JOINT PUBLIC WORKS AND COMMERCE & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

JULY 18, 2006

COUNCIL CHAMBER

Convened: 4:08 p.m.

Adjourned: 6:36 p.m.

 

Present were:       Chairperson Councilor Michael C. Perotto

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Councilor Joffrey A. Smith

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey.

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Councilor Joseph M. Petty

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Councilor Philip P. Palmieri @ 4:20 p.m.

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Councilor Frederick C. Rushton @ 4:50 p.m.

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Councilor Barbara G. Haller

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Councilor Gary Rosen @ 6:00 p.m.

 

Also:†††††††††† ††††††††† City Manager Michael V. OíBrien

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Director of Finance John Pranckevicius

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† City Assessor Robert Allard, Jr.

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ACM Development Julie Jacobson

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† City Solicitor David M. Moore

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Director of Development Timothy P. McGourthy

†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Director of Communications Robert Bliss

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

 

Also:†††††††††††††††††††† Representatives from Berkeley Investments including Barbara Smith Bacon

 

Communication of the City Manager

1.††††††††† Transmitting informational communication relative to the General Development Agreement for the CitySquare Project.

#13C CM June 13, 2006

Recommend File

 

Speakers:

1.     James Bonds, 50 Hancock Street, Shrewsbury

2.     Robert Thomas, 25 Bjorklund Avenue, Worcester (submitted materials to the Committee for distribution)

3.     Jay Mattier, 135 Ontario Stret, Worcester

4.     Daniel Roberts, 9 Dearborn Street, Worcester

5.     William Breault, 4 Hathaway Street, Worcester

6.     Deirdre Healy, 983 Pleasant Street, Worcester

7.     Suzanne LePage, 25 Brigham Road, Worcester

8.     Barbara G. Haller, 34 Castle Street, Worcester

9.     Peggy Middaugh, 9 Castle Street, Worcester

10.  Orlando Rodriguez, Southbridge resident

11.  John Weaver, 116 Lincoln Street, Worcester

12.   Richard Kennedy, 12 Rutland Terrace, Worcester

13.    Kim McCoy, 2 Estabrook Road, Worcester

 

At the conclusion of the public hearing portion of the Joint Meeting, the Councilors addressed their concerns and questions to the City Manager and representatives from Berkeley.

 

Ms. Smith Bacon introduced Marcella Lancome from Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc., Lynnfield, MA who addressed the Joint Committee concerning the contract they have with Berkeley for certain services concerning the hiring of minorities for the City Square project.

 

Chairmanís Order request the City Manager provide City Council with monthly reports from Berkeley Investments concerning recruitment and hiring goals for minorities and Worcester residents for work in the CitySquare project.

 

Chairmanís Order that, having conducted a public hearing on the Communication of the City Manager relative to the CitySquare project, together with the proposed amendments to the District Improvement Financing Plan, the revised CitySquare Loan Order and the proposed amendment to the CitySquare Permit Fees Ordinance, the Joint Committee hereby recommends that the City Council:

1.     Approves the Amendment to the CitySquare District Improvement Financing Plan,

2.     Advertisement of the CitySquare Loan Order, and

3.     Advertisement of the proposed amendment to the CitySquare Permit Fees Ordinance.