CITY OF WORCESTER

Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:07 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:01 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson George J Russell
Councilor William J Eddy
Councilor Joseph C O'Brien
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor George J Russell Councilor Sarai Rivera Councilor Joseph C O'Brien
 
Also:City Solicitor David M. Moore Acting Assistant City Manager Kathleen G. Johnson Deputy Director of Human Resources Dori Vecchio Human Resources Staff Person Nina Galica Human Resources Staff Person Sulma Rubert-Silva City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk
 
1.

Open Meeting Law

1a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication of Jonathan Sclarsic, Assistant Attorney General, concerning Open Meeting Law complaints filed with the City Clerk in the Summer of 2012. # 11a CM June 18, 2013

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative the Attorney General's Decision on Open Meeting Law Complaints. # 10.13A CM June 18, 2013

Attachments

Recommend Hold

1c.

Petition of Nicole Apostola filing an Open Meeting Law Complaint Form. # 8q CC May 07, 2013

Attachments
In Committee for informational purposes only

Recommend Hold

2.

Residency

2a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Residency Requirements of Employees. # 10.32E CM July 16, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

2b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Employee Residency Statistics. # 10.32D CM August 20, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

2c.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting a report listing non-residents who were hired by the city starting in January 2, 2011 to July 5, 2013 excluding hires made by the Police, Fire or School departments. # 11b CM July 16, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager transmit monthly to the City Council a chart listing the new municipal hires including the following data: Department Name, Position Title, Yearly Salary, Community of Residence of the New Employee, Civil versus Non-Civil Service Classification and the number of applicants who first applied for to be hired for the opening.

Request City Manager provide the City Council with a description of the outreach conducted by Human Resources to attract applicants for municipal employment excluding notification to neighborhood centers and CDCs.

3.

Miscelleanous Requests

3a.

Petition of Cecilia Mason et al request that all petitions filed before City Council and upon referral of any and all petitions to the proper committee, board, commission or any other body of the City Council shall not remain in any committee, board, commission or any other body of the City Council for more that 90 days and request all City Councilors or city employees refrain from the practice of prioritizing any and all petitions and to afford every petitioner the right to be heard fairly, impartially and in a timely manner of 60 days as stipulated in rule 51 of the Rules of City Council. # 7g CC April 23, 2013

Attachments

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Clerk publish to the city web site the listing of items pending before each of the City Council's Standing Committees.

3b.

Order Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request City Council amend City Councilís Rule 53 to allow the petitioner the right to speak for no more than 2 minutes whether or not an item appears for the first or last time on an agenda. # 24p CC December 04, 2012

Attachments

Recommend File

3c.

Petition of Jo Hart requests City Council hold a hearing concerning the existing formula process and protocol for the public to speak at City Council meeting or at Standing Committee of the City Council. # 7m CC March 27, 2012

In Committee May 8, 2012 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

Speakers:
1. Kevin Ksen, Worcester resident
2. Cecelia Mason, Worcester resident
3. Ronal Madnick, Worcester resident
4. Nicole Apostola, Worcester resident
5. Jo Hart, Worcester resident
6. Chris Robarge, Worcester resident
7. Steve Quist, Worcester resident
8. Scott Ricker, Worcester resident
9. John Provost, Worcester resident
10. Gail Owen, Worcester resident
11. Jacqueline Norton, Worcester resident
12. Joan Crowell, Worcester resident (written testimony attached)