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Holiday Tree Pickup begins today, January 7th and will continue through January 18th.

Public Hearing – The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency will hold a public hearing on Monday, January 7th at 11:00 a.m. at its offices located at 99 High Street, Boston, MA to consider a proposal from Cradles to Crayons, Inc. for issuance of qualified 501(c)(3) bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $4,400,000 to finance and refinance a portion of the costs to purchase the land, together with the buildings and other improvements thereon, and appurtenances at 281 Newtonville Avenue.

The Newtonville Area Council is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library. The Area Council intends to:

  • Discuss the results re: densification, housing, transportation, and so on
  • Discuss how the new zoning proposals align with the survey results
  • Discuss where we go from here

Please see flyer for more information.

Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce New Year’s Bash: Join Chamber members as they celebrate the New Year and welcome the arrival of UMASS Amherst to the N-Squared Innovation District On Wednesday, January 9th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Shaw Hall on the new UMASS Amherst Mount IDA Campus, 777 Dedham Street.

Fourth Annual Police Appreciation Day:  In conjunction with National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the Sons of the American Legion, Newton Squadron 440, invite the public to recognize and support the fine men and women of the Newton Police Department on Wednesday, January 9th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Post 440, 295 California Street. Free food, cash bar and entertainment.

 

City Council Committee Meetings Week of January 6th

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, January 7th at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss one item on the agenda:

  • Request to transfer the necessary funding from the Current Year Wage Reserve Account to various department budgets to fund the cost items set forth in the one-year labor agreement with American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSME), City Hall Associates, Local 3092.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow for the expansion of a non-conforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story 20-unit multi-family dwelling and requesting waivers and reductions of setback and parking requirements at 182-184 and 166 California Street (NOTE: This petition will be continued to February 5th)
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow an increase in the number of teachers and children in the program by waiving 17 parking stalls at 2330 Washington Street 
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a detached carport for the existing single-family dwelling at 50-52 Rowe Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert and existing single-family residential dwelling a 6-unit residential dwelling by constructing a second 3-story residential dwelling with 3-units, to allow ground floor units and reductions and waivers of parking and landscaping requirements at 424-432 Cherry Street
  • Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow a 36′ 3-story, 9-unit multi-family dwelling with accessory parking for 9 cars and allow for waivers and reductions in parking, lighting and landscaping requirements at 39 Herrick Road
  • Request to amend a previously granted Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow bank use at 71 Needham Street 

Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Julie Irish to the Council on Aging
  • Appointment of Melissa Sommer and Patricia Kerwin Derrick (to complete Don Fishman’s term) to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Re-appointment of Patricia Kerwin Derrick and Sam Figler to the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Re-appointment of Matthew Stafford, Asa Fanelli, and Lisa Terrizzi to the Health and Human Services Advisory Council
  • Re-appointment of Dina Conlin to the Licensing Board
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Request for an amendment to Section 27-10 of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to increase the maximum qualifying gross receipts amount for the Tax Deferral Program from $60,000 to $72,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and for all subsequent years

Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to the Department of Public Works Processing Recyclables to fund increased costs of processing recyclables due to changes in the recycling market
  • Request for a vote from the City Council to authorize submission of a Statement of Interest to the MSBA for funding for the replacement of the boiler and roof at Memorial Spaulding Elementary School and replacement of the roof at Underwood Elementary School
  • Request to accept and expend $100,000 from the State Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Earmark Funds to be used to conduct a feasibility study on the renovation, expansion and new construction of the Newton Senior Center
  • Request to transfer $1,300,000 from Free Cash to fund the continuation of a Feasibility Study/Schematic design and Site Plan Approval for the Lincoln-Elioit/Newton Early Childhood Program

Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 9th has been cancelled. Notice of cancellation can be found here.

City Board and Commission Meetings week of January 6th

Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The revised agenda includes the following:

  • Public Hearing on proposed  updates and revisions to the Approval Not Required (ANR)
  • Adoption and Vote on the Economic Development Strategy Plan
  • Discussion of the FY2020 Annual Action Plan
  • Discussion of the Northland Development Change of Zone request

Notice of the Public Hearing of the Planning Board acting as a Board of Survey for the proposed revisions to the ANR can be found here.

Washington Place Liaison Committee:  The Washington Place Liaison Committee will meet on Monday, January 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. The agenda can be found here.

Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to amend a previously approved Certificate of Appropriateness for a pergola, and a request to amend a previously approved front entry, right side library bump out, and left side bay window, and a review of the status of detailed drawings of exterior architectural elements for property located at 140 Windermere Road.

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion of program planning, outreach, and staffing
  • Discussion of site signs for CPA funded projects
  • Staff updates on current/anticipated proposals and projects
  • Approval of minutes December 2018

Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • N2 Update
  • Chair update and approval of minutes
  • Discussion of Development Review with James Freas – overview of the current process and proposed changes
  • Nomination of EDC officers

Newtonville Area Council:  The Newtonville Area Council will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 8th from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library to discuss results of the NAC’s Washington Street Survey.  More information can be found here.

Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the Newton Free Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Update by the Public Buildings Department on upcoming projects
  • Continued discussion regarding embedded carbon

Newtonville Area Council:  The Newtonville Area Council will meet on Thursday, January 10th from 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Approval of minutes
  • Burning Issues in the community
  • Assessing the January 8th public meeting on the Washington Street survey
  • Discussion of the NAC’s role in promoting the arts in Newtonville and in the City and how to best use the funds from 28 Austin Street to that end
  • Discussion of goals and accomplishments in 2019
  • Election of Officers
  • Transfer of Newtonville.org to the Area Council

Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows at 62-64 Cottage Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build the main entry, install overhead garage doors, and finalize exterior light fixtures at 1238 Chestnut Street
  • Working Session on a request for feedback on a project to move and renovate the existing house, build a new addition, and a four-car garage and demolish a shed at 14 Ellis Street

 

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of January 6th

The following potential projects and proposals are scheduled to meet with the Development Review Team this week:

  • 192 Lincoln Street – Special Permit to establish an accessory apartment
  • 340 Hammond Street – Special Permit for accessory apartment in existing carriage
    house
  • 757 Beacon Street – Special Permit for parking waiver related to expansion of
    salon
  • 1158 Beacon Street –  Special Permit for recreational marijuana establishment

Development Review Team Snapshot can be found here.

What to watch in 2019 and beyond….

Things to look for in 2019:

Municipal Elections:

Yes – it’s that time again. Some candidates have announced, committees have formed, and citizen advocacy groups are gearing up – keeping a careful eye on voting records and policy stances – preparing to support candidates.

School Committee: So far, two open seats: Ward 4 and Ward 5

City Council:  So far, one open seat:  Ward 5 City Council

Challenges….The Ward 2 Councilor seat is currently being challenged.

Issues to watch (IMHO):

On the School Side:

  • Teachers Union Contract
  • Implementation of Full-Day K
  • Late High School Start Times
  • School Facilities – Upgrading and Renovations
  • High Density Development and School Enrollment Projections
  • Equity policy

On the Municipal Side:

  • City Planning and Development – Large Scale/High Density Projects – Northland, Riverside and most of the Washington Street corridor 
  • Revisions to the Zoning Ordinance
  • Implementation of Municipal Aggregation
  • Recreational Pot Shops
  • Solar Panel rollout
  • Trash Contract – PAYT, Recycling, Composting
  • Employee Health Insurance – is GIC in the City’s future?
  • OPEB – will we be more aggressive in paying down the debt?
  • Override?
  • New CAL – where will it go?

 

Committee/Commission Meetings – Week of December 30th

The following Committees/Commissions will meet this week:

  • Blue Ribbon Commission:  The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet on Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C. The agenda can be found here.
  • City Council Charter Subcommittee:  The City Council Charter Subcommittee will meet on Thursday, January 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda can be found here.
  • Newtonville Local Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Local Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, January  3rd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:
    • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace storm windows on enclosed porch with double-hung windows 122 Lowell Avenue
    • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish existing garage, build new four-car garage, connector, and dormer, renovate and add on to the existing house, replace stairs, railings, and walkways, install condensers, a patio and fence at 25 Page Road.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your families a very happy, safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year!!

Mayor’s Open House and Food Drive:  Help Sort Food at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Open House on December 31st from 10 a.m. – noon. More information can be found here.

Trash Collection for the week of December 31st and Holiday Tree Collection information can be found here.

Announcements

Community Meeting on Phase 3 Solar Projects on City-owned properties – Tuesday, December 18th – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library. This meeting will focus only on the proposed solar project for the Library Parking Lot.

City Council Meetings – Week of December 16th – only Real Property and Reuse Committee – All other Committee meetings cancelled

Real Property Reuse Committee: The Real Property Reuse Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes one item:

  • Discussion regarding non-compliance with with Council Order #360-16, the Stanton Avenue water tower site, including rescinding the Council Order and reopening the reuse process to all interested parties.

Public Facilities, Programs and Services and Public Safety and Transportation Committees have cancelled their meetings for this week. The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.