CITY OF WORCESTER

Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 4:06 P.M.

Recessed: 5:25 P.M. Reconvened: 5:33 P.M. Recessed: 7:00 P.M. Reconvened: 7:43 P.M. Adjourned: 9:22 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Joseph M Petty
Councilor Morris A Bergman
Councilor Tony Economou
 
Councilor Michael T Gaffney
Councilor Khrystian E King
Councilor Konstantina B Lukes
Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson
Councilor Sarai Rivera
Councilor Gary Rosen
Councilor George J Russell
Councilor Kathleen M Toomey

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:All members were present with the Mayor as the Chair except for Councilors King, Lukes, and Toomey. Councilor King arrived at 4:10 P.M., Councilor Toomey arrived at 4:11 P.M. and Councilor Lukes arrived at 4:14 P.M. City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. Chief Financial Officer Thomas F. Zidelis City Auditor Robert V. Stearns City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk
 
Also:Chief of Police Steven M. Sargeant Fire Chief Michael J. Lavoie Director of Communications Richard Fiske, III Chief Development Officer Michael E. Traynor, Esq. Assistant City Manager for Operations and Director of Human Resources Kathleen G. Johnson Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Paul J. Moosey Inspectional Services Commissioner John R. Kelly City Solicitor David Moore
 
1.

FY 2018 Budget Hearing - Worcester Police Department

1a.

Police Department - X-1, pg. 111

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Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what the funds being allocated to security services in the Worcester Police Department FY 2018 budget will be used for. (Russell)

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning what the cost would be to bring in ten more police officers, as well as any OPEB liabilities that might be associated with bringing them in. Further, request City Manager include in said report a comparison between bringing in ten more police officers against using overtime. (Lukes, Economou)

2.

FY 2018 Budget Hearing - Fire Department

2a.

Fire Department - XI-1, pg. 133

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Budget Approved

3.

FY 2018 Budget Hearing - Emergency Communications and Management

3a.

Emergency Communications/Emergency Management - XII-1, pg. 145

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Budget Approved

4.

FY 2018 Budget Hearings - Department of Economic Development

4a.

Economic Development - VII-1, pg. 57

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Budget Approved

4b.

Union Station/Worcester Redevelopment Authority - VII-2, pg. 65

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Mayor Petty recognized former City Councilor Philip P. Palmieri, who addressed the Committee concerning the Union Station/Worcester Redevelopment Authority budget.

Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the projected rate of return on buildouts at Union Station to determine if the City should make such an investment. (Gaffney)

4c.

Workforce Investment Board - VII-3, pg. 69

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Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the successes of the Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Central Career Center. (Gaffney)

4d.

Workforce Central Career Center - VII-4, pg. 73

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Budget Approved

4e.

Marketing Campaign - VII-5, pg. 77

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Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager include in future budgets information concerning the agency that will be using funds whenever it is not the agency directly associated with said funds. (Gaffney)

Request City Manager provide City Council with a detailed report regarding how money is spent in the Marketing Campaign budget, including money spent on advertising and what media it is spent on. (Russell)

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding NACA and how such a program could be used to attract public safety officials to buy homes in the Cityís neighborhoods. (Petty)

4f.

Cable Services - VII-6, pg. 79

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Budget Approved

4g.

License Commission - VII-7, pg. 83

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Budget Approved

5.

FY 2018 Budget Hearings - Human Resources

5a.

Human Resources - VIII-1, pg. 85

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Councilor Mero-Carlson moved to disclose she works for an insurance company.

Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the pros and cons of taking $3,500,000 from the Internal Service Fund as a means of giving it back to the taxpayers of the City. Further, request City Manager include in said report information regarding how said fund is replenished. (Gaffney, Economou)

Request City Manager indicate in future budgets the monies allocated into various trust funds. (Gaffney)

5b.

Worker's Compensation and Public Safety IOD - VIII-2, pg. 91

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Budget Approved

5c.

Unemployment Compensation - VIII-3, pg. 95

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Budget Approved

5d.

Health Insurance - VIII-4, pg. 97

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Budget Approved

6.

FY 2018 Budget Hearings - City Manager's Office

6a.

City Manager's Office - IV-1, pg. 25

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Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the successes of the Municipal/Intergovernmental Affairs position in the City Managerís office. (Gaffney)

6b.

Contingency - IV-2, pg. 31

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Budget Approved

7.

FY 2017 Budget Hearings - Legislative Offices

7a.

City Council - III-1, pg. 1

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Budget Approved

7b.

Mayor's Office - III-2, pg. 5

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Budget Approved

7c.

City Clerk's Office - III-3, pg. 7

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Budget Approved

7d.

Board of Election Commissioners - III-4, pg. 11

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Budget Approved

8.

FY 2018 Budget Hearings - Department of Public Works and Parks

8a.

Auditorium - XV-1, pg. 163

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Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the impact any cost savings found in the FY 2018 budget may have on setting the next tax rate. Further, request City Manager include in said report projections for the increases in the next rate, as well as information concerning how new growth may be effecting the tax levy. (Economou, Russell)

8b.

Administration - XV-2, pg. 165

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Budget Approved

8c.

Engineering - XV-3, pg. 175

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Budget Approved

8d.

Streets - XV-4, pg. 179

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Budget Approved

8e.

Sanitation - XV-5, pg. 183

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Budget Approved

8f.

Central Garage - XV-6, pg. 185

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Budget Approved

8g.

Parks, Recreation and Cemetery - XV-7, pg. 187

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Budget Approved

8h.

Golf Course - XV-8, pg. 195

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Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning removing the water bill charge from the Green Hill Golf Course account. (Mero-Carlson)

8i.

Snow Removal - XV-9, pg. 201

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Budget Approved

8j.

Streetlights - XV-10, pg. 205

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Budget Approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide a report to City Council regarding the potential cost savings that could be realized should the LED streetlight program be completed on schedule. (Bergman)

8k.

Sewer - XV-11, pg. 207

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Budget Approved

8l.

Water - XV-12, pg. 213

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Budget Approved

8m.

Off Street Parking - XV-13, pg. 219

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Budget Approved

9.

FY 2018 Budget Hearing - Inspectional Services

9a.

Inspectional Services - XIII-1, pg. 153

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Budget Approved

10.

FY 2018 Budget Hearings - Law Department

10a.

Law Department - IX-1, pg. 103

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Budget Approved

10b.

Property and Casualty Insurance - IX-2, pg. 107

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Budget Approved

10c.

Court Judgments - IX-3, pg. 109

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Budget Approved

11.

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

11a.

Communication of the City Manager recommend adoption of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget submission as identified in the line item budget. # 9.36A CM May 09, 2017

Attachments

Recommend Hold

12.

Communication of the City Manager

12a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to all litigation pending and resolved in the past five years, including representation by outside counsel and the direct and indirect costs. # 9.13E CM May 09, 2017

Attachments

Recommend Hold

13.

Communications of the City Auditor

13a.

Transmitting the audited financial statements and management letter of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority (WRA) for the years ended June 30, 2016 and 2015. # 15e CC Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Attachments

Recommend Hold

13b.

Transmitting the Semi-Annual financial statements of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority (WRA) for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. # 15f CC March 07, 2017

Attachments

Recommend Hold