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Full City Council to Meet on Monday, March 4th

The Full City Council will meet on Monday, March 4th. The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.

Note:  There were two Motions for Reconsideration on the Request for authorization to enter into potential lease agreements on 18 municipal and school properties for the Phase 3 Solar Projects (with the exception of the Auburndale Cove location which was NOT approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission).

Public Facilities Chair Deb Crossley has provided this memo regarding the Solar Phase 3 projects.

In addition, there is a request from the Mayor to amend Docket item #84-19 to replace the transfer amount of $500,000 to $1,250,000 with $650,000 going to Rental Vehicles and $600,000 going to Regular Overtime.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of March 3rd

Blue Ribbon Commission:  The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Tuesday, March 5th, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda will focus on outputs from the subcommittees.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 5th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a previously granted special permit granted for a Registered Medical Dispensary to allow retail marijuana sales and waivers from various requirements including – facade requirements, parking requirements, lighting, and landscaping requirements at 24-26 Elliot Street
  • 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
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a for-profit school in the existing building at 739 Beacon Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to tear down 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
  • 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 non-conforming height to 41.56 feet where 41.12’ exists and 36’ is allowed and increasing
    he 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 an existing stair and landing at the rear of the structure and construct 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

Program and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee on Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and then will adjourn to Room 211 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to submit a Statement of Interest (SOI) – Core Program to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to fund a 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 Newton Early Childhood Program – (Joint Meeting with Public Facilities Committee)
  • Re-appointment of Brooke Foucault Welles to the Human Rights Commission
  • Request for Home Rule Legislation to amend the City Charter based on a review of the 2019 recommendations of the Charter Subcommittee of the Programs & Services Committee except for those relating to City Council composition and term limits for the Council and the Mayor

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet jointly with the Programs and Services Committee on Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 for the first item and then will remain in Room 204 for the rest of their Committee business. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to submit a Statement of Interest (SOI) – Core Program to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to fund a 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 Newton Early Childhood Program – (Joint Meeting with Public Facilities Committee)
  • Request for authorization to bond $1,364,006 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of paying costs, including incidental and/or related costs, of replacing the boilers at Bigelow Middle School for which the City may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
  • Request to appropriate $5,600,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the construction of the West Newton Square, which includes street and pedestrian improvements, traffic flow upgrades, signal upgrades, parking upgrades, and the addition of bike lanes
  • Request for updates on the Accelerated Roads Program
  • Submittal of the Fiscal Years 2020 to 2024 Capital Improvement Plan pursuant to section 5-3 of the Newton City Charter

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a discussion with Fire Chief Proia on fire building codes for new buildings and stick construction as well as on how the department ensures hydrants are in good working order
  • Request to appropriate $5,600,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of
    funding the construction of the West Newton Square, which includes street and pedestrian improvements, traffic flow upgrades, signal upgrades, parking upgrades, and the addition of bike lanes
  • Request for updates on the Accelerated Roads Program

School Committee to Meetings – Week of March 3rd

The School Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 4th at 5:30 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. The Meeting Notice/Agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion and Vote on Countryside Statement of Interest
  • Discussion and Vote on Brown Middle School Solar Project
  • Discussion regarding 225 Nevada Street Bus Loop
  • Data Analysis

The School Committee will meet in Executive Session on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street, for the purpose of Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association. The Meeting Notice can be found here.

The School Committee will meet in Executive Session on Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street, for the purpose of Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teachers Association. The Meeting Notice can be found here.

 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of January 20th

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 22nd at 6:45 p.m. (before the Full Council meeting) in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Norm Meltz to the Council on Aging

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend Chapter 17 Section 3 and Chapter 26 Section 8D of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to provide for enforcement and fines for violations of the sidewalk clearing ordinance
  • Request to rescind a previously approved Council Order appropriately $95,844.51 to address Fire Department needs and requesting $95,000 from Free Cash to various Fire Department Accounts
  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision converting Ward Street from a one-way to a two-way, install a “Do Not Enter” restriction on Ward Street eastbound from Morseland Avenue and install new parking restrictions on the south side of Ward Street
  • Appeal of a Traffic Council decision denying request for a stop sign at the intersection of Glen Avenue and Elgin Street to create a 4-way stop
  • Discussion of an item recommitted by the City Council regarding a request to amend the Chapter 19 Section 190 Overtime Parking to clarify language and improve enforcement
  • Annual Report of the work of the Traffic Council fro 2018

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

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend Chapter 17 Section 3 and Chapter 26 Section 8D of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to provide for enforcement and fines for violations of the sidewalk clearing ordinance
  • Request to transfer $500,000 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following accounts:
    • $350,000 to Rental Vehicles
    • $150,000 to Regular Overtime
  • Request to appropriate and expend $1,750,000 from January 15, 2019 declaration of Overlay Surplus and authorization to transfer $1,250,000 from Capital Stabilization for a total of $3,000,000 to be transferred to the City’s Pavement Management Plan
  • Request to amend the Chapter 29, Section 80, Sewer Use Charge – deleting:”: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewage works in proportion to water consumption.”
  • 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

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for long-term and flexible trial to be followed by potential changes to the official Traffic and Parking Regulations for:
    • East Side Parkway
    • Parkview Avenue
    • Bridges Avenue
    • Norwood Avenue
  • Request to add a No Right Turn on Red sign on Walnut Street northbound onto Watertown Street, Eastbound
  • Request to replace the Taxi Zone on Langley Road in Newton Centre with a two-hour parking meter zone
  • Request to change the parking regulations on the section of Otis Street in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and on Lowell Avenue between Otis Street and Calvin Road to better accommodate staff parking
  • Request to remove the following from the TPR:
    • Adams Street, one-way street from Watertown Street to Silver Lake Avenue, between the hours of 4:00 – 6:00 PM
    • Austin Street, one-way street from Lowell Avenue to Walnut Street
    • Bowers Street, one-way street from Newtonville Avenue to Harvard Street
    • Braeland Avenue, one-way from Langley Road to Cypress Street
    • Deforest Road, one-way street from Crehore Drive to Grove Street
    • Middlesex Road, one-way street from Brookline Line to Devon Road
    • Putnam Street, one-way from Hunter Street northerly to Washington Street
    • Right turn only from Lowell Avenue, westbound, onto Walnut Street
    • No Left Turn from Perkins Street onto Washington Street
    • No left turn from Putnam Street onto Winthrop Street
  • Chair intends to move No Action Necessary on the following items:
    • request discussion and potential action to relocate parking along East Side Parkway from the east (residential) side to the west (park) side
    • requesting the installation of a raised crosswalk in the Cabot Street corridor,
      between the intersections of Cabot Street and Parkview Avenue and Cabot Street and East Side Parkway in conjunction with item TC28-12 previously discussed on May 30, 2013

 

CORRECTED POST: November 6th Election: Understanding the Cannibis/Marijuana Vote on the Municipal Ballot

Please see this important correction:

If you are opposed to BANNING recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are opposed to having the City Council LIMIT the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are in favor of BANNING recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote YES.

If you are in favor of having the City Council LIMIT the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton from no fewer than 2 and no more than 4 than you should vote YES.

There are two questions on the Municipal Ballot for this November’s election.  Yes, early voting already began, but if you haven’t already voted, here’s what the two questions are about.

Question 1:

Shall the City of Newton adopt the following zoning ordinance:

The number of recreational marijuana retail establishments
allowed to operate shall be not fewer than two (2)
nor more than four (4) establishments set by a general
ordinance adopted by the City Council.

Question 2:

Shall the City of Newton adopt the following general ordinance: All recreational marijuana retail establishments shall be prohibited from operating in the City of Newton.

The Elections Commission sent out the following instructions to voters:

INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS In order to pass, a ballot question must receive more “YES” votes than “NO” votes cast on that ballot question. It is possible that both Questions may pass. The City Council has asked the Election Commission to put the following Instructions to Voters on the ballot: The Questions are separate questions. You may vote for or against each question independently. If more than one question passes, the question with the highest number of “YES” votes will prevail.

Both of these questions are advisory. That means, despite the vote of the electorate, the City Council is not required to implement any of the actions voted upon by the electorate.

If you are opposed to BANNING recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are opposed to having the City Council limit the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are in favor of banning recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote YES.

If you are in favor of having the City Council limit the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton from no fewer than 2 and no more than 4 than you should vote YES.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 21st

Newton Housing Authority:  The Newton Housing Authority Board will meet on Monday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at 82 Lincoln Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Vote to approve the HUD Capital Fund
  • Budget Discussion
  • Discussion about Section 8 shortfall
  • Vote on non-smoking plan at Hamilton Grove
  • CAN-DO discussion
  • Haywood House update
  • Executive Session regarding pending litigation

Council on Aging and Advisory Board Meeting:  The Council on Aging and Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of NewCal
  • Election of Officers
  • Breakout into Working Groups

Financial Audit Advisory Committee:  The Financial Audit Advisory Committee will meet on  Tuesday, October 23rd at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.

Newton Center for Active Living:  The Executive Building Committee and the Advisory Building Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street. Notice of the Meeting can be found here.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library. The agenda can be found here.

Tax Taking Notice

The following Tax Taking Notice has been posted. The Treasurer intends to take the following properties on July 5th:

  • 31 Sargent Park
  • 1874 Commonwealth Avenue
  • 53 Hyde Avenue
  • 196 Melrose Street

The Notice can be found here.