AGENDA

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING

JUNE 12, 2002

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 6:07 p.m.

Adjourned: 9:05 p.m.

 

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

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Philip P. Palmieri

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

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

 

Also:†††††††††† ††††††††† City Manager Thomas R. Hoover

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Public Works Commissioner Robert L. Moylan

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Chiewf Development Officer Philip J. Niddrie

Director of Traffic Engineering Joseph Borbone

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Deputy Commissioner DPW Andrew Murch

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Director of Engineering Edward Carrigan

†††††††††          Assistant Commissioner Anthony Meriano

†††††††††          Business Manager Daniel Curtis

†††††††††          Director of Water Konstantin Eliadi

†††††††††          Director of Sewers Mathew Labovites

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

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††


 

STREETS Ė SCARIFY OR WIDEN

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Item # & Date

††††††††† Petitionerí Name††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Location††††††††††††††††††††††† In City Council †††††

 

1.†††††† Mayor Murray on behalf of ††††††††††††††† Oak Hill Rd.††††††††††††††††††† #15a CC 2/5/02

††††††††† Richard Gotz

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

2.†††††† Roland Thibeault††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ormond St.†††††††††††††††††††† #12 CC 2/12/02

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

3.†††††† David Gammon et al†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rollinson Rd.††††††††††††††††† #8 CC 2/26/02

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

Chairmanís Order request the Commissioner have traffic conditions in the vicinity of Rollinson Road reviewed and make recommendations to City Council for safety improvement.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Director of Traffic Engineering meet with the President of Quinsigamond Community College to discuss traffic concerns in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.

 

4.†††††† Councillor Abraham on behalf of††††††† Sunny Hill Dr.†††††††††††††††† #23 CC 3/5/02

†† †††††† Ron Cross

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

 

5.†††††† Councillor Clancy†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sterling St.††††††††††††††††††††† #10 CC 3/19/02

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

SIDEWALK REPAIR

†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††                                                                                                            Item # & Date

††††††††† Petitionerí Name††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Location††††††††††††††††††††††† In City Council †††††

 

6.†††††† Raymond Modig & †††††††††††††††††††††††††† 172 May St.††††††††††††††††††† #10 CC 6/20/00

Tara Marino††††††††† (evaluate & eliminate surface top in middle of driveway)

In Committee on August 21, 2000 Ė Held

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

 

7.†††††† John Palmgren††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rob Roy Rd.††††††††††††††††† #7 CC 2/26/02

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††(on the side of 14 Havelock Rd.)

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

8.†††††† Jennifer Prizio†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 36 Stoneland Rd.††††††††††† #28 CC 3/12/02

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

9.†††††† Councillor Palmieri & Mayor††††††††††††† 30 Perkins St.††††††††††††††††† #28a CC 3/12/02

††††††††† Murray on behalf of Viola Laukkanen

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

10.†††† Craig & Beth Alexander††††††††††††††††††††† 60 Plantation St.††††††††††††† #12 CC 3/26/02

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

11.†††† Mayor Murray & Councillor Clancy††† 125 Ingleside Ave.†††††††††† #6 CC 4/2/02

†††††††† on behalf of Ronald Abraham

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

12.†††† Cheryl Connor†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 118 Longmeadow Ave.††† #18 CC 4/30/02

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

13.†††† Councillors Perotto & Palmieri††††††††††† 1-9 Trinity Ave.†††††††††††††† #19a CC 4/30/02†† on behalf of Barbara DeMauro

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

14.†††† Councillor Perotto on behalf of†††††††††† 284 Burncoat St.†††††††††††† #12a CC 5/7/02

††††††††† Paul & Linda Chalifoux

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

15.†††† Jadwiga Parzych†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 19 Cargill Ave.††††††††††††††† #9 CC 5/7/02

Recommend Approval and add to the list

 

ABATEMENT Ė PRIVATE STREET BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT

 

††††††††† Petitionerís Name†††††††† ††††††††† Assessment #†††††† $ Amount†††††††††††† Location

 

16.†††† Fred & Susan Ewans, Jr. ††† ††††† #50050††††††††††††††††† $3,376.60††††††††††††† Kirkland St.

††††††††† #7 CC January 29, 2002

Recommend Approval of a partial abatement of 80 feet

 

ABATEMENTS Ė PUBLIC STREET BETTERMENT ASSESSMENTS

 

††††††††† Petitionerís Name†††††††† ††††††††† Assessment #†††††† $ Amount†††††††††††† Location

 

17.†††† Alexander & Majella†††††††               #24353†††††††††††    $2,054.40            Valley View Ln. ††††††††††††††† 

Tauras††††††††

††††††††††††††† #16 CC 1/15/02††††

Recommend Approval of a partial abatement in the amount of 5%

 

18.†††† Karen (Conway) Melican †††††          #24434††††††††††† $10,260.79††††††††††† Keen St.

††††††††† #11 CC 4/23/02

Recommend Approval of a partial abatement of 100 feet

 

19.†††† Alfonso & Carolyn Polselli††           #24430††††††††††††  $2,970.61            Keen St.

††††††††† #13 CC 4/23/02

Recommend Hold

 

20.†††† Earl & Nancy Gagne†††††† †††††          #24428†††††††††††   $7,279.27            Keen St.

††††††††† #16 CC 4/23/02

Recommend Approval of a full abatement

 

 

 

21.†††† Thomas & Christine Malone†          #24432††††††††††† $10,980.72†††††††††††Keen St.

††††††††† #14CC 4/30/02

Recommend Approval of a partial abatement of 100 feet

 

22.†††† Elizabeth Sheehan &††††††† ††††††        #24426††††††††††  $5,242.38             Keen St.

††††††††† Anna Taraian

††††††††† #12CC 4/30/02

Recommend Approval of a full abatement

 

23.†††† Joanne Malone Family Trust††         #24429††††††††††  $7,279.27            Keen St.

††††††††† #10 CC 5/14/02

Recommend Approval of a full abatement

 

24.†††† Vincent J Gianfriddo††††††                #24441†††††††††† $18,477.90††††††††††† Orton St.

††††††††††††††† #12 CC 4/23/02

Recommend Hold

 

25.†††† Francis & Irene Bastardo ††††††         #24445          $11,544.40††††††††††† Orton St.

††††††††† #17 CC 4/30/02

Recommend Approval of a partial abatement of 80 feet

 

26.†††† Beatrice Ambrose†††††††††††                #24440††††††††††  $3,165.63             Delmont Ave.

††††††††† #13 CC 4/30/02†††††††††††††††††††††††

Recommend Approval of a full abatement

 

27.†††† Jeffrey & Kathleen Barnard†††          #24437††††††††††† $2,532.50             Delmont Ave.

††††††††† #11 CC 4/30/02

Recommend Approval of a full abatement

 

GUARDRAILS

†††††††††

28.†††† Petition of Karen Way et al request installation of guardrail in front of 78 Prouty Lane due to frequent accidents.

††††††††† #13CC February 12, 2002

Recommend Approval and add to the list for funding

 

Chairmanís order request Commissioner to consider that the approved guardrail

location at 78 Prouty Lane awaiting funding be given highest priority for installation

in light of the five motor vehicle accidents having taken place in the past four years.

 

29.†††† Petition of Councillor Michael C. Perotto on behalf of State Representative Robert P. Spellane request installation of guardrail in the sidewalk area on the westerly corner of Pleasant and Mill Sts. in the interest of public safety.

††††††††† #11 CC May 7, 2002

Recommend Approval and add to the list for funding

 

SEWER LINES

 

30.†† Petition of Jonathan Finkelstein, Attorney for Al-Safa, Inc. request permission to extend sanitary sewer in property on Pleasant St through a 20-22 ft. wide access and utility easement, for a distance of approximately 350-ft.To be done at petitioner's expense.

††††††††† #13 CC November 20, 2001

Recommend Hold

 

31.†††† Petition of Attorney James G. Gerrish on behalf of Abbas Rad, President of Pro Tech Builders, Inc. request to extend existing sewer lines in Onset St. to service Lots 74-78 Onset St. at petitioner's expense and in accordance with DPW specifications.

††††††††† #7 CC April 2, 2002

Recommend Approval subject to a Prior Agreement

 

32.†††† Petition of John Harvey, President & Treasurer of Francis Harvey & Sons, Inc. request City Council approve the installation of approximately 500 ft of forced 4 inch sewer main in Southwest Cutoff beginning at a point approximately 1, 000 ft west of the intersection with Massasoit Rd.In accordance with a prior agreement and at the expense of the petitioner.

††††††††† #15 CC April 23, 2002

Recommend Approval subject to a Prior Agreement

 

33.†††† Petition of Robert Paulhus request to extend existing municipal sewer main on Amesbury St. by approximately 100 linear ft to service #42 Amesbury St. Owner of #42 Amesbury St. would like the City of Worcester to take over ownership of the sewer main upon completion of the project.

††††††††† #19 CC April 30, 2002

Recommend Approval subject to a Prior Agreement

 

SIDEWALK

 

34.†††† Petition of Councillor Stephen G. Patton on behalf of Don Melville request City consider the feasibility of installing a sidewalk on Salisbury St. from Salisbury Lane to Valley Hill Dr. or Pine Tree Dr.

††††††††† #16a CC January 15, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

WASHINGTON SQUARE

 

35.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to report on feasibility of South Portal Use in Washington Sq.

††††††††† #24E CM May 14, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

Chairmanís Order request the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works provide a report to the City Council that address the following ten concerns:

a.     If we are not successful in gaining control of the Franklin Street site mentioned as the preferred site for a parking garage, what is the next best plan,

b.     Add to the discussion the elimination of the north portal access,

c.     Is an extension of Harding Street to the rear of any proposed development on Worcester Center Boulevard at the corner of the south portal advantageous,

d.     How does a two-way Franklin Street impact favorably or unfavorably the Worcester Common Outlet property,

e.     Address the timeline and details of the two major items that move this project forward from the 25% design phase,

f.       Address the maximum number of decks recommended for a proposed parking garage along the south side of Shrewsbury Street across from Mulberry Street,

g.     Address the propriety of including a below-grade parking deck as well as the smallest sized recommended garage to support the intended usage under I-290,

h.     Explore the impact of folding the bus ports into the garage on the preferred Franklin Street site,

i.       Report on the feasibility of constructing a garage on the preferred Franklin Street site that includes decking over the traveled public way.

j.       Address the progress of friendly discussions between the City and owners of the parcel post building and the appropriateness of an eminent domain taking at that site.

 

WATER & SEWER RATES

 

36. ††† Communication of the City Manager relative to adoption of the FY2003 Water and Sewer Rates.

†††††††††††††† #24D CM April 2, 2002

††††††††† In Committee May 30, 2002 - Held

Recommend Approval of the recommended rates for water and sewer rates for FY

2003 which is an 11 cent increase in the water rate and a 12 cent increase in the

sewer rate. Vote was 2-1 with Clancy and Patton in favor and Palmieri in

opposition. (Report for June 25th City Council meeting)

 

37.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to projected increase in revenue if FY 2003 Water & Sewer rates are approved.

††††††††† #24D CM May 28, 2002

††††††††† In Committee May 30, 2002 - Held

Recommend File (Report for June 25th City Council meeting)

 

37a.†† #24G CM from June 11, 2002

Recommend File (Report for June 25th City Council meeting)

 

TRASH BAG FEES

 

38.             Communication of the City Manager relative to recommendation to increase cost of city trash bags.

††††††††† #24C CM May 28, 2002

†††††††† In Committee May 30, 2002 Ė Held

Recommend Report with an Order requesting the City Manager consider

implementing an 80/40 cent trash bag fee and use a projected excise tax increase to

offset these lower trash bag charges than those recommended.

 

38a.†† #24D CM from June 11, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager investigate and report to the City

Council on the feasibility of expanding our successful recycling program into our

condominium communities.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager consider the appointment of an

advisory committee to assist the Commissioner of Public Works in the issues of

recycling.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works

consider attaching a flyer to the yellow trash bags in an effort to remind the resident

public of the appropriate recyclable articles

 

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

39.†††† Relative to Status Report - Street Resurfacing Projects FY 2002 Final Report for 2001 Construction Season.

††††††††† #24I CM February 26, 2002

Recommend File

 

40.†††† Relative to Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000.00) needed to clear backlog of Private Street Maintenance Petitions.

††††††††† #24B CM March 5, 2002

Recommend File

 

41.†††† Relative to projects currently on the Traffic Improvement List.

††††††††† #24I CM April 2, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

42.†††† Relative to Sidewalk Repair of the sinkhole on Franklin St.

††††††††† #24B CM November 13, 2001

Recommend File

 

43.†††† Relative to accessing State Funds for Construction of Sidewalks on Harrington Way and Franklin St.

††††††††† #24C CM April 30, 2002

Recommend File

 

44.†††† Relative to water main and relining of water pipe on Hacker St.

††††††††† #24C CM February 12, 2002

Recommend File

 

45.†† Relative to Loan at 2% for conducting infiltration and inflow remedial work.

††††††††† #24B CM May 14, 2002

Recommend File

 

46.†††† Relative to adoption of a resolution to file and accept a grant with and from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for the Section 319 Non-Point Source Pollution Competitive Grant Program.

††††††††† #24D CM May 14, 2002

††††††††† In City Council May 14, 2002 - Resolution Adopted

††††††††† In Committee for informational purposes only.

Recommend File

 

47.†††† Relative to Project Summary - Airport Area Drainage Study.

††††††† #24D CM March 19, 2002

Recommend File

 

48. ††† Relative to alleviating of water runoff problem at intersection of Benham St. and Phoenix St.

††††††††† #24G CM April 2, 2002

Recommend File

 

49.†††† Relative to Recycling Grant Awards.

†††††††† #24H CM February 26, 2002

Recommend File

 

50.†††† Relative to sale of the Greenwood Street Landfill.

††††††††† #7E CM May 14, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

51.†††† Relative to removal of telephone/electric poles when new ones are installed.

††††††††† #24D CM December 18, 2001

Recommend File

 

52.†††† Relative to update on negotiations with the town of Holden- Water, Sewer and Electricity Rates.

††††††††† #24A CM February 26, 2002

Recommend File

 

53.†††† Relative to number of tickets issued/tows ordered this winter season due to Winter Parking Ban.

††††††††† #24B CM February 26, 2002

Recommend File

 

54.†††† Relative to GIS-generated Map with most recent infrastructure improvements.

††††††††† #24G CM February 26, 2002

Recommend File

55.†††† Relative to Drought Warning.

††††††††† #24E CM March 19, 2002

Recommend File

 

56.†††† Relative to Fire Hydrants at Main Street/Curtis Parkway.

††††††††† #24C CM March 19, 2002

Recommend File

 

57.†††† Relative to Snow Removal deficit projection.

††††††††† #24J CM April 2, 2002

Recommend File

 

58.†††† Relative to copy of Snowplow Policy.

††††††††† #24A CM April 23, 2002

Recommend File

 

59.†††† Relative to land abutting the frontage road joining Lincoln and Burncoat Streets.

††††††††† #16A CM April 23, 2002

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order to repave sidewalk on the south side of Wawecus Road and on the

east side of Burncoat Street, both locations are along the property of Wawecus Road

School.

 

60.†††† Relative to Grimewatch Program - December 2001 Activity.

††††††††† #24D CM February 26, 2002

Recommend File

 

61.†††† Relative to Grimewatch Program - January 2002 Activity.

#24F CM February 26, 2002

Recommend File

 

62.†††† Relative to Grimewatch Program - February 2002 Activity.

††††††††† #24B CM April 2, 2002

Recommend File

 

63.†††† Relative to Grimewatch Program - March 2002 Activity.

††††††††† #24A CM May 14, 2002

Recommend File

 

64.†††† Relative to Construction Progress Report.

††††††††† #24B CM January 15, 2002

Recommend File

 

65.†††† Relative to Construction Progress Report Quarter ending March 31, 2002.

††††††††† #24D CM April 23, 2002

Recommend File

 

66.†††† Relative to communication received from Worcester Regional Research Bureau, relative to Benchmarking Municipal and Neighborhood Services in Worcester.

††††††††† #29D CM May 14, 2002

Recommend File

 

Other Communications

 

67.†††† Communication of Roberta Schaefer, Exec, Dir., Worcester Regional Research Bureau, relative to Benchmarking Municipal and Neighborhood Services in Worcester.

†††††††††† #29E CM May 14, 2002

††††††††† (Item is duplicate of #66)

Recommend File

 

68.†††† Communication of Karen A Gubber, Administrative Asst. transmitting the Annual Report from the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District for FY 2001.

††††††††† #36 CC March 26, 2002

Recommend File