AGENDA

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING

FEBRUARY 11, 2002

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 7:09 p.m.

Adjourned: 9:15 p.m.

 

 
Present were:†† ††Chairperson Councillor Michael C. Perotto

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

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Barbara G. Haller

 

Also:†††††††††††††††††  Police Chief James M. Gallagher

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Communications Director Collette Johnson

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deputy Police Chief Gary Gemme

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Asst City Manager Neigh Services Paul LaCava

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

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Local 1009 Vice President Donald Courtney

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deputy Fire Chief John D. Fenton

†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deputy Fire Chief Timothy J. Gray

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


POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Communications of the City Manager

 

1.                 Relative to monitoring the YR 27 Community Development Block Grant Program.

††††††††† #18H CM September 18, 2001

In Committee for Informational Purposes only.

Recommend File

 

2.†††††† Relative to establishment of a downtown foot patrol.

††††††††† #20B CMSeptember 25, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Police Chief forward to the City Council any changes in policing statistics that resulted from the re-institution of the downtown foot patrols.

 

3.†††††† Relative to a grant award in the amount of $310,000.00 for the City of Worcester's Domestic Preparedness Program.

††††††††† #18A CMOctober 9, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager detail the expenditure of funds

received by the City of Worcester in the form of a Domestic Preparedness

Program grant.

 

4.†††††† Relative to the Executive Office of Public Safety award of $60,136.00 for the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant Program (JAIBG) to the City of Worcester.

††††††††† #18B CMOctober 9, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City

Council with a report on the number of juveniles who have been through the

JAIBG Program

 

5.†††††† Relative to Citywide Crime Watch meeting held October 24, 2001.

††††††††† #20G CMNovember 13, 2001

Recommend File

 

6.†††††† Relative to current Worcester Police Department Internal Affairs Policy and Procedure Manual.

††††††††† #20F CMNovember 13, 2001

Recommend File

 

7.                 Relative to Additional Security in the Private Biotech Companies in the City.

††††††††† #20C CMJanuary 15, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with

any information that he has shared with biotech companies in the City

concerning terrorism while maintaining necessary confidentialities.

 

8.†††††† Communication of James DelSignore, City Auditor transmitting report prepared by KPMG concerning certain activities of the office that oversees Police off-duty details.

††† ††††† #134CCAugust 22, 2000

††††††††† In Committee Ė September 20, 2000 Ė Held

††††††††† In Committee - September 17, 2001 - Held

Recommend File

 

9.†††††† Order of Mayor Raymond V. Mariano Ė Request Public Safety Committee work with the City Administration to find community based strategies to respond and additionally to look at ways to publicize the name, photos and addresses of those individuals convicted of crimes involving prostitution.

††††††††† #20a CC October 17, 2000

††††††††† In Committee - September 17, 2001-Held

Recommend File

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Communications of the City Manager

 

10.†††† Relative to Graphics/Outlining Structure Fires in the City for the past 20 years.

††††††††† #13A CM December 19, 2000

Recommend File

 

11.†††† Relative to $108,000.00 of grant money to be used for the purchase of firefighting equipment.

#13B CM January 23, 2001

Recommend File

 

12.†††† Relative to comprehensive feasibility study for a regional firefighters training facility.

††††††††† #13C CM February 27, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with a status report on the creation of a new firefighter training facility including all funding options explored.

 

13.†††† Relative to Fire Act Grant.

††††††††† #12C CMMay 29, 2001

Recommend File

 

14.†††† Relative to Ideal Period for Manning a Fire Class and the cost.

††††††††† #12A CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration report how they

plan to respond to the reported vacancy factor in the Fire Department.

 

15.†††† Relative to arrangement with the State Fire Marshall on staffing and use of the Hazmet equipment.

††††††††† #12B CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

16.†††† Relative to number of people going out on an average basis per fire truck.

††††††††† #12D CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request Fire Chief report to City Council the number and

location of closing of fire companies realized during the summer of 2001.

 

17.†††† Relative to number of people going out on an average basis per fire truck.

††††††††† #12A CMAugust 21, 2001

Recommend File

 

18.†††† Relative to repetitive false alarms.

††††††††† #12E CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

19.†††† Relative to estimate of overtime budget. (Fire Dept.)

††††††††† #12G CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Fire Chief provide the City Council with a comparative report on the benefits of adding a new fire class as compared to utilizing overtime monies.

 

20.†††† Relative to status of maintenance improvements at the Tatnuck Square Fire Station.

††††††††† #12C CMAugust 21, 2001

Recommend File

 

21.†††† Relative to Assistance to Firefighters Program.

††††††††† #12B CMOctober 9, 2001

Recommend File

 

22.†††† Relative to building of a hotel on the Central Street Fire Station Site and the disposition of fire companies.

††††††††† #12B CMOctober 23, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request an updated report from the City Manager

concerning the closing/replacement of the Central Street Fire Station.

 

23.†††† Relative to providing an update on the implementation of the 26 recommendations of the Community Task Force on Abandoned Buildings.

††††††††† #18A CMNovember 20, 2001

Recommend Hold

 

24.†††† Relative to Webster Square Fire Station.

††††††††† #7C CM†† December 18, 2001

Recommend File

 

25.†††† Relative to 2002 Assistance to Firefighters Program.

#12C CMJanuary 29, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with an update on the progress in obtaining grant funds under the 2002 Assistance to Firefighters Program.

 

26.†††† Relative to Establishment of a regional firefighter training in Worcester.

#12D CMJanuary 29, 2002

Recommend File

 

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT

 

Communications of the City Manager

 

27.†††† Relative to outages over the last six months.

††††††††† #6B CM April 24, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Director of Communications report to the City Council concerning any regionalization of communications services that has been implemented anywhere in the Commonwealth

 

Chairmanís Order request the Communications Director report concerning the cost to upgrade the radio system to fully accommodate those areas in the City where maintaining communications has been a problem.

 

Chairmanís Proposed Resolution that the City Council Standing Committee on Public Safety goes on record in favor of funding in the amount of $18,000 for a study of the ďdead communications areasĒ across the City.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Communications Director report to the City Council concerning discussions between the City of Worcester and Massachusetts Energy Trust.

 

28.†††† Relative to system in place if regular/emergency telephone service isinterrupted.

††††††††† #6A CM April 24, 2001

Recommend File

 

29.†††† Relative to the needs of the City's Communication Center.

#6A CM May 15, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Communications Director report to the City Council the solutions being explored to handle the ongoing problems of communicating to the inside of large facilities throughout the City which has been a problem.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Budget Director provide the City Council with updated report on the capital plan for the Communications Department for Fiscal Years 2003 through 2005.

30.†††† Relative to Private Outsourcing Opportunities.

#6A CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

31.†††† Relative to Regionalizing the Call Center Service.

#6B CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

32.†††† Relative to Multi-year Capital Plan for the Communications Department.

#29E CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

33.†††† Recommending that Three Hundred Ten Thousand Dollars ($310,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C780, Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #27C701, Communications Department Capital Equipment, to provide funds for the purpose of accomplishing the Microwave Replacement Project. Further recommending that Sixty Four Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Nine Dollars ($64,589.00) be transferred from Account #270-92000, Communications Department Ordinary Maintenance, and appropriated to Account #27C701, Communication Department Capital Equipment, to provide funds for the purpose of accomplishing the Microwave Replacement Project.

In City Council January 29, 2002 #28A CM Order Adopted.

In Committee for Informational Purposes Only.

Recommend File

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Communications of the City Manager

 

34.†††† Relative to the shooting at Nickís II.

††††††††† #20A CM October 31, 2000

Recommend File

 

35.†††† Relative to identification for constables in the City of Worcester.

††††††††† #20A CMOctober 9, 2001

Recommend File

 

36.†††† Regarding recommendations relative to the eligibility of CDBG funds for the boarding up and demolition programs.

††††††††† #18A CMNovember 13, 2001

Recommend Hold

 

37.†††† Relative to costs incurred by departments as a result of heightened security measures since September 11, 2001.

††††††††† #5A CMJanuary 8, 2002

Recommend File

 

38.††††† Relative to Operating All Terrain Vehicles on Private Streets.

††††††††† #16B CMJanuary 15, 2002

Recommend File