Docket Digest for the Week of April 25-29

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.

April 25-59

Monday, 25 7p

7:45p

Finance–Budgets: Comptroller, Information Technology, Human Resources. Financial Information Systems

Zoning

211

205

Tuesday, 26 7p Land Use 204
Wednesday, 27 7p

7p

 

School Committee

Charter Commission

Ed Ctr

211

Thursday, 28 8a

7p

7p

Land Use site visit to 255-257 Newtonville Ave

Public Facilities–DPW budget

School Committee

 204

Ed Ctr

 Agendas

  • 4-11-16 Finance: budget, discussion with NCDF about Warren House payments; dead & dangerous tree removal; maintenance of Aquinas; snow & ice; Zoning Reform II; busing Zervas kids to Carr; FEMA funds to inclement weather fund; funds to Rainy Day fund.
  • 4-25-16 Zoning: Economic Development Commission Annual Report; Submission of the FY17 Annual Action Plan to HUD; Zoning amendments to clarify definition of two-family detached dwelling; training in Fair Housing laws; requiring Fair Housing logo & statement.
  • 4-26-16 Land Use:  2171 Commonwealth Ave: build a two story garage/barn style addition to the rear of an existing structure to allow a private garage with a footprint of 1,169 square feet with provisions for four cars.

Documents

  • News, Notes. Includes: NewtonSERVES – All Council members are invited to participate. This year’s event is this Sunday, May 1st from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., Rain or shine! Don’t miss the closing Ice Cream Sundae celebration at Newton City Hall, sponsored by Cabot’s Ice Cream, after a job well done! Register at www.newtoncommunitypride.org, and get a T-shirt. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Newton Food Pantries.
  • Budget Analysis
  • Budget Memo
  • Budget Calendar

Docket Digest for the Week of April 18-22

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.

April 18-22

Tuesday, 19 8:15a

7:45p

Financial Audit

City Council–Mayor’s Budget Proposal

211

Chamber

Wednesday, 20 7p

7p

Programs & Services– Veterans Museum Library Parks & Recreation

Public Safety

211

205

Thursday, 21 7p Public Facilities–public buildings 204

Docket

For Hearing May 3

  • #127-16 Special Permit Petition to locate a daycare at 288 Walnut Street THE BEANTOWN COMPANIES, INC. petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to locate a day care center at 288 Walnut Street, Ward 2, Newtonville,

For Hearing May 10

  • #126-16 Special Permit Petition for 17 Malvern Terrace CHARLES B. COSSABOOM petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL and EXTENSION OF NON-CONFORMING USE to modify an existing nonconforming two-family use and amend Special Permit #88702 to raze the existing buildings and rebuild the dwelling away from the floodplain and closer to the street at 17 Malvern Terrace, Ward 4, Auburndale,
  • #128-16 Special Permit Petition to create an accessory apartment at 9-11 Bridge Street IULIA PIRVU petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to create a 970 sq. ft. accessory apartment in the basement level of the unit at 11 Bridge Street, Ward 1,

 

  • #133-16 Submission of the FY17 Annual Action Plan To HUD HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting City Council authorization, pursuant to the 2013 Revised Citizen Participation Plan, to submit to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the FY2017 Annual Action Plan for the City of Newton Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) funds and the WestMetro HOME Consortium. These Plans must be submitted to HUD by May 15, 2016.
  • #134-16 MEMA Grant for equipment for the heavy duty rescue truck HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to expend a reimbursable Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant in the amount of twenty-two thousand seventy dollars ($22,070) for a for the purpose of purchasing equipment and related items for the Fire Department’s heavy duty rescue truck.
  • #135-16 Transfer of funds for veterans’ benefits HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of twenty thousand dollars [$20,000] from Veteran Services Full-time Salaries Account to the Veterans’ Benefits Account and to appropriate and expend forty-seven thousand five hundred dollars (47,500) from Free Cash to the Veterans’ Benefits Account to supplement the account.
  • #136-16 Transfer of FEMA Grant Funds to Inclement Weather Fund HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of nine hundred thirty-nine thousand nine hundred eighty-six dollars and sixty-four cents ($939,986.64) from the January 2015 Federal Emergency Management Agency Grant to a Receipts Reserved for Inclement Weather Fund.
  • #137-16 Appropriate funds from Free Cash to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate six hundred fifty-four thousand four hundred thirty-five dollars ($654,435) from Fee Cash to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund.
  • #138-16 Appropriation to fund busing Zervas School students to Carr School HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars from the Override Capital Project Stabilization Fund to the Newton Public Schools for the purpose of funding the busing costs associated with the transfer of the Zervas Students to the Carr Elementary School for the January 2016 – June 2016 timeframe.
  • #139-16 Appropriation to pay final installment for a quadrant of veterans graves HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate fifty-six thousand dollars ($56,000) from Free Cash to the Veterans Department’s Veterans Benefits Account to pay the final installment for the purchase of the quadrant of graves located in the Newton Cemetery.
  • #140-16 Appropriation from Free Cash for tree services HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) from Free Cash to the Parks and Recreation Department for the purpose of funding the removal of all known dead or dangerous trees.
  • #197-15(2) Pilotless Aircraft Operation Councilors Albright, Baker, and Norton proposing an ordinance regulating the operation and registration of pilotless aircraft in the City of Newton.
  • #141-16 Appropriation from Free Cash for operation and maintenance of Aquinas HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend one hundred sixty thousand dollars ($160,000) from Free Cash for the purpose of funding the costs of operation and maintenance of the Aquinas facility for Fiscal Year 2016.
  • #142-16 Appropriation from Free Cash for Street Paving HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend five hundred thousand dollars from Free Cash for the purpose of supplementing Chapter 90, override and grant funding for street paving in Fiscal Year 2017.
  • #143-16 Funding to supplement DPW accounts for snow and ice removal HIS HONOR THE MAYOR , requesting authorization to transfer the sum of two hundred seventy six thousand one hundred thirty-five dollars ($276,135) from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Removal Account and to appropriate five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from Free Cash to the following accounts: Personnel Costs – Overtime, $276,135 Rental Vehicles $500,000
  • #144-16 Transfer to supplement DPW accounts for vehicle parts and recyclable collection HIS HONOR THE MAYOR , requesting authorization to transfer the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) from Public Works Full-time Salaries Account to the following accounts: Vehicle Repair Parts, $50,000; Collection-Recyclables, $200,000

Public Hearing for May 2:

  • #288-15(3) Recommended Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rates HIS HONOR THE MAYOR submitting recommended FY2017 Water/Sewer/Storm Water Rates for implementation on July 1, 2016, as follows:

FY 2017 Tiers & Rates for Water and Sewer

HCF Per Quarter  Water Rate Per HCF Sewer Rate Per HCF
0-10 $6.45 $9.45
11-25 $7.40 $10.95
26-60 $8.50 $11.75
>60 $10.60 $13.50
Irrigation $11.65

FY 2017 Storm Water Fees

1-4 family dwellings $75.00

All other properties:

Square feet of impervious surface area Annual rate
0 – 4,999 $250.00
5, 000 – 7,499 $500.00
7,500 – 9,999 $750.00
10, 000 – 14,999 $1,000.00
15, 000 – 24,999 $1,250.00
25, 000 – 49,999 $1,500.00
50, 000 – 74,999 $1,750.00
75,000 – 99,999 $2,000.00
100,000 – 199,999 $2,500.00
200,000 – 299,999 $3,000.00
300,000 – 399,999 $3,500.00
400,000 – 499,999 $4,000.00
500,000 and greater $5,000.00
  • #288-15 Submittal of the FY17 Capital Improvement Plan HIS HONOR THE MAYOR submitting the FY 2017-FY 2021 Capital Improvement Plan pursuant to section 5-3 of the Newton City Charter.
  • #288-15(2) Submittal of the FY 2017 Municipal/School Operating Budget HIS HONOR THE MAYOR submitting in accordance with Section 5-1 of the City of Newton Charter the FY17 Municipal/School Operating Budget totaling $378,969,244 passage of which shall be concurrent with the FY17-FY21 Capital Improvement Program (#288-15). [04/11/16 @ 11:31] EFFECTIVE DATE OF SUBMISSION 04/19/16; LAST DATE TO PASS THE BUDGET 06/03/16
  • #288-15(4) Submittal of the FY 2017 – FY 2021 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan HIS HONOR THE MAYOR submitting the FY 2017 – FY 2021 Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan.

