CITY OF WORCESTER
CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT
JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL – APRIL 10, 2001
Convened: 7:02 P.M.
Adjourned: 8:00 P.M.
1. INVOCATION – Rev. Arthur Oakes
Church of the Nazarene
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/STAR SPANGLED BANNER
3. ROLL CALL – All present except Councillors Abraham and Patton. Councillor Abraham arrived at 7:10 P.M. and Councillor Patton at 7:15 P.M.
4. ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST
4a. ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST
5 REFERRED TO PUBLIC SERVICE & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
5. Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr. on behalf of Bill Miley request street light in front of 846 Millbury St. be moved to a new location away from building.
6-16 REFERRED TO PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
6. Joseph A. & Mary M. Salo request abatement of Street Betterment Assessment #24380 in the amount of $8,805.19 on Barnstable Rd.
7. Kevin M. & Karin Gosler request abatement of Street Betterment Assessment #24351 in the amount of $5,136.00 on Valley View Lane.
8. Councillor Stephen Abraham on behalf of Francis & Susan Gately request Kenilworth Rd. be resurfaced.
9. David Wagner et al request private street maintenance on Loxwood St.
10. Councillor Janice Nadeau on behalf of Worcester Common Ground request Public Works provide water service to the Austin/Newbury St. community playground.
11. Councillor Timothy Murray & Councillor Michael Perotto on behalf of Thomas Lawton, John Pedone & George Coleman request Public Works resurface East Park Terrace.
12. Councillor Timothy Murray & Councillor Michael Perotto on behalf of Thomas Lawton, John Pedone & George Coleman request Public Works resurface Oleum Court.
13. Marc & Susan Smith et al request private street maintenance on the private portion of Drexel St.
14. Paul Ramsey et al request private street maintenance on Kendig St. in front of Lots 136-144.
15. Councillor Janice Nadeau on behalf of Boyden St. Residents request Public Works resurface Boyden St.
16. Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr. on behalf of Robert Penny request sidewalk repair in front of 101 Randolph Rd., Dodge Park Rest Home.
17-19 REFERRED TO TRAFFIC & PARKING COMMITTEE
17. Councillor Janice Nadeau on behalf of College Hill Civic Club Association request Traffic Engineer make suggestions to curb speeding on Electric St. and bus stop situation.
18. Councillor Janice Nadeau on behalf of Green Island Crime Watch Group request speed monitor be placed on Washington St. to monitor any speeding.
19. Councillor Janice Nadeau on behalf of Green Island Crime Watch Group request 30 MPH signs be posted on Vernon St. between I-290 intersection and Ballard St. (both sides).
20 HEARING SET FOR APRIL 24, 2001 – 7:00 P.M.
20. MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC COMPANY for a cable and conduit system in: CIRCUIT AVENUE NORTH.
21 & 22 FROM COMMERCE & DEVELOPMENT - Adopted
21. Request Administration to generate and forward to City Council a list of all households in Quinsigamond Village that will be given notice when development of parcels A, B, C and D off of the proposed Nippnapp Trail are available for public review.
22. In the contract for conveyance of landfill property, that the Administration distribute the proceeds of the sale of this city-owned land for development off of the proposed Nippnapp Trail between the Quinsigamond Heritage Park Revitalization Plan and the Greenwood St. Streetscape Improvement Program and also include a requirement that Liberty Properties and P & W Railroad partner with the Vernon Hill/Green Island CDC.
23-28 FROM FEES & CHARGES - Adopted
23. Request City Administration consider doing whatever is possible to hold water and sewer rates next fiscal year.
24. Request City Administration provide City Council with a comparison of basic fees charged, water and sewer rates, golf course fees between the City of Worcester and the cities of Providence, Springfield and Portland, Maine.
25. Request City Solicitor report on the interpretation by other communities of the 1991 legislation relative to the power of the City Council in the setting of fees.
26. Request Administration report on which Towns and Cities have accepted the Community Preservation Act.
27. Request Administration report on approximately what the City of Worcester and its residents spent last year on recording fees and charges.
28. Request Administration report as to what the impact would be on the average residential tax rate and the average commercial tax rate of a .5, 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3% surcharge under the Community Preservation Act.
29 & 30 FROM PUBLIC WORKS - Adopted
29. Request City Manager to provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of establishing an off-site City of Worcester bill payment center with convenient parking.
30. Request City Manager to provide City Council with a report on the feasibility of relocating some of the functions located in the North Chamber of City Hall so as to accommodate public gatherings and meetings and include in said report information concerning possible cable access from this room.
