CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:02 P.M.

Adjourned:10:42 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

2.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair, except for Councilor Lukes, who arrived at 6:15 P.M.

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4a.

MOMENT OF SILENCE in memory of Worcester Fire Department Lieutenant John R. Kennedy, who passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the age of 46.

 

4b.

Mayor Petty read a Proclamation declaring July 24, 2019 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day in the City of Worcester. The Proclamation was provided to Nancy Garr-Colzie and Robert Bilotta.

 

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 18, 2019.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers:
1. Idella Hazard, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12d CC
2. Evan Corrigan, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
3. Kimberly Abraham, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12m CC
4. Jane Crooks, Sterling resident, spoke in favor of #12m CC
5. Colin Novick, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #12a CC
6. Joseph O’Brien, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #12a CC
7. Linda Cook, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
8. Donald Courtney, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
9. Alex Gaurdiola, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #17a CC
10. Selena Gallo-Cruz, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
11. Xochitl Cruz-Gallo, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
12. Stephen Nordstrom, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #8l CC
13. Erica Saunders, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
14. Philip Palmieri, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
15. Dennis Ducsik, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
16. Vick Mohanka, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
17. Margot Barnett, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
18. Renee Grasso, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
19. Jordan Berg-Powers, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
20. Frank Cournoyer, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
21. Brian Stacey, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to #12a CC
22. Paul Towler, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
23. Judy Diamondstone, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
24. Jack Delehanty, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
25. Tanya Delehanty, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
26. Alex Quinn, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
27. Lauren Harvey, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12m CC
28. Suzanne Robichaud, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12m CC
29. Michael Benedetti, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #17a CC
30. Denise Bilotta, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
31. Nancy Small, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
32. Keith Scott, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #17a CC
33. Lou Ann Branch, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
34. Jo Hart, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to #17a CC
35. William S. Coleman, III, Worcester resident, spoke against the use of clear plastic bags in #17a CC
36. Anne Marie Sorasaitis, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9u CC

 

7.

HEARINGS & ORDERS

7a.

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

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7b.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location: MERRICK ST. and; Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location: MERRICK ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7c.

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

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7d.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: SANDRA DR., MYRNA RD. and BAILIN DR. and; Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: SANDRA DR., MYRNA RD. and BAILIN DR.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Robert Branca, Manager Branded Realty Group II, LLC on behalf of the owner of 590 Southbridge St. and adjacent land at 8 and 8A Washburn St. request to rezone the Washburn St. property to BL-1.0 to make consistent with the Southbridge St. property.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

8b.

Robert E. Longden, Esq. request to change the zoning designation at 284 Highland St. from RS-7 to RL-7 as shown on the plan attached.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

8c.

Nancy Wentworth request Airlie St., from its intersection with Granville Ave. to Hillcroft Ave. be resurfaced.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8d.

Nancy Wentworth request sidewalk repair on Airlie St., from its intersection with Granville Ave. to Hillcroft Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8e.

Robert E. Longden, Esq on behalf of Assumption College request to extinguish a portion of the existing sewer easement located at 500 Salisbury St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8f.

Lily H Nguyen and Pablo Murillo Jr. request abatement of street betterment assessment #25656 in the amount of $14,000.00 for Westcott St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8g.

Gary Vecchio request to repave sidewalks on the even side of Caprera Rd., from Imperial Rd. to Granby Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8h.

Daniel Voellings request sidewalk repair in front of 488 Mill St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8i.

Krysta Rossetti request street resurfacing for the entire length of Airlie St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8j.

Krysta Rossetti request sidewalk repair for the entire length of Airlie St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8k.

Alexander Washington request street repair in front of 25 Friedel St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8l.

Steven and Meredith Nordstrom request abatement of estimated street betterment assessments for Lots 33-019-164-4, 33-019-164-3 and 33-019-164-2 on Myrick Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8m.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request sidewalk repair in front of 24 Beeching St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8n.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request Volkmar Rd. from West Boylston St. to Croydon Rd. be resurfaced.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8o.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Triangle St. and Mountain St. East.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8p.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Michigan Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8q.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Tupelo Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8r.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Bluebell Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8s.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Ascadilla Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8t.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Bristol St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8u.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Mountain St. East.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8v.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Hastings St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8w.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Croydon Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8x.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Marland Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8y.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Assumption Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8z.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Dorothy Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9.

PETITIONS II

9a.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Thorndyke Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9b.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Rexhame Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9c.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Millbrook St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9d.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Monterey Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9e.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Coventry Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9f.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Bellingham Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9g.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Clark St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9h.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and Inwood Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9i.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and the I-290 Ramp.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9j.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and 526 Burncoat St. (Burncoat Prep).

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9k.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of ADA handicap corner bubble pads at the intersection of Burncoat St. and King Philip Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

9l.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of flashing crosswalk signs at the intersection of Mountain St. East and Triangle St. (near New England Backpacker).

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9m.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of flashing crosswalk signs at Burncoat Middle School and Burncoat Senior High School.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9n.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of flashing crosswalk signs at Wawecus Road School.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9o.

Brian Underwood et al request installation of flashing crosswalk signs at the intersection of Thorndyke Rd. and Burncoat St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9p.

Urania Nicole Pappas et al request installation of resident permit parking on Hackfeld Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9q.

Sharyn Trinidad request installation of handicap parking space in front of 5 West Lake St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9r.

Thomas Vincent request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 14 Lansing Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9s.

Rosa M. Kelley request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 15 Caroline St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9t.

Kathleen DiGregorio request installation of a blinking pedestrian sign on Providence St. at the Dennis F. Shine Memorial Swimming Pool.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9u.

Karen Bird et al request installation of speed limit and children signage on Thorne St., Orient St. and Chrome St.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke. Councilor Lukes moved to amend the Item to include a request for speed and traffic surveillance on Thorne St., Orient St. and Chrome St. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee as amended

 

9v.

Carey Souda request upgrades and improvements to the traffic patterns and traffic lights around the City as listed in the attached document.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9w.

Kristin Servant request installation of an "Icy" or "Dangerous" sign at the top of Alexander Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9x.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request Burncoat St., from Matteo St. to the West Boylston line be designated and posted as a 30 mph zone with children signs in the area of Apthorp St. and Tyson Rd., as there are no signs posted designating speed limits in this area of Burncoat St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9y.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of concerned neighbors request right turns from Heard St. onto Clover St. be restricted when heading southerly on Heard St. and restriction of left turns from Clover St. onto Heard St. when travelling easterly on Clover St.

Attachments

Councilor Rosen moved to amend: Further, request installation of 20 mph signage in Clover St. from Heard St. to Pine View Ave. and further, request Traffic Engineering provide further suggestions to deal with the traffic volume and speeding issues on Clover St. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee as amended

 

9z.

John Fresolo request installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage on both sides of Armory St. from Janice Nadeau Way to Armory Motor Storage or the dead end.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9aa.

Milagros Garcia request installation of a handicap parking space across from 8 Plantation St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

9bb.

Ted Conna request to address the City Council regarding the clear bag recycling proposal and Clean City Program and how they can be improved.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke in regards to the Comprehensive Clean City Program, stating a desire for City Council to pass all portions of the program except for the use of clear plastic bags. Placed on file.

 

10.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

10.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Bowen Lee to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointments of John Amoah and Timothy Quinn to the Mayor Thomas Early Scholarship Committee.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

10.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend appointment of Edward Moynihan to the Planning Board.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

10.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to designate 205 Summer Street as a Certified Project and approve a Tax Increment Exemption Plan.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
 

10.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
 

10.6

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

Recommend adoption of an Order relative to the discontinuance of a portion of Foster Street Right-of-Way.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 
B.

