Docket Digest for the Week of October 18, 2010

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 18, 2010

Monday 18 7:45

pm

Board of Aldermen– Mayor Presents CIP Chamber
Tuesday 19 7:45

pm

Land Use 222
Wednesday 20 7 pm

7:45

pm

7pm

Chairmen’s meeting

Public Safety & Transportation

Public Facilities

Programs & Services

Community Preservation Committee

202

202

209

222

Cafeteria

Thursday 21 7 pm Traffic Council 222
Monday, Nov 1 7 pm Tax Classification Hearing Chamber

Reports Docket: includes:

  • REFERRED TO PROGRAMS & SERVICES AND FINANCE COMMITTEES
    #230-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of eight hundred twenty- one thousand six hundred sixty-four dollars ($821,664) from FY’11 Revenue for the purpose of supplementing the FY11 School Department budget. This sum represents a portion of the state aid for the City of Newton in the Commonwealth’s adopted FY’11 budget. APPROVED 8-0, FINANCE TO MEET
  • #125-09 THE POST AUDIT & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE requesting creation of a public tree protection ordinance and amendment of the current tree ordinance as recommended in the Tree Preservation Ordinance Report.
    APPROVED AS AMENDED 7-0 (Merrill not voting), REFERRED TO FINANCE COMMITTEE 7-0 (Merrill not voting)
  • REFERRED TO PS&T AND PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE
    #196-09 ALD. MANSFIELD AND SANGIOLO requesting rescission of Sec. 19-99 (b), Speed humps of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton.
    PS&T APPROVED 4-0-2 (Johnson and Shapiro abstaining) on 6/9/10, HELD 6-0
  • REFERRED TO PS&T AND PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEES
    #196-09(2) PUBLIC SAFETY & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE requesting to broaden Sec. 19-99, Speed humps of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton to cover all vertical deflection: raised intersections, raised crosswalks and speed humps, regardless of dimension.
    PS&T APPROVED 4-0-2 (Johnson and Shapiro abstaining) on 6/9/10, HELD 6-0

Reports:

  • Traffic Council Report 9/30 NNHS traffic, parking & pedestrian safety
  • Public Safety 10/6 — includes: #267-10 ALD. DANBERG, FULLER, CROSSLEY and HESS-MAHAN requesting a discussion on traffic signal cameras in Newton and their current and potential uses. [09/24/10 @ 12:13 PM] ACTION: NO ACTION NECESSARY 7-0 (Ald. Shapiro not voting)
  • Public Facilities 10/6
  • Land Use 10/5
  • Programs & Services 10/6
  • Zoning and Planning 10/13 all on floor area ratio

Docket — includes: REFERRED TO LAND USE & FINANCE COMMITTEES

  • #276-10 ALD. CROSSLEY, DANBERG, LINSKY requesting a review of guidelines for mitigation fund provisions to maximize the use of such funds on behalf of the city together with mechanisms by which the city can better track such funds to ensure they are used in a timely fashion.
  • REFERRED TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES AND FINANCE COMMITTEES
    #360-09(3) PROGRAMS AND SERVICES COMMITTEE requesting the creation of a revolving account for the purpose of managing the fees collected from the granting of off-leash dog licenses.
  • REFERRED TO PUBLIC SAFETY & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
    #279-10 ALD. JOHNSON, ALBRIGHT & LINSKY, requesting the development of a comprehensive traffic and parking plan for the Newton North High School neighborhood with the following streets as its borders: Commonwealth Avenue, Washington, Harvard and Valentine Streets. This plan to be completed by November 30, 2010 will include a fix to short term (immediate needs) and longer tern needs to effectively manage the traffic circulation within the neighborhood, provide pedestrian and vehicular safety, and preserve quality of life for the neighborhood, school staff and faculty.
  • The following item was filed after the close of the Docket and requires a suspension of the Rules to be referred to Committee:
    REFERRED TO CMTE. ON COMM. PRESERV. AND FINANCE COMMITTEE
    #299-10 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE requesting that budgeted FY11 revenue from state matching funds to the Community Preservation Fund be revised from $681,605 to $618,181, to reflect the final amount confirmed by the Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue to the Newton Comptroller on October 8, 2010.

Agendas:

  • Land Use
  • Traffic Council –includes: TC13-10 RICHARD CLEARY, 216 Waverley Avenue, requesting creation of safe intersection (crosswalks, stop signs and traffic speed reduction) at Waverley Avenue and Franklin Street. (Wards 1, 7), TC35-10 PLANNING DEPARTMENT, requesting the removal of up to two metered parking spaces in the Langley Road triangle parking lot in Newton Centre, to allow for a car-share trial. (Ward 6)
  • Chairmen’s meeting
  • Programs & Services –includes: #274-08 ALD. JOHNSON AND SANGIOLO proposing a RESOLUTION to His Honor the Mayor requesting that he create a plan to move the Child Care Commission to a self-sustaining model for FY2010.
    FINANCE VOTED NO ACTION NECESSARY ON 3/8/10, #262-10 PRESIDENT LENNON AND ALDERMAN FULLER recommending that the 2010 – 2011 Rules and Orders of the Board of Aldermen be amended to establish a FINANCIAL AUDIT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. The advisory committee will report to the Board of Aldermen through the Finance Committee. The focus of the committee’s work will be on the annual financial audit of the City and any other fiscal accountability matters, as deemed important by the Finance Committee, needing review.
    APPROVED BY FINANCE 7-0, #346-99 ALD. SANGIOLO requesting creation of an ordinance that would prohibit dogs (leashed or unleashed) from all elementary school playgrounds. #363-09 ALD. SANGIOLO requesting a discussion to increase the tobacco seller license fee.
  • Public Safety: includes: #127-09(2) IRA KRONITZ appealing the Denial of TC20-09 Traffic Council Decision on 6/25/09: ALD. SCHNIPPER proposing two stop signs at the intersection of Jackson and Daniels Streets, #135-10 The WARD 4 ALDERMEN appealing denial of Traffic Council Decision TC42- 09 voted on April 29, 2010: ALD, HARNEY, SANGIOLO AND GENTILE requesting a) a study for possible traffic calming measures to regulate speed on the following streets: West Pine Street and Melrose Avenue near the Auburndale Cove playground and parking lot and b) request turning restrictions from Lexington Street onto Staniford Street during rush hour or any other means to reduce cut-through commuter traffic on the surrounding streets – Staniford, West Pine and Melrose Streets. (Ward 4) (Appeal filed on 04/30/10 @ 11:46 AM) HELD 6-0, Approved a 60-day trial on 06/09/10, No Right Turn, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, Lexington Street onto Staniford Street.
  • Public Facilities— includes: #244-10 ALD. SALVUCCI requesting discussion with the Utilities Director and the Public Works Commissioner regarding the possibility of installing second water meters for outside irrigation.

Documents:

  • Memo on Chestnut Hill Square change of zone hearing, outlining the developer’s traffic study and proposals for improvements to aid traffic flow and safety around the site and parking at the site.
  • News Notes

Docket Digest for the Week of October 11, 2010

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 2010

Tuesday 12 7:45

pm

7:30

pm

Land Use

School Committee

Economic Development

Chamber

Ed Center

209

Wednesday 13 7:45

pm

Zoning & Planning 209
Monday 18 7:45

pm

Board of Aldermen–Mayor Presents CIP Chamber
Monday, Nov 1 7 pm Tax Classification Hearing Chamber

Reports:

  • Traffic Council Actions 9/30 All related to the new NNHS

Agendas:

  • Land Use
  • Zoning — discussion of findings of Floor Area Ratio Working Group

Documents:

  • Categories of Expenses for Fire Station #7
  • Update on Commonwealth Avenue reconstruction .
  • First Quarter financial report
  • Planning memos on: antennae proposals for a multi-family bulidng at 199 Lexington St. (Ward 4), the tower at 1165 Chestnut St. (Ward 5), and on: a change of use for 481 Hammond St. (Ward 7) (property owned & used by Opus Dei), and additions and improvements to 1012-22 Chestnut (former gift shop–Moon & Stars?–at corner of Winter) (Ward 5).
  • News Notes, includes: Mayor Warren to present Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan and Budget Forecast – Monday, October 18 at 8:00p.m. – Mayor Warren, VP Lappin and I continue to talk each week about the importance of sharing and communicating information with the Board and public. As mentioned last week, the Mayor will be coming before the full Board on Monday, October 18th. He will join us after first call to present his capital improvement plan and budget forecasts for the next five years. As discussed with all of you previously, we feel it is important to be discussing the city budget on a year-round basis. This is the first of multiple meetings we will be conducting jointly with the Mayor on the FY12 budget. We have tentatively planned for meetings on Monday, December 6th and Tuesday, February 22, 2011 as well. This preliminary plan has the Mayor presenting his FY12 budget on April 19, 2011. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be providing you a small ‘Calendar of Events’ for these year-round meetings and plans. The details are still being finalized with the Mayor’s Office and we have also consulted with the Chairman of Finance about these plans.

Docket Digest for the Week of October 4, 2010

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 2010

Monday 4 7:45 pm Board of Aldermen Chamber
Tuesday 5 7:45

pm

2:00

pm

Land Use–Hearings

School Committee–Public Engagement

Chamber/

222

Ed Center

Wednesday 6 7:15

pm

7:45

pm

8:00

pm

Public Safety & Transportation

Special Full Board

Programs & Services

Public Safety & Transportation

Public Facilities

202

Chamber

222

209

202

Reports:

  • Public Safety and Transportation 9/22–includes: #160-10 PLANNING DEPARTMENT and 128 Business Council requesting a discussion of proposed new shuttle to serve portions of Waltham and Newton. ACTION: APPROVED 6-0; Clint Schuckel, Associate City Engineer, will provide an update on the Community Parking Permit Program. … Approximate revenue to date this permit year (since May 2010) is $67,600.
  • Real Property ReUse 9/23: discussion re the potential redevelopment of the Austin Street municipal parking lot in Newtonville for mixed-use development, including affordable housing.
  • Public Facilities 9/22–includes: #264-10 ALD. CROSSLEY, SCHNIPPER & FULLER requesting a discussion of the status of new water meter installations, and to consider payment mechanisms to help customers if they receive an extraordinary, one-time, water bill from an accurate accounting of past usage over an extended period of time. ACTION: NO ACTION NECESSARY 8-0
    NOTE: David Turocy, Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, provided the Committee with an update of the water meter replacement installation project. Approximately 3,957 or 16% of water meters have been replaced. The commercial installations were held up due to back ordered parts but are almost complete. The contractor has installed 88% of the residential water meters in areas 1-7 of the Water Meter Routes, as shown on the attached maps. The City had hoped to be further along with the replacements but the contractor has fallen behind. It was expected that the installation of the new meters would take approximately 18 months but it is estimated that it will take over two years to complete the replacement of the meters. The City will be meeting with the contractor to discuss the installation schedule in the upcoming week. The contractor has stated that it is the intention to increase the number of installer from six to ten or eleven. The contract does stipulate that if the contractor does not make the install dates as provided in the contract, there will be a monetary penalty. The meter reading function of the installed new water meters is providing a reading to City Hall for 56% of the meters. The function is based on the ability for the wi-fi signal to leapfrog from one meter to the next all the way to City Hall. However, as not all of the meters have been installed, there are gaps in the relay of information…. Committee members questioned the accuracy of the new meters. The meters are tested at the manufacturer and guaranteed to be accurate. The City has done random spot checks on the meter readings and found them to be accurate. There has been no indication that any of the installed meters are faulty. The Department of Public Works is satisfied that the new meters are accurate. The item was also filed to address calls from residents regarding large unanticipated water bills. The large water bills are one-time bills and are based on actual meter reads instead of estimated reads. The number of estimated meter reads has increased resulting in estimated bills. …As the meter replacement program is not expected to be completed for over two years, people will still receive estimated water bills. When the City actually reads the meter or the meter is replaced in the home an actual read is taken and the property owner is billed accordingly. On average, property owners have received five estimated bills and many owners have received rebates due to the estimated bills. The ratio of homeowners receiving rebates and owner receiving extraordinarily large water bills is 20:1. The number of property owners that have received a significantly large water bill is relatively small. Attorney Robert Waddick from the City’s Solicitor’s Office explained that there is no legal issue prohibiting the City to work with the property owners. The Executive Office and Law Department are planning to put together a process to help property owners deal with an unanticipated, extremely large water bill. …Committee members felt that the portion of the docket item related to creating a mechanism to help property owners deal with extraordinary water bills should be further discussed in detail during the Finance Committee discussion on the item. #385-07 ALD. SCHNIPPER AND GENTILE updating the Public Facilities Committee on the progress of the Newton North High School Project. ACTION: HELD 7-0 (Schnipper not voting)
    NOTE: The new school has opened and a tour of the building was offered. Four thousand people went on the tour and for the most part were pleased with the building. The City and School Department are still working on the traffic flow around the building. The old building is being abated. Unfortunately, a minimal amount of mercury was detected in the drains in the science labs. The City is being conservative and addressing the whole drainage system within the school. The discovery will require a change order to bring in a company to abate the mercury and will result in an additional cost of $300,000. Due to the discovery, the demolition is approximately two weeks behind schedule but the contractor is working to get back on schedule. The Committee held the item for future updates.
  • Finance 9/27–includes: #231-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) from the Angier School Boiler Replacement Project to the Williams School Boiler Replacement Project. PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 6-0 (Lennon not voting) on 9/27/10 ACTION: APPROVED AS AMENDED 6-0-1 (Linsky abstaining)
    NOTE: The Committee met jointly with the Public Facilities Committee to discuss the item….The School Department has requested that the Committees amend the item, as they have determined that the Williams School boiler replacement and a roof repair at the Bowen School are projects that are eligible for partial funding through the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Green Repair Program. The School Department believes that these two schools are the only school buildings eligible as the other schools require much more extensive renovations and have already been submitted for partial funding to the MSBA. …It is a perfect opportunity for the School Department, as both the boiler and roof are included in the School Department’s Capital Improvement Program. However, there is a deadline associated with the application for the program. The MSBA has extended the deadline until October 4, 2010, at the City’s request. In order for the City to be considered for the funds, the Board of Aldermen and School Committee must authorize the Superintendent of Schools to submit a Statement of Interest to the MSBA. …. Members of both Committees felt that the School Department should have submitted the request for action on the Statement of Interest in a timely manner. The School Department will provide a formal response to the timeliness issue. The School Department was aware of the opportunity in August of this year; however, they did not believe that there were any qualifying schools. …The Public Facilities Committee voted unanimously to approve the item. The Finance Committee voted to approve the item by a vote of six in favor and one abstention. Ald. Linsky voted to abstain, as he was unavailable for a portion of the discussion. #260-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend the sum of one thousand six hundred dollars ($1,600) from the Special Permit Mitigation Fund established with contributions from Panera Bread (#242-09), Lumiere Restaurant (#18-98(2)), Down Under Yoga (#246-09) and 548 Centre Street/48 Hollis Street (#16-10) for the purpose of funding the cost of shipping bicycle racks. ACTION: APPROVED 7-0 #261-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to accept funds donated by the Newton Conservators, Friends of Nahanton Park, and the Newton Community Farm, Inc. in the amount of four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500) and expend it for the purpose of funding a Natural Resources Inventory and Management Plan for Nahanton Park.
    ACTION: APPROVED 7-0 209-10(2) HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting acceptance of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 32B, Section 20. Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund; local option; funding schedule, which authorizes the establishment of a separate fund, to be known as the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund, a for the purpose of providing an irrevocable, dedicated trust fund as a vehicle to make advance contributions for retirement health care benefits. ACTION: APPROVED 7-0
    NOTE: The acceptance of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 32B, Section 20 will allow the City to establish a fund for Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liability. The fund will be an irrevocable trust fund and provide the City with funds to be invested in a variety of investment vehicles. The return from the investments would be added to the trust fund. The Mayor would like to transfer $137,000 from the General Fund to the OPEB Liability Trust Fund to begin the funding the OPEB costs. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is requiring that the cost of providing the OPEB must be accounted for as part of the financial reporting requirements for municipalities. The law requires that the City establish a funding schedule as part of the acceptance but the language of the law allows the City to deviate from the schedule. There was a question of requesting Home Rule Legislation to establish a capital stabilization fund instead of an irrevocable trust. There are two benefits to going with an irrevocable trust. First, the funds that are in the trust can be applied to diversified investments to ensure high returns with low risk. There has been discussion about some kind of group to oversee the investment accounts but nothing has been determined yet. Second, the City cannot use the funds for anything else; therefore, the City will be beginning the process of addressing its OPEB liability, which is substantial. The concept of beginning to fund the OPEB was approved during budget discussions this year. Ald. Freedman moved approval on the acceptance and establishment of the Other Post- Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund, which carried by a vote of seven in favor and none opposed. Ald. Fuller moved approval of the transfer of $137,000 to the newly established Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund, which carried unanimously. #224-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to establish and transfer the sum of two million six hundred forty-three thousand two hundred seventy-one dollars ($2,643,271) from FY10 Free Cash to an Undesignated Stabilization Fund. ACTION: APPROVED 7-0
    NOTE: The item is a request to create a fund for unexpected expenditures that cannot be predicted and budgeted. It could also be used for unforeseen declines in operating revenues related to economic factors beyond the control of the City. Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40 Section 5B addresses the establishment ofstabilization funds by municipalities. The law states that the City must specify the purpose of the fund. If the purpose is to be altered, it requires a two-thirds vote by the Board of Aldermen. In addition, appropriations from the fund require a two-thirds vote of the Board. The Undesignated Stabilization Fund will be funded through FY’10 Free Cash generated from the 121A Tax Agreement between the City of Newton and the New Falls Associates Limited Partnership. Future funding sources for the fund could be provided through one time unexpected money and surplus revenue. The Executive Office is recommending that the name of fund be changed to the Rainy Day Stabilization Reserve Fund. Committee members had no problem with the name change as that name appears in the draft financial management guidelines. The establishment of this fund is part of the draft Financial Management Guidelines, which will be discussed in the near future. The establishment of the fund is important, as there was concern expressed by Moody’s Investor Services regarding the drawing down of the City’s reserve to pay for the new school. If the Rainy Day Stabilization Reserve Fund is established, the City will be able to point to that fund as a reserve. Ald. Ciccone moved approval of the item, which carried unanimously. #262-10 PRESIDENT LENNON & ALD. FULLER recommending that the 2010 –
    2011 Rules and Orders of the Board of Aldermen be amended to establish a FINANCIAL AUDIT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. The advisory committee will report to the Board of Aldermen through the Finance Committee. The focus of the committee’s work will be on the annual financial audit of the City and any other fiscal accountability matters, as deemed important by the Finance Committee, needing review. ACTION: APPROVED 7-0
    NOTE: The purpose of this docket item is to establish a Financial Audit Advisory Committee. The proposed language for establishment and the rules for the Committee were attached to the agenda. The Finance Committee has already established an audit sub-committee to review the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the City’s independent auditors’ assessment of the City’s financial statements. The subcommittee does not always meet on a regular basis or is able to perform a thorough review of the financial audit issues. It is imperative that the City begins to address some of the serious problems that the independent auditors have raised. The establishment of a Financial Audit Advisory Committee that reported to the Finance Committee would enable the expansion of the Committee membership beyond Aldermen. The City of Newton has residents with incredible financial expertise, which should be resourced. The expansion of membership would enable a more thorough review and a broader spectrum of ideas to address the audit issues facing the City. There was discussion on whether it was necessary for the Finance Committee Chairman to serve on the Financial Audit Advisory Committee. President Lennon and Ald. Fuller explained that it is important that the Chairman serve as the advisory committee will be making crucial financial recommendations. In addition, the Chairman of Finance should be involved and on top of anything related to the City’s finances. The Finance Committee can always look at the different aspects of the rules of the advisory committee and make adjustments accordingly.
    The item will need to be discussed in the Programs and Services Committee, as it is a request to amend the Board of Aldermen Rules. Ald. Fuller moved approval of the item, which carried unanimously.
  • Zoning 9/27: discussion of 19-31 Needham Street and “service establishment”

