CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 6:35 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:55 P.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

5.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

5a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of October 27, 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 read the item and recognized the following speakers: 1. Sherry Stanley, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11a CC 2. Laura Matthew, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of items #10a CC, #11a CC and #13d CC 3. Terry Cherry, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11a CC 4. M. Benjamin Desjarlais, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #10b CC, #10c CC and #11a CC 5. Casey Panarelli, Shrewsbury resident, spoke in favor of items #10a CC, #11a CC and #13d CC 6. Nelly Medina, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of items #10a CC, #11a CC and #13d CC 7. Jacob Friedman, Holden resident, spoke in favor of items #10a CC, #11a CC and #13d CC 8. Millhouse Jean-Charles, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of items #10a CC, #11a CC and #13d CC 9. Charles Robinson, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11a CC 10. Matt Whitlock, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of items #10a CC, #11a CC and #13d CC 11. Liz Barnes, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #10d CC 12. Wendy Walsh, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #10e CC 13. Maura Coakley, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #10e CC 14. Melissa Hollenbeck, Worcester resident, spoke in favor if items #10a CC and #13d CC 15. John Powers, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #10e CC and in favor of item #11a CC 16. Marguerite Cawley, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of items #10a CC, #11a CC and #13d CC

 

7.

HEARINGS AND ORDERS

7a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: MAIN ST. and OREAD PL. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: MAIN ST. and OREAD PL.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take up items #7a CC through #7f CC collectively and open the hearings. 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 items. 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: CEDAR ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: CEDAR ST.

Attachments

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

 

7c.

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

Attachments

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

 

7d.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: WEST BOYLSTON ST. and ROYCROFT RD. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: WEST BOYLSTON ST. and ROYCROFT RD.

Attachments

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

 

7e.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: MIDLAND ST. and CHALMERS RD. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: MIDLAND ST. and CHALMERS RD.

Attachments

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

 

7f.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: ORIENT ST. Granting permission to CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: ORIENT ST.

Attachments

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

 

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Natalie Smith et al. request the tree in front of 47 Prudential Rd. be removed and cut down.

Attachments

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

 

8b.

Jodi Contonio request installation of a traffic mirror on Willow St. at the intersection of Willow St. and Lovell St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer items #8b CC through #8g CC collectively to Traffic and Parking Committee. Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

8c.

Jodi Contonio request installation of a "No Parking from Here to Corner" sign on Willow St. at the intersection of Willow St. and Lovell St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8e CC)

 

8d.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request installation of a flashing crosswalk at the intersection of Country Club Blvd. and Pleasant Valley Dr.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8e CC)

 

8e.

Jerry Oullette request installation of "No Parking Anytime" signage on the even side of Tainter St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8e CC)

 

8f.

Yvonne Degboe request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 25 Canton St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8e CC)

 

8g.

Winifred Octave request installation of resident permit parking on the odd side of Northampton St. between Westminster St. and Windsor St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8e CC)

 

8h.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: BOWDOIN ST.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to set the hearing date of November 24, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Hearing set for November 24, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

9.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

9a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how the CSX funds were expended, the current available funds, and what to expect in the future.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #9b CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who moved to Table the Items Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson

 

9b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Auditor provide City Council with a report concerning the amount of monies associated with the city's account associated with CSX, including information relative to the current balance in the account.

Attachments

Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson (See Item #9a CC)

 

9c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning actions taken by Eversource Gas relative fixing gas leaks within 50 feet of Worcester Public School Zones.

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.

ORDERS

10a.

Request City Manager work with Worcester Housing Authority (WHA), Assistant Commissioner of Parks and with public health and public safety officials to immediately open and unlock the gated fence of the park at Stearn's Tavern, in order to allow for increased direct accessibility to the park, playground, trails, and beaches of Coes Pond. Said item should be done in an effort to ensure partnership across city departments, in the interest of the Lakeside/Columbus Park Community. Further, request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning said efforts. (King)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with items #13a CC and #13d CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what foreign objects have been taken out of Hillside Beach at Coes Pond.” (See Item #16a CC). Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager trim back the overgrowth on beach side of Hillside Beach at Coes Pond.” (See Item #16b CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally and Councilor Rivera, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, 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.

 

10b.

Request City Clerk provide City Council with a report detailing the steps necessary to implement vote-by-mail and in-person early voting during the upcoming and future municipal elections. (Petty)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to amend the item: “Further, request City Clerk include in said report information relative to any anticipated costs associated with implementing said voting procedures.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Clerk, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, Councilor Rivera and Councilor Russell who all moved to add their names as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Solicitor, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning 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.

 

10c.

Request Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation Committee hold a public hearing to discuss possible options in light of the MBTA's proposed cuts that will, among others, eliminate commuter rail service on weekends and after 9 p.m. on weekdays. These major service cuts will cause definite hardship for some of Worcester's essential workers and city residents for whom public transit is a necessity. (Rosen)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, Councilor Rivera and Councilor King, who all moved to add their names sponsors of the item. Councilor King then moved, “That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby convey its concerns relative to the proposed cuts by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to the Massachusetts State Delegation.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, Councilor Rose and Councilor Mero-Carlson, who all moved to add their names as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Public Service and Transportation Committee. Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

10d.

Request City Manager request Department of Public Works and Parks redo the leaf pick-up in parts of the Main South and Elm St. area neighborhood. (Rivera)

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.

 

10e.

Request City Manager create a task force comprised of the "Save Duffy Field" residents and the "Share Duffy Field" residents to assist in the master planning for Duffy Field. (Rose, Bergman, Mero-Carlson, Rosen, Colorio, Wally, Russell, King)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Councilor Rose then moved to amend the item: “Further, request City Manager include membership from Park Spirit and from the Friends of Wetherell Park in said task force.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, Councilor King and Councilor Colorio, who all spoke concerning the item. Councilor Colorio then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how members of a task force relative to assisting in the master planning for Duffy Field will be selected.” (See Item #16c CC). Councilor Colorio then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the measureable outcomes associated with a task force created for the purpose of assisting in the master planning for Duffy Field.” (See Item #16d CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the parameters and property lines of Duffy Field.” (See Item #16e CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose for a second time, who spoke concerning 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.

 

10f.

Request City Manager work with the Acting Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, as well as any other interested parties and departments, to assess the walkability of the walking and hiking trails at Wetherell Park/Duffy Field to ensure said trails are safe and available throughout all seasons. (King, Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King and Councilor Rose, who both 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.

 

10g.

STREET BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT: NORTON STREET

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to adopt items #10g CC through #10i CC collectively. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

10h.

STREET BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT: CAMDEN AVENUE

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10g CC)

 

10i.

STREET BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT: TORONITA AVENUE

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10g CC)

 

11.

RESOLUTION

11a.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester, in recognition of the dual health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated by the health crisis of structural racism, does hereby call upon our Legislature and Governor to reinstitute the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. (Rivera, Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera and Councilor Rose, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty read the item and moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Councilor King then moved, “That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby apprise its federal partners of its support for them to continue fighting for COVID-19 stimulus relief.” (See Item #16g CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to amend the item to read as follows: “That the City Council of the City of Worcester, in recognition of the dual health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated by the health crisis of structural racism, does hereby call upon our Legislature and Governor to reinstitute the moratorium on foreclosures and to amend Massachusetts General Law Chapter 239 Section 7 as it relates to nonpayment of rent and COVID-19 related evictions.” (See Item #16h CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who moved to, “Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an overview of M.G.L. Chapter 239 Section 7.” (See Item #16i CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to Table the Item Under Privilege, as well as Councilor King’s motion (#16g CC) and Councilor Bergman’s motion (#16h CC) and to adopt Councilor King’s motion (#16i CC). Tabled Under Privilege – Petty

 

11b.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby acknowledge Caitlin McCarthy, a 16 year plus veteran of Worcester Public Schools, on her award-winning feature screenplay WONDER DRUG, which is heading into production with Rhino Films and producer Stephen Nemeth. Ms. McCarthy was inspired to write about the diethylstilbestrol (DES) tragedy because she is a DES Daughter. For her DES activism, she has been nominated twice for a Presidential Citizens Medal and honored with an MTA Human and Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association and a "Service to Community" Alumni Award from Regis College. Ms. McCarthy is currently on the cover of Imagine Magazine as Worcester’s "Wonder" Woman Screenwriter. She is proud to live and work in Worcester, and hopes to film WONDER DRUG in the city. (Colorio)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning 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. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION

12a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of Transmitting informational communication relative to the installation of lights at Grant Square: recommend Communication be referred to Public Works Committee.

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

 

12b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Order of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation conduct a public hearing concerning 5G technology in Worcester: recommend Order be referred to Urban Technologies, Innovation, and Environment Committee.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee. Referred to Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

12c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Order of Councilor Matthew E. Wally, Councilor Sean M. Rose, Councilor Councilor Khrystian E. King - Request Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation hold a public hearing on Eversource’s proposed increase in gas distribution rates: recommend Order be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to accept items #12c CC through #12h CC collectively. Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Status of the CSX Neighborhood Improvement Fund: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12c CC)

 

12e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to gas leak detection at proposed new tree planting sites within the right-of-way: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12c CC)

 

12f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication of Transmitting informational communication relative to the City's green accomplishments: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12c CC)

 

12g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Communication be Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Police Department’s efforts to address truck traffic in the City: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12c CC)

 

12h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION Upon the Petition of Patricia Kirkpatrick et al request a subcommittee hearing to address current gas leaks within 50 feet of Worcester Public School zones, due to the health risks they post to children. Furthermore, request City Council send a letter to Governor Baker endorsing the F.U.T.U.R.E. Act Bill: recommend Petition be placed on file.

