CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Council Chamber

Convened: 7:05 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:44 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.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER - ALEXANDRA MILLS

3.

ROLL CALL - All present and Mayor in the Chair

4.

PRESENTATION

4a.

RESOLUTION - 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

Mayor Lukes read the resolution and Councilor Toomey addressed City Council and presented the resolution to Lisa Funaro Executive Director of MARE who expressed her gratitude to City Council.

 

5.

FIRST ITEMS OF BUSINESS

5a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report - May 2008.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee, Public Service and Transportation Committee and Public Works Committee

 

5b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to monthly Economic Development Division's (EDD) small business retention and recruitment efforts and other coordinated City activities - May 2008.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 

6.

ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST

7.

ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

John Russell request abatement of street betterment assessment #24697 in the amount of $10,105.41 on Seattle St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8b.

Leah Leone et al request emergency private street maintenance in Evelyn St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8c.

Paul Santolucito et al request City take responsibility for repairing the inlet drain located behind 7 Deborah Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8d.

Councilor Paul P. Clancy Jr. request City construct sidewalks on Providence St. between Spurr and Ames Sts.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8e.

Donna Keegan request the traffic light on Park Ave. at the end of Elm St. be revised to allow for pedestrians to cross safely.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8f.

Councilor William J. Eddy request a two ton weight truck limit be installed in Prouty Lane from Airport Road to Bailey Street.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8g.

Councilor William J. Eddy on behalf of residents of Prouty Lane request that Prouty Lane from Airport Dr. to Bailey St. be made one-way outbound in the interest of public safety.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8h.

Brian Witt request installation of one handicap parking space at 484 Main St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8i.

Councilor Paul P. Clancy Jr. on behalf of Monique Tebo request Caution Children signs on Buffum St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8j.

Councilor Paul P. Clancy Jr. on behalf of Marissa Defeo request stop sign on Pilgrim Ave. at Cohasset St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8k.

Juan Gomez request City Administration investigate case of bate & switch on the part of Charter Communications during a recent promotional campaign during which they promoted a rate for their "Charter Bundle" and immediately upon the first monthly bill began to charge full rate for separate elements of that promotion. Further, request to inquire as to the quality of customer service given to Worcester residents when they call their "800" number for customer service.

Attachments

Mayor Lukes recognized the Petitioner, Former Councilor Gomez, who requested the petition be given Leave To Withdraw Without Prejudice - Request Approved on a voice vote

 

9.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

9a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request City Manager and the Deputy Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools communicate with the Colleges of Worcester Consortium as well as the college presidents to determine whether or not there are any resources they might provide to the Worcester Public Schools.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request City Manager report to City Council on or before the May budget hearings regarding the following Bills from the House of Representatives and how these amendments would affect the City of Worcester's overall budget: 1) House of Representatives Amendment 43, filed by Representative Peter Kocot that would permit cities and towns to impose a local meals tax up to 3%; 2) House of Representatives Amendment 459 filed by Representative Kulik and 32 co-sponsors that would provide a $3M increase for PILOT over the level-funded figure contained in H. 4700; 3) House of Representatives Amendment 460 filed by Representatives Kulik, Bosley, and Donnelan that would provide $5.5M for the traditional Chapter 70 "Pothole Account"; 4) House of Representatives Amendment 496 and 1045, filed by Representatives Michael Costello and Karyn Polito that would limit (in different ways) municipal and school district chapter 70 school aid reductions used to pay tuition to charter schools; 5) House of Representatives Amendment 1415, filed by Representative Carl Scortino and 44 co-sponsors that would close the telecommunication tax loophole and allow cities and towns to collect personal property taxes of poles, wires, and equipment; 6) House of Representatives Amendment 1146-1151, filed by Representative Barbara L'Italien and 23 co-sponsors to expand the special education "circuit breaker" program by increasing the state share of costs and by adding transportation to eligible costs; 7) House of Representatives Amendment 1491, filed by Representative Stephen Canessa and 42 co-sponsors that would add $4M to the Shannon Grant Program for municipal police departments to combat gang violence.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the School Committee and the City Council send a letter of support to our colleagues at the State House showing support for the identified Massachusetts Municipal Association's-endorsed amendments that would be beneficial to local government.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the School Committee Standing Committee on Business and the City Council Standing Committee on Education meet in a mutually convenient time in the Fall of calendar 2008 to consider early options and potential sources of revenue related to planning the Fiscal Year 2010 budget.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the School Department Administration provide the City Council with a summary report concerning the Medicaid reimbursement process encompassing revenues derived and expenses incurred with the program.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the School Department Administration invite the School Committee to all Fiscal year 2009 budget sessions revealing that these are open, transparent, forthright, and direct, and seeking review and advice from the City Council during the budget process.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the School Department Administration provide the City Council with a breakdown, on or before the May budget hearings, as to where the city stands compared to the other 12 cities in Massachusetts both percentage-wise, but also dollar-wise, per student, in spending for administrative costs.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the School Department Administration provide the City Council with a report concerning the use of consultants in the School Department and how they are funded.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9i.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the City Council postpone making budget cuts until the end of the budget cycle in order to review what additional funds might be available.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9j.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the School Department Administration provide the City Council with a report, on or before the May budget hearings, identifying the potential additional sources of revenue that might become available during the next fiscal year (total of number of grants applied for and the indication level is for those particular grants).