Docket–includes: #274-10 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending that the sum of forty-six thousand six hundred forty dollars ($46,640) be appropriated from the fiscal 2011 historic resources reserve of the Community Preservation Fund and expended under the direction and control of the City Clerk, to survey all archival collections held by the City of Newton and set broad priorities for their preservation, as detailed in the Community Preservation Committee’s funding recommendation to the Board of Aldermen. REFERRED TO FINANCE COMMITTEE #236-10 NEWTON POLICE DEPARTMENT requesting authorization to accept from Mr. Jay Hirshberg, 1428 Commonwealth Avenue a new Dell Computer Service TAG D944MMI as a gift of Tangible Property without restrictions pursuant to §2-10 of the City of Newton Ordinances. #273-10 NEWTON POLICE DEPARTMENT requesting authorization to accept as a gift of Tangible Property without restrictions pursuant to §2-10 of the City of Newton Ordinances a 1995 Fleetwood Binder, Model 35U to be used as a mobile incident command center donated by Mr. Warren David Dues a retired Newton Police Officer and accept and expend gifts and donations for the renovations and improvements to the new police incident command vehicle.

Reports Docket–includes:

  • #160-10 PLANNING DEPARTMENT and 128 Business Council requesting a discussion of proposed new shuttle to serve portions of Waltham and Newton. APPROVED 6-0

Agendas:

  • Land Use
  • Public Safety — 7:15 pm meeting to vote on an additional police patrolman (temporary). 8 pm includes: #263-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend the sum of forty thousand dollars ($40,000) from Parking Meter Receipts Reserve Fund to be used as the City’s required 20% match to leverage the $160,000 awarded by the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization for the City’s Traffic Signal Retiming Project. It is the Chairman’s intention to entertain a motion to vote No Action Necessary on the
    following item: #101-10 PLANNING DEPARTMENT requesting presentation and discussion of the Pedestrian Mobility Project to be completed by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Pedestrian Mobility Project Team
  • Public Faclities —includes: #245-10 ALD. SCHNIPPER requesting discussion with National Grid regarding the possible damage to trees as a result of gas leaks. REFERRED TO PS&T AND PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE #196-09 ALD. MANSFIELD AND SANGIOLO requesting rescission of Sec. 19-99 (b), Speed humps of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton.
    REFERRED TO PS&T AND PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEES #196-09(2) PUBLIC SAFETY & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE requesting to broaden Sec. 19-99, Speed humps of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton to cover all vertical deflection: raised intersections, raised crosswalks and speed humps, regardless of dimension. #457-08 ALD. LAPPIN AND SALVUCCI requesting discussion with NStar regarding the timely repair of City streetlights and the development of a standard response timeframe
  • Programs & Services–includes: #230-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of eight hundred twenty- one thousand six hundred sixty-four dollars ($821,664) from FY’11 Revenue for the purpose of supplementing the FY11 School Department budget. This sum represents a portion of the state aid for the City of Newton in the Commonwealth’s adopted FY’11 budget. #125-09 THE POST AUDIT & OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE requesting creation of a public tree protection ordinance and amendment of the current tree ordinance as recommended in the Tree Preservation Ordinance Report

Documents:

  • Report on Financial Reserves
  • Memo on PS&T 7:15 meeting purpose & agenda .
  • Memos on Woodland Golf Club, 244 Adams St., 87 Woodward St.
  • Board order on Durant/Kenrick
  • Memo on Land Use
  • Transportation Advisory Committee recommendations
  • News Notes–includes: SPECIAL FULL BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING – I am calling for a special meeting of the full Board for Wednesday, October 6th at 7:45p.m. to vote on docket item #275-10. This item will be a late filed docket item and is explained further in the memo in our packet provided by Alderman Ciccone. Essentially, it is a timing issue with regard to
    employment in the Police Department. I-95 Add-A-Lane Project Meeting – Friday, October 8th at 10:15a.m. in Room 209 – There will be a meeting to discuss and review the State’s I-95 Add-A-Lane Project – 25% plans. The project includes adding a lane on the interstate, a new exit at Kendrick Street, removal of old railroad bridge and improvements at Highland Ave and Route 9 exits.

Docket Digest for the Week of September 27, 2010

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.

September 27 2010

Monday 27 7:00 pm
7:45 pm

 

 

7:00 pm

Joint Finance & Public Facilities Committee

 

 

Zoning and Planning Committee-Hearing

School Commiteee

222

 

 

Chamber/202

Education Center

Tuesday 28 7:45 Land Use–Hearings

 

 

Bike and Pedestrian Task Force

Chamber

 

 

Cafeteria

Thursday 29 7:00 pm

 

 

6:30 pm

Traffic Council

 

 

Mixed Use Task Force

222

 

 

202

Reports:

  • Traffic Council: discussion of pedestrian beacon planned for Washington at Harvard

Agendas:

