CITY OF WORCESTER

Veterans' and Military Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:40 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:30 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Morris A Bergman
Councilor Michael T Gaffney
Councilor Konstantina B Lukes
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Morris A Bergman Councilor Konstantina B Lukes
 
Also:Councilor Khrystian E. King Commissioner of Health and Human Services Dr. Matilde Castiel Veteran Services Contact Officer Lynette Moon Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk
 
1.

Miscellaneous Items

1a.

Order of Councilor Morris A. Bergman request the Mayor arrange/coordinate with the City Clerk to mail a letter of sympathy and acknowledgement of appreciation for military service to the next of kin of local deceased veterans. # 9n CC February 02, 2016

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Clerk as a standard practice invite and send an agenda to the Commander of Veteransí Council to every Veteransí and Military Affairs Committee meeting.

Request City Manager request the Commissioner of Public Health and the Veteransí Agent draft a form letter of sympathy and acknowledgement of appreciation for military service that can be mailed to the next of kin of local deceased veterans and forward said form letter to the Veteransí and Military Affairs Committee for review.

1b.

Order of Councilor Michael T. Gaffney request City Manager consider the expansion of the JROTC program to include the Army and Marine programs. An expansion would give our children an opportunity to experience the programs provided by each branch of the military. This would also help them with the direction and discipline that the military provides and further our efforts for youth intervention and involvement. # 11c CC August 11, 2015

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor provide an opinion as to whether or not the following order should be in the jurisdiction of the School Committee or the City Councilís Standing Committee on Veteransí and Military Affairs: Request City Manager consider the expansion of the JROTC program to include the Army and Marine programs. An expansion would give our children an opportunity to experience the programs provided by each branch of the military. This would also help them with the direction and discipline that the military provides and further our efforts for youth intervention and involvement.

1c.

Petition of William S. Coleman III request City Council invite all returning soldiers and their families to a City Council meeting and as a first order of business to thank them for their service. # 7l CC February 02, 2016

Attachments

Petitioner spoke.

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager make an inquiry at Congressmanís McGovernís office as to whether or not information regarding returning veterans is or is not privileged.

1d.

Petition of William S. Coleman, III request City Council have City Administration support the efforts of Worcester's African American community as it attempts to locate and establish a World War II Memorial honoring Worcester's citizens of color who served our country. # 6l CC January 26, 2016

Attachments

Speakers: William S. Coleman, III, Worcester resident
James Bonds, Commander of VFW Post 312
Jack Toney, Worcester resident
Alfred Johnson, Worcester resident

Recommend Approval of a Resolution: That the City Council does hereby support the efforts of Worcesterís African American community as it attempts to locate and establish a World War II Memorial honoring Worcesterís citizens of color who served our country.

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide the guidelines and regulations previously used for erecting memorials on the grounds of the Common and City Hall plaza.