CITY OF WORCESTER

Traffic and Parking Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 6:04 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:37 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Donna M Colorio
Vice Chairperson Sean M Rose
Councilor Morris A Bergman
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Donna M. Colorio Councilor Morris A. Bergman Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, who was appointed to the committee for this meeting only
 
Also:DPWP Director of Engineering Mark Elbag Fire Chief Michael Lavoie Senior Transportation Planner Brian Pigeon WPD Sargent James T. Foley Director of Emergency Communications Michael Shanley Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Approval of the Minutes

1a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Traffic and Parking hereby approves the minutes of the Traffic and Parking Committee meeting of May 13, 2020.

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio 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.

Miscellaneous Item

2a.

Resolution of Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Matthew E. Wally, Councilor Donna M. Colorio, Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson and Councilor Khrystian E. King - That in the Calendar Year 2020 a Pilot program be established and funded whereas temporary speed humps/cushions be installed from June 1 through November 15 in two locations in each district, chosen by the respective District Councilor, and that the City Manager and Commissioner of Public Works and Parks coordinate the resources to accomplish same. # 11a CC March 17, 2020

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and provided an opening statement regarding the purpose of the meeting to identify the appropriateness of installing speed humps on various roads in the city.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Traffic Engineering, who provided an overview of what a speed hump is, the advantages and disadvantages of installing speed humps, and the potential procedures and standard requirements associated with installing speed humps.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the following speakers, who participated remotely through digital means:
1. Suzanne Burke, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Melanie Gallagher, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
3. Gordon Duncan, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
4. Michael Testa, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
5. Victor Saffron, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
6. Alexandra Dennehy, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
7. Robert Iacovelli, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed speeding concerns in the city, research done concerning other municipalitiesí successes with speed hump programs and the pricing of installing temporary speed humps.

Councilor Bergman then put forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Auditor provide City Council with a report, after conferring with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, ascertaining the cost of implementing a pilot program relating to the installation of temporary speed humps/cushions.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the amount of times speed hump items have come before City Council, speeding being an issue in the city and whether there is potential for liability for having speed humps on Westland St. and Bancroft Tower Rd., where speed humps are currently installed.

Councilor Mero-Carlson then put forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager provide City Council with a cost analysis of police officers providing enforcement for speeding in an area against the cost of a speed hump.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Fire Chief, who discussed implementing speed humps with gaps in the road for emergency vehicles and emergency vehicle response times on routes with speed humps with the committee.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the WPD Sergeant, who discussed a need for proper roadway markings for enforcement purposes.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Emergency Communications, who discussed including UMass EMS in the discussions of installing speed humps to ensure their vehicles can also utilize speed hump gaps.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio, Councilor Bergman and Councilor Mero-Carlson discussed verbiage the committee could use to move forward with the implementation of the program with the Director of Engineering and the Deputy City Clerk.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Bergman, who put forth the following Chairmanís Order: That the Standing Committee on Traffic and Parking takes no position concerning the procedure and standard requirements for the installation of speed humps on city streets as recommended by the Department of Public Works and Parks. Further, that the Standing Committee on Traffic and Parking recognizes a future meeting with the Department of Public Works and Parks would be beneficial in discussing said procedure and standard requirements.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to recommend approval of the item as amended to include language allowing for gaps for emergency vehicles.

Recommend Approval as amended to include language allowing for gaps for emergency vehicles.

Chairman's Orders

Request City Auditor provide City Council with a report, after conferring with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, ascertaining the cost of implementing a pilot program relating to the installation of temporary speed humps/cushions.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a cost analysis of police officers providing enforcement for speeding in an area against the cost of a speed hump.

That the Standing Committee on Traffic and Parking takes no position concerning the procedure and standard requirements for the installation of speed humps on city streets as recommended by the Department of Public Works and Parks. Further, that the Standing Committee on Traffic and Parking recognizes a future meeting with the Department of Public Works and Parks would be beneficial in discussing said procedure and standard requirements.