CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:34 P.M.

Recessed into Executive Session: 9:14 P.M. Reconvened to Open Session from Executive Session to Adjourn: 10:02 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.

INVOCATION - Reverend Roosevelt Hughes, John Street Baptist Church

2.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

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

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4a.

Mayor Petty presented the Key to the City to recognize and congratulate Worcester’s Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science High School on being nominated as the #1 best STEM public high School in Massachusetts for the 3rd consecutive year as well as the #10 STEM high school in the nation. The Mass. Academy Faculty present were Michael Barney, Director; David Ludt, English; Kristen Small, Humanities; Angela Taricco, Computer Science; and Julia Wildfong; French and Spanish. The students attending were Matthew Suyer, Annalisa Allan, Maxim Attiogbe, Pragya Narahari, Bao Han Ngo and Clarise Liu. Supporting staff from Worcester Polytechnic Institute present were Katie Bilotta, Director of Community Relations; Linda Looft, Asst. Vice President Government and Community Relations and Collen Wamback; Associate Director Public Relations.

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke in regards to former City Councilor Arthur Chase, who brought forth the concept of this type high school and now the city has an entity for which the city can be proud of and students that make us proud.

 

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 October 22, 2019.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to approve the minutes of the October 22, 2019 City Council meeting. Order adopted on a voice vote.

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers: 1. Martha Assefa, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9.4B CC and #9.4C CC 2. Fred Nathan, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to #9.4C CC 3. Idella Hazard, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor of opposed to #9.4C CC 4. Lisa Dobson, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10f CC 5. Jo Hart, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to #9.13A CC 6. Tony Chandler, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10f CC 7. Mat Holmes, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10f CC 8. John (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #10f CC

 

7.

HEARINGS & ORDERS

7a.

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

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Items #7a CC through #7c CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. 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.

 

7b.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: 1013 MAIN ST. and; Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: 1013 MAIN ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order Adopted (See Item #7a CC)

 

7c.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: 15 RIPLEY ST. and; Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location: 15 RIPLEY ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order Adopted (See Item #7a CC)

 

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Sylvester Konadu et al request street lights be installed on Pole Numbers 4, 5 and 6 on Third St.

Attachments

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

 

8b.

Carl Besse request sidewalk repair in front of 24 William St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8b CC through #8e 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.

 

8c.

James & Virginia Latino request abatement of street betterment assessment #25655 in the amount of $12,655.50 for Navasota Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8d.

Tony Bahnan request abatement of street betterment assessment #31243 in the amount of $36,000.00 for Luther Ave. in the name of GAR Realty Trust LLC.

Attachments

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

 

8e.

Deiwson Dos Santos request sidewalk repair in front of 61 Seymour St.

Attachments

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

 

8f.

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

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #8f CC through #8k 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

 

8g.

Kimberly Dover request installation of a handicap parking space across from 16 Ashmont Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8h.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty request installation of a “Thickly Settled” sign in Barry Rd. between Salisbury St. and Dick Dr.

Attachments

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

 

8i.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty request installation of traffic calming measures on Heard St.

Attachments

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

 

8j.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty request installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Cowden St. and Heard St.

Attachments

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

 

8k.

Olsi Gjinko request removal of resident permit parking in Shirley St. from Florence St. to Park Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8l.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: RUSSELL ST. & PLEASANT ST.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read and Item and moved to set a hearing date for the Item on November 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Hearing set for November 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointment of George Maple to the G.A.R. Memorial 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 reappointment of Pamela Kazarian to the Memorial Auditorium 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.

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Kathan Horne and the reappointments of Robin Bahr Casey, Nghia Le and Richard Pinkes 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.

 
D.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of George Sedares to the Worcester Arts Council.

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 appointments of Fitzroy Hall and John Finn to the Commission on Disability.

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.

 
B.

Recommend the appointments of Jeffrey Levering and Michael Rozas to the Cable Advisory 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 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 of a salary ordinance amendment for the titles of Snow Inspector, Snow Supervisor and Winter Operations Coordinator.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to take the Item up with #9.5A CM, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Bergman. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to, “Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works & Parks provide to City Council with a report comparing the city’s wages for snow removal personnel with other surrounding as well as other comparable municipalities.” (See Item #18a CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to, “Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works & Parks provide to City Council with a report regarding the 13 plowing related categories that received increases over the last 3 years.” (See Item #18b CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide to City Council a report at the next budget session for consideration regarding whether or not the use of free cash or other funding used for city services should be used to invest in a GPS system for snow equipment used by the city.” (See Item #18c CC). Mayor Petty recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty moved to advertise the two (2) proposed ordinances. Voted to advertise two (2) proposed ordinances.

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a Salary Ordinance Amendment relative to stipends for Water Operation employees that are required to hold the Water Distribution or Water Treatment Plant Operator licenses.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a DPW Opportunities Fair scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th, 5pm - 7pm and Saturday, November 16th, 10am - 12pm, at the Worcester Senior Center.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rivera. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who spoke to City Council concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file

 
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Recommend adoption of an order authorizing a long term lease of a portion of 128 Providence Street, the Nurses' Building.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rosen. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Lukes. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item on a roll call vote. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the semi-annual Tax Increment Financing / Tax Increment Exemption Report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who had a question regarding minimum wage, which was answered by the Assistant Chief Development Officer. Mayor Petty moved to refer to the Economic Development Committee. Motion approved on a voice vote. Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file an application to designate the proposed Washington Square hotel as a Certified Project and approve a Tax Increment Financing Plan for the property.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer to Economic Development Committee. Motion approved on a voice vote. Referred to Economic Development Committee.

 
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the pay rates of hired equipment for snow plowing and salting/sanding.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer to Public Works Committee. Motion approved on a voice vote. 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
 

9.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to public meetings to discuss the Open Space and Recreation Plan for the City of Worcester.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera who stood to point out errors in the communication and requested they be corrected as well as where ever these hearings are posted. The Commissioner of Public Works and Parks was recognized by the chair and assured City Council this would be corrected. Mayor Petty moved to refer to Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee. Motion approved on a voice vote. Referred to Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the revised Mulcahy Field Master Plan.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer to Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee. Referred to Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee on a voice vote.

 
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

9.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the salary difference of a police officer assigned to the Union Station Substation and a police officer working paid detail.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

9.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

9.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to procedural guidance concerning the proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance which would prohibit parking on front yard setback areas.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Solicitor, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Lukes, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the Chief Development Officer, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty moved to take the Item up collectively with Item #15b CC. Mayor Petty moved to refer both Item #9.13A and #15b CC to the Planning Board. Referred to Planning Board.

 
 

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
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a report as to status and condition of 18 Palisades Street.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the Commissioner of Inspectional Services, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty recognized the Director of Housing, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the Director of Housing, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Wally. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who then moved to, “Request City Manager provide to City Council with a status report regarding efforts taking place by the newly formed Department of Urban Innovations.” (See Item #18d CC). Mayor Petty moved to refer the item to Economic Development Committee. Motion approved on a voice vote. Referred to Economic Development Committee.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a list of all current problem properties in the court system or foreclosure process as well as an overview of the system the City uses to track and provide follow up on issues concerning problem properties.Refer to CCM Item 9.32O

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer to Economic Development Committee. Motion approved on a voice vote. Referred to Economic Development Committee.

 
 

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
 

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 Municipal Electric Aggregation Plan in Worcester which offers participants a greener electricity supply, improved price stability, and consumer protections.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized the City Manager, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, Councilor Rivera and Councilor King, who all spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the Chief Financial Officer, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty moved to refer the item to the Economic Development Committee. Motion approved on a voice vote. Referred to Economic Development Committee.

 
 

9.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

9.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

9.30

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
 

9.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Request to reallocate a portion of FY 2020 capital equipment funds authorized for pole mounted speed monitors to allow for the purchase of one trailer mounted speed monitor.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Hundred and Eighty Sixty Thousand Two Hundred One Dollars and No Cents ($186,201.00) from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the Community Compact Cabinet IT Grant program for a new Mobile Assessing software application.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #9.32A CM through #9.32O 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 accept with gratitude a donation of One Thousand Four Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($1,400.00) from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (M.I.A.A.), to benefit the Department of Public Works and Parks, Lake Park (Tivnan Field) Baseball Facility.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of Four Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($400.00) from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (M.I.A.A.), to benefit the Department of Public Works and Parks, Ralph Raymond Softball Diamond at Rockwood Field.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of Four Hundred Dollars and No Cents ($400.00) from Worcester County Senior Athletic Association to benefit the Department of Public Works and Parks Lake, Logan Softball Field.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of One Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy Five Dollars And No Cents ($1,875.00) from Holy Name Central Catholic High School, to the Department of Public Works and Parks (DPW&P), Glodis Soccer Field.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of Six Hundred Sixty Dollars And No Cents ($660.00) from Skyhawks Sports Academy, Inc., for the Department of Public Works and Parks, for future recreational programming.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of travel-related expenses with an estimated value of up to Seven Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($700.00) from National Fire Protection Agency for the attendance of Lieutenant Annmarie Pickett, Worcester Fire Department, to attend their board meeting.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of travel-related expenses and training valued up to the amount of Two Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty Three Dollars And No Cents ($2,823.00) from FEMA/Department of Homeland Security, for Lt. Brian Burris, Special Operations Division of Worcester Fire Department to attend a 4-day training course, "Evidence Collection in a Hazardous Materials Environment".

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of one (1) storage container with an approximate monetary value of Two Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($2,000.00), donated by LEI Corporation to the Worcester Police Department's K-9 Unit.

Attachments

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

 
J.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of up to Thirty Nine Thousand Four Hundred Five Dollars and No Cents ($39,405.00) from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Safety and Security under the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Law Enforcement Equipment and Technology Grant Program.

Attachments

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

 
K.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of up to One Hundred Fifty Seven Thousand One Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($157,100.00) from the Mass Cultural Council, under the Local Cultural Council program.

Attachments

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

 
L.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of up to Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,000.00) from the College of the Holy Cross in support of the City's Recreation Worcester program.

Attachments

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

 
M.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Seventy One Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Five Dollars and No Cents ($71,335.00) from the State Emergency Management Agency, under the FY19 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program.

Attachments

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

 
N.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of travel-related expenses with an estimated value of One Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,000.00) from NFPA to attend their December Advisory Board Meeting.

Attachments

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

 
O.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office under the Abandoned Housing Initiative Technology to Enrich Community Housing (TECH) grant program.Refer to CCM Item 9.16B

Attachments

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

 
 

9.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Three Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($3,000.00) be transferred from Account #14SSFD45, CDBG Finance Salary & Fringe, and be appropriated to Account #14SEOM45,CDBG Economic Development Ordinary Maintenance, to provide sufficient funding for grant related administrative expenses through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #9.33A CM and #9.33B 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 One Million Ninety Five Thousand Nine Hundred Twelve Dollars And Seventy Five Cents ($1,095,912.75) be transferred to provide sufficient funding for the Off-Street Parking Program for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2020.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.33A CM)

 
 

9.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that Four Hundred Fifty Five Dollars And Ninety Eight Cents ($455.98) be authorized from Account #680-92105, Technical Services Ordinary Maintenance, to provide funds for a prior year invoice.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #9.34A CM and #9.34B 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 Seven Thousand Four Hundred Thirty One Dollars and Seventy Four Cents ($7,431.74) from FY20 funds to be used to pay invoices from FY19.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

9.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Recommend approval for the City Council convene in executive session to discuss litigation strategy with respect to the following case Suffolk Superior Court Docket Number 1984-CV00543.

Attachments

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

 
10.

ORDERS

10a.

Request City Manager consider enacting a policy that ensures entire city sidewalks are either made of asphalt or concrete, in an effort to ensure consistency on each road. (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

 

10b.

Request Manager request Police Chief establish a temporary trial utilizing cameras at locations that have high incidences of speeding and/or pedestrian and/or vehicular accidents. Further, request City Manager mail warning citations to individuals violating speed zones or driving while distracted. Further, request City Manager utilize data to establish future actions to reduce speeding and accidents. (Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Toomey who stood to speak in support of this item and requested to amend the word “Police Chief” with appropriate administrator who issues warning citations. Mayor Petty moved to amend to “Further request the Police Chief provide City Council with a report regarding how this can be implemented and any costs associated.” Mayor Petty moved to adopted as amended. Motion approved on a voice vote. Order adopted as amended.

 

10c.

Request City Manager request City Solicitor report on the qualifications and process to ordain a small commercial (real estate tax) exemption. Further, request City Manager request City Assessor report on the effect of same on the tax tables. Further, request City Manager request Chief Development Officer report on the history and results of same as to other municipalities that have adopted this. (Bergman)

Attachments

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

 

10d.

Request City Manager confer with the Election Commission as to the advisability of providing snacks to poll workers on election days. (Bergman)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Bergman who stood to speak in support of this item. Councilor Toomey was recognized by the chair and she moved to amend to include “water”. Mayor Petty moved to adopted as amended and refer to the Board of Election Commissioners. Motion approved on a voice vote. Order adopted as amended.

 

10e.

Request City Manager review and report compliance with the BRAVE ACT and any costs associated with compliance. (Lukes)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Lukes who stood to speak in support of this item and moved to refer it to the Veterans’ & Military Affairs Committee. Mayor Petty moved to refer to Committee. Motion approved on a voice vote. Referred to Veterans; & Military Affairs Committee.

 

10f.

Request City Manager reach out to the property owner of 119 Holden St. to set up a neighborhood meeting to discuss the possibility of a sober home being developed on this property. (Rose, Toomey, Bergman)

Attachments

Following the Hearings & Order section of the agenda, Mayor Petty moved to suspend the rules to take up item #10f CC out of order. The rules were suspended on a voice vote. Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose. Councilor Rose stood and requested the address be corrected to 119 Forest St. He further stated that this situation is not so much that about whether or not the property becomes a sober house but more about what someone is doing on the property without permits and not adhering to city ordinances and policies and at this time since the city administration is looking into this property he recommends filing this order and will revisit this if needed in the future. Mayor Petty recognized Councilors Toomey, Bergman, Mero-Carlson, Lukes and Rosen who all stood to make remarks and ask question to Commissioner Kelly and City Solicitor Moore regarding this property as well as properties on Kenwood St. and German St. Councilor Rosen requested to be added as a sponsor. Councilor Toomey was recognized by the Mayor for a second time. Councilor Rose was recognized for a second time by the Mayor and requested to amend the order as follows: “Request City Manager continue monitoring the 119 Forest St. property and take fervent action against any further violations” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman for a second time who asked questions to the City Solicitor. Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Order as amended. Motion approved on a voice vote. Order adopted as amended.

 

10g.

Request City Manager provide a detailed report as to ways to save money and provide a stronger trash bag by reviewing the requirements for the production of yellow trash bags. Further, said report should also address similar information for clear recycling bags that were also included in recent DPW and Purchasing bid requests on City website. (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.

 

11.

COMMUNICATION OF THE CITY CLERK

11a.

Transmitting informational Communication regarding the upcoming vacancies in the Library Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2020.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and then made the following motion: That City Council does hereby amend its meeting schedule to cancel the December 3, 2019 City Council meeting to recognize the 20th Anniversary and to honor the 6 firefighters lost in the line of duty at the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse. (see item #18e CC) Motion adopted on a voice vote. Order adopted. Mayor Petty amended the communication to set the date of the election to the Library Board of Directors to December 10, 2019. Motion approved on a voice vote. Election to the Library Board of Directors is set for December 10, 2019.

 

12.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

12a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Donald J. O'Neil, Esq. on behalf of Gold Star Builders Inc. request to amend Zoning Map in the general vicinity of the intersection of Grand St. and Armory St. by extending the BL-1.0 zone northeasterly across Grand St. to incorporate two parcels of land located at 169 and 179 Grand St.: recommend passage of the accompanying ordinance.

Attachments

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

 

13.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

13a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Petition of Robert E. Longden, Esq on behalf of Assumption College request to extinguish a portion of the existing sewer easement located at 500 Salisbury St.: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to accept the report of the Committee and adopt the accompanying Order on a roll call vote. Accepted & Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING

14a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Richard Powers request installation of a handicap parking in front of 1 Upsala St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #14a CC through #14k CC collectively, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to vote to advertise the proposed Ordinance. Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance.

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Richard Powers request the handicap parking space in front of 178 Vernon St. be removed: 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 Jonathan Pipes request installation of a handicap parking space on the Rugby St. side of 222 Ingleside Ave.: 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 Esther Konah request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 35 Gardner 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 Samantha LeRoy on behalf of Kya Providence request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 60 Eastern Ave.: 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 Brenda Nichols request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 32 Newbury St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

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

 

14g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Robert Rourke request installation of a handicap parking space across from 20 Strathmore 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 Kwaku Obeng-Mensah request to relocate the handicap parking space from in front of 13 Tower St. to in front of 9 Tower St.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

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

 

14i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Salah Alzuhairy on behalf of Aday Alzuhairy request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 125 Chino Ave.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

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

 

14j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Larry Flowers request handicap parking space in front of 110 Farrar Ave. be removed.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

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

 

14k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of 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.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

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

 

14l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Flor Portillo request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 21 Marion Ave.: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to refer the Item back to Traffic and Parking Committee. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee.

 

14m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Neftali Cruz request the two (2) handicap parking spaces in front of 69 Providence St. be removed: recommend passage of the accompanying proposed Ordinance.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file

 

15.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

15a.

TO BE ORDAINED - An Ordinance Amending Section 40 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide For Resident Permit Parking On Hackfeld Road. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty October 29, 2019)

Attachments

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

 

15b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommending adoption of a Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment relative to parking and paving in residential front yards: recommend Communication be referred to Planning Board. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes October 29, 2019)

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board (See Item #9.13A CM)

 

16.

TABLED ITEMS

16a.

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

 

16b.

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

 

16c.

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

 

16d.

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

 

16e.

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

 

16f.

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

 

16g.

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

 

16h.

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

 

16i.

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

 

16j.

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 and Tabled - Lukes October 15, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

17.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the October 29, 2019 City Council meeting.

17a.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning all actions taken by the city to monitor alleged illicit activities at SMOC, located at 25 Queen St. – Item #20a CC Order adopted

 

17b.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether the Inspectional Services Department has visited SMOC and whether the building is up to code. – Item #20b CC Order adopted

 

17c.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Clerk provide individuals attending City Council meetings with the rules of public speaking and participation. – Item #20c CC Order adopted

 

17d.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Manager consider providing the Division of Healthcare Facilities Licensure and Certification with the testimony provided to City Council by residents concerning alleged illicit activities occurring at SMOC. – Item #20d CC Order adopted

 

17e.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager reach out to the State of Massachusetts legislators who represent SMOC, located at 25 Queen St., to determine any state assistance or partnerships that could be garnered to help the city deal with any illicit activities occurring at the property. – Item #20e CC Order adopted

 

17f.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager review all streets that have been considered for sidewalk installation, including Sunderland Rd. between Grafton St. and Massasoit Rd., which services Roosevelt Elementary School. – Item #20f CC Order adopted

 

17g.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the city’s property assessments over the last five years. – Item #20g CC Order adopted

 

17h.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion concerning whether there would be any privacy infringements should the city begin to use drones as part of a traffic relief management plan. – Item #20h CC Order adopted

 

17i.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the city’s experience having speedbumps on Westland St., including information concerning whether speed of motorists decreased as a result of their installation. – Item #20i CC Order adopted

 

17j.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager implement a moratorium on the paving over of front lawns. Further, request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with legal opinion concerning implementing a moratorium on the paving over of front lawns. – Item #20j CC Order adopted

 

17k.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the exemplary action by the Worcester Police Department concerning the altercation at 64 Franklin St., which occurred on Saturday October 26, 2019. Further, request City Manager include in said report information concerning the equipment used by the Worcester Police Department, which participants in the altercation may have attempted to seize from the police officers. – Item #20k CC Order adopted as amended

 

17l.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works repair the crosswalk button for the crosswalk at the intersection of Lincoln St. and Channing St. – Item #20l CC Order adopted

 

17m.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – That the City Council of the city of Worcester does hereby support the Worcester Police Department for their courage and professionalism in dealing with what could have been a very dangerous situation on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 64 Franklin St. – Item #20m CC Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

17n.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager consider educating the public concerning how to properly interact with law enforcement. Further, request City Manager consider bringing the Worcester Police Department officers responsible for subduing the altercation at 64 Franklin St. before City Council so that they may be recognized for their service. – Item #20n CC Order adopted

 

17o.

ORDER of Councilor Sarai Rivera – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide speed enforcement in the vicinity of Mason St. Further, request City Manager request Police Chief place an electronic speed monitoring system in Mason St. on a temporary basis. – Item #20o CC Order adopted

 

17p.

PETITION of Councilor Sarai Rivera request installation of speed limit signage in Mason St. – Item #20p CC Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

18.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the November 12, 2019 City Council meeting.

18a.

Motion Wally @ #9.3A CM – Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works & Parks provide to City Council with a report comparing the city’s wages for snow removal personnel with other surrounding as well as other comparable municipalities.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted

 

18b.

Motion King @ #9.3A CM – Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Works & Parks provide to City Council with a report regarding the 13 plowing related categories that received increases over the last 3 years.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted

 

18c.

Motion Lukes @ #9.3A CM – Request City Manager provide to City Council with a report at the next budget session for consideration regarding whether or not the use of free cash or other funding used for city services should be used to invest in a GPS system for snow equipment used by the city.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted

 

18d.

Motion Wally @ #11a CC - Request City Manager provide to City Council with a status report regarding efforts taking place by the newly formed Department of Urban Innovations.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted

 

18e.

Motion Petty @ #11a CC - That City Council does hereby amend its meeting schedule to cancel the December 3, 2019 City Council meeting to recognize the 20th Anniversary and to honor the 6 firefighters lost in the line of duty at the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted