CITY OF WORCESTER

CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL – OCTOBER 14, 2003

7:00 P.M.

Convened:  7:09 P.M.

Adjourned:  9:45 P.M.

 

 

1.       INVOCATION –  Rev. Jose Andres Rodriguez

St. Joan of Arc Church

 

2.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/STAR SPANGLED BANNER

 

3.       ROLL CALL – All present except Councillors Gomez and Perotto.  Councillor Gomez arrived at 7:17 P.M. Councillor Perotto arrived at 7:25 P.M.

 

HEARINGS AND ORDERS – 7:00 P.M.

 

Councillor Haller recused on a roll call 8-0 (Gomez, Perotto absent)

 

Hearings held

 

4.       MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC CO. for cable and conduit system on:  MORELAND ST.  (Attachments)

 

5.       MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC CO. and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. for joint pole location on:  TORY FORT LANE.

          (Attachments)

 

4a & 5a – Councillor Haller recused on a roll call 8-0 (Gomez, Perotto absent)  Orders adopted

 

4a.     Granting permission to MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC CO. for cable and conduit system on:  MORELAND ST.

 

5a.     Granting permission to MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC CO. and VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. for joint pole location on:  TORY FORT LANE.

6.       ITEMS OF CITIZEN INTEREST

 

6a.     ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

 

PETITIONS

 

          7 - REFERRED TO HEALTH COMMITTEE

 

7.       Wyatt Wade et al request all action be taken to immediately close the operation of the People in Peril Shelter, 701 Main St.  (Attachments)

 

          8 & 9 - REFERRED TO PLANNING BD.

 

8.       Clifford Santley et al request private street conversion on Billow St. (Attachments)

 

9.       Antonio Corapi request private street conversion of Ansonia Rd. from Belcourt Rd. to Chequessett Rd.  (Attachments)

 

          10 & 11a -  REFERRED TO PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE

 

10.     Ann Costello request sidewalk repair at 776 Pleasant St. (Attachments)

 

11.     Kevin Lobisser, President, Lobisser Building Corp. request municipal water service from the Worcester Water Department for the residential subdivision known as Park Hill Village in Millbury. (Attachments) 

 

11a.   Ken Curry request to extend sewer line in Windsor St. to lot on Perkins St.  Referred to Public Works Committee – Suspension of Rules  (Attachments)

 

          12-17e–REFERRED TO TRAFFIC & PARKING COMMITTEE

 

12.     Mary MacInnes, Administrator, WRTA request removal of Bus Stop sign which is located on pole #4 in front of 11 Lake Ave. and repost the sign on pole #5 which is approximately 20’ before the stop line on Lake Ave. and before the entrance to 11 Lake Ave.  (Attachments)

 

13.     Obinna Agonmoh request No Parking within 15’ of driveway sign at 4 Winslow St.  (Attachments)

 

14.     Nancy Ewaskio request handicap parking in front of 23 Courtland St. (Attachments)

 

15.     Chris Kokalis request to add Christy’s Pizza directional sign on existing directional sign at intersection of Lincoln St./Boylston St. (Attachments)

 

16.     June Andrade request handicap parking at 7 Washburn St. (Attachments)

 

17.     Mayor Timothy Murray request Stop signs be placed at the intersection of Green Hill Parkway and Paine St.  (Attachments)

 

17a.   Councillor Michael Perotto on behalf of John DiTullio request right hand turn at corner of Belmont St. and Shrewsbury St.  Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee – Suspension of Rules (Attachments)

 

17b.   Councillor Philip Palmieri request to be able to park on the even numbered side of Hermitage Lane during snow storms.  Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee – Suspension of Rules (Attachments)

 

17c.   Councillor Juan Gomez request No Parking on northerly side or opposite side of Plantation St. across from Roberto Clemente Field.  Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee – Suspension of Rules (Attachments)

 

17d.   Councillor Michael Perotto on behalf of Representative Robert Spellane request “cautionary signs” in Moreland Green Dr./Glenbrook Lane area.  Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee – Suspension of Rules  (Attachments)

 

17e.   Councillor Paul Clancy, Jr. on behalf of Nancy Roy request Caution Children sign on Kenberma Rd. near Massasoit Rd.  Referred to Traffic & Parking Committee – Suspension of Rules   (Attachments)

 

          18 - Councillor Haller recused on a roll call 8-0 (Gomez, Perotto absent) - HEARING SET FOR OCTOBER 21, 2003 – 7:00 P.M.

 

18.     MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC CO. for cable and conduit system on:  SOUTHBRIDGE ST.  (Attachments)

 

ORDERS

 

18a.   Request City Manager to report on the dynamics of the Transportation Bond Bill, how often that money is available to the City, the process for discussing things on a project by project basis, what is the likelihood of the City accessing that money for the Blackstone Canal project.  Motion-Lukes @ #8C CM – Adopted  (Attachments)

 

18b.   Request City Manager to provide a report on exactly how a Transportation Bond Bill works, including discussions that took place on the items contained in Item 8C of the City Manager’s Calendar of October 14, 2003.  Motion-Perotto @ #8C CM – Adopted (Attachments)

 

18c.   Request City Manager to report on what projects could be included in a Transportation Bond Bill.   Motion-Clancy @ #8C CM – Adopted (Attachments)

 

18d.   Request City Manager report as to the per square foot build-out cost to date at Union Station and what that means if the per foot cost were applied to the remaining space to be built out.  Motion-Clancy @ #8F CM – Adopted  (Attachments)

 

18e.   Request City Manager to provide City Council with a copy of the North Main St. Charrette report.  Motion-Lukes @ #8G CM – Adopted  (Attachments)

 

18f.    Request City Manager report as to how the City might post the names of property owners on public land who refuse to remove debris from their premises.   Motion-Clancy @ #15A CM – Adopted (Attachments)

 

18g.   Request City Manager to include in report relative to parking tickets given out in the past twelve months, tickets issued by Meter Maids. Motion-Irish @ #19A CM – Adopted   (Attachments)

 

18h.   Request City Manager to provide a more detailed report as to crime statistics in the Piedmont St./Pleasant St. area.  Motion-Perotto @ #19B CM – Adopted  (Attachments)

 

18i.    Request City Manager report as to a plan for sustained Police presence in the next two months in the Main St./Chandler St. corridor up to Park Ave., over to Pleasant St. and over to Elm St. to stop crime in these areas.  Motion-Murray @ #19B CM – Adopted (Attachments)

 

18j.    Request City Solicitor to report on whether a program still exists to take over ownership of a property due to nuisance and a certain number of complaint calls.  Motion-Murray @ #19C CM – Adopted  (Attachments)

 

18k.   Request City Manager report as to whether the City can go after a particular asset of a person who is a drug dealer and whether legal action would be through the District Attorney’s Office or the Attorney General’s Office.  Motion-Perotto @ #19C CM – Adopted (Attachments)

 

18L.   Request City Manager to report on the feasibility of bonding to do a major street and sidewalk repair program.  Motion-Murray @ #21CC – Adopted  (Attachments)

 

18m.  Request City Auditor to report as to the impact on the City’s bond rating in terms of any new indebtedness to include an analysis of a consistent  pattern of updating infrastructure and those types of projects.  Motion-Lukes @ #21CC – Adopted (Attachments)

 

18n    Request City Manager to provide, off calendar and before the next Commerce and Development Committee meeting, a copy of Camp, Dresser & McKee’s last report relative to the Greenwood St. Landfill. Irish – Suspension of Rules – Adopted  (Attachments)

 

19.     COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

THOMAS R. HOOVER

CITY MANAGER

 

CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER 14, 2003

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

1. NON-CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION:

 

2. CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMATION:

 

TRANSMITTAL

3. AIRPORT:

 

4. ASSESSORS:

 

A.      Communication relative to a new supplemental tax assessment on new residential and commercial building construction based on the issuance of an occupancy permit by the Department of Code Enforcement. (Attachments)

 

          Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

         

5. BUDGET OFFICE:

 

6. CODE ENFORCEMENT:

 

7. COMMUNICATIONS:

 

8. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

 

A.      Request for an Executive Session on October 14, 2003. (Attachments)

 

          Placed on file

 

B.      Communication relative to RFP Title/Property Sale and Redevelopment of G.A.R. Memorial Hall. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Commerce & Development Committee

 

C.      Communication relative to Transportation Bond Bill. (Attachments)

 

Referred to Commerce & Development Committee and

Legislative Affairs Committee

 

D.      Communication relative to Blackstone Canal Feasibility Study. (Attachments)

 

          Referred to Commerce & Development Committee

 

E.      Communication relative to Property Sale and Redevelopment of the G.A.R. Memorial Hall. (Attachments