CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 7:00 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:32 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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City Manager
Michael V. O'Brien

City Auditor
James A. DelSignore

Councilors

Tony Economou William J. Eddy
Michael J. Germain Konstantina B. Lukes
Joseph C. O'Brien Philip P. Palmieri City Clerk
David J. Rushford
Sarai Rivera Frederick C. Rushton
George J. Russell 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 except for Councilors Germain, Lukes and Rushton with the Mayor in the Chair. Councilor Rushton arrived at 7:10 P.M. and Councilor Lukes arrived at 7:25 P.M.

4.

HEARING & ORDER

4a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location: LUCIAN ST.

Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location: LUCIAN ST.

Attachments

Councilor Rivera moved to be recused - Approved on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Germain absent) Hearing Held and Order adopted

 

5.

FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS

5a.

COMMUNICATION: Michael V. O'Brien, City Manager transmitting communication relative to the recently adopted Ordinance relative to the location and regulation of Donated Clothing Receptacles.

Attachments

Placed on file

 

6.

ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST

7.

ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor George J. Russell request to amend the Zoning Ordinance to increase the minimum size of parking lots that require parking plan approval from nine (9) to sixteen (16) spaces.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

8b.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor George J. Russell request to amend the Zoning Ordinance to exempt from parking plan review any existing parking lot that upon a change, alteration of expansion of the use it serves will continue to be utilized in its existing condition with no physical alterations except for changes in circulation and/or striping, and provided the number of parking spaces satisfies the requirements of Table 4.4.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

8c.

Councilor Tony Economou request repair of street lights at the intersection of Grove Street and Holden Street, three lights in total; two opposite 2 Holden Street on Grove Street and one just south of 2 Holden street on the east side of the street.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 

8d.

Councilor Tony Economou request street light repair at the corner of Ararat St. and Roby St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 

8e.

Tung V. & Khien Huynh request abatement of street betterment assessment #24979 in the amount of $5,092.23 for Dupuis Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8f.

Tung V. & Khien Huynh request abatement of street betterment assessment #25011 in the amount of $3,805.21 for Woodcliffe Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8g.

James & Kathryn Carton request abatement of street betterment assessment #24969 in the amount of $10,425.24 for Dupuis Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8h.

James & Kathryn Carton request abatement of street betterment assessment #24980 in the amount of $8,633.60 for Echo St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8i.

Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of Ernest Koumpis request sidewalk repair in front of 68 Purchase Street.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8j.

Pedro Toro request handicap parking in front of 81-83 Chandler St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8k.

Lisa Gaudette request installation of 2-way or 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Windemere Rd. and Cascade Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8l.

Cherylann Kemp et al request resident permit parking in the vicinity of 85 Harding St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8m.

Dorothy Spence request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 16 Blaine Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8n.

America Rodriguez request a "No Parking" sign near the driveway at 56 Beaver St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8o.

Gary Noroian request left turn signals at the intersection of Park Ave and Pleasant St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8p.

Councilor Tony Economou request an adjustment to the timing of the summit traffic signal by extending the lead green light for a left turn from Mountain Street West onto West Boylston Street.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8q.

Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of residents of the Willows request adding an additional "Slow Blind Driveway" sign in Barry Rd. Extension.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9.

ORDERS

9a.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a timeline and process for conducting an inclusive Fiscal Year 2013 Request for Proposals to provide health coverage and other benefits for city employees, administration and retirees that takes into account new plans that offer municipal costs savings and qualified vendors commitment to Worcester. (Eddy)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9b.

Request City Manager review and amend the existing sidewalk repair/resurfacing "As-Is" policy to seek a singular sidewalk surface on each specific street. Such a policy should factor in existing conditions, resident preference, resident cost options, and the traffic status (residential, collector, or arterial) of the street. (Eddy, Toomey, O'Brien, Economou, Rushton, Petty, Germain)

Attachments

Councilor Palmieri moved to amend: Further, request report to include what would be the percentage used to determine whether the sidewalks should be done all in asphalt or concrete. Order adopted as amended

 

9c.

Request City Manager to update the previous report concerning the Philadelphia Plan as outlined in the previous submittal to City Council and the Mayorís Task Force on Job Growth and Retention for future consideration and public discussion in Economic Development Standing Committee for implementation in various sectors of the city. (Rushton, Rivera, Russell, Eddy, Toomey, Economou)

Attachments

Councilor Economou moved to amend: Further, request the City Manager and Committee on Economic Development reach out to Worcester Citizens for Business and Chris Johnson when the Philadelphia Plan is discussed. Order adopted as amended

 

9d.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a comprehensive report concerning street lighting including an inventory of the structures, their condition and age, and a plan for maintenance and repair over several fiscal year cycles. (Toomey)

Attachments

Councilor Toomey moved to amend: Further, request the report include information concerning the potential usage of LED lighting and a cost analysis for implementation. Also report the feasibility of utilizing a wireless monitoring system to inform administration when a street light goes out. Order adopted as amended

 

9e.

Request City Manager provide an update on any progress relative to trimming trees by National Grid or any plan that they may have in place at this time. (Palmieri)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9f.

Request City Manager update City Council concerning the proposed Route 20 infrastructure plan, including viability, timetable and cost including participation by the state and federal governments. (Palmieri)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10.

COMMUNICATION

10a.

Michael V. O'Brien, City Manager, transmitting communication relative to Calendar Year 2011 Summary of the Inspection and Enforcement efforts of the Property Review Team (PRT) and Housing/Nuisance Enforcement Division of the City's Department of Inspection Services.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 

11.

TABLED ITEMS

11a.

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

 

11b.

RESOLUTION of Mayor Joseph C. O'Brien - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby goes on record in support Senate Bill 610, an act protecting condominium owners filed by Senator Harriette Chandler and Senator Richard Moore. (Tabled - O'Brien July 19, 2011)

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

11c.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph C. O'Brien - Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the legal authority that college police officers have in patrolling non campus areas of the city and in questioning non-students as part of off campus patrols. (Tabled - O'Brien September 6, 2011)

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

11d.

RESOLUTION of Mayor Joseph C. O'Brien - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby goes on record in support of the Administrationís efforts to negotiate the maximum hiring of local residents in Tax Increment Financing agreements and other tools used to attract business and to expand our tax base. (Tabled - O'Brien September 13, 2011)

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

12.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES

12a.

Motion Palmieri @ #5a CC - Request City Manager send a copy of the ordinance and regulations concerning donated clothing receptacles to the all neighborhood, business and crime watch groups.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12b.

Motion Toomey @ #5a CC - Request City Manager consider the feasibility of including video surveillance at donated clothing receptacles as part of the regulations and ordinance.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12c.

Motion Economou @ #5a CC - Request City Manager consider increasing the permit fee for donated clothing receptacles to augment the costs the city may incur if violations occur and discourage unnecessary placement of receptacles.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12d.

Motion Rivera @ #10a CC - Request City Manager break down the list of inspectional services by property and by district.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12e.

Motion Lukes @ #9c CC - Request City Manager report the differences between a TIF and the Philadelphia Plan that includes the economic benefits for a developer and the city; the financial and tax consequences; oversight of the type of development and any job creation component.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12f.

Motion O'Brien @ #9c CC - Request City Manager clarify current restrictions the city has in providing incentives for development and how the Philadelphia Plan can dovetail these existing tools.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12g.

Motion Toomey @ #9c CC - Request City Manager report the role of Planning and Zoning would play in the implementation of any Philadelphia Plan.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12h.

Motion O'Brien @ #9d CC - Request City Manager consider visiting the idea of utilizing ESCO as means to upgrade the street lighting infrastructure and save money.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12i.

Motion Lukes @ #9d CC - Request City Manager report to City Council the maintenance costs and how much of National Grid's responsibility had to be assumed to keep the street lighting system operating.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12j.

Motion Eddy @ #9e CC - Request City Manager clarify in a report how the responsibility for tree trimming around utility wiring is determined.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12k.

COMMUNICATION: Michael V. O'Brien, City Manager, transmitting informational communication relative to the CitySquare Development Project.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 

12l.

Motion O'Brien @ #12k CC - Request City Manager contact Vanguard and request their timetable for the construction of the Cancer Center.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12m.

Motion Russell @ #12k CC - Request City Manager report to City Council the number of Worcester residents working on the City Square project.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12n.

Motion Lukes @ #12k CC - Request City Manager request the City Solicitor report to City Council the legality of residency requirements when trying to establish a certain quota for city jobs.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12o.

COMMUNICATION: Michael V. OBrien, City Manager, transmitting informational communication relative to a Grant Award of $325,000 to the City's Division of Public Health from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 

12p.

RESOLUTION - That the City Council of the City of Worcester goes on record requesting the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives to schedule a Special Election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Vincent A. Pedone as State Representative in the 15th Worcester District. (Petty)

Attachments

Councilor Toomey moved to be recused - Approved on a roll call vote of 8 Yeas and 1 Nay (Yeas - Economou, Eddy, Lukes, O'Brien, Palmieri, Rivera, Russell, Petty) (Nay - Rushton) (Germain - Absent) Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Germain absent)

 

12q.

Motion Petty @ #12p CC - Request City Clerk forward the Resolution to the Speaker of the House.

Councilor Lukes moved to amend: request the resolution be sent to the Central Mass delegation.

Attachments

Order adopted as amended

 

12r.

Motion Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Request the City Manager provide City Council with a list of the 250 highest paid city and school employees and provide it within two weeks.

Councilor Rushton moved to amend: Request to expand the report to include all employees and provide it paperless (electronically).

The Motion would read as follows: Request City Manager provide City Council with a list of salaries for all city and school employees and provide this report on a calendar within two weeks electronically.

Attachments

Order adopted as amended

 

12s.

Motion Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager obtain a copy of the November report from the Accounting firm of Sullivan, Rogers and Co. that was given to the School Committee concerning the school activities account and provide it to City Council.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12t.

Motion Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Request the City Clerk provide City Council with a report that expands upon the newspaper article regarding the human error factor which occurred in the city's recount.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12u.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the queuing of traffic lights in vicinity of the Lincoln Plaza and if there is a plan to remedy the traffic flow.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12v.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager report to City Council plans to rehabilitate and enhance Holland Rink which includes the resurfacing of basketball courts, and replacement of the metal slide and swings.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12w.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the MBTA media reports on cutbacks to service throughout the state and the impact it might have to the city.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12x.

PETITION - Councilor William J. Eddy request repair of street light at pole #7.14 on Fourth St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 

12y.

PETITION - Councilor William J. Eddy On behalf of the Fourth St. Neighborhood Association request Fourth St. be marked to delineate the line between the public and private sections.

Attachments

Referred to the Department of Public Works

 

12z.

PETITION - Councilor William J. Eddy on the behalf of the residents of 28 First St. request to trim back dead branches on the Center Street side at the corner of First and Center Sts. and clean remaining storm debris.

Attachments

Referred to the Department of Public Works

 

12aa.

PETITION - Councilor William J. Eddy request street light repair at the 2nd pole on the left in Chiltern Hill North.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee