Docket Digest for the Week of Feb. 7 2011

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 7, 2011

Monday 7 var.

 

7:45 p

following

Budget working sessions, by appt

 

Board of Aldermen

Presentation on FAR amendments

Chamber
Tuesday 8 7:30p Long Range Planning/ED 209
Wednesday 9 7:45 p

 

7:45p

8p

Public Facilities

 

Public Safety

Programs & Services

209

 

202

222

Thursday 10 7p Mayor’s town hall ward 2 Nevada St.
Wed. 23 Programs & Services Public Hearing

Docket:

  • #35-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR appointing DAVID TUROCY as the Interim COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS effective January 26, 2011 until a permanent replacement is hired or until April 26, 2011 when the temporary appointment may be extended with Board of Aldermen approval, pursuant to section 3-6 of the City Charter.
  • #36-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR appointing Assistant Chief Bruce Prioa as the INTERIM FIRE CHIEF effective February 7, 2011 until a permanent replacement is hired or until May 7, 2011 when the temporary appointment maybe extended with Board of Aldermen approval, pursuant to section 3-6 of the City Charter.
  • #37-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR appointing DR. DORI ZELEZNIK as the INTERIM COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES effective February 1, 2011 pursuant to Sec. 3-6 of the City Charter
  • #38-11 SHERYL DePAOLO et al. requesting the Board of Aldermen to establish by resolution a Newton Upper Falls Area Council pursuant to Article 9, Section 9-3,of the City Charter.
  • #40-11 ALD. ALBRIGHT AND CROSSLEY requesting discussion regarding the possibility of changes to Newton’s trash program to charge for the removal of white and bulky goods.
  • #44-11 JAMES ROBERTSON, 30 Trowbridge Avenue Newtonville, appointed as a member of the Community Preservation Committee to represent wards 1/2 and recreation for a term of office to expire on August 1, 2014 (60-day Board action date: 4/8/11).
  • #45-11 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending that the sum of $665,500 be appropriated from the fiscal 2011 community housing and generalreserves of the Community Preservation Fund, to the control of the Planning and Development Department, for a project that will create three units of perpetually affordable rental housing at 61 Pearl Street in Newton Corner as detailed in the Committee’s funding recommendation to the Board of Aldermen.

Reports:

