PUBLIC SERVICE & TRANSPORTATION
SEPTEMBER 15, 2003
Convened: 5:45 p.m.
Adjourned: 7:40 p.m.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Michael C. Perotto
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Stephen T. Patton
Also: ††††††††† ††††††††† Mary MacInnes, Administrator WRTA
††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† Richard Glavin, Customer Service Administrator WRTA
††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† Chief Development Officer Philip Niddrie
††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† Airport Director Eric Waldron
††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† Airport Commission Chairperson Michael Amir
††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk
1.†††††† Relative to construction work at the Worcester Regional Airport.
#3A CM†† June 13, 2000
2.†††††† Relative to status report on any construction within the Airport Environs Overlay.
#3A CM† April 24, 2001
3.†††††† Relative to construction in Airport Environs Overlay.
#21C CM†† April 24, 2001
4.†††††† Relative to recent communication with Mass. Highway concerning their Proposed Access Road.
#24C CM† December 19, 2000
5.†††††† Relative to timeline on the Airport Access Road.
#24A CM† April 24, 2001
6.†††††† Relative to recommendations to Mass. Highway, to date, for a "re-build" alternative on the proposed Airport Access Road in the City.
#3A CM† March 19, 2002
7.†††††† Relative to contract between the City and Massport relative to access road.
#16D CM† August 21, 2001
8.†††††† Relative to Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Report on access to Worcester Regional Airport.
#7F CM† August 21, 2001
9.†††††† Relative to Worcester Regional Airport Access Road.
#29E CM† May 14, 2002
10.†††† Relative to Master Plan Information request.
#5 CC† February 13, 2001
11.†††† Relative to American Eagle launches New England Jet Service between Worcester and Chicago OíHare, and the announcement of additional flights by ASA/Delta to and from Atlanta.
#3A CM† April 3, 2001
12.†††† Relative to legal obligations Ė Closing Airport.
#16E CM† August 21, 2001
13.†††† Relative to passenger counts at the Worcester Regional Airport for the past five years.
#3B CM† August 21, 2001
14.†††† Relative to impact on Parking/Cityís ability to provide parking at Worcester Regional Airport.
#3A CM† August 21, 2001
15.†††† Relative to Airport Citizens Advisory Committee meetings.
#7M† CM† August 21, 2001
16.†††† Relative to Airport Marketing.
#7B CM December 4, 2001
17.†††† Relative to a report answering several questions that were recently asked by City Council regarding commercial flights at the Worcester Regional Airport.
#16 CC† March 5, 2002
18.†††† Relative to Airline contacts.
#7C CM† March 5, 2002
19.†††† Relative to a letter which I have forwarded to Craig Coy, Chief Executive Officer of Massport, relative to the article which appeared in the April 18, 2002 edition of the Boston Herald regarding Massport's commitment to the Worcester Regional Airport.
#3A CM† April 23, 2002
20.†††† Relative to Massportís commitment to the five-year operating agreement.
#3A CM† May 14, 2002
21.†††† Relative to Chamber of Commerce Airport promotion.
#7E CM† May 28, 2002
22.†††† Relative to interest of†† CommutAir operating out of our regional airport.
#3A CM† June 11, 2002
23.†††† Relative to tenant/airline recruitment.
††††††††† #8C CM† July 1, 2003
24.†††† Relative to FY04 Personal Services Appropriation (Airport).
††††††††† #3A CM† September 9, 2003
25.†††† Joan L. Crowell, LPWNA Pres., The Leesville Pond Watershed Neighborhood Assoc. request City Council make a recommendation to the Mass. Highway Dept. to withdraw the Greater Worcester Access Improvement Project.† Transportation System Management type improvements in combination with ďPark & RideĒ concepts, would be feasible alternatives to building an access road.
#16 CC† July 11, 2000
Recommend Leave to Withdraw
26.†††† William S. Coleman, III request City Council place before the voters of Worcester the following non-binding question:† Do you support the construction of an Airport Access Road?
#7 CC† May 14, 2002
27.†††† Thomas Kinton, Jr. Acting Exec. Director of Aviation at Massport concerning the loss of the American Eagle morning flight from Worcester to Chicago.
#3A CM† March 5, 2002
1. William S. Coleman III, 4 Brownell Circle, Worcester
2. Joan Crowell, 5 Bernice Street, Worcester
3. John Carnegie, 3 Sorrento Street, Worcester
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager coordinate a tour of the Worcester Regional Airport facilities for the members of the Public Service and Transportation Committee, the Airport Commissioners, the Economic Development Office staff and appropriate representatives from MassPort.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager consider including a survey in the mailing of a future property tax bill that queries the taxpayers of Worcester concerning improved access to and from the Worcester Regional Airport.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with a detailed report concerning the indebtedness by the Worcester Regional Airport, to whom the money is owed, the use of debt, a repayment schedule covering each debt instrument, and the budgetary line item covering repayment and the interest expenses.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with a detailed report concerning capacity issues at Logan International, Bradley International, Hanscom Field, Manchester, Pease International, T.F. Green, Portland International, Bangor International and Burlington International Airports and the impact upon when the City of Worcester could expect the Worcester Regional Airport to be a commercially viable airport.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with a report detailing any hazardous waste, environmental, brownfields, or any other issue that would provide an impediment to a potential private developer of airport property.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with a report that compares various development alternatives of the airport property and recommends the highest and best use.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with a report determining the impact of the existing commitment to the development of the three parcels of airport property on the various development alternatives.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with a report on any current discussions that are occurring between MassPort and the City of Worcester concerning the continuation of the current contract.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to begin the process of preparing a Request for Proposal to develop all of the airport property.
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager to provide the City Council with a report concerning the effect of the September 11th tragedy and no commercial flights in or out of Worcester Regional Airport, on the businesses located within the airport terminal, MassPortís rental agreement with these businesses, and MassPortís actions to assist them in surviving.
28.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to response to WRTA requests.
††††††††† #8F CM†† September 9, 2003
1. William S. Coleman, III, 4 Brownell Circle, Worcester
2. Alan DeWitt,† Mayside Lane, Worcester
Chairmanís Order request the City Manager communicate with the owner/operator of the redeveloped Lincoln Plaza and request his input advancing the idea of providing transit service to and from the shopping area.