CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Works Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:01 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:31 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson George J Russell
Vice Chairperson Matthew E Wally
Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor George J Russell Vice Chairperson Councilor Matthew E Wally Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson
 
Also:Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Russ Adams Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Approval of the Minutes

1a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Public Works hereby approves the minutes of the Public Works Committee meeting on January 13, 2021.

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item.
Order adopted on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

2.

Public Participation

2a.

In order to ensure the continuation of active public engagement, the City of Worcester will now use a phone conference line for members of the public to participate in all public meetings. To participate during the public participation phase of City Council, you may call the direct line indicated: Levi Lincoln Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 180 718 9345) or enter the below URL into your web browser. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user during public participation you may dial *3. https://cow.webex.com/cow/onstage/g.php?MTID=efa4985cefc25be65e7c1dc9bea305f67

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Julie Holstrom, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3a
2. Steven Schneider, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3c
3. Fatima Sousa, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #3c
4. Castro Sousa, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #3c
5. Thomas Clark, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #3c
6. Jenna Hogan, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #3c
7. Andre Demedeiros, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to item #3c

3.

Street Name Change Items

3a.

Petition of Craig Blais, President of New Garden Park, Inc., request the name of Hospital Dr., an existing roadway with direct access to Belmont St., be renamed Reactory Dr. # 8b CC September 22, 2020

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works Committee, who provided a recommendation of no objection to the item.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson and Councilor Wally, who both spoke in favor of the item to allow for better marketing of the area for bio-manufacturing companies.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3b.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Michael J. Grandone request Brightwood Ave. be renamed to Brightwood St., so as to avoid confusion with Blithewood Ave. # 13a CC January 5, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided a recommendation of no objection to the item.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager install signage on any street that has a name change indicating that the street was formerly known as another name for a minimum period of one year.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks install signage on any street that has a name change indicating that the street was formerly known as another name for a minimum period of one year.

3c.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition Anne Baier request the road abutting 434 Plantation St. to 514 Plantation St. known as Wigwam Hill Dr. and Unnamed Rd. be renamed Espresso Dr. # 10g CC January 19, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided a recommendation to file the item.

Chairperson Councilor Russell discussed the process for making the unnamed road a street on the cityís official map, including information concerning the standards required for making a street a public street with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed potential signage associated that could be installed at the location with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks work with the District Councilor to review potential signage that could be installed at the base of the unnamed road that runs near Plantation St. and Wigwam Hill Rd. to help identify the houses on said road.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks work with the District Councilor to review potential signage that could be installed at the base of the unnamed road that runs near Plantation St. and Wigwam Hill Rd. to help identify the houses on said road.