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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.

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

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.

Capital Improvement Plan unveiled on Monday, October 15th

The City’s Capital Improvement Plan was unveiled on Monday, October 15th.

Mayor Fuller’s Letter to the City Council can be found here.

The Capital Improvement Plan Presentation Slides can be found here.

The Long Range Financial Forecast and Five-Year Financial Forecast FY2020-FY2024 Presenstation Slides can be found here.

The FY2020-FY2024 CIP can be found here.

The FY2020-FY2024 Financial Forecast can be found here.

Naming Committee to Meet – Thursday, November 1st

Naming Committee:  The Naming Committee for the School Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Review Committee’s recommendation regarding naming of the building located at 225 Nevada Street (Carr School)
  • Discuss proposed outline for a final report to the School Committee
  • Discuss additional suggestions or proposals for the School Committee regarding
    • Ways to honor/recognize people whose names were on school
      buildings once the school ceases to exist
    • Ways to catalog and honor the city’s built and changing school
      building environment and the changing school grade structure
    • Observations regarding the diversity (or lack thereof) of names on
      school buildings

 

Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 28th

Conservation Commission: The Newton Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:

  • RDA ( Request for Determination of Applicability) to make improvements to a bus stop at the sidewalk and grass median on Commonwealth Avenue – Commonwealth Avenue in front of 2345 Commonwealth Avenue
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) –  Request for demolition and reconstruction of a single-family home with associated restoration planting plan developed in response to the unpermitted tree cutting at 33 Wayne Road
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) – Request to lay a new electrical connection from an existing maintenance building to the new pump house and wet well previously approved at 326 Fuller Street – Braeburn Country Club
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) – Request to demolish the existing single-family home and construct a new single-family home with deck and driveway at 116 Upland Road
  • NOI (Notice of Intent) – Request to remove six trees on their property within the inner 50′ of buffer zone and trim another tree at 177 Waban Avenue
  • OOC (Order of Conditions) – Request for an extension on an Order of Conditions approvig the ex-post facto  reconstruction of the boathouse and new dock installation at 1 Nonantum Road. This OOC also required the creation of a public access trail and mitigation plantings  – at 1 Nonantum Road – Boston Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • COC – (Certificate of Compliance) – Request for a Certificate of Compliance for complete restoration of the river bank and parking lot at 46 Farwell Street
  • COC – (Certificate of Compliance) – Request for a Certificate of Compliance for the turf field construction, flood storage, and plantings – Solomon Schechter Day School
  • Possible Amendment to an OOC (Order of Conditions) – Discussion on whether to require an amendment to the OOC for the new proposed work at the 131-181 Needham Street – Newton Nexus

Packet Documents can be found here. Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace gutters at 14-16 Foster Street
  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows at 41-43 Central Avenue
  • Request for feedback on a project to demolish an existing garage, build a new garage,  connector and dormer, and renovate the existing house at 25 Page Road

Staff Memo can be found here and Packet documents can be found here.

Notable Events

Last Farmer’s Market

There will be HALLOWEEN PARTY ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 23RD, the last day of the market from 2 – 4 pm with trick-or-treating and a Halloween Costume Parade at 4.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please rsvp for planning purposes by clicking HERE.

Go here for more information.

Blue Ribbon Commission on Elected Official Compensation:

The City Council passed a resolution asking that the City Council President appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the salaries and benefits that Newton’s elected officials (the Mayor and members of the City Council and the School Committee) receive for their service and to make recommendations for future changes to those salaries and benefits.

In order to carry out the City Council’s resolution, President Laredo will be appointing a new Blue Ribbon Commission of between 9-15 members of the Newton community. The Commission will begin its work in January 2019, with the goal of having a report to the City Council by June 2019. It will meet once or twice a month, with meetings likely to be in the evenings.

For more information and instructions on how to be considered for appointment to this Commission, please click HERE.

Last Day to Register to Vote is Wednesday, October 17th!!  Go here to check your registration and register to vote.

Early Voting is available for both Elections – State and Municipal 

Newton City Hall – 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
October 22 – 25, 2018, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
October 26, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
October 29 – November 1, 2018, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
November 2, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Newton North High School – 457 Walnut Street
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon  to 5:00 pm

Newton South High School – 140 Brandeis Road
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon to 5:00 pm

Golda Meir House – 160 Stanton Avenue (Limited Parking)
October 24, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lasell Village – 120 Seminary Avenue
October 25, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Coleman House – 677 Winchester Street
October 29, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evans Park – 430 Centre Street
October 30, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon

Absentee Ballot Information Click Here

Polling Locations Click Here

Job Opportunities with the City of NewtonHere are some current employment opportunities with the City of Newton.  Here are current employment opportunities with the Newton Public Schools.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of October 22nd

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to accept and expend two grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program totaling $81, 819 with a required 10% match of $8,181 by the City- with the first grant of $60,000 for fire officer training and the second grant of $30,000 for a firefighter health and wellness program
  • Proposal for an ordinance amendment to divest the City of direct or indirect holdings in fossil fuel companies
  • Request to appropriate the state reimbursement of $28,804 for McKinney -Vento Homeless Student Transportation from the general fund to the School Department
  • Request for approval of sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the installation of a new wash bay at the Crafts Street Garage
  • Request to appropriate $420,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase 2 dump trucks for the DPW
  • Request to appropriate $89,600 from the Stormwater Reserve Fund for consulting engineering services to perform Phase 2 Dam Safety Engineering Evaluation for the Bullough’s Pond Dam
  • Request to transfer $100,000 from Budget Reserve for the purpose of funding Phase 1 of 3 of Audible Pedestrian Signal Installation at all remaining intersections throughout the City
  • Request for authorization to accept, appropriate, and expend $105,103 from the City’s FY18 allocation from the Commonwealth Transportation Infrastructure Fund to be used for concept design engineering services for the complete streets design engineering services for the complete streets design of the Wells-Nahanton Traffic Signalization and Intersection Improvement Project

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and the Council Chamber.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Discussion and adoption of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan
  • Discussion and review relative to the Draft Zoning Ordinance

Zoning Memos can be found here and the Draft Zoning Ordinance can be found here.

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following:

  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to convert a single-family dwelling to a three-story, six-unit residential building with ground floor units, to construct a second three-story, three residential unit building with ground floor units and allow waivers to parking and other requirements at 424-432 Cherry Street (petition was withdrawn without prejudice on October 9th),
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to locate a veterinary hospital in the existing building and waive up to five parking stalls at 858 Walnut Street,
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a waiver of  17 parking spaces to allow an increase in the number of teachers and children in the program at a childcare center at 2330 Washington Street,
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story addition in the BU1 district to be used for mixed uses, to allow a building in excess of 20,000
    sq. ft., to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to height, to extend the existing non-conforming structure with regard to side setback, to allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, and waive parking and other requirements at 1314 Washington and 31,33 Davis Street (Santander Building),
  • Petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to allow the expansion of a
    nonconforming multi-family dwelling use by constructing a three-story multi-family
    development 32.6’ in height in a manufacturing district with greater than 20,000 sq. ft. new gross floor area, allowing a nonconforming front setback, and waive parking and other requirements at 182-184 and 166 California Street

The Land Use Committee Notice of Public Hearing can be found here.

Charter Sub-Committee:  The Charter Subcommittee will meet on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda can be found here.