CITY OF WORCESTER
CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT
JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL NOVEMBER 19, 2002
Convened: 7:05 P.M.
Adjourned: 10:25 P.M.
1. INVOCATION - Rev. Thomas Schade
First Unitarian Church
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/STAR SPANGLED BANNER
3. ROLL CALL All present
TAX CLASSIFICATION HEARING - 7:00 P.M.
4. To determine tax rates for residential, commercial, industrial and personal properties for Fiscal 2003. (Attachments)
The Mayor opened the Tax Classification Hearing at 7:10 P.M.
Speaking in favor of the lowest residential tax rate were:
Leonard Ciuffredo, 289 Harrington Way
William Swartz, 8 Bailin Dr.
Anthony Petrone, 49 Wilson St.
Wayne Griffin, 12 Chamberlain Parkway
Peter Caparso, 4 Wheeler Ave.
Steven Gordon, 4 Old Colony Rd.
Jose Zayas, Upland Gardens Dr.
Speaking in favor of a more favorable commercial rate were:
Theodore Coughlin, 68 Gates Rd.
Julie Jacobson, 13 Brigham Rd., Paxton
Gerald Gates, 5 Clearings Way, Princeton
Mark McNamara, 28 Kanes Crossing
Paul Barbour, 24 Brantwood Rd.
Mark Love, 41 Hancock Hill Dr.
Walter Thomas, 19 Bailin Dr.
Ed Bourgault, 822 Pleasant St.
Chris Liazos, 5 Townsend St.
Councillor Clancy made a Motion to set the Residential Tax Rate at $15.34 and the Commercial Tax Rate at $34.28.
Councillor Gomez made a Motion to set the Residential Tax Rate at $17.31 and the Commercial Tax Rate at $27.45.
Councillor Abraham made a Motion to set the Residential Tax Rate at $16.16 and the Commercial Tax Rate at $31.44.
Councillor Irish made a Motion to set the Residential Tax Rate at $16.87 and the Commercial Tax Rate at $28.94.
Mayor Murray took up the Motions in order of the highest Residential Tax Rate to the lowest:
Gomez Motion Residential $17.31 Commercial $27.45 Denied on a roll call vote of 1 Yea (Gomez) and 10 Nays.
Irish Motion Residential $16.87 Commercial $28.94 Denied on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas (Gomez, Irish, Patton) and 8 Nays (Abraham, Clancy, Haller, Lukes, Palmieri, Perotto, Petty, Murray)
Abraham Motion Residential $16.16 Commercial $31.44 Voted on a roll call vote of 6 Yeas (Abraham, Gomez, Irish, Perotto, Petty, Murray) and 5 Nays (Clancy, Haller, Lukes, Palmieri, Patton)
Clancy Motion Residential $15.34 Commercial $34.28 Not Put
5. Communication of the City Manager relative to Fiscal Year 2003 Tax Rate Options. (Attachments)
Placed on file
6. Communication of the City Manager relative to Average Assessments and Tax Bills. (Attachments)
Placed on file
7. Communication of the City Manager relative to Assessment/Classification and Tax Base Growth Report - Fiscal 2003. (Attachments)
Placed on file
8. ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST
8a. ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST
9. Walter J. Dauderis request that a portion of Woodcliffe Ave. from it's current terminus to my residence at 20 Woodcliffe Ave. be restored to the Official Map as it was left off in error when the map was adopted on June 9, 1953. (Attachments)
10. John Lapin request 8 sanitary sewer extension on Tory Fort Lane a distance of 122 from terminus of existing sewer to service proposed single family home on Lot 23. (Attachments)
11-14 REFERRED TO TRAFFIC & PARKING COMMITTEE
11. Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr. on behalf of Rev. Joseph A. Adamo request No Parking on Dorchester St. from corner of Vernon St. to end of Ascension Rectory. (Attachments)
12. Yefim Pozdniakov request handicap parking at 11 Edwidge St. (Attachments)
13. Dominic Guiliani et al request handicap parking in front of 17 Creston St. (Attachments)
14. Karl Spears request handicap parking in front of 7 King Philip Rd. (Attachments)
14a. Mayor Timothy Murray request one additional handicap parking space at Probate Court on Harvard St. located behind the Auditorium. Suspension of Rules Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee (Attachments)
15-18 Councillor Haller recused on a roll call 8-0 (Irish, Lukes absent) HEARINGS SET FOR NOVEMBER 26, 2002 7:00 P.M.
