MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

FEBRUARY 1, 2005

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 5:35 p.m.

Adjourned: 6:25 p.m.

 

Present were:††††† Chairperson Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Philip P. Palmieri

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Joseph M. Petty

 

Also:†††††††††††††††††††† Budget Director John Pranckevicius

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† City Assessor Robert Allard, Jr.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† City Auditor James DelSignore

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† City Treasurer Thomas Zidelis

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

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COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

1.†††††† Relative to the Worcester Redevelopment Authorityís Audit Report, entitled ďFinancial Statements and Managementís Discussion and Analysis for Years Ended June 30, 2003 and 2002 and Independent Auditorsí Report.Ē

††††††††† #8A CM December 9, 2003

††††††††† In Committee January 27, 2004 Ė Held

Recommend File

 

2.†††††† Relative to appointments to Boards and Commissions Ė Partisanship Requirements.

††††††††† #15B CM December 9, 2003

Recommend File

 

3.†††††† Relative to Departmental Cash Receipts, and Cityís Policies and Procedures Ė Cash Receipts.

††††††††† #26E CM January 6, 2004

Recommend File

 

4.†††††† Relative to general legislation regarding Automobile Excise Tax bills.

††††††††† #15A CM February 24, 2004

Recommend File

 

5.†††††† Relative to equitable method of Assessing Automobile excise tax.

††††††††† #26B CM May 18, 2004

Recommend File

 

6.†††††† Relative to bond rating.

††††††††† #26C CM August 17, 2004

Recommend File

 

7.†††††† Relative to advertising and disposing of Tax Title (foreclosed) Property.

††††††††† #26A CM October 12, 2004

Recommend File

 

8.†††††† Relative to providing $2 million in immediate tax relief using supplemental State Aid funds.

††††††††† #5A CM November 30, 2004

Recommend File

 

9. ††††† Relative to state statutes for tax lien sales, the Cityís involvement in assisting with the development of the Statutes, and an estimate of the potential balance of tax liens that could be sold.

††††††††† #26A CM December 14, 2004

Recommend File

 

10. ††† Relative to timeframe available and utilized by the City to perfect a tax lien.

#26B CM December 14, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

11.†††† Relative to an analysis of the cityís tax lien account for the last five fiscal years.

††††††††† #26C CM December 14, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager report to the City Council concerning recent commercial real estate sales in the City of Worcester and compare those sales amounts to their assessed values.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with quarterly reports projecting Fiscal Year 2006 residential and commercial property values.

 

12.†††† Relative to assessed value increases in FY05.

††††††††† #62CC October 5, 2004

Recommend File

 

13.†††† Transmitting several reports regarding FY 2005 real estate valuations.

††††††††† #66 CC October 19, 2004

Recommend File

 

14.†††† Relative to the methodology in valuing properties over or under $25,000.

††††††††† #4A CM December 14, 2004

Recommend File

 

15.†††† Relative to Various PILOT and State Aid Questions.

††††††††† #4B CM November 9, 2004

Recommend File

 

16.†††† Relative to DPW Electronic Permitting System.

††††††††† #23J CM April 27, 2004

Recommend File

 

17.†††† Relative to MyMedication Advisor.

††††††††† #14B CM June 1, 2004

Recommend File

 

18.†††† Relative to the MyMedication Advisor prescription drug program.

††††††††† #14D CM August 17, 2004

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with an updated report concerning the myMedication Advisor prescription drug program.

 

Communications of James DelSignore, City Auditor

 

19.†††† Transmitting Worcester Retirement Systemís Actuarial Valuation and Review as of January 1, 2004

††††††††† #27 CC April 13, 2004

Recommend File

 

20.†††† Transmitting additional information regarding potential MGL Chapter 32, Section 90A & C pension increases specific to former public safety employees.

††††††††† #92 CC September 7, 2004

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Auditor provide the City Council with a report itemizing the annual cost of extending pension increases to non-public safety employees under M.G.L Chapter 32, Section 90.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Auditor provide the City Council a report itemizing any projected surpluses that might be realized at the end of Fiscal Year 2005.

 

21. ††† Transmitting report relative to increasing pensions for retired public safety employees under MGL Chapter 32 Sections 90A & C and demographic information related to those who would receive this benefit increase.

††††††††† #17 CC September 28, 2004

Recommend File

 

22.†††† Transmitting July 2004 Auditorís Report.

††††††††† #86 CC August 17, 2004

††††††††† In Committee September 1, 2004 Ė Held

Recommend File

 

23.†††† Transmitting August 2004 Auditorís Report.

††††††††† #61 CC October 5, 2004

Recommend File

 

24.†††† Transmitting September 2004 Auditorís Report.

††††††††† #14 CC October 26, 2004

Recommend File

 

25.†††† Transmitting October 2004 Auditorís Report.

††††††††† #20 CC November 30, 2004

Recommend File

 

26.†††† Transmitting November 2004 Auditorís Report

††††††††† #30 CC December 21, 2004

Recommend File

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

27.†††† Chairmanís Order of the Elder Affairs Committee - Request the Municipal Operations Committee to forward to the Elder Affairs Committee the Elder Affairs and Senior Center section of the Quarterly Report from the City Manager.

††††††††† #16 CC†† October 29, 2002

††††††††† In Committee January 27, 2004 Ė Held

Recommend File

 

28. ††† Order of Mayor Timothy P Murray request the Standing Committee on Municipal Operations to consider the process by which the City of Worcester handles real estate tax liens and tax title properties so that the liens might be bundled and sold on the open market as is the case in New Jersey and New York state, and that a consistent policy is adhered to for the disposition of tax title properties and liens.

††††††††† #17h CC October 12, 2004

Recommend Hold