Programs & Services Committee

Meets on the Wednesdays following the first and third Monday of each month.

Chair: Councilor Rice
Vice-Chair: Councilor Leary
Members: Councilors Schwartz, Sangiolo, Auchincloss, Hess-Mahan, Baker, Kalis

Committee Clerk: Karyn Dean, kdean@newtonma.gov  

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 Council, Rules of the Council, Election Commission, Health Department, 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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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT MIGHT BE ON THE PROGRAMS & SERVICES AGENDA, OR WISH TO FOLLOW ANY ITEM BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE, ALL AGENDAS ARE POSTED THE FRIDAY BEFORE EACH MEETING AND CAN BE FOUND, ALONG WITH REPORTS AND AUDIO FOR ALL PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETINGS, BY CHOOSING A YEAR FROM THE NAVIGATION BOX AT THE UPPER LEFT SIDE OF THIS PAGE.

Proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance Information

#31-15     PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE proposing an ordinance to limit the use of leaf blowers.

#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.

#31-15(4)   PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE requesting that the City of Newton Ordinances Chapter 20, Section 51, Depositing of Litter, be amended to include leaves, yard waste, and other similar material, and that civil fines be associated with violations of the section and added to Chapter 20, Section 21.  [03/24/16 @1:41 PM]

THE PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL BE TAKING UP THE LEAF BLOWER ITEMS ON JUNE 8, 2016 AT IT'S REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING.  THE AGENDA WILL BE AVAILABLE THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETING ON THE 2016 PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE PAGE AND WILL INDICATE TIME AND PLACE.

THE MOST UP-TO-DATE VERSION OF THE ORDINANCE IS POSTED BELOW. 
 
PLEASE NOTE THAT COMMITTEE MEETINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL ARE PUBLIC MEETINGS AND ANYONE MAY ATTEND, HOWEVER, IT IS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIR 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 CITY COUNCIL AND BE PART OF THE RECORD, AS HAVE ALL PAST CORRESPONDENCE.

PROPOSED LEAF BLOWER ORDINANCE FOR DISCUSSION ON 06-08-16

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


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