CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:44 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:10 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Khrystian E. King
Konstantina B. Lukes Candy Mero-Carlson
Sarai Rivera Sean M. Rose City Clerk
Susan M. Ledoux
Gary Rosen George J. Russell
Kathleen M. Toomey Matthew E. Wally
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

2.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair, except for Councilor Toomey, who arrived at 6:49 P.M.

3.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

4a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of July 23, 2019.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to approve the minutes of the July 23,2019 meeting. Order adopted on a voice vote.

 

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

5a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers:
1. Brian Brousseau, Leicester resident, spoke in favor of #10.36B CM
2. Patrick Madison, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10.36B CM
3. Kelsey Lamoureux, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10.36B CM
4. Idella Hazard, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10.36B CM
5. Shayna Booker, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10.36B CM
6. Fred Taylor, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10.36B CM
7. William S. Coleman, III, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9i CC, #12t CC and #20i CC
8. Mark Borenstein, Worcester resident, spoke to Table #19c CC
9. Mauro DePasquale, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12e CC
10. Anna Gentile, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12e CC
11. Nicole LeBlanc, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #8e CC

 

6.

HEARINGS & ORDERS

6a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: GRAFTON ST. and; Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: GRAFTON ST.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #6a CC - #6e CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty opened the hearing and asked if any abutters were in attendance to speak on the Item. Seeing no speakers, the Mayor moved to close the hearing. Mayor Petty moved to approve the Item. Hearing held & Order adopted.

 

6b.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: ALBANY ST. and; Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: ALBANY ST.

Attachments

Hearing held and Order adopted. (See Item #6a CC)

 

6c.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: LYON ST. and; Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: LYON ST.

Attachments

Hearing held and Order adopted. (See Item #6a CC)

 

6d.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: AUSTIN ST. & BELLEVUE ST. and; Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: AUSTIN ST. & BELLEVUE ST.

Attachments

Hearing held and Order adopted. (See Item #6a CC)

 

6e.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: HIGHLAND ST. & PARK AVE. and; Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit locations: HIGHLAND ST. & PARK AVE.

Attachments

Hearing held and Order adopted. (See Item #6a CC)

 

7.

FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS - BIANNUAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE - See Item #10.4A CM

8.

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

8a.

Matthew Nasif request the large tree in the vicinity of 464 Salisbury St. be trimmed.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8a CC and #8b CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to the Department of Public Works and Parks. Referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks.

 

8b.

Evan Corrigan request installation of a "Welcome To Worcester" sign at the Holden/Worcester line, where Mountain St. West becomes Doyle Rd.

Attachments

Referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks (See Item #8a CC)

 

8c.

Valery Fleming et al request the sewer connection in Winnipeg St. be extended to include the remainder of the street, including 16 Winnipeg St. to the end.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8c CC and #8d CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Planning Board. Referred to Planning Board.

 

8d.

Valery Fleming et al request the sewage connection be extended in St. Louis St. to include from 115 St. Louis St. to 139 St. Louis St.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board (See Item #8c CC)

 

8e.

Nicole LeBlanc request City Manager repeal or amend to update Department of Public Health Regulation X to reflect current administrative oversight. Further, request said regulation to be equivalent to current zoning laws. Further, request said regulations to allow non-profit cat rescues to operate in the city, similar to operations given to Animal Rescue League.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized the Petitioner, who spoke on the Item during Public Participation. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Public Health and Human Services Committee. Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee.

 

8f.

Jasper Chin request the city's ordinance concerning "Solicitors and Canvassers" be amended to include language which would place restrictions on solicitation including but not limited to banning solicitation entirely or maintaining a "non-solicitation" list.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer it to Public Safety Committee. Referred to Public Safety Committee.

 

8g.

Stacy Radziewicz request installation of a street light on Pole 156-1 at the intersection of Whispering Pine Cir. and West Boylston St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8g CC and #8h CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to the Public Service and Transportation Committee. Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee.

 

8h.

Matthew Nasif request the street light pole in front of 464 Salisbury St. be moved to the property line between 464 Salisbury St. and 474 Salisbury St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee (See Item #8g CC)

 

8i.

Hugo Luis Reyes Rodriguez request installation of a guardrail in front of 25 Tennyson St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8i CC - #8p CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee.

 

8j.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request Buckley Rd., between 20 Buckley Rd. and 37 Buckley Rd., be repaved.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee (See Item #8i CC)

 

8k.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request City Council authorize and request the City Manager to provide water service in accordance with the Department of Public Works and Parks' policy for the community nursery behind Zorbas/Walgreens on Stafford St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee (See Item #8i CC)

 

8l.

Raul Navarro request sidewalk repair in front of 13 Norrback Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee (See Item #8i CC)

 

8m.

Donald Ichton request sidewalk repair in front of 86 Pine View Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee (See Item #8i CC)

 

8n.

Alexander Hoppe request sidewalk repair in front of 25 and 27 Frothingham Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee (See Item #8i CC)

 

8o.

Matthew Early request abatement of street betterment assessment #25659 in the amount of $14,000.00 for Westcott St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee (See Item #8i CC)

 

8p.

Matthew Nasif request sidewalk repair in front of 464 Salisbury St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee (See Item #8i CC)

 

8q.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request installation of "Dead End" or "Not a Thru Way" signage in St. Paul Dr.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8q CC - #8z CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Traffic and Parking Committee. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee.

 

8r.

Councilor George J. Russell request installation of "Turkey Crossing" signage in the vicinity of 500 to 505 Massasoit Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

8s.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of Mary Bejune request parking regulations be implemented to ensure emergency vehicles can access the road between houses number 2 and 12 Courtland St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

8t.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request additional safety measures be identified and implemented at the blind drive on the corner of Weetamoe St. and June St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

8u.

Sonia Diaz request installation of an additional handicap parking space in front of 23 Stanton St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

8v.

Jacob Baum request installation of two additional stop signs at the intersection of Uxbridge St. and Shattuck St., creating a four-way stop.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

8w.

Esther Konah request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 35 Gardner St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

8x.

Kenneth Harling request installation of a "No Parking After Park Hours" sign on the east side of Russell St., from Elm St. to Park Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

8y.

Evan Corrigan request installation of a solar speed radar to combat speeding on Holden St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

8z.

Evan Corrigan request installation of a solar speed radar to combat speeding on Fairhaven Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #8q CC)

 

9.

PETITIONS - PART II

9a.

Jane Pastore request school buses be prohibited from using Katahdin St. as a turn around street.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #9a CC - #9f CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Traffic and Parking Committee. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee.

 

9b.

Diane Pacevicz request installation of resident permit parking on Ames St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #9a CC)

 

9c.

Christina Tomaiolo-Giedraitis request installation of "Deaf Child" signage at the corner of Othello Rd. and Lake Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #9a CC)

 

9d.

Andrea Savastano et al request installation of a blinking yellow light and cross walk in the vicinity of 330 Plantation St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #9a CC)

 

9e.

Jonathan Pipes request installation of a handicap parking space on the Rugby St. side of 222 Ingleside Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #9a CC)

 

9f.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request the eastbound approach of the intersection between Belmont St. and Skyline Dr. be modified to include a dedicated right turn, left turn and thru lane and further, provide advanced signage and pavement marking as required.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #9a CC)

 

9g.

Evan Corrigan request the city determine a way to expedite all requests to reinstall missing street signage, in the interest of public safety.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer it to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee.

 

9h.

Evan Corrigan request the Worcester Police Department to increase its presence at First Presbyterian Church in an effort to stop the illegal activity occurring in the area.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer it to the City Manager. Referred to the City Manager.

 

9i.

Evan Corrigan request the installation of three (3) flag poles at Elm Park, which would be designated for an American Flag, Massachusetts State Flag, and a City of Worcester Flag.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer it to the City Manager. Referred to the City Manager.

 

10.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

10.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
 

10.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend the reappointment of Elizabeth Myska to the Commission on Disability.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order. The rules were suspended on a voice voice. Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call to confirm the appointment. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
B.

Recommend the appointment of Leigh Woodruff to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order. The rules were suspended on a voice voice. Mayor Petty read the item and thanked the member for their service, who was in attendance at the meeting. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call to confirm the appointment. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 
 

10.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

10.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an updated Economic Development Report.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes, who followed up on a previous request concerning a compilation of all the tax benefits from TIFs and how much the city has forgiven in real estate taxes as a result of TIFs. The City Manage responded to remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, "Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning tools being utilized by similar sized cities to attract businesses." (see Item #21a CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke congratulating the Economic Development staff for their successes. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes for a second time, who clarified her previous remarks. The City Manager responded to remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, Councilor Rivera, Councilor Rose and Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the Economic Development Report. The City Manager responded to questions raised by Councilor Rosen. Mayor Petty moved to refer the item to Economic Development Committee. Referred to Economic Development Committee.

 
 

10.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

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

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer to it Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee.

 
 

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
 

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
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the DCU Special District Improvement Fund.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer it to Municipal Operations Committee. Referred to Municipal Operations Committee.

 
 

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 One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113T, Doherty High MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75904, Doherty High School, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with the feasibility study phase of this project.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #10.31A CM - 10.31CC CM collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on the Items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Recommend that Six Hundred Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($600,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C7161A, Union Station Rehabilitation, to Account #04C704, Union Station Rehabilitation.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
C.

Recommend that Forty Four Thousand Sixty Dollars and Fifty Cents ($44,060.50) be transferred from Account #91C7124, Urban Renewal, to Account #04C7110C, Urban Renewal.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
D.

Recommend that Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($7,500,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113L, MSBA Rehab - South High, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C789, South High School, to allow for payment of current and anticipated obligation associated with building the new South High.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
E.

Recommend that Seventy Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($75,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113Q, Lincoln St School MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75901, Lincoln St School, to allow for the reduction of the current deficit so that payments of current and future obligations can be made.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
F.

Recommend that Seventy Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($75,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113R, Thorndyke Rd School MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75902, Thorndyke Road School, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with this project.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
G.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113S, Elm Park School MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75903, Elm Park Community School, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with this project.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
H.

Recommend that a total of Two Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($260,000.00) be transferred as follows: ($50,000.00) from Account #91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, to Account #26C701, Worcester Fire Department Capital Equipment, and ($210,000.00) from Account #91C7114, Citywide Capital Improvement, to Account #26C704, Worcester Fire Department Capital Rehabilitation, per the request of Michael Lavoie, Fire Chief.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
I.

Recommend that Six Million Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($6,025,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C744B, Off Street Parking Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #46C707, Off Street Parking Improvements, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with the Pearl Elm parking garage renovation.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
J.

Recommend that Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C735A, Sewer Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C707, Sewer Generators, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with rehabilitation of generators.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
K.

Recommend that Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C764, Sewer Pump Station, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with sewer pumping.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
L.

Recommend that Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($2,500,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C744, Sewer Reconstruction, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with sewer reconstruction throughout the City.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
M.

Recommend that One Million Four Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,400,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C751, Sewer Interception Inspection, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
N.

Recommend that Five Million Dollars And No Cents ($5,000,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C722, Route 20 Sewer, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations associated with the Route 20 sewer construction.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
O.

Recommend that Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C724B, Traffic Signals Upgrades, and be appropriated to DPW Account #40C704, Traffic Signals, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with traffic signal work throughout the city.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
P.

Recommend that Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C741C, Private St Conversion, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C768, Private St Conversion, to allow for the payments of current and anticipated obligations associated with private street construction.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
Q.

Recommend that Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C761, Holden/Drummond/Shore Dr, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with street construction work.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
R.

Recommend that Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C732, Water Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C768, Water Filtration, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associates with work at the filtration plant.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
S.

Recommend that Two Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($230,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C732, Water Building Rehab, and appropriated to DPW Account #45C728, Reservoir Rehab, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
T.

Recommend that Two Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($2,200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7134, Water Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C721, Water Mains, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with water main work throughout the city.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
U.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784R, Crow Hill Improvements, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C717, Crow Hill, to allow for the payments of current and future obligations associated with this project.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
V.

Recommend that Three Hundred Sixty Eight Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Dollars And Fifty Cents ($368,330.50) be transferred from Accounts #91C7804 and #91C7114, Citywide Capital Accounts, to Accounts #25C701, Police Capital Equipment, and #25C702, Police Capital Rehabilitation.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
W.

Recommend that Two Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($240,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C774, Winthrop Street, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with this street construction.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
X.

Recommend that Four Hundred Eighteen Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($418,700.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, streets & Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C792, Grafton St, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with street construction on Grafton St.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
Y.

Recommend that Four Million Eight Hundred Forty One Thousand Three Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($4,841,300.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C741, Resurfacing, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with resurfacing work throughout the city.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
Z.

Recommend that Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($250,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C732, Water Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C728, Tank Maintenance, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with this maintenance.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
AA.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113U, Challenge & Reach Academy MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75905, Challenge & Reach Academy, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with the feasibility phase of this project.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
BB.

Recommend that One Million Two Hundred Ten Thousand Four Hundred Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($1,210,450.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C787, Canal District Improvements, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with street construction in the canal district.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
CC.

Recommend that Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C702, Land Acquisition, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C786, Watershed Land Acquisition, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with land taking in the watershed of Quinapoxet Reservoir.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.31A CM)

 
 

10.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file and accept a Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Supplemental Grant in the amount of up to Four Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($450,000.00) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #10.32A CM - 10.32D CM collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on the Items. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Twelve Thousand Eight Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($12,800.00) from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety under the SAFE and Senior SAFE Programs.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.32A CM)

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Three Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($3,000.00) from JoyGuru Humanitarian Services, Inc., to support the Worcester Department of Human & Health Services (WHHS) in the contribution of the Flu Vaccination Program (SLIC).

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.32A CM)

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($7,500.00) from Digital Federal Credit Union to the Worcester Police Department.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.32A CM)

 
 

10.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Seventy Six Thousand Nine Hundred Twelve dollars and no cents ($76,912.00) be transferred to the accounts listed to fund engineering services to demolish the dilapidated building at 36 Washington Square.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #10.33A CM and 10.33B CM collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on the Items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Recommend that Two Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($200.00) be transferred from Account #660-92000, Treasury Ordinary Maintenance, to Account #660-93000, Treasury Capital Outlay, to cover increased costs for the new postal folding machine, which was approved in the FY20 Treasury Operational Budget.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.33A)

 
 

10.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend authorization of payment of a prior year invoice in the amount of Two Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($2,000.00) from Account #2501-92154, Police Ordinary Maintenance, to pay an invoice from Broadway Catering for the Police Academy Graduation.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved for a roll call on the Item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

10.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

10.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Recommend that City Council meet in executive session to discuss litigation strategy with respect to the case of Town of Holden vs. Department of Conservation and Recreation and the City of Worcester.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item. Councilor Lukes moved to recuse herself from the Item and left the room. Mayor Petty made the following motion, "That City Council does hereby schedule an executive session to discuss litigation strategy with respect to the case of Town of Holden vs. Department of Conservation and Recreation and the City of Worcester on September 24, 2019 at the conclusion of the regular City Council meeting." Order adopted on a voice vote.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the 2019 Worcester Construction Workforce Disparity Study.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to vacate the Chair for the purpose of speaking. Councilor Lukes assumed her duties as Vice Chairperson of the City Council and occupied the Chair. Councilor Lukes recognized Mayor Petty, who spoke concerning the 2019 Construction Workforce Disparity Study. Mayor Petty assumed the Chair and recognized Councilor Rivera, Councilor Toomey, Councilor King, Councilor Mero-Carlson, Councilor Rosen and Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the 2019 Construction Workforce Disparity Study. The City Manager responded to remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the 2019 Construction Workforce Disparity Study. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the 2019 Construction Workforce Disparity Study. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the 2019 Construction Workforce Disparity Study. The City Manager responded to remarks made by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who thanked the Worcester Community Labor Coalition for sponsoring the 2019 Construction Workforce Disparity Study, as well as all the staff and community members who were involved in creating the study. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call to adopt an order, “That City Council does hereby support the diversity goals for public construction projects and economic development projects incentivized by local tax relief outlined in the 2019 Construction Workforce Disparity Study.” Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Economic Development Committee. Referred to Economic Development Committee.

 
11.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

11a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased parking enforcement for Trahan Ave. and Hamilton St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #11a CC - #11k CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to approve the Item. Order adopted.

 

11b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide speed enforcement for Whitman Rd. and Sagamore Rd.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request Commissioner of Public Works & Parks place “Yield to Pedestrian in Crosswalk” signage at every location Concurrent Pedestrian Signals are installed.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager provide an annual report, beginning at the end of 2020, regarding the Crown Hill portion of Green Hill Park and its condition resulting from event parking and include repair efforts if needed.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager request Assistant Commissioner of Parks contact the neighborhood association to inform them of the plans to limit event permits at Green Hill Park and explore concerns of parking overflow into the neighborhood.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager request the Assistant Commissioner of Parks determine the potential cost for a design review to make improvements at the Skate Park in Green Hill Park.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager request the Assistant Commissioner of Parks to identify one rectangular field as a community soccer field that includes goals and amenities.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager report to City Council any progress made for equipping existing soccer/rectangular fields with goals.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11i.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager fund an emergency allocation of approximately $125,000 to improve the poles and netting at Vernon Hill Park ball field at Ames St.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11j.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager request the Assistant Commissioner of Parks provide a report to City Council as to the feasibility of moving the East Side Babe Ruth baseball league at Vernon Hill Park to the Worcester Vocational Technical High School Field and the feasibility of converting the ballfield at Vernon Hill Park to a rectangular field.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

11k.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION - Request City Manager request Assistant Commissioner of Parks provide City Council with a “Trajectory Study” for the Vernon Hill Ball Park on Ames St.

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #11a CC)

 

12.

ORDERS

12a.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning all recent traffic calming measures that have taken place in the vicinity of Chandler St.'s intersections with Murray Ave. and Irving St. (Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rivera and Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12b.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of creating a program where any time a dead, city-shade tree is removed a new one is replanted in its place. Further, request City Manager reach out to community advocates who may be interested in partnering with the city to help in the process of replanting said trees. (Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12c.

Request City Manager work with the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center to arrange for a new “home” for the "Quinsigamond Village Mural", currently located at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center. (Bergman, Russell)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Bergman and Councilor King, who spoke concerning the Item. Councilor King moved to add his name as a sponsor on the Item, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12d.

Request City Manager and Mayor make arrangements for a representative of the Massachusetts School Building Authority to be present at the next Doherty High School public meeting to address specific questions from the building committee and the public. (Bergman, Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12e.

Request City Manager work with the developer of the Mt. Carmel property, DCAM and any other interested parties to determine an appropriate location on said property to recognize the Italian community in the city. (Mero-Carlson, Wally, Rivera, Bergman, Rosen, Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, Councilor King, Councilor Rosen, Councilor Rivera, Councilor Toomey, Councilor Bergman and Councilor Lukes who all spoke in regards to the Item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the Item. Order adopted.

 

12f.

Request Mayor appoint an Administrative Clerk to the Doherty High School Building Committee for the purposes of planning regularly scheduled committee meetings, establishing procedures necessary for recording the events occurring during committee meetings, posting meeting notices and minutes online, and preparing committee reports in response to questions raised by members during committee meetings for the purpose of ensuring transparency and making sure the community is informed of the project's progress. (Wally, Bergman)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally and Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to amend the Item to make the request of the City Manager and the Superintendent of Public Schools. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item as amended. Order adopted as amended.

 

12g.

Request City Manager consider adding the Dig Safe website link to the city website so residents are aware of what markings on their streets, sidewalks and neighborhoods correspond with what type of work is being done. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12h.

Request City Manager consider exploring the application of grants to the The U.S. Soccer Foundation to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives in the city. https://ussoccerfoundation.org/grants/. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12i.

Request City Manager consider reaching out to the Boston Celtics organization to express interest in bringing their “G League” affiliate to Worcester once their partnership has commenced with the Maine Red Claws. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12j.

Request City Manager work together with the Fire Chief to add one firefighter to each ladder truck for next year’s budget. (Toomey, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the Item. Councilor Rose and Councilor King made motions to add their names as a sponsors on the Item, which were approved on voice votes. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12k.

Request City Manager, working with Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, identify appropriate park locations where the City can establish additional Outdoor Adult Fitness Equipment to assist in complying with the CHIP. (Toomey, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Toomey and Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to remarks made by Councilor Toomey and Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

12l.

Request City Manager conduct a review of current staff and structure assigned to animal control in the City in an effort to determine adequacy of staffing for a city of our size. Further, request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning response and resolution to calls for the last two years. (Mero-Carlson, Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #12l CC - #12p CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, Councilor Toomey and Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the Items. Councilor Bergman moved to, "Request City Manager look into best practices used by other communities when caring for animals that are hit by cars and owners cannot be identified." (See Item #21b CC). Mayor Petty moved to approve the Item. Order adopted.

 

12m.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning current equipment/tools utilized by Animal Control, and identify any equipment/tools that should be purchased that would be beneficial to the Animal Control Officers to perform their duties. (Mero-Carlson, Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Items #12l CC - #12p CC collectively. See Item #12l CC. Order adopted.

 

12n.

Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an ordinance establishing that motor vehicles shall not be used as a kennel. (Mero-Carlson, Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Items #12l CC - #12p CC collectively. See Item #12l CC. Order adopted.

 

12o.

Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an ordinance establishing that no animal shall be left in vehicles in public ways during extreme weather. (Mero-Carlson, Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Items #12l CC - #12p CC collectively. See Item #12l CC. Order adopted.

 

12p.

Request City Manager conduct a review of fines established relative to animal control violations. (Mero-Carlson, Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Items #12l CC - #12p CC collectively. See Item #12l CC. Order adopted.

 

13.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

13a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to small business financial assistance: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #13a CC - #13c CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to accept the Item. Accepted.

 

13b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City’s efforts over the past five years to create and preserve the city’s supply of affordable housing: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #13a CC)

 

13c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of the Transportation Advisory Group of the Complete Streets Policy: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #13a CC)

 

14.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - PART I

14a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Angel Pagan Jr. on behalf of Rebecca Pagan-Williams request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 19 Jones St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #14a CC - #14i CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to advertise the proposed Ordinances. Voted to advertise proposed ordinance.

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Jackson Restrepo request removal of the existing handicap parking space located in front of 16 Bellevue St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #14a CC)

 

14c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Edgadiel Miranda Serrano request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 11 Upsala St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #14a CC)

 

14d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Christopher DeSantis request removal of the handicap parking space on the Hartford Rd. side of 429 Burncoat St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #14a CC)

 

14e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Eldora Alford request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 2 Queen St: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #14a CC)

 

14f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Robert Sadusky request handicap parking space located in front of 45 Cohasset St. be moved to the Ingleside Ave. side of 45 Cohasset St. for better access to the side door: recommend passage of the accompanying two (2) proposed Ordinances.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #14a CC)

 

14g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request vehicles having greater than two axles and/or weighing more than four tons not be permitted to enter Granby Rd: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #14a CC)

 

14h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Khrystian E. King on behalf Ronald Caldwell, Jr. request installation of 30 Minute Parking from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on both the Norfolk St. and Suffolk St. sides of City View Barbershop, located at 1 Suffolk St., which would accommodate six (6) parking spaces: recommend passage of the accompanying two (2) proposed Ordinances.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #14a CC)

 

14i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Giselle Grenier et al request either installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage on one side of Trahan Ave. from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., or, installation of resident permit parking on both sides of Trahan Ave. from Hamilton St. to the property line four houses down from Hamilton St. from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.: recommend passage of the two (2) accompanying proposed Ordinances to install No Parking 4 pm-9pm in Hamilton St. and No Parking 4 pm-9pm in Trahan Ave. east side 90' south of Hamilton St.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #14a CC)

 

14j.

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

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #14j CC - #14x CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to accept the report of the committee and adopt the accompanying orders. Accepted and adopted.

 

14k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Dennis Lipka, WRTA Administrator, request installation of an inbound bus stop on West Boylston Dr. as described in the attachment: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14l.

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

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14m.

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

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14n.

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

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14o.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Alyson Lowell request installation of a crosswalk light on Grafton St. in the vicinity of Roosevelt Elementary School (1006 Grafton St.): recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14p.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Robyn Zwicker on behalf of Bay State Savings Bank request installation of a 15 Minute Parking space in front of 28 Franklin St: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to reinstall 15 Minutes Parking Meters in front of 28 Franklin St. ordained in City Council January 2, 2001.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14q.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Gary Vecchio request installation of "Yield to Pedestrian" signage for turning vehicles at 1). Lincoln Sq.; 2). the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Major Taylor Blvd.; and 3). the intersection of Summer St. and MLK Blvd: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14r.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of signage prohibiting trucks from entering Granby Rd. and provide enforcement of the prohibition upon its installation: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14s.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Linda Anderson et al request to install a Solar Powered Flashing Crosswalk sign at the current crosswalk located between 281 Lincoln St. and 292 Lincoln St. (Currie Management Consultants Inc.): recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14t.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Todd Holland request installation of crosswalks on Barber Ave. at Ericsson St. across both directions: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to install crosswalk across Barber Ave. south side at Ericsson St.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14u.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Todd Holland request installation of crosswalk on Barber Ave. at Watson Ave. across both directions: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to install crosswalk across Watson Ave. south side at Barber Ave.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14v.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Eric Wolpert request installation of a flashing pedestrian signal at the crosswalk in Burncoat St. at Wawecus Rd. adjacent to Wawecus Road School: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14w.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of a "Do Not Block Entrance" sign at the emergency entrance for ambulances at UMass Memorial: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14x.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request the traffic lines on Burncoat St. from Randolph Rd. to Millbrook St. be permanently repainted: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted & Adopted (See Item #14j CC)

 

14y.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Xhevdet Bacova request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 181 Beacon St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #14y CC and #14z CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to accept the report of the committee. Accepted.

 

14z.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request tractor trailers and buses not be allowed in Granby Rd: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #14z CC)

 

15.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - PART II

15a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request a traffic study for Whitman Rd. and Sagamore Rd. to find solutions to the increased traffic and speeding in this neighborhood: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #15a CC - #15g CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to accept the report of the committee. Accepted.

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Vincent Pignataro request installation of resident permit parking on Nebraska St. from Envelope Terrace to Muskeego St: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #15a CC)

 

15c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes on behalf of Pastor Walter Lucas request a traffic study and possible relocation, redesign or reconfiguration of the traffic patterns in the Chandler St. and Wellington St. area: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #15a CC)

 

15d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilors George J. Russell, Morris A. Bergman, Gary Rosen, Candy Mero-Carlson and Kathleen M. Toomey on behalf of Alyson Lowell request installation of flashing yellow light a the crosswalk in front of Roosevelt Elementary School: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #15a CC)

 

15e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a traffic analysis at Coolidge Road and Copley Road: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #15a CC)

 

15f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Christopher Minichilli request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 12 Wade St: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #15a CC)

 

15g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Jose Gonzalez request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 19 Westfield St: recommend Petitioner be given leave to withdraw.

Attachments

Accepted (See Item #15a CC)

 

16.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION

16a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Petition of Rev. John Griffin request City to cease allowing vehicles to access and park at the top of the Crown Hill section of Green Hill Park. Further request City find an alternative to handle the overflow of cars and that the damages be repaired immediately: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to limit the number of permits to no more than four (4) events with parking on the Crown Hill portion of Green Hill Park.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to accept the report of the committee and adopt the accompanying Order. Accepted and adopted.

 

16b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - 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: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to accept the report of the committee. Accepted.

 

17.

TO BE ORDAINED

17a.

Amending Article III, Section 2 Of The Worcester Zoning Ordinance, Adopted April 2, 1991, Relative To The Extension Of The RL-7 Zoning District In The Vicinity Of Whippoorwill Drive.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved for a roll call to ordain the Item. Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

18.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

18a.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty August 13, 2019)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read and Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who made a motion to place the Item on file. Placed on file.

 

18b.

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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty August 13, 2019)

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Mayor Petty read the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who made a motion to amend Section 2 of the proposed Ordinance to remove Section A, make Section B the new Section A, and change the effective date to April, 1, 2020. Accepted on a voice vote. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the Item. The City Solicitor responded to remarks made by Councilor Wally. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose for a second time, who clarified his remarks from his prior statement. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke to clarify the motions on the floor. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman for a second time, who clarified his remarks from his prior statement. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to, "Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether or not the ordinance to ban the use of environmentally harmful single-use plastic check out bags must include a clause mandating retailers to charge funds for providing plastic bags to their consumers." (See Item #21c CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, "Request City Manager work with Worcester Technical High School to look into ways to provide employment opportunities to youth workers who could make cloth bags for retailers." (See Item #21d CC). Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on Councilor Bergman's motion to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 2 Nays (Nays - Lukes, Rose). Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman.

 

18c.

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 to support the Strategic Plan for the City of Worcester as submitted to the City Council on March 26, 2019. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty August 13, 2019)

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Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to accept the report of the committee and adopt the accompanying Order. Accepted and adopted.

 

18d.

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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty August 13, 2019)

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Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to accept the report of the committee. Accepted.

 

18e.

HEARING & ORDER - Charter Communications for a telephone pole location: 1 Commonwealth Ave. and; Granting permission to Charter Communications for a telephone pole location: 1 Commonwealth Ave. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty August 13, 2019)

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Mayor Petty moved to open the hearing and asked if any abutters were in attendance to speak on the Item. At the request of an abutter, Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to the City Clerk to await an amended Petition by Charter Communications to locate the telephone pole across from the originally proposed location. Referred to the City Clerk.

 

19.

TABLED ITEMS

19a.

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

 

19b.

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

 

19c.

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

 

19d.

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

 

19e.

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

 

19f.

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

 

19g.

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)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19h.

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 and Tabled - Russell August 13, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19i.

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 and Tabled - Russell August 13, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

19j.

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 and Tabled - Russell August 13, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

20.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the August 13, 2019 City Council meeting.

20a.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty Request City Manager research any grant monies that may be available, including grants given by the State of Massachusetts, which could be used to supplement any new recycling program implemented by the city. – Item #25a CC Order adopted

 

20b.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager consider implementing aspects of the Comprehensive Clean City Program not associated with the use clear plastic bags for recycling. – Item #25b CC Order adopted

 

20c.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Manager request City Solicitor look into what is being done at the State level in regards to banning single-use plastic checkout bags, especially in regards to House Bill 3945, which may be providing exemptions that could be beneficial to the city. – Item #25c CC Order adopted

 

20d.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how the five cent collection fee for plastic check out bags will be reported, collected and whether staff will be required to do such actions. – Item #25d CC Order adopted

 

20e.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager consider not implementing moving Halloween Trick or Treating activities to the last Saturday in October until October of 2020. – Item #25e CC Order adopted

 

20f.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Auditor provide City Council with a report regarding the progresses made in reconciling and complying with recommendations made by independent auditors. Further, if recommendations are not being adhered to, request City Auditor provide City Council with information in said report concerning why implementing said recommendations is not necessary. – Item #25f CC Order adopted

 

20g.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning a previous June 11, 2019 Order concerning an air quality report pertaining to the area of the city near the Wheelabrator Plant in Millbury. – Item #25g CC Order adopted

 

20h.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks repair a pothole in the vicinity of 63-65 Eagle Rd. – Item #25h CC Order adopted

 

20i.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request Mayor and City Manager consider providing a letter of appreciation to the Worcester Art Museum for their contributions and donation to the city of Worcester. – Item #25i CC Order adopted

 

21.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the September 3, 2019 City Council meeting.

21a.

Motion Toomey @ #10.4A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning tools being utilized by similar sized cities to attract businesses.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

21b.

Motion Bergman @ #12l CC – Request City Manager look into best practices used by other communities when caring for animals that are hit by cars and owners cannot be identified.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

21c.

Motion Russell @ #18b CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether or not the ordinance to ban the use of environmentally harmful single-use plastic check out bags must include a clause mandating retailers to charge funds for providing plastic bags to their consumers.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

21d.

Motion Toomey @ #18b CC – Request City Manager work with Worcester Technical High School to look into ways to provide employment opportunities to youth workers who could make cloth bags for retailers.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

21e.

Motion Rivera – Suspension of Rules – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide enforcement of cars parking on sidewalks in the Cambridge St. area.

Attachments

Order adopted