Docket Digest for the Week of February 19-23

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN, extracted from the Friday packet.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

February 19-23 

Mon, Feb 19 City Hall Closed for President’s Day
Tues, Feb 20 7:45 pm City Council – Mayor’s Address Chambers
Wed, Feb 21  

6:30 pm

7 pm

Public Safety & Transp – Cancelled

Public Facilities

Programs & Services




Fri, Feb 23 CPC Funding Deadline


  • 2-12 Zoning:  Temporary moratorium on marijuana establishments – Approved; Limited cooking facilities in lodging house units – Approved; $500,000 for Washington St plans – Approved;  Director of Transportation position – Approved
  • 2-7 Public Safety & Transportation:  West Newton Sq Enhancements Projects – Approved
  • 2-7 Public Facilities:  Public comments on Crescent Street project here.
  • 1-17 Programs & Services:  Increase in City Clerk salary – Approved;  Discussion on outreach to elderly residence – Held  full report here


  • 2-20 City Council:  Mayor’s State of the City address.
  • 2-21  Programs & Services:    Discussion on an amendment for licensing lodging houses to establish criteria, licensing requirements, and fees for lodging house owners and resident supervising agents.
  • 2-21  Public Facilities: Discussion on placement rights for utility poles.    Agenda includes memo from Councilor Albright on PF’s workload and city spending priorities: “Recently, I discovered that there are no outreach services for seniors over 85 living on their own homes, and while the senior population in Newton is nearing 30% less than 1% of our budget is dedicated to this population.”  full agenda here


  • Zoning & Planning memo on Garden Remedies exemption from marijuana moratorium.  “If we allow GR to begin the process of applying for a license from the CCC and commence its recreational operation on July 1, we would receive a projected (by GR) estimated $284,000 (3% host agreement and 3% sales tax) from July –Dec 2018. This revenue would be lost if GR is not exempt from the moratorium.  memo here

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