Programs & Services Committee
Meets on the Wednesdays following the first and third Monday of each month.
Chair: Ald. Sangiolo
Vice-Chair: Ald. Rice
Members: Ald. Leary, Norton, Hess-Mahan, Blazar, Baker, Kalis
Clerk: Karyn Dean, email@example.com
The Programs and Services Committee reviews items relating to the Human Services Department, Library, Recreation Department, Law Department (except for claims), Veterans’ Services Department, Licensing Commission, City Clerk, Clerk of the Board, Rules of the Board, Election Commission, Health Department, City Physician, Newton Public Schools, Community Schools, Newton Housing Authority. As well as matters relating to the inter-relationship of the School Committee and Newton Public Schools with other areas of City government.
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Proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance Information
#31-15 PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE proposing an ordinance to limit the use of leafblowers.
#31-15(2) PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE requesting to amend Chapter 20-13, Noise Control, relative to time restrictions on the use of yard, garden or grounds maintenance equipment.
THESE ITEMS WILL BE TAKEN UP IN THE PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE ON DECEMBER 9TH AT 7:45PM IN THE ALDERMANIC CHAMBER.
THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO HEAR TESTIMONY FROM REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LANDSCAPERS, LOCAL COLLEGES, GOLF COURSES, ETC.
THE MOST UP-TO-DATE VERSION OF THE ORDINANCE IS POSTED BELOW. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IS THE DELETION OF THE TOTAL BAN PROVISION, LEAVING A SEASONAL BAN ONLY. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE DRAFT AT THE NOVEMBER 18TH MEETING.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN ARE PUBLIC MEETINGS AND ANYONE MAY ATTEND, HOWEVER, IT IS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN AS TO WHETHER PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE TAKEN. ANY WRITTEN COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED TO KDEAN@NEWTONMA.GOV THEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE BOARD AND BE PART OF THE RECORD, AS HAVE ALL PAST CORRESPONDENCE.
ALL AGENDAS, REPORTS AND AUDIO FOR PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETINGS CAN BE FOUND AT http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/aldermen/committees/programs/2015.asp
Special thanks to Chris Pitts for doing an incredible job of recording, editing and posting a YouTube video
of the leaf blower demonstration:
11-04-15 LEAF BLOWER DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
11-06-15 PROPOSED LEAF BLOWER DRAFT ORDINANCE