CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 6:36 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:51 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 AND STAR SPANGLED BANNER

2.

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

3.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

4a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of March 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 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

5a.

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized the following speakers: 1. Bob Michel, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #9.3A 2. Benjamin Desjarlais, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #13a CC, #13b CC, #13c CC 3. Crystal Jackson, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #13j CC 4. Caroline Moore, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #13j CC

 

6.

HEARING AND ORDER

6a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: ACTON ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: ACTON 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 item. Hearing held and Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

7.

PRESENTATION FROM COVID-19 HEALTH EQUITY TASK FORCE

7a.

UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Presentation, as prepared by their Office of Clinical Integration.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized representatives from Worcester’s COVID-19 Equity Task Force, including UMass Memorial Health Care representatives James Leary, Monica Lowell and Jeanne Shirshac, who provided information relative to Worcester County’s vaccination process, including information concerning vaccination status by neighborhoods, vaccination sites and vaccinating the community’s most vulnerable populations. 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 Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Toomey. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera for a second time, who spoke concerning the item.

 

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Paul and Marcia Hansen request installation of "Not a Truck Route" signage entering Garrison Ave.

Attachments

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

 

8b.

Sean Kelly et al. request the winter parking ban on Trumbull St. be amended from a "permanent" ban to become a "declared" ban.

Attachments

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

 

8c.

Sean Kelly et al. request the winter parking ban on Eaton St. be amended from a "permanent" ban to become a "declared" ban.

Attachments

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

 

8d.

Sean Kelly et al. request the winter parking ban on Mercantile St. be amended from a "permanent" ban to become a "declared" ban.

Attachments

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

 

8e.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: GRAND ST. and HOLLIS ST.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively set hearings for items #8e CC and #8f CC on March 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Hearing set for March 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

8f.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: DIVISION ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for March 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8e CC)

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the appointment of Richard L. Mattioli as a constable for the City of Worcester 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
A.

Recommend the reappointments of Rachel Brown and Carol Stovall to the Citizen Advisory Council for terms to end on March 31, 2024.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to confirm the appointment. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
B.

Recommend appointment of Philip Niddrie to the Airport Advisory Committee with a term to expire on June 30, 2024.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to confirm the appointment. Confirmed on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
 

9.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
A.

Transmitting informational communication regarding a virtual Opportunity Fair established by the Worcester Police Department and Human Resources.

Attachments

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

 
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
A.

Recommend adoption of an order to solicit bids and award parking management contract for the Pearl & Elm, Federal Plaza, Major Taylor Boulevard, Union Station, Worcester Common Parking Garages, all paid surface lots and On Street Parking Management.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report that includes information concerning the current pricing of the city’s parking garages, a historical snapshot as to when those prices have increased and whether the Off-Street Parking Board has had any discussions relative to changing said garages’ rates.” (See Item #14a CC). Mayor Petty 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.

 
 

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
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion concerning the ramifications of Section 7 of SD 699 and HD 1283.

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.

 
 

9.14

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
A.

Transmitting informational communication regarding the recipients of 2021 Worcester Arts Council (WAC) grants.

Attachments

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

 
 

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
 

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
 

9.35

FINANCE ITEMS
Grants and Donations
Votes Required
A.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of One Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,000.00) to the Worcester Fire Department from The Silverbrick Group for the purchase of equipment and/or technology.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively adopt items #9.35A CM through #9.35D CM. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
Votes Required
B.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept, and expend grant funds in the amount of One Million, One Hundred Thirty Six Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Dollars and No Cents ($1,136,680.00) from the Commonwealth Corporation through the FY2021 YouthWorks Summer 2021 - Jobs for Youth and Young Adults Placed at Risk Program.

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.35A CM)

 
Votes Required
C.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to accept with gratitude a donation in the amount of One Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,000.00) to the Worcester Police Department from the Silverbrick Group.

Attachments

Resolution adopted with gratitude on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.35A CM)

 
Votes Required
D.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file, accept, and expend a training grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Technology Services and Security under the Cybersecurity Awareness Training Grant program with an approximate value of Thirty Two Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($32,000.00).

Attachments

Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.35A CM)

 
 

9.36

FINANCE ITEMS
Operational Transfers
Votes Required
A.

Recommend that Four Hundred Forty Nine Thousand Four Hundred Twenty Four Dollars and Fifty Cents ($449,424.50) be transferred from Account #330-08, Reserve for Appropriation on Loans, to Account #660-92000, Treasurer's Office Ordinary Maintenance.

Attachments

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

 
Votes Required
B.

Recommend that Three Hundred Seventy Six Thousand Six Hundred Twenty One Dollars And Eighty Three Cents ($376,621.83) 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 costs associated with the City's recent Bonds dated March 2, 2021.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally recused) (See Item #9.36A CM)

 
Votes Required
C.

Recommend that One Million One Hundred Seventy Five Thousand One Hundred Sixty Five Dollars And No Cents ($1,175,165.00) be transferred from various reserve accounts so as to provide sufficient funding for the Off-Street Program for the 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to collectively adopt items #9.36C CM, #9.36D CM and #9.37A CM. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 
Votes Required
D.

Recommend that Three Hundred Twenty Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Four Dollars And No Cents ($320,254.00) be transferred from Account #900-92000, City Manager's Contingency, and be appropriated to Account #680-92000, Technical Services Ordinary Maintenance, to fund various hardware and software maintenance and support costs through the remainder of the remainder of Fiscal Year 2021.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.36C CM)

 
 

9.37

FINANCE ITEMS
Prior Year
Votes Required
A.

Recommend that Forty Six Dollars And Thirty One Cents ($46.31) be authorized from the Fiscal Year 2021 Auditing Ordinary Maintenance Account #650-92000, to provide additional funds for a prior year invoice from WB Mason.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.36C CM)

 
 

9.38

FINANCE
Loan Orders
 

9.39

MISCELLANEOUS AGENDA TRANSMITTALS
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a city-wide Out-of-Home Advertising plan for the city of Worcester.

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor King, 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 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.

 
10.

LOAN ORDER TO BE ADOPTED

10a.

That the sum of Two Million Dollars and No Cents ($2,000,000.00) be appropriated to Account #91C71131, Worcester Arts Magnet MSBA, to pay for costs associated with replacement of the roof for the Worcester Arts Magnet School project, at 315 St. Nicholas Avenue.

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 adopt the item. Loan Order adopted on a roll call vote of 10 Yeas and 0 Nays (Wally recused).

 

11.

TABLED UNDER PRIVILEGE

11a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an updated Economic Development Report. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty March 2, 2021 and Tabled Under Privilege - Rose March 9, 2021)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #11b CC and #11c CC. Mayor Petty spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Chief Development Officer, who responded to questions raised by Mayor Petty. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson and Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Chief Development Officer and the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rose. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Wally and Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the Chief Development Officer and the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Russell. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Rosen. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager and the Chief Development Officer, who responded to questions raised by Councilor King. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera and Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to refer the items to Economic Development Committee. Referred to Economic Development Committee on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11b.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an update of the Division of Housing & Neighborhood Development Activities. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty March 2, 2021 and Tabled Under Privilege - Rose March 9, 2021)

Attachments

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

 

11c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting Information Communication Relative to the Semi-Annual TIF/TIE Reporting. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty March 2, 2021 and Tabled Under Privilege - Rose March 9, 2021)

Attachments

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

 

11d.

ORDER of Councilor Donna M. Colorio - Request City Manager and Mayor consider resuming fully in-person City Council meetings, including actions pertaining to public participation, starting at the April 6, 2021 City Council agenda. (Tabled Under Privilege - King March 9, 2021)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Colorio, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to “Request City Manager work with the Medical Director to provide City Council with a report concerning suggestions around how best to allow for in-person public participation during public meetings. Further, request City Manager include in said suggestions when such an action would be appropriate.” (See Item #14b CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who moved to amend the item: “Further, request City Manager and Mayor consider maintaining a remote option for City Council members.” 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 Mero-Carlson, who moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether other municipalities have returned to participating in their City Council meetings in person.” (See Item #14c CC) Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, Councilor Toomey and Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio for a second time, who moved to amend the item to include the words, “at the discretion of each City Council member.” Councilor Colorio then moved to, “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of resuming in-person public participation during public meetings.” (See Item #14d CC). Mayor Petty recognized the City Manager, who responded to questions raised by Councilor Colorio. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved to amend the item to remove the date referenced in the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King for a third time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item as amended. Order adopted as amended on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

 

11e.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Donna M. Colorio - That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support House Bill HD 106, An Act establishing a commission to study post-traumatic stress disorder in law enforcement officers, presented by Representative Peter J. Durant. (Tabled Under Privilege - King March 9, 2021)

Attachments

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, who moved to amend the item to include the following: “WHEREAS: The stigma surrounding mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) prevents people, particularly those in law enforcement careers, from accessing mental healthcare and; WHEREAS: Access to mental healthcare is imperative for those protecting our community, particularly law enforcement and; WHEREAS: The number of law enforcement who take their own lives increases each year, according to Blue H.E.L.P., an organization advocating for increased mental health resources for law enforcement and; WHEREAS: An estimated 228 police officers committed suicide in the U.S. in 2019 alone and; WHEREAS: Law enforcement officers experience traumatic, violent, and dangerous situations on a regular basis and; WHEREAS: Addressing the causes, solutions, and establishing programs for those suffering from PTSD will create a safer community; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support House Bill HD 106, An Act establishing a commission to study post-traumatic stress disorder in law enforcement officers, presented by Representative Peter J. Durant. BE IT FURTHER, RESOLVED: That City Clerk’s Office transmit a copy of this resolution, along with a letter of support, to the President of Massachusetts Senate Karen Spilka, Speaker of the Massachusetts House Ron Mariano, State Senator Harriette Chandler, State Senator Michael Moore, State Representative John Mahoney, State Representative James O’Day, State Representative Mary Keefe, State Representative Daniel Donahue, and State Representative David LeBoeuf.” Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who moved to, “Request City Manager request Police Chief work to be proactive in supporting police officers’ wellness, given the stress the department has been under due to COVID-19.” (See Item #14e CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to, “Request City Manager request Police Chief conduct a health and wellbeing survey of the Worcester Police Department.” (See Item #14f CC). Councilor King then moved to, “Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the work being done by the Civilian Academy.” (See Item #14g CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rose, who moved to, “Request City Manager consider exploring wellness programs consistent with the O2 X2 program for the city’s staff experiencing trauma." - Not Put. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, Councilor Colorio and Councilor King for second times, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Bergman for a second time, who spoke concerning 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.

 

11f.

ORDER of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – That City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support the Worcester Police Department’s adoption of the ShotSpotter Connect Program. (Tabled Under Privilege - King March 9, 2021)

Attachments

Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #11g CC and #11h CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Rosen, who moved to withdraw item #11g CC. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor Rosen’s motion to withdraw item #11g CC and to adopt item #11h CC. Motion approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 8 Yeas and 3 Nays (Yeas – Bergman, Colorio, Mero-Carlson, Rosen, Russell, Toomey, Wally, Petty) (Nays – King, Rivera, Rose).

 

11g.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report reviewing the ShotSpotter Connect Pilot Program at the end of its year-long pilot. (Tabled Under Privilege - King March 9, 2021)

Attachments

Leave to Withdraw on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #11f CC)

 

11h.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager work with the appropriate representatives from ShotSpotter Connect to align any ShotSpotter Connect Pilot Program in the city with the city’s upcoming fiscal year. (Tabled Under Privilege - King March 9, 2021)

Attachments

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

 

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

 

12i.

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

 

12j.

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 and Tabled - Bergman February 23, 2021)

Attachments

No action taken

 

13.

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

13a.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey – That City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support the Worcester Police Department’s adoption of the ShotSpotter Connect Program. – Item #18a CC Tabled Under Privilege – King

 

13b.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report reviewing the ShotSpotter Connect Pilot Program at the end of its year-long pilot. – Item #18b CC Tabled Under Privilege – King

 

13c.

ORDER of Councilor George J. Russell – Request City Manager work with the appropriate representatives from ShotSpotter Connect to align any ShotSpotter Connect Pilot Program in the city with the city’s upcoming fiscal year. – Item #18c CC Tabled Under Privilege – King

 

13d.

ORDER of Councilor Sean M. Rose – Request City Manager reach out to the Lakeside Apartments community to explore options for recreation in their area for their youth and families. – Item #18d CC Order adopted 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)

 

13e.

ORDER of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – Request City Manager request City Solicitor draft a Home Rule Petition exempting the Worcester City Council from the portion of the Open Meeting Law that disallows information relative to members of the City Council signing onto items as co-sponsors becoming public prior to the start of a City Council meeting. – Item #18e CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13f.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request Standing Committee on Municipal and Legislative Operations meet with the appropriate representative from the Attorney General’s Office to discuss the portion of the Open Meeting Law that disallows information relative to members of the City Council signing onto items as co-sponsors becoming public prior to the start of a City Council meeting. – Item #18f CC Referred to Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 2 Nays (Yeas – King, Mero-Carlson, Rivera, Rose, Rosen, Russell, Toomey, Wally, Petty) (Nays – Bergman, Colorio).

 

13g.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the economic impact Becker College has to its neighborhood and the city at-large. – Item #18g CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13h.

ORDER of Councilor Khrystian E. King – Request City Manager consider any new recommendations and strategies in an effort to diversify participation in the city’s various neighborhood crime watch associations. – Item #18h CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13i.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty – That the City Council does hereby suspend the rules to allow for the City Council meeting held on March 9, 2021 occur past midnight. – Item #18i CC Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

13j.

RESOLUTION of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson – That the City Council of the City of Worcester express their support and gratitude to all healthcare staff and registered nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital and throughout the City of Worcester, and furthermore; that City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby encourage Tenet Healthcare, Saint Vincent Hospital to reengage in negotiations with the Massachusetts Nurses Association to reach an agreement that ensures the safety of registered nurses, healthcare staff, and patients along with fair compensation for their work. – Item #18j CC Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 

14.

NEW BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES - Items brought forth under suspension at the March 16, 2021 City Council meeting.

14a.

Motion Wally @ #9.5A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report that includes information concerning the current pricing of the city’s parking garages, a historical snapshot as to when those prices have increased and whether the Off-Street Parking Board has had any discussions relative to changing said garages’ rates.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9.5A CM)

 

14b.

Motion Petty @ #11d CC – Request City Manager work with the Medical Director to provide City Council with a report concerning suggestions around how best to allow for in-person public participation during public meetings. Further, request City Manager include in said suggestions when such an action would be appropriate.

Attachments

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

 

14c.

Motion Mero-Carlson @ #11d CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether other municipalities have returned to participating in their City Council meetings in person.

Attachments

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

 

14d.

Motion Colorio @ #11d CC – Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of resuming in-person public participation during public meetings.

Attachments

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

 

14e.

Motion Toomey @ #11e CC – Request City Manager request Police Chief work to be proactive in supporting police officers’ wellness, given the stress the department has been under due to COVID-19.

Attachments

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

 

14f.

Motion King @ #11e CC – Request City Manager request Police Chief conduct a health and wellbeing survey of the Worcester Police Department.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 7 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Colorio, Mero-Carlson, Toomey abstained)

 

14g.

Motion King @ #11e CC – Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a report concerning the work being done by the Civilian Academy.

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 7 Yeas and 0 Nays (Bergman, Colorio, Mero-Carlson Toomey abstained)