CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:32 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:36 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Khrystian E. King
Konstantina B. Lukes Candy Mero-Carlson
Sarai Rivera Sean M. Rose City Clerk
Susan M. Ledoux
Gary Rosen George J. Russell
Kathleen M. Toomey Matthew E. Wally
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

INVOCATION - Pastor Steven Barrett, Christ the Rock Fellowship

2.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair, except for Councilors Bergman and Toomey. Councilor Toomey arrived at 6:42 P.M.

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4a.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty presented a Key to the City to Sidney Freedman of Olympic Trophies on the occasion of their 80th Anniversary as a business in the City of Worcester.

 

4b.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty read a Proclamation declaring the week of March 11th to March 17th as Girl Scout Week in the City of Worcester. The Proclamation was presented to Cadette Girl Scout Troop 41032, which included Grace Kelly, Madison Minor, Grace Sarsfield, Maranda Carroll, Geniesa Hargrove, Kelly Kelly, Carole Steen and Melanie Bonsu.

 

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 February 27, 2018.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speaker:
1. William Sweeney, Worcester resident

 

7.

HEARINGS & ORDERS

7a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: FENWICK ST. and VASSAR ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: FENWICK ST. and VASSAR ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7b.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for conduit and manhole locations at: FLORENCE ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for conduit and manhole locations at: FLORENCE ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7c.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: BEECHING ST. and FLAGG ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: BEECHING ST. and FLAGG ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7d.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for conduit and manhole location at: HARRINGTON WAY Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for conduit and manhole location at: HARRINGTON WAY

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

8.

FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS - BIANNUAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE - Taken up with item #10.4B

9.

PETITIONS

9a.

Antonio Chionchio request city investigate the tree outside of 22 Northboro St. and determine if it needs to be trimmed or removed.

Attachments

Referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks

 

9b.

Eric Ward request installation of new street lights in the vicinity of 270-276 Wildwood Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 

9c.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request the sidewalk in front of Foley Stadium between Coolidge Rd. and Abbott St. be made wheelchair accessible, as it is currently not due to the location of metal poles in the sidewalk.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9d.

Keith Mooradian request the City create an exemption in the sidewalk snow removal policy to allow for the responsibility of snow removal for the sidewalks on Grove St. across from Indian Lake that abuts 16 Waycross St. to be taken over by the City or the State

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9e.

Susan & Walter Burns request abatement of sewer betterment assessment #31250 in the amount of $12,000.00 for Knapp Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9f.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request Crest Circle be resurfaced.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9g.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request to resurface Longfellow Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9h.

Jo Hart request an immediate public forum to discuss creating a public-forum form of government where the City Council and the City Manager strive to respond sensibly to a common-sense request of a public petitioner and strive to answer it, respond to it, or ask questions about it, and not send it to a committee.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke and Placed on file

 

9i.

Bouleng Seneth request installation of handicap parking space in front of 33 Standish St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9j.

Gloria Ortega request installation of handicap parking space in front of 15 South Buffum St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9k.

Elizabeth Vargas request installation of a second handicap parking space in front of 7A Clarkson St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9l.

James Bisceglia request installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage across from the driveway at 54 Honeysuckle Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9m.

Javier Amarat request installation of handicap parking space in front of 211 Constitution Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9n.

Sonia Carestio request removal of one of the two handicap parking spaces in front of 65 Plantation St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9o.

Thoma Xhupi request installation of "No Parking Anytime" in front of 325 Pleasant St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9p.

Maureen Comer request installation of resident permit parking on the east side of Trowbridge Rd., from Highland St. to Institute Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9q.

Charles Beauregard request installation of two handicap parking spaces in front of 127 Plantation St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9r.

Frank Zitomersky request the winter parking ban on Beacon St., as well as the yearly parking use of the street be consistent by allowing parking on the odd numbered side from Hammond St. to Hermon St. and "No Parking Anytime" on the even numbered side from Hammond St. to Hermon St. Further, request the winter parking ban on Beacon St., as well as the yearly parking use of the street be consistent by allowing parking on the even side, from Hermon St. to Madison St. and "No Parking Anytime" on the odd numbered side from Hermon St. to Madison St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9s.

