CITY OF WORCESTER

AGENDA OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

6:30 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Donna M. Colorio
Khrystian E. King Candy Mero-Carlson
Sarai Rivera Sean M. Rose City Clerk
Nikolin Vangjeli
Gary Rosen George J. Russell
Kathleen M. Toomey Matthew E. Wally
 

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City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND STAR SPANGLED BANNER

2.

ROLL CALL

3.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

4a Adopt on a roll call

4a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of November 10, 2020.

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5.

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

5a.

In order to ensure the continuation of active public engagement, the City of Worcester will now use a phone conference line for members of the public to participate in all public meetings. To participate during the public participation phase of City Council, you may call the direct line indicated: Levi Lincoln Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 173 448 3017) or enter the below URL into your web browser. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user during public participation you may dial *3.

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6.

HEARING AND ORDER - 6:30 P.M.

6a Hold Hearing and Adopt on a roll call

6a.

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

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

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7.

FIRST ITEM OF BUSINESS

7a.

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 and November 17, 2020)

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8.

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

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

8a.

Rhonda Miller request the handicap parking space in front of 27 Wawecus Rd. be removed.

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8b.

Thomas Xhupi request a "No Parking from Here to Corner" sign be installed on Merrick St. at the intersection with Pleasant St. on the side of Cool-Licks Ice Cream (325 Pleasant St.) building next to the "30 Minute Parking" sign.

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8c.

Annabelle Rios Nater request handicap parking space be installed in front of 45 Sigel St.

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8d - 8f Set hearing for December 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call

8d.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: HENCHMAN ST., LINCOLN ST., NORTHAMPTON ST., FREDERICK ST.

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8e.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: BROOKS ST.

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8f.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: GROVE ST.

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9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappoinment of Joseph Carlson to the Worcester Housing Authority.

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Informational Communication

B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Silvana Boaheng to the Worcester Arts Council with a term to expire on December 31, 2023.

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9.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
 

9.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend adoption of an Order to grant exemptions to five (5) snow plow contractors that are also City employees.

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9.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

9.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to public outreach for Winter Parking Bans.

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9.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

9.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
 

9.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

9.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

9.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
 

9.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

9.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

9.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division
 

9.17

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

9.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

9.19

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

9.20

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

9.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning the 2020 Recreation Worcester Summer Program.

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9.22

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

9.23

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANANGER
Cultural Development Division
 

9.24

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

9.25

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Office of Urban Innovation
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to changes to the Massachusetts Public Records Law that went into effect in January 2017.

Attachments
 

9.26

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

9.27

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to tax-exempt properties in the City of Worcester.

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Informational Communication

B.

Transmitting informational communication regarding a presentation made to the City Council Municipal & Legislative Operations Standing Committee at its meeting of Monday, November 16, 2020.

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Informational communication

C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Fiscal Year 2021 Tax Classification package.

Attachments
 

9.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Fiscal Year 2021 financial update, as of October 31, 2020.

Attachments
 

9.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

9.30

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

9.31

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

9.32

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
 

Informational Communication

A.

Transmitting informational communication regarding the replacement of the City's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System project.

Attachments
 

9.33

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend that One Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($125,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113X, Tatnuck Magnet MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75908, Tatnuck Magnet School, to allow for current and future obligations associated with this project to be met.

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Votes Required

B.

Recommend that One Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($110,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113W, Vernon Hill MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75907, Vernon Hill School, to allow for current and anticipated obligations associated with the project to be met.

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Votes Required

C.

Recommend that Sixty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($65,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113Z, Lincoln Street MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75910, Lincoln Street School, to allow for current and anticipated obligations to be met.

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Votes Required

D.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifteen Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($115,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113Y, East Middle MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75909, Worcester East Middle School, to allow for the current and anticipated obligations for this project to be met.

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9.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file and accept a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Bureau of Substance Abuse Services through the MASSCALL 3 substance use prevention grant program in an amount up to One Million Dollars and No Cents ($1,000,000.00).

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Votes Required

B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, for COVID 19 response activities within the City of Worcester through December 31, 2020.

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Votes Required

C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($5,000.00) from The Hartford Financial Services Group, for the purchase of CO and Photoelectric Smoke Alarms.

