CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:28 P.M.

Recessed to Finance Committee: 6:30 P.M.
Reconvened into Open Session: 7:31 P.M.
Adjourned:7:50 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph C. O'Brien

 

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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
Konstantina B. Lukes Philip P. Palmieri City Clerk
David J. Rushford
Joseph M. Petty Frederick C. Rushton
Joffrey A. Smith Kathleen M. Toomey
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER - ALL SAINTS CHURCH CHOIR

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor in the Chair except Councilors Eddy, Germain, Rushton and Toomey. Councilor Eddy arrived at 6:32 P.M. and Councilor Rushton arrived at 6:35 P.M.

4.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

4a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council meeting of May 17, 2011.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

5.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE - (see Finance Committee agenda)

6.

HEARING & ORDER

6a.

Hearing - NATIONAL GRID for conduit location on: HARLEM ST. and WARD ST.

Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for conduit location on: HARLEM ST. and WARD ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held and Order Adopted

 

7.

ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST

8.

ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

9.

PETITIONS

9a.

John Budzinski et al request Purchase St. be repaved.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9b.

Gail Smith request to relocate three (3) existing handicap parking spaces on east side of May St. from corner of Chandler St. southerly to vicinity of the Auditorium entrance of Temple Emmanuel.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9c.

Morris Bergman, Board Member of B'Nai B'rith Cemetery, request permission to install two (2) directional signs at intersection of St. Johns Rd and Cambridge St. for the purpose of identifying by directional arrow the location of the cemetery.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9d.

Jennifer Thibault request to install 3-way Stop Signs at the intersection of South Flagg St. and Sherwood Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9e.

Jennifer Thibault request to install a "Handicapped Child" Cautionary sign in the vicinity of 160 South Flagg St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9f.

John Colby et al request to extend the existing "No Parking" space on the west side entrance to the Greendale YMCA on Shore Dr. back at least two car lengths to allow for a safer way of exiting from the facility.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

10.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

10a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Request City Manager report to City Council the impact of the District Improvement Financing for the various future phases of the CitySquare in light of that portion of public monies being accessed for the Vanguard/Saint Vincent Oncology Center building project.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Request City Manager request Vanguard/Saint Vincent provide the City Council with the profit margins they realize from their current oncology care operation.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Request City Manager report to City Council the potential outcomes if the City Council chooses not to support the request for a Certified Project designation for Vanguard/Saint Vincent Hospital in the CitySquare Development Project.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request Worcester Public School Superintendent provide City Council with timetables and details of rehabilitation work to be conducted in school facilities this coming summer. (Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request Worcester Public School Superintendent report to City Council concerning class sizes and the specific schools for those classes that will be realized as a result of the FY 2012 budget. (Haller)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a listing of parks that will not receive maintenance if the FY 2012 budget is approved as submitted. (Haller)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager summarize the impacts to FY 2012 Public Works and Parks budget for distribution to neighborhood watch groups and members of the business community for possible future subsidization. (Haller)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager report to City Council concerning what constitutes maintenance of our veterans' memorials across the city. (Germain)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10i.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide to City Council with a report concerning the contents of the travel budget. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10j.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Manager request the Worcester Regional Transit Authority establish a Relocation Work Group consisting of interested Green Island residents and business owners to provide input to be used in the planning for the siting and construction of the new WRTA maintenance and operations facility on Quinsigamond Avenue.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10k.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Manager request the Worcester Regional Transit Authority provide the City Council with copies of any and all traffic and environmental studies conducted in conjunction with the planning for their new maintenance and operations facility on Quinsigamond Avenue.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10l.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Manager request NStar participate in the establishment of a green landscape in their property in conjunction with the landscaping for facilities to be constructed by both the Worcester Regional Transit Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation along the west side of Quinsigamond Avenue.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10m.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request Police Chief provide enforcement of Stop Sign at Derby St. and Houghton St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11.

ORDERS

11a.

Request City Manager report on the days and hours all City departments are open to the public and if not consistent then to report whether feasible to have all departments open at the same time. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11b.

Request the Mayor to recognize the Turtle Boy Urban Gardening Group for their efforts to clean up and beautify the Burnside Memorial Fountain known as the Turtle Boy Monument and the adjacent veterans' memorial. (Toomey)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12.

COMMUNICATIONS

12a.

Dr. Roberta R. Schaefer, President & CEO of Worcester Regional Research Bureau, transmitting communication relative to EPA Stormwater Regulations in Worcester: Will Ratepayers be Drained?

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

12b.

Steve Morawski, Principal Environmental Representative, transmitting Notice of Approval from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources for Tennessee Gas Pipeline's 2011 Vegetation Management Plan.

Attachments

Placed on file

 

13.

RESOLUTION

13a.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby recognizes the College of the Holy Cross on the occasion of being named to the 2010 Presidentís Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its strong institutional commitment to service and partnerships that produce measurable results for the community. (Toomey)

Attachments

Resolution adopted

 

14.

REPORTS OF THE PLANNING BOARD

14a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommending City Council's Approval to transfer Janice Nadeau Way from the Office of Economic Development to the Department of Public Works and Parks for Street Purposes.

Attachments

Approved on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Germain, Toomey absent) Councilor Lukes moved to suspend the rules to allow reconsideration - Approved on a oll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Germain, Toomey absent) Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and 9 Nays (Germain, Toomey absent)

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Center Project - City Square.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

15.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

15a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Anne O'Connor, Chair of the Worcester Planning Board requesting amendments to the Zoning Ordinance Article VI-Floodplain Overlay District: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Accepted & Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board upon the Communication of the City Manager requesting to re-zone certain properties along Franklin St. from RL-7 and BL-1.0 to MG-2.0: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Accepted & Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance

 

15c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Communication of the City Manager requesting to re-zone the property at 0 Atlanta St. from RL-7 to MG-2.0: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Accepted & Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance

 

15d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Attorney Nickolas Moudios on behalf of Aikolai USA Inc request property known and numbered as 130 Goddard Memorial Dr. be rezoned from RS-7 to A-1: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Accepted & Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance

 

16.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

16a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager Recommend Adoption of the Attached Resolutions for Funding Recommendations for Year 37 for Annual U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement Grants (CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA ): recommend adoption of the accompanying four resolutions.

Attachments

Mayor O'Brien moved to hold this item Councilor Clancy moved that this item be the Second Item of Business on the June 7, 2011 City Council calendar. Tabled - O'Brien & Second Item of Business June 7, 2011

 

17.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION

17a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Petition of Jo Hart request that the City Council or a Standing Committee immediately conduct a well publicized public hearing concerning the WRTA's plan to move its hub to Union Station and to build a two/three story office building directly on Foster St., directly blocking that view of Union Station: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

17b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Regional Transit Authority's Potential Sites for a New Maintenance and Operations Facility: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

17c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Central Mass Regional Planning Commission's (CMRPC) Worcester Regional Mobility Study and Scheduled Public Meeting to Discuss the Study: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

17d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Regional Transit Authority's Proposed Plans for Relocation of its Existing Grove Street Site: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING

18a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey on behalf of David and Dasha Perodeau request Derby St. from South Stowell St. to Houghton St. be made one-way in an easterly direction: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Lawrence Mastromatteo request to install "No Parking" on Adams St. from Belmont St. to Johnson St: recommend Petition be placed on file

Attachments

Accepted

 

18c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Ken Hart, Chief Engineer of Hilton Garden Inn Worcester request a No Parking sign be placed on the east side of Commercial St. near MLK Blvd: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Joffrey A. Smith on behalf of Kenzo Restaurant request changing the winter parking restrictions on Seward St. from a permanent ban to a declared ban: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Sherrie Urena request resident parking from the corner of Vernon/Endicott St. (odd side) down to #135 Endicott St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Kelly Feliciano, et al request resident permit parking be extended to the bridge on Endicott St. or appropriate signage to deter non-resident parking: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Petition of Councilor Barbara G. Haller request installation of resident permit parking in Canton St., odd side only: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Maria Sheppard request residential permit parking on Vernon St. between Hillside St. and View St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of John Tekelis request to install resident permit parking on corner of Lincoln St. and Duxbury Rd: recommend Petition be placed on file

Attachments

Accepted

 

18j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Chairman's Order from the Committee on Public Works - Request the Standing Committee on Traffic & Parking to consider installing additional traffic calming devices in Chandler St. inbound between McClarey Way and Hunthurst Circle, in addition to the repair of the damaged guardrail and any extension of the existing guardrail.: recommend Chairman's Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of June Carelli et al request Adams St. become a "one way" street: recommend Petition be denied.

Attachments

Accepted

 

19.

TABLED ITEMS

19a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Philip P. Palmieri and State Representative Vincent Pedone request to install a trailer truck ban in Mulberry St. between Shrewsbury St. and East Central St.: recommend the passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance. (Tabled - Petty June 8, 2010)

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

19b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a Report on the City Council's Authority to Increase Elder Exemption Limits on Annual Income and Asset Limits. (Tabled Under Privilege - O'Brien April 26, 2011 & Tabled - Lukes May 3, 2011)

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

20.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES

20a.

Motion Rushton - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager provide City Council with an updated concerning the road surface in Meadow Lane and report recommendations for repair.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20b.

Motion Haller - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager respond to concerns from Fifty-four tenants at Wachusett Tower and 42 Vernon Street, a 36 unit elder housing complex, by reviewing the policy for not turning on the central air conditioning when a heat wave occurs prior to June 15th and provide a proposal to resolve this type of situation.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20c.

PETITION - Councilor Smith on behalf of John Tekelis request the 30 min parking zone on Duxbury Rd. near Lincoln St. be reduced by one parking space to allow for parking anytime.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee