MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

DECEMBER 15, 2003

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 6:08 p.m.

The Committee recessed @ 7:21 p.m. to meet in Executive Session.

Reconvened @ 7:29 p.m. in Executive Session in the Managerís Office to discuss the contract between the City of Worcester

and the City Manager.

Reconvened in Open Session @ 7:47 p.m. to adjourn.

 

Present were:††††† Chairperson Councillor Joseph M. Petty

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Konstantina B. Lukes

 

Also: City Manager Thomas R. Hoover

††††††††† City Solicitor David M. Moore

††††††††† Director of Human Resources Jan Borg Silverman

††††††††† City Assessor Robert J. Allard

††††††††† City Treasurer and Collector of Taxes Thomas F. Zidelis

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

 

1.†††††† Communication of the City Manager requesting adoption of two amendments to the Revised Ordinances, which would regulate sound levels in the City of Worcester.

††††††††† #15G CMSeptember 16, 2003 Ė Voted to advertise (2) proposed ordinances.

††††††††† #22 CCSeptember 30, 2003 Ė Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

Recommend Approval as amended (as attached)

Speakers:

††††††††† Ronal Madnick, 12 Pine Tree Drive, Worcester

 

2.†††† Order Councillor Irish Ė Request Municipal Operations Committee to consider amending the Ordinance regulating the level of sound in public places, item (e)(8) so as to permit lawn mower operations beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, rather than 9:00 a.m.

††††††††† #17ee CCSeptember 30, 2003

Recommend File

 

3.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to tax classification vote taken at the time of the Budget.

††††††††† #16E CMDecember 17, 2002

Recommend File

 

4.†††††† Communication of David J. Rushford, City Clerk transmitting Revenue Report for the City Clerk Department for the first three months of FY04.

††††††††† #79 CCNovember 18, 2003

Recommend File

 

5.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to general recap of rehires of previously laid off employees.

#14E CMOctober 14, 2003

Recommend File

 

6.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to residency reports for the last five years for city employees.

#14A CMOctober 28, 2003

Recommend File

 

7.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the Top 250 Highest Paid City Employees.

††††††††† #14B CMNovember 18, 2003

Recommend File

 

8.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Quarterly Report on Self Funded Health Insurance.

††††††††† #14D CMNovember 18, 2003

Recommend File

 

9.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to New Small Commercial Exemption.

††††††††† #4A CMDecember 19, 2000

Recommend File

 

10.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Tax Exempt Properties.

#4A CMDecember 18, 2001

Recommend File

 

11.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to properties taken off the tax rolls in the past two years.

#4A CMFebruary 11, 2003

Recommend File

 

12.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to taxes realized prior to Main South CDC acquiring properties.

#4E CMSeptember 3, 2002

Recommend File

 

13.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to taxes realized prior to transfers on exempt properties for the last five years.

††††††††† #4C CMSeptember 3, 2002

Recommend File

 

14.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to tax status Ė Worcester City Campus Corporation.

#4D CMSeptember 3, 2002

Recommend File

 

15.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to taxes paid by

Bio Tech Park.

#4A CMSeptember 3, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with a report stating the various types and amount of PILOT contributions made to the City of Worcester by the Consortium members and other major institutions.

 

16.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to listing of available city properties on the Cityís web site.

#27A CMDecember 3, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Treasurer provide the City Council with the number of hits made against the foreclosed property listing embedded in the Treasurerís Office web page.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Solicitor report if there can be public broadcasting of the Cityís foreclosed properties auction through a cable television channel.

 

17.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to release of property values.

#4A CMDecember 3, 2002

Recommend File

 

18.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to property petitioned to be taken off the tax rolls.

#4A CMJanuary 28, 2003

Recommend File

 

19.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to total dollar value of all tax arrearages owed to the City.

#27B CMApril 1, 2003

Recommend File

 

20.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to outstanding taxes owed to the City.

#26G CMSeptember 6, 2003

Recommend File

 

21.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Bid Results Ė Statewide Vietnam Veteransí Memorial.

††††††††† #19A CMFebruary 6, 2001

Recommend File

 

22.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Boards & Commissions Recruitment Event.

#13B CMJanuary 8, 2002

Recommend File

 

23. ††† Communication of the City Manager relative to yearly inspection of home occupations.

#21B CMMarch 19, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager report to the City Council how the issue of home businesses has been addressed in the new zoning ordinance.

 

24.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to billed out and amounts received regarding motor vehicle excise tax.