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9k.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the School Department Administration provide the City Council with a report identifying five cost saving centers at the operational level.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9l.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the Chairperson of the City Council Standing Committee on Education and the School Committee Standing Committee on Business schedule to meet during the Fiscal Year 2009 budget cycle.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9m.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request City Manager request the City Solicitor report to the City Council whether there are or are not any guidelines the City might employ to limit who would be impacted by the real estate tax increase and whether or not the City might put in place an income level cutoff or other caveat if the City were to raise taxes; what, if any, legal tools that the City might employ to exempt those people who are impoverished and are unable to pay additional real estate taxes, but enable others who are able to do so.

Attachments

Motion Clancy to amend: Request to add the words "circuit breaker" Order adopted as amended

 

9n.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION - Request the Chairpersons of the City Council Standing Committee on Education and the School Committee Standing Committee on Business meet with Congressman James McGovern to discuss issues of federal funding.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9o.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS - Request City Manager provide the City Council with a report within 30 days identifying the cost and timeline to transition to a 311 system including the area covered by 311 if it were to go into operation and how far coverage would extend.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9p.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS - Request City Manager provide a cost analysis to implement the 311 service in multiple languages.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9q.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS - Request City Manager to update the Customer Service line (508-929-1300) and include the phone number on all city mailings.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9r.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - Request City Manager provide City Council with a chart providing statistical data from the year 1995 to present relative to teen birth rates in the City of Worcester as compared to other cities in Massachusetts.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9s.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - Request City Manager contact the Massachusetts Audubon Society Executive Director to request that they assist the city in creating educational signage identifying reasons not to feed the geese within city parks.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9t.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - Request City Manager provide City Council with a progress report concerning the status of the implementation of the operation yellow box program.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9u.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the current percent of tobacco use in the City of Worcester and what is a reasonable percentage of usage to strive for in the future.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9v.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the present percentage representation of women and minorities serving on the City of Worcester boards and commissions.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9w.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - Request City Council to accept the City Council Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services' goals and priorities as the following: 1.) Public Health Division: To discourage the disposal of sharps, needles, and syringes in the municipal trash stream, on the ground or in other locations, by making available to Worcester residents and visitors alike, safe, convenient, and non-risky disposal methods of these items, 2.) Public Health Division: To expand strategies, partnerships and educations efforts in an effort to reduce the use of tobacco use by Worcester youth and adults, 3.) Human Rights Division/Advisory Committee on the Status of Women: To increase representation and participation of women and minorities serving on boards and commissions, 4.) Homeless Assistance Division: To develop and implement a technology and communication network design to comprehensively monitor progress and identify needs within the social services matrix of providers to the homeless community, 5.) Division of Neighborhood and Economic Development: Monitor the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) with a goal within the NRSA to increase the number of storefront improvement projects by an additional 15 by the end of 2009.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9x.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks implement a study concerning the feasibility of meter maids/persons being made responsible for not writing parking tickets when they know a parking meter is broken. Further, request posting a telephone number on the parking meter for calling when a meter is broken as well as language on the parking ticket.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9y.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks investigate the width of the sidewalks in Mott St. to determine if the sidewalk could be reduced to allow more width on the street for parking.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9z.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Police Chief to provide enforcement of the No Parking Restrictions for the west side of Tiverton Parkway.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9aa.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager implement a study to find a resolution to the parking situation at 661 Millbury St. Further, request the study for the next Traffic & Parking Committee meeting.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9bb.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager inform State Representative Fresolo of the parking situation at 661 Millbury St. and request his assistance for a remedy from the Commonwealth Massachusetts Highway Department.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9cc.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Police Chief provide traffic enforcement at the intersection of Canterbury St. and Gardner St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9dd.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to send the Petitions filed by Joseph Quinn concerning the installation of a traffic signal and the installation of a red light in Route 20 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Highway Department.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9ee.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request the City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to forward copies of Joseph Quinn's petitions to State Representative Fresolo and State Senator Augustus to inform them of his petitions and request their assistance with implementation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Highway Department. Further, request Commissioner of Public Works & Parks to send a letter on behalf of the City Council's Standing Committee on Traffic & Parking to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Highway Department recommending their support for these petitions.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10.

