PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

OCTOBER 22, 2001

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 6:05 p.m.

Adjourned: 8:50 p.m.

 

Present were:††††† Chairman Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Janice L. Nadeau

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Juan A. Gomez

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Timothy P. Murray

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

 

Also:†††††††††††††††††††† DPW Cmsnr. Robert L. Moylan

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DPW Asst. Cmsnr. Tony Meriano

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DPW Engineer Edward Carrigan

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DPW Staffperson Timothy Reiner

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

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STREETS - STREETS TO MAKE PUBLIC

 

FIRST HEARING

 

FAVOR

OPPOSED

ABUTTERS

1.         West Chester Street

(private portion)††

1

4

10

Recommend Hold for a Second Hearing

 

Chairmanís Order Request the City Manager conduct a study on the long term

needs to handle northwest/southeast traffic flow in the Grove Street/Salisbury

Street area to alleviate pressure in our residential neighborhoods, including but

not limited to requiring roadway improvements to be paid for in part by

subdivision developers.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Commissioner of Public Works provide the City

Council with a report on the locations of sanitary and surface sewers in the

Chester/West Chester Street neighborhood.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works

report to the City Council his position on making public Barry Road Extension.

 

 

 

Speakers:

1.††† Sarah Cormier, 70 West Chester Street, Worcester (in opposition)

2.         Joan Hanley, Barrett Avenue, Worcester (in opposition)

3.         Chris Johnson, 116 Barry Road, Worcester (in opposition)

4.         Kenneth Epstein, 21 Laurelwood Drive, Worcester (in favor)

5.         Marc Eisenstock, 9 Blackthorn Drive, Worcester (in favor)

6.         Sr. Ann Marshall, Sisters of Mercy, 101 Barry Road, Worcester (in favor)

7.         Rosalie Gubb, 1 Dubiel Drive, Worcester (in favor)

Please notify these 7 speakers of the date of the second hearing on W Chester Street.

 

STREET MISCELLANEOUS

 

2.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to West Chester Street.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24A CM September 4, 2001

Recommend File

3.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the total cost to make West Chester Street public.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24B CM September 18, 2001

Recommend File

4.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to West Chester St.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #23A CM October 9, 2001

Recommend File

5.††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the Possibility of Converting Grove Street Terrace to a Public Street.

#24D CM January 23, 2001

Recommend Hold

6.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Converting Grove Street Terrace to a Public Street.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #17G CM February 6, 2001

Recommend Hold

 

Chairmanís Order request the Traffic and Parking Committee to conduct a public hearing to discuss with the property owners of Grove Street Terrace the Cityís interests in imposing parking restrictions on Grove Street Terrace if it is converted to a public street in itís current narrow width.

 

7.†††††† Petition of Lorenzo J Atwood et al request the curve on Millbrook St from Burncoat St to 171 Millbrook St be removed.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #22 CC July 17, 2001

Recommend Hold

 

 

Chairmanís Order request the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works

report to the City Council various solutions to the sight problem for residents

accessing and egressing their homes in Millbrook Street near Burncoat Street.

 

8.†††††† Communication of the City Man††††††††† ager relative to how the public can petition for Private Street Conversion or Betterment.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24F CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

9.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Status Report #2 - Street Resurfacing Projects.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24M CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

10.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to where Southbridge Street will be lowered.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24N CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

11. ††† Communication of the City Manager Relative to Exeter Street over CSX (Bridge No. W-44-024) Bridge Closing.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24C CM September 4, 2001

Recommend File

 

 

SIDEWALK MISCELLANEOUS

†††††††††

12.†††† Petition of John Cronin et al request the Subcommittee on Public Works consider recommending to the City Manager an appropriation of $250,000.00 annually from "free cash" reserves to fund accessible sidewalks for persons with disabilities.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #17 CC July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager recommend $250,000 per year for an accessible sidewalk program.

13.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to locations of Sidewalk†† Improvements.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24H CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. ††† Order of Councillor Janice L. Nadeau requesting Public Works Department to explain to the Crown Hill group why their sidewalks will not be redone when Crown and Congress Streets get resurfaced.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #70 CC August 21, 2001

Recommend File

 

SEWERS

 

SEWER LINES

 

15.†††† Petition of Samuel DeSimone, Attorney on behalf of McDonald's Corp. request authority to enter into a prior agreement with the City of Worcester through it's Department of Public Works to upgrade and increase a sewer line by replacing the 12 inch sewer line to an 18 inch sewer line from Daniel St. easterly 122ft. at it's own cost.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #22 CC September 18, 2001

Recommend Approval with a Prior Agreement and at ownerís expense.

 

 

SEWERS MISCELLANEOUS

 

16. ††† Communication of the City Manager Relative to the 5-Year Sewer Rehabilitation Program.

#24 L CM August 22, 2000

†††††††† In Committee on November 8, 2000 Ė Held

††††††††† In Committee on March 13, 2001 - Held

††††††††† In Committee on July 11, 2001 - Held

Recommend Hold

17.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to HNTB - Kenberma Road Report.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24P CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

18.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Kenberma Road Project.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24D CM September 4, 2001

Recommend File

19.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Grant available for the Granite Street Sewer Study.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24J CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

 

 

20.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to when sewer work will be completed on Sunderland Road section of Route 20.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24A CM September 18, 2001

Recommend File

 

WATER

 

21.             Communication of the City Manager relative to summary from Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District.

#24C CM May 29, 2001

†††††††††††††††††† In Committee July 11, 2001 - Held

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works report to the City Council concerning the tentative agreement reached between the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the discharge permit and the facilityís plan implementation.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

22.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District potential daily water usage.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24F CM June 19, 2001

†††††††††††††††††† In Committee July 11, 2001 - Held

Recommend File

 

LEAF COLLECTION & COMPOSTING & TRASH COLLECTION

 

23.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Hope Cemetery Composting Site and the Search for an Alternative Site.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24B CM March 13, 2001††††††††

†††††††††††††††††† In Committee July 11, 2001 - Held

Recommend File

 

24.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Map illustrating residential neighborhoods and travel distance reference to town of Holden.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24H CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

25.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Ordinance in effect for removing items from trash bags placed curbside.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #16A CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

 

26.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the closing of the City Hall garage for repairs.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #47 CC April 10, 2001

Recommend File

27.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to a progress report on our work to restore Worcester City Hall

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #29C CM May 29, 2001

Recommend Hold

 

Chairmanís Order request the Parks Commissioner provide the City Council with a report providing basic data on the utilization of the office space in City Hall showing the amount of employees and square footage per office

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration submit to the City Council a chart detailing the sequential placements of each of the portraits of the former Mayors and, additionally request a representative of the Administration to meet with the Public Works Committee to discuss the location of present and future Mayoral portraits.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide the City Council with an updated report on the lease contracts for space at the Worcester Memorial Auditorium.

 

28.†††† Petition of Councillor Janice L Nadeau request DPW raise the water shutoff and patch sinkhole between 60-62 Southgate St.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #16CC May 29, 2001

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

29.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the report on the status of the lease contracts for the build out of the Worcester Memorial Auditorium.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #16D CM July 17, 2001

Recommend File

30.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Grimewatch Program - June 2001 Activity.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24O CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

31.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Progress Report/Construction.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24D CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

 

 

32. ††† Petition of John & Helen McCormick request Department of Public Works water division examine possibility of moving fire hydrant located at corner of driveway (5 Kermit Rd.) to a location 45í to 50í north, at the corner of Kermit & Monticello Dr.

#10 CC November 14, 2000

Recommend Approval at the ownerís expense

33.†††† Petition of Herion Koka request fire hydrant located in front of the driveway of 32 Second St. be relocated.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #30 CC August 21, 2001

Recommend Hold, DPW to invite developer to next meeting, re-notify petitioner

34.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to notification to families in advance of Hydrants being flushed.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24G CM August 21, 2001

Recommend File

35.†††† Petition of Diane & Anne Skrocki request City of Worcester to re-examine their plowing strategy for the beginning of the top of 1 Cohasset St., the bend of 24 Cohasset St. and ending at 27 Cohasset St.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #32 CC August 21, 2001

Recommend File

36.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the List of Candidate Petitioned Streets for FY 2003 Resurfacing Program.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24G CM October 9, 2001

Recommend Hold for next meeting

37.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to FY02 Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24D CM October 9, 2001

Recommend Hold to the following is an incomplete list:

Blanche Street, vicinity of#3

Claremont Street, vicinity of #8

College Street, vicinity of #99, from Dutton to beyond Electric Streets

Congress Street, #1, #2, #11, #15, #16

Grafton Street, vicinity of #395

Houghton Street, vicinity of #12

Illinois Street, vicinity of #67, opposite Holy Name

Jefferson Street, north side between Arlington and Providence Streets

Louise Street, #14, #35

Marble Street, vicinity of #11

New York Street, vicinity of #11, entire even side

Pattison Street, vicinity of #19

Providence Street, @ corner of #139 and Holcombe Street

Upland Gardens Drive, entire

Whipple Street, #21, #49

Trinity Avenue, #1, #6, #9

Plantation Street, #81

Normal Street, from Prospect Street to Eastern Avenue

Laurel Street, vicinity of #8

Judson Avenue, vicinity of #6

Gage Street, vicinity of #95

Franklin Street, north side from Brown Square southerly, vicinity of #363

East Park Terrace, vicinity of #20

Edgeworth Street, vicinity of #66, vicinity of #23

Dallas Street, vicinity of #20

Coburn Avenue, vicinity of #257

Barnard Road, vicinity of #99, vicinity of #113, vicinity of #119, vicinity of #110

Carlstad Street, vicinity of #11

Tatman Street, vicinity of #27

Seymour Street, vicinity of #91

Salisbury Street, vicinity of #473, vicinity of #467

Summerhill Avenue vicinity of #17

Saxon Road, vicinity of #4 and #6

Burncoat Street, #306, #398

Chippewa Road, #34, #38

Christine Street, #18

Clark Street, #6

Malden Street, vicinity of Norrback School

Newton Avenue North, vicinity of #125, #147

Wigwam Avenue, #26

 

38.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to proposed Arterial Street Resurfacing Program - FY 2003

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† #24H CM October 9, 2001

Recommend File (was prepared for informational purposes only)

39.             Petition of Mark & Renee Towne request to install a sewer main at 11 Anson St. to hookup into the main on Morgan St.

#18 CC October 9, 2001

Recommend Approval subject to a Prior Agreement