††††††††† #26A CMApril 23, 2002

Recommend File

 

25.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to automatic prorating of excise tax for persons transferring vehicles during a year.

††††††††† #4A CMOctober 28, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

26.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to towing issues.

††††††††† #25A CMApril 30, 2002

RecommendFile

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager report to the City Council the number of people paying cash or credit card to have their motor vehicle released as a result of being towed by a city licensed tow operator.

 

27.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to cost and feasibility of the City converting from a system of private tow operators to one where the City performs these services.

††††††††† #25A CMJune 11, 2002

Recommend File

 

28.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to a full status report on the Grants Division for FY 01.

††††††††† #18D CMApril 23, 2002

Recommend File

 

29.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to a year to date report on the Grants Division.

††††††††† #18E CMMay 14, 2002

Recommend File

 

30.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Grant Revenues and Grant Coordinator Position/Staff Assistant for Operations.

#30B CMJanuary 28, 2003

Recommend File

 

31.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to how grants are prioritized.

††††††††† #18F CMJune 25, 2002

Recommend File

 

32.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Fiscal 2002 abatement applications.

††††††††† #4B CMJune 11, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Assessor report to the City Council the number of Fiscal Year 2004 abatement applications.

 

33.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to alcohol related licenses and permits located in the Millbury St. Area.

†††† #17A CMMay 28, 2002

Recommend File

 

34.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to alcohol permits located in the Green St. area.

††††††††† #17A CMJune 11, 2002

Recommend File

 

35.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to moratoriums on liquor licenses in certain areas of the City.

#16A CMJuly 16, 2002

Recommend File

 

36.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to monthly report regarding alcoholic licenses approved.

#17A CMDecember 3, 2002

Recommend File

 

37.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to obtaining a permit for outside dining.

††††††††† #17B CMJune 11, 2002

Recommend File

 

38.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Spectacor Management current security policy.

††††††††† #19C CMMay 28, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with any concerns raised to Spectacor Management relative to their current security policy.

 

39. ††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Worcester City Campus Corporation.

#16A CMJune 11, 2002

Recommend File

 

40.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to construction companies that have caused the City cost overruns and delays.

††††††††† #16F CMJune 25, 2002

Recommend File

 

41.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to listing of streets that were shifted from one district to another.

††††††††† #9A CMJune 25, 2002

Recommend File

 

42.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the Bond Rating.

††††††††† #26A CMAugust 20, 2002

Recommend File

 

43.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Bond Ratings.

††††††††† #26A CMJuly 1, 2003

Recommend File

 

44.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to bond anticipation note sale.

††††††††† #26A CMSeptember 30, 2003

Recommend File

 

45.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Patriot Act.

††††††††† #16A CMDecember 3, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with a report concerning the public posting of the provisions of the Patriot Act.

 

Chairmanís Resolution that the City Council go on record in favor of the actions of the Library Board of Directors with reference to the provisions of the Patriot Act.

 

46.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to USA Patriot Act Update.

††††††††† #22A CMDecember 17, 2002

Recommend File

 

47.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to USA Patriot Act

††††††††† #21A CMNovember 18, 2003

Recommend File

 

48.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to construction projects in the City over the past eight years.

††††††††† #16F CMDecember 17, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with an update relative to city construction projects.

 

49.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the last 10 city construction jobs.

††††††††† #25A CMFebruary 11, 2003

Recommend File

 

50.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to requirements for blasting within city limits.

††††††††† #13A CMApril 1, 2003

Recommend File

 

51.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Medicaid revenue collection and federal audit status.

††††††††† #22A CMMay 20, 2003

Recommend File

 

52.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to a report regarding the trash problem within the City of Worcester.

††††††††† #6A CMJune 17, 2003

Recommend File

 

53.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to City Departmentís that lease office space.

††††††††† #5A CMSeptember 9, 2003

Recommend File

 

54.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to property that is owner occupied as it relates to complaints investigated.

††††††††† #19A CMSeptember 30, 2003

Recommend File

 

55.†††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting information requested regarding the lawsuit filed by James Richardson vs. the Worcester Retirement Board.

††††††††† #54 CCJune 11, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Auditor provide the City Council with an update on the lawsuit James Richardson versus the Worcester Retirement Board.

 

56.†††† Communication of David J. Rushford, City Clerk, relative to slide show developed & installed on the City Clerkís page of the City of Worcester web site relative to City Hall.

††††††††† #29 CCJuly 1, 2003

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with a report showing the number of hits made against each of the City Departmentís web pages.

 

Chairmanís Order request that the contract of the Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools be provided to the City Council.