CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 7:11 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:17 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Tony Economou
Michael T. Gaffney Konstantina B. Lukes
Philip P. Palmieri Sarai Rivera City Clerk
David J. Rushford
Gary Rosen Frederick C. Rushton
George J. Russell Kathleen M. Toomey
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2.

STAR SPANGLED BANNER - DOHERTY MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGAL SINGERS

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair

4.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

4a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of March 10, 2015.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

5.

HEARING & ORDER

5a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for conduit location in: HARVARD ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for conduit location in: HARVARD ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

6.

ITEMS OF PUBLIC INTEREST

7.

ITEMS OF DEPARTMENTAL OR EMPLOYEE INTEREST

8.

PETITIONS

8a.

Karen Dascenzo on behalf of Jeanette Ram request abatement of street betterment assessment #25375 in the amount of $11,910.15 for Pineland Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8b.

Peter Huynh request abatement of street assessment #25335, in the amount of $12,801.95 for Yukon Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

8c.

Keith Holmberg request installation of resident permit parking on Austin St. from Winslow St. to Queen St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8d.

Laud Acquaye request removal of handicap parking space on Beacon St. adjacent to 18 Hammond St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8e.

Andrew Roy request the one way portion of Arthur St. be given a permanent winter parking ban designation.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8f.

Kwaku Boateng, Pastor Rhema Gospel Church International, request resident permit parking be removed on Mulberry St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8g.

Jo Hart request City Council request City Manager immediately undertake a national search/hire for two new positions (using WRA funding): a City Planner and a Traffic Engineer Planner, who would be two highly qualified and forward thinking individuals to work as a new team for future planning.

Attachments

Referred to the City Manager

 

9.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

9.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
 

9.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting Informational communication relative to the appointments of Ken Asafo-Adjei and Dominic Warren to the Citizens Advisory Council.

Attachments

Confirmed on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
 

9.3

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
 

9.4

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A.

Recommend adoption of an Order relative to a Conservation Restriction for the northern portion of 145 Harrington Way (aka Ecotarium West).

Attachments

Order adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a summary of cable license fee payments received Since 2006, breakdown of allocation of those funds to PEG Entities, and balances of unexpended funds held by the City.

Attachments

Referred to Public Service and Transportation Committee

 
C.

Recommend adoption of an order to amend the existing District Improvement Financing Program and to amend the CitySquare Project Permit Fees Ordinance.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
D.

Transmitting informational communication regarding the Starting a Business in Worcester Workshop Presentation.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
E.

Recommend adoption of an order to authorize the conveyance of the courthouse.

Attachments

Communication of the City Manager read and Councilor Rushton rose to announce the Standing Committee on Economic Development would meet Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. to consider this item. Mayor Petty moved to amend the Order within the item as enclosed. Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
F.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the redevelopment of a parcel of land in Washington Square.

Attachments

Referred to Economic Development Committee

 
 

9.5

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Administration Division
 

9.6

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Engineering and Architectural Services Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to how traffic flow could be affected should “No Left Turn” signage during peak traffic hours be installed on Drummond Ave.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 
B.

Recommend adoption of a revised Order of Taking and Easements for Nelson Place School.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to Table the item. Tabled - Petty

 
 

9.7

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Operations Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Construction Progress Report for the month ending February 28, 2015.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to residential drop-off centers - spring opening and electronics recycling event.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
C.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the 2015 Spring Sweeping Program.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
D.

Transmitting informational communication relative to potholes.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

9.8

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND PARKS
Parks Division
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a "Save the Date" for the 2015 Arbor Day Celebration on the morning of Friday, May 1, 2015, at Green Hill Park with a time to be determined.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
B.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the spring 2015 park facility opening scheduled for April 17, 2015.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

9.9

FIRE DEPARTMENT
 

9.10

POLICE DEPARTMENT
 

9.11

DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
 

9.12

LICENSE COMMISSION
 

9.13

LAW DEPARTMENT
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion on the Dover Amendment.

Attachments

Referred to Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee

 
 

9.14

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Administration
 

9.15

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Building and Zoning Division
 

9.16

DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Housing and Health Inspections Division