City Council Meetings for the Week of 20

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.

May 20 – May 25

Mon, May 20 6:30 pm

6:45 pm

7:00 pm

Public Facilities

Public Safety & Transport

City Council




Tues, May 21
Wed, May 22 6:30 pm

6:45  pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm


Blue Ribbon Commission

City Council – if needed

Citizens Com on Energy





Thur, May 23 7:00 pm City Council – if needed Chamber



  • 5-20 Public Facilities agenda
  • 5-20 Public Safety & Transportation agenda
  • 5-20 City Council  Items to be Acted Upon include Transfer $75,000 to purchase equipment to paint crosswalks in-house, Authorization of 5-year lease on Electric Vehicles for City Hall vehicle pool, Authorization of 5-year solid waste contract, reports docket Committee of the Whole, possible vote on Mayor’s Fy20 Budget and CIP agenda
  • 5-22 Finance agenda
  • 5-22 Blue Ribbon Commission for Salaries  agenda
  • 5-22 Citizens Commission on Energy agenda


  • Sale of West Newton Armory Sale Scenarios letter and docket item from Mayor:
    • Scenario #1: City Acquisition for 100% Affordable Housing
      the opportunity to acquire the West Newton Armory for $1.00 if the City would restrict the use of the building to one-hundred percent permanently affordable housing at income levels of 80% of the area median income or lower
    • Scenario #2: City Acquisition for a Municipal / Public Use
      acquire the property for a municipal/direct public use, such as a police station, library, or community center. However, the acquisition price would not be $1.00. Under this scenario, DCAMM would have the property appraised as restricted for that municipal use, and the City would be asked to pay an amount that reflected that type of use. DCAMM has sold other state properties to municipalities for their direct public use; in one case, where the proposed use was a public school, the restricted value was 25% of the full and fair market value. Currently, West Newton Amory’s assessed value is $4,322,400. Calculating the acquisition cost based upon this value and the municipal-use the formula, 25% of $4,322,400, yields a potential buying cost to the City of over $1,000,000.
    • Scenario #3: Open Market Acquisition
      The third scenario results if the City decides against purchasing the Armory. DCAMM would then conduct a competitive developer selection process to sell the property on the open market to the highest bidder. In that scenario, any potential private developer would be subject to the City of Newton zoning. DCAMM stated that if a non-profit (e.g., an arts organization) wanted to acquire the building, as a non-City entity their acquisition would fall under this open market scenario.
  • Mayor’s Letter refusing to submit a home rule petition with amendments to the City Charter “because of inclusion” of provision re: hiring outside counsel by City Council.
  • FY20 Budget report book, amendment
  • Comptroller’s Budget Analysis
  • List of FY20 Capital Expenditures here
  • Zoning & Planning 5-13, Adoption of Hazardous Mitigation Plan Q&A: “Ms. Goldberg had concerns about the gas lines and if there is a map of turn off valves in case of explosions due to events. Ms. Herbst said she does not know of maps for that and it may not be something that would be made public for other safety reasons. A Councilor said that the DPW noted that valves at dams and other areas are so old that they are afraid to touch them until they are ready to replace them in case they break. She wondered if some of the gas valves might also be in the same state of disrepair.” No answer recorded.  full report
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Salaries 4-30
    • The final recommendation is to increase the mayor’s salary to at least $140,000.00 per year.  The vote was 11 in favor, 1 abstention (Gabbay).
    •  The final recommendation is to increase the city councilor’s salary to at least $19,000.00 per year.  The vote was 6 in favor, 4 opposed and 2 abstentions (Simons, Steenstrup, Siegel, Reibman, Flicop, and Cornelius in favor; Chan, Carroll Bennett, Dumond-Henderson and Moran opposed; Stewart and Gabbay abstaining).
    • The final recommendation is to increase the school committee members to at least $7,500.00 per year. The vote was Yes, 7 in favor, 2 opposed, 3 abstentions (Carroll Bennett, Steenstrup, Siegel, Chan, Moran, Stewart, and Flicop in favor; Cornelius and Dumond-Henderson opposed; Reibman, Stewart, and Gabbay abstaining).  full report

Upcoming Public Hearings

  • June 4, Chambers, 7:00 pm – Riverside MU3 amendment and Lower Falls Improvement Society request to amend chpt 30, Zoning Ordinance, re: MU3  proposed amendments here
  • June 10 – Inclusionary Zoning Amendment
  • June 19 – Sidewalk snow clearing enforcement and fines

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