CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:30 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:34 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.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

2.

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

3.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

3a.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty read a Proclamation declaring Friday, June 21, 2019 as World Refugee Day in the city of Worcester. The Proclamation was presented to Dayanna Moreno of Ascentria Care Alliance.

 

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 June 4, 2019.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - No speakers were recognized during this portion of the meeting.

6.

HEARING & ORDER

6a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location: OAK STREET Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location: OAK STREET

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7.

SUSPENSION OF RULES TO TAKE UP A COMMITTEE REPORT AND OTHER RELATED ITEMS

7a.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty – As Chair of the City Council Standing Committee on Finance in accordance with Rule 33 ( e ) of the Rules of City Council, request City Council suspend its rules to take up the Report of the Committee on Finance Upon the Communication of the City Manager regarding an Introduction of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for City Council deliberations to begin on May 14, 2019, as presented by the City Manager and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance as Item #9.36B CM on the City Council agenda for May 7, 2019, along with related budget items pending before the Committee, at its meeting on June 18, 2019.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up this Item with Items #9.26A CM, #10a CC - 10k CC, #11a CC, #12a CC and #12b CC, #13a CC - #13g CC, #14a CC and #14b CC. Order adopted

 

8.

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

8a.

Erin Cahill request abatement of street betterment assessment #25646 in the amount of $11,250.00 for Navasota Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8b.

Mary Whalen requests sidewalk repair in front of 46 Monroe Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8c.

Fakhriya Nashari equest installation of a handicap parking space in front of 24 Lyon St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8d.

Nick Hamel et al request installation of resident permit parking on Prouty Ln. from Assabet Ln. to Bailey St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8e.

Councilor Khrystian E. King on behalf Ronald Caldwell, Jr. request installation of 30 Minute Parking from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on both the Norfolk St. and Suffolk St. sides of City View Barbershop, located at 1 Suffolk St., which would accommodate six (6) parking spaces.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8f.

NATIONAL GRID and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a jointly-owned pole location at: HOLDEN STREET.

Attachments

Hearing set for June 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

 

8g.

NATIONAL GRID and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a jointly-owned pole location at: SHORE DRIVE.

Attachments

Set hearing for June 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

 

8h.

NATIONAL GRID and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a jointly-owned pole location at: DEARBORN ST.

Attachments

Set hearing for June 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Seth Pitts to the Trust Funds Commission.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

9.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend appointment of Matthew Curewitz to the Hope Cemetery Commission.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend reappointment of Robert Bilotta, John Gleason, Darya Kuruna and Joseph Prochilo to the Commission on Disabilities.

Attachments

Confirmed on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

 
C.

Recommend reappointments of Douglas Arbetter and Michael Murphy to the Community Development Advisory Committee.

Attachments

Confirmed on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

 
 

9.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the launch of a Diverse Business Directory.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Make Music Worcester Day, June 21, 2019.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to designate 6 Chatham Street as a Certified HDIP Project and approve a Tax Increment Exemption Plan.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Recommend adoption of the attached order to abandon utility easements on former Wyman Gordon property.

Attachments

Councilor Wally moved to recuse himself from the Item and left the room. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally absent)

 
B.

Transmitting communication relative to the ballpark development area street grid changes.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board and Public Works Committee

 
 

9.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

9.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
A.

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

9.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

9.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

9.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
A.

Recommend adoption of a revised ordinance relative to wage theft.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 
 

9.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

9.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

9.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

9.17

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

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Division of Public Health's Office of Emergency Preparedness Hazard Vulnerability Assessment exercise.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the City's participation in the Central MA Mosquito Control Project (CMMCP) for FY 19 and FY 20.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 
 

9.18

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

Recommend adoption of an order to authorize a lease at the Worcester Senior Center.

Attachments

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

 
 

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
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the middle school sports program and class size in the elementary schools.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

9.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

9.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
A.

Transmitting communication relative to responses to City Council Orders during the FY20 Budget Hearing sessions.

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 
 

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
Treasury and Collections Division
 

9.30

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
 

9.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Recommend that Ninety Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($90,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7134, Water Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 45C720, Water Mains/Clean and Line, to allow for payments for contractually obligated payments associated with cross connections, hydrant supplies and leak detection.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Sixty One Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($61,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C703, DPW Equipment, to allow for purchase and payment of approved Capital Equipment Purchases.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Six Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($650,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C701, Parks Equipment, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with approved capital equipment purchases.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that Sixty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($65,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7934, Golf Improvements, and be appropriated to Golf Account # 71C702, Green Hill Golf Improvements to allow for payments associated with the Green Hill Golf Course Driving Range Project.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend that Eleven Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($11,000.00) be transferred from Account #41C780, Nelson Place School, and be appropriated to Account #41C75901, Lincoln Street School, to allow for the payment of current obligations associated with this MSBA project.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend that Eleven Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($11,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7114, Citywide Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C722, RECC, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with the HVAC work.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend that Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,000.00) be transferred from Account #41C780, Nelson Place School-MSBA, and be appropriated to Account #41C75905, Challenge and Reach Academy - MSBA, to allow for the payment of current obligations associated with this project.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend that One Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($160,000.00) be transferred from Parks Loan Accounts and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70251, Stearns Tavern as detailed to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with the Stearns Tavern Project.

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) be transferred from Account # 330-09, Real Estate Sales, and be appropriated as so, ($75,000.00) to Account # 72C759, Lake View Playground and ($25,000.00) to 41C737, Canterbury Street School Library.

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 accept a grant in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($5,000.00) from the Trustee for The Nathaniel Trust. This one-year grant was made for trees for the Parks Division of the City of Worcester.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Five Hundred Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($550.00) from the Emerald Club Inc. and Our Lady of Vilna Parish in appreciation of the Worcester Fire Department's commitment to the community.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to apply for, accept and expend funds from the Youth Works Year-Round 2019/20 Program administered by the Commonwealth Corporation. The maximum award amount for this funding opportunity is One Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($175,000.00).

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend adoption of resolutions totaling One Million One Hundred Seventy Eight Thousand Ninety Eight Dollars And No Cents ($1,178,098.00) for the purposes of supporting WDPH programs, salaries, fringe, and professional development opportunities for FY 20.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,000.00) from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency under the FY18 Competitive Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Twenty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($20,000.00) from the Worcester Public Library Foundation for the Worcester Public Library.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to accept an amended version of the Item, which clarified a clerical error. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
G.

Recommend adoption of resolutions to file, accept and expend formula grants in the amount of Twenty Two Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Five Dollars And No Cents ($22,845.00) from the Mass Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for adult education and training programs.

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 fifteen (15) formula grants in the amount of Three Million Twenty Five Thousand Four Hundred Fifty Nine and No Cents ($3,025,459.00) from the Office of Labor and Workforce Development, MassHire Department of Career Services (MDCS).

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) from the Christos and Mary T. Cocaine Charitable Trust to support the construction and renovations of the Canterbury Street School Library.

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 Fifty One Thousand Four Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($51,400.00) be transferred from Account #260-91101, Worcester Fire Department Regular Salaries, to Account #260-97201, Worcester Fire Department Regular Overtime.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand One Hundred Seventeen Dollars And Twelve Cents ($50,117.12) be transferred from Account #330-08, Reserve for Appropriation on Loans, to Account #660-92000, Treasurer’s Office Ordinary Maintenance, to fund the costs associated with the issuance of the $35,217,000 Bond Anticipation Notes dated May 15, 2019.

Attachments

Councilor Wally moved to recuse himself from the Item and left the room. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally absent)

 
C.

Recommend that Fifty Seven Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($57,000.00) be transferred from Debt Account # 440-941000, Sewer Debt Services, and be appropriated to Sewers Account # 440-92000, Sewers Ordinary Maintenance, to cover expenses in excess of the fiscal year 2019 budget .

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that Two Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Dollars and No Cents ($2,970.00) from Account #043-92000, Economic Development Ordinary Maintenance be transferred to Account #043-93000, Economic Development Capital Outlay, for the purchase of an Imagination Playground Big Block Set for Worcester Common Events.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend that Five Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($500.00) be transferred from Account #650-91000, Auditing Salaries, to Account #650-97000, Auditing Overtime.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend that a total of ($2,029,207.72) General Fund of $765,371, Other Sources of $115,00.00, Enterprise of $261,600.00, and Capital Accounts of $887,236.72, be transferred from various General Fund, Enterprise/Special Revenue Accounts, and Capital Accounts, and be appropriated to various General Fund, Enterprise/Special Revenue, and Capital Accounts, to make adjustments to City Accounts to balance the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that Fifteen Thousand Six Hundred Sixty Three Dollars And Sixty Cents ($15,663.60) from DPW Account # 412-92000, Street Lights, be authorized from FY19 funds to meet prior year obligations.

