CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:41 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 - Father Shandirai Mawokomatanda, Wesley United Methodist Church

2.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair.

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 March 27, 2018.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers:
1. Michael Papagni, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #8.36A CM
2. Stuart Loosemore, Leicester resident, spoke in favor of #8.35A CM and #10a CC
3. Idella Hazard, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #7f CC
4. Russell Haines, Wayland resident, spoke in favor of #10a CC
5. Jo Hart, Worcester, spoke in favor of #7f CC
6. Leonard Vero, Holden resident, spoke in favor of #10a CC
7. Noah Jefferies, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10a CC
8. Nathan Gavel, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10a CC
9. David Branigan, Douglas resident, spoke in favor of #10a CC

 

7.

PETITIONS

7a.

Councilor George J. Russell request sidewalk on the even side of Cohassett St., between Ingleside Ave. and Fairmont Ave. be repaved.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7b.

CHARTER COMMUNICATION for a conduit location at: SALISBURY ST.

Hearing set for April 24, 2018 at 6:30 P.M

 

7c.

VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a solely-owned pole location at: GREENWOOD ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for April 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM

 

7d.

Xristian De'Jesus et al request City Manager appropriate $1,000,000.00 to the Worcester Public Library to expand books in the business section, world language books, classrooms, charging stations, recording studios and video game stations to utilize the benefits of the library.

Attachments

Referred to City Manager

 

7e.

Gordon T. Davis request City of Worcester to adopt a policy of body camera use by the Worcester Police Department.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke and Placed on file

 

7f.

Gordon T. Davis request the City adopt policy for releasing public statistics sent to the Commonwealth regarding hate crimes in Worcester and further, request a public hearing on the methods used by the police regarding the prevention and investigation of hate crimes.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke and Referred to City Manager

 

8.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

8.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointment of Aaron Richman to the Human Rights Commission.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

8.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend the appointments of John Stewart and Kimberly Vanderspek to the Election Commission.

Attachments

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

 
 

8.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

8.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Proposed Amendment #3 to the Union Station Urban Renewal Plan Approval Process.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to set a hearing before City Council for May 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. and also referred to the Planning Board - approved on a voice vote. Hearing set for May 8, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. and communication was also referred to the Planning Board.

 
B.

Recommend adoption of special legislation to authorize a long term lease of the Nurses’ Building at 128 Providence Street, for a term in excess of thirty years.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the City’s efforts over the last seven years to create and preserve the city’s supply of affordable housing.

Attachments

Recommitted to City Manager

 
 

8.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to FY 2019 water and sewer rate recommendation.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
 

8.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

8.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
 

8.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

8.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

8.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
 

8.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

8.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

8.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
 

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

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to National Public Health Week.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

8.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

8.19

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

8.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

8.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

8.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

8.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

8.24

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

8.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

8.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

8.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

8.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

8.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Technical Services Division
 

8.30

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

8.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
 

8.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Seventy Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($75,000.00) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the 2018 Enhance Worcester Police K9 Program.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Fifteen Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($15,000.00) from the Central MA Agency on Aging, under the Title IIID Health Promotion program.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Three Hundred Fifty Two Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($352,000.00) from MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs under the Council on Aging program.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Twelve Dollars And No Cents ($9,812.00) from Mass Mentoring Partnership under the Mass Mentoring Partnership - James Connolly Tribute Fund program.

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 Eight Hundred Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($850.00) from Dell-EiE (Engineering is Elementary) District Scholarship Program through the Museum of Science (MOS) in support of Recreation Worcester.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept a donation in the amount of Seven Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Two Dollars And Fifty Cents ($7,352.50) from JFM & Associates, Inc., to the City of Worcester Recreation Worcester for the City Hoops Program.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Forty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($40,000.00) from MassPort under the 2018 Community Summer Jobs Grant program.

Attachments

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

 
 

8.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand One Hundred Forty Eight Dollars And Thirty Cents ($150,148.30) be transferred from Account #410-91000, DPW Personnel Services, and be appropriated to DPW Account #410-97201, Overtime, to allow overtime costs to be paid through June 30, 2018.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Fourteen Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Nine Dollars And No Cents ($14,429.00) be transferred from Account #04T803, OPEB Trust Reserve, and be appropriated to Account #663-96000, Health Insurance, to provide funding for Fiscal Year 2018 December 2017-February 2018 health insurance expenses for Airport retirees.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Account #29-33007, Damage Settlement Funds, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 410 - 92000, DPW Ordinary Maintenance, for expenses in excess of the fiscal year 2018 Budget.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that Two Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($225,000.00) be transferred from Account #250-91000, Police Personal Services, to Account #250-97000, Police Overtime.

Attachments

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

 
 

8.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
 

8.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
A.

Recommend the adoption of a Loan Order in the amount of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($3,500,000.00) be appropriated to Account # 91C744B, Off Street Building Rehabilitation, to fund repairs and improvements for all the parking garages and open-air lots.

Attachments

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

 
 

8.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Recommend adoption of an order to approve the filing of a petition with the general court to authorize the Retirement Board of the city of Worcester to grant a “Section 100” retirement to a firefighter.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the celebration of hundreds of volunteers for the City of Worcester.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of the Transportation Advisory Group of the Complete Streets Policy.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
9.

TO BE ORDAINED

9a.

Amending The Salary Ordinance Of August 20, 1996 Occupational Group S – Custodial (Plant Engineer, Union Station)

Attachments

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

 

10.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

10a.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman - Request City Manager consider implementing a moratorium in the interpretation/application and enforcement of that part of the definition of a LODGING HOUSE under the City of Worcester Zoning Ordinance (As amended through May 2, 2017) where “A dwelling or that part of a dwelling where sleeping accommodations are let, with or without kitchen facilities, to four (4) or more persons not within the second degree of kindred to the person conducting it…” that is being applied to pre-existing multi-family homes with 4 or more existing bedrooms. (Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman April 3, 2018)

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 

11.

TABLED ITEMS

11a.

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

 

11b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Donald O'Neil, Esq. on behalf of Plaka Realty, LLC request to amend the Zoning Map by extending the BL-1.0 zone in the vicinity of 57 Highland St. to include two additional parcels of land in their entirety located 35 and 33 Wachusett St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance. (Tabled - Mero-Carlson April 3, 2018)

Attachments

Councilor Mero-Carlson moved to take the Item off the Table. Taken off the table on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Referred to Economic Development Committee

 

11c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Bruce LaBoffa request zone change for the property at 452 Southwest Cutoff from Residential to ML-0.5.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance. (Tabled - Mero-Carlson April 3, 2018)

Attachments

No action taken

 

12.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the April 3, 2018 City Council meeting.

12a.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning why Boston University has discontinued the Worcester based Masters in Social Work Program currently run by Wheelock College. – Item #19a CC Order adopted

 

12b.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request Mayor with City Clerk compose and send a letter to the President of Boston University to reconsider his decision to discontinue the Worcester based Masters in Social Work Program currently run by Wheelock College from the City Council. – Item #19b CC Order adopted

 

12c.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager consider posting inspections of food service entities on the City’s website. – Item #19c CC Order adopted

 

12d.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the status of the Joe DiMaggio Little League Field and what discussions, if any, have taken place to allow patrons to play baseball at the field. – Item #19d CC Order adopted

 

12e.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Khrystian E. King – That the Worcester City Council does hereby commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and encourage the citizens of the City and the Commonwealth to observe this solemn occasion, to recall the legacy of Dr. King, and to heed his call for unity, love, and compassion. – Item #19e CC Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Item brought forth under suspension at the April 10, 2018 City Council meeting.

13a.

Motion Russell @ #10a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with possible changes to the Lodging House zoning ordinance, which could include applying for variances allowing for more occupants the three non-related individuals in any dwelling unit currently allowed.

Attachments

Order adopted