Docket Digest for the Week of March 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.

March 6-10

Mon., March 6 4p

5p

7p

7:45p

School Com. Budget meeting

Pre-Budget meeting

Finance

City Council–Cabot School Update

 Ed Center

209

211

Chamber

Tues, March 7 7p Land Use Chamber
Wed., March 8 7p

7p

7p

Programs & Services

Public Facilities

Public Safety

211

204

205

Thurs., March 9 7p  

CPC

 

204

Mon., March 13 7p

7:45p

Finance

Zoning

211

205

Docket:

Land Use

Public hearing to be assigned for March 28, 2017

#43-17 Special Permit to extend non-conforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Street JAMES AND CAROL HOOPES petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Street, Ward 3, West Newton

#44-17 Submittal of Annual Financial Report COMPTROLLER transmitting the Budgetary Basis Annual Financial Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016 to the City Council.

Programs & Services

Public Hearing to be assigned for April 5, 2017

#31-15(5) Citizens Petition to amend the noise ordinance relative to leaf blowers PHILIP JEPSEN ET AL. submitting a 50-signature citizen petition, pursuant to Article 10, Section 2 of the City of Newton Charter, to amend Section 20-13, Noise Control, in the City of Newton Ordinances as it relates to dates and hours of operation of leaf blowers and types of leaf blowers allowed. Note: Council action must be taken within 90 days.

#45-17 Resolution to commemorate Newton residents in World War I COUNCILOR YATES proposing a Resolution to urge all relevant City agencies to commemorate the participation of Newton residents in World War I, honor their courage, idealism and suffering, and learn from the consequences of the war.

Public Safety

#46-17 Discussion regarding how community policing works COUNCILOR ALBRIGHT requesting a discussion with the Chief of Police and/or members of his department to explain to the City Council how “community policing” works in Newton, how it differs from traditional policing, how staffing differs from traditional departments, and how it benefits Newton.

Public Facilities

Public Hearing to be assigned for March 22, 2017

#47-17 Petition for grant of location at Washington Street EVERSOURCE ENERGY petition for a grant of location to install + 673 feet of conduit from Manhole #3383 approximately 43’ south of Walnut Street.

#48-17 Petition for grant of location at Washington Street EVERSOURCE ENERGY petition for a grant of location to install one hip guy at pole #447/94 approximately 180’+ east of Lowell Avenue

#49-17 Petition for grant of location at Caldon Path EVERSOURCE ENERGY petition for a grant of location to install + 39’ of conduit southerly to pole 359/12 (adjacent to 44 Caldon Path), headed in a southwesterly direction + 501’ to two proposed manholes.

#50-17 Petition for grant of location at O’Rourke Path/Hanson Road/Callahan Path EVERSOURCE ENERGY petition for a grant of location to install conduit westerly from pole 359/9 a distance of 24’+ in a southwesterly direction to one proposed manhole a distance of 466’+ continuing southwesterly 12’+ to a second proposed manhole in Callahan Path.

#51-17 Petition for grant of location at Timson Path/Saw Mill Brook Parkway EVERSOURCE ENERGY petition for a grant of location to install conduit westerly from pole 366/8 in Saw Mill Brook Parkway a distance of 430’+ in a northerly direction to a proposed manhole in front of 15 Timson Path continuing northeasterly to a second proposed manhole in front of 27 Timson Path.

#52-17 Petition for a grant of location at Spiers Road/Shute Path EVERSOURCE ENERGY petition for a grant of location to install 141’+ of conduit northwesterly from pole 371/16 on Spiers Road in a northwesterly direction to a proposed manhole in front of 147 Shute Path

Finance

#53-17 Appropriate $48,984 from Cable Television Franchise Fees to NewTV HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate forty-eight thousand nine hundred eighty-four dollars ($48,984) from Cable Television Franchise Fees-Capital to Newton Communications Access Center, Inc. (NewTV) for the purpose of upgrading the video equipment in the City Council Chamber from Standard Definition (SD) to High Definition (HD).

Programs & Services/Finance

#54-17 Request to increase the Parks & Recreation Department by one full-time position HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to add one full-time employee within the Parks and Recreation Department. The position will be involved extensively in the administration of camps.

#55-17 Appropriate $200,000 for repairs to the Gath Pool HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding repairs to the Gath Pool.

Public Facilities/Finance

#56-17 Request to increase the Public Works Department by one full-time position HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to add one full-time employee within the Public Works Department to manage all detail requests submitted to the Police Detail Coordinator.

#57-17 Appropriate $400,000 for design of street improvements along Newtonville corridor HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) from Free Cash for the purpose of designing streetscape improvements to the Walnut Street/Newtonville corridor

Programs & Services/Public Facilities/Finance

#58-17 Authorize submittal of Lincoln Eliot statement of interest to the MSBA SUPERINTENDENT FLEISHMAN requesting a vote of the City Council to complement the vote of the School Committee to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) they FY 17 Statement of Interest no later than April 7, 2017 for the consideration of Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School as a major school Building project after Cabot Elementary School.

Programs & Services/Public Facilities/Public Safety/Finance

#59-17 Appropriate $350,000 for construction of a Parks & Recreation/Police building HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate three hundred fifty thousand dollars ($350,000) from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard.

Reports:

  • 2-22-17 Programs & Services: APPROVED: Preliminary Election date: Crescent St. Design funds; resolution for a carbon tax; resolution for fossil fuel divestment;
  • 2-22-17 Public Facilities: HELD:  Trash & Recycling discussion; peer review of grants of location for wireless equipment; APPROVED: grants of location;
  • 2-27-17 Zoning: APPROVED: appointments; HELD: accessory apartment amendments.
  • 2-28-17 Land Use: APPROVED: 70 Crescent St;

Agendas:

  • 3-6-17 Finance: Crescent St.
  • 3-7-17 Land Use: 14 Llewellyn Road: Special Permit/Site Plan Review to further extend the nonconforming rear setback; 26 Sterling St Special Permit/Site Plan Review to exceed the FAR; 84 Roundwood Rd Special Permit/Site Plan Review to allow a three story single family structure; 129 Cabot St Special Permit/Site Plan Review to allow a dormer greater than 50% of the exterior wall below; and 85 Fuller Ter. Special Permit/Site Plan Review to extend the nonconforming two‐family use.
  • 3-8-17 Programs & Services: Parks & Rec/Police building; repairs to Gath; add a Parks employee; Lincoln-Eliot school; register Newton lobbyists; 
  • 3-8-17 Public Facilities: move forward on energy aggregation; Lincoln-Eliot school; Newtonville street improvements; add a DPW employee; parks employee; licensing fees & fines;
  • 3-8-17 Public Safety: Parks & Rec/Police building; traffic council role; speed limit Quinobequin; changes to long-term parking meters; school parking lot use; parking lot jurisdiction

Documents:

Materials on 70 Crescent St.

Planning memo on Accessory Apartments

Baker memo 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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