CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 7:03 P.M.

Adjourned: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 12:17 A.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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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
 

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.

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4a.

Mayor Petty read a Proclamation declaring June 19, 2020 as Worcester Juneteenth Independence Day in the city of Worcester.

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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 June 2, 2020.

Attachments

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

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers: 1. Solomon Steen, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12w CC 2. Erica Schleer, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 3. Emily Watzl, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 4. Emily Schitman, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 5. Alberto Solis, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 6. Joe Corazzini, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 7. Ali Ali, Norfolk resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 8. Fred Taylor, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12e CC, #12i CC, #12w CC and #13a CC 9. Casey Duggan, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12e CC and #12w CC 10. Andy (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 11. Marie Brouillette, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 12. Yenni Desroches, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 13. Vicky Rosinsky, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12e CC and #12w CC 14. Angie Georgia, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 15. Sasha Musick, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 16. Matthew Alvarado-Ross, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 17. Susan (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 18. Michelle Puch, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 19. Molly Bond, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 20. Nina Mariotti, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12w CC 21. Hasaan Chehab, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 22. Carly (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 23. Tre Tatum, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 24. Liz Sheehan Castro, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 25. Christopher Castro, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 26. Marco (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 27. Elizabeth (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 28. Michaela Bunker, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 29. Emily Rittershaus, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 30. Martin (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12w CC 31. Annie (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 32. Gareth Rosebud, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 33. Mohammed (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 34. Bobby Hazleton, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #12q CC and #12s CC 35. Zoe (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 36. Jennifer Chute, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 37. Josh (no last name given), Paxton resident, spoke in favor of reallocating WPD funding associated with #8a CC 38. Kathleen (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the WPD budget associated with #8a CC 39. Jessica Mackowiak, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of defunding the WPD budget associated with #8a CC

 

7.

HEARINGS & ORDERS

7a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: LAKE AVE. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: LAKE AVE.

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Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take the item up collectively with #7b CC and open the hearing. Mayor Petty’s motion was approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty asked if any abutters wished to be heard on the item. Hearing no speakers, Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to close the hearing. Mayor Petty’s motion was approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to approve the items. Hearing held and Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

7b.

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

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Hearing held and Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #7a CC)

 

8.

SUSPENSION OF RULES TO TAKE UP A COMMITTEE REPORT AND OTHER RELATED ITEMS

8a.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty - As Chair of the City Council Standing Committee Finance and in accordance with Rule 33 (e) of the Rules of City Council, request City Council suspend its rules to take up the Report of the Committee on Finance Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting the submission of the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Operating Budget for City Council review and consideration, as presented to the City Council on May 12, 2020 and referred to Finance Committee, along with related items pending before the Committee, at its meeting on June 16, 2020. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty June 2, 2020 and June 9, 2020)

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Mayor Petty read the item and spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Police Chief, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who moved to, “Request City Manager and/or Mayor set up a meeting between the entire City Council, the Police Chief and Black leadership within the community as a means of moving forward and having dialogue in a transparent way.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Councilor Russell then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report containing a detailed timeline of events that occurred regarding the police action taken on June 1, 2020 in the Main South area.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor King then moved to Table Councilor Colorio’s motion Under Privilege. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

9.

PETITIONS

9a.

Melissa Gibbons request installation of two (2) public shade trees across from 3 Thorndyke Rd.

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Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take items #9a CC through #9h CC collectively and to refer the items to their appropriate committee. Referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

9b.

Councilor Morris A. Bergman on behalf of Arthur Mooradian request Westfield St. Extension be made a public way.

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Referred to Planning Board on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9a CC)

 

9c.

Melissa Gibbons request sidewalk repair on the Thorndyke Rd. side of 237 Burncoat St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9a CC)

 

9d.

Mike Fitzpatrick request the sidewalk adjacent to 3 Wheeler Ave. be replaced.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9a CC)

 

9e.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request installation of a “No Left Turn” sign on the corner of Forest St. and Otsego Rd., from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9a CC)

 

9f.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request installation of "Sharp Curve Ahead” and children advisory signage at the beginning of Lynwood Ln. heading north towards Dick Dr. and heading south on Lynwood Ln. between Dick Dr. heading towards Salisbury St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9a CC)

 

9g.

Keysha Delgado request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 33 Orient St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9a CC)

 

9h.

Joseph Chabot request installation of at least two stop signs at the intersection of Wescott Ave. and Paris Ave. on the public portions of the intersection.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9a CC)

 

10.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

10.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
 

10.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
 

10.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

10.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

10.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Infrared Patching Machines for Pothole Repairs.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Public Works Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

10.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

10.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
 

10.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

10.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

10.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the covering of badges.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Police Chief, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty moved for a roll vote to place the item on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the purchasing and use of military gear by the Worcester Police Department.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Police Chief, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Police Chief, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Bergman. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Public Safety Committee. Referred to Public Safety Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

10.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

10.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

10.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
 

10.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

10.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

10.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

10.17

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

10.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

10.19

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

10.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

10.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

10.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

10.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

10.24

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

10.25

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

10.26

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

10.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

10.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

10.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

10.30

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
 

10.31

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Recommend that Two Hundred Twenty Thousand Five Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($220,500.00) be transferred from Parks Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Account #72C70209, Farber Field, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations for upgrading the field to a synthetic turf athletic field.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take up items #10.31A CM through #10.31ZZ CM collectively and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Recommend that One Million Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,250,000.00) be transferred from Parks Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70214, Institute Park, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with the improvements to boardwalk/woodland path, Firefighters’ Memorial, artificial turf sport field, concrete flatwork, bituminous paving, concrete pavers, new electrical service, pedestrian light poles and sports lighting, chain link fence/ornamental/wood guardrail installation, site furnishing/appurtenances and excavation/earthworks at Institute Park.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Two Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($270,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C724B, Traffic & Signal Improvements, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 40C704, Signal Installation, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with traffic signal upgrades and improvements citywide.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that One Hundred Seventy Eight Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($178,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113T, Doherty High School Feasibility, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75904, Doherty High, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend that Seventeen Million Nine Hundred Eighteen Thousand Three Hundred Thirty Eight Dollars And No Cents ($17,918,338.00) be transferred from Account #91C7113L, South High School, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C789, MSBA South High Improvement, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current and future obligations to be met.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend that Twenty Nine Thousand Five Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($29,500.00) be transferred from Parks Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70216, East Park, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with East Park.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend that Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113U, Challenge & Reach Academy MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75905, Challenge & Reach Academy, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met, including improvements to windows, doors, boiler and the roof of this school building.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend that One Hundred Eighty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($185,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113V, MSBA Burncoat Prep, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75906, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met for roof replacement.

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend that One Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($120,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113S, Elm Park Community School, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75903, Elm Park Community School, to allow for current and future obligations to be met to replace windows and doors at Elm Park Community School.

Attachments

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

 
J.

Recommend that Two Hundred Eighty Two Thousand Five Hundred Seventy Three Dollars And No Cents ($282,573.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113R, Thorndyke Road School, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75902, Thorndyke Rd School - MSBA, to allow for current and future obligations to be met for window replacement.

Attachments

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

 
K.

Recommend that Four Hundred Thirty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($435,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113Q, Lincoln Street School, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75901, to allow for current and future obligations associated with this MSBA project for the replacement of windows, doors, and the roof of this school building.

Attachments

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

 
L.

Recommend that Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113P, Wawecus Road Elementary - MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C757, Wawecus Rd Elementary, to allow for current obligations to be met for the replacement of windows and doors.

Attachments

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

 
M.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifteen Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($115,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113O, Belmont Elementary School - MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C749, Belmont Elementary School, to allow for the payment of current obligations for the replacement of windows and doors.

Attachments

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

 
N.

Recommend that Thirty Eight Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($38,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113N, Gerald Creamer Center School - MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C748, Gerald Creamer Center, to allow for the payment of current obligations of this MSBA Accelerated Repair project to replace the windows, doors and the boiler of this school building.

Attachments

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

 
O.

Recommend that Forty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($40,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113M, Chandler Elementary - MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C747, Chandler Elementary, to allow for current obligations to be met for this MSBA Accelerated Repair project to replace the windows, doors, and the boiler of this school building.

Attachments

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

 
P.

Recommend that Four Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($490,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113W, MSBA Vernon Street School, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75907, Vernon Hill School, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met for boiler replacement.

Attachments

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

 
Q.

Recommend that Four Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($400,000.00) be transferred from Parks Account #91C7114, Parks Rehab, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C703, Parks Rehab, to allow for current and anticipated commitments associated with the re-roofing bid for several new Park building roofs.

Attachments

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

 
R.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C7114, Auditorium Rehab, and be appropriated to Parks Account #74C701, Auditorium, eliminate the current deficit and allow for future payments associated with the Sprinkler Head Replacement project at the Memorial Auditorium.

Attachments

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

 
S.

Recommend that Two Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($225,000.00) be transferred from Parks Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70259, Columbus Trail, to reduce to current deficit and allow for current and future obligations to be met for the engineering and design of the Eastern Boardwalk Trail.

Attachments

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

 
T.

Recommend that Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70227, Mulcahy Field, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations associated with the upcoming ballfield improvements at Mulcahy Park.

Attachments

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

 
U.

Recommend that Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($5,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70235, Blithewood Park, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated commitments for the Master Plan for Blithewood Park.

Attachments

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

 
V.

Recommend that Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($750,000.00) be transferred from Parks Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70236, Crompton Park, to cover the current deficit and allow for current and future payments to be made for improvements to the basketball court and surrounding area, new security cameras and engineering and design of the proposed skate park.

Attachments

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

 
W.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70244, Betty Price Playground, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated commitments associated with Betty Price Playground that will include the installation of security cameras.

Attachments

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

 
X.

