CITY OF WORCESTER

Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:30 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:05 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Matthew E Wally
Vice Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Councilor George J Russell
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Matthew E Wally Vice Chairperson Councilor Kathleen M Toomey Councilor George J Russell
 
Also:Director of Energy and Assess Management John Odell Director of Urban Innovation Eric Batista City Clerk Nikolin Vangjeli, clerk
 
1.

Approval of the Minutes

1a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment hereby approves the minutes of the Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee meeting of March 3, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Wally 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: 160 212 4499) 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=ed0f484f2f4771ba6ef000473783f4e57

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Wally read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Deb Carey, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3c
2. Jeuiji Diamondstone, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3c

3.

Communications of the City Manager

3a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the City of Worcester Open Data Policy. # 8.26A CM March 30, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Wally read the item and recognized the Director of Urban Innovation, who discussed the reason to create the Open Policy Data, accessible public data on the Open Data Portal and the demographics of people who access them.

Chairperson Councilor Wally recognized Councilor Toomey, who discussed the costs associated with the development and maintenance of the program, the time range of the public records in the program and how the records are transferred to the Open Data Portal.

Chairperson Councilor Wally recognized Councilor Russell, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Wally 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

3b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a city-wide Out-of-Home Advertising plan for the city of Worcester. # 9.39A CM March 16, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Wally read the item and recognized the Director of Urban Innovation, who discussed the various features of the advertisement kiosks, the pilot program for the advertisement kiosks, the costs associated with implementation of the kiosks, challenges concerning implementing kiosks from different vendors, the process to select the vendors for the pilot program, the placements of the kiosks and concerns relative to vandalism.

Chairperson Councilor Wally recognized Councilor Russell, who discussed the Wi-Fi capabilities of the kiosks and possibilities for pedestrian interaction based on locations of the kiosks with Wi-Fi capabilities with the Direct of Urban Innovation.

Chairperson Councilor Wally recognized Councilor Toomey, who discussed whether the kiosks will have printing and charging capabilities.

Chairperson Councilor Wally 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

3c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Green Worcester Sustainability and Resilience Strategic Plan Draft Plan. # 20a CC January 26, 2021

In Committee February 24, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Wally read the item and recognized the Director of Energy and Asset Management, who discussed the needs for approval from the City Council in order to apply for a grant for the plan.

Chairperson Councilor Wally recognized Councilor Russell and Councilor Toomey, who both spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Wally brought forth the following Chairmanís Resolution: That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support the timeline and action items set forth by the Green Worcester Sustainability and Resilience Strategic Plan.

Chairperson Councilor Wally 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 Resolutions

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support the timeline and action items set forth by the Green Worcester Sustainability and Resilience Strategic Plan.