Docket Digest for the Week of June26-30

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.

June 26-30

Mon., June 26 7:45p Zoning 205
Tues., June 27 8:30a

5p

Recodification

Election Commission

205

211

Week of July 4  

No Meetings

 Agenda:

  • 6-26-17 Zoning: Appointments and reappointments to the Urban Design, Conservation, Auburndale Historic District and Newton Historical Commissions; lodging house ordinance changes

Docket Digest for the Week of June 19-23

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.

June 19-23

Mon., June 19 4p

7p

7:45p

Crescent St. Working Group

School Committee

Council

204

Ed Center

Chamber

Wed., June 21 5p

7p

7p

Zoning Redesign drop-in

Public Facilities

Public Safety

Heath Room

204

205

Thurs., June 22 6:30p

7p

7p

Walnut St.

Land Use

Traffic Council

Sr. Center

Chamber

211

 Reports:

  • 6-7-17 Public Safety: APPROVED: Dedham/Nahantan sts; police & fire overtime; cameras for signals; bus licences; appeal of yield sign at Walnut Hill Rd; appointment
  • 6-12-17 Finance: APPROVED: funds for settlements; police & fire overtime; cameras for traffic signals; technology enhancements; technology for schools; replacing the NSHS track; plans to renovate the first floor of the library (construction funds–HELD); grant for an oral history project; curb betterments; $450,000 extra for the Dedham-Nahantan intersection changes; $150K to remove yard waste from Rumford; rescind bond authorizations;HELD: plan for public information around the Horace-Mann cleanup; HELD & referred to Public Facilities: wording changes to the sewer ordinance;  NAN: build an observation deck on the Upper Falls Greenway (a cheaper option is being explored); $350K for a new Parks & Rec/DPW facility at Eliot yard; discussion of the school budget deficit;

Docket:

Referred to Land Use Committee

Public Hearing to be assigned for July 11, 2017

  • #183-17 Special Permit to increase nonconforming FAR and setback at 11 Fairview Street

Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee

  • #184-17 Requesting exit interviews for businesses closing or closed in Newton
  • #185-17 Mayor’s appointment of Doug Cornelius to the Newton Historical Commission
  • #186-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Peter Dimond to the Newton Historical Commission
  • #187-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Laura Fitzmaurice to the Newton Historical Commission
  • #188-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Ellen Klapper to the Newton Historical Commission
  • #189-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Jean Fulkerson to the Newton Historical Commission
  • #190-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Nancy Grissom to the Newton Historical Commission
  • #191-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Mark Armstrong to the Newton Historical Commission

Referred to Programs & Services Committee

  • #192-17 Recommendation to approve 2017 Neighborhood Area Council election date
  • #193-17 Rules amendment: Referral of business CITY CLERK requesting a Rules amendment to Section 3, Referral of business to Committees, Item D by replacing the word “petition” in the first sentence with the words “docket item.”
  • #194-17 Rescission of date and time notation on docket items

Referred to Public Facilities Committee

Public hearing to be assigned for June 21, 2017

  • #195-17 Verizon petition for grant of location at Dedham Street
  • #196-17 Petition for Drain Extension in Park Avenue

Referred to Finance Committee

  • #197-17 Transfer $10,000 to Veterans’ Benefits
  • #198-17 Request for authorization to settle a $9,120 claim for damage to a fence

Referred to Public Facilities and Finance Committees

  • #199-17 Appropriate $338,397 for undergrounding utilities for Austin St Redevelopment
  • #200-17 $875,000 to fund the Accelerated Roads Program

Agendas:

  • 6-21-17 Public Safety: Fines for parking violations–reduce for curb cut violations, increase for fire hydrant violations; new parks & rec/police building; install stop sign at Woodcliff Rd;
  • 6-22-17 Land Use: 431 Washington Street, 29 Hovey Street. 46 Farwell Street–accessory dwelling unit; 19‐21 Beaconwood Road–proposed two-family structure; addition; 164 Highland Ave–addition;  54 Lakewood–parking within five feet of a street.
  • 6-22-17 Traffic Council: stop sign on Fountain Street (both directions) at Highland Street. (Ward 3); stop or yield sign at Burnham Road, northbound, at Valentine Street. (Ward 3); four-way stop sign at Fairway Drive and Bunker Lane in West Newton. (Ward 3); four-way stop sign or a traffic signal at Fairway Drive, Waltham and Derby Street (Ward 3); parking restriction on the west side of Cherry Street between River Street and a point opposite Raymond Place. (Ward 3); stop sign at Curve Street, southbound, at the intersection of Auburn Street and b) stop sign at Gilbert Street, northbound, at the intersection of Auburn Street. (Wards 3 & 4); 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Hagar and Concord Streets. (Ward 4); parking restrictions for Fuller Street from intersection of Commonwealth Avenue to Braeburn Golf Course to address commuter parking issues. (Ward 4); discussion and possible changes to Traffic Council Policy 2: Residential Handicap Parking Spaces.; change to the official Newton Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR) for the west side of Bowdoin Street so as to match the posted 2-hour parking limit signs. There would be no change to the posted signage.

Documents:

Land use memos

Dedham/Nahantan intersection memo

Planning Friday Report

Docket Digest for the Week of June 5-9

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.

June 5-9

Mon., June 5 7:45p City Council Chamber
Tues., June 6 7p Land Use Chamber
Wed., June 7 5p

7p

7p

7p

NNHS graduation

Programs & Services

Public Facilities

Public Safety

NN Field

Chamber/211

204

205

Thurs., June 8 8a

5p

7p

School Committee special mtg

NSHS graduation

CPC

Field House

Ed Center

204

 Reports:

  • 5-22-17 Zoning: APPROVED: Submission of the Annual Action Plan for HUD; rezone 160R Stanton Avenue; Jointly with the Finance Committee, $125,000 to create a Citywide Economic Development Strategy. HELD: Updates on the Zoning Redesign project.
  • 5-22-17 Finance: APPROVED: Payment of $10K for damage to a store front during snow clearing; jointly with Public Facilities: $2.7m for water main improvements; $2.6m to fix part of the Laundry Brook Culvert; $22K MEMA grant: $125K for a citywide economic development plan. NAN: $250K to renovate the first floor of the Ed Center. HELD: $15K for a public information plan around a site clean up at Horace Mann.
  • 5-23-17 Land Use: APPROVED: 200 Boylston: construct another story on a parking garage; 300 Boylston: waive parking requirements; 16-26 Dalby St., allow six units with shared underground parking.
  • 5-25-17 Traffic Council: NAN: discussion of traffic at Rosalie & Dedham, w8; Rachel Rd. parking; four-way stop at Crescent and Beacon; APPROVED: Rachel Rd and Winchester; parking restrictions on Littlefield Rd.; 4-way stop at Greenlawn Ave, Park Lane, Hancock Ave. and Brentwood Ave; stop sign Crescent & Pleasant. HELD FOR TRIAL: parking restrictions on Olde Field Rd near NSHS; parking restrictions on Laurel Ave (w6); HELD: flashing beacon at Kesseler Woods; DENIED: no parking on Erie Ave (w6);

Docket:

Land Use Committee

Public hearing to be assigned for July 11, 2017

  • #146-17 Special Permit to amend Board Order #229-14 to allow for a swing set MICHAEL AND DENA RASHES petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to amend Board Order #229-14 to allow a swing set on Lot 40 at 93 Bellevue Street, Ward 1.

