CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:44 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:20 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman 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.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

2.

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

3.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

4a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of October 16, 2018.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

5a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speaker:
1. Jo Hart, Worcester resident

 

6.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

6a.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: 15 DOUGLAS ST. Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: 15 DOUGLAS ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

6b.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. for a jointly-owned pole location at: FAIRHAVEN ROAD Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. for a jointly-owned pole location at: FAIRHAVEN ROAD

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7.

PETITIONS

7a.

Jackie Roberts request street repair for the corner of Elizabeth St. and Patch St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7b.

Dawn Ludy, Controller Harr Toyota request installation of a pedestrian crosswalk next to the Millbrook St. entrance of Harr Toyota across Millbrook St. to Chik-Fil-A.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7c.

Thomas Xhupi request installation of 30 Minute Parking on the Merrick St. side of 325 Pleasant St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7d.

Juan Mora & Ingrid Castilio request a traffic assessment of the double yellow lines in Goldthwaite Rd. to determine if the lines can be moved easterly to allow parking on the west side.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7e.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Sue Ann Goodwin request installation of “No Parking Anytime” signage on the inner portion of the island in Institute Rd. between West St. and Boynton St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7f.

Michael Hoose on behalf of Geraldine Hoose request installation of a handicap parking space in the vicinity of 10 Vale St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7g.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: 168 HOUGHTON ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for November 13, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

7h.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: 160 HOUGHTON ST

Attachments

Hearing set for November 13, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

7i.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: 284 GROVE ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for November 13, 2018 at 6:30 P.M.

 

8.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

8a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased traffic enforcement and driveway clearances on Kosta St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

8b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased traffic enforcement and driveway clearances on Mower St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

8c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks install a “Crosswalk Warning” sign in the vicinity of Chatham St. and High St.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

8d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request Standing Committee on Public Works install a guard rail at 566-574 Chandler St. for the purpose of increasing public safety.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding the "South Worcester Honors Those Who Served” war memorial as to its history, original purpose for adding veterans names and whether or not the memorial includes all veterans who served or only those veterans who were casualties of war.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

8f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS - Request City Manager request the City Solicitor report to City Council how the language for the ordinance relative to Veterans Memorial was chosen as it pertains to who is eligible for a veterans memorial. Further, request the City Manager request the City Solicitor report the process to modify the ordinance to allow additions to pre-existing memorials that include all veterans who served, if that was the intention of the memorial.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

8g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS - The City Manager be and is hereby requested to have the Veterans Agent work with the Assistant Commissioner of Parks to look for an existing war memorial for all veterans who served, in the Granite Street area, that would be more appropriate for adding the names of Veterans Harold & Arthur Smith, who served in WWII.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9.

ORDERS

9a.

Request City Clerk and the Board of Election Commissioners consider relocating Voting Poll Ward 6, Precinct 4 from the Quinsigamond Village Neighborhood Center to the new Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center for elections starting in 2019. (Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9b.

Request City Manager provide a report to City Council as to the status of title to the city owned empty lot at the intersection of Sunderland Rd. and Lake Ave. Information is requested to clarify whether or not it was donated to the City for public safety use and if it was donated for that purpose, does it have any effect on the City’s ability to offer it for sale as surplus. (Russell)

Attachments

Placed on file

 

9c.

Request City Manager consider splitting up the surplus lot on Sunderland Rd. and Lake Ave into single family house lots to encourage single family development as allowed in this RS-7 zone. (Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9d.

In an effort to maximize City proceeds and promote continued transparency, request the City Manager consider using one of the many online municipal auction services to auction off City surplus real estate, vehicles, equipment and personal property, as this is the practice many other Municipalities and State agencies. (Russell)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to amend: Further, request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what the City currently does with any of its surplus real estate, vehicles, equipment and personal property. Order adopted as amended

 

9e.

Request City Manager confer with the Worcester Police Department to establish a "safe trade station", whereby transactions entered into through Craigslist and/or other on line marketplaces can take place at the Police Station outside (parking area) and/or inside (lobby) and to inform the public of same. (Bergman, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Councilor Bergman moved to add the entire City Council as authors. Order adopted

 

9f.

Request City Manager confer with the Worcester Historical Society and Worcester Academy and establish an appropriate monument recognizing Edward Davis Jones (1856-1920) born and buried in Worcester and co-founder of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (Bergman)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9g.

Request City Manager consider planting an eight foot evergreen tree in the triangle on Burncoat and Mountain St. East, which would beautify this space and create a location for celebrations such as tree lightings for the District and community. (Rose)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9h.

Request City Manager report on whether any payments have been made currently or in the past 10 years to any bond rating agency, the date and amount paid in the past 10 years by each bond rating agency, and the rating submitted for Worcester by each entity for the past 10 years. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE - No items pending

11.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY AUDITOR

11a.

Transmitting communication relative to preliminary unaudited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018.

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 

12.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD

12a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of 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 Economic Development Committee

 

13.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

13a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication recommending adoption of an order to create the Canal District Ballpark DIF Development District and Invested Revenue District: recommend adoption of the three (3) accompanying Orders.

