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.