Docket Digest for the Week of February 20-24

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.

February 20-24

Mon., Feb. 20 Presidents’ Day
Tues, Feb. 21 7:45p City Council–Mayor’s state of the city Chamber
Wed., Feb. 22 7:45p

7p

Programs & Services

Public Facilities

205

205

Monday., Feb. 27 8a

7p

Mayor’s Pre-Budget Meeting

Zoning

209

Chamber/205

Tuesday, Feb. 28 7p Land Use Chamber

Docket:

Land Use

Public hearing to be assigned for March 28, 2017

#37-17 Special Permit to extend nonconforming FAR & front setback at 8 Hazelwood Ave JOEL AND MARGHERTIA ROBBINS petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a two-story rear addition and deck in front of the house, further extending the nonconforming front setback and nonconforming FAR to .62 where .50 is allowed at 8 Hazelwood Avenue, Ward 3, West Newton,

#38-17 Special Permit to exceed FAR at 1016 Centre Street CLAUDINE GROSSMAN petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists at 1016 Centre Street, Ward 7, Newton Centre

#39-17 Special Permit to locate a daycare center at 45-47 Bryon Road LARISA BANKOVSKY petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to terminate the residential use at the property and use it for a day care center to enroll 34 children, requiring a waiver of four parking stalls, a waiver for parking in the setback, a waiver for the parking stall dimensions, waiver for the minimum aisle width for two-way traffic, waivers for lighting requirements for parking, a waiver for the outdoor play area vegetative buffer at 45-47 Bryon Road, Ward 8, Chestnut Hill

#40-17 Temporary license to hold Nonantum Village Day NONANTUM NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION requesting a temporary license pursuant to Chapter 30 Section 2.3.3 of the City of Newton Ordinances to hold NONANTUM VILLAGE DAY on Sunday, June 4, 2017

Public Safety

#41-17 Resolution requesting the speed limit on Quinobequin Road be reduced to 25 mph. COUNCILOR YATES, requesting that the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation reduce the speed limit on all sections of Quinobequin Road to 25 mph in conformity with the speed limit in the City.

Finance

(and Public Facilities)

#6-17 Request to establish filing fee for wireless attachments in the public way COUNCILORS CROSSLEY, ALBRIGHT, LAPPIN AND GENTILE requesting the establishment of a filing fee from petitioners seeking to attach wireless communications devices to existing or proposed structures in the public way. Public Facilities Approved 6-0 and referred the item to Finance (Gentile, Albright not voting)

#42-17 Resolution requesting a contract(s) to aggregate the electricity load COUNCILOR CROSSLEY requesting the City Council authorize the Administration to direct the appropriate City departments to research, develop, and participate in a contract or contracts to aggregate the electricity load of residents and businesses in the City of Newton, and for the other related services, independently, or in joint action with other municipalities, and authorize the Mayor to execute all documents to accomplish the same.

Reports:

  • 2-8-17 Programs & Services: APPROVED: welcoming city ordinance (report); NAN: resolution embracing free speech; review and changes to ordinance language
  • 2-8-17 Public Safety: APPROVED: welcoming city ordinance; HELD: review of Traffic Council responsibilities.
  • 2-8-17 Public Facilities: APPROVED: $1m for snow & ice; Newton Corner ADA ramps; West Newton Square design; loans to repace private lead water lines; remove fee for sewer cleanouts; water shut off for meter installation; filing fee for wireless units on public way; HELD: peer review for grants of location applications
  • 2-15-17 Finance: APPROVED: grant acceptance for City Council operations; add a library employee; amend a betterments item; eliminate sewer cleaning fees; Newton Corner ADA ramps; West Newton Square design; $2 million snow & ice;
  • 2-16-17 Traffic Council: APPROVED: Prince st parking changes (w3);  New traffic signal at Lexington & Auburndale streets (w4); HELD FOR TRIAL: changes to hourly parking requirements on School St;

Agendas:

  • 2-22-17 Programs & ServicesPreliminary Election date: Crescent St. Design funds; resolution for a carbon tax; resolution for fossil fuel divestment;
  • 2-22-17 Public Facilities: Trash & Recycling discussion; grants of location; peer review of same

Documents:

Materials on 70 Crescent St.

Baker memos on Accessory Apartments

 

Docket Digest for the Week of February 6-10

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.

