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Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, July 30th

The Traffic Council will meet virtually on Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 p.m.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-96. No Turn on Red signs: Dedham Street, westbound, onto Winchester Street.
  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs, Walnut Hill Road at Parker Avenue, northbound and southbound
  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-96. No Turn on Red signs: Walnut Street, northbound, onto Centre Street
  • Request to add the following into TPR-199. Fire Lanes: Center drive aisle of the Crystal Lake Bathhouse Parking Lot at 30 Rogers Street. Note that this fire lane has been approved by the Newton Fire Department and this item makes no change in the field
  • Request to remove from Sec. TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs, the following: Quinobequin Road from right turn lane onto Washington Street, and to insert into Sec. TPR-148. Obedience to yield signs, the following: Grove Street to Route 16 Collector-Distributor Road from the right turn lane onto Washington Street. Note that this item supersedes the Traffic Council vote from June 15, 2020, in order to utilize the official MassDOT name of this roadway
  • Request to remove the following from Sec. TPR-145. Traffic-control signal locations, from section (c) Traffic signals at the following locations are owned, operated and maintained by the state: Washington Street (Route 16), Grove Street bypass, Quinobequin Road and Wales Street, and to insert the following into Sec. TPR-145. Traffic-control signal locations, into section (c) Traffic signals at the following locations are owned, operated and maintained by the state: Washington Street (Route 16), Grove Street to Route 16 Collector-Distributor Road, Quinobequin Road and Wales Street
  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs: James Street, southbound, at River Street
  • Request to remove the following entry from TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs: Webster Street at Rowe Street, southwestbound
  • Request to remove the following entry from Sec. TPR-176. Parking regulations pertaining to particular streets for Pine Street: (3) Prohibited, school days, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., south side, from a point 640 feet east of Washburn Avenue to Ivy Drive, and to insert the following entry into Sec. TPR-176 for Pine Street: (3) Prohibited, school days, 8:00 a.m. to 400 p.m., south side, from a point 465 feet east of Washburn Avenue to Ivy Drive
  • Request to insert the following entry into TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs: Hatfield Road at Fuller Terrace, eastbound and westbound (northern intersection)
  • Request to remove the following entry from Sec. TPR-85. One-way streets: Maynard Street, from Morrill Street, easterly to Albemarle Road; 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and to add the following entry into Sec. TPR-89. Right turns prohibited: Maynard Street, from Albemarle Road, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Request to delete from Sec. TPR-85. One-way streets, the entire section for Albemarle Road, and to insert into Sec. TPR-85. One-way streets the following for Albemarle Road (NOTE: This item will make no changes to the one-way signage on Albemarle Road, and will remove errors and redundancies from the TPR):
    • a. Southern roadway, from Eddy Street to Brookside Avenue.
    • b. Eastern roadway, from Watertown Street to North Street.
    • c. Western and northern roadway, from North Street to Eddy Street.
  • Request to delete from Sec. TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs, the following:
    • 1. Albemarle Road at Brookside Avenue, eastbound.
    • 2. Albemarle Road at Crafts Street, northbound.
    • 3. Albemarle Road at Crafts Street, southbound.
    • 4. Albemarle Road at North Street, northbound and southbound.
  • and to insert into Sec. TPR-147. Obedience to isolated stop signs, the following:
    • 1. Albemarle Road, southern roadway, at Brookside Avenue, eastbound.
    • 2. Albemarle Road, eastern roadway, at Crafts Street, northbound.
    • 3. Albemarle Road, eastern roadway, at North Street, northbound and southbound.
    • 4. Albemarle Road, western roadway, at North Street, southbound.
    • 5. Albemarle Road, western roadway, at Crafts Street, southbound.
    • 6. Albemarle Road, northern roadway, at Eddy Street, westbound
  • Request to remove from Sec. TPR-177. Football game day parking regulations, the following from section (d): Colby Road, both sides, and to insert into Sec. TPR-177. Football game day parking regulations. the following into section (d): Colby Street, both sides
  • Request to evaluate and possible add a stop sign at the intersection of Lewis Street and Langdon Street
  • Request to remove from Sec. TPR-176. Parking regulations pertaining to particular streets., Watertown Street, (2) Prohibited, all days, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., a) North side from Adams Street to Bridge Street., and b) South side from a point 80 feet east of Washington Street easterly 85 feet, and to insert into the provisions of Sec. TPR176. Parking regulations pertaining to particular streets., Watertown Street, (2) Prohibited, all days, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., a) South side from a point 80 feet east of Washington Street easterly 85 feet
  • Request to change the parking regulations in front of Cook Restaurant and the Paint Bar in Newtonville to accommodate the MBTA bus stop, which has to be modified due to a new bump-out at the northeast corner of the intersection of Washington Street at Walnut Street – (NOTE: It is the Chair’s intent to entertain a motion for NO ACTION NECESSARY)