Zoning & Planning Committee

  • #147-17 Request to include Main Street approach in economic development strategy COUNCILOR YATES requesting that the City’s economic development strategy include an element devoted to revitalizing village centers in partnership with village based organizations and using the Main Street approach of the National Main Street Center that has been successful in neighborhoods in Boston, other communities in Massachusetts, and in dozens of other communities across the country.
  • #148-17 Mayor’s appointment of William Winkler to the Urban Design Commission WILLIAM WINKLER, 48 Holman Road, Auburndale, appointed as a member of the URBAN DESIGN COMMISSION for a term to expire June 1, 2020.
  • #149-17 Mayor’s appointment of Ellen Katz to the Conservation Commission ELLEN KATZ, 31 Williams Street, Newton Upper Falls, appointed as a member of the CONSERVATION COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2020.
  • #150-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Jeffrey Zabel to the Conservation Commission JEFFREY ZABEL, 54 Oak Avenue, West Newton, re-appointed as a member of the CONSERVATION COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2020.
  • #151-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Ira Wallach to the Conservation Commission IRA WALLACH, 5 Broken Tree Road, Newton Centre, re-appointed as a member of the CONSERVATION COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2020.
  • #152-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Susan Lunin to the Conservation Commission SUSAN LUNIN, 22 Shaw Street, West Newton, re-appointed as a member of the CONSERVATION COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2020.
  • #153-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Judith Hepburn to the Conservation Commission JUDITH HEPBURN, 132 Stanley Road, Waban, re-appointed as a member of the CONSERVATION COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2020.
  • #154-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Daniel Green to the Conservation Commission DANIEL GREEN, 46 Glen Avenue, Newton Centre, re-appointed as a member of the CONSERVATION COMMISSION for a term to expire January 2, 2019.
  • #155-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Norman Richardson to the Conservation Commission NORMAN RICHARDSON, 372 Waltham Street, Newton, re-appointed as a member of the CONSERVATION COMMISSION for a term to expire July 10, 2019
  • #156-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Richard Alfred to the Auburndale Historic District Comm RICHARD ALFRED, 73 Grove Street, Auburndale, re-appointed as a member of the AUBURDNALE HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2018.
  • #157-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Patricia Baker to the Auburndale Historic District Comm PATRICIA BAKER, 55 Wilde Road, Auburndale, re-appointed as a member of the AUBURDNALE HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2019.
  • #158-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Patricia Bottomley to Auburndale Historic District Comm PATRICIA BOTTOMLEY, 238 Central Avenue, Auburndale, re-appointed as a member of the AUBURDNALE HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2019.
  • #159-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Italo Visco to the Auburndale Historic District Comm ITALO VISCO, 66 Grove Street Auburndale, re-appointed as a member of the AUBURDNALE HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire May 31, 2019.
  • #160-17 Mayor’s re-appointment of Nancy Grissom to the Auburndale Historic District Comm NANCY GRISSOM, 7 Orris Street, Auburndale, re-appointed as a member of the AUBURDNALE HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION for a term to expire July 10, 2019.

Programs & Services Committee

  • #161-17 Resolution for Immigrant Heritage Month COUNCILORS HESS-MAHAN, COTE, KALIS, DANBERG AND NORTON proposing a Resolution to officially recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.

Public Safety & Transportation Committee

  • #162-17 (A) & (B) Bus License renewals for Boston College Bus BOSTON COACH TRANSPORTATION, request for annual renewal of the Boston College Bus Licenses. There are no changes proposed to last year’s licenses.
  • #163-17 Requesting one (1) new bus license for Life Time Center LIFE TIME CENTER, 300 Boylston Street, requesting one (1) new bus license.
  • #164-17 Re-appointment by His Honor the Mayor to the Traffic Council ALICIA WILSON, 77 Elinor Road, Newton Highlands, re-appointed as the resident member of the TRAFFIC COUNCIL pursuant to Section 19-25(a)(1) of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances, 2012 for a term to expire on May 24, 2020
  • #165-17 Letter to the State in support of redesign of Auburndale Commuter Rail Station COUNCILORS ALBRIGHT AND FULLER requesting a letter from the City Council (or those members of the City Council that are interested in signing) to the Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack expressing strong support for the redesign and build with all deliberate speed of an accessible, two-platform Auburndale MBTA Commuter Rail Station that allows frequent service in two directions simultaneously while taking advantage of the funding that is available currently in the Fiscal Years 2017 – 2021 Massachusetts Department of Transportation Capital Investment Plan; and, the design and build of similar accessible, two-platform stations in West Newton and Newtonville. Accessible stations with frequent service are vital to the economic health, environmental needs, transit oriented development, employment access and transportation requirements of the residents and employees along this vital corridor in Newton.
  • #166-17 Resolution that the City become 100% renewable by 2027 COUNCILORS SANGIOLO, NORTON & BROUSAL-GLASER requesting a resolution from the City Council urging the Newton Legislative Delegation in the State Legislature to do everything in its power to bring Massachusetts closer to 100% renewable energy by 2027 and ensure that the benefits of renewable energy are realized by Massachusetts residents from all walks of life. The Resolution should also include a statement that the City Council supports a goal of using 100% clean and renewable energy citywide by 2027.
  • #167-17 Abandonment of a portion of a drain easement at 46 & 36 Tamworth Road HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Ch. 40, Sec. 15 that the City Council approve the abandonment of a portion of a City drain easement in the side and rear properties at 36 and 46 TAMWORTH ROAD.

Public Facilities Committee

  • #180-17 Alter the Homer Street right of way HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to alter and widen portions of the Homer Street right of way in order to proceed with several safety improvements for pedestrians. The project includes curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalk relocation.

