CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:09 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:18 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 Lou Soiles, Journey Community 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

4a.

Mayor Petty presented Roxanne Mateo with a Key to the City for her work welcoming and setting up supports for refugees from Hurricane Maria, providing services such as helping in documentation with health care and registering students into school systems.

 

4b.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty read a Proclamation declaring the week of August 12, 2018 to August 18, 2018 as National Health Care Week in the City of Worcester. The Proclamation was presented to Antonia “Toni” G. McGuire, President and CEO of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Courtney Pelley, Chief of Staff of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Frances “Fran” Anthes, President and CEO of Family Health Center of Worcester and Noreen Johnson-Smith, Vice President of Development and Advancement – Family Health Center of Worcester.

Attachments

 

4c.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty read a Proclamation declaring August 26, 2018 as Women’s Equality Day in the City of Worcester. The Proclamation was presented to Ariel Lim, receiving for the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

Attachments

 

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 26, 2018.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers:
1. Fred Nathan, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9.36A CM
2. Barbara Haller, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #8oo CC
3. Idella Hazard, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #8c CC
4. Etel Haxhiaj, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9.5a CC
5. Tracy O’Connell-Novick, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to #9.36A CM
6. Karen Duffy, no residence given, spoke in favor of #9.36A CM
7. Luis Lizano, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #8z CC
8. Mark Borenstein, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9.36A CM
9. David Peterson, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or in opposition to #9.36A CM
10. John Martinez, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9.36A CM
11. Libby O’Hara, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9.36A CM
12. Karen Stoyanoff, Shrewsbury resident, spoke in favor of #9.36A CM
13. Bob Fitzgerald, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to #9.36A CM
14. Eugene Zabinski, no residence given, spoke in favor of #9.36A CM
15. Mullen Sawyer, no residence given, spoke in favor of #9.36A CM
16. Terri Kelley, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to #9.36A CM
17. Jessica Walsh, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of 9.4D CM

 

7.

HEARINGS & ORDERS

7a.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: MAY ST. and JUNE ST. Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: MAY ST. and JUNE ST.

Attachments

Held & Hearing set for September 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm

 

7b.

Hearing: LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at RESEARCH DR. AND PLANTATION ST. Granting permission to LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at RESEARCH DR. AND PLANTATION ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7c.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a jointly-owned pole location: MILLBURY ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a jointly-owned pole location: MILLBURY ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7d.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: MILLBURY ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: MILLBURY ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7e.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a jointly-owned pole location: BRANTWOOD RD. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a jointly-owned pole location: BRANTWOOD RD.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7f.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit and three (3) manholes locations at: GRANITE and RUTLEDGE ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit and three (3) manholes locations at: GRANITE and RUTLEDGE ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7g.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a solely-owned pole location on: GRANITE ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a solely-owned pole location on: GRANITE ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7h.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: IONIC AVE. and MAIN ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: IONIC AVE. and MAIN ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

8.

PETITIONS - a Petitioner may speak up to three (3) minutes the first time their petition appears on an agenda

8a.

Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Rita Attanasio request public shade trees be planted in front of 416 Hamilton St. and 420 Hamilton St.

Attachments

Refer to Department of Public Works and Parks

 

8b.

Mark L. Donahue, Esq. request to amend the City of Worcester zoning map pertaining to 37 Fruit St., so as to alter that portion located in the RL-7 zone to BO-1.0, thereby causing the entire lot to be contained in the BO-1.0 zone.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

8c.

Idella Hazard request the city's Health Department and Police Department work in unison with the State Police Forensics Lab and teaching labs to collect and bank DNA from violent criminal assaults.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke and amended the petition to read as follows: Idella Hazard request to have the city health department and police department work in unison with the state police lab and any and all teaching labs collecting and banking DNA from gang rape cases, in so doing, they will be able to find patterns, possibly, and able to isolate DNA's thereby making it easier to prosecute the offenders of gang rape. Referred to Public Safety Committee, Public Health and Human Services Committee as amended

 

8d.

Shahira Sherzai et al request Crest Circle be resurfaced.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8e.