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, the requested changes above make no changes in the field and corrects an error in the TPR (Traffic and Parking Regulations)

What’s Up in Newton this Week? COVID-19 confirmed cases up by one case; School Committee to vote on Superintendent’s Contract and discuss Fall Planning; Three City Council meetings scheduled for this week; and more…..

COVID-19: This week, the City is reporting one additional case from last week with 777 reported confirmed cases as of July 15th and 119 COVID-19 related deaths as of July 14th.

Superintendent’s Contract and Fall Planning to be discussed: The School Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 21st at 8:00 a.m. The agenda includes voting on the Superintendent’s Contract as well as discussing Fall Planning for next school year. The agenda can be found here.

Three P’s to Meet this Week: All three P committees will meet this week: Programs and Services which will discuss moving certain polling locations away from elderly housing and the senior center to certain elementary schools where school will not be in session – see agenda; the Public Facilities Committee which will discuss limiting or prohibiting fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction or substantially renovated buildings – see agenda; and the Public Safety and Transportation Committee which will discuss walking and biking streets with local traffic only during the COVID-19 emergency and a briefing/conversation with the administration regarding the Tim Duncan incident – see agenda;

Weekly Construction Schedule: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule can be found here.

3 New Vendors at this Week’s Newton Farmers’ Market: The Newton Farmers’ Market will feature three new vendors this Tuesday, July 21st, at the Newton Farmers’ Market located at Newton South High School from 2 – 6 p.m. The three new vendors are Boston Smoked Fish, Ginger Gems, and Sunny Window. More information can be found here.

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of July 19th

Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Appointment of Former Newton City Councilor, Mitch Fischman and Jeremy Freudberg to the Traffic Council
  • Request discussion with the Administration on creating walking/biking streets with local traffic only during the duration of COVID-19 emergency to allow for safe social distancing and recreation

Chair’s Note: There is a request for a briefing and conversation with the administration on the investigation into the incident with Mr. Tim Duncan.

Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a main drain extension and three manholes in Verndale Road from the property at 21 Verndale Road in a northerly direction 170+ feet
  • Re-appointment of Jonathan Kantar to the Citizens Commission on Energy
  • Request for a discussion with the Sustainability Team to create an ordinance to limit or prohibit the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction and substantially renovated buildings as well as to clarify’s the Council’s authority to prohibit the extension of gas

Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86133559339. To listen to this meeting via phone call 1-646-558-8686 and use the Meeting ID 861 3355 9339.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for Salary Increase for the City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council
  • Request to relocate polling locations – (NOTE: the Schools will not be occupied on Election Day):
    • Ward 2 Precinct 2 – from Cabot Park Village to Cabot Elementary School
    • Ward 2 Precinct 3 – from the Newton Senior Center to Newton North High School
    • Ward 6 Precinct 2 – from Weeks House to the Bowen Elementary School
    • Ward 5 Precincts 3 and 4 – from the Waban Library Center to Zervas Elementary School
  • Re-appointment of Beth Wilkinson to the Urban Tree Commission

School Committee to Meet on Tuesday, July 21st – 8:00 a.m.

The School Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, July 21st at 8:00 a.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting, go to: https://zoom.us/j/390017072 Meeting ID: 390 017 072

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The agenda includes the following:

City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 19th

Parks and Recreation Commission: The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet virtually on Monday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83739579465 Meeting ID: 837 3957 9465

The agenda includes the following:

  • Commissioner’s Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance
    • Field Policy/Field Fees
    • Update on Programs
    • Crystal Lake/Gath Pool and Swimming at Coves
    • CPC Projects:
      • Fields/Pool/Bathhouse
    • Farlow Pond
    • Tennis – Clay Courts
    • Golf Course
    • Off-Leash Area Dog Parks
    • Commission Re-appointments

Newton Biosafety Committee: The Newton Biosafety Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89100714953?pwd=dWJrclFBaGdleWN6ajVBakJFVVRqUT09

The agenda includes the following:

  • Introductions
  • Mantle Therapeutics presentation
  • DOTS presentation
  • Frontera Biotech presentation
  • Other Business

Newton Housing Partnership: The Newton Housing Partnership will meet virtually on Tuesday, July 21st at 6:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/287638758 Meeting ID: 287 638 758

The agenda includes the following:

  • Review and Approval of June 16th Meeting Summary
  • Golda Meir House Expansion Project
    • Request for CPA and HOME Funds
    • Presentation by 2Life Communities
    • Discussion and Vote
  • Newton Housing Partnership Initiatives
    • Housing’s role in diversity, equity, and inclusion – leading change making Newton more accessible and welcoming to all
      • 70% local preference policy
        • Assess possible change in Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance
      • Partnership with Fair Housing Committee
      • Discussion of Other Ideas
    • Extremely low-income housing strategy
      • Update from subcommittee
    • Zoning Redesign
      • Update from subcommittee
      • Partnership’s Zoning Ordinance Goals
        • Discussion
        • Vote
      • Partnerships Strategy for engagement and advocacy
        • Discussion
        • Vote
  • Project Updates
    • Riverside
    • West Newton Armory
    • Dunstan East 40B
    • 15 Riverdale Ave 40B
    • Newton COVID-19 Emergency Housing Relief Program

Design Review Committee: The Design Review Committee will meet virtually on Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom Meeting, go to:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88987319464?pwd=dGZhMklCNVQzNzNCNUdLZzZ6UFc5UT09 Meeting ID: 889 8731 9464  Password: 091841

The agenda includes the following:

  • Schematic Design and Site Planning Progress Review
    • Commonwealth Golf Course – Addition/Renovation of Existing Maintenance Building

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees: The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees will meet virtually on Wednesday, July 22nd at 4:30 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to: Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87086648565?pwd=WVA2TldDbHJlcGZMRE9vTHFWRzg5QT09

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The agenda includes the following:

  • Call to Order
  • Approval of June 24, 2020 Meeting Minutes
  • Continuing Business:
    • Library Solar Parking Lot Project
  • Reports:
    • President
    • Director
      • Re-opening Plans
    • Treasurer
    • Development
    • Friends
    • Committees
      • Finance
      • Development
      • Spring Fling
      • Trustee Vacancy
    • New Business
      • Nominating Committee
    • Visitors Discussion
    • Adjourn

Newton Retirement Board: The Newton Retirement Board will meet virtually on Wednesday, July 22nd at 3:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to: https://zoom.us/j/95762423054?pwd=a0RmWXFVMDJJeGhVcnN3eU10SWtadz09

The agenda can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission: The Newton Historical Commission will meet virtually on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/288490607 or +16465588656,,288490607#

The agenda includes the following:

  • Request to demolish the buildings at 57 Cherry Place
  • Request for partial demolition and to construct an addition at 575 Boylston Street
  • Request to demolish buildings at 55 Rosalie Road

There is no Staff Memo or Packet online this week.

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of July 19th

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

  • 858 Walnut Street – Special Permit/Administrative Site Plan Review to establish a religious use
  • 45-47 Forest Street – Special Permit for a rear addition
  • 1858-1860 Washington Street – Proposed relocation of the Hebrew College to existing religious use site
  • 229 Bellevue Street – Special Permit to construct a garage

