Docket Digest for the Week of Jan. 26-30

A weekly summary of Board of Aldermen 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 26-30

Monday, 26 7p Joint PF & Finance 211
following Finance 211
7p School Committee Ed. Center
7:45p Zoning 205
 Tuesday, 27 7p Land Use Chamber/211


  • 1-22-15 Traffic Council: APPROVE: handicap spot on Plymouth Rd; changes in meter times in Nonantum; removing parking on one side of Chapel St. for fire truck access; DENIED: removing parking near a driveway on Watertown St; HELD FOR TRIAL: resident permit parking on Peabody St.;


  • 1-26-15 Public Facilities & Finance includes: stormwater;
  • 1-26-15 Finance includes review of: five-year financial forecast; neighborhood area council control of own accounts; implementation of pilot overnight parking permit fees; report on vacancies in city hall; procurement burdens placed on non-profit vendors; condo conversions and student housing; funding for OPEB, tree protections; paper bag fees; tracking items not in CIP; fee funding; funding for future school technology; tracking mitigation funds.
  • 1-26-15 School Commitee, includes: Facilities Update, Enrollment Planning & Class Size Report,  Instructional Technology Update, Student Assignment Working Group Update, Start Time Research Update
  • 1-26-15 Zoning, update on the Consolidated Plan; Large House Review ordinance; clarifications for two-unit buildings; Zoning Reform;
  • 1-27-15 Land Use includes: 88 Crescent St: allow three single family attached dwellings; 556 Ward St: waive 26 parking stalls and associated waivers for an orthodox synagogue; 143 Lincoln St: reconstruct and extend a two-family structure; 39 Herrick Rd: allow a three-story, mixed-use building containing four dwelling units and a 75-seat restaurant and the waiver of 9 parking stalls, three bicycle spaces, to construct a retaining wall exceeding four feet in height, to allow the required frontage to be measured along a footpath, and to waive 18 parking stalls.


  • Public Notice of Feb. 4 Neighborhood Area Council border discussion
  • Living and Aging in Newton: Now and in the Future – The Newton Department of  Senior Services and the Newton Council on Aging invites members of the Board of Aldermen to a presentation and conversation of our findings on Monday February 2, 2015 @ 6:30 in room 205 Presenters include: Marian Knapp PhD, Chair of the Council on Aging; Bernard Steinman PhD, Principal Investigator UMASS Boston Gerontology Institute; Jayne Colino, Director of Senior Services. Please don’t hesitate to contact Jayne Colino for any information in advance of the presentation at 617‐796‐1671. Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in this important conversation.
  • Instructional Technology Update
  • Angier & Zervas update
  • Class Size report

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