31. Request Commissioner of Public Works initiate traffic studies of the intersections of Pleasant, Chandler and Mower Sts. and Mower, Olean, South St. and Kinney Dr. and recommend improvements to the City Council for better pedestrian and motor vehicle operator safety. (Abraham)
32. Request City Manager provide City Council with copies of any prior analyses of traffic flow accessing and egressing Worcester Regional Airport using Pleasant St., Chandler St. and Goddard Memorial Dr. (Abraham, Lukes)
33. Request City Manager report to City Council regarding the possible broadcasting of City Council meetings via local radio. (Gomez)
34. Request City Manager to contact MassPort and Mass. Highway regarding the Logan Shuttle service and request that they consider integrating a similar type of passenger shuttle service into the continued development of Worcester Regional Airport. (Abraham, Petty)
35. Request Administration to meet with the local delegation regarding amendments to the Community Preservation Act so as to avoid any surtaxes on real estate taxes by creating new funding mechanisms based upon the fees generated by surcharges only. (Lukes)
36. Request Administration report on any projections which are available from Registries of Deeds regarding surcharge fees imposed to fund the Community Preservation Act and actual receipts to date. (Lukes)
37. Request Administration consider the feasibility of opening Pearl St. to two-way vehicular traffic and make a recommendation. (Irish, Nadeau, Gomez)
38. Request City Administration provide crime statistics in the Green Island/Vernon Hill Crime Watch area. (Nadeau)
39. Request Administration contact the 29 “transit oriented development” projects currently in place around the country to explore the feasibility of incorporating housing into the Washington Square development project. (Irish)
40. Request Administration report to City Council on whether Liberty Properties owns parcels of land to the south of the Providence St. Fire Station. (Clancy)
41. Request Administration report to City Council on whether the Commonwealth of Massachusetts intends to charge citizens for the State portion of Lake Park. (Clancy)
42. Request City Administration report on the status of enforcement and oversight concerning unlicensed livery or gypsy cabs. (Murray)
43. Request City Administration report on the City’s future participation with the Central Mass. Economic Development Agency in consultation with the federal and state delegations, the Swift administration and local business organizations. (Murray)
44. Request Administration report on the failure of the electric company to provide services to downtown Worcester during the past year and during the month of April and what remedies have been instituted to correct the failure of services. (Lukes)
45. Request Administration report on whether the City Council can earmark the account or purpose of tax levy monies which must be voted during budget session for the School Department. (Lukes)
45a. Request Administration to work with the School Department regarding holding public meetings at schools that have cable access during the renovation of the City Hall garage. Motion-Patton @ #47CC – Adopted
45b. Request Administration to provide City Council with the sewer and water rate recommendations from 1994 to the present. Motion-Mariano @ #48CC – Adopted
45c. Request City Manager report how much in tax levy dollars would have to be appropriated in order to hold the water and sewer rates at the current levels. Motion-Perotto @ #48CC – Adopted
45d. Request Administration report what streets will not be done due to the reduction in the Capital Improvement Program. Motion-Perotto @ #48CC – Adopted
45e. Request Administration verify that for every reduction cost of $100,000.00 its one cent on the water and sewer rate. Motion-Perotto @ #48CC – Adopted
45f. Request Administration report on federal funds for cities to perform water infrastructure work. Motion-Perotto @ #48CC – Adopted
45g. Request Administration report as to how projections of water usage factor into the water and sewer rates. Is there an average usage and how the drought and then the rain factored into the projections. Motion-Murray @ #48CC – Adopted
45h. Request Administration provide the rationale for recommending an increase in the water and sewer rates in the City of Worcester and not the towns who use the City’s system. Motion-Murray @ #48CC – Adopted
45i. Request Administration report the current balance in the Sewer Reserve Account. Motion-Murray @ #48CC – Adopted
45j. Request Administration report as to what standard the City is making the statement that the quality of Worcester’s water by every reasonable standard is recognized as one of the best in New England. Motion-Irish @ #48CC – Adopted
45k. Request Administration report if the increase in the sale of water to surrounding towns and also bringing in sewerage from surrounding towns has any affect in either bringing down the water and sewer rates or increasing the rates. Motion-Nadeau @ #48CC – Adopted
45L. Request Administration report if water usage does go up, how can we credit that towards next year’s water rates. Motion-Petty @ #48CC – Adopted
45m. Request Administration provide City Council with an explanation of the article in the April 10, 2001 newspaper regarding the stormwater discharge and sewer fees potentially going up from $40.00 to $190.00 based on new DEP environmental laws. Motion-Petty @ #48CC – Adopted
