CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Council Chamber

Convened: 7:10 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:54 P.M.


Mayor
Konstantina B. Lukes

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Michael V. O'Brien

City Auditor
James A. DelSignore

Councilors

Paul P. Clancy Jr. William J. Eddy
Michael J. Germain Barbara G. Haller
Philip P. Palmieri Joseph M. Petty City Clerk
David J. Rushford
Gary Rosen Frederick C. Rushton
Joffrey A. Smith Kathleen M. Toomey
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

INVOCATION - Reverend Richard Reidy, St. Paul's Cathedral

2.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

3.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER - ALEXANDRA MILLS

4.

ROLL CALL - All present except Councilor Petty and the Mayor in the chair

5.

HEARING & ORDER

5a.

Hearing - NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC for joint or identical pole location in: KENNEBEC ST.

Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC for joint or identical pole location in: KENNEBEC ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held/Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

6.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE

6a.

#8.30A CM July 17, 2007
Communication of the City Manager transmitting the City's Five Year Capital Improvement Program.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6b.

#10.37C CM August 14, 2007
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6c.

#8.6A CM August 28, 2007
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the adoption and implementation of Chapter 32B, Section 18.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6d.

#8.28A CM August 28, 2007
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion as to the City Council's legal jurisdiction and powers regarding the City budget for FY 2008 which has been previously voted by City Council.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6e.

#5b CC September 25, 2007
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding a Financial Update of the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6f.

#8.30A CM December 3, 2007
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding an update on the City's Five Year Plan and Quarterly Report.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6g.

#9a CC December 18, 2007 Communication of the City Auditor transmitting communication relative to the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6h.

#16a CC January 8, 2008 Communication of the City Auditor transmitting communication relative to the November 2007 Auditor's Report.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6i.

#13a CC January 29, 2008
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the Five Point January 2008 Financial Plan Update.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6j.

#13b CC January 29, 2008 Communication of the City Auditor transmitting communication relative to a financial analysis of the City's General Fund and Enterprise Funds.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6k.

#10.30A CM February 12, 2008
Communication of the City Manager transmitting Informational Communication Regarding the Commonwealth's Proposed Fiscal Year 09 Spending Plan.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6l.

#13a CC February 12, 2008
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting communication relative to the December 2007 Auditor's Report.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6m.

#10.30A CM February 26, 2008
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Mid-Year Review of Fiscal Year 2008 Health Insurance Reforms enacted for the City and School Department.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6n.

#10.31A CM February 26, 2008
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Analysis of Outsourcing Certain City Trade Labor Services.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6o.

#12b CC February 26, 2008
Order of Councilor Paul P. Clancy, Jr. and Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Council's Standing Committee on Finance meet with a representative from Sullivan & Rogers, LLC for an exit interview on latest audits.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6p.

#13a CC February 26, 2008
Communication of City Auditor transmitting communication relative to January 2008 Auditor's Report.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6q.

#10.30B CM February 26, 2008
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Historic Trends in State and Federal Funding.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6r.

#10b CC March 18, 2008
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting communication relative to the February 2008 Auditor's Report.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6s.

#5a CC March 25, 2008
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting communication relative to a financial analysis of the City's General Fund and Enterprise Funds.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6t.

#7.38A CM April 1, 2008
Communication of the City Manager transmitting Communication Relative to a Cost Comparison of the Expenditures of the Election Commission Prior to and Since its Merger with the City Clerk's Department.

Attachments

No action taken

 

6u.

#9a CC April 15, 2008
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting the March 2008 Auditor's Report.

Attachments

No action taken

 

7.

ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST

7a.

Mayor Lukes read a Proclamation declaring May 2008 as Community Action Month - Councilor Rushton presented the proclamation to School Committee Member John Foley, Chair person of the Community Action Council, who addressed the Council.

 

8.

ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

9.

PETITIONS

9a.

Gordon Davis on behalf of Worcester PeaceWorks request to seek payment in lieu of taxes from all Military Establishments including bases and recruiting offices through the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program.