Attachments

Councilor Wally moved to recuse himself from the Item and left the room. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally absent)

 
 

9.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

9.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
10.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

10a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Public Schools provide City Council with a report concerning the ratio of school adjustment counselors to students. (King)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Public Schools provide City Council with a report detailing the information provided last October to the School Committee in regards to each school building’s enrollment projections, broken down by school, by grade and by classroom. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion as to as to whether City Council has the jurisdiction to evaluate the City Council Secretary position. Further, request City Manager request City Solicitor include in said report information concerning City Council’s authority to provide oversight on the position. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report concerning the process for increasing the number of employees hired by City Council. (King)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager change the title of the position in the City Council budget from Secretary to the City Council to Staff Assistant to the City Council. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report concerning whether the City Council’s budget having a Staff Assistant position could be defined as a reorganization. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report depicting how much revenue was generated from the DCU Center advertising. (Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether or not there are any non-DCU funds being utilized for any DCU expenditures, including debt services for the building, various different upgrades and equipment. (Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10i.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Auditor provide City Council with details concerning the administrative fees shown in the independent audit of Discover Central Massachusetts that were paid to the Chamber of Commerce in the amounts of $264,148.00 and $273,533.00, including information regarding any outstanding liabilities as well. (Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10j.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Auditor review cost estimates for the spring street sweeping program, looking at possible sources of revenue that could be used to provide for debris pick up in the spring. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10k.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager recommend to the City Council how a full spring 2020 leaf pickup program can be funded and staffed. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

11.

CHAIRMAN'S RESOLUTION

11a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby go on record in support the city administration’s plan and goal of allocating $100,000.00 additional monies to middle schools and an additional $30,000.00, when funds become available, to a freshman sports program. (King)

Attachments

Resolution adopted

 

12.

COMMUNICATIONS

12a.

Robert V. Stearns, City Auditor, transmitting an informational communication concerning an audit of the five-hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) allocated to Discover Central Massachusetts through the Marketing Campaign funds in the city's Economic Development budget.

Attachments

Placed on file

 

12b.

Robert V. Stearns, City Auditor, transmitting an informational communication regarding the instances of increases in pay grade or step because of a new job function due to reorganization or instance of title or salary regrade.

Attachments

Placed on file

 

13.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

13a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager regarding an Introduction of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for City Council deliberations to begin on May 14, 2019: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Councilor Rosen moved for reconsideration on the Item. Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and 11 Nays.

 

13b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager Recommending approval of the FY20 Capital Improvement Plan: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

13c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the program costs of the residential street sweeping and leaf pick up programs: recommend to refer the Communication to Public Works Committee.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

13d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to the inquiries posed by City Council regarding the FY20 budget for estimates of increases to taxes and fees, and information on the required votes by City Council to advance activities associated with the Urban Renewal Plan: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

13e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to the allocation of funds for the Marketing Campaign listed in the Economic Development Office budget: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

13f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to position changes in the FY20 budget: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

13g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting an informational communication relative to responses to City Council Orders during the FY20 Budget Hearing sessions: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

14.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

14a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager recommending adoption of salary ordinance amendments that will bring the ordinance in compliance to the changes proposed in the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. (Tabled Under Privilege - June 11, 2019)

Attachments

Voted to advertise nine (9) proposed ordinances

 

14b.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Auditor provide City Council with a report highlighting all city employees’ positions that are receiving more than a 2% raise and/or their recognized union steps. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes June 11, 2019)

Attachments

Placed on file

 

15.

TABLED ITEMS

15a.

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

 

15b.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion concerning the extent of discussion of City Council matters by City Councilors outside of City Council meetings. (Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman February 5, 2019 and Tabled - Bergman February 26, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

15c.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes, Councilor Khrystian E. King and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - Request City Council have the City Council Standing Committees on Public Works and Municipal Operations conduct a joint meeting about the future recommended staffing of the City Council office as well as logistics for office space for staff and City Council. Further, request the joint committee discuss potential recommendations regarding the job description and role of the City Council staff persons and further, encourage other City Councilors who are not members of the joint committee to attend and be included in the conversation. (Tabled - Petty February 26, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

15d.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to information to assist in the hiring of a City Council staff member. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes March 12, 2019; Tabled Under Privilege - Petty March 19, 2019 and Tabled - Petty March 26, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

15e.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manger transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion as to the jurisdiction of office space and facilities within City Hall. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson March 12, 2019; Tabled Under Privilege - Petty March 19, 2019 and Tabled - Petty March 26, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

15f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Susan Burns & Mary Landry request abatement of sewer betterment assessment #31247 in the amount of $36,000.00 for Luther Ave.: recommend Petition be denied. (Tabled Under Privilege - Rose April 23, 2019 and Tabled - Russell April 30, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

16.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the June 11, 2019 City Council meeting.

16a.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager formally provide City Council with air quality reports pertaining to the area of the city near the Wheelabrator Plant in Millbury if such reports exist, and if they do not, request City Manager consider conducting air quality testing in that area and reporting the findings to City Council. – Item #17a CC Order adopted

 

16b.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager meet with restaurant owners in the city to discuss ways the city can help curb patrons from bringing, without permission, their own alcohol into restaurants. – Item #17b CC Order adopted

 

16c.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request City Manager look into whether there are any local options for collecting deposits on miniature alcohol bottles or nips or whether collecting the deposits are only a state option. – Item #17c CC Order adopted

 

16d.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty – That the City Council does hereby amend the City Council Meeting Schedule for 2019 by changing the June 25, 2019 meeting from a City Manager’s evaluation agenda to a joint City Council and City Manager agenda. – Item #17d CC Order adopted

 

16e.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager collaborate with the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Veterans’ Services Agent and Veterans’ Inc. to create a public service announcement in regards to shooting off fireworks illegally and at improper times. Further, request City Manager look into illegal fireworks being used around Indian Hill Parkway. – Item #17e CC Order adopted

 

16f.

PETITION of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of a stop sign in Albany St. at its intersection with Hill St. – Item #17f CC Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

16g.

ORDER of Councilor Motion Toomey – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks repaint the crosswalk on Grove St. in the vicinity of the fix. Further, request City Manager consider said crosswalk as a location to install flashing yellow pedestrian signal lights. – Item #17g CC Order adopted

 

17.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the June 18, 2019 City Council meeting.

17a.

Motion Russell @ #12a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the future of Discover Central Massachusetts, including information concerning how the city can facilitate the independence of the organization.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

17b.

Motion Russell @ #12a CC – Request City Auditor provide City Council with a report concerning the most recent audit of Discover Central Massachusetts when that item becomes available.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

17c.

Motion King @ #12a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the viability of using other avenues that Discover Central Massachusetts could be funded through besides the Worcester Chamber of Commerce.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

17d.

Motion King @ #13c CC – Request City Manager go back to providing courtesy services while completing the Spring Street Sweeping program at no additional cost.

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Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on the Item. Motion denied on a roll call vote of 5 Yeas and 6 Nays (Yeas – Bergman, King, Lukes, Mero-Carlson, Russell) (Nays – Rivera, Rose, Rosen, Toomey, Wally, Petty)

 

17e.

Motion Lukes @ #9.4C – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report, as soon as the information becomes available, concerning the compliance records of all entities that have been granted TIFs in the city.

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Order adopted

 

17f.

Motion Wally @ #9.7A – Request City Manager amend all future Construction Progress Reports to include the district of each street discussed.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

17g.

Motion Russell @ #9.18A – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning future opportunities for leases at the Worcester Senior Center.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

17h.

Motion Lukes @ #9.33B – Request City Manager provide City Council with list of what payments on Bond Anticipation Notes (BAN) and/or costs associated with them are for, whenever such items come before City Council.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

17i.

Motion Rivera – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide street sweeping for Florence St., between Downing St. and Charlotte St., which did not receive street sweeping due to construction work being done on the street.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

17j.

Motion Russell – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager follow up with the Department of Public Works to determine the timetable for the street repairs on Providence St. and Vernon St.

Attachments

Order adopted