CITY OF WORCESTER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:03 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:41 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson
Vice Chairperson Sean M Rose
Councilor Matthew E Wally
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson Councilor Sean M. Rose Councilor Matthew E. Wally
 
Also:Councilor Gary Rosen Director of Energy and Asset Management John Odell Director of Housing and Health Amanda Wilson Chief Information Officer Eileen Cazaropoul City Solicitor Michael Traynor City Clerk Nikolin Vangjeli, clerk
 
1.

Approval of the Minutes

1a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Economic Development hereby approves the minutes of the Economic Development Committee meeting on April 7, 2020.

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

2.

Communications of the City Manager

2a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a report as to status and condition of 18 Palisades Street. # 9.16A CM November 12, 2019

In Committee January 28, 2020 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the Director of Housing and Health Inspections, who provided an overview of the status and condition of 18 Palisades St., including information concerning an enforcement order was issued to the property owner to clean the location.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson spoke to looking into new strategies and programs that could try to help resolve the ongoing issues at the property. Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson then discussed the housing court process with the Director of Housing and Health Inspections.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Wally, who thanked the administration and the committee for the work to minimize the problem properties throughout the city.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke with the Director of Housing and Health Inspections regarding new software available through a grant with the Attorney Generalís Office to help mitigate some of the cyclical issues associated with problem properties, including predictive analytics the program makes available.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Chief Information Officer, who discussed the capabilities of the new software available through the grant.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

2b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a list of all current problem properties in the court system or foreclosure process as well as an overview of the system the City uses to track and provide follow up on issues concerning problem properties. # 9.16B CM November 12, 2019

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the Director of Housing and Health Inspections, who discussed the list of problem properties in the court system and foreclosure process.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson discussed whether information the Assessorís Office holds could be cross-referenced with the new program available through the grant.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

2c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Municipal Electric Aggregation Plan in Worcester which offers participants a greener electricity supply, improved price stability, and consumer protections. # 9.27A CM November 12, 2019

In Committee January 28, 2020 - Held In Committee March 9, 2020 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

2d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the development of a Permit History application. # 10.29A CM March 26, 2019

In Committee November 18, 2019 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who spoke to the need for a Permit History application in the city and was grateful that information relative to building permits being more readily available on the cityís website. Councilor Wally then praised the administration for their work in completing the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Rose, who gave his thanks to the administration for completing the application.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson spoke to the ease of access for more information on the access and thanked the administration for their work on the application.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.