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Good Morning Newton Residents,
  
I'm back with my 91-year old mother and happy to report she is slowly settling in - but not very happy about the cold weather and the anticipated blizzard!!  But it is so good to be home!  
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As usual, below you will find a listing of City Council Committee meetings, other City Board and Commission meetings, and announcements for this week. 


  

 
Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Be safe, stay warm and if you can, please check in and lend a helping hand to your neighbors who may need assistance.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

The following other City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  update on the CDBG Report, update on FY18 Access Projects for the CDBG Funds Applications, update on Handicap Parking Fines, update on the Treasurer’s Report, update on the ADA Coordinator’s Report and will discuss two requests for accessible parking spaces and is scheduled to have a discussion either about or with the Council on Aging. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at: 617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.
Board of Licensing Commissioners:  The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.
Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to review the following requests for full demolition:  65 Ferncroft Road, 21 Gardner Street, 437 Parker Street, 446 Dudley Road, and 386-390 Watertown Street.  The Commission will also review partial demolition requests for the following properties:  28 Waban Avenue and 135 Cornell Street and will review the following properties for design review:  236 Auburn Street, 1110 Chestnut Street, and 391 Dedham Street.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at 617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of February 19th

The Development Review Team is scheduled to review the following potential proposals:
  • 24‐26 Eliot Street – possible uses of the property currently zoned – BU2
  • 34 Thurston Road – Proposed accessory apartment in an existing single‐family dwelling currently zoned MR1
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Good afternoon Newton Residents!
 
Apologies for the second email, but I forgot to include this week's City Council Committee meetings.  Apologies for missing Monday evenings committee meetings.

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe too.

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

This week’s City Council Committee meetings

Here are this week’s City Council Committee meetings:
Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will be meeting on Monday, January 9th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will hold a public hearing on a request by the Planning Director to make technical amendments to the Newton Zoning Ordinance and a request to amend the Zoning Ordinance to conform with recent amendments to the Mass General Law’s Chapter 40A related to period of time to exercise a special permit.  The Committee’s agenda can be found here, the Planning Department’s Memo can be found here and the Public Hearing Notice can be found here.
Finance Committee Meeting:  The Finance Committee will be meeting on Monday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to the discuss the following:  request to appoint Sue Dzikowski to succeed David Wilkinson as Comptroller of the City of Newton, a request to authorize a temporary increase in full-time staff of Comptroller Office staff, a discussion on the financial reform measures in Governor’s Municipal Modernization Law, a request increase the Investment Advisory Committee membership to 9 by one by adding an additional member to be appointed by the President of the Council, and a request to authorize the Library Trustees to apply for grant funding for library renovation project (Note that both the Programs and Services Committee and the Public Facilities voted No Action Necessary on this request as the project has been pulled).  The Committee’s agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee Meeting: The Land Use Committee will meet twice this week – Tuesday January 10th and Thursday January 12th.
  • On Tuesday, January 10th, the Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Room 211 and continue it’s discussion with Planning, Inspectional Services and Information Technology on Special Permit process improvements and enforcement.  The Committee will then reconvene in the Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. to hold public hearings on the following: request for a special permit/site plan approval to increase a non-conforming setback, stories, and use by enclosing the front porch and extending a bathroom on the second floor, adding a new roof line for property located at 15 Cottage Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to further increase the non-conforming setback by demolishing the existing 12’x22’ detached garage and constructing a 22’x22’ detached garage, reducing the setback from 16.2’ to 6.2’ where 25’ is required for property located at 79 Kenwood Avenue (see revised plans),  request to amend a special permit/site plan approval that was previously granted to allow for more than 3 customers at one time, expand hours of operation and amend the previously approved site plan for property located at242-244 Commonwealth Avenue (Modern Barre), and request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct additional buildings, allow for new and additional commercial uses, allow for buildings to be in excess of 20,000 sq. feet and more than 60 feet in height, buildings within 300’ of a great pond, allow parking within a setback, extend a Farmers Market previously granted under special permit 230- 14, update signage previously granted under special permit 417-12, allow some parking stalls on portions of the site to be reduced size and reduced in stall depth (in the garage), allow reduced lighting in the parking facility light and grant exceptions for parking stall size and interior landscaping requirements for property located at 1-55 Boylston Street -Chestnut Hill Shopping Center – “The Street” (see revised plans).  In addition, the Committee will review Class 1 and 7 Class 2 Auto Dealer Licenses up for renewal.  The agenda can be found here.
  • On Thursday, January 12th, the Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and continue the public hearing on the Orr Project/Washington Place project located at Washington and Walnut Streets for both the Change of Zone Request and the Special Permit/Site Plan Approval Request.  The most recent Planning Department Memo can be found here and the Land Use Committee’s Report from the December 15th meeting can be found here. Please note that the Planning and Development Board will hold it’s public hearing on Change of Zone Request for the Orr/Washington Place project on Wednesday, January 11th.  See “Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 8th”.
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I hope you all weathered the snow storm. It's very cold so please bundle up and check in on your elderly neighbors to see if they need any assistance.

Here are this week's City Council, other City Board and Commission meetings, School Department Reports and other information of interest.

REMINDER:  This is the last week to recycle your Christmas Tree so please place it out on the curb on your regularly scheduled pick up day and please shovel your sidewalk. The City Ordinance requires snow removal within 30 hours of completion of a storm.

 

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe too.

Keep safe and warm and enjoy the rest of your week!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4
 

Public Safety and Transportation Committee accepts legislation allowing establishment of 25 mph speed limit for Newton

The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted unanimously to accept legislation that allows the City Council, Traffic Commission, or Traffic Director to establish a 25 mph speed limit on any roadway inside a thickly settled or business district that is not a state highway and establish safety zones – 20 mph speed limit on any roadway that is not a state highway or with the approval of the highway department, if the roadway is a state highway. (Refer to the back of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee Agenda for January 4th for the legislation here).  The Committee Report is not yet available and the Full Council will vote on this at it’s next full Council meeting on Tuesday,January 17th.
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Auburndale Traffic Signalization Project – Update

Many folks have expressed interest/concern about the Auburndale Traffic Signalization Project.  The original presentation and plan can be found here.  The Department of Public Works has a status update as of December 6th, 2016 which can be found here. But here is the most recent correspondence I have received on this project on January 6th from Traffic Engineer, Steve Simoglou:
“Please see herein a couple of brief updates with regards to Auburndale Square; the signal at Freeman/Lexington will be coming off of the flash sequence today (January 6th). The signal will be temporarily set to a pre-timed phase, until final coordination is in place. We are aggressively working with the contractor to have final timing and coordination wrapped up in the coming week; I will provide specific dates for completion as they become available. Please note we have also been working with the engineering consultant to add a LPI (Leading Pedestrian Interval) to the crossings at Commonwealth/Lexington. The LPI will allow a pedestrian to get a 5 second ‘head start’ on the crossing, before concurrent traffic receives the green.
Temporary message boards have been put in place on all approaches to Comm/Lexington to notify motorists of a new traffic pattern, and to yield to pedestrians. Permanent signage throughout the square will also be in-place in the coming weeks. The square will continue to be closely monitored by the city and engineering consultant, and necessary adjustments will be made. “
The City is moving towards concurrent signalization – where the pedestrian walk signal is concurrent with auto-traffic signals.  This is a significant change for some as many signals in Newton used to be exclusive or an all-out stop.  At the West Newton Square Enhancements Project presentation last week, several Councilors expressed concern over the move towards concurrent signalization.  The Transportation Director, Nicole Freedman, has committed to providing supporting information on how concurrent signalization is safer for pedestrians.  As soon as that becomes available, I will post.
Please also note that Walk Boston is being used as a model approach for Newton. Information on Walk Boston can be found here.


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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 8th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet on Monday, January 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  the CDBG Report, Handicap Parking Fines Report, Treasurer’s Report, ADA Coordinator’s Report, Election of Commission Officers, requests for accessible parking space, aVariance application for 1210-1230 Washington Street, and the proposed Leaf Blower Ban. For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at 617-796-1253 or by email at: jfairley@newtonma.gov. The agenda is not available online.
Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 10th at 7;00 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission is scheduled to hear two requests for Certificate of Appropriateness: 61 Central Street – request to remove front entry, demolish rear chimney, replace one picture window with double hung windows and one picture window with French doors, and remove and add windows, and 81 Woodland Road – request to remove a stone patio and install a deck and railing, install new fence and gates, and install direct vent fireplace.  In addition, the Commission will discuss a violation at 49 Grove Street – replacement of the left rear railing system and trim details without approval from the Commission. For additional information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:   Commission updates;  approval of meeting mrnutes for December 13, 2016; review of Letter for the Orr/Washington Place Project; review of the draft Annual Report, and nominations for EDC Officers. For more information, please contact Barney Heath by phone at 617-796-1120 or by email at:  bheath@newtonma.gov.
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m.  in the Council Chambers  and is expected to discuss the following : CDBG Substantial Amendment for Carroll Center Accessibility Improvements Project, hold a public hearing regarding technical amendments to the Newton Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 30, and have a continuation of the public hearing for a change of zone for the Orr/Washington Place project.  For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at: 617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov.
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m in Room 204. and is scheduled to discuss the following Notice of Intent items:  request to restore the river bank and parking lot for property located at 46 and 34 (rear) Farwell Street, request for installation of a pool and landscaping for property located at 140 Countryside Road,  request to construct 2 new buildings with green roofs at the edge of Hammond Pond, reconstruct 2 rain gardens, increase infiltration and treatment, infill under and add a deck for property located at 27 & 55 Boylston Street  – Chestnut Hill Shopping Center (note that this hearing was continued), and a request to formally close an enforcement order against property located at 73 Beaconwood Road.  In addition, the Commission will discuss  potential sign-on for a gas pipeline letter, photos for the MACC annual conference and review meeting minutes. Please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at: 617-796-1134 or by email at: jsteel@newtonma.gov. The Commission’s agenda can be found here and the packet of supporting information can be found here.
Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request for review and approval of steeple restoration and installation of a sign for property located at 15 Summer Street, request to construct a garage at the rear of the lot for property located at 12 Rockland Place (Note:  this hearing was continued), and a request to replace wood siding (agenda notes violation) for property located at 47 Linden Street. Please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at: 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov. The Commission’s agenda can be found here.

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee was previously scheduled to meet on January 12th but has been postponed.  The new meeting date is Thursday, January 19th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to hold a public hearing on the proposal to create affordable housing units and a park expansion for the Crescent Street site after the Commission has its regular administrative discussion.  The agenda can be found here and details of the Crescent Street proposal can be found here.
Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a very happy and healthy holiday season.

Here are this week's City Council and other City Board and Commission meetings.
Please remember - there is NO HOLIDAY DELAY in trash pick up so please be sure to get your trash out on your usual scheduled day.

 

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  

Enjoy the rest of the week and keep safe and warm!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4





 

Trash Pick-up – Usual Schedule – No one day delay for the holiday

Again, the City’s Trash Company will pick up trash on the usual day. So if your regular trash day is TODAY – Monday – get your trash out on Monday by 7 a.m.  Here’s the link to the City’s website:  http://www.newtonma.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=867&TargetID=1.
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City Council to meet on January 3rd

The City Council will meet on Tuesday, January 3rd at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting, the Council will meet as Committee of the Whole with the Chair of Public Facilities presiding to hear a presentation on the West Newton Square enhancements project on Washington Street running approximately from Chestnut Street to Lucas Court (see Committee of the Whole Agenda here).  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new Docket can be found here.
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Zoning and Planning Committee Report 12/21/16 – (proposed Accessory Apartment Ordinance) – now available

The Zoning and Planning Committee Report from December 21, 2016 is now available. The meeting was devoted to the proposed Accessory Apartment Ordinance.  The item was held.  The report can be found here.
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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of January 1st

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 3rd at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss a request by the Mayor for authorization to apply bond premiums to capital project costs.  The Finance Committee Agenda can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 204 to discuss two items:  Request from the Director of the Newton Free Library for conceptual designs for an addition and renovation of the Main Library in order to apply for a construction grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and a request from the Mayor to authorize the Board of Library Trustees to apply for any state funds to help defray costs for the renovation/addition project including design, construction and equipment costs, and to authorize the Library Trustees to accept and expend any funds when received without further appropriation. (Note:  I’ve raised an issue with the last phrase and that will be discussed at the Committee meeting). The Programs and Services Committee agenda can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will first meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee to discuss the request from the Public Works Commissioner for approval of the design and installation of intersection improvements at Harvard and Washington Streets and will then discuss a request made by Councilors Lennon and Hess-Mahan to accept Section 193 and 194 of Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016, authorizing the City Council to establish a speed limit of 25 miles per hour on any roadway inside a thickly settled or business district in the city and to allow for the creation of designated safety zones with the approval of MassDOT (Note:  safety zones would have a posted speed limit of 20 miles per hour).  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and discuss the following:  a request for a grant of location to install and maintain a 4″ main in Ruane Circle for a new gas service.  The Committee will then meet jointly with the Public Safety and Transportation Committee to discuss the request from the Public Works Commissioner for approval of the design and installation of intersection improvements at Harvard and Washington Streets.  The Committee will then meet jointly with the Programs and Services Committee to discuss the following:   a request from the Mayor to authorize the Board of Library Trustees to apply for any state funds to help defray costs for the renovation/addition project including design, construction and equipment costs, and to authorize the Library Trustees to accept and expend any funds when received without further appropriation. (Note:  I’ve raised an issue with the last phrase and that will be discussed at the Committee meeting), and a request from the Director of the Newton Free Library for conceptual designs for an addition and renovation of the Main Library in order to apply for a construction grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. (Note that the order of these discussion items differ from the Programs and Services Committee Agenda).  The Public Facilities Committee Agenda can be found here.
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Public Hearing Notices – January 9th – Zoning and Planning Committee and January 11th – Planning and Development Board

There will be two public hearings held on technical amendments to the Newton Zoning Ordinance to clarify, correct and make edits related to missing or incorrectly transcribed ordinance provisions for specific sections.  Details of the proposed changes can be found here.  The Zoning and Planning Committee will hold its public hearing on Monday, January 9th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers and the Planning and Development Board will hold its public hearing on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  Notice of the public hearings can be found here.
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 1, 2017

The following other City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on  Wednesday, January 4th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  preparation of the Annual Action Plan, updating a report on housing discrimination in Newton, drafting a letter regarding their role in Newton’s Zoning Redesign Project and Committee efforts regarding events and publications. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at: 617-796-1149 or by email at: mlucas@newtonma.gov.  The agenda can be found here.
The Farm Commission:  The Farm Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department’s Basement Conference Room (B10). For more information, please contact Alexandra Ananth by phone at:  617-796-1121 or by email at: aananth@newtonma.gov. The agenda is not posted on the website.
Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for a request to demolish garage and rear two-story porch and build new two-story rear addition for property located at 24-26 Foster Street. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at: 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Apologies for the second email. There were a few errors in my original posting.

First,  Finance Committee did not meet on Monday but will meet on Wednesday, December 14th.
Second, the link provided for Traffic Council agenda actually linked to last month's report.  Sorry.
Third, the Upcoming City Board and Commission Meetings were accidentally left out.

   

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  

Again, apologies for the second email.

Still wishing you a safe, healthy and happy week (and I am really looking forward to returning home!)


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Good morning Newton Residents!
 
I hope you are all keeping warm!

Below you will find upcoming City Council, and other Board and Commission meetings for this week.

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 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  

Wishing you good health and a happy holiday season!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4





 

Upcoming City Council Committee Meetings – Week of December 11th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet tonight, Monday, December 12th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the proposed Accessory Apartment ordinance amendments and four other docket items related to Accessory Apartments.  The agenda can be found here. The 1989 Accessory Apartment Report can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet tonight, Monday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request to transfer requesting authorization to transfer $22,190 from Budget Reserve to the Department of Public Works to fund a pilot program for 2 parking kiosks and replacing 158 coin meters at the Austin Street Municipal Parking Lot, request for a discussion with DPW regarding Complete Streets grant expenditures, request for amendments to the snow removal ordinance to establish criteria and review and amend enforcement provisions including structure of fines for snow removal violations, request to transfer $34,000 from Budget Reserve to fund a new full-time accountant position in the Comptroller’s Office effective January 1, 2017 and authorization to increase the number of authorized full-time positions in the Comptroller’s Office, request for a discussion with School Department and School Committee regarding the $1.2 million deficit in the School Department budget outlined in the 2017 Fiscal and Operational Update Memo dated October 24, 2016, receipt of the five year financial forecast, and a request to amend the demolition delay ordinance to increase fines for non-compliance and/or demolition without a permit.  The agenda with supplemental information can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will be meeting twice this week.  The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Committee will hold public hearings for the following petitions:
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct an accessory apartment at 41 Dorset Road;
  • Amendment to Special Permit/Site Plan approval to to allow for more than 3 customers at one time, expanded hours of operation and amend the previously approved site plan at 242-244 Commonwealth Avenue (“Modern Barre”); 
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to expand a non-conforming two-family use with a first floor addition and enclosure of an existing deck and exceeding the FAR at 37-39 North Gate Park;
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct a two-story addition to the front of a house and exceed the FAR at 642 Centre Street;
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to establish an accessory apartment at
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct a 3-story single-family structure and exceed FAR by adding side and rear additions at 7 Manet Circle; and
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct a 415 sq. foot garage which would increase and exceed the FAR at 441 Ward Street.
In addition, the Land Use Committee will review a number of auto license renewals.
The agenda can be found here.
The Land Use Committee will also meet on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Committee will take up two petitions:
Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following items:
  • parking restrictions on a) Maple Street from Woodland Road to Auburn Street; b) Central Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Grove Street; c) Auburn Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Grove Street to alleviate increased parking due to construction at Lasell College and discontinued use of the Lasell parking lots as temporary modular classrooms have been located on the parking lots.
  • review of 60 day trial to convert ten meters numbered #24 through #33 from 12-hour meters to 6-hour meters in the Cypress Street lot;
  • review of trial to remove parking meter #762 in front of Murray’s Liquors. Replace with the following sign: 15-minute time limit, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday;
  • review of trial establishing no parking, any time, south side, entire length of Rowena Road;
  • request for a stop sign at the intersection of Grafton, Homer and Water Streets to address safety concerns and deter speeders;
  • request for a stop sign at Elgin Street, eastbound, at the intersection of Langley Road (Chair intends to request No Action Necessary);
  • request for the addition of on-street accessible parking spaces into the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR); and
  • Nominations, Election and Discussion of term length for Traffic Council Chair.

The agenda can be found here.
Dear Newton Residents,
 
Based on the initial response, I wanted to reach out again to those of you who didn't have the chance to fill out the form. If you already did fill this out - Thank you! If you haven't yet, please consider doing so now.

There are more than 80 Boards and Commissions in the City of Newton serving various areas of interest. We need residents to serve on these Boards and Commissions as many seats become vacant as terms of service expire. In an effort to get more citizen participation, I am hoping you can help.

These committees work best when they draw upon the full strength of our community and include a diverse group of male and female leaders.

Do you have any recommendations on who I may contact about serving on our Boards and Commissions?  If so, would you kindly go to this link to make recommendations?

If you prefer you can also copy the following web address into your browser:
 
https://wustl.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6sC4V2pfWoghScZ
 
Thank you for your time and assistance.
 
Sincerely,
 
Amy Mah Sangiolo
Ward 4, Councilor-at-Large


Below you will find upcoming City Council and other Board and Commission meetings for this week.

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Also, please remember early voting continues at Newton City Hall:
Monday, October 31 - Thursday, November 3, 2016      8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, November 4, 2016                                           8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  

Wishing you good health and happiness,


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4






Council Committee Meetings – Week of October 30th

The following Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board to discuss the Orr project on Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers (special permit/site plan approval request and request for a change of zone from Business 1 and Business 2 to Mixed Use 4).  The project as currently proposed includes three connected buildings that are 5 stories in height with 171 residential units, approximately 39,000+ sq. ft. of commercial space, approximately 2,000+ sq. ft., of office/community space and 346 parking stalls. The Land Use Committee agenda can be found here. Please refer to the following documents:  Planning Department MemoTraffic Simulation Video Announcement and Information, Revised Plan A, and Revised Plan B.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. to review and discuss possible amendment or elimination of the Winter Parking Ban. The agenda can be found here.
Real Property/Reuse Committee:  The Real Property/Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  proposed amendments to the real property reuse process (to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed), discussion of use of 38 Elliot Street land, and discussion of reuse of the Stanton Avenue Water Tower site, which has been declared as surplus by the Department of Public Works.  The agenda can be found here.
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 30th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet jointly with the City Council’s Land Use Committee to discuss the Orr Project on Tuesdsay, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers (special permit/site plan approval request and request for a change of zone from Business 1 and Business 2 to Mixed Use 4).  The project as currently proposed includes three connected buildings that are 5 stories in height with 171 residential units, approximately 39,000+ sq. ft. of commercial space, approximately 2,000+ sq. ft., of office/community space and 346 parking stalls.
Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in Room 211 to prepare for the upcoming Fair Housing event, “Is Fair Housing Still Relevant?” to be held at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville on November 17th at 7:00 p.m with Genevieve Nadeau, Chief of Civil Rights Division, Office of the Attorney General.
Newton Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The Committee is expected to discuss the following:  an updated overview of available funds and potential projects for the next 5 – 10 years reflecting newest Capital Improvement Plan, the final report on the Museum Archives, Accessibility & Fire Suppression project at the Jackson Homestead; and continued discussion of the Crescent Street housing & park project (West Newton/Auburndale).  The Committee agenda can be found here. Contact Alice Ingerson by phone at:  617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.
Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 to continue the discussion of the request to demolish garage and rear two-story porch and to build a new two-story rear addition for property located at 24-26 Foster Street.  Contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team- Upcoming Meetings for potential development proposals

The Development Review Team has the following potential development proposal meetings scheduled for this week:
  • 63‐69‐71 Cherry St – Preliminary discussion on proposed multi‐building residential development (30,000 SF parcel) (SR3);
  • Fessenden School – Squash Court;
  • 17 Bellevue St – Carriage house now single family residence; proposed new garage in front of lot (SR2);
  • 19‐21 Bonwood St – Preliminary discussion re proposed expansion of two‐ family dwelling (MR1); and
  • 8 Columbia Ave – Proposed demolition and reconstruction of existing detached garage (MR1).
Below is a listing of City Council Committee and other City Board and Commission meetings.  

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  As always, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Wishing you a very happy and safe July for you and your families!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4





I hope you are enjoying your summer.

Below is a weekly update on City Council and Board and Commission meetings for this week as well as other City news.

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  As always, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy rest of August!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4




Land Court upholds ZBA and Housing Appeals Court Decision in Wells Avenue Chapter 40B case

The Council is in receipt of a memo from the Law Department informing the Councilors that the Land Court has upheld the City’s position denying the appeal by Cabot, Cabot & Forbes that Chapter 40B could be used to set aside the City’s deed restrictions on the Wells Avenue Office Park. The appeal was filed after the Council denied the the petition to amend the deed restriction prohibiting residential use at the site and the Zoning Board of Appeals denied the proposed project on the grounds that it did not have jurisdiction to set aside the deed restriction.  The memo can be found here. The decision can be found here.
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Zoning and Planning Committee to Meet Monday, August 22, 2016

The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Committee will discuss and vote on 2 appointments and 6 re-appointments to the Commission on Disability as well as receive and update from the Planning Director on the Zoning Reform Phase 2 project.  The agenda can be foundhere and the Planning Director’s Memo can be found here.
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City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 22nd

The following City Board and Commissions will meet this week:
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 222.  The agenda can be found here.
Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room (B10) and is expected to review and discuss the following petitions for sign permits:
  • Boston Ski & Tennis located at 153 Needham Street
  • LeDu Thai Eatery located at 313 Walnut Street
  • Jared The Galleria of Jewelry located at 200 Boylston Street
  • The Rockport Group located at 1210-1230 Washington Street
  • Family Access located at 492 Waltham St – Family Access
  • Two Wells Avenue located at the Wells Avenue Office Park
  • C’est Privee Lingerie & Dancer’s Image located at 612 Washington Street
  • EuroTouch Cleaners located at 1215 Chestnut Street
  • Wells Park located at 75-85-95 Wells Ave in the Wells Avenue Office Park
The Commission will also continue their conceptual review of a commercial project proposed at the Street at Chestnut Hill.
The agenda can be found here, the Packet documents can be found here, and the Planning Staff memo can be found here. For more information, please contact Rachel Blatt by phone at:  617-796-1127 or by email at:  rblatt@newtonma.gov.
Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Commission will discuss and vote on the following petitions:  Design Review for the Cabot Elementary School Project; 3 demolition reviews – 197 Baldpate Hill Road, 69-71 Louise Road, and 27 Warren Road; and 3 requests to waive the demolition delay – 192 Spiers Road, 47 Lincoln Road, and 1016 Centre Street.
The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at: kholmes@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of August 22nd

The Development Review Team will be meeting on the following potential development proposals:
  • 1 Wells Avenue – Williams James College – potential additional structure
  • 115 Manchester Road – Proposed extension of a non-conforming single-family structure
  • 89 Hyde Avenue – potential special permit application for an accessory apartment in the basement of a single-family dwelling
  • Boston College campus – discussion of potential relocation of a monopole on the campus (no specific site)
The schedule can be found here.
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Elementary School Projects Update

The Council is in receipt of the most recent Monthly Report on the Elementary School Projects.  The Report can be found here.

