Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois Street

Convened: 5:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:23 P.M.

Joseph M. Petty

City Manager
Eric D. Batista

City Auditor
Robert V. Stearns


Morris A. Bergman Donna M. Colorio
Etel Haxhiaj Khrystian E. King
Candy Mero-Carlson Thu Nguyen City Clerk
Nikolin Vangjeli
Sarai Rivera Sean M. Rose
George J. Russell Kathleen M. Toomey

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts




Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the "Public Participation" section of the meeting, you may attend the meeting in-person within the meeting location, follow the below link to join via Zoom or dial the direct line as indicated.

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PUBLIC PARTICIPATION - a person may speak for no more than two (2) minutes.


Mayor Petty recognized the following speakers:
1. Gordon David, Worcester resident
2. Adam Thielker, Worcester resident
3. Greg Degermajian, Worcester resident





COMMUNICATION of the City Clerk transmitting an informational communication relative to the five (5) City Manager Community Listening Sessions.


The fifth City Manager Listening Session began at the Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois Street, at 5:37 p.m. on December 14, 2022. The fifth City Manager listening session, occurring in District 4 of the City of Worcester, was hosted by Mayor Joseph M. Petty and District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera. Also in attendance were City Manager Eric D. Batista, Assistant City Manager Nicole Valentine, Assistant City Manager Hung Nguyen, City Manager Staff Person Emmanuel Boakye, Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, Assistant City Clerk Luis Castillo and City Clerk Staff Person Lorena Castillo. Mayor Petty made an introductory statement relative to the process the Listening Session would follow and introduced Councilor Sarai Rivera. Councilor Sarai Rivera made additional introductory statements relative to the appointment of Eric D. Batista as the City Manager and introduced City Manager Eric D. Batista. City Manager Eric D. Batista read a statement relative to his goals and vision for the City of Worcester. Included in these statements, Mr. Batista outlined his education background in finance, his work creating the Open Data Portal and multiple priorities of his administration, including work in the diversity and inclusion sector. City Manager Eric D. Batista discussed various topics regarding the city with the speakers for the meeting. Mayor Joseph M. Petty provided a closing statement for the City Manager Listening Session. The fifth City Manager Listening Session at the Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois Street, concluded at 6:23 p.m. on December 14, 2022.