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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 17th

The following City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:

Elections Commission:  The Elections Commission is scheduled to meet on September 18th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  Certification of the results of the September 12, 2017 Preliminary Election; Ballot position drawing for the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election;  Review of the text of the Charter Commission Question for the November ballot;  Update on the Election Commission mailing for the November Election.; Review of the Election Calendar for the November 7, 2017 Election; Discussion with the Interns about their Election night experience ; Other Business.  The agenda can be found here. 

Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet tonight, Monday, September 18th in Room 205 at 7:00 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Monday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The agenda can be found here.

School Committee Special Meeting:  The School Committee will hold a special meet and greet on Monday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. to meet with Student Advisory in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The Agenda/Notice of Meeting can be found here.

Council on Aging: The Council on Aging will meet on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.

Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will discuss the following:  approval of a substantial amendment to the FY2018 Annual Action Plan, Reprogramming of FY18 Neighborhood Improvement Funding and FY18 Architectural Access Funding to Newton Corner Pedestrian Improvements And Newton Corner Curb Cut; and will discuss the Northland /Needham Street redevelopment project.  The agenda can be found here.

Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, September 20th in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.

Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 20th at the Main Library, Trustee’s Room.  The agenda can be found here.

Upcoming City Council Committee Meetings – Week of December 4th

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to hold public hearings on the following petitions:

  • request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit granted for property located at 157 Herrick Road – rehabilitation of Farwell Hall, construction of an addition, and grant of a parking waiver and relief from other parking lot requirements,
  • request for special permit and site plan approval for a number of improvements to “The Street” – 1-55 Boylston Street including construction of new buildings – in excess of 20,000 sq. feet and up to 60 feet in height, parking within a setback, extension of Farmers Market special permit, amendment to the signage special permit and permission to reduce size and stall width and depth for certain parking spaces, and exceptions to the lighting and landscaping requirements (see Planning Department memo)
  • request for special permit and site plan approval for property located at 143 Rumford Avenue to construct a self-storage facility which will be three-stories, 79,746 square feet with a height of 36 feet, increasing the FAR to 1.35 where 1.5 is the maximum allowed by right and a waiver of 32 parking stalls and other parking requirements (see Planning Department memo)

The agenda can be found here.

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 and will meet and review 7 appointees to the Advisory Council of Health. The agenda can be found here.  Take a look at the very impressive resumes and backgrounds of these appointees.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  request to amend the snow removal ordinance to establishto criteria s for requiring removal of snow in all districts by property owners, occupants, and property managers from  sidewalks abutting their property and to review and amend enforcement provisions including fines, a request from Lasell College for 2 new bus licenses, and a request to review Traffic Council responsibilities and transfer stop signs and safety upgrades to the Executive Branch. The agenda can be found here.

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will hold public hearings for requests for grants of location for the following:  installation of conduit in front of 75 Huntington Road, installation of pipe from Putnam Street to Winthrop Street, installation of wireless communication near 530 Dudley Road, installation of wireless communication near Hay Road, installation of wireless communication near intersection of Sargent and Centre Street, and installation of wireless communication near 93 Sevland Road.  Following these public hearings, the Committee will hear an update from the Department of Public Works regarding the City’s Roads Program in response to a docket item requesting the creation of a strategic plan for improvement of streets and sidewalks.  The agenda can be found here.  Please note:  attached to the agenda is a copy of a memo regarding legal issues for the City of Salem’s Wireless Communication Facilities in the Public Way.

 

Full Council to Meet on Monday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m./Committee of the Whole – application for grant funding for Library Renovation/Expansion to be discussed

The Full Council will meet TONIGHT for it’s regularly scheduled Council meeting beginning at 7:45 p.m.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new docket can be found here.

The Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole prior to the Full Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in order to discuss a request by the Library Board of Trustees for authorization to apply for any state funds to make improvements or additions or renovations in order to defray any costs associated with such renovations/improvements, etc. AND to authorize the Trustees to accept and expend the funds when received without further appropriation. See Committee of the Whole agenda (and attachments).  I believe the last time there was a discussion about potential library renovation/expansion/addition was during the budget discussions in 2016 (see pp. 7 – 8) where a January 2017 grant funding deadline was mentioned and during budget discussions in 2015 where a Feasibility Study was brought forward.

