CITY OF WORCESTER

Rules and Regulations Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Council Chamber


Mayor
Konstantina B. Lukes

 

www.ci.worcester.ma.us

 

Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Dennis L Irish
Councilor Joseph M Petty
Councilor Frederick C Rushton
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


1.

COMMUNICATION OF THE CITY MANAGER

1a.

Transmitting informational communication regarding an amendment to the rules of the City Council concerning the establishment of City Council Standing Committees.
# 8.28A CM December 03, 2007

Attachments

Recommend Approval and adoption of the accompanying Order that Rule 22 of the Rules of the City Council be deleted in it's entirety the existing Rule 22 and inserting in it's place thereof the new Rule 22 as follows:

Rule 22. There shall be appointed Standing Committees of the City Council as follows:

1. Committee on Commerce, Planning & Development, to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters pertaining to economic development, neighborhood development, housing development, marketing, workforce development and community development block grant funding.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
Economic Development Division
Neighborhoods & Housing Division
Planning and Regulatory Services Division
Workforce Development Division

Related Boards and Commissions:
Historical Commission
Planning Board
Worcester Housing Authority
Worcester Redevelopment Authority
Workforce Investment Board


2. Committee on Education, Arts & Culture to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters pertaining to public education, higher education, arts, culture and the public libraries.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
Public Library Division
Worcester Public Schools

Related Boards and Commissions:
Public Library Directors
Cultural Commission
Early Scholarship Committee


3. Committee on Health & Human Services, to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters relating to public health, the elderly, veterans, human rights, the equality of women and minorities and the disabled.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
Disability Division
Elder Affairs Division
Human Rights Division
Public Health Division
Status of Women Committee
Veterans' Services Division

Related Boards and Commissions:
Board of Health
Commission on Disability
Commission on Elder Affairs
Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee
Human Rights Commission
Lincoln Square Memorial Board
Memorial Auditorium Board of Trustees
Status of Women Committee

4. Committee on Land Use, Energy & Environment, to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider all matters involving the acquisition of open space, zoning and other general land use issues, planning and regulatory services, environmental issues, energy use and conservation.
Related Board:
.. Zoning Board of Appeals

5. Committee on Municipal Operations, to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters involving municipal operations and procedures including: human resources; employee health care; workers compensation and injured on duty; unemployment compensation; the retirement system; taxation, fees, charges and other revenues, customer service; and, the city clerk, city auditor and other municipal support operations.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
Assessing Division
Auditing Department
Budget Office Division
City Clerk Department
Human Resources Department
Law Department
Purchasing Division
Retirement System
Technical Services Division
Treasury and Collections Division

Related Boards and Commissions:
Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
Retirement Board
Trust Funds Commission


6. Committee on Public Safety, to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters pertaining to criminal and civil law enforcement, public safety communications services, emergency preparedness, neighborhood watch groups and ambulance and first responder services in the city.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
Police Department
Fire Department
Communications Division
Code Enforcement Division

Related Boards and Commissions:
License Commission


7. Committee on Public Service and Transportation, to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters concerning cable television and telecommunications, public transportation, regional issues and street lighting.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
Cable Services Division
D.P.W. Streetlights Division

Related Boards and Commissions:
Cable Television Advisory Committee
Worcester Regional Airport Commission
Worcester Regional Transit Authority

8. Committee on Public Works, to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters pertaining to streets, water, sewers, sanitation, recycling, snow removal and the construction of public buildings.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
Engineering & Architectural Services Division
Central Garage Division
Sanitation Division
Sewer Division
Snow Removal Division
Streets Division
Water Division

Related Boards and Commissions:
Civic Center Commission
Conservation Commission
Designer Selection Board


9. Committee on Traffic and Parking, to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters pertaining to traffic and parking ordinances and off street parking facilities.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
D.P.W. Traffic Engineering Division

Related Boards and Commissions:
Off-Street Parking Board

10. Committee on Youth, Parks and Recreation to consist of three (3) Councilors, to consider matters, involving youth, parks, playgrounds, recreation activities and Hope Cemetery.
Related City Departments and Divisions:
Parks & Recreation Division
Hope Cemetery Division

Related Boards and Commissions:
Parks & Recreation Commission
Hope Cemetery Board

11. Committee on Finance, to consist of the Mayor and all members of the city council to review and report on the appropriations recommended by the city manager in the annual budget or in any supplemental budget and to consider loan orders and official bonds and in general matters affecting the financial condition of the city.

12. Committee on Ordinances, to consist of the Mayor and all members of the city council to conduct public hearings on proposed ordinances and orders unless any such item has been referred to another standing committee.