AGENDA

PUBLIC SERVICE & TRANSPORTATION

MAY 13, 2002

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 6:07 p.m.

Adjourned: 7:25 p.m.

 

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

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Michael C. Perotto

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Stephen T. Patton

 

Also:†††††††††††††††††††† Robert Spain, Charter Government Relations

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Joe Parda, Charter Communications

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† David Poplawski, Charter Communications

Judy Warren, Telecommunications Officer

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Robert Fiore, Assistant to Commissioner of DPW

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

City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

 

CABLE

 

††††††††† Communications of the City Manager

1.†††††† Relative to Charter Communications/Charter Digital Cable launches in Worcester.

††††††††† #17C CMOctober 31, 2000

In Committee December 12, 2001 - Held

††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

David Gauthier, 77 Haven Lane, Worcester appeared and spoke.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council

with a report on the resolution to consumer complaints regarding cable

service at 77 Haven Lane.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council

with a report listing the locations throughout the City where cable

television service is determined to be less than optimal.

 

2.†††††† Relative to Charter Communicationís rate setting and programming.

#17A CMJanuary 23, 2001

In Committee December 12, 2001 - Held

††††††††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Solicitor provide the City Council

with a follow-up report concerning the Department of Public Utilities

hearing on Charter Communications' cable television rate increases to be

held May 30, 2002.

 

3.†††††† Relative to the impaired signal quality for Public Access Channel 13.

††††††††† #16B CMDecember 18, 2001

††††††††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

4.†††††† Relative to the legal opinion regarding the terms of the franchise agreement with Charter Communications concerning local news coverage.

††††††††† #16D CMDecember 18, 2001

††††††††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

5.†††††† Relative to a letter from Charter Communications describing its plans for local news coverage.

††††††††† #16E CMDecember 18, 2001

††††††††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

6.†††††† Relative to a map from Charter Communications indicating the status of the build-out and deployment of Charter's digital cable and internet service.

††††††††† #16E CMJanuary 15, 2002

††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with an updated report and map detailing the build-out and deployment of Charter Communicationís digital cable and internet service.

 

7.†††††† Report addressing a number of cable related issues in response to the Council's inquiries.

††††††††† #16A CMJanuary 29, 2002

††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

8.†††††† Relative to the sporadic operation of the cable used by the Worcester School Department.

††††††††† #23B CMFebruary 12, 2002

††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

9.†††††† Relative to cable-related issues in response to the Council's previous inquiries.

††††††††† #16B CMFebruary 12, 2002

††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend File

 

10.†††† Relative to two items regarding Charter Communications.

††††††††† #16A CMFebruary 26, 2002

Recommend File

 

11.†††† Relative to specific phone number with Charter Communications Customer Service for City of Worcester residents to call with complaints or issues.

#16A CMMarch 19, 2002

Recommend File

 

12.†††† Relative to competitors' rate and services in other cities and towns in Massachusetts for cable service.

#16A CMApril 2, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

13.†††† Relative to public shade tree impacts for proposed conduit locations - Charter Communications.

#19E CMApril 23, 2002

Recommend File

 

††††††††† Petitions

14.†††† Gary Salo et al request City Council to investigate the high rates that are being charged on the new bills from Charter Communications.

††††††††† #12 CCJanuary 15, 2002

††††††††† In Committee February 19, 2002 - Held

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

 

††††††††† STREET LIGHTS

 

††††††††† New Installation

15.†††† Councillor Paul P. Clancy Jr. on behalf of Bill Miley request street light in front of 846 Millbury St. be moved to a new location away from building.

††††††††† #5 CC April 10, 2001

††††††††† In Committee June 20, 2001 - Held

††††††††† In Committee October 15, 2001- Held

††††††††† In Committee December 12, 2001 - Held

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

 

16.†††† Councillor Paul P. Clancy Jr. on behalf of Rick D'Otavio request street light outside 55 Everton Ave.

††††††††† #13 CCDecember 4, 2001

Recommend Approval of installation of one 9,600 lumen light on pole
#16., subject to funding.Also, under SR give Leave to Withdraw a
duplicate petition, # 7 CC of May 7, 2002.

 

17.†††† Councillor Stephen G. Abraham request the installation of additional street lighting in the vicinity of 8 Franconia St.

††††††††† #7 CCFebruary 12, 2002

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

 

Chairmanís Order request the Parks Commissioner trim the city shade trees in the vicinity of 8 Franconia Street so that existing street lights illuminate the traveled way.

 

18.†††† Frances Lish request City Council to install street lights between 25 through 31 Beechmont St., not to conflict with new trees.

††††††††† #8 CCMarch 19, 2002

Recommend Hold††††††††

 

19.†††† Councillor Michael C. Perotto and Councillor Paul P. Clancy Jr.††

on behalf of Jean Gray request installation of a street light at 23 Ida Rd.

††††††††† #15b CC January 23, 2001

In Committee June 20, 2001 - Held

In Committee October 15, 2001 - Held

In Committee December 12, 2001 - Held

Recommend Approval of installation of one 9,600 lumen light in front of

23 Ida Road., subject to funding.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council

with a report stating the anticipated Fiscal Year 2002 surplus in the

street light ordinary maintenance account and further, request a listing

of what locations are approved for new installation and are awaiting

funding.

 

††††††††† Upgrade

20.†††† Ann Goddard request a larger light bulb on the light pole at the bottom of Seattle St. at the corner of Chino Ave. and Seattle St.

#11 CCJanuary 15, 2002

Recommend Approval to upgrade to a 16,000 lumen bulb in existing

street light fixture at the corner of Seattle Street and Chino Avenue.,

subject to funding

 

21.†††† Councillor Stephen G. Abraham request the installation of brighter street lighting in the vicinity of 75 James St. and the parking lot directly across from 75 James St. so that pedestrians are able to safely cross during hours of darkness.

#8 CC February 12, 2002

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council

with a report listing the street lights that the City owns, and the

impact of owning lights versus leasing them from Mass Electric.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration provide the City Council

with a report on the street lighting portion of the Shrewsbury Street

Gateway project including pictures of the proposed lighting fixtures, the

timeline for installation and a map showing the scope of the affected area.