Christopher Tully, Esq on behalf of 496 Hamilton St. LLC request to have the existing drainage easement located at Station 1+73.0 Hamilton St. discontinued and extinguished, as the original drain culvert has been abandoned and replaced with a catch basin and 8" drain which drains into the municipal system located in Hamilton St. and Dallas St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8f.

Suol Tang request sidewalk repair in front of 38 Bellingham Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8g.

Jimmy Georges request sidewalk repair in front of 77 Amherst St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8h.

Deiwson Dos Santos request sidewalk repair in front of 61 Seymour St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8i.

Elba Hernandez request abatement of street betterment assessment #25600 in the amount of $12,688.49.00 for Willow St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8j.

Kevin and Amanda Browne request abatement of street betterment assessment #25573 in the amount of $15,000.00 for Barrett Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8k.

Donald Huard request street repair on Volkmar Rd., from West Boylston St. to Croydon Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8l.

Robert Konrad request to level water shutoff pipe and repair sidewalk in front of 2 Dixon Avenue.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8m.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request sidewalk repair in front of 2 Westview St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8n.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request street resurfacing for Geneva St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8o.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request street resurfacing for Wentworth St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8p.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request street resurfacing for Reed St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8q.

Deiwson Dos Santos request removal of a handicap parking space in front of 6 Seymour St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8r.

Norma Rivera request installation of handicap parking space in front of 6 Berkshire St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8s.

Luz Ortiz on behalf of Angel Ortiz request installation of handicap parking space across from 48 Upsala St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8t.

Franqui Cordero on behalf of Blanca Diez request installation of handicap parking in the vicinity of 15 Mendon St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8u.

Karen Bird et al request speed limit signs and speed enforcement on Thorne, Chrome and Orient Sts.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8v.

Anna Gentile et al request installation of two stop signs facing both directions of Nebraska St. at Muskeego St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8w.

Kevin Ghiz et al request City install a sign on the corner of Lyman and Webster Sts. to prevent trucks over five (5) tons from traveling on Lyman St., a private street.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8x.

Patricia Dagostino request additional traffic signs be installed at the rotary of Webster St.and Hope Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8y.

Justice Love Real request installation of flashing pedestrian lights at all crosswalks located at West St. and Pleasant St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8z.

Luis Lizano request handicap parking space across from 50 Elliott St. be removed.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8aa.

Maria Tranakas request installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage in front of 4 Loxwood St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8bb.

Councilor Sarai Rivera request installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Hawthorne St. and Woodland St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8cc.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request removal of the resident permit parking restriction on Harlow St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8dd.

Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Barbara Morris request installation of a flashing crosswalk signal in Massasoit Rd. in the vicinity of Blithewood Park.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8ee.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request to increase speeding enforcement and add necessary signage to mitigate speeding on Walter St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8ff.

Robyn Zwicker on behalf of Bay State Savings Bank request installation of a 15 Minute Parking space in front of 28 Franklin St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8gg.

Dorothy McGlynn request installation of speed limit signs and children cautionary signs in Williamsberg Dr.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8hh.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request No Truck signs be installed on Penn Ave. and Waverly St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8ii.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of a four way stop sign at Westminster and Northampton Sts.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8jj.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Father Jonathan Slavinskas request installation of No Parking from the corner of Harlow St. to the bus stop in front of St. Bernard's Church at 236 Lincoln St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8kk.

Molly Welch, Reg. Director of Admissions for Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center request removal of all parking meters located on the Center's side of Harvard St. and replace with free parking access for those spaces between the hours of 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with the exception of when winter parking ban is declared.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8ll.

Molly Welch, Reg. Director of Admissions for Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center request the pavement markings and signage for Commercial Loading and Passenger Zones in front of 26 Harvard St. be replaced and repainted.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8mm.

Cang Nguyen request a traffic mirror be installed on the pole across from 221 Greenwood St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8nn.

Patricia Smith Murphy request to include the name of Pvt. Harold T. Smith, U.S. Army, 175th Inf. 29th Div. on the World War II Memorial entitled "South Worcester Honors Those Who Served" which is located on College St., near Holy Cross College.

Attachments

Referred to Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee

 

8oo.

Ted Conna and Barbara Haller request to address City Council regarding proposed options to commemorate Notre Dame des Canadiens on or near the site.

