CITY OF WORCESTER
CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT
CALENDAR OF THE CITY COUNCIL – OCTOBER 12, 1999
1. INVOCATION – Rev. George A. Kohl
Belmont St. Baptist Church
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/STAR SPANGLED BANNER
3. ROLL CALL – All present except Councillor Cooney how arrived at 7:12 P.M.
ORDINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING – 7:00 P.M.
4. REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Order of Mayor Mariano, Councillors Luster, Nadeau, Finnegan, Cooney, Patton, Clancy, Petty and Murray that the City Council approve the establishment of an Overlay Arts District located on Main St. from Madison St. to Hammond St. and further, request the City Manager to work with local and private organizations to aggressively promote said district.
On a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays the Ordinance Committee accepted the Report of the Planning Board and approved the Order. Reconsideration was denied on a voice vote.
5. Granting permission to MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC COMPANY and NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH COMPANY for a joint pole location on: PROUTY LANE.
6. REPORT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE Upon the Order of Councillor Lukes requesting City Council to vote to establish a Standing Committee on College/Community Relationships.
Council accepted the Committee Report – To be Second Item of Business October 19, 1999
7. Resolution – That the City Council hereby go on record requesting the City Manager to consider making the Public Health Nurses fact finding final and binding. (Cooney)
Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 1 Nay (Lukes) Reconsideration denied on a voice vote
8. ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST
8a. ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST
9 REFERRED TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT
9. Councillor Timothy J. Cooney, Jr. on behalf of Bernard & Barbara Thibeault request Parks Department have tree removed from in front of 35 Eunice Ave.
10-13 REFERRED TO THE PLANNING BOARD
10. Joseph & Kathleen Gallagher request to extend sewer main in Martha Ave.
11. Sandra Ellis et al in opposition to the location of the Boston Gun Range, we request to change the Zoning Ordinance so that other such facilities will not be allowed to open in school and residential districts. Also, request City Council ensure adherence to and enforcement of all existing laws/regulations pertaining to this facility.
12. Mayor Raymond V. Mariano on behalf of Mike Sacco request private street conversion on Trevor Lane.
13. Elias Atamian, E & E Realty Trust request relocation of the zone line for property located on the northeasterly line of Grafton St. owned by Warren Brandt from BL-1.0, 400’ into RL-7 to move existing business.
14 & 15 REFERRED TO PUBLIC SERVICE & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
14. Jason Dallas & Maureen Mulcahy request street light on Pole #4 across from 12 Inwood Rd.
15. Councillor Janice L. Nadeau on behalf of residents of 1050-1060 Main St. request Worcester Regional Transit Authority replace the bus shelter in front of 1050-1060 Main St. with a new shelter that has benches.
16-18 REFERRED TO PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
16. Roland Morin, Jr. request sidewalk repair on Bowling Green Lane side of my property at 24 Tarrytown Lane.
17. Carmine Algieri et al request private street maintenance on Maranda St.
18. Councillor Stephen T. Patton request repair of sidewalk in front of Thorndyke Rd. School.
18a. Councillor Janice L. Nadeau on behalf of Deana Szaramangos request Public Works replace sidewalk in front of 15 ½ Richards St. Referred to Public Works Committee – Suspension of Rules
18b. Councillor Michael C. Perotto on behalf of Lisa Rivers et al request resurfacing of Fox St. Referred to Public Works Committee – Suspension of Rules
19 REFERRED TO TRAFFIC & PARKING COMMITTEE
19. Gerald Tuori, Dean for Institutional Advancement, Becker College request a marked pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Sever and William Sts.
19a. Councillor Michael C. Perotto on behalf of Earl Caldbeck request handicap parking at 29 Windsor St. Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee – Suspension of Rules
20 HEARING SET FOR OCTOBER 19, 1999 – 7:00 P.M.
20. CULLINAN ENGINEERING for two conduit locations on: CEDAR ST. Amended to Chenot Associates, Inc. as petitioner
21. Christine V. Flynn et al request a City Council vote for the purpose of directing the Massachusetts Highway Department to remove the following route from the list of proposed access roads to the Worcester Regional Airport: Hope Avenue Alternative, described as commencing at I-290 Exit 10 to Hope Ave., crossing Webster St., continuing parallel along Knox St., crossing Hadwen Park, Heard St. and Pineview Ave., joining James St. and passing through Grandview Ave. with a final connection to Goddard Memorial Dr. Petitioner spoke – Referred to Public Service & Transportation Committee and the City Manager’s Ad Hoc Committee
1. NON-CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION:
A. Notification of the reappointment of Catherine H. Levine, Edward J. Saksa, Katherine J. Davitt and Emily J. Hunte, to the Elder Affair Commission.
B. Notification of the reappointment of John N. Barbale, Jr., to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
2. CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION:
A. Notification of the reappointment of Francis J. Farrell, Jr., to the Civic Center Commission.
5. BUDGET OFFICE:
A. Communication relative to Federal Medicaid Program/”Bundled Rates”.
6. CIVIC CENTER:
A. SUPPLEMENTAL – Communication relative to an update on the efforts to bring a Professional Baseball Franchise to Worcester.
9. ELDER AFFAIRS:
10. ELECTION COMMISSION:
11. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES:
12. EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING:
A. Communication relative to Fire Class.
B. Communication relative to Next Projected Hiring of Firefighters.
C. Communication relative to Status Report – Fire Department Study by TriData Corporation.
D. Communication relative to Repair Bay Doors at the Central St. Fire Station.
14. HUMAN RESOURCES:
A. Communication relative to Public Health Nurses.
15. INFORMATION SERVICES:
A. Communication relative to Union Station Urban Revitalization Project.
B. Communication relative to Eminent Domain Powers – City & W.R.A.
C. Communication relative to Special Permits.
17. LICENSE COMMISSION:
18. PARKS, RECREATION & CEMETERY:
A. Request adoption of a resolution to accept with Gratitude a Donation of $400.00 from the Men’s Over Thirty League to benefit the Parks, Recreation, and Cemetery Department’s “Christoforo Columbo” East Park Baseball Facility.
B. Request adoption of a resolution to accept with Gratitude a Donation of $1000.00 from Tufts Health Plan and the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Parks, Recreation, and Cemetery Department’s Christoforo Columbo East Park.
C. Request adoption of the resolution to accept with Gratitude a Donation of $500.00 from the American Legion Post 204 to benefit the Parks, Recreation, and Cemetery Department’s (Tivnan Field) Lake Park.
D. Communication relative to a comprehensive plan to address the myriad of issues facing Worcester Urban Forest. I am recommending an appropriation of fifty thousand dollars (item #28L) in overtime resources.
19. PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:
A. Request adoption of two orders relative to transferring jurisdiction and ultimate-disposition of the Cambridge Street Fire Station.
B. Communication relative to FY’ 1999 Violence Against Women Act Grant Award.
C. Communication relative to Joint Pole Location – Prouty Lane.
D. Communication relative to Executive Office of Public Safety Programs Division Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program.
Placed on file
A. Communication relative to Status of Gun Buy Back Program.
B. Request adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter Fourteen of the revised Ordinances of 1966 relative to Regulation of Pawnbrokers.
C. Communication relative to Police Patrols/Interior Bailey Field.
21. PUBLIC HEALTH & CODE ENFORCEMENT:
A. Communication relative to Earth Moving Operation – Second, Third and Fourth Streets.
B. Communication relative to property at 54 Fairhaven Road.
C. Communication relative to Boyden Street.
22. PUBLIC LIBRARY:
23. PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
A. Communication relative to progress report on the Worcester Vocational High School.
24. PUBLIC WORKS:
A. Communication relative to Status Report #11 – Street Resurfacing Projects.
B. Communication relative to Traffic Signal/Lincoln Village Area.
C. Communication relative to issues Concerning City Traffic.
D. Communication relative to New Phone Number for DPW – Street Division.
A. Communication relative to Responsible Employer Ordinance Enforcement.
B. Communication relative to List of Vendors.
A. Communication relative to Chapter 58 Section 8 Proposal – Department of Revenue.
27. VETERANS’ SERVICES:
A. Recommend that Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) be transferred from Account 900-92000 City Manager Contingency, and be appropriated to Account #140-92000 OPCD Ordinary Maintenance to provide funds for the purpose of providing consultant services for the Lake & Pond Grant project.
B. Recommend that Forty Two Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($42,250.00) be transferred from Account #91C711, Building Rehabilitation, and appropriated to Account #75C702,Centrum Building Rehabilitation.
C. Recommend that Four Thousand Dollars ($4,000.00) be transferred from Account #900-92000 City Manager Contingency, and be appropriated to Account #140-92000 OPCD Ordinary Maintenance.
D. Recommend that Sixty Thousand One Hundred Fifty Seven Dollars Twenty Cents ($60,157.20) be transferred from Account #91C780, Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #45C703, Water Department Capital Equipment, to provide funds for the purpose of purchasing the following pieces of equipment.
(1) Crew Cab Truck w/plow $23,799.00
(1) Meter Utility Truck $36,358.20
for Water Department as approved in the Capital Improvement Program.
E. Recommend that Seven Hundred Seventeen Thousand Dollars ($717,000.00) be transferred, from Account #91C738, Reservoir Rehabilitation, and appropriated to Account #45C728, Reservoir Rehabilitation.
F. Recommend that Six Thousand Seventy Five Dollars Eighteen Cents ($6,075.18) be transferred, from Account #330-07, Reserve for Appropriation Damage Settlement, and appropriated to Account #330-92000 Health Department Ordinary Maintenance.
G. Recommend that Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) be transferred from Account #900-92000 City Manager Contingency, and be appropriated to Account #140-92000 OPCD Ordinary Maintenance, to provide funds for the purpose of funding the second appraisal performed on the city owned land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (Police Rifle Range)
H. Recommend that Eighty Five Thousand Dollars ($85,000.00) be transferred, from Account #91C780, Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #66C701, Treasury Department Capital Equipment.
I. Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Five Thousand Dollars ($155,000.00) be transferred, from Account #91C784, Parks Improvement, and appropriated to Account #72C702, Parks Site Improvements.
J. Recommend that Thirty Three Thousand Seven Hundred Forty Eight Dollars Seventy Two Cents ($33,748.72) be transferred, from Account #91C780, Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #71C701, Parks Department Capital Equipment, to provide fund for the purpose of purchasing the following pieces of equipment:
(1) Skidsteer Loader (Contract Adjustment) $2,038.72
(1) MAD-VAC $25,000.00
(1) High Speed Copier $6,710.00
for Parks Department as approved in the Capital Improvement Program.
Order adopted on a roll call 11-0
K. Recommend that One Million One Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars ($1,110,000.00) be transferred from 91C790 School Construction and appropriated to the following accounts:
ACCOUNT DESCRIPTION AMOUNT
33C715 Norrback School Equipment $150,000.00
33C717 Vocational School Construction $610,000.00
33C718 Forest Grove Construction $350,000.00
for various contractual obligations related to various school construction projects
Order adopted on a roll call 11-0
L. Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00 be transferred, from Account #900-92000, City Manager’s Contingency, and appropriated to Account #720-91000, Parks Department Personal Services.
23. RECESS TO FINANCE AND ORDINANCE: No Action Taken
a) #40CC June 22, 1999
Order – Request City Council to schedule Finance sessions beginning the first week in January 2000 in order to commence discussions regarding budget issues. (Lukes)
b) #41CC June 22, 1999
Order – Request City Manager to present a budget for the next fiscal year with a rate of growth that is either at the rate of inflation or excludes new growth, whichever sum is lower. (Lukes)
c) #63CC September 21, 1999
Order – Request City Council pledge to maintain the existing tax rate for the next three fiscal years. Further, request City Council instruct the City Manager to prepare the next three budgets using only “new growth”, state and federal funds and existing tax revenues. (Mariano)
23a. Request City Manager to provide City Council with a report on reimbursement rates for nurses. Motion-Murray @ #5A CM – Adopted
23b. Request City Manager to consider including the Chairperson of the Civic Center Commission as a member of the Sports Stadium Task Force. Motion-Clancy @ #8A CM – Adopted
23c. Request City Manager to consider including neighborhood advocates on the Sports Stadium Task Force. Motion-Murray @ #8A CM – Adopted
23d. Request City Manager to provide City Council with a timeline on what has to be accomplished in order for the seventeen firefighters to be hired. Motion-Petty @ #13A CM – Adopted
23e. Request City Manager to provide City Council with a breakdown of the Fire Department budget for the current year, including retirements, what the cost for the new fire class will be considering it’s the last quarter of the fiscal year. Motion-Clancy @ #13A CM – Adopted
23f. Request City Manager report what the cost will be to put the seventeen firefighters on and where that cost is going to come from. Motion-Nadeau @ #13A CM – Adopted
23g. Request City Manager report if the City is still funding the twenty nine vacancies in the Fire Department. Further, if funding is being used for overtime. Motion-Nadeau @ #13A CM – Adopted
23h. Request City Manager report on the number of women who took the firefighter exam and the scores they received. Motion-Luster @ #13A CM – Adopted
23i. Request Administration report if there is enough time to put the five women on the new firefighter class. Motion-Luster @ #13A CM – Adopted
23j. Request Administration report as to how they could have some preservation of the status of the five women as applicants to the Fire Department at the same time deal with processing the seventeen. Motion-Lukes @ #13A CM – Adopted
23k. Request City Manager to report on the possibility of reserving five females for a future fire class. Motion-Luster @ #13A CM – Adopted
23l. Request City Solicitor to generate a report for City Council as to the scenario that would have to be created for the City Council to request a project labor agreement to be placed in the bidding process. Further, if the Library project and Vocational School project could be used as examples. Motion-Clancy @ #16B CM – Adopted
23m. Request City Manager provide a report differentiating the activities of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, the Development Office and the Office of Planning and Community Development. Motion-Perotto @ #16B CM – Adopted
23n. Request City Manager provide City Council with a statement as to why the City needs a Redevelopment Authority. Motion-Lukes @ #16B CM – Adopted
23o. Request City Manager report if urban tree planting activity would be a Block Grant funding mechanism for the Block Grant eligible areas, and if so, how much money could be committed in each of the four years to funding it. Motion-Clancy @ #18D CM – Adopted
23p. Request Administration consider funding temporary employees for the cemetery work this summer. Motion-Patton @ #18D CM – Adopted
23q. Request Administration to consider any grant areas available for purchase of trees to vegetate the rest of the City. Motion-Perotto @ #18D CM – Adopted
23r. Request Administration look into tax levy dollars for tree replenishing. Motion-Perotto @ #18D CM – Adopted
23s. Request Commissioner of Public Works report as to how the Department of Public Works might assist the City in the replenishing of trees in order to produce long term savings in the City’s water and sewer rates. Motion-Murray @ #18D CM – Adopted
23t. Request Administration to respond as to whether or not the License Commission has any involvement in the licensing of Pawnbrokers. Motion-Clancy @ #20B CM – Adopted
23u. Request Administration to provide City Council with a comprehensive report on all of the particular properties that have been cited by the Health and Code Department for any and all violations. Motion-Clancy @ #21C CM – Adopted
23v. Request Administration provide City Council with written substantiation from sub-contractors as to why they could not meet the requirements of the Responsible Employer Ordinance. Motion-Clancy @ #25A CM – Adopted
23w. Request Administration report on whether or not there is any emphasis on trying to give local vendors a chance at the City’s business. Motion-Luster @ #25B CM
Councillor Lukes moved to amend: Further, request report as to what percentage of vendors listed in Item 25B of the City Manager’s calendar of October 12, 1999 are Worcester based.
Order adopted, as amended
23x. Request City Manager provide City Council with a report as to the initial amount of money in the City Manager’s Contingency Account and a drawdown report of that account. Motion-Patton @ #28A-L CM – Adopted
23y. Request City Solicitor to provide City Council with an opinion as to what the mechanism would be to implement the School Health Nurses becoming part of the School Department. Motion-Lukes @ #7CC – Adopted
23z. Request Administration report on Barry Rd. Extension history. Motion-Patton @ #26CC
Councillor Petty moved to amend: Further, request City Manager contact Massachusetts Electric in order to work out an agreement to keep the street lights on Barry Rd. Extension operational.
23aa. Request City develop a comprehensive community notification plan to keep Worcester residents posted relative to threats in their neighborhood. Said plan to consider using: (1) reverse 911 system; (2) municipal cable television channel; (3) targeted mailing; (4) regular media updates; (5) door to door canvas effort where needed and appropriate. Mariano -Suspension of Rules – Adopted
23bb. Request City Manager investigate the reverse 911 citizen notification system used in Denver. This system is designed to notify up to 1,200 citizens electronically by telephone, of dangers or alerts on a street by street basis. Mariano – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
23cc. Request Administration look into doing upkeep on desks in City Council Chamber. Lukes – Suspension of Rules - Adopted
24 REFERRED TO ORDINANCE COMMITTEE FOR A HEARING
24. REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Matthew P. Stepanski, President, C.M.I.M.E., Inc. request to amend the Zoning Map by changing the current RS-7 zoning designation for property northerly of Shore Dr. to MG-1.0.
25. REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Philip Shwachman, President, First American Realty, Inc. on behalf of Liberty Sq. Development Trust request to discontinue and remove Layard Place, a private way, beginning at its intersection with Main St. easterly to its terminus, from the Official City Map.
26 GIVEN LEAVE TO WITHDRAW AT REQUEST OF PETITIONER
26. REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Jayne A. McGinn requesting to make public Barry Road Extension.
27. Communication of the City Manager recommending that Twelve Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Eight Dollars and Fifty Cents ($12,688.50) be transferred from Account 331-46, Belmont Home Retained Earnings and appropriated to Account 045S505, Belmont Home Advertising, to provide funds for the purpose of payment for advertising costs for proposed sale of the Belmont Home.
28. Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to an RFP for the sale of the Belmont Home.
29. Chairman’s Order from Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee – Request Administration to consider using the current site of the Vocational School, on the side of the Boys Club, as park land after discontinuance of use as a Vocational School.
30. Chairman’s Order from Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee – Request Administration to consider eliminating the softball field on the Belmont St. side of the Vocational School site plan.
31. Chairman’s Order from Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee – Request Administration to reconsider keeping educationally sound, the size of the parking area for the new Vocational School.
32. REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Jonathan Finkelstein, Esquire on behalf of Smallwood Village Associates, Inc. requesting City of Worcester make Travis St. public.
33. Tabled In Part – Order – Request Administration report on whether the Worcester Redevelopment Authority intends to sell the tax credits of the Union Station Project, the value of the tax credits, the intended use of the proceeds of the sale and further, request City Manager to request the Worcester Redevelopment Authority to forbear from the sale. (Lukes)
Tabled – request City Manager to request the Worcester Redevelopment Authority to forbear from the sale.
34. Order – Request City Council invite the Chair of the Civic Center Commission, head of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City’s Chief Development Officer to a meeting to discuss the marketing and efforts to attract conventions to Worcester. (Mariano)
OCTOBER 12, 1999 RULES & COUNCIL CHAMBER
6:30 P.M. REGULATIONS
OCTOBER 28, 1999 PUBLIC WORKS COUNCIL CHAMBER
NOVEMBER 4, 1999 COMMERCE & ROOM 409
6:00 P.M. DEVELOPMENT CITY HALL
NOVEMBER 8, 1999 TRAFFIC & PARKING COUNCIL CHAMBER