Docket Digest for the Week of May 25-28

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.

May 25-28

Monday, 25 MEMORIAL DAY
Tuesday, 26 7p Real Property Re-Use: 70 Crescent 211
Wednesday, 27 6:30p Finance 211
Thursday, 28  7p Traffic Council 211

Reports

  • 5-18-15 Accessory Apartment SC: Discussion of how to increase the number of accessory apartments, including reducing the minimum lot & building size
  • 4-18-15 Real Property Reuse: discussion of 70 Crescent St and 1294 Centre St (former P&R building, former Health Dept./branch library)

Agendas

  • 5-11-15 Finance, includes: $5.4 million for sewer repairs in Project Areas 3&4; $1m+for water pipe repairs; sidewalk installations; DPW maintenance; $3.6m for fire station #3; $15.75m for the Aquinas property (15 Walnut Park); shelving for the archives project; give area councils control of their own finances;
  • 5-28-15 Traffic Council: includes: discussion and possible implementation of parking restrictions on a portion of the east side (pool/field side) of Albemarle Road between Crafts Street and Watertown Street; removal of TIGER permit parking spaces in the Austin Street municipal off‐street parking area; discussion and possible implementation of parking restrictions on Ward Street and Morseland Avenue; discussion and potential approval of a High‐Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK Signal) in Waban Village in the vicinity of Waban Kitchen; discussion and potential approval of new parking regulations in the area of Collins Road and Waban Avenue; one‐way traffic flow Waban Avenue between Beacon Street and Collins Road and Collins Road between Beacon Street and Waban Avenue.  It is the Chairman’s intention to entertain a motion for No Action Necessary on the following item: changes to parking restrictions on Chestnut Street south of Elliot Street

Documents

  • News, Notes:
    • REMINDERS & WORKING GROUP UPDATES
      • MassDOT ‘Add-a-Lane’ Project / Board of Aldermen Update and Conversation – The Mass DOT Add-a-lane construction project which will add a lane on Route 128 includes the redesign of the cloverleaf at Route 9 and Highland Ave, the construction of new bridges and the addition of the Kendrick Street exit which feeds onto Nahanton Street. The project will impact many areas of the City during and after construction. On Thursday, June 18th at 6:30p.m. the Mass DOT Highway Division construction team, design consultants, and contractors will give the Board a project overview, brief us on the status of the project so far, share the anticipated construction schedule and be available for questions and comments from Board members. For more information on the project check: https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/HighlightedProjects/NeedhamWellesley I95AddALane.aspx
  • Cabot school Working Group Update
  • Zoning Reform documents
  • Budget memos
  • Planning memos for Land Use
  • 70 Crescent St. documents
  • Former Health Department/Newton Centre Library documents

Docket Digest for the Week of May 11-14

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.

May 11-14

Monday, 11 10:30am Aquinas Tour 15 Walnut Pk
7p Finance 211
 7:45p Zoning 205
7p School Ed Center
Tuesday, 12 7p Land Use Chamber, 211
Wednesday, 13 7p Public Facilities 211
Thursday, 14  7p Aquinas Tour 15 Walnut Pk

 

Agendas

  • 5-11-15 Zoning: includes: FY16 Municipal /School Operating budget ,FY16-20 Capital Improvement Program and FY2016-FY2020 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan; the creation of a comprehensive, 10-year, strategic plan for Newton’s conservation lands; conservation restriction for the Waban Hill Reservoir property located in Chestnut Hill; amendments to official zoning map. Public Hearing continued on the following items: Zoning Reform Phase 1; updating definitions and amendments to existing text to clarify its intent.
  • 5-11-15 Finance: Budget discussions on: IT, Comptroller, Assessing, Treasurer, Purchasing, Executive; new fees for Inspectional Services
  • 5-11-15 School: includes: Superintendent’s Report: Introduction of Toby Romer, new Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and Special Programs, Student Assignment Working Group Discussion,  Update on Social/Emotional Learning Program, Communications Strategy Working Group Update, Fiscal & Operational Update,  Discussion & Vote: Gift Policy, Discussion & Vote: Memorandum of Agreement with NTA
  • 5-12-15 Land Use: 20 Kingston Road: allow a two-story addition; 271-283 Auburn St: allow a restaurant with more than 50 seats, the reduction and waiver of the required number of parking stalls, and waivers to the design and dimensional controls for parking facilities; 158 Newtonville Ave: raze and reconstruct a detached garage and build a porch and new interior space on the front of the dwelling; 180 Needham St: allow a restaurant and waivers to the design and dimensional controls for parking facilities and amend a Board Order to expand parking in the setback, accommodate the required parking stalls, and waivers to the design and dimensional controls for parking facilities at 188-210 Needham St; 131 Charlesbank Road: allow the construction of a 2-unit addition to an existing two-family dwelling; and 339 River St: waive 5 parking stalls and waivers to the design and dimensional controls for parking facilities.
  • 5-13-15 Public Facilities: Budget discussions on: DPW
  • 4-30-15 Public Facilities: Budget discussions on: Public Buildings Department

Documents

  • News, Notes:
    • FY16 Budget Resolutions – Reiterating the comments of the Finance Chairman, if there are resolutions you are considering for the Committee of the Whole budget deliberations, please try to submit them to the Clerk’s Office as soon as you can. This way, Board members will be able to get an understanding of what is being proposed and it will give the departments and the Executive Office time to prepare and respond to us in a timely fashion. Resolutions are subject to an affirmative majority vote of the Committee of the Whole but understanding what is being proposed ahead of time gives colleagues a chance to discuss ideas with each other. Additionally, it will help the Clerk’s Office with their work as they are incredibly swamped over these next few weeks. Thanks in advance of your cooperation.
    • Committee of the Whole Procedures for the Review of Departmental Budgets (this information was originally supplied by Finance Chairman Gentile in our April 3rd packet):
      • Monday, May 18th – Following BOA First Call (Board meeting will begin at 7:45p.m.) – Committee of the Whole Budget Deliberations – Dinner will be provided at 6:15p.m. We will be joined by the School Committee for a briefing on the Cabot School project from 7:00p.m to 7:45p.m (see below)
      • Committee Chairmen or Vice Chairmen will give brief reports on their department budgets, along with the Committee’s straw vote recommendation and any resolutions acted upon by the Committee. Our deliberation will be conducted by starting at the beginning of the budget book and reviewing each budget in the order they appear in the book o Resolutions to the budget and CIP will be in order at any time until a final vote is taken on the budget. Resolutions with an affirmative majority vote of the COTW will be sent along to the Mayor for response. Due to the tight timeframe, again it would be appreciated if resolutions were submitted through the Clerk’s Office in advance of our deliberations. This way, members can understand what is being proposed and ask questions. We can then vote on these in COTW on May 18th or May 20th to insure the Mayor can respond by our meeting on May 21st .
      • Wednesday, May 20th – 7:00 pm – Committee of the Whole Budget Deliberations:
      • Any responses from the Mayor to the resolutions approved by the Board on the 18th will be presented. Committee Chairmen or Vice Chairmen who did not have the opportunity to report their department budgets on the 18th will provide those reports.
      • Resolutions to the budget are in order at any time until a final vote is taken on the budget. Resolutions with an affirmative majority vote of the COTW will be sent along to the Mayor who will provide a response by our meeting on May 21st .
      • Thursday, May 21st – 7:00 pm – Committee of the Whole Budget Deliberations and Anticipated Final Vote on the Budget.
      • Any responses to the resolutions approved by the Board on the 20th will be presented. Once the budget is passed by a majority vote of the COTW, we will adjourn the COTW and enter into the full Board. Once in the full Board, the Chairman of Finance will report out the actions of the COTW. The full Board will then discuss (if needed) and vote the FY16 Budget. The date of the final vote of the Board will depend upon our deliberations and when the Mayor responds to any resolutions. As mentioned, this date is anticipated to be Thursday, May 21st but if not, it must happen by June 5, 2015.
    • Tours of Aquinas for Elected Officials – As mentioned in the joint meeting on Wednesday evening, a number of colleagues have asked for a tour of the facility before they vote on the item. Buildings Commissioner Josh Morse has arranged two times: Monday, May 11th at 10:30a.m. and Thursday, May 14th at 7:00p.m. Cmr. Morse has also indicated that if you cannot attend, please contact him directly and we can look at other arrangements. I have also spoken to the Mayor and the Cmr. and once the building is acquired, we would like to arrange a community ‘open house’ in the late summer / early fall. More to follow on this…
    • Memorial Day Parade – All Board members are invited to march in the parade. The Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Sunday, May 17th and will follow the same parade route as last year. The parade will form at the Walnut Street parking lot at NNHS at 2:00p.m. (parade will begin at 2:30p.m.). The parade will leave the lot and march through Newtonville Square, go over the Pike, continue down Walnut Street to Watertown Street. It will then take a right on to Watertown Street and finish at Coletti-Magni Park in Nonantum. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
    • Joint Board and School Committee Meeting / Full Board Meeting – We will be hosting a joint meeting of our two bodies on Monday, May 18th from 7:00p.m. to 7:45p.m. to discuss updated progress on the Cabot School project. We have a time sensitive (my term) submission due to MSBA in June and are running out of dates to meet. Please do your best to be there on time as we anticipate starting right at 7:00p.m. and finishing at 7:45p.m. because we have both our Board meeting and our first Committee of the Whole/Finance presiding on the FY16 budget. The School Committee has a public hearing beginning at 8:00p.m. at the Ed Center.
    • 41st Annual Theodore D. Mann Community Prayer Breakfast – All Board members are invited to attend. This year’s breakfast will be held at the McElroy Commons at Boston College on Wednesday, May 20th beginning at 7:15a.m. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will be the keynote speaker. Two tables have been reserved for the Aldermen and tickets for the Aldermen’s table may be purchased from David Olson in the Clerk’s Office. Tickets are $25.00 each and checks should be made payable to “Newton Community Prayer Breakfast.”
    • Memorial Day Wreath-Laying Ceremonies and Observances – All Board members are invited to attend. On Sunday, May 24th the annual wreath-laying ceremonies will take place in various areas around Nonantum. We will then have our Memorial Day observances at Newton Cemetery. Any questions, please let me know. The itinerary is as follows:
      • 9:00a.m. – Pvt. Richard Forte Memorial – Forte Memorial Park (off California Street)
      • 9:15a.m. – M/Sgt. Domenic Marrocco Memorial – American Legion Post 440, California Street
      • 9:30a.m. – Coletti – Magni Park, between Adams and Bridge Streets
      • 10:00a.m. – John F. Kennedy Memorial – JFK Circle (off Green Street)
      • 10:15a.m. – Pfc. W. Wallace Richard Bridge – Church and Washington Streets
      • 10:30a.m. – Sgt. Enrico Pagnano Bridge – Lewis and Washington Streets
      • 11:00a.m. – Newton Veterans Memorial Park – Adams and Washington Streets
      • 11:30a.m. – Corp. Richard Likely Bridge – Lexington Street, Auburndale
      • 12:00p.m. – Memorial Day Observances – Newton Cemetery (enter the cemetery and you will see folks gathering).
    • REMINDERS & WORKING GROUP UPDATES
      • MassDOT ‘Add-a-Lane’ Project / Board of Aldermen Update and Conversation – The Mass DOT Add-a-lane construction project which will add a lane on Route 128 includes the redesign of the cloverleaf at Route 9 and Highland Ave, the construction of new bridges and the addition of the Kendrick Street exit which feeds onto Nahanton Street. The project will impact many areas of the City during and after construction. On Thursday, June 18th at 6:30p.m. the Mass DOT Highway Division construction team, design consultants, and contractors will give the Board a project overview, brief us on the status of the project so far, share the anticipated construction schedule and be available for questions and comments from Board members. For more information on the project check: https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/HighlightedProjects/NeedhamWellesley I95AddALane.aspx
  • Budget memos
  • Planning memos for Land Use
  • School Committee Packet: Social Emotional Learning Update, Student Assignment Update, grants, gifts, Fiscal and Operational Update, EDCO update, Communications strategy
  • 70 Crescent St. documents
  • Former Health Department/Newton Centre Library documents

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