Archives for 2017

Docket Digest for the Week of January 1-4

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN.

Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Extracted from the full Aldermanic calendar.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

January 1-4

Mon, Jan. 1 New City Council & Mayor Sworn In
Wed, Jan 3 8 am

7 pm

Fair Housing Committee

Public Facilities

205

204

 Thur, Jan 4  7 pm Newtonville Historic Commission  205

1-1-18 City Council Committee Appointments

City Council President  Laredo, City Council Vice President Kalis

Public Safety and Transportation
Ciccone (C)
Auchincloss (VC)
Cote
Markiewicz
Downs
Noel
Grossman
Lipof

Public  Facilities
Crossley (C)
Leary (VC)
Norton
Kelley
Gentile
Danberg
Laredo
Lappin

Programs and Services
Rice (C)
Brousal-Glaser (VC)
Greenberg
Albright
Krintzman
Schwartz
Baker
Kalis

Zoning and Planning
Albright (C)
Danberg (VC)
Leary
Brousal-Glaser
Krintzman
Downs
Baker
Kalis

Finance
Gentile (C)
Lappin (VC)
Ciccone
Norton
Cote
Rice
Noel
Grossman

Land Use
Schwartz (C)
Lipof (VC)
Greenberg
Auchincloss
Kelley
Markiewicz
Crossley
Laredo

Real Property Reuse
Danberg (C)
Cote (VC)
Greenberg
Albright
Gentile
Downs
Grossman
Kalis

Reports:

Agendas:

  • 1-3-18  Fair Housing Committee:    Discussion about the Newton’s December 14 Zoning Redesign event: report from participants and any new ideas about what the Committee should do next
  • 1-3-18  Public Facilities: Department of Public Works to provide an overview of the Accelerated Roads Program. The presentation will include status of work in the 2017 CIP, prioritization of roadway work for FY2018, detailed descriptions of the range of new maintenance procedures being employed to extend roadway life and communicating with constituents. In addition, DPW will discuss its role, strategies for improving and challenges they face in coordinating municipal work with that if the public utilities, particularly re the condition of gas infrastructure

Documents:

Happy Holidays from LWVN!

The LWVN Board wishes all our members a happy and healthy holiday season!

We look forward to 2018 and are busy planning a number of meetings on hot topics including gerrymandering, sexual harassment, and the continuing Newton city charter debate.

Make a New Year’s resolution to spend a few hours a month with LWVN and we promise they will be well-spent!

Docket Digest for the Week of December 11-15

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN.

Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Extracted from the full Aldermanic calendar.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

December 11-15

Mon, Dec. 11 5p

7p

7:45p

Needham St. Visioning

School Committee

Zoning & Planning

Price Ctr

Ed Center

205

Tues., Dec. 12 8:15a Financial Audit 211
Wed., Dec. 13  

7p

Traffic Council 211
Thurs., Dec 14 6:30p

7p

Zoning Redesign

Council Leadership Caucus

Druker

211

Agendas:

  • 12-11-17 Zoning: Appointments.  Public Hearing Increase inclusionary units from 15-25%; update on Zoning Redesign.
  • 12-13-17 Traffic Council: review and possible changes to parking regulations on Oak Hill Street between Brookline Street and Puddingstone Lane. (Ward 8); four-way stop sign at the intersection of Gibbs Street and Sumner Street to address safety concerns. (Ward 6); three way stop sign at the intersection of Norwood Avenue and Trowbridge Street to address safety concerns. (Ward 6); the addition of thirty feet of no parking opposite the church parking lot entrance. (Ward 6);  requesting a) Across from #44
    Norwood Avenue, three space parking prohibition in the area of the six existing unrestricted parking space area and b) Across from #56 Norwood Avenue, adding three unrestricted parking spaces, removing three two-hour parking spaces. (Ward 6); NEWTON MONTESSORI SCHOOL, requesting a flashing school zone/speed
    limit sign be installed on Crescent Avenue between the rectory and school to address safety concerns. (Ward 6); TC52-17 NEWTON MONTESSORI SCHOOL, 80 Crescent Avenue, requesting that the no parking signs on Crescent Avenue be changed to LIVE pick up and drop off during school hours. (Ward 6); city departments requesting to allow flexibility in terms of the location, duration, and pricing of public parking spaces as well as potential changes to traffic circulation within and proximate to the Austin Street parking lot, in order to provide for the reconstruction of the Austin Street parking lot. (Ward 2); DAVID KOSES, TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR, requesting a change to the direction of traffic flow on Bram Way, in order to accommodate the reconstruction of the Austin Street parking lot. (Ward 2); Nominations, Election and Discussion of term length for Traffic Council Chair.
  • 12-14-17 Caucus: Election of a Temporary Presiding Officer for Caucus; Adoption of Rules; Election of President, Vice president, President Emeritus

Documents:

  • Planning memo
  • Planning update
    • Needham Street Area Vision Plan: On Monday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m., the Needham Street Area Vision Plan Community Engagement Group will hold its first meeting at the Barry Price Center at 27 Christina Street. The group will begin discussions about the city’s development of a vision plan for the Needham Street Area. Discussion topics will include Needham Street characteristics, engagement committee interests, vision plans, charter agreement, and next steps. Keep track of the project at www.newtonma.gov/needhamstreet. For comments or questions, please send them to needhamstreet@newtonma.gov.
    • Zoning Redesign: Join the conversation at “Housing for Whom? Zoning, Affordbility and Fair Housing” on Thursday, December 14th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library. Check out the entire nine-part Zoning Redesign series online and RSVP at www.courbanize.com/newtonzoning. Have more questions or ideas? Contact us at zoningredesign@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1120 with questions.

Poll Workers’ Thank You Party this Thursday!

Did you know that there were over 300 people working at the polls between the preliminary and general election, as well as the recent recount?  LWVN will be thanking our poll workers with a celebration on Thursday, December 14th at City Hall, starting at 6 pm. 

We need volunteers to welcome and thank the many poll workers at the event.  If you can help or if you plan to attend as an LWVN representative, please contact info@lwvnewton.org.

Help thank our poll workers on Thursday, December 14th!

Did you know that there were over 300 people working at the polls between the preliminary and general election, as well as the recent recount?  LWVN will be thanking our poll workers with a celebration on Thursday, December 14th in the City Hall cafeteria, starting at 6 pm.  We need volunteers to help pick up food and supplies before the party, as well as welcome and thank the many poll workers at the event.  If you can help or if you plan to attend as an LWVN representative, please contact info@lwvnewton.org.

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