45n. Request the Commissioner of Public Works provide City Council with a 5-10 year plan for dealing with reduction of water use. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45o. Request City Manager provide City Council with a follow-up report on how impracticable or costly it would be for the City to bottle and sell its water as a revenue generating item. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45p. Request Administration provide City Council with a clearer average cost for residential water user and commercial user and does the City have agreements with commercial users for water delivery that might indicate that they have a different method of payment or cost. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45q. Request Administration report what one cent equals on the sewer rate and water rate. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45r. Request Administration provide City Council with the Administrative Cost Agreement with the School Department. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45s. Request Administration report on what watershed land the City is acquiring, with whom and for how much. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45t. Request Administration report what salary increases are being built in to the water and sewer rate increases. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45u. Request Administration report on the refinancing of loans mentioned in Item 38 of the City Council Calendar of April 10, 2001; when the City intends to do this and what interest rate is the City looking for. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45v. Request Administration provide City Council with a listing of the City’s revenues, grants and other monies coming into the water and sewer Enterprise Accounts. Motion-Lukes @ #48CC – Adopted
45w. Request Administration report on the upcoming convention and alcohol being served on Shrewsbury St. Mariano – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
45x. Request Administration provide a report on enforcement of Section 14, paragraph (c) 7 of the Abandoned Building Ordinance which requires that owners of such buildings maintain liability insurance describing the method which determines the amount of such insurance and whether the City is listed as an insured subject to notice in the event of policy lapse. Irish – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
45y. Request Administration to research fundraising opportunities to restore the Rogers Kennedy memorial through individual, foundation donors and public sources. Irish – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
45z. Request Administration to take another look at funding the Coes Pond dam project. Abraham – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
45aa. Request City Manager contact Charter Cable Co. and report to City Council within thirty (30) days on the status of wiring the City in regards to the Internet and upgrading cable service throughout the City of Worcester and dates for completion. Petty – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
45bb. Request City Manager report on the NCAA hockey tournament as to the public being able to leave the building between games. Murray – Suspension of Rules - Adopted
46. James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting City’s Single Audit for year ended June 30, 2000, prepared by KPMG LLP.
47. Thomas R. Hoover, City Manager transmitting communication relative to the closing of the City Hall garage for repairs.
48. Thomas R. Hoover, City Manager recommending the FY 2002 water and sewer rates.
49. RECESS TO FINANCE AND ORDINANCE: No Action Taken
a) #5A CM January 23, 2001
Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to the City Manager’s Contingency Account.
b) #24E CM January 23, 2001
Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Snow Deficit FY2001.
c) #13B CM April 3, 2001
Communication of the City Manager relative to Health Insurance Costs for the Current Year and Future Years.
50. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FEES AND CHARGES Upon the Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting Comprehensive Listing of Fees & Charges which has been updated to December 31, 1999: recommend Communication be placed on file.
51. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FEES AND CHARGES Upon the Communication of David J. Rushford, City Clerk transmitting requested information on the charges levied for copies of vital records at City Clerk Offices throughout the Commonwealth as well as at the State Office of Vital Records: recommend Communication be placed on file.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the following Communications of the City Manager: recommend Communications be placed on file.
52. Transmitting communication relative to Status Report – City Hall Improvement Projects.
53. Transmitting communication relative to Status Report - Research & Recommendation relative to the Proposal to Sell the Naming Rights to the Centrum Centre.
53a ACCEPTED & ORDER ADOPTED – Suspension of Rules – On a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays Councillor Perotto was recused. On a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays Councillor Petty was recused
53a. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommending approval of an amendment to the Union Station Urban Revitalization Plan (USURP): recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.
53b ACCEPTED & ORDER ADOPTED ON A ROLL CALL 11-0 – RECONSIDERATION DENIED ON A VOICE VOTE
53b. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS Upon the Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting communication relative to the Noncontributory Pop Up Act: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.
54 ORDAINED ON A ROLL CALL 11-0
54 Amending Section 2, Article III of the Worcester Zoning Ordinance adopted April 2, 1991 relative to a zone change in the area of Shore Dr.
55. REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Order of Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr. requesting approval of the attached Ordinance amending the Worcester Zoning Ordinance adopted April 2, 1991 relative to Non-Accessory Signs. (Tabled May 30, 2000)
56. Order – Request Rules Committee to review the procedure used by City Council for election of individuals to the Library Board of Trustees. (Abraham) (Tabled December 29, 2000)
57. Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to city employees serving on Boards and Commissions. (Tabled April 3, 2001)
6:00 P.M. DEVELOPMENT
Re: Amendment to the Union Station Urban Revitalization
APRIL 10, 2001 HEALTH COUNCIL CHAMBER
5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
MAY 7, 2001 PUBLIC WORKS COUNCIL CHAMBER