CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 6:34 P.M.

Adjourned: 10:31 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

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 February 2, 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 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman absent)

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized the following speakers: 1. Emma Narcowitz, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.39A CM 2. Nelly Medina, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.39A CM and in opposition of #9.34M CM 3. Sandy Ramirez, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition of item #9.34M CM 4. Paula Quinn, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition of item #9.39A CM 5. Edward Moynihan, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #15a CC 6. Mariana Ephraim, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.39A CM 7. Juan Quintana, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.39A CM 8. (no first name given) Moreno, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition of item #9.34M CM 9. Julia (no last name given), Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.39A CM 10. Isabel Gonzalez-Webster, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM 11. Margot Barnett, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition of item #9.34M CM 12. Kevin Ksen, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.34M CM and neither in favor or opposed to item #9.17A CM 13. John Rodgers, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition of item #9.39A CM 14. Ashley Lynch, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.39A CM 15. Alex Guardiola, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11r CC 16. Alice Dillon, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM 17. Fred Taylor, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM 18. Eliana Stanislawski, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 19. Ally Harowitz, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM 20. Benjamin Mart, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 21. David Slacken, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.34M CM 22. Leah Bradley, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #11p CC 23. Linda Cavaioli , Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 24. Max Stern, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 25. Michelle Puch, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 26. Susan Mailman, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.39A CM 27. Johanna Hampton-Dance, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.34M CM 28. Gemma Kamara, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 29. Dianna Khan, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.34M CM 30. Elena Cruz, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 31. Emily Galante, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 32. Judy Diamondstone, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #9.39A CM and in opposition to item #9.34M CM 33. Marie Brouilette, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #9.17A CM

 

7.

HEARING AND ORDER

7a.

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

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to open the hearing. Mayor Petty’s motion was approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty asked if any abutters wished to be heard on the 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.

 

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Rafael Pena-Martinez request the sidewalk from 212 to 214 Dewey St. be repaired.

Attachments

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

 

8b.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request sidewalk repair on the odd side of Clark St., from Housatonic St. to Uncatena Ave., starting at 139.

Attachments

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

 

8c.

Richard A. Greene and Jodi C. Greene request abatement of street betterment assessment #25675, in the amount of $14,250.00 for Knapp Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8d.

Anna Confer and Michael Varney request removal of handicap parking space in front of 47 Providence St.

Attachments

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

 

8e.

Judith Pederson request Beechmont St. not be considered as part of any speed bump installation program.

Attachments

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

 

8f.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request installation of "Not a Thru Street" signage at Main St. and Eureka Terrace.

Attachments

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

 

8g.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: ACTON ST.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively set hearings for items #8g CC through #8j CC on March 2, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Hearing set for December 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

8h.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: ELIZABETH ST. and FARWELL ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 2, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. (See Item #8g CC)

 

8i.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: GRAFTON ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 2, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. (See Item #8g CC)

 

8j.

NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: PLANTATION ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 2, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. (See Item #8g CC)

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Nathan Sabo as an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term to expire on December 31, 2025.

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 appointment of five (5) individuals as Constables for Civil and Criminal Business for 3-year terms 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 FY21 Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program.

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.

 
 

9.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
 

9.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
 

9.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

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
Administration
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a response model similar to the Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets (CAHOOTS) to address emergency mental health situations with trained mental health providers.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing additional, evidenced based information relative to a response model similar to CAHOOTS.” (See Item #22a CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with additional information relative to a response model similar to CAHOOTS that includes information relative to the Advocates Program and Boston Best Team.” (See Item #22b CC). Tabled Under Privilege – King

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the second Annual Report on the Housing First Coordinating Council.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to recuse himself from the item and did not participate in the discussion. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Public Health and Human Services Committee. Referred to Public Health and Human Services Committee on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally recused).

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the outcomes of the Worcester Hub initiative over the past year.

Attachments

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

 
 

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
A.

Recommend adoption of an Order authorizing the city manager to execute a lease on behalf of the Worcester School Department.

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.

 
 

9.28

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Assessing Division
 

9.29

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Budget Office Division
A.

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

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the item to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee. Referred to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

9.30

DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Energy and Asset Management
 

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 Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C741F, Guardrails, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C798, Guardrails, to allow for the replacement of the guardrail on Southbridge Street.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively adopt items #9.34A CM through #9.34U CM, excluding #9.34M CM and #9.34N CM, item #9.35A CM and items #9.36A CM through #9.36H CM. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Recommend that Eighty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($85,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Account #72C70242, Playground Assessment, to provide funding for renovations to the Providence St. playground.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C724B, Streetlight Replacement, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C712, Street Lights, to allow for improvements to streetlights throughout the city.

Attachments

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

 
D.

Recommend that Five Million Thirteen Thousand Nine Hundred Seventy Three Dollars And No Cents ($5,013,973.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalks, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C741, Resurfacing, to allow for current obligations associated with M20-1 through M20-7 resurfacing projects 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 Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalks, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C792, Grafton St Improvements, for the Mass DOT pass thru project on Grafton St.

Attachments

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

 
F.

Recommend that One Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($100,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalks, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C797, Sidewalk Construction, to allow for current obligation associated with the sidewalk contract M20-2 for various sidewalks throughout the city 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 Sixty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($60,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalks, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C796, Downtown Streets & Sidewalks, to allow for obligations associated with the business district streetscape engineering 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 Fifteen Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($15,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7413A, Streets & Sidewalks, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C787, Canal District Improvements, to allow for obligations associated with engineering services to be met.

Attachments

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

 
I.

Recommend that Two Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Four Hundred Fifteen Dollars And No Cents ($225,415.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C741C, Private Street Conversion, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C768, Private St Conversion, for work related to contract H18-2 for private street conversions.

Attachments

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

 
J.

Recommend that Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($250,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C741E, Bridge Rehab, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C721, Bridges, for the engineering services for the lower Gardner St bridge.

Attachments

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

 
K.

Recommend that Three Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($310,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7804, Citywide Capital Equipment, and be appropriated to DPW Account #41C703, DPW Equipment, to allow for the purchase of (2) load packers, (1) terrapro 42 packer, and (1) small load packer.

Attachments

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

 
L.

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 #72C70244, Betty Price Playground, for the payment of the security cameras.

Attachments

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

 
M.

Recommend that Twenty Five Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($25,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70248, Coes Beach, to fund design services.

Attachments

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

 
N.

Recommend that Four Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($400,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70259, Columbus Trail, for the design and construction of trails.

Attachments

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

 
O.

Recommend that Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C70260, Coal Mine Brook, for the renovation and trails design work.

Attachments

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

 
P.

Recommend that Five Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($500,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C705, Hope Cemetery, for purchase of a new gate and a security system.

Attachments

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

 
Q.

Recommend that Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($250,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C784, Park Improvements, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C707, Green Hill Park, for the renovations of the historic Red Barn.

Attachments

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

 
R.

Recommend that Two Hundred Fifty Six Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($256,000.00) be transferred from Loan Account #91C7114, Citywide Building Rehab, and be appropriated to Parks Account #72C703, Parks Rehab, to provide funding for roof repairs and boiler design.

Attachments

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

 
S.

Recommend that Six Million Dollars And No Cents ($6,000,000.00) be transferred from Account #33100, Fund 2W, Water Enterprise Retained Earnings, and be appropriated to Water Account #45C722, Transmission Mains, for Phase 2 of the Quinapoxet Pipeline project.

Attachments

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

 
T.

Recommend that Six Million Dollars And No Cents ($6,000,000.00) be transferred from Account #33100 - Fund 2W, Water Enterprise Retained Earnings, and be appropriated to Account #45C764, Pine Hill Dam, to provide funding for the Pine Hill Dam rehab project.

Attachments

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

 
U.

Recommend that One Million Dollars And No Cents ($1,000,000.00) be transferred from Account #33100 - Fund 2W, Water Enterprise Retained Earnings, and be appropriated to Account #45C728, Reservoir Rehab, to allow for the payments of contractually obligations for the Indian Hill North Water Tank rehabilitation project.

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 a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation of a previously owned automobile with an estimated monetary value of Seven Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($7,000.00) from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority to the Worcester Emergency Management division to assist displaced residents during times of disaster and to aid first responders with mutual aid responses.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude 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 Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($200,000.00) be transferred from DPW Account #411-92000, Snow Ordinary Maintenance, and be appropriated to DPW Account #411-97000, Snow Overtime, to cover anticipated overtimes costs for this season.

Attachments

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

 
B.

Recommend that Forty Five Thousand Five Hundred Dollars And No Cents ($45,500.00) be transferred from Account #410-91000, DPW Salaries, and be appropriated to Account #410-97000, DPW Overtime, to cover anticipated overtime costs.

Attachments

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

 
C.

Recommend that One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($150,000.00) be transferred from Account #720-91000, Parks Salaries, and be appropriated to Account #720-97000, Park Overtime, to cover anticipated overtime 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)

 
D.

Recommend that Ninety Two Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($92,000.00) be transferred from Account #440-91000, Sewer Salaries, and be appropriated to Account #440-97000, Sewer Overtime, to cover anticipated overtime 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)

 
E.

Recommend that Two Hundred Two Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($202,000.00) be transferred from Account #450-91000, Water Salaries, and be appropriated to Account #450-97000, Water Overtime, to cover anticipated overtime 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)

 
F.

Recommend that Nineteen Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty Dollars And No Cents ($19,760.00) be transferred from Account #04T803, OPEB Trust Reserve, and be appropriated to Account #663-96000, Health Insurance, to provide funding for Fiscal Year 2021 health insurance expenses for airport retirees.

Attachments

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

 
G.

Recommend that Three Hundred Fifty Dollars And No Cents ($350.00) be transferred from Account #29-33007, Reserve for Appropriation Damage Settlement, and be appropriated to Account #260-92000, Worcester Fire Department Ordinary Maintenance, for repair costs to a WFD vehicle.

Attachments

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

 
H.

Recommend that Eight Hundred Eight Dollars And No Cents ($808.00) be approved from Account #260-97000, Fire Overtime, for the purpose of retroactive compensation from previous fiscal years.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.37

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
 

9.38

FINANCE
Loan Orders
A.

Recommend adoption of an Order for the authorization to issue refunding bonds or notes of the City of Worcester under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to recuse himself from the item and did not participate in the discussion. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to advertise the proposed Loan Order. Voted to advertise proposed Loan Order on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally recused)

 
 

9.39

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to proposed reforms and an executive order that acknowledges structural changes that will assist with eradicating institutional racism.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege - Petty

 
10.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

10a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with an updated report concerning any recent police responses associated with Bancroft Tower.

Attachments

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

 

10b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - Request City Manager request Police Chief begin an informational awareness campaign about the danger associated with fireworks at the end of May 2021.

Attachments

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

 

10c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with an updated report concerning crime statistics and performance measures.

Attachments

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

 

10d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with report concerning how the Worcester Police Department training division researches best practices from other communities for the city to adopt.

Attachments

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

 

10e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with an updated report concerning the Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant.

Attachments

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

 

10f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the demographics for the arrests made by the railroad patrol team, including information relative to the reason why the arrestees were present in the area.

Attachments

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

 

10g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION - Request City Manager communicate with Worcester’s livery companies and inquire whether said companies would be interested in pursuing taxi medallions regarding accessible vehicles.

Attachments

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

 

10h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning any existing unconventional traffic signage in the city.

Attachments

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

 

10i.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks remove the declared winter parking ban on the odd side of Tainter St., south of Hammond St.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Colorio, who moved, "Councilor Donna M. Colorio request the winter parking ban on Tainter St. be amended to not allow parking during a declared winter parking ban on the odd side of Tainter St.” (See Item #22c CC). Councilor Colorio then moved to place the item on file. Placed on file on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

10j.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Clerk provide City Council with a transcript detailing the WPD Lieutenant's statements concerning the benefits of the four-way stop sign of the pilot program on Clover St. at the Traffic and Parking Committee meeting on February 10, 2021.

Attachments

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

 

10k.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an update relative to the previous legal opinion requests concerning four-way stop signs.

Attachments

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

 

10l.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning the impact of the stop sign pilot program at Fairhaven Rd. and Eunice Ave. three (3) months after its installation.

Attachments

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

 

10m.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request Standing Committee on Traffic and Parking Committee hold a hearing to consider making Harrison St. a one-way street in a westbound direction from Harding St. to Green St.; and to make Pond St. a one-way street in an eastbound direction from Green St. to Harding St.

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

 

11.

ORDERS

11a.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provided increased speed enforcement on Eureka Terrace. (Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally absent)

 

11b.

Since Worcester's historic and striking Union Station with its 175-foot-tall towers, stained glass ceiling and marble floor was saved from the wrecking ball and returned to its former glory in the 1990's, and since it has just been named by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the 14 most beautiful train stations in the U.S.A., request City Manager construct an informative, educational and interactive kiosk or exhibit inside the station, so that commuters and visitors can learn about the history and importance of this facility since the original and previous station was constructed in 1875. (Rosen, Mero-Carlson, Bergman)

Attachments

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

 

11c.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning any progress being made to market and lease Union Station's available commercial space including inside, near the loading docks and at street level in the station's Municipal Parking Garage. (Rosen, Mero-Carlson, Bergman)

Attachments

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

 

11d.

In an effort to provide more information and transparency to our constituents, request City Clerk publish the names of all co-signers to city council orders when the council meeting agenda is first published/posted at the end of the week instead of waiting for the night of the council meeting for such information/names to be made public. (Rosen, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rosen, Councilor Mero-Carlson and Councilor King, who all spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Solicitor, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent).

 

11e.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a study as to the feasibility of moving the Worcester Police Station to the Mount Carmel site. (Colorio)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Colorio and Councilor Mero-Carlson, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Mero-Carlson. Mayor Petty moved to amend the item to include the words, "or any other available properties." Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who 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 how the building of a future police station will be prioritized, including information about the status of the current building." (See Item #22d CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any anticipated expenses for the current Worcester Police Department building in the near future.” (See Item #22e CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with an estimate of the property value for the land where the current Worcester Police Department building exists.” (See Item #22f CC). 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.

 

11f.

Request City Manager work with the utility companies doing work in the city to create a standard of operation that ensures when said utility companies have completed their projects on a street that said street is not damaged and is left in the same condition, if not better. (Colorio)

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

 

11g.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the households in the city that are experiencing energy poverty, including the racial disparities that may exist. (Colorio)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #11h CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11h.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report as to the average cost of electricity, gas and oil supplied to Worcester residents over the last 5 years. (Colorio)

Attachments

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

 

11i.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report identifying street locations and timetables for the implementing of “removable speed humps” in the spring of 2021. (Bergman, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Bergman, 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 vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11j.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks inspect the traffic control signal at Walnut St. and Main St. to see if the timing sequence for a red light is correct and, if not, that it be corrected. (Bergman)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #11k CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11k.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks inspect the traffic control signal at Foster St. and Main St. to see if the timing sequence for a red light is correct and, if not, that it be corrected. (Bergman)

Attachments

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

 

11l.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report assessing the McDonald's parking lot on West Boylston St. for a potential “No Left Turn” sign or any other safety measures for vehicles exiting this parking lot. (Rose)

Attachments

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

 

11m.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the high speed commuter rail specifically to and from Boston. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to add his name as a sponsor of the item. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any recent legislation from the city’s State Delegation as it relates to a high speed commuter rail to and from Worcester to Boston.” (See Item #22g CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning actions being taken to engage with President Biden’s Administration regarding commuter rails.” (See Item #22h CC). 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.

 

11n.

Request City Manager plan to address the overgrowth and playground repair at the Francis McGrath Elementary School. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to amend the item to request the City Manager work with the Superintendent of Public Schools. 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.

 

11o.

Request the Standing Committee on Veterans’ Memorials, Parks and Recreation review the attached Indian Lake Walk audit found at the following site: https://sites.google.com/WalkBoston.org/walkbostonworcester/home. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who moved to add her name as a sponsor of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item and refer the item to Veterans’ Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee for informational purposes only. Order adopted and referred to Veterans’ Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11p.

Request City Manager provide accessible COVID-19 community vaccination sites in neighborhoods most heavily impacted by COVID-19. Said vaccination sites should be in proximity to neighborhoods including University Park, South Worcester, Chandler St and Park Ave, Pleasant St and Park Ave, and Vernon Hill. (Rivera)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what is being done to ensure individuals who are homebound the COVID-19 vaccine.” (See Item #22i CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose and Councilor Colorio, who both spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera for a second time, who moved to, “Request City Manager set up an opportunity to meet with the appropriate representatives from the State to discuss eliminating barriers associated with providing COVID-19 vaccines as equitably as possible.” (See Item #22j CC). Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rivera. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11q.

Request City Manager request the Fire Chief and the Commissioner of Inspectional Services to establish a task force to make recommendations that address the continuing issue of residential fires in balloon constructed buildings and provide solutions. Further, request said task force present City Council with a report on said solutions prior to the FY22 budget so that they can be implemented as soon as possible. (Toomey)

Attachments

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

 

11r.

Request City Manager consider allowing open bar top dining, while ensuring the appropriate COVID-19 regulations are followed. (Wally)

Attachments

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

 

11s.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the recent increase in car break-ins. (Rivera)

Attachments

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

 

11t.

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report reviewing the Worcester Police Department’s policy concerning following up with residents after an initial report of a non-violent home and/or car break-in occurs. (Rivera)

Attachments

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

 

11u.

Request City Manager consider implementing a Women's History Month inspired "Take Out Day" for the women owned restaurants in the city before the close of March. (Rose)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item collectively with item #12b CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the items. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11v.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the number of tickets and warnings given to motorists during 2020, who violated the distracted driving law which went into effect on February 23, 2020. (Colorio)

Attachments

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

 

11w.

Request City Manager clarify who is responsible for shoveling out snow covered storm drains, catch basins and fire hydrants. (Rosen)

Attachments

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

 

11x.

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning a previously adopted order on August 11, 2020 relative to a report concerning the number of public safety officials who are eligible for retirement, effective FY2022. Further, request City Manager include in said report information relative to how many public safety officials are eligible for maximum retirement, how many public safety officials are eligible for any form of retirement and how many public safety officials have pulled retirement papers and intend on retiring as of the date of the report. (Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

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

 

11y.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the steps being taken to support the homeless population under the Green St. Bridge, including providing the individuals with housing and cleaning up the litter found underneath said bridge. (Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

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

 

12.

RESOLUTIONS

12a.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support and recognize March of 2021 as Irish-American Heritage Month in the city of Worcester. (Toomey)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to amend the item. “Further, that City Council does hereby encourage the City Manager to produce a list of information and sites the city’s residents can view highlighting the history of the Irish culture in the city, inclusive of lectures, movies, websites, etc. to broaden the scope of the city’s residents’ understanding of the Irish culture and the impact the Irish community has had on our growing city.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally, Councilor King and Councilor Rose, who all moved to add their names as sponsors of the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended. Resolution adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

12b.

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support and recognize March of 2021 as Women’s History Month in the city of Worcester and that the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby call upon its public officials, community members and residents to observe in the celebration of Women’s History Month by participating in the various happenings that honor the many achievements of women throughout history. (Rose)

Attachments

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

 

13.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE - No items pending

14.

COMMUNICATION

14a.

Helen Friel, Ed.D, Assistant to the Superintendent/Clerk of the School Committee transmitting a response of the administration to the request to consider the MassINC report "Gateway Cities at the Center of the Digital Divide."

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

 

15.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD

15a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Brian Grinnan et al. request to amend zoning ordinances and other applicable ordinances to permit residents in RS-7 zones to own egg laying chickens or poultry.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Clerk, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, Councilor Colorio, Councilor King, Councilor Rose and Councilor Mero-Carlson, who all spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to accept the item. Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

16.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY

16a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication regarding information on the police response associated with Bancroft Tower in the year 2020: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively accept items #16a CC through #16f CC. Accepted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

16b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication regarding actions taken as a result of the fireworks tip line: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

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

 

16c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to crime statistics and performance measures: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

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

 

16d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to the purchasing and use of military gear by the Worcester Police Department: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

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

 

16e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to the Police Departments protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

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

 

16f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communications relative to the Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant: recommend Communication be placed on file.

Attachments

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

 

17.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING

17a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Marissa Allen et al. request installation of signage alerting motorists of a hearing impaired child at 6 Benjamin Rd: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively adopt items #17a CC through 17e CC. Accepted and Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

17b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor Sean M. Rose on behalf of Frank Pupillo request installation of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Fairhaven Rd. and Eunice Ave: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to install four-way stop sign at the intersection of Fairhaven Rd. and Eunice Ave., as part of a pilot program in the area.

Attachments

Accepted and Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #17a CC)

 

17c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Edith Morgan et al. request installation of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Uxbridge St. and Shattuck St: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to install four-way stop sign at the intersection of Uxbridge St. and Shattuck St., as part of a pilot program in the area.

Attachments

Accepted and Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #17a CC)

 

17d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Marissa Allen et al. request installation of a "Dead End" and children advisory signage at the beginning of Benjamin Rd: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order.

Attachments

Accepted and Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #17a CC)

 

17e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING Upon the Petition of Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Kristen Morgan request installation of a “Dead End” sign prior to the entrance of Pine Hill Rd: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order to install a "No Outlet" sign prior to the entrance of Pine Hill Rd.

Attachments

Accepted and Adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #17a CC)

 

18.

TO BE ORDAINED

18a.

Amending Section 40 Of Chapter 13 Of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 To Provide Resident Permit Parking on East Central Street.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively ordain items #18a CC through #18e CC. Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

18b.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances Of 2008 to Provide No Parking on Nonquit Street.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #18a CC)

 

18c.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Parking on West Boylston Street.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #18a CC)

 

18d.

Amending Section 68 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide One Way Travel on Short Street.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #18a CC)

 

18e.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to Provide Bus Exception to Right Turn Requirement on Main Street.

Attachments

Ordained on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #18a CC)

 

19.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

19a.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Khrystian E. King - That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support Representative Rebecca Rauch and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz’s SD 699 HD 1283, An Act effectuating equity in COVID-19 Vaccination Bill. (Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman February 9, 2021)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, who moved to amend the item to include Representative Liz Miranda. Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether the city’s health centers have applied for the $25,000.00 grants and what the city is able to do to aid them in their applications.” (See Item #22k CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman a second time, who moved to, “Request City Manager request City Solicitor to provide City Council with a legal opinion concerning the ramifications of Section 7 of SD 699 and HD 1283.” (See Item #22l CC). Councilor Bergman then moved for a roll call vote to Table the Item as amended. Tabled as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Tabled – Bergman

 

19b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY Upon the Communication of the City Manager Transmitting informational communication relative to the expansion of ShotSpotter and the capabilities of the ShotSpotter Connect Program: recommend adoption of the accompanying Order. (Tabled Under Privilege - Toomey February 9, 2021)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to Table the Item Under Privilege for a second time. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a comprehensive report detailing the community engagement that has occurred relative to the potential implementation of ShotSpotter Connect.” (See Item #22m CC). Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the number of crime analysis individuals are employed by the city. Further, request City Manager include in said report information relative to what said individuals do as it relates to responding to matters in the community as well as the potential impact of automating their duties and responsibilities.” (See Item #22n CC). Councilor King then moved to recommit the item back to the City Manager. – Not Put. Mayor Petty recognized the City Clerk, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a detailed report comparing ShotSpotter Connect to other programs nationally. Further, request City Manager include in said report information relative to why the potential implementation of ShotSpotter Connect did not go out to bid.” (See Item #22o CC). Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor Toomey’s motion to Table the Item Under Privilege. Tabled Under Privilege on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 2 Nays (Yeas – Bergman, Colorio, Mero-Carlson, Rose, Rosen, Russell, Toomey, Wally, Petty) (Nays – King, Rivera). Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor King and Councilor Russell’s motions. Orders adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Tabled Under Privilege – Toomey

 

20.

TABLED ITEMS

20a.

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

 

20b.

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

 

20c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager 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

 

20d.

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

 

20e.

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

 

20f.

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

 

20g.

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

 

20h.

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

 

20i.

COMMUNICATION of the City Clerk transmitting a draft of social media policies and procedures for City Council, in the event that a Facebook page for the City Council is created, including information relative to best practices used in other communities. (Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman January 26, 2021, Tabled Under Privilege - Mero-Carlson February 2, 2021 and Tabled - Petty February 9, 2021)

Attachments

No action taken

 

21.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the February 9, 2021 City Council meeting.

21a.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a feasibility report concerning the implementation of cadet programs for the city’s public safety offices, including information as to any concerns as it relates to the financing of such a program. – Item #23a CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

21b.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the diversity of the city’s Fire Department in comparison to the city at-large over of the last five (5) years. – Item #23b CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

21c.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Khrystian E. King – That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby advocate to the State Delegation, the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Marylou Sudders, Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and the State’s COVID-19 Equity Task Force that the city of Worcester is in need of more COVID-19 vaccines. – Item #23c CC Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

21d.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio – Request City Manager consider creating a public service announcement and/or reverse 911 call educating the city’s residents on the process for accessing COVID-19 vaccines. – Item #23d CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

21e.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report and recommendations concerning implementing training on the history, causes and solutions to the issue of white supremacy to all city employees. Further, request City Manager consider establishing a commission to gather information from all communities of the city to determine the state of white supremacy in the city. – Item #23e CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

21f.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty –That the City Council convene in Executive Session at the Tuesday, March 2, 2021 meeting for the purpose of discussing litigation strategy with respect to the case of Worcester Interfaith, Inc., et. al. v. City of Worcester et al.; United States District Court Civil No. 4:21-CV-40015. – Item #23f CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

21g.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with information fact-checking the recent claims relative to a potential Worcester Police Department coordinated “sick out.” – Item #23g CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

21h.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the language in the Worcester Police Department’s collective bargaining agreements relative to coordinated “sick outs.” – Item #23h CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

22.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the February 23, 2021 City Council meeting.

22a.

Motion Colorio @ #9.17A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing additional, evidenced based information relative to a response model similar to CAHOOTS.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.17A CM)

 

22b.

Motion King @ #9.17A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with additional information relative to a response model similar to CAHOOTS that includes information relative to the Advocates Program and Boston Best Team.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.17A CM)

 

22c.

Motion Colorio @ #10i CC – Councilor Donna M. Colorio request the winter parking ban on Tainter St. be amended to not allow parking during a declared winter parking ban on the odd side of Tainter St.

Attachments

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

 

22d.

Motion King @ #11e CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how the building of a future police station will be prioritized, including information about the status of the current building.

Attachments

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

 

22e.

Motion Bergman @ #11e CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any anticipated expenses for the current Worcester Police Department building in the near future.

Attachments

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

 

22f.

Motion Toomey @ #11e CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with an estimate of the property value for the land where the current Worcester Police Department building exists.

Attachments

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

 

22g.

Motion King @ #11m CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning any recent legislation from the city’s State Delegation as it relates to a high speed commuter rail to and from Worcester to Boston.

Attachments

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

 

22h.

Motion Petty @ #11m CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning actions being taken to engage with President Biden’s Administration regarding commuter rails.

Attachments

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

 

22i.

Motion Toomey @ #11p CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what is being done to ensure individuals who are homebound the COVID-19 vaccine.

Attachments

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

 

22j.

Motion Rivera @ #11p CC – Request City Manager set up an opportunity to meet with the appropriate representatives from the State to discuss eliminating barriers associated with providing COVID-19 vaccines as equitably as possible.

Attachments

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

 

22k.

Motion King @ #19a CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether the city’s health centers have applied for the $25,000.00 grants and what the city is able to do to aid them in their applications.

Attachments

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

 

22l.

Motion Bergman @ #19a CC – Request City Manager request City Solicitor to provide City Council with a legal opinion concerning the ramifications of Section 7 of SD 699 and HD 1283.

Attachments

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

 

22m.

Motion King @ #19b CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a comprehensive report detailing the community engagement that has occurred relative to the potential implementation of ShotSpotter Connect.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #19b CC)

 

22n.

Motion King @ #19b CC – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the number of crime analysis individuals are employed by the city. Further, request City Manager include in said report information relative to what said individuals do as it relates to responding to matters in the community as well as the potential impact of automating their duties and responsibilities.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #19b CC)

 

22o.

Motion Russell @ #19b CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a detailed report comparing ShotSpotter Connect to other programs nationally. Further, request City Manager include in said report information relative to why the potential implementation of ShotSpotter Connect did not go out to bid.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #19b CC)