  • Programs & Services 1/19
  • Public Safety 1/19–includes: #310-10 ALD. DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, BAKER, BLAZAR, CROSSLEY, FISCHMAN,FREEDMAN, HESS-MAHAN, JOHNSON, LINSKY, MERRILL, RICE AND SCHNIPPER requesting that §26-8 and §20-21 of the City of Newton Rev. Ords.,2007, be amended to establish criteria and provisions for requiring removal of snow in all districts by property owners, occupants, and property managers to sidewalks abutting their property and to review and amend enforcement provisions including structure of fines, for snow removal violations. [10/25/10 @4:39 PM]ACTION: PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVAL AS AMENDED FAILED TO CARRY3-3 (Gentile, Lappin, Lennon opposed) APPROVAL AS AMENDED FAILED TO CARRY 2-3-1 (Ciccone, Shapiro, Swiston opposed; Harney abstaining)
  • Public Facilities 1/19–includes: #31-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of $2,065,000 from Free Cash to the Department of Public Works – Snow and Ice Removal Account. [01/10/11 @6:07 PM] ACTION: APPROVED 6-0
  • Land Use 1/20
  • Finance 1/24
  • Zoning 1/24–includes: #26-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR submitting in accordance with Section 7-2 of the City Charter an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan to include a Mixed-Use Centers Element ACTION: REFERRED TO PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD (to be reported back by April 1, 2011)
    • #142-09(6) INTERIM DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT requesting to amend Chapter 30, §30-15(u) and TABLE 1 regarding Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to institute a new method of calculating maximum FAR for single and two family structures in residential districts based on a sliding scale tied to lot size and zoning district; to amend § 30-1definitions of “gross floor area” and “floor area ratio” to include additional building features, accessory structures, and mass below first story; to amend § 30-1 to add definitions of “carport”, “porch,” “enclosed porch”,and “mass below first story”; to delete the reference to §30-15 Table 1contained in §30-21(c) and replace it with a reference to §30-15(u); to determine a date, between six (6) and twelve (12) months from date of passage, that the above amendments will become effective; and to extend the expiration dates of §30-15(u) paragraphs 1, 2, and 3 so they remain in effect until such date that the above amendments become effective.[12/15/10 @ 4:37PM] (90 days to expire on 04/08/11) ACTION: APPROVED AS AMENDED 6-1-1 (Lappin opposed; Sangiolo Abstaining)
    • #235-10 ALD. BAKER & YATES on behalf of the Newton Historical Commission Requesting updates to §22-50, Demolition of historically significant buildings or structures, to minimize inconveniences to homeowners proposing modest changes and to enhance protections for historic structures proposed for demolition, with specific amendments designed to(A) reduce the number of applications filed and allow smaller projects to occur without review; (B) establish a minimum period of delay for full demolition if the structure is found to be preferably preserved; and(C) extend the existing period of delay, as has occurred in other communities, for structures proposed for full demolition if the structure is found to be preferably preserved. [8/30/10 @3:19PM] ACTION: 235-10(A) APPROVED 7-0235-10(B), (C) HELD 7-0
  • Post Audit 1/25
  • Traffic Council Actions
  • Traffic Council–includes: #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) Public Safety & Transportation Committee 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 Safety & Transportation Committee voted the following on 01/05/11A) NO ACTION NECESSARY 6-0, Ald. Yates not voting B) TRIAL APPROVED 3-2-1, Ald. Fuller and Freedman opposed, Ald.Shapiro abstaining, Ald. Yates not voting ACTION: Approval of No Right Turn, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, Lexington Street onto Staniford Street (1-0-2, Danila and Norcross abstain, Ciccone and Grafe not present).

Agendas:

  • Long Range Planning
  • Programs & Services–includes: #373-10 ALD. GENTILE, HARNEY, SANGIOLO requesting amendment to §20-13, Noise Control, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to prohibit outdoor athletic events from starting before 7 AM and increase the maximum fine to $300. #373-10(2) ALD. GENTILE, HARNEY, SANGIOLO requesting an amendment to§20-13 of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to adjust the structure,as well as increase the amount of the fines associated with non-compliance of §20-13, Noise Control, to reflect the following: first violation: issuance of a warning; second violation: $100 fine; third violation: $200 fine;fourth violation: $300 fine.
    • #360-09(2) PROGRAM & SERVICES COMMITTEE requesting a discussion to explore possible sources of revenue to fund an off leash dog park system in the City. FINANCE VOTED NO ACTION NECESSARY ON 3/8/10
    • #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.
  • Public Facilities–includes: #42-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting a transfer of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) from various departments’ salary accounts to supplement the expenditures associated with the removal of snow and ice as follows:
    • #43-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting that the budget for the Newton North High School construction project be amended by transferring from various miscellaneous line items and the Owners Contingency line item the sum of two million five hundred eight-three thousand six hundred ninety seven dollars and eleven cents ($2,583,697.11) to the Construction Manager at Risk line item for the purpose of providing funding for the estimated cost of additional abatement work related to the demolition phase of the project as follows:
    • #41-11 ALD. JOHNSON, LENNON AND DANBERG requesting discussion of the elimination, except during snow emergencies, of the overnight parking ban which is in effect from November 15 through April 15.
    • #196-09 ALD. MANSFIELD AND SANGIOLO requesting rescission of Sec. 19-99 (b), Speed humps of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton. #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
  • Public Safety & Transportation–includes: #39-11 PUBLIC SAFETY & TRANPORTATION COMMITTEE recommending an amendment to Section 19-33(d) of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances of 2007 (role of the Board of Aldermen in appeals from Traffic Council) to allow the Board to take final action on Traffic Council appeals rather than return the item for a Traffic Council vote
    • #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. [10/06/10 @ 12:33 PM]HELD 7-0 (Ald. Fuller not voting) on 11/03/10

Documents:

Memos on:

  • windows at Firehouse 4
  • Cypress Lot Kiosk
  • Lennon on FAR
  • NNHS Demolition
  • Blackington documents
  • Cherry Tree
  • Packet on FAR

Reports on:

  • Group Health Self Insurance
  • News Notes

Docket Digest for the Weeks of Jan 24 and Feb 1, 2011

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.

January 24, 2011

Monday 24 5:30

 

7:00

7:30

7:45

Transportation Advisory Committee

 

Finance Committee

School Committee

Zoning & Planning

Planning

 

222

Ed. Ctr

202

Tuesday 25 7:45p Post Audit 222
Wednesday 26 7 pm

 

7 pm

Long Range Planning

 

Transportation Advisory

222

 

209

Thursday 27 7P Traffic Council 222
Wednesday,

 

 

 

Feb. 2

7:45p Informational Session on the FAR amendments approved by Zoning & Planning Chamber
Monday 7 var.

 

7:45p

Budget working sessions, by app

 

Board of Aldermen

 

Chamber

Tuesday 8 7:30 Long Range Planning 209

Agendas:

School Committee–includes:

  • Mathematics Survey: Mathematics Assistance Beyond the Classroom (survey attached)
  • Elementary Math Coach Evaluation (report attached)
  • Preliminary Budget Discussion
  • Facilities Discussion (memo attached)
  • Class Size Report (attached)
  • Vote to Certify Local Funding Appropriation re: Green SOI Submission

Finance–includes: #31-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of $2,065,000 from Free Cash to the Department of Public Works – Snow and Ice Removal Account. PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 6-0 on 01/19/11

  • #310-10 ALD. DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, BAKER, BLAZAR, CROSSLEY, FISCHMAN,FREEDMAN, HESS-MAHAN, JOHNSON, LINSKY, MERRILL, RICE AND SCHNIPPER requesting that §26-8 and §20-21 of the City of Newton Rev. Ords.,2007, be amended to establish criteria and provisions for requiring removal of snow in all districts by property owners, occupants, and property managers to sidewalks abutting their property and to review and amend enforcement provisions including structure of fines, for snow removal violations. PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVAL AS AMENDED FAILED TO CARRY3-3 (Gentile, Lappin, Lennon opposed) on 01/19/11PS&T APPROVAL AS AMENDED FAILED TO CARRY 2-3-1 (Ciccone,Shapiro, Swiston opposed; Harney abstaining) on 01/19/11

Zoning–includes: #26-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR submitting in accordance with Section 7-2 of the City Charter an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan to include a Mixed-Use Centers Element

  • #142-09(6) INTERIM DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT requesting to amend Chapter 30, §30-15(u) and TABLE 1 regarding Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to institute a new method of calculating maximum FAR for single and two family structures in residential districts based on a sliding scale tied to lot size and zoning district; to amend § 30-1 definitions of “gross floor area” and “floor area ratio” to include additional building features, accessory structures, and mass below first story; to amend § 30-1 to add definitions of “carport”,”porch,” “enclosed porch”, and “mass below first story”…
  • #235-10 ALD. BAKER & YATES on behalf of the Newton Historical Commission requesting updates to §22-50, Demolition of historically significant buildings or structures., to minimize inconveniences to homeowners proposing modest changes and to enhance protections for historic structures proposed for demolition, with specific amendments designed to(1) reduce the number of applications filed and allow smaller projects to occur without review; (2) establish a minimum period of delay for full demolition if the structure is found to be preferably preserved; and (3) extend the existing period of delay, as has occurred in other communities, for structures proposed for full demolition if the structure is found to be preferably preserved.

Post Audit–includes: It is the Chairman’s intention to entertain a motion to vote No Action Necessary on the following item: REFERRED TO POST AUDIT AND PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE#107-10 ALD. YATES, LAPPIN, FREEDMAN, FISCHMAN AND HESS-MAHAN requesting an update on the Newton South High School athletic field drainage project. HELD 6 -0 on 04/07/10 PUBLIC FACILITIES NO ACTION NECESSARY 6-0 (Ald. Gentile not voting) on 07/14/10

Long Range Planning–includes: (1) status on city’s participation in the Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool (EDSAT) developed by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University; (2) report on Business Improvement Districts (Planning Department) (a) what they are (b) where they have been implemented (c) potential for use in Newton

Documents:

  • FAR materials for 2/7 board vote
  • News Notes–includes: Board Appointments to the Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) – The Board will have several appointments to make to a JAPG per the passage of the Austin Street surplus request. If there are individuals that you would like to suggest, please let VP Lappin or me know.
  • 2nd News Notes–includes: Discussions with Mayor Warren on the FY12 Budget and Town Hall Meetings – As previously posted here, we had tentatively scheduled another Committee of the Whole with the Mayor for our February 7th Board meeting. VP Lappin and I discussed this with him and he preferred to meet in working sessions with the Board both before and after his upcoming Town Hall presentations. You should have received a revised list of working session dates and times with the Mayor via email from Megan Costello. If you recall, earlier this week we received a list of dates and times that had a number of conflicts with the Board schedule. After meeting with Megan and David Olson this morning, we organized some dates and times that had minimal conflicts with our schedule and the Mayor’s. Please RSVP to Megan so that we meet all provisions of Open Meeting Law requirements. The schedule of his February Town Hall meetings is being finalized and will be emailed out by Megan to the Board early next week. Once the Mayor has concluded his Town Halls, we will work with him on another set of working session dates and times and the understanding is the sessions will be more detailed in nature as we get closer to his April budget presentation.
    • Long Range Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 8th 7:00 p.m. in Room 209 – This meeting will be held jointly with the Economic Development Commission. The meeting will include discussions on the status of the city’s participation in the Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool (EDSAT) developed by the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Additionally the Planning Department will be providing a report on Business Improvement Districts.
    • REMINDERS Appointments to the Financial Audit Advisory Committee – A number of residents have sent in resumes to be considered for the Committee. Any further resumes of citizens you may know of can be sent to my attention, either via email or to the Clerk’s Office so they can be considered. The TAB has also posted this inquiry online and in the print edition. I would like to have a deadline of February 4th for citizens interested.
  • Committee Actions–includes #95-09(2) PROGRAMS & SERVICE COMMITTEE requesting establishment of an Advisory Committee to review processes of the Board of Aldermen and recommended efficiency improvements to the Board of Aldermen. Members of the Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Programs & Services Committee and the President of the Board. HELD 7-0
    • #357-10(2) ALD. YATES proposing a change in the proposed rule to eliminate the Committee on Community Preservation: community preservation items relating to housing and recreation shall be referred to the Programs and Services Committee; items relating to historic preservation and open space shall be referred to the Zoning and Planning Committee; all items shall then be referred to the Finance Committee. REFERRED TO RULES SUBCOMMITTEE 7-0
    • #8-09 ALD. HESS-MAHAN, LINSKY, ALBRIGHT, FREEDMAN, MANSFIELD,JOHNSON, HARNEY & VANCE proposing an ordinance requiring that the installation of synthetic in-filled turf athletic fields on city-owned property shall use sustainable, recyclable, lead-free, non-toxic products to the maximum extent feasible. HELD 7-0
    • #310-10 ALD. DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, BAKER, BLAZAR, CROSSLEY, FISCHMAN, FREEDMAN, HESS-MAHAN, JOHNSON, LINSKY, MERRILL, RICE AND SCHNIPPER requesting that §26-8 and §20-21 of the City of Newton Rev. Ords., 2007, be amended to establish criteria and provisions for requiring removal of snow in all districts by property owners, occupants, and property managers to sidewalks abutting their property and to review and amend enforcement provisions including structure of fines, for snow removal violations. PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVAL AS AMENDED FAILED TO CARRY3-3 (Gentile, Lappin, Lennon opposed)APPROVAL AS AMENDED FAILED TO CARRY 2-3-1 (Ciccone, Shapiro, Swiston opposed; Harney abstaining)
    • #31-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of $2,065,000 from Free Cash to the Department of Public Works – Snow and Ice Removal Account. APPROVED 6-0

Docket Digest for the Week of Jan 17, 2011

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.

January 17, 2011

Monday 17
Martin Luther King Holiday
Tuesday 18 7:45p Board of Aldermen Chamber
Wednesday 19 7 pm

following

following

7:45P

Joint Public Safety/Public Facilities

Public Safety & Transportation

Public Facilities

Programs & Services

209

202

209

Thursday 20 7P Land Use 222

Reports:

  • PS&T 1/5–includes:#363-10 ALD. ALBRIGHT & DANBERG, proposing a trial of parking meter free Saturdays between Thanksgiving and New Year for the shopping areas to support shopping at local businesses in Newton.ACTION: HELD 5-0, Ald. Yates and Swiston not voting.
    • #11-10 ALD. ALBRIGHT requesting a discussion relative to providing parking during a snow emergency for residents who live in housing without on-site parking. ACTION: HELD 5-0, Ald. Swiston and Yates not voting
  • Finance 1/10–includes:#366-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from the Parking Meter Receipts Reserve Fund for the purpose of supplementing the City’s annual Chapter 90 Highway Funding Allocation. PUBLIC FACILITIES APPPROVED 6-0 on 01/05/10 ACTION: APPROVED 7-0
    • #311-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of three million three hundred thirty-five thousand dollars ($3,035,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the FY 2011 Capital Improvement Plan projects as follows:
      • (A)Architectural Design and Engineering/Next Scheduled Fire Station $400,000A-2 – HELD $270,000 for final design bidding and construction admin
      • (C) City Hall Windows – Repair/Replacement $125,000 PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 5-0 (Albright not voting) ACTION: APPROVED 7-0
      • (D) Purchase of Heavy Vehicle Equipment – DPW $300,000 PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 4-0 (Albright & Gentile not voting) ACTION: APPROVED 6-0-1 (Linsky abstaining)
      • (E) Newton Public Schools – Roof Repairs $810,000
      • (F) Newton Public Schools – Masonry Repairs $450,000
      • (G) Newton Public Schools – Boiler Replacements $350,000(H) Newton Public Schools – Roof Top & Exhaust Unit Replacements $100,000
      • (I) Newton Public Schools – Window and Door Replacements $500,000
      • TOTAL $3,035,000[11/29/10 @ 3:23 PM] PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED EFGHI 6-0 on 01/05/10 ACTION: APPROVED EFGHI 8-0 (Freedman not voting)
  • Programs & Services 1/5–includes: #372-10(2) SUPERINTENDENT FLEISCHMAN requesting the vote of the Board of Aldermen to complement the vote of the School Committee to authorize the superintendent of schools to refresh the current statement of interest for 2011 to the Massachusetts School Building Authority by January 26, 2011 designating Angier Elementary School as the top priority school for the City of Newton. PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 6-0 SUBJECT TO SECOND CALL APPROVED 7-0 SUBJECT TO SECOND CALL
    • #371-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting that the Board of Aldermen accept the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, section 8J, and establish by ordinance a Commission on Disabilities in the City of Newton. APPROVED 7-0

Docket–includes:

  • REFERRED TO ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE #26-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR submitting in accordance with Section 7-2 of the City Charter an amendment to the 2007 Newton Comprehensive Plan to include a Mixed-Use Centers Element [01-07-11 @ 4:20 PM]
  • REFERRED TO PUBLIC FACILITIES AND FINANCE COMMITTEES#31-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of $2,065,000 from Free Cash to the Department of Public Works – Snow and Ice Removal Account. [01/10/11 @6:07 PM]
  • #32-11 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending that $37,500 be appropriated from the fiscal 2011 historic resources reserve of the Community Preservation Fund to create or update under the direction and control of the Planning & Development Department the Massachusetts Historical Commission survey forms for the city’s approximately 140 buildings constructed between 1830 and 1840.

Agendas:

Public Facilities–includes:#310-10 ALD. DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, BAKER, BLAZAR, CROSSLEY, FISCHMAN, FREEDMAN, HESS-MAHAN, JOHNSON, LINSKY, MERRILL, RICE AND SCHNIPPER requesting that §26-8 and §20-21 of the City of Newton Rev. Ords.,2007, be amended to establish criteria and provisions for requiring removal of snow in all districts by property owners, occupants, and property managers to sidewalks abutting their property and to review and amend enforcement provisions including structure of fines, for snow removal violations.

  • #11-10 ALD. ALBRIGHT requesting a discussion relative to providing parking during a snow emergency for residents who live in housing without on-site parking. ACTION: HELD 5-0, Ald. Swiston and Yates not voting

Finance–includes: #366-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expendthe sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from the Parking MeterReceipts Reserve Fund for the purpose of supplementing the City’s annual Chapter 90 Highway Funding Allocation.  PUBLIC FACILITIES APPPROVED 6-0 on 01/05/10

  • #311-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of three million three hundred thirty-five thousand dollars ($3,035,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the FY 2011 Capital Improvement Plan projects

Land Use

Documents:

  • Financial Status Report
  • Categories of Expenses
  • General Fund Status Report

Docket Digest for the Week of Jan 10-16, 2011

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.

January 10, 2011

Monday 10 7:45p Zoning & Planning

Finance

Chamber

202

Tuesday 11 7:45p Land Use Chamber

Agendas:

Zoning–includes:#18-11 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting the confirmation of Candace Havens as the Director of Planning and Development, effective January1, 2011 pursuant to Section 3-3 of the City Charter.

  • #142-09(6) INTERIM DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT requesting to amend Chapter 30, §30-15(u) and TABLE 1 regarding Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to institute a new method of calculating maximum FAR for single and two family structures in residential districts…
  • #235-10 ALD. BAKER & YATES on behalf of the Newton Historical Commission requesting updates to §22-50, Demolition of historically significantbuildings or structures., to minimize inconveniences to homeowners proposing modest changes and to enhance protections for historicstructures proposed for demolition, with specific amendments designed to (1) reduce the number of applications filed and allow smaller projects to occur without review; (2) establish a minimum period of delay for full demolition if the structure is found to be preferably preserved; and (3) extend the existing period of delay, as has occurred in other communities, for structures proposed for full demolition if the structure is found to be preferably preserved.

Finance–includes: #366-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expendthe sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from the Parking MeterReceipts Reserve Fund for the purpose of supplementing the City’s annual Chapter 90 Highway Funding Allocation.  PUBLIC FACILITIES APPPROVED 6-0 on 01/05/10

  • #311-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of three million three hundred thirty-five thousand dollars ($3,035,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the FY 2011 Capital Improvement Plan projects

Land Use

Documents:

  • Mid-Year CIP Report
  • Group Health Insurance Report

Docket Digest for the Week of Jan 3, 2011

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.

