CITY OF WORCESTER
Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Esther Howland (South) Chamber
Convened: 3:37 P.M.
Adjourned: 5:08 PM
Joseph C. O'Brien
Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford
|Chairperson Konstantina B Lukes |
|Councilor William J Eddy |
|Councilor Michael J Germain |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
|Present Were:||Chairperson Councilor Konstantina B Lukes |
Councilor William J Eddy
Councilor Michael J Germain
|Also:||Councilor Barbara G. Haller|
Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk
Petition of Virginia Ryan et al request that there will be no restriction on the number of people who wish to speak to a newly introduced petition.
# 6m CC April 07, 2009
Petition of Virginia Ryan et al request that every person or group who petitions the City Council be allowed to speak on their petition the day it appears on the agenda.
# 6k CC April 07, 2009
Petition of Virginia Ryan et al request City Council adopt a "public access" open forum during the first 30 minutes of any council meeting allowing anyone present to speak first of any item of business regardless of its position on the council agenda.
# 6l CC April 07, 2009
Petition of Ronal Madnick, Director of the Worcester County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, request that the primary petitioner for any item before City Council be allowed to speak on his or her petition the day it first appears on a City Council agenda. We ask the City Manager request the City Solicitor to amend the Rules of City Council to allow a petitioner to speak on the day their petition first appears on the City Council agenda and request the City Council adopt a "public access" open forum which would take place in the first 30 minutes of any City Council meeting and allow anyone to speak on any item of business on the agenda regardless of the of its position on the agenda. Further, request the City Manager request the City Solicitor amend the Rules of City Council to allow a "Public Access" open forum within the City Council agenda for a trial period of ten consecutive meetings of the City Council. A person can only speak once, either when their petition first appears or during the public access period but not both.
# 8e CC October 19, 2010
Speakers: Ronal Madnick, Worcester Resident
William Coleman, Worcester Resident
Jo Hart, Worcester Resident
Request the City Clerk inform City Council of the rationale for the change to the Rules of the City Council that petitions be referred to Standing Committee when first appearing on a meeting agenda.
Request the City Clerk contact the Clerks from Fitchburg and Leominster to get their perspective as to how a public access forum works in their municipality and report to City Council their successes or failures and how long this practice has been in place.
Request the City Clerk inform the City Council of the ramifications to the regular meetings of the City Council if an Open Forum was added as an item.
Report of the Committee on Rules and Legislative Affairs upon the Petition of Ronal Madnick, Director of the Worcester County Chapter American Civil Liberties Union of Mass, request that the primary petitioner for any item before the city council be allowed to speak on his or her petition the day it appears on the agenda: recommend the adoption of the accompanying Order to request the City Manager to request the City Solicitor amend the Rules of City Council to allow a petitioner to speak the day their petition appears on the City Council Agenda.
# 4a CC June 15, 2010
Order of Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - Request the City Council of the City of Worcester amend the Rules of the City Council so as to disallow meetings of the elected City Council members to take place outside the city limits.
# 9b CC March 03, 2009
Petition of Samuel Rosario request the City Council amend Rule 21 of the Rules of the City Council as it affects committee appointments to limit the amount of consecutive terms any City Council member may serve on any committee.
# 11a CC September 04, 2007
Speaker: Ronal Madnick, Worcester Resident
Petition of John Carnegie in an effort to increase civic engagement and registered voter participation request City Council's expeditious participation in implementing Article Eight of City of Worcester Home Rule Charter regarding Neighborhood Area Councils as described in attached communication.
# 12j CC January 08, 2008
Petitioner requested the Petition be amended to make it current - Approved by the Chair
Speakers: John Carnegie, Worcester Resident
William Breault, Worcester Resident
Ronal Madnick, Worcester Resident
William Coleman, Worcester Resident
Request City Manager communicate to the City Council concerning the Neighborhood Area Councils section of the City Charter: why the section has not been implemented, and a cost-benefit analysis to this section being funded.
Petition of William Coleman, III et al request City Council place before the voters in the November 3rd Municipal Election the following Non-binding Opinion Survey Question: "Shall a Commission be elected to frame a charter for the City of Worcester?"
# 5z CC October 06, 2009
Petitioner request the petition be amended to make it current - Approved by the Chair
Petition of William Breault, Main South Alliance for Public Safety, request legislation be filed with the Great and General Court to enable the City of Worcester to adopt an ordinance which will allow for the impoundment and seizure of motor vehicles in conjunction with the arrest of persons for solicitation of a prostitute.
# 7b CC May 10, 2011
Speaker: William Breault, Worcester Resident
Ronal Madnick, Worcester Resident
Mr. Breault submitted some additional materials to the Committee (see Report of the Comittee on September 6, 2011 agenda) and requested to amend the petition to include conviction.
Recommend Approval as amended on a roll call vote of 3 - 0
Chairman's Order from the Committee on Rules & Legislative Affairs - Request the City Council's Standing Committee on Rules and Legislative Affairs work with Grace Ross to create a vehicle for Worcester residents to learn how to best become advocates for legislative changes.
# 10j CC June 10, 2008
In Committee May 17, 2010 - Held
|In Committee for informational purposes only|
Petition of Jo Hart request procedures be created so that all material (paper documents, discs, etc.) given to the City Council or to a Standing Committee be more clearly defined so that all such materials be placed on the city's web site and made part of the record so it is accessible and available to everyone.
# 7i CC June 01, 2010
Recommend Leave to withdraw
Request the City Clerk submit to City Council a report that provides a step by step tutorial relative to accessing documents that appear on a City Council Agenda through the city's web site.