CITY OF WORCESTER
CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT
JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL – MAY 8, 2001
Convened: 7:11 P.M.
Adjourned: 7:43 P.M.
1. INVOCATION – Rev. Lee F. Bartlett
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/STAR SPANGLED BANNER
3. ROLL CALL – All present except Councillors Murray and Petty
Mayor Mariano read two Proclamations:
May 6-12, 2001 – Arson Awareness Week in Worcester
HEARING AND ORDER – 7:00 P.M.
4. MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC COMPANY and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. for three joint pole locations on: ORTON ST.
4a ORDER ADOPTED
4a. Granting permission to MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC COMPANY and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. for three joint pole locations on: ORTON ST.
5. Status of installation of valve in Kenberma Rd. – Held for May 15
6. ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST
6a. ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST
- 2 - May 8, 2001
7 REFERRED TO HEALTH COMMITTEE
7. William S. Coleman, III request City Council place on the November municipal election ballot a non-binding petition relative to the establishment of a treatment on demand/needle exchange program in the City of Worcester. Petitioner spoke
8-10 REFERRED TO PLANNING BOARD
8. Brian Tangney, Protech Builders, Inc. request to accept as public Matteo St.
9. Brian Tangney, Protech Builders, Inc. request to accept as public Adelaide Circle.
10. Brian Tangney, Protech Builders, Inc. request to accept as public Allison Circle.
11 REFERRED TO PUBLIC SERVICE & TRANSPORTATION
11. Frederick Pilat request installation of a street light in front of 3 Camden Ave.
12-14 REFERRED TO PUBLIC WORKS COMMTTEE
12. Susan & John Clemente et al request private street maintenance for private portion of Camden Ave.
13. Robert & Teresa Girouard on behalf of R. Wayne Richard request abatement of Street Betterment Assessment #24417 in the amount of $1,483.20 on Arline St.
14. Louis Paquette request private street maintenance on Winnipeg St.
- 3 - May 8, 2001
14a. Councillor Michael C. Perotto request sidewalk repair at 15, 17 and 19 Wrentham Rd. Referred to Public Works Committee – Suspension of Rules
15 & 16 REFERRED TO TRAFFIC & PARKING COMMITTEE
15. Councillor Timothy Murray on behalf of David Libbey request Traffic Engineer to make any recommendations regarding intersection of Pleasant and May Sts.
16. Councillor Konstantina B. Lukes on behalf of George Hanna request traffic study of volume, speed and accidents in the Carter Rd., Moreland St. and Brewer St. vicinity.
16a. Councillor Stephen Patton request to reverse the winter parking ban on Leeds St. from Whitmarsh Ave. to Summerhill Ave. Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee – Suspension of Rules
17 FROM COMMERCE & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE –
17. That in permitting of buildings to be located off of the Nippnapp Trail that residents of all streets that intersect Greenwood St. and all other streets bounded by Upland, Harwich, Forsberg, Steele and Whipple Sts. be notified and invited to attend the public meetings and offer input.
18 FROM HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD
18. Request City Manager report to City Council whether the Geographic Information System may generate a map plotting the locations of social service agency facilities throughout the City.
- 4 - May 8, 2001
19. Request Administration to provide an interim report on the status of the City’s Housing Policy. (Irish)
20. Request City Administration update City Council on the housing plans for South Worcester. (Nadeau)
21. Request City Administration update City Council on the in-fill housing project for South Worcester, i.e. 2-2A Douglas St. (Nadeau)
22. Request City Manager to inquire about the feasibility of buying power in a pool such as the Cape Light Compact approved by DTE last year.
23. Request City Administration contact Worcester School Superintendent and Worcester Vocational School Administration regarding parking in and around Worcester Juvenile Court and the lack of use of the student parking lot. (Murray, Perotto)
24. Request City Manager to provide an update on the Green Hill Master Plan. (Perotto, Petty, Murray)
Councillor Perotto moved to amend: Further, request an update as to what is the next step in the Green Hill Park process and dollars that are going to be used.
- 5 - May 8, 2001
25. Request City Manager to provide an update on the Logan Field Plan.
26. Request City Manager to provide an update on the Lincoln St. project. Report to include tree planting, benches, trash receptacles and timelines. (Perotto, Murray)
27. Request City Manager to provide a report concerning the City of Worcester’s tax base as to whether the commercial tax base has increased since the last tax classification vote. (Perotto, Petty)
28. Request City Administration provide breakdown of new growth figures over the past 10 years including the percentage breakdown of the residential, commercial and personal property within said annual figure. (Murray)
29. Request City Administration consider changing our street sweeping program to sweep one side of street one day, then to switch to the other side the next day, allowing parking on the opposite side while sweeping. (Nadeau, Irish)
30. Request City Administration and the Mayor ask the School Administration to repair play area at the ALL School on Woodland St.
- 6 - May 8, 2001
31. Request City Manager respond to City Council request as to the feasibility of placing advertisements on City trash bags.
Mayor Mariano moved to amend to request response within thirty (30) days.
32. Request City Manager to contact the Right of Way Division of the Massachusetts Highway Department to determine the security and cleanliness of buildings and properties taken by them along Route 146 between Hurley and Brosnihan Sq. (Clancy)
33. Request City Manager report on what it costs MassPort to run the Worcester Airport, including in kind service and what it cost the City while MassPort is operating the Airport, including source of funds (ex. tax levy) all for the time period beginning the year 2000 to the current date. (Lukes)
34. Request Administration submit a report for the past ten years which shows by column water and sewer rates by year, the average family and commercial consumption and use and the average cost to residential and commercial users and the projected use and cost for next year based on current rates and the requested rates. (Lukes)
35. Request Administration communicate with Mass. Electric Company and report regarding what lapses in electric service have occurred in the City in the past year with the duration, date and reason for failure of providing service. (Lukes)
- 7 - May 8, 2001
35a. Request Administration to provide more resources to expedite the street sweeping process. Motion-Patton @ #29CC – Adopted
35b. Request Administration to place a crosswalk on May St. at the Big Y Supermarket. Abraham – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
35c. Request the Department of Public Works to provide an opinion as to whether or not Pine View Ave. is impassable and unsafe, and if that is the case, a plan to correct the problem and if the street is determined to be passable, recommendations as to how the neighborhood might resolve this problem. Abraham – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
35d. Request the Zero Tolerance signs from last year be removed from the Crown Hill/Pleasant St. area. Nadeau, Irish – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
35e. Request report on the cement bases for signage that are not going to be used be removed and the timeframe for removal. Nadeau, Irish – Suspension of Rules – Adopted
35f. Request City Administration report if there is any policy or ordinance in place for grass seeding of all empty lots when buildings are demolished. Further, if there are regulations to fence all these lots, if not, to propose some for Council to look at. Nadeau – Suspension of Rules - Adopted
36-40 ADOPTED ON A ROLL CALL 9-0 (Murray, Petty absent)
36. DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: DELMONT AVENUE BETWEEN HAMILTON ST. AND BOWKER ST.
37. DECREE FOR ALTERATION OF: ORTON ST.
38. ORDER OF TAKING EASEMENTS FOR SEWER PURPOSES: BURGESS RD.
39. ORDER OF TAKING EASEMENTS FOR SEWER PURPOSES: STONEHAM RD. – ARBUTUS ST.
- 8 - May 8, 2001
40. ORDER OF TAKING EASEMENTS FOR SEWER PURPOSES: TEDDY RD.
41. NSTAR Gas Co. transmitting Condensed Financial Return for the year ended December 31, 2000.
Placed on file
42. James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting the following schedules as of March 31, 2001: Schedule of Bonds Payable, Schedule of Bonds Authorized and Unissued, Computation of Legal Debt Margin and Summary of Principal and Interest Due.
Referred to Municipal Operations Committee
43. Thomas R. Hoover, City Manager transmitting Fiscal Year 2002 Budget.
Referred to Finance for budget
44. 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.
- 9 - May 8, 2001
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION Upon the following Communications of the City Manager: recommend Communications be placed on file.
45. Transmitting the Abandoned Building Task Force Report. Also announcing the formation of a community wide task force to study the issues.
46. Transmitting communication relative to project at 65 King St. regarding SRO/Halfway House.
47. Transmitting communication relative to resale, size of property and names, abandoned and/or vacant lots from January 1998 to present.
48. Transmitting communication relative to the City receiving the status of “Certified Community” by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
49. Transmitting communication relative to “Housing the Single Adult Homeless”.
50. Transmitting communication relative to Police Officer in Public Housing Program.
51. Transmitting communication relative to the Neighborhood Cabinet.
52. Transmitting communication relative to the recent incident at 141 Chandler St.
- 10 - May 8, 2001
53. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION Upon the Communication of Robert Ebersole, Associate Director, Department of Housing and Community Development transmitting communication relative to Mass. Downtown Initiative: recommend Communication be placed on file.
54 VOTED TO ADVERTISE PROPOSED ORDINANCE
54. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ORDINANCES Upon the Report of the Planning Board upon the Petition of Attorney Jonathan Finkelstein on behalf of Francis W. Madigan, Jr. requesting City of Worcester to amend the Zoning Map by changing the zoning designation of property fronting Mason St. and shown on Assessors Map 6, Block 19, Lots 26 and 27 from RG-5 to MG-1.0: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.
55 GIVEN LEAVE TO WITHDRAW
55. REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Philip Niddrie, Chief Development Officer on behalf of the Planning Board requesting an amendment to the Worcester Zoning Ordinance adopted April 2, 1991 relative to Body Art Establishments.
56 REFERRED TO ORDINANCE COMMITTEE FOR A
56. REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Philip Niddrie, Chief Development Officer on behalf of the Planning Board requesting an amendment to the Worcester Zoning Ordinance relative to Landscaping Requirements for Parking Lots.
57 ORDAINED ON A ROLL CALL 9-0 (Murray, Petty absent)
57. Amending Chapter 8 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 relative to Mercury Fever Thermometers.
- 11 - May 8, 2001
58. 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)
59. Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to city employees serving on Boards and Commissions. (Tabled April 3, 2001)
MAY 10, 2001 STRATEGIC PLANNING COUNCIL CHAMBER
MAY 14, 2001 TRAFFIC & PARKING COUNCIL CHAMBER
MAY 16, 2001 ETHNIC & MINORITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
5:00 P.M. AFFAIRS
MAY 16, 2001 PUBLIC WORKS COUNCIL CHAMBER
MAY 23, 2001 HEALTH COUNCIL CHAMBER