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 

9b.

Joan Faneuf & Philomena Powers request sidewalk repair from #121 to #125 Perry Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9c.

James Lennon request to resurface Havelock Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9d.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey on behalf of Jim and Rosemary Marshall request that the broken wooden guardrail in the west side of Haviland St. near the intersection with Institute Rd. be replaced as soon as possible.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9e.

Councilor William J. Eddy on behalf of Marianne Bergenholtz request to construct sidewalks in the west side of Flagg St. from Chiltern Ave. to Aylesbury Rd. to provide safety to children walking to and from Flagg St. School.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9f.

Lynda Skerry request to change the winter parking ban on Brandon Rd., from Fairhaven Rd. to Quinapoxet Lane, from the odd number to the even number side of the street.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9g.

Jose Torres request handicap parking sign in front of 67 Oread St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9h.

Councilor Gary Rosen and Councilor William J. Eddy request the 20 MPH signs that were removed from Mill St. in the vicinity of the Mill Swan School be reinstalled out of concern for public safety.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9i.

Anne Sak request the area from the corner of Strathmore Rd. to 24 Cargill St. be designated for handicap parking.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9j.

Councilor Philip P. Palmieri request the abandoned panel truck in Holland Rink be removed in the interest of public safety and request to paint the fence around the basketball court.

Attachments

Referred to City Manager

 

9k.

Nancy Pare request to address the City Council on the subject of the budget at the April 29, 2008 City Council meeting.

Attachments

Mayor Lukes recognized the Petitioner and David LeBoeuf, Class President of South High School and suspended the rules to allow them to address City Council. - Petition was Placed on file

 

9l.

Susan Moynagh request City Council review the possible closing of the Providence St. Fire Station, it would not be in the best interest of the public to close this station. Further, request to address City Council concerning this issue.

Attachments

Mayor Lukes recognized the Petitioner and suspended the rules to allow her to address City Council - Petition Referred to Public Safety Committee, Public Safety Committee

 

10.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

10a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Manager request the WRTA provide City Council with solutions to the safety concerns of transit riders in the vicinity of Notre Dame du Lac on Plantation Street.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Manager request the WRTA provide City Council with the list of the six holidays on which there is proposed to be no transit service and to compare in contrast the costs of service on those days with regular weekday service.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11.

ORDERS

11a.

Request City Manager report to City Council regarding the status of the planned redevelopment of the property formerly owned by the Knights of Columbus in Columbus Park. (Germain, Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11b.

Request City Manager consider the feasibility of developing and implementing a city shade tree planting program similar in structure to that proposed recently with reference to the repaving of sidewalks. (Germain)

Attachments

Motion Palmieri to amend: Further, request to consider developing a program for the selling of compost and use the proceeds for the planting of trees. Order adopted as amended

 

11c.

Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Public Health & Human Services review the challenges faced by the city's tobacco control unit, inspection and enforcement programs, including the education and compliance components which the city conducts by law and by state grant in Worcester and in 21 additional cities and towns. (Rosen, Haller)

Attachments

Order adopted and Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 

11d.

Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Public Health & Human Services review the initiative petition presently before the Massachusetts legislature that seeks to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. If the legislature does not pass the measure by May 7, 2008, it must appear on the ballot in November 2008.(Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted and Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 

11e.

Request City Manager provide City Council with the number of citations issued during the 2007-2008 winter for un-shoveled sidewalks and whether that same program will be in place for the 2008-2009 winter. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11f.

Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the efforts that will be made to encourage building owners and their commercial tenants on Main St. between City Hall and the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts to improve their building facades and to open businesses that will better serve the large theater crowds coming from Worcester and the surrounding communities. (Rosen, Germain)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11g.

Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the steps that can be taken to revive the downtown business and neighborhood association whose meetings were held during 2006 and 2007 at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11h.

Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services survey and discuss what is being done to provide services to our veterans who are and will be returning to Worcester from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted and Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 

11i.

Request City Manager work with our state delegation to explore the feasibility of creating and opening a UMass School of Law in Worcester at Lincoln Square in the former court facility and in the Worcester Memorial Auditorium and any additional parcels that might be necessary to bring this project to reality. (Smith, Toomey, Clancy, Germain)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11j.

Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services discuss the civil defense plan, including the biological contamination research and response center that Dr. Robert J. Tashjian and others propose to build on his 200-acre Malden Brook Farm off Prospect St., West Boylston. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted and Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 

11k.

Request City Manager study options at Bennett Field in coordination with the DCM improvements to the Bennett Field Pool. (Eddy, Petty, Germain)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11l.

Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services Committee review Senate Bill 2518 "An Act Relative to Children's Mental Health". This omnibus bill would reform the childrenís mental health system in Massachusetts. This legislation will identify mental illness in children earlier by reaching them in familiar and easily accessible settings, especially schools, early education programs, and pediatricians' offices; ensure that when identified, the illness is treated in the least restrictive, appropriate setting; improve insurance coverage for children with mental health needs; and restructure the oversight, evaluation and provision children's mental health services administered by the State. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted and Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 

11m.

Request City Manager report to City Council regarding the status of an RFP process or any process for the transfer or future use of the former Court House. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11n.

DECREE MAKE PUBLIC - EASTVIEW DRIVE

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

11o.

DECREE MAKE PUBLIC - FOURTH STREET

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

11p.

DECREE MAKE PUBLIC - JEREMIAH'S LANE

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

12.

COMMUNICATIONS

12a.

James A. DelSignore, City Auditor, transmitting communication relative to information on the administrative fees paid from City's Health Insurance Trust Fund that was started in fiscal 2004.

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 

12b.

Michael V. O'Brien, City Manager, transmitting communication regarding Airport Grant obligations.

Attachments

Placed on file

 

13.

RESOLUTIONS

13a.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby establishes the Worcester Eruv District.(Lukes)

Attachments

Mayor Lukes read the Resolution - Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent) - Mayor Lukes recognized Attorney Marsha Tenneanbaum, who was present to accept this Resolution, who addressed the City Council.

 

13b.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby recognizes and thanks Gerry Bergeron and the employees of GM Bergeron Inc for the generous construction of dugouts at the ball fields on Ararat Street in the Indian Hill neighborhood. (Smith)

Attachments

Resolution adopted

 

13c.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby recognizes May 7, 2008 as SCHOOL NURSE DAY in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and encourages all Worcester residents to take special note of their contributions to all of our residents. (Rosen)

Attachments

Resolution adopted

 

13d.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby recognizes and supports the great work of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. in itís great mission of placing children in permanent adoptive homes and for educating the public of the needs of all children to find ďa place to call HOMEĒ. (Toomey)

Attachments

Resolution adopted

 

14.

REPORTS OF THE PLANNING BOARD

14a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Joseph Minkos et al request to make public Arrowsic St.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of David Seibold request private street conversion of private portion of Carter Rd.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14c.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Hoang Do & Anna Hinh request to convert Laureldale St. from private to public street.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14d.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Robert Dupre of W.B. Realty, LLC request the acceptance of Marissa Circle as a public way.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14e.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Nancy Tibbetts et al request to make public Onset St.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14f.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Sylvia Cousins request to make public Sherer Trail.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14g.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of James Venincasa request to accept as a public street developer's portion of Winifred Ave.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14h.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Chairman's Order from the Committee on Traffic & Parking request that private portion of Revere St. be made public.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14i.

REPORTS OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Lisa Buteau request to make public Heroult Rd.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

14j.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Councilor Juan Gomez on behalf of Rosa Rosabal request that the private portion of Lakewood St. be converted to a public street.

