CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:38 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:47 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Donna M. Colorio
Khrystian E. King 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 Rose and Councilor Toomey. Councilor Toomey arrived at 6:42 P.M.

Note: Assistant City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk

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 January 21, 2020.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to approve the minutes of the January 21, 2020 City Council meeting. Order adopted on a voice vote.

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers, who spoke concerning the Item:
1. Barbara Haller, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #8.36A CM
2. Steve Teasdale, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #8.36A CM
3. Joseph O’Brien, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #8.36A CM
4. Frank Zitomersky, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #8.36A CM
5. Maritza Cruz, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #8.36A CM
6. Laura Perez, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #8.36A CM
7. Michael Papani, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of Item #8.9A CM

 

7.

PETITIONS

7a.

William S. Coleman, III request City Administration look into adding more lights under the Southbridge St. railroad bridge for improved public safety.

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized the petitioner, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee.

 

7b.

John Cole request a large "Right Turn Only" arrow be painted in the right lane of Francis J. McGrath Blvd. travelling northeast at Green St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take up Item #7b CC through #7e CC collectively, 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.

 

7c.

Matthias Remillard request installation of a "Do Not Enter" sign at the corner of Gage St. and East Shelby St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #7b CC)

 

7d.

Justice Love Real request installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Pleasant St. and West St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #7b CC)

 

7e.

Therese St. Vil request the removal of "No Parking" signs on Bluff St. from Bancroft St. to Mason St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee (See Item #7b CC)

 

7f.

William S. Coleman, III request City administration consider a Worcester Spring 2020 cleanup kick off event to encourage all residents and guests to help keep our City clean.

Attachments

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

 

8.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

8.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointments of Facely Henriquez and Noreen Shea 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.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointments of David Filar and Jennifer Riley 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.

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointment of Paul Foley to the Trust Funds 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.

 
 

8.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend the appointment of Janny Nivar De Reyes to the Citizens Advisory 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 for a roll call vote to confirm the appointment. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

 
B.

Recommend appointment of Tracey Whitney to the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

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 vote to confirm the appointment. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

 
 

8.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

8.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Recommend adoption of an Order to transfer jurisdiction and authorize disposition of 261 Clover Street.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning why the City took six (6) years before rendering judgment on the tax lien for the property located at 261 Clover St.” (See Item #12c CC) and moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the rationale for the assessment value for the property located at 261 Clover St.” (See Item #12d CC). Mayor Petty recognized the Chief Financial Officer, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Bergman. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on the accompanying Order. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent).

 
 

8.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the FY20 Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Resurfacing Program for FY21 and FY22.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the new curbside recycling brochure.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and 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. Councilor Russell then moved to, “Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks consider providing the public with educational information regarding the ability to use multiple containers when putting out their recycling.” (See Item #12e CC). Councilor Russell then moved to take Items #11e CC, #11f CC and #11g CC off the Table. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor Russell’s motion. Councilor Russell’s motion was approved on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent). Councilor Russell moved to place Items #11e CC, #11f CC and #11g CC. Motion approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Councilor King then went on record stating that he opposed the portion of the flyer pertaining to not allowing plastic bags within recycling bins. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, “Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks ensure the new curbside recycling brochure be provided to tenants and property owners alike.” (See Item #12f CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who moved to, “Request City Manager denote on recycling brochures that clear bagged recyclables are acceptable.” (See Item #12g CC). Mayor Petty moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file.

 
 

8.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

8.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
 

8.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update of the Open Space & Recreation Plan Public Meeting.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer the Item to Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee. Referred to Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee.

 
 

8.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Fire Department Master Plan.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to suspend the rules to hear the Item out of order, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey and Councilor King, who both spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Fire Chief, who both spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Public Safety Committee. Referred to Public Safety Committee.

 
 

8.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
 

8.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

8.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

8.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
 

8.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

8.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

8.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

8.17

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

8.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

8.19

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

8.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

8.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

8.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

8.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

8.24

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
A.

Recommend authorization to submit statements of interest to the MSBA for accelerated repair projects at Vernon Hill School and Worcester Arts Magnet School.

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 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent). Mayor Petty moved for reconsideration on the Item. Reconsideration denied on a roll call vote of 0 Yeas and 10 Nays (Rose absent).

 
 

8.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

8.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

8.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

8.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

8.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

8.30

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a Financial System (ERP) replacement.Refer to CCM Item 8.33A

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to take the Item up with Item #8.33A CM, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty moved to refer the Item to Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee. Referred to Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the accompanying Order on #8.33A CM. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent).

 
 

8.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Recommend that Three Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($3,350.00) be transferred from Account # 91C114, City Wide Building Rehabilitation, to Account # 11C70204, EAM City Hall.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #8.31A CM through #8.31C 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 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent).

 
B.

Recommend that Seven Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($770,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C7161A, Union Station Rehabilitation, and be appropriated to Account #04C704, Union Station Rehabilitation, to provide funding for expenses associated with the fit out of tenant space in Union Station.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent) (See Item #8.31A CM)

 
C.

Recommend that Eight Hundred Forty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($845,000.00) be transferred as follows: (145,000) from Account 91C780E School Capital Equipment, to Account #50C702, Schools Capital Equipment, and (700,000) from Account #91C711E, Schools Capital Rehabilitation, to Account #50C704, Schools Capital Rehabilitation, per the request of Worcester Public Schools.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent) (See Item #8.31A CM)

 
 

8.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,000.00) from Massachusetts Councils on Aging under the Diverse Cultures program.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to take Items #8.32A CM through #8.32E CM collectively, excluding Item #8.32B CM, 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 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent).

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($2,700,350.00) from US Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration under the the FY2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance program.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor Wally, who move to recuse himself from the Item and left the room. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the accompanying Resolution. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose, Wally absent)

 
C.

Recommend to accept with gratitude a donation of used office furniture with an approximate monetary value of Three Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($3,000.00) from Allegro Microsystems' former Worcester Campus offered by Mr. Nick Chacharone from Chacharone Properties.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent) (See Item #8.32A CM)

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to apply for, accept, and expend a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through the FY20 DESE Stem-focused Internship program in an amount up to Fifty Thousand Dollars and Zero Cents ($50,000.00).

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent) (See Item #8.32A CM)

 
E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($250,000.00) from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services under a FY20 State Budget Earmark for fire safety equipment.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent) (See Item #8.32A CM)

 
 

8.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Twenty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($20,000.00) be transferred from Account #900-92000, City Manager Contingency, and be appropriated to Account #680-92000, Technical Service Ordinary Maintenance, to cover costs to hire a consultant to assist the City with replacing the current legacy financial system (ERP).Refer to CCM Item 8.30A

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent) (See Item #8.30A CM)

 
B.

Recommend that Fifteen Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($15,000.00) be transferred from Account # 900-92000, City Manager Contingency, to Account # 040-92000, City Manager Ordinary Maintenance.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the accompanying Order. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent) .

 
 

8.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
 

8.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
A.

Recommend that the sum of Nine Million Eight Hundred Sixty Two Thousand Five Hundred Thirty Five Dollars and No Cents ($9,862,535.00) be appropriated to Account #91C7113V, Burncoat Street Preparatory School, 526 Burncoat Street; Account #91C7113W, Vernon Hill School, 211 Providence Street; Account #91C7113X, Tatnuck Magnet, 1083 Pleasant Street; Account #91C7113Y, Worcester East Middle School, 420 Grafton Street; Account #91C7113Z, Lincoln Street School, 549 Lincoln Street, to fund a potential building improvement project of the Worcester Public School as described.

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 vote of advertise the proposed Ordinance. Voted to advertised proposed Loan Order on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose, Wally absent).

 
 

8.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the opening of the Municipal Services Center.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to suspend the rules to hear the Item out of order, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty vacated the Chair to Vice Chairperson Councilor Colorio for the purpose of speaking on the Item. Vice Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Mayor Petty, who spoke concerning the Item. Vice Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Toomey prior to vacating the Chair back to Mayor Petty. Councilor Toomey spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, Councilor Rosen, Councilor Mero-Carlson and Councilor Russell, who all spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to refer the Item to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager and City Clerk provide City Council with a report concerning the staffing impact “Mini City Halls” would have on the City Clerk’s Office, as well as what processes are necessary for implementing a “Mini City Hall.” (See Item #12a CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Colorio. Councilor Colorio then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the services and new programs expected to be offered at Mini City Hall locations. Further request City Manager include in said report information concerning the successes of the various programs implementing at the Mini City Hall.” (See Item #12b CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera for a second time, who spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rivera. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the Item. Councilor Bergman’s motion to refer the Item to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee approved on a voice vote. Referred to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to planned programs during Black History Month.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and recognized Councilor King, who moved to suspend the rules to request the Mayor read a Resolution concerning Black History Month 2020. Mayor Petty read the Resolution put forth by Councilor King, which resolved, “That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support and recognize February 2020, as BLACK HISTORY MONTH in the City of Worcester. Further, the City Council does hereby call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all its citizens to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities and programs in honor of the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual and political development.” Mayor Petty moved to place Councilor King’s Resolution on the following City Council agenda on February 11, 2020 under the Resolution portion of the agenda, which was approved on a voice vote. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera and Councilor Rosen, who both spoke concerning the Item. Mayor Petty moved to place the Item on file. Placed on file.

 
9.

REPORTS OF THE PLANNING BOARD

9a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of the City Manager 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 moved to refer the Item to Economic Development Committee. Referred to Economic Development Committee

 

9b.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Stephen F. Madaus on behalf of Jefferson Mararian request to amend the zoning map of the city of Worcester by changing the zoning designation of 497 Granite St. and 0 Southwest Cutoff from RS-7 to a new zoning designation of ML-0.5.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the Item and moved to refer the Item to Economic Development Committee. Referred to Economic Development Committee

 

10.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

10a.

COMMUNICATION OF THE CITY AUDITOR transmitting an informational communication concerning the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2019. (Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman January 28, 2020)

Attachments

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

 

11.

TABLED ITEMS

11a.

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

 

11b.

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

 

11c.

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

 

11d.

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

 

11e.

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

Placed on file (See Item #8.5C CM)

 

11f.

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

Placed on file (See Item #8.5C CM)

 

11g.

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

Placed on file (See Item #8.5C CM)

 

11h.

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

 

11i.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - In light of recent events, request City Manager consider establishing a process to inspect rental apartments, which would help to confirm structural changes are done to the standards set by Inspectional Services, in the interest of public service. Further, request City Manager provide City Council with a recommendation as to how often these inspections should take place. (Tabled - King December 17, 2019)

Attachments

No action taken

 

12.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the January 28, 2020 City Council meeting.

12a.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request City Manager report to City Council concerning whether the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind plans to move out of their downtown Worcester location. – Item #16a CC Order adopted

 

12b.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with periodic updates concerning efforts to keep government programs and entities such as the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance located in the downtown area. – Item #16b CC Order adopted

 

12c.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks review sewer drainage on Natural History Dr., which is draining into Lake Quinsigamond. Further, request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks identify why sewers were not installed approximately ten years ago when such an action was approved. Further, request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks find a solution to drainage issues in the area. – Item #16c CC Order adopted

 

13.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the February 4, 2020 City Council meeting.

13a.

Motion King @ #8.36A CM – Request City Manager and City Clerk provide City Council with a joint report concerning the staffing impact “Mini City Halls” would have on the City Clerk’s Office, as well as what processes are necessary for implementing a “Mini City Hall.”

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

13b.

Motion Colorio @ #8.36A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the services and new programs expected to be offered at Mini City Hall locations. Further request City Manager include in said report information concerning the successes of the various programs implementing at the Mini City Hall.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

13c.

Motion Bergman @ #8.4A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning why the City took six (6) years before rendering judgment on the tax lien for the property located at 261 Clover St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

13d.

Motion Bergman @ #8.4A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the rationale for the assessment value for the property located at 261 Clover St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

13e.

Motion Russell @ #8.5C CM – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks consider providing the public with educational information regarding the ability to use multiple containers when putting out their recycling.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

13f.

Motion Toomey @ #8.5C CM – Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks ensure the new curbside recycling brochure be provided to tenants and property owners alike.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.

 

13g.

Motion King @ #8.5C CM – Request City Manager denote on recycling brochures that clear bagged recyclables are acceptable.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to adopt the Item. Order adopted.