The Committee of the Whole agenda can be found here.

Additional Announcements

Newton In Motion: A temporary traffic configuration demonstrating how the intersection could be redesigned to be more welcoming  for all users will be deployed for two days, Friday, June 10th & Saturday, June 11th, at the intersection of Washington Street and Walnut Street.  The temporary configuration will be made of moveable materials and will include elements like curb extensions, pedestrian islands, bike lanes, parklets, and art programming.  Children are welcome and encouraged to participate.  For additional information, please go here.  Please note:  This event has been postponed in the past due to inclement weather.  Please check the website for updated status.

Zoning and Planning Committee to meet Monday, December 14th – 7:45 p.m.

The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, December 14th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205.  They will first meet jointly with the Finance Committee to discuss a recommendation by the Community Preservation Committee for an appropriation of $72,652 for a grant to the New Art Center for renovation to its National Register listed building.  Following that discussion, the Zoning and Planning Committee will either vote No Action Necessary or vote to refer the remaining items on the agenda to the next Council.

The official agenda can be found here.

 

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission to hold special public meeting – Thursday, October 29th

The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will hold a special meeting on Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss and review the 70-72 High Street application for a Certificate of Appropriateness – to renovate the existing house and build a rear addition.

For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

School Committee Packet – now available

The Board is in receipt of several documents forwarded from the School Committee.

  • Update from Toby Romer, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education & Special Programs on the Anti-Bullying Policy
  • A revised Anti-Bullying Policy
  • A memo from Sandy Guryan,  Deputy Superintendent/Chief Administrative Officer and Susan Dzikowski, Director of Finance regarding the State reimbursement for transportation of Homeless Students under the  McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act;
  • A report from Massachusetts Association of School Committee; and
  • A memo from Mary Eich,  Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning on the Calculus Project – a project launched to narrow the achievement gap in math

Zoning and Planning Committee to recommend confirmation of ZBA appointee

The Zoning and Planning Committee met on July 20th and voted to approve the appointment by the Mayor of Megan Risen, 47 Grafton Street, as a member of the Planning and Development Board.  The Committee voted 5 in favor with 2 abstentions and 1 member absent.  The Committee Report can be found here and Ms. Risen’s resume can be found here.

In addition, the Zoning and Planning Committee discussed and held the following items:

  • Request made by Alds. Baker, Hess-Mahan and Albright for a discussion with the Planning Department regarding implementation of the Phase 2 Zoning Reform effort.  The Committee appears to have had a lively discussion about the Zoning Reform Phase 2 process and the potential Request for Proposals to be issued, including some errors found in the draft regarding references to ¨transportation¨. the need to highlight issues like the large replacement homes, and master planning vs. creation of a pattern book.  The Chair requested that the RFP be updated to reflect the Committee’s discussion and requested information on how other communities have employed a similar zoning reform process.
  • Request made by Ald. Hess-Mahan, Albright, Baker, Crossley, Danberg, Fischman & Johnson  proposing to amend the definitions of “Common roof connector”, “Common wall connector”, and “Dwelling, two-family” in Chapter 30, Section 30-1 of the City of Newton Zoning Ordinances.  Alderman Hess-Mahan explained that the item originated out of a two-family home that was built which was basically two single-family homes attached by garages with ¨living¨ space  behind the garages. Ald. Hess-Mahan proposed language and the Committee voted to hold the item and requested the Law and Planning Departments as well as members of the Land Use Committee to consider whether there could be ways to circumvent the intent of the proposal and asked the Planning Department for more clarity with regard to the use of the terms ¨attached¨ and ¨detached¨.  The Committee voted to hold this item.
  • The final item on the agenda:  The Planning and Development Department requesting that Chapter 30 ZONING be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the Zoning Reform Phase 1 Zoning Ordinance was held without discussion.

The complete Zoning and Planning Committee report can be found here.