CITY OF WORCESTER

Traffic and Parking Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 4:01 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:24 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 Vice Chairperson Councilor Sean M Rose Councilor Morris A Bergman
 
Also:Director of Engineering Mark Elbag WPD Sergeant James Foley Deputy City Clerk Stephen AJ Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Virtual Attendee Call-In Information

1a.

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may join us directly within the Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber, follow the below link to join via the WebEx application or dial the direct line as indicated. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user you may dial *3. - Phone Number: 415-655-0001, Access Code: 2300 703 5825.

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Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Traffic and Parking hereby approves the minutes of the Traffic and Parking Committee meeting of October 13, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved to adopt the order. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

3.

Handicap Parking Petitions

3a.

Roberta Adams request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 197 Eastern Ave. (Amended September 30th, 2021 from "installation of a handicap parking space large enough for two vehicles"). # 9l CC July 20, 2021

In Committee August 25, 2021 - Held In Committee September 30, 2021 - Held In Committee October 13, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to hold, as the petitioner needs to provide handicap parking placard.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3b.

Mark Kaczmarczyk request removal of the handicap parking space in front of 13 Jones St. # 8x CC September 22, 2021

In Committee October 13, 2021 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3c.

Rand L'Heureux request installation of handicap parking space in front of 3 Jefferson St. # 8jj CC September 22, 2021

In Committee October 13, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to hold, as the petitioner needs to provide handicap parking placard.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3d.

Desaray Martinez et al. request the handicap parking space in front of 55 Plantation St. be reduced to accommodate one vehicle. # 9m CC October 5, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Desaray Martinez, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to file, as the ordinance does provide a handicap parking space to accommodate only one vehicle.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the size of the handicap parking space with the Director of Engineering.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3e.

Hoi Nguyen request installation of handicap parking space in front of 21 Vineyard St. # 9j CC October 5, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with Item #3f.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3f.

Hoi Nguyen request removal of handicap parking space in front of 63A King St. # 9k CC October 5, 2021

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Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #3e)

3g.

Susan Kendrick et al. request installation of handicap parking space in front of 70 Everard St. # 9h CC October 5, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to hold, as further correspondence with the petitioner is needed.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3h.

Celeste Burke request installation of a handicap parking space across from 132 Maywood St. # 9b CC October 12, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Celeste Burke, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3i.

Michael LeBoeuf request installation of handicap parking space in front of 27 Shannon St. # 8c CC October 19, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Maryann LeBoeuf, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to file, as Shannon St. is a private street.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed possible actions the petitioner can take to address the parking issues at their residence with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

4.

Parking and Parking Meter Petitions

4a.

Vui Lam request parking issues at 86-90 Ward St. on Wade St. side be addressed in order to allow for trash pick up. # 8d CC October 19, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to hold the item and provide traffic enforcement in the area.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed whether the petitioner has provided a testimony with the Deputy City Clerk.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Police Chief provide traffic enforcement at 86-90 Ward St.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide traffic enforcement at 86-90 Ward St.

5.

Speed and Traffic Enforcement Petitions

5a.

Sue Grant et al. request traffic enforcement in the vicinity of Indian Hill Park on Ararat St. # 8p CC August 10, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to file the item and provide traffic enforcement in the area.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Police Chief provide traffic enforcement in the vicinity of Indian Hill Park on Ararat St.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide traffic enforcement in the vicinity of Indian Hill Park on Ararat St.

6.

Resident Permit Parking Petition

6a.

Gregory Russell, on behalf of Leo Flanagan and Learning First, LLC., request resident permit parking on the north side of Richland St. from Vernon St. to a point of 135' east of Ward St. be reduced by 315' to a point 450' east of Ward St. # 8cc CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

7.

No Parking Petitions

7a.

Gregory Russell, on behalf of Leo Flanagan and Learning First, LLC., request the No Parking Anytime ordinance on school days between 7 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. on Richland St. from Ward St. to a point 400' east of Ward St. on the south side of Richland St. be expanded to include both sides of the street, be extended 50' to a point 450' east of Ward St. and be amended to remain in effect until 6 P.M. on school days. # 8dd CC September 22, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

8.

Crosswalk and Lighted Crosswalk System Petitions

8a.

Gregory Russell, on behalf of Leo Flanagan and Learning First, LLC., request installation of crosswalk on Richland St. at a point approximately 390' east of Ward St. at the expense of the petitioner. # 8ee CC September 22, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rose absent)

8b.

Brian Underwood request installation of flashing crosswalk lights in the vicinity of Claremont Academy, 15 Claremont St. # 10j CC June 8, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Priscella Underwood, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Brian Underwood, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to hold, as the location of the crosswalk needs to be reviewed.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Speaker #1, who discussed the availability and assignment of crosswalk guards at the location with the Director of Engineering.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the needs to invite school principals to attend the meetings, the cost and financial challenges relative to installation of crosswalk lights with Speaker #1, Speaker #2 and the Director of Engineering.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Rose, who discussed the needs to have input from School Department representatives in order to identity which schools need to be prioritized and prevent overlapping projects between the School Safety Task Force and Traffic and Parking Committee.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Engineering, who discussed the School Safety Task Force.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

8c.

Brian Underwood request installation of flashing crosswalk lights in the vicinity of Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, 10 New Bond St. # 10p CC June 8, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to file, as New Bond St. is a private street.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

8d.

Brian Underwood request installation of flashing crosswalk lights on Apricot St. in the vicinity of South High Community School, 170 Apricot St. # 9k CC June 8, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

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

8e.

Brian Underwood request installation of flashing crosswalk lights on Goddard Memorial Dr. in the vicinity of South High Community School, 170 Apricot St. # 9m CC June 8, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

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

8f.

Brian Underwood request installation of flashing crosswalk lights in the vicinity of Vernon Hill Elementary School, 211 Providence St. # 9o CC June 8, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

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

8g.

Brian Underwood request installation of flashing crosswalk lights in the vicinity of Norrback Elementary School, 44 Malden St. # 9q CC June 8, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to approve, pending funding at one location of the intersection.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval pending funding at one location of the intersection on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8h.

Robert Mura et al. request installation of a two-hour parking zone on James St. # 8e CC October 19, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #8i and #8j

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the following speakers:
1. Bob Mura, No resident given, spoke in favor of the item
2. Ted Kalinowski, Grafton resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio then discussed the parking issues in the area with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided no recommendation, as it is a neighborhood issue.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the process concerning public notification, the needs for public participation of local tenants and parking issues in the area with the Deputy City Clerk and Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Rose, who discussed the timeline of the parking issues throughout the day and the businesses located in the area with Speaker #1 and Speaker #2.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

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

8i.

Robert Mura et al. request installation of a two-hour parking zone on Genesse St., with "No Parking Anytime" signage being installed at its intersection with James St. # 8g CC October 19, 2021

Attachments

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8h)

8j.

Robert Mura et al. request installation of a two-hour parking zone on Ludlow St. # 8f CC October 19, 2021

Attachments

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #8h)

9.

Stop Sign Petitions

9a.

Kara Stein request stop lines and the word "Stop" be painted on both ends of West Chester St. # 8g CC October 26, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Kara Stein, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Leika L., Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to file, as the request for stop bars on the street will be added to the Paint Program.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the traffic issues in the area and the DPW recommendation with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Councilor Rose, who discussed the needs for traffic mitigation assessment for streets with traffic issues.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks assess West Chester St. in order to address and mitigate traffic issues on the street.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the WPD Sergeant, who discussed traffic accidents at the location and providing enforcement for the area.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Engineering, who discussed traffic behavior and analyzing traffic accident data at the location in order to secure funding for a redesign.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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 assess West Chester St. in order to address and mitigate traffic issues on the street.

10.

Traffic Sign Petitions

10a.

Jason Davis request speed limit signage be installed on Lincoln St. in the vicinity of Gorham St. # 8ss CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to hold, as the speed zone information of the area needs to be obtained from MassDOT.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

10b.

John Simakauskas request installation of "Dead End" or "No Exit" sign on Gambier Ave. at the corner of Acton St. # 9g CC October 5, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to file, as a work order for the signage will be put in.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

10c.

Brian Underwood request installation of school signage in the vicinity of Lake View Elementary School, 133 Coburn Ave. # 10k CC June 8, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #10d, #10e, #10f, and #10g.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to file, as work order will be put in to update school zone signage as needed.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

10d.

Brian Underwood request installation of school signage in the vicinity of Columbus Park Preparatory Elementary School, 75 Lovell St. # 10g CC June 8, 2021

Attachments

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10c)

10e.

Brian Underwood request installation of school signage in the vicinity of Claremont Academy, 15 Claremont St. # 10i CC June 8, 2021

Attachments

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10c)

10f.

Brian Underwood request installation of school signage in the vicinity of University Park Campus School, 12 Freeland St. # 10c CC June 8, 2021

Attachments

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10c)

10g.

Brian Underwood request installation of school signage in the vicinity of Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School, 129 Canterbury St. # 10e CC June 8, 2021

Attachments

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #10c)

11.

Speed Hump Petitions

11a.

William S. Coleman, III request speed humps on Wall St. be replaced. # 8qq CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

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

11b.

Jason Davis request installation of speed humps on Lincoln St. in the vicinity of Gorham St. # 8tt CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

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

11c.

Dan Satchwell et al. request installation of speed bumps along Courtland St. between Reed St. and Geneva St. # 9l CC October 5, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Dan Satchwell, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio discussed the speed hump pilot program with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Clerk notify District Councilors with recommendations for speed hump locations.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

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

Chairman's Orders

Request City Clerk notify District Councilors with recommendations for speed hump locations.