CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 7:12 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:12 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Tony Economou
Michael T. Gaffney Khrystian E. King
Konstantina B. Lukes Candy Mero-Carlson City Clerk
Susan M. Ledoux
Sarai Rivera Gary Rosen
George J. Russell Kathleen M. Toomey
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

INVOCATION - Pastor Lou Soiles, Journey Community Church

2.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

3.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair, except for Councilor Rivera.

4.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

5.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

5a.

Order - That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby approves the minutes of the City Council Meeting of November 29, 2016.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

6.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

6a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers:
1. George Valeri, Worcester resident
2. Michael Covino, Worcester resident
3. Mildred Collins, Worcester resident
4. Lori Cairns, Worcester resident
5. Idella Hazard, Worcester resident
6. Harry Kokkinis, Worcester resident
7. Dan Bennett, Worcester resident
8. Timothy Murray, Worcester resident
9. Steve Quist, Worcester resident
10. Wayne Griffin, Worcester resident
11. Eric Tokino, Worcester resident
12. Timothy McGourthy, Worcester resident

 

7.

HEARING & ORDER

7a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC for a jointly-owned pole on: IROQUOIS ST./QUISSETT ST. Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC for a jointly-owned pole on: IROQUOIS ST./QUISSETT ST.

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

8.

TAX CLASSIFICATION HEARING

8a.

HEARING: To determine tax rates for residential, commercial, industrial and personal properties for Fiscal Year 2017.

Mayor Petty opened the Tax Classification hearing at 7:49 P.M. Testimony from the public concerning the Tax Classification was heard during Public Participation. Councilor Economou moved to recommend for consideration Line 199 as depicted in the Table provided in the City Manager’s Communication Item #8b – That the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2017 be set at $19.63 for Residential Property and $32.00 for Commercial, Industrial and Personal Property. (see Item #16a) Councilor Mero-Carlson moved to recommend for consideration Line 221 as depicted in the Table provided in the City Manager’s Communication Item #8b – That the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2017 be set at $19.25 for Residential Property and $32.99 for Commercial, Industrial and Personal Property. (see Item #16b) Councilor Gaffney made the following motion – That City Council leave the current tax rates as they are and substitute the remaining tax levy increase by increasing local receipt estimates contained in the FY 2017 Budget by $2,462,496.00 and decreasing the property taxes levied by $2,462,496.00.” (see Item #16c) Councilor Lukes moved to table the vote for setting the tax rate under privilege. Councilor Russell moved to “Request City Manager provide City Council with a tax rate table summarizing the possible tax rate options based on a tax levy of approximately $280,000,000.00.” (see Item #16d) Councilor Toomey moved to “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the cost for increasing the number of exemptions given to elderly residents.” (see Item #16e) Mayor Petty moved to “Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning the pros and cons if the tax classification rate is based on a tax levy of approximately $280,000,000.00” (see Item #16f) Councilor Russell moved to “Request City Manager provide City Council with the in depth report concerning the average and median increases for apartment buildings as well as the other different categories that are not single or two family residential homes.” (see Item #16g) Mayor Petty moved to recess the hearing and hold the motions of Councilor Economou, Councilor Mero-Carlson and Councilor Gaffney as well as Items #8b, #9a, #9b, and #9c to December 20, 2016.

 

8b.

COMMUNICATION of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the preliminary Fiscal Year 2017 Tax Classification.

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to hold this Item for the Recessed Tax Classification Hearing on December 20, 2016. Held for the Recessed Tax Classification Hearing on December 20, 2016 - Petty

 

9.

FIRST ITEMS OF BUSINESS

9a.

COMMUNICATION of Timothy J. McGourthy, Executive Director for Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Inc. transmitting communication regarding "Tax Classification: Passing the Buck$ - Ending the Tug-of-War Among Worcester Taxpayers." (Held to be First Item of Business on December 13, 2016 - Lukes November 22, 2016)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to hold this Item for the Recessed Tax Classification Hearing on December 20, 2016. Held for the Recessed Tax Classification Hearing on December 20, 2016 - Petty

 

9b.

COMMUNICATION of the City Auditor transmitting the unaudited financial reports on the budgetary basis for results of operations in fiscal 2016 for the General and Enterprise Funds (Schedules A through B-3). (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes November 15, 2016 and Held to be First Item of Business on December 13, 2016 - Mero-Carlson November 22, 2016)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to hold this Item for the Recessed Tax Classification Hearing on December 20, 2016. Held for the Recessed Tax Classification Hearing on December 20, 2016 - Petty

 

9c.

COMMUNICATION of Mayor Joseph M. Petty transmitting "A Report of the Discussions of the Mayor’s Tax Policy Committee." (Tabled Under Privilege - Lukes November 15, 2016 and Held to be First Item of Business on December 13, 2016 - Mero-Carlson November 22, 2016)

Attachments

Mayor Petty moved to hold this Item for the Recessed Tax Classification Hearing on December 20, 2016. Held for the Recessed Tax Classification Hearing on December 20, 2016 - Petty

 

10.

PETITIONS

10a.

Paul Zendzian request the sections of fence that were removed when the City did work on a water line at 14 Hanna Rd. be replaced.

Attachments

Referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks

 

10b.

Premtina Thamel request potholes in Sever St. in the vicinity of Highland St. and Dayton St. be repaired.

Attachments

Referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks

 

10c.

Premtina Thamel request the entire length of Sever St. be resurfaced.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

10d.

Michael Yvanauskas and Ann Bremer request the handicap parking space in front of 9 Winslow St. be removed.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

10e.

Nathan Fitch request installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Boyden St. and Clay St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

10f.

Samuel Bucciaglia request installation of a handicap parking space in front of 11 New York St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

10g.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of a "Blind Driveway" sign at the intersection of Ansonia Rd. and Dominion Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

10h.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of "Thickly Settled" signage in Dominion Rd.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

10i.

John Gleason request signage and/or a warning system be put up at the crosswalk in front of 274 Lincoln St.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

10j.

NATIONAL GRID for a manhole location at: JANICE NADEAU WAY/SOUTHGATE ST./AMORY ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for December 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

 

10k.

VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a conduit location at: GODDARD MEMORIAL DR. AND AIRPORT DR.

Attachments

Hearing set for December 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

 

10l.

VERIZON NEW ENGLAND INC. for a conduit location at QUINSIGAMOND AVE. AND CAMBRIDGE ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for December 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

 

10m.

NATIONAL GRID & VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, LLC. for jointly-owned pole at: STAFFORD ST.

Attachments

Hearing set for December 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

 

10n.

Jo Hart request that each item on the City Council agenda being reported out of a Standing Committee list the roll call vote taken at the Standing Committee’s meeting on the City Council agenda, in the interest of a more open City government.

Attachments

Petitioner spoke and Placed on file

 

10o.

Ermal Krol request installation of surveillance cameras at 75 Townsend St. to help prevent illegal dumping.

Attachments

Referred to the City Manager

 

11.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

 

11.1

APPOINTMENTS
Non-City Council Confirmation
A.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the reappointment of Jose Castillo and Samantha Fiakofi to the Worcester Arts Council.

Attachments

Placed on file

 
 

11.2

APPOINTMENTS
City Council Confirmation
A.

Recommend appointment of Barbara Haller to the License Commission.

Attachments

Confirmed on a roll call vote of 9 Yeas and 1 Nay (Nay - Gaffney) (Rivera absent)

 
B.

Recommend reappointment of Deborah Hall to the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.

Attachments