Category: City Council

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 26th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss a proposed amendment to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed.  The agenda can be found here.  Please note:  This item was discussed and voted 3 – 0 for approval at the previous meeting of the Real Property Reuse Committee.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will first, meet jointly with the Programs and Services Committee to discuss the following:  transfer of $109,200 from Budget Reserve Snow and Ice to fund overtime staffing and tree service incurred because of severe wind storms.  The Finance Committee will then take up the following:  request to appropriate $1,507,105 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the City’s financial system to Tyler Technology’s Munis
Software, request to appropriate and expend $215,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of purchasing a bucket truck for the Forestry Division of the Parks and Recreation
Department, request to appropriate and expend $213,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of renovating three tennis courts at McGrath Park, request to appropriate and expend $192,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of replacing the current Parks & Recreation trash truck with two F-550 6-cubic yard packers – one for trash and one for recycling, request for an abatement of a curb betterment assessment in the
amount of $3,400, which improved 321 Central Street Auburndale, request to appropriate
$5,000,000 from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus Declaration to fund the
Accelerated Roads Program, request to accept and expend a $44,000 grant from the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as part of the Recycling
Dividends Grant Program, request to appropriate $35,674.65 from the Judgments and
Settlements Account to fund an indemnification award, request to appropriate $2,000,000 from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus Declaration to the Rainy Day
Stabilization Fund, and a request to transfer $26,000 within the Comptroller’s budget from the Staffing Reserve Account to the Full-time Salaries Account to support changes in the Comptroller’s Office.  The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to meet jointly with the Finance Committee to discuss the following:   to discuss the following:  transfer of $109,200 from Budget Reserve Snow and Ice to fund overtime staffing and tree service incurred because of severe wind storms.  The agenda can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:15 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  request to acquire land at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (see Appraisal), request for an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance and create a lodging house ordinance which would allow for annual fire, safety and health inspections and licensing of buildings, request to amend the Zoning Ordinance to establish licensing requirements and criteria for lodging houses, and a request to increase the Inclusionary Zoning requirement from 15% to 25%.  The agenda can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 28th in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a Consistency Ruling regarding a previously issued special permit/site plan approval for property located at 37 Hamlet (Houghton Village) in order to replace an existing maintenance shed and add 159 sq. feet to extend a community room, request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit/site plan approval granted for property located at 157 Herrick Road to rehabilitate Farwell Hall, construct an addition and grant a parking waiver and associated relief from parking lot requirements, request to rezone five parcels at the Northland site and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow for non-accessory parking at the Northland site, special permit/site plan approval to legalize a third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to
relocate an existing dwelling, add a unit to the rear of the dwelling and construct two
additional single-family attached dwellings in an MR-1 district, requiring a special permit
at 336 Newtonville Avenue, request to rezone three parcels on Langley Road and a special permit/site plan approval to develop 20,000+ sq. ft. of gross square area by razing the existing two-family at 400 Langley and constructing a three-story, 20-unit multi-family
apartment building, legitimize a nonconforming deck and setback at 402-404 Langley
Road, a reduction of parking to 1.25 stalls per unit or 83 stalls, parking in the side
setback, a waiver of dimensional requirements for parking, a waiver for requirements
for end stalls, a waiver for the minimum aisle width, a waiver of perimeter screening
and interior landscaping requirements, a waiver for lighting and surfacing requirements
and a waiver to allow multi-family dwellings in the MR-3 zone, at 392-396, 400, 402-404
Langley Road, request to extend the notification area for special permit petitions, request for a discussion on fees for special permits, and a request for a report from the Planning Department regarding  how many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify for inclusion on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List; if a property is not on the list, what can be done to make it eligible.   The agenda can be found here.

Public Faciities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to meet jointly with the Public Safety and Transportation Committee on the following items:  request for approval of the West Newton Enhancement Project on Washington Street from Chestnut Street to Lucas Court, request for updates on the Washington Street design, and a request to extend the trial for the sidewalk snow shoveling ordinance.  The Public Facilities Committee will then continue its meeting and discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install a new pole on Bellevue Street, a request for a Section 5-58 schematic design and site plan approval for the creation of mixed-use housing, redevelopment of the Reverend Ford Playground, and expand open space by at least 20,000 square feet at 70 Crescent Street, update on the Accelerated Roads Program, update on the Cabot Elementary School construction project, request for an update on the Library Expansion Project and a request for an update on the Archives Expansion Project.  The Public Hearing Notice for the Crescent Street project can be found here and the agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee on the following items:  request for approval of the West Newton Enhancement Project on Washington Street from Chestnut Street to Lucas Court, request for updates on the Washington Street design, and a request to extend the trial for the sidewalk snow shoveling ordinance.  The agenda can be found here.

Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 29th at 8:30 a.m. in the Clerk’s Office.  The agenda can be found here.

 

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of November 26th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet TODAY, Monday, November 27th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Council on Aging:  The Council on Aging is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street.  Prior to the School Committee meeting, the School Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m.in Room 304 and hold a caucus to elect new officers.  The Caucus Notice can be found here and the agenda can be found here.

Committee on Community Preservation:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to submit an off-cycle proposal for $2,640,000 in additional CPA funding for design and construction of the 70 Crescent Street mixed-use housing and playground expansion project.  The agenda and pre-meeting packet can be found here.

Conservation Committee:  The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to amend an Order of Conditions to allow for installation of a blue stone patio and a fire pit for property located at 19 Patten Circle, request for a Notice of Intent for infrastructure improvements to support development of 8 single family dwellings at Carlson Avenue (near Mt. Ida College), ex post facto request for a Notice of Intent for emergency culvert repair and dredging of a detention pond for property located at 77 Florence Street (Hampton Place condominiums), Notice of Intent for demolition of a single-family home to construct a duplex at 73 Beaconwood Road.  The agenda can be found here, and the packet info can be found here.

Energy Commission:  The Citizens Commission on Energy is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria and is scheduled to discuss the following;  Community Choice Aggregation, update on the Rumford Solar project (including the proposed and approved fence) and other related solar projects, and an update on Eversource’s proposal to change the net metering rates.  The agenda can be found here.

Council Committee Reports – Now Available

The following Committee Reports are now available:

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, November 7th and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $215,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a bucket truck for the Forestry Division, request for authorization to appropriate $213,000 from bonded indebtedness to renovate three tennis courts at McGrath Park, request for authorization to appropriate $192,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the current Parks and Recreation trash truck with two F-550 6 cubic yard packers – one for trash and one for recycling,  requesting to amend Chapter 17, Sections 17‐46 through 17‐50 to allow Food Trucks specifically at Wells Avenue, appointment of Peter Doherty to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation, re-appointment of Marietta Marchitelli to the Jackson Homestead, re-appointment of Russel Feldman to the Jackson Homestead, and re-appointment of Thekla Diehl to the Biosafety Committee. All other items were held. The Committee also held a public hearing on a proposal to amend the City Charter and reduce the size of the City Council to 16 – with 8 Councilors elected at-large with a residency requirement and 8 Councilors elected by the Ward only with a residency requirement. Please see the report for more info. The Committee Report can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, November 8th and voted to approve the following:  request to the Mayor to take necessary steps to construct a  9 ½’ chain link fence with ivy around the exterior of the Rumford Avenue solar site, request to accept a drainage easement at the end of Lake Terrace extending the shoreline of Crystal Lake, and a request for authorization to appropriate $280,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a Gradall vehicle for the Public Works Department. The following items were voted No Action Necessary:  request for a discussion with the Department of Public Works regarding a policy for use of salt for snow clearing operations, request to pilot a curbside food waste program, request for an update on the Second Water Meter program, request for a discussion on the condition of the Kennard Estate building, and a request for updates on the fire station renovations.  All other items were held.  The Comittee report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, November 8th and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $106,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of upgrading the Toughbooks equipment in the Police Department’s first line response vehicles, request for authorization to appropriate $1,200,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck #2, appeal of the denial of Traffic Council petition TC12‐17 on June 22, 2017 for a four‐way stop sign at the intersection of Fairway Drive and Bunker Lane in West Newton, proposal to amend procedures to docket Traffic Council petitions, proposal to amend overtime parking ordinance, and a proposal to amend parking ordinance regarding enforcement of the Melrose Avenue parking area.  The Committee Report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, November 13th and voted to approve the following:  appointment of Anne Killilea to the Commission on Disability, and an ordinance to allow food trucks in the City of Newton – initially restricted to Wells Avenue – (see Planning Department Memo).All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, November 14th and voted to approve the following:  request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit to construct four
attached single-family dwellings in two buildings and to locate a driveway within 10 feet
of a side lot line at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to legalize third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing
non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street,  petition for a special permit/site plan approval  to redraw lot lines of three existing lots into two irregular shaped lots,
creating a higher than allowable build factor of 28.08 where 20 is allowed at an
unnumbered lot, 22 & 26 Goddard Street, request to extend notification to abutters for special permit petitions, request for a discussion with the Planning & Development Department regarding the fees charged for Special Permits and what the actual costs are for issuing Special Permits, and a request for a report from the Planning Department re how many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify for inclusion on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List; if a property is not on the list, what can be done to make it eligible.  The Committee report can be found here.  The Council Order for the Cherry Street petition can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, November 15th and voted to approve the proposed amendment to the Charter to reduce the size of the City Council from 24 to 16 – eliminating 8 of the at-large Councilors and consisting of 8 at-large Councilors with a residency requirement and 8 Ward only elected Councilors with a residency requirement.  The report can be found here.