James Bisceglia request No Parking be installed across from driveway at 54 Honeysuckle Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9t.

Tomas Rivera request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 21 Bowdoin St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9u.

TC SYSTEMS INC. for a conduit location at: COUNTRY CLUB BLVD.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 27, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

9v.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORK LLC for conduit location at: PARK AVE.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 27, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

9w.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: LAGRANGE ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 27, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

9x.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: DORCHESTER ST. AND HOUGHTON ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 27, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

9y.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: UPSALA ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 27, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

9z.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: HARDING ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 27, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

9aa.

William S. Coleman III request City Council recognize the outstanding efforts of Worcester's community organizations who are working to encourage our citizens and guests to help clean our city as we spring clean every district in the city.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke and Placed on file.

 

9bb.

Idalla Hazard request City of Worcester advertise in a visible place in the newspaper a notice of the upcoming First Time Buyers Landlord Occupied Ownership Opportunity Program and that notice be sent to minority social service agencies and churches.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke and Placed on file

 

10.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

10.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
 

10.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
 

10.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

10.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Recommend adoption of an Ordinance concerning the compensation of the Cultural Development Officer.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Economic Development Report.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
 

10.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
 

10.6

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

Recommend adoption of Orders relative to the acquisition of 49.87 acres of Conservation Restriction for conservation and watershed preservation purposes in Holden, MA.Refer to CCM Item 10.31G

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to be recused from the Item and left the room. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Lukes absent)

 
 

10.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
 

10.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

10.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

10.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to crime statistics for the calendar year 2017.

Attachments

Referred to Public Safety Committee

 
 

10.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

10.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

10.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion on whether Council can use election district lines to limit the number of marijuana retailers to no more than three in any district.

Attachments

Item taken up with Item #12e CC. Mayor Petty moved, "That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby go on record in support of implementing a restriction of flavored tobacco products to adult only establishments in the City of Worcester as a means to reduce youth access for such products: - Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent). Placed on file

 
 

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
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the 2018 Greater Worcester Community Health Assessment (CHA) Process and Survey Participation.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to request City Manager report to City Council regarding the process/steps needed to implement the banning of flavored tobacco products.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to funding that would specifically combat opioid usage within the City’s youth community.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 
 

10.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the next steps to improve the Senior Center that includes the different ways it can be developed such as creating senior housing. Further, request the City Manager report to Council as to how the services at the Senior Center can be expanded.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 
 

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
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the revenues and expenditures for month ending December 31, 2017.

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 
 

10.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

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 One Hundred Seventy Eight Thousand Thirty Six Dollars and Thirty Three Cents ($178,036.33) be transferred from Account #91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, to Account #68C701, Technical Service Capital Equipment.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Toomey absent)

 
B.

Recommend that Four Hundred Thirty Six Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($436,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C711E, School Capital Rehabilitation, to Account #50C704, School Capital Rehabilitation. This transfer will fund projects such as the School Facilities study and Master Study Plan.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Toomey absent)

 
C.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Six Dollars and Twenty Six Cents ($50,426.26) be transferred from Account #29-33009, Land Sales, to Account #280-93000, Inspectional Services Capital Outlay. This funding transfer is recommended to purchase two vehicles (one truck and one car) which is needed by Inspectional Services.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Toomey absent)

 
D.

Recommend that One Hundred Thirty Nine Thousand Four Hundred Forty Seven Dollars And Ninety Five Cents ($139,447.95) be transferred from Account #29-33009, Land Sales, and be appropriated to Account # 720-93000, Parks Capital outlay, to allow for the purchase and future payment of a new Tiger Boom Mower.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Toomey absent)

 
E.

Recommend that Two Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($210,000.00) be transferred from Reserve Revenue Account # 330-54, Greenwood Street Landfill, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41S607, Greenwood Street Landfill City, to allow for the cost of ongoing environmental monitoring and sampling at the Greenwood Street Landfill.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Toomey absent)

 
F.

Recommend that Eleven Thousand Four Hundred Six Dollars And No Cents ($11,406.00) be reallocated to authorize the funding of a new heater at the Webster Square Fire Station.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Toomey absent)

 
G.

Recommend that Ninety Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($95,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C702A, Water Shed Land Acquisition, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C786, Water Shed Land Acquisition, to allow for the South Road project.Refer to CCM Item 10.6A

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Toomey absent)

 
 

10.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to apply for, accept and expend funds from the Advancing Women Targeted Grant through the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. The total award amount for this funding opportunity is Ten Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($10,000.00).

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to apply for, accept and expend funds from the Teacher Externship Planning Grant through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The total award amount for this funding opportunity is Four Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($4,000.00).

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in an amount of up to Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) from MA HHS under the FY19 First Responder Naloxone Grant program.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file and accept a FY18 604b Water Quality Assessment and Management Planning Grant in an amount of up to Fifty Three Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy Four Dollars and No Cents ($53,874.00).

Attachments

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

 
 

10.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Four Thousand Two Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($4,200.00) be transferred from Account #330-07, Damage Settlement, to Account #50S519, Damage Claims Settlement. This transfer is to reflect the reimbursement of claims received by the insurance companies for accidents involving WPS vehicles.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Nine Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty Six Dollars And Seventy Eight Cents ($9,736.78) be transferred from Account #260-91000, Fire Personal Services, to Account 260-93000, Fire Capital Outlay FY18.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that Thirty Dollars And Sixty Two Cents ($30.62) be approved to pay a real estate tax bill from a prior year.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
A.

Please accept this revised funding request for the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA) 2017 Accelerated Repair Program.

Attachments

Voted to advertised proposed Loan Order on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 
 

10.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Regional Transit Authority.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 
B.

Recommend adoption of an ordinance amendment relative marijuana establishments.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 
11.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

11a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request Police Chief provide increased speed enforcement at Honeysuckle Rd., especially during the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager provide City Council with a traffic study looking at how many trucks make turns on Pond St., Green St. and Water St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request Police Chief provide increased enforcement of the truck ban in the Pond St., Green St. and Water St. area.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12.

ORDERS

12a.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update regarding the progress and success of the city's clean-needle exchange program. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12b.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning a traffic study looking at the accidents at the corner of Chandler St. and Murray Ave. (Rivera)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12c.

Request City Manager develop a campaign to address littering concerns, which could be adopted by various communities as a mean to build awareness and educate residents throughout the City. (Rivera)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12d.

Request City Manager provide a report concerning the cost estimates associated with construction of the Doherty High replacement school including debt service schedules and preliminary estimates of the debt service on future tax rates. (Lukes)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to amend to include South High Community School. Order adopted as amended

 

12e.

Request City Manager develop a written policy where marijuana facilities are located based on serving community need similar to that of package store licensing. (Russell, Rivera, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Item taken up with Item #10.13A CM. Order adopted

 

12f.

Request City Manager develop a written policy where funds received as a result of agreements made with marijuana businesses are spent directly on neighboring community organizations to benefit that specific neighborhood where that facility is located with the consultation of the elected representatives of that neighborhood. (Russell, Rivera, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12g.

Request City Manager report on the status of infant mortality rates and whether distribution of baby boxes would assist in reducing those infant mortality rates. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12h.

Request City Manager develop signage and other guiding methods to assist patrons of the Canal District to find their way between the parking lots and the businesses. (Mero-Carlson, Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

13.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE - No items pending

14.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC & PARKING

14a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Robert Sadusky request installation of handicap parking space in front of 45 Cohasset St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Charles Mooney request removal of a handicap parking space in front of 19 Judson Rd.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

14c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Ude Onowuka request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 16 Montrose St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

14d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Ude Onwuka request to remove handicap parking space in front of 165 Austin St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

14e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Thomas Ducharme request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 31 Louise St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

14f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Khawlah Almustafa request a handicap parking space be installed in front of 7 King Philip Rd.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

14g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Loan Pham request handicap parking space in front 31 Stanton St. be removed: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

