2020 Budget
  • Request to appropriate and expend $420,000 from Free Cash for the full and final settlement of claims by Mackay against the City
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve -Snow and Ice Removal Account to the DPW Overtime, Snow and Ice Removal and DPW Rental Vehicles/Subcontractors – NOTE: The Chair intends to entertain a motion of No Action Necessary

In addition, the Chair notes that Maureen Lemieux will provide an update on the expenditure of funds for COVID-19 as related to item #239-20.

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 16th at 8:00 p.m.

To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83114383918 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the following Meeting ID: 831 1438 3918

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow four single-family attached dwelling units in two structures, to further extend the nonconforming height, to reduce the required side setback and to allow a driveway within ten feet of the side lot line at 70 Walker Street – See Planning Department Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a retail marijuana establishment, to waive the minimum driveway width for two-way traffic, to waive minimum driveway width by use of an easement, to waive perimeter screening requirements, to waive perimeter screening requirements by use of an easement, to allow parking in the side setback, and to waive lighting requirements at 1158 Beacon Street – Union Twist – See Planning Department Memo

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. The Committee will join the Public Facilities Committee to receive an update from the Commissioner of Public Buildings on the NewCAL project. The login information for the joint portion of the meeting is the following: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83199967705 or Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 831 9996 7705

Following that presentation/discussion, the Programs and Services Committee will continue with it’s own agenda items.

To view this portion of the meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88219061703.

To listen to this meeting via phone call 1-646-558-8686 and use the Meeting ID 882 1906 1703.

The agenda includes the following:

  • 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
  • Request for a comparison of Newton’s fine for failure to license a dog to other communities. In addition, requesting an increase in the fine for failure to license a dog
  • Request for a review and possible changes to the off-leash dog ordinance to include:
    • a) raising fees required by dog walking companies in order to better maintain sites heavily used by dog walkers; and
    • b) requiring background checks on dog walkers to assure safety of dog owners and dogs; and
    • c) requesting the development of regulations for dog walking and dog daycare companies to assure appropriate care for dogs

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m.

To join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89218395635 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +13126266799,,89218395635# or +16465588656,,89218395635#

Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 892 1839 5635 Participant ID: 511516

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $750,000 from Retiree Health Insurance to Fire/Rescue Regular Overtime Account
  • Request for annual renewal of the two Boston College bus licenses:
    • Boston College Law School routes
    • Boston College Main Campus to Boston routes
  • Request for annual renewal for one bus license for 7 vehicles for Medical Academic and Scientific Organization, Inc. (“MASCO”)
  • Submittal from the Police Department of semi-annual taxi license/public auto inspections for review
  • Request for a review and possible changes to the intersection of Lake Avenue and Rogers Street to improve safety for all road users
  • Request 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
  • Discussion of 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
  • Request for a discussion with Police 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.

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83199967705

Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 831 9996 7705

The agenda includes the following:

  • The Committee will meet jointly with the Programs & Services Committee to receive an update from the Commissioner of Public Buildings on the NewCAL project
  • Appointment of John Lewis to the Solid Waste Commission
  • Request for a discussion on the use of parking payment kiosks in municipal lots as required by condition 1 of Council Order #446-19
  • Request for a 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.

Full Council to begin Budget Deliberations as a Committee of the Whole this week

The Full City Council, meeting as a Committee of the Whole with the Finance Chair, Becky Grossman, presiding, will begin their budget deliberations this week.

Beginning on Monday, June 8th, at 7:00 p.m. (prior to the regularly scheduled Full Council Meeting) the City Council will meet virtually in Committee of the Whole.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85859480947  Meeting ID: 858 5948 0947  One tap mobile   +16465588656,,85859480947# US (New York)  Land line   +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)   Meeting ID: 858 5948 0947

See agenda here.

The Council is scheduled to meet again virtually in Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85859480947  Meeting ID: 858 5948 0947  One tap mobile   +16465588656,,85859480947# US (New York) 

Land line   +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)   Meeting ID: 858 5948 0947

See agenda here.

The Council is scheduled to meet again virtually in Committee of the Whole on Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82687522433  Meeting ID: 826 8752 2433  One tap mobile   +16465588656,,82687522433# US (New York) 

Land line   +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)   Meeting ID: 826 8752 2433 

See agenda here.

Proposed Budget Resolutions

The following resolutions have been proposed by City Councilors for consideration as they deliberate the FY2021 Budget:

Budget Resolution #1: 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.

Budget Resolution #2: A resolution urging the Mayor, Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Chief of Police, and Superintendent of Schools to educated Newton citizens about urges educate Newton citizens of  the importance of  wearing face coverings where social distancing is not assured to help avoid or limit infections, especially from those who do not yet feel symptoms of the disease.  

The complete language of each of the resolutions can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 7th

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87690991523 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the following Meeting ID: 876 9099 1523

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow expansion of a garage to create a two-car a detached garage, in excess of 700 sq. ft. and to allow dormers with widths exceeding 50% of the length of the wall plane below at 449 Commonwealth Avenue – See Planning Memo
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to change the existing nonconforming use from the existing two-family use to allow three single-family dwellings on one lot in the SR3 district, and to determine appropriate density and dimensional controls at 148 Pine Street – See Planning 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 Committee will focus on Civil Engineering, Sustainability and Construction Management – See Law Department Memo to City Council re: Draft Council Order; See Land Use Draft Council Order;