City Council Meetings for the Week of October 15

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 City Council calendar.

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

October 15

Mon, Oct 15 6:45 pm

7:45 pm


City Council



Tues, Oct 16 Real Property Reuse Canceled
Weds, Oct 17 7:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm


Programs & Services

Public Facilities

Conservation – Wet Lands

Public Safety & Transportation





Thur, Oct 18 7:15 pm Special Education PAC Ed Center



  • 10-15 City Council: Items to be acted upon:  Appropriate $3 million in CPA Funds for an affordable rental development (Land Use approved 8-0) Special Permit at Kesseler Woods to allow off-site relocation of the inclusionary zoning units (Land Use Held 8-0); Community Preservation Fund appropriation for services for Webster Woods (Zoning & Planning Approved 6-0);
  • 10-15 Finance: Appropriate $3 million in CPA Funds for an affordable rental development; Appropriate $2.5 million in CPA Funds for affordable rental housing for seniors; Community Preservation Fund appropriation for services for Webster Woods 
  • 10-17:  Program & Services:  Discussion of handling of trash and recyclables by private haulers; Prohibition on polystyrene‐based disposable food or beverage containers
  • 10-17:  Newton Conservation Commission: Wetland Ordinance Working Group will hold a public meeting  in Room 2B, Newton Free Library. A current draft of the ordinance can be seen in the Planning Department, City Hall.
  • 10-18:  Special Education  PAC: Bullying presentation  intended for parents who would like to have a better understanding of the legal obligations of a school district in addressing bullying for students through the IEP process.
    This workshop will address the significant changes in special education practice that are a result of the state’s anti- bullying prevention law, focusing on both school-wide efforts to
    create safe and supportive school environments for students with disabilities and statutory provisions that require IEP Teams to address bullying of students with disabilities.


  • 10-3 Public Facilities Organic Pilot Q&A Future pilot programs have not been completely ruled out but identifying funding has become an issue. Waste management is expensive, and a compost pilot program is not a priority at this time.  The cost of the pilot was around $11,000 for 200 houses.
    Recycling IQ Program Q&A Commissioner McGonagle stated that he had initial concerns about going into resident’s carts. They asked Waste Management what communities with low contamination rates were doing. They were informed that strong enforcement is the most effective way to reduce contamination. The City is paying $7,000/month in fees and these will increase. The City currently pays $68/ton for trash while Brookline is paying $78/ton for recycling. Newton is fortunate because the recycling capped at $30/ton by contract.
    We are facing a crisis and our costs will continue to increase. If we want to save money, we should decrease the number of weekly bulk trash pickups. Also, single stream has not worked out as weimagined. We should discuss the option to sort out paper.  full public facilities report here
  • 10-3 Public Safety & Transportation:  Q&A on Lime Bikes 173 daily bike trips. Scooters will not be considered until they are legal including mirrors and lights.

Upcoming Public Hearings:

  • The Naming Committee for the School on Nevada Street seeks comment from parents, school staff and members of the community
    regarding its preliminary recommendation on an appropriate name.  Recommended name:  Horace Mann School
    Public Hearing to be held: Monday October 29, 2018 @ 7 pm in Room 210 at 100 Walnut Street.
  • Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM, second floor, Newton City Hall before the Land Use Committee
    • Special Permit to waive 17 parking stalls at 2330 Washington Street
    • Petition to allow 20-unit multi-family dwelling at 182-184 & 166 California Street




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