Docket Digest for the Week of August 15-19

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.

August 15-19

 no meetings
enjoy your summer!

Agendas:

Documents

News, Notes--includes:

Housing Strategy FAQ

 

 

Docket Digest for the Week of August 8-12

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.

August 8-12

Monday, 8 7:15p

7:30p

7:45p

Programs & Services

Finance

Council & COW

211

211

Chamber

 Tuesday, 9 7p  Land Use Chamber
Monday, 22 7p Zoning 205

Docket

Public Hearing August 9:

  • #259-16 Special Permit Petition to exceed FAR at 11 Scarsdale Road PHOEBE AND ED OLHAVA petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXCEED FAR by building a two story rear addition, single story rear addition and deck, creating an FAR of .43 where .40 is allowed at 11 Scarsdale Road, Ward 2, Newtonville,
  • #260-16 Special Permit Petition to increase nonconforming rear setback at 6 Glastonbury Oval LISA AND ANDREW SILVERMAN petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to FURTHER EXTEND NONCONFORMING USE by adding a second story to a rear addition and constructing a two story rear addition increasing the already nonconforming rear setback at 6 Glastonbury Oval, Ward 5, Waban.
  • #215-16(2) Special Permit Petition to construct parking stalls and retaining wall at Dunn Gaherin’s SEANA GAHERIN petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct six parking stalls in a side setback, waive aisle width requirements, waive screening requirements, waive security lighting requirements and allow a retaining wall greater than 4’, at 342, 342A, 344-346 Elliot Street, Ward 5, Newton Upper Falls.

Public Hearing Sept. 20:

  • #261-16 Special Permit Petition to allow site and building improvements at “The Street” CHESTNUT HILL SHOPPING CENTER LLC. petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to ALTER A NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE to construct new buildings for existing and new commercial uses including banking, office, medical office, theatre, health club, retail, restaurant and parking, to allow buildings in excess of 20,000 sq. ft., allow a building up to 60’ in height, site plan review for buildings within 300’ of a great pond, allow parking within a setback, extend Farmers Market special permit 230-14, update signage special permit 417-12, allow parking stalls in garage to be reduced stall depth, allow reduced parking facility lighting at 1-55 Boylston Street, Ward 7, Chestnut Hill

Public Hearing Sept. 27:

  • #262-16 Special Permit Petition to increase nonconforming setback at 112-114 Carlisle Street MICHAEL VAHEY & MOK JIANG PANG/CARLISLE STREET DEVELOPMENT, LLC. petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to FURTHER INCREASE NONCONFORMING FRONT SETBACK by razing the existing two family dwelling, and construct a new, enlarged two family, further increasing the front setback at 112-114 Carlisle St, Ward 6, Newton Centre
  • #263-16 Special Permit Petition for a rear lot subdivision at 100 Christina Street IRENE OSTROVSKY petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to raze the existing dwelling and subdivide the land, creating a rear lot, to construct a new single family dwelling on each lot at 100 Christina Street, Ward 8, Newton Highlands

Zoning:

  • #239-16 Mayor’s appointment of Kathleen Eutsler to the Commission on Disability HIS HONOR THE MAYOR appointing KATHLEEN EUTSLER, 34 Beecher Place, Newton, as a member of the Commission on Disability for a term to expire July 31, 2017
  • #240-16 Mayor’s re-appointment of Barbara Lischinsky to the Commission on Disability HIS HONOR THE MAYOR re appointing BARBARA LISCHINSKY, 1942 Washington Street, Newton, as a member of the Commission on Disability for a term to expire July 31, 2017
  • #241-16 Mayor’s re-appointment of Rosemary Larking to the Commission on Disability HIS HONOR THE MAYOR re-appointing ROSEMARY LARKING, 1600 Washington Street, Newton, as a member of the Commission on Disability for a term to expire July 31, 2018
  • #242-16 Mayor’s re-appointment of Girard A. Plante to the Commission on Disability HIS HONOR THE MAYOR re-appointing GIRARD A. PLANTE, 58A Ash Street, Newton, as a member of the Commission on Disability for a term to expire July 31, 2019
  • #243-16 Mayor’s re-appointment of Jane Brown to the Commission on Disability HIS HONOR THE MAYOR re-appointing JANE BROWN, 104 Atwood Avenue, Newton to expire July 31, 2019
  • #244-16 Mayor’s re-appointment of Lucille Chansky to the Commission on Disability HIS HONOR THE MAYOR re-appointing LUCILLE CHANSKY, 259 Jackson Street, Newton Centre, as a member of the Commission on Disability for a term to expire July 31, 2018
  • #245-16 Mayor’s re-appointment of Robert Caruso to the Commission on Disability HIS HONOR THE MAYOR re-appointing ROBERT CARUSO, 237C Watertown Street, Newton, as a member of the Commission on Disability for a term to expire July 31, 2019

Public Hearing Sept. 26

  • #222-13(3) Review of Garage Ordinance COUNCILOR LENNON, LIPOF, ALBRIGHT, CROSSLEY, LAPPIN, LAREDO, GENTILE AND CICCONE requesting a review of Ordinance A-78, which amends Chapter 30, Section 3.4.4 of the Revised Ordinances, for the purpose of amending, clarifying, and/or interpreting the Ordinance.
  • #222-13(4) Zoning amendment to defer effective date of Garage Ordinance COUNCILOR LENNON, LIPOF, ALBRIGHT, CROSSLEY, LAPPIN, LAREDO, GENTILE AND CICCONE proposing an amendment to Ordinance No. A-78, which amends Chapter 30, Section 3.4.4 of the Revised Ordinances, to implement a deferred effective date for the Ordinance of February 1, 2017.
  • #222-13(5) Zoning amendment to Garage Ordinance COUNCILOR HESS-MAHAN proposing to amend Chapter 30, Section 3.4.4. of Revised Ordinances as amended by Ordinance A-78, as follows: (1) allow front facing garages that are no closer to the front lot line than the longest front facing wall, or a front porch at least 6 feet wide, to be the greater of up to 12 feet wide or 50% of the total length of the building parallel to the street; (2) allow front-facing garages that are closer to the front setback than the rest of the building and at least 24 feet from the front lot line to be up to 40% of the total length of the building parallel to the street; (3) delete Sec. Docket, August 8, 2016 Continued Page 181 3.4.4.F “Exemptions”; and (4) add a provision grandfathering permits requested or construction begun on or after the date of the notice of public hearing on Ordinance A- 78

Programs & Services

  • #264-16 Ord. requiring Councilor notice of and involvement in street tree waiver requests COUNCILORS HESS-MAHAN, NORTON, KALIS, COTE, DANBERG, HARNEY, SANGIOLO, LEARY AND YATES requesting an ordinance requiring that Councilors from each respective ward be given notice and a meaningful opportunity to object to granting a hardship waiver or permit to remove a street tree

Public Facilities, Hearing, Sept. 7

  • #274-16 Cellco petition for Grant of Location for wireless communication equipment CELLCO PARTNERSHIP d/b/a VERIZON WIRELESS petitioning for a grant of location to attach wireless communication equipment to existing Utility Pole #20-20 at Sargent Street (near the Sargent/Centre intersection). (Ward 7)

Finance

  • #265-16 Request for $240,850 to fund bond sale costs HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend two hundred eight thousand eight dollars ($208,000) from Fiscal Year 2017 Revenue and transfer the sum of thirty-two thousand eight hundred fifty dollars ($32,850) from the following account to fund bond issuance costs associated with the City’s July 2016 bond sale: From: Interest Payments NNHS 0110772-582A51 ………………………………………………………………………. $32,850 To: Bond Sale Costs ………………………………………………………………………… $32,850
  • #266-16 Acceptance of a survey and planning grant for an architectural survey HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to accept and expend twelve thousand five hundred dollars ($12,500) from the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Fiscal year 2016 Survey and Planning Grant Program to support the work of the Newton Architectural Survey 1870 to 1915.
  • #267-16 Transfer of FY 2017 Homeless Transportation Grant Funds to the School Budget HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend thirty-six thousand seventy-seven thousand dollars ($36,077) from Fiscal Year 2017 revenue from State Homeless Transportation Grant Funds to reimburse the School Department for the Homeless Student Transportation State Reimbursement grant, which was sent as a general fund unrestricted reimbursement in June 2016 from the state rather than an education grant.
  • #268-16 Accept Mass Department of Environmental Protection EVIP Grant HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to accept and expend fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s EVIP Fleet Grant to be used towards the purchase of a 2016 Nissan Leaf to the City’s electric vehicle fleet and the purchase and installation of a charging station for electric vehicles.
  • #269-16 Transfer $800,000 to fund the recently negotiated Patrolman’s Association contract HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of eight hundred thousand dollars ($800,000) from Fiscal Year 2017 Wage Reserve to fund the Fiscal Year 2015 and Fiscal year 2016 retroactive payments of the recently negotiated contract with the Newton Patrolman’s Association, as well as Fiscal Year 2017 current year adjustments.
  • #270-16 Request to Amend Demolition Delay Ordinance COUNCILORS HESS-MAHAN, LEARY, SCHWARTZ, AUCHINCLOSS, SANGIOLO, AND BAKER requesting amendments to Chapter 22, Division 2. Demolition Delay, of the Revised Ordinances to increase sanctions for failure to comply with the conditions of a demolition permit and/or demolition of a structure without an appropriate permit.
  • #271-16 $100,000 to fund implementation of early voting procedures HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) from Budget Reserve to fund the City’s compliance with new early voting procedures, which includes the purchase of 15 electronic poll books and associated printers, software licensing, set-up, annual maintenance fee, and funding for poll workers to run the early voting locations, police details, custodial staff and Public Works staff for the early voting days.
  • #272-16 $700,000 for replacement of the dispatch consoles at the Police Dispatch Center HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement of the dispatch consoles at the Police Dispatch Center.
  • #273-16 $216,000 to purchase a new street sweeper HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate two hundred sixteen thousand dollars ($216,000) from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase of a new 2016 Elgin Pelican NP dual street sweeper
  • #274-16 $250,000 to purchase a new Gradall truck HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) from bonded indebtedness to fund the purchase of a new 2016 Gradall truck.
  • #275-16 $4 million MWRA loan to implement lead service line replacement project HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to borrow up to four million dollars ($4,000,000) in interest free loans from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) for the purpose of implementing a lead service line replacement program.
  • #276-16 $100,000 transfer for cleanup of 70 Crescent Street site HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) from Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Reserve to fund the cleanup of the 70 Crescent Street housing project site.
  • #277-16 $530,000 for traffic signal upgrades at Washington and Harvard Streets HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of five hundred thirty thousand dollars ($530,000) from bonded indebtedness to fund the construction and installation of traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of Washington Street and Harvard Street.
  • #278-16 $200,000 for design of a section of Laundry Brook culvert by the Cabot School HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) from the Stormwater Management Fund reserve for the purpose of funding the design of a section of the Laundry Brook culvert adjacent to the Cabot Elementary School
  • #279-16 $125,000 for additional funding for Aquinas Window Project HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate one hundred twentyfive thousand dollars ($125,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of providing additional funding for the Aquinas Window/PCB Abatement Project.
  • #280-16 $165,000 for additional funding for the Elliot Street Bridge Project HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate one hundred sixty-five thousand ($165,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of providing additional funding for the Elliot Street Bridge Project.

Reports

  • 7-18-16 Zoning: NAN: Citizens’ petition to require abutter approval of zoning changes.
  • 7-26-16 Land Use:  APPROVED: 65 Oakmont Rd: allow a single family dwelling with three stories;  20 Ferncroft Rd: allow a dwelling with three stories; 45-47 Noble St: extend a nonconforming two-family use; HELD: 17-19 Pulsifer St: extend a two family use and to further increase floor to area ratio; 50- 52 Rowe Street: extend a nonconforming two-family.
  • 7-13-16 Public Facilities: includes: HELD: discussion of strategic plan for street & sidewalk improvements; waiver to relocate modular classrooms; funding to move said classrooms from Zervas to Brown & Newton South HS
  • 7-12-16 Land Use: APPROVED: 21 Orient Avenue–addition; HELD: Orr Block

Agendas:

  • 8-8-16 Programs & Services: Resolution–September=Childhood Cancer Awareness; reappointments
  • 8-8-16 Finance: appointment to the Chaffin Fund
  • 8-8-16 Committee of the Whole: 7:45 pm or following First Call of the Council Meeting Room 211 The City Council will meet in a Committee of the Whole with Public Facilities Chair presiding on Monday, August 8, 2016 following the First Call portion of the City Council meeting scheduled to begin at 7:45 PM to discuss the below item: Referred to Programs & Services and Public Facilities Committees
    • #255-16 5-58 waiver for relocation of modular classrooms COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC BUILIDNGS requesting a waiver of the City of Newton Ordinance Sec. 5-58. Site plan approval for construction or modification of municipal buildings and facilities. For the relocation of the existing modular classrooms from the Zervas Elementary School to the Brown Middle School and Newton South High School. [07/06/2016 @ 11:51 AM]
  • 8-9-16 Land Use11 Scarsdale Road–two rear additions; 6 Glastonbury Oval–two additions; and 342, 342A, 344‐346 Elliot Street–constructing six parking stalls in a side‐yard setback, waive aisle width, security lighting, and screening requirements as well as a retaining wall greater than 4’ in a setback.   Following the public hearings a discussion on the special permit process will be held.

Documents

News, Notes--includes: Main Library Working Group – Submitted by Councilors Susan Albright and Richard Blazar – The library staff and Trustees have been working on a plan to correct some physical limitations of our library. For background; the library staff finds the space in the library insufficient given all that goes on there. At the first meeting of the Building Committee we were given a document which shows the tremendous amount of traffic and usage that the library gets. We were also given a “report card” of all the library spaces. The worst grades were given to the youth and children’s program spaces as well as insufficient flexible study space. When the library was built a review by the state grant review board did note that there was insufficient children’s room space. The trustees and the staff have been working at a plan to fix the problem spaces. They met with an on-call architect and they have developed a program. A schematic has been designed and a proposed cost of 30 million plus is associated with the program. The state has sporadic grant applications for library construction projects. The next time they will be receiving grants is 2017 and there is a deadline for the application of Jan 26th. The Trustees and library staff are preparing to submit for this deadline. Along with the submission for a library grant which contains the program, schematic, elevations, and cost estimate, there has to be City Council letter of approval of the grant application as well as approval of the schematic. The state would give as much as 40% of the cost. One might ask why are we submitting now? The answer is that the state only accepts grants every 5 years (usually) but the last round of grants was 7 years ago. The library staff and trustees want to apply now because it might be a long time before another round will happen. The library project is going before the DRC on August 24th and the project will be docketed for discussion by the Council in October in advance of a hoped for vote of approval by the Council in mid January. Dick and I will keep you informed as this progresses.

Housing Strategy FAQ

Eliot Street Bridge memo

Letter on the Brown/South modulars

 

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