January 3, 2011

Monday 3 7:45p Board of Aldermen

Chamber
Wednesday 5 7:45p
following
following
7:45p
Joint Prog & Svces; Public Facil
Programs & Services
Public Facilities
Public Safety & Trans
209
222
209
202

Docket:

  • #15-11 NEWTON RETIREMENT SYSTEM submitting its FY2012 budget unanimously approved at its monthly meeting December 15, 2010.
  • #91-10(4) HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an extension of Linda Walsh as the Interim Commissioner of Health and Human Services effective January 1, 2011 pursuant to Section 3-6 of the City Charter
  • #22-11 JIM DANILA, TRAFFIC COUNCIL CHAIR, providing the 2010 Annual Report on the work of the Traffic Council during 2010.

Reports Docket:

Agendas:

  • P&S–includes: 372-10 SUPERINTENDENT FLEISCHMAN requesting the vote of the Board of Aldermen to complement the vote of the School Committee to authorizethe superintendent of schools to refresh the current statements of interest for 2011 to the Massachusetts School Building Authority by January 26, 2011 for the following schools: Angier, Bigelow, Burr, Cabot, Brown, Countryside, FA Day, Franklin, Horace Mann, Ward, Lincoln-Elliot, Mason-Rice, Pierce, Underwood, and Zervas.
  • #371-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting that the Board of Aldermen accept the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, section 8J, and establish by ordinance a Commission on Disabilities in the City of Newton.
  • #373-10 ALD. GENTILE, HARNEY, SANGIOLO requesting amendment to §20-13, Noise Control, of the City of Newton Revised Ordinances to prohibit outdoor athletic events from starting before 7 AM and increase the maximum fine to $300.
  • #329-05(3) ALD. YATES requesting a discussion relative to amending the noise control ordinance to (A) prohibit the cumulative noise level from multiple pieces of equipment operating simultaneously on the same site to exceed the maximum noise levels allowed when measured at the nearest lot line and (B) to eliminate various exemptions in residential districts
  • Public Facilities–includes: first item, above;
  • #311-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting an appropriation in the amount of three million three hundred thirty-five thousand dollars ($3,035,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the FY 2011 Capital Improvement Plan projects as follows: (A)Architectural Design and Engineering/ Next Scheduled Fire Station $400,000 A-2 – HELD 6-0 $270,000 for final design bidding and construction admin on 12/08/10 (C) City Hall Windows – Repair/Replacement $125,000 (D) Purchase of Heavy Vehicle Equipment – DPW $300,000 (E) Newton Public Schools – Roof Repairs $810,000 (F) Newton Public Schools – Masonry Repairs $450,000 (G) Newton Public Schools – Boiler Replacements $350,000 (H) Newton Public Schools – Roof Top & Exhaust Unit Replacements $100,000 (I) Newton Public Schools – Window and Door Replacements $500,000
  • #366-10 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate and expend the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from the Parking Meter Receipts Reserve Fund for the purpose of supplementing the City’s annual Chapter 90 Highway Funding Allocation.
  • TOTAL $3,035,000

Public Safety & Transportation–includes:

It is the Chairman’s intention to entertain a motion to vote No Action Necessary on the following item: #11-10 ALD. ALBRIGHT requesting a discussion relative to providing parking during a snow emergency for residents who live in housing without on-site parking. [12/21/09 @ 1:15 PM] HELD 4-0 on 03/03/10

Documents:

  • Traffic Council Report 12/16
  • MLK Invitation for 1/17 at Mishkan Tefila
  • News Notes–including: Alderman Salvucci Update – Sal is feeling good, getting stronger each day and will be getting out of Lasell Village this Saturday. He can be reached via his cell phone. If you need his number, please let me know
    • Board Meeting – Monday, January 3rd – We have a very light agenda for Monday evening. At the conclusion of first call, Alderman Baker will provide a brief video presentation on his ‘Aldermen at Work’ program that is now available via the internet. We will also take a few minutes to thank those that have helped work on it.
    • Mayor Warren will join us at our full Board meeting on Tuesday, January 18th (Monday is a holiday) for the State of the City Address

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