CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Service and Transportation Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 4:08 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:55 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Konstantina B Lukes
Councilor Morris A Bergman
Councilor Gary Rosen
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Konstantina B Lukes Councilor Morris A Bergman Councilor Gary Rosen
 
Also:Deputy City Solicitor Michael Traynor Director of Cable Services Judith Warren Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk
 
1.

Communications of the City Manager

1a.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Cable License Transfer. # 12.4F CM September 16, 2014

In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Speakers:
1. Steven Power, Worcester resident
2. John Picard, Worcester resident
3. Jacqueline Norton, Leicester resident
4. Mauro DePasquale, Worcester resident
5. Joseph Townsend, Worcester resident
6. John Dick, Worcester resident
7. John Provost, Worcester resident
8. Matthew Cory, Worcester resident

Utility Representatives:
1. Thomas P. Cohan, Director of Governmental Relations, Charter, 95 Higgins Street, Worcester, MA 01606
2. Daniel M. Glanville, VP, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast, 90 Phoenix Avenue, Enfield, CT 06082 (Holyoke resident)
3. Nick Leuci, VP Government and Community Investment, Comcast Cable, 676 Island Pond Road, Manchester, NH 03109

Councilor Lukes reiterated this Chairmanís Order reported from the October 1, 2014 committee meeting: Request City Manager request the City Solicitor include in the contract the following option: The City may conduct a yearly evaluation if the city so chooses.

1b.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Funds Received as a Result of the Cable Franchise License. # 10.4B CM June 17, 2014

In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1c.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to a New Contract with Charter Communications # 8.4B CM November 12, 2013

In Committee April 8, 2014 - Held In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Update of Cable License Renewal Ascertainment Period. # 8.32B CM April 02, 2013

In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1e.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a Petition that Charter Communications' Filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). # 10.13A CM March 13, 2012

In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1f.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Charter Communication's 4th Quarter Report on Response Time in Handling Phone Calls to Customer Care. # 8.4A CM February 28, 2012

In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

2.

Miscellaneous Items

2a.

Order of Councilor Gary Rosen - Request the Standing Committee on Public Service & Transportation review the rates for services charged by Charter Communications and make sure the company is providing senior citizens and others who qualify with any discounted rates or plans available. # 11s CC January 21, 2014

In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

2b.

Petition of Mary Moule request the City Council investigate and negotiate a discount cable television service rate or rate cap for seniors in the current contract renewal negotiations between the City of Worcester and Charter Communications. # 8c CC March 12, 2013

In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

2c.

Petition of Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV13, et al request the City Manager and the Cable Advisory Committee to prioritize and assure funding and grant allocations toward the continued development of WCCA TV 13í operations and facility. # 7aa CC February 26, 2013

In Committee April 8, 2014 - Held In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

2d.

Petition of Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV13, et al requesting City Council request the City Manager to distribute WCCA TV programming broadly throughout Worcester County or, at least, through Charterís system in towns surrounding Worcester. # 7bb CC February 26, 2013

In Committee April 8, 2014 - Held In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

2e.

Petition of Mauro DePasquale, Executive Director of WCCA TV13, request Cityís consideration of extending our current agreement with the City until the renewal of the Franchise and that of WCCAís agreement is accomplished. # 7z CC February 26, 2013

In Committee April 8, 2014 - Held In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

2f.

Petition of Jonathan Curtis request a Citizen's Committee be created to advise City Administration and City Council on how to best to use Internet resources. # 8h CC January 15, 2008

In Committee October 1, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold