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Full City Council continue budget deliberations – Monday, June 22nd and possibly Tuesday, June 23rd

The Full City Council will continue its budget deliberations on Monday, June 22nd – at 6:00 p.m. (I’m not sure if it will be like last time – when they do the City Council meeting and the reports docket first).

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87310855941

Or iPhone one‐tap:      +16465588656,,88626021674#

You may also:

1. Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33).

2. Viewing a live stream on NewTV’s Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov

The agenda can be found here.

If the City Council has not concluded its budget deliberations on Monday, the City Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 23rd 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:  1. Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13,  614(HD), Verizon 33).  2. Viewing a live stream on NewTV’s Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/newtvgov

The agenda can be found here, and the Special Meeting Notification can be found here.

What’s Up in Newton this Week – COVID-19 Cases still rising; Budget Deliberations in Full City Council begin; and more….

COVID-19: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Newton as reported by the City of Newton’s website and as of June 4th is 759. The number of deaths has risen to 116. I can report that my mother’s assisted living facility has seen an increase in 2 deaths and 2 new cases of COVD-19. My heart goes out to all who are suffering from this terrible pandemic.

Full Council deliberations on the FY2021 Budget begin: The Full City Council will begin its deliberations of the proposed FY2021 budget on Monday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. See agenda. Special thanks to Chair of the Finance Committee, Becky Grossman for providing the following information:

Monday, June 8 – 7:00 pm (following the conclusion of the Full Council Meeting) – Committee of the Whole Budget Deliberations and possible Final Vote on the Budget:

  • Committee Chairs or Vice Chairs will give brief reports on their department budgets, along with the Committee’s straw vote recommendation and any resolutions acted upon by the Committee. 
  • The Police Budget will be discussed first. After the report of the Public Safety Committee Chair, the Police Chief and Executive Office will be asked to provide additional information about the budget. 
  • The rest of the departmental budgets will be discussed in the order they are listed on the Friday Packet website: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/aldermen/fridaypack.asp
  • Resolutions to the budget and CIP will be in order at any time until a final vote is taken on the budget.  Resolutions with an affirmative majority vote of the Committee of the Whole will be sent along to the Mayor for response. 

Wednesday, June 10 – 7:00 pm – Committee of the Whole Budget Deliberations and possible Final Vote on the Budget:

  • Any responses from the Mayor to the resolutions approved by the Council on the 8th will be presented.  Committee Chairs or Vice Chairs who did not have the opportunity to report their department budgets on the 8th will provide those reports.

Resolutions to the budget are in order at any time until a final vote is taken on the budget.  Resolutions with an affirmative majority vote of the Committee of the Whole will be sent along to the Mayor who will provide responses by the Council meeting on June 11.

Thursday, June 11 – 7:00 pm – Committee of the Whole Budget Deliberations and possible Final Vote on the Budget:

  • Any responses to the resolutions approved by the Council on the 10th will be presented.  Once the budget is passed by a majority vote of the Committee of the Whole, the Council will adjourn the Committee of the Whole and enter into the full Council.  Once in the full Council, the Chair of Finance will report out the actions of the Committee of the Whole.  
  • The full Council will then discuss (if needed) and vote the FY21 Budget.  The date of the final vote of the Council will depend upon deliberations and when the Mayor responds to any resolutions.  This date is anticipated to be Thursday, June 11, but if not, it must happen by June 25, 2020.

Additional information:

The Charter of the City of Newton gives the Mayor the responsibility of creating a budget which must be submitted to the City Council.   The Charter gives the City Council the responsibility of approving that budget with the following limitation:  “The Council may delete or decrease any programs or amounts, except expenditures required by law or debt service, but it may not increase any programs or amounts.”  If the Council chooses to decrease from one area, it can’t add it to another.

In terms of the Capital Improvement Plan, the Council will by resolution adopt the CIP with or without amendments.

Budget Resolutions: So far, there are only 2 Budget Resolutions that have been filed by the City Councilors. The first, regarding Police policy and training and the second, regarding education to the general public regarding the importance of wearing masks during this COVID-19 pandemic. See resolutions here.

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

Budget Documents

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

What’s Up in Newton this Week? COVID-19 cases continue to rise; Newton Police and Residents respond to racism and death of George Floyd, Council invites Former School Committee Chair, Matt Hills to discuss the state of current school finances, and more….

COVID-19: The number of confirmed cases in Newton continue to rise – slowly, but still rising. The current case number is 749 and the total number of deaths has risen to 107. While nursing home and elder care confirmed case numbers and deaths are available from the state, the City has not published that data to date, on its website. That data can be found here.

Re-opening in Newton continues: Last week, I reported that Newton was slowly beginning to open – with the opening of Newton Parks and Recreation Tennis Courts and the Recycling Center (by appointment only beginning on June 2nd). City Hall will begin opening up to the public by appointment only beginning on Monday, June 15th with full opening scheduled for Monday, July 6th with physical distancing and face coverings required.

Congratulations to Newton North and Newton South Seniors: If you have been out and about in your neighborhood, you may have seen signs all across the City celebrating the senior classes of Newton North and Newton South on their graduation!

Newton Responds to the Death of George Floyd and racism:

The Newton Police Department took to Twitter regarding the actions of Minneapolis police involved in the death of George Floyd: ” Chief David MacDonald and the Newton Police Department condemn the unacceptable actions of Minneapolis police officers that led to the death of Mr. George Floyd. Our heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends.”

Newton North 9th grader, Andrew Riebe responds with this moving poem.

Newton community gathers for a socially distant vigil outside of City Hall yesterday.

City Council continues FY2021 Budget Review: This week, the City Council will continue its review of the FY2021 Budget – where the Finance Committee will review the budgets of the Comptroller, Treasury, Human Resources, and Financial Information Systems Departments. See Finance Committee agenda here.

City Council invites a special guest to discuss NPS finances: The City Council is holding a special, informal, virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd at 4:00 p.m. To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86583074356 . According to the agenda, ” The City Council will meet informally on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm to hear former School Committee member Matt Hills’ assessment of the Newton Public Schools finances.”

Weekly Construction Schedule: This week’s construction schedule can be found here.

Budget Information

On Monday, May 11th, the Mayor presented the FY2021 Municipal Budget. Here are the links to all relevant documents to reference as the Council continues its review of the FY2021 Municipal Budget

FY2021 Municipal Budget

Comptroller’s Budget Analysis

FY2021 – 2025 Capital Improvement Plan

FY2021-2025 Supplement Capital Improvement Plan

FY2021 School Committee Approved Budget

Letter from Liam Hurley regarding reductions in FY2021 School Budget

FY2021 Water/Sewer Rates Presentation

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of May 31st

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet virtually on Monday, June 1st, at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/940798849

Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 940 798 849

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to repurpose and transfer $100,000 originally set aside for a Police Incident Command Vehicle for new police cruisers
  • Request to repurpose and transfer $400,000 originally set aside for 25% Design for Washington Street to the DPW Roads Program to repair the roadway section of Washington Street between Chestnut and Walnut
  • Request to transfer $30,000 from FY2020 Current Year Budget Reserve to fund Phase 3 of the Citywide Accessible Pedestrian Signal Installation Project
  • Request authorization to accept and expend an $80,000 MassDOT’s Workforce Transportation Program grant with $20,000 in match funding to expand the Bluebike’s system
  • Request to accept 6 bike share stations worth approximately$224,257 in conjunction with the expansion of the Bluebikes system
  • Submittal of the FY2021 Municipal/School Operating Budget
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Capital Improvement Plan
  • Submittal of the FY2021-2025 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan

Please note: The Committee will conduct budget review of the following Department:

  • Comptroller
  • Treasury
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Information Systems

Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet virtually on Monday, June 1st, at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting, use this link at the above date and time https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85986952549.

To listen to the meeting via phone dial 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID 887 859 8695 2549.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for review, discussion, and direction relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance
  • Request for review of the zoning requirements for single-family attached dwelling units
  • Request to amend the City Zoning Ordinances to eliminate mandated parking minimums to improve vitality of local businesses, reduce the cost of housing, and support the climate action goals.

NOTE: Although the agenda doesn’t explicit state, the Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board. See Planning and Development Board agenda.

Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 7:00 p.m.

To view this meeting using Zoom use this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83554151670 or call 1-646-558-8656 and use the following Meeting ID: 835 5415 1670

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert space on the third floor of the existing two-family structure to allow an interior accessory apartment exceeding 1,000 sq. ft. at 169 Hunnewell Avenue
  • Request to amend a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a change in the floor plans to rearrange the space within the building at 17-31 and 39 Herrick Road
  • 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 discussion will focus on Transportation. – See Planning Memo

Special City Council Informal Meeting: The City Council will hold a special information meeting virtually on Wednesday, June 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86583074356

One tap mobile +16465588656,,86583074356#   Land line +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 865 8307 4356

The purpose of the meeting is to hear from Former School Committee Chair, Matt Hills’ assessment of the Newton Public Schools finances. The agenda includes the following:

  • Assessment of NPS finances for FY21 and beyond.
  • Possible State education funding issues and impact for Newton.
  • Questions and Discussion.

