JANUARY 27, 2004


Convened: 5:25 p.m.

Recessed @ 6:31 p.m. to meet in Executive Session in the Law Library for the purpose of discussing the employment contract with the City Manager.

Recessed to Open Session @ 6:48 p.m. to Adjourn.


Present were:                Chairperson Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr.

                                      Councillor Joseph M. Petty

                                      Councillor Philip P. Palmieri


Also:                              City Manager Thomas R. Hoover

                                      Director of Neighborhood Services Paul LaCava

                                      City Assessor Robert Allard

                                      City Auditor James DelSignore

                                      Budget Director John Pranckevicius

                                      City Treasurer/Collector of Taxes Thomas Zidelis

                                      Director of Human Resources Jan Borg Silverman

                                      City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk


Communications of the City Manager


1.       Relative to Senior Work-Off Abatement Program.

#4A CM May 30, 2000

          In Committee August 1, 2000 - Held

          In Committee October 4, 2000 - Held

Recommend File


2.       Relative to cost analysis of Section 51 - Elderly Exemption.

          #4A CM December 17, 2002

Recommend File


3.       Relative to providing a systematic increase in the number of qualifying taxpayers for Section 51 of the Elderly Exemption.

          #4D CM February 11, 2003

Recommend Hold


4.       Relative to abatements or incentives given to leasing of vacant storefronts.

          #4B CM May 20, 2003

Recommend File


5.       Relative to a new supplemental tax assessment of new residential and commercial building construction based on the issuance of an occupancy permit by the Department of Code Enforcement.

          #4A CM October 14, 2003

Recommend File


6.       Relative to automatic prorating of excise tax for persons transferring vehicles during a year.

          #4A CM October 28, 2003

          In Committee December 15, 2003 – Held

Recommend File


7.       Relative to long range plan of Assessor’s departmental needs and concerns.

          #4B CM   April 15, 2003

Recommend File


8.       Relative to medical insurance opt-out program.

          #14B CM   October 14, 2003

Recommend File


9.       Relative to cost of health insurance premiums for Commonwealth of Massachusetts employees.

          #14C CM October 14, 2003

Recommend File


10.     Relative to description of the Canadian Drug Plan.

          #14A CM September 16, 2003

Recommend File


11.     Relative to Canadian Drug Plan.

          #14D CM October 14, 2003

Recommend File


12.     Relative to Monthly Report – Importing Drugs from Canada.

          #14C CM November 18, 2003

Recommend Hold


13.     Relative to payroll process flowchart.

          #26A CM September 16, 2003

Recommend Hold


14.     Relative to 722 Plantation Street.

#26A CM November 25, 2003

Recommend Hold


15.     Relative to the South Worcester Neighborhood being considered as a future ComNet project area.

          #18H CM April 23, 2002

Recommend File


16.     Relative to ComNet Project re-survey of Brittan Square.

          #18A CM June 11, 2002

Recommend File


17.     Relative to Inspector General Report relative to Neighborhood Issues.

          #18A CM January 28, 2003

Recommend File


18.     Relative to Revenues Generated from Trash Bag Sales.

          #23B CM December 9, 2003

Recommend Hold


19.     Relative to the Worcester Redevelopment Authority’s Audit Report, entitled “Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis for Years Ended June 30, 2003 and 2002 and Independent Auditors’ Report.”

          #8A CM December 9, 2003

Recommend Hold


Communications of James DelSignore, City Auditor


20.     Transmitting report prepared by KPMG LLP relative to a review of  internal controls over revenue from the sale of City trash bags & building permits & recommendation to improve those controls.

          #23 CC  December 3, 2002

          In Committee September 8, 2003 – Held

Recommend Hold (to be first item at next MO meeting)


21.     Transmitting report concerning the viability of establishing an internal audit function for the City.

          #14 CC March 18, 2003

          In Committee September 8, 2003 – Held

Recommend Hold (to be second item at next MO meeting)


22.     Transmitting City’s Management Letter for the year ended June 30, 2002 and Auditor’s Report on Compliance & Internal Control over Financial Reporting based on audit of financial statements prepared by KPMG.

          #37 CC April 8, 2003

          In Committee September 8, 2003 – Held

Recommend Hold (to be third item at next MO meeting)


23.     Transmitting City’s legal debt margin as of September 30, 2003.

          #21 CC October 14, 2003

Recommend Hold (to be fourth item at next MO meeting)


24.     Transmitting two financial statements and the independent auditor’s report for the Worcester Centrum Centre Fund which covers the Arena Component & Convention Center Component for the years ended June 30, 2003 and 2002.

          #40 CC December 16, 2003

Recommend Hold (to be fifth item at next MO meeting)


Communications of Roberta Schaefer, Executive Dir., Worcester Regional Research Bureau


25.     Transmitting Tough Choices for Tough Times:  Worcester’s FY04 Budget.

          #14 CC April 1, 2003

Recommend File


26.     Transmitting The 2000 Census:  Income and Educational Attainment in Worcester and the Region.

          #36 CC October 22, 2002

Recommend File




27.     Order Councillor Lukes - Request the City Council to reevaluate the placement and duties of employees in the departments under its jurisdiction in order to deal with potential reduction of services.

          #49 CC October 8, 2002

          In Committee January 6, 2003 – Held

Recommend Hold


28.     Resolution of Councillor Lukes  - That the City Council of the City of Worcester requests the Central Mass. Delegation to support legislation increasing municipal employee’s contribution on health insurance to 25%, early retirement being established and the transfer of municipal funds to cover deficits.

          #4 CC March 4, 2003

Recommend Hold


29.     Chairman’s Order of the Elder Affairs Committee - Request the Municipal Operations Committee to forward the Elder Affairs Committee the Elder Affairs and Senior Center section of the Quarterly Report from the City Manager.

          #16 CC   October 29, 2002

Recommend Hold


DISCUSSION ITEM – Status of City Manager’s Contract

The Committee recessed on a roll call to meet in Executive Session in the Law Library to discuss this topic.


Chairman’s Order request the Administration draft home rule legislation concerning the granting of automatic abatements of automobile excise taxes when a vehicle registration is transferred to another vehicle.


Chairman’s Order request the Municipal Operations Committee to meet with the City Assessor prior to the setting of the tax rate to review the process for assessing of commercial real estate.


Chairman’s Order request the Administration to report to the City Council concerning the hiring of a consultant for the analysis of space within City Hall and all remote city departments.