Docket Digest for the Week of October 16-20

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.

October 16-20

Mon, Oct. 16 7p

7:15p

7:45p

Finance

Programs & Services

Council

211

205

Chamber

Wed., Oct. 18 7p

7p

7:30p

Public Facilities

Public Safety

Programs & Services

204

205

211/Chamber

Thurs. Oct. 19 6:30 Zoning Redesign Druker

Agendas:

  • 10-16-17 Finance: Grant from AARP; Jackson Gardens; Horace-Mann cleanup grant; police detail coordinator; decommission two water tanks; items to refer to next Council.
  • 10-16-17 Programs & Services: appointments
  • 10-18-17 Public Facilities: appointments, grants of location; updates on solar energy rate case hearings; fence around Rumford solar array; resolution on 100% renewable energy; Items to NAN.
  • 10-18-17 Public Safety: Joint with P&S: Lodging house ordinance; five items to NAN
  • 10-18-17 Programs & Services: Joint with Public Safety: Lodging house ordinances. Streamlining of Council procedures; registering lobbyists

Reports:

  • 10–3-17 Land Use:  HELD: Special Permit/Site Plan Review to amend Council Order #94-16 to amend the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue; vehicle sales at Ciccone Motors; Special Permit/Site Plan Review exceed the floor area ratio at 14 Pond Avenue; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to extend the nonconforming use to allow a third residential unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; Northland. APPROVED: Special Permit/Site Plan Review to further increase the nonconforming floor area ratio at 715 Commonwealth Avenue; Special Permit/Site Plan Review to exceed the floor area ratio at 115 Nonantum Street.
  • 10-4-17 Public Facilities:  (Jointly with Public Safety) an updated presentation on the West Newton Square Enhancements Project; APPROVED: guidelines for building design and construction sustainabiltiy; resolution on leaked gas;
  • 10-4-17 Public Safety: (Jointly with Public Facilities) an updated presentation on the West Newton Square Enhancements Project, NAN: sprinkler rules clarification for new construction
  • 10-4-17 Programs & Services: APPROVED: citizens’ petition for Later high school start time; HELD: 2. Limiting city council to Newton issues.
  • 10-10-17 Land Use:  APPROVED: extension of time at 115 Waban Street; 22 West Street (Ciccone Motors) auto license;  further increase the nonconforming floor area ratio and extend the nonconforming front setback at 168 Allerton Road; SUBJECT TO SECOND CALL: amend the approved site plan at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue; and construct a four-story structure not exceeding 48 feet, allow a retaining wall of four feet, and to contain an elderly housing with services facility at 431 Washington Street; WITHDREW: locate the inclusionary units off-site at 219 Commonwealth Avenue.
  • 10-11-17 Zoning: HELD: Zoning Redesign Updates; allow food trucks on Wells Avenue. Joint Public Hearing in the Chamber with Planning & Development: Zoning amendment for the lodging house ordinance; allow cooking Facilities in lodging houses.

Docket:

Referred to Programs & Services:

  • #322-17 Mayor’s appointment of Peter Doherty to Newton Commonwealth Foundation
    PETER DOHERTY, 66 Harvard Street, Newtonville appointed as a member of the NEWTON COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION for a term to expire December 31, 2020.
  • #323-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Marietta Marchitelli to Jackson Homestead
    MARIETTA MARCHITELLI, 100 Waverly Avenue, Newton re-appointed as a Trustee of the JACKSON HOMESTEAD for a term to expire November 1, 2020.
  • #324-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Russel Feldman to Jackson Homestead
    RUSSEL FELDMAN 85 Langley Road, Newton Centre, re-appointed as a Trustee of the JACKSON HOMESTEAD for a term to expire November 1, 2020.
  • #325-17 Request to increase capacity for stewardship of open space assets
    COUNCILORS ALBRIGHT, LEARY AND CROSSLEY requesting that the Council and Mayor more effectively address one of the goals of the Open Space Plan: “To undergird the City’s capacity for sound stewardship of its open space assets.” The plan reflects our community’s concern about the quality of our parks, playgrounds, open space, facilities, and equipment as regards the resources in the budget for these things. We ask that the Mayor develop and the City Council approve a long-range comprehensive plan and strategy to properly care for and maintain Newton’s open space and park facilities across the city for maximum public benefit. We also ask for a comparison per capita regarding how much we spend on our parks as compared to other cities and town with whom we often compare ourselves.

Referred to Public Facilities Committee

  • #326-17 Request for updates on Newton Power Program
    PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE requesting an update from the Director of Sustainability and the Administration on the development of a program, known as Newton Power Choice, to aggregate the electricity demand of Newton’s electric customers.
  • #327-17 Request for updates on rate case hearings
    COUNCILOR CROSSLEY requesting an update from the Director of Sustainability and Public Buildings about the City’s involvement in the recent rate case hearings, anticipated results and how this may impact future municipal solar photovoltaic installation.

Public Hearing to be assigned for October 18, 2017

  • #328-17 Verizon petition for grant of location on Bigelow Road
    VERIZON petition for a grant of location to install 334+ of conduit 334’ from an existing handhole (HH1) in front of 133 Bigelow Road in a westerly direction to a proposed handhole (HH2) in front of 111 Bigelow Road to provide service to a new home. (Ward 2)
  • #329-17 National Grid petition for grant of location on Broken Tree Road
    NATIONAL GRID petitioning for a grant of location to install and maintain 75’+ of 4” gas main in BROKEN TREE ROAD from the existing main at #74 Broken Tree Road northerly to house #82 to provide new service. (Ward 8)

Public Hearing to be assigned for November 8, 2017

  • #330-17 Verizon petition for grant of location on Bellevue Street
    VERIZON petition for a grant of location to install one new Pole (P.13/20S) on the southerly side of Bellevue Street, 30’+ southerly to existing pole (P.13/20) in front of 35
    Howard Street, to remove a guy wire from a tree. (Ward 1)
  • #331-17 Acceptance of a drainage easement at the end of Lake Terrace
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting acceptance of a 20’ wide drainage easement from the Lake Terrace Right-of-Way extending to the shore of Crystal Lake, as noted on the proposed drainage easement plan.

Referred to Finance Committee

  • #332-17 Transfer of Homeless Transportation Funds to the School Budget
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate thirty-two thousand two hundred ninety-seven dollars ($32,297) from general revenue, which the City received from the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to the School Department to offset transportation costs.
  • #333-17 Mayor’s appointment of Allan S. Cohen to the Board Assessors
    ALLAN S. COHEN, 12 Philmore Road, Newton, appointed to the Board of Assessors to fill the unexpired term of Michael Flynn. Term to expire January 31, 2018.

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