CITY OF WORCESTER
Municipal Operations Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Esther Howland(South) Chamber
Convened: 5:31 P.M.
Adjourned: 7:48 PM
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux
|Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson |
|Councilor George J Russell |
|Councilor Kathleen M Toomey |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
|Present Were:||Chairperson Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson
Councilor George J Russell
Councilor Kathleen M Toomey|
|Also:||Chief Financial Officer Thomas Zidelis;
City Solicitor David M. Moore;
City Assessor William Ford;
Councilor Gary Rosen;
Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes;
City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, Clerk|
COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
Transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning the increases in the assessments of waterfront properties.
# 10.25A CM January 24, 2017
1. Carolyn Somma, Worcester resident
2. Francis Benoit, Worcester resident
3. Marguerite Mullaney, Worcester resident
4. Mark Durand, Worcester resident
5. Greg O’Connor, Worcester resident
6. Frank Zitomersky, Worcester resident
7. William Paretti, Worcester resident
8. David Coyne, Worcester resident
9. Marcel Blais, Worcester resident
10. Harold Boucher, Worcester resident
11. Barbara Esip, Worcester resident
12. Sharon Canning, Worcester resident
Recommend Hold - Motions for Chairman's Orders made on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas & 0 Nays.
Request City Manager request City Assessor when notifying a taxpayer who is denied a residential property abatement to provide more details as to the reasons the request was denied.
Request City Manager insert in the city’s tax bills information as to all the different types of abatements/exemptions that are available to the tax payer.
Request City Manager request the Appellate Tax Board to consider creating a new factor for water usability that can assist in determining assessments for water front properties.
Transmitting informational communication relative to the biannual actuarial valuation of the City's Other Post-Employment Benefits program (OPEB) as of July 1, 2015, prepared by KMS Actuaries, LLC.
# 11.26A CM December 13, 2016
COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY AUDITOR
Transmitting the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2016.
# 20a CM January 31, 2017
Request City Auditor review and provide his opinion as to the City Manager’s updated Five Point Plan. Further, request the City Auditor provide recommendation if there are any as to the feasibility of paying off loans early to save on the paying of interest.
Transmitting report concerning the 10 year returns reported by PERAC in their 2014 Investment Report and the impact on the City Budget of those returns.
# 8a CM March 08, 2016
Transmitting schedule of the Tax Levy Limit and resulting Excess Levy Capacity for fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016 with projections for fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2020 based on estimates provided by the administration for new growth and taxable valuation increases.
# 8b CM March 08, 2016
Transmitting monthly report on the status of the City Budget.
# 8c CM March 08, 2016
Transmitting communication relative to the Monthly Report on the Status of the City Budget.
# 12a CM March 29, 2016
Transmitting communication relative to the semi-annual financial statement of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority (WRA) for the six month period ended December 31, 2015.
# 12b CM March 29, 2016
Transmitting report regarding the audit of federal awards from the outside auditor for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
# 13b CM April 26, 2016
Transmitting the Management Letter for the year ended June 30, 2015 issued by the outside audit firm of CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP.
# 13c CM April 26, 2016
Transmitting a report concerning the total obligations transferred to PRIM, the amount the City is responsible for and the return on investment in both categories.
# 10a CM June 07, 2016
Transmitting the Monthly Report on the Status of the City Budget for the eleven months ended May 31, 2016.
# 10a CM June 21, 2016
Transmitting communication responding to request for the City Auditor's opinion as to whether the Worcester Retirement System should transfer its assets to the state for investment and what are the rules for any subsequent withdrawal.
# 13a CM March 08, 2016
Transmitting the Independent Auditor's Report on financial statements and supplementary information for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.
# 11a CM October 18, 2016
Transmitting the unaudited financial reports on the budgetary basis for results of operations in fiscal 2016 for the General and Enterprise Funds (Schedules A through B-3).
# 9b CM December 20, 2016
Transmitting the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2015.
# 10a CM January 26, 2016
Transmitting communication relative to methodology of when and how an audit should be conducted and how often.
# 10a CM December 15, 2015
Transmitting communication responding to a request from City Council requesting a report detailing the net differential and return on investments associated with the pension obligation bonds.
# 11a CC June 14, 2016
Communication of Joseph Connarton, Executive Director of PERAC, transmitting communication relative to the amount required to be appropriated to the city's retirement system for Fiscal Year 2018 which commences July 1, 2017.
# 14e CC December 06, 2016
Communication of Joseph Connarton, Executive Director of PERAC, transmitting communication relative to the amount required to be appropriated to the city's retirement system for Fiscal Year 2017 which commences July 1, 2016.
# 14b CC December 15, 2015
Report of the Committee on Municipal Operations Upon the Order of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request the Standing Committee on Municipal Operations invite the city’s external Auditors to a committee meeting to discuss their reports, procedures and historical analysis of repeated issues in past audits.
# 21g CC January 12, 2016