Greetings, here is the February news from Newtonville and beyond. (The photo above is from last week's Stand Up for Science rally in Copley Square)
Welcoming City Ordinance Passes
On February 21 the City Council passed the Welcoming City ordinance by a vote of 16-1 with 7 absent. Here is the Newton Tab coverage, here is the Boston Globe coverage. I was very proud to support this ordinance and send the clear message that immigrants are welcome in Newton. (Let me know if you'd like a "Newton Welcoming to All" bumper sticker as shown in this photo)

Washington Place Hearing

A public hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm at City Hall before the Land Use Committee on the Washington Place (Orr Block) proposal.
Even Sammy Hagar Has to Drive 25
The City Council voted February 6 to reduce the default speed limit from 30 to 25 MPH. That means that on roads that are not otherwise marked, the speed limit is now 25. The authority to make this change was provided in a municipal modernization bill that passed the state legislature in 2016.  
No-interest loans available to replace lead water/sewer pipes
Newton’s Dept of Public Works undertook an exhaustive survey and identified addresses they believe still have water service lines made of lead.  The Mass. Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is offering interest-free loans to fully replace lead service lines. Any address that the City believes has a lead service line was sent a certified letter. To see the list of addresses – and make sure you’re not on it! – click here and scroll down to page 32. For more details visit this page on the City website.
Accessory Apartment Hearing February 27
On Monday, February 27 at 7:45 PM a public hearing will be held at City Hall on the proposed changes to the Accessory Apartment ordinance which would make it easier for a homeowner to construct an accessory apartment. For details visit this page on the City website.
Helping Newton #ActOnClimate
A meeting was held last week at City Hall for the public to learn about “green municipal aggregation” which is a way for a city or town to contract for a bulk purchase of electricity. As part of this contract the municipality can ensure more renewable energy than is mandated under state law, and that way help more renewable energy projects to be financed and built. Nine other Mass. communities have already implemented green municipal aggreagation or are in the process of doing so. Patrick Roche from the Metropolitan Area Council (MAPC) explained the process – the slides he presented can be viewed here. City Councilors Deb Crossley and Ruthanne Fuller were also in attendance. The next step is the Public Facilities Committee will have a discussion about whether Newton should move ahead with an aggregation – that meeting is Wednesday, March 8, starting at 7PM in Room 204 at City Hall.
Resolutions on Carbon Pricing, Divestment
On February 22 the City Council’s Programs and Services Committee voted to approve two resolutions I docketed, expressing support for state level bills on carbon pricing and divestment. (Click here and scroll down to pp 55-59)  The items were approved by the Committee with 3 in favor, 1 abstention, and 4 absent. They will be voted on by the full City Council on Monday, March 6. Here is the contact information for the City Councilors if you’d like to weigh in with them. (Ted Hess-Mahan, Alison Leary and John Rice already voted yes in Committee.)
Office Hours Friday February 24
My office hours are the last Friday of every month, 9-10AM at the Newtonville Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street in Newtonville. I'll be there this Friday, hope to see you there!

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Newton, Massachusetts 02460

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Newton, Massachusetts 02460

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