Attachments

Petitioners Spoke - Referred to City Manager

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointment of Carl Foley to the Worcester Airport Advisory Committee.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointments of Frances Langille and Chizoma Nosike to the Elder Affairs Commission.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Azal Khaled and reappointment of Christian Escobar to the Conservation Commission.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
D.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Jordan Berg Powers to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

9.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend reappointment of Amanda Gregoire to the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

Attachments

Reappointment confirmed on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
 

9.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Recommend adoption of an Order to transfer jurisdiction and authorize disposition of real property located at 6 Claremont Street.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the establishment of an Annual Preservation Awards Program.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
C.

Recommend the removal of Allen Court from the Official Map.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 
D.

Recommend adoption of an Order to accept a public art easement from the owners of 834 Main Street and an Order to accept a gift of murals from Squares Squared, Inc.

Attachments

Two (2) Orders adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
E.

Transmitting Informational Communication relative to the Status of the CSX Neighborhood Improvement Fund.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 
F.

Transmitting informational Communication relative to the Union Station URP Environmental Notification Form.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to gas leak detection at proposed new tree planting sites within the right-of-way.

Attachments

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

 
B.

SUPPLEMENTAL: Recommend adoption of an Order of Taking for the Winthrop Street streetscape improvements.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and 11 Nays (Yeas - ) (Nays - Bergman, King, Lukes, Mero-Carlson, Rivera, Rose, Rosen, Russell, Toomey, Wally, Petty)

 
 

9.6

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

Recommend adoption of an Order of taking for the Blackstone River Bikeway - Segment 7.Refer to CCM Item 9.31J

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and 11 Nays (Yeas - ) (Nays - Bergman, King, Lukes, Mero-Carlson, Rivera, Rose, Rosen, Russell, Toomey, Wally, Petty)

 
 

9.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
A.

Recommend adoption of a proposed Ordinance authorizing a free Gravel and Grindings Program, to be conducted by the Department of Public Works & Parks.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to pretreatment program updates for Winter of 2018/2019.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
 

9.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

9.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Police Department’s efforts to address truck traffic in the City.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 
 

9.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

9.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

9.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an opinion as to whether or not the city can set the operating hours for recreational and medical cannabis facilities.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a reorganization plan and ordinance for a change to the name, "Workforce Central" to "Mass Hire."

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning what the per trip charge from CSX is, how it is calculated, whether it can be reviewed and/or changed and what authority City Council has to involve itself on the agreement between the City and CSX.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 
 

9.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

9.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to request City Manager provide an update concerning the legality, proliferation and paving by homeowners of their front lawns to increase off-street parking, often resulting in unauthorized curb cuts which eliminate on-street parking spots for their neighbors.

Attachments

Tabled Under Privilege - Rosen

 
 

9.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

9.17

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

9.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

9.19

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

9.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

9.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

9.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

9.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

9.24

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

9.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

9.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

9.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

9.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

9.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Technical Services Division
 

9.30

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

9.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Recommend that Seventy Five Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($75,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Account #04C755, Blackstone Gateway Park, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with the construction of the park project.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Seven Thousand Three Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($7,300.00) be transferred from Loan Account 91C7114, Citywide Building Rehabilitation, to Project Account #68C702, Technical Services Building Rehabilitation, to cover final payments for the Technical Services Sidewalk Canopy.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113L, MSBA Rehab - South High, and be appropriated to Account #41C789, South High, to allow for payments of current and future obligations.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that Five Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($550,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C793A, Golf Course Rehab, and be appropriated to Golf Account #71C702, Green Hill Golf Improvement, to allow for the payment of current contractual obligations associated with this capital project.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend that Three Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($3,100,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7413A, Street and Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C741, Resurfacing, to allow for payment of current contracted obligations for the resurfacing program within the city.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend that Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($250,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7413A, Street and Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C797, Sidewalks, to allow for current and anticipated obligations work associated with the Misc. Sidewalk contract M18-1.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend that Three Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($360,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7413A, Streets and Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C796, DT Streets and Sidewalks, to allow for current and anticipated payments associated with the M17-6 Downtown Street contract.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend that Ninety Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($90,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7413A, Street and Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C774, Winthrop Street, to allow for current and anticipated commitments for engineering and appraisal services.

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend that One Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($125,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7413A, Street and Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C761, Holden Drummond Shore, to allow for current and anticipated commitments for engineering services.

Attachments

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

 
J.

Recommend that Seventy Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($70,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7413A, Streets and Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C729, Bikeways # 7 to allow for current and anticipated obligations for the Bikeway # 7 Project.Refer to CCM Item 9.6A

Attachments

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

 
K.

Recommend that Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C741C, Private Street Conversion, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C768, Private Street Conversion to allow for current and anticipated obligations.

Attachments

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

 
L.

Recommend that Two Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($225,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C715, Dam Improvements, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C707, TL Dams, to allow for current and anticipated obligations for repairs to the Patch Reservoir Dam.

Attachments

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

 
M.

Recommend that Three Million Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($3,250,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C744B, Off Street Parking Building Rehab. and be appropriated to DPW Account # 46C707, Parking Garage Improvements to allow for current and anticipated payments for the Pearl Elm Parking Garage Improvements.

Attachments

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

 
N.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C724B, Traffic Signal Upgrades, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 40C704, Signal Installation, to allow for current and anticipate obligations relating to parking signal upgrades.

Attachments

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

 
O.

Recommend that Four Hundred Fifty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($455,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C784R, Crow Hill Cap, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C717, Crow Hill, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with Crow Hill.

Attachments

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

 
P.

Recommend that One Million Nine Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,925,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction Program, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 44C744, Sewers Construction, to allow for current and anticipated obligations for Sewers as per contracted.

Attachments

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

 
Q.

Recommend that Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($700,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction Program, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 44C751, I/I Sewers, to allow for contractually obligation payments associated with sewer rehab contracts.

Attachments

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

 
R.

Recommend that Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($2,800,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction Program, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 44C722, Route 20 Sewer Project, to allow for current and anticipated cost associated with the project.

Attachments

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

 
S.

Recommend that Two Million Dollars And No Cents ($2,000,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7134, Water Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C721, Water Mains, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated commitments.

Attachments

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

 
T.

Recommend that Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($900,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7134, Water Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C723, Rte 20 Water Mains, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated commitments.

Attachments

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

 
U.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C732, Water Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 45C728, Reservoir Rehab, to allow for current and anticipated commitments associated with Reservoirs.

Attachments

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

 
V.

Recommend that One Million One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,150,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C732, Water Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 45C768, Filtration, to allow for current and anticipated obligations for the Filtration Plant.

Attachments

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

 
W.

Recommend that a total of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C731A, Water Capital Equipment, to DPW Account # 45C703, Water Capital Equipment ($323,605.29), and to DPW Account #45C728, Reservoir Rehab ($176,394.71), to allow for the payment of water capital equipment purchases.

Attachments

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

 
X.

Recommend that Three Hundred Sixteen Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($316,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C702, Land Acquisition, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C786, Land Acquisition, to fund the purchase of land acquisition.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Ninety Two Thousand One Hundred Eighty One Dollars And No Cents ($92,181.00) from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security under the FY19 Training Grant program.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Million Seven Hundred Forty Seven Thousand Seventy Four Dollars And No Cents ($1,747,074.00) from MA Exec Office of Public Safety & Security (EOPSS) under the FY2019 Support and Incentive Grant program.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept a Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities Initiative offer to pay hotel and travel expenses valued at approximately Eight Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($800.00) for a City of Worcester employee to attend the 21st Century Neighborhoods Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Two Hundred Forty Five Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty Nine Dollars And No Cents ($245,859.00) from Massachusetts Attorney General's Office under the Social Determinants Partnership Grant program.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept and expend funds from the Executive of Office of Labor and Workforce Development/MA Department of Career Services (EOLWD/DCS) for the implementation of the FY19 Central MA Regional Blueprint Plan. The total award amount for this funding opportunity is Forty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($40,000.00).

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept and expend funds from the Department of Career Services (DCS) FY19 Trade Case Management grant. The total award amount for this funding opportunity is Seventy Two Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy Four Dollars and Forty Nine Cents ($72,874.49).

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($400,000.00) from MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development under the MassWorks Infrastructure Program.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) from DESE under the After-School and Out-of-School Time Quality Enhancements Grant program.

