CITY OF WORCESTER
Public Works Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Esther Howland (South) Chamber
Convened: 6:03 P.M.
Adjourned: 7:44 P.M.
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford
|Chairperson George J Russell |
|Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson |
|Councilor Kathleen M Toomey |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
|Present Were:||Chairperson Councilor George J Russell
Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson
|Also:||DPWP Commissioner Paul Moosey;
DPWP Assistant Commissioner of Operations Matt Labovites;
DPWP Assistant Commissioner of Engineering Russ Adams;
Principal Staff Assistant Andrew James Pottle, clerk
Communications of the City Manager
Transmitting informational communication relative to an update of the Lake Avenue North slope failure.
# 7.6A CM April 05, 2016
Transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning the progress of repairing the one way section of Lake Avenue North.
# 8.6B CM April 07, 2015
Transmitting informational communication relative to the state of the Worcester Water Supply System.
# 7.7C CM April 05, 2016
Transmitting informational communication relative to a status report concerning the appeal of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 2008 discharge permit that was issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.
# 7.7B CM April 05, 2016
Transmitting informational communication relative to sewer connection fees and recommendations.
# 7.5C CM April 05, 2016
Speaker: Stuart Loosemore, Leicester Resident
Transmitting informational communication relative to the FY17 Water and Sewer Rate recommendation.
# 7.5B CM April 05, 2016
Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays
Transmitting informational communication relative to the status of ALB infestations and program response in Worcester.
# 7.7A CM April 05, 2016
Transmitting informational communication relative to the Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) Activity Report for the month of December 2015.
# 8.7A CM February 23, 2016
Petition of David Nduru request a No Dumping sign be installed on the corner of Bowker St. and Pilgrim Ave.
# 8j CC August 11, 2015
Regarding an additional median and the addition of bike lanes on Hamilton St.
1. Eric Spencer, Worcester resident
2. Sheila Crotty, Worcester resident
3. Jane Hearn, Worcester resident
4. Michael O’Mara, Worcester resident
5. George Kerxhalli, Worcester resident
6. Eric Brant, Worcester resident
7. Stephanie Boyd, Worcester resident
8. Lorraine Star, Worcester resident
9. Joe Paparella, Worcester resident
10. Sheila Trappaso, Worcester resident
The Standing Committee of Public Works heard the Discussion item regarding the installation of additional medians and a bike lane in Hamilton St. Chairperson Councilor Russell at the beginning of the discussion stated that he had no need to recuse himself from the discussion despite owning property on Hamilton St. because the property was outside the area being affected.
At the conclusion of the discussion, Chairperson Councilor Russell was told by Commissioner of Public Works and Parks the plan did not need City Council approval, and was instead brought forth in Committee in order to include the public in the process.
The Standing Committee of Public Works went on record stating they opposed the plan, as presented, to install medians and the bike lane in Hamilton St., citing concerns for traffic, safety and negative effects it could have on the businesses in the area. Further, it was stated by the Committee that that the Department of Public Works and Parks could come back to Committee with a revised plan if time allowed. Motion approved on a voice vote.
Request City Manager work with MassDOT to determine the feasibility of restricting truck traffic on Hamilton St.