CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:00 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:57 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Tony Economou
Michael T. Gaffney Khrystian E. King
Konstantina B. Lukes Candy Mero-Carlson City Clerk
Susan M. Ledoux
Sarai Rivera Gary Rosen
George J. Russell Kathleen M. Toomey
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

INVOCATION - Pastor Mark Nilson of Salem Covenant Church.

2.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair except for Councilor Toomey, who arrived at 6:09 P.M.

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

5.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

5a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of June 21, 2016.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

6.

ELECTION OF ONE RESIDENT TO THE LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

6a.

ELECTION - Stephanie Eden Pasha was elected to fill one vacancy for an unexpired term ending on December 31, 2018.

 

7.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

7a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speaker:
1. John Provost, Worcester resident

 

8.

HEARINGS & ORDERS

8a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for conduit location at: BEDFORD AVE. & PILGRIM AVE. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for conduit location at: BEDFORD AVE & PILGRIM AVE..

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

8b.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for conduit location at: HAMILTON ST./JONATHAN CIRCLE/BROOKDALE ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for conduit location at: HAMILTON ST./JONATHAN CIRCLE/BROOKDALE ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

8c.

Hearing: LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at: BELMONT ST. Granting permission to LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at: BELMONT ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

9.

PETITIONS

9a.

Carole Edwards et al request Hooper St. from Catharine St. to Mount Vernon St. be made public.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

9b.

Tony Bahnan request to reopen the voting regarding the private street conversion of Luther Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9c.

Todd Rodman, Esq. on behalf of Liberty Walnut Street, LLC request Sudbury St. from its intersection with Harvard St. to its intersection with Eden St. be repaved, as indicated on the attached plan.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9d.

Therese Robert request the road in front of the driveway at 127 West St. be repaired.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9e.

Francine Melanson request sidewalk repair in front of 15 Ardmore Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9f.

Luz Maria Diaz request sidewalk repair in front of 19 Norrback Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9g.

Santa Mercado request abatement of street assessment #25382, in the amount of $10,473.60 for Spaulding St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9h.

Kelton Petrollari request sidewalk repair in front of 266 Burncoat St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9i.

William and Joan Ekberg request sidewalk repair in front of 32 Burncoat Terrace.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9j.

Samir Tokatli request sidewalk repair in front of 20 Rosewood Dr.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9k.

Greg Sullivan and Robert Cronin request sidewalk repair in front of 6-10 Ivernia Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9l.

Debora Spano on behalf of UMass Memorial Health Care request the City to allow UMass Memorial Medical Center to create walking paths for their employees and visitors on/around the Memorial and Hahneman campuses. Routes would be indicated by blue sneaker/footprints (one foot tall) stenciled onto the sidewalks, some of which are actually city property (see map attached).

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9m.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty request the entire length of South Edlin St. be resurfaced.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9n.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Hooper St. be repaved.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9o.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Dartmouth St. be repaved.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9p.

Councilor Tony Economou on behald of Angela Moore request sidewalk repair in front of 158 King Philip Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9q.

Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of the residents at 14 and 16 Saxon Rd. request sidewalk repair in front of 14 and 16 Saxon Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9r.

Zhaoyu Zheng request existing resident permit parking in Institute Rd. from Hall St. Ext. to Russell St. be extended from Hall St. Ext. to Park Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9s.

Todd Rodman, Esq. on behalf of Liberty Walnut Street, LLC request the two (2) existing "No Parking Anytime" signs on the portion of Sudbury St. between Harvard St. and Eden St. be changed to "No Standing" signs and add two (2) additional "No Standing" signs, all as indicated on the attached plan.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9t.

Todd Rodman, Esq. on behalf of Liberty Walnut Street, LLC request change to the traffic flow to make Sudbury St. one way from Harvard St. to Eden St., as indicated on the attached plan.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9u.

Justin Rooney on behalf of Quabbin Estates Condominiums request installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage at the triangular shaped island at the entry to the Quabbin Estates Condominiums where Cobblestone Ln. and Mountain St. East intersect.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9v.

Jon Oliveri request removal of "No Parking Anytime" signage in Locust St., both sides, from Belmont St. to a point 530' south of Belmont St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9w.

Pauline Desrosiers request removal of the handicap parking space at the corner of Camp St. and Cambridge St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9x.

Patricia Finnegan Gates, Esq. on behalf of Worcester Trumbull Street LLC request removal of three (3) parking meters located at or about 125 Front St. near the intersection with Trumbull St., adjacent to the AC Hotel being constructed by the Petitioner, and further, requests that the hotel drop off zone be located in place of the three (3) removed parking meters.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9y.

Debra Karasek request the handicap parking space in front of 249 Shrewsbury St. be removed.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9z.

Patrick Keating request crosswalk at 181 Lake Ave., Marine Corps League, Inc., be moved to a southerly location closer to 193 Lake Ave., Madulka's Ice Cream, as a means to improve sight lines of crossing pedestrians.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9aa.

Councilor Gary Rosen request the installation of pedestrian crossing lights at the intersection of Park Ave. and Mill St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9bb.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Veterans Inc. request installation of temporary stops to drop off physically disabled veterans and deliveries in front of 69 Grove St., Veterans Inc.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9cc.

Kimberly Shea request installation of a handicap parking space in Wachusett St. at a point 20' south of Dix St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9dd.

Kimberly Shea request removal of handicap parking space on the Dix St. side of 6 Wachusett St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9ee.

James Savage request installation of resident permit parking on the east side of Ashland St., Monday through Friday, 24 hours a day.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9ff.

James Savage request removal of "No Parking Anytime" restriction at 9 Ashland St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9gg.

Councilor Gary Rosen on behalf of the Golden Living Center - The Hermitage request the installation of appropriate signage to curb dangerous vehicular speeding on that portion of Swan Ave from the foot of the hill on Mill St. up to the entrance of this facility.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9hh.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Veterans Inc. request installation of a crosswalk at 69 Grove St., at the entrance of Veterans Inc.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9ii.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Veterans Inc. request the traffic light at the northern terminus of Tuckerman St., where it meets Salisbury St., be reconfigured to allow vehicles exiting Veterans Inc.'s Armory parking lot to proceed onto Salisbury St. while westbound traffic on Salisbury St. remains stopped.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9jj.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Veterans Inc. request removal of metered parking spaces in Lancaster St., between Salisbury St. and Faraday St.. with those spaces being converted to permit parking available to Veterans Inc.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9kk.

Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of Stephanie Brennan request speed enforcement in the vicinity of 509 Salisbury St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9ll.

George Warren request Worcester City Council consider writing a letter/resolution to support the proposal to relocate the Massachusetts Liberty Bell Replica #8 at the Statehouse in order to make it accessible to the public.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke. Councilor Bergman moved to file the Item. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 1 Nay (Nay - Gaffney)

 

9mm.

Rich Aucoin and Susan Serpa request City Council consider adopting the attached resolution regarding, "To Keep the Constitutional Oath."

Attachments

Petitioner spoke. Councilor Rosen moved to file the Item. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 2 Nays (Yeas - Bergman, Economou, King, Lukes, Mero-Carlson, Rosen, Russell, Toomey, Petty) (Nays - Gaffney, Rivera)

 

10.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

10.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Appointment of Njeri Gichohi to the Elder Affairs Commission.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
B.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Appointment of Michael Crompton to the Memorial Auditorium Board of Trustees.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

10.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
 

10.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
A.

Recommend adoption of Salary Ordinance Amendments to bring the ordinance into compliance with changes enacted in the FY17 Budget.

Attachments

Voted to advertise (3) proposed ordinances on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
 

10.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

10.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Recommend adoption of amendments to Chapter 7 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 relative to drought and water supply emergencies and cross connection control.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
A.

Recommend adoption of an Order of Taking pertaining to the acquisition of a 78-acre Asnebumskit Hill Conservation Restriction.Refer to CCM Item 10.31B

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty moved for reconsideration. Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and 11 Nays.

 
 

10.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Construction Progress Report for the month ending May 31, 2016.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Construction Progress Report for the month ending June 30, 2016.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) Activity Report for the month of May 2016.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
 

10.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

10.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

10.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the newly established Neighborhood Response Team.

Attachments

Referred to Public Safety Committee

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the progress of the Off-Highway Vehicle Task Force.

Attachments

Referred to Public Safety Committee

 
 

10.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

10.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

10.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
 

10.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

10.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

10.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

10.17

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

10.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

10.19

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Human Rights and Disabilities
 

10.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

10.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

10.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

10.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

10.24

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

10.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

10.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

10.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to LED technology status and streetlight demonstration.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
 

10.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

10.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Technical Services Division
 

10.30

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

10.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Recommend that Sixty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($65,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C784, Park Improvements - Aquatics, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70201, Aquatic Facilities, to allow for current and anticipated future obligations for the Parks Aquatic Facilities.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that One Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($170,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C702A, Water Land Acquisition, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C786, Watershed Land Acquisition, so as to provide necessary funding for this very important conservation restriction for watershed protection.Refer to CCM Item 10.6A

Attachments

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

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to MSBA approval of accelerated repair at Chandler Elementary Community School, Gerald Creamer Center, Belmont Elementary School and Wawecus Road Elementary School.Refer to CCM Item 10.35A

Attachments

Placed on file

 
D.

Recommend that Three Hundred Nine Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy Eight Dollars And Seventy Four Cents ($309,778.74) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7807, Citywide Capital Equipment, and be appropriated, when and as received, to Parks Account # 72C701, Parks Capital Equipment, to allow for purchase and future payment of approved Parks Capital Equipment purchase.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file and accept a grant in the amount of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($200,000.00) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Improvements to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file and accept a subgrant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health via the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts in an amount of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($25,000.00).

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept a donation in the amount of Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($50.00) from Worcester resident, Dot Patterson.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file and accept a Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for up to One Hundred Fifty Six Thousand Nine Hundred Thirty Seven Dollars and No Cents ($156,937.00)

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($5,000.00) from the Worcester Public Library Foundation for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude an in-kind donation with a value of Eleven Thousand Two Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($11,200.00) from Charter TV3 for promoting the 2016 Out To Lunch Concert Services and Farmers Market.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
G.

Recommend adoption of an order to accept a gift of murals from the Worcester Natural History Society d/b/a EcoTarium, and an order to accept a temporary easement for 321 Main Street.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend adoption of an order to accept and expend funding from the U.S. Department of Labor's Disability Employment Initiative VII Cooperative Agreements Grant for a maximum award of $2.5 million.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
I.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept and expend funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Grant in the amount of One Million Dollars And No Cents ($1,000,000.00).

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
J.

Recommend adoption of resolutions to accept with gratitude donations totaling Forty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($40,000.00) to support the City's Recreation Worcester Program.

Attachments

(3) Resolutions adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
K.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation totaling Twelve Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty Six Dollars and Sixty Two Cents ($12,786.62) from the Worcester Public Library Foundation Talking Book Donations.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
L.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude numerous small donations to the Worcester Public Library for the 4th quarter Fiscal Year 2016 in the total amount of Three Hundred Seventy Dollars and No Cents ($370.00).

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
M.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude, a donation from Park Spirit in the amount of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) to support the City's 2016 Recreation Worcester Program.

Attachments

Councilor Gaffney moved to recuse himself from this Item. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Gaffney absent)

 
 

10.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Nine Hundred Fifty Three Thousand Three Hundred Twenty Six Dollars And No Cents ($953,326.00) be transferred as described to provide sufficient funding for the Off-Street Program for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Also referred to Traffic and Parking Committee for informational purposes.

 
B.

Recommend approval and acceptance of Sixteen Thousand Eight Hundred Thirty Six Dollars and Seventy Five Cents ($16,836.75) from the Commonwealth’s Sewer Rate Relief Fund.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Six Million Six Hundred Thirty Six Thousand Thirty Six Dollars and Thirty Six Cents ($6,636,036.36) (General Fund of $1,526,717.74, Enterprise/Special Revenue Accounts of $261,284.46, and Capital Accounts of $4,848,034.16) be transferred from various General Fund, Enterprise/Special Revenue Accounts, and Capital accounts, and be appropriated to various General Fund, Enterprise/Special Revenue Accounts, and Capital accounts to make adjustments to City accounts to balance the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
 

10.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
A.

Recommend adoption of a Loan Order in the amount of Nine Million Three Hundred Sixteen Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($9,316,000.00) be appropriated to fund four building improvement projects of the Worcester Public Schools as described.Refer to CCM Item 10.31C

Attachments

Voted to advertised proposed Loan Order on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
 

10.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
11.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

11a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager provide City Council with a recommendation as to whether or not it is feasible to turn the oval in the Common into a roller skating rink in the fall season.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks consider making repairs at the Pleasant St. tennis court at Newton Square by filling the cracks and repainting the lines.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12.

ORDERS

12a.

Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the benefits and plans, if any, of dredging the mucky pond at Elm Park to prevent it from shrinking, becoming a shallow cattail and weed-filled swamp, or possibly even drying up. Dredging generally removes 2 to 5 feet of muck, reducing the nutrient base for excess vegetation and creating deeper water where sunlight cannot penetrate. (Rosen, Rivera)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12b.

Request City Manager request City Solicitor draft language for a rules amendment that will prohibit the submission of any material by a council member, municipal employee, and or member of the public at large that is profane, contains slurs, or hate speech: this to ensure that it is reflected in the guiding principles of this body that there is no place for such material in the official record of the City of Worcester. Said language should also serve to protect the City of Worcester from any potential liabilities. (King)

Attachments

Motion Mero-Carlson @ 12b CC – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report concerning whether or not City Council has the authority to express collective displeasure of the actions of an individual Councilor, if such actions by an individual Councilor are so offensive that it brings discredit to the City Council as a body. Further, if such an action is possible, request the report include an outline of the process for such a collective action. (see Item #20g) Councilor Gaffney moved to file the Item. Motion Toomey @ 12b CC – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report concerning the definition of hate speech, as well as what authority a public body has to put restrictions on behavior and language utilized by members of that body. (see Item #20h) Councilor Lukes moved to support the motion to file. Councilor Russell moved to amend: Further, request City Manager request City Solicitor include in the report whether the City Council already has the authority to sanction a member for offensive language. Mayor Petty moved to amend: Further, request City Manager request City Solicitor include in the report what speech is and is not constitutional. Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 7 Yeas and 4 Nays (Yeas - Bergman, Economou, King, Mero-Carlson, Rivera, Toomey, Petty) (Nays - Gaffney, Lukes, Rosen, Russell)

 

12c.

Request City Manager report on the feasibility of the initiation of an architectural review process for new public buildings and new construction by developers who are the recipients of city approved financial incentives or benefits and to include floral, decorative or plants (window boxes, roof gardens etc) as a discretionary part of the process. (Lukes)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes

 

12d.

Request City Manager report on the feasibility of outsourcing, as a pilot program, the park maintenance of a large city park. (Lukes)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes

 

12e.

Request City Manager report on the utilization of the digital game Pokemon GO as a teaching tool regarding current public events and city historical monuments and buildings as destinations for the game. In addition, include in the report the negative and dangerous aspects of the game and whether police oversight is required. (Lukes)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes

 

12f.

Request City Manager and Fire Chief instruct Fire personnel to only use Ernest Ave. while on their way to an emergency call to limit the amount of fire trucks going up and down this residential street. (Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12g.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks replace missing stop sign in Ernest Ave. at Hamilton St. (Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12h.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: BARRETT AVENUE

Attachments

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

 

12i.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: CANDLEWOOD STREET

Attachments

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

 

12j.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: HILMA STREET

Attachments

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

 

12k.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: NAVASOTA AVE.

Attachments

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

 

12l.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: WEST CHESTER ST.

Attachments

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

 

12m.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC : WESCOTT ST.

Attachments

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

 

12n.

DECREE TO MAKE PUBLIC: WILLOW STREET

Attachments

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

 

13.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE - No items pending

14.

COMMUNICATION

14a.

Timothy J. McGourthy, Executive Director for Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc. transmitting communication regarding "Breaking Down the Budget: Questions to Consider."

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 

15.

REPORTS OF THE PLANNING BOARD

15a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Agnes Asare to make public Bangor St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of the City Manager relative to the discontinuance of a portion of Bergin Lane as a private way.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

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 upcoming 2016 summer Recreation Worcester Program, Youth Corps, and Parks Stewards: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to Greenwood Park: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Petition of William S. Coleman III request City Council have City Administration establish a licensed animal owner advisory committee to assist city administrators in establishing ordinances and rules regarding pets in our city: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Petition of Councilor Sarai Rivera request the basketball court at Crompton Park be resurfaced, the rims and nets replaced and the backboards be repainted: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

17.

