CITY OF WORCESTER
Finance Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Esther Howland (South) Chamber
Convened: 4:03 P.M.
Adjourned: 6:47 P.M.
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford
|Chairperson Joseph M Petty |
|Councilor Morris A Bergman |
|Councilor Tony Economou |
|Councilor Michael T Gaffney |
|Councilor Konstantina B Lukes |
|Councilor Philip P Palmieri |
|Councilor Sarai Rivera |
|Councilor Gary Rosen |
|Councilor Frederick C Rushton |
|Councilor George J Russell |
|Councilor Kathleen M Toomey |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
|Present Were:||All members present with the Mayor as the Chair except for Councilors Bergman, Lukes, Palmieri, Rushton and Toomey. Councilor Palmieri arrived at 4:08 P.M., Councilor Lukes arrived at 4:13 P.M., Councilor Toomey arrived at 4:19 P.M., Councilor Rushton arrived at 4:21 P.M. and Councilor Bergman arrived at 5:10 P.M.
City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer Thomas F. Zidelis
City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk|
|Also:||Chief of Police Gary J. Gemme
Fire Chief Gerard A. Dio
Acting Director of Emergency Communications Richard Fiske
Commissioner of Inspectional Services John R. Kelly
City Auditor Robert V. Stearns
Executive Secretary for Retirement Elizabeth Early
City Solicitor David M. Moore|
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Hearing - Police Department
Police Department - pg. 141
Request City Manager consider in the future providing additional funding to our public safety divisions to continue needed community services. (Rivera)
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Hearing - Fire Department
Fire Department - pg. 160
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Hearing - Department of Emergency Communications
Emergency Communications / Emergency Management - pg. 172
Request City Manager report plans for the use of the space currently occupied by the Emergency Communications/Management departments when they relocate to Coppage Dr. (Lukes)
Request City Manager report what constitutes other personnel services in the budget of Emergency Communications. (Russell)
Request City Manager report how many vehicles are used by the city, report the year, model and mileage of those vehicles, and their purposes and further, report the feasibility of vehicle sharing between departments. (Russell, Lukes)
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Hearing - Department of Inspectional Services
Inspectional Services - Building & Zoning / Housing Inspections / Health Inspections - pg. 178
Request City Manager provide City Council with a complete list of fees charged by Inspectional Services Department. Further, for comparison purposes, request City Manager provide the fees levied by utility companies such as National Grid for services provide to customers. (Lukes, Petty)
Request City Manager request Inspectional Services consider consolidating the payment of fees; this would benefit and be more convenient to the public as well as streamlining city operations. (Palmieri)
Request City Manager consider having Technical Services and or other tech partners create a phone app for permitting. (Toomey)
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Hearing - Legislative Offices
City Council - pg. 31
Mayor's Office - pg. 34
City Clerk - pg. 37
Election Commission - pg. 41
City Auditor - pg. 46
Retirement - Contributory Pensions & Non-Contributory - pg. 50
Councilor Lukes made a motion see item #11f on the City Council agenda for May 20, 2014.
Councilor Gaffney moved to amend: Further, request the report include the cost of liability when it is finally funded in the future.
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Hearing - Law Department
Law Department - pg.133
Property & Casualty Insurance - pg. 137
Court Judgments - pg. 139
Request City Council schedule an executive session for the purpose of discussing all court judgments that includes especially the recently decided case involving a police officer. (Lukes)
Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Recommendation.
# 8.32D CM May 13, 2014
Communications of the City Manager
Requesting the opportunity to make a PowerPoint presentation as an informational overview of the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Budget.
# 10a CC May 06, 2014
Transmitting informational communication relative to the amounts of monies generated by the Hotel/Motel Tax for the past three years and how those amounts have been spent and allocated.
# 8.27A CM April 29, 2014
Transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Revenues and Expenditures through March for Fiscal Year 2014, per the City's Five Point Plan.
# 8.24A CM April 29, 2014
Transmitting informational communication relative to the Governor's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal.
# 9.24B CM February 04, 2014
Transmitting informational communication relative to Outside Legal Counsel Spending.
# 10.24B CM June 18, 2013
Transmitting information communication relative to the Debt Service Schedule for the City’s issuance of $500,000.00 in Bonds Associated with the Downtown Urban Renewal Project Proposed in the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget to be undertaken by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority.
# 10.24A CM June 18, 2013
Dr. Roberta Schaefer, President & CEO of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, transmitting communication relative to "Worcester's FY14 Budget: Making Ends Meet".
# 12a CC June 11, 2013