  • School Committee–includes: continuing discussion of facilities/Day Middle School options.
  • Finance/Public Facilities–#231-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) from the Angier School Boiler Replacement Project to the Williams School Boiler Replacement Project.
  • Finance–includes: #260-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend the sum of one thousand six hundred dollars ($1,600) from the Special Permit Mitigation Fund established with contributions from Panera Bread (#242-09), Lumiere Restaurant (#18-98(2)), Down Under Yoga (#246-09) and 548 Centre Street/48 Hollis Street (#16-10) for the purpose of funding the cost of shipping bicycle racks. #260-10(2) HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) from FY11 Budget Reserve to the Planning Department for the purchase of bicycle racks and authorization to accept a grant in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for the purpose of reimbursing the FY11 Budget Reserve once the bicycle racks are purchased. #261-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to accept funds donated by the Newton Conservators, Friends of Nahanton Park, and the Newton Community Farm, Inc. in the amount of four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500) and expend it for the purpose of funding a Natural Resources Inventory and Management Plan for Nahanton Park. #209-10 ALD. FULLER, BAKER, BLAZAR, DANBERG, FREEDMAN, HESSMAHAN, JOHNSON, LAPPIN, LINSKY, SALVUCCI AND SWISTON requesting that the Board of Aldermen establish an investment vehicle into which appropriations may be made for future post-employment benefits, especially health care coverage for retirees. 209-10(2) HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting acceptance of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 32B, Section 20. Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund; local option; funding schedule, which authorizes the establishment of a separate fund, to be known as the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund, a for the purpose of providing an irrevocable, dedicated trust fund as a vehicle to make advance contributions for retirement health care benefits. #209-10(3) HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of one hundred thirty-seven thousand dollars ($137,000) from the General Fund to the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund. #262-10 PRESIDENT LENNON & ALD. FULLER recommending that the 2010 – 2011 Rules and Orders of the Board of Aldermen be amended to establish a FINANCIAL AUDIT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. The advisory committee will report to the Board of Aldermen through the Finance Committee. The focus of the committee’s work will be on the annual financial audit of the City and any other fiscal accountability matters, as deemed important by the Finance Committee, needing review.
  • Land Use : #214-10 NEW ENGLAND DEVELOPMENT LLC/NED CHESTNUT HILL SQUARE LLC/G&K LLC/KEY CHESTNUT LLC petition for a change of zone to Business 4 for parcels located at 200-230 Boylston Street also identified as Section 82, Block 2, Lots 10, 14, 15, 15A, 15B, 15C, 29, 30, 8, 9, 18, currently zoned Business 1, Lot 11, currently zoned Limited Manufacturing, and 13 and 32, currently zoned Multi Residence 2. #214-10(2) NEW ENGLAND DEVELOPMENT LLC/NED CHESTNUT HILL SQUARE LLC/G&K LLC/KEY CHESTNUT LLC petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a mixed-use retail and residential development, including an 8-story building containing approx. 91 residential units, approximately 102,000 sq ft of retail (with open air businesses) and restaurant space (over 50 seats), a 60,000 sq ft medical office building, 30,000 sq-ft health club and waivers from associated parking requirements, including but not limited to a multi-level parking facility, driveway width in excess of 25’, valet parking, dimensions for handicapped parking stalls, retaining walls of greater than 4’ in setbacks, and additional freestanding signs; number of signs; and signs exceeding the allowed square footage at 200-230 BOYLSTON STREET, 7…
  • Zoning: #216-10 KSKIM UBS EQUITY PARTNERS LLC, owners of property at 19-31 Needham Street, proposing that chapter 30 section §30-13(a) Allowed Uses in Mixed Use 1 Districts, be amended by adding a new subsection (5) as follows: “(5) Service establishment;” and that existing subsection (5) be re-numbered (6) and that section §30-13(b) Special Permits in Mixed Use 1 Districts be amended by deleting subsection “(4) service establishment;”  #153-10 ALD. JOHNSON, CROSSLEY AND HESS-MAHAN requesting to amend Section 30-15 Table 1 of the City of Newton Ordinances to allow a reasonable density for dwellings in Mixed Use 1 and 2 districts. #183-10 ALD. JOHNSON, CROSSLEY AND HESS-MAHAN requesting to amend Section 30-13(a) Allowed Uses in Mixed Use 1 Districts by inserting a new subsection (5) as follows: “(5) Dwelling units above the first floor, provided that the first floor is used for an office or research and development use as described above;” and renumbering existing subsection (5) as (6).
  • Traffic Council : TC55-09 ALD. CICCONE, LENNON AND MERRILL requesting a safety analysis and improvements at the intersection of Lewis Terrace, Lewis Street and Newtonville Avenue. TC14-10 WILLIAM FRANKLIN, 29 Trowbridge Avenue, requesting a) no parking either side of Trowbridge Avenue 24 hrs/day except by permit, b) each household should be issued two mobile permits and c) the street should be posted on either end as residents only.

Documents:

  • Planning Dept. Memo on Mixed Use and Needham St.
  • Planning Dept. Memo and attachments on Chestnut Hill Square.
  • Memo on 19-31 Needham St petition for a zoning change to mixed use.
  • News Notes

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