CITY OF WORCESTER

JOURNAL OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Esther Howland Chamber

Convened: 6:35 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:22 A.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

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City Manager
Edward M. Augustus, Jr.

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns

Councilors

Morris A. Bergman Khrystian E. King
Konstantina B. Lukes Candy Mero-Carlson
Sarai Rivera Sean M. Rose City Clerk
Susan M. Ledoux
Gary Rosen George J. Russell
Kathleen M. Toomey Matthew E. Wally
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE & STAR SPANGLED BANNER

2.

ROLL CALL - All present with the Mayor as the Chair.

3.

PROCLAMATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, MOMENTS OF SILENCE

3a.

Mayor Petty read a Proclamation declaring January, 2019 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the City of Worcester. The Proclamation was presented to Nicole Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Living in Freedom Together (LIFT).

 

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 January 15, 2019.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

5.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

5a.

Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers:
1. Ruth Seward, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9f CC
2. Evan Corrigan, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of #9g CC

 

6.

HEARING & ORDER

6a.

Hearing: NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: PARKER and DEWEY STREETS; and Granting permission to NATIONAL GRID for a conduit location at: PARKER and DEWEY STREETS

Attachments

Hearing Held & Order adopted

 

7.

PETITIONS

7a.

Susan S. Nichols on behalf of the Owner of Worcester Mill LLC, request to extend the BL-1.0 (Business, Limited) zoning district to encompass the entirety of 195 Mill Street, in order to eliminate the current split zoning of the property.

Attachments

Referred to Planning Board

 

7b.

William S. Coleman III request City Council consider suggesting to City Administration that Worcester participate in a "Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement Program".

Attachments

Petitioner spoke and Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 

7c.

Councilor George Russell on behalf of Walter Andros request sidewalk resurfacing and removal of overgrown tree roots in front of 25 Harold St.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

7d.

Halime Acevedo request installation of handicap parking space in front of 16 Breck St., Unit 1E.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

7e.

Adam Cormier, President St. Mary's Schools and Rev. Richard Polek, Pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa request additional and necessary speed calming measures and parking enforcement at crosswalks to ensure safety of children on Richland St. and Ward St. in vicinity of elementary school since recent signage resulted in no changes and continues to be unsafe.

Attachments

Referred to Traffic and Parking Committee

 

8.

CHAIRMAN'S ORDERS

8a.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - Request City Manager, when negotiating for all requested easements, consider the value of the property.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

8b.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Director of Traffic Engineering contact the landlord of 15 Fifth Avenue to determine if off street parking is granted to the tenants.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

8c.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased traffic enforcement in Batavia St. during student pickup and drop off.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

8d.

FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND PARKING - Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased traffic enforcement in Taylor St. to ensure street is passable.

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9.

ORDERS

9a.

Request City Manager request Keolis to clarify their policy for notification of canceled or delayed commuter trains on the Worcester line. (Petty, Wally)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9b.

Request City Manager provide details and timeline of the Mass DOTís plans regarding the Aitchison St./Plantation St. bridge. (Petty, Mero-Carlson)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9c.

Request City Manager request the Technical Services Department work with the appropriate city divisions to ensure the agendas of all the Boards, Commissions, and Standing Committees of the City Council on the cities website include the necessary meeting attachments. (Wally)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9d.

Request City Manager review current snow plowing practices and report on the appropriateness of deploying a combined system of high tech strategies such as global Positioning Systems, sensors on trucks and the use of surveillance camera networks to plow the streets more efficiently. (Lukes)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9e.

Request City Manager provide an update to City Council concerning the recent developments at the Greendale Mall. (Mero-Carlson, Bergman)

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9f.

Request City Manager request the Commissioner Public Works & Parks to update Worcesterís Ordinance Relative to the Protection of Public Trees last ordained in October of 2009. (Wally, Bergman, Rosen, Lukes, Mero-Carlson, Rivera)

Attachments

Councilor Rose moved to add his name as an author. Mayor Petty moved to add the entire City Council as authors. Order adopted

 

9g.

Request City Manager explore options to consolidating the DPW buildings on Albany St., Meade St. and East Park into the Greendale Mall. (Rose)

Attachments

Councilor Rose moved to amend the order to read as follows: Request City Manager explore options to consolidating the DPW buildings on Albany St., Meade St. and East Park. Order adopted as amended

 

9h.

STREET BETTERMENT ASSESSMENTS: HILMA STREET

Attachments

Order adopted

 

9i.

STREET BETTERMENT ASSESSMENTS: CANDLEWOOD STREET

Attachments

Order adopted

 

10.

RECESS TO FINANCE COMMITTEE - No Items pending

11.

COMMUNICATION OF THE CITY AUDITOR

11a.

Transmitting for your review the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2018.

Attachments

Referred to Municipal Operations Committee

 

12.

REPORTS OF THE PLANNING BOARD

12a.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Brian Laforte, V.P., Real Estate & Facilities Management of Polar Beverages request removal of Wolfenden St., a private street, from the Official Map.

Attachments

Accepted

 

12b.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Robert Longden, Esq. on behalf of New Garden Park, Inc. request changing the zoning designation of Lot 1, Lot 2 and Lot 4, which is part of 305 Belmont St. from BG-2.0 & ML-0.5 to BG-3.0.

Attachments

Councilor Wally moved to recuse himself from the Item and left the room. Referred to Economic Development Committee

 

12c.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of Kristin Sundberg et al request Martha Ave. be made public.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

12d.

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD Upon the Petition of John Paul and Michelle L'Esperance request Bishop Ave. be made public.

Attachments

Referred to Public Works Committee

 

13.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT