CITY OF WORCESTER

Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 5:18 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:38 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Joseph M Petty
Vice Chairperson Donna M Colorio
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.
 
Also:City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. Acting Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Johnson City Auditor Robert V. Stearns City Solicitor Michael Traynor City Clerk Nikolin Vangjeli, clerk
 
1.

Approval of the Minutes

1a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Finance hereby approves the minutes of the Finance Committee meeting on June 2, 2020.

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Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

2.

FY 2021 Budget Hearing Recessed - Department of Public Works and Parks

2a.

Snow Removal - IV-9, pg. 69

In Committee May 26, 2020 - Held In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Bergman, who moved to take the item up collectively with #7a. Councilor Bergman then moved to withdraw his motion to cut $60,000.00 from the Overtime Expenditure portion of the Snow Removal Budget.

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who clarified the motion on the floor made by Councilor Bergman.

Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to approve the budget and withdraw Councilor Bergmanís motion. Motion approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

3.

FY 2021 Budget Hearings Held - City Manager's Office

3a.

City Manager's Office - XV-1, pg. 197

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take up items #3a through #3c collectively. Mayor Petty then recognized Councilor Rosen, who moved for a roll call vote to approve the budgets associated with #3a through #3c. Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

3b.

City Manager's Contingency - XV-2, pg. 203

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #3a)

3c.

Cable Services - XV-3, pg. 205

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #3a)

4.

FY 2021 Budget Hearings Held - Administration and Finance

4a.

Administration and Finance - XVI-1, pg. 209

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take up items #4a through #4f collectively.

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who discussed potential reimbursements associated with using the DCU Center as a field hospital with the Acting Chief Financial Officer.

Councilor Russell then put forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to what other communities are doing to support their claims for reimbursement on the facilities being used as field hospitals, similar to the field hospital set up at the DCU Center.

Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who discussed marketing strategies that would be used after COVID-19 distancing ends with the City Manager.

Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to approve the budgets associated with #4a through #4f. Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report relative to what other communities are doing to support their claims for reimbursement on the facilities being used as field hospitals, similar to the field hospital set up at the DCU Center. (Russell)

4b.

Assessing - XVI-2, pg. 221

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #4a)

4c.

City Energy and Asset Management - XVI-3, pg. 225

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #4a)

4d.

Debt Service Principal and Interest - XVI-4, pg. 233

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #4a)

4e.

Pension Obligation Bonds - XVI-5, pg. 237

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #4a)

4f.

DCU Center - XVI-6, pg. 241

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #4a)

5.

FY 2021 Budget Hearing Held - Five Point Plan Funds

5a.

Five Point Plan Funds - XVII-1, pg. 243

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Mayor Petty read the item and moved for a roll call vote to take the item up collectively with #6a.

Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to approve the budgets associated with #5a and #6a. Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

6.

FY 2021 Budget Hearing Held - Line Item Budget

6a.

Line Item Budget - XVIII-1, pg. 247

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Budget approved on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #5a)

7.

Motion Held in Committee

7a.

Motion of Councilor Morris A. Bergman - That the City Council does hereby cut $60,000.00 from the Overtime Expenditure portion of the Snow Removal Budget for the purpose of decreasing the number of snow removal inspectors per vehicle from two to one.

In Committee May 26, 2020 - Held In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Withdrawn on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #2a)

8.

Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

8a.

Communication of the City Manager submission of the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Operating Budget for City Council review and consideration. # 8.36A CM May 12, 2020

In Committee May 19, 2020 - Held In Committee May 26, 2020 - Held In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

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Mayor Petty read the item and moved to take items #8a, #9a through #9c, #10a and #11a collectively and recognized Councilor Kingís motion to recommend the items be held.

Prior to doing so, Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell, who put forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the amount of monies allocated to unfilled positions in the cityís recommended budget and the percentage of those unfilled positions that will need to be filled.

Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote on Councilor Kingís motion to recommend the items be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the amount of monies allocated to unfilled positions in the cityís recommended budget and the percentage of those unfilled positions that will need to be filled. (Russell)

9.

Communications of the City Manager

9a.

Recommend approval of the Fiscal Year 2021 proposed Capital Improvement Plan for the City of Worcester. # 8.36B CM May 12, 2020

In Committee May 19, 2020 - Held In Committee May 26, 2020 - Held In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8a)

9b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the total number of hours and wages for all snow removal inspectors and the total number of snow removal inspectors so employed for FY16 - FY19. # 9.5C CM May 26, 2020

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8a)

9c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a status report on finances for City parking garages. # 9.5B CM May 26, 2020

In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8a)

10.

Communication of the City Auditor

10a.

Transmitting an informational communication regarding the passage of time taken to develop the Madison Properties' effect on the timing of the receipt of revenues required to service Series A bonds. # 8b CC June 4, 2019

In Committee June 11, 2019 - Held In Committee May 19, 2020 - Held In Committee May 26, 2020 - Held In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8a)

11.

Miscellaneous Item

11a.

Order of Councilor Khrystian E. King, Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - Request City Manager consider revising the Financial Integrity Plan for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) to allocate excess New Growth above budgeted to: 1) The High School Building Fund; and 2) The City Manager Capital Campaign Fund, to prepare for the capital costs for the South Division Fire Station and the city wide Financial Management System. # 10b CC May 12, 2020

In Committee May 19, 2020 - Held In Committee May 26, 2020 - Held In Committee June 2, 2020 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8a)