CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 6:30 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:16 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
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

2.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair.

3.

PROCLAMATIONS

4.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

5.

MOMENTS OF SILENCE

6.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

6a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of January 5, 2021.

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.

 

7.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

7a.

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized the following speakers: 1. Casey Duggan, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 2. Jeuji Diamondstone, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.30A CM 3. Rush Frazier, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 4. Eliana Stanislawski, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 5. Kevin Ksen, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 6. Joseph O’Brien, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.30A CM 7. Julia Knowles, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 8. Greg Dorcshler, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.30A CM 9. Emma Narcowitz, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 10. Matt Whitlock, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 11. Abe Koffman, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 12. Hana Lasell, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 13. Mary Turner, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 14. Ashley Rodgers, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 15. Samuel Skinner, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 16. Matt Thurston, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 17. Marie Brouliette, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 18. Rose D’Errico, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 19. Samantha Fried, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 20. Gwen Weissinger, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.30A CM 21. Andrew Ahern, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 22. Vicki Grasinsky, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 23. Gretta Cox-Gorton, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 24. Isabel Gonzalez, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM 25. Jordan Berg Powers, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.10A CM

 

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Brian Keyo request sidewalk replacement in the vicinity of 2 Beeching St., including the replacement of ADA handicap corner bubble pads, which are missing from both corners of Beeching St. and Pleasant St.

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.

 

8b.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of a flashing light signal at the intersection of Belmont St. and Eastern Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8c.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: TIRRELL ST.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively set hearings for items #8c CC through #8e CC on January 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Hearing set for January 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

8d.

EVERSOURCE for a conduit location at: MANHATTAN RD.

Attachments

Hearing set for January 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8c CC)

 

8e.

EVERSOURCE for a conduit location at: CHEYENNE RD. and NEW BOND ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for January 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8c CC)

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointment of Janet Theerman to the Historical Commission.

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.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointment of Priscilla Lippert to the Trust Funds Commission.

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.

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of a constable for civil and criminal business for a 3-year term to expire December 2023.

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.

 
 

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
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the termination of the Stage 1 Drought Alert.

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.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a 2020 Public Water System Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recognizing the Worcester Robert L. Moylan, Jr. Water Filtration Plant.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized the City Manager, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty 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.

 
 

9.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

9.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Construction Progress Report for the month ending December 31, 2020.

Attachments

Mayor Petty 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.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) Six Month Activity Report highlighting the months of July - December 2020.

Attachments

Mayor Petty 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.

 
 

9.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Master Plan for improvements for the Crompton Park Skatepark.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by the City Manager. Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rosen, Councilor Rose and Councilor King, who all spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Veterans’ Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee. Referred to Veterans’ Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Elm Park - Roger Kennedy Memorial.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Bergman and Councilor Rivera, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Veterans’ Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee. Referred to Veterans’ Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

9.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the expansion of ShotSpotter and the capabilities of the ShotSpotter Connect Program.Refer to CCM Item 9.36E

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up with item #9.36E CM. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and Deputy Police Chief, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey and Councilor Wally, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Wally. Councilor Wally then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning the successes of the ShotSpotter Connect Program six months into its use, should such a program be implemented.” (See Item #14a CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Deputy Police Chief, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Colorio. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and Deputy Police Chief, who both responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Deputy Police Chief, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rose. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Deputy Police Chief, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rivera. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and Deputy Police Chief, who both responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report detailing what evidence-based research has determined on predictive policing models, as it relates to ShotSpotter Connect. Further, request City Manager include in said report any information as it relates to any research on ShotSpotter that has been conducted by scientists.” (See Item #14b CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey for second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Toomey. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and Deputy Police Chief, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose and Councilor Rivera for second times, 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 responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer item #9.10A CM to Public Safety Committee for a hearing relative to the ShotSpotter Connect program. Referred to Public Safety Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt item #9.36E CM for the purposes of expanding the existing ShotSpotter coverage only. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (King, Rivera abstained).

