What is an Area Council?
A neighborhood area council is a democratically-elected body that reflects the interest of local residents. Newton residents can propose a Neighborhood Area Council to represent their locality. We have garnered enough signatures (20% of registered voters) and have received approval of the Board of Alderman to have a Newtonville Area Council.
Mission of the Newtonville Area Council
The Newtonville Area Council aims to foster community engagement, civic pride, beautification, and a sustainable, dynamic, inclusive village. The Newtonville Area council will be a legal entity of the City of Newton. Its purpose is to facilitate communication and coordination between Newtonville residents, property owners, nonprofits, businesses, and the City. We encourage volunteers of all ages to work together and collaborate with government agencies and elected officials to address issues important to Newtonville.
Who can Run for the Newtonville Area Council?
Any registered voter living in the Newtonville Service Area can run for the Newtonville Area Council. If you are interested please pick up a signature sheet from the Election Office at City Hall. You will need to get 25 signatures of Newtonville registered voters, have your signature notarized, and submit the signature sheet to the election commission by July 30, 2013.
When will elections be held for the Newtonville Area Council?
Elections will be held officially on Tuesday, October 1, at City Hall, 8:30 am-8:00 pm. Early voting will take place at City Hall on Monday, September 30, 8:30 – 5:00, and on Newtonville Village Day, Sunday September 29, noon-5:00, at the Austin St. bus stop on Walnut St.
Are there any Area Councils currently in Newton?
Newton currently has two area councils. Newton Highlands established an area council in 1974. In 2011, Newton Upper Falls became the second Newton village to establish an area council. These councils have been instrumental in maintaining vital village centers and fostering community spirit. Mayor Warren is encouraging the formation of additional area councils.
How can you get involved?
You can get involved by joining our mailing list.
Team Coordinator – Joy Huber