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Hundred Forty Six Thousand Eight Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($146,800.00) from US Dept of Justice under the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG FY18 Local Solicitation program.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays - Also Referred to Public Safety Committee for a hearing.

 
J.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Three Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($300.00) from Assumption College to support the City's 2018 Recreation Worcester Program.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
 

9.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Two Hundred Ninety Seven Thousand Five Hundred Nineteen Dollars And Seventy Six Cents ($297,519.76) be transferred from Account #33090, Reserve for Appropriation PEG Access Cable, to Account #04S61604, Educational Access, to provide sufficient funding for Cable Services for Fiscal Year 2019.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Six Thousand Two Hundred Seventy Eight Dollars And No Cents ($6,278.00) be transferred from various CDBG accounts and be appropriated to various CDBG accounts to provide sufficient funding for the remainder of work to be completed at the Park Avenue Fire Station.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that Seven Hundred Ninety Four Dollars And Ninety One Cents ($794.91) be authorized from Account #340-92000, Elder Affairs, for payment of prior year invoices.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Four Hundred One Dollars and Ninety Seven Cents ($401.97) be authorized for a prior fiscal year invoice from Account 610-92000, Budget Ordinary Maintenance.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Two Thousand Five Hundred Seventy Two Dollars And Sixty Four Cents ($2,572.64) be authorized from Account #280-93000, Inspectional Services, for prior year invoices

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that Five Dollars And Ninety Nine Cents ($5.99) be authorized from Account #030-92138, Mayor's Office Ordinary Maintenance, for payment of a prior year invoice.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend that Seven Hundred Eleven Dollars And Fifteen Cents ($711.15) be authorized for a prior fiscal year invoice from Account 660-92000, Treasury Ordinary Maintenance.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend that One Hundred Seventy Nine Dollars and Seventy Cents ($179.70) be authorized from the Fiscal Year 2019 Account #010-92126, City Council Ordinary Maintenance, to provide additional funds for a prior year invoice.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend that a total of Two Thousand Three Hundred Seventy Seven Dollars and Thirty Seven Cents ($2,377.37) be authorized from Account #043-92218, #043-92112, and #043-92126, Office of Economic Development, for payment of prior year invoices.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend that Four Thousand Three Hundred Fifty-Six Thousand Dollars ($4,356.00) be authorized from FY19 Economic Development Salary Account #043-91000, to pay a Fiscal Year 2018 salary adjustment that was inadvertently overlooked.

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend that Nine Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($900.00) be authorized from Account #3312-92000, Veterans Ordinary Maintenance, for payment of prior year invoices.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

9.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Recommend approval of items relative to the Worcester Red Sox.

Attachments

Councilor Wally moved to be recused and left the room. Councilor Lukes moved to, "Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an opinion regarding whether the City Council has jurisdiction to change, add, amend or delete anything from the proposed agreement in regards to the Worcester Red Sox." – Not Put. Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
10.

ORDERS

10a.

That the City Clerk and the City Solicitor be and are hereby requested to work together to produce an amendment to the City Council Rules which would make a motion to file take precedence over motions to adopt, amend or refer, together with any such other proposed amendments recommended as advisable by the City Clerk and City Solicitor. (Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10b.

Request City Manager consider installing street lights inside the underpass on Southgate St., as well as cameras, as a means to address illegal dumping in the area. (Rivera)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10c.

Request City Manager provide and increase lighting in Hawley St. adjacent to and inside the Fatty Jenkins Cage Basketball Court. (Rivera)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10d.

Request City Manager report soon on the city's plans to bring to Worcester a popular, practical and viable bike sharing program, especially one that utilizes a docking system. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10e.

Request City Manager have a "Deer Crossing" sign installed on McKeon Road (Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10f.

Request City Manager report to City Council the process to get the Green Hill Park pond cleaned and treated. (Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10g.

Request City Manager request the Chief Financial Officer implement a full audit of CSX regarding container fees as depicted in the MOU. (Mero-Carlson, Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10h.

Request City Manager request the Police Chief provide traffic enforcement for Pleasant St. between Tatnuck Square and Newton Square. (Wally)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10i.

Request City Manager request the Police Chief provide traffic enforcement on Walter St. (Wally)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10j.

