CITY OF WORCESTER

Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 4:37 P.M.

Recessed: 6:56 P.M. Reconvened: 9:18 P.M. Adjourned: 10:25 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Joseph M Petty
Vice Chairperson Konstantina B Lukes
Councilor Morris A Bergman
 
Councilor Khrystian E King
Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson
Councilor Sarai Rivera
Councilor Sean M Rose
Councilor Gary Rosen
Councilor George J Russell
Councilor Kathleen M Toomey
Councilor Matthew E Wally

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:All members were present with the Mayor as the Chair except for Councilor Lukes, who arrived at 4:51 P.M. and Councilor Toomey, who arrived at 5:03 P.M. City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. Chief Financial Officer Thomas F. Zidelis City Auditor Robert V. Stearns City Solicitor David M. Moore City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk
 
Also:Superintendent of Public Schools Maureen Binienda WPS Chief Financial Officer Brian Allen Head Librarian Geoffrey M. Dickinson Commissioner of Health and Human Services Matilde Castiel, M.D.
 
1.

FY 2019 Budget Hearings - Law Department

1a.

Law Department - IX-1, pg. 103

In Committee May 22, 2018 - Held

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Budget approved

1b.

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

In Committee May 22, 2018 - Held

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Budget approved

1c.

Court Judgments - IX-3, pg. 109

In Committee May 22, 2018 - Held

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Budget approved

2.

FY 2019 Budget Hearing - Worcester Public Schools

2a.

Worcester Public Schools - XIV-1, pg. 151

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Budget approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the ratio of school social workers to students in Worcester Public Schools. (King)

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the current caseload of school social workers in Worcester Public Schools. (King)

Request City Manager provide City Council with a comprehensive report concerning the tracking of police resource responses and arrests in Worcester Public Schools. (King)

Request City Manager request Superintendent of Public Schools consider exploring options for appropriate clinical support to all students in Worcester Public Schools. (King)

Request City Manager consider adding an adjustment counselor or wraparound coordinator position to the budget for Claremont Academy. (Rivera)

3.

FY 2019 Budget Hearing - Worcester Public Library

3a.

Worcester Public Library - V-1, pg. 35

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Budget approved

4.

FY 2019 Budget Hearings - Health and Human Services

4a.

Health and Human Services - VI-1, pg. 41

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Budget approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding what percentage of services provided by the Department of Public Health are for the surrounding towns, as well as how much it costs the city to provide those services. (Russell)

4b.

Public Health - VI-2, pg. 47

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Budget approved

4c.

Elder Affairs - VI-3, pg. 55

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Budget approved

5.

FY 2019 - Legislative Offices

5a.

City Auditor - III-5, pg. 17

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Budget approved

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager and City Auditor consider adding a staff person who could support and assist City Council with budget related matters. (Russell)

5b.

Retirement - III-6, pg. 21

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Budget approved

6.

FY 2019 Budget Hearings - Administration and Finance

6a.

Finance - XVI-1, pg. 217

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Budget approved

6b.

Assessing - XVI-2, pg. 225

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Budget approved

6c.

Energy and Asset Management - XVI-4, pg. 243

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Budget approved

6d.

Debt Service - XVI-5, pg. 249

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Budget approved

6e.

Pension Obligation Bond - XVI-6, pg. 257

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Budget approved

6f.

DCU Center - XVI-7, pg. 261

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Budget held until June 5, 2018

7.

FY Budget Hearing - Five Point Plan Funds

7a.

Five Point Plan Funds - XVII-1, pg 265

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Budget held until June 5, 2018

8.

FY 2019 Budget Hearing Line Item Budget

8a.

Line Item Budget - XVIII-1

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Budget held until June 5, 2018

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the differential between a salaried police officer assigned to the Union Station Substation opposed to police officers paid with detail work. Further, request City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the hours of operation at the Union Station Substation. (King)

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report outlining how the City plans to ramp down overtime funds used by the Police Department as more recruits graduate from the Academy, including information as to when that may occur and what the fiscal impact might be. (King)

City Manager provide City Council with a report detailing the cityís contribution and the Federal Transit Authorityís contribution to the security at Union Station, verifying the Cityís projected increase in payment from $40,000.00 to between $200,000.00 and $300,000.00, delineated into percentages. (King)

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the timing of when National Gridís contract with the City will be realized so that a real number of money spent on Street Lights can be realized. (Russell)

9.

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

9a.

Communication of the City Manager ecommending adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget submission as identified in the line item budget and available to view at http://www.worcesterma.gov/finance/budget-central. # 10a CC May 15, 2018

In Committee May 22, 2018 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

1.

ORDER of Mayor Joseph M. Petty, as Chair of the City Council Standing Committee on Finance and in accordance with Rule 33 (e) of the Rules of City Council, request City Council suspend its rules to take up the Report of the Committee on Finance Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommending adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget submission as identified in the line item budget and available to view at http://www.worcesterma.gov/finance/budget-central, as presented by the City Manager and referred to the Standing Committee on Finance as Item #10a CC on the City Council agenda for May 15, 2018, along with related budget items pending before the Committee.