Docket Digest for the Week of April 24-28

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 24-28

Mon., April 24 7p

7p

7p

Finance–budget

Zoning–budget

charter

211

Chamber

205

Tues., April 25 5p

7p

7p

Elections

Joint P&S /Finance–school budget

Charter

205

Chamber

204

Wed., April 26 7p

7p

7p

 

Programs & Services

School Committee

Charter

 

211

Ed Center

Chamber

Thurs., April 27 7p

7p

Public Facilities-Budget

Charter

 

204

Chamber

Reports:

  • 4-13-17 Traffic Council: NAN: Parking restrictions and addition to Waban Parking Plan of Nehoiden and Irvington roads; change Beethoven to one-way for school arrival and dismissal (w5); HELD for trial: changes to parking restrictions on Sumner St (w5); APPROVED; 25mph default speed limit on all city streets without posted speed limit signs; parking restrictions on Ridgeway Terr. (w5); school zone on Beacon St. near Zervas School; parking restriction on Evelyn Road near Zervas School; stop signs Walnut Hill nad Woodcliff roads (w5/6); all-way stop Dedham & Walnut streets (ward 5/8); stop signs Lawmarissa, Freedana & Oakvale (w5); stop sign Devonshire & Larkspur (w5) stop sign Stony Brae at Shady Hill (w5).

Agendas:

  • 4-24-17 Finance: Budget: Comptroller, Information Technology, Human Resources, Financial Info Systems; $660K for revaluation & litigation; $185K for Highlands Playground; $528K for school energy efficiency projects; $2.5m to Rainy Day Fund;
  • 4-24-17 Zoning: Budget:  Inspectional Services, Planning, CPA Administration; $75K for Complete Streets Guidebook
  • 4-26-17 Programs & Services: Budget: Veterans Museum, Library, Parks & Recreation; $185K for Highlands Playground
  • 4-27-17 Public Facilities: grants of location. Budget: DPW

Documents:

School budget

Budget memo

Budget analysis

Zoning Reform Update Memo

 

Docket Digest for the Week of April 10-14

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 10-14

Wed., April 12 7:45p

7:45p

Zoning

Finance

205

211

Thurs., April 12 7p

7p

Land Use

Traffic Council

Chamber

211

Reports:

  • 3-16-17 Traffic Council: DENIED: prohibiting parking on Wildwood Ave; NAN: restriction of parking on Fordham Rd; speed limit reduction on Blake St;  HELD: signal on LaGrange St; APPROVED: parking restrictions on Allston St.; traffic signal and intersection changes for safe crossings at Harvard & Washington; permits for residents on Hull and Elm streets near NNHS;

Agendas:

  • 4-10-17 Zoning: appointments; rezone Stanton Ave water tower; increase inclusionary zoning to 20%; update on Zoning Reform; update on state subsidized housing inventory list
  • 4-11-17 Land Use: 85 Fuller Terr. create garage second unit, convert current 2-family to sfh; 489-491 Commonwealth: raze current home & build new, bigger one; 129 Cabot: rectify a building permit issued erroniously for a garage and dormer; 377 Langley: allow 3 townhouses, retaining wall & driveway; 16-26 Dalby: allow 6 units on three lots; expand notification requirement to more neighbors.
  • 4-12-17 Finance: transfer funds within Zervas building budget; accepting grants; make changes required by law to the storm water ordinances; $71K for storm water engineering; $25K for bike racks; $130K for traffic signals; $1.4m for changes to Dedham/Nahantan/Brookline intersection; $4.5m for road repair; update on state subsidized housing list
  • 4-13-17 Traffic Council: 25mph speed limit where allowed; parking restrictions for Ridgeway Terr; review parking for Summer St. and for Evelyn Rd; stop signs on Woodcliff Rd and on Walnut Hill Rd;  all way stops at Walnut & Dedham; stops at Lawmarissa, Fredana and Oakvale Rds; stop signs and crosswalk at  Devonshire Rd and Larkspur Rd; signage at Stony Brae & Shady Hill;

Documents:

Planning memos

Zoning Reform Update Memo

 

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

 

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