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Votes Required

D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($7,500.00) from Digital Federal Credit Union, for purchase of equipment, technology or programs.

Attachments
 

Votes Required

E.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Four Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($4,000.00) from Greater Worcester Community Foundation under the FY21 Youth for Community Improvement program.

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Votes Required

F.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,000.00) from Greater Worcester Community Foundation for the Worcester Arts Council funding of Fellowships in FY21.

Attachments
 

Votes Required

G.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude donations in the amount of Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) from Worcester Business Development Corporation ($25,000.00), Fidelity Bank ($15,000.00) and UniBank ($10,000.00) for the City’s COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Grant Program.

Attachments
 

9.35

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend adoption of the attached adjustments required to finalize the Fiscal Year 2021 budget, including a recommendation that Eighteen Million Eight Hundred Twenty Six Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy One Dollars And No Cents ($18,826,771.00) be appropriated to finalize the Fiscal Year 2021 annual budget based on changes in the State Cherry Sheet, that Ten Million Two Hundred Fifty Four Thousand One Hundred Thirty Eight Dollars And No Cents ($10,254,138.00) be appropriated to finalize the Fiscal Year 2021 annual budget with the Fiscal Year 2020 certified free cash, and that Two Million Fifty Two Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Three Dollars And No Cents ($2,052,723.00) be appropriated to distribute Additional New Growth.

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9.36

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
 

Votes Required

A.

Recommend that Twenty Eight Thousand Four Hundred Ninety Five Dollars And Forty Five Cents ($28,495.45) be authorized in various DPW ordinary maintenance accounts to allow for the payment of prior year invoices.

Attachments
 

9.37

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

9.38

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
10.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

10a.

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 and November 17, 2020)

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10b.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson November 17, 2020)

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10c.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDER 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson November 17, 2020)

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10d.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty November 17, 2020)

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10e.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Sean M. Rose, Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor Khrystian E. King - 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty November 17, 2020)

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10f.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Khrystian E. King – 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. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty November 17, 2020)

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11.

TABLED ITEMS

11a.

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

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11b.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes, Councilor Khrystian E. King and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson - Request City Council have the City Council Standing Committees on Public Works and Municipal Operations conduct a joint meeting about the future recommended staffing of the City Council office as well as logistics for office space for staff and City Council. Further, request the joint committee discuss potential recommendations regarding the job description and role of the City Council staff persons and further, encourage other City Councilors who are not members of the joint committee to attend and be included in the conversation. (Tabled - Petty February 26, 2019)

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11c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manger transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion as to the jurisdiction of office space and facilities within City Hall. (Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson March 12, 2019; Tabled Under Privilege - Petty March 19, 2019 and Tabled - Petty March 26, 2019)

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11d.

ORDER of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion regarding the process of instituting a residential rent control program and the resulting impact of implementing such a program. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes September 17, 2019 and September 24, 2019 and Tabled - Lukes October 15, 2019)

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11e.

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

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11f.

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

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11g.

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)

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11h.

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)

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11i.

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)

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12.

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

12a.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what foreign objects have been taken out of Hillside Beach at Coes Pond. – Item #16a CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

12b.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager trim back the overgrowth on beach side of Hillside Beach at Coes Pond. – Item #16b CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

12c.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – 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. – Item #16c CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

12d.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – 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. – Item #16d CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

12e.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the parameters and property lines of Duffy Field. – Item #16e CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

12f.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Khrystian E. King – 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. – Item #16f CC Tabled Under Privilege – Petty

12g.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – That Councilor Sarai Rivera’s Resolution relative to reinstituting the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, 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. – Item #16g CC Tabled Under Privilege – Petty

12h.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an overview of M.G.L. Chapter 239 Section 7. – Item #16h CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

12i.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – 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. – Item #16i CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

12j.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – 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. – Item #16j CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays


Scheduled Meetings of the Standing Committees

 
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
04:00 PM -
Traffic and Parking Committee
Chairperson Donna M. Colorio, Morris A. Bergman, Sean M. Rose
   

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

 

   
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020
05:30 PM -
Public Works Committee
Chairperson George J. Russell, Candy Mero-Carlson, Matthew E. Wally
   

Esther Howland (South) Chamber