Archived News

Budget Review Begins
The Board of Aldermen received the FY2010 Budget on Tuesday,  April 21, 2009 when Mayor David Cohen delivered the Budget to the Board. The Board has 45 days to complete the review.

For a complete schedule of this year's budget review, please click here.
To access the Budget please click here.

Commercial Parking Program Trial
The City of Newton has authorized the trial of a new Commercial Parking Permit program for the City’s Municipal Parking Lots.  This program will allow Newton businesses and non-profit organizations located on a business zoned parcel within 1000 feet of a municipal parking lot to rent up to 2 spaces in that lot for the use of their employees.  The initial assignment of spaces to businesses will be done by lottery.  For more information please click here.

Riverside Study

President of the Board of Aldermen Lisle Baker delivered his annual
President's Report on Monday, January 5, 2009. The Report looks at
the Board's accomplishments during 2008 and looks forward to the
issues that he would like to address in 2009. Please click here to
access the full report

Newton South High School Drainage Report

Newton South High School Cost Estimates

Board Resumes Regular Schedule
The Board of Aldermen will resume its regular schedule of two meetings per month in September.  The Board’s first meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 7:45 pm, as Monday September 1st is Labor Day.  The Board will hear an update from the Executive Department on the progress of the Newton North High School Construction.

On Wednesday, September 3rd, the Programs & Services, Public Facilities, and Public Safety & Transportation Committees will resume their regular schedules and meet at City Hall at 7:45 pm. 

Latest News on Newton North High School. Click Here.

Programs & Services Committee Discussion of Noise and Leaf Blower Ordinances
July 10, 2008 - The Programs & Services Committee met on July 9, 2008 to discuss the Noise and Leaf Blower Ordinances. The Noise Ordinance was approved in Committee and will be before the Full Board on July 14, 2008.  The leaf blower ordinance was HELD for further discussion by the Committee and discussion is expected to continue early this fall. The proposed ordinance currently includes a seasonal ban for all leaf blowers from May 1 through September 30, however, the Committee may now be looking at changing the times of day that leaf blowers are allowed to be used instead of an outright ban. Click Here for additional Information.

June 20, 2008 Newton South Fields Update

Public Programs Committee to again discuss Noise and Leaf Blower Ordinances
[Posted on July 1, 2008]
On Wednesday, July 16, 2008, (correction: meeting is July 9) the Programs and Services Committee will once again discuss proposed changes to the Noise and Leaf Blower Ordinances.  Both items were approved by the Programs and Services Committee on March 19, 2008, but the Full Board recommended to return these items to the Committee for further work and discussion.  The proposed leaf blower ordinance approved by the Programs and Services Committee included a seasonal ban for all leaf blowers from May 1 through September 30.  Some of the amendments to the noise ordinance included changes in allowable noise levels, restrictions for construction noise, permits for exemptions, and non-criminal fines.  The meeting will take place at 7:45 in Room 222 of City Hall.   Click Here for additional Information. 

Public Facilities Committee to Discuss Fire Station #4 and Mayor’s Trash Contract
[Posted on July 1, 2008]
On Wednesday, July 9, 2008, the Public Facilities Committee will review the plans for the renovation of Fire Station #4.  On June 6, 2007, the Board of Aldermen approved $325,000 for design, project management, and testing at the site.  The design is now complete and additional funds will be needed to move forward with the actual renovation.  The Committee will also discuss the trial of automated trash removal.  The discussion will focus on the proposed automated routes for the trial.  The meeting begins at 7:45 PM in Room 209 at Newton City Hall.

FY2009 Budget Discussion Continue
June 13, 2008 – The Board of Aldermen, acting in a Committee of the Whole, continued its discussion of the Budget, and the Budget Resolutions that have been offered, at their meeting last night.  Resolutions that were discussed and voted on included the hiring of additional Traffic Department Personnel, Changes to the City Vehicle Policy, The Arts in the Parks and Parks & Recreation Programs, cuts to the Mayor’s Office, cuts to the Library Public Relations Department, and the Branch Libraries. 

For a complete list of the resolutions and the votes that have bee taken to date pleaseclick here. To listen to the audio of the meeting, please click here.

The Board will continue the discussion of Budget Resolutions after their regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, June 16, 2008.

Budget Discussions Continue
June 12, 2008 - The Board of Aldermen reconvened its Committee of the Whole last night to continue discussion of the Mayor’s proposed FY2009 Budget.  The meeting opened with a Public Comment period to allow residents to express their thoughts on the proposed closing of the four branch libraries.  After the Public Comment Period the Board of Aldermen began discussion of the Resolutions that have been suggested.
    Click here for a copy of the Resolutions offered to date
    Click here to listen to the audio of the meeting.
The Board will continue discussion of the Resolutions tonight, June 12, 2008, at 7:45 pm

Traffic Council to Review Tiger Parking Permit Program
June 10, 2008 –  As 2007-2008 school year comes to a close, planning is already underway for Year Two of the Newton North High School (NNHS) "Tiger" parking permit program on City streets surrounding the high school.  While no major changes are anticipated based on generally positive feedback from the NNHS Liaison Committee and NNHS faculty/staff, the City's Traffic Council will be discussing the Year One program and receiving public comment at its June 19, 2008 meeting.  The meeting location is Room 222 of Newton City Hall and this item is fourth on the night's agenda, with discussion anticipated at 7:30 pm or later. Comments may also be emailed to

More information on the City's Traffic Council process, its members, and recent meeting reports can be viewed online at The NNHS Liaison Committee will continue to monitor and discuss parking issues as they arise at its monthly meetings, which will continue throughout the construction process.

Public Safety & Transportation Committee to take up Several Parking Related Items
 June 9, 2008 – The Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety & Transportation Committee will take up three parking-related items of interest to Newton residents at its meeting on Wednesday, June 18, 2008.  The first parking related item up for discussion will be the creation of a parking permit program that will allow employees of Newton businesses to access long-term parking in municipal parking lots.  The second will be an ordinance change that will allow the city’s Resident Sticker and Visitor Permit Parking Program to include streets that are not 100% residential.  And finally, a discussion will be undertaken regarding potential locations for new parking meters citywide.

The meeting will begin at 7:15 pm in Room 202 at Newton City Hall.  Committee Chairman Stephen Linsky invites residents wishing to comment and to hear the discussion about these parking related items to attend the meeting.  The full agenda for the meeting will be available on the City’s website at:

Board of Aldermen to continue discussion of the FY2009 Budget on Wednesday, June 11, 2009.  Public Comment on Branch Libraries will be taken.

June 9, 2008 – On Thursday, June 5, 2008, the Board of Aldermen, meeting as a Committee of the Whole, recessed their review of the FY2009 Budget and voted to reconvene the meeting this Wednesday night, June 11, 2008, to continue the discussion.  The meeting on Wednesday night will begin at 7:15 pm and will be presided over by the Chairman of Finance Alderman Paul Coletti.  At 7:30 the Board will take public comment from citizens on the closing of the branch libraries.  The meeting will also include reports from the Committee Chairs on the Departmental Budgets that their Committees have reviewed over the last few weeks, and a discussion of the budget resolutions that that Aldermen have offered to date.

FY09 Budget Deliberations
June 6, 2008 - The Board of Aldermen met as a Committee of the
Whole last night to begin their formal FY09 Budget Deliberations. The
Board heard presentation by City Comprotroller David Wilkinson, Chief
Administrative Office Sandy Pooler, Chief Budget Officer Susan
Burstein, Assessing Department Head Elizabeth Dromey, and
representatives from the Police Department. The audio of the meeting
and the handouts that were presented are available on-line.

Audio of the Meeting
Comptroller's Analysis of the Budget
Budget Amendments
Statement about the Libraries
Assessing Departments Surplus Overlay
H-Grade Employee Information
Fire Department Overtime
Police Department Overtime
Aldermanic Budget Resolutions

The Aldermen recessed their meeting and will reconvene on
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm. The Agenda for this meeting
will include a public comment period at 7:30 pm for residents interested
in commenting on the closure of the branch libraries.

FY09 Budget Review
May 8, 2008 - The Board of Aldermen will continue review of the FY2009 Departmental Budgets tonight with the School Department and Parks and Recreation Budgets.  On Monday the Finance Committee will review the Budgets of IT, Human Resources, Comptroller, Purchasing, Assessing, Treasurer, and the Executive Department.  Wednesday, May 14, the Aldermen will Review the Public Buildings and Department of Public Works Budget, and on Thursday, May 15, the Police and Fire Department Budgets will be reviewed.  For more information, please click here.

Newton South High School Fields
April 30, 2008 – The Public Facilities Committee will hold a special meeting tonight to continue their discussion of the Drainage Study and Master Plan for the fields at Newton South High School the meeting will begin at 7:45 pm.  For more information on the study and master plan please click here.

FY2009 Budget
April 30, 2008 - Mayor Cohen will present the FY2009 to the Board of Aldermen at their meeting on Monday, May 5, 2008.  The Board’s review of departmental budgets will begin at the Programs & Services Committee Meeting on Wednesday, May 7th with presentations on the Health and Human Services, Senior Services, Law Department, and Library budgets.  Thursday, May 8th the Board will review the School Department and Parks and Recreation Budgets.  For more information please click here.

Additional Bonding for Newton North High School Approved
April 22, 2008 - The Board of Aldermen approved the Mayor’s request for authority to bond an additional $56 million for the Newton North High School.  For more information please click here.

Board of Aldermen will meet on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The Board of Aldermen’s meeting on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 will include discussion and votes on Leaf Blowers, Noise Ordinance, changes to the Demolition Delay Ordinance, Additional Bonding for NNHS, and New Water Meters for the City.  The meeting begins at 7:45 pm.  The Reports Docket listing all items will be available Friday, April 23 here.

FY2009 Budget
April 10, 2008 - Mayor Cohen will present the FY2009 City Budget to the Board of Aldermen at their meeting on May 5, 2008.  Related material Click Here.

New Bonding Authorization Discussion for NNHS
April 9, 2008 – The Board of Aldermen will convene a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 to discuss in a Committee of the Whole the Mayor’s request for authorization to appropriate from bonded indebtedness fifty-six million two hundred seventy-two thousand five hundred dollars ($56,272,500) for the purpose of paying costs of (i) engineering, designing, constructing, originally equipping and furnishing a new North High School (ii) demolishing the old North High School, and (iii) all other costs associated with the foregoing, with this figure representing the final request for spending authorization anticipated for this project, bringing the total cost to $197,500,008. See Related Material Here

Leaf Blower Discussion Postponed
April 8, 2008 – At their meeting on April 7, 2008, the Board of Aldermen postponed their discussion of both the changes to the Noise Ordinance and the Leaf Blower Ordinance until their meeting on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. See related material here.

Demolition Delay Ordinance Changes
April 2, 2008 – On Monday, April 14, 2008, the Zoning & Planning Committee of the Board of Aldermen will discuss changes to the Demolition Delay Ordinance in order to ease the burden on both citizens and the Historical Commission by codifying existing practices and reducing ambiguities.  The suggested changes will provide a better understanding of the types of structures and/or elements of structures that fall under the review of the Historical Commission.  The Public is invited to comment on the suggested changes at the meeting.  The Zoning and Planning Committee meets in Room 202 at Newton City Hall at 7:45 pm.  The suggested changes can be viewed here:  Draft Ordinance

New Water Meter Presentation
April 4, 2008 – At the Wednesday, April 9, 2008, Public Facilities Committee Meeting, Public Works Commissioner Tom Daley will make a presentation on the Mayor’s request for an appropriation in the amount of $12.5 million dollars from bonded indebtedness for the purchase and installation of new water meters and an automated water meter reading system.  The presentation will be in the Aldermanic Chamber and start at 7:00 pm.

Comptroller Receives Award
March 31, 2008 - The City of Newton's Comptroller's Office has received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.  Under the leadership of Comptroller David Wilkinson, the office was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  The award is the highest recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.  This is the fourth year in a row that Newton's Comptroller's Office has received the award.

Next Board meeting
March 24, 2007 – Full Board of Aldermen to vote on Programs & Services Committee’s Approval of Noise Ordinance Changes and Leaf Blower Ordinance on April 7, 2008.  See related material here.

March 21, 2008 – Aldermen to Meet with Mayor on March 26, 2008 to discuss request for additional bonding for NNHS.  See related material here.

March 17, 2008 – Aldermen deny Community Preservation Request for 230 Lake Avenue.  Ald. Mansfield files a motion for reconsideration.  Item will be before Aldermen again on April 7, 2008.  See related material here.

March 17, 2008 - $12 million Override Special Election Scheduled for Tuesday May 20, 2008.  See related material here.

President’s 2007 Year-end Report
At the first regular Board meeting of the new year, President Lisle Baker delivered his annual year-end report.  The report recaps some of the major issues that the board reviewed in 2007 and looks ahead to 2008.  To read the complete report, please click here.

Newton Comprehensive Plan
Newton's new Comprehensive Plan is now on-line. The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) appointed by Mayor David B.Cohen in the spring of 2002, and chaired by Newton resident and planner Philip B. Herr, worked with many Newton residents and staff members in the Newton Planning Department to prepare a Draft Comprehensive Plan which was submitted to the Mayor in October, 2006. Mayor Cohen then transmitted the Draft Plan to the Newton Planning and Development Board for its review and adoption and pursuant to the City Charter, the Planning and Development Board then sent the Draft Plan to the Newton Board of Aldermen, where a public hearing on the Plan occurred before the aldermanic Zoning and Planning Committee on September 10, 2007. After review and amendment by the Zoning and Planning Committee, and further amendment by the full Board, the Board of Aldermen voted to adopt the amended Plan by resolution passed by the Board on November 19, 2007. The Plan became effective 20 days later on December 9, 2007.

Click here to access the Plan.

Planned Multi-Use Business Districts Approved
At their meeting on December 17, the Board of Aldermen approved a zoning amendment to allow Planned Multi-Use Business Districts (PMBD) in Newton.  The change comes after months of debate and deliberation.  At the Board meeting a number of amendments were offered to the Draft Ordinance including limiting PMBD locations to Newton’s major arterial roads.

For a complete list of the amendments that were offered on Monday, and whether they were approved, please click here.

For a map of Newton’s major road classifications, please click here

Overnight Parking Restrictions
The Board of Aldermen would like to remind residents that the winter overnight parking restrictions were amended this year. The restrictions will begin two weeks later, and end two weeks earlier, than last year.  From November 15 through April 15 it will be unlawful for any vehicle, other than one acting in an emergency, to be parked on any street, way, highway, road, parkway or private way dedicated or open to the use of the public for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Board of Aldermen Announce the Development of a Long-Range
Financial Forecast Document for the City of Newton

Aldermen's Community Reports for 2007

October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
January 2007

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