Recommend adoption of Orders of Taking for the Shore Drive Intersection Improvement Project.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) Six Month Activity Report from January - June 2019.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Construction Progress Report for the month ending June 31, 2019.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
 

10.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

10.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

10.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
 

10.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

10.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

10.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
 

10.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

10.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

10.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

10.17

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

10.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

10.19

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

10.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on how many of the chronically homeless individuals are from Worcester.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 
 

10.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

10.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

10.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

10.24

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

10.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

10.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

10.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

10.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

10.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

10.30

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
 

10.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Recommend that Ten Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Nine Dollars And Fifty Eight Cents ($10,339.58) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70243, Providence Street Playground, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with the Glodis Field Improvement Project.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to apply for, accept and expend a grant in the amount of up to Four Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($400,000.00) from the Mulcahy Field Park Renovation Phase I program.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to apply for, accept and expend funds from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) FY20 Connecting Activities Grant Program in the amount of up to One Hundred Thirty Eight Thousand Eighteen Dollars and No Cents ($138,018.00).

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to apply for, accept and expend a grant of up to Five Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($5,600,000.00) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC) through the Lead Hazard Reduction grant (LHR) program.

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 One Million Seven Hundred Forty Seven Thousand Seventy Four Dollars and no cents ($1,747,074.00) from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s State 911 Department under the FY 2020 Support and Incentive Program to assist Primary Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP’s).

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 from the State 911 Department through the FY20 Training Grant program in the amount of up to One Hundred Fifty Five Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($155,000.00).

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept a donation in the amount of Fifty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($50,000.00) from the Worcester Community Action Council and Bank of America

Attachments

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

 
 

10.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Thirty Seven Thousand Three Hundred Eighty Four Dollars And No Cents ($37,384.00) be transferred from Account #900-92000, City Manager Contingency Ordinary Maintenance, to Account #040-93000, City Manager Capital Outlay.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend City Council's approval of Fiscal Year 2019 year-end transfers.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that One Hundred Twenty Two Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($122,750.00) be transferred from Account #250-91000, Police Salaries, to Account #250-91000, Police Salaries, to pay one-time stipends, as required by recent collective bargaining agreements.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that Four Thousand One Hundred Fifty Seven Dollars and Eighty One Cents ($4,157.81) be authorized for payment of prior year invoices.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Three Hundred Sixty Five Dollars And Sixty Six Cents ($365.66) be authorized for payment of prior year invoices.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Two Hundred Forty Five Dollars and No Cents ($245.00) be authorized for payment of prior year reimbursement of continuing education course for CSL.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that Twenty Four Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Five Dollars And Seventy Eight Cents ($24,355.78) be authorized for payment of a prior year invoice.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
A.

Recommend that the sum of Four Million Dollars and No Cents ($4,000,000.00) be appropriated to Account 91C7113V, Burncoat Street Preparatory School, 526 Burncoat Street; Account #91C7113W, Vernon Hill School, 211 Providence Street; Account #91C7113X, Tatnuck Magnet School, 1083 Pleasant Street; Account #91C7113Y, Worcester East Middle School, 420 Grafton Street; and Account #91C7113Z, Lincoln Street School, 549 Lincoln Street, to fund a potential building improvement project of the Worcester Public School as described.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the formation of affinity groups for City of Worcester employees.

Attachments

Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update of the 4th quarter initiatives of Discover Central Mass (DCM).

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication regarding the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund Board of Trustees (OPEB Board) and Declaration of Trust.

Attachments

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

 
11.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

11a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Request City Manager provide any updates or changes regarding status of court cases concerning 65 Kenwood Ave.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12.

ORDERS

12a.

Request City Manager engage the Civic Center Commission on the possibility of designing a monument in honor of Bob Cousy’s many accomplishments in front of the DCU Center. (Wally, Petty)

Attachments

Councilor Rose moved to add his name as a sponsor on the Item. Councilor Toomey moved to add her name as a sponsor on the Item. Councilor King moved to add his name as a sponsor on the Item. Order adopted

 

12b.

