MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING

APRIL 5, 2001

COUNCIL CHAMBER

4:00 P.M.

Convened: 4:15 p.m.

Adjourned: 5:35 p.m.

 

Present:†††††††††††††† Councillor Konstantina Lukes, Chairperson

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Dennis L. Irish

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Stephen G. Abraham

 

Also Present: ††††† Assistant City Manager, Paul LaCava

†††††††††††††††††† †† †††††† City Auditor, James Delsignore

†††††††††††††††††† †† †††††† Local 1009, President, Frank Raffa

†††††††††††††††††† †† †††††† President, Local 378 James Collins

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

 

††††††††† BUDGET

 

1.†††††† Order of Councilor Petty request City Manager to develop a plan, goal, etc. on how the city can increase its bond rating.

#32CCSeptember 5, 2000

 

††††††††† In Committee October 4, 2000 - Held

 

Recommend: File

 

††††††††† Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report on the efforts being made to seek reimbursement from the Commonwealth on the snow removal deficit.

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report on the snow removal expenditures over the past five years, and the budgetary impact it has had on the Cityís bond rating.

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report on the feasibility of Snow Insurance, the cost and what other communities use Snow Insurance.

 

2.†††††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting Schedule of Bonds Payable, Schedule of Bonds Authorized and Unissued, Computation of Legal Debt Margin and Summary of Principal and Interest Due.

#57CCApril 25, 2000

 

††††††††† In Committee May 31, 2000 - Held

††††††††† In Committee October 4, 2000 - Held

 

Recommend: File

 

3.†††††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting schedules as of September 30, 2000 as follows:Schedule of Bonds Payable, Schedule of Bonds Authorized and Unissued, Computation of Legal Debt Margin and Summary of Principal and Interest Due.

#60CCNovember 14, 2000

 

Recommend: File

 

4.†††††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting Schedules as of December 31, 2000 as follows:Schedule of Bonds Payable, Schedule of Bonds Authorized and Unissued, Computation of Legal Debt Margin and Summary of Principal and Interest Due.

#22CCJanuary 23, 2001

 

Recommend: File

 

5.                 Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting computation of the legal debt margin for the City of Worcester as of May 31, 2000.

#29CCJune 20, 2000

 

In Committee October 4, 2000 Ė Held

 

Recommend: File

 

6.†††††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting computation of the legal debt margin for the City of Worcester as of November 30, 2000.

#48CCDecember 12, 2000

 

Recommend: File

 

7.†††††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting computation of the legal debt margin for the City of Worcester as of January 31, 2001.

#44CC February 27, 2001

 

Recommend: File

 

8.†††††† Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to $14,730,000.00 Bond Anticipation Note Sale.

#26A CMJune 13, 2000

 

††††††††† In Committee October 4, 2000 - Held

 

Recommend: File

 

9.†††††† Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Bond Ratings.

#26A CMAugust 22, 2000

 

††††††††† In Committee October 4, 2000 - Held

 

Recommend: File

 

10.†††† Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication

relative to Revisions to the Cityís Investment Policy.

#26D CMJanuary 9, 2001

 

Recommend: File

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report on the process used to determine which local investment institutions are used for the City Trust Funds.

 

11.†††† Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Electricity Contract.

#25A CMFebruary 6, 2001

 

Recommend: Hold

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report on the feasibility of buying electricity in bulk, and if possible contact other communities for regional partnerships.

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report plans to fund the additional cost of electricity, and what, if any, preparation has been made with the Commonwealth if there is a shortfall in the supply of electricity.

 

††††††††† REPORTS PENDING

 

12.†††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting

report relative to minimum staffing levels and costs associated with an internal audit program within the Auditing Dept.

#75CCJune 13, 2000

 

††††††††† In Committee August 1, 2000 - Held

††††††††† In Committee October 4, 2000 Ė Held

 

Recommend: File

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to notify the City Council on the time frame in developing and finalizing the revenue manual.

13.†††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting report on Worcesterís Centrum Centre Fund Ė Convention Center Component, including financial statements with supplemental schedules for the years ended June 30, 2000 and 1999 plus the independent auditorsí report.

#49CCJanuary 2, 2001

 

Recommend: File

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report on any incentives given in the Spectacor Contract regarding the management of the Convention Center.

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report on the total amount of contributions for the marketing of the Convention Center, the various sources of marketing and the amounts spent by each.

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to report on the spin-off business produced by the Convention Center.

 

 

14.†††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting report on Worcesterís Centrum Centre Fund Ė Arena Component which includes financial statements with supplemental schedules for the years ended June 30, 2000 and 1999 plus the independent auditorsí report.

#50CCJanuary 2, 2001

 

Recommend: File

 

††††††††† PERSONNEL

 

15.†††† Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Public Safety Employees Ė Add Time Spent in Laid-Off status.

#14A CMAugust 22, 2000

 

††††††††† In Committee October 4, 2000 - Held

 

Recommend: Approval

 

16.†††† Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Potential Cost relative to accepting Chapter 235 of the Acts of 1994.

#30B CMFebruary 27, 2001

 

Recommend:File

 

17.†††† Order of Councilor Lukes request City Manager to prepare a separate salary ordinance regarding the positions of City Clerk and Auditor within the 56 DH pay scale providing a 1% difference between each step increase in order to effectuate the 3% pay increase retroactive to July 1, 2000 which was voted by the City Council

#54CCNovember 14, 2000

 

Recommend: File

 

18.†††† Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Percentage of Increase the City Clerk and City Auditor would receive if they were to remain on the existing DH schedule.

#13A CMMarch 13, 2001

 

Recommend: File

 

19.†††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting communication relative to the Noncontributory Pop Up Act.

#46CCFebruary 27, 2001

 

Recommend: To Approve

 

20.†††† Communication of Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director, Mass. Public Employee Retirement Administration transmitting amount to be appropriated for the City of Worcester retirement system for Fiscal Year 2001 which commences July 1, 2000.

#66CCDecember 21, 1999

 

††††††††† In Committee May 31, 2000 - Held

††††††††† In Committee August 1, 2000 - Held

 

Recommend: File

 

21.†††† Communication of Joseph E. Connarton, Acting Executive Director, Mass Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission transmitting the amount to be appropriated to the Cityís retirement system for Fiscal Year 2002, which commences July 1, 2001.

#15CCDecember 19, 2000

 

Recommend: File

 

 

22.            Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Neighborhood Cabinet Ė Council Role.

#17A CMFebruary 6, 2001

 

Recommend: File

 

Chairmanís Order: Request the City Administration to provide various legal opinions, that have dealt with the issue of the development of the advisory groups to the City Manager, City Council and the Mayor.