Attachments

Councilor Wally moved to recuse himself from the Item and left the room. Accepted & Adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally absent) Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for reconsideration on the Item. 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, Petty) (Wally absent)

 

14.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING

14a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Dennis Lipka, Interim Administrator of the WRTA request installation of inbound and outbound bus stops on Blithewood Rd. as described in the attachment.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Dennis Lipka, Interim Administrator of the WRTA request installation of inbound and outbound bus stops on Franklin St. as described in the attachment: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Dennis Lipka, Interim Administrator of the WRTA request installation of inbound and outbound bus stops on Harrington Way as described in the attachment.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Dennis Lipka, Interim Administrator of the WRTA request installation of inbound and outbound bus stops on Granite St. as described in the attachment: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Sheila Crotty request installation of a crosswalk on Standish St. at the intersection of Grafton St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request speed enforcement in the vicinity of McKinley Rd. and Green Hill Parkway: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of 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: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Justice Real request installation of two crosswalks across Pleasant St. at West St. and a crosswalk across West St. at Pleasant St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to install one crosswalk across West St. at Pleasant St.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Matthew E. Wally request improvement of the street signage and guardrail effectiveness at the road bend in the vicinity of 566-574 Chandler St. for the purpose of increasing public safety: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Order of Councilor Khrystian E. King and Councilor Matthew E. Wally request City Manager take steps to address dangerous traffic concerns regarding the crosswalks in the vicinity of May Street School.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to install new Crosswalk Warning signs and provide for Worcester Police Department crosswalk enforcement in the area of May St. School.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

14k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Francisco Galarza request the installation of a handicap parking space in front of or in vicinity of 3 Jones St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Nancy Torres request installation of handicap parking space in front of 34 Dix St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of a stop sign on Channing St. at the entrance to Green Hill Park: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14n.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Leo Marron et al request installation of Resident Permit Parking on Perrot St. due to Worcester State College parking: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14o.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Donna Buteau request installation of resident permit parking on Hamilton St. in front of 57-59 Hamilton St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14p.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Rose Giaquinto request installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage in front of 18 and 20 Kosta St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14q.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of William Allen request installation of stop sign at the uphill side of Chatham St. at the intersection one way streets Chatham St. and High St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14r.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Vicki Truelson request installation of a crosswalk to and from Haven Lane and the bus stop in front of the National Guard Building on Lincoln St.: recommend Petition be placed on file

Attachments

Accepted

 

15.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

15a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS Upon the Petition of Evan Corrigan request City of Worcester recognize the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day (November 11, 1918), and organize an event to honor Worcester's sons and daughters who participated in the Great War: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS Upon the Order of Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Michael T. Gaffney, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Councilor Khrystian E. King and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request City Manager provide a list compiled of all known living veterans of World War II residing in Worcester and further, request the Mayor establish an appropriate date in the near future to Honor them with a key to the City and/or other appropriate recognition: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS Upon the Order of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes and Councilor Morris A. Bergman - Request City Manager report to City Council concerning any plans to locate a memorial at Green Hill Park in remembrance of World War One: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the World War I Memorial Grove in Green Hill Park: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

15e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AND MILITARY AFFAIRS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to monuments and memorials throughout Worcester: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

16a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager recommend adoption of an Order relative to the Parcel located at 521 Sunderland Road. (Tabled Under Privilege - Russell October 23, 2018)

Attachments

Councilor Russell moved to take the Item off the Table. Taken off the Table on a voice vote. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

17.

TABLED ITEMS

17a.

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

 

17b.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – That the City Council go on record in favor of supporting the Worcester Bravehearts as they plan for the future. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes August 21, 2018 and Tabled Under Privilege - Petty September 12, 2018 and Tabled - Lukes September 25, 2018)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17c.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager report on what further construction will be performed and the date of completion for June Street. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes September 25, 2018 and Tabled - Lukes October 2, 2018)

Attachments

No action taken

 

18.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the October 23, 2018 City Council meeting.

18a.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty – Request City Manager promote the Integrated Plan Community Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Worcester Public Library, on the city’s website. – Item #12a CC Order adopted

 

18b.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager provide the public with a list of people and programs that can help elderly people with Fall Leaf Collection. – Item #12b CC Order adopted

 

18c.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager post the NPR article titled, “Forget Oakland or Hoboken. Worcester, Mass. Is the new “It” Town,” on the city’s website. – Item #12c CC Order adopted

 

18d.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what happened to cause a gas issue in the vicinity of Forsberg St., Tatman St. and Victoria Ave. that affected service of 150 homes. – Item #12d CC Order adopted

 

18e.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Clerk and Mayor provide recognition to the owner of Dario Diesel, who after a fire, was able to reopen their business at 182 SW Cutoff and help support their employees. – Item #12e CC Order adopted

 

19.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the October 30, 2018 City Council meeting.

19a.

Motion Petty – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager request City Solicitor prepare a local ordinance to disallow campaign solicitation 150 feet from the entrance of any early voting location similar to the state law used on Election Day.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19b.

Motion Petty – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager consider bringing the Red Sox 2018 World Series Championship trophy to Worcester.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

19c.

Motion Lukes – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager develop a process to have the Worcester Police Department contact religious institutions and evaluate security issues of each institution and help develop a process to address those needs.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as authors. Order adopted

 

19d.

Motion King – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager provide City Council with the current plan the Worcester Police Department uses to respond to acts of violence and terrorism.

Attachments

Order adopted