CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:38 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:47 A.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

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

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair, except for Councilor Lukes, who arrived at 6:42 P.M.

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

5.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

5a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of September 17, 2019.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to approve the minutes of the September 17, 2019 City Council meeting. Order adopted on a voice vote.

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers:
1. Idella Hazard, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #9.32I CM
2. Joseph Piccolo, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #10b CC
3. Monica Korsup, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to Item #9.13B CM
4. Michael Kennedy, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #10b CC
5. Richard Kerver, Worcester resident, did not speak concerning an Item on the agenda
6. Jack Peacock, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #10b CC
7. Rosie Molina, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #10g - #10i CC
8. Leslie Safford, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to #13a CC
9. Michael Dodge, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to #12a CC
10. Susan Lozoraitis, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #8bb CC
11. Patricia Burke, Norfolk resident, spoke in favor of #8bb CC
12. Jo Hart, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #8bb CC

 

7.

HEARING & ORDER

7a.

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

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and opened the hearing, asking 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.

 

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Asael and Ana Yudelka Baez request to annex the abandoned portion of Rice Lane abutting the property at 43 Heywood St.

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 Items to Planning Board. Referred to Planning Board.

 

8b.

Donald Dupre et al request Whitla Dr. be made a dead end at Sunderland Rd., allowing access only from Lake Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8c.

Robert Wyspianski et al request Montello St. be resurfaced.

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 Items to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee.

 

8d.

Patricia Hayes request abatement of street betterment assessment #25629 in the amount of $15,750.00 for Navasota Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8e.

Juan Pablo Hernandez request installation of a speed limit sign on Uxbridge St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8e CC through #8w CC collectively, excluding Item #8v CC, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Items to Traffic and Parking Committee. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee.

 

8f.

Cara Girard request installation of resident permit parking in Dominion Rd. from Ansonia Rd. to Lake Ave. North.

Attachments

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

 

8g.

Askandar Kilani request removal of a handicap parking space in front of 352 West Boylston St.

Attachments

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

 

8h.

Magdalene Ngala request existing resident permit parking on Congress St., from Crown St. to a point 214' west of Crown St. 7 a.m. 4 p.m. be expanded to be in effect at all times.

Attachments

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

 

8i.

Kelly Fitzpatrick request Agate Ave., from Lake View St. to Anna St. be made a one-way street from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. on school days.

Attachments

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

 

8j.

Maria Castillo request South St., from Shannon St. to Providence St., be made a one-way street.

Attachments

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

 

8k.

Maria Castillo request driveway clearances at the driveway of 8 Chapin St.

Attachments

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

 

8l.

Maria Castillo request installation of speed bumps in South St.

Attachments

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

 

8m.

Nicole Gulbankian request installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage in front of 64 Norfolk St.

Attachments

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

 

8n.

Rafael Pena request resident permit parking on Astrid Ave. be extended to include 5 Astrid Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8o.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request installation of a stop sign at the corner of Amherst St. where it intersects with Vassar St. and Intervale Rd.

Attachments

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

 

8p.

Councilor Sean M. Rose on behalf of Francis Joyce request installation of speed limit and “Thickly Settled” signage in Mountain St. West on the north side of the street coming down the hill from Holden.

Attachments

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

 

8q.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request installation of flashing pedestrian lights at the crosswalk at the corner of Nonquit St. and Lake Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8r.

Zeke Radik request installation of two speed bumps on Pilgrim Ave. between Hamilton St. and Grafton St.

Attachments

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

 

8s.

State Representative Daniel Donahue on behalf of Julia Mahoney request installation of children advisory signage in Adelle Circuit.

Attachments

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

 

8t.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request relocation of the bus stop in Blithewood Ave., currently located at the east side entrance of Oakwood Lane, to the west side entrance at Oakwood Lane.

Attachments

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

 

8u.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey on behalf of Robert Goddard request installation of resident permit parking in South Harlem St.

Attachments

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

 

8v.

Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Nancy Sullivan request installation of flashing pedestrian crosswalk lights at the intersection of Greenwood St. and Spofford Rd., in the vicinity of Helen’s Bakery.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order. Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8v CC, #10g CC, #10h CC and #10i CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor King, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the number of accidents that have occurred at the intersection of Greenwood St. and Spofford Rd., in the interest of public safety.” (See Item #16c CC) Councilor King also moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning examining the traffic patterns in the vicinity of all city bus stops.” (See Item #16d CC) Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who spoke in regards to statements made by Councilor King. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to, “Request City Manager reach out to Mr. Robert Kraft to seek funding for a flashing pedestrian light at the intersection of Greenwood St. and Spofford Rd.” (See Item #16e CC) Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who spoke in regards to statements made by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, “Request City Manager look into what is being done in other communities to help educate bicyclists concerning safely riding bikes in public roads.” (See Item #16f CC) Mayor Petty moved to Refer Item #8v CC to Traffic and Parking Committee. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee. Mayor Petty moved to adopt Items #10g CC, #10h CC and #10i CC. Three (3) Orders adopted.

 

8w.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request all the crosswalk on Country Club Blvd. be repainted.

Attachments

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

 

8x.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of Marilyn Williams request the installation of a memorial honoring PFC Ronald Williams for his service in the Vietnam War.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer it to Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee. Referred to Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee.

 

8y.

Shelagh Davenport request the tennis courts at Institute Park be maintained to a reasonable, useable level.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer it to Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee. Referred to Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee.

 

8z.

William S. Coleman, III request City Council vote to raise the salaries of the new City Council elected on November 5, 2019 to: Mayor - Chair of City Council and School Committee to $90,000 a year; Vice Chair of City Council to $45,000 a year; District and At-Large City Councilors to $35,000 a year.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized the petitioner, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes, who moved to file the Item. Placed on file.

 

8aa.

William S. Coleman III request City Council request City Clerk print: "The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the City Council Agenda when space is available on the last page.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized the petitioner, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to the City Clerk. Referred to the City Clerk.

 

8bb.

Susan Lozoraitis request City Council investigate results reported for the Worcester National Grid Smart Meter Pilot Program for misrepresentation of cost and energy savings, customer acceptance, participation and retention, and environmental justice/public health issues regarding increasing community involuntary EMF/radiation exposures.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item. Note: The petitioner spoke during the Public Participation portion of the agenda. Mayor Petty moved to amend the Item to include: “Further, request City Manager provide City Council with the results of National Grid’s Smart Meter Pilot Program.” Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item as amended to the City Manager. Referred to the City Manager as amended.

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Isadore Nosike to the Off Street Parking Board.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order. Approved on a voice voice. Mayor Petty read the item and moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Theresa Eckstrom to the Elder Affairs Commission.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order. Approved on a voice voice. Mayor Petty read the item and moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file.

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointment of John Brissette to the Civic Center Commission.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order. Approved on a voice voice. Mayor Petty read the item and moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file.

 
 

9.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend reappointment of Devin Canton and Azal Khaled to the Conservation Commission.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order. Approved on a voice voice. Mayor Petty read the Item and moved for a roll call on the Item. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

9.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
A.

Recommend adoption salary ordinance amendment to create the position "Supervisor of Payrolls/Tax Compliance" at a paygrade 36 for the Department of Administration and Finance, Treasury Division.Refer to CCM Item 9.29A

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #9.3A CM and #9.29A CM collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Lukes, who moved to, “Request City Manager consider reviewing the policies requiring employees to reside in the city at the time of their hiring in an effort to recruit the highest level of expertise required for certain positions.” (See Item #16g CC) Mayor Petty moved to advertise the proposed Ordinance in Item #9.3A CM. Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the accompanying Order in Item #9.29A CM. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the City of Worcester's Integrated Water Resources Management Plan.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Lukes, who moved to, “Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning Chapter 7 of the city’s Integrated Water Resources Management Plan concerning the estimated costs that will be passed on to rate payers.” (see Item #16h CC) Mayor Petty recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee.

 
 

9.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

9.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
A.

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

Attachments

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

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the 2019 Fall Leaf Collection Program.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file.

 
 

9.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

9.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
 

9.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

9.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

9.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
A.

Recommend adoption of an ordinance to extend the waiver of city permit fees pursuant to the Worcester Housing Authority Fee Waiver ordinance (Ch.2,s.27).

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to advertise the proposed Ordinance. Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the recognition of Halloween.

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to, “Request City Manager promote public safety as it relates to Halloween through a press release, social media posts, the city’s website and any other appropriate channels.” (See Item #16a CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who moved to, “Request City Manager consider regulating the time of trick-or-treating during Halloween festivities in an effort to promote safety for all those involved.” (See Item #16b CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes and Councilor King, who both spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Public Safety Committee. Referred to Public Safety Committee.

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an agreement with SMG to extend their management and operations services at the DCU Center Arena and Convention Center Operator for five years commencing on July 1, 2020.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Municipal Operations Committee. Referred to Municipal Operations Committee. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to suspend the rules to go back to the Item. Approved on a voice vote. Councilor Russell moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether any other management companies were considered prior to an agreement to award operational services at the DCU Center Arena and Convention Center Operator, as well as providing an overview of the process for selecting a management company for those services.” (See Item #16i CC)

 
 

9.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

9.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

9.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

9.17

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

9.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

9.19

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

9.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

9.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

9.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

9.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

9.24

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

9.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
A.

Recommend adoption of a 3.3% cost of living adjustment for elder exemptions.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Assessor, who responded to remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on the Item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

9.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

9.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the status of the Facilities Management Consolidation Project.Refer to CCM Item 9.33C

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #9.27A CM and #9.33C CM collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty read the Items and moved for a roll call for Item #9.33C CM. Mayor Petty moved to refer Item #9.27A CM to Municipal Operations Committee. Referred to Municipal Operations Committee. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call to adopt Item #9.33C CM. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

9.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

9.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
A.

Recommend adoption of an order to amend the FY20 Table of Organization of the Treasurer's Office.Refer to CCM Item 9.3A

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.3A CM)

 
 

9.30

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
 

9.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Recommend that Six Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($600,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70214, Institute Park, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with Institute Park Improvements.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #9.31A CM through #9.31N 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 Three Hundred Eighty Five Thousand Six Hundred Fifty Seven Dollars And Sixty Two Cents ($385,657.62) be transferred from Loan Account #75C504, DCU Special District, to Project Account #75C702, DCU Rehabilitation, for the Ice Rink glass dasher system and the parapet netting replacement work, as approved in the FY19 Capital Budget.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
C.

Recommend that Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70240, Open Space, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with the Open Space & Recreation Plan.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
D.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70227, Mulcahy Field, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with the toilet and storage house project.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
E.

Recommend that Four Hundred Thirty Five Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Dollars And Sixty Seven Cents ($435,470.67) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C705, Hope Cemetery, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with security upgrades and wall repairs at Hope Cemetery.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
F.

Recommend that Sixty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($60,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70235, Blithewood Park, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with the Master Plan and Design of Blithewood Park.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
G.

Recommend that Eight Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($810,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70236, Crompton Park, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with the Crompton Park Improvement Project.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
H.

Recommend that Seventy Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($75,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70222, Bennett Field, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with the design.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
I.

Recommend that Eight Hundred Three Thousand One Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($803,100.00) be transferred from Account #91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, to Account # 68C701, Technical Services Capital Equipment, to process payment for equipment previously approved in the Fiscal 2020 Capital Budget.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
J.

Recommend that Three Hundred Ninety One Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($391,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C701, Parks Equipment, to allow for the purchase and future payment of approved capital equipment as detailed in the capital budget.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
K.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account # 72C70249, Memorials and Monuments, to allow for anticipated contractually obligated payments associated with preservation of various memorials and monuments.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
L.

Recommend that Ninety Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($90,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70220, Elm Park, to allow for anticipated obligations associated with a pond management design.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
M.

Recommend that Thirty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($30,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C707, Green Hill Park, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with the WWI Memorial.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
N.

Recommend that Two Hundred Seventy Seven Thousand One Hundred Ten Dollars And Two Cents ($277,110.02) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C703, DPW Equipment, to allow for the purchase and future payment of approved capital equipment as detailed in the capital budget.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.31A CM)

 
 

9.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Twenty Thousand Four Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($20,400.00) from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation's Community Grant program, to purchase Narcan for distribution to outreach workers and community members at-risk of overdose.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to recuse himself from the Item and left the room. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with an update on a previous request concerning placing narcan in public venues where overdoses have occurred.” (See Item #16j CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey for a second time, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on the Item. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally absent).

 
B.

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

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #9.32B CM through #9.32I 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.

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Five Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($500.00) from Healthy Living Center of Excellence Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, for Support Healthy Eating Program at Worcester Senior Center.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.32B CM)

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept, and expend a FY19 VAWA STOP Year 3 Continuation Grant in the amount of Sixty Two Thousand One Hundred Sixteen Dollars and No Cents ($62,116.00), from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.32B CM)

 
E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept and expend a FY20 Sen. Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative (CSI) grant in an amount of up to Eight Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($860,000.00).

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.32B CM)

 
F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the amount of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($200,000.00) to be used for services rendered by Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.32B CM)

 
G.

Recommend to accept with gratitude a donation of one horse with the monetary value of up to Ten Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($10,000.00) donated by the Friends of the Worcester Police Mounted Unit.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.32B CM)

 
H.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Forty Eight Thousand Five Hundred Twenty Two Dollars and No Cents ($48,522.00) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through the FY2020 First Responder Naloxone Grant program.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.32B CM)

 
I.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Million Dollars And No Cents ($1,000,000.00) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, under the Community Health Fund program, to address homelessness.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.32B CM)

 
 

9.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Two Hundred Ninety Seven Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($297,000.00) be transferred to provide sufficient funding for the Cable Peg Program for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2020.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Ninety Two Thousand Three Hundred Sixty One Dollars and No Cents ($92,361.00) be transferred as described to fund the demolition of the dilapidated building at 36 Washington Square and other dangerous dilapidated buildings identified by the Department of Inspectional Services.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Rivera

 
C.

Recommend that Two Hundred Forty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($245,000.00) be transferred from Account #900-92000, Contingency Ordinary Maintenance, to Account #110-92000, Energy Asset Management Ordinary Maintenance.Refer to CCM Item 9.27A

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.27A CM)

 
 

9.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that Two Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($2,000.00) be authorized from Account #3312-92000, for the payment of veteran benefits under MGL Ch. 115.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #9.34A CM through #9.34C 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 Three Thousand Three Hundred Forty Three Dollars and No Cents ($3,343.00) be authorized from Account #2501-92115, Police Ordinary Maintenance, for payment of a prior year invoice.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
C.

Recommend that One Thousand Four Hundred Eighty Eight Dollars And No Cents ($1,488.00) be authorized from Account #150-92000, Elections Ordinary Maintenance, for a payment of a prior year invoice.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
 

9.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
A.

Recommend adoption of an amended loan order in the amount of Two Million Five Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Eight Hundred Forty Nine Dollars and No Cents ($2,575,849.00), to provide funding for the Worcester Public Schools, Challenge and Reach Academy building improvement project.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to recuse himself from the Item and left the room. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on the Item. Voted to advertise proposed Loan Order on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally absent)

 
 

9.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the recent 2019 MCOA Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon Amy Waters, Director of Elder Affairs.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized the City Manager, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file.

 
10.

ORDERS

10a.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of installing electric wheelchair charging stations in various locations throughout the city. (Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty suspended the rules to take up the Item out of order, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #10a CC and #10b CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

10b.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning strategies to improve communication with designers, contractors and contract administrators of major construction projects so as to ensure persons with disabilities have their accessibility needs met for pedestrian safety. Further, request City Manager consider a requirement for review by disability access advocates and experts in the two phases of the design review (consultant/owner and contractors/supervisors). Further, request City Manager include in said report information concerning the potential for providing provisions in the contract to require direct learning experiences for the designers, contractors and contract administrators as well as opportunities to meet with disability rights advocates and experts. (Rivera)

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #10a CC)

 

10c.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks research the procedures used by the towns of Braintree, Belmont, and Lawrence to install temporary speed bumps on residential streets, which are impacted by a high volume of traffic traveling above the speed limit, as discussed at the following link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bostonglobe.com/metro/globelocal/2019/09/26/the-shortcut-stops-here-towns-fight-rising-tide-traffic-side-streets/SztIhRRYM7KAPnYVfqzhXI/story.html%3foutputType=amp. (Wally, Bergman)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the Item. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with the feasibility of installing speed cushions in areas of the city.” (See Item #16k CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether there is legislation that prohibits the city from installing speed bumps.” (See Item #16l CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the Item. Councilor Toomey then moved to, “Request City Manager look into the city of Boston’s Slow Street report to determine if similar practices could be implemented in the city. Further, request City Manager consider the feasibility of installing raised, 3D crosswalks in areas of the city.” (See Item #16m CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell for a second time, who moved to amend his previous motion: “Further, request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether all stop signs need to be approved by the State of Massachusetts.” (See Item #16l CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey for a second time, who moved to amend Councilor Russell's previous motion: “Further, request provide City Council with information concerning any federal warrants associated with installing stop signs.” (See Item #16l CC) Councilor Toomey also moved to, “Request City Manager initiate an education program concerning safe driving to be supported by the local media.” (See Item #16n CC) and to, “Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of expanding the Police Department’s Traffic Division, which would include any costs associated with the expansion as well as information concerning whether a position related to educating the public concerning traffic regulations could be added to the department.” (See Item #16o CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes for a second time, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to remarks made by the City Council. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

10d.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks review all signage, traffic controls, crosswalks and all other traffic related items at or near all the city’s public schools. (Bergman)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

10e.

Request City Manager unlock the Blithewood Playground and secure a new gate in the open position to allow resident access at any time, including those families who meet school buses there as well as all those who use the park facilities. (Russell)

Attachments

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

 

10f.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update as to previous requests for adding land that would create additional parking at Roosevelt School, which would provide a sufficient area for off street student pick up and drop off at the school. (Russell)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

10g.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide speed surveillance and traffic violation enforcement in Greenwood St. (King, Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #8v CC)

 

10h.

Request City Manager conduct a traffic study at the intersection of Greenwood St. and Spofford Rd. to determine the necessity of installing a flashing pedestrian light at the crosswalk of that location. (King, Russell)

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #8v CC)

 

10i.

Request City Manager consider all possible options, including the installation of a streetlight that stops traffic and allows pedestrians to cross, that may help with traffic and speeding concerns at the intersection of Greenwood St. and Spofford Dr. (Russell, King)

Attachments

Order adopted (See Item #8v CC)

 

10j.

Request City Manager reach out to the Red Sox organization about having the Triple A All Star Game in 2021 be played at Polar Park. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rose, who moved to amend the Order to read, "2022," instead of "2021," which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the Item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors on the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item as amended. Order adopted as amended.

 

10k.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning a previous Order adopted on October 2, 2018, which was to relieve residents, business owners, motorists and pedestrians of undue inconvenience and hardship, request City Manager suggest changes needed in the process and/or writing of contracts to make contractors who are doing street or sidewalk resurfacing projects complete their work in a reasonable length of time. (Rosen)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the Item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

11.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING

11a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Sharyn Trinidad request installation of handicap parking space in front of 5 West Lake St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #11a CC through #11f CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to advertise the proposed Ordinances. Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance.

 

11b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Rosa M. Kelley request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 15 Caroline St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #11a CC)

 

11c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Milagros Garcia request installation of a handicap parking space across from 8 Plantation St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #11a CC)

 

11d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Urania Nicole Pappas et al request installation of resident permit parking on Hackfeld Rd.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #11a CC)

 

11e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Fire Chief Michael Lavoie request "No Parking Anytime" signage be installed on May St. adjacent to 413 Park Ave.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #11a CC)

 

11f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of concerned neighbors request right turns from Heard St. onto Clover St. be restricted when heading southerly on Heard St. and restriction of left turns from Clover St. onto Heard St. when travelling easterly on Clover St. Further, request installation of 20 mph signage in Clover St. from Heard St. to Pine View Ave. and further, request Traffic Engineering provide further suggestions to deal with the traffic volume and speeding issues on Clover St.: recommend passage of the accompanying two proposed Ordinances.

Attachments

Voted to advertise proposed ordinance (See Item #11a CC)

 

12.

TO BE ORDAINED

12a.

Amending Chapter Eight of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to insert a new section “9D” Prohibiting the Use of Plastic Bags by Retail Establishments

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call to ordain the Item. Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

13a.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the process for initiating and implementing city wide 5G technology. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes September 24, 2019)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who spoke concerning remarks made by Councilor Lukes. Councilor Lukes then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report in six months concerning what needs to be done concerning monitoring 5G technologies within the city, as well as any data regarding 5G technologies.” (See Item #16p CC) Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

13b.

ORDER of Councilor Matthew E. Wally - Request the Parking Control Officer provide enforcement of the "No Parking" within 20' of a crosswalk in the vicinity of 193-195 Lake Ave. (Tabled Under Privilege - Wally September 24, 2019)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who moved to Table the Item under Privilege for a second time. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call on Councilor Mero-Carlson’s motion. Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Tabled Under Privilege – Mero-Carlson

 

13c.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding the process of instituting a residential rent control program and the resulting impact of implementing such a program. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes September 17, 2019 and September 24, 2019)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Lukes, who moved to Table the Item. Tabled - Lukes

 

14.

TABLED ITEMS

14a.

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

 

14b.

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

 

14c.

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

 

14d.

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

 

14e.

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

 

14f.

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

 

14g.

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

 

14h.

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

 

14i.

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

 

14j.

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

 

15.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the September 24, 2019 City Council meeting.

15a.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager provide City Council with an updated Water Quality report. – Item #16a CC Order adopted

 

15b.

ORDER of Councilor Sarai Rivera – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide traffic enforcement of resident permit parking signage on West St. – Item #16b CC Order adopted

 

15c.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty – Request City Manager provide City Council with Charter/Spectrum’s four most recent quarterly service reports. – Item #16c CC Order adopted

 

15d.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether any companies other than Charter/Spectrum can provide cable services in the city, despite Charter/Spectrum owning the outdated infrastructure. – Item #16d CC Order adopted

 

15e.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report concerning steps required to initiate the creation of an Environment and Sustainability Committee. – Item #16e CC Order adopted

 

15f.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager post the city’s various accomplishments concerning environmental issues on the city’s website. – Item #16f CC Order adopted

 

15g.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with the report made by the Human Rights Commission outlining neighborhood meeting initiatives, in an effort to increase involvement in said meeting. – Item #16g CC Order adopted

 

15h.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning cost savings incurred from assigning on duty police officers to the Union Station Police Substation instead of paying officers with detail work. – Item #16h CC Order adopted

 

15i.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing any trends and data available concerning affordable housing vouchers in the city. – Item #16i CC Order adopted

 

15j.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – That the City Council does hereby amend the City Council Meeting Schedule by cancelling the October 8, 2019 City Council Meeting in observance of Yom Kippur. – Item #16j CC Order adopted

 

16.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the October 15, 2019 City Council meeting.

16a.

Motion Wally @ #9.13B CM – Request City Manager promote public safety as it relates to Halloween through a press release, social media posts, the city’s website and any other appropriate channels.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16b.

Motion Rosen @ #9.13B CM – Request City Manager consider regulating the time of trick-or-treating during Halloween festivities in an effort to promote safety for all those involved.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16c.

Motion King @ #8v CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the number of accidents that have occurred at the intersection of Greenwood St. and Spofford Rd., in the interest of public safety.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16d.

Motion King @ #8v CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning examining traffic patterns in the vincinity of all city bus stops.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16e.

Motion Russell @ #8v CC – Request City Manager reach out to Mr. Robert Kraft to seek funding for a flashing pedestrian light at the intersection of Greenwood St. and Spofford Rd.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16f.

Motion Toomey @ #8v CC – Request City Manager look into what is being done in other communities to help educate bicyclists concerning safely riding bikes in public roads.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16g.

Motion Lukes @ #9.3A CM – Request City Manager consider reviewing the policies requiring employees to reside in the city at the time of their hiring in an effort to recruit the highest level of expertise required for certain positions.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16h.

Motion Lukes @ #9.5A CM – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning Chapter 7 of the city’s Integrated Water Resources Management Plan concerning the estimated costs that will be passed on to rate payers.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16i.

Motion Russell @ #9.13 CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether any other management companies were considered prior to an agreement to award operational services at the DCU Center Arena and Convention Center Operator, as well as providing an overview of the process for selecting a management company for those services.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16j.

Motion Toomey @ #9.32A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with an update on a previous request concerning placing narcan in public venues where overdoses have occurred.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16k.

Motion King @ #10c CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with the feasibility of installing speed cushions in areas of the city.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16l.

Motion Russell @ #10c CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether there is legislation that prohibits the city from installing speed bumps. Further, request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether all stop signs need to be approved by the State of Massachusetts. Further, request provide City Council with information concerning any federal warrants associated with installing stop signs.

Attachments

Order adopted as amended (See Item #10c CC)

 

16m.

Motion Toomey @ #10c CC – Request City Manager look into the city of Boston’s Slow Street report to determine if similar practices could be implemented in the city. Further, request City Manager consider the feasibility of installing raised, 3D crosswalks in areas of the city.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16n.

Motion Toomey @ #10c CC – Request City Manager initiate an education program concerning safe driving to be supported by the local media.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16o.

Motion Toomey @ #10c CC – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of expanding the Police Department’s Traffic Division, which would include any costs associated with the expansion as well as information concerning whether a position related to educating the public concerning traffic regulations could be added to the department.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

16p.

Motion Lukes @ #13a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report in six months concerning what needs to be done concerning monitoring 5G technologies within the city, as well as any data regarding 5G technologies.

Attachments

Order adopted