Attachments

Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #12c CC)

 

13.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

13a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the expectations related to the acceptance of the gift of Hillside Beach to the City of Worcester (Tabled Under Privilege - King November 10, 2020)

Attachments

Placed on file on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10a CC)

 

13b.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning what, if any, process is used to identify properties whose tax-exempt status should be removed due to lack of use beyond three (3) years for a religious and/or educational purpose. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson November 10, 2020)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who moved to recuse herself from the item and did not participate in the discussion. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson and Councilor King, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning properties that were previously tax-exempt that should no longer be considered as such and are not meeting their tax obligations and commitments.” (See Item #16j CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson for a second time, who moved to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to make the item the First Item of Business on the November 24, 2020 City Council Agenda. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, “Request City Manager work with the Department of Revenue to provide City Council with a report concerning the rules and regulations concerning the circumstances surrounding making a property tax-exempt.” (See Item #16k CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor Mero-Carlson’s motion to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera recused). Tabled Under Privilege – Mero-Carlson

 

13c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report indicating how much revenue identified as "community impact fees" has been received from marijuana businesses. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson November 10, 2020)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who moved to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor Mero-Carlson’s motion to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent). Tabled Under Privilege – Mero-Carlson

 

13d.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King - Request City Manager work with the appropriate personnel to remove all foreign objects (e.g. cars, tvs) in the water at Hillside Beach at Coes Pond. (Tabled Under Privilege - King November 10, 2020)

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10a CC)

 

14.

TABLED ITEMS

14a.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – That the City Council go on record in favor of supporting the Worcester Bravehearts as they plan for the future. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes August 21, 2018 and Tabled Under Privilege - Petty September 12, 2018 and Tabled - Lukes September 25, 2018)

Attachments

No action taken

 

14b.

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

 

14c.

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

 

14d.

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

 

14e.

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

 

14f.

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

 

14g.

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 and Tabled - Russell June 16, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

14h.

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 and Tabled - Russell June 16, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

14i.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey, Councilor Sean M. Rose, Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Matthew E. Wally, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Donna M. Colorio, Councilor Gary Rosen and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request City Manager support the (re)opening of the City’s licensed cigar and hookah lounges and for the state to amend the classification of these establishments. These establishments can, and should, fit under the guise and parameters set forth as restaurants as they have or will have a common ViC license. (Tabled Under Privilege - Rivera September 8, 2020 and Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson September 15, 2020 and Tabled - Mero-Carlson September 22, 2020)

Attachments

No action taken

 

15.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the November 10, 2020 City Council meeting.

15a.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the number of social clubs in the city. – Item #18a CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

15b.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager identify which Veterans’ Memorials in the city are located on city property, state property and private property. – Item #18b CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

15c.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager establish a committee to identify a proper location for a memorial for the Nipmuc Nation. – Item #18c CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

15d.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – Request City Manager put together a plan to create a permanent area in the city where all the flags of the various ethnic groups in the city can be displayed. – Item #18d CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

15e.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report outlining the legal definition of “sober homes.” – Item #18e CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

15f.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager identify and highlight all individuals who work for the city that have served or continue to serve in the United States of America Armed Forces. – Item #18f CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

15g.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Clerk reach out to the Acting Library Director to ensure the advertisements associated with the Library Board of Directors Election are posted throughout the Library and on their social media platforms. – Item #18g CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

15h.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing outcome measures associated with the Worcester Community Police Addiction Recovery Program. – Item #18h CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

16.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the November 17, 2020 City Council meeting.

16a.

Motion King @ #10a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what foreign objects have been taken out of Hillside Beach at Coes Pond.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10a CC)

 

16b.

Motion King @ #10a CC – Request City Manager trim back the overgrowth on beach side of Hillside Beach at Coes Pond.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10a CC)

 

16c.

Motion Colorio @ #10e CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how members of a task force relative to assisting in the master planning for Duffy Field will be selected.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10e CC)

 

16d.

Motion Colorio @ #10e CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the measureable outcomes associated with a task force created for the purpose of assisting in the master planning for Duffy Field.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10e CC)

 

16e.

Motion Bergman @ #10e CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the parameters and property lines of Duffy Field.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10e CC)

 

16f.

Motion King @ #11a CC – That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby apprise its federal partners of its support for them to continue fighting for COVID-19 stimulus relief.

Attachments

Tabled Under Privilege - Petty (See Item #11a CC)

 

16g.

Motion Bergman @ #11a CC – That Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Sean M. Rose, Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor Khrystian E. King’s Resolution relative to reinstituting the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, originally introduced as item #11a CC on November 17, 2020, be adopted as amended to read as follows: “That the City Council of the City of Worcester, in recognition of the dual health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated by the health crisis of structural racism, does hereby call upon our Legislature and Governor to reinstitute the moratorium on foreclosures and to amend Massachusetts General Law Chapter 239 Section 7 as it relates to nonpayment of rent and COVID-19 related evictions.

Attachments

Tabled Under Privilege - Petty (See Item #11a CC)

 

16h.

Motion King @ #11a CC – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an overview of M.G.L. Chapter 239 Section 7.

Attachments

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

 

16i.

Motion King @ #13b CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning properties that were previously tax-exempt that should no longer be considered as such and are not meeting their tax obligations and commitments.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #13b CC)

 

16j.

Motion Toomey @ #13b CC – Request City Manager work with the Department of Revenue to provide City Council with a report concerning the rules and regulations concerning the circumstances surrounding making a property tax-exempt.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #13b CC)