Reports

  • 4-5-16 Land Use: APPROVED: 95 Elm St. allowing a roof deck, extension for 300 Boylston; HELD: 255-257 Newtonville Ave: construct a three-story, 113,187 square foot self-storage facility with a building height of 36 feet , as well as a waiver of 36 parking stalls and waivers of other parking requirements.
  • 4-6-16 Public Facilities: APPROVED: $425K for traffic signals and lighting; HELD: gas leaks; NAN: notifications on Eliot St. bridge closure.
  • 4-11-16 Finance: Jointly with Zoning: APPROVED: Allen House; Cambria Road; funding for traffic signals.
  • 4-11-16 Zoning: Jointly with Finance: APPROVED: Allen House; funding for Zoning Reform II; HELD: downzone parts of Glen Avenue from multi-family to single-family;  training in Fair Housing laws; requiring Fair Housing logo & statement.
  • 4-12-16 Land Use: APPROVED: 413 Hammond Street: build additions to the rear and side of the existing structure on the basement and first floor levels, and enclose a porch to create living space; 1573 Beacon Street expand the front of a garage; 99 Oxford Road add a second story rear addition over an existing room; 360 Ward Street extend a non-conforming structure with respect to the front setback, FAR, lot coverage and open space; HELD: 2171 Commonwealth Avenue build a two story garage/barn style addition to the rear of an existing structure to allow a private garage with a footprint of 1,169 square feet with provisions for four cars; 27 Waverley Avenue allow an association of persons in a common dwelling where inhabitants will share common living spaces;  WITHDREW WITHOUT PREJUDICE: 37 Westbourne Road demolish an existing detached garage and construct a new wider garage connected to the principle structure and to make the home accessible for wheelchair use;

Agendas

  • 4-19-16 Financial Audit: Review goals with external auditor; learn of new issues; risk assessment.
  • 4-20-16 Programs & Services: Veteran’s graves; trees; budgets
  • 4-20-16 Public Safety: taxi inspections; drones.
  • 4-20-16 Public Facilities: Aquinas; budgets

Documents

Docket Digest for the Week of April 11-15

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.

April 11-15

Monday, 11 7p

7:45p

Finance

Zoning

211

211-205

Tuesday, 12 7p Land Use Chamber
Wednesday, 13 8a

7:30p

Accounting & Audit

Finance/Programs & Services

211

Chamber

Thursday, 14 7p Traffic Council  211

 Agendas

  • 4-11-16 Finance: Jointly with Zoning: Allen House; Cambria Road; funding for traffic signals.
  • 4-11-16 Zoning: Jointly with Finance: Allen House; downzone parts of Glen Avenue from multi-family to single-family; funding for Zoning Reform II; training in Fair Housing laws; requiring Fair Housing logo & statement.
  • 4-12-16 Land Use413 Hammond Street: build additions to the rear and side of the existing structure on the basement and first floor levels, and enclose a porch to create living space; 2171 Commonwealth Avenue build a two story garage/barn style addition to the rear of an existing structure to allow a private garage with a footprint of 1,169 square feet with provisions for four cars; 37 Westbourne Road demolish an existing detached garage and construct a new wider garage connected to the principle structure and to make the home accessible for wheelchair use; 1573 Beacon Street expand the front of a garage; 27 Waverley Avenue allow an association of persons in a common dwelling where inhabitants will share common living spaces; 99 Oxford Road add a second story rear addition over an existing room; 360 Ward Street extend a non-conforming structure with respect to the front setback, FAR, lot coverage and open space
  • 4-13-16 Accounting & Audit: Review department responses to Auditor’s Management Letter with department representatives: * Police Details Billing and Collection System Integration; * Planning & Development State and Federal Grant Compliance; *Personnel Procedures and Policies; *Water, Sewer, and Stormwater Payroll Policies and Procedures
  • 4-13-16 Finance/P&SCIP
  • 4-14-16 Traffic Council: Change all 12-hour Newton Centre parking meters to short-term meters to deter commuters (w6); loading zone on Washington Street near Beech Street (w2); Add Manitoba Road to the Waban Parking District (w5); one-hour limit eastbound side of Davis Street from Highland Avenue to Spencer Street to deter commuter parking; stop sign on Westwood Street at Webster Street to address safety concerns. (W3); No parking, anytime – tow zone area, Hartman Road (between Brookline Street and Clifton Road), 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., school days, both sides to address safety concerns. (W8); changes to the parking regulation on Oak Street between Chestnut Street and Needham Street. (W5); parking restriction on Franklin Street, Weekdays, to deter commuter parking and address safety concerns. (W 7 & 1); Restricted parking on Cousens Circle to deter commuter parking. (W6) Prohibit parking, Cypress Street, west side, Paul Street to Parker Street, any time, and Prohibit parking, Paul Street, east side, from Cypress Street, 140 feet westerly (w6); Prohibit parking west side of Plymouth Road (W5 & 6)

Documents

Docket Digest for the Week of April 4-7

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.

April 4

Monday, 4 7p

7:45p

Land Use

City Council

211

Chamber

Tuesday, 5 7p Land Use Chamber/211
Wednesday, 6 7p Public Facilities 204

Docket

  • #2-15(2) Request for an Extension of Time for Special Permit at 300 Boylston Street ATRIUM WELLNESS CENTER request for an EXTENSION of TIME in which to EXERCISE special permit #2-15, granted on April 6, 2015 to repurpose an existing vacant building into a mixed-use commercial facility including general office, medical office, laboratory, retail uses, and restaurants at 300 BOYLSTON STREET, Ward 7.
  • #122-16 Discussion with ISD re procedures to protect abutters during demo projects COUNCILORS NORTON AND AUCHINCLOSS requesting discussion with the Inspectional Services Department relative to the City’s procedures to protect abutters during demolition projects and whether Newton is requiring developers to take sufficient steps.
  • #278-14(2) Zoning amendment to clarify definition of two-family detached dwelling COUNCILOR HESS-MAHAN requesting an amendment to clarify the intent of Chapter 30 Section 1.5.1.B definition of Two-Family Detached Dwelling
  • #123-16 Request for Presentation of the “Complete Streets Policy and Prioritization Plan” PUBLIC SAFETY & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, requesting a presentation and discussion of the “Complete Streets Policy” and “Complete Streets Prioritization Plan” with the Department of Public Works and Planning Department.

Public hearing to be assigned for April 21, 2016

  • #124-16 National Grid Grant of Location Petition for Old Farm Road NATIONAL GRID petitioning to install and maintain 200’+ of 4” gas main in Old Farm Road from the existing 12” gas main in Brookline Street southerly to 12 Old Farm Road for a new gas service. (Ward 8)
  • #31-15(3) Discussion of Financial Impact of Leaf Blower Ban on Newton’s Budget PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE requesting a discussion of the financial impact of a seasonal leaf blower ban on the City’s operating budget.
  • #125-16 Community Preservation Committee funding for Allen House COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending the appropriation of two million dollars ($2,000,000) from the Community Preservation Fund to the Planning & Development Department, for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance, for the historic rehabilitation of the Nathanial Allen House (35 Webster Street, West Newton) as a community cultural center, as described in the proposal submitted to the Community Preservation Committee in February 2016.
  • #31-15(4) Amend Chapter 20 Section 51 Civil Fine for Littering to Include Yard Waste PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE requesting that the City of Newton Ordinances Chapter 20, Section 51, Depositing of Litter, be amended to include leaves, yard waste, and other similar material, and that civil fines be associated with violations of the section and added to Chapter 20, Section 21.

Reports

  • 3-14-16 Zoning: SPLIT AND APPROVED/HELD:Zoning change to allow health club use; APPROVED: technical amendments; changes to demolition delay
  • 3-22-16 Real Property: HELD: Amendments to the ordinance
  • 3-23-16 COW: APPROVED: statement of interest in building a new Lincoln Eliot; Crescent St.
  • 3-23-16 Public Facilities: APPROVED: $2.7m for water main improvements; Fire Station 3/HQ; Aquinas windows;
  • 3-23-16 Programs & Services: APPROVED: appointments; change of polling location from Memorial Spaulding to Temple Beth Avodah; HELD: leaf blowers
  • 3-23-16 Public Safety: APPROVED: discussion of drone regulation; NAN: discussion of replacing parking meters; HELD: discussion of alternative bus routes during closure of Eliot St. bridge;
  • 3-28-16 Finance: APPROVED: funding for Charter Commission; Aquinas windows; $450K grant for Complete Streets; curb betterments; water main improvements; HELD: traffic mitigation improvements; Zoning Phase II;
  • 3-28-16 Zoning: HELD: Zoning Phase II; regulation of snout houses; smart growth overlay district;

Agendas

  • 4-4-16 Land Use: extensions of time
  • 4-5-16 Land Use: 255-257 Newtonville Ave: construct a three-story, 113,187 square foot self-storage facility with a building height of 36 feet , as well as a waiver of 36 parking stalls and waivers of other parking requirements.
  • 4-6-16 Public Facilities: Grants of location; $425K for traffic signals and lighting; gas leaks; notifications on Eliot St. bridge closure.

Documents

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