Request City Manager work with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to provide covered dugouts for the Connie Mac Little League fields at Green Hill Park. (Petty, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Councilor Toomey moved to add her name as a sponsor on the Item. Order adopted

 

12c.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks pursue improvements and investments in the fieldhouse at Tivnan Field. (Petty, Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12d.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the advantages and disadvantages of selling separately clear recycling bags and yellow trash bags including the sale of advertising on the clear bags in order to reduce the cost to the public and to identify the city bags. (Lukes, Rosen, Bergman, Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

12e.

Request City Manager and Mayor provide appropriate recognition to Worcester's own Bob Cousy on his being chosen as the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Bergman, Mero-Carlson, Lukes, Rosen, King)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors on the Item. Order adopted

 

12f.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks explore ways to get water to the Hapgood Memorial. (Rose)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12g.

Request City Manager work with the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cemetery to list field availability on the city website in an effort to provide transparency to what fields are obtainable to be permitted. (Rose)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12h.

Request City Manager create a “Trauma Team” to provide psychological first aid to the community and its businesses in the event of a tragedy. (Rose)

Attachments

Councilor Rivera moved to add her name as a sponsor on the Item. Councilor King moved to add his name as a sponsor on the Item. Order adopted

 

12i.

Request City Manager consider placing the Your Vote Your Voice flyer in excise tax bills, along with any other bulk mail, in an effort to reach residents who may not be owners of real estate. (Russell, Wally, Toomey, King)

Attachments

Councilor Russell moved to amend: Further, request City Manager consider including said flyer in notices going out to residents with vehicles who recently moved to Worcester as well as residents who have recently purchased a car. Order adopted as amended

 

12j.

Request Standing Committee on Youth, Parks and Recreation discuss the state of the old and once highly-used Green Hill Skatepark on Skyline Drive to determine the feasibility and cost of modernizing it. (Rosen)

Attachments

Referred to Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee

 

12k.

Request Standing Committee on Youth, Parks and Recreation discuss the condition of the highly-used Newton Square tennis courts to determine the feasibility and cost of resurfacing them for both tennis and pickleball (a paddleball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong). (Rosen, Petty, Wally)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12l.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks complete all necessary improvements to the pedestrian crossing lights and walkability at the intersection of Cambridge St. and Southbridge St. so as to ensure safety to a blind resident in the area. (Rivera)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12m.

Request City Manager request Assistant Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cemetery consider the feasibility of implementing a pilot program that will allow avid, high-level adult swimmers, many of whom are tri-athletes and all of whom wear individual swim buoys (personal flotation devices), access to one or all of our recreational waters for open swimming outside the roped in areas. (Rosen)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12n.

Request City Manager clean up the city owned lot on Holcomb St., also placing a "No Dumping" sign on the property. (Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12o.

Request City Manager confer with the Police Chief as to advantages of using advancing technology such as mass spectrography and drones for public safety, especially in light of the building of Polar Park. (Bergman)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12p.

Request City Manager work in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to establish a procedure whereby all protruding water pipes on public sidewalks can be identified and “leveled.” (Bergman, Wally, Rosen, Russell, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12q.

Request City Manager work with the Police Chief and Fire Chief to identify best practices from other municipalities as to the utilization of drones and robots which could result in saving time and providing safety to our first responders and could potentially result in cost savings. (Toomey, Wally)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12r.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with an update concerning the status of including the area of Lincoln St. from Belmont St. to Great Brook Valley in ShotSpotter detections. (Toomey, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12s.

Request City Manager report on the current design of the Worcester Red Sox Ball Park and explain why the seating was reduced from 10,000 to 6,500. (Lukes)

Attachments

Placed on file

 

12t.

SEWER BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT: BURNCOAT ST

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12u.

SEWER BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT: BROOKDALE ST.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12v.

SEWER BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT: 10 PHOENIX ST.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

12w.

SEWER BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT: 6- 8 PHOENIX ST.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

13.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE

13a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Auditor transmitting an informational communication regarding the passage of time taken to develop the Madison Properties' effect on the timing of the receipt of revenues required to service Series A bonds. (Referred to Finance Committee - #8a CC June 4, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

14.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY AUDITOR

14a.

Transmitting the the audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Worcester Retirement System (WRS) for the system’s year ending December 31, 2018.

Attachments

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

 

14b.

Transmitting the annual actuarial valuation of the Worcester Retirement System (WRS) as of January 1, 2019.

Attachments

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

 

14c.

Transmitting a review of the OPEB Fund’s Declaration of Trust.

Attachments

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

 

15.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD

15a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Sheliqua Mann request Wellington St. or Jacques Ave. be named Bishop Robert Webbs Sr. St. or Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

16.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

16a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Susan S. Nichols on behalf of the Owner of Worcester Mill LLC, request to extend the BL-1.0 (Business, Limited) zoning district to encompass the entirety of 195 Mill Street, in order to eliminate the current split zoning of the property: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance

 

16b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager Recommend adoption of a resolution to designate 6 Chatham Street as a Certified HDIP Project and approve a Tax Increment Exemption Plan: recommend adoption of the accompanying Resolution.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

16c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to enforcement of the sign ordinance up and down the Main South Corridor from Chandler Street to Webster Square: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the launch of a Diverse Business Directory: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

16e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Wayfinding project: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

17.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

17a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting Communication relative to the Comprehensive Clean City Program: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to support the Comprehensive Clean City Program as submitted on January 22, 2019.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

17b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson and Councilor Morris A. Bergman request City Council authorize and request the City Manager to provide water service in accordance with Department of Public Works and Parks’ policy for the land adjacent to 1 West Boylston Dr. where the War Memorial for Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Korea and WWII is located: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

17c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson and Councilor Morris A. Bergman request City Council authorize and request the City Manager to designate the parcel of land adjacent to 1 West Boylston Dr. that includes the sound barrier as a community garden and provide water service in accordance with the Department of Public Works and Parks’ Policy for Providing Water for Community Gardens: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted

 

17d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Order of Councilor King – Request Standing Committee of Public Works consider looking into additional drop off locations for recyclables, including Millbury St. and more as possible as part of the Comprehensive Clean City Program.: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

17e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Order of Councilor King – Request Standing Committee of Public Works consider the feasibility of a hybrid recycling system that would allow single family home areas and multifamily home areas to use either a two-wheeled recycling bin or plastic recycling bags depending on what is more appropriate as part of the Comprehensive Clean City Program: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

17f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Order of Councilor King – Request Standing Committee on Public Works consider any and all ways that the city could reduce or mitigate price increases for plastic bags as part of the Comprehensive Clean City Program: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

17g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of Jonathan Booker request installation of a sidewalk on West Chester St.: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted

 

18.

TO BE ORDAINED

18a.

Amending Chapter 2 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Extend Wage Theft Prevention Measures to Certain City-Assisted Private Development Projects.

Attachments

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

 

18b.

Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group EM - Executive Management (Youth Director) Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group EM - Executive Management (Director of Masshire Workforce Board & Career Center) Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group EM - Executive Management (Deputy Assistant City Manager, Director of Urban Innovation) Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group A - Administrative and Supervisory Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group Q - Trade Inspection Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group X- Human Services, Law Enforcement and Public Health Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group W - (Disabilities Intake Worker) Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group NA - Fire (Fire Apparatus Repairman, Working Foreman) Amending the Salary Ordinance of August 20, 1996 - Occupational Group M - Recreation (Program Coordinators Recreation Worcester)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to amend to correct a clerical error so that the salary ordinance for the Youth Director read a minimum salary of $1,226.55 and a maximum salary of $1,872.35. Nine (9) Ordinances Ordained as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18c.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 1 Stone Street.

Attachments

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

 

18d.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 87 Chino Avenue.

Attachments

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

 

18e.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 183 Austin Street.

Attachments

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

 

18f.

Amending Section 40 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide For Resident Permit Parking On Eastern Avenue.

Attachments

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

 

18g.

Amending Section 29 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 Providing For Stop Sign On Bluff Street At King Street.

Attachments

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

 

18h.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Amend 10 Minute Parking On Walnut Street.

Attachments

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

 

18i.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Amend Parking On Main Street. Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Amend Parking On Main Street. Amending Section Of 42 Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Rescind Main Street Parking Meters.

Attachments

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

 

19.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

19a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager recommend adoption of the Declaration of Trust, as filed by the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund Board of Trustees (OPEB Board). (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes June 25, 2019)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

19b.

TO BE ORDAINED - Amending Section 2 Article III Of The Worcester Zoning Ordinance Adopted April 2, 1991 Relative To Extending The Bl-1.0 And Commercial Corridor Overlay (CCOD) Zoning Districts In The Vicinity Of The Property Located At 57 Highland Street And 33 & 35 Wachusett Street. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty June 25, 2019)

Attachments

Councilor Wally moved to Table the Item. Tabled - Wally

 

19c.

TO BE ORDAINED - Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Amend No Parking Anytime On Albany Street. Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Install No Parking Anytime On Albany Street. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson June 25, 2019)

Attachments

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

 

20.

TABLED ITEMS

20a.

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

 

20b.

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

 

20c.

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

 

20d.

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

 

20e.

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

 

20f.

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

 

21.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the June 25, 2019 City Council meeting.

21a.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the term lengths for members of the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund Board of Trustees (OPEB Board). – Item #16a CC Order adopted

 

21b.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning why it is discretionary to purchase liability insurance for the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund Board of Trustees (OPEB Board). – Item #16b CC Order adopted

 

21c.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Auditor provide City Council with a report reviewing the Declaration of Trust, as filed by the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund Board of Trustees (OPEB Board). – Item #16c CC Order adopted

 

21d.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager request from Eversource a list of all gas leaks in the city. – Item #16d CC Order adopted

 

21e.

ORDER of Councilor Matthew E. Wally – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning strategies other municipalities across the country are implementing to incentivize property owners in congested neighborhoods to provide parking to other residents in those areas. – Item #16e CC Order adopted

 

21f.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager provide City Council with information concerning possible lots that may be sold or auctioned off to residents interested in building entry level that includes garage spaces in congested neighborhoods. – Item #16f CC Order adopted

 

21g.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Manager provide City Council with a financial breakdown of the municipal lots in the city. – Item #16g CC Order adopted

 

21h.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks open the bathrooms at Elm Park, Tivnan Field and Institute Park. – Item #16h CC Order adopted

 

22.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the July 23, 2019 City Council meeting.

22a.

Motion Russell @ #17a CC – That City Council does hereby support the Comprehensive Clean City Program as submitted to City Council, with the exception of changing the price increase on garbage bags from fifty cents to twenty-five cents and eliminating the clear plastic bag portion of the program.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

22b.

Motion Mero-Carlson @ #17a CC – That City Council does hereby support the Comprehensive Clean City Program as submitted to City Council. Further, request City Manager provide City Council with a review of the Comprehensive Clean City Program in one year’s time. Further, request City Manager consider providing all neighborhood based clean-up grants to only established neighborhood groups.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

22c.

Motion Wally @ #17a CC – That City Council does hereby support the Comprehensive Clean City Program as submitted to City Council, with the exception of implementing an a la carte system for purchasing clear plastic recycling bags and yellow trash bags, which would allow residents to purchase large bags separately from small bags, and yellow trash bags separately from clear plastic recycling bags.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 

22d.

Motion Rivera @ #17a CC – Request City Manager consider creating an Ordinance that would hold landlords accountable for educating their tenants concerning trash and recycling regulations in the city.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

22e.

Motion King @ #17a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether the city could use bins with retractable lids, or containers with bungee cords instead of clear plastic bags as part of the Comprehensive Clean City Program.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

22f.

Motion Mero-Carlson @ #11a – Request City Manager provide City Council with information concerning any legal action regarding 65 Kenwood Ave. as soon as possible.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

22g.

Motion King @ #12a CC – Request City Manager refurbish the monument honoring Bob Cousy at Crompton Park.

Attachments

Order adopted