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City Council Meetings – Week of May 13th

Charter Subcommittee:  The Charter Subcommittee will meet on Monday, May 14th at 6 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Article 7:  Planning
  • Article 8:  Nominations and Elections
  • Article 10:  Free Petition; Initiative and Referendum

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes review of the following departmental budgets and CIP:

The CIP can be found here and the Supplemental CIP can be found here.

The Finance Committee will also discuss the following:

  • Request to appropriate $1,210,000 from Free Cash to purchase new portable radios for the Police and Fire Departments
  • Request to appropriate $600,000 from Free Cash to Fire Department Overtime Account
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to fund the facility programming phase for an Active Living Center to address community and senior needs
  • Request to transfer $650,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund to the Public Buildings Department to fund Lincoln-Elliot HVAC system and other weatherization improvements
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for Phase 1 of the Feasibility Study for 150 Jackson Road
  • Request to appropriate $70,000 from the Capital Stabilization Fund for the design of the Horace Mann elevator accessibility project
  • Request to appropriate $3,700,000 from bonded indebtedness to upgrade water main infrastructure in the City
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash for Oak and Christina Street intersection project
  • Request to appropriate $175,000 from Free Cash  for sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Newton Corner including landscaping and a new bus shelter
  • Request to appropriate $200,000 from Free Cash and transfer $200,000 from DPW Full -time Salaries Account to the following accounts:  $215,000 to the DPW Admin Electricity Account; $50,000 to DPW Vehicle Maintenance Account; $135,000 to the DPW Transportation Account
  • Request to transfer a total of $920,000 for Contracted Snow and Ice Removal -$140,800 from Budget Reserve,  $110,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account, $670,000 from Overtime Snow and Ice Removal Accounts
  • Request to appropriate $500,000 from Free Cash to to supplement the DPW Snow and Ice Removal Operations Budget – $150,000 for Overtime and $350,000 for Rental Vehicles
  • Request to appropriate $100,000 from Free Cash to supplement the School Department FY2018 Budget.
  • Request to transfer $30,000 from the Executive Office Full-time Salaries Account to the Executive Office Consultant’s Account to develop a Climate Action Plan

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee and the Land Use Committee will meet on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointments and Re-appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals:  Timothy Durken, Lei Reilly, Stuart Snyder, Vincent Farina, Michael Rossi, Brooke Lipsitt, William McLaughlin, Barbara Huggins Carboni, Michael Quinn, and Treff LaFleche to the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Review and discussion (jointly with the Land Use Committee) led by the Planning Department on draft policy content outline for the new zoning ordinance
  • Request for the creation of a zoning amendment to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program in commercial districts
  • Request for a discussion and adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan as an amendment to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan
  • Request for authorization to submit the FY2019 Annual Action Plan to HUD for the Community Development Block Grant Program, Emergency Solution Grant funds and WestMetro HOME Consortium

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee on Monday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and discussion (jointly with the Land Use Committee) led by the Planning Department on draft policy content outline for the new zoning ordinance

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The agenda includes the following special permit/site plan approval requests:

  • Petition to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan at 230 Needham Street to allow a for-profit learning center in the existing office space
  • Petition to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan at 199 Boylston Street to allow for non-accessory parking to lease 496 parking stalls to off-site, third party users
  • Petition to allow for the development of an 18-unit multi-family development at 189-193 Adams Street/19 Quirk Court
  • Petition to amend a previously approved special permit/site plan for Washington Place – in order to previously approved plans for a 140 unit housing development with another 140 unit housing development resulting in a hybrid between the 140 unit proposal and the 160 unit proposal.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of May 13th

The following potential projects will be discussed with the Development Review Team this week:

  • Proposed Northland Development – mixed use mega development on Needham Street
  • 300 Boylston Street – amendment to the comprehensive sign plan to add additional signage
  • 232 California Street – potential food service establishment/restaurant

Contact the Planning Department for more info.

School Committee to meet Monday, May 14th

The School Committee will meet on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Middle School Principals update
  • Health and Wellness update
  • Discussion about Long and Short-term Space Needs
  • Discussion about the 2018-2019 CIP
  • Summer Project update
  • Discussion and Vote on the NTA Memorandum of Understanding
  • Discussion and Vote on an Equity Letter
  • Vote to approve School Committee Appointments to the Designer Review Committee and the Newton Citizens Commission on Energy