CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 7:00 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:08 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

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 - DOHERTY MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGAL SINGERS

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor in the Chair

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 February 7, 2012.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

5.

ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST

5a.

Mayor Petty read and presented a Proclamation that declared February 28, 2012 as Patricia Reardon Day. (see also item #8.32A)

Attachments

 

6.

ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

7.

PETITIONS

7a.

Edward & Elaine Gardella et al request private street conversion of the private section of Russell Calvin Dr.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

7b.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor William J. Eddy request street lights be installed on poles #4,5,8,9,10,11,12,13 and 14 in Fourth Street.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 

7c.

Adalor Quinter request abatement of street assessment #24970 in the amount of $8.687.70 for Dupuis Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7d.

Anna Mae Gentile request abatement of street assessment #25032 in the amount of $2,800.00 for Camassa Terrace.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7e.

Anna Mae Gentile request abatement of street assessment #25049 in the amount of $6,792.03 for Nebraska St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7f.

Elizabeth Loring request Farnum St. be repaved.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7g.

Councilor George J. Russell request to resurface the section of Sunderland Road at Grafton St. as it abuts Y-D Package Store.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7h.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request Jaques Ave. from Piedmont St. to Wellington St. be resurfaced.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7i.

Carolyn Leary request sidewalk replacement on Burncoat St. between North Parkway and Millbrook St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7j.

Carolyn Leary request sidewalk replacement on Davidson Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7k.

Jane Kuang et al request sidewalk repair in front of 34 Beacon St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7l.

Ronal Madnick, President of the Committee for Progressive Legislation, request the first 30 minutes of a city council meeting be set aside for anyone to speak on any item on the city council agenda when it first or later appears on the city council agenda for up to a total of five minutes.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to allow the Petitioner to speak. Referred to Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee

 

7m.

Ronal Madnick, President of the Committee for Progressive Legislation, request to allow anyone who petitions the city council to speak on the petition when it first appears on the agenda for a period of up to five minutes.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to allow the Petitioner to speak. Referred to Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee

 

7n.

Councilor George J. Russell request the No Parking zone be reduced in the area of 96 Dorchester St. in order to accommodate additional parking.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7o.

Jacqueline Risolo request speed limit be reduced on Sears Island Drive.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7p.

Councilor George J. Russell request modification of the effective times of the residential permit zone on the south side of Marion Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7q.

Jacqueline Risolo request to install a blind child sign on Sears Island Drive.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7r.

Daniel Goldman request to install in Gold St., from Green St. to Summit St. on both sides, a No Parking Tow Zone from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7s.

Joyce Seymour request to install resident permit parking for Waverly St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7t.

Councilor Sarai Rivera request installation of pedestrian crossing devices onto the existing traffic signals at the intersection of Chandler St. and Piedmont St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7u.

Councilor Sarai Rivera request installation of pedestrian crossing devices onto the existing traffic signals at the intersection of Chandler St. and Queen St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7v.

Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes on behalf of Cathy Walsh request electronic speed monitoring on Midland St. and Coolidge Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7w.

NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a joint pole location: ROBIN ROAD

Attachments

Hearing set for March 13, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.

 

7x.

William Breault on behalf of the Main South Alliance for Public Safety request City Council request the City Manager enforce the existing ban on the distribution of certain herbs coated with synthetic chemicals most times sold under the names of "K2, Spice, Genie or Zohai" that mimic marijuana or THC derivative high at convenience stores or gas stations.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to allow the Petitioner to speak. Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 

7y.

Jacqueline Risolo et al request help to prevent boaters and jet skiers from using the private beach on Sears Island.

Attachments

Referred to City Manager

 

8.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

8.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
 

8.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
 

8.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

8.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Charter Communication's 4th Quarter Report on Response Time in Handling Phone Calls to Customer Care.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 
B.

Recommend Adoption of a Resolution to Designate 72 Shrewsbury Street as a Site Specific Economic Opportunity Area (EOA)

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Germain, Toomey absent) Mayor Petty moved for Reconsideratoin - Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and 9 Nays (Germain, Toomey absent)

 
C.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Finance for Housing Developments within the City of Worcester.

Attachments

Councilor O'Brien moved to Table this under privilege Tabled Under Privilege - O'Brien

 
D.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Annual Report of the Executive Office of Economic Development for 2011.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
 

8.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
 

8.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

8.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
A.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) Activity Report for the Month of January 2012.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
 

8.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

8.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

8.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Receipt of the Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative Grant and the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative Grant by the Worcester Police Department and Collaborating Community Partners.

Attachments

Councilor Rivera moved to be recused - Approved on a roll call vote of 7 Yeas and 0 Nays (Yeas - Economou, Eddy, Germain, Lukes, Palmieri, Russell, Petty) (Absent - O'Brien, Rushton, Toomey) - Councilor Rivera left the room. Referred to Public Safety Committee

 
B.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Staffing Levels and Anticipated Training Costs in the Worcester Police Department.

Attachments

Councilor Eddy moved to suspend the rules to allow Don Cummings, President of Police Officials Union, to speak - Mayor Petty recognized Mr. Cummings and he spoke concerning this topic. Referred to Public Safety Committee

 
 

8.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

8.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

8.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Property Assessments.

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 
B.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Charter Communications and the Federal Communications Commission.

Attachments

Recommitted to City Manager

 
C.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Responsible Employer Ordinances.

Attachments

Councilor O'Brien moved to suspend the rules to allow a person to speak - Mayor Petty suspended the rules and recognized Jack Donahue, who is a Worcester resident and Business Agent for the Carpenters Union and he spoke on this subject. Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
D.

Recommend Adoption of an Amendment to Chapter 2 of the Revised Ordinances Pertaining to Establishing the Fee for the Solemnization of Marriages.

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 
 

8.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

8.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

8.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

8.17

DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH
 

8.18

DIVISION OF ELDER AFFAIRS
A.

Recommend Adoption of a Resolution to File and Accept a Grant to Elder Affairs in the Amount of Twenty Seven Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($27,000.00) from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation to Benefit the Worcester Senior Support Team.

Attachments

Resolution adopted

 
B.

Recommend Adoption of a Resolution to Accept with Gratitude a Grant of Five Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($500.00) from Hebrew SeniorLife to Support the Healthy Eating Program at the Worcester Senior Center.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude

 
 

8.19

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
A.

Recommend Adoption of a Resolution to Accept with Gratitude a Donation of Two Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($2,000.00) from the Worcester Arts Council to Support Early Literacy Storytelling and Art Classes at the Frances Perkins and Great Brook Valley Branch Libraries.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude

 
B.

Recommend Adoption of a Resolution to Accept with Gratitude a Memorial Donation of Five Hundred Fifty Dollars and No Cents ($550.00) to the Frances Perkins Branch Library from the Friends of Janice Parretti, who was a Patron and Regular Visitor to the Frances Perkins Branch Library.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude

 
C.

Recommend Adoption of a Resolution to Accept with Gratitude a Bequest of One Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($1,000.00) from the Estate of Mary M. McDonnell to the Worcester Public Library.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude

 
 

8.20

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Human Services Division
 

8.21

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

8.22

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Worcester Public Schools' Facilities Report.

Attachments

Referred to Education Committee

 
 

8.23

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

8.24

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

8.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

8.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Technical Services Division
 

8.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

8.28

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

I respectfully recommend that One Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars ($120,000) be transferred from Account #91C7802A, Citywide Capital Equipment and be appropriated to Account #68C701, Tech Services Capital Equipment, when and as received, for the purchase of equipment as approved in Fiscal 2012 Capital Improvement Program.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) be transferred from Water Main Loan Account #91C7130F, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C720, Water Mains to allow for the payment of current and future obligations.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Four Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($400,000.00), be transferred from Loan Account #91C7411D, Private Street Conversion, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C768, Private Street Conversion, to provide funds for the payment of current and future expenditures per the cash flow procedure.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that Twenty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($20,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7841B, Park Improvements - Bennett Field, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70222, Bennett Field to allow for contractually obligated payments.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend that Four Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($480,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 75C504, DCU Special District, and be appropriated to DCU Account # 75C704, DCU Special District Improvements.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend that Forty Six Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Five Dollars And Five Cents ($46,975.05), be transferred from Loan Account #91C7312A, Water Capital Equipment, and be appropriated to Account #45C703, Water Capital Equipment, to allow for the purchase and future payment of this vehicle per the cash flow procedure.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7242A, Traffic Signal Equipment, and appropriated to DPW Account #40C704, Traffic Signals to allow for the purchase and payment of anticipated new equipment per the cash flow procedure.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend that Six Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($600,000.00), be transferred from Account #91C7112A, Citywide Building Rehabilitation , and appropriated to Account #50C704 , Worcester Public Schools Building Rehabilitation, to pay for contractual obligations related to school building rehabilitation projects.

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend that Three Hundred Seventy Four Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($374,000.00), be transferred from Account #91C7802A, City Wide Capital Equipment and appropriated to Account #50C702, Worcester Public School Capital Equipment, when and as received, to pay various school capital equipment as approved in the Capital Improvement Program.

Attachments

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

 
J.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00), be transferred from Loan Account #91C7411E, Belmont Street Improvements, and One Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($110,000.00), be transferred from Loan Account #91C7412C, Belmont Street Improvements and the total of Two Hundred and Ten Thousand Dollars ($210,000.00), be appropriated to DPW Account #41C718, Belmont Street Improvements, to allow for the payment of anticipated obligations associated with this capital project.

Attachments

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

 
K.

Recommend that One Million Six Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,620,000.00), be transferred from Account #91C7111A, Citywide /School Building Rehabilitation, and appropriated to Account #04C754, Citywide/School Energy Improvement, to pay for contractual obligations related to various citywide/school energy improvement.

Attachments

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

 
 

8.29

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Four Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($450,000.00) be transferred from the following accounts: $100,000.00 from Account #; 250-91000, Police Department Salaries, and $350,000.00 from Account #663-96000, Health Insurance, and appropriated to the police department overtime account 250-97000. This transfer is necessary to cover a deficit in the overtime account resulting from multiple investigations and activities requiring addtional officers providing patrols and investigations on an overtime basis.

Attachments

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

 
 

8.30

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
 

8.31

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

8.32

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the 2012 Caffrey Memorial Award.

Attachments

The City Manager congratulated Patricia Reardon for being this year's recipient of the Caffrey Memorial Award and thanked for her dedication and civic commitment over the past decade. Doug Caffrey on behalf of his family presented her with the award and the flag that flew over Union Station. State Representative John Fresolo presented a letter of commendation from the Massachusetts Speaker of the House. Councilor Rivera wanted to thank her for all the loving care she has given to the community. Ms. Reardon thanked everyone for this honor. Placed on file

 
B.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Woman of Consequence and Young Woman of Consequence Awards.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
9.

COMMUNICATION OF THE CITY AUDITOR

9a.

Transmitting Auditor's Report for January 2012.

Attachments

Referred to Finance Committee

 

10.

COMMUNICATION OF CITY CLERK

10a.

Transmitting informational communication regarding public access forums.

Attachments

Referred to Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee

 

11.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

11a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - Request City Manager provide the City Council with a report detailing the number of illegal dumping citations issued for the past calendar year, the number of citations paid to date and the number still outstanding.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager and the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning the timing and type of pool facility planned to be constructed at Holmes Field.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager provide City Council with a detailed timeline for all steps taking place to develop and roll out a new City Youth Council that includs the proposed input from organizations conducting youth programs throughout the city.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager consider broadening the selection committee for selecting members to the City Youth Council by discussing choices with District City Councilors and looking at other models for their choice processes.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the progress to-date working towards creating a skateboard park in the Tatnuck Square area and the possible formation of a public-private partnership to fund same.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager provide City Council with a status report on plans for upgrades to Elm Park and the formation of a committee to work on the plans to fund and implement work at this park.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager report to City Council concerning park steward funding for the year 2012.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the meetings he will have with the various employers in the city to encourage youth employment opportunities in 2012.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12.

ORDERS

12a.

Request City Manager and City Clerk work together to establish a voluntary fund to support Animal Shelters in the City so that Citizens can be given the ability to donate to the fund through a voluntary check off on the dog license renewal and initial applications. (O'Brien)

Attachments

Councilor O'Brien moved to amend: Request to add the words "and Animal Welfare Organization". Order adopted as amended

 

12b.

Request Standing Committee on Municipal Operations commence the process for filling the anticipated vacancy in the position of City Auditor. (Petty)

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 

12c.

Request City Manager develop and institute a Pilot Program for Senior Citizen Work-Off Program. (Petty, Toomey, Economou, Rivera, Rushton)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Virginia Ryan and she spoke on this subject Order adopted

 

12d.

Request the Police Chief install a speed trailer in Coolidge Road and in Midland Street so that motorists will be reminded of their driving speed in relation to the 30 mph limits. (Toomey)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

13.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE

13a.

#9a CC June 14, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting Auditor's Report for May 2011.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13b.

#12a CC July 19, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2010 for the Worcester Retirement System.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13c.

#13a CC September 6, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting Auditor's Report for July 2011.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13d.

#9a CC October 11, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting Auditor's Report for August 2011.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13e.

#8a CC October 18, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting Auditor's Report for September 2011.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13f.

#8.24A CM October 25, 2011
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Fiscal Year 2012 1st Quarter Budget Report of Revenues and Expenditures.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13g.

#10a CC October 25, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting the certification letter from the Department of Revenue relative to Notification of Free Cash Approval for general fund expenditure in fiscal 2012 and the city's enterprise funds.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13h.

#10a CC November 22, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting Auditor's Report for October 2011.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13i.

#11.24A CM December 19, 2011
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City's FY12 1st Quarter Revenues and Expenditures through October 2011.

Attachments

No action taken

 

13j.

#12a CC December 19, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting Auditor's Report for November 2011.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13k.

#12b CC December 19, 2011
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13l.

#8a CC January 24, 2012
Communication of the City Auditor transmitting Auditor's Report for December 2011.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13m.

#8.24A CM January 31, 2012
Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Mid-Year Expenditures and Revenues for Fiscal Year 2012.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

13n.

#8.32B CM January 31, 2012
Communcation of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Governor's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Recommendation.

Attachments

No Action Taken

 

14.

RESOLUTION

14a.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby strongly supports the Massachusetts Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program and the organized PCA workforce; and respectfully urges the state administration and the PCA Quality Home Care Workforce Council to negotiate in good faith for a new collective bargaining agreement that benefits the PCA Program, workforce and consumers. (Rivera)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to File the item - the Motion to File was denied on a roll call vote of 1 Yea and 10 Nays (Yea - Lukes) (Nays - Economou, Eddy, Germain, O'Brien, Palmieri, Petty, Rivera, Rushton, Russell, Toomey) Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 1 Nay (Yeas - Economou, Eddy, Germain, O'Brien, Palmieri, Petty, Rivera, Rushton Russell, Toomey) (Nay - Lukes)

 

15.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

15a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Report of the Planning Board upon the Petition of Councilor Frederick C. Rushton request sewers be installed in Wendover Rd.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Thomas Noone, et al request Dellwood Rd. be repaved: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

15c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Report of the Planning Board upon the Petition of Boris Aronson request private portion of Buckley Rd. be made public: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

15d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of 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: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilors William Eddy, Joseph Petty, Joffrey Smith, Gary Rosen, Kathleen Toomey and Frederick Rushton on behalf of the residents of Chiltern Hill Drive, et. al, request the construction of a sidewalk on the westerly side of Flagg Street from Chiltern Hill Drive to Aylesbury Road in the interest of the safety of school children walking to and from Flagg Street Elementary School and the school bus stop at the corner of Aylesbury Road and Flagg Street: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Status Report #2 for the CSX Project: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) Activity Report for the Month of November 2011: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) Activity Report for the Month of December 2011: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Communication of Kyle Fair, TEC Associates, transmitting communication relative to Railroad Vegetation Management Plan: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Bart Lewandowski Jr. request removal of dangerous rocks from the public portion of Tyson Rd. at #16 and #14: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15k.

REPORT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE Upon the Petition of Siobhan & Michael Dennis request to install sidewalks on Flagg St. between Chiltern Hill Dr. and the intersection of Richmond Ave: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION

16a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Master Plan for Improvements to Bennett Field: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order that the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby approve the Master Plan for improvements to Bennett Field.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

16b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Master Plan for Improvements to Crompton Park: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order that the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby approve the Master Plan for improvements to Crompton Park.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

16c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an update for the 2011 Wheels to Water Program: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Wheels to Water Program: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Creation of a City Youth Council: recommend the Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Report of the Committee on Youth, Parks and Recreation Report of the Committee on Youth, Parks and Recreation Upon the Petition of Councilor William J. Eddy request swing set for children be installed at Elm Park playground: recommend the Communication be placed on file.

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Accepted

 

17.

TO BE ORDAINED

17a.

Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group A - Administrative and Supervisory (Regional Public Health Stipend)

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

 

18.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

18a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Operations of the WPD Police Vehicle Garage. (Tabled - Lukes February 14, 2012)

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Councilor Lukes moved to hold this under privilege for a second time - Approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes

 

18b.

ORDER of Councilor Michael J. Germain, Councilor William J. Eddy, Councilor Frederick C. Rushton, Councilor Tony Economou, Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien, Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby prohibit the City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk from retaining fees collected for the solemnization of marriages performed at City Hall or any other city property during regular business hours; and shall collect the statuary fees for the solemnization of marriages performed at City Hall during regular business hours and remit those fees to the City Treasurer for deposit as a General Fund receipt; and this shall take effect on July 1, 2012 and shall remain in effect until revised or repealed by order of the City Council. (Tabled - Germain February 14, 2012)

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Councilor River and Councilor Russell moved to be recused - Approved on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays. Both Councilors left the room. Councilor Germain requested to move the question - Approved on a roll call vote of 6 Yeas and 3 Nays (Yeas - Economou, Germain, O'Brien, Rushton, Toomey, Petty) (Nays - Eddy, Lukes, Palmieri) Order adopted on a roll call vote of 7 Yeas and 1 Nay (Yeas - Economou, Eddy, Germain, O'Brien, Rushton, Toomey, Petty) (Nay - Palmieri) (Absent - Lukes) Reconsideration was filed by Councilor Palmieri and was denied on March 13, 2012 (see item #6a)

 

18c.

ORDER of Councilor Michael J. Germain, Councilor William J. Eddy, Councilor Frederick C. Rushton, Councilor Tony Economou, Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien, Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - That the City Council of the City of Worcester, effective July 1, 2012, increases the salary of City Clerk David J. Rushford from $60.14 per hour ($2,405.60 weekly; $125,520.77 annually) to $64.93 per hour ($2,597.20 weekly; $135,518.18 annually); and, Be it Furthered Ordered that the City Council, effective July 1, 2012, increases the salary of Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux from $31.74 per hour ($1,269.60 weekly; $66,245.91 annually) to $33.41 per hour ($1,336.40 weekly; $69,731.44 annually). (Tabled - Germain February 14, 2012)

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Councilor River and Councilor Russell moved to be recused - Approved on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays. Both Councilors left the room. Councilor Germain requested to move the question - Approved on a roll call vote of 6 Yeas and 3 Nays (Yeas - Economou, Germain, O'Brien, Rushton, Toomey, Petty) (Nays - Eddy, Lukes, Palmieri) Order adopted on a roll call vote of 7 Yeas and 1 Nay (Yeas - Economou, Eddy, Germain, O'Brien, Rushton, Toomey, Petty) (Nay - Palmieri) (Absent - Lukes) Reconsideration was filed by Councilor Palmieri and was denied on March 13, 2012 (see item #6b)

 

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)

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No Action Taken

 

19b.

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)

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No Action Taken

 

19c.

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)

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No Action Taken

 

19d.

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)

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No Action Taken

 

19e.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the status of #5 May Street. (Tabled - O'Brien January 31, 2012)

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No Action Taken

 

19f.

COMMUNICATION of the City Clerk transmitting communication expanding upon the newspaper article regarding the human error factor which occurred in the city's recount. (Tabled - Lukes February 7, 2012)

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No Action Taken

 

20.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES

20a.

Motion Rushton @ #7x CC - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the status of K2 products and the DEA ruling on synthetic chemical substances.

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Order adopted

 

20b.

Motion Rushton @ #7x CC - Request City Clerk provide City Council with how the request to ban certain herbs coated with synthetic chemicals was previously voted by City Council.

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Order adopted

 

20c.

Councilor Palmieri @ #12c CC - Request City Manager report whether or not there are any issues concerning collective bargaining with the Senior Work Off Program and whether or not there would be any benchmarks that would determine eligibility.

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Order adopted

 

20d.

Councilor Lukes @ #12c CC - Request City Manager report whether or not workers in a Senior Work Off Program would need to declare earned income as taxable income and whether or not the program would be obligated to run for a certain number of years.

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Order adopted

 

20e.

Motion Eddy @ #8.13C CM - Request City Manager provide City Council with the Responsible Employer Ordinance from City of Boston and a copy of the Worcester ordinance that the administration believes will not pass muster.

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Order adopted

 

20f.

Motion Lukes @ #8.13C CM - Request City Manager form a task force to address employment needs in the local economy and sit down with employers, contractors and union/non union trades people.

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Order adopted

 

20g.

Motion Toomey @ #8.13C CM - Request the Mayor and City Manager contact the Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and request guidance for developing language for a future Responsible Employer Ordinance.

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Order adopted

 

20h.

Motion Eddy @ #8.4A CM - Request City Manager provide an explanation of the categories in the next Charter Communication's Quarterly Report.

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Order adopted

 

20i.

Motion O'Brien @ #8.4C CM - Request City Manager provide a report regarding housing projects that explains what is a deferred developer fee loan, which projects are complete and those that are not complete, and of those that are not complete at what percentage is the project completed, how much of public funds have been expended, and explain the purpose of the developer fee.

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Order adopted

 

20j.

Motion Lukes @ #8.4C CM - Request City Manager obtain the average per square foot cost in a private housing development versus a publicly funded housing development of a similar size.

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Order adopted

 

20k.

Motion Lukes @ #8.4C CM - Request City Manager post the Annual Report of the Executive Office of Economic Development for 2011 on the city's web site.

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Order adopted

 

20l.

Motion Palmieri @ #8.4C CM - Request City Manager report the total amount of monies that have been put into new small businesses over the past year.

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Order adopted

 

20m.

Motion Germain @ #8.10B CM - Request City Manager recommend funding for at least five additional police recruits.

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Order adopted

 

20n.

Motion Lukes @ #8.28A - Request City Manager report how Technical Services plans to spend the funding for capital equipment improvements and how it will upgrade the city's computer systems.

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Order adopted

 

20o.

Motion Eddy @ #12a CC - Request City Manager provide City Council with a list of agencies who might qualify for funds from a voluntary fund that would support animal shelters or animal welfare organizations.

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Order adopted

 

20p.

Motion Lukes @ #12a CC - Request City Manager establish a policy regarding voluntary funds and have it structured to included who would provide oversight and who would be accountable.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20q.

Motion Germain - Suspension of Rules - Request the City Manager provide City Council with a comprehensive report as to whether the city has or does not have any recourse when contractors who have serious allegations made against them and what would be the impacts to that city contract.

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Order adopted

 

20r.

Motion Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager request the City Solicitor report to City Council as to who hires and appoints the Assistant City Clerks.

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Order adopted

 

20s.

Motion Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager send correspondence to Pat's Towing stating that as a city we intend to do everything we can to protect the public and to act in the public's best interest in terms of our towing contracts.

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Order adopted

 

20t.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report previously requested on November 29, 2011 concerning the Tobacco Control Program.

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Order adopted

 

20u.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager contact CSX regarding the loud noises taking place at their CSX facility.

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Order adopted

 

20v.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager meet with respective parties involved with the SMOC operation in Worcester and report the status of the new Triage Assessment Center.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20w.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request the City Manager set benchmarks for City Hall weddings and report whether or not the City Clerk can limit the number of days for performing weddings.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20x.

Motion Rushton - Suspension of Rules - Request the Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools provide a report concerning any school department policy that allows students that are known gang members to participate in athletic programs.

Councilor Toomey moved to amend: Further, request the report include any MIAA guidelines.

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Order adopted as amended

 

20y.

Motion Lukes - Suspension of Rules - Request the Police Chief to monitor for compliance the four-way Stop Sign at the intersection of Hadwen Road at Morningside Road.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20z.

Motion Palmieri - Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager provide City Council with a quarterly report concerning the number of City Hall weddings and income collected.

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Order adopted