CITY OF WORCESTER

CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL FEBRUARY 5, 2002

7:00 P.M.

Convened: 7:00 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:30 P.M.

 

 

1. INVOCATION - Rev. Daniel Becker, Associate Pastor

       St. Stephen's Church

 

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/STAR SPANGLED BANNER

 

3. ROLL CALL - All present except Councillor Lukes and Petty. Councillor Lukes arrived at 7:10 PM

 

4. PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO ALLMERICA FINANCIAL FOR THE GENEROUS NOVEMBER 20, 2001 DONATION IN THE AMOUNT OF $15,000 FOR THE DARE PROGRAM IN THE CITY OF WORCESTER.

 

David Portnoy accepted Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Allmerica

 

HEARINGS AND ORDERS - 7:00 P.M.

 

5 & 6 Hearings Held

 

5. CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location on: SHREWSBURY STREET. (Attachments)

 

6. CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location on: VERNON STREET. (Attachments)

 

5a & 6a ORDERS ADOPTED

 

5a. Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location on: SHREWSBURY STREET.

 

6a. Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location on: VERNON STREET.

 

FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS

 

7. Report of the City Manager relative to the status of Union Station Development, including but not limited to: 1. Intermodal Transportation 2. Parking Garage 3. Washington Square Traffic Configuration 4. Development inside Union Station 5. Development outside Union Station.

 

Held for First Item of Business February 12, 2002

 

8. ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST

 

9. ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

 

PETITIONS

 

10-15 REFERRED TO TRAFFIC & PARKING COMMITTEE

 

10. Juan Betancourt request handicap parking in front of 9 Douglas St. (Attachments)

 

11. Bryan Slack request to install No Parking 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. on Main St. south side from Goddard Memorial Drive to Curtis Parkway. (Attachments)

 

12. Stevenson Vo request resident parking on Hillside St. (Attachments)

 

13. Councillor Paul P. Clancy Jr. request appropriate truck ban signage to be posted at Cliff St. from Route 146 and Granite St. from Route 20. (Attachments)

 

14. Councillor Paul P. Clancy Jr. on behalf of Patricia Smith and Patricia Dunlap request stop sign on Tennyson St. at intersection of Whipple St. (Attachments)

 

15. Councillor Paul P. Clancy Jr. on behalf of Patricia Smith and Patricia Dunlap request No Parking Anytime, on either side of Whipple St. from Epworth St. to the dead end terminus of Whipple St. (Attachments)

 

15a. Mayor Timothy P. Murray on behalf of Richard Gotz request Department of Public Works resurface Oak Hill Road. Referred to Traffic & Parking - Suspension of Rules (Attachments)

 

15b. Mayor Timothy P. Murray request parking meters on Norwich St. be changed from 15 Minutes to One Hour Parking. Referred to Traffic & Parking - Suspension of Rules (Attachments)

 

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

 

16 & 17 FROM HEALTH - ORDERS ADOPTED

 

16. Request Administration report to the City Council relating to the work of the Heart Program including hours and days of the week that the program is operational, statistics about referrals of PIP clients to other facilities and/or programs, demographic tracking and anticipated significant population growth estimates. (Attachments)

 

17. Request Administration to provide the City Council with copies of the current and proposed bedding space for the PIP Shelter and statistics of recent occupancies at the Main Street location. (Attachments)

 

18 - 22 FROM HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION - ORDERS ADOPTED

 

18. Request Administration to review the current policies for the disposition of tax foreclosed properties comparing our policy with any additional allowances under State Law and make recommendations to the City Council to speed-up the process in the City of Worcester. (Attachments)

 

19. Request Administration provide the City Council with an update on the problem items referenced in the Manager's December, 2001 communication concerning the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Walk. (Attachments)

 

20. Request City Clerk to communicate with Chairpersons of the Massachusetts House and Senate Committees on Housing, the Speaker of the House and the Senate President the grave concerns of the Worcester City Council that a delay enacting a housing bond bill will bode badly for Worcester and other urban communities and exhorts them to move expeditiously. (Attachments)

 

21. Request Administration provide the City Council with an update of progress made to date with the ComNet initiative. (Attachments)

 

22. Request Administration post in an appropriate location on the City of Worcester's web site the policy of the City concerning the disposition of tax foreclosed properties. (Attachments)

 

ORDERS

 

23. Request Administration consider applying for recycling and economic development grants from the Chelsea Center made available by the University of Massachusetts and Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. (Murray) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

24. Request City Manager consider placing a notice in the excise tax bill regarding parking ban regulations. (Clancy) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

25. Request City Manager consider reversing the one way direction of traffic on Fairmont Avenue and Ingleside Avenue between Hamilton and Grafton Streets. (Clancy) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

26. Request City Manager report to Council on all requested traffic studies awaiting completion. (Clancy) (Attachments)

Order adopted

 

27. Request City Manager consider changing the traffic light at Grafton and Cutler Streets to blinking status during the morning and evening rush hours. (Clancy) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

28. Request Administration report on number of senior citizens in Worcester accessing senior citizen circuit breaker tax credit if possible. (Murray) (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

29. Request Administration provide the City Council with a progress report concerning improvements to the Barnyard Zoo at Green Hill Park. (Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

30. Request Park Commissioner provide the City Council with an estimated cost of the work that would need to be done to clean the pond at Green Hill Park (Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

31. Request Commissioner of Public Works provide the City Council with a detailed explanation of the several outside charges reflected in the calculation of the water and sewer rate billed to in-city and out-of-town consumers. (Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

32. Request City Manager report to Council on why the south end of Union Station was ignored for any potential development build-out. (Clancy, Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

33. Request City Manager report to Council on the feasibility of establishing a westbound turn onto Shrewsbury St. at the terminus of the I-290 Shrewsbury St. exit. (Clancy, Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

34. Request City Manager report to Council on why the current Harding Street access to Union Station is ignored in the current report, especially given the fact it is fully built out. (Clancy, Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

35. Request City Manager report to Council on why the current I-290 span over the eastbound lane of Shrewsbury St. and the former Front St. underpass of the P & W span wasn't considered as a possible route for the traffic design. (Clancy, Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

36. Request City Manager provide the City Council with a report identifying all events that have occurred in the re-opened Great Hall of Union Station, including city costs and income. (Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

37. Request City Manager request CIGNA meet with the City Council to determine their short and long term plans for the Worcester Common Outlets. (Palmieri) (Attachments)

 

Mayor Murray moved to amend: Further, request City Manager report who the point person is that the city is communicating with at CIGNA. Adopted, as amended

 

38. Request City Auditor report on annual profits filed by Health Insurance providers currently under contract with the City. (Murray) (Attachments)

 

Councillor Lukes moved to amend: Further, request City Manager provide City Council with information on corporate salary structure and benefits of the Health Insurance providers. Councillor Patton moved to further amend: Request Administration make a full presentation to the City Council in public session on the method used for calculating those rates and provide bi-weekly updates also. Councillor Gomez moved to further amend: Request Administration provide audited financials on the Health Insurance providers. Adopted, as amended

 

39. Request Administration consider pursing U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Juvenile Mentoring Program grant. (Murray, Perotto) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

40. Request Administration consider hosting a forum for residential real estate developers in order to encourage the development of housing in the City of Worcester. Such a forum should highlight the unmet regional demand for housing, the availability of development sites, the city's central geographic location, excellent infrastructure, mass transit and roadway system, high per capita income, excellent public school system and favorable regulatory climate. (Irish) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

41. Request Administration prepare for the City Council an inventory describing the real estate parcels in the City of Worcester available for residential development. (Irish) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

42. Request Administration report on the 50 highest tax delinquent real estate/personal property owners for the last three years. (Lukes) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

43. Request Administration report on the reason for the policy for installation of parking meters in retail/commercial areas and to include in the report what high traffic commercial/retail areas do not have parking meters. (Lukes) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

44. Request Administration report on the installation of new electronic parking meters, how many meters are planned for installation, the plan for replacement of the old meters, the location and the cost and source of funding, including anticipated costs of maintenance and repair. (Lukes) (Attachments)

Order adopted

 

45. Request Administration report on the differences and the reasons for the differences between the newly submitted Washington Square plan by WBDC and the plan submitted to the Worcester Redevelopment Authority by the Carlsisle Consulting Group, Inc. entitled "Union Station Area Development Implementation Strategy, Draft Final Report, January 1995". (Lukes) (Attachments)

 

Order adopted

 

45a. Request City Auditor to review health insurance proposals and report assessment to the City Council as to what it means to the budget as opposed to current costs. Motion Clancy @ #38 CC - Adopted (Attachments)

 

45b. Request City Manager report to City Council on the number of Year 2001 grant applications, renewals and awards. Motion Lukes @ #39 CC - Adopted (Attachments)

 

45c. Request City Manager to prepare and conduct a survey of businesses in the city to determine whether a favorable regulatory climate exists. Motion Lukes @ #40 CC - Adopted (Attachments)

 

45d. Request City Auditor to report to City Council potential deficits and gains at the mid year point of FY 2002. Motion Clancy @ #47 CC - Adopted (Attachments)

 

45e. Request City Manager to discuss and survey the merchants in the Federal Square area whether their preference is parking meters with time limit or no meters and provide the policy regarding parking meters in the commercial/retail areas. Motion Lukes @ #61 CC - Adopted (Attachments)

 

45f. Request Administration provide the City Council with a copy of the policy that is in place wherein the process for canceling or postponing classes in the Worcester Public Schools is delineated. Abraham - Suspension of Rules - Adopted (Attachments)

 

45g. Request City Manager to report on the status of the selection of the new Marketing Director and how the money paid to the Chamber of Commerce for marketing and tourism has been spent and the current balance remaining. Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Adopted (Attachments)

 

45h. Request City Manager to report on the status of the resolution of litigation with Green Hill Park Coalition. Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Adopted (Attachments)

 

45i. Request Administration provide a legal opinion on the February 1, 2002 event that was alleged in violation of the Open Meeting Law. Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Adopted (Attachments)

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

46. David J. Rushford, City Clerk transmitting communication relative to Marriage Records Statistics - Year 2001. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

47. James A. DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting Auditor's Report - December 31, 2001. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

48. RECESSED TO FINANCE & ORDINANCE: No Action Taken

 

a) #4B CM June 19, 2001

 

Communication of the City Manager relative to Breakdown of New Growth Figures over the past ten years. (Attachments)

 

b) #5A CM January 29, 2002

 

Communication of the City Manager relative to local aid figures included in the Governor's Budget for the City of Worcester for Fiscal 2003. (Attachments)

 

REPORTS

49 ACCEPTED & ORDER ADOPTED ON ROLL CALL 9-0 (Perotto & Petty Absent)

 

49. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to disposition of City owned property located at 809 Main St., 68 Ward St., 33 Merrick St., 5 Dudley Pl., 10 Ripley St., 36 Dale St., 124-125 Dewey St. and 2-4-6-(9) Blake St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying order. (Attachments)

 

50 - 58 ACCEPTED

 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION Upon the following Communications of the City Manager: recommend Communications be placed on file.

 

50. Transmitting communication relative to status of In-Fill Housing Project for South Worcester, 2-2A Douglas St. (Attachments)

 

51. Transmitting communication relative to the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Walk. (Attachments)

 

52. Transmitting communication relative to a citywide housing market study. (Attachments)

 

53. Transmitting communication relative to a citywide housing market study. (Attachments)

 

54. Transmitting communication relative to the Department of Housing and Community Development's Award of $720,000.00 in matching funds to the City's commitment of HOME funds for rehabilitation and sale of 24 units of housing to first-time, low to moderate income homebuyers and renters in the next eight to twelve months. (Attachments)

 

55. Transmitting communication relative to Worcester Redevelopment Authority's Audit Report. (Attachments)

 

56. Transmitting communication relative to the announcement of the annual HUD Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grant Award. (Attachments)

 

57. Transmitting communication relative to the Status of City's Housing Programs, Initiatives and Policies - FY 2001-2003. (Attachments)

 

58. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Article VII - Inclusionary Zoning and Density Bonuses to promote affordable housing: recommend Communication be referred to the Land Use Committee for consideration of amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to add density bonuses to promote affordable housing. (Attachments)

 

58a. REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON LAND USE Upon the Communication of the City Manager requesting adoption of an order relative to 5,503 square feet of land abutting property on Brantwood Rd.: recommend adoption of the accompanying order authorizing City Manager to execute a release deed relative to a parcel of land abutting 101 Brantwood Rd. Suspension of Rules - Order adopted - Reconsideration denied on voice vote (Attachments)

 

TO BE ORDAINED

 

59 ORDAINED ON ROLL CALL 9-0 (Perotto & Petty absent)

 

59. Amending Section 2 of Article III of the Worcester Zoning Ordinance adopted April 2, 1991 relative to a zone change in the area of Bancroft St. (Attachments)

 

TABLED ITEMS

 

60 - 62 Taken Off Table & Referred to Traffic & Parking

 

60. Petition of Councillor Philip P. Palmieri request installation of an over-sized sign directing motorists onto Shrewsbury St. to be added to the existing Downtown directional sign located at the intersection of Belmont, Shrewsbury and Aitchison Sts. (Attachments)

 

61. Petition of Councillor Philip P. Palmieri on behalf of Carl Swirsky of Sylvia's Dress Shop request the installation of parking meters in Main St. from 507 to 545, from 553 to 563 and in front of the Denholm Building and also in Southbridge St. from 30 to 36 so that merchants can realize better turnover of the small number of on-street parking spaces. (Attachments)

62. Petition of Councillor Philip P. Palmieri on behalf of Belmont Community School Parent's Group request the installation of a blinking yellow pedestrian light in front of the Belmont Community School. (Attachments)

 

Councillor Palmieri moved to amend: Also on existing Downtown sign on Belmont St. at intersection of Belmont & Shrewsbury Sts.

 

SCHEDULED MEETINGS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES

 

 

FEBRUARY 4, 2002 PUBLIC WORKS SAXE ROOM

7:00 P.M. FIRST FLOOR

PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

FEBRUARY 5, 2002 LAND USE COUNCIL CHAMBER

6:45 P.M. Re: Sale of Land - Brantwood Rd.

 

FEBRUARY 11, 2002 COMMERCE &   COUNCIL CHAMBER

5:00 - 7:00 P.M. DEVELOPMENT

Re: Union Station & Washington Square

 

 

FEBRUARY 11, 2002 PUBLIC SAFETY COUNCIL CHAMBER

7:00 P.M.

 

 

FEBRUARY 12, 2002 HEALTH COUNCIL CHAMBER

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. Re: Oral Health

 

FEBRUARY 13, 2002 MUNICIPAL ROOM 310 CITY HALL

6:30 P.M. OPERATIONS

 

 

FEBRUARY 25, 2002 PUBLIC WORKS COUNCIL CHAMBER

7:00 P.M.

 

 

FEBRUARY 26, 2002 HEALTH COUNCIL CHAMBER

5:30 - 7:00 P.M. Re: AIDS/HIV Committee Report

 

FEBRUARY 27, 2002 COMMERCE &           COUNCIL CHAMBER

5:00 - 7:00 P.M. DEVELOPMENT

Re: Union Station & Washington Square

 

 

FEBRUARY 27, 2002 TRAFFIC & PARKING COUNCIL CHAMBER

7:00 P.M.

 

 

MARCH 12, 2002 HEALTH               COUNCIL CHAMBER

5:30 - 7:00 P.M.