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Agendas & Minutes

In the State of Massachusetts, M.G.L. Chapter 30A, Sections 18-25 state all governmental bodies must have meetings that are open to the public and readily available to anyone who wishes to attend.

The Massachusetts Open Meeting Law applies to governmental entities at the state and local levels. In general the Law requires that meetings of such entities be open to the public, that notice of such meetings be publicly posted at least 48 hours prior to a meeting (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays and except in an emergency) and that accurate records of the meeting be kept and made available to the public.

The City Clerk acts as the Clerk of the City Council by preparing the agendas for their meetings and those of the Standing Committees of the City Council. The Clerk's signature is required for all actions of the City as to orders, ordinances and appropriations. In addition, the Clerk is charged with posting agendas and minutes for Boards & Commissions, Committees & Groups, as well as those for the Worcester Public Schools.

Generally, the City Council meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber on the third floor of City Hall. During the summer months of July and August, the City Council meets two times. Meeting Schedule (64KB)

Supporting Documentation

Agendas and minutes for the City Council and Standing Committees of the City Council are available as far back as 1999. Beginning in January 2002 supporting documentation for agenda items is available via the "Attachments" hyperlink next to an item on the agenda face or by Searching Journal Documentation.

To navigate agendas, minutes and supporting documentation you may need to use the back button on your web browser. For best printing results, please use the PDF icon at the top of an Attachment to convert the file and then print the resulting PDF document. If you experience any issues, please contact the City's Webmaster for assistance at

Meeting Video

Worcester's Government Channel replays City Council and Standing Committee meetings during the week following each meeting. For a full listing please see our current Programming Schedule. For added convenience, past meetings can also be viewed online.

1Beginning in November 2008 past meetings can be viewed online from the City Council & Standing Committee Video Archive.

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