14h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of James Bisceglia request installation of stop sign in Honeysuckle Rd. where it intersects with Sophia Dr.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

14i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey and Councilor George J. Russell request speed enforcement in the vicinity of Vernon Hill School: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Sarai Rivera request installation of children advisory signage and "School Zone" signage in vicinity of Canterbury St. School: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to install “School Crossing” signage.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Rita Bartley request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 19 Judson Rd.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Connie Cappabianca request removal of "No Parking Anytime" signage from in front of the Worcester District Courthouse at 225 Main St." recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Sarai Rivera on behalf of Pastor Esau Vance request installation of parking in Wachusett St. - west side - from Institute Rd. to Highland St. Sundays Only from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14n.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Sidnei Eleoterio request changing the parking on the east side of Beacon St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14o.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Jennifer Hutchinson request parking be reinstalled on Harrison St., right next to the People's Market: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14p.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor George J. Russell request Pond St. be made a one way street: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14q.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor George J. Russell request Winter St. be made a one way street: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14r.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Mark Lambert request installation of resident permit parking in front of 364 West Boylston St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14s.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Gary Rosen on behalf of Jennifer Desroches request installation of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Nevada St. and Monroe Ave." recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14t.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of James Bisceglia request to install speed limit signs on Honeysuckle Rd.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14u.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of the residents of Saxon Rd., Westbrook Rd. and Greenbriar Ln. request installation of children advisory signage in the vicinity of Saxon Rd., Westbrook Rd. and Greenbriar Ln., in the interest of public safety: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14v.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of the residents in the Saxon Rd. area request children advisory signage in Saxon Rd. on Poles #1, 4, 7 & 9, in the interest of public safety: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14w.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Sarai Rivera request installation of a yellow blinking pedestrian light in Pleasant St. at the corner of Fruit St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14x.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor George J. Russell request installation of a crosswalk at Kelsey Dr. on Massasoit Rd.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14y.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Gary Rosen request installation of a crosswalk across May St. to the driveway entrance of Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital at 189 May St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15.

LOAN ORDER TO BE ADOPTED

15a.

That the sum of ($194,646,240) One-Hundred and Ninety-Four Million Six-Hundred Forty Six Thousand Two Hundred Forty Dollars and No Cents be appropriated to Account 91C7113L, South High MSBA, to pay for costs associated with the construction and furnishing of a replacement South High Community School at 170 Apricot Street, to include the demolition and environmental remediation of the existing school. The proposed project (collectively, the “Project”) shall have an anticipated useful life as an educational facility for the instruction of school children for at least fifty (50) years; to meet this appropriation the City Treasurer and Collector of Taxes, with the approval of the City Manager, is hereby authorized to borrow said sum of ($194,646,240) One- Hundred and Ninety-Four Million Six-Hundred Forty Six Thousand Two Hundred Forty Million Dollars and No Cents under and pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 44 Section 7 Clause 1/ Chapter 70B or any other enabling authority. The city acknowledges that the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA)’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any project costs the City incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the City; provided further that any grant that the City may receive for the “Project” shall not exceed the lesser of (1) Eighty percent of eligible, approved costs, as determined by the MSBA, or (2) the total maximum grant amount determined by the MSBA; and that the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this order shall be reduced by any grant amount set forth in the Project Funding Agreement that may be executed between the City and the MSBA. Any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Attachments

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

 

16.

TO BE ORDAINED

16a.

Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 relative to members of Local 490, NAGE (Clerks)

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16b.

Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996, relative to Local 495 Bargaining Unit. Amending Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 – Occupation Group R. – Laborer and Craftsman (Motor Equipment Repairman & Foreman) Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 relative to Occupational Group N – Police (Regional Dispatchers)

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16c.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking on Rugby St. across from 226 Ingleside Ave.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16d.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking Across From 16 Ames Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16e.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 116 Harrison Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16f.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 23 Merrifield Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16g.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking Across From 2 ½ Lodi Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16h.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking On Maywood Street Across From 2 Stevens Road

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16i.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 9 Merrifield Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16j.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 197 Eastern Avenue

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16k.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinance Of 2008 To Rescind Handicap Parking In Front Of 36 Gates Street Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking Across From 36 Gates Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16l.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking On The Leon Street Side Of 22 Plantation Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16m.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 4 Anderson Avenue

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16n.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Install One Hour Parking 8am – 7pm On The Draper Street Side Of 373 Shrewsbury Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16o.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Install No Parking Anytime In Front Of 286 Lincoln Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

16p.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Amend No Parking Anytime On Franklin Street

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

17.