What’s Up in Newton this Week? – COVID-19 confirmed cases rise slightly and an additional Newton death, City Clerk looks to relocate polling locations – Ward 2 Precinct 2; Ward 2 Precinct 3; Ward 6 Precinct 2; Ward 5 Precincts 3 & 4; City Council to vote on a 4,532 sq. ft. 2.5 story addition and a three-car garage greater than 700 sq. ft., Plastic Bag Ban Back into Effect, Councilors request discussion regarding impact of fuel-burning outdoor fireplaces, firepits; School Committee to meet in Executive Session this Tuesday to discuss strategy relating to Collective Bargaining and Fall Planning; Council on Aging and Advisory Board to discuss and vote on one of two site locations for the NewCAL (Newtonville – existing site or Newton Centre parking lot); Riverside Special Permit – closing in – review of Draft Council Order and Conditions this Tuesday; Local building community will continue to provide input on Zoning Redesign, and more……

COVID-19 Update: Although there is no longer a special highlighted COVID-19 link at the top of the Homepage on the City’s website, the City continues to report COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths. As of Sunday, July 12th, the City is reporting 776 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of July 9th and the number of COVID-19 deaths has increased to 119 as of July 7th.

Speaking of COVID-19… Newton’s State Representative Ruth Balser was successful in passing a bill requiring reporting of COVID-19 related data from elderly housing facilities – including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and congregate housing facilities that house the elderly and disabled. That bill was signed into law by Governor Baker – but now Governor Baker and some affordable housing advocates are trying to undermine the bill and are requesting exemption from the reporting requirements – see S.2753 and see the testimony of CHAPA.

More COVID-19 Impacts: The City Clerk has filed a request to relocate some of the City’s polling locations. Included in this list are polling locations currently at Cabot Park Village, the Newton Senior Center, Weeks Housing Senior Apartment Facility, and the Waban Library Center. The proposal is to move each of these polling locations to nearby elementary schools.

A 4,532 sq. ft. addition? Yes, the City Council will be voting on a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to approve a 4,532 sq. ft. addition and a three-car garage greater than 700 sq. ft. See Land Use Committee Report here. No worries, though….the Zoning and Planning Committee will certainly be addressing issues related to the new Zoning Ordinance on Thursday at their Zoning and Planning Committee meeting along with “local building professionals who will share observations on applying the proposed code to local residential projects”. See Zoning and Planning agenda here.

Plastic Bag Ban Back in Effect: The Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health rescinded the order that placed a moratorium on plastic bag bans. The order can be found here. The original order can be found here.

Will Firepits be banned? Some City Councilors are looking to discuss the impacts of fuel-burning outdoor fireplaces, chimneys, fire pits, pizza ovens, etc., including setback and maximum lot coverage requirements, air quality/pollution, and fire protection in relation to permitting, zoning enforcement, fire code, and Newton’s Climate Action Plan. See New Docket.

Collective Bargaining and the NTA: The School Committee will meet in Executive Session this Tuesday, July 14th at 5:00 p.m. to discuss strategy relating to Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teacher’s Association regarding Fall Planning. See Meeting Notice here.

NewCAL site determination – imminent? Well, the Council on Aging will be discussing and voting on two potential locations to site the proposed NewCAL. The Programs and Services Committee met jointly with the Public Facilities Committee last week and discussed the two options: the existing site in Newtonville and the parking lot (the Triangle) in Newton Centre. See Programs and Services Report here for that discussion.

Riverside Review: The Land Use Committee will review the Draft Council Order for the proposed mixed-use development of the Riverside MBTA Station. The Committee’s agenda can be found here. A clean version of the Draft Council Order can be found here; a red-lined version of the Draft Council Order can be found here; and a memo from the Law Department regarding the Draft Council Order can be found here.

Zoning Redesign: Local Building Professionals will continue to provide input at this week’s Zoning and Planning Committee as they continue their discussion about their experiences building in Newton. The next meeting will be on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. See agenda here.

Weekly Construction Schedule: This week’s road construction schedule can be found here.

Want more information on Direct Food and Shopping Resources Serving Newton? Check out allovernewton.org to find the latest information on where to access fresh produce, baked goods, meat, fish and dairy products and more!!