TO BE ORDAINED

17a.

Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 Occupational Group A – Administrative and Supervisory Occupational Group EM – Executive Management. Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 Occupational Group A – Administrative and Supervisory. Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 Occupational Group D – Stores and Purchasing. Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 Occupational Group N – Police. Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 Occupational Group X Human Services, Law Enforcement and Public Health.

Attachments

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

 

17b.

Amending Chapter Thirteen of the Revised Ordinances Concerning Recreational Vehicles.

Attachments

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

 

17c.

Amending Section 40 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide resident permit parking on Dominion Road.

Attachments

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

 

17d.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to rescind handicap parking in front of 60 Providence Street.

Attachments

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

 

17e.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 45 Ledgecrest Drive.

Attachments

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

 

17f.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 64 Providence Street.

Attachments

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

 

17g.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking on Lapierre Street adjacent to 133B Plantation Street.

Attachments

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

 

17h.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 3 North Woodford Street.

Attachments

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

 

17i.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 9 Merrick Street.

Attachments

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

 

17j.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to rescind handicap parking at 17 Blanche Street.

Attachments

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

 

17k.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 149 Ingleside Avenue.

Attachments

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

 

17l.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking across from 70 Rodney Street.

Attachments

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

 

17m.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 14 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 54 Edgeworth Street.

Attachments

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

 

17n.

Amending Section 43 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to amend the Winter Parking Ban on Victor Avenue.

Attachments

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

 

18.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

18a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting communication responding to City Council inquiry requesting City Manager submit an estimated assessor's recap comparing the proposed FY 17 tax levy with the current real estate assessments and the FY 16 assessed values. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes June 14, 2016 and June 21, 2016)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to Table the Item. Tabled - Lukes

 

18b.

PETITION of Todd Rodman, Attorney on behalf of 150 Blackstone River Road, LLC request abandonment and discontinuance of a portion of Blackstone River Rd. (Tabled Under Privilege - Russell June 28, 2016)

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

19.

TABLED ITEMS

19a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the number of properties in areas surrounding Holy Cross, Clark University, Becker College and WPI that are listed as having true four-bedroom units. (Tabled - Bergman August 19, 2014)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19b.

PETITION of Frank Kartheiser et al on behalf of the Worcester Community-Labor Coalition request City Council hold public hearings starting in October on charter change and that at the conclusion of the hearings the Council takes a vote on holding an election to let the voters decide Worcester's future form of government. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes August 19, 2014 and Tabled - Petty September 16, 2014)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager recommending approval of Legislation to Impose a Fine on Motorists that Damage a Bridge that is marked with a Height Restriction. (Tabled - Bergman December 2, 2014)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19d.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Brittan Square Parking Lot. (Tabled - Palmieri January 7, 2015 and January 13, 2015)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19e.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman - Request City Manager provide information from the City Solicitor as to what steps are available to enforce breaches of the Services Agreement with Laz Parking Limited, LLC in regards to City owned parking garages, specifically the Federal Plaza Parking Garage. (Tabled - Petty January 7, 2015, Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman January 13, 2015 and Tabled - Bergman January 20, 2015)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19f.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Tony Economou and Councilor George J. Russell - Request City Manager provide information from the City Assessor, Chief Financial Officer and City Solicitor as to the assessed real property values of all City owned parking garages, the amount of debt, if any, the anticipated repairs and/or capital improvements costs for fiscal year(s) 2015/2016 and the existing lease commitments/terms for spaces in these garages. (Tabled - Petty January 7, 2015, Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman January 13, 2015 and Tabled - Bergman January 20, 2015)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Order of Councilor Michael T. Gaffney request City Manager consider amending the Five Point Financial Plan to require that any increases in local aid received from the Commonwealth be assigned to the Other Post Employment Benefit Trust Fund: recommend Order be placed on file. (Tabled - Gaffney June 16, 2015)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19h.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen and Councilor Philip P. Palmieri - Request City Manager inform City Council as to whether he and other representatives from the city intend to meet with the owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox to see if they have any interest in relocating to Worcester. (Tabled - Gaffney September 29, 2015)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19i.

PETITION of Todd Holland request the City Council Calendar available on the City Government web site provide the following: 1) Under description a full and accurate synopsis be placed to properly inform all citizens of the true & accurate purpose of said meeting. 2) Under the Heading of "More Information" a link is provided to available agenda and purpose of meeting. 3) All meeting minutes be available on line in a timely manor and to include accurate details on presenters, attendees and attachments of any proposed plans. 4) A more efficient format making it easier to navigate using a graphical user interface friendly to people who lack full computer literacy. (Tabled - Economou January 12, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19j.

PETITION of Todd Holland request all City of Worcester agendas include the name of the specific person(s) or department presenting on each item in a given agenda. (Tabled - Economou January 12, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19k.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication on a quarterly update relative to the City of Worcester’s plan to implement improved strategies and policies that better serve and represent our diverse community. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes January 26, 2016 and Tabled - Petty February 2, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19l.

PETITION of Denise Healey request removal of granite borders placed by the City onto private properties on Plantation St., and placed instead in a City park. (Tabled - Mero-Carlson February 9, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19m.

PETITION of Denise Healey request removal of large planters clumped together on Plantation St. (Tabled - Mero-Carlson February 9, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19n.

PETITION of Denise Healey request the targeted second "makeover" of Shrewsbury St. be placed on hold until other city streets have had their first "makeover". (Tabled - Mero-Carlson February 9, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19o.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request City Manager reach out to Verizon to make inquiries regarding expansion of FIOS into Worcester in light of their recent investment in Boston. (Tabled - Petty May 17, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19p.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a list of the non-profit agencies who keep their properties on the tax rolls. (Tabled - Gaffney May 24, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19q.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report listing properties that have been converted from commercial or industrial to residential. (Tabled - Gaffney May 24, 2016)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION - Items brought forth under suspension at the July 19, 2016 City Council meeting.

20a.

Motion Economou @ 10.5A CM – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with an update concerning the City’s efforts to conserve water during the current drought.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20b.

Motion Lukes @ 10.5A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding the procedures the City will follow relative to noncompliance with water-use restrictions, including the City’s rights and authority to shut off water and the rights of the water user.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20c.

Motion Petty @ 10.10A CM – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning how to best prioritize the speeding issues in Heard St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20d.

Motion Economou @ 10.10A CM – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide additional police presence in the vicinity of Bancroft Tower to curb illicit behaviors in the area.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20e.

Motion Russell @ 10.10A CM – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide as much attention as possible to address truck traffic issues in the Hamilton St., Grafton St. and Lake Ave. area.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20f.

Motion Lukes @ 10.35A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how much debt service the city is carrying for the school department.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20g.

Motion Mero-Carlson @ 12b CC – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report concerning whether or not City Council has the authority to express collective displeasure of the actions of an individual Councilor, if such actions by an individual Councilor are so offensive that it brings discredit to the City Council as a body. Further, if such an action is possible, request the report include an outline of the process for such a collective action.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20h.

Motion Toomey @ 12b CC – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report concerning the definition of hate speech, as well as what authority a public body has to put restrictions on behavior and language utilized by members of that body.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20i.

Motion Rosen – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the City’s flag flying protocols.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20j.

Motion Bergman – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks look into possible parking improvements in the May St. and Chandler St. area in the vicinity of 280 May St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20k.

PETITION – Councilor Tony Economou on behalf the residents of West Chester St. request installation of “Not A Truck Route” signage, as well as a truck weight limitation in West Chester St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

20l.

Motion Economou – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks reinstall “Low Wire" and “Not A Truck Route” signage in Tyson Rd. where it intersects with West Boylston St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20m.

PETITION – Councilor Sarai Rivera on behalf of Linda Pacuku request installation of resident permit parking in Piedmont St. from Austin St. to Pleasant St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

20n.

Order Toomey – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether the City has any rules and regulations in place for Tiny Houses. Further, request City Manger provide in said report information concerning how the City may be able to utilize Tiny Houses to address housing issues.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

20o.

Order Lukes – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding the legality of registered vehicles parked on public or private streets weighing less than 11,000 pounds, which are being used for residential purposes.

Attachments

Order adopted