Real Property and Reuse Committee:  The Real Property and Reuse Committee met on Thursday, November 16th and voted to approve a request for amendments to Chapter 2, Section 7, regarding the sale or lease of City-owned property.  The report can be found here.

 

City Council Meetings – Week of November 19th

The Finance Committee is the only Council Committee meeting this week.  All other meetings have been cancelled.  The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet TONIGHT, November 20th, at 6:15 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request to appropriate
$7,000 from the Handicapped Parking Fine Fund to be used to pay for special police
detail enforcement of the accessible parking regulations, request to appropriate $106,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of upgrading the Toughbooks equipment in the Police Department’s first line response vehicles, request that the Mayor take the necessary steps to construct a 9½’ chain link fence with ivy around the exterior of the Rumford Avenue solar site, request to accept and expend a $3500 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing for hoarding services to support the work of the Newton Hoarding
Task Force, request to transfer the necessary funding the from Current Year Wage Reserve Account to various department budgets in order to fund the cost items set forth in the one-year labor contract agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME), City Hall Associates, Local 3092, request to appropriate and expend $41,080 from the Inclusionary Zoning Fund and the Newton Housing Authority will contribute an equal amount for the purpose of repaying HOME funds in the amount of $82,160, request to appropriate $280,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a
Gradall vehicle for the Public Works Department, request authorization for the city to enter into a lease agreement for the delivery, implementation, management, and support of the Student Information Systems (SIS) for the Newton Public Schools, request to appropriate and expend $1,200,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck #2, request authorization to accept and expend a $22,460 grant from the
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Grant for the purchase of equipment for the City’s Emergency Operations Center, and a request to appropriate $1,507,105 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade the City’s financial system to Tyler Technology’s Munis
Software.  The agenda can be found here.

Following this meeting, the Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on the request for approval of the  FY 18 Municipal Property Tax Levy Distribution Percentages (Tax Classification).  The Notice can be found here and the agenda can be found here

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 12, 2017

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  appointment of Anne Killilea to the Commission on Disability, public hearing on an ordinance to allow food trucks in the City of Newton – initially restricted to Wells Avenue – (see Planning Department Memo), discussion on consideration of a zoning amendment to increase the inclusionary zoning unit requirement from 15% – 25%, require some inclusionary zoning units to be designated for middle income households and create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of units; and an update on Zoning Redesign. The agenda can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The regularly scheduled Finance Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit to construct four
attached single-family dwellings in two buildings and to locate a driveway within 10 feet
of a side lot line at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to legalize third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing
non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to relocate an existing dwelling, add a unit to the rear of the dwelling and construct two additional single-family attached dwellings in an MR-1 district, requiring a special permit at 336 Newtonville Avenue, petition for a special permit/site plan approval  to redraw lot lines of three existing lots into two irregular shaped lots,
creating a higher than allowable build factor of 28.08 where 20 is allowed at an
unnumbered lot, 22 & 26 Goddard Street, request to change the zone to
MR-3 for land located at 392-396 Langley Road(MR-2; Parcel 1), 400 Langley Road (MR-
2; Parcel 2), and 402-404 Langley Road (BU-1; Parcel 3) and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to to develop 20,000+ sq. ft. of gross square area by razing the existing two-family at 400 Langley and constructing a three-story, 20-unit multi-family
apartment building, legitimize a nonconforming deck and setback at 402-404 Langley
Road, a reduction of parking to 1.25 stalls per unit or 83 stalls, parking in the side
setback, a waiver of dimensional requirements for parking, a waiver for requirements
for end stalls, a waiver for the minimum aisle width, a waiver of perimeter screening
and interior landscaping requirements, a waiver for lighting and surfacing requirements
and a waiver to allow multi-family dwellings in the MR-3 zone, at 392-396, 400, 402-404
Langley Road, request to extend notification to abutters for special permit petitions, request fora discussion with the Planning & Development Department regarding the fees charged for Special Permits and what the actual costs are for issuing Special Permits, and a request for a report from the Planning Department re how many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify for inclusion on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List; if a property is not on the list, what can be done to make it eligible.  The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to hold a special meeting on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber to discuss the request to seek Home Rule Legislation to amend the Charter to reduce the size of the Council to 16 – 8 at-large with a residency requirement in each Ward and 8 – Ward only elected Councilors with a residency requirement in each Ward.  The agenda can be found here.  A memo from Councilor Sangiolo can be found here.

Real property/Reuse Committee:  The Real Property/Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to amend Chapter 2, Section 7. Sale or lease of city owned real property, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinance, 2012 (The Real Property Reuse Ordinance) to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed.  The agenda can be found here.

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.

 

City Council Committee Reports now available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, October 18th and voted to approve the following:  request to rescind a request that all new docket items shall include the date and time the item was received and the name of the Clerk who received it, request for a Rules Amendment to Section 3, Referral of of business to committees and replacing the word “petition” with “docket item”, and a request to amend the City Council Rules to close docket items that have not made their way through the Council by the end of a term, thereby eliminating the creation of a Referral Docket, similar to state and federal legislature’s procedure.  The Committee voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on a proposed ordinance to require registration for lobbyists. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, October 18th and voted to approve the following:  appointment of Miles Smith and Sunwoo Kahng to the Solid Waste Commission, petition for a grant of location to install conduit to service a house at 111 Bigelow Road, and a request for a grant of location to install a gas main to provide service to 82 Broken Tree Road.  The following items were voted NO ACTION NECESSARY:  request for an update from the Director of Sustainability and the Administration on the development of a program, known as Newton Power Choice, to aggregate the electricity demand of Newton’s electric customers, request for a discussion with the Administration and Public Buildings Department about the Community Solar Share Program, which intends to provide credits resulting from solar power generated at 70 Elliot Street to qualifying low income residents, request for authorization to add one full-time employee within the Public Works Department to manage all detail requests submitted to the Police Detail Coordinator, request for a parking meter pilot
or multiple pilots in Fiscal Year 2018 using the latest technology, which allows
payment by credit card and other features, such as monitoring meter usage,
providing feedback to administrators, information to drivers, and allowing time-based
fee adjustment.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, October 18th and voted NO ACTION NECESSARY on the following: request for a parking meter pilot or multiple pilots in Fiscal Year 2018 using the latest technology, which allows payment by credit card and other features, such as monitoring meter usage, providing feedback to administrators, information to drivers, and allowing time‐based fee adjustment, requesting a review and possible amendment or elimination of the winter overnight parking ban, requesting a review and discussion of the opiate
overdose epidemic including an update from the Health Department appraising the
board on the current situation to include comparative statistics from previous years as
to the number of opiate overdoses handled by first responders.  In addition, what is
being done immediately to take this on and what support can the Board provide, and request a discussion on duplicate street names. All other items were held. The report can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, October 23rd and voted to approve the following:  appointment of Allan Cohen to the Board of Assessors, request for authorization to appropriate $32,297 from general revenue, which the City
received from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to the School Department
to offset transportation costs, and a request for the acceptance of General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53F¾, which establishes a special revenue fund known as the Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) Access and Cable Related Fund, to reserve cable franchise fees and
other cable-related revenues for appropriation to support PEG access services and
oversight and renewal of the cable franchise agreement, the fund to begin operation for
fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1, 2018. The Committee vote NO ACTION NECESSARY on the following: request for authorization to appropriate two million dollars
($2,000,000) from Free Cash to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund, submittal of the Fiscal Years 2018 to 2022 5-Year Financial Forecast for City Council review/acceptance, request for a parking meter pilot or multiple pilots in Fiscal Year 2018 using the latest technology, which allows payment by credit card and other features, such as monitoring meter usage, providing feedback to administrators, information to drivers, and allowing time-based fee adjustment, and a request for a  discussion with the Administration and Public
Buildings Department about the Community Solar Share Program, which intends to
provide credits resulting from solar power generated at 70 Elliot Street to qualifying low
income residents.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, Ocdtober 23rd and voted to accept request for withdrawal without prejudice for the recommendations by the Newton Historical Commission to establish an historic district for Newton Highlands and for West Newton Hill.  The Committee then participated in a  Fair Housing Workshop.  The report can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, October 24th and discussed the following:  request for a Consistency Ruling for a special permit/site plan approval issued for 30 Caroline Park, and a special permit/site plan approval issued for Chestnut Hill Square.  The Land Use Committee then voted to approve the following: a request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow vehicle sales at 454-458 Watertown Street,  request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a
three-story building, up to 36’ high, allow an FAR of 1.5, waivers to allow parking in the
side setback, waiver to allow parking within 5’ of a building or structure containing
dwelling units, waivers to allow a reduction in the parking requirement to 1.25 per
dwelling unit, relief from parking facility landscaping, and a waivers to the lot area per
unit in a multifamily dwelling by 25% to allow for an affordable unit at 386-394
Watertown Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to
demolish the existing detached garage structure and rear portion of the dwelling and
replace it with a two-car attached garage, mudroom, living space and a rear pool,
creating an FAR of .37 where .21 exists and .33 is allowed at 45 Chester Street, petition to amend a previously approved special permit to allow for the construction of a detached garage at 1080 Walnut Street,  request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 1,026 sq.ft. rear addition to the basement, first and second stories, creating an FAR of .67 where .58 is allowed and .44 exists at 14 Pond Avenue, request to amend a previously approved special permit to allow for changes to the site plan at 103 Court Street, and a request to amend a previously approved special permit to allow parking within the front setback and waive the requirement for outdoor play area screening at 49 Winchester Street.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of November 5th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 8th in Room 211 and the Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. (NOTE:  Early Start time) and is expected to discuss the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $215,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a bucket truck for the Forestry Division, request for authorization to appropriate $213,000 from bonded indebtedness to renovate three tennis courts at McGrath Park, request for authorization to appropriate $192,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the current Parks and Recreation trash truck with two F-550 6 cubic yard packers – one for trash and one for recycling, request for an ordinance to ban polystyrene food/beverage containers, request to amend Chapter 17 to allow food trucks at Wells  Avenue, public hearing to amend the City Charter and reduce the size of the City Council to 16 with 8 Councilors residing in the ward and elected only by each of the 8 wards and 8 Councilors residing in each of the 8 wards elected by the entire City, appointment of Peter Doherty to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation, re-appointment of Marietta Marchitelli to the Jackson Homestead, re-appointment of Russel Feldman to the Jackson Homestead, and re-appointment of Thekla Diehl to the Biosafety Committee.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 8th in Room 205 at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to discuss the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $106,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of upgrading the Toughbooks equipment in the Police Department’s first line response vehicles, request for authorization to appropriate $1,200,000 from bonded indebtedness to replace the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck #2, appeal of the denial of Traffic Council petition TC12‐17 on June 22, 2017 for a four‐way stop sign at the intersection of Fairway Drive and Bunker Lane in West Newton, proposal to amend procedures to docket Traffic Council petitions, proposal to amend overtime parking ordinance, and a proposal to amend parking ordinance regarding enforcement of the Melrose Avenue parking area.  The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 8th in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install a new pole on Bellevue Street, request to the Mayor to take necessary steps to construct a  9 ½’ chain link fence with ivy around the exterior of the Rumford Avenue solar site, request to accept a drainage easement at the end of Lake Terrace extending the shoreline of Crystal Lake, request for authorization to appropriate $280,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a Gradall vehicle for the Public Works Department, request for a discussion with the Department of Public Works regarding a policy for use of salt for snow clearing operations, request to pilot a curbside food waste program, request for an update on the Second Water Meter program, request for a discussion on the condition of the Kennard Estate building, and a request for updates on the fire station renovations.  The agenda can be found here.