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to table the item be Tabled Under Privilege - Approved

 

15.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

15a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a modification to the Proposed Adult Entertainment Zoning Ordinance: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance as amended.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication recommending City Council review, deliberation and adoption of the attached Zoning Ordinance Amendment relative to the City's Adult Entertainment Zoning Ordinance: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE & TRANSPORTATION

16a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Worcester Regional Transit Authority Northwest Flex Route Option: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

16b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - request the Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation meet with representatives of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority to obtain information concerning the many route changes that have been implemented already this year, and, also concerning those that are anticipated to be implemented in the Fall of 2006: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Chairman's Order from the Committee on Traffic & Parking - Request Public Service and Transportation Committee consider routing the existing bus route on Plantation St. so that it drops off passengers within the Notre Dame du Lac facilities off Plantation St., when requested: recommend Chairman's Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication from Stephen F. O'Neil, Administrator of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the Worcester Regional Transit Authority Board vote relative to state funding and proposed service reductions: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of Michael V. O'Brien, City Manager, transmitting informational communication regarding the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) budget as received from Stephen F. O'Neil, Executive Director of the WRTA: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the WRTA Fiscal Year 2009 Budget: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Petition of Dr. Dawn Clark request the City Council's Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation meet to recommend to the full City Council a comprehensive response to the Worcester Regional Transit Authority's service changes that may be implemented in calendar 2008: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

17.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC & PARKING

17a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Robin Hornbaker request residential parking on Brooks St. across from 58 Brooks St. in the area next to Joe Schwartz Little League Field: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

18.

TO BE ORDAINED

18a.

Amend the Revised Ordinances of 1996 relative to Expedited Permitting for Priority Development Sites.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18b.

Amending the Worcester Zoning Ordinance adopted April 2, 1991 relative to Priority Site Development.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18c.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to provide for Handicap Parking on Fairmont Ave. adjacent to 516 Grafton St.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18d.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to provide for Handicap Parking in front of 17 Shamrock St.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18e.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to provide for Handicap Parking in front of 117 Eastern Ave.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18f.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to rescind Handicap Parking in front of 34 Florence St.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18g.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to rescind Handicap Parking in front of 51 Beaver St.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18h.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to rescind Handicap Parking in front of 51 Beaver St.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18i.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to rescind Handicap Parking in front of 5 Gilman St.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18j.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to provide for a standard declared winter ban on the island side of Institute Rd. between 45 to 55 Institute Rd.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18k.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to rescind No Parking Anytime opposite 86 Austin St. from the bus stop west.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

18l.

Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to change Parking Meters time limit on odd side of Harvard St. from a one hour limit to a two hour limit similar to the even side of Harvard St.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent)

 

19.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

19a.

Communication of the City Manager recommend City Council Adoption of Two (2) Resolutions to Apply For and Accept Grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission (MAC) for the Construction of an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). (Tabled Under Privilege - Clancy April 15, 2008)

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to take the items off the Table - Approved Two Resolutions adopted on a roll call vote of 7 Yeas and 3 Nays (Yeas - Eddy, Haller, Rosen, Rushton, Smith, Toomey, Lukes) (Nays - Clancy, Germain, Palmieri) (Petty absent) - Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 7 Nays (Yeas - Clancy, Germain, Palmieri) (Nays - Eddy, Haller, Rosen, Rushton, Smith, Toomey, Lukes) (Petty absent)

 

19b.

Communication of the City Manager recommend City Council Adoption of Two (2) Resolutions to Apply for and Accept Grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission (MAC) for Runway Reconstruction at Worcester Regional Airport. (Tabled Under Privilege - Clancy April 15, 2008)

Attachments

Motion Clancy - Request to take the items off the Table - Approved Two Resolutions adopted on a roll call vote of 7 Yeas and 3 Nays (Yeas - Eddy, Haller, Rosen, Rushton, Smith, Toomey, Lukes) (Nays - Clancy, Germain, Palmieri) (Petty absent) - Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 7 Nays (Yeas- Clancy, Germain, Palmieri) (Nays - Eddy, Haller, Rosen, Rushton, Smith, Toomey, Lukes) (Petty absent)

 

20.

TABLED ITEMS

20a.

Order of Mayor Timothy P. Murray - That the ordinance relative to the Police Department License Board as it relates to taxi regulations be rescinded. (Tabled - Murray April 25, 2006)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20b.

Communication of the City Manager recommending the Adoption of a Loan Order in the amount of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) to be appropriated to Account #91C778, Providence Street Tot Lot, for the purpose of funding the construction of the planned playground at Providence Street. (Tabled - Lukes July 17, 2007)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20c.

Grant permission to NATIONAL GRID for conduit system in KANSAS ST. (Tabled - September 18, 2007)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20d.

Order of Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager report to City Council whether a claims process exists which is available to commercial users who experience electric power outages and surges caused by National Grid. (Tabled - Lukes February 26, 2008)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20e.

Order of Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager report on the number and location of National Grid equipment stations located on public property, whether the City receives any revenue from the use of public land, and if not, whether the city can charge for said use. (Tabled - Lukes February 26, 2008)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20f.

Order of Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager report to City Council regarding National Grid services in the city based on data filed with the Department of Telecommunications and Energy specifically addressing the number of outages, the locations of the outages, causes of the outages and the fines, if any, paid by National Grid in 2007. (Tabled - Lukes February 26, 2008)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20g.

Petition of NATIONAL GRID for cable and conduit system in: PLANTATION ST., CLARENDON ST. & ALMONT AVE. (Tabled - Palmieri March 18, 2008)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20h.

Proposed Ordinance amending the Montvale Historic District by the adoption of a new map enlarging the District. (Tabled Under Privilege - Palmieri March 25, 2008)

Attachments

No action taken

 

21.

SUSPENSION OF RULES

21a.

Motion Rosen @ #9k CC - Should two members of the Committee on Municipal Operations be recused from discussing items concerning retirees health insurance concerning Medicare Part B and MGL Chapter 32B, Section 19 pending in this City Council's Standing Committee, request the City Council refer these items to the Committee on Public Health & Human Services.

Attachments

Motion Clancy and Rushton - Request to be recused from the discussion relative to the referral of the health insurance items concerning Medicare Part B and MGL Chapter 32B, Section 19 from the Committee on Municipal Operations to the Committee on Public Health and Human Services. - Approved on a roll call vote of 8 Yeas and 0 Nays (Petty absent) Motion Germain - Request the Mayor keep the items relative to retirees health insurance concerning Medicare Part B and MGL Chapter 32B, Section 19 in the Committee on Municipal Operations and further, request the Mayor to add two members to replace the members who need to be recused. Councilor Rosen's Order denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and Ten Nays. Councilor Germain's Order adopted on a voice vote

 

21b.

Motion Clancy @ #9l CC - Request the Mayor refer any future communication from the City Manager relative to the status of the Providence St. Fire Station to the City Council's Standing Committee on Public Safety for a hearing and further, request the Committee on Public Safety have this hearing concerning this item at the Senior Center.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

21c.

Motion Toomey @ #11i CC - Request City Manager inform the Commonwealth of potential facilities available for use by State agencies such as the Department of Education.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

21d.

Motion Clancy @ #14a-14j CC - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report as to how the city plans to address the backlog of private street conversions.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

21e.

Motion Haller - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager report to City Council on crosswalk safety strategies. Further, request report prior to the next committee meeting for Public Safety.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

21f.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager to request the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works and Parks to report to the City Council concerning the practice of street sweeping personnel honking their horns in a neighborhood as a means of notifying residents to remove their parked vehicles from the street to allow sweeping to take place, and, further request that he report concerning the allegations that sweeping does not always occur when the residents clear the street of vehicles in this manner. Further, request that the written policy of posting signs in advance of street sweeping be provided in this report.

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Order adopted

 

21g.

Motion Germain - Suspension of Rules - Request the Mayor request the School Committee review the laws and regulations concerning the busing of school children to determine if changes can be made that could result in any cost saving measures.

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Order adopted