Finance Committee

  • #168-17 Rescind bond authorizations for Elliot Street Bridge and Harvard St signalization HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting rescission of Council Order #280-16 authorizing the City to borrow one hundred sixty-five thousand dollars ($165,000) for the Elliot Street Bridge Project and rescission of Council Order
  • #271-65 authorizing the City to borrow five hundred thirty thousand dollars ($530,000) for the Washington Street @ Harvard Street Signalization Project
  • #169-17 Transfer $45,000 to settle a claim against the City HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of forty-five thousand dollars ($45,000) from the Law Department’s Full-time Salaries Account to the Law Department’s Claims/Settlements Account to provide funding for claims filed against the City.
  • #170-17 Approval of various sidewalk/curb betterments COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS requesting approval of 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: 10 Kilburn Road; 888 Beacon Street; 184 Ward Street; 538 Ward Street; 139 Winchester Street
  • #171-17 Ordinance Amendment Sec 29-80 Sewer Use Charge HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an amendment to Section 29-80 Sewer Use Charge of the City of Newton Ordinances by adding the following sentence at the end of Paragraph (a): Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said Section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewerage works in proportion to water consumption.
  • #172-17 Transfer $210,000 to fund technology enhancements HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to make the following transfers from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund system enhancements to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), improvements to the Storage Area Network, and enhancements to the City’s fiber infrastructure
  • #181-17 Accept and expend a $4,981 grant to support the Newton Talks Project HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to accept and expend a grant in the amount of four thousand nine hundred eighty-one ($4,981) from the State Historical Records Advisory Board to support the Newton Talks Project.

Programs & Services and Finance Committees

  • #173-17 Appropriate $57,676 from E-Rate Funds to purchase technology for schools HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend fifty-seven thousand six hundred seventy-six dollars ($57,676) from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools.

Public Safety & Transportation and Finance Committees

  • #174-17 Transfer $340,000 to fund Police and Fire overtime HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of three hundred forty thousand dollars ($340,000) from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime.
  • #175-17 Appropriate $150,000 from Cable Fees for video cameras for 30 traffic signals HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend eighty thousand four hundred seventy-seven dollars ($80,477) from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and sixty-nine thousand five hundred twenty-three dollars ($69,523) from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton.

Public Facilities and Finance Committees

  • #176-17 Appropriate $350,000 for replacement of the Mondo Track at South High School HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of three hundred fifty thousand dollars ($350,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School.
  • #177-17 Transfer $150,000 to remove yard waste at the Rumford Avenue Landfill HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing several years’ worth of soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation.

Programs & Service, Public Facilities and Finance Committees

  • #178-17 Appropriate $500,000 for renovations to the Newton Free Library HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor.

Public Safety & Transportation, Public Facilities, and Finance Committees

  • #179-17 Request for parking meter pilot(s) COUNCILORS ALBRIGHT, KALIS, LAREDO AND LEARY requesting a parking meter pilot or multiple pilots in Fiscal Year 2018 using the latest technology, which allows payment by credit card and other features, such as monitoring meter usage, providing feedback to administrators, information to drivers, and allowing time-based fee adjustment.
  • #182-17 Appropriate $450,000 for additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton St Project HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of four hundred fifty thousand dollars ($450,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street

Agendas:

  • 6-6-17 Land Use: 893 Watertown St: extend the nonconforming two-family use to construct an addition; 1016 Centre St: construct an addition; 46 Farwell St: create an accessory dwelling unit; 208 Homer St: construct an addition; 170 Needham St.: allow a bank use; 15 Ricker Road: construct dormers; 19-21 Beaconwood Road: reduce the required minimum lot area by 4% in conjunction to a proposed two-family structure; 164 Highland Ave: construct an addition; 54 Lakewood Road: allow parking within five feet of a street
  • 6-7-17 Programs & Services: 7:45 public hearing: Impeachment inquiry citizens’ petition;  Notices on automotive gas pumps; changes to rDNA research facility permitting; funds for technology for schools; renovations to the Library; Immigrant heritage month resolution.
  • 6-7-17 Public Facilities: grants of location; Dedham/Nahantan sts; easement from Mt. Ida for same; abandon a drain easement in Waban; right of way on Homer; replace track at NSHS; remove yard waste from Rumford; renovate 1st floor of Ed Center
  • 6-7-17 Public Safety: taxi license report; Dedham/Nahantan sts; police & fire overtime; cameras for signals; bus licences; appeal of yield sign at Walnut Hill Rd; appointment

Documents:

Land use memos

Dedham/Nahantan intersection memo

Planning Friday Report

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