CITY OF WORCESTER

CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL – OCTOBER 29, 2002

7:00 P.M.

Convened:  7:07 P.M.

Adjourned:  10:26 P.M.

 

 

1.                 INVOCATION – Rev. Ronald Parker

                                     Lighthouse Assembly of God

 

2.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/STAR SPANGLED BANNER

 

2.                 ROLL CALL – All present except Councillor Gomez who arrived at 7:24 P.M.

 

4.       ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST

 

4a.     ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

 

PETITIONS

 

          5 REFERRED TO THE PLANNING BOARD

 

5.       Nancy Bianco, President, TGL, Inc. request the private portion of Trahan Ave. be removed from the Official Map. (Attachments)

 

5a.     Councillor Stephen Abraham request a street light at dead end of Knowles Rd.  Referred to Public Service & Transportation Committee – Suspension of Rules  (Attachments)

 

          6-8 REFERRED TO PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

 

6.       Susan Benoit et al request private street maintenance on Swan Ave. from Passway One to Amber St. (Attachments)

 

7.       Deborah Monahan request sidewalk repair in front of 46 Summerhill Ave. (Attachments)

 

8.       Raquel Ramos et al request private street maintenance on Brookline St. (Attachments)

 

8a.     Councillor Philip Palmieri request resurfacing of North Parkway.  Referred to Public Works Committee – Suspension of Rules (Attachments)

 

          9-12 REFERRED TO TRAFFIC & PARKING COMMITTEE

 

9.       Ann Marie Ramsey request handicap parking at 8 Everard St. (Attachments)

 

10.     Wendy Normandin et al request Caution sign be placed on lower end of Kingsbury St. near Bancroft St. to warn drivers of sharp curve at bottom of hill. Also request speed bumps or other traffic slowing device in that area. (Attachments)

 

11.     Andrea Esteves et al request resident permit parking for lower half of Channing St. behind Memorial Hospital. (Attachments)

 

12.     Paul Aquino et al request Children sign on Woodman Rd. (Attachments)

 

13.     COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

THOMAS R. HOOVER

CITY MANAGER

 

CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER 29, 2002

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

1. NON-CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION:

 

A.      Notification of the appointment of Michelle B. Currie and Kallin A. Johnson, to the Cultural Commission. (Attachments)

 

          Placed on file

 

2. CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION:

 

TRANSMITTAL

 

3. AIRPORT:

 

4. ASSESSORS:

 

5. BUDGET OFFICE:

 

A.      Communication relative to Parking Fine Increases. (Attachments)

 

          Placed on file

 

B.      Communication relative to FY2002 Certified Free Cash. (Attachments)

 

          Placed on file

 

6. CODE ENFORCEMENT:

 

A.      Communication relative to Copies of State Building Code – Pertaining to Group Residences and Group Dwelling Units. (Attachments)

 

          Referred to Land Use Committee

          Also referred to Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Committee for informational purposes

 

7. COMMUNICATIONS:

 

8. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

 

A.      Communication relative to Complaint Regarding the Cancellation of the Bus Route from Lakeside Apartments to Webster Square Plaza. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Public Service & Transportation Committee

 

B.      Communication relative to stART on the Street Festival. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

C.      Communication relative to Environmental Justice/Brownfields Redemption. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Commerce & Development Committee

 

D.      Request adoption of a resolution to file and accept a Grant for Banners and Interpretive Markers. (Attachments)

 

Resolution adopted

 

E.      Communication relative to Marketing Corporation Update. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Commerce & Development Committee

 

F.      Communication relative to Worcester County Convention & Visitors Bureau Report. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Commerce & Development Committee

 

G.      Communication relative to the Status of the Microloan Program. (Attachments)

 

Councillor Gomez recused on a roll call 9-0 (Petty absent)

Recommitted to the City Manager

 

9. ELDER AFFAIRS:

 

10. ELECTION COMMISSION:

 

11. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:

 

12. EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING:

 

13. FIRE:

 

14. HUMAN RESOURCES:

 

A.      Communication relative to Handicap Parking Monitor Program. (Attachments)

 

          Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee

 

15. HUMAN RIGHTS:

 

16. LAW:

 

17. LICENSE COMMISSION:

 

A.      Communication relative to the practice of 18 PLUS Events held at establishments that serve liquor. (Attachments)

 

Recommitted to the City Manager

 

B.      Communication relative to Parking Lit Licensing Approval Process and the Annual License Renewal Process. (Attachments)

 

          Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee

 

18. NEIGHNBORHOOD SERVICES:

 

A.      Communication relative to Update on the Chestnut Street Housing Project. (Attachments)

 

          Referred to Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Committee

 

B.      Communication relative to the City’s Weed & Seed Official Recognition Application to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Public Safety Committee

 

C.      Communication relative to the RKG City Wide Housing Market Study. (Attachments)

 

          Referred to Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Committee

 

19. PARKS, RECREATION & CEMETERY:

 

A.      Communication relative to Grant Award – Mass ReLeaf Tree Planting Project for the Columbus Park Neighborhood. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee

 

B.      Communication relative to Open Space Acquisition of the Knights of Columbus (Alahambra Council), Columbus Park Neighborhood. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Youth, Parks & Recreation Committee

 

C.      Communication relative to Tree Planting Ceremony – Crown Hill Neighborhood. (Attachments)

 

          Placed on file

 

D.      SUPPLEMENTAL - I respectfully request City Council Accept with Gratitude a Donation from JFM and Son Laser Grading, Inc. of over $50,000.00 of Professional Sitework/ Landscaping Services (Labor, Materials, Equipment and Supplies) Required to Re-grade and Restore the Jesse Burkett Little League “A” Field, Rockwood Field, Chandler Street for Safe Play. (Attachments)

 

Councillor Petty recused on a roll call 9-0 (Gomez absent)

Resolution adopted with gratitude on a roll call 9-0 (Gomez absent)

 

20. POLICE:

 

A.      Communication relative to Speeding and Traffic Problems on Hadwen Road. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

B.      Communication relative to Citations Issued for Excessive Noise during This Summer. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

C.      Communication relative to Violations Issued for Parking in Handicap Parking Spaces for Fiscal Year 2002. (Attachments)

 

Recommitted to the City Manager

 

D.      Communication relative to Breaking and Entering Crimes. (Attachments)

 

          Referred to Public Safety Committee

 

E.      Communication relative to Number of Citations issued for each of the past three years. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee

 

F.      Communication relative to Black Bear Attacks in the western part of the state and in Connecticut. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

G.      Communication relative to Options for Taking Authority over People Who are Taken into Protective Custody. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Public Safety Committee

 

H.      Communication relative to Truck Ban on Mulberry Street. (Attachments)

 

          Placed on file

 

21. PUBLIC HEALTH:

 

A.      Notification of the appointment of Sworn Weighers for  Goldstein Scrap Metal.(Attachments)

 

          Placed on file

 

22. PUBLIC LIBRARY:

 

23. PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

 

24. PUBLIC WORKS:

 

A.      Communication relative to Grimewatch Program – September 2002 Activity. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

B.      Communication relative to What Constitutes a Legal Driveway for a Commercial Establishment. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

C.      Communication relative to Road Improvement Plan for Briar Lane. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

D.      Communication relative to the Railroad Bridge on West Boylston Street near Kendrick Field. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

E.      Communication relative to Fall Leaf Collection Program. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

F.      Communication relative to Traffic Improvement on Millbrook Street at Intersection of Burncoat Street. (Attachments)

 

Recommitted to the City Manager

 

G.      Communication relative to Traffic Master Plan. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee

 

25. PURCHASING:

 

26. TECHNICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT:

 

27. TREASURY:

 

28. VETERANS SERVICES:

 

29. FINANCE:

 

A.      Recommend that Seventy Six Thousand Six Hundred Forty Three Dollars ($76,643.00) be transferred when and as received from Account #91C780, Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #41C703, DPW Capital Equipment, for the purpose of purchasing various pieces of Traffic Signal Equipment, (1) Crew Cab Pickup Truck and (1) ½ Ton Pickup Truck for Traffic Engineering, as approved in the Fiscal 2003 Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

          Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

B.      Recommend that Six Thousand Two Hundred Eleven Dollars and Seventy Five Cents ($6,211.75) be transferred when and as received from Account #91C780, Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #44C704, Sewer Department Capital Equipment, for the purpose of purchasing the following pieces of capital equipment:

 

                   (1)     Laser Jet Printer                        $2,398.00

                   (1)     Fixed Deck Mower                   $2,364.75

                   (1)     Air Compressor                        $1,449.00

 

for the Sewer Department, as approved in the Fiscal 2002 Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

          Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

C.      Recommend that Seven Thousand Five Hundred Twenty Dollars ($7,520.00) be transferred when and as received from Account #91C780, Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #45C703, Water Department Capital Equipment, for the purpose of purchasing (1) Digital Copier, as approved in the Fiscal 2002 Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

D.      Recommend that One Hundred Fifty One Thousand One Hundred Fifteen Dollars ($151,115.00) be transferred from Account #91C737, Water Meters, and appropriated to Account #45C794, Water Meters, to provide funds for the payment of contractual obligations related to various water meter installation projects, as approved in the Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

E.      Recommend that Forty One Thousand One Hundred Forty One Dollars ($41,141.00) be transferred when and as received from Account #91C734, Sewer Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #44C704, Sewer Department Capital Equipment, for the purpose of purchasing the following pieces of capital equipment:

 

          (1)     ¾ Ton 2WD Pickup Truck        $23,628.00

          (1)     ½ Ton Pickup Truck                 $17,459.00

 

for the Sewer Department, as approved in the Fiscal 2003 Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

F.      Recommend that One Hundred Ninety Thousand Eight Hundred Eighteen Dollars ($190,818.00) be transferred when and as received from Account #91C731, Water Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #45C703, Water Department Capital Equipment, for the purpose of purchasing the following pieces of capital equipment:

 

                   (2)     4X4 Utility Vehicle          $61,584.00

                   (2)     4X4 ½ Ton Pickup Truck                   $41,262.00

                   (2)     ½ Ton Pickup Truck 8 ft.                   $34,618.00

                   (2)     ½ Ton Pickup Truck 6.5 ft.       $32,628.00

                   (1)     Hybrid Sedan – Toyota Prius    $20,726.00

 

          for the Water Department, as approved in the Fiscal 2003 Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

G.      Recommend that Three Hundred Forty Five Thousand Two Hundred Eighty Seven Dollars and Forty Eight Cents ($345,287.48) be transferred from the following accounts:

 

          ACCOUNT           DESCRIPTION                       AMOUNT

          330-01                   Pearl Elm Reserves                   $191,526.48

          330-02                   Federal Plaza Reserves                  92,645.25

          330-03                   Off Street Reserves                       49,080.00

          330-04                   Parking Meter Reserves                 12,035.75

                                                Total                               $345,287.48

 

          and appropriated to the following accounts:

 

          ACCOUNT           DESCRIPTION                       AMOUNT

          46S501                  Pearl Elm Ord. Maint.               $191,526.48

          46S502                  Federal Plaza Ord. Maint.              92,645.25

          46S503                  Off Street Ord. Maint.                   49,080.00

          46S504                  Parking Meter Ord. Maint.             12,035.75

                                                Total                               $345.287.48

 

This appropriation provides sufficient operating funds for the Off Street Parking Program for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2003. (Attachments)

 

          Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

H.      Recommend that Five Hundred Sixty Thousand Six Hundred Dollars ($560,600.00) be transferred from Account #91C711, Building Rehabilitation, and appropriated to Account #25C702, Police Department Building Rehabilitation, to provide the funding necessary to proceed with the replacement of the elevator system at Police Headquarters. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

I.       Recommend that Five Hundred Eighty Six Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($586,500.00) be transferred from Account #91C711, Citywide Building Rehabilitation, and appropriated to Account #75C702, Civic Center Building Rehabilitation, for the purpose of payment of contractual obligations for the Centrum roof replacement project, as approved in the Fiscal 2002 Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

J.       Recommend that Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) be transferred when and as received from Account #91C780, Capital Equipment, and appropriated to Account #72C701, Parks Department Capital Equipment, for the purpose of purchasing a Backhoe for the Cemetery division, as approved in the Fiscal 2003 Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

K.      Recommend that Ninety Thousand Dollars ($90,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C711, Citywide Building Rehabilitation, and appropriated to Account #72C706, Worcester Common Rehabilitation, for the purpose of payment of contractual obligations related to the rehabilitation of the Worcester Common, as approved in the Capital Improvement Program. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

L.      Recommend that Thirty Six Thousand Five Hundred Dollars and Fifty Two Cents ($36,500.52) be transferred from Free Cash and be appropriated into Account #260-93000, Fire Department Capital Outlay. At the end of FY02 this balance remained in the account and was used to close the books; the City is contractually obligated to return any year end unused balance back to the account for the purpose of purchasing fire department safety equipment. (Attachments)

 

Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

M.     Recommend that Three Thousand Eight Hundred Seventy Five Dollars and Forty Eight Cents ($3,875.48) be transferred from Free Cash and be appropriated into Account #900-91000, City Manager’s Contingency Account to be used for unforeseen expenses. (Attachments)

 

          Order adopted on a roll call 11-0

 

N.      SUPPLEMENTAL - Recommend that Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) be transferred from Account #91C711, Citywide Building Rehabilitation, and appropriated to Account #72C702, Parks Department Building Rehabilitation, for the purpose of payment of contractual obligations relative to improvements to Rockwood Field’s Jesse  Burkett “A” Field. This transfer represents the City’s matching share towards the rehabilitation of the above mentioned facilities. (Attachments)

 

          Councillor Petty recused on a roll call 9-0 (Gomez absent)

          Order adopted on a roll call 9-0 (Gomez absent)

 

30. MISCELLANEOUS:

 

A.      Communication relative to the Restoration of the City Hall Rostrum. (Attachments)

 

Placed on file

 

B.      Communication relative to Detail Regarding “Dawson’s Creek” Recent Filming of an Episode at Worcester’s Centrum Centre. (Attachments)

 

          Placed on file

 

C.      Request for an Executive Session on November 12, 2002 to discuss Collective Bargaining. (Attachments)

         

          Placed on file – Executive Session to be held at the close of the City Council meeting on November 12, 2002

 

CHAIRMAN’S ORDERS

 

          14-17 FROM ELDER AFFAIRS - A