Municipal Operations Committee Meeting

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 4:33 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:13 PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Sean M Rose
Vice Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Councilor George J Russell

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Sean M Rose Councilor George J Russell
Also:Eric Batista, Director of Urban Innovation; Thomas F. Zidelis, Chief Financial Officer; David M. Moore, City Solicitor; City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk

Communications of the City Manager


Transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Strategic Plan. # 10.36A CM March 26, 2019


Mr. Batista provide an overview to the committee.
Speaker: Jo Hart addressed the committee.
Recommend Approval to support the City’s Strategic Plan.


Transmitting informational communication relative to recommending adoption of a proposed ordinance to ban environmentally harmful single-use plastic checkout bags. # 9.13A CM December 11, 2018


Speakers: Jo Hart, Erica Saunders and Ana Cristina De La Torre who were in support of the ban.

Recommend Approval

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager prepare a report for City Council that compares the environmental impact of the single use plastic bags currently used in stores which the city is proposing to ban versus the clear plastic bags the city is proposing to implement for use in recycling.


Transmitting to informational communication relative to recommending that Four Million Two Hundred Ninety Eight Thousand One Hundred Forty Four Dollars and No Cents ($4,298,144.00) be transferred to finalize the City's Fiscal Year 2019 annual budget by appropriating the City's Fiscal Year 2018 certified free cash. # 9.33A CM December 11, 2018

In Committee for Informational Purposes Only In Committee January 29, 2019 - Held


Mr. Zidelis was present to answer the committee’s questions.

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Miscellaneous Items


Order of Councilor Konstatina B. Lukes – Request Standing Committee on Municipal Operations consider looking into the appropriateness of having a, “State of the City,” address for the city. # 12g CC January 15, 2019


Chairperson Councilor Rose recommended to Hold


Petition of Kathryn Hagan request that the dog license fee be waived for owners that are 65 years of age and over, instead of the current age of 70. # 8b CC April 24, 2018

In Committee August 20, 2018 - Held


The City Solicitor informed the committee that the state law only allows a waiver for owner’s who are 70 years or older so therefore the city cannot reduce the age.

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