CITY OF WORCESTER

AGENDA OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

6:30 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
Nikolin Vangjeli
Gary Rosen George J. Russell
Kathleen M. Toomey Matthew E. Wally
 

Virtual Meeting: Levi Lincoln Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 730323290)

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

5.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

5a Adopt on a roll call

5a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of May 12, 2020.

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6.

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

6a.

In order to ensure the continuation of active public engagement, the City of Worcester will now use a phone conference line for members of the public to participate in all public meetings. To participate during the public participation phase of City Council, you may call the direct lines indicated: Levi Lincoln Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 730323290)

7.

HEARING & ORDER - 6:30 P.M.

7a Hold Hearing and Adopt on a roll call

7a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: ENDICOTT ST.

Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: ENDICOTT ST.

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8.

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

8a Refer to Public Works Committee on a roll call

8a.

Councilor Sean M. Rose on behalf of Gordon Duncan request sidewalk repair in front of the lot located at 13 Burgess St.

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8b and 8c Refer to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call

8b.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request the removal of the I-290 sign in front of 812 Pleasant St.

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8c.

Councilor Sarai Rivera on behalf of Eric Cruze request installation of an additional crosswalk across Pleasant St. at Crown St.

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8d Set hearing for June 2, 2020 on a roll call

8d.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: THORNE ST.

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9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
 

9.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend reappointments of John Finn, Robert Bureau and Fitzroy Hall to the Commission on Disabilities.

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9.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend adoption of an Order of taking for watershed land in Princeton from the Estate of Marie Reardon.

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Informational Communication

B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a status report on finances for City parking garages.

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Informational Communication

C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the total number of hours and wages for all snow removal inspectors and the total number of snow removal inspectors so employed for FY16 - FY19.

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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
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Fire Department safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Votes Required

B.

Recommend adoption of an order to enter into an inter-municipal agreement with the Town of West Boylston for assistance with fire protection services to several large, senior living complexes.

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9.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Police Departments protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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9.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

9.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

9.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
 

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
 

9.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

9.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

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
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend that recommend One Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,100,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C711F, Building Rehabilitation Library, to Account #11C70201, EAM Library, for costs related to the ongoing Main Library Master Plan renovation.

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9.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Three Hundred Sixty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($365,000.00) from Council on Aging Formula and Service Incentive Grant, under the COA Formula and Service Incentive Grant program.

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Votes Required

B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) from Friends of Worcester's Senior Center, for Worcester Senior Center support.

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Votes Required

C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($5,000.00) from UMASS Medical School under the SNAP program.

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Votes Required

D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) from the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the Massachusetts Census Division 2020 Census Municipal Grant program.

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Votes Required

E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude various donations in the amount of Forty Nine Thousand Four Hundred Thirteen Dollars And No Cents ($49,413.00) from generous donors for COVID-19 response.

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Votes Required

F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend an FY20 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Grant in the amount of Forty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($40,000.00) from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.

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Votes Required

G.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Five Million One Hundred Fifty Seven Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty Eight Dollars And No Cents ($5,157,858.00) from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the FY19 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program.

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9.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend that Three Hundred Seventy One Thousand Ninety Seven Dollars and Sixty Six Cents ($371,097.66) be transferred from Account #250-93000, Police Capital Outlay, to Account #250-97000, Police Overtime.

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Votes Required

B.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($100,000.00) be transferred from Account # 171-96000, Workers Compensation, to Account #174-96000, Injured On Duty, to pay for unanticipated expenses related to Injured on Duty claims in Fiscal Year 20.

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Votes Required

C.

Recommend that Seven Thousand One Hundred Forty Dollars And No Cents ($7,140.00) be transferred from Account #04T803, OPEB Trust Reserve, and be appropriated to Account #663-96000, Health Insurance, to provide funding for Fiscal Year 2020 (March 2020-April 2020) Health Insurance expenses for Airport retirees.

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Votes Required

D.

Recommend that One Thousand Nine Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($1,900.00) be transferred from Account #29-33007, Law Department Damage Settlement, to Account #2602-92201, Fire Department Automotive Supplies.

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9.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
 

9.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

9.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
10.

LOAN ORDERS TO BE ADOPTED

10a - 10y Adopt on a roll call vote

10a.

That the sum of Twenty Five Million Dollars and No Cents ($25,000,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C7113T, Doherty High MSBA, to pay for costs associated with the construction and furnishing of a replacement Doherty Memorial High School at 299 Highland Street.

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10b.

That the sum of Three Million Four Hundred Nineteen Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($3,419,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C7114, Citywide Building Rehabilitation, to pay for costs associated with Citywide Building Rehabilitation.

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10c.

That the sum of Fourteen Million Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($14,250,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C784, Park Improvements, to pay for costs associated with Park Improvements.

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10d.

That the sum of Thirteen Million Eight Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($13,860,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C7413A, Street and Sidewalk Construction, to pay for costs associated with Street and Sidewalk Construction.

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10e.

That the sum of Three Million Dollars And No Cents ($3,000,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C744B, Off Street Parking Rehab, to pay for costs associated with Off Street Parking Rehab.

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10f.

That the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C744A, Parking Meters, to pay for costs associated with Parking Meters.

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10g.

That the sum of Two Million Twenty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($2,020,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C7134, Water Mains, to pay for costs associated with Water Mains.

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10h.

That the sum of One Million Eight Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,840,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C732, Water Building Rehabilitation, to pay for costs associated with Water Building Rehabilitation.

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10i.

That the sum of Ten Million Six Hundred Eighty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,685,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C7134, Water Mains, to pay for costs associated with Water Mains.

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10j.

That the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C702, Water Land Acquisition, to pay for costs associated with Water Land Acquisition.

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10k.

That the sum of Six Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($600,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C731A, Water Capital Equipment, to pay for costs associated with Water Capital Equipment.

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10l.

That the sum of Eleven Million Six Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($11,670,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C745B, Sewer Construction, to pay for costs associated with Sewer Construction.

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10m.

That the sum of Six Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($600,0000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C734A, Sewer Capital Equipment.

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10n.

That the sum of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C741F, Guardrails, to pay for costs associated with Guardrails.

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10o.

That the sum of Five Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($510,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C741E, Bridge Rehabilitation, to pay for costs associated with Bridge Rehabilitation.

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10p.

That the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C741C, Private Street Conversion, to pay for costs associated with Private Street Conversion.

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10q.

That the sum of Six Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($650,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C724B, Traffic Signal Improvements, to pay for costs associated with Traffic Signal Improvements.

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10r.

That the sum of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($3,500,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C711E, Public Schools Rehabilitation, to pay for costs associated with Public Schools Rehabilitation.

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10s.

That the sum of One Million One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,150,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C7161A, Union Station Rehabilitation, to pay for costs associated with Union Station Rehabilitation.

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10t.

That the sum of Two Million Thirty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($2,030,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C711F, Building Rehabilitation Library, to pay for costs associated with Building Rehabilitation Library.

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10u.

That the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C780E, Public Schools Equipment, to pay for costs associated with Public Schools Equipment.

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10v.

That the sum of Two Million Five Hundred Twenty Eight Thousand Five Hundred Forty Three Dollars and No Cents ($2,528,543) be appropriated to Account #91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, to pay for costs associated with Citywide Capital Equipment.

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10w.

That the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($255,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C744B, Parking Lots, to pay for costs associated with Parking Meters.

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10x.

That the sum of Three Hundred Ninety Seven Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($397,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C775, Civic Center Building Rehabilitation, to pay for costs associated with Citywide Building Rehabilitation.

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10y.

That the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C724B, Street Light Improvements, to pay for costs associated with Street Light Improvements.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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11d.

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)

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11e.

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)

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11f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' MEMORIALS, PARKS AND RECREATION Upon the Petition of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request restoration and relocation of the Sullivan Memorial located in Melrose St. to a location approximately 50 feet north of its current location: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson April 21, 2020 and April 28, 2020 and Tabled - Mero-Carlson May 5, 2020)

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12.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the May 19, 2020 City Council meeting.

12a.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - Request City Manager consider encouraging retail businesses to use outdoor spaces. - Item #17a CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays


Scheduled Meetings of the Standing Committees

 
Tuesday, May. 26, 2020
05:00 PM -
Finance Committee
Chairperson Joseph M. Petty, Kathleen M. Toomey, Sarai Rivera, George J. Russell, Morris A. Bergman, Gary Rosen, Khrystian E. King, Candy Mero-Carlson, Sean M. Rose, Matthew E. Wally, Donna M. Colorio
   Re: Budget FY 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

 

   
Wednesday, May. 27, 2020
05:00 PM -
Public Works Committee
Chairperson George J. Russell, Candy Mero-Carlson, Matthew E. Wally
   

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

 

   
Monday, Jun. 1, 2020
05:30 PM -
Public Service and Transportation Committee
Chairperson Gary Rosen, Donna M. Colorio, Sarai Rivera
   

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

 

   
Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020
05:00 PM -
Finance Committee
Chairperson Joseph M. Petty, Kathleen M. Toomey, Sarai Rivera, George J. Russell, Morris A. Bergman, Gary Rosen, Khrystian E. King, Candy Mero-Carlson, Sean M. Rose, Matthew E. Wally, Donna M. Colorio
   Re: Budget FY 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber