CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Service and Transportation Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 5:03 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:38 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:DPW Assistant Commissioner Robert Fiore City Auditor Robert V. Stearns Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk
 
1.

Street Light Petitions

1a.

Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of Bill Sheerin request a street light be installed on pole #11 in the vicinity of 64-68 Kendrick Avenue, in the interest of public safety. # 7f CC April 29, 2014

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install one (1) LED equivalent streetlight on existing wood pole #11 in Kendrick Ave. subject to funding

1b.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request installation of street lights in Innovation Drive. # 8f CC May 20, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

1c.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request installation of street lights in Research Drive. # 8g CC May 20, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

1d.

Councilor Frederick C. Rushton request street lights be installed on Howe Avenue. # 17j CC May 20, 2014

Attachments

Recommend Hold - Reassess after LED Conversion Program

1e.

Steven Chin et al request more street lights and video surveillance cameras monitored by the Worcester Police Department be installed on Eden St. to protect cars from the repeated break ins and vandalizing. # 9f CC July 22, 2014

Attachments

Recommend to refer to the City Councilís Standing Committee on Public Safety

1f.

Amalia Distura and Kimberly Veras request installation of a street light on pole #5 on Wallingford Rd. # 8b CC August 19, 2014

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install one (1) LED equivalent streetlight on existing wood pole #5 in Kendrick Ave. subject to funding

1g.

Councilor Gary Rosen and Councilor Morris A. Bergman on behalf of Willard Ave. Residents request installation of street lights in appropriate locations on Willard Ave. # 10a CC September 16, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

1h.

Jose Hilario request street light be installed on existing pole in front of 2 Gilman St. # 8a CC January 07, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install one (1) LED equivalent streetlight on existing wood pole across from 2A Gilman St. subject to National Gridís approval to allow installation on that pole and subject funding.

1i.

Jill Shea request installation of a street light on an existing pole at the corner of Edlin St. and Clover St. # 8a CC January 13, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

1j.

Denise Kong request installation of street lights throughout the public portions of Pineland Ave. # 9c CC April 14, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install three (3) LED equivalent streetlights on existing wood poles #1-50, #7 and #14 in Pineland Ave. subject to funding.

1k.

Councilor Gary Rosen request replacement of the ornamental street light missing for six years from the existing base on Chandler St. in front of the Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium. # 8a CC May 19, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

1l.

Joan Smiley request street light at the park area adjacent to 18 Newbury St. be repaired or replaced. # 7d CC June 09, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager initiate an investigation to determine the ownership of the existing outside light at the park area adjacent to 18 Newbury St. and report this information to City Council.

1m.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request repair of street light in vicinity of 44 Ideal Rd. # 14k CC June 23, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

1n.

Kathleen DiGregorio et al request lights to be installed under railroad bridge on Southbridge St. near Jackson St. # 8b CC June 30, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide to City Council the pedestrian and vehicle accident reports that have occurred under the railroad bridge on Southbridge St. near Jackson St.

1o.

Norbert Kong request installation of street lights in Pineland Ave., from Hara St. to Pinecrest Dr. # 8c CC July 21, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

1p.

Councilor Sarai Rivera request additional street lighting be installed in Plymouth St. for public safety. # 8b CC July 21, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

1q.

Councilor George J. Russell request installation of two (2) street lights, in front of 22 Dearborn St. and in Beaumont Rd. near the intersection with Dearborn St. # 21k CC July 21, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install one (1) LED equivalent streetlight on existing wood pole #10 in front of 22 Dearborn St. subject to funding.

1r.

John Budzinski request street light be installed on pole #6 at 67 Purchase St. # 8b CC August 11, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install one (1) LED equivalent streetlight on existing wood pole #6 in Purchase St. subject to funding

1s.

Councilor George J. Russell request installation of street lighting in McKeon Rd. between the McKeon Rd. Fire Station and Butler St. # 8c CC August 11, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install two (2) LED equivalent streetlights on existing wood poles #37 and #39 in McKeon Rd. subject to funding

1t.

Sylvia & Beatrice Spencer et al request street light be installed at the far end of Purchase St. near Quinapoxet Lane. # 9d CC September 01, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install one (1) LED equivalent streetlight on existing wood pole #11 in Purchase St. subject to funding

1u.

Councilor Tony Economou on behalf of Dr. Ott request removal of a street light pole (#52) in vicinity of 262 Salisbury St. # 9c CC September 01, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

1v.

Councilor Gary Rosen request additional street lighting be installed in South Flagg St. in the vicinity of Bet Shalom apartments. # 17e CC September 15, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

1w.

Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes request streetlight repair for two streetlights at intersection of June St. and Hadwen Rd. # 20p CC September 29, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

1x.

Daisy Ramirez request street light be installed in front of 19 Gloucester Rd. # 7g CC October 27, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1y.

Alfredo DiMauro, Assistant Vice President for Facilities at WPI request to relocate an obstructive existing street light pole closer to the curb on Institute Rd. so it is the same distance to the curb as at all other locations, along the wrought iron fence at Alumni Field. # 9g CC November 10, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Approval to relocating streetlight and pole #30-81 in Institute Rd. to facilitate WPI when clearing snow from sidewalk subject to WPIís participation in the cost of the relocation.

1z.

Lynda Wasilewski request increased street lighting be installed on Boyd St. # 7a CC November 17, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Approval to install two (2) LED equivalent streetlights on existing wood poles #8 and #11 in Boyd St. subject to funding.

2.

Communications of the City Manager

2a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Properties in the City Owned by CSX Corporation. # 7.29A CM April 01, 2008

In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Livery Businesses. # 8.17A CM December 22, 2009

In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held In Committee April 8, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to CSX and Hazardous Material Transportation. # 9.39B CM June 15, 2010

In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Proposed Fare Increases and Service Reductions. # 8.32A CM January 31, 2012

In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2e.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Regional Transit Authority's (WRTA) Building Progress at Union Station. # 10.4A CM March 13, 2012

In Committee March 19, 2012 -Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2f.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Smart Grid Pilot. # 9.4A CM April 10, 2012

In Committee August 21, 2013 - Held In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2g.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the City's Smart Grid Program. # 9.4E CM April 24, 2012

In Committee August 21, 2013 - Held In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2h.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Failure of the Regional 9-1-1 Verizon Landline System Experienced on January 17, 2013. # 8.11C CM February 05, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

2i.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Smart Grid Deployment Update. # 9.4D CM March 12, 2013

In Committee August 21, 2013 - Held In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2j.

Transmitting Correspondence received from National Grid notifying City Council of an upcoming vegetation management activities, specifically selective side pruning and/or danger tree removal along an electric transmission right-of-way. # 10i CC April 02, 2013

In Committee August 21, 2013 - Held In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2k.

Transmitting informational communication relative to National Grid - Smart Energy Solutions Program (Smart Grid) - Guide to Safety and Security. # 10.4D CM July 16, 2013

In Committee August 21, 2013 - Held In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report as to whether there are any documented cases where Smart Meters have caused fire, as well as any cases where electric meters have caused fires.

2l.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the WRTA recommended Service Changes Proposed for Implementation on August 24, 2013. # 10.32C CM August 20, 2013

In Committee September 12, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2m.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the WRTA performance update. # 10.32A CM September 24, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

2n.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to an Update of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority Project. # 8.32A CM October 08, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

2o.

Transmitting informational communication from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority. # 8.32B CM October 22, 2013

In Committee April 8, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2p.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to an Update of the Smart Grid Program. # 9.17A CM February 04, 2014

In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2q.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Impact of Smart Grid Meters and Towers to Property Values. # 8.23A CM March 25, 2014

In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2r.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to National Grids Responses to Various Requests. # 8.32A CM March 25, 2014

In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

2s.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to Correspondence from Stephen O'Neil, Administrator of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority. # 8.32B CM May 13, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

2t.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to a Report Regarding How National Grid Defines Itself as a Telecommunication Company, What Process They Went Through to Become One and Why it Has Any Legal Standing in Front of the Zoning Board of Appeals. # 9.13A CM May 27, 2014

Attachments

Recommend Hold

2u.

Transmitting informational communication relative to request City Manager provide City Council with a report on Uber Ride service and how it relates to our current Cab and Livery ordinances. # 9.13A CM March 10, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Hold

2v.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a summary of cable license fee payments received Since 2006, breakdown of allocation of those funds to PEG Entities, and balances of unexpended funds held by the City. # 9.4B CM March 24, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2w.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning a surplus in the Cityís cable fund as well as an update regarding a request to put the WCCATV local access channels back to their original slots. # 8.4D CM April 07, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2x.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an electronic copy of the FCCíS new net neutrality regulations and implications as a result. # 8.4C CM April 07, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2y.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an outline of expenses, cost estimates and time line for construction of a studio in the City Hall basement. # 9.25A CM May 26, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

2z.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on efforts to regulate car-sharing services such as Uber. # 9.13B CM May 26, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Hold

3.

Miscellaneous Items

3a.

Petition of Amanda Harp request that the bus stop in front of 81 West Boylston St. be eliminated because another stop exists less than a block away in front of 67 West Boylston St. # 9b CC August 14, 2007

In Committee April 16, 2008 - Held In Committee September 12, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3b.

Petition of John Reed request to approve an addendum to the City of Worcester's Climate Action Plan to consider the use of convergence of two alternative renewable energy resources, wind and hydro-electric to make the "world's first perpetual power plant". # 7a CC October 23, 2007

Attachments

Recommend Approval of the accompanying Order to Request City Manager make a recommendation as to the feasibility and practically of pursuing an addendum of the City of Worcesterís Climate Action Plan to consider the use of convergence of two alternative renewable energy resources.

3c.

Petition of Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes on behalf of David Kassabian request to install a bus shelter with seating at the bus stop on the corner of Commercial St. and Front St. # 8c CC July 08, 2008

In Committee August 4, 2008 - Held In Committee September 12, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3d.

Report of the Committee on Traffic and Parking upon the Petition of Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes on behalf of Louise Gallagher request the placement of a bus stop at 485 Grove St., Colony Apartments. # 17s CC February 10, 2009

In Committee September 12, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3e.

Petition of Christina Pattee request looking into the feasibility of getting commercial, government, and university funding for two modern electric trolley routes connecting key business districts and cultural institutions to Union Station and Worcester Regional Airport. # 9b CC September 07, 2010

Attachments

Recommend File

3f.

Order of Councilor Philip P. Palmieri - Request City Manager to ask the MBTA if there will be any changes to the commuter rail and CSX plans that were previously agreed upon by City Council and the Administration. Further, request the Standing Committee on Public Service & Transportation invite the MBTA and any other entity to a meeting to discuss commuter rail services and further, request the administration consider holding a Transportation summit. Further, request towns and cities in metro Worcester be included in a future transportation summit as the city acts as the connection to metro Boston through commuter rail service. Further, request City Manager report to City Council the process the MBTA will use to get input from the public. Further, request City Manager report to City Council what was the actual commitment made by the MBTA in terms of increased commuter rail services when the city agreed to the CSX freight yard and if there was no commitment what is the plan to get a commitment. Further, request City Manager inform the Grafton Hill Business Association the timetable for construction activity associated with CSX on Grafton Street. # 10k CC January 24, 2012

Order adopted - In Committe for Informational Purpose Only In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3g.

Order of Councilor Philip P. Palmieri, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey, Councilor Tony Economou, Council William J. Eddy, Councilor Frederick C. Rushton, Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request the Standing Committee on Public Service & Transportation to hold a public hearing and invite representatives from National Grid and the Department of Public Utilities to discuss the trimming of trees around electrical power lines and informing the city administration when power outages take place in the City of Worcester. # 10b CC February 07, 2012

In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held In Committee May 16, 2012 - Held In Committee August 21, 2013 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3h.

Petition of Councilor Tony Economou request Worcester Regional Transit Authority consider looping the Route 8 bus through the Colony Retirement housing at 123 Holden Street reaching 70 seniors who would benefit from having bus service to Greendale Mall and downtown. # 8a CC February 12, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

3i.

Petition of Jo Hart request City Council have an immediate televised public hearing at 5:30 pm at City Hall about the devastating changes the WRTA is making, so ordinary working people can attend. Further, request the City Manager request the WRTA provide tangible information about these changes including maps for all their planned new routes. # 8b CC March 12, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

3j.

Petition of William Belcher request City establish a policy that places broadband, satellite dish and the likes to be placed under the regulation authority and jurisdiction of the Cable Division and the Advisory Division of the City of Worcester. Further establish rules, regulations and fees for the companies above to be paid to the City of Worcester for each installation of satellite dish within the City of Worcester. # 7j CC June 04, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

3k.

Petition of Jo Hart request full public transportation be restored to Main St. north of City Hall including late night and weekend service. # 8g CC September 17, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

3l.

Petition of John Dick et al request to speak before City Council in opposition to the National Grid Smart Energy Solutions Pilot Program. # 7e CC January 21, 2014

In Committee April 23, 2014 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

3m.

Petition of Councilor Gary Rosen request a bench be installed at the bus stop on Pleasant St. near the Planned Parenthood facility. # 21m CC February 25, 2014

Attachments

Recommend File

3n.

Order of Councilor Philip P. Palmieri - Request City Manager request appropriate representatives of NSTAR appear before City Council to respond to recent media reports of gas main leaks occurring in the city, and request NStar inform the City Council how they intend to rectify this situation and further, request City Manager provide information concerning a state approved accelerated program for upgrades of gas mains. # 11d CC April 29, 2014

Attachments

Recommend Hold

3o.

Petition of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes on behalf of Mauro DePasquale request relocation of electric pole #49 in vicinity of 415 Main St. because it has been hit numerous times by vehicles and buses and it may be more appropriate in a different location. # 8c CC October 21, 2014

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager, when the finalizing the design of the Streetscape Plan for downtown, consider the relocation of the street light pole #49 in vicinity of 415 Main St.

3p.

Petition of Councilor Sarai Rivera request installation of shelter from the weather at the bus stop located in the vicinity of 6 Wachusett St. # 18f CC October 21, 2014

Attachments

Recommend Approval

3q.

Order - Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC for joint pole location in: CANDLEWOOD ST. # 15i CC January 13, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

3r.

Order - Granting permission to LIGHTOWER FIBER NETWORKS for conduit location in: MARION AVENUE. # 15j CC January 13, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

3s.

Communication of City Auditor Robert V. Stearns transmitting a communication as requested for an audit of the WCCA and analysis of PEG Access Funds. # 20l CC July 21, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

3t.

Order of Councilor Gary Rosen request City Council's Standing Committee on Public Service and Transportation conduct a public hearing to discuss the poor quality of service (including slowly-connecting Internet and no access to cable TV) and customer service issues associated with the internet and TV service provided by Charter Communications. # 12a CC September 29, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

3u.

Petition of Jo Hart request City of Worcester convene a new transportation public meeting, inviting all college students and Bolt Bus and Megabus officials to figure out the best way to have those buses stop by Worcester on their way to and from New York, perhaps just early outbound/late inbound Friday and Saturday to start, and then increase to seven days. # 7e CC October 27, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager consider the concept of having bus companies providing transportation to New York City to stop in Worcester.

3v.

Petition of Jo Hart request the City Council and the City Manager (the default co-chair of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board) to disclose what is happening for a necessary nationwide search for a new administrator of the WRTA to replace Steve O'Neil, who left earlier this summer, and for the City Manager to institute this immediate overdue search for a much needed new administrator. # 7f CC October 27, 2015

Attachments

Recommend File

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

1.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report regarding what will be the cost for upgrading the existing city street light infrastructure with LED lighting as well as the cost for installing new LED street lights recommended by the Committee on Public Service and Transportation at its meeting on December 8, 2015.