Docket Digest for the Week of November 20-22

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.

November 20-22

Mon, Nov. 20 5p

6:15p

7p

 

Election Commission

Finance

City Council–Tax Classification, followed by executive session on drones

205

211

Chamber

Tues., Nov. 21 8:30-11am West Newton Square Enhancements Project, 8:30 –
11:00 a.m.
L’Aroma Café
Wed., Nov. 22 Happy Thanksgiving

Agendas:

  • 11-20-17 Finance:  $7K for police details to enforce accessible parking regulations; $100K to upgrade police cruiser computers; fence around Rumford Ave. solar farm; $3,500 grant to deal with hoarding; 1-year barganing agreement with AFSCME; $82K repayment of HOME funds from NHA and inclusionary zoning fund; $280K for a Gradall for sidewalk construction; authorize school software lease; $1.2m for a new ladder truck; $22K grant from MEMA; $1.5m to upgrade city financial software;

Reports:

  • 11-8-17 Programs & Services: APPROVED: Buy a bucket truck; renovate tennis courts at McGrath Park; buy two trucks for P&R to pick up trash & recycling; allow food trucks in more locations; HELD: ban on polystyrene take-out containers; restructure City Council.
  • 11-8-17 Public Facilities: APPROVED: fence around the Rumford Ave. solar farm; buy a new Gradall for sidewalk construction; NAN: discussion about use of salt on winter roads; curbside food waste pickup; update on second water meters.
  • 11-8-17 Public Safety: APPROVED: Update police cruiser computers; buy a new ladder truck; appeal of Traffic Council decision on a 4-way stop sign; moving traffic calming requests to the administration; clarification of parking meter time/overtime regulation.
  • 11-13-17 Zoning:  APPROVED: allow food trucks; HELD: increase inclusionary zoning units from 15% to 25% for larger projects; require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; and to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units; zoning redesign update.
  • 11-14-17 Land Use: APPROVED: Request for an extension of time to construct four attached single-family dwellings at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street; extend the nonconforming two-family use to allow three units and legalize the noncompliant lot area per unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; allow a building factor of 28.08 in conjunction to the construction of a single family home at 28 Goddard Street; HELD: allow a single- family attached dwelling at 336 Newtonville Avenue;  and allow a change of zone to construct a multi-family structure with 20 units at 392-396, 400, and 402-404 Langley Road
  • 11-15-18 Programs & Services: APPROVED: Home Rule petition to downsize the Council to 8-8.
  • 11-16-17 Real Property: APPROVED: amendments to Chapter 2, Section 7. Sale or lease of city owned real property, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinance, 2012 (The Real Property Reuse Ordinance) to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties;
  • 11-16-17 Traffic Council: APPROVED: Parking removal on Brandeis Road; Parking regulations on Summer St (Upper Falls); Parking restrictions Indiana Terrace (UF), Removal of parking during school hours Paulson Road (Zervas area); further regulation of parking on Evelyn during Zervas arrival and departure; parking restriction on Waban Ave; HELD: new crossing signals on Lagrange St; add parking meters near Boston College on Commonwealth Ave.

Docket:

  • Auto Dealer Licences
  • Appointments:
    • Commission on Disability: Sandra Lingley
    • CPC: Michael Maloney
    • Youth Commission:
      • Julia Geller
      • Aneel Chittilappilly
      • Maya Gomberg
      • Myles Hoffman
    • Advisory Council of Health: Michelle Drolsbaugh
    • Newton Housing Authority
      • Richard Kronish
      • Thomas Turner

Referred to Public Facilities

  • Force Sewer Main for Rumford Ave

Referred to Public Facilities and Public Safety:

  • #338-16(2) Request to extend trial program for removal of snow from sidewalk COUNCILORS ALBRIGHT AND DANBERG requesting an amendment to City of Newton
    Ordinances Chapter 26 Section 8D Trial program for removal of snow and ice from sidewalks. by extending the expiration date of the trial from November 1, 2017 to
    November 1, 2019.
  • #378-17 Request for Approval of West Newton Square Enhancement Project COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS requesting approval pursuant to §26-51 for the
    West Newton Square Enhancements Project on Washington Street running approximately from Chestnut Street to Lucas Court, for construction of the West Newton Square Enhancements Project.

Referred to Finance Committee

  • #379-17 Request to appropriate $35,674 to settle a claim
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate thirty-five thousand six hundred seventy-four dollars and sixty-five cents ($35,674.65) from the Judgments and Settlements Account as full and final settlement of Commerce Insurance Company’s claim against the City of Newton.
  • #380-17 Appropriate $2 million from Overlay Surplus to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate two million dollars ($2,000,000) from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus Declaration to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund.

Referred To Programs & Services and Finance Committees

  • #381-17 Transfer $109,200 to address tree damage resulting from severe wind storms
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of one hundred nine thousand two hundred dollars from the Budget Reserve Snow and Ice Account to fund overtime staffing expenses and tree services incurred and anticipated because of wind storms that result in tree damage to the following accounts:

P&R Overtime
(01602011-513001) …………………………………………………. $12,200
Forestry/Tree Services
(01602011-5243)……………………………………………………… $97,000

Referred To Public Facilities and Finance Committees

  • #382-17 Appropriate $5 million from Overlay Surplus to the Accelerated Roads Program
    HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate five million dollars ($5,000,000) from the November 13, 2017 Overlay Surplus Declaration to fund the
    Accelerated Roads Program.

Referred to Recodification Committee

  • #383-17 Acceptance of recodified Revised Ordinances, 2017
    RE-CODIFICATION COMMITTEE transmitting for City Council approval and acceptance the re-codified text of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances, 2017.

Documents:

Docket Digest for the Week of November 13-16

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.

November 13-16

Mon, Nov. 13 7p

7p

7p

Finance

Zoning & Planning

School Committee

211

205

Ed Center

Tues., Nov. 14 7p Land Use 211
Wed., Nov. 15 7:45p Programs & Services CoW Chamber
Thurs., Nov. 16 7p

7p

7p

CPC

Real Property ReUse

Traffic Council

204

211

205

Agendas:

  • 11-13-17 Zoning:  allow food trucks; amendment inclusionary zoning units from 15% to 25% for larger projects; require that some affordable units be designated for middle income households; and to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units.
  • 11-14-17 Land Use: Request for an extension of time to construct four attached single-family dwellings at 5-7 Elm Street and 114 River Street; extend the nonconforming two-family use to allow three
    units and legalize the noncompliant lot area per unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; allow a single- family attached dwelling at 336 Newtonville Avenue; allow a building factor of 28.08 in conjunction to the construction of a single family home at 28 Goddard Street; and allow a change of zone to construct a multi-family structure with 20 units at 392-396, 400, and 402-404 Langley Road
  • 11-15-18 Programs & Services: Full Council discussion of Home Rule petition to downsize the Council to 8-8.
  • 11-16-17 Real Property: amendments to Chapter 2, Section 7. Sale or lease of city owned real property, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinance, 2012 (The Real Property Reuse Ordinance) to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed
  • 11-16-17 CPC:   PUBLIC HEARING and possible funding vote on the full proposal for the Newton Cemetery’s Whipple-Beal Cast Iron Fence ($60,000 requested); an update on the Crescent Street affordable housing and playground expansion project, with a request to submit an off-cycle full proposal for an additional $2,640,000 in CPA funds for final design and construction; and an update on the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program, proposing to revise the program’s purpose from creating new affordable housing to preserving the affordability of units already in the program, retaining $735,000 for the new purpose and returning $845,745 in unspent funds for other CPA-eligible housing purposes.
  • 11-16-17 Traffic Council: Parking removal on Brandeis Road; Parking regulations on Summer St (Upper Falls); Parking restrictions Indiana Terrace (UF), Removal of parking during school hours Paulson Road (Zervas area); further regulation of parking on Evelyn during Zervas arrival and departure; parking restriction on Waban Ave; new crossing signals on Lagrange St; add parking meters near Boston College on Commonwealth Ave.

Documents:

  • Memo from Councilor Sangiolo on Council downsizing
  • Zoning memos
  • Planning memos
  • Planning update

Docket Digest for the Week of October 23-27

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 23-27

Mon, Oct. 23 7p

7p

7p

Finance

Zoning & Planning

School Committee

211

205

Ed Center

Tues., Oct. 24 7p Land Use 211
Thurs., Oct. 26 7p Traffic Council 211

Agendas:

  • 10-23-17 Zoning:  recommendation to establish a Newton Highlands Historic District and #136-17 recommendation to establish a West Newton Historic District and there is a request by both petitioners to withdraw without prejudice. Following these two items the Committee is hosting the Fair Housing Compliance: Considerations for Land Use, Zoning, Planning Decisions: Interactive Workshop Presented by: Jennifer M. Goldson, AICP, Founder of JM Goldson Community Preservation & Planner. The workshop items include: Fair Housing and Zoning, Overview of Protected Classes, and how zoning and permitting applies.
  • 10-23-17 Finance: appointment to the Board of Assessors; Fund transfer to School budget for transportation; special fund for community cable TV; review of several itmes for No Action or referral to next term’s Council.
  • 10-24-17 Land Use: amend the site plan at 1080 Walnut Street45 Chester Street; amend the site plan at 103 Court Street; amend the site plan at 49-51 Winchester Street; allow a change of zone to construct a multi-family structure with 20 units at 392-396, 400, and 402-404 Langley Road; 14 Pond Avenue; allow auto sales at 454-458 Watertown Street; extend the nonconforming use to legalize an existing third unit at 69-71 Cherry Street; construct a three-story mixed use building incorporating nine residential units and commercial space at 386-394 Watertown Street. The Committee will also hear consistency rulings regarding the following approved special permits: remove a loading bay to allow for a new commercial tenant at 200-230 Boylston Street; and 30 Caroline Park
  • 10-26-17 Traffic:  Parking restrictions near Rowena Rd (w6); Summer (lake) parking restrictions on Laurel, Crystal, Hancock (w6); temporary parking changes on Tyler Terr. and removal of some meters on Centre while the Fire Station is constructed; extra parking on Willow St. for same; new flashing warning lights Centre at Tyler; three stop signs on Commonwealth Ave Carriage Road; No U-Turn, Derby St; parking restrictions Aspen Ave; add parking meters along Commonwealth near Boston College.

Documents:

  • Zoning memos
  • Planning memos
  • Planning update

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