Request Commissioner of Public Works & Parks repair the five (5) light poles that are not operating in West Boylston Dr. (Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10k.

Request City Manager provide City Council with DCAM's opinion regarding the deed restriction for Mt. Carmel properties. (Mero-Carlson, Bergman)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10l.

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor to draft a Home Rule Petition forthwith to allow City Council under Mass. Gen. Laws. Chapter 60 to designate a place on our municipal tax bills whereby taxpayers can VOLUNTARILY check off, donate and pledge any amount to establish a "Preservation Fund", the purpose of which shall be to provide financial resources to preserve/protect/restore/redevelop buildings and structures integral to the history of the City of Worcester. (Bergman)

Attachments

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

 

11.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE - No Items Pending

12.

LOAN ORDER TO BE ADOPTED

12a.

That the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C7114, Citywide Building Rehabilitation, to pay for the costs associated with the final phase of renovations to the Stearns Tavern, including the costs incidental and related thereto.

Attachments

Loan Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent) Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and 10 Nays (Yeas - ) (Nays - Bergman, King, Lukes, Mero-Carlson, Rivera, Rose, Rosen, Russell, Toomey, Wally, Petty) (Toomey absent)

 

13.

TO BE ORDAINED

13a.

Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group A - Administrative and Supervisory (Assistant Purchasing Agent)

Attachments

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

 

13b.

An Ordinance concerning the compensation of the Cultural Development Officer.

Attachments

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

 

14.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

14a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Auditor transmitting the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Worcester Retirement System (WRS) for its year ending December 31, 2017. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes July 17, 2018)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to Table this item for a 2nd time. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote - Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

14b.

COMMUNICATION of the City Auditor transmitting two (2) actuarial reports of the Worcester Retirement System (WRS) as of January 1, 2018 as prepared by Segal Consulting. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes July 17, 2018)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to Table this item for a 2nd time. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote - Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

14c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Auditor transmitting quarterly report concerning accounts of cash that are not collateralized or insured. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes July 17, 2018)

Attachments

Councilor Lukes moved to Table this item for a 2nd time. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote - Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

15.

TABLED ITEMS

15a.

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

Rosen moved to take the item off the table - Taken off the table on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally absent) Placed on file

 

15b.

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

 

15c.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman and Councilor Gary Rosen - Request the Worcester Board of Health consider put on hold implementation of its April 23, 2018 vote restricting the sale of such products to adult-only establishments. While the Worcester City Council supports efforts to curb the use of flavored tobacco products by our youth, the Board of Health’s well intentioned previous action will do little to stop youth under the age of 21 from purchasing and/or using these products. Further, Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Health, the Board of Health, and the New England Convenience Store & Energy Marketers Association, which represents 266 Worcester small business owners, meet to discuss alternative ways (such as prohibiting the open display of such products) to deter city youth under the age of 21 from purchasing and consuming these products. (Tabled Under Privilege - Rivera May 15, 2018 and Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman May 29, 2018 and Tabled - Rosen June 5, 2018)

Attachments

No action taken

 

16.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the August 21, 2018 City Council meeting.

16a.

Resolution Lukes @ #9.36A CM – That the City Council go on record in favor of supporting the Worcester Bravehearts as they plan for the future.

Attachments

Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes

 

16b.

Motion King @ #9.36A CM – Request City Manager provide a means to easily distribute information regarding the safeguards put into place for the Worcester Red Sox agreement to the public.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16c.

Motion Toomey @ #9.36A CM – Request City Manager prepare for probable impact the Worcester Red Sox stadium, hotels, housing and commercial development will have on the city’s public safety and public health divisions.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16d.

Motion Russell @ #10g CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with information concerning whether a weight ban can be imposed in the Hamilton St. and Lake Ave. area as a means to curb truck traffic.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16e.

Motion King @ #9.13A CM –That City Council consider amending the meeting time of City Council to convene starting at 7 p.m.

Attachments

Referred to Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee

 

16f.

PETITION – Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request sidewalk repair in front of the property left of 574 Pleasant St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

16g.

Motion Rose – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased speed monitoring in the vicinity of the City’s school when school begins.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to amend: Further, request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased enforcement in the vicinity of crosswalks near schools. Order adopted as amended