February 6-10

Mon., Feb. 6 4p

7:45p

Investment Advisory

City Council

211

Chamber

Tues, Feb. 7 9:30a

7p

OPEB

Land Use

Chamber

Chamber

Wed., Feb. 8 7:45p

7p

7p

Programs & Services

Public Safety

Public Facilities

 

205

204

205

 

Thurs., Feb. 9 7p CPC 204

Docket:

Land Use

Public hearing to be assigned for March 7, 2017

#17-17 Special Permit to further extend nonconforming structure at 14 Llewellyn Road SINEAD AND JOHN EVANS petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to further extend the nonconforming rear setback to 8’ where 15’ is allowed by adding a 483 sq. ft. rear addition at 14 Llewellyn Road, Ward 3, West Newton

#18-17 Special Permit to further increase nonconforming FAR at 26 Sterling Street CHRISTOPHER DUVAL petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a rear addition with enclosed mudroom and covered porch, further increasing the nonconforming FAR to .35 where .34 exists and .33 is allowed at 26 Sterling Street, Ward 3, West Newton

#19-17 Special Permit to rectify already constructed garage at 129 Cabot Street MICHAEL MENDIS petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to rectify the building permit issued in error due to a garage with an oversized dormer on the halfstory above the first level at 129 Cabot Street, Ward 2, Newton

#20-17 Special Permit to extend nonconforming use and FAR at 85 Fuller Terrace D&L REMODELING, INC/ANDREW DIPASQUALE petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to convert the existing two-family residence to a single dwelling unit and construct an 1,840 sq. ft. second dwelling addition with two car garage, extending the nonconforming two-family use and exceeding the maximum FAR at .43 where .41 is allowed and .19 exists at 85 Fuller Terrace, Ward 3, West Newton

Zoning

#21-17 Mayor’s appointment of Dan Brody to the Community Preservation Committee DAN BRODY, 15 Brewster Road, Newton Highlands, appointed as a member of the COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE for a term to February 1, 2020

#22-17 Zoning amendment to further define village commercial centers COUNCILORS ALBRIGHT AND AUCHINCLOSS proposing to amend Chapter 30, Section 4.2.1.C. which states the purpose of the Multi Use 4 (MU4) district, to further define “Newton’s village commercial centers” as found in this section. The definition would include criteria to guide land use decisions to rezone an area to MU4. The purpose of this definition is to give guidance to both developers and residents concerning areas appropriate to be rezoned as “village commercial centers” and therefore appropriate to become an MU4 zone.

#23-17 Mayor’s appointment of John Sisson to the Newton Historical Commission JOHN SISSON, 45 Greenlawn Avenue, Newton, appointed as a member of the NEWTON HISTORICAL COMMISSION for a term to expire February 1, 2020

Programs & Services

#24-17 Recommendation to approve 2017 Preliminary Election date THE NEWTON ELECTION COMMISSIONERS recommending the City Council approve the date of Tuesday, September 12, 2017 as the date for the 2017 Preliminary Election, if needed.

Public Safety

#25-17 Resolution requesting MBTA repair the pedestrian bridge near the Elliot MBTA station COUNCILORS YATES, RICE AND CROSSLEY, requesting that the MBTA repair the pedestrian bridge from the south side of Route 9 to the Elliot MBTA station.

Public Facilities

#26-17 Ordinance Amendment to allow City to shut water to allow access COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS proposing revisions to Article II Sec. 29-26 Inspection of water taker’s premises to include language to allow the City to shut water off to properties with proper notice in order to allow for the City to inspect, repair or replace Water Meters.

#36-17 Ordinance amendment to require peer review of wires communication attachments COUNCILOR CROSSLEY, ALBRIGHT AND LAPPIN requesting an Ordinance, pursuant to Mass. General laws Chapter 166, Section 22 and Chapter 44, Section 53G, the adoption of which would enable the City Council to require peer review of grant of location petitions, including proposed wireless communications equipment attachments to poles or structures in the public way (and on public lands), at the petitioner’s expense, to assist the Council in deciding requested grants of location.

Finance

#27-17 Mayor’s reappointment James Shaughnessy to the Board Assessors JAMES E. SHAUGHNESSY, 17 Whirty Cirle, Hopkinton, reappointed to the Board of Assessors for a term of office to expire on February 1, 2020.

#28-17 Grant Acceptance to support the operations of the City Council CITY CLERK/CLERK OF THE COUNCIL requesting the acceptance of a grant of two thousand nine hundred forty-seven dollars ($2,947) from the Amelia Sillman Rockwell and Carlos Perry Rockwell Charities Fund to support the operations of the City Council.

#114-16(2) Amendment to a previously approved Betterment Council Order CITY CLERK/CLERK OF THE COUNCIL requesting that the City Council revote the following mentioned sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments; said betterments to be levied under the provisions of MGL Chapter 83, Sec. 26, authorizing the assessment of betterments for construction. Note: Council Order #114-16 was approved on April 4, 2016 but since that date, the Law Department made the Clerk’s Office aware of some required amendments are needed before the Order could be registered with the Registry of Deeds, which requires a revote of the item.

#29-17 Appropriation of $164,166 to cover costs associated with the bond sale HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend one hundred sixty-four thousand one hundred sixty-six dollars ($164,166) from Bond Premium Receipts Reserved for Appropriation to Treasury Expenses to fund bond issuance costs associated with the City’s January 2017 bond sale.

