Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In November 2017, residents of Ward 6 elected me to the Newton City Council. It was a hard-fought race, and I was continually humbled by the confidence and support I received. Together we won the Ward 6 seat on a vision of an inclusive city that represents the values that matter to us.
The Council has had an ambitious agenda this term, but there is still much work to be done. I am running for re-election and asking for your support to serve as your Ward 6 City Councilor for a second term.
With a term under my belt, I know that the solutions we seek for our city are complex and require an intentional process that ensures all voices are heard.
I would be honored to serve as your Ward 6 Councilor for a second term.
If re-elected, I will continue to play a leadership role with my colleagues on the Council and the Fuller administration in pursuing policies and initiatives that will ensure Newton delivers on the promise it made to all of us when we moved here. My record includes:
Fiscally Responsible Government
On the Finance Committee, I serve as an astute steward of city resources, ensuring we spend your tax dollars wisely while fortifying our infrastructure and supporting services that make Newton an amazing place to live, work and learn.
I recently voted to approve item #588-18 Amendment to increase income eligibility for clause 41A tax deferral program and increase the amount to $86,000. This allows older constituents with an annual income of less than $86,000 to receive temporary property tax relief, enabling folks who have given so much to Newton to be able to stay in Newton.
As a member of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee, I continue to push for policies that mitigate traffic and create thoughtful and safe alternatives to move around the city.
Working closely with Traffic Council, we are in the final stages of proposing a parking plan for Newton Highlands, making it easier to shop and dine in the Highlands.
Zoning Redesign is one of the most ambitious projects this term. I will work hard to ensure our zoning reflects the values and community we cherish. Read more about my values regarding zoning reform in my newsletter.
I will continue to vote for growth that will increase the commercial tax base, revitalize our village centers, enhance the pedestrian experience, and provide a wide variety of housing options.
Working closely with the Fuller administration, I will continue to advocate for programs and infrastructure that mitigate climate change and make Newton a leader on green polices (solar panels, electric fleet/charging stations, clean recycling).
I recently voted to approve Phase 3 Solar, adding solar panels to city rooftops and solar canopies in municipal parking lots. By supporting Phase 3 Solar, the city has an opportunity to further reduce our carbon footprint by 21%.
My monthly office hours have been a wonderful opportunity to hear from Ward 6 residents. And I greatly appreciate the feedback, perspectives, and questions so many of you send in response to my newsletter.
Brenda J. Noel