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 31st

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will hold an in-person site visit on Monday, June 1st at 11:00 a.m. at 521 Hammond Street. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. The purpose of the visit is to review the proposed driveway, turnaround, and parking area. The agenda can be found here. Packet documents can be found here.

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet virtually and jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee on Monday, June 1st, at 7:00 p.m.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer at the above date and time, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85986952549. Or you can visit www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 859 8695 2549.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your smartphone, download the “ZOOM Cloud Meetings” app in any app store or visit www.zoom.us. At the above date and time, click on “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 859 8695 2549.

For audio only, call (646) 558-8656 and enter the Meeting ID 859 8695 2549 followed by #. One-tap link for audio only: +6465588656,,85986952549#

The agenda includes the following:

  • Staff presentation regarding proposals to address building components (porches, dormers, side additions, etc.) on residential buildings under Article 3 Residence Districts
  • Joint Workshop with the Zoning and Planning Committee regarding the above
  • Upcoming Meetings

Newton Library Board of Trustees – Finance Committee: The Finance Committee of the Library Board of Trustees will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 4:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86241439449?pwd=dExINGpYRFFjaldGR0YzZXNhWjVYUT09

The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of May 13th Minutes
  • Plan for consolidating investments into fewer balanced funds
  • Cash needs for the year/investing extra cash

Election Commission: The Election Commission will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 3rd at 3:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86982490892

One tap mobile:16465588656,,86982490892# US (New York) Dial in:646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 86982490892

The agenda includes the following:

  • Updates on the September and November 2020 elections
  • Other Business

Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 3rd at 8:00 a.m.

To join the meeting by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/8429428454

You may also join the meeting from your smartphone by dialing 1(312) 626-6799 and entering 8429428454#. For audio only, call (253) 215-8782 and enter Meeting ID: 842 942 8454.

The agenda includes the following:

Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

To view and participate in this virtual meeting on your computer, at the above date and time, go to www.zoom.us, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following Meeting ID: 871 7881 3611. Alternatively, the direct Zoom link to the meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87178813611.

To dial into the meeting via telephone, call in by dialing 1-646-558-8656 and use the Meeting ID: 871 7881 3611.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on a Request to Change the details of a previously approved Comprehensive Permit for a project located at 83-127 and 106-128 John F. Kennedy Circle consisting of 55 affordable housing units. The new proposal is to create the project site out of the existing Jackson Gardens property rather than a subdivision and conveyance.
  • Public Hearing on request for the issuance of a Comprehensive Permit pursuant to Chapter 40B to construct a 204 unit residential development consisting of 51 affordable housing units and approximately 22,382 square feet of commercial, office, and retail space at 15 Riverdale Avenue
  • Review and Approval of April 1, 2020 Minutes

See Packet 1 and Packet 2 – Supplemental Information

Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission will meet virtually Thursday, June 4th, at 7:00 p.m.

To Join the meeting by Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86739695368 or +16465588656,,86739695368#

The agenda includes the following:

  • Wetland Decisions
    • Informal Discussion for a proposed tree removal at 138 Lake Avenue
    • Preliminary Discussion – Northland Mixed-Use Development
    • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) regarding a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for construction of a new detached garage and new driveway at 24 Village Road
    • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) regarding a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for a mixed-use Chapter 40B Development at 15 Riverdale Avenue
    • Request for an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) regarding a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) for ecological restoration at 791 Walnut Street – Newton Cemetery
    • Notice of Intent hydro-raking and associated site work at Houghton GardenConservation Area
    • Request for an amendment to an Order of Conditions (“OOC”) for lawn extension with associated grading, retaining walls, and plantings at 62 Carlton Road – See Amendment Narrative and Amendment Plans
  • Conservation Area Decisions
  • Administrative DecisionsDis
    • Discussion – Unrestricted Hydaulic Flow
    • Review of Standard Conditions
    • Approval of May 14, 2020 Minutes
  • Issues Around Town
    • FY2020-2027 Open Space and Recreation Plan

Packet Documents can be found here.

Newton SEPAC to Meet this week

The Newton SEPAC is scheduled to meet virtually on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. NOTE: The Zoom link is not on the agenda at

The agenda includes the following:

  • Vote to approve past meeting minutes
  • Update on awards planning
  • Update on elections
  • New business, updates from the administration