What’s Up in Newton this Week? – COVID-19 confirmed cases rise slightly and an additional Newton death, City Clerk looks to relocate polling locations – Ward 2 Precinct 2; Ward 2 Precinct 3; Ward 6 Precinct 2; Ward 5 Precincts 3 & 4; City Council to vote on a 4,532 sq. ft. 2.5 story addition and a three-car garage greater than 700 sq. ft., Plastic Bag Ban Back into Effect, Councilors request discussion regarding impact of fuel-burning outdoor fireplaces, firepits; School Committee to meet in Executive Session this Tuesday to discuss strategy relating to Collective Bargaining and Fall Planning; Council on Aging and Advisory Board to discuss and vote on one of two site locations for the NewCAL (Newtonville – existing site or Newton Centre parking lot); Riverside Special Permit – closing in – review of Draft Council Order and Conditions this Tuesday; Local building community will continue to provide input on Zoning Redesign, and more……

COVID-19 Update: Although there is no longer a special highlighted COVID-19 link at the top of the Homepage on the City’s website, the City continues to report COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths. As of Sunday, July 12th, the City is reporting 776 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of July 9th and the number of COVID-19 deaths has increased to 119 as of July 7th.

Speaking of COVID-19… Newton’s State Representative Ruth Balser was successful in passing a bill requiring reporting of COVID-19 related data from elderly housing facilities – including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and congregate housing facilities that house the elderly and disabled. That bill was signed into law by Governor Baker – but now Governor Baker and some affordable housing advocates are trying to undermine the bill and are requesting exemption from the reporting requirements – see S.2753 and see the testimony of CHAPA.

More COVID-19 Impacts: The City Clerk has filed a request to relocate some of the City’s polling locations. Included in this list are polling locations currently at Cabot Park Village, the Newton Senior Center, Weeks Housing Senior Apartment Facility, and the Waban Library Center. The proposal is to move each of these polling locations to nearby elementary schools.

A 4,532 sq. ft. addition? Yes, the City Council will be voting on a Request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to approve a 4,532 sq. ft. addition and a three-car garage greater than 700 sq. ft. See Land Use Committee Report here. No worries, though….the Zoning and Planning Committee will certainly be addressing issues related to the new Zoning Ordinance on Thursday at their Zoning and Planning Committee meeting along with “local building professionals who will share observations on applying the proposed code to local residential projects”. See Zoning and Planning agenda here.

Plastic Bag Ban Back in Effect: The Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health rescinded the order that placed a moratorium on plastic bag bans. The order can be found here. The original order can be found here.

Will Firepits be banned? Some City Councilors are looking to discuss the impacts of fuel-burning outdoor fireplaces, chimneys, fire pits, pizza ovens, etc., including setback and maximum lot coverage requirements, air quality/pollution, and fire protection in relation to permitting, zoning enforcement, fire code, and Newton’s Climate Action Plan. See New Docket.

Collective Bargaining and the NTA: The School Committee will meet in Executive Session this Tuesday, July 14th at 5:00 p.m. to discuss strategy relating to Collective Bargaining with the Newton Teacher’s Association regarding Fall Planning. See Meeting Notice here.

NewCAL site determination – imminent? Well, the Council on Aging will be discussing and voting on two potential locations to site the proposed NewCAL. The Programs and Services Committee met jointly with the Public Facilities Committee last week and discussed the two options: the existing site in Newtonville and the parking lot (the Triangle) in Newton Centre. See Programs and Services Report here for that discussion.

Riverside Review: The Land Use Committee will review the Draft Council Order for the proposed mixed-use development of the Riverside MBTA Station. The Committee’s agenda can be found here. A clean version of the Draft Council Order can be found here; a red-lined version of the Draft Council Order can be found here; and a memo from the Law Department regarding the Draft Council Order can be found here.

Zoning Redesign: Local Building Professionals will continue to provide input at this week’s Zoning and Planning Committee as they continue their discussion about their experiences building in Newton. The next meeting will be on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. See agenda here.

Weekly Construction Schedule: This week’s road construction schedule can be found here.

Want more information on Direct Food and Shopping Resources Serving Newton? Check out allovernewton.org to find the latest information on where to access fresh produce, baked goods, meat, fish and dairy products and more!!

Full City Council to Meet on Monday, July 13th

The Full City Council will meet virtually on Monday, July 13th at 7:45 p.m.

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The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.