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Information regarding Lead in Water

The City recently identified lead in several public drinking sources including water at some of our elementary schools and our public drinking fountains in parks and playgrounds.  The latest round of testing results have identified additional schools that have lead levels which exceed the recommended safety standard levels.  Those schools are:  Burr Elementary School, Countryside Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School, Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School, Mason Rice Elementary School, Williams Elementary , Brown Middle School, Newton North High School and Newton South High School.  Click here for the summary spreadsheet listing the most recent test results.  In addition, the City found actionable lead levels in several fountains at City Parks and Playgrounds:  Albemarle Playground, Cabot Park, and Crystal Lake Bathhouse (1st draw only).
Remediation for the Burr School will involve an entire replacement of the plumbing system.  The Mayor has outlined additional remediation steps in this memo which includes identification of service lines to residential homes and a commitment to continue testing and ensure public safety.  Those homeowners who have service lines that need to be replaced will be able to access MWRA no-interest loans in order to have those lines replaced.
In the meantime, residents are able to access home water lead test kits by going to the MWRA website and contacting the certified testing labs listed here.

I hope you are all keeping cool.

Below is a listing of City Council Committee and other City Board and Commission meetings.  

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  As always, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Wishing you a very happy and safe July for you and your families!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4




Zoning and Planning Committee to meet on Monday, July 18th

The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 18th to continue the public hearing on the Citizen’s to establish a moratorium to prohibit zone changes without written approval of surrounding landowners.  A memo from the Law Department can be found here.  The agenda can be found here.
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Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 18th

The following Boards and Commissions will be meeting this week:
  • Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room (B10) and are expected to discuss and review the following sign petitions:  kidWell Pediatric & Urgent Care for property located at 283 – 291 Centre Street and Planet Fitness for property located at 148 California Street. In addition, they will continue discussions of a potential commercial development at 143 Rumford Avenue.  The agenda can be found here and the packet of information including Planning Department staff memos can be found here. For additional information, contact Rachel Blatt by phone at 617-796-1128 or by email at rblatt@newtonma.gov.
  • Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission  will meet at 6:00 p.m. for a site visit at 374 Hammond Street to review the existing structure and proposed changes to plans that were previously approved.  The agenda for the site visit can be found here. The Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 for its regularly scheduled meet and is expected to discuss and review the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to review proposed changes for property located at 374 Hammond Street; request to renovate house, replace windows, roof and siding, add front dormer, rear mudroom, and breezeway, and add a half-story to the garage for property located at 34 Beacon Street; request to replace windows, side and rear entry doors and to install a new French door to the deck for property located at 29 Gate House Road; request to move carriage house and rebuild chimney for property located at 413 Hammond Road; request to repave driveway ex post facto for property located at 101 Old Orchard Road; and a request to connect existing stone walls in kind; install black ornamental fence behind stone wall for property located at 408 Hammond Street.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.


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Development Review Team – Potential project meetings

The Development Review Team has the following potential projects on their schedule for this week:
  • 260 Elliot Street – proposed reuse of the St. Elizabeth’s Center as a space for civic events
  • 198 California Street – potential multi-family dwelling in a Business 1 Zoning District
  • 1359 Centre Street – proposed mural requiring special permit
  • 1210-1220 Washington Street – proposed signage for the new Rockport offices
The agenda can be found here.
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Elementary School Building Project Monthly Update – Now Available

The Monthly Update on the Elementary School Building Projects  – Angier, Zervas and Cabot – is now available online and can be found here.
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I hope you all had a great weekend and a very Happy Father's Day.

A few things to note:
  1. The Programs and Services Committee will take up the proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance and Noise Ordinance Amendments this Wednesday.
  2. The Law Department has issued a memo in response to a question I raised regarding the recommendation from the Real Property Reuse Committee to sell an easement owned by the City in order to accommodate a development project previously approved located at 17-31 Herrick Road.  The memo can be found here.
  3. The Mayor has recommended appointments and re-appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  I have expressed concerns about the lack of diversity in the composition of this Board.
Below you will find this week's City Council highlights as well as a listing of City Council Committee and other City Board and Commission meetings.  

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  As always, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Again - just a reminder -  City Clerk David Olson has started a Newton City Council Newsletter.  To subscribe, contact David Olson at dolson@newtonma.gov.

Best wishes, happiness and good health!  Enjoy the great weather and enjoy the last week of school!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Full Council to Meet on Monday, June 20th: 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers

The Full Council will meet on Monday, June 20th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new docket can be found here.  Please note:  the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their annual awards prior to the Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Chambers.  In addition, the Council will recognize and award the Anthony B. Salvucci Scholarship to two recipients;  present a commendation to honor three high school students going into the military; present a commendation to recognized the 25th Anniversary of NewTV and its two recent Emmy Awards and; present a commendation to the Newton North Track Team for their outstanding season.
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Committee Reports now available

The following Committee Reports are now available and will be reported out at the June 20th Full Council Meeting:
  • Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee held a public hearing on June 7th on the Orr Block Proposal.  The proposal and petition was held but the report on the hearing can be found here.
  • Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on June 8th and discussed and voted to approve the following:  request for grant of location to install pipe on Lenglen Road across Washington Street; request for grant of location to install conduit in Upland Avenue; request for grant of location to install conduit in Wendell Road from a gas main on Dedham Street; request for grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Brookline Street for 12 Old Farm Road for new gas service; and a request for grant of location  to attach wireless communication equipment to existing utility poles at Grove Street (near corner of Grove and Washington Streets).  All other items were held – including the request for authorization to enter into a settlement agreement with National Grid.  The report can be found here.
  • Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on June 8th and discussed and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $250,000 from Free Cash for FY2016 Police Overtime; and a request for a triennial renewal of the Needham Shuttle Bus license. Two items were voted No Action Necessary:  request for a presentation and discussion of the “Complete Streets Policy” and “Complete Streets Prioritization Plan” with the Department of Public Works and Planning Department and request for temporary increase in the number of Chief of Operations in the Fire Department. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
  • Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on June 13th and voted to approve the following:  appointment of Michael Engel as Trustee of the Chapin Fund; re-appointment of Edward Gourdeau as Constable; request for appropriation of certain mitigation funds derived from various special permits to fund certain traffic and pedestrian improvements; request to authorize the transfer of $600,000 from Current Year Wage Reserve to Fire Department Full-time Salary Account to fund retroactive pay for the firefighter’s account (approved as amended – $700,000); request for authorization to appropriate $400,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund completion of the design for Cabot Elementary School; request for authorization to appropriate $250,000 from Free Cash to the Police Department Overtime Account; request for authorization to to transfer $50,000 from Wage Reserve to Traffic Safety Full-time Salaries to for retroactive payments for employees of AFSCME Local 2913 – Parking Control/Traffic Enforcement; request for authorization to appropriate $21,898 from Free Cash to Fire Station Maintenance, Telephone Account to pay unpaid past telephone bills; and a proposed ordinance to regulate drones – registration fees and fines.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request for a temporary increase in the number of Chief of Operations in the Fire Department.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
  • Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on June 13th and voted to approve the following: appointment of Michael Rossi to the Zoning Board of Appeals as a member; appointment of Joshua Lewin to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an Associate member; re-appointment of Michael Quinn to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an Associate member; re-appointment of Treffle Lafleche to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an Associate member; re-appointment of Harvey Creem as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals; re-appointment of William McLaughlin as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals; and a zoning amendment to regulate front-facing garages in residential zones.  The report can be found here.
  • Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on June 14th and voted to approve the following:  consistency ruling regarding a special permit/site plan approval which involved a change of use from office to retail for property located at 131-181 Needham Street and 180 Needham Street; petition for a special permit/site plan approval to extend a non-conforming structure to construct a bathroom addition for property located at 226-228 California Street (see Draft Council Order) ; petition for a special permit/site plan approval and an extension of a non-conforming use to add dormers to an attic for property located at 47 Lewis Street (see Draft Council Order) ; and a special permit/site plan approval to extend the non-conforming FAR to add a 227 sq. foot addition over existing living space and construct a 627 sq. ft. detached garage for property located at 39 Hawthorne Avenue (see Draft Council Order).  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
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Upcoming City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 20th – Leaf Blower Discussion on Wednesday – Programs and Services

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:
  • Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee has cancelled their meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st.  The cancellation notice can be found here.
  • Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211.  The Committee is expected to meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee to discuss the Community Preservation Committee’s recommendation to appropriate $2.5 million to the Parks and Recreation Department for the rehabilitation of the Newton Highlands Playground project.  The Committee will then move on to the long-awaited proposed Leaf Blower ordinance and amendments to the Noise Ordinance.  The Committee’s agenda can be foundhere.
  • Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The Committee is expected to discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install conduit across Willow Street to service the Fire Station located at 31 Willow Street; petition for a grant of location to install a 12 inch main drain extension in front of property located at 30 Drumlin Road; petition for a grant of location to attach wireless communication equipment to existing utility poles located near 224 Craft Street; joint meeting with the Programs and Services Committee to discuss the Community Preservation Committee’s recommendation to appropriate $2.5 million to the Parks and Recreation Department for the rehabilitation of the Newton Highlands Playground project; request for a waiver from the 5-58 process in order to construct an accessory building as part of the rehabilitation of the Newton Highlands Playground; and a request to track and improve the condition of the gas utility structure.  The agenda can be found here.
  • Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Committee is expected to discuss the following:  License Renewal request for Boston College Bus licenses; and an appeal of the Traffic Council decision made on February 25, 2016 that established a 15‐minute parking zone, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in front of 25 Chestnut Street.  The Committee’s agenda can be found here.
  • Financial Audit Advisory Committee:  The Financial Audit Advisory Committee’s Risk Assessment, Monitoring & Compliance Subcommittee is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 24th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss development of risk assessment policies and/or a program.  The agenda can be found here.
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Monthly Executive Report regarding Status of School Building Projects – now available

The Monthly Report regarding the status of our elementary school building projects is now available and can be found here.
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Development Review Team meetings – Week of June 20th

The Development Review Team will be meeting this week, June 20th, on the following potential land use petitions:
  • Potential Administrative Site Plan Review for expanded use at the Lasell Boathouse;
  • Potential Special Permit for proposed multi-family development including attached dwellings for property located at 1058 Beacon Street;
  • Preliminary discussions on potential proposal for attached dwellings for property located at 19-21 Orchard Street;
  • Signage discussion for property located at 1210-1220 Washington Street; and
  • Potential accessory apartment within a non-conforming two-family dwelling located at 246 Central Street;
The DRT schedule can be found here.
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Traffic Council to meet Thursday, June 23rd – 7:00 p.m.

The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The Council is expected to discuss the following:
  • request for parking regulations on Oak Avenue to address commuter parking issues;
  • request for no parking signage on Woodside Road between Kirkstall and Oakwood;
  • request for review and possible change of parking restrictions on Carter Street;
  • request for no parking restrictions on Ward Street in front of Congregation Beth El-Atareth;
  • request for review and possible changes to the parking regulations on Charles Street, between the underpass and the dead end, as well as on Riverside Road; and
  • request for parking restrictions on Albert Road.
The Council Agenda can be found here.
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Newton Historical Commission to Meet on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

The Newton Historical Commission will meet this Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Commission is expected to discuss the following:
  • request to authorize a study report for a proposed Local Historic District in West Newton;
  • request to move a house and garage on the same lot for property located at391 Dedham Street;
  • request to demolish a barn for property located at 1058 Beacon Street;
  • request to demolish a building for property located at 121-123 Oak Street;
  • request to demolish a house for property located at 45 Chester Street;
  • request to demolish a house for property located at 496 Auburn Street;
  • request to waive a demolition delay on a carriage house for property located at1016 Centre Street; and a
  • request to waive a demolition delay for property located at 50 Grace Road.
Please review the minutes from the April 28th meeting if you are interested in any of the requests for demolition – full and partial that were approved administratively (without a public hearing).
The Commission’s agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.
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Recent School Committee Documents – now available

The Council has received recent of School Committee/Department reports.
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I hope you all enjoyed this weekend's beautiful weather!

Below you will find this week's City Council highlights as well as a listing of other City Board and Commission meetings and upcoming City events.

Two things:  1) a very special shout-out to Councilor David Kalis on his performance as PT Barnum this past weekend at the JCC, and 2) please note that the Council is in receipt of the filing for a zone change and a special permit/site plan approval for the Orr Block and Orr Building in Newtonville. Hearing is scheduled for June 7th.

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe as well.  Also, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Again - just a reminder -  City Clerk David Olson has started a Newton City Council Newsletter.  To subscribe, contact David Olson at dolson@newtonma.gov.

Best wishes, happiness and good health!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Council Committee Meetings – Week of May 16th

The Real Property Reuse Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 17th at 7 p.m. in Room 211 and discuss the following items:  a request to amend a Board Order previously granted for a renewable lease for a subsurface easement beneath city-owned land 1294 Centre Street, Newton Centre, for vehicular access to 17-31 Herrick Road – the petitioner is seeking to purchase the easement and a request to amend Chapter 2, Section 7 to clarify the classification of properties regarding purpose, use, and ownership, the procedure to handle reused properties, and to address additional necessary changes.  The agenda can be found here.
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Full Council Budget Deliberations begin – Monday – May 16th following Full Council Meeting

The Full Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole led by the Finance Committee and Finance Committee’s Chair, Lenny Gentile following the Full Council Meeting on Monday, May 16th.  The agenda for the Committee of the Whole meeting on May 16th can be found here. The Committee Reports for each departmental budget can be found here.  In addition, the Council will meet in Committee of the Whole this Wednesday, May 18th at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Agenda can be found here.
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Full Council to Meet on Monday, May 16th and May 18th

The Full Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  Following the Council meeting, the Council will convene in Committee of the Whole to begin budget deliberations.  The Reports Docket can be found here, the new Docket can be found here, the Docket addendum can be foundhere, and the Committee of the Whole Agenda can be found here.
In addition, the Full Council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to continue budget deliberations and also take up two additional items:  request for authorization to transfer $28,226.40 from Treasury Parking Ticket collection to Radio Communications Equipment to fund the purchase of handheld devices to implement the “Pay-by-Phone: parking application, and request for authorization for the City to enter into a settlement agreement with Boston Gas Company d/b/a National Grid.  The Docket can be found here and the Committee of the Whole Agenda can be found here.
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Committee Reports Now Available

The following committee reports are now available:
Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee met on May 3rd.  The Committee voted to approve a petition to create 4 attached dwelling units in an existing two-family dwelling and include waivers from the height and number of stories, the side setback, and to locate parking and a driveway within a setback for property located at 1110 Chestnut Street.  The draft Board Order can be found here.  Additional documents related to this petition including Planning and Zoning memos and plans can be found here.  The petition for a special permit/site plan approval for a proposed storage facility at 255-257 Newtonville Avenue and the petition for a special permit/site plan approval to allow an association of persons in a common dwelling where inhabitants will share common living spaces at 27 Waverley Avenue were both held.  The full report can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, May 4th and voted to approve two mayoral appointments and two mayoral re-appointments to the Jackson Homestead.  The report can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, May 4th and voted to approve the following:  a grant of location to install conduit and two manholes in Elliot Street, a grant of location to install conduit in Franklin Street, a request to appropriate and expend $500,000 from Free Cash to supplement  Chapter 90, override and grant funding for street paving in Fiscal Year 2017, a transfer request of $250,000 from Public Works Full-time Salaries Account to supplement vehicle repairs and recyclable collections accounts, a request to amend a board order previously approving 60 Elliot Street as a solar car canopy site with 70 Elliot Street, a transfer request of 75,642 from the Public Buildings Full-time Salaries Account to the Public Buildings Repairs and Maintenance Account to fund purchase of CO2 Detectors, major elevator, electrical repairs, and other repair requests, and a request to appropriate $99,475 from Free Cash to the Public Buildings Department for installation of security cameras at City Hall and the Police Department.  The report can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Thursday, May 5th and voted to approve an ordinance regulating the use of drones.  The report and the proposed draft ordinance can be found here.  The item still has to go to Finance for approval.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, May 9th and voted to approve the following:  a request for authorization to expend a reimbursable Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant of $22,070 to purchase equipment and related items for the Fire Department’s heavy duty rescue truck,  a request for authorization to accept and appropriate a gift of $200,000 to be used to purchase a van or to provide transportation for senior citizens and/or for the benefit Senior programs, a request for authorization to appropriate and expend $116,912.87 from E-Rate Receipts – Schools for network improvements for the Newton Public Schools, a request for authorization to appropriate and expend $500,000 from Free Cash to supplement Chapter 90, override and grant funding for street paving in Fiscal Year 2017, a transfer request request for $250,000 from Public Works Full-time Salaries Account to fund vehicle parts and recyclable collections, a request to appropriate $12,061.20 from the Special Appropriation Fund created from ticket receipts to fund training for building inspectors, a request to accept and appropriate $39,080 from the inter-agency agreements with the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Homelessness Consortium Continuum of Care for administrative services provided by the City of Newton in Fiscal Years 2014/2015, a request to accept and appropriate $99,126 from the inter-agency agreements executed between the City of Newton and the Brookline-Newton-Waltham-Watertown Homelessness Consortium Continuum of Care for administrative services provided by the City of Newton in Fiscal Year 2015/2016, a request to amend a board order previously approving 60 Elliot Street as a solar car canopy site with 70 Elliot Street, a transfer request of 75,642 from the Public Buildings Full-time Salaries Account to the Public Buildings Repairs and Maintenance Account to fund purchase of CO2 Detectors, major elevator, electrical repairs, and other repair requests, a request to appropriate $99,475 from Free Cash to the Public Buildings Department for installation of security cameras at City Hall and the Police Department, and a request for authorization to appropriate $250,000 from the Override Capital Project Stabilization Fund to fund busing costs associated with the Zervas Elementary School building project for the January 2016 – June 2016 timeframe.  The report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, May 9th and voted to approve 3 Mayoral appointments and 2 Mayoral re-appointments to the Economic Development Commission .  The report can be foundhere.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, May 10th and voted to approve the following requests for special permit/site plan approval applications:  a request for a temporary one-day license pursuant to Sec. 30-2.3.3 of the City of Newton Ordinances to hold the 12TH ANNUAL WABAN VILLAGE DAY on Sunday, May 22, 2016, a request to create an accessory apartment in the basement level of the unit for property located at 11 Bridge Street, a request to exceed the FAR to .64 where .46 is the maximum allowable for property located at 23 Howe Road (note the vote was 4 – 0 – 3(abstaining),  a request to demolish an existing detached garage and construct a new wider garage connected to the principle structure which exceeds the non-conforming FAR, and variances from side and front setback and lot coverage requirements to make the home accessible for property located at 37 Westbourne Road,  a request to construct an addition by adding a two-car garage on the first level, a kitchen above the garage and to expand the existing third floor to add a master suite which will increase the FAR from .33 to .48 where .40 is the maximum allowed by right for property located at 45 Perkins Street, and a request to waive 23 parking stalls by increasing the already nonconforming shortfall by 8 where there are currently 126 while 140 is required for combined uses for property at 260 Elliot Street.  All other items were held.  The report can be foundhere.  Please click on the property address links to view the associated draft Council Orders.  More specific information related to each of the petitions can be found here.  Scroll down to the specific address.
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Additional City Board/Commission Meetings – Week of May 16th

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria and is scheduled to discuss the following applications for sign permits:
  • 276 Church Street –YMCA
  • 739 Beacon Street- Cambridge Savings Bank-Temporary Sign
  • 308 Walnut Street – Cambridge Savings Bank-Temporary Sign
  • 1365 Centre Street – Newton Centre Shell
  • 63 Union Street – The Organic Lab
  • 200-220 Boylston Street – Modifications to the Comprehensive sign package for Bon Me and European Wax Center
In addition, the Commission will take up the following:
  • Conceptual review of a proposal at 1615 Beacon Street and
  • Conceptual review of a proposal at 1-55 Boylston Street.
The agenda can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.  For more information, please contact Rachel Blatt by phone at 617-796-1127 or by email at rblatt@newtonma.gov.
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The Commission is expected to take up the following:
  • continued discussion of Article 3 (mayor vs. city manager, CAO)
  • further discussion of Article 4 (School Committee term limits)
  • Article 1 (Straw Vote): Incorporation; Form of Government; Powers of the City
The agenda can be found here.  The next Public Hearing is scheduled for June 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and they will take public comment related to Articles 2,3, and 4 (Legislative, Executive, School Committee)  of Newton’s City Charter, and the Commission’s work-to-date on these articles.
Comments and/or questions should be sent to:  chartercommission@newtonma.gov.
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting for Thursday, May 19th meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 26th.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Upcoming City Events and Announcements

Newton-In-Motion Event:  The Transportation Demonstration Workshop that was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 13th-14th, was postponed due to inclement weather.  One of the primary materials used to make this a temporary demonstration is washable paint.
The City has rescheduled the demonstration to June 10th-11th.  The intersection of Washington Street and Walnut Street will feature a temporary traffic configuration that will demonstrate how the intersection could be redesigned to be more welcoming to all users. The temporary configuration will be made of moveable materials and will include elements like curb extensions, pedestrian islands, bike lanes, parklets, and art programming. Kids welcome and encouraged to participate.  More information is available here.
Masquerade Ball:  The Department of Senior Services and the Parks and Recreation Department are sponsoring a Masquerade Ball on Thursday, May 19th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street.  The event is for ages 55+.  Tickets are $30 and transportation is available for Newton residents.  Cocktails begin a 6 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing.  The flyer can be found here.
Celebrate Arts and Culture:  If you haven’t already checked out some of the exciting arts, music, culture, and entertainment programs yet, the City of Newton and Newton Community Pride Committee have organized a three month festival of the arts.  A calendar of events can be found here.
Introduction to Newton History:  On Wednesday, May 18th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Nathaniel Allen House located at 35 Webster Street in West Newton, the Historic Newton, an Historic Newton educator will give a presentation about Newton’s rich and varied past.  This talk traces Newton’s history beginning with the Native people who originally settled in the area, to the founding of Newton in the 17thcentury, through the 20th century and will include a history of the families who once lived in the historic homes and grounds that now house the museums.  Free with Show House admission, $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information, contact 617-536-9640.

2016 Newton House Tour:  Historic Newton’s 34th annual House Tour will be held on Sunday, May 22nd from noon – 5:00 p.m. beginning at the Durant Kenrick House and Grounds located at 286 Waverly Avenue.  The Tour features a select group of remarkable Newton homes and non-commercial properties that showcase excellence in historic preservation, restoration, and creative modern interpretation. Visit properties that represent a broad range of styles and come away with a greater appreciation of Newton’s architectural heritage. Ticket sales benefit Historic Newton’s programming. Advance sale tickets: $30 for Historic Newton members/$35 for nonmembers. Prices increase $5 per ticket on tour day. Order throughwww.historicnewton.org or call 617-796-1450.




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Additional Communications – School Related

The following documents have been submitted to the Full Council:
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Here are this week's City Council highlights.  
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Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Superintendent’s Proposed FY2017 Budget now available online

The Superintendent and the School Committee presented the FY2017 Budget before a joint meeting of the Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee on Wednesday, April 13th.  The proposed budget can be found here.  The proposed budget requests $211,177,825 which represents a $7.5 million increase over the previous year’s budget. The Committee members received additional information regarding indirect Newton Public Schools costs that are included in the municipal budget.  That information can be found at this link:  School Budget Info (1).  Both the Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee voted on a straw vote to approve.  No final vote will be taken until the Council convenes in Committee of the Whole.
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City Council Meetings week of April 18th

Here are the following Full Council meetings for the week of April 18th:
Full Council:  The Full Council will meet on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Reports Docket can be found here. This week’s reports docket includes recommendation to approve two Community Preservation Committee appropriation requests:  a $2 million request for the historic renovation of the Nathaniel Allen House, and a $471,117 request for CAN-DO to create two units of permanently affordable housing units at 10-12 Cambria Road.  The New Docket can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  review a report from the Police Department on the semi-annual taxi license/public auto inspections, a proposed ordinance regulating the operation and regulation of drones, and continued discussion with the Chief of Police and the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation on the use of drones.  The full agenda can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  appropriation request for $56,000 from Free Cash to pay the final installment for the purchase of a quadrant of graves for veterans in the Newton Cemetery, a request to appropriate and expend $300,000 from Free Cash to fund removal of all dead and known dangerous trees, review of the following budgets:  Veteran’s Services, Historic Newton, Newton Free Library, and Parks and Recreation Department budgets along with the 2017-2021 Capital Improvement and Supplemental Capital Improvement budgets.  The full agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  a request to appropriate and expend $160,000 from Free Cash in order to fund operations and maintenance for FY 2016 for the Aquinas facility, discussion of the Public Buildings Department Budget, and the 2017-2021 Capital Improvement and Supplemental Capital Improvement budgets.  The full agenda can be foundhere.
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Committee Reports Now Available

The following Committee Reports are now available:
Land Use Committee Report from April 5th, 2016:  The Land Use Committee met on April 5th and voted to approve and recommend the following:  request to amend a special permit previously granted to add an exterior elevator and roof decking for property located at 95 Elm Street – Paddy’s, and a request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit to repurpose and existing vacant building into a mixed use facility for property located at 300 Boylston Street – Atrium Wellness Center.  The request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 3 story self storage facility for property located at 255-257 Newtonville Avenue was held.  The full report can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee Report from April 6th, 2016:  The Public Facilities Committee met on April 6th and voted to approve and recommend the following:  a request from Cellco Partnership/Verizon Wireless for a grant of located to attach wireless communication equipment to various existing utility poles (Note:  the Committee held two double pole locations – Grove Street and Crafts Street locations), and a request to authorize the transfer of $425,000 from the Public Works Street Maintenance Full-time Salaries Account to various accounts to fund traffic signalization, traffic signal knock-downs, and street light work.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request that the City create a website and email list related to work on Cook’s Bridge.  All other items were held – including a request for a grant of location to install conduit in Franklin Street and a discussion item related to the condition of the gas utility infrastructure. The full report can be found here.
Finance Committee Report from April 11th, 2016:  The Finance Committee met on April 11th and voted to approve and recommend the following:  a Community Preservation Committee recommendation to appropriate $2,000,000 to the Newton Cultural Alliance for the historic rehabilitation of the Nathaniel Allen House – 35 Webster Street as a community cultural center, a Community Preservation Committee recommendation to appropriate $471,117 to CAN-DO to create two permanently affordable rental housing units at 10-12 Cambria Road, request to transfer $425,000 from the Public Works Street Maintenance Full-time Salaries Account to fund traffic signalization, traffic signal knockdowns and streetlight work – which would include the War Memorial lighting project and the traffic signals at Crafts and Linwood Avenue.  The full report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee Report from April 11th, 2016:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on April 11th and voted to approve and recommend the following:  a Community Preservation Committee recommendation to appropriate $2,000,000 to the Newton Cultural Alliance for the historic rehabilitation of the Nathaniel Allen House – 35 Webster Street as a community cultural center and a request to appropriate $125,000 and transfer $200,000 from the Planning Departments Full-time Salaries Account to a Planning Department’s Consultants Account for the purpose of funding Phase 2 of Zoning Reform.  All other items were held.  The full report can be found here.
Land Use Committee Report from April 12th, 2016:  The Land Use Committee met on April 12th and voted to approve and recommend the following:  a petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to build additions to the rear and side of the existing structure on the basement and first floor levels, and enclose a porch to create living space, which will further increase the non-conforming floor area ratio and to regrade the property, which will further increase the nonconforming height of the existing structure for property located at 413 Hammond Street (draft Council Order can be found here), a petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to further increase a nonconforming FAR by expanding the front of a garage for property located at 1573 Beacon Street (draft Council Order can be found here), a petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to further increase the nonconforming FAR by adding a second story rear addition over an existing room for property located at 99 Oxford Road (draft Council Order can be found here), and a petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend a non-conforming structure with respect to the front setback, FAR, lot coverage and open space for property located at 360 WardStreet (draft Council Order can be found here).  All other items were held.  The full report can be found here.
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Additional City Committee Meetings – Week of April 18th

The following Committees will also convene this week:
Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to renovate the exterior of the house, add a second story to the rear addition and bump out, build a rear and side deck, replace the rail system and balustrade on the front porch, build a central chimney box, and build a three- car garage for property located at 39 Hawthorne Avenue, two requests for Certificates of Hardship for Lasell College for property located at 25 Maple Terrace and property located at 0 Myrtle Avenue to install two temporary modular classrooms (at each site), utility poles and transformers in existing parking lots, and a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows for property located at 167 Woodland Road. The official agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria and is expected to review the following sign requests:  170 Needham Street – Jimmy John’s,  790-794 Beacon Street – Webster Bank, 36-44 Langley Road – Yosemite Eyewear, 1280 Centre Street – B Glamorous, and 1-27 Boylston Street – MiniLuxe.  In addition, they will conduct a conceptual review of the proposed development in Newtonville – the Orr Block – (241-261 Walnut St; 845-875 Washington St, 0-22 Bailey Place, and 6-22 Washington Terrace). The official agenda can be found here, the packet documents can be found here, and the staff’s memo on the various petitions can be found here. For more information, please contact Rachal Blatt by phone at 617-796-1127 or by email at:  rblatt@newtonma.gov.
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following Certificate of Appropriateness requests for the following locations:  46 Suffolk Road – request to approve removal of shutters and to approve viewsheds, 374 Hammond Street – request to modify approved plans and conditions; request to install air conditioning condenser units, 360 Hammond Street – request to install a fence along the Reservoir Avenue property line, 41 Old Orchard Road – request to build an addition and install a dormer on the rear. The full agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:bkurze@newtonma.gov.Good morning Newton Residents!

I hope you had a great April weekend.  Here is this week's report.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

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Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Boston Marathon – Monday, April 18th – expect detours and delays

Please be advised that road closures along Washington Street will occur beginning at:
  • 8:30am, from the Wellesley line to Beacon Street. 
  • 8:00am, from Beacon Street to Commonwealth Avenue.
Please be advised that road closures along Commonwealth Avenue will occur beginning at:
  • 8:00am from Washington Street to the Boston line.Parking restrictions will be in place along the Marathon route, Commonwealth Avenue – Carriage lanes and portions of those streets that feed into the Marathon route. 
    Also, this year’s event will have added security and all bags and coolers are subject to be searched by the Police.  
    Residents who live on Homer Street between Commonwealth Ave and Walnut Street, Walnut Street between Commonwealth Ave and Homer Street, Cummings Road and North Street should be advised that this will be a Police Security Zone and therefore will be open to residents of these streets only from 8am – 6pm.   
The City is also warning contractors and homeowners that NO WORK is allowed on Monday, April 18th if the property is located on the Boston Marathon Route.
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City Council Meetings week of April 11th

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, April 11th jointly with the Finance Committee at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss a Community Preservation Committee recommendation to appropriate and expend $2,000,000 for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance for the historic rehabilitation of the Allen House.  The Committee will then convene in Room 205 to discuss the following:  rezoning petition for lots located 41, 45, 47 and 51 Glen Avenue from MR1 to SR2, request for authorization to appropriate $125,000 from Free Cash and transfer $200,000 from the Planning Department’s Full-time Salary Account to the Planning Department’s Consultants Account for the purposes of Funding Phase 2 of Zoning Reform, a resolution requesting training in Fair Housing Laws and regulations for all municipal public bodies that have decision making authority or advisory role regarding land use, zoning or housing issues, and an proposal to create an ordinance requiring a Fair Housing Statement and a HUD logo on all notices on all public hearing or meeting notices permitting or funding any residential development.  The full agenda and supporting materials can be foundhere.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, April 11th jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss a Community Preservation Committee recommendation to appropriate and expend $2,000,000 for a grant to the Newton Cultural Alliance for the historic rehabilitation of the Allen House.  The Committee will then discuss the following:  a Community Preservation Committee recommendation to appropriate $471,117 for a grant to CAN-DO to create two units of permanently affordable rental housing at 10-12 Cambria Road, and a request to appropriate $425,000 from Department of Public Works Street Maintenance Full-time Salaries Account to fund traffic signalization, traffic signal knockdowns, streetlight work. The full agenda and supporting material can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will hold public hearings on the following:  petition for a special permit/site plan approval to build additions to the rear and side of the existing structure on the basement and first floor levels and enclose a porch to create living space which will further increase the non-conforming FAR from .47 to .50 where .31 is the maximum allowed by right and increase the non-conforming height from 37.4 to 37.7 where 36 is the maximum allowed by right for property located at 413 Hammond Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to create a two-story garage/barn style addition to the rear of an existing structure to allow a private garage with a footprint of 1,169 square feet with provisions for four cars where 700 sq. ft. and three cars is allowed by right at 2171 Commonwealth Avenue, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to further increase non-conforming FAR by expanding the front of a garage at 1573 Beacon Street, petition for a special permit/site plan approval to allow an association of persons in a common dwelling where inhabitants will share common living spaces at27 Waverly Avenue, special permit/site plan approval to further increase the non-conforming FAR by adding a second story rear addition over an existing room at 99 Oxford Road, and a petition for a special permit/site plan approval to extend a non-conforming structure with respect to the front setback, FAR, lot coverage and open space for property located at 360 Ward Street.  The full agenda can be found here.  The Planning Memos, Plans and Backup Materials can all be found here.  Please note, the petition for a special permit/site plan approval for 37 Westbourne Roadhas been withdrawn.  The Letter requesting Withdrawal can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet jointly with the Finance Committee on Wednesday, April 13th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to discuss the proposed School Department Budget and related CIP. The full agenda can be found here.
Financial Audit Advisory Committee’s Accounting and Audit Subcommittee:  The subcommittee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 13th beginning at 8 a.m. in Room 211 and is expected to review responses to the Auditor’s Management Letter with representatives from the Police Department, Information Technology Department, Planning and Development Department and the Human Resources Department.  The agenda can be found here.
Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
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Other City Committee Meetings – Week of April 11th

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet on Monday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:   review of the CDBG Report, Handicap Parking fines, a Handicap Parking 1‐16 space request, the ADA Coordinator’s Report, the Treasurer’s Report, an MAAB Variance at Boston College’s Bapst Library, and approval of the March meeting minutes.  For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at:  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.
Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following: proposed development in Newtonville at the corner of Washington and Walnut Streets, preparation for a presentation of the 2015 Annual Report for the Zoning and Planning Committee meeting on May 9th, update on the Elliot Street bridge project, an update on the N2 Corridor consulting project, and any other business that may come before the Commission. For more information, please contact Nancy Hyde by phone at 617-796-1122 or by email at:  nhyde@newtonma.gov.
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission met on Saturday, April 9th at 8:30 a.m. at 374 Hammond Street  to review existing site and structure conditions and to review potential changes to previously approved plans.  In addition, the Commission will meet on Thursday, April 14th at 5:30 p.m. at 46 Suffolk Road to review the view corridors. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.  The site visit agenda for 46 Suffolk Road can be foundhere.
Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following: a project report on the citywide Historic Architecture Survey to 1870 where $37,500 was appropriated in 2010, and a pre‐proposal from the Planning Department for $20,000 for consultant funding to survey a possible new Newton Highlands Local Historic District.  For more information please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at 617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.  A link to information regarding the Architectural Survey can be found here.  A link to information related to the pre-proposal request for the potential Newton Highlands Local Historic District can be found here.
Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission: The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness: request to replace vertical siding with cedar shingles, to replace both entry doors, and to replace gable window with a larger window for property located at 4 Shawmut Park, and . a request to install a patio at the rear of the house for property located at 1277 Boylston Street.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov. The agenda can be found here.
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe as well.

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Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Zoning and Planning Committee to Meet Monday, March 14th – Three Public Hearings and Public Comment session

The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 14th beginning at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The agenda can be found here.The Committee will hold public hearings on the following items:
  • Proposal to amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow Health Club use in Business 1, Business 2 and Business 4 Districts and to clarify the definition of “Personal Service” as it relates to health and fitness uses.
  • Proposal to amend the Zoning Ordinance which allows Health Club use in Manufacturing, Limited Manufacturing and Mixed Use 1 and 2 Districts.
  • Request for amendments to the recently adopted and reformatted Zoning Ordinance to address edits or incorrectly transcribed ordinance provisions.
Legal Notice and proposed language for the hearings on the proposed amendments related to Health Clubs can be found here and the Planning Department memo on these items can be found here.
The Planning Department memo on the request to allow technical amendments to the recently adopted and reformatted Zoning Ordinance can be found here.
The Committee will then hold a public comment session on the following item:
  • Proposal to amend 22-50 to require the demolition delay time period to restart in the event of a transfer of ownership.
Proposed language for this amendment can be found attached to the end of the Zoning and Planning Committee’s agenda here.
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Finance Committee to Meet Monday, March 14th

The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, March 14th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The Committee will review the June 30, 2015 Independent Financial Audit Report with Matt Hunt, the City’s independent auditor.  In addition, the Committee is scheduled to discuss the following:
  • acceptance of a $55,000 grant from National Grid for the purpose of strengthening energy management programs in municipal and public school buildings, as well as funding a climate change vulnerability assessment;
  • a request for authorization to appropriate and expend $8,204 from Free Cash to settle a claim regarding damage to a fence;
  • a request to appropriate and expend $53,839 from the Judgements and Settlements Account and $76,768 from Free Cash to satisfy a reinstatement order for a Municipal Employees Association employee;
  • a request for$4,500 from the Charter Commission for research and public outreach; a request to appropriate and expend $20,900 from mitigation funds from the Special Permit granted to the Marriott Hotel for planting and beautification purposes;
  • a request to transfer $223,865 from the Snow and Ice Budget Reserve Account for tree services;
  • a request to authorize and expend $3,400,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the completion of the next phase of construction of the Fire Station 3/Headquarters Project;
  • a request for authorization to enter into negotiations for the potential lease and solar installation on city properties – newly constructed carport structures at Newton South High School and newly constructed carport structures at the Newton Free Library;
  • a request for authorization to enter into an Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Town of Needham detailing Needham’s obligation to fund half of the construction contract costs associated with repairs to the jointly owned Elliot Street/Central Avenue Bridge and to potentially authorize additional funds for an additional scope of work required by the Newton Upper Falls Historic Commission, which is excluded from the agreement;
  • a request to create a storm water rate fee structure based upon square footage of impervious surface area;
  • a request to appropriate $83,133 from Free Cash to the Human Resources Department for consulting services to audit the Retiree Drug Receipts Account;.
  • a request to rescind previously approved MWRA sewer borrowing authorization balances that have not and will not be spent; and
  • a request to appropriate and expend $253,808.90 to cover bond issuance costs to associated with the City’s January 2016 bond sale.
The Committee’s agenda and supporting documentation can be found here.
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Land Use Committee to Meet on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m.

The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Land Use Committee agenda can be found here.  The Committee is scheduled to hold 4 public hearings on the following special permit applications:
  • a request for an extension of time for a special permit previously granted to demolish an existing single-story commercial building and construct a new two-story commercial building with a parking facility with 11 stall for property located at 112 Needham Street.
  • a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to extend a non-conforming structure by removing an existing sunroom and replacing it with a larger room with finished space above and additional basement space in an existing 3 1/2 story non-conforming single-family dwelling with a non-conforming front setback for property located at 147 Newtonville Avenue. The Planning Department memo can be found here.
  • a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to locate parking within 5 feet of the street where a variance to construct a detached garage located .25 feet from the street was granted for property located at150 Newtonville Avenue. The link to the Planning Department memo is not currently available.
  • a request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval for a rear lot subdivision to construct a two-family dwelling on a 12,084 sf lot and maintain an existing two-family dwelling on a 10,699 sf lot for property located at 103 Court Street. The Planning Department memo can be found here.
Supporting documentation for the above Special Permit Applications (with the exception of the Needham Street application) can be found here.  Scroll down to the address of the specific application.  You can also go to the City Council’s Friday Packet page and obtain supporting documentation for Newtonville Avenue and Court Street applications. The Friday Packet link is located at the bottom right hand corner of the City’s Home Web Page and is updated weekly.
The Committee will also discuss the following:  a request to amend a Special Permit which was previously granted to construct a four-unit multi-family townhouse style dwelling, in order to construct a retaining wall of more than four feet and to reflect the dwelling as built – which is one square foot larger than what was previously approved for property located at 131 Charlesbank Road. The Planning Department memo can be found here. Supporting materials for the original Charlesbank Road Special Permit Application can be found here. Scroll down to Charlesbank Road.



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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 14th

Commission on Disability: The Commission will meet on Monday, March 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. According to the Planning Department’s Weekly Friday Report, the Commission is scheduled to discuss the following:  the CDBG Report, the Handicap Parking Fines Report, the ADA Coordinator’s Report, the Alternative Housing Voucher Program, the MAAB Variance at 227 Washington Street, the renovation of Newton Fire Headquarters and Station 3, Newton-in-Motion, and approval of January meeting minutes. Please contact Jini Fairley by phone at 617-796-1253 or by email at: jfairley@newtonma.gov.
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
Urban Design Commission: The Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room. The Commission is scheduled to review 7 sign applications:  Mini Luxe located at 1-27 Boylston Street, Care Laser located at 345 Boylston Street, CareOne at Newton located at 2101 WashingtonStreetBrickFire Pizza located at 1214 Chestnut StreetThe Towers located at 250 Hammond Pond Parkway, Crate and Barrel located at 199 Boylston Street, and Upper Falls Fine Wine & Spirits located at 148-150 Needham Street.  In addition, the Commission will hear a fence appeal for a fence located at 10 Burnham Road, and conduct a conceptual review of the proposed residential development of 1615 Beacon Street. The agenda can be found here and the packet of supporting documents can be found here. Please contact Rachel Blatt by phone at:  617-796-1127 or by email at: rblatt@newtonma.gov.
Conservation Commission: The Commission will meet on Thursday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The Commission is scheduled to discuss the following Notice of Intent Applications:  City of Newton seeking a continuation for a filing for Hammond Brook Culvert; Storage Development Partners filing to demolish existing buildings and construct a self-storage facility for property located at 255-257 Newtonville Avenue; and a request from Ellen Meyers for a proposed addition with a conversion of 50 sf of lawn and proposed mitigation plantings for front lawn for property located at 431 Albemarle Road.   The Commission is also scheduled to review Land Management Budget Planning, Leash Law signs, boardwalks,  pedestrian counters and discuss the Draft Minor/Accessory Guidance document.  A detailed agenda can be found here and the packet of supporting material can be found here.  Please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Commission will meet on Thursday, March 17th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission will review the following requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:  request to approve removal of shutters and approve viewsheds for property located at 46 Suffolk Road, request to modify approved plans and conditions and to install air conditioning condenser units for property located at 374 Hammond Street, request to build a single-story addition on the rear of property located at 147 Chestnut Hill Road, request to replace windows, gutters and downspouts and to modify a front entry portico for property located at 408 Hammond Street, a request to replace windows, install a fence, extend a patio and reduce a paved driveway area for property located at 352 Hammond Street and a request to build an addition and install a dormer on the rear of property located at 41 Old Orchard Road.  The Commission’s agenda can be found here.  Please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

Last week, our community suffered an horrific tragedy and I just wanted to take a moment to pause and extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families and victims.

Here are this week's updates.

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Full City Council Meeting and New Docket

The regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council will be held on Monday, March 7th beginning at 7:45 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new docket can be found here.

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Traffic Council Report – February 25th, now available

The report from the Traffic Council’s meeting held on February 25th is now available and can be found here.
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Turtle Lane Playhouse Proposal, Additional Seating for Bertucci’s Restaurant and Accessory Apartment Proposal Recommended for Council Approval

The Land Use Committee will be recommending approval of the Turtle Lane Playhouse Proposal, Bertucci’s Restaurant request for additional seating and a proposal for an accessory apartment on Cornell Street in Newton Lower Falls to the full City Council on Monday, March 7th.  The proposed Council Order for the Turtle Land Playhouse proposal can be found here and the latest revised presentation can be found here.  The proposed Council Order for Bertucci’s Restaurant can be found here.  The proposed Council Order for the accessory apartment proposal for Cornell Street can be found here.  Additional information on all of these special permit requests can be found here.  Scroll down to the address or name of the petition. The Land Use Report can be foundhere.
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A whole lot of Committee Reports

February was a busy month for the Council Committees.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on February 17th and discussed the proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance and Noise Amendments.  The report can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on February 17th and voted to approve a $106,676.39 transfer request from Free Cash to a Fire Department Capital Account to fund installation of amplifying cable for Police and Fire radio coverage inside Newton South High School.  The report can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on February 17th and voted to approve the following:  2 grant of location requests from National Grid – Eastside Parkway and Centre Street; 1 grant of location request from Verizon for Saw Mill Brook Parkway; a transfer request of $94,500 from the Storm Water Management Cleaning Catch Basins Account and $37,760 from the Storm Water Management Consultants Account to a Storm Water Fund Capital Account to fund repairs for a section of storm drain in Adams Street; and a transfer request of $1 million from Budget Reserve for snow removal ($300,000 for Personnel Overtime and $700,000 for Rental Vehicles).  In addition, the Committee received updates on the following:  Zervas, Cabot and Aquinas school projects, and the following CIP projects:  Fire Station 10 and Fire Station 3 – Headquarters, Manet Road, Jackson Homestead, City Hall Accessibility, City Hall Customer Service Area, Police Annex, Crescent Street Housing proposal, Main Library Interior and HVAC system, Newton South High School air handler units, Ed Center Rehabilitation, City Hall Mechanicals and Austin Street.  The full report can be found here.
Committee of the Whole:  The Committee of the Whole met on February 22nd to discuss the purchase of 23 Parkview Avenue.  The report can be found here.  In addition, a memo from the Law Department with appraisals for the 23 Parkview Avenue property can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on February 22nd and voted to approve the following:  2 appointments to the Investment Advisory Committee, a $20,000 transfer within the Law Department’s budget for outside legal counsel for cable license renewals, a $106,676.39 transfer request from Free Cash to a Fire Department Capital Account to fund installation of amplifying cable for Police and Fire radio coverage inside Newton South High School, a gift acceptance of up to $70K from the Horace Mann PTO for playground improvements (apparatus purchase and playground surfacing), a betterment assessment for 71 Studio Road for Common Sewer Extension, a transfer request of $1 million from Budget Reserve for snow removal ($300,000 for Personnel Overtime and $700,000 for Rental Vehicles), a transfer request of $94,500 from the Storm Water Management Cleaning Catch Basins Account and $37,760 from the Storm Water Management Consultants Account to a Storm Water Fund Capital Account to fund repairs for a section of storm drain in Adams Street, and a transfer request of $12K within the Public Works Department budget to fund a part-time temporary position in the Transportation Division.  The full report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on February 22nd.  All items were held.  The report can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on February 23rd and voted to approve the following:  request for a temporary license from the Nonantum Neighborhood Association for Village Day, special permit and site plan approvals for accessory apartment on Cornell Street, the Turtle Lane Playhouse proposal and Bertucci’s request for additional seating.  The full report can be found here.
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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of March 7th

The City Council has a full schedule this week.
Following the Full Council meeting on Monday, March 7th, the Programs and Services Committee will hold a special meeting and has invited the all Council members to attend to learn more about the proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance.  The invitation can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee meeting has been cancelled. The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  In addition to its special meeting on March 7th, the Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 9th at 7:43 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  transfer request of 223,865 from Budget Reserve – Snow and Ice Account to the Parks and Recreation Overtime Account and the Forestry/Tree Services Account for contractual services, a re-appointment to the Urban Tree Commission, 2 re-appointments to the Parks and Recreation Commission and continued discussion of the Leaf Blower Ordinance and Noise Amendments.  The agenda and supporting material can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  2 grant of location requests by Eversource for Parkview Avenue and Crescent Street locations, continued discussion of the proposal to create a storm water rate fee structure, further discussion of the request to enter into negotiation for the potential lease of city properties for solar panel installation for carport structures at Newton South High School and the Newton Free Library, a request for $3.4 million from bonded indebtedness for completion of the Fire Station 3/Headquarters project, acceptance of the submission of the FY17 Capital Improvement Program and a request for authorization to enter into an Inter-Municipal Agreement with the Town of Needham to fund repairs to the Eliot/Central Avenue bridge.  The agenda and supporting material can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The Meeting Cancellation Notice can be found here.

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Additional City Board and Commission Meetings

Busy week for additional City Boards and Commissions.
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to hold a public hearing and discuss the following:  recommendation from the Commission on Disability to reprogram $99,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the Newton Highlands Playground project.  The agenda can be found here.
Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 208 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  a request for Certificate of Appropriateness to replace garage doors for property located at 256 Woodland Road and a request for Certificate of Appropriateness to repair a slate roof and replace a section of slate ridge hip with copper for property located at37 Cheswick Road.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129  or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  According to the City’s Planning and Development Department’s Friday Report, the Commission is scheduled to discuss the following:   election of officers; 2015 EDC Annual Report review/approval; discussion of Orr Building development; Economic Development Best Practices and other business. The official agenda was not on the website.  For more information, please contact Nancy Hyde at 617-796-1122 or by email at:  nhyde@newtonma.gov.
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 9th in the City Council Chambers beginning at 7 p.m.  regarding Articles 3 and 4, the Executive and the School Committee.
Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The Committee will discuss a pre-proposal discussion of a proposed senior housing development on Jackson Road, and the Committee will hold public hearings on two proposals:   Allen House – request for $2 million from the Newton Cultural Alliance and Crescent Street – request for $100K for site assessment with a potential total request of $3.3 million). The Committee’s agenda can be found here and packet information can be found here. For more information, please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at:  617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.
Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District will meet on Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss requests for Certificate of Appropriateness for the following:  request to replace wood rail system around both decks with composite rail system for property located at 34 High Street, request to build a new rear unit addition for property located at 23 High Street, and a request for feedback on a proposed project to build a new rear unit addition and garage space for property located at 75 High Street. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

I hope you all made it through this extremely cold weekend.
Here are this week's updates.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

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Best wishes to you and your families this school vacation week!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Last Chance to Participate in the Housing Strategy On-line Survey

The City’s Planning Department and the Housing Strategy Consultants are seeking public input via an on-line survey as a follow-up to a meeting held on November 22, 2015.  According to the Housing Strategy link on the City’s website:
“This survey is intended reactions to that effort and any additional community preferences on the characteristics that preservation or new development approaches to price appropriate housing should incorporate relative to type and location IF such actions are to be pursued. In other words, this survey is intended to provide Newton residents the opportunity to reflect on the initial responses and provide any additional thoughts not brought up during the input session.”
The link to the survey will be open until 11:59 p.m.  Wednesday, Februrary 17th.
Here is a link to the survey.  If this does not work, you can go here to access the link as well.
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Additional City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of February 15th

Two additional City Board and Commission meetings to note:
Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room B10 (The Planning Department Conference Room) and will discuss the following requests for sign permits:
  •  Boylston Street, 200-220; Chestnut Hill Square; Oath Craft Pizza;
  • 191 Sumner Street – Newton Centre Orthodontics/Carvalho and Roth Orthodontics;
  •  2370 Commonwealth Ave- Speedway;  4) 199 Boylston Street – Eileen Fisher;  and
  • 1197 Chestnut Street- Advanced Skincare Studio.
The agenda can be found here and the packet of supporting documentation can be found here.  For more information, please contact Rachel Blatt by phone at 617-796-1127 or by email at:  rblatt@newtonma.gov.
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. and is expected to discuss the following requests for Certificates of Appropriateness:
  • 408 Hammond Street, Request to repair and restore exterior elements and roof, replace and add windows, add shutters, replace low brick wall with columns, add balustrade to existing portico, open up enclosed porch, relocate driveway, and replace overhead doors and install new door on the carriage house;
  • 37 Reservoir Avenue, request to modify previously approved pergola and portal;
  • 352 Hammond Street, request to repair fence, roof, gutters, siding and trim; to replace garage doors, sunroom doors and window sashes; to remove false garage door, upper door, roof deck and windows; and to install several new windows and storm windows;
  • 22 Chestnut Hill Road, request to modify and replace stone walls, walks and stairs and to install landscaping, lighting and a pergola; and
  • 73 Chestnut Hill Road, request to remove chimney.
The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Busy Week Ahead – Zoning and Planning, Programs and Services, Public Facilities and Public Safety and Transportation to Meet

A full week ahead for the City Council Committees.  Below is a link to the agendas:
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, February 16th at 7:15 p.m. in Room 205 prior to the Full City Council Meeting in order to discuss the request for a transfer of $100,000 from Free Cash to the Inspectional Services Full-Time Salaries Account to fund two new full-time positions.  The agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to take up the following:  3 grants of location requests (National Grid –  grant of location to install and maintain a gas main at 82 East Side Parkway to 76-78 East Side Parkway, Verizon – grant of location to install and maintain a new stub pole and anchor in Sawmill Brook Parkway at Fredette Road in front of 552 Saw Mill Brook Parkway, and National Grid – revise a grant of location previously granted for gas main at Centre Street and Buswell Park to Centre Street and Bennington Street); a CIP discussion on upcoming Capital Improvement Projects in the Public Buildings Department; updates on Zervas, Cabot and Acquinas School projects, authorization to enter into lease negotiations related to solar panel installations to be mounted on new carport structures at Newton South High School and on new carport structures at the Library, request to transfer $94,500 from the Storm Water Management Cleaning- Catch Basins Account and $37,760 from the Storm Water Management Consultants Account to a Storm Water Fund Capital Outlay Account to fund repairs to a section of storm drain in Adams Street, and a request to transfer $1,000,000 from Budget Reserve to Snow and Ice Removal Account to the Overtime and Rental Vehicles Account.  The agenda can be found here.
Programs and Service Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 and will continue the discussion of the proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance and Noise Ordinance Amendments.  The agenda can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request to transfer $106,676.39 from Free Cash to a Fire Department Capital Account to fund the installation of bi‐directional amplifying cable for Police and Fire Department radio coverage inside Newton South High School, and a request to temporarily increase the number of Chief of Operations positions in the Fire Department.  The agenda can be foundhere.
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Committee Reports now available

The following committee reports are now available:
The Land Use Committee filed two reports:
  • 1)  Land Use Committee Report from February 2nd which includes a report on a Consistency Ruling regarding a change to the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center Special Permit, a report on the continued public hearing on the Turtle Lane Playhouse Special Permit/Site Plan Approval Application, and a report on the CPA funding request for $471,117 for CAN-DO to create two permanently affordable rental housing units for property located at 10-12 Cambria Road; and
  • 2) Land Use Committee Report from February 9th which includes a report on a special permit application for an accessory apartment in a detached carriage house for property located at 126 Cornell Street and a special permit and site plan approval petition to enclose portions of decks on the first and second floors to create living space, which will further increase the non‐conforming FAR from .51 to .54, where .42 is the maximum allowed by right, for property located at 30 Caroline Park. The draft City Council Order for the Caroline Park petition can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:
The Public Facilities Committee Report from its February 3rd meeting includes a report the public hearing held to create a storm water rate fee structure, and a request to transfer $783,846 from various accounts (including the Auburndale portion of the Traffic Mitigation fund from the Cabot, Cabot & Forbes development of 275 Grove Street) to fully fund the Auburndale Square Traffic Improvements.
Programs and Services Committee:
The Programs and Services Committee Report from its February 3rd meeting includes a report  two items:  1)request for a $60,000 transfer from the Parks and Recreation Full-time Salaries Account to Forestry/Tree Services Account to fund contracted services in the Forestry/Tree Division; and 2) continued discussion of the proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance.
Finance Committee:
The Finance Committee Report from its February 10th meeting includes a report on the following:  1) request for a $60,000 transfer from the Parks and Recreation Full-time Salaries Account to Forestry/Tree Services Account to fund contracted services in the Forestry/Tree Division; 2) a request to transfer $783,846 from various accounts (including the Auburndale portion of the Traffic Mitigation fund from the Cabot, Cabot & Forbes development of 275 Grove Street) to fully fund the Auburndale Square Traffic Improvements; 3) a request to transfer $100,000 from Free Cash to the Inspectional Services Department Full-time Salaries Account to fund 2 new full-time positions; 4) a CPA funding request for $471,117 for CAN-DO to create two permanently affordable rental housing units for property located at 10-12 Cambria Road; 5) re-appointment of Elizabeth Dromey as Chair of the Board of Assessors for a term expiring on February 1, 2019; 6) a request to transfer the $25,000 from Free Cash to the Financial Information Systems Department Full-time Salaries Account to absorb the costs of vacation and sick time buyouts for a retirement; and 7) a request to transfer $25,000 from Free Cash to the Assessing Department Full-time Salaries Account to absorb the costs of vacation and sick time buyouts and to temporarily increase staffing levels by one full-time position.
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City Council Meeting to be held Tuesday, February 16th – 7:45 p.m.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council will be held on Tuesday, February 16th beginning at 7:45 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new docket can be found here.
Prior to the meeting, the Council will meet in Executive Session to discuss a settlement offer related to 135 Wells Avenue Special Permit litigation.  The Executive Session announcement can be found here.  A memorandum from the Law Department regarding the settlement agreement can be found here.
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City Hall snow update

This from the City’s website:

Snow Emergency at Noon; City Offices Closed; Trash and Recycliing Collection Delayed One Day This Week

February 7, 2016
Due to the impending snow storm, a Snow Emergency will be in effect beginning at 12 Noon on Monday, February 8. Cars parked on the road at this time are subject to tow; City Hall and municipal offices will be closed on Monday, February 8th. In addition, trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day during the week of February 8th. Please place your barrels curbside no later than 7am the day after your regular collection day.
Please contact our customer service department  at 617-796-1000 or 311 from a landline phone with any questions.
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Charter Commission to meet Wednesday, February 10th

The Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The Agenda can be found here.
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Finance Committee and Zoning and Planning Committee meetings – Cancelled

Due to the storm, both the Finance Committee and the Zoning and Planning Committee meetings have been cancelled.
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A few more meetings to bring to your attention:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

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Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Charter Commission to meet Wednesday, January 27th

Charter Commission to meet on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 at Newton City Hall.  The announcement and agenda can be found here.
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High School Start Time Forum – Tuesday, January 26th

Newton North High School Council to host forum to discuss challenges and benefit of change in High School Start Time on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Newton North High School Cafeteria, 457 Walnut Street.  The announcement can be found here.

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Roundtable Discussion – City Transportation Strategy – Tuesday, January 26th

Roundtable Discussion on City’s Transportation Strategy:  The City’s Planning Department together with the City’s Transportation Consultant team, Nelson\Nygaard, will facilitate a roundtable discussion on the development of a city-wide Transportation Strategy on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. Additional information on this initiative can be found here.
Good morning Newton Residents!

I hope you all made it through this weekend's winter storm.  Here is the latest update on upcoming City events, City Council work and the work of our City Boards and Commissions.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe as well.

Best wishes for the rest of the week!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Newton Police and Fire to agree to carry NARCAN

The Newton Police and Fire Departments have agreed to carry nasal NARCAN – a drug that can be given to reverse an opioid overdose.  The official announcement can be found here. The actual agreements can be found here.  Also, note, that  – City Councilors – Jim Cote, Jay Harney and Emily Norton docketed the following at the end of last term:
#312-15 ALD. COTE, HARNEY AND NORTON, requesting a review and discussion of the opiate overdose epidemic including an update from the Health Department appraising the board on the current situation to include comparative statistics from previous years as to the number of opiate overdoses handled by first responders. In addition, what is being done immediately to take this on and what support can the Board provide. [10/19/15 @ 1:30 PM]
The report on the committee discussion can be found here.
Congratulations to all involved that made this happen.
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Housing Strategy Forum – TONIGHT – January 25th – Newton South High School

Housing Strategy Forum will take place TONIGHT –  Monday, January 25th at Newton South High School Lecture Hall, located at 140 Brandeis Road, in the Lecture Hall. There will be a presentation on City policies related to housing followed by a discussion of best practices that may be utilized in Newton.  The announcement can be found here. Additional information on development of the City’s Housing Strategy can be found here.
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Zoning and Planning Committee Meeting – Canceled

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Zoning and Planning Committee has been cancelled.  The Cancellation Notice can be found here.
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Finance Committee to meet TONIGHT – January 25th – 7 p.m.

The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  There are 4 appointments, a request to authorize a settlement, a transfer request to move funds from Budget Reserve to the Snow and Ice Account and a item requesting discussion with the Executive Department to request a policy requiring the posting of all Board and Commission meetings, minutes, and supporting documentation reviewed by the Commissions or the staff.  The official agenda can be found here.
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Additional Board and Commission Meetings

The following Boards and Commissions will be meeting the week of January 24th:
Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 26th beginning at 6:30 p.m. with an Organization Meeting in Room 211 which will include election of officers and review of rules and then at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers to hold a public hearing on a request for a Comprehensive Permit by Waban AMA Realty Ventures LLC to construct 48 rental units including 38 market rate units and 10 affordable units to be called “1521 Beacon Street” on land located at 1521 Beacon Street.
The agenda can be found here and the updated agenda can be found here.
Conservation Commission  is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The official agenda can be found here and the packet of documents relevant to the meeting can be found here.  If you have any quetions, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at 617-796-1134 or by email atjsteel@newtonma.gov.
Newton Historic Commission:  The Newton Historic Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes 7 requests for full demolitions, one partial demolition request, one CLG eligibility request (36 Walnut Park) and one historic significance request (Church of the Messiah – 161 Auburn Street).  The official agenda can be found here.  If you have any questions, please contact Kay Holmes by phone at 617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.

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MBTA Public Hearing on Proposed Fare and Commuter Rail Schedule Changes – February 4th – Bigelow Middle School

The MBTA will be hosting a series of public meetings on their proposed MBTA Fare Increases as well as proposed changes to the Commuter Rail Schedule.  Dates and Times of the hearings can be found here.  A hearing is scheduled for Newton on February 4th from 6-8 p.m. at the Bigelow Middle School located at 42 Vernon Street.
Aloha Newton Residents!

Greetings from Hawaii!  I am in Honolulu visiting and taking care of my parents but wanted to update you on upcoming City events, City Council work and the work of our City Boards and Commissions.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe as well.

Best wishes for the rest of the week!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


City Announcements – Mark your calendars

Martin Luther King Celebration will take place on Monday, January 18th beginning at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 573 Washington Street.   This year’s event, “Opportunity for All:  Seeking Economic Justice,” will be hosted by the Office of Mayor Setti Warren, the Newton Interfaith Clergy Association, and the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic & Religious Harmony.  The announcement can be found here.
Housing Strategy Forum will take place on Sunday, January 25th at Newton South High School Lecture Hall, located at 140 Brandeis Road, in the Lecture Hall. There will be a presentation on City policies related to housing followed by a discussion of best practices that may be utilized in Newton.  The announcement can be found here. Additional information on development of the City’s Housing Strategy can be found here.
Roundtable Discussion on City’s Transportation Strategy:  The City’s Planning Department together with the City’s Transportation Consultant team, Nelson\Nygaard, will facilitate a roundtable discussion on the development of a city-wide Transportation Strategy on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. Additional information on this initiative can be found here.
Public Hearing on Fare Increases and Commuter Rail changes:  The MBTA will hold a public hearing to gather public comment on the proposed fare increase and potential Commuter Rail changes on Thursday, February 4th at the Bigelow Middle School Auditorium located at 42 Vernon St from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Volunteer Positions with City Boards and Commissions are available. A current listing can be found here.  Applications can be filled online here.
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Committee Chair’s meeting followed by City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 19th

The President of the City Council will convene a Committee Chair’s meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 on Tuesday, January 19th.  Notice of the meeting can be foundhere. Following the meeting of the Committee Chairs, will be the Full City Council meeting at 7:45 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  There will be no meeting on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  The City Council’s Report’s Docket and Addendum to the Reports Docket can be found here and here.  The new Docket can be found here.
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Public Facilities, Public Safety and Transportation and Programs and Services to meet, Wednesday – January 20th

The three “P” committees are scheduled to meet this week.
  • Public Facilities Committee to meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes a grant of location request on Cherry Street, a discussion with DPW on the City’s recycling and solid waste programs, several updates on 1) the second water meter program, 2) mitigation funds from a special permit earmarked for safe pedestrian crossing at 714-724 Beacon Street in Newton Center, and a recommendation by the Recodification Committee requesting a review of fees and the acceptance of a state statute allowing for issuance of certain fees for certain licenses, permits and certificates.  The official agenda and supporting materials can be found here.
  • Public Safety and Transportation Committee to meet at 7:45 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda includes an annual report to be given by the Traffic Council Chair on the work of the Traffic Council for 2015, and a brief discussion with the intent of moving No Action Necessary on the following items:  1) discussion regarding resident fee reduction related to permit parking programs and 2)recommendation by the Recodification Committee requesting a review of fees and the acceptance of a state statute allowing for issuance of certain fees for certain licenses, permits and certificates.  The official agenda and supporting materials can be found here. 
  • Programs and Services Committee to meet at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes 3 Mayoral Reappointments to the Human Rights Commission, request by the Newton Election Commission to relocate the Memorial Spaulding Elementary School polling location to Temple Beth Avodah, an update from the City Clerk regarding the election results on the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Ballot Question, and a brief discussion followed by an intent to move No Action Necessary on an item requesting updates on the purchase of the Aquinas site.  The Chair also intends to discuss scheduling of the proposed leaf blower ordinance but notes that no substantive discussion will take place at this meeting.  The official agenda and supporting materials can be foundhere.
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Additional Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 18th

The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room – Room B10.  They are scheduled to deliberate on 2 sign requests, have an administrative discussion on the issue of front-facing garages and have a discussion regarding 1238 Chestnut Street.  Their agenda can be found here and supporting materials can be foundhere.  For more information, contact Rachel Blatt by phone at (617)796-1127 or by email at:  rblatt@newtonma.gov.
The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The are scheduled to deliberate on 5 requests for Certificates of Appropriateness.  Their agenda can be found here.  For more information, contact Barbara Kurze by phone at (617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team – Weekly Meeting Snapshot

The City’s Development Review Team will be reviewing the following potential land use proposals this week:
  • 18 Meredith Avenue – Addition to nonconforming structure
  • 51 Hampshire Street – Accessory apartment
  • 250 Waltham Street – Expand parking
Notice of the DRT Weekly meetings can be found here.  Questions regarding these proposals should go to the Planning Department:  (617)796-1120.
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Traffic Council to meet Thursday, January 21st

The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda includes Nominations, election and discussion of term length for the Traffic Council Chair along with a request for 25 mph speed limit signs and 5 requests for parking regulation changes.  The official agenda can be foundhere.
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Land Use Committee Report now available – 6 Petitions recommended for approval

The Land Use Committee met last Tuesday evening and recommends the following 6 Special Permit/Site Plan Approval requests for approval by the full City Council:
Main Gate Realty:  Petition for a Special Permit and Site Plan Approval to re-stripe an existing parking lot to accommodate 5 spaces instead of 4 for property located at242-244 Commonwealth Avenue.   Approved as amended 6-1.  Draft City Council Order can be found here. A  memo from the Law Department regarding the Draft City Council Order can be found here and correspondence from Attorney Ken Parker representing an abutter to the petition can be found here.
Modern Barre:  Petition to amend Special Permit and Site Plan #416-12(3), to permit more than 3 customers on-site at any one time and change the hours of operation for property located at 242-244 Commonwealth Avenue. Approved as amended 6-1.  Draft City Council Order can be found here. A  memo from the Law Department regarding the Draft City Council Order can be found here and correspondence from Attorney Ken Parker representing an abutter to the petition can be found here.
Brendan Everett:  Petition for a Special Permit and Site Plan Approval to construct a rear addition to the basement and first floor and to enlarge an existing attic dormer, which will increase the FAR from .42 to .55, where .48 is the maximum allowed by right, for property located at 239 Cypress Street. Approved as amended 5-0.  Draft City Council Order can be found here.
Natallia Astapuk:  Petition for a Special Permit and Site Plan Approval to extend a non-conforming structure and use to add a shed dormer to the half story above the second floor, which will increase the existing nonconforming FAR from .51 to .62, where .48 is the maximum allowed by right, and to extend the legally nonconforming two-family dwelling use for property located at 27-29 Talbot Street.  Approved 4-0-1 (Lennon abstaining).  Draft City Council Order can be found here.
Gregory Keshishyan:  Petition for a Special Permit and Site Plan Approval to extend a non-conforming structure by adding a pitched roof half-story addition to an existing two-family dwelling to create an attic with storage and living space, which will increase the structure within the existing nonconforming setbacks for property located at at 28 Beecher Place.  Approved 6-0.  Draft City Council Order can be found here.
Wendy and Jason Kritzer:  Petition for a Special Permit and Site Plan Approval to construct a rear addition to enlarge the existing basement garage, to enlarge the kitchen and family room on the first floor, and to enlarge the master bedroom on the second floor, which will increase the FAR from .38 to .46, where .43 is the maximum allowed by right, on a single-family dwelling for property located at 17 East Boulevard Road.  Approved 6-0.  Draft City Council Order can be found here.
In addition, 4 requests for Auto License renewals were approved.  All other Special Permit/Site Plan Approval requests were held.   The Turtle Lane Playhouse public hearing has been continued to February 2nd.
The complete report can be found here.

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Zoning and Planning Committee Report now available

The Zoning and Planning Committee held their regularly scheduled meeting last Monday evening which included a round table discussion/presentation led by the City’s Planning Department and the City’s Housing consultants, Kyle Talente, Fred Merrill and Chris Freda from RKG Associates and Sasaki Associates on information gathered from the November 22nd charrette on housing locations.  The consultants also used this meeting as an opportunity to obtain feedback and questions from the City Council.
In addition, the Zoning and Planning Committee received an update on the Engine 6/HUD settlement and voted No Action Necessary on a request to landmark the church structure formerly hosting the Episocopal Parish of the Messiah.
The complete report can be found here.
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Public Safety and Transportation Committee – Special Meeting re: Newton Centre Parking Strategy Report now available

The Public Safety and Transportation held a special meeting last Thursday specifically to discuss and hear a presentation from the City’s Planning Department and the City’s transportation consultants,  Lisa Jacobson and Jason Schrieber, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc.  regarding a strategy for Newton Centre Parking.  The report is now available and can be found here.
Please note that the consultants are asking the public to send written comments untilMonday, January 25 using this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C5283N8.
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Mailing address:
Amy Mah Sangiolo
389 Central Street
AuburndaleMA 02466

Dear Newton Residents,
Here is this week´s report on Aldermanic and City Board/Commission activities. 

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe as well.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!

I wish you all peace.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Elementary School Building Projects update – 11/23/15

The Deputy Superintendent/Chief Administrative Officer, Sandy Guryan, transmitted the most recent updates on the Elementary School Building projects – Angier, Zervas, Cabot and Aquinas.
In summary:
  • Angier – still expected to open in January 2016.
  • Zervas – demolition/tree removal/site work to begin January 2016.
  • Cabot – currently in schematic deign phase – targeting early 2016 to begin City’s site plan review process
  • Aquinas – design for window project complete – looking at August 2016 for completion date as programming needs continue to be developed.
The report can be found here.
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Latest Newton Public Schools Enrollment Analysis Report – now available

The latest Enrollment Analysis Report for the Newton Public Schools is now available.
Highlights include:
  • “Current enrollment is stable after 10 consecutive years of growth” but “175 below the projection made in November 2014);
  • Projecting increase of about “393 students in the next 5 years” ;
  • Trends in housing illustrate “that families of Newton school children today are more likely to live in condominiums, apartments and two/three family homes (in that order) than in 2002″.
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Additional School Department Documents now available

The following School Department Documents were recently transmitted to the Board:
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Rowe Street – 40B proposal – postponed – date to be determined

The continued public hearing on the 70 Rowe Street Comprehensive Permit proposal that was scheduled for November 30th has been postponed to a date to be determined, according to the Planning Department’s Friday report which can be found here.
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Finance Committee to meet Monday, November 23rd

The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23rd in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:
  • Reappointment of David Wilkinson as Comptroller of Accounts for a two-year term;
  • Request for authorization $7,500 from Budget Reserve to fund the recently established City of Newton Charter Commission operating expenditures
  • Request for authorization to transfer $25,000 from the Energy Stabilization Fund to purchase and install a two cord electric vehicle charging station at the War Memorial parking circle.
  • Request for authorization to appropriate and expend $400,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of replacing a Combination Sewer Cleaner for the Utilities Division of the Department of Public Works.
  • Request for authorization to appropriate and expend $766,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement of the Manet Road Emergency Communications Facility Building, site modifications and tower optimization.
  • Request for authorization to appropriate $2,000,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding Newton’s share of the cost of the repairs to the Elliot Street Bridge, which the City co-owns with the Town of Needham.
The official agenda can be found here.
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Zoning and Planning Committee to meet Monday, November 23rd

The Zoning and Planning Committee is expected to meet on Monday, November 23rd at 7:45 p.m. and is scheduled to take up 2 re-zoning requests:
  • Request to rezone land at 11 John Street from Multi-Residence 1/Business 1 to Business 1; and
  • Request to rezone land at 132 Charles Street from Multi-Residence 2 to Manufacturing.
The Planning Department memos can be found at the end of the Zoning and Planning Committee’s Agenda.  Please note that the Request to rezone 11 John Street has been withdrawn.
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Austin Street back on the Land Use Committee’s Agenda for Tuesday, November 24th

The Austin Street petition is back on the Land Use Committee’s Agenda for Tuesday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  Although the petition was voted out by the Land Use Committee at it’s last Committee meeting, the Chair requested that the petition be brought back to the Committee to address several unanswered questions and to review the draft Board Order.
The official Land Use Committee Agenda can be found here.
All other Austin Street documents can be found at this link which contains documents and links to additional documents.
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Real Property/Reuse Committee scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th – cancelled

The Real Property/Reuse Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th has been cancelled.
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Zoning Board of Appeals to meet Tuesday, November 24th

The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber to discuss the following petitions:
  • Request for a variance of 24.75 feet from the front setback requirement of 25 feet (for a pre‐1953 lot) and a variance of 5 feet from the side setback requirement of 5 feet for accessory structures in accordance with Chapter 30, Article 3, Section 1.3, of the City of Newton’s Revised Zoning Ordinances, 2015, in order to build a detached garage on a lot located at 150 Newtonville Avenue/
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Conservation Commission to meet on Tuesday, November 24th

The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 24th and discuss the following:
  • Request for Notice of Intent for property located at 1 Nonantum Road, rebuilding boathouse and renovating docks;
  • Request for Notice of Intent for property loctaed at 825 Centre Street, demolition of a cottage;
  • Request for Notice of Intent for property located at Elliot Street Bridge, bridge reconstruction, and
  • 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, wetlands violation.
The official agenda can be found here.  Supporting documentation can be foundhere.  Supporting documents can be found here.
For more information please contact Jennifer Steel at 617-796- 1134 or by email at: jsteel@newtonma.gov.
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Happy November!
Here is this week´s report on Aldermanic and City Board/Commission activities. .


As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe as well.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe November!

Best regards,

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Auburndale and Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commissions to meet this week

Both the Auburndale Historic District Commission and the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission are scheduled to meet this week.
The Auburndale Historic Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The official agenda for the Auburndale Historic District Commission can be found here.
The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The official agenda for the Newton Upper Falls Historic Commission can be found here.
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School Committee documents now available online

The following documents were transmitted to the Board and are available online:
  1. School Committee Agenda for Monday, November 9, 2015
  2. Draft 2016-2017 School Calendar
  3. Memorandum from the Chief of Operation regarding Food Service
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Austin Street on Land Use Committee Agenda – Tuesday, November 10th and Thursday November 12th

The Austin Street proposal will be heard on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m.  The official agenda can be found here.
The following documents related to the petition are now available online:

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Zoning and Planning Committee to meet Monday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. – New Building Inspector Position proposed, public hearing on re-zoning petition on the agenda – Note early start

The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.  It will begin by jointly meeting with the Finance Committee to discuss two items:
  •  request for authorization to add a full-time position in the Inspectional Services Department and authorization to transfer $50,000 from Budget Reserve to the Full-time Salaries line item in the Inspectional Services Department budget to fund the full-time Building Inspector; and
  • request for a report from the Planning Department for information regarding the number of affordable units developed at the following properties:  Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify to be included on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List.  In addition, the request asks what can be done to make a property eligible if it is not on the list.
Following the joint meeting, the Zoning and Planning Committee will go back into it’s own Committee and hold a public hearing will be held on the following item :
  • petition to rezone land known as Section 65, Block 8, Lot 70 located at 11 John Street from Multi-Residence 1/Business 1 to Business 1.
The public notice for the re-zoning petition can be found here.
The Committee will then go into working session to discuss the following re-zoning petitions that were heard at it’s previous meeting:
  • petition to rezone land known as Section 51, Block 041, Lot 0011 from Multi-Residence 1 to Business 1 in Newton Upper Falls; and
  • request by the Acting Director of Planning and Development to amend the official zoning map in order to correct discrepancies between Board of Aldermen actions and the boundaries of zoning districts as shown on the map and to better align zoning district boundaries with property lines and other features to reduce the number of split lots and other map anomalies as follows:
    •  1. Change from SR2/SR3 to SR2: 120 Olde Field Road SBL 81-051-0050E 71 Brandeis Road SBL 81-051-0062;
    • 2. Change from SR2/SR3 to SR3: 127 Olde Field Road SBL 81-051-0050C 84 Brandeis Road SBL 81-051-0050D and  76 Brandeis Road SBL 81-051-0063 61 Brandeis Road SBL 81-051-0061; and
    • 3. Change from SR3 to SR1: 121 Rachel Road SBL 83-027-0043
Finally, the Committee will discuss a proposal to amend Chapter 30, City of Newton Zoning Ordinances, to regulate the dimensions and setbacks of front facing garages in residential zoning districts – snout houses.
The official agenda can be found here.
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Finance Committee to meet on Monday, November 9th – 7 p.m. – New Building Inspector position proposed and lease of city property for solar projects on the agenda

The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet this Monday evening, November 9th at 7 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:
  • request for release and appropriation to the Public Buildings Department a total of $132,943 to complete construction of the Museum Archives and Fire Suppression project;
  • request for authorization to appropriate $250,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund mechanical upgrades and interior improvements at the main library.
  • request for authorization to enter into negotiations for the potential lease on city properties for purposes of third-party construction, ownership, and operation of on-site renewable solar energy generation from which the City will purchase electric output and/or net metering credits.  Note: the item was split into Part A – Ground mounted solar panels at Rumford Avenue landfill, solar panels mounted on new carport structures at 60 Elliot Street, all roof mounted solar panel locations with the exception of City Hall, which is removed from the list of sites for solar panels and Part B –  Solar panels mounted on new carport structures at Newton South High School and solar panels mounted on new carport structures at the Library;
  • request for a report from the Planning Department for information regarding the number of affordable units developed at the following properties:  Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify to be included on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List.  In addition, the request asks what can be done to make a property eligible if it is not on the list;
  • request authorization to add a full-time position in the Inspectional Services Department and authorization to transfer $50,000 from Budget Reserve to the Full-time Salaries line item in the Inspectional Services Department budget to fund the additional Building Inspector;
  • request to the Executive Department to conduct a complete review and analysis of the policies governing data privacy and the security of resident/business information on the Treasurer’s website and to implement an action plan to protect resident data – all to be completed by the end of Fiscal Year 2014;
  • request to amend Sec. 17-3  – Fees for certain licenses and permits. of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Newton, 2012, relative to Special Permit fees, to increase the fee from $350 to $500 in section (15a) and increase the fee from $750 to $1000 in section (15b) effective July 1, 2015;
  • request for a discussion with the Director of Transportation and the Transportation Coordinator to determine whether a fee could be imposed on all residents who own automobiles in the City. Such fee to be placed into a transportation fund to pay for roadway and sidewalk improvements. Residents would get a parking sticker in return for each automobile they have registered with the City that would enable them to bypass parking restrictions in the City except for Tow Zones and Fire Hydrants and any other emergency zones determined by the Police and Fire Departments.
  • request for a discussion regarding reducing the fee charged to residents for permit parking programs; and
  • request for amendments to Sec. 26-8D of the City of Newton Ordinances to modify and make permanent the trial program for removal of snow and ice from sidewalks and to provide for enforcement and fines for violations.
The official agenda can be found here.
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Mailing address:
Amy Mah Sangiolo
389 Central Street
AuburndaleMA 02466
Happy end of September!

Here is this week´s report on Board activities.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.  Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe as well.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and safe fall season!

Best regards,

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Austin Street continues – Land Use to Meet on Thursday, September 24th – 7 p.m.

The public hearing on Austin Street continues on September 24th in the Aldermanic Chambers at 7 p.m.  The agenda can be found here and the most recent memo from the Planning Department can be found here.
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Board of Aldermen Wednesday night committee meetings canceled

The Board of Aldermen Committee Wednesday night committee meetings are canceled this week in observance of Yom Kippur.
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Finance Committee approves most of its last agenda but holds authorization request for funds for replacement backstop at Newton North High School

You may recall that the Finance Committee had a 4 page agenda for its meeting held on Wednesday, September 16th.  Almost all of the items were approved with the exception of the following:
  • The Finance Committee voted No Action Necessary on the request for authorization to appropriate $1,416,258 to continue projects in City-owned buildings under Phase 2 of the Energy Efficiency Program; and
  • The Finance Committee held a request for authorization to transfer $33,600 fro Budget Reserve to a Parks and Recreation Department Ground Maintenance Account to fund professional landscape architecture and engineering services for the replacement of the backstop at Newton North High School.
The full Finance Committee report can be found here.
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Zoning Reform Phase I Ordinance to be recommended for approval by the Zoning and Planning Committee

The Zoning and Planning Committee is expected to report and recommend approval of the Zoning Reform Phase I Ordinance to the Full Board on Monday, September 21, 2015.  The full Zoning and Planning Committee Report can be found here.  The most recent Planning Department memo on the Zoning Reform Phase I ordinance can be found here.  Unfortunately, the link to the final draft of the ordinance does not seem to contain the document as of this writing.  Check back here to see if it loads properly.
All other items were held.
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Public Facilities Committee report and recommendations to the Full Board

The Public Facilities is expected to report and recommend the following items to the Full Board on Monday, September 21, 2015:
  • Petition from National Grid for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Richardson Street (from an existing gas main at 32 Richardson Street to a gas main in Centre Street to a proposed regulator station at Converse Avenue and a gas main in Centre Street from the proposed regulator station to an existing gas main at Cabot Street.
  •  Petition from Jel Mattos for a main drain extension in Cottage Street to a proposed manhole from the exisitng main drain at 63 Cittage Street to a proposed manhold located in front of 49 Cottage Street.
  • Petition from Verizon for a grant of location to install conduit and one handhole in Hammond Street from an existing Verizon handhole located in front of 381 Hammond Street to the proposed new handhole in front of 393 Hammond Street.
  • Request for authorization to appropriate $905,046 from the Energy Stabilization Fund in order to fund energy efficiency projects in several municipal buildings to be completed during FY2016.
  • Request for authorization to transfer $150,000 from budget reserve to the Public Building LSP Account to fund the removal of underground storage tanks located at Fire Station #3, Bowen and Horace Mann elementary schools.#
  • Request for authorization to appropriate $800,000 from bonded indebtedness to reconstruct 12 tennis courts at Newton South High School and install concrete sidewalks, a water found, a park bench and a shad structure at the site.
  • Request for authorization to appropriate $150,000 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a snow blower attachment for a front-end loader for the Department of Public Works.
  • Request for authorization to expend a $2,751,000 MWRA grant and authorization to borrow $917,000 as part of the MWRA interest free loan/grant program for sewer improvements to reduce infiltration and inflow.
  • Resolution from both the Programs and Services Committee and the Public Facilities Committee from the Board to the Mayor requesting that he complement ongoing discussions with National Grid by preparing and filing litigation to recover damages and appropriate remediation and prevention relating to ham to City trees from gas leaks.
  • Request from the Finance Committee regarding updates on teh clean-up of the Rumford Avenue Landfill every three months.
The Committee recommended No Action Necessary on the following item:
  • Request for authorization to appropriate and expend $1,416,258 to continue projects in City-owned buildings under Phase 2 of the Energy Efficiency Program.
All other items were held.  The full Pubic Facilities Report can be found here.
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Programs and Services Committee recommends Appointment of Health and Human Services Commissioner, Special Election funding, Library Equipment purchase, and discusses non-binding ballot questions, significant tree protection.

The Programs and Services Committee is expected to report out the following items to the Full Board on Monday, September 21, 2015:
  • appointment of Deborah Youngblood as Commissioner of Health and Human Services.  Please note that Ms. Youngblood began her post on September 9th.
  • request for authorization to transfer 59,233 from budget reserve to various accounts for the purpose of funding the preliminary election that was held on Thursday, September 17th.
  • request for authorization to appropriate $203,850 from bonded indebtedness to purchase a Library Automated Material Handling Check-in/Sorter Unit.
The following items were voted No Action Necessary by the Committee:
  • request for a non-binding question to be placed on the November 3, 2015 municipal ballot to gauge voter sentiment regarding bans on plastic bags, polystyrene and leaf blowers.
  • request to create an ordinance to protect trees deemed significiant by the City´s Tree Warden with the advice and counsel of the Urban Tree Commission.
In addition, the Committee also had a visit from Brookline Town Meeting members to lear about their experience with the Leaf Blower ban/regulations in the Town of Brookline.  The full report of the committee meeting along with highlights from the discussion can be found here.
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Land Use Committee to recommend 3 Special Permits for approval to Full Board

The Land Use Committee is expected to recommend the following special permit requests to the Full Board on Monday, September 21, 2015:
  • request for a special permit/site plan approval to extend a non-conforming use to increase the number of seats from 110 – 120 and to waive up to 8 parking stalls for an existing restaurant for property located at 22 Union Street.  The Draft Special Permit Board Order can be foundhere.
  • request for a special permit/site plan approval to install a new freestanding sign at property located at 1349 Centre Street. The Draft Special Permit Board Order can be found here.
  • request for a special permit/site plan approval to legalize an existing accessory apartment located in a detached garage for property located at 46 Suffolk Road.  The Draft Special Permit Board Order can be foundhere.
All other items were held.  The full Land Use Committee Report for the September 10th meeting can be found here.
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Mailing address:
Amy Mah Sangiolo
389 Central Street
AuburndaleMA 02466
Happy end of August!  
This week there are no Board of Aldermen committee meetings.  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet as well as the Newton Historic Commission.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.  Please forward on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  

Wishing you a very happy, safe, and healthy rest of the summer!

Best regards,

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Newton Historic Commission to meet Thursday, August 27th at 7 p.m. – 7 Full Demolition Requests

The Newton Historic Commission is scheduled to meet this Thursday evening, August 27th at 7p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following requests:
7 full demolition requests for the following properties:
2 partial demolition requests for the following properties:
3 requests to waive demolition delays on full demolition proposals for properties located at:
In order to view current property information on those specific addresses, click on the link and you will be brought to the Assessor’s database.  Once there, click on the “Start New Search” tab located on the right hand corner and insert the specific address information.
The official Newton Historic Commission Agenda can be found here.
Please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.

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Zoning Board of Appeals to meet Wednesday, August 26th – 7 p.m. – Goddard Village

The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet this Wednesday, August 26th at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers to continue the public hearing on the Goddard Village petition filed by Marcus Lang Investments, LLC for property located between 37 – 55 Goddard Street to construct 5 condominium units under Chapter 40B.
The official agenda can be found here.  The Planning Department’s most recent memo can be found here.
For more information on this project, please contact Norine Silton by phone at 617-796-1138 or by email at nsilton@newtonma.gov.Happy August!  
Here is this week's update.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.  Please forward on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  

Best regards,

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Newtonville Historic District Commission to meet on Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following petitions:  a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to build decks and a trellis, change the right side entrance, add a left side entrance, and add windows for property located at 182 Walnut Street; and a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a six-foot tall stockade fence to be installed along the property line and along the left and right side of the house, a request to replace an existing brick patio and refinish the back steps, and a request to replace the front steps and expand the front walkway for property located at 15 Foster Street. The Newtonville Historic District Commission Agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.

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Land Use Committee to meet on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The Committee will take up the following:
  • Request for Special Permit and Site Plan Approval to change an existing non-conforming use to another non-conforming use to convert a clubhouse to a multi-family dwelling with five units and to waive one parking stall and allow parking within the front setback for property located at 15 South Gate Park, West Newton.  A revised set of plans can be found here and the most recent Planning Department memo can be found here.
  • Request to demolish a portion of an existing one-story building and construct a 3-story addition adjacent to the remaining portion of the building and increasing the gross floor area from 68,740 to 132, 598 gross square feel and to construct one or more retaining walls which may be greater than 4 feet within the setbacks and to allow parking in the rear setback and to waive the required driveway width for property located at2 Wells Avenue, Ward 8. This petition was recommitted by the Full Board to the Land Use Committee at its last meeting.  A memo from the Law Department along with additional documentation related to this petition can be found here.
  •  Request for a Special Permit and Site Plan Approval to allow an increase in FAR from .45 to .58 for a customized modular home that was permitted for property located at 15 Charlemont Street, Ward 8.
  • Request to amend a Special Permit and Site Plan approval for a change in a non-conforming use which was granted in August 2013 (#416-12(3)) in order to allow office and storage space in the basement and to re-stripe an existing parking lot to create five parking stalls where four currently exists, and to waive the dimensional requirements for the parking stalls for property located at 242-244 Commonwealth Avenue, Ward 7.
The Land Use Committee Agenda can be found here.
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Planning and Development Board to meet on Monday, August 3, 2015

The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, August, 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204.    The Board is expected to discuss a request by Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly to reallocate previously committed CDBG funds ($565,567.50) for selective rehabilitation of Golda Meir House located at 160 Stanton Avenue in Auburndale. The Planning and Development Board’s agenda can be found here.   For more information, please contact Judith Menon by phone at 617-796-1125 or by email at jmenon@newtonma.gov.
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Happy Summer!
Here is this week's update on Aldermanic and other City Commission meetings and documents you might be interested in.
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.  Please forward on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe!!
Best regards,

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Update – Week of July 20, 2015 – Zoning and Planning Committee to meet Monday, July 20th and Land Use Committee – AUSTIN STREET

Two Aldermanic Committee meetings for the week of July 20th:
The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, July 20th and discuss the following:
  • Mayoral Appointment to the Planning and Development Board of Megan Risen (resume attached to the end of the agenda which can be foundhere);
  • Continued discussion of the Phase 2 Zoning Reform Project (updated Request for Proposals can be found attached to the end of the agenda which can be found here);
  • Continued discussion of the proposal to amend the definitions of “Common roof connector”, “Common wall connector”, and “Dwelling, two-family”;
  • Review/discussion of Phase 1 Zoning Reform Ordinance which was referred back to the Committee by the Full Board last week to correct errors and omissions (see memo from City Clerk which can be foundhere and a memo from Interim Planning Director, James Freas which can be found here:  Jfreas Letter (1))
The Land Use Committee will resume it’s hearing/working session on the Austin Street Special Permit Application this Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers.   The Planning Department issued two memos for the Land Use Committee and Board’s consideration which can be found here and here.
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School Committee to meet in Executive Session Monday, July 20th at 5:00 p.m. at the Ed Center and followed by regularly scheduled open session meeting at 6:00 p.m.

The School Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 20th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center and will enter into executive session to discuss  strategy related to collective bargaining.  Following that session, the School Committee anticipates resuming into it’s regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The School Committee’s agenda can be found here.
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School Committee documents now available

The following School Committee documents are now available:
Last week, I included a link to the June 2015 Monthly Report on Elementary School Building Projects which may not have worked.  My apologies.  The report can be found here.
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Zoning Board of Appeals to meet Tuesday, July 21st at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205

The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 21st at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the ZBA’s response to the June 26, 2015 decisions of the Housing Appeals Committee related to the appeals made by Dinosaur Rowe, LLC and Marcus Lang Investments, LLC, and will discuss the scheduling and process for the continued public hearings.  For more information, please contact Norine Silton at 617-796-1138 or by email at:  nsilton@newtonma.gov.
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14 Full House demolition requests, a request for alternatives analysis for Cabot Elementary School and a request for National Register eligibility before the Newton Historic Commission meeting this Thursday, July 23rd – 7:00 p.m. in Room 205

The Newton Historic Commission is scheduled to meet this Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Commission will discuss the following:
  • Request for NHC review of initial alternatives analysis for Cabot Elementary School – 229 Cabot Street
  • Request to submit a CLG report for National Register eligibility as a district for properties at Andrew – Dedham Street;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 45 Glen Avenue;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 32 Charles Street;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 126 Wendell Road;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 12 Ruane Circle;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 18 Gambier Street;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 25 Pilgrim Road;
  • Request for full demolition of of house located at 10 Baker Place;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 74 West Pine Street;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 96 Oldham Road;
  • Request for full demolition of of house located at 100 Christina Street;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 22 Beecher Place;
  • Request for full demolition of house and garage located at 94 Park Avenue;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 83 Dorcar Road;
  • Request for full demolition of house located at 73 Wendell Road;
  • Request for partial demolition (garage and rear addition) located at 84 Berkshire Road; and
  • Request for waiver of demolition delay on partial demolition proposal for200 Mill Street.
*Note:  The address links go to the Assessor’s website but not directly to the specific property page.  To access information about the property, please click on the ¨Start New Search¨ link and type in the address.
The full Historic Commission Agenda can be found here.
In addition, the Historic Commission has begun publishing a monthly list of requests that were determined administratively and not brought before the full Commission for a public hearing or vote.  These can be found at the end of the minutes of the meetings.  The most recent list can be found at the end of the meeting minutes for April 23, 2015.  The minutes for the months of May and June are not yet available online.
For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes at 617-796-1143 or  by email at: kholmes@newtonma.gov.
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Traffic Council to meet Thursday, June 23rd in Room 211 at 5:30 p.m. – NOTE EARLY START TIME

Please take note of the early start time:  The Traffic Council will meet this Thursday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following items: a request for a handicap parking space in front of 69 Clinton Street (this request was approved by the Commission on Disability on April 13, 2015); a request to modify theNewton North Tiger Parking Permits and the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District to clarify School Days to mean when Newton North HIgh School is in full operation only ; several requests by the Director of Transportation, William Paille,  to add traffic signals to the Transportation and Parking Regulations (TPR):  Beacon Street and Manitoba RoadBeacon Street and Collins Road, andBeacon Street and Waban Avenue; and a request by the Director of Transportation, Williams Paille, to remove the traffic signal at Beacon Street, Collins Road and Waban Avenue from the TPR. The full Traffic Council Agenda can be found here.

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Report from the Accessory Apartment Subcommittee now available

The Accessory Apartment Subcommittee met on July 13, 2015 and the report is now available and can be found here.
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Crescent Street Update

The Real Property Reuse Committee met briefly on Monday evening to discuss the Crescent Street Reuse Proposal and to finalize details on the Request for Interest that would go out to prospective developers.  While the report is not yet available, the Committee did vote on the draft and made several changes – one change of note was to change the originally suggested zoning district from MR-1 to MR-2.  The committee report for that meeting is not yet available.  The agenda for that meeting, including a draft Request for Interest can be found here.  All other documents related to the Crescent Street proposal can be found here.
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Public Safety and Transportion Committee: Search Committee for Police Chief position held and report on the Newton Police Jail Diversion Program (JDP)

The Public Safety and Transportation Committee held a special meeting last Monday evening to discuss two items:  creation of a search committee for the Police Chief position and a report on the Newton Police Jail Diversion Program.  In summary, the search committee item was held as members had further questions regarding resumes and biographies on the proposed membership (which had not been previously forwarded) and members expressed a desire that the Administration consider both internal and external candidates for the position.  In addition, Lt. William Spaulding provided the committee with a report on the Jail Diversion Program that will be funded through the $99, 633.60 grant which was awarded by the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant and which will provide a a clinician to ride along with and work full time with the Newton Police officers.  The full report can be found here.
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Additional City Commission Meetings – Week of July 13, 2015

Below is a schedule of additional city commission meetings for the week of July 13th as reported in the Planning Department’s Friday Report.  To subscribe directly for the report, follow these instructions:  send an e-mail to: maiser@mail.ci.newton.ma.us
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The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The Commission is expected to discuss the following:  Apex curb cuts, CDBG Report, HP Fines Report, ADA Coordinator’s Report, AAB Variance Application – 400 Beacon Street, AAB Variance Application – 145 Wells Avenue, Cam training update.  For more information, please contact Jini Fairley at 617-796-1253 or by email at:   jfairley@newtonma.gov.
The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 14th at 7 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission will discuss the following:  a request to replace a porch guard rail at 204 Woodland Road;  a request to replace an existing garage with a 3 car garage at 46 Vista Avenue; a request to replace slate roof hips with copper at 244 Woodland Road; a request to replace wood gutters with fiberglass gutters at 147 Hancock Street;  a review of appropriateness of project completion at 11 Fern Street;  a request to replace front entry decking and railings and add newels at 21 Fern Street;  a request to replace a side porch at 49 Grove Street, Unit 1; a request to replace a front door at 256 Woodland Road; and a request to construct two new houses on a lot where currently a tennis court is located at 33 Woodland Road.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The Commission will hear a presentation by Austin Street Partners and a presentation by BikeBus .  The Commission will also hear updates from their subcommittees:  Marketing/Business Attraction, Legislation, and Innovation/Education.  In addition, the Commission will discuss 2015 Business Excellence Awards; Needham Street/Highland Avenue – addition to 2018 TIP list; receive updates on the leaf blower ordinance; the Austin Street special permit schedule; the N2 Corridor grant award.  The agenda can be foundhere.  For more information, please contact Nancy Hyde at or 617-796-1122 or by email at: nhyde@newtonma.gov.
The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, July 15th in the Planning Department’s Conference Room, B10.  The Commission will review sign permit requests for  Finer Wines, Classic Spirits, Fresh Brews located at 2366 Washington Street and Burton’s Liquors located at 355 Washington Street. The Commission will also conduct a conceptual review of the proposed project at 180 Wells Avenue.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Daniel Sexton at 617-796-1123 or by email at:  dsexton@newtonma.gov.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 15th in Room 205.  Up for discussion is a briefing on the recent decision by the Housing Appeals Committee or the Massachusetts Housing and Community Development regarding the 40B applications by Dinosaur Rowe LLC and Marcus Lang Investments, LLC.  The decision can be found here.  Please note that the Zoning Board of Appeals may vote to enter into Executive Session to discuss strategy with respect to litigation, if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the public body, and the chair so declares.   Contact Norine Silton at 617-796-1138 or nsilton@newtonma.gov
The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 16th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission will review the following applications:  a request to replace a front walkway and stairs and replace and add a new fence section, repave a driveway and add cobblestone apron and curbing and build a trash enclosure at 17 Lee Road;  a request to construct a second floor office addition at 46 Woodman Road;  a request to install solar panels on the side and rear roof at 24 Reservoir Avenue;  a request to install a chain link fence at 245 Chestnut Hill Road;  a request to install a front entry porch, replace a one-story garage with a one and a half story garage and replace second floor front facing windows at 62 Beacon Street;  a request to provide for great accessibility and the addition of an accessible parking space by grading and repaving a portion of a driveway, replace a water main, repair masonry and the roof and restore windows and add storm windows at 400 Beacon Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze at 617-796-1129 or by email at: bkurze@newtonma.gov.Dear Newton Residents,
I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


No Board meetings week of July 6th – Upper Falls Historic Commission Meeting and memo from Land Use Chair re: Austin Street Schedule

There are no Board meetings this week – July 6th.
However, the Upper Falls Historic District Commission meeting will meet on  Thursday, July 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission will review of as-built drawings for the gable end of a barn, and review window and vent installations and the process to repair the sidewalk at 59 High Street, a request for modifications to a landscape plan to include a 35-foot retaining wall and steps on the north side of the driveway and to install wood instead of previously approved fiberglass gutters at 43-45 High Street; and continue a working session on a proposal to renovate an existing house and build an addition at 70- 72 High Street.  For more information on these or other Upper Falls Historic Commission matters, please contact Barbara Kurze at 617.796.1129 or bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Land Use Chairman Marc Laredo issued the following schedule for the Austin Street Special Permit Application:
July 21st – Framework discussion.
September 24th – Discussion of the Planning Department’s vision for Newtonville and how this project fits within that vision.
October 6th – Discussion of the design for Walnut Street and how this project fits within that design.
October 20th – Discussion of any remaining issues.
October 27th or 29th – Discussion of any remaining issues.
November 10th and 12th – Final presentation, final public comments, close public hearing.
November 16th– Target date for Board of Aldermen vote.
The complete memo can be found here.
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I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


School Committee to hold second public forum on Buffer Zone Recommendations

The School Committee has scheduled a second public forum to discuss the new Buffer Zone Recommendations for Monday, June 22nd, at 100 Walnut St., Education Center, Frazier Room (#210) beginning at 5:30 p.m.  They are also planning to discuss high school start times.  A memo from Cindy Bergen, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and Special Projects submitted to Superintendent Fleishman can be found here.
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6 Full House Demolition Requests, 2 Partial Demolition Requests, 6 Waiver Requests of Demolition Delays and a request to construct a new outbuilding scheduled for Thursday, June 25th

The Newton Historic Commission is scheduled to meet this Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Commission is scheduled to begin it’s meeting hearing a request by Newton Community Farm to construct a new farm outbuilding.
The Commission will then proceed to hear requests for 6 Full House Demolitions for the following properties:  25 Wallace Street – request to demolish the house;  44 Andrew Street – request to demolish the house; 148 Waverley Avenue – request to demolish the carriage house only;  255 and 257 Newtonville Avenue – request to demolish two commercial buildings;  37 Stearns Street – request to demolish the house.
The Commission will also hear request for partial demolition on the following properties:  111 Clark Street – request to add an addition and 88 Arlington Street – request to add an addition.
The Commission will hear requests to waive the demolition delay imposed on them for the following properties:  166 Parmenter Road;  44 Lombard Street;  22 Walnut Place;  33 Ashton Avenue;  181 Pearl Street;  and 31 Donna Road.

