January 9 mtg


Newton City Hall
United States

Swearing-In Ceremony 7-7:30 Due to space limitations - this is not open to the public.

Short joint Area Council Meeting at 7:30 with Newtonville, Highlands and Upper Falls Area Councils to address common issues. Public is invited to attend. 

  • Agenda: Adoption of by-laws.
  • Election of officers
  • No other business is planned for discussion.

Next Waban Area Council meeting date Feb 13 if no interim meeting date is set.

Meeting Date: 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 7:30pm

Meeting Minutes January 9, 2014

Members in Attendance: Barbara Bower, Joe Corkery, Andreae Downs, Matthew Gardella, Rena Getz, Sallee Lipshutz, Maureen Reilly Meagher, Christopher Pitts, Kathy Winters.

Aldermen in Attendance: John Rice and Brian Yates.

Other Attendees: Isabelle Albeck and Nelson Lipshutz.

This meeting was held in the cafeteria at City Hall and took place in conjunction with the swearing in of all members by Mayor Setti Warren.

1. Joint Meeting With Area Councils: Prior to the swearing in ceremony, the members of the Waban Area Council met briefly with memebers of Newton’s other three area councils (Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, and Newtonville) and discussed ways of facilitating communication among the area councils. The members of all of the Councils agreed that it would be effective to have representatives from each Council meet from time to time to share information.

2. Adoption of By-Laws. The proposed By-Laws, a copy of which is attached, were approved by unanimous vote.

3. Election of Officers. The following officers were elected by unanimous vote:

President – Sallee Lipshutz

Vice President – Maureen Reilly Meagher

Treasurer – Rena Getz

Secretary – Kathy Winters

4. Issues Overview. There was a discussion about the various issues that certain members have been involved in and that can be expected to be of ongoing interest to Waban residents and the Council: the zoning reform initiative, the Rt. 128/Rt. 9 ramp redesign project (“Add-A-Lane”), a possible “Friends of Quinobequin” group, the Angier and Zervas construction projects, and traffic calming (specifically “play streets”) were all raised as possible issues for the Council to work on. Both Aldermen Yates and Aldermen Rice informed members of their areas of focus and provided advice as to how the Council can effectively advocate for Waban.

5. Public Input at Meetings. It was agreed that meetings should include a public comment period at the beginning of each meeting where residents could raise new issues that could be discussed or docketed for future meetings.

6. Next Meeting Date. The next meeting is set for Thursday February 13th at 7:30pm at the Waban Library Center.


48 rental units under 40B 105 parking spots with access onto Karen road

The Beacon and Chestnut St intersection. is already too congested. We would contribute to stop this development. Developers make promises, but the reality of the finished project is always worse than what was proposed

Oakvale Road, unfortunately, is a private road and therefore is not maintained by the city. It is the cut-through of choice for vehicles going to Karen Road. Residents of Oakvale have been suffering the destruction of Oakvale's pavement by hundreds of construction trucks since the McMansioning of Karen Road started 10 or 12 years ago. So far, none of the developers has taken responsibility for mitigating the damage. We anticipate that this will get even worse during the project at St. Philip Neri. We would like to propose an agreement with the developer of St. Philip Neri that they will either send their trucks down a public street such as Montclair or Moffat rather than Oakvale, or repave our street when they are done with their project.

Residents of Oakvale are also concerned about the amount of traffic that will pass daily over our deteriorating private road once the multi-housing project is completed. We would appreciate an opportunity to discuss with the city and the developer ways to mitigate this problem, and would like to be included in “near neighbor” meetings. Possible solutions to the problem include: establishing Oakvale as a one-way street from west to east, on the model of nearby (private) Roslyn Road; putting the ingress to the new development on Short/Beacon Street rather than Karen Road; having the city make Oakvale a public road without charging the abutters for the improvement; or by some other means.

I asked several questions at the end of May 6th meeting at the WC which was attended by approximately 140 people to get a sense of where people stood after the presentation.

  1. How many were involved in the meetings the developer held prior to the May 6th meeting? Less than a dozen raised their hands
  2. How many were in favor of the current proposal? About a dozen raised their hands
  3. How many were opposed? 80-90% raised their hands
  4. How many would favor a design that had half as many units and preserved the Church structure? 50-60% raised their hands.