LWVN Land Use Review Committee Meeting Date Has Changed

Please note that the date for the LWVN Land Use Review Committee meeting on the January postcard is incorrect.  The date for the meeting changed after the postcard had been printed and mailed.  The meeting will be held today, Wednesday, January 5, from 5:30-7:00pm in Rm 222 at City Hall.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Public Hearing for Snow Removal Ordinance

Come show your support for safe, clear sidewalks year round.  The proposed sidewalk snow removal ordinance will be  the subject of a Public Hearing, Wednesday, November 17, at 7:00 pm, in the Aldermanic Chamber.  Come voice your support!! If you can’t come to the meeting, please send a letter of support to the Board via email, to dolson@newtonma.gov.   For more information please email newtonsidewalks@gmail.com.

Open letter to Mayor Warren

The following Letter to the Editor was published in the November 17, 2010 Newton Tab, available online at Wicked Local Newton.

Thank you for your support of all-season pedestrian safety.

For more than 20 years, the League of Women Voters Newton has advocated for a sidewalk snow-clearing ordinance. Your recent administrative actions clear the way for that goal — which we support primarily because winter walking is otherwise dangerous or impossible. This fall, you have made the following clear to city administrators:

The city will clear sidewalks abutting all city properties.

Residents will be informed of the snow ordinance changes and be encouraged to clear the sidewalks abutting their property through multimedia avenues such as water bills, website and reverse-911 notification.

The Department of Public Works will make extraordinary efforts to ensure that corners and curb cuts do not get plowed under with piles of snow from the street, and do not remain that way if they are.

The Police Department will take an active enforcement role with residents and businesses that do not clear walks as regulated by city ordinances or dump snow on the sidewalks.

The Parks Department will compile a comprehensive list of people and contractors willing to clear sidewalks for a fee, and will also solicit volunteer help for those low-income residents who, for reasons of health, age or disability, cannot clear.

You are working closely with the superintendent of schools to ensure that walking safety en-route to all our schools is a top priority and will enlist all departments to assist in education around providing safe routes to schools.

We look forward to being able to use the City sidewalks year-round, walking our children and grandchildren to school safely, walking for needed exercise, and walking instead of driving to complete errands and visits.

We are also actively engaged in the effort to pass a residential sidewalk snow ordinance, along with members of Bike Newton, Green Decade, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, the PTO Council/Safe Routes to School, and other groups. We applaud your efforts and those of our aldermen, most notably Vicki Danberg, to get a working ordinance in place.

–Gail Glick
Spokesperson, League of Women Voters of Newton

Support Safe Sidewalks Year Round

Come show your support for safe, clear sidewalks year round.  The proposed sidewalk snow removal ordinance will be presented to the full Board of Aldermen Monday, November 15, at 7 pm.  Even more important, the Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 17, at 7:00 pm, in the Aldermanic Chamber.  Come voice your support!! If you can’t come to the meeting, please send a letter of support to the Board via email.   For more information please email newtonsidewalks@gmail.com.

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Stormwater Management II

The Flood Next Time: Do We Need an Ark?

Hurricane Diane, Summer 1955: Selwyn Road near Newton South. Photo: Newton History Museum.

As climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather, what can residents and cities do to prevent drainage problems, loss of property or worse? How can future floods be mitigated? What’s new in EPA regulations?

Panelists Ellen Douglas, Bob Rooney and Martin Pillsbury will explore these and other questions.

Tuesday, October 26, 7 pm
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

Co-sponsors: Newton Free Library, Green Decade/Newton, Historic Newton, and Newton Conservators.

For more information, read about our first stormwater forum, The Flood Last Time: In Over our Heads?, held on September 21.

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