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Traffic Council to Meet Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

The Traffic Council Agenda for this Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 contains the following:
TC53-14 JOHN REALE, 37 Smith Avenue, requesting traffic flow improvements due to Smith Avenue having a street width of 16 feet; a) consideration to convert Smith Avenue to a one-way street; b) post no parking, any time sign; c) post slow down children sign; and d) post slow down narrow road sign due to safety concerns. (Ward 3) [08/26/14 @ 4:44 PM]
TC10-15 WARD 6 ALDERMEN, requesting one 15-minute parking space on Beacon Street, Newton Centre in front of or near Murray’s Liquors, in order to serve the needs of several nearby businesses, many of whose customers need very shortterm parking, and who may lose business due to the current lack of it. (Ward 6) [03/02/15 @ 11:55 AM]
TC12-15 WARD 6 ALDERMEN, on behalf of David VanDam, requesting a) the addition of two two-hour parking spaces on Woodward Street, between Erie Street and Boylston Street, and b) a change from one-hour parking to two-hour parking for two spaces on Erie Street, near the corner of Erie Street and Woodward Street in order to provide reasonable parking opportunities for customers visiting stores at Woodward Street and Boylston Street. (Ward 6) [03/02/15 @ 11:55 AM]
TC11-15 WARD 6 ALDERMEN, requesting a review of parking near the intersection of Langley Road, Jackson Street and Boylston Street to explore opportunities for additional metered parking in the area. (Ward 6) [03/02/15 @ 11:55 AM]
TC25-15 BARRY WHITE, 106 Sumner Street, requesting a two-hour parking restriction on the easterly side of Sumner Street from Marshall Street to Commonwealth Avenue. (Ward 6) [06/05/15 @ 8:33 AM]
TC26-15 DAVID KOSES, requesting the following change to Sec. TPR-202. Resident restricted areas: Sec. TPR-202. Resident restricted areas. Eligibility for resident permit extends to lots contiguous to a corner lot abutting the restricted area unless otherwise noted. [06/10/15 @ 10:59 AM]
TC27-15 DAVID KOSES, requesting the following modification to Sec. TPR-202 for Otis Park: Otis Park: both sides, entire length, does not include lots contiguous to a corner lot abutting the restricted area. (Ward 2) [06/10/15 @ 10:59 AM]
TC28-15 DAVID KOSES, requesting the removal of the following streets from Sec. TPR 202 since they are now included in Sec. TPR-205. Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District: Bolton Road, Calvin Road, Dexter Road, Fairfield Street, Highland Street, Kimball Terrace, Lowell Avenue, Otis Street, Trowbridge Ave, Walden Street. (Ward 2) [06/10/15 @ 10:59 AM]
TC29-15 DAVID KOSES, requesting the removal of the following street from Sec. TPR 202 as it is no longer a resident restricted area: Brentwood Avenue. (Ward 6) [06/10/15 @ 10:59 AM]
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Land Use Committee Agenda to include expansion of Wells Avenue Office Building, Turtle Lane and Needham Street conversion from Retail to Restaurant space

The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. first, in the Aldermanic Chambers and then in Room 211 to continue public hearings and enter into working session to discuss the following items:
2 Wells Avenue:  Special Permit request by 2 Wells Avenue LLC to demolish a portion of an existing one-story building and construct a 3-story addition adjacent to the remaining portion of the building, increasing the gross floor area from an existing 68,740 gross square feet to 132,598 gross square feet and construct retaining walls within the setbacks; allow for parking in the rear setback and waive driveway width requirement.   A public hearing was opened on June 16th and the most recent Planning Department’s memo regarding this request can be found here.
Turtle Lane:  Special Permit and Site Plan Approval Request to restore and expand an existing structure known as the Turtle Lane Playhouse with office space above, to provide a mixed use building with an addition containing 6 dwelling units at street level and above and a second building containing a 23-unit multi-family dwelling with a below grade parking garage for 30 cars.  A public hearing was opened and continued on May 19th.  The most recent Planning Department’s memo regarding this request can be found here.
180 Needham Street:  Special Permit and Site Plan Approval Request to convert existing retail space to a restaurant use, to allow parking requirements to be met off-site (at 188-210 Needham Street), to allow parking within a setback in a parking facility with 5 or less parking stalls, to waive offstreet loading requirements, and to waive lighting and screening requirements in a parking facility at 180 NEEDHAM STREET;  and
a Request to AMEND SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL #182-09, dated 11/07/09, which allowed up to 6,000 sf of retail space to be converted to restaurant use, in order to expand parking within a setback in a facility with more than 5 parking stalls, to increase the number of parking stalls accessed by a nonconforming aisle width, to waive requirements for vegetative screening and lighting for a parking facility with 5 or more parking stalls at 188-210 NEEDHAM STREET to accommodate the parking proposed for 180 Needham Street.
A public hearing was opened and continued on May 12th.  The Planning Department’s most recent memo regarding this proposal can be found here.  Revised plans can be found here.
Waban Hardware:  Special Permit and Site Plan approval request to waive five parking stalls and for associated waivers of various requirements for an existing parking facility, including parking in the front and side setbacks, and screening, interior landscaping, and lighting requirements for an existing hardware store at 2-12 WINDSOR ROAD.  A public hearing was opened and continued on June 12th.  The original Planning Department’s memo can be found here.  Updated plans showing accessibility improvements and floor plans can be found here.
143 Lincoln Street:  Special Permit and Site Plan approval request to expand an existing non-conforming two-family.  This petition was voted out of the Land Use Committee and recommended to the full Board but was sent back to committee for further discussions.  The Land Use Committee will review updated plans.  Those plans can be viewed here and the Planning Department’s most recent memo can be found here.
Charlesbank Road:  Special Permit and Site Plan approval request to add a 2-unit addition to an existing 2-family dwelling.  The public hearing was opened and continued on May 12th.  The Planning Department’s most recent memo can be foundhere.  Correspondence from the petitioner’s attorney as well as an updated Landscape Plan can be found here.
228 Wiswall Road:  Special Permit and Site Plan approval request  to construct a one-car attached garage on to an existing attached garage, which will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .37 to .38, where .35 is the maximum allowed by right.  A public hearing will be opened on Tuesday, June 23rd.  The Planning Department’s memo can be found here.

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Request for $1.2 million request for Auburndale Traffic Signalization Improvements among Finance Committee discussion items

The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following:
Auburndale Traffic Signalization Improvements:  $1.2 million request for Auburndale Traffic Signalization Improvements:  At it’s previous committee meeting, the Finance Committee split the Mayor’s request for $2 million in bonding indebtedness to address traffic signalization improvements across the City – recommending to the full board that portion dealing with Nonantum, Oak Hill and other parts of the City, and holding the Auburndale Traffic Improvement portion pending further discussion.  The plan for the proposed improvements can be found at the end of the Finance Committee agenda.
In addition, the Finance Committee will discuss the following:
Request to increase Newtonville Area Council’s Revolving Account:  The Mayor is requesting authorization to increase the annual expenditure limit from $2,500  to $10,000 to cover the costs related for Newtonville Village Day.
Funding for New Ride-Along Social Worker:  The Mayor is requesting authorization to accept and expend a grant to fund a new social worker position in the Police Department.  The grant is from the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of ninety-nine thousand six hundred thirty-three dollars and sixty cents ($99,633.60) .  Supporting documentation can be found at the end of the Finance Committee agenda.
Request for funds to cover cover costs associated with water, electricity, and repairs to fences damaged in winter storms as well as other costs association with the Parks and Recreation Department:  The Mayor is requesting authorization to transfer the $59,032 from Free Cash to three separate Parks and Recreation Accounts to deal with the following:   $20,000 for Public Property Repair and Maintenance; $10,000 for Electricity; and $29,032 for Water.  Supporting documentation for the maintenance and repair portion of the request can be found attached to the end of the Finance Agenda.
Request for $9,000 transfer in order to fund temporary administrative assistance for the Inspectional Services Department:  The Mayor is requesting a $9,000 transfer from the Inspectional Services Salaries Account to the Inspectional Services Expense Account in order to hire additional administrative assistance for the department needed to fill in for the absence of an administrative assistant.  The request can be found attached to the end of the Finance Committee agenda here.
Request for $100,000 transfer to help fund costs for City Hall Elevator project and for removal of storage tank located and Fire Station #3.   The funds would come from the Comptroller’s Department Staffing and Project Reserve account and moved to the Public Buildings Department Municipal Maintenance Account in order to fund the FY 2015 costs.  The request can be found attached to the end of the Finance Committee Agenda.
Request to transfer $210,000 for FY2016 Consultants and Newton Center Parking Study:  The Mayor is requesting authorization to transfer $210,000 from the Planning Department’s Salary Account to the Planning Department’s Consultant’s Account in order to fund $10,000 for the Newton Center Parking Study with the remaining funds to be reserved for future Consultants for FY2016.  The Committee is scheduled to meet jointly with the Zoning and Planning Committee for the discussion.  The request can be found attached to the end of the Finance Committee Agenda.
Budget Update on Angier and Zervas Projects:  The Finance Committee is expected to receive budgetary updates on the following school building projects:  Angier and Zervas.  Spreadsheets provided by the Comptroller’s Office can be found attached to the very end of the Finance Committee Agenda.
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Phase 2 Zoning Reform, Large House Review and a Request for $210,000 for Consultants (including funds for Newton Center Parking Study) – this week at the Zoning and Planning Committee meeting

The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet this Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following:
Phase 2 Zoning Reform:  The Committee will review a draft RFP to hire consultants who will assist the City’s Planning Department in an anticipated 18-month long process to deliver two major items:  the development of a Pattern Book which is essentially an inventory/survey of existing patterns of development describing the various types of buildings and structures currently found in our City, and the development of an updated Zoning Ordinance that will reflect the patterns of development and building types as a result of the survey into a form-based context (focusing on the physical characteristics of buildings or structures rather than uses).  The draft RFP can be found at the end of the agenda.
Large House Review:  The Committee will continue it’s discussion on a proposal to create a Large House Review process.  Previously, the sponsor of the item forwarded information on large house review processes (or similar review processes) employed by several other communities in the Commonwealth to deal with the problem of ¨mansionization¨ Attached to the end of this week’s Zoning and Planning Committee agenda are ordinances for the Towns of Cohassett, Newburyport, Wellesley, and Somerville and a chart summarizing review processes and standards for Cohassett, Wellesley and Somerville.
Request for $210,000 for Consultants:  The Mayor is requesting authorization to transfer $210,000 from the Planning Department’s salary account into a Consultant’s account with $10,000 to be used towards a Newton Center Parking Study and the remainder of funds to be used to hire Consultants in FY2016.

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Aquinas Purchase Approved – $17,350,000 – a $400,000 reduction, $100,000 liability limit and $2,000,000 in additional bonding

The Board approved the purchase of the former Aquinas College property on Monday, June 15th.  The item had originally been recommended to the full board earlier this month, but was then recommitted to committee because of concerns about potential PCB contamination.  The Finance Committee took the item up at it’s last meeting and after a lengthy discussion about the need for asbestos remediation and window replacement and the possibility for soils testing and remediation, the Finance Committee approved the original requested funding amount but did not recommend an additional $1 million to address potential remediation costs.  At the full Board meeting on June 15th, Maureen Lemieux informed the Board that the Sellers agreed to lower the purchase price by $400,000 and limit the City’s liability amount to $100,000 with regard to any soil contamination or need for remediation.  The Mayor also requested an additional $2 million to address any remediation that might be necessary. This brings the total bond authorization to $17,350,000.  A summary can be found on page 2 of the Board Actions here.
I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Public Facilities Committee to meet Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

The Public Facilities Committee will meet this Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:
Public Hearing assigned for June 17, 2015: #156-15 NATIONAL GRID petitioning for a grant of location to install and maintain 60’ + of 6” gas main in BEECHER PLACE from the existing 6” gas main at 50 Beecher Place easterly for a new gas service at 6 Beecher Terrace. (Ward 6) [06/02/15 @ 1:12 PM] Public Hearing assigned for June 17, 2015:
#157-15 COMCAST petitioning for a grant of location to install conduit and vaults in NAHANTON STREET AND WELLS AVENUE as follows: A) 2,528’+ of conduit in Nahanton Street in a westerly direction from Pole #28 to Wells Avenue B) Two 2′ x 3′ vaults in Nahanton Street C) 4,377’ of conduit in Wells Avenue from the entrance to Wells Avenue to 160 Wells Avenue D) 3 x 3 manhole in Wells Avenue at 1 Wells Avenue E) Three 2′ x 3′ vaults in Wells Avenue at the following locations: 2 Wells Avenue, 200 Wells Avenue, and 160 Wells Avenue. (Ward 8) [06/10/15 @ 1:02 PM] Public Hearing assigned for June 17, 2015:
#133-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to enter into negotiations for the potential lease on city properties for purposes of third-party construction, ownership, and operation of on-site renewable solar energy generation from which the City will purchase electric output and/or net metering credits. [05/11/15 @ 5:00 PM] PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE AGENDA Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Page 2 REFERRED TO PUBLIC SAFETY & TRANS. AND FINANCE COMMITTEES
#129-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of improving the traffic signals at several intersections in Auburndale and traffic improvements in Nonantum and Oak Hill, as well as other areas of the City. 05/11/15 @ 5:00 PM] PUBLIC SAFETY APPROVED 6-0-1 (Schwartz abstaining) on 06/03/15 FINANCE COMMITTEE SPLIT THE ITEM INTO PART A AND B; PART B WAS APPROVED BY PUBLIC SAFETY AND FINANCE (A)$1.2 MILLION FOR AUBURNDALE TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT PLAN FINANCE HELD 8-0 and REFERRED (A) TO PUBLIC FACILITIES COMMITTEE on 06/08/15
#129-15(2) COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC WORKS requesting approval of the addition of a left turning lane from Winchester Street onto Nahanton Street. [06/11/15 @ 12:56 PM]
#246-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending Sec. 25-1, which requires a permit to create a trench, be reviewed to determine if a new section relative to excavation should be established to regulate unsafe excavation beyond the regulation of trenches, as the City Engineer has advised that all trenches are excavations, but not all excavations are trenches, which amendment would replace Sec. 20-53. Excavations; protection; erection of barriers., which was deleted as part of recodification because it conflicted with Sec. 25-1.
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Programs and Services Committee to meet this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

The Programs and Services Committee will meet this Wednesday, June 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m.
#31-15 PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE proposing an ordinance to limit the use of leafblowers. [01/26/15 @ 2:20PM]  Please note:  The Chair has invited Fred Lebow, who served as the Noise Bylaw Committee Chairman for the Town of Brookline, will join the Committee to discuss the process of crafting Brookline’s leaf blower ordinance and has invited the Economic Development Commission to provide comments on the proposed amendments.
In addition, the Programs and Services Committee will discuss the following:
Two Appointment by His Honor the Mayor:
#136-15 SETH BAI, appointed as the Veterans Service Officer, effective May 18, 2015, pursuant to Section 3-3 of the City of Newton Charter. [05/27/15 @ 4:08PM]; and
#135-15 LISA DADY, appointed as the Director of Historic Newton, effective February 25, 2015, pursuant to Section 3-3 of the City of Newton Charter. [05/27/15 @ 4:08PM]
A public hearing will be held on the following item: #9-15(2) WABAN AREA COUNCIL petitioning the Board of Aldermen pursuant to Article 9, Section 9-3 and 9-4, of the City of Newton Charter, to expand the area represented by the Waban Area Council to include: 1. Warren Road (both sides), Kippy Drive (both sides) and 1238-1299 Beacon Street; 2. 75-149 Winslow Road and 73-89 Puritan Road; 3. The portion of the Newton Cemetery Corporation within the area council’s catchment area boundaries and the portion of Cold Spring Park that abuts the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Council portion of the Park. [04/24/15@ 12:54PM]
#126-15 ALD. JOHNSON, ALBRIGHT, NORTON AND SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER ALBRIGHT requesting a discussion with the Newton School Department, Newton North High School principal, and the Newton Police Department regarding ways to address the student smoking issue at Newton North High School. [05/11/15 @ 9:30AM]
The Chair will also be taking public comment on the following item: #34-13 ALD. DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, BLAZAR, RICE, LINSKY AND CROSSLEY requesting a prohibition on polystyrene-based disposable food or beverage containers in the City of Newton if that packaging takes place on the premises of food establishments within the City. [01/03/13 @ 11:01 AM]
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Zoning and Planning Committee to meet Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7:45 p.m.

The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet this coming Tuesday, June 16th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following:
#6-15 ALD. BAKER, HESS-MAHAN, ALBRIGHT requesting a discussion by the Zoning and Planning Committee with the Acting Director of Planning and Development of how Phase 2 of Zoning Reform might be undertaken, including the contents of the proposed Village and Master Planning and Zoning Reform Request for Proposals, including the planning process and ordinance revision process the RFP anticipates, as well as the staffing and funding needed to enable both in-house and contracted work under the RFP to be both well done and appropriately supervised. [12/29/14@4:00 PM]
#278-14 ALD. YATES proposing to amend Chapter 30 of the City of Newton Ordinances to restrict the two-unit structures allowed by-right in the multi-residence districts to structures with the two units side-by-side in a single structure, or one above the other as in double-deckers. [07/31/14 @ 12:03PM]
#222-13 ALD. HESS-MAHAN, ALBRIGHT, BAKER, CROSSLEY, DANBERG, FISCHMAN & JOHNSON proposing to amend the definitions of “Common roof connector”, “Common wall connector”, and “Dwelling, two-family” in Chapter 30, Section 30-1 of the City of Newton Zoning Ordinances. [06/07/13 @ 1:31 PM]
Please note that the Planning Department has included a recommendation for the last two items that define what a two-family structure should be.  That memorandum can be found here at the end of the agenda.
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Programs and Services Report – June 10, 2015 – Change of Voting Venue and Public Comment Session on Leaf Blower regulations

The Programs and Services Committee met on June 10th and discussed two items.  The first item was a recommendation by the Elections Commission to change the voting venue for the following:  move the polling locations currently located at the Memorial Spaulding, Countryside, and Bowen Schools to the Newton South High School Gym; and move the polling locations currently at Fire Station #1 to the Grace Episcopal Church.  The Commission asked the the Newton South High School item be held pending School Committee discussion so the Committee voted only to approve the Fire Station #1 move.  A report on the discussions of this item and supplemental/supporting documentation can be found here.
In addition, the Committee moved to the Aldermanic Chambers to hear discussion on the proposed leaf blower ordinance.  The audio for the public leaf blower comment session can be found here.
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Zoning and Planning Committee Report for June 8, 2015 – now available

The Zoning and Planning Committee met on June 8th.  They met jointly with the Finance Committee and discussed two items:  a request for an appropriation of $1,057,000 from the Community Preservation Fund to the control of the Director of Planning & Development, to create additional units of permanently affordable housing through the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program – FINANCE APPROVED 7-0-1  with Ald. Brousal-Glaser abstaining and APPROVED 4-0-2 with Alds. Sangiolo, Danberg abstaining and Alds. Kalis, Baker not voting; AND a request filed by Alds. Johnson, Laredo and Gentile, made to the Planning Department for the following information: How many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify to be included on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List. If a property is not currently on the list, what can be done to make it eligible (Item was held).
The Committee (without Finance) also discussed a request by the Acting Director of Planning and Development to make amendments to the official zoning map in order to correct discrepancies between actions by the Board and the boundaries of zoning districts currently shown on the map and reduce the number of split lots and other map issues.  This item was approved but amended to remove the request to rezone Simms Court.
In addition, the Committee received an engaging presentation by George Proakis, Director of Planning for the City of Somerville who shared Somerville’s experience in revamping their zoning ordinance.  The presentation can be found here at the end of the agenda.
A complete report of the Zoning and Planning Committee can be found here.
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Public Safety and Transportation Report – June 3, 2015

The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 and approved the following:  a request by the 128 Business Council to amend its special permit for their Needham Shuttle Bus License, a request by Trip Advisor for four new bus licenses to provide employee-only shuttle service, a request for authorization and an appropriation of $2,000,000 from bonded indebtedness for traffic signal improvements at several intersections in Auburndale and traffic improvements in Nonantum and Oak Hill as well as other areas of the City, fand a request for $150,000 for the purpose of improving traffic signalization at several intersections throughout the City.  A full report of the meeting can be found here.

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Land Use Committee Report – June 9, 2015

The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, June 9th and continued it’s public hearing on Austin Street.  The audio of the meeting can be found here.
In addition, the Land Use Committee deliberated on a request for an extension of time to act on Special Permit that was granted in 2014 to replace an existing attached garage with a new detached garage and increase the non-conforming FAR from .26 to .37 where .29 is the maximum allowed by-right.  The report can be foundhere.
#129-14(2) MICHAEL & MARTHA GANGEMI request for an EXTENSION OF TIME in which to EXERCISE SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL #129-14, granted on May 19, 2014, to replace an existing detached garage with a new detached garage at the rear of an existing single-family home, which will increase the nonconforming Floor Area Ratio from .36 to .37, where .29 is the maximum allowed by right, at 96 LENOX STREET, Ward 2, West Newton; said EXTENSION will run from May 19, 2015 to May 19, 2016. Ref: Sec 30-24(c)(5) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: EXTENSION OF TIME APPROVED 5-0 (Harney, Lipof, and Lennon not voting)
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Finance Committee Report for June 8, 2015 – now available

The Finance Committee met on June 8th and discussed the following items:  request for authorization and appropriation of $15,750,000 for the purchase of Aquinas College, Community Preservation Committee (CPA) request for appropriation of $1,057,000 of CPA funds to the control of the Director of Planning and Development to create additional units of housing through the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program, Community Preservation Committee (CPA) request for appropriation of $400,000 of CPA funds to complete the Museum Archives, Accessibility and Fire Suppression project,  a request by the Mayor for authorization to transfer $200,000 from the Public Works Full Time Wages/Street Maintenance Account to the Public Works Electrical Equipment Account in order to fund additional repair work, a request  for authorization to transfer $80,000 from the Public Works Snow Overtime Account to the Public Works Vehicle Repairs Account for the purpose of funding additional repair work required due to this past year’s snow, a request for $150,000 from Free Cash for traffic signalization improvements traffic signalization and crosswalk from Watertown Street at Capital Street to Watertown Street at Pearl Street, a request to appropriate $2,000,000 from bonded indebtedness for traffic signal improvements at several intersections in Auburndale and traffic improvements in Nonantum and Oak Hill, as well as other areas of the City (Note: this item was split – the Auburndale portion held for Public Facilities deliberation and $800,000 approved for other areas of the City), and authorization to enter into a 5-year contract with Waste Management for curbside collection of trash and recylcables.  The full report and supplemental/supporting documentation can be found here.
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Full Board of Aldermen to meet Monday, June 15, 2015 at 7:45 p.m.

