Docket Digest for the Week of March 19

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.

March 19 to 23

Mon, Mar 19 7:45 pm

7 pm

City Council

School Committee


Ed Center

Wed, Mar 21 6:30 pm

7 pm

7 pm


Charter Subcommittee New Time

Public Facilities

Public Safety & Transportation

Programs & Services Cancelled





Thur, Mar 22 7 pm

6:30 pm

School Committee Budget Review

Economic Development Strategy

Ed Center

85 Wells Ave


  • Public Facilities:   Solar power – an analysis of cost savings noted that the solar at Rumford generated more in five months than all of the other Phase I and Phase II projects. The expected net revenue from the Solar projects for 2018 is $522,854.77. Expected total kWh for 2018 is 4.38 million, which is approximately equal to 21% of the City’s electricity use.  Discussion of Phase III solar projects, other energy efficiency projects and Newton Power program outreachfull report here
  • Zoning and Planning:  Inclusionary Zoning Discussion with RKG Associates minutes and powerpoint here beginning on page 4
  • Solid Waste Commission:  Name changed to Sustainable Materials Management.  Composting collection pilot program to start March 21 with 200 households.  Newton’s recyclables showed a contamination rate of 18%.   The City is now being charged an extra monthly fee. November through January, the extra charges amount to $21,740.74.  Major contaminants of recycling carts continue to be plastic bags and film, food and beverage contamination and textiles (clothing).   The City was not eligible in 2017 to earn one Recycling Dividends grant point because Newton ordinances do not require private trash haulers collect recycling from all their customers.


  • 3-19 City Council Items to be Acted Upon:  Ordinance amendment for licensing and criteria for lodging houses, Appropriate funds to develop an action plan for Washington Street Corridor,   Impose local sales tax on recreational marijuana  full docket here
  • 3-21 Charter:  Discussion of Articles 1 (incorporation), 3 (executive), 5 (financial) & 6 (administrative)  full agenda here
  • 3-22 Planning:  Newton Economic Development Strategy Event Series: Camoin Associates will give preliminary findings and ask for community feedback. Residents and business representatives invited to give their input and feedback on the strategies recommended for Newton. More info on Camoin at
  • 3-22 School Committee:  FY2019 Budget Review

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