CITY OF WORCESTER

AGENDA OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Esther Howland Chamber

6:00 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

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

5.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

5a Adopt

5a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of June 25, 2019.

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6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - a person may speak for no more than two (2) minutes on any items appearing on the agenda

7.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

7a - 7g Hold Hearings & Adopt

7a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location: HURTLE AVE. and;

Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location: HURTLE AVE.

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7b.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: SALISBURY ST., BURGESS RD., METCALF ST., AND ACADEMY ST. and;

Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: SALISBURY ST., BURGESS RD., METCALF ST., AND ACADEMY ST.

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7c.

Hearing: CROWN CASTLE FIBER LLC for a conduit location: BELMONT ST. and;

Granting permission to CROWN CASTLE FIBER LLC for a conduit location: BELMONT ST.

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7d.

Hearing: CROWN CASTLE FIBER LLC for a conduit location: SAGAMORE RD. and;

Granting permission to CROWN CASTLE FIBER LLC for a conduit location: SAGAMORE RD.

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7e.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: 225 SHREWSBURY ST. and;

Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: 225 SHREWSBURY ST.

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7f.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: 104 LAMARTINE ST. and;

Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: 104 LAMARTINE ST.

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7g.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a telephone pole location: 1 COMMONWEALTH AVE. and;

Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a telephone pole location: 1 COMMONWEALTH AVE

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8.

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

8a Refer to the Department of Public Works and Parks

8a.

Evan Corrigan request the public shade tree in front of 274 St. Nicholas Ave. be replaced.

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8b Refer to Public Service and Transportation Committee

8b.

Eleanor Gilmore request installation of an additional street light in the vicinity of Hawley St. and Pleasant St.

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8c - 8j Refer to Public Works Committee

8c.

Bruce Silva request installation of a guard rail in front of 1511 Main St.

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8d.

Tommy Giorgio request installation of a sidewalk in the vicinity of 10 Pine Tree Ln.

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8e.

Evan Corrigan request any new manhole cover installed in the city have the city's seal recessed into the metal.

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8f.

Councilor Sarai Rivera request removal of the portion of the guardrail in front of 76 Malvern Rd. that is nearest to the property’s driveway.

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8g.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request sidewalk repair in front of 42 Wedgewood Rd.

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8h.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of Barbara Engwall request street resurfacing on Vineyard St.

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8i.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of Barbara Engwall request street resurfacing on Minthorne St.

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8j.

Stephanie Brennan request installation of a continuous sidewalk on Salisbury St. from Assumption College to Park Ave.

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8k - 8y Refer to Traffic and Parking Committee

8k.

Samantha LeRoy on behalf of Kya Providence request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 60 Eastern Ave.

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8l.

Brenda Nichols request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 32 Newbury St.

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8m.

Robert Rourke request installation of a handicap parking space across from 20 Strathmore Rd.

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8n.

Flor Portillo request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 21 Marion Ave.

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8o.

Ron Adjami request the removal of a handicap parking space located at 488 Park Ave.

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8p.

Glenda Torres Amaro on behalf of Angel Torres-Baez request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 86 Arthur St.

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8q.

Kwaku Obeng-Mensah request to relocate the handicap parking space from in front of 13 Tower St. to in front of 9 Tower St.

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8r.

Gina Vazquez request resident permit parking on Bowdoin St. be extended to include 20-22 Bowdoin St.

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8s.

Councilor Sarai Rivera request installation of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Southgate St. and Janice Nadeau Way.

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8t.

Councilor Sarai Rivera on behalf of Ellie Gilmore request installation of a four-way crosswalk at the intersection of Merrick St. and Larch St.

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8u.

Councilor Sarai Rivera on behalf of Ellie Gilmore request installation of a four-way crosswalk at the intersection of Larch St. and Russell St.

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8v.

Councilor Sarai Rivera on behalf of Ellie Gilmore request installation of a three-way crosswalk at the intersection of Chatham St. and Newbury St.

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8w.

Councilor Sarai Rivera on behalf of Ellie Gilmore request installation of crosswalk at the intersection of Congress St. and Newbury St.

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8x.

Evan Corrigan request installation of children advisory signage at 56 Flagg St.

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8y.

Fire Chief Michael Lavoie request "No Parking Anytime" signage be installed on May St. adjacent to 413 Park Ave.

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8z.

Tony Economou request the City Manager, Police Chief, and Fire Chief convene a meeting with all railroad authorities that have crossings within the city to devise a plan of action to correct the issue of downed crossing arms at Brattle St. and Holden St., McKeon Rd. and any other location where this is an issue, in the interest of public safety.

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9.

PETITIONS - PART II

9a.

William S. Coleman, III request City Council vote to place a non-binding, yes or no question on the November 5, 2019 Municipal Election Ballot asking the voters of Worcester whether or not they support the use of plastic bags for recycling.

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9b.

Jo Hart request City Council consider addressing the unfairness of having building owners with first-floor vacancies being aided through programs, while at the same time, owners of buildings with occupied first floors and vacant upper floors being susceptible to takings by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority (WRA).

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9c.

Jo Hart request City Council reconsider the notion of a 500 space parking garage for Polar Park.

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9d.

Jo Hart request City Council reconsider what has been decided and restore all streets to be two-way in the new area for Polar Park, eliminate the impediment of the peanut traffic pattern at Kelley Square and instead clarify all directions and street signage in the paramount issue of public safety.

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9e.

Jo Hart request City Council provide a master plan for public transportation to the Polar Park area.

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9f.

Ted Conna request City Council recommend a process of community engagement in both the planning and eventual delivery of the Comprehensive Clean City Program so that the program can address city-wide litter issues and contamination of recyclables in a more comprehensive way than is currently proposed.

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9g.

Ted Conna request City Council recommend city administration partner with experts at local educational institutions to do independent analysis and comparison of greenhouse gas emissions impacts of any alternatives to the current open-bin recycling pick-up system that are under consideration.

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10.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

10.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointments of Latoya Lewis, Lauren DeOliveira and Deidre Padgett to the Human Rights Commission.

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Informational Communication

B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Cathryn Jerome-Mezynski to the Historical Commission.

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Informational Communication

C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Julie Ann Lamacchia to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Informational Communication

D.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Sarah Stillman to the Mayor Thomas Early Scholarship Committee.

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10.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend appointment of Heather Borelli and reappointments of Deborah Hall and Ariel Lim to the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

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10.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

10.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

Refer to Planning Board

A.

Recommend approval of discontinuance and conveyance of a portion of Plantation Street right of way.

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10.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
 

10.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

10.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
 

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
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a status report on 65 Kenwood Street.

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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
 

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
 

10.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept a donation with an in kind value of Ten Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Five Dollars and No Cents ($10,425.00) from Charter TV3 to support the Out to Lunch Festival and Farmers' Market Series.

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Votes Required

B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend grant funding from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, through the 2019 Remillard Family Community Service Fund, in the amount of Twenty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($20,000.00) in response to the opioid epidemic affecting Worcester.

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Votes Required

C.

Recommend adoption of orders to accept public art easements from the owners of 180 and 275 Constitution Avenue, and 59 Tacoma Street and adoption of an order to accept a gift of murals from Squares Squared, Inc., for the Locations at 180 Constitution Avenue, 275 Constitution Avenue; 59 Tacoma Street, 549 Lincoln Street and 135 Burncoat Street.

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Votes Required

D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept a donation in the amount of Twenty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($20,000.00) from the Worcester Cultural Coalition, to support the work of the Cultural Development Division.

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Votes Required

E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant of up to Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($250,000.00) from the Massachusetts Office of Disabilities through the Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program for fiscal year 2020.

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Votes Required

F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($3,500,000.00) from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development under the 2019 MassWorks Infrastructure Program program.

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Votes Required

G.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept, and expend a Mass in Motion grant for FY20 in the amount of Sixty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($60,000.00) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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Votes Required

H.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Hundred Thirty Three Thousand Nine Dollars And No Cents ($133,009.00) from US Department of Justice under the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG FY19 Local Solicitation program.

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10.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend that One Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($1,000.00) be transferred from Account #0408-92000, City Managers Ordinary Maintenance, to Account #0408-97000, City Managers Overtime, to pay for overtime costs to Parks employees associated with special events on the Worcester Common.

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Votes Required

B.

Recommend that Sixty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Dollars and No Cents ($67,720.00) be transferred from Account #310-92000, Worcester Jobs Fund Ordinary Maintenance, to Account #310-91000, Worcester Jobs Fund Salaries, to cover costs associated staff salaries for program management under the Worcester Jobs Fund Program.

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Votes Required

C.

Recommend that One Million One Hundred Seventeen Thousand Four Hundred Ninety Three Dollars And Twelve Cents ($1,117,493.12) be transferred to provide sufficient funding for the Cable PEG Program for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2020.

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Votes Required

D.

Recommend that One Million Thirty Thousand Nine Hundred Twelve Dollars And Seventy Five Cents ($1,030,912.75) be transferred to provide sufficient funding for the Off-Street Program for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2020.

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Votes Required

E.

Recommend Amendment to the FY 2020 Worcester Police Department Table of Organization

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Votes Required

F.

Recommend City Council's authorization of Revolving Fund Accounts in Fiscal Year 2020, at the limits in each account, so that revenue derived from a particular service is allowed to be used for associated program cost, per M.G.L Chapter 44 Section 53E 1/2.

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10.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend that Two Thousand Five Hundred Thirty Nine Dollars And Twenty Four Cents ($2,539.24) be authorized from Account #720404-92000, Parks Ordinary Maintenance, to allow for for payment of a prior year invoice.

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Votes Required

B.

Recommend that a total of Four Hundred Eighty Dollars and Forty Three Cents ($480.43) be authorized from Economic Development Ordinary Maintenance Accounts, for payment of prior year invoices.

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Votes Required

C.

Recommend that One Hundred Twenty Four Dollars and Seventy Four Cents ($124.74) be authorized from Account #331-92000, Health And Human Services Ordinary Maintenance, to provide funds for prior year invoices.

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10.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

10.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
11.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

11a - 11f Adopt

11a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS - Request City Manager prepare a report for City Council that compares the environmental impact of the single use plastic bags currently used in stores which the city is proposing to ban versus the clear plastic bags the city is proposing to implement for use in recycling.

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11b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - Request City Manager address traffic signage concerns in the vicinity of Gold St. that are leading to issues with one-way traffic. Further, request City Manager request Police Chief provide traffic enforcement in the vicinity of Gold St.

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11c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide any possible patch-work to damaged and missing sidewalks on Palm St.

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11d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide any possible patch-work to damaged and missing sidewalks on Dell Ave.

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11e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - Request City Clerk provide information to the petitioner for resurfacing on Heath St. regarding resurfacing private streets and converting streets from private to public.

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11f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report detailing program costs associated with residential street sweeping and leaf pick up programs, including information concerning what has been spent in the past, what the costs would be moving forward, what hired services are/would be required and how much man-power would be/is needed to operate the program.

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12.

ORDERS

12a.

Request City Council recommit items related to the Comprehensive Clean City Program back to the City Manager for the purpose of reexamining the recycling program with a comparative analysis of the current bins, the large bins on the wheels and the clear plastic bags. (Petty)

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12b.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of permanently moving Worcester's Halloween Trick or Treat activities to the last Saturday of October in the interest of child safety and to give parents and residents ample time for preparation that a weekday does not permit. Further, request City Manager request the City Solicitor prepare the necessary papers required for implementation and provide those papers to City Council as soon as possible to give ample time for executing such a plan before this year’s event. Further, request City Manager request the Police Chief, Superintendent of Schools and any affected administrative staff inform City Council of any potential issues that could arise from implementation. Further, request City Manager develop a potential plan to educate the community. (Wally)

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12c.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide enforcement of cars illegally parking on the sidewalks of Southgate St., which are obstructing pedestrian access to walking areas. (Rivera)

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12d.

In an effort to encourage online payments and reduce manual payment processing in-house, request City Manager consider providing online tax and other bill payments without extra bank charges being added to payment. (Russell)

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12e.

Request City Manager confer with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks regarding past practices of City Manager Michael V. O'Brien's “Clean Team,” which addressed litter issues in each district and report back to the City Council regarding same. (Bergman)

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12f.

Request City Manager amend the Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) Trust as follows; 1. List the purposes of the Trust as outlined in Chapter 32B Section 20; 2. List specifically what sources of funding should be included in the OPED trust and; 3. List specifically what expenses/payments can be made from the trust. (Lukes)

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12g.

Request City Manager report concerning the advantages and disadvantages resulting by the posting of health inspection reports of food service businesses/restaurants on the physical location of the business and by providing a data base on the city web site of health inspection reports of food service businesses/restaurants in the city. (Lukes)

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12h.

Request the City Manager rededicate the Betty Price Playground to properly honor her work, that of Prospect House, and her groundbreaking role in our city’s history. Furthermore, that Ms. Price’s family be included in the planning of any kiosk or commemorative that will appropriately recognize Ms. Price’s contributions to our city. (Petty)

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12i.

Request the City Manager duly and fittingly engage with the family of Betty Price as a means to appropriately honor the legacy of Betty Price in the City of Worcester; and that consideration be given to a re-dedication ceremony upon communication with said family. Furthermore, that the Price family will be included in any ongoing planning of an interactive display / kiosk paying homage to the luminary influence of Betty Price to our community at large and to the Black Community in specificity. (King)

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See #22c - #22e

12j.

Request City Council recommit to the City Manager my orders Tabled Under Privilege July 23, 2019 relative to the Comprehensive Clean City Program for consideration when re-examining this program. (King)

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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)

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14.

COMMUNICATION OF THE CITY AUDITOR

14a.

Transmitting the management letter for the year ended June 30, 2018, prepared by the independent CPA firm of CliftonLarsonAllen, LP.

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15.

REPORTS OF THE PLANNING BOARD

15a Take up with Item #18a, Accept

15a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to the ballpark development area street grid changes. (To discontinue and abandon a portion of Assonet St., a portion of Plymouth St., two portions of Gold St. and a portion of Washington St. and to add to the Official Map Green Island Boulevard from Hermon & Lamartine St. to Madison St., Summit St., from Ash St. to Plymouth St. and Canal St., from Plymouth & Summit St. to Green St.)

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15b - 15g Refer to Public Works Committee

15b.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommending adoption of an Order relative to the discontinuance of a portion of Foster Street Right of Way.

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15c.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon Petition of Robert and Margaret Peltier request to make public Forsberg St., from Harwich St. to the end of private section.

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15d.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Joslyn Collazo et al request to make public Hacker Court.

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15e.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Lina Garcia-Kosko request to make public Crane St.

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15f.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of David Tardie request to make public Poniken Rd.

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15g.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request to make public Delmont Ave., from Harmon St. to Clarendon St.

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16.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

16a Advertise proposed Ordinance

16a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Jonathan J. Thomas, Manager of Whippoor LLC, request to extend the RL-7 zone to encompass the following Malden Woods subdivision (O Whippoorwill Drive & 0 Castine St.) parcels: 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14B on Map 32 and Plat 011:00010; 00011, 00012, 00013, & 0014B: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

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17.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS

17a Advertise proposed Ordinance

17a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to recommending adoption of a proposed ordinance to ban environmentally harmful single-use plastic checkout bags: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

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17b Aceept & Adopt on a roll call

17b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Strategic Plan: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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17c Accept

17c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS Upon the Petition of Kathryn Hagan request that the dog license fee be waived for owners that are 65 years of age and over, instead of the current age of 70: recommend Petition be placed on file.

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18.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

18a Take up with #15a, Accept & Adopt on a roll call

18a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to the ballpark development area street grid changes: recommend adoption of the accompanying two Orders to discontinue and abandon a portion of Assonet St., a portion of Plymouth St., two portions of Gold St. and a portion of Washington St. and to add to the Official Map Green Island Boulevard from Hermon & Lamartine St. to Madison St., Summit St., from Ash St. to Plymouth St. and Canal St., from Plymouth & Summit St. to Green St.

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18b & 18c Accept & Adopt on a roll call

18b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Alyda Justiniano request abatement of street betterment assessment #25608 in the amount of $6,280.50 for Hilma St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to abate in full.

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18c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Candace Buffone request abatement of street betterment assessment #25614 in the amount of $15,000.00 for Candlewood St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to provide for a partial abatement resulting in a new assessment of $3,750.00.

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18d - 18z Accept & Adopt

18d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Matthew E. Wally request sidewalk repair for 24 Beeching St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Matthew E. Wally request sidewalk repair on west side of South Ludlow St. from Moss St. to James St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Varun Kasireddy request the sidewalk in front of 1 Waconah Rd. be repaired: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Elizabeth Barnes and Marc Moran request the brick sidewalk in front of 14 Oxford St. be repaired: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request sidewalk repair in Grove St. from Judson Rd. to 540 Grove St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request sidewalks on Country Club Blvd. be repaired and made ADA compliant from Lincoln St. to Harpers Fy on the Pleasant Valley Dr. side: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Michael McGrail request sidewalk repair for the entire length of Holland Rd.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor George J. Russell request installation of missing or damaged sidewalks on Palm St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Tanzina Akkas request sidewalk in front of 123 Maywood St. be repaired so it can be made leveled: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey requested the sidewalk on both sides of Dell Ave. be repaired: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18n.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Evan Corrigan request Inwood Rd. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18o.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Evan Corrigan request Bluebell Rd. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18p.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Devin Calichman request Kalmar St., between houses #12 and #34, be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18q.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Michael McGrail request street resurfacing for the entire length of Holland Rd.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18r.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of MaryAnn Erickson et al request to resurface Walworth St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18s.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose on behalf of Susan Ledoux request Emerson Rd. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18t.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request resurfacing of Saxon Rd. from St. Paul Dr. to Westbrook Rd.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18u.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request West Boylston St. from Maplewood Ave. to 1223 West Boylston St. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18v.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request Hunnewell Rd. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18w.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request Hazelwood Rd. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18x.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request Kalmar St. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18y.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request Hillcroft Ave. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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18z.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Knight St. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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19.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - PART II

19a - 19c Accept & Adopt

19a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Oakhurst St. be resurfaced: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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19b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Candria Gray and Doris Ortiz request street resurfacing at Chino Ave.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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19c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Candria Gray and Doris Ortiz request street resurfacing at Constitution Ave from Chino Ave to Tacoma St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

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19d - 19m Accept

19d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Matthew E. Wally request sidewalk repair in front of 24 Beeching St.: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Nancy-Jo Zadek request street resurfacing in Moore Ave., from Pleasant St. to 99 Moore Ave.: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Kathleen King et al request Oneida Ave. be repaved: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Linda Opacki request Southview Rd. be repaved: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Linda Berthiaume request Calumet Ave., from Clark St. to Stratton Rd. be repaved: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose request resurfacing for Oneida Ave. from Quinapoxet Lane to Welcome St.: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Barnes Ave. be resurfaced: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Whittier St. be resurfaced: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Amesbury St. be resurfaced: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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19m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of John Jeorgos request street resurfacing in front of 20-22 Heath St.: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

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20.

LOAN ORDER TO BE ADOPTED

20a Adopt on a roll call

20a.

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.

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21.

TO BE ORDAINED

21a Ordain on a roll call

21a.

Amending Article III, Section 2 Of The Worcester Zoning Ordinance, Adopted April 2, 1991 Relative To The Extension Of The BL-1.0 Zoning District In The Vicinity Of 195 Mill Street.

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22.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

22a.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Morris A. Bergman and Councilor Matthew E. Wally - 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22b.

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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22c.

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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22d.

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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22e.

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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22f.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22g.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22h.

ORDER of Councilor Matthew E. Wally – 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22i.

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 and Tabled Under Privilege - Petty July 23, 2019)

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22j.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the Other Post-Employment Benefits Liability Trust Fund Board of Trustees (OPEB Board) and Declaration of Trust. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes July 23, 2019)

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22k.

COMMUNICATION of the City Auditor transmitting the the audited Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Worcester Retirement System (WRS) for the system’s year ending December 31, 2018. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes July 23, 2019)

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22l.

COMMUNICATION of the City Auditor transmitting the annual actuarial valuation of the Worcester Retirement System (WRS) as of January 1, 2019. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes July 23, 2019)

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22m.

COMMUNICATION of the City Auditor transmitting a review of the OPEB Fund’s Declaration of Trust. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes July 23, 2019)

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23.

TABLED ITEMS

23a.

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)

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23b.

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)

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23c.

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)

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23d.

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)

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23e.

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)

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23f.

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)

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23g.

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 and Tabled - Wally July 23, 2019)

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24.

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

24a.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – 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. – Item #22a CC Tabled Under Privilege

24b.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – 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. – Item #22b CC Tabled Under Privilege

24c.

ORDER of Councilor Matthew E. Wally – 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. – Item #22c CC Tabled Under Privilege

24d.

ORDER of Councilor Sarai Rivera – Request City Manager consider creating an Ordinance that would hold landlords accountable for educating their tenants concerning trash and recycling regulations in the city. – Item #22d CC Order adopted

24e.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – 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. – Item #22e CC Order adopted

24f.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – Request City Manager provide City Council with information concerning any legal action regarding 65 Kenwood Ave. as soon as possible. – Item #22f CC Order adopted

24g.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager refurbish the monument honoring Bob Cousy at Crompton Park. – Item #22g CC Order adopted


Scheduled Meetings of the Standing Committees

 
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019
05:00 PM -
Economic Development Committee
Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson, Sarai Rivera, Matthew E. Wally
   

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

 

   
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019
06:00 PM -
Traffic and Parking Committee
Chairperson Matthew E. Wally, Konstantina B. Lukes, Candy Mero-Carlson
   

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

 

   
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
05:30 PM -
Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee
Chairperson Gary Rosen, Khrystian E. King, Sean M. Rose
   

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

 

   
Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2019
05:00 PM -
Economic Development Committee
Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson, Sarai Rivera, Matthew E. Wally
   

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

 

   

The next meeting for City Council will take place on September 3, 2019 at 6:30 P.M.