Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting

Monday, July 20, 2015

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:30 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:15 P.M.

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson George J Russell
Councilor Konstantina B Lukes
Councilor Frederick C Rushton

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor George J Russell; Councilor Konstantina B Lukes; Councilor Tony Economou, appointed by Mayor to take Councilor Rushton’s seat
Also:Councilor Morris A. Bergman; City Solicitor David Moore; Coordinator of Municipal & Intergovernmental Initiatives Jacob Sanders; Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk

Dover Amendment Items


Order of Councilor Morris A. Bergman and Councilor Tony Economou - Request City Manager request the City Solicitor draft a Home Rule Petition forthwith with the following language to be presented to the City Council for a vote in April 2015: Notwithstanding the provisions of section three of chapter forty A of the General Laws, the city of Worcester is hereby authorized to regulate and restrict the use of land or structures for religious purposes and/or for educational purposes on land owned or leased by a religious sect or denomination, or by a nonprofit educational corporation within all residentially zoned districts. # 11a CC March 24, 2015


Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a response regarding enacting legislation to regulate and restrict use by non-profit organizations for religious or educational purposes in residentially zoned districts. Further, request the City Manager report what process they think is appropriate to move this from a conceptual level to an actual working document to act on and maybe propose to the State Legislature, and further provide this response within sixty (60) days.


Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a legal opinion on the Dover Amendment. # 9.13A CM March 24, 2015


Recommend File


Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to clarification as to whether or not there would be an effect on organizations that are not religious or educational, should the City file legislation similar to Chapter 565, Acts of 1979. # 9.13A CM May 26, 2015


Recommend Hold