 
 

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
Administration
 

9.18

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Public Health
 

9.19

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Elder Affairs
 

9.20

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

9.21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Veterans Services
 

9.22

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Division of Youth Services
 

9.23

WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
 

9.24

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANANGER
Cultural Development Division
 

9.25

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Election Commission Division
 

9.26

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
Office of Urban Innovation
 

9.27

PUBLIC SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
 

9.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

9.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
 

9.30

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Green Worcester Sustainability and Resilience Strategic Plan Draft Plan.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.31

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Purchasing Division
 

9.32

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Treasury and Collections Division
 

9.33

DEPARTMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
 

9.34

FINANCE ITEMS
Capital Transfers
A.

Recommend that Nine Thousand Three Hundred Ten Dollars And No Cents ($9,310.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C771, Golf Course Equipment, and be appropriated to Golf Account #71C701, Golf Course Equipment, for the upgrades to the doorways to include hardware and cameras at Green Hill Golf Course.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with items #9.34B CM through #9.34FF CM, #9.35A CM and #9.35B CM, and #9.36A CM through #9.36D CM, and #9.37A CM, excluding #9.34L CM, #9.34R CM and #9.36B CM. Mayor Petty move 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 Two Hundred Seventy Three Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Nine Dollars And No Cents ($273,979.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113L, MSBA Rehab - South High, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C789, South High, to allow for construction of the water main replacement on Apricot Street and FFE for chrome book to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
C.

Recommend that Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($250,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113V, Burncoat Prep MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75906, Burncoat Prep School, to allow for current obligations associated with the roof replacement to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
D.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113W, Vernon Hill MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75907, Vernon Hill School, to allow for the current obligations associated with the roof replacement to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
E.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113X, Tatnuck Magnet MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75908, Tatnuck Magnet School, to allow for the current obligations associated with the roof replacement to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
F.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113Y, East Middle MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75909, Worcester East Middle School, to allow for current obligations associated with the roof replacement to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
G.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7113Z, Lincoln Street MSBA, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C75910, Lincoln St School, for the current obligations associated with the boiler replacement to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
H.

Recommend that Three Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($325,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C707, Sewer Generators, to allow for the payments associated with the generators replacement project at the various sewer pump stations.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
I.

Recommend that Four Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($470,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C722, Route 20 Sewer Project, to allow for obligations associated with the Route 20 project, including Whitla Drive, to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
J.

Recommend that Ninety Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($95,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C732, Sewer System Control Plan, to allow for the payment of legal fees, integrated water resource management plan, and the sewer CCTV construction to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
K.

Recommend that Two Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($2,900,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C744, Sewer Construction, to allow for obligations associated with various sewer rehab projects throughout the city, including S19 and S20 contracted projects, to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
L.

Recommend that Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C750, Sewer Trunk, to allow for obligations with the Hospital Drive Project to be met.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with items #9.34R CM and #9.36B CM. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to recuse himself from the items and did not participate in the discussion. Mayor Petty move for a roll call vote to adopt the items. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally recused).

 
M.

Recommend that Two Million Dollars And No Cents ($2,000,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C745B, Sewer Reconstruction, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C751, Interception Inspections, to allow for engineering services and the sewer lining project S20-4 obligations to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
N.

Recommend that Six Hundred Seventy Two Thousand Four Hundred Eighty Four Dollars And No Cents ($672,484.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C734A, Sewer Capital Equipment, and be appropriated to DPW Account #44C704, Sewer Capital Equipment, to allow for the purchases of the following equipment: 5 ton dump truck, (2) heavy duty international trucks, air compressor, (2) Chevy Equinox vehicles, and a slope mower.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
O.

Recommend that Three Hundred Thirty Thousand Eight Hundred Ninety Eight Dollars And No Cents ($330,898.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C731A, Water Capital Equipment, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C703, Water Capital Equipment, to allow for the purchase of new equipment needed.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
P.

Recommend that Twenty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($20,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C732, Water Building Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C704, Water Building Rehab, to allow for the payment of vertical transportation consultation to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
Q.

Recommend that Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7131D, Water Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C720, Water Mains/Clean & Line, to allow for the purchase of pipes and gate valves.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
R.

Recommend that Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7134, Water Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C721, Water Mains, to allow for the payment of water main construction on Hospital Dr, Apricot St, Misc Contract M20-1, and MA DOT pass thru for Shore Dr.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally recused) (See Item #9.34L CM)

 
S.

Recommend that Eighty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($80,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70249, Monuments and Memorials, to allow for contractual obligations for the design and improvements to various monuments and memorials within the City including renovations to the Burnside and Bigelow Monuments.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
T.

Recommend that Four Hundred Sixty Six Thousand Eight Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($466,800.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7134, Water Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C722, Water Transmission Mains, to allow for current obligations associated with Quinapoxet pipeline to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
U.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred as follows: $110,000.00 from Loan Account #91C7134, Water Mains, and $40,000.00 from Loan Account #91C714A, Water Pump Station Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C728, Reservoir Rehab, to allow for the payments associated with the water tanks project and the Kettle Brook Reservoir Gage Valve project to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
V.

Recommend that Seven Hundred Thirty Four Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Dollars And No Cents ($734,680.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C732, Water Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C768, Filtration, to allow for current and future obligations associated with improvements at the filtration plant, including the install of 16 rotary actuators, AC units in the OZONE room, upgrade of control panels, domestice pulp skid, sewer pump rebuild, chlorine room air vent, painting, resurfacing driveway and concrete work to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
W.

Recommend that Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($900,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7134, Water Mains, and be appropriated to DPW Account #45C794, Capital Meter Program, to allow for payments associated with the meter upgrade program to be met.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
X.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70201, Aquatic Facilities, to allow for renovations and painting of Crompton Park pool.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
Y.

Recommend that One Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,600,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70209, Farber Field, to allow for contractually obligations for the new synthetic soccer field.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
Z.

Recommend that Five Million Five Hundred Forty Five Thousand One Hundred Fifty Three Dollars And No Cents ($5,545,153.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7111A, ESCo Building Rehab City & School, to Project Account #04C754, ESCo Citywide Energy Improvements. These funds will pay for work ongoing and completed on the following projects: interior LED lighting upgrades and transformer replacements.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
AA.

Recommend that One Million Five Hundred Two Thousand Three Hundred Sixty Seven Dollars And Fifty Nine Cents ($1,502,367.59) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70214, Institute Park, to allow for contractual obligations for the Worcester Fire Fighters Memorial and the Rectangular Synthetic Athletic Field.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
BB.

Recommend that Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($10,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70222, Bennett Field, to allow for contractual obligations for design.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
CC.

Recommend that One Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,100,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and appropriated to Parks Account #72C70227, Mulcahy Field, to allow for contractual obligations for the new modified little league field.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
DD.

Recommend that Thirty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($35,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70233, Northampton Street, to allow for contractual obligations for the design of playground improvements.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
EE.

Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($50,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70236, Crompton Park, to allow for contractually obligated payments for the Skate Park design.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
FF.

Recommend that Twenty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($20,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70224, Park Land Acquisition, to allow for the purchase of land abutting Cascade Park.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
 

9.35

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
A.

Recommend adoption of resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts for a COVID-19 Vaccination Education Campaign.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept and expend a grant in the amount of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($300,000.00) from the Massachusetts Department Of Conservation & Recreation, under the Mass Trails Grant program.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
 

9.36

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
A.

Recommend that Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be transferred from various accounts and be appropriated to Account #75S503, DCU Center, to provide funding for various costs through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2021.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
B.

Recommend that Ninety One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Five Dollars And Forty Five Cents ($91,685.45) be transferred from Account #330-08, Reserve for Appropriation on Loans, and be appropriated to Account #660-92000, Treasurer's Office Ordinary Maintenance, to fund the costs associated with the issuance of bonds on December 18, 2020.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally recused) (See Item #9.34L CM)

 
C.

Recommend that Thirty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($30,000.00) be transferred from Account #280-91000, Inspectional Services Salaries, and be appropriated to Account #280-97000, Inspectional Services Overtime, to ensure funding for after-hours emergency operations.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
D.

Recommend that Eighty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($80,000.00) be transferred from Account #270-91000, Communications Salaries, and be appropriated to Account #270-92000, Communications Ordinary Maintenance, to cover reoccurring costs through the remainder of FY21.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
E.

Recommend that One Hundred Forty Eight Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($148,550.00) be transferred from Account #900-92000, City Manager Contingency, and be appropriated to Account #250-92000, Police Department Ordinary Maintenance, to fund the ShotSpotter Connect Early Adapter Program.Refer to CCM Item 9.10A

Attachments

Order adopted for the purposes of expanding the existing ShotSpotter coverage only on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays (King, Rivera abstained) (See Item #9.10A CM)

 
 

9.37

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
A.

Recommend that One Thousand Four Hundred Four Dollars And Sixty Cents ($1,404.60) be approved from various Fiscal Year 2021 DPW accounts to allow for the payment of prior year invoices.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.34A CM)

 
 

9.38

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

9.39

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
10.

REPORTS OF THE PLANNING BOARD

10a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Communication of the City Manager Recommend adoption of a Zoning Ordinance Amendment relative to Self-Storage Facilities.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer items #10a CC through #10c CC collectively to Economic Development Committee. Referred to Economic Development Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

10b.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Wayne Barry request to rezone that portion of the Premises known as and numbered 1451 Grafton St. and shown on the attached Exhibit A from BL-1.0 Zoning District to MG-0.5 Zoning District.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10a CC)

 

10c.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Donald O'Neil request to amend the Zoning Map by changing the zoning of the two parcels of land located at 1 Brattle St. and 7 Brattle St. from RS-7 to BL-1.0.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10a CC)

 

10d.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Andre Larrea request Pine View Ave. from Genesee St. to Waterman St. be made public.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to refer items #10d CC through #10g CC collectively to Public Work Committee. Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

10e.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose on behalf of Rich Lundin request Chester Terrace, where the Menard family lived for over 50 years, be renamed to honor Jason Menard.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10d CC)

 

10f.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Blake Simpson request Forsberg St. from Harwich St. west and Steele St. from Keach Ave. southerly to the end of the road at Forsberg St. be converted to a public road.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10d CC)

 

10g.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition Anne Baier request the road abutting 434 Plantation St. to 514 Plantation St. known as Wigwam Hill Dr. and Unnamed Rd. be renamed Espresso Dr.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10d CC)

 

11.

TO BE ORDAINED

11a.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in Front of 33 Orient Street.

Attachments

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

 

11b.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Two Hour Parking on High Street.

Attachments

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

 

11c.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Remove Handicap Parking in front of 141 Cambridge Street.

Attachments

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

 

11d.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 9 Hartshorn Avenue.

Attachments

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

 

11e.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front ff 42 Esther Street.

Attachments

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

 

11f.

Amending Section 29 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 Providing For Stop Sign on Pelham Street at Russell Street.

Attachments

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

 

11g.

Amending Section 29 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 Providing for Stop Sign on Papineau Avenue at Heard Street.

Attachments

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

 

11h.

Amending Section 45 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide a Passenger Zone in front of 5 Sturgis Street.

Attachments

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

 

11i.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 1 Astrid Avenue.

Attachments

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

 

11j.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Remove Handicap Parking in front of 53 Plantation Street.

Attachments

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

 

11k.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Remove Handicap Parking in front of 25 Shelby Street.

Attachments

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

 

11l.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 5 Ashmont Avenue.

Attachments

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

 

11m.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 33 Dale Street.

Attachments

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

 

11n.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 24 William Street.

Attachments

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

 

11o.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 1 Beaver Street.

Attachments

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

 

11p.

Amending Section 29 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 Providing For Stop Sign on Short Street at Sunderland Road.

Attachments

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

 

11q.

Amending Section 29 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 Providing For Stop Sign on Quaker Road at Foxmeadow Drive.

Attachments

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

 

11r.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Remove Handicap Parking in front of 27 Wawecus Road.

Attachments

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

 

11s.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances Of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 45 Sigel Street.

Attachments

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

 

11t.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 25 Canton Street.

Attachments

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

 

11u.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 89 Haven Lane.

Attachments

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

 

11v.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Handicap Parking in front of 8 Strathmore Road.

Attachments

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

 

12.

TABLED ITEMS

12a.

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

 

12b.

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

 

12c.

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

 

12d.

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

 

12e.

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

 

12f.

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

 

12g.

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

 

12h.

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

 

13.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the January 12, 2021 City Council meeting.

13a.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – Request City Manager organize a neighborhood meeting for all neighborhood groups in the vicinity of Goddard Memorial Dr. to discuss the traffic patterns around the proposed Amazon warehouse site on said road. – Item #13a CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13b.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with the most recent traffic study done in the vicinity of 125 Goddard Memorial Dr. – Item #13b CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13c.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a rubric and list of action items relative to H. 4794, An Act to Improve Police Officer Standards and Accountability and to Improve Training, detailing items that have already been addressed relative to said legislation, items that are in the process of being addressed and items that still need to be addresses, in the interest of transparency. – Item #13c CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13d.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager report back to City Council should any complaints be received relative to any off-duty City of Worcester employees partaking in the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. – Item #13d CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13e.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the city’s guidelines and policies relative to social media. Further, request City Manager include in said report any information relative to specific policies around the Worcester Police Department. – Item #13e CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13f.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the city’s policies relative to affixing anything other than a state flag or a city flag to city vehicles, as well as being carried in parades in the city. – Item #13f CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13g.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to best practices for encouraging community participation in government buildings. – Item #13g CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13h.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Clerk provide City Council with a report relative to best practices being used to implement municipal elections in 2021 during COVID-19. – Item #13h CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13i.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman – Request City Clerk provide City Council with a report concerning any adjustments that can be made relative to holding or not holding a preliminary election in 2021 due to potential concerns regarding COVID-19. – Item #13i CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13j.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing an updated pro forma relative to the Ballpark. – Item #13j CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13k.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – Request City Manager explore improving and beautifying lighting coming into the city towards Polar Park. – Item #13k CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13l.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how monies have been spent during the construction of Polar Park. – Item #13l CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13m.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – Request City Manager provide City Council periodically with reports concerning the various developers who credit the city’s work with the Worcester Red Sox and Polar Park for their decision to develop their projects in the city. – Item #13m CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13n.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – Request City Manager contact the appropriate representatives from National Grid to provide City Council with a report detailing the schedule for updating services in the city, as well as the cause of a power outage beginning on December 15, 2020 in the Kenwood Ave., Barnard Rd., Burncoat Terrace and Millbrook St. neighborhood. Further, request City Manager ensure that National Grid provides proper notification to those affected by power outages and provides information as to how to encourage a greater level of transparency around power issues. – Item #13n CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the January 19, 2021 City Council meeting.

14a.

Motion Wally @ #9.10A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning the successes of the ShotSpotter Connect Program six months into its use, should such a program be implemented.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.10A CM)

 

14b.

Motion King @ #9.10A CM – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report detailing what evidence-based research has determined on predictive policing models, as it relates to ShotSpotter Connect. Further, request City Manager include in said report any information as it relates to any research on ShotSpotter that has been conducted by scientists.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.10A CM)