Recommend that Three Hundred Eighty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($385,000.00) be transferred from Parks Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70245, Hadwen Park, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met for the renovations to the basketball court, playground, observation deck and parking lot.

Attachments

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

 
Y.

Recommend that Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) be transferred from Parks Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70249, Memorials & Monuments, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations for review and engineering of 11 memorials citywide, including Griffin Gates at East Park, Bigelow Memorial at Worcester Common, and Burnside Fountain at Worcester Common.

Attachments

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

 
Z.

Recommend that Six Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($630,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113Y, Worcester East Middle School, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75909, Worcester East Middle, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met. This MSBA Accelerated Repair Project will replace the roof, windows, and doors at this school building.

Attachments

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

 
AA.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C780A, DPW Equipment, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C703, DPW Equipment, to allow for the purchase miscellaneous tools and equipment for Streets and Central Garage.

Attachments

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

 
BB.

Recommend that Four Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($400,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113X, MSBA Tatnuck Magnet School, and be appropriated DPW Account #41C75908, Tatnuck Magnet School, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met. This MSBA Accelerated Repair project will replace the roof of this school building.

Attachments

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

 
CC.

Recommend that Two Hundred Eighty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($285,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7113Z, MSBA Lincoln St School, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75910, Lincoln St School, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met. This MSBA Accelerated Repair Project will replace the roof, windows, and doors at this school building.

Attachments

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

 
DD.

Recommend that Sixty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($60,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C7114, Citywide Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C722, R.E.C.C., to allow for current and anticipated obligations for the HVAC modification design for Regional Emergency Communications Center to be met.

Attachments

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

 
EE.

Recommend that Thirty Nine Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($39,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C741F, Guard Rails, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C798, Guardrails, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current obligations to be met, for the repair and installation of guardrails citywide.

Attachments

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

 
FF.

"Recommend that Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C756, Landfill Improvements, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C767, Greenwood St Landfill, to allow for current and anticipated obligations to be met for the ongoing environmental engineering and remediation design at the Greenwood St. Landfill.

Attachments

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

 
GG.

Recommend that Six Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($600,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7344, Sewer Equipment, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C704, Sewer Capital Equipment, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations, including a ½ Ton Pick Up, Utility Truck, Street Sweeper, Loader, and other vehicles as needed.

Attachments

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

 
HH.

Recommend that Five Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($525,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C737A, Water Meter, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C794, Water Capital Meter Program, to allow for current and anticipated obligations to be met, including a ½ Ton Pick Up, Utility Truck, Street Sweeper, Loader, and other vehicles as needed.

Attachments

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

 
II.

Recommend that Six Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($650,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7131D, Water Filtration Plant Modification, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C768, Filtration, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current and future obligations to be met for building upgrades to the Filtration Plant to include the Ozone Phase 2, SCADA, and roof upgrades.

Attachments

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

 
JJ.

Recommend that Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($350,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C738, Reservoir and Dam Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C728, Reservoir Rehab, to allow for current and future obligations to be met associated with the Indian Hill Water Tank Rehabilitation and Kettlebrook Dam Improvements.

Attachments

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

 
KK.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C732, Water Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C704, Water Building Rehab, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations, including HVAC, elevator, and other building system repairs.

Attachments

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

 
LL.

Recommend that One Hundred Seven Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($107,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C744B, Off Street Parking, and be appropriated to DPW Account #46C705, Off Street Parking Equipment, to allow for current and anticipated obligations to be met for the Pay By Plate Pay Stations in the following Parking lots: MBTA lot, Amtrak Lot, Expressway Area C, Green Street, Water Street, and Millbury Street.

Attachments

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

 
MM.

Recommend that Thirty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($30,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7413A, Street and Sidewalk Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C729, Bikeway / Segment 7, to allow for current and anticipated contractual obligations for Segment 7 of the Bikeway Path Project, associated with pedestrian lighting.

Attachments

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

 
NN.

Recommend that Five Hundred Ninety One Thousand Four Hundred Sixty Dollars And No Cents ($591,460.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7134, Water Mains and Gates, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C721, Water Mains, to allow for current and future obligations for Water Main Replacement in a number of locations throughout the City under current Water Main replacement contracts.

Attachments

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

 
OO.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C7134, Water Bonds (Cross Connection Survey), and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C720, Water Mains, to allow for the payment of current and anticipated obligations for ongoing leak detection and cross connection elimination programs.

Attachments

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

 
PP.

Recommend that Six Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($600,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C731A, Water Equipment, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C703, Water Capital Equipment, to allow for the payment of current and future obligations, including Two Utility Trucks, Work Van, two Security SUVs, Slope Mower, Wood Chipper, and a ½ Ton Pickup Truck.

Attachments

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

 
QQ.

Recommend that Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($750,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C745I, Green Island Flood Mitigation, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C778, Green Island Flooding, to allow for current and anticipated obligations to be met for the ongoing Diversion Channel flood control project.

Attachments

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

 
RR.

Recommend that Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C745L, Equipment-Sewer Generators, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C764, Sewer Pumping, to allow for current and anticipated obligations relating to engineering services, upgrades and improvements to various sewer pumping stations including emergency repairs required under the pump station maintenance contract.

Attachments

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

 
SS.

Recommend that One Million Four Hundred Forty Seven Thousand Four Hundred Forty Three Dollars And No Cents ($1,447,443.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C45B, Sewer Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C751, Interception Inspection, to eliminate the current deficit and allow for future anticipated obligations for engineering services and construction on contracts S17-1 & S18-3 for the Sewer Interceptor rehabilitation projects.

Attachments

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

 
TT.

Recommend that Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($750,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C745B, Sewer Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C744, Sewer Construction, to allow for current and anticipated obligations to be met for the Sewer Contracts S19-1 and S19-2 for sewer reconstruction.

Attachments

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

 
UU.

Recommend that Six Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($600,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C745B, Sewer Construction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C732, Sewer System Control Plan, to allow for current and anticipated obligations to be met, including engineering services, CCTV inspection and analysis, regulatory permit requirements, Quinsigamond CSO, and Stormwater Management projects.

Attachments

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

 
VV.

Recommend that Two Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($275,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account # 91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalks, and be appropriated to DPW Account # 41C768, Private Street Conversion, to allow for contractually obligated payments associated with Private Street Conversions.

Attachments

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

 
WW.

Recommend that Four Million Two Hundred Eleven Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Eight Dollars And No Cents ($4,211,558.00) be transferred from DPW Account #91C744B, Off Street Parking Lot/Garages, and be appropriated to DPW Account #46C707, Parking Garages - Improvements, to reduce the current deficit and allow for current and future obligations to be met associated with engineering and construction of the Pearl Elm Municipal Parking Garage, Parking Access Control System Improvements, and other garage improvements.

Attachments

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

 
XX.

Recommend that One Million Dollars And No Cents ($1,000,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C713C, Water Transmission Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C722, Water Transmission Mains, to eliminate the current deficit and allow for anticipated contractually obligated payments for engineering, police detail, and construction for the Quinapoxet Transmission Pipeline project.

Attachments

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

 
YY.

Recommend that One Million One Hundred Ninety Four Thousand Seven Hundred Fifteen Dollars And Ninety Two Cents ($1,194,715.92) be transferred from stagnant MSBA Project Accounts, to active MSBA Project Accounts as described.

Attachments

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

 
ZZ.

Recommended that the various Capital transfers be completed as described to support current and ongoing projects of the Division of Energy and Asset Management.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.32

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Four Hundred Twenty Eight Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Dollars and No Cents ($428,550.00) from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance under the FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take up items #10.32A CM through #10.32D CM collectively and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the items. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($140,000.00) from the Massachusetts Department of Secondary and Elementary Education under the School to Career Connecting Activities program.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to apply for, accept and expend funds from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, MassHire Department of Career Services. The total funding amount for these grant opportunities is Three Million One Hundred Ninety Four Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Nine Dollars And No Cents ($3,194,559.00).

Attachments

Eighteen (18) Resolutions adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10.32A CM)

 
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Forty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($40,000.00) through the MassPort 2020 Community Summer Jobs Grant program.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend authorization to increase the FY20 budget for the DCU Center by Three Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($320,000.00) by increasing the spending limit from Account #75S503, Revolving Fund Account, for a total limit of One Million Eight Hundred Sixty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($1,860,000.00).

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take up items #10.33A CM through #10.33I CM collectively and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Account #171-96000, Workers Compensation, to Account #170-92000, Human Resources Ordinary Maintenance, to pay for costs related to antibody testing of city employees.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Eight Thousand Three Hundred Twenty Six Dollars And Fifty Six Cents ($8,326.56) be transferred from Account #710-91000, Golf Salaries, and be appropriated to Account #710-96000, Golf Health Insurance ($500.00) and Account #710-94000, Golf Debt Services ($7,826.56), to allow for final fiscal year payments.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that a total of ($778,701.56): General Fund, $686,614.11 and Other Sources, $92,087.45, be transferred from various General Fund and Special Revenue Accounts and be appropriated to various General Fund and Special Revenue Accounts, to make adjustments to City Accounts to balance the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.

Attachments

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

 
E.

Recommend transfer of Forty Three Thousand One Hundred Forty Eight Dollars And Six Cents ($43,148.06) from Account #75C502, DCU Center Capital Program, to Account #75S507, DCU Center Capital Program.

Attachments

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

 
F.

"Recommend that Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,000.00) be transferred from Account #660-91000, Regular Salaries, and be appropriated to Account #660-92000, Ordinary Maintenance.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend that Five Hundred Fifty Seven Thousand Five Hundred Three Dollars And Forty Four Cents ($557,503.44) be transferred from DPW Water and Sewer Salaries, and be appropriated to Water & Sewer Fringe and Debt Service Accounts as listed.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend transfer in the amount of Fifty Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($50,000.00) from Account #900-9200, City Manager's Contingency, to Account #270-9200, Communications Ordinary Maintenance, to provide funding in the Emergency Operations Center related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend transfer of Fifteen Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($15,000.00) from Account #91101, Assessing Salaries, to Account #92151, Assessing Maintenance Software Systems.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that Ten Thousand One Hundred Twenty Six Dollars And Sixty Four Cents ($10,126.64) be approved to allow for this obligation to be met with Fiscal Year 2020 funds.

Attachments

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

 
 

10.35

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

10.36

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative the FY21 operational budget question responses.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to place the item on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
11.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

11a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Public Schools provide City Council with a report concerning how issues around plastic tarps being used to block the draft and chipped paint on the ceilings at Worcester East Middle will be addressed. (Russell)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take items #11a CC through #11f CC collectively and to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

11b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools ensure child safety components are addressed, should use of the WRTA busses for Worcester Public Schools students be considered. (King)

Attachments

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

 

11c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager conduct a staffing analysis to determine how the city can be most effective in ensuring the health needs of the city’s residents. (King)

Attachments

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

 

11d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the projected revenue in FY21 of the towns associated with the inter-municipal agreements regarding public health services. (Wally)

Attachments

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

 

11e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to what other communities are doing to support their claims for reimbursement on the facilities being used as field hospitals, similar to the field hospital set up at the DCU Center. (Russell)

Attachments

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

 

11f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the amount of monies allocated to unfilled positions in the city’s recommended budget and the percentage of those unfilled positions that will need to be filled. (Russell)

Attachments

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

 

12.

ORDERS

12a.

Request City Manager, City Council, the Standing Committee on Public Safety consider establishing an annual review of the policies and procedures of the Worcester Police Department and further consider establishing a “Duty to Intervene Policy.” (Petty, Rose, Rivera, Wally, Toomey, Russell, King)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take the item up collectively with #12z CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who moved to amend #12z to provide City Council with a report. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12b.

Request City Manager and Mayor ask the National League of Cities to assist in providing racial equity training to Worcester's elected and appointed city, school and public safety officials, among others, through that agency's highly regarded Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) program. This program provides an opportunity for its participants to learn, grow and connect so that they will be better equipped to challenge institutional racial inequities. (Rosen)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, Councilor Rivera and Councilor Rose, who moved to add their names as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12c.

Request City Manager contact the appropriate authority at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to ask whether the Commonwealth considers the lessee of the state-owned land at 9 Casco Street a suitable tenant and as such, determine whether said use of that property is subsequently suitable. Furthermore, that the Commonwealth consider making the parcel available for economic development. (King, Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege – King

 

12d.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a comprehensive report relative to the use of dash and body cameras by the Worcester Police Department, including information relative to implementation for such an action, an inventory of all dash cameras in the possession of the city and procedures concerning the use of dash cameras in similar municipalities. (King, Rose, Wally, Rivera, Russell, Petty)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager reach out to State Delegation to explore whether or not funding could be attained at the State level for the purpose of implementing body cameras for the Worcester Police Department.” (See Item #19m CC). Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning learnings from recorded images during the police incident near Clark University on June 1, 2020, including information relative to how those learnings have contributed to policy, development and/or the evolution of focus and training.” (See Item #19n CC). Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to what similar cities in size to Worcester and surrounding Worcester have done in relation to implementing dash cameras.” (See item #19o CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item along with Councilor King’s motions. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12e.

Request City Manager create a Civilian Review Board/Commission with subpoena power to investigate allegations of law enforcement wrongdoing. (King, Rose, Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor King then moved to amend the item to read as follows: “Request Standing Committee on Public Safety hold a public hearing relative to creating a Civilian Review Board/Commission with subpoena power to investigate allegations of law enforcement wrongdoing.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor Russell then moved to amend the item to read as follows: “Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report relative to the pros and cons of creating a Civilian Review Board/Commission with subpoena power to investigate allegations of law enforcement wrongdoing. Said report should include information relative to best practices used in other communities who have implemented such a Board/Commission.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor King then moved to amend the item to read as follows: “Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report relative to creating a Civilian Review Board/Commission with subpoena power to investigate allegations of law enforcement wrongdoing. Said report should include information relative to best practices used in other communities who have implemented such a Board/Commission.” Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended by Councilor King’s second motion. Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12f.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to adjust Bob Cousy Court to allow for proper baseline officiating and depth for players. (King)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (Colorio, Toomey absent)

 

12g.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Health and Human Services provide a report or brief presentation concerning the section of the city’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that deals with racism as a public health problem. (Rivera, Wally, Russell, King, Petty)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Toomey absent)

 

12h.

Request City Manager allocate funding or work with funders and local agencies to bring Undoing Racism training back to the city. (Rivera, Russell)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take the item up collectively with #12i CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor Rivera then moved to amend #12i CC to read as follows: “Request City Manager allocate funding or work with funders and local agencies to continue the Youth and Police Dialogues curriculum.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, Councilor Rose and Councilor King, who moved to add their names to both items. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12i.

Request City Manager allocate funding or work with funders and local agencies to continue youth dialogue related to combating racism in the city. (Rivera, Wally, Russell, King, Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12h CC)

 

12j.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks establish a policy to ensure Veterans’ Memorials are not defaced by dig safe and utility markings. (Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on roll call vote 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12k.

Request City Manager request Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Department move forward with the development of a canoe and kayak launch area at the John J. Binienda Beach (Coes Pond Beach), as identified in the park’s Master Plan. (Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor Rivera then moved to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor King then moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Councilor King then moved to amend: Further, request City Manager request Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks include signage reminding patrons to wear flotation devices when participating in water activities. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended. Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12l.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks review the streetlights on Country Club Blvd. from Pleasant Valley Drive to Erie Dr. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12m.

Request City Manager request Director of Urban Innovation review Attorney General Maura Healy's report (link attached) and consider comparably researching the COVID-19 positive dense areas of the city and give recommendations for policy, or action related to the detrimental environmental impacts on these neighborhoods. https://www.mass.gov/news/ag-healey-brief-environmental-pollution-contributes-to-disparate-impact-of-covid-19-pandemic. (Rose, Wally, Petty, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor King then moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12n.

Request City Manager consider creating recreational opportunities, as allowed by the appropriate phases, in our city parks this summer to include mental health workers in accompaniment with recreational staff. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor King then moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Councilor King then moved to amend: Further, request City Manager reach out to local universities to inquire as to the availability of students getting their degrees in social work for internships for such a program.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended. Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12o.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a self-evaluation as part of the June 23, 2020 City Manager Calendar for the purpose of reviewing said information prior to the June 30, 2020 City Manager Evaluation. Further, request City Clerk provide City Council with the Annual Performance Evaluation Forms. Said Annual Performance Evaluation Forms will be due at the City Clerk’s Office no later than the close of business on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in accordance with Rule 10 of City Council in order to ensure each evaluation be added to the public record. (Petty)

Attachments

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

 

12p.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased speed enforcement on Harrington Way. (Colorio)

Attachments

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

 

12q.

Request City Manager set up a time and date in September of 2020 for public input relating to Duffy Field. (Colorio)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Colorio. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor Rose then moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12r.

Request City Manager collaborate with the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Veterans’ Services Agent and Veterans’ Inc. to create a public service announcement to warn against the dangers of shooting off fireworks illegally and at improper times, in the interest of individuals who may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further, request City Manager collaborate with Tufts, Animal Rescue League and any other appropriate parties to include information in said public service announcement relative to the potential harm fireworks may have on pets that experience PTSD. (Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take the item up collectively with #12v CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to the questions raised by Councilor Colorio. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rivera. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12s.

Request City Manager request Director of Urban Innovation explore new technology for virtual meetings to better support a large number of participants; an example being https://www.startmeeting.com/. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12t.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning previous orders relative to whether the city has considered looking at and implementing some of the best practices other communities use to reduce the amount of litter created from miniature alcohol bottles, or "nips," such as putting deposits on the bottles. (Rivera, Wally, King)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor Mero-Carlson then moved to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor Toomey then moved for a roll call vote to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12u.

Request City Manager institute john stings in an effort to guard against human trafficking. (Rivera, Rose, Wally, Petty)

Attachments

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

 

12v.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to how individuals can report the use of illegal fireworks. Further, request City Manager include in said report how individuals can follow up on said reports to ensure transparency and that action has been taken. (Rivera, Rose, Wally, Petty)

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12r CC)

 

12w.

Request City Manager work with the Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools to adjust the school budget in order to eliminate/reduce the charge for assigned police officers. Further, request City Manager reallocate said funds to the positions of School Social Worker and/or Adjustment Counselor. (King, Rose, Petty, Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take the item collectively with #19h CC and to place #12w CC on file and adopt #19h CC. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12x.

Request City Council Standing Committee on Education meet jointly with the appropriate Standing Committee of the School Committee on an annual basis to assess and review matters pertaining to improving the Student to Social Worker Ratios to be in accordance with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) standards of 250 students to every 1 School Social Worker or Adjustment Counselor, and to discuss the efficacy of School Clinicians and School Resource Officers. Said review should be completed prior to budget planning. Further, be it requested that said initial review occur in the fall of 2020. (King)

Attachments

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

 

12y.

Request City Manager work with potential partners and funders to establish a 24-hour call in service for individuals to call as a means to provide outreach for individuals who may be homeless, a victim of sexual exploitation and/or suffering from substance abuse disorder. (Rivera, Rose, Wally, Rivera, King, Petty)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12z.

Request City Manager and Police Chief review the “8 Can’t Wait” policy recommendations and consider implementing appropriate policies accordingly. (Petty, Rivera, Rose, Wally, Toomey, Russell, King)

Attachments

Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12a CC)

 

12aa.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with an updated report with statistics gathered from the WPD Bureau of Professional Standards. (Toomey)

Attachments

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

 

13.

RESOLUTION

13a.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby declare that racism is a public health emergency and worthy of treatment, assessment and financial investment in order to eradicate negative health impacts. Further, that the City Council of the City of Worcester implore the City Manager concurrently do the same. (King, Rose, Rivera, Wally)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who moved to amend the item: Further, be it resolved that the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby: 1) Assert that racism is a public health crisis affecting persons in these United States; 2) Promote equity efforts aimed at dismantling understanding, and addressing racism in all its forms while concurrently acknowledging that system racism affects the delivery of human and social services, economic development and public safety; 3) Pledge to enact relevant policies that improve health in Black communities, and supports local, state, regional and federal initiatives that advance efforts to dismantle systemic racism; 4) Support community efforts to amplify issues of racism and engage actively and authentically with communities of color wherever they live; 5) Commit to continue to further its work to solidify and further alliances and partnerships with other organizations that are confronting racism and encourage other local, state, regional and national entities to recognize racism as a public health crisis; 6) To always promote and support policies that prioritize the health of all people, especially people of color and will identify clear goals and objectives, including periodic reports to the City Council, to assess progress and capitalize on opportunities to further advance racial equity. Further, be it resolved that the City Council of the City of Worcester will address racism and public health disparities due to racial inequities. We as a City call upon the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the Senate President and the Attorney General to join with us to declare racism as a public health crisis and to enact equity in all policies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended. Resolution adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION

14a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - Request the City Council Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation hold a public hearing(s) to discuss whether the inefficient, under-utilized, taxpayer-subsidized and possibly obsolete WRTA is serving the public transportation needs of Worcester residents: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take the item up collectively with #14b CC and to accept the items. Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Petition of Jo Hart request City Council work with the City Solicitor and the Department of Transportation to clarify who or what entity is actually responsible for seeing what needs to be done to obtain at minimum a workable level of public transportation for Worcester from the Worcester Regional Transportation Authority (WRTA): recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #14a CC)

 

15.

TO BE ORDAINED

15a.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 22 Minthorne Street.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take items #15a CC through #15e CC collectively and to ordain the items. Ordained on a roll vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

15b.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 14 Rupert Street.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #15a CC)

 

15c.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Provide Handicap Parking In Front Of 53 Raymond Street.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #15a CC)

 

15d.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinance Of 2008 To Rescind Handicap Parking On The Lancaster Street Side Of 4 Dix Street.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #15a CC)

 

15e.

Amending Section 42 Of Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Amend Parking On Thomas Street. Amending Section Of 42 Chapter 13 Of The Revised Ordinances Of 2008 To Rescind Thomas Street Parking Meters.

Attachments

Two (2) Ordinances ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

16.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

16a.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Sean M. Rose and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - That the Worcester City Council urges our State Delegation and others to pursue the naming in 2020 of the Worcester District Courthouse the “Sarah E. Wall Courthouse”. (Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman June 2, 2020 and June 9, 2020 - Petty)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved for a roll call vote to Table the Item. Tabled on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays Tabled - Russell

 

16b.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty - That the City Council does hereby amend the Report of the Committee on Public Works Upon the Communication of the City Manager relative to the FY2021 Water & Sewer Rate Recommendation, Status of the Integrated Plan, Status of the Water & Sewer Enterprises, and the Water & Sewer Reserve Policy to approve the item as originally brought forth by the Department of Public Works and Parks, which would include no change to the water rate of $3.67 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) of water used and an increase in the sewer rate to $8.15 per hundred cubic feet (CCF). (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty June 2, 2020 and June 9, 2020)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Auditor, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to advertise the proposed Ordinance as brought forth by the Department of Public Works and Parks. Voted to advertise proposed Ordinance on a roll call vote of 6 Yeas and 5 Nays (Yeas – King, Rivera, Rose, Toomey, Wally, Petty) (Nays – Bergman, Colorio, Mero-Carlson, Rosen, Russell).

 

16c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS Upon the Communication of the City Manager relative to the FY2021 Water & Sewer Rate Recommendation, Status of the Integrated Plan, Status of the Water & Sewer Enterprises, and the Water & Sewer Reserve Policy: recommend passage of the two (2) proposed Ordinances to increase the Sewer Rate to $8.15 and decrease the Basic Water rate in Worcester to $3.39. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty June 2, 2020 and June 9, 2020)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized the City Clerk and City Solicitor, who responded to questions raised by Mayor Petty. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to place the item on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

16d.

COMMUNICATION of Stephen Herzog, Project Manager at Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc., on behalf of CSX Transportation, Inc. transmitting an informational communication relative to the application of herbicide on the railroad. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty June 9, 2020)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to, “Request City Manager reach out to Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. and provide City Council with a report concerning the environmental impact of herbicide being applied on the railroad. Further, request City Manager include in said report the exact location of where herbicide will be applied.” (See Item #19q) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved for a roll call vote to Table the Item. Tabled on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Tabled – Russell

 

17.

TABLED ITEMS

17a.

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

 

17b.

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

 

17c.

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

 

17d.

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

 

17e.

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

 

17f.

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)

Attachments

No action taken

 

18.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the June 9, 2020 City Council meeting.

18a.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty - That the City Council does hereby suspend the rules to allow for the public participation section of the agenda on June 9, 2020 to occur beyond the typically allotted thirty (30) minutes. – Item #15a CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18b.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – That the minutes of the City Council meeting of June 2, 2020 be corrected to reflect a nay vote by Councilor Gary Rosen on Councilor Morris A. Bergman’s Order to Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council, at its next meeting, with a legal opinion as to whether or not the Worcester Police Department is obligated to respond to any crime or alleged crime at Clark University if Clark University has made the assertion that the Worcester Police Department is unwelcome on their property. – Item #15b CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18c.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Khrystian E. King – That the City Council of the City of Worcester affirms and stands in opposition to police brutality in all corners of the City of Worcester, State of Massachusetts and the United States of America. Further, that the City Council of the City of Worcester stands in support of Black lives and conceives that Black Lives Matter. – Item #15c CC Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18d.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Khrystian E. King – That the City Council of the City of Worcester affirms its expectation that it is the duty and responsibility of the Worcester Police Department to respond fairly and equitably without respect to the person they are responding to and without respect to the location where they are responding. – Item #15d CC Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

18e.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty – That the City Council does hereby amend its meeting schedule by amending the June 16, 2020 City Council Meeting to be a joint, City Council and City Manager agenda. – Item #15e CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

19.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the June 16, 2020 City Council meeting.

19a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager submission of the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Operating Budget for City Council review and consideration: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Note: Councilor King filed a motion for reconsideration on the item, which was adopted at the City Council Meeting of June 23, 2020. Councilor King Tabled the Item Under Privilege on June 23, 2020.

 

19b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommend approval of the Fiscal Year 2021 proposed Capital Improvement Plan for the City of Worcester: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

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

 

19c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager 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: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take items #19c CC through #19e CC collectively and to accept the items. Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

19d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a status report on finances for City parking garages: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #19c CC)

 

19e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Communication of the City Auditor transmitting an informational communication regarding the passage of time taken to develop the Madison Properties' effect on the timing of the receipt of revenues required to service Series A bonds: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #19c CC)

 

19f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Order of Councilor Khrystian E. King, Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - Request City Manager consider revising the Financial Integrity Plan for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) to allocate excess New Growth above budgeted to: 1) The High School Building Fund; and 2) The City Manager Capital Campaign Fund, to prepare for the capital costs for the South Division Fire Station and the city wide Financial Management System: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

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

 

19g.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the amount of free cash monies in the FY20 budget once the amount has been certified. (Colorio)

Attachments

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

 

19h.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager work with the Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools to adjust the school budget in order to eliminate/reduce the charge for assigned police officers. Further, request City Manager encourage the Superintendent of Public Schools to work towards reallocating said funds to the positions of School Social Worker and/or Adjustment Counselor. (King)

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12w CC)

 

19i.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to the potential budgetary impact associated with the termination of teachers who have not reached professional status. Said report should include information relative to the teachers’ eligibility for collecting unemployment and whether the city would pay said unemployment. (Russell)

Attachments

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

 

19j.

Motion Petty @ #6a CC - That the City Council does hereby suspend the rules to allow for the public participation section of the agenda on June 16, 2020 to occur beyond the typically allotted thirty (30) minutes.

Attachments

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

 

19k.

Motion Colorio @ #8a CC – Request City Manager and/or Mayor set up a meeting between the entire City Council, the Police Chief and Black leadership within the community as a means of moving forward and having dialogue in a transparent way.

Attachments

Tabled Under Privilege - King (See Item #8a CC)

 

19l.

Motion Russell @ #8a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report containing a detailed timeline of events that occurred regarding the police action taken on June 1, 2020 in the Main South area.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8a CC)

 

19m.

Motion King @ #12d CC – Request City Manager reach out to State Delegation to explore whether or not funding could be attained at the State level for the purpose of implementing body cameras for the Worcester Police Department.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12d CC)

 

19n.

Motion King @ #12d CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning learnings from recorded images during the police incident near Clark University on June 1, 2020, including information relative to how those learnings have contributed to policy, development and/or the evolution of focus and training.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12d CC)

 

19o.

Motion King @ #12d CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to what similar cities in size to Worcester and surrounding Worcester have done in relation to implementing dash cameras.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12d CC)

 

19p.

Motion King – Suspension of Rules – That the City Council does hereby suspend the rules to allow for the City Council meeting held on June 16, 2020 occur past midnight.

Attachments

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

 

19q.

Motion Russell @ #16d CC – Request City Manager reach out to Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. and provide City Council with a report concerning the environmental impact of herbicide being applied on the railroad. Further, request City Manager include in said report the exact location of where herbicide will be applied.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #16d CC)