CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:19 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:54 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Vice Chairperson Sarai Rivera
Councilor Donna M Colorio
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Kathleen M Toomey Councilor Donna M Colorio
 
Also:Deputy Assistant City Manager and Interim Director of Communications Nicole Valentine Deputy Director of Emergency Management Meghan Gomes Deputy Director of Emergency Communications Kaitlyn Connole 911 Operations Manager Elizabeth Monahan Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Virtual Attendee Call-in Information

1a.

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may join us directly within the Esther Howland (South), follow the below link to join via the WebEx application or dial the direct line as indicated. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user you may dial *3. Ė Phone Number: 415-655-0001, Access Code: 160 878 5988. https://cow.webex.com/cow/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee2034178199ba11c63638ee41de2ddc0

Attachments

No speakers were recognized during this portion of the meeting.

2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee on Public Safety hereby approves the minutes of the Public Safety Committee meeting on June 2, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted (Rivera absent)

3.

Communication of the City Manager

3a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Smart911, a lifesaving service employed by the 9-1-1 Regional Emergency Communications Center. # 21b CC June 8, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and recognized the Deputy Assistant City Manager and Interim Director of Communications, as well as the Deputy Director of Emergency Management and Deputy Director of Emergency Communications, who provided information relative to promoting the Smart911 program that is used by the city to create profiles for emergency callers to aid emergency responses, whether the city has access to other communitiesí information that also subscribe into the program and the cityís marketing plans associated with Smart911.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey recognized Councilor Colorio, who discussed how many individuals are currently enrolled within the Smart911 program, privacy concerns associated with the program and the number of calls received by the department in a given year with the Deputy Director of Emergency Management, Deputy Assistant City Manager and Interim Director of Communications, 911 Operations Manager and Deputy Director of Emergency Communications.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the number of individuals who have cellphones accessible for emergency situations.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey discussed registering college students with emergency communication applications with the Deputy Director of Emergency Management, 911 Operations Manager and Deputy Director of Emergency Communications.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager provide City Council with a report, in six months, concerning the successes of the Smart911 program, including whether the number of users of the program has increased.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved to recommend the item be held. Recommend Hold.

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the number of individuals who have cellphones accessible for emergency situations.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report, in six months, concerning the successes of the Smart911 program, including whether the number of users of the program has increased.