ORDERS

10a.

Request City Manager seek special legislation creating a new Worcester lottery ticket to be issued by the Massachusetts Lottery Commission, wherein revenues from the sale of this ticket in Worcester be dedicated to the city for additional funding to the Worcester Public Schools. (Smith)

Attachments

Referred to the Rules & Legislative Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 1 Nay (Yeas - Clancy, Eddy, Germain, Haller, Petty, Rosen, Rushton, Smith, Toomey, Lukes) (Nay - Palmieri)

 

10b.

Request City Manager update City Council concerning municipal aggregation and demand-response technology. (Rushton)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10c.

Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide an opinion regarding the legality of requiring proof of identification from members of the public requesting copies of birth, death and marriage certificates, for the purpose of preventing identity fraud. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10d.

Request City Manager provide a report concerning the number of shoplifting offenses in the past two years and the types of articles stolen and the type of store/establishment that was affected. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10e.

Request City Manager provide a report with a breakdown of all monies /expenses/costs for marketing the City and city events, showing sources of revenues and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the expenditures. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10f.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: FENTON DRIVE

Attachments

Motion Lukes: Request City Manager be recused at his request - Approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

10g.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: HICKORY DRIVE

Attachments

Motion Lukes: Request City Manager be recused at his request - Approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

10h.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: MOHAVE ROAD

Attachments

Motion Lukes: Request City Manager be recused at his request - Approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

11.

COMMUNICATIONS

11a.

Michael V. O'Brien, City Manager, transmitting informational communication regarding the Rail Summit held on May 9, 2008

Attachments

Councilor Palmieri introduced a letter of support for expanded commuter rail with approximately 500 signatures as received from David Lipke, President of student government at Holy Cross College. Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 

11b.

Michael V. O'Brien, City Manager, transmitting communication requesting City Council to adopt an order amending the table of organization of the Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays Reconsideration denied on roll call vote of 11 Nays and 0 Yeas

 

11c.

Roberta R. Schaefer, President & CEO of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, transmitting the report relative to Worcester's FY09 Budget: Continuing the Reform Agenda.

Attachments

Placed on file on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 1 Nay (Yeas - Clancy, Eddy, Germain, Haller, Palmieri, Petty, Rosen, Rushton, Smith, Toomey) (Nay - Lukes)

 

12.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD

12a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommend City Council review, deliberation and adoption of the of the attached Parking Overlay and Zoning Ordinance Amendment for the Chandler Street Business Corridor and the Blackstone Canal District.

Attachments

Motion Smith: Request to be recused - Approved on a roll call vote of 10 yeas and 0 Nays Referred to Economic Development Committee

 

13.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

13a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the progress to date with the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Program (NRSA): recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

13b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Congressman McGovern's Support for an increase in the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

13c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Community Immunity Day: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

13d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the latest efforts to address the population of geese in various areas throughout the City: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

13e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Order of Paul P. Clancy, Jr. - Request all the City Council Standing Committees review and establish their top two or three priorities and report back to City Council by mid April: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC & PARKING - PART I

14a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of James McFadden request to install handicap parking space in front of 35 Beaver St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of State Representative John Fresolo on behalf of Jessie O'Rourke request handicap parking space in front of 33 Wabash Ave: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Recommitted to the Traffic and Parking Committee

 

14c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Linda Davis request to remove handicap parking space at 9 Stockholm St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Phyllis O'Malley request to remove handicap parking sign in front of 1 Plantation St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Ailyn & Jesus Ozuna request to remove handicap parking sign in front of 5 Uxbridge St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Alfred Campolito request No Parking 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday on both sides of property at 18-20 Lewis St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance for No Parking 10' either side of Driveway at 18-20 Lewis St. to allow truck deliveries from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Bernadette Kerns request either "No Parking Anytime" or a "No Parking Between 7-3" sign be put up on South St. in back of Union Hill School: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance for No Parking School Days 7am - 3pm adjacent to the school.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Darren Lussier request to remove the No Parking restriction from west side of Southbridge St. from point 90 feet south of Tracy Place to City Line: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of David and Margaret Larson request resident permit parking in Uxbridge St. from Brittan Lane to Duxbury Rd: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance for Resident Permit Parking in the odd side of Uxbridge St. from Brittan Lane to the property line of 67 Uxbridge St.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Gloria Hermanson request resident sticker parking in Sterling St. from Alpine St. to Hillside St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance for Resident Permit Parking in the odd side of Sterling St. from Alpine St. to Hillside St.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of John Rossetti request to rescind residential parking in Dustin St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance to rescind Resident Permit Parking in Dustin St. after #31.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Tom Hammond & Kevin Zona, owners of Tammany Hall, request parking meters, in vicinity of 43 Pleasant St., be changed from 30 minutes to 2 hours: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Vasil Kallco & Nick Tzoumbas request removal of bus stop at 554 & 556 Chandler St: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14n.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Walter Kennen, Maintenance Mgr., Church of Christ request removal of Friedel St. sign from corner of Stevens Rd. and Friedel St. because you can no longer enter Friedel St. from Stevens Rd: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14o.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Amy Olaes et al request a warning sign alerting drivers of an autistic child be installed in front of 121 Newton Ave. North: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

15.

REPORTS OF THE TRAFFIC & PARKING COMMITTEE - PART II

15a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Ian Wiggins request that residential permit parking on Earle St. be changed to Residential Permit Parking Winter Time Only: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Hollis Townsend request residential permit parking on Wall St. between Chrome St. and Thorne St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Frederick C. Rushton on behalf of Susan Brown request to install resident sticker parking on the even side of Tiverton Parkway from the intersection of Pleasant St. and Tiverton Parkway a distance of 500 feet: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Susan Kneeland request to have residential parking in front of 15 Dix St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Thomas & Susan Le request resident permit parking in front of 10 Almont St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Pastor Matilde Caballero request resident sticker parking in Main St. from #721 to 765: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Jeannine Gallagher request parking spaces be marked in William St. from the corner of North Ashland St. one block up: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Jesse Torto request resident permit parking at 175 Eastern Ave: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Marc Trotto request installation of a crosswalk in Franklin St. at Palfrey St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Joseph M. Petty request City Council's Standing Committee on Traffic & Parking review a Stop Sign at the corner of Canterbury St. and Gardner St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Joseph Quinn request installation of traffic signal in Route 20 at the Miller Fence Co. and the access road entrance at Wheelabrator Millbury Inc: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Joseph Quinn request to install a red light ahead alert signal on east bound side of Route 20 in vicinity of Lahti Farm Rd: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of John McDonough request to reinstitute pedestrian crosswalk buttons in Main St. at Sylvan St. and in Park Ave. at Main St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15n.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Richard Gingras on behalf of Alice Gingras request residential parking for the entire length of Salford St: recommend the Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15o.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Wilmary Cruz request resident sticker parking in Pelham St. from Merrick St. to Russell St: recommend the Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15p.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Mildred Collins request removal of parking meters in the area of 313 & 314 Grafton St: recommend Petition be denied.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16.

CHAIRMAN'S PROPOSED ORDINANCE

16a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Amend Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 1996 to Increase the Time Limit on the Parking Meters from One Hour 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to Two Hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from 312 to 316 Grafton St.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

17.

TO BE ORDAINED

17a.

Amending the Worcester Zoning Ordinance, adopted April 2, 1991, relative to Adult Entertainment Uses.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 11 Nays and 0 Yeas

 

18.

TABLED ITEMS

18a.

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

 

18b.

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

 

18c.

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

Attachments

No action taken

 

18d.

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

 

18e.

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

 

18f.

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

 

18g.

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

 

18h.

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

 

19.

SUSPENSION OF RULES

19a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of Robert L. Moylan, Jr., Commissioner of Public Works & Parks requesting to alter the public street layout of the Washington Square rotary.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee for June 4th meeting

 

19b.

Motion Haller @ #9t CC - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the plans concerning the roll out of the Operation Yellow Box and request City Manager continue informing City Council of progress or lack of progress of this program.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19c.

Motion Rosen @ #9t CC - Request City Manager provide City Council with a legal opinion from the City Solicitor as to whether or not the City Council may enact a local ordinance requiring pharmacies to provide a disposal system for sharps and needles if they sell these same products.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19d.

Motion Lukes @ #9w CC - Request all City Council Standing Committees report to City Council for the December 9, 2008 City Council meeting a status report of each committees goals and objectives as established for Fiscal Year 2009.

Attachments

Order adopted and referred to Economic Development Committee, Education Committee, Municipal Operations Committee, Public Health and Human Services Committee, Public Safety Committee, Public Service and Transportation Committee, Public Works Committee, Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee, Traffic and Parking Committee and Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee

 

19e.

Motion Smith @ #10a CC - Request City Manager work with our state legislative delegation to explore changing the current state lottery distribution formula to reflect the revenues generated in Worcester and every other city or town be returned in expenditures by the Massachusetts Lottery Commission each year.

Attachments

Referred to Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee

 

19f.

Motion Smith @ #10a CC - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report showing the lottery revenues generated in Worcester for the past five years and the Lottery aid returned to the City for each of those years.

Attachments

Referred to Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee

 

19g.

Motion Palmieri @ #11b CC - Request City Manager request the City Solicitor provide an opinion if the use of eminent domain is possible when railroad property is involved for expansion of commuter rail. Further, request the City Solicitor speak with the Honorable Mel Greenberg concerning this matter.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19h.

Motion Haller @ #11a CC - Request City Manager consider requesting former Governor Michael S. Dukakis and the Honorable Mel Greenberg become involved in an advisory capacity concerning the efforts to expand commuter rail in and out of Worcester.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19i.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a copy of the ordinance wherein the Board of Election Commissioners receive compensation for services rendered. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19j.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the potential number of dependents over the age 18 to city employees who are provided health insurance benefits, the impacted costs associated and the reasons the state offers these health insurance benefits and the city does not. Further, request City Manager investigate whether a health insurance deductible is required for dependents who are attending schools out of the state. (Clancy)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19k.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Council's Standing Committee on Municipal Operations examine if it is in the city's best interest to require that insured employees be required to have an annual physical examination. (Germain)

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 

19l.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager encourage Cabinet Members and Executive Management group employees reside in the City of Worcester who are not required by ordinance. (Rushton)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19m.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the number of hired women and minority job applicants and what the city is doing proactively to encourage diversity within the city's work force. Further, request City Manager identify the number of employees who speak a foreign language, the department of that employee and what is the language that is spoken. In addition report as to whether language translations are provided as a service. (Rosen, Toomey)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19n.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the number of individuals within the CM and EM Group who are receiving pay raises in the FY 2009 budget and how many are Worcester residents and how many are not Worcester residents. (Germain)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19o.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request the City Solicitor report to City Council as to the legality of tying pay raises with requiring employees to move into the city and request the City Manager consider making this as part of compensation package. Further, request City Manager report the number and percentage of the city's workforce who reside within and outside the city of Worcester. (Germain, Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19p.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a previously requested report concerning how many of the top 250 wage earners reside in the city of Worcester as well as the list of salaries for all city employees. Further, request an attempt to provide this report for the next budget hearing. (Haller)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19q.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report stating the total health insurance costs to the city including both the city side and Worcester Public Schools for Fiscal Year 2009. (Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19r.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report of all the health insurance plans offered to retirees, represented and non-represented employees. (Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19s.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding successes of the Employee Assistance Program and any facts or figures concerning the number of employees taking advantage of this program. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19t.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a brief report of the potential dollar savings if the City chooses to adopt MGL chapter 32B, section 19. Further, request report encompass the cost savings if Commonwealth Group Insurance Plan GIC is accepted by the City and include a comparison between the city's health insurance plans and GIC as to costs and components of the plans. Further, request the report list all the municipalities who have accepted MGL chapter 32B, section 19 and GIC. (Rosen, Rushton, Toomey)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19u.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding the shock claims that have occurred during the last 3 years. (Germain)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19v.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a position report concerning MGL chapter 32B, section 19. (Haller)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19w.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the savings in health insurance costs due to the changes to the non-representative employees and non-medicare eligible retirees plans. (Clancy)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19x.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding the greater than expected savings in health insurance programs over and above the projected savings. (Toomey)

Attachments

Order adopted