CITY OF WORCESTER
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Esther Howland (South) Chamber
Convened: 5:03 P.M.
Adjourned: 5:41 P.M.
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
|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
Vice Chairperson Councilor Sean M Rose
Councilor Matthew E Wally|
|Also:||Chief Development Officer Peter Dunn
City Solicitor Michael Traynor
Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk
Approval of the Minutes
Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Economic Development hereby approves the minutes of the Economic Development Committee meeting on April 6, 2021.
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.
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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Deborah Packard, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3a
2. Beth Proko, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor or opposed to item #3b
Communications of City Manager
Recommend adoption of an order relative to the Boys’ Club in Lincoln Square.
# 9.4A CM April 13, 2021
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the Chief Development Officer, who provided an overview and history of the city’s development of the Boy’s Club property in Lincoln Square.
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Executive Vice President of WinnProperties, Michael O’Brien, who discussed the various aspects of the project and the work WinnProperties has done with the city up to this point.
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson discussed her excitement for another project in the city’s Lincoln Square gateway, especially one that addresses elderly housing.
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Wally, who provided his support for the item and that the location would continue to honor the memorial on the property.
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Rose, who discussed assurances that parking would be addressed by WinnProperties with Executive Vice President of WinnProperties, Michael O’Brien.
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.
Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.
Transmitting informational communication relative to the regulations applicable to the operation of private social clubs.
# 8.13G November 10, 2020
In Committee March 9, 2021 - Held
In Committee April 6, 2021 - Held
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized Councilor Wally, who discussed whether the city has enough regulations to oversee private social clubs and “bring your own beer” (BYOB) establishments with the City Solicitor.
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson discussed whether BYOB establishments have limitations as to how much alcohol can be consumed, the hours of operation they must abide by and whether entertainment licenses are required in said establishments.
Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson then brought forth the following Chairman’s Order: Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether all the city’s private social clubs have entertainment licenses and food licenses.
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
Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning whether all the city’s private social clubs have entertainment licenses and food licenses.