Municipal Operations Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 15, 2008

City Hall Room 310

Convened: 7:00 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:55 P.M.

Konstantina B. Lukes


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Paul P Clancy Jr
Councilor Michael J Germain

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Michael J. Germain Councilor Barbara G. Haller Councilor Joseph M. Petty
Note: The membership of this Committee is temporary per appointment by the Mayor
Also:Director of Human Resources Kathleen Johnson
Chief Financial Officer Thomas Zidelis
City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk



Virginia Ryan et al request City Council pay all of Part B Medicare for all it's retirees enrolled in Medicare.
# 9b CC March 25, 2008


Recommend Hold

1. Virginia Ryan, Worcester resident
2. Ed Pietrewicz, Worcester resident
3. Raymond McGrath, no residence given
4. Marie Caverty, Millbury resident
5. Joe Casello, Worcester resident
6. Joyce Nelson, Oxford resident

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor to provide City Council with clarification of the votes needed in City Council for approval of provisions of Massachusetts General Laws with reference to health insurance for public employees and public retirees, and further, whether the City Council has sole authority to enact changes pursuant to acceptance of provisions of state law, or, if their acceptance requires additional concurrence by the City Manager before City Council action is effective.

Request City Manager request the City Solicitor to inform City Council whether provisions of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act pertain only to active public employees, or also pertain to retired public employees.

Request City Manager meet with members of the coalition of retired City of Worcester employees to discuss Medicare Part B.

Request City Manager report to City Council concerning the feasibility of partial funding by the City of the costs of Medicare Part B according to the income level and years of service of the individual retiree similar to the partial funding of health care costs for active employees.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a summary breakdown of the cost savings realized by health care coverage changes that have been enacted affecting City of Worcester retirees.

Request City Auditor inform City Council of the number and names of Massachusetts cities and towns that have accepted MGL Chapter 32B, Section 18 and have funded payments for Medicare Part B.