CITY OF WORCESTER

AGENDA OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Esther Howland Chamber

7:00 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Tony Economou
Michael T. Gaffney Khrystian E. King
Konstantina B. Lukes Candy Mero-Carlson City Clerk
Susan M. Ledoux
Sarai Rivera Gary Rosen
George J. Russell Kathleen M. Toomey
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

2.

ROLL CALL

3.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

4.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

4a Adopt

4a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of May 17, 2016.

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

6.

HEARINGS & ORDERS - 7:00 P.M.

6a - 6c Hold Hearings & Adopt

6a.

Hearing: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS for a conduit location at: WELLINGTON ST.

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

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6b.

Hearing: LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: PROSPECT ST./SUMMER ST.

Granting permission to LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: PROSPECT ST./SUMMER ST.

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6c.

Hearing: LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: FLAGG ST.

Granting permission to LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: FLAGG ST.

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7.

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

7a Refer to Public Service and Transportation Committee

7a.

Councilor Gary Rosen on behalf of Merari Alvarado request to improve/increase the street lighting in the vicinity of 16 Winchester Ave.

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7b & 7c Refer to Public Works Committee

7b.

Beth Wilson request illegal dumping on Hudson St. and Townsend St. be addressed.

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7c.

William Marks Sr. request sidewalk & stairway repair in front of 3 Frederick St., which was caused from a water main leak and weather related issues.

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7d - 7f Refer to Traffic and Parking Committee

7d.

Kelton Petrollari request removal of handicap parking space in front of 266 Burncoat St.

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7e.

Connie Cappabianca request removal of "No Parking Anytime" signage from in front of the Worcester District Courthouse at 225 Main St.

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7f.

Councilor Gary Rosen on behalf of Andrew Freilich request to install signs on both sides of Moreland St. indicating no turning left or right on to Old Brook Dr. between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM.

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7g - 7s Set hearing for Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

7g.

NATIONAL GRID for conduit and manhole locations at: GROVE ST & PARK AVE.

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7h.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS, LLC for a conduit location at: JUNE ST. AT NEWTON SQUARE

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7i.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at : PLEASANT ST. & COPLEY RD.

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7j.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at: CORAL ST. & GRAFTON ST.

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7k.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: HILLCROFT AVE., BLUEHILL RD., BURNCOAT ST. & MARYANN DR.

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7l.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at: MAIN ST (Irene St. to Clement St.)

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7m.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at: STAFFORD ST AT MAIN ST.

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7n.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at: PORTLAND ST.

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7o.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for conduit location at: HUNTLEY ST.

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7p.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: FREELAND ST.

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7q.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: MOWER ST.

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7r.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: FLAGG ST. (Rittenhouse Rd. to Audubon Rd.)

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7s.

LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS LLC for a conduit location at: 170 BELMONT ST.

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8.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS - PART I

8a - 8z Adopt

8a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks report to City Council the cost for outsourcing median maintenance throughout the City. (Bergman)

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8b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager report to City Council the free cash history for the last ten years. (Lukes)

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8c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning when micro-trenching is used and how it’s done. (Petty)

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8d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding options for decreasing trash bag fees for low income households. (Rivera)

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8e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks decrease as best as possible liquid residue from trash vehicles. (Rivera)

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8f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager look into whether printing jobs for the City can be done by Worcester based vendors or Worcester Technical High School. (Toomey)

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8g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks talk with the Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools to discuss sharing services and responsibilities in relation to maintaining grounds. (Lukes)

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8h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks recognize volunteers for the work they do around the City through social media and other available platforms. (Toomey)

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8i.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks report to City Council concerning who trimmed the trees in the Blue Bell Rd. area and the practices they used. (Economou)

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8j.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks review the location of GAR plaques in order to guarantee their preservation in a public location. (Lukes)

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8k.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether or not Hope Cemetery operations should be an enterprise account. (Lukes)

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8l.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks look into other ways to water the Green Hill Golf Course that may offset its cost. (Toomey)

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8m.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager develop a process to allow the Department of Public Works and Parks to handle the installation of handicap parking spaces administratively, with City Council still maintaining an appeal process. (Lukes)

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8n.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report outlining how funds are used concerning the “Other Personal Services” section of the Inspectional Services budget. (Russell)

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8o.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how the City plans to account for the new rules for granting overtime to its employees in the FY2017 Budget. (Toomey)

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8p.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding the money the City is paying to its constables, comparing that to what they are claiming when they pay their fees to the City. (Russell)

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8q.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report outlining reducing all benefits for the City Council in the FY2017 Budget. (Mero-Carlson)

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8r.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a list of payments and stipends made to any board, commission or committee for review for the FY2017 Budget. (Lukes)

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8s.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools hold a training course to learn how to review the school budget for City Councilors who may not be familiar with it. (Toomey)

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8t.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools provide City Council with a report breaking down class sizes based on the student to teacher ratio, typically provided as a supplemental report to the School Committee. (Lukes)

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8u.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools provide City Council with a report as to the ratio of academic versus nonacademic administrative staff persons, regardless of whether or not their salaries are funded through tax levies. (Lukes)

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8v.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools reach out to traditional print media outlets in the City to volunteer space in the newspaper to list colleges the public school students have gotten into. Further, request City Manager include in City’s August tax bills a list of colleges those high school students have gotten into. (Bergman)

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8w.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools provide City Council with a report concerning what the ratio of school adjustment counselors per student is in the City, and further, what the ratio should be ideally. (King)

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8x.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a comprehensive report concerning the tracking of police resource responses and arrests in the Worcester Public Schools. (King)

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8y.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager work with the Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools to explore options for ensuring appropriate clinical support is available to students in the Worcester Public Schools. (King)

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8z.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools provide City Council with a report concerning the correlation between the end of school days coinciding with an uptick in crimes throughout the City. Further, request said report provide information concerning whether or not an uptick would provide a basis for receiving afterschool grant monies. (Lukes)

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9.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS - PART II

9a - 9m Adopt

9a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools provide City Council with a report as to whether the legal counsel of Worcester Public Schools feels their response in dealing with the issue of gender neutral bathrooms is appropriate. (Lukes)

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9b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with the percentage of the number of police calls received dealing with mental health issues. (Lukes)

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9c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide City Council with a breakdown of the different types of police calls received over each of the last seven (7) years. (Lukes)

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9d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request Police Chief work with the Superintendent of Schools to identify services that are necessary for police officers who are assigned to work in the City’s schools to have in order to ensure they are prepared for various issues that may arise in those schools. (Lukes)

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9e.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report of what the payback would be if the City bought the equipment for the radio system and financed it, rather than leasing the equipment. Further, request report include whether the equipment has to be purchased all at once, or if it could be purchased in pieces. (Russell)

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9f.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager consider drafting a special legislation to create a design review team. (Lukes)

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9g.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the process the City plans to utilize to revitalize properties of owners out of compliance with the Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan. Further, request said report include information concerning City Council’s role in this process. (Gaffney)

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9h.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the ramifications of Time Warner’s purchase of Charter Communications, including the impact it may have on the City’s franchise agreement as well as the services provided to the City. (Lukes)

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9i.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a legal opinion concerning possible restrictions against taking properties in the Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan away from one business and providing the property to another business. (Russell)

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9j.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager consider for future budgets developing a down payment incentive program for employees, especially including public safety personnel, to purchase owner occupied properties in the City. (Russell)

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9k.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what benefits other towns receive from advertising and what has been produced from advertising efforts thus far. (Russell)

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9l.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS - That City Council approves the following the framework to be used to conduct the Annual Performance Evaluation of the City Manager on June 28, 2016: (see attached)

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9m.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - Request City Manager set up a meeting between City officials, State legislators and service providers for the homeless population in Worcester to discuss supportive services and issues pertaining to homelessness in the City.

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10.

ORDERS

10a.

Request City Manager establish a bike share master plan with a focus to roll out in FY17. Further, request the plan include options for bike taxis, hubs, internet rental program, and to tie in with major WRTA stops. (Toomey)

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10b.

Request City Manager request Chief of Police provide enforcement of the excessive and unreasonable noise ordinance in the vicinity of Shrewsbury St. to deter automobile drivers and motorcyclists from operating their vehicles’ sound levels and accelerations in an illegal manner. (Toomey)

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10c.

Request City Manager request the Police Chief increase the police presence in the South Worcester area. (Rivera)

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10d.

Request City Manager request the Police Chief provide traffic enforcement in Canterbury St. especially when children are released from school in the mornings and afternoons. (Rivera)

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10e.

Request City Manager develop a policy for having a police presence, when appropriate, at times that open public meetings are taking place. (Petty)

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10f.

Request City Manager amend and resubmit previous report on vacant and new positions, item 9.36D dated May 24, 2016, to include annual salaries of each vacant position as stated in the proposed budget by department along with the annual vacancy factor associated with each respective department. (Lukes)

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10g.

Request City Manager submit an estimated assessor's recap comparing the proposed FY 17 tax levy with the current real estate assessments and the FY 16 assessed values. (Lukes)

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10h.

Request City Manager submit a report listing the top 100 delinquent tax payers and amounts owed for each year of arrearages. (Lukes)

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10i.

Request City Manager request the Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools to report on the six million dollars withheld from their bus company over contract issues and how that money is shown in the school department's proposed budget, and if not shown, how that money will be allocated in FY 17. (Lukes)

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10j.

Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide a report on what contracts and leases require City Council approval and the required number of votes for each approval. (Lukes)

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10k.

Request City Manager report as soon as possible to City Council as to whether the many big trailer trucks and rigs that are parking overnight and often for days on Mill St. opposite Coes Pond and near the former Price Chopper Market have the right and need to do so. (Rosen)

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10l.

Request the City Manager set aside and designate the prominent and triangular shaped "island" at the intersection of Belmont St. and Lincoln St. (see attached map) as the permanent location for the placement and (re) dedication of the "Citizens of Color of Worcester Honor Roll" (formerly called the Colored Citizens of Worcester Honor Roll) to take place in December 2017 and to place signage there announcing same. (Bergman)

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11.

RESOLUTION

11a.

That the Worcester City Council go on record in support of the residents and business in the Brown Square Area and their request to direct the City Manager to communicate with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) and respectfully demand that the Mass DOT honor their commitment as stated in the 2010 memorandum of understanding between CSX, the City of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts and immediately begin the widening of the Plantation Street Bridge at Atchison Street. (Mero-Carlson)

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12.

COMMUNICATIONS

12a.

Edward M. Augustus, Jr., City Manager, transmitting informational communication relative to a summary of Certified Free Cash for the last ten (10) years.

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12b.

Edward M. Augustus, City Manager, recommending that the City Council or the Committee on Finance convene in Executive Session to discuss litigation strategy with respect to recommended appropriations for the Law Department.

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13.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

13a - 13y Accept

13a.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Petition of Dan Clark, Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, request an amendment to Chapter 8, Section 9B of the Revised Ordinances regarding the Regulation of Feeding or Baiting of Waterfowl to include no feeding of any gull (including, but not limited to ring-billed, herring and great black-back) at any place within the city: recommend Petition be referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks.

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13b.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the status of homelessness: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13c.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Employee Wellness Programs: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13d.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a Women's Needs Survey: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13e.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City's state of Preparedness to respond to an Ebola Outbreak: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13f.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City’s State of Preparedness to Respond to Large Scale Disasters and as it Relates to a Public Health Emergency: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Infant Mortality Rate in the City of Worcester: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13h.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication Relative to the Final Report of the Union Hill Health Impact Assessment: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13i.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommending adoption of an Ordinance to Re-Establish the Board of Health with the Powers and Duties of Boards of Health Statewide: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13j.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Accreditation of the Public Health Division: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13k.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an update of the One City One Library (OCOL) initiative: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13l.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a presentation on the Gun Buyback Program: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13m.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Bike Share Programs: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13n.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Safe Routes to School Evaluation Report: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13o.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Spring 2014 Asian Longhorned Beetle Status Report: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13p.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Development of a Voluntary Emergency Preparedness Registry for People Requiring Additional Assistance: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13q.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the responsibilities of the members of the Board of Health as requested by City Council: recommend Communication be placed on file.

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13r.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Petition of Jo Hart request the Standing Committee on Public Health & Human Services schedule and hear my request: "Petition of Jo Hart request the Mayor immediately hold a full and well publicized public meeting with the full city government and Police Chief, mediated by the Commissioner of Public Health to explore and improve current city initiatives for and against Worcester's homeless population with a full question and answer between the public and city officials." that has been pending before Committee since February 10, 2015, which is a duplicate request made by me in 2013: recommend Petition be placed on file.

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13s.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Petition of Jo Hart request the Mayor immediately hold a full and well publicized public meeting with the full city government and Police Chief, mediated by the Commissioner of Public Health, to explore and improve current city initiatives for and against Worcester's homeless population with a full question and answer between the public and city officials: recommend Petition be placed on file.

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13t.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Petition of Madeline Davenport request that No Smoking be permitted in Parks and Recreational areas in the City of Worcester: recommend Petition be placed on file.

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13u.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Petition of William Breault request the City Council amend the Revised Ordinances relative to the Use of Marijuana in Public Places: recommend Petition be placed on file.

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13v.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Petition of William Breault on behalf of the Main South Alliance for Public Safety request City Council request the City Manager enforce the existing ban on the distribution of certain herbs coated with synthetic chemicals most times sold under the names of "K2, Spice, Genie or Zohai" that mimic marijuana or THC derivative high at convenience stores or gas stations: recommend Petition be placed on file.

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13w.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Order of Councilor Michael T. Gaffney - Request the Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services set up a series of public debates relative to the request of the City Manager to seek legislation to convert the Board of Health from an advisory capacity to a regulatory capacity: recommend Order be placed on file.

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13x.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Chairman's Order from the Committee on Finance - Request City Clerk determine if using the Senior Work-off Program could be utilized as a way to increase the salary of the poll workers: recommend Chairman's Order be placed on file.

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13y.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Upon the Report of the Committee on Public Health & Human Services Upon the Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - Request City Council's Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services study the feasibility of introducing an Elder Volunteer Property Tax Work-Off Program as originally suggested by Joe Casello, a Worcester resident, through his petition to the City Council: recommend Report and Order be placed on file.

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TO BE ORDAINED

14a - 14j Ordain on a roll call

14a.

Amending Section 29 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 providing for Stop Sign on DiGregorio Drive at Trenton Street for westbound traffic.

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14b.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 14 Clarendon Street

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14c.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 19 Huntington Avenue.

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14d.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking on Carlstad Street.

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14e.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 68 Amherst Street.

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14f.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to provide handicap parking in front of 21 Woodland Street

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14g.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to install “No Parking Anytime” in front of 1025 Millbury Street

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14h.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to amend “No Parking Anytime” on Ernest Avenue

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14i.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to install “No Parking Anytime” on the North Side of Dorchester Street between Ward Street and Vernon Street

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14j.

Amending Section 42 of Chapter 13 of the Revised Ordinances of 2008 to install 30 Minute Parking on the south side of Huntington Avenue

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15.

TABLED ITEMS

15a.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the number of properties in areas surrounding Holy Cross, Clark University, Becker College and WPI that are listed as having true four-bedroom units. (Tabled - Bergman August 19, 2014)

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15b.

PETITION of Frank Kartheiser et al on behalf of the Worcester Community-Labor Coalition request City Council hold public hearings starting in October on charter change and that at the conclusion of the hearings the Council takes a vote on holding an election to let the voters decide Worcester's future form of government. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes August 19, 2014 and Tabled - Petty September 16, 2014)

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15c.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager recommending approval of Legislation to Impose a Fine on Motorists that Damage a Bridge that is marked with a Height Restriction. (Tabled - Bergman December 2, 2014)

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15d.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Brittan Square Parking Lot. (Tabled - Palmieri January 7, 2015 and January 13, 2015)

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15e.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman - Request City Manager provide information from the City Solicitor as to what steps are available to enforce breaches of the Services Agreement with Laz Parking Limited, LLC in regards to City owned parking garages, specifically the Federal Plaza Parking Garage. (Tabled - Petty January 7, 2015, Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman January 13, 2015 and Tabled - Bergman January 20, 2015)

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15f.

ORDER of Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Tony Economou and Councilor George J. Russell - Request City Manager provide information from the City Assessor, Chief Financial Officer and City Solicitor as to the assessed real property values of all City owned parking garages, the amount of debt, if any, the anticipated repairs and/or capital improvements costs for fiscal year(s) 2015/2016 and the existing lease commitments/terms for spaces in these garages. (Tabled - Petty January 7, 2015, Tabled Under Privilege - Bergman January 13, 2015 and Tabled - Bergman January 20, 2015)

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15g.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Upon the Order of Councilor Michael T. Gaffney request City Manager consider amending the Five Point Financial Plan to require that any increases in local aid received from the Commonwealth be assigned to the Other Post Employment Benefit Trust Fund: recommend Order be placed on file. (Tabled - Gaffney June 16, 2015)

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15h.

ORDER of Councilor Gary Rosen and Councilor Philip P. Palmieri - Request City Manager inform City Council as to whether he and other representatives from the city intend to meet with the owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox to see if they have any interest in relocating to Worcester. (Tabled - Gaffney September 29, 2015)

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15i.

PETITION of Todd Holland request the City Council Calendar available on the City Government web site provide the following: 1) Under description a full and accurate synopsis be placed to properly inform all citizens of the true & accurate purpose of said meeting. 2) Under the Heading of "More Information" a link is provided to available agenda and purpose of meeting. 3) All meeting minutes be available on line in a timely manor and to include accurate details on presenters, attendees and attachments of any proposed plans. 4) A more efficient format making it easier to navigate using a graphical user interface friendly to people who lack full computer literacy. (Tabled - Economou January 12, 2016)

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15j.

PETITION of Todd Holland request all City of Worcester agendas include the name of the specific person(s) or department presenting on each item in a given agenda. (Tabled - Economou January 12, 2016)

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15k.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication on a quarterly update relative to the City of Worcester’s plan to implement improved strategies and policies that better serve and represent our diverse community. (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes January 26, 2016) (Tabled - Petty February 2, 2016)

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15l.

PETITION of Denise Healey request removal of granite borders placed by the City onto private properties on Plantation St., and placed instead in a City park. (Tabled - Mero-Carlson February 9, 2016)

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15m.

PETITION of Denise Healey request removal of large planters clumped together on Plantation St. (Tabled - Mero-Carlson February 9, 2016)

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15n.

PETITION of Denise Healey request the targeted second "makeover" of Shrewsbury St. be placed on hold until other city streets have had their first "makeover". (Tabled - Mero-Carlson February 9, 2016)

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15o.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty request City Manager reach out to Verizon to make inquiries regarding expansion of FIOS into Worcester in light of their recent investment in Boston. (Tabled - Petty May 17, 2016)

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15p.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a list of the non-profit agencies who keep their properties on the tax rolls. (Tabled - Gaffney - May 24, 2016)

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15q.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report listing properties that have been converted from commercial or industrial to residential. (Tabled - Gaffney - May 24, 2016)

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16.

BUSINESS UNDER SUSPENSION - Item brought forth under suspension at the May 24, 2016 City Council meeting.

16a.

ORDER of Mayor Petty @ #9.13A CM - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding the process necessary to create a historical district. – Item #15a Order adopted

16b.

ORDER of Councilor Toomey @ #9.13A CM – Request City Manager include members of the Mt. Carmel community as well as people/residents in the surrounding area in any future discussions regarding developing the Mt. Carmel property into a historic district as well as the demolition delay waiver application process. – Item #15b Order adopted

16c.

ORDER of Councilor Lukes @ #9.13A - Request City Manager request the City Solicitor review to what extent a public body such as City Council should get involved in religious issues when it concerns a community asset and what, if any, obligation does the City Council have to notify the Historical Commission that there is a legal dilemma in that the entity bringing a request for a demolition delay waiver has no legal standing and therefore the request cannot be allowed. – Item #15c Order adopted

16d.

ORDER of Councilor Russell @ #9.13A CM – Request City Manager examine the deed for the property at Mt. Carmel Church to determine who is the proper owner of this property. – Item #15d Order adopted

16e.

ORDER of Councilor Rosen@ #9.13A CM – Request City Manager request the City Solicitor report if there is any action the city can take to preserve and save buildings in the city from being demolished by developers. – Item #15e Order adopted

16f.

ORDER of Councilor Gaffney @ #9.15A CM – Request City Manager provide City Council with the number of 911 calls requiring police at Union Station. – Item #15f Order adopted

16g.

ORDER of Councilor Rivera – Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager meet with the License Commission as soon as possible to discuss 765 Main St., the Albion Lodging House, to present data on police incidents, code violations and neighborhood complaints for this property. – Item #15g Order adopted

16h.

ORDER of Councilor Rivera – Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager provide the License Commission with monthly reports from the Worcester Police Department, Inspectional Services and minutes from the Shepard-King Neighborhood Association Crime Watch Meetings as a means to track progress, or lack thereof, toward significant reduction in anti-neighborhood activities. – Item #15h Order adopted

16i.

ORDER of Councilor Rivera – Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report on 765 Main St. and its status as a persistent problem property. – Item #15i Order adopted

16j.

ORDER of Councilor Rivera – Suspension of Rules - Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the process for an annual rooming house license renewal and to include in this report the renewal date for 765 Main St. and whether or not there is a possibility for public input. – Item #15j Order adopted


Scheduled Meetings of the Standing Committees

 
Tuesday, May. 31, 2016
04:15 PM -
Finance Committee
Chairperson Joseph M. Petty, Kathleen M. Toomey, Konstantina B. Lukes, Tony Economou, Sarai Rivera, George J. Russell, Morris A. Bergman, Michael T. Gaffney, Gary Rosen, Khrystian E. King, Candy Mero-Carlson
   Re: Budget FY2017

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

 

   
Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2016
06:00 PM -
Public Works Committee
Chairperson George J. Russell, Kathleen M. Toomey, Candy Mero-Carlson
   

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

 

   
Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2016
05:30 PM -
Traffic and Parking Committee
Chairperson Konstantina B. Lukes, Michael T. Gaffney, Khrystian E. King
   

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

 

   
Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2016
05:30 PM -
Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee
Chairperson Morris A. Bergman, Michael T. Gaffney, Konstantina B. Lukes
   

Esther Howland (South) Chamber