#30-17 Increase the staff at the Newton Free Library HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to increase the authorized number of full-time employees at the Newton Free Library by one full-time employee as the parttime archivist position is being increased to a full-time position.

Public Facilities & Finance

#31-17 Ordinance Amendment to eliminate sewer cleaning fees HIS HONOR THE MAYOR proposing an ordinance amendment to remove Section 29-67A, Sewer cleaning fees from the City of Newton Revised Ordinance, 2012.

#32-17 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of fifty-five thousand dollars ($55,000) from the Department of Public Works Engineering Full-time Salaries Account to the Department of Public Works Engineering, Engineering Services Account to hire engineering consultants to prepare final engineering design services for the Newton Corner ADA Ramp and Sidewalk Improvements Project.

#33-17 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend one hundred twenty-one thousand dollars ($121,000) from Free Cash for the purpose of funding additional design engineering services for the West Newton Square Rehabilitation Project.

#34-17 Transfer $1 million for snow and ice removal expenses HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) from the Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account to the following accounts: Personnel Costs – Overtime (0140110-513001)… $300,000; Sand & Salt (0110410-5532)…$700,000

Programs & Services, Land Use, Finance

#35-17 Appropriation of CPA funds for design of the Crescent Street Project COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending the appropriation of two hundred sixty thousand dollars ($260,000) from the Community Preservation Fund to the Public Buildings Department for feasibility and design work on affordable housing and playground expansion and improvements at 70 Crescent Street, as envisioned by Council Order #384-11(4) and as described in the December 2016 proposal to the Community Preservation Committee and the Community Preservation Committee’s detailed funding recommendation.

Programs & Services, Public Safety

#443-16(3) Ordinance amendment to create a “Welcoming City” Ordinance HIS HONOR THE MAYOR, CHIEF OF POLICE, PRESIDENT LENNON, COUNCILOR ALBRIGHT, AUCHINCLOSS, BLAZAR, BROUSAL-GLASER, CROSSLEY, DANBERG, FULLER, HARNEY, HESSMAHAN, KALIS, LAREDO, LEARY, LIPOF, NORTON, RICE, SANGIOLO AND FORMER MAYOR COHEN requesting an ordinance amendment that reaffirms the City’s commitment to fair treatment for all and codifies current community policing practices. One of the city’s most important objectives is to enhance relationships with all residents and make all residents, workers and visitors feel safe and secure regardless of immigration status.

Reports:

  • 1-12-17 Land Use: HELD: Orr Block
  • 1-18-17 Programs & Services: HELD: sanctuary city ordinances; resolution on Newton’s commitment to tolerance and diversity;
  • 1-18-17 Public Safety: HELD: sanctuary city ordinances; resolution on Newton’s commitment to tolerance and diversity;
  • 1-18-17 Public Facilities: APPROVED: sewer easement on Newtonville Ave; HELD: $1m for snow & ice; Salt discussion with DPW
  • 1-19-17 Real Property: APPROVED: sale of Stanton Avenue Water Tower for site for affordable housing
  • 1-19-17 Traffic Council: HELD for language: parking changes near LaSell College during construction;  parking changes on Prince St (w3); APPROVED: changes to parking meter duration in Cypress St. lot (w6); parking changes on Oak & Webster (w3) to deter commuters; parking changes on Carter St (w2); New yield sign Barnstable @ Hampshire (w2&3); NAN: changing part of Court St. to one way (w2).
  • 1-23-17 Finance: APPROVED: $67K to improve the Wells/Nahantan intersection; $1m for snow & ice; HELD: $2m for housing at Crescent St.; CIP; 5-year financial forecast; sick time; NAN: interest on utility bills; post meeting recordings & records online.
  • 1-23-17 Zoning: APPROVED: Accessory Apartments
  • 1-26-17 Land Use: APPROVED: 7‐9 Arundel Terrace: amend Board Order #284‐16; 15 South Gate Park: allow a multi‐family dwelling and locate two parking stalls within the front setback; HELD:  377 Langley Road: allow three attached single family dwellings with wiavers to the frontage, setbacks, and parking requirements; DENIED: 113 Edinboro Road: allow two parking stalls within five feet of a street and waive the dimensional requirements for parking stalls;
  • 1-31-17 Land Use: HELD: Orr Block

Agendas:

  • 2-7-17 Land Use: Orr Block
  • 2-8-17 Programs & Services: Welcoming City ordinances; resolution on free speech; recodifications
  • 2-8-17 Public Safety: Traffic Council annual report; Welcoming City ordinances
  • 2-8-17 Public Facilities: snow & ice; sidewalks in Newton Corner; West Newton Square designs; policies for loan funding of private lead water lines; sewer fee; water meter access; wireless equipment fees; wire locations.

Documents:

Accessory Apartment order

Baker memos on Accessory Apartments

Land Use memos

 

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