The Full Board of Aldermen will meet this Monday, June 15th at 7:45 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers.  The request for authorization and appropriation for $15,750,000, as well as 143 Lincoln Street land use petition,the Zoning Reform Phase 1 ordinance, and authorization to enter into a 5-year trash contract with Waste Management are among the topics to be discussed and considered for approval.
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Aquinas Acquisition

The Full Board of Aldermen recommitted the request for $15,750,000 for the purchase of the former Aquinas College property located at 15 Walnut Park due to concerns raised regarding the presence of PCBs in the building.  The Finance Committee was joined by GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. who performed some testing of the building.  Results from testing of PCB presence in the window caulking was to be available later in the week.  However, testing was done to the window glazing and the window caulk for asbestos and the results were positive.  There was a very lengthy and in-depth discussion regarding various options to abate and remediate any contamination and that discussion and report can be found here.  The Administration has submitted an amendment to the original request by $1,000,000 (to increase it from $15,750,000 to $16,750,000).  The Finance Committee approved the original item of $15,750,000  by a vote of 7 in favor and 1 abstention (Ald. Brousal-Glaser).  The Finance Committee will report this item out to the Full Board on Monday, June 15th recommending approval.
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Public Facilities Report – June 3, 2015

The report from the Public Facilities Committee Report is now available.   in addition to taking up a request for a main drain extension, a request from the Mayor to acquire an easement from Boston College  to relocate a portion of the sidewalk located on Commonwealth Avenue (allowing for the relocation of the Boston College shuttle bus stop near the Boston College Middle Campus),  a request for authorization to transfer $80,000 from the Public Works Snow and Overtime Account to the Vehicle Repairs Account, a request for authorization to transfer the sum of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) from the Public Works Snow Overtime Account to the Public Works Vehicle Repairs Account for the purpose of funding additional repair work required (due to snow), a request for authorization to transfer the sum of $200,000 from the Public Works Full Time Wages/Street Maintenance Account to the Public Works Electrical Equipment Account for the purpose of funding additional repair work required this year,
More detailed information is available here.

I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Finance Committee to meet Monday, June 8, 2015 and will be joined by the Zoning and Planning Committee

The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, June 8th in room 211 at 7:00 p.m. and will continue the discussion on the request to acquire the Aquinas property.  An issue regarding potential PCBs in the building was raised by Ald. Ted Hess-Mahan.  Ald. Crossley and others requested additional information regarding testing at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting.  After a lengthy discussion and debate, the item was recommitted to the Finance Committee for further discussion.  The Executive Department released the following memo from Dori Zaleznik (BOAMemoAquinas Jun 5, 2015) which states the Administration will have a representative from GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., an environmental, remediation consulting firm present at the meeting to answer questions and the Mayor will request an additional $750,000 to the bonding request to address any remediation issues that arise.  Material regarding the Aquinas purchase can be found attached to the Finance Agenda here.
The Finance Committee will then be joined by the Zoning and Planning Committee to discuss the following:
#103-15 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending the appropriation of one million fifty-seven thousand dollars ($1,057,000) from the Community Preservation Fund to the control of the Director of Planning & Development, to create additional units of permanently affordable housing through the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program, as described in the proposal submitted in March 2015. 04/13/15 @ 10:18 AM]
#104-15 ALD. JOHNSON, LAREDO, AND GENTILE requesting a report from the Planning Department with the following information: How many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify to be included on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List. If a property is not currently on the list, what can be done to make it eligible. [04/09/15 @ 12:00PM]
Supporting documentation can be found attached to the Finance Committee agenda.
Following discussion of those items, the Finance Committee will continue it’s meeting to discuss the following:
#144-15 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending the appropriation of four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) from the Community Preservation Fund to the control of the Public Buildings Department, to complete the Museum Archives, Accessibility and Fire Suppression project, as described in the supplemental funding request submitted in April 2015. [05/18/15 @ 3:51 PM]PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 5-0-2 (Gentile and Lappin abstaining) on 06/03/15 REFERRED TO PUBLIC FACILITIES AND FINANCE COMMITTEES
#132-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) from the Public Works Full Time Wages/Street Maintenance Account to the Public Works Electrical Equipment Account for the purpose of funding additional repair work required this year. [05/11/15 @ 4:18 PM] PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 7-0 on 06/03/15 REFERRED TO PUBLIC FACILITIES AND FINANCE COMMITTEES
#131-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) from the Public Works Snow Overtime Account to the Public Works Vehicle Repairs Account for the purpose of funding additional repair work required due to the historic amount of snow this past winter. [05/11/15 @ 4:18 PM] PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 6-0 (Gentile not voting) on 06/03/15 REFERRED TO PUBLIC SAFETY & TRANS. AND FINANCE COMMITTEES
#130-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) from Free Cash for the purpose of improving traffic signalization at several intersections throughout the City. PUBLIC SAFETY APPROVED 6-0-1 (Schwartz abstaining) on 06/03/15 REFERRED TO PUBLIC SAFETY & TRANS. AND FINANCE COMMITTEES #129-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of improving the traffic signals at several intersections in Auburndale and traffic improvements in Nonantum and Oak Hill, as well as other areas of the City. 05/11/15 @ 5:00 PM] PUBLIC SAFETY APPROVED 6-0-1 (Schwartz abstaining) on 06/03/15
#128-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to enter into a five-year contract for the curbside collection of solid waste and recyclables. [05/11/15 @ 4:30 PM] FINANCE COMMITTEE AGENDA Monday, June 8, 2015 PAGE 3
#142-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to accept and expend the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of twenty-nine thousand nine hundred fourteen dollars and ten cents ($29,914.10) for the purpose of purchasing law enforcement equipment. [05/27/15 @ 2:01 PM]
#143-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) from Free Cash for fees relating to the transport and disposal of railroad ties in order to expedite the completion of the “Rail Trail Project.” [05/27/15 @ 2:00 PM]
#145-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of one hundred twelve thousand nine hundred seventy-six dollars and sixty-one cents ($112,976.61) from E-Rate Reimbursements Funds collected through May 2015 for the purpose of school technology purchases. [04/30/12 @ 5:08 PM]
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Land Use Committee to meet on June 9th to continue the public hearing on Austin Street

The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 9th in the Aldermanic Chambers at 7:00 p.m. to continue it’s public hearing on Austin Street.  The Chairman is allowing a short presentation from the Newtonville Area Council before opening up the hearing for additional comments.  Reminder:  documents related to the Austin Street Special Permit Application can be found here (scroll down to Special Permits 2015 – Austin Street).
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The Programs and Services Committee to meet on June 10th – Change of Voting/Polling Locations and Leaf Blower Ordinance Public Comment Session

The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 10th first, in Room 211 at 6:45 p.m. to discuss a request by the Election Commission to authorize the relocation of four polling locations:  existing Memorial Spaulding, Countryside and Bowen Elementary School voting/polling locations to Newton South High School and existing Fire Station #1 voting/polling location to the Grace Episcopal Church.
The Programs and Services Committee will then move to the Aldermanic Chambers to conduct a Public Comment session on the proposed leaf blower regulations.
The full agenda can be found here.
Documents related to the Leaf Blower Ban proposal (including the proposed ordinance and correspondence received) can be found here.
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Public Hearing Notice – June 17th – Request to authorize Mayor to enter into Lease Negotiations regarding Solar Panel Installation on City property

The Public Facilities Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers to hear a request by the Administration to authorize the Mayor to enter into lease negotiations for third party construction, ownership, and operation of on-site renewable solar energy generation which the City will purchase or obtain metering credits.  The potential locations and proposals are as follows:
Department of Public Buildings, 52 Elliot St –solar carports and roof mounted solar
Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd – solar carports and roof mounted solar
Main Library Parking Lot, 330 Homer St – solar carports
Public Works Department, 70 Elliot Street – truck ports, carports and roof mounted solar
Rumford Avenue Landfill, Rumford Ave – ground mounted solar
Oak Hill Middle School, 130 Wheeler Rd – roof mounted solar
Bowen Elementary School, 280 Cypress St – roof mounted solar
Lower Falls Community Center, 545 Grove St – roof mounted solar
Public Works Department, 60 Elliot Street – roof mounted solar
Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon St – roof mounted solar
Fire Station #10 and Wires Building, 755 Dedham Street – roof mounted solar
City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, roof mounted solar
Zervas Elementary School, 30 Beethoven Ave – solar carports and roof mounted solar

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Zoning and Planning Committee to meet on June 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. following joint meeting with the Finance Committee

The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on June 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 after meeting jointly with the Finance to discuss the following items:
#103-15 COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE recommending the appropriation of one million fifty-seven thousand dollars ($1,057,000) from the Community Preservation Fund to the control of the Director of Planning & Development, to create additional units of permanently affordable housing through the Newton Homebuyer Assistance Program, as described in the proposal submitted in March 2015. 04/13/15 @ 10:18 AM] REFERRED TO ZONING & PLANNING, LAND USE AND FINANCE COMMITTEES
#104-15 ALD. JOHNSON, LAREDO, AND GENTILE requesting a report from the Planning Department with the following information: How many of the affordable units developed at Commonwealth Avenue, Pearl Street, and Eddy Street qualify to be included on the State’s Subsidized Housing Inventory List. If a property is not currently on the list, what can be done to make it eligible. [04/09/15 @ 12:00PM]
Supporting documentation for both items can be found attached to the Zoning and Planning Committee agenda here.
After the joint session, the Zoning and Planning Committee will hold a public hearing on the following:
#23-15 ACTING DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT requesting amendments to the official zoning map in order to correct discrepancies between Board of Aldermen actions and the boundaries of zoning districts as shown on the map and to better align zoning district boundaries with property lines and other features to reduce the number of split lots and other map anomalies. [01/09/15 @ 10:09AM]
The Planning Department’s most recent memorandum discussing this item can be found here.
In addition, the Zoning and Planning Committee will be joined by George Proakis, Director of Planning for the City of Somerville, who will share his experience regarding Somerville’s zoning reform efforts.
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Auburndale Historic Commission to meet on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.

The Auburndale Historic Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following items:
33 Woodland Road, to build two new houses on subdivided lot, continuation from May 12, 2015 meeting;
204 Woodland Road, to replace porch columns and porch guard rail, rebuild porch stairs;
256 Woodland Road, to rebuild sun room;
46 Vista Avenue, to replace existing garage with three-car garage.
The official agenda can be found here.

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Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission to meet on June 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 11th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205.
The agenda includes the following:
1. 43-45 High Street – Certificate of Appropriateness Request to modify approved landscape plan to add 35-foot long retaining wall and steps on north side of drive and to change approved fiberglass gutters to aluminum.
2. 342-344 Elliot Street – Certificate of Appropriateness Request to build 15-seat outdoor patio addition to rear of existing building.
3. 80-82 High Street – Certificate of Appropriateness Request to replace fence along left and right side of property and to replace a section of the rear fence.
4. 232-234 Elliot Street – Certificate of Appropriateness Request to replace doors and walkway; to remove front awning, fence and piers; and to seal coat driveway.
5. 70-72 High Street – Working Session Request for feedback on proposed project to renovate existing house, add carport and egress landing, and build rear addition with in-ground garage.
6. 117 High Street – Certificate of Appropriateness Request to replace replace windows.
7. 59 High Street – Certificate of Appropriateness Present drawings for solutions to remedy the project so that it aligns with the drawings originally submitted and approved.
The official agenda can be found here.
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Conservation Commission to meet on Thursday, June 11th – 7:00 p.m.

The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet this Thursday on June 11th in Room 211.  The Commission’s agenda includes a request by the City to upgrade the storm drain system at 229 – 293 Dedham Street, a request to rehabilitate a building, add parking near the river, and install a stormwater management system at 180, 188, and 210 Needham St; as well as several tear-down requests.  A complete agenda can be found here.

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Community Preservation Committee to meet Thursday, June 11th – 7

The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet this Thursday, June 11th at 7 p.m. in Room 204.  The Committee members will receive an update on currently funded CPA projects and will also begin discussion on any future plans for the Allen House (West Newton, $300,000 appropriated, $1.7 million final request anticipated ); review a pre-proposal from the New Art Center (Newtonville, $72,652 request for submission fall 2015, $2.5 million total request anticipated); and begin discussions of future CPA-eligible projects in the City of Newton’s  Capital Improvement Plan and the CPC’s expectations for matching non-CPA funds.
A chart showing the program proposals and projects can be found here.
An agenda for the upcoming meeting can be found here.
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I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Austin Street Public Hearing set for June 2, 2015 at 7 p.m.

A public hearing has been assigned for June 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers to hear a joint proposal by Austin Street Partners and the City of Newton to redevelop the existing municipal parking lot into a mixed-use building that includes 68 units of rental housing (25% of which will be deed restricted as affordable) approximately 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, 127 at-grade public parking spaces and 90 underground parking spaces for the residential units and retail employees.  The latest plans submitted on May 12th can be found here.  Additional information and presentations related to this re-development proposal can be found here.
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Traffic Council to meet on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Room 211

The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m. to discuss the following:
TC3-15 ALD. NORTON, requesting a discussion and possible implementation of parking restrictions on a portion of the east side (pool/field side) of Albemarle Road, between Crafts Street and Watertown Street. (Wards 2 & 3) [01/07/15 @ 11:01 PM] [Revised 01/09/15] [Revised 03/16/15]
TC19-15 SGT. BABCOCK, requesting the removal of subsection (i) from Sec. TPR-204. Newton North High School Tiger Parking Permits. Subsection (i) states the following: Thirty (30) parking spaces in the Austin Street municipal off-street parking area shall be reserved for Tiger permit parking. On school days between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., no person shall allow a vehicle registered in his name to stand or park in any parking space reserved for Tiger parking, except in accordance with the terms of a Tiger permit issued under the Tiger parking district. When a vehicle is operated by a student who has procured and displayed such a permit, the operator may park in a metered space within a designated area of the Austin Street off-street parking area without being required to deposit coins in the parking meter. The chief of police may issue Tiger permits for such parking spaces. The commissioner of public works shall designate such reserved parking spaces and cause to be placed and maintained signs identifying such spaces. Vehicles found in violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be subject to the penalties provided in section 19-8. (Ward 2) [05/11/15 @ 2:36 PM]
TC4-15 ALD. NORTON, requesting a discussion and possible implementation of parking restrictions on Ward Street and Morseland Avenue. (Ward 2) [01/07/15 @ 11:01 PM]
TC15-15 WILLIAM PAILLE, DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION, requesting discussion and potential approval of a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK Signal) in Waban Village, crossing Beacon Street, in the vicinity of Waban Kitchen. (Ward 5) [03/10/15 @ 8:00 AM]
TC14-15 WILLIAM PAILLE, DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION, requesting discussion and potential approval of new parking regulations in the area of Collins Road and Waban Avenue in Waban, in conjunction with the reconstruction of the intersection. (Ward 5) [03/10/15 @ 8:00 AM]
TC20-15 DAVID KOSES, TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR, requesting one-way traffic flow for the following short sections: a) Waban Avenue, between Beacon Street and Collins Road and b) Collins Road, between Beacon Street and Waban Avenue. (Ward 5) [05/03/15 @ 4:19 PM]
Chairman’s Note: It is the Chairman’s intention to entertain a motion for No Action Necessary on the following item: TC58-14 ZACH BOSCH, TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER, requesting changes to parking restrictions on Chestnut Street south of Elliot Street. (Ward 5) [09/10/14 @ 11:47 AM]
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Finance Committee to Meet on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  The agenda includes a number of authorization requests including a request for authorization to acquire the Aquinas property.  The full agenda and supporting documentation can be found here.
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Real Property Reuse to meet Tuesday, May 26th – 7 p.m.

The Real Property Reuse Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 26th at 7 p.m. in Room 211 to continue discussions on the Reuse for 70 Crescent Street.  The Committee last met on April 28, 2015 and reviewed a draft Request for Interest.  Documents related to the Crescent Street reuse discussion can be found here in the Friday Packet under Real Property and Reuse header for 70 Crescent Street.
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Board approves FY2016 Budget

On Thursday, May 21st, the Board of Aldermen approved the FY2016 Budget.  In sum, the Board voted to approve the Mayor’s FY2016 General Fund Budget of $361, 997, 264  (with the School Department budget at $203,710,912.  The Total Appropriation for All Funds including the Community Preservation Fund ($3,572,487), the Stormwater Fund ($1,950,000) the Sewer Fund ($31,139,087) and the Water Fund ($23,875,000), the total appropriation is $422,533,838 not including the Revolving Accounts.  A breakdown of the Appropriation Schedule can be found here.  The vote was was 20 – 2 (Alds. Cote and Norton voting against) with 2 absent (Alds. Danberg and Blazar).
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I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Zoning and Planning Committee to recommend approval of ZBA appointment, Waban Hill Reservoir Conservation Restriction and advance Zoning Reform Phase 1 Zoning Ordinance

The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, May 11th and voted to recommend to the Full Board, the following actions:  re-appointment of Vincent Farina to the Zoning Board of Appeals, a conservation restriction for the Waban Hill Reservoir property and deletion of the current Zoning ordinance to be replaced with the Zoning Reform Phase 1 Ordinance.  The full report of the committee can be found here.
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Public Hearing for Amended Turtle Lane Playhouse Proposal scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

A public hearing will be held by the Land Use Committee on May 19, 2015 to hear an amended proposal for the Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose Street in Auburndale.  The hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers.  The proposal has eliminated a proposed restaurant and office use in the proposed addition to the theater and has replaced that with six additional residential units bringing the total number of residential units to 29 units (six rental units in the theater building and 23 units in the proposed addition with 31 underground parking spaces).  There still remains 1358 square feet of office space above the theater.  The Planning Department’s memorandum regarding the new proposal can be found here.
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FY2016 Budget Information

The Aldermanic Committees of the Board have completed their budget reviews (seeBudget report book).  Each departmental budget will be presented to the full Board on Monday, May 18, 2015 in the Aldermanic Chamber following a brief presentation by the School Committee and School Department regarding the Cabot Elementary School Buidling project.  In addition, several Budget resolutions have already been submitted for consideration and can be found here.
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Land Use Committee to recommend approval of the following special permit applications – Monday, May 18, 2015

The Land Use Committee of the Board of Aldermen are expected to recommend the following special permit applications to the Full Board at it’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers:
#366-14 ARMAN CHITCHIAN petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct an addition and reconfigure an existing two-family dwelling to two side-by-side attached dwellings, which will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .24 to .42, 41where .36 .38 (with the 2% bonus) is allowed, at 143 LINCOLN STREET, Ward 5, NEWTON HIGHLANDS, on land known as SBL 52, 1, 18, containing approximately 11,775 sf of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE 2. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-21(b), 30-15(u)(2) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. A public hearing was opened and continued on 12/9/2014, continued to February 10, 2015; continued on March 17 HEARING CLOSED; APPROVED AS AMENDED 6-0-1 (Harney abstaining) on March 31, 2015 (90 days: June 29, 2015)ACTION: APPROVED 7-0-1 (Harney abstaining).  See Land Use Committee Report and Special Permit Board Order.
#76-15 LESLIE SEE petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL for an accessory apartment in a two-family house at 34-36 BROADLAWN PARK, Ward 8, Chestnut Hill, on land known as SBL 82, 46, 6, containing approximately 13,913 sf of land in a district zoned MULTI RESIDENCE 1. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30- 23, 30-9(h)(1) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: HEARING CLOSED; APPROVED 8-0.  See proposed Land Use Committee Report and Special Permit Board Order.
#78-15 BETH KIRSCH petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to allow more than three customers or pupils in a home business and to waive one parking stall associated with the proposed business at 27 WALDORF ROAD, Ward 5, Newton Highlands, on land known as SBL 54, 46, 8, containing approximately 4,883 sq. ft. of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE 2. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-8(c)(4), (c)(11)c) and e) 30-8(c) and (c)(9) of the city of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: HEARING CLOSED; APPROVED 8-0.  See proposed Land Use Committee Report and Special Permit Board Order.
#59-15 YONG MOU CHEN petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL for an accessory apartment exceeding 1,000 sq. ft. but less than the maximum of 1,200 sq. ft. in an existing single-family dwelling at 1765 BEACON STREET, Ward 5, Waban, on land known as SBL 55, 9, 4, containing ±20,800 sq. ft. of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE 2. Ref: Sec. 30-24, 30-23, 30-8(d)(1)c) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: HEARING CLOSED; APPROVED 8-0.  See proposed Land Use Committee Report and Special Permit Board Order.
#63-15 TOM TIMKO, COPPER BEECH DESIGN for JAYANT & MANJIRI BHAWALKAR petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND A NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE to allow an increase to a nonconforming three-story single-family dwelling which will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .32 to .52, where .43 is the maximum allowed by right, at 15 HOLMAN ROAD, Ward 4, Auburndale, on land known as SBL 43, 43 5 and 43, 43 4A, containing ±6,970 sq. ft. of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE 3. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-21(b), 30-15 Table 1, 30-15(u)(2) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: HEARING CLOSED; APPROVED 8-0.  See proposed Land Use Committee Reportand Special Permit Board Order.
#109-14(2) GEORGE SALLES requesting a one-year EXTENSION of TIME in which to EXERCISE special permit #109-14, granted on May 19, 2014, to construct a one-story kitchen addition containing approximately 200 square feet at the rear of an existing single-family dwelling at 11 SOLON STREET, Ward 5, Newton Highlands. Ref: Sec 30-24(c)(5) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: APPROVED 8-0.  See proposed Land Use Committee Report.
Request to Withdraw without Prejudice #480-14(2) STEPHEN VONA petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to restore and expand an existing structure known as the Turtle Lane Playhouse to provide a mix of uses including preserving the theater use, adding a street-level restaurant with office space above, and constructing a separate 23-unit multifamily structure with a below grade parking garage for 30 cars at 283 MELROSE STREET, Ward 4, Auburndale, on land known as SBL 41, 14, 10 containing approximately 43,783 sf of land [currently zoned MULTI RESIDENCE 1] in a proposed MIXED USE 4 DISTRICT. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-13(h)(2) Table B, 30-13(j)(1),(2),(3), 30-15(w)(1) and (4)(a) and( b), (6)(b), 30-5(b)(4), 30- 19(d)(2), (11), (13), (18), 30-19(k), and (m) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE APPROVED 8-0.  SeePlanning Department Memo for more details.
#65-15(2) THOMAS C. CHALMERS AUSTIN DESIGN, INC. for KATHLEEN & NEAL KENSLEA petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to construct a two-story rear addition to the basement and first floor levels of a single-family dwelling, which will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .35 to .41, where .36 is the maximum allowed by right, at 20 KINGSTON ROAD, Ward 6, Newton Highlands on land known as SBL 54, 21, 10, containing approximately 11,902 sf of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE 2. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-15 Table 1, 30-15(u)(2) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: HEARING CLOSED; APPROVED 7-0.  See proposed Land Use Committee Report and Special Permit Board Order.
#90-15 JAMES P. ROBERTSON JR. & CLAIRE RYAN-ROBERTSON petition for a SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL to EXTEND A NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE in order to raze an existing garage and rebuild a larger 1½-story garage to accommodate two cars and to build a porch and interior finished space on the front of a single-family dwelling, which will increase the Floor Area Ratio from .30 to .34, where .33 is the maximum allowed by right, at 158 NEWTONVILLE AVENUE, Ward 1, Newton, on land known as SBL 12, 22, 19, containing approximately 15,052 sq. ft. of land in a district zoned SINGLE RESIDENCE 2. Ref: Sec 30-24, 30-23, 30-21(b), 30-19(g) and (m), 30-15 Table 1, 30-15(u)(2), 30-5(b)(4) of the City of Newton Rev Zoning Ord, 2012. ACTION: HEARING CLOSED; APPROVED 7-0  See Land Use Committee Report and Proposed Order of Conditions.
I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Board of Aldermen approve FY2016 Water and Sewer Rates

The Board of Aldermen approved the following water and sewer rates for FY2016:
Fiscal Year 2016 Tiers & Rates for Water & Sewer
HCF Per Quarter      Water Rate Per HCF       Sewer Rate Per HCF
0-10                                        $6.10                                       $9.50
11-25                                      $7.00                                      $10.00
26-60                                      $8.00                                       $12.00
>60                                          $10.00                                     $14.00
Irrigation                              $11.00
Fiscal Year 2016 Storm Water Flat Fees
Residential $75.00                                  Commercial $200.00
The COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE APPROVED 20 YEAS, 4 NAYS (ALD. GENTILE, KALIS, LIPOF & LENNON) and the THE FULL BOARD OF ALDERMEN VOTED WITHOUT DISCUSSION 19 YEAS, 4 NAYS (Ald. Cote, Gentile, Lipof & Lennon), 1 ABSENT (Ald. Danberg).
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Land Use to hold public hearing on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. Aldermanic Chambers

The Land Use Committee will hold public hearings on 7 special permit applications  (20 Kingston Road – 2-story rear addition, 271-283 Auburn Street – 94 seat restaurant, 158 Newtonville Ave - rebuild a garage and increase FAR, 188-210 Needham Street – convert existing retail space to restaurant use, 131 Charlesbank Road - construct a 2 – unit addition to an existing 2-family dwelling, 339 River Street– request for waiver of parking,setback, screening and lighting requirements to locate a food establishment).  In addition, the Land Use Committee will discuss a requestfrom the Executive Department to revise fees for building, electrical, gas and plumbing permits.
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Zoning and Planning Committee to take up CPA Program budget and continue Public Hearing on Zoning Reform Phase 1

The Zoning and Planning Committee will discuss and review the Community Preservation Act Program FY2016 budget on Monday, May 11, 2015 in Room 205 at 7:45 p.m.  In addition, the Zoning and Planning Committee will review a request to accept a conservation restriction for the Waban Hill Resevoir and continue it’s public hearing on Zoning Reform Phase 1.  The Committee also has the following on it’sagenda:
#128-13 ALD. ALBRIGHT, FULLER, CROSSLEY, LAREDO requesting the creation a comprehensive, 10-year strategic plan for Newton’s conservation lands which would include a multi-year prioritized list of short-term and long-term projects with appropriate estimated budget. This plan should be finished in time to include high priority item(s) in the FY15 Budget, with any project exceeding $75,000 added to the Capital Improvement Plan. [03/15/13 @ 10:56 AM]
#23-15 ACTING DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT requesting amendments to the official zoning map in order to correct discrepancies between Board of Aldermen actions and the boundaries of zoning districts as shown on the map and to better align zoning district boundaries with property lines and other features to reduce the number of split lots and other map anomalies. [01/09/15 @ 10:09AM] Public Hearing continued on the following item:
#376-14 PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT requesting that Chapter 30 ZONING be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the Zoning Reform Phase 1 Zoning Ordinance. [10/22/14 @ 7:48PM] #80-13 THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT requesting update discussions of the zoning reform project. [02/25/13 @ 12:31 PM]
#154-10(2) ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE requesting to amend Section 30-1 Definitions by inserting revised definitions for “lot line” and “structure” for clarity. [04-12-11 @11:34AM]
#154-10 ALD. JOHNSON, CROSSLEY and HESS-MAHAN requesting to amend Section 30-1 Definitions, by inserting a new definition of “lot area” and revising the “setback line” definition for clarity. [06/01/10 @ 9:25 PM]
#220-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that the table in Sec. 30- 8(b)(10)a) be clarified with respect to “lot width,” “lot area,” or “lot frontage.”
#219-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that Sec. 30-5(b)(4) as most recently amended by Ordinance Z-45, dated March 16, 2009, be amended to reconcile the apparent discrepancy relative to the definition of “structure.”
#218-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that Sec. 30-19(g)(1) be amended to clarify “sideline” distance, which is a reference to an undefined concept.
#217-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that Secs. 30-19(d)(1) and 30-19(g)(1) relative to the number of tandem parking stalls allowed in the side setback (two) and the number of tandem parking stalls (one) allowed in the ZONING & PLANNING COMMITTEE AGENDA MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015 PAGE 3 setback for parking facilities containing less than five stalls be amended to make the both sections consistent.
#216-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that the definition of “Space, usable open” in Sec. 30-1 be amended by removing the exemption for exterior tennis courts as they are now classified as structures. #65-11(3) ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE requesting that the terms “flat roof” and “sloped roof” be defined in the zoning ordinance.
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Finance Committee to discuss and review numerous budgets and revision of permit fees

The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss and review the following departmental budgets:  Information Technology,PurchasingComptrollerTreasuryAssessing and the Executive Office/Sustainability.
In addition, the Committee will discuss a request by the Executive Department to revise the certain fees for building, electrical, gas and plumbing permits (see end of the agenda).
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Latest School Committee Packet

The latest School Committee Packet has been posted.  The packet of documents include a Fiscal and Operational update and a Student Assignment update.  The entire packet can be found here.
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As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Mayor proposes four housing/zoning initiatives

Mayor Warren proposed the following four housing/zoning initiatives during his budget address on April 21st for discussion and consideration:
HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting discussion of approaches to creating middle income housing as a means of allowing City of Newton employees the opportunity to live in the community where they work.
HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting consideration of changes to the Zoning Ordinance that would facilitate the creation of accessory apartment units, supportive of Newton’s seniors.
HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting consideration of changes to the inclusionary housing provisions of the Zoning Ordinance to increase the required percentage of affordable units to 20% with the additional 5% set aside for middle income households.
HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting discussion of The Smart Growth Zoning Overlay District Act M.G.L. chapter 40R and its potential application in Newton.
The Planning Department expects to work with the Board on these issues during the course of the year.
Go here for more information regarding Chapter 40R.

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Mayor’s FY2016 Budget Address, FY2016 Mayor’s proposed budget and additional budget information now available

On April 21st, the Mayor delivered his FY2016 Budget Address to the full Board of Aldermen.  The Mayor’s budget address can be found here.  The complete FY2016 budget can be found here.  In addition, several Aldermen offered questions and suggestions regarding the upcoming budget and those questions and the response from the Administration can be found here.
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The Public Facilities Committee to meet on Thursday, April 30th to discuss the FY2016 Public Buildings Department Budget

The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Thursday, April 30th to discuss theFY2016 Public Buildings Department budget.  The meeting will be held in Room 204 at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda can be found here.
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The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 29th to discuss the FY2016 Parks and Recreation Budget

The Programs and Services Committee will meet to discuss the FY2016 Parks and Recreation budget.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.
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Zoning and Planning Committee to discuss FY2016 Inspectional Services and Planning Department Budgets

On Monday, April 27th, the Zoning and Planning Committee will take up the following items:  the FY2016 Inspectional Services Department budget and the FY2016 Planning Department budget.  The meeting will take place in the Aldermanic Chamber and begin at 7:15 p.m. Several Aldermen made requests/inquiries regarding both of these budgets in advance of the budget presentation and those requests as well as the response from the Administration can be found here.
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Real Property/Reuse Committee to meet on Tuesday, April 28th to discuss 1294 Centre Street (former Health Department Building) and 70 Crescent Street (former Parks and Recreation Department building)

The Real Property/Reuse Committee will meet this Tuesday, April 28th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following items:  Request for Interests for the Reuse of the former Health Department property and next steps for the reuse of the former Parks and Recreation Department property.  The Planning Department has prepared memoranda on both items and they can be found here at the end of the agenda.
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Finance Committee to discuss FY2016 Information Technology, Human Resources, Executive Department/Sustainability and Financial Information Systems Budgets

The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet this Tuesday, April 28th to discuss the following items:  FY2016 Information Technology budgetHuman Resources budget,Executive Department/Sustainability budget and the Financial Information Systems budget.  The meeting will be held in Room 205 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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Mailing address:
Amy Mah Sangiolo
389 Central Street
AuburndaleMA 02466

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I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Marathon Weekend Road Closures – Traffic Advisories – Expect Delays

Marathon Weekend events are here and that means certain road closures that we need to be aware of.  Best of luck to all who are participating in this year’s events!  Enjoy the marathon!!
Go here for a list of parking restrictions and road closures for Sunday’sHeartbreak Hill race and Monday’s 119th Boston Marathon.

I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Phase 1 Zoning Reform – Public Hearing Monday, April 13, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

The Zoning and Planning Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Room 205 to discuss the Planning Department’s recommendation to delete the current zoning ordinance  and replace it with the Zoning Reform Phase 1 Zoning Ordinance.  The Planning Department’s memorandum and recommendation on this item can be found attached to the end of the agenda.
#376-14 PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT requesting that Chapter 30 ZONING be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the Zoning Reform Phase 1 Zoning Ordinance. [10/22/14 @ 7:48PM]
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Additional items to be discussed at Zoning and Planning Committee Meeting – April 13, 2015

The following items will also be discussed at the Zoning and Planning Committee meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015.  Information on docket items #80-13 and #6-15 are attached to the end of the agenda.  Go here to review the Draft Consolidated Plan.
#80-13 THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT requesting update discussions of the zoning reform project. [02/25/13 @ 12:31 PM] #426-13 ALD. HESS-MAHAN requesting periodic updates on development of the Consolidated Plan for the City of Newton Housing and Community Development Program and the WestMetro Home Consortium. [12/06/13 @ 9:51 AM]
#6-15 ALD. BAKER, HESS-MAHAN, ALBRIGHT requesting a discussion by the Zoning and Planning Committee with the Acting Director of Planning and Development of how Phase 2 of Zoning Reform might be undertaken, including the contents of the proposed Village and Master Planning and Zoning Reform Request for Proposals, including the planning process and ordinance revision process the RFP anticipates, as well as the staffing and funding needed to enable both in-house and contracted work under the RFP to be both well done and appropriately supervised. [12/29/14@4:00 PM]
#154-10(2) ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE requesting to amend Section 30-1 Definitions by inserting revised definitions for “lot line” and “structure” for clarity. [04-12-11 @11:34AM]
#154-10 ALD. JOHNSON, CROSSLEY and HESS-MAHAN requesting to amend Section 30-1 Definitions, by inserting a new definition of “lot area” and revising the “setback line” definition for clarity. [06/01/10 @ 9:25 PM]
#220-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that the table in Sec. 30- 8(b)(10)a) be clarified with respect to “lot width,” “lot area,” or “lot frontage.”
#219-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that Sec. 30-5(b)(4) as most recently amended by Ordinance Z-45, dated March 16, 2009, be amended to reconcile the apparent discrepancy relative to the definition of “structure.”
#218-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that Sec. 30-19(g)(1) be amended to clarify “sideline” distance, which is a reference to an undefined concept.
#217-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that Secs. 30-19(d)(1) and 30-19(g)(1) relative to the number of tandem parking stalls allowed in the side setback (two) and the number of tandem parking stalls (one) allowed in the setback for parking facilities containing less than five stalls be amended to make the both sections consistent.
#216-12 RECODIFICATION COMMITTEE recommending that the definition of “Space, usable open” in Sec. 30-1 be amended by removing the exemption for exterior tennis courts as they are now classified as structures. #65-11(3) ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE requesting that the terms “flat roof” and “sloped roof” be defined in the zoning ordinance.
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Finance Committee to take up snow budget related items

The Finance Committee will discuss the following items related to this past year’s record snowfall budget:
#88-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to transfer the sum of six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000) from the Department of Public Works Salaries Account to the Department of Public Works Contracted Snow Removal Account for the purpose of funding the contracted labor final bills. [04/03/15 @ 9:45 AM] PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 7-0 on 04/08/15 and
#73-15 HIS HONOR THE MAYOR requesting authorization to appropriate the sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) from Free Cash to supplement the snow and ice operations budget. [03/06/15 @ 11:40 AM] PUBLIC FACILITIES APPROVED 5-0 (Gentile, Lappin not voting) on 03-18-15.
Documentation for #88-15 is attached to the agenda.
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Superintendent’s School Department Budget presentation to the Board of Aldermen – April 15, 2015

The Superintendent’s School Department Budget is scheduled for presentation to the Board of Aldermen through the Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee on April 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber.  The Superintendent’s budget can be found here.
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I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Meeting on April 1, 2015 to discuss Municipal Aggregation

This announcement from Alderwoman Emily Norton:
Expanding Newton’s Green Energy Impact via Municipal Aggregation
Wed., April 1, Newton City Hall, Room 205, 7:30 to 9:00 PM.
Background and Purpose
In 2012 the City of Newton signed a 3-year contract to purchase green power through the purchase of renewable energy credits, or RECs.
The contract is up this year, and Newton has an opportunity to go above and beyond in terms of green energy purchasing through an increasingly popular option calledMunicipal Aggregation.
Massachusetts is one of only six states in the country that authorizes municipal aggregation whereby a county or municipality procures a competitive electricity supply for the entire community.

How does it work? Any ratepayer still on the utility’s “basic service” (i.e. default supply) would be switched to the new supply automatically, but they can switch back at any time. Grid management, outage-repairs, and billing all remain responsibilities of the utility, and customers still receive just one bill.
Through municipal aggregation, the City of Newton can:
  • Stabilize and possibly reduce electricity prices;
  • Protect residents from predatory offers;
  • Bring more green power onto the grid by demanding a higher renewable content than the current 10% Massachusetts requirement;
  • Create more local jobs by requiring the renewable projects to be located in Massachusetts.
Municipal aggregation is not new in Massachusetts: the Cape Light Compact was the first and largest aggregation in the state, with 21 communities; additionally, roughly a dozen have implemented municipal aggregation on their own; and over 40 more are in various stages of the implementation process.
The dramatic price spikes seen in the last two winters are predicted to continue for the next few years at a minimum, making this an opportune time to consider municipal aggregation. Additionally, as mentioned above the City has its own competitive 3-year supply contract that includes a higher renewable content than the state requirement. That contract expires this year, and the City will need a new supply. Through municipal aggregation, the City could procure its next electricity supply at the same time as procuring it for the rest of the community, and continue to advance its leadership on renewable energy purchasing.
At this meeting the City will learn more about municipal aggregation and whether it might make sense for Newton.
Presentations will be made by:
  • Patrick Roche, Energy Coordinator, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Paul Gromer, CEO, Peregrine Energy Group
  • Larry Chretien, Executive Director, Energy Consumers Alliance of New England
  • Philip Carr, Business Development Director, Good Energy, LP

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Real Property/Reuse Committee rejects Robinhood/Memorial Park request

On Tuesday, March 24, the Real Property/Reuse Committee rejected aproposal offered by Alds. Cote, Sangiolo, Harney, Brousal-Glaser and Norton to reverse its decision to declare the 70 Crescent Street property surplus and work with residents to establish a memorial park.  The vote was 7-0-1 with Ald. Alison Leary from Ward 1, abstaining.  The Committee held the item regarding the recommendations from the Joint Planning Advisory Group and the Planning Department until after the full Board votes on the park proposal, which will be at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 6th.
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Budget calendar set for Aldermanic deliberations

The Board of Aldermen have finalized their calendar to prepare for deliberation of the School Department and Municipal budgets.
  • The School Department will present their budget to the Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee on April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Aldermen Chambers.
  • The Mayor and the Executive Department will present the Municipal Budget to the full Board on Tuesday, April 21st.
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Senior Needs Assessment: Living and Aging in Newton

The Department of Senior Services, the Council on Aging, and Senior Citizens Fund of Newton commissioned the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute to conduct a study to understand and ¨investigate the needs, interests, preferences, and opinions of the City’s older resident population, with respect to living and aging in Newton.¨  Senior Services Director, Jayne Colino and Council on Aging Chair, Marian Knapp recently shared the findings of this study and provided additional material to inform members of the Board.  The following materials were presented:
  1. One-page summary of Age-Friendly/Livable Community Concepts and Characteristics.
  2. NDSS/COA Draft Strategic Plan
  3. Living and Aging in Newton:  Now and IN the Future:  Power Point Presentation
The Full Report, ¨Living and Aging in Newton:  Now and in the Future¨ can be foundhere.
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Mailing address:
Amy Mah Sangiolo
389 Central Street
AuburndaleMA 02466

Add us to your address book
Dear Newton Residents,

I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


Proposed Auburndale Square Traffic Signalization Improvement Plans posted

A meeting was held on March 12th for Auburndale residents regarding proposed traffic signalization improvements as well as roadway improvements for Auburndale Square.  The proposed improvement plans are now available online.
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Board of Aldermen vote to become City Council

On Monday, March 16, 2015, the Newton Board of Aldermen voted to amend the City Charter and replace the term “Board of Aldermen” to “City Council” and make all other references to “Aldermen” and “Alderman” to “Council” and “Councillor”.  The amendment was proposed by Alderwoman Emily Norton from Ward 2.  The Board also adopted amendments offered by Ald. Lisle Baker to make all pronouns gender neutral.  The vote was 19-5 with Aldermen Ciccone, Gentile, Baker, Albright, and Danberg voting against.  The change will take effect on January 1, 2016.
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Board of Aldermen appropriate $980,000 for Waban Hill Resevoir

On Monday, March 16, 2015, the Board of Aldermen voted to appropriate $980,000 of Community Preservation Act (CPA) Funds to acquire the Waban Hill Reservoir located at Manet Road and Reservoir Drive in Chestnut Hill.   The Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee recommended approval of the $980,000 appropriation which includes the cost of acquisition, a grant to the Newton Conservators who will monitor and enforce a conservation easement, an initial dam safety compliance check, public safety and accessibility improvements; and the development of a master plan.  Specific details on the CPA proposal is attached to the Finance Committee Agenda here.
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City of Newton to receive $348,919 in funds from the State for pothole repair and paving projects

The Baker Administration recently announced that the municipalities across the Commonwealth would receive funds from a newly created fund to aid with necessary repairs to roadways.  The Winter Recovery Assistance Program (WRAP) will offer $30 million to cities and towns to address potholes, pavement cracking, replacement of signs and other roadway repairs and will apportion the money based on the Chapter 90 formula.  Based on the formula, the City is expected to receive $348, 919 in assistance (see WRAP apportionment list).  In order to qualify, cities and towns must complete its repairs by June 30, 2015 and submit receipts to the Commonwealth by July 31, 2015 and meet any other additional requirements.
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Updates from the School Department

The FY15 Fiscal and Operational Update and a Facilities Update on Angier, Zervas and Cabot Elementary Schools are now available.
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Real Property Reuse Committee to discuss 70 Crescent Street and 1294 Centre Street

The Real Property Reuse Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 at Newton City Hall.  They will be discussing the Joint Advisory Planning Group and Planning Department recommendations for both the 70 Crescent Street and 1294 Centre Street (also here and here) proposals.  In addition, the Committee will hear and discuss a proposal to reverse it’s decision to surplus the property at 70 Crescent Street and establish a memorial park at that location.  Theproposal, developed by the Crescent Street  has been spearheaded by Alderman Jim Cote from Ward 3 and joined by Alds. Harney, Brousal-Glaser, Norton, and Sangiolo.  More complete documentation is available online for 70 Crescent Street  and 1294 Centre Street.
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Dear Newton Residents,

I'd like you to be aware of the following:
As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Board or our community.
Best regards,

Amy Sangiolo
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 4


School Committee Begins Budget Deliberations Tonight

The Superintendent’s proposed FY2016 budget is available now, and the School Committee will begin the first of its budget deliberations tonight, Monday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m.  The Approved FY16 Budget Guidelines and FY16 Budget Presentationare also online.
Immediately following the meeting, School Committee members will hold “office hours” to meet with constituents to discuss questions and concerns about the proposed budget. According to School Committee member, Margaret Albright, the School Committee members will meet in teams of at least two from 6:30 – 7:15 in Room 210 at the Ed Center, located at 100 Walnut Street.  These meetings are subject to the Open Meeting Law and may be televised by NewTV.   School Committee members will sit with individuals or groups to listen to questions and concerns about the budget.
Additional budget meetings will be held on March 18 at 7:00 PM and Monday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.  The Public Hearing on the budget will be held on March 26 at 7:00 p.m.
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Announcement About Second Water Meters

Residents who are interested in obtaining an outdoor water meter need to register with the Public Utilities Division of the City of Newton by April 1st.  This is to enable the City to take into consideration the impact this could have on future water and sewer rates for the upcoming budget.  Read the announcement from the Mayor’s Office.
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March 2015
Dear Newton Residents,

I hope you and your family are well despite the severe winter we've endured.  Many residents have asked me to provide updates on the following:
In later updates I’ll address zoning and other City issues before the Board.  I welcome your input on any of these topics.

The Board of Aldermen’s homepage contains contact information, committee assignments, and Rules of the Board, as well as links to agendas and dockets for standing committeesad hoc committees, and any special committees formed for a particular issue or project.  The Board’s Friday packet contains committee reports, agendas, dockets, and communications from other departments for that week.

Upcoming Public Meetings

  1. Notice of Public Hearing - Special Permit – Turtle Lane – March 10th– 7:00 Newton City Hall, Aldermanic Chambers.  Petition to rezone from Multi-Residence 1 to Mixed- Use 4 and to restore and expand an existing structure known as the Turtle Lane Playhouse to provide a mix of uses including preserving the theater use, adding a street-level restaurant with office space above, and constructing a separate 23-unit multi-family structure with a below grade parking garage for 30 cars at 283 MELROSE STREET, Ward 4, Auburndale.
     
  2. Notice of Community Workshop/Traffic Signal Improvements in Auburndale – March 12th, 7:00 p.m. Newton City Hall Aldermanic Chambers.  Specific improvements may include traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Lexington Street, Commonwealth Avenue and Melrose Avenue, Lexington Street and Wolcott Street; new traffic signals at the intersection of Lexington Street and Auburndale Avenue; geometric improvements at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Lexington Street, installation of new granite curb, minor stormwater improvements, driveway and sidewalk reconstruction and other miscellaneous items of work.  [back to top]

Recent Bans

As many of you know, the Board of Aldermen recently passed the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance on January 20, 2015 (scroll down to Article IX).   In short, the ordinance requires certain retail establishments to offer only reusable paper bags (bags that are 100% recyclable and made from 40% post-consumer content) and reusable bags (bags specifically designed for reuse - can be plastic bags that are at least 3.0 Mils in thickness).  The ordinance takes effect 180 days after enactment or at the end of July. Read more for a brief history of the ordinance.

In 2012, several Aldermen proposed an ordinance to charge a fee for certain plastic and paper bags.   #254-12 ALD. HESS-MAHAN, SANGIOLO, DANBERG, KALIS, CROSSLEY proposing an ordinance relating to plastic bag reduction that would add a fee to single-use plastic and paper bags that are not at least 40% post-consumer recycled content, at certain retail establishments in Newton. [07/18/12 @4:34 PM]

On January 8, 2014, the Committee recommended a ban instead of a fee and substituted the following 2 additional docket items:
  • #254-12(2) THE PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE recommending an ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags at certain retail establishments in the City of Newton. [01/10/14 @ 3:36 PM] 
  • #254-12(3) THE PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE proposing an ordinance to require a fee, charged to consumers, for the use of paper bags at certain retail establishments in the City of Newton. [01/10/14 @ 3:36 PM]
The Programs and Services Committee held a public comment session on the proposed plastic bag ban on March 19, 2014, The Law Department brought forward a draft ordinance for the Committee's review on September 3, 2014. The Programs and Services Committee voted to approve the plastic bag ban on September 17, 2014.

The item then moved on to the Finance Committee which discussed the proposed ban.  on November 3, 2014.  Then on January 12, 2015, the Finance Committee voted to approve and recommend it to the full board.

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Proposed Bans

#31-15 PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE proposing an ordinance to limit the use of leafblowers. [01/26/15 @ 2:20PM]

This item, along with two other related items were taken up at the February 18thmeeting of the Programs and Services Committee.  Due to scheduling conflicts, a draft was not ready for review for the March 4th meeting.  The Programs and Services Committee intends to take up and review a preliminary draft ordinance on March 18th and will decide when and if we will be ready for a public hearing/public comment session before taking a vote to recommend to the Full Board of Aldermen.

#34-13 ALD. DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, BLAZAR, RICE, LINSKY AND CROSSLEY requesting a prohibition on polystyrene-based disposable food or beverage containers in the City of Newton if that packaging takes place on the premises of food establishments within the City. [01/03/13 @ 11:01 AM]

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Proposed Fee on Paper Bags

#254-12(3) PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE proposing an ordinance to require a fee, charged to consumers, for the use of paper bags at certain retail establishments in the City of Newton. [01/10/14 @ 3:36 pm].

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Increase in Fees on White Goods

On January 20, 2015, the Full Board of Aldermen voted to approve the Finance Committee and the Public Facilities Committee’s recommendation to increase the fee on collection and disposal of white goods from $12 to $18.  White goods, as defined in the City of Newton Ordinances, are “large household appliances such as washing machines, clothes dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and the like, formerly finished with white enamel but now often with varied finishes, as well as electronic devices such as televisions and computers.”  The fee would include one item containing a cathode ray tube and all other white goods.  Any additional items containing cathode ray tubes would incur an additional $18 fee. [back to top]



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