TABLED ITEMS

17a.

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 and Tabled - Rosen December 19, 2017)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17b.

COMMUNICATION of Mayor Joseph M. Petty forwarding a survey by the Worcester Student Governmental Association (WSGA), which asked current undergraduate and graduate college students in the Worcester consortium about their time as a student living in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Tabled - Petty February 6, 2018)

Attachments

No action taken

 

18.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the March 6, 2018 City Council meeting.

18a.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning National Grid’s policy regarding locating conduits on private property, including information as to whether there is land taking involved and if there is any compensation for the land taking. – Item #15a CC Order adopted

 

18b.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager include information concerning the Higgins Armory properties on the Biannual Economic Development Update reports. – Item #15b CC Order adopted

 

18c.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager look into whether or not the City can use the REAP ordinance as a tool to determine if an entity applying for building permits paid their taxes. – Item #15c CC Order adopted

 

18d.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion as to the consequences, if there are any, in supporting an amendment to the U. S. Code to remove marijuana as a controlled substance and further, requesting the members of the U.S. Congressional and Senatorial delegation support this request and pursue said amendment of the U.S. Code. – Item #15d CC Order adopted

 

18e.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager provide City Council with a breakdown of streets in the City without sidewalks, and whether someone creating a driveway would be considered as using City property for the first few feet next to the road. – Item #15e CC Order adopted

 

18f.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Auditor provide City Council with a quarterly report concerning any accounts that are not collateralized or insured. – Item #15f CC Order adopted

 

18g.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Auditor provide City Council with a report concerning what the threshold is for when the City puts money into a CD Account. – Item #15g CC Order adopted

 

18h.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – Request City Manager conduct an inquiry as to where the WWII Memorial at Mt. Carmel Church will be moved to. – Item #15h CC Order adopted

 

18i.

ORDER of Councilor Sarai Rivera – Request City Manager replace the light pole at 60 Southgate St. – Item #15i CC Order adopted

 

18j.

PETITION of Councilor Sarai Rivera request the tree in front of 60 Southgate St. be inspected for possible removal. – Item #15j CC Referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks

 

18k.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager provide City Council with a status update on the repairing of the Billing Square monument. – Item #15k CC Order adopted

 

19.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Item brought forth under suspension at the March 20, 2018 City Council meeting.

19a.

Motion Lukes @ #10.4B CM – Request City Manager include in the biannual Economic Development Report information concerning the vacant parcel on Mill St. across from Coe’s Pond.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19b.

Motion Rivera @ #10.10A CM – Request City Manager consider creating a condensed version of crime statistics, also including highlights of community partnerships, in the City to provide to the community.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19c.

Motion Russell @ #10.13A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a map and report concerning which properties are being eliminated from consideration as to where a marijuana establishment can be located.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19d.

Motion Lukes @ #10.17B CM – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion as to whether or not there can be a total ban of all flavored tobacco, which include menthol and e-cigarettes, in the City.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19e.

Motion Russell @ #10.17B CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what businesses will be affected by implementing a flavored tobacco restriction in the City, as well as what the City will be doing to help businesses during this transition.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19f.

Motion Russell @ #10.18A CM – Request City Manager provide a mechanism for community input in regards to improving the Worcester Senior Center.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19g.

Motion Lukes @ #12a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report outlining the problems associated with discarding needles.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19h.

Motion Lukes @ #12f CC – Request City Manager, when developing a policy for spending funds received from marijuana retailers, take net funds and net revenues into consideration.

Attachments

Order adopted