15. Massachusetts Electric for electric conduit location on: GROVE ST. (Attachments)
16. Massachusetts Electric for electric conduit location on: BELLEVUE ST. (Attachments)
17. Massachusetts Electric for electric conduit location on: ELLSWORTH ST. (Attachments)
18. Massachusetts Electric AND VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for joint pole re-location on: MILL ST. (Attachments)
18a. Request Administration to report if updated property values may be released annually before the tax classification hearing. Motion-Patton @ #4CC Adopted (Attachments)
18b. Request City Manager to provide a legal opinion on whether, as a City Council, a tax classification vote can be taken at the time of the budget and what impediments there would be to taking that vote. Motion-Lukes @ #4CC Adopted (Attachments)
18c. Request City Manager report to City Council at the November 26, 2002 City Council meeting on the timeframe for the 25% design phase for Union Station. Motion-Clancy @ #8B CM Adopted (Attachments)
18d. Request City Manager to provide City Council with the design for the revised location for the bus ports at Union Station and the agreement with CIGNA for demolition of the ramps at the Worcester Common Outlet and what CIGNAs understanding is of portals, what their expectations are and whether there are any financial stipulations. Motion-Patton @ #8B CM Adopted (Attachments)
18e. Request City Manager to provide a coordinated plan of how employees who provide planning services can interact at one location. Motion-Clancy @ #18A CM Adopted (Attachments)
18f. Request City Manager to report on the status and timeframe for repair of the wall at the Dartmouth St. Multiple Intelligence School. Motion-Perotto @ #29B CM Adopted (Attachments)
18g. That the City Council meet in Executive Session on December 3, 2002 at 6:30 P.M. Motion-Palmieri @ #22CC Adopted (Attachments)
18h. Request City Manager to contact Mass. Highway concerning the condition of the sidewalk on the Route 9 Bridge. Perotto Suspension of Rules
Councillor Palmieri requested to amend to add his name as Author. Adopted, as amended (Attachments)
18i. Request City Manager to work with the City Clerk to organize a reception for Worcesters own P.A.T. Expo Bound Pool Team. Gomez Suspension of Rules - Adopted (Attachments)
18j. Request City Manager to research ownership, tax status and clean up property located at 374 Pleasant St. Murray, Haller Suspension of Rules Adopted (Attachments)
18k. Request City Manager apply for Urban Self Help Grant to assist with the construction of Goddard Memorial Park prior to June 1, 2003. Murray, Abraham Suspension of Rules Adopted (Attachments)
18L. Request City Manager to contact the appropriate MBTA officials and report at the November 26, 2002 City Council meeting on the resolution of problems with the MBTA train service in Worcester. Murray Suspension of Rules
Councillor Palmieri moved to amend to also contact the State Representatives and Senators. Adopted, as amended (Attachments)
19. COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
THOMAS R. HOOVER
CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR FOR NOVEMBER 19, 2002
1. NON-CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION:
2. CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION:
A. Communication relative to Tax Classification Hearing. (Attachments)
Placed on file
5. BUDGET OFFICE:
A. Communication relative to Financial Statistics of the City for the last Ten Years. (Attachments)
Placed on file
6. CODE ENFORCEMENT:
8. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
A. Communication relative to Progress Report Relative to Outreach Program. (Attachments)
Placed on file
B. Communication relative to Union Station Update. (Attachments)
Referred to Commerce & Development Committee and Public
9. ELDER AFFAIRS:
10. ELECTION COMMISSION:
11. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
12. EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING:
14. HUMAN RESOURCES:
15. HUMAN RIGHTS:
17. LICENSE COMMISSION:
18. NEIGHNBORHOOD SERVICES:
A. Recommend that the table of organization for the Executive Office of Neighborhood Services be hereby amended by adding the following position:
Title Pay Grade
Staff Assistant III 37
and deleting the following position:
Title Pay Grade
Principal Clerk 27
Furthermore, I recommend that Four Thousand Three Hundred Twenty Dollars and Twenty Nine Cents ($4,320.29) be transferred from Account #900-91000, City Managers Contingency Account to Account #044-91000, Executive Office of Neighborhood Services Personnel Services Account, for the tax levy portion of the position for the remainder of fiscal year 2003. (Attachments)
Two Orders adopted on a roll call 11-0
Also referred to Municipal Operations Committee for informational purposes
B. SUPPLEMENTAL Communication relative to filing legislation for consideration during the 2003 session of the Great and General Court. (Attachments)
Order adopted on a roll call 11-0
19. PARKS, RECREATION & CEMETERY:
21. PUBLIC HEALTH:
22. PUBLIC LIBRARY:
23. PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
24. PUBLIC WORKS:
26. TECHNICAL SERVICES:
28. VETERANS SERVICES:
A. Recommend that Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C784, Parks Improvement, and appropriated to Account #72C702, Parks Improvement, for the payment of contractual obligations for the installation of a memorial/learning center at Goddard Memorial/Cider Hill Conservation area, as approved in the fiscal 2002 Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)
Order adopted on a roll call 10-0 (Haller absent)
B. Recommend that Two Hundred Sixty Four Thousand Dollars ($264,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C711, Citywide Building Rehabilitation, and appropriated to Account #50C704, Worcester Public School Building Rehabilitation, for the payment of various contractual obligations for the Worcester Public School building rehabilitation projects, as approved in the Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)
20. Roberta Schaefer, Executive Director, Worcester Regional Research Bureau transmitting Benchmarking Economic Development in Worcester: 2002. (Attachments)
Referred to Commerce & Development Committee
21. Worcester Regional Research Bureau transmitting Questions and Comments on Worcesters Housing Market Study. (Attachments)
Referred to Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Committee
22. David M. Moore, City Solicitor transmitting Judgment on Findings of the Court in the case of Indian Hill Associates, Inc. v. City of Worcester and Findings of Fact, Rulings of Law and Order for Judgment which explains the reasoning of the court for its judgment. (Attachments)
City Manager Hoover recused himself and left the Chamber
Item held for Executive Session on December 3, 2002 at 6:30 P.M.
23. RECESS TO FINANCE AND ORDINANCE: No Items Pending
NOVEMBER 18, 2002 TRAFFIC & COUNCIL CHAMBER
6:00 P.M. PARKING
DECEMBER 3, 2002 HEALTH COUNCIL CHAMBER
Presentation by Health Foundation of Central Mass.
DECEMBER 5, 2002 COMMERCE & QUINSIGAMOND SCHOOL
6:007:00 P.M. DEVELOPMENT QUINSIGAMOND ROOM
832 MILLBURY ST.
Re: Agreement with Providence & Worcester Railroad and
Liberty Properties Corp.
DECEMBER 5, 2002 LAND USE QUINSIGAMOND SCHOOL
7:00-9:00 P.M. QUINSIGAMOND ROOM
832 MILLBURY ST
RE: Review of Proposed Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance
DECEMBER 17, 2002 HEALTH COUNCIL CHAMBER
Presentation by Dr. John Sullivan and HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis C Task Force
NOVEMBER 26, 2002 6:00-7:00 P.M.
RECEPTION FOR CANDIDATES FOR
ELECTION TO THE LIBRARY BOARD
OF TRUSTEES THIRD FLOOR CITY HALL
DECEMBER 3, 2002 - 7:00 P.M.
ELECTION OF TWO MEMBERS TO THE
LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES