Economic Development Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Council Chamber

Convened: 10:00 A.M.

Adjourned: 12:40 P.M.

Konstantina B. Lukes


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Philip P Palmieri
Councilor Paul P Clancy Jr
Councilor Barbara G Haller

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Philip P Palmieri
Councilor Paul P Clancy Jr
Councilor Barbara G Haller
Also:Assistant City Manager Julie Jacobson
Director of Neighborhood Services Dennis Hennessy
Director of Housing Scott Hayman
Director of Development Timothy McGourthy
Staff Assistant Paul Morano
Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk



Neighborhood Economic Development - Discussion concerning Economic Development from the Neighborhood Perspective


Gordon Hargrove, Friendly House
Peggy Middaugh, Regional Environmental Council
Matt Wally, Worcester Community Housing Resources
Edith Morgan, Brittain Square
Rebecca Dezane, Pleasant Network Center
Domenick Marcigliano, Worcester East Side CDC
Johnny Yelverton, Bell Hill resident
Lorraine Laurie, Canal District CDC
Marge Bequiri, Quinsigamond Village Neighborhood Center
Jacqueline Norton, Grafton Hill resident
Sue Moynagh, Oak Hill resident
Mullen Sawyer, Oak Hill CDC
Earlina Yelverton, Bell hill resident
Jane Petrella, Quinsigamond Village resident
Steve Teasdale, Main South CDC
William Breault, Main South resident

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager consider placing conditions on licenses, permits etc. that would protect the city against failed businesses.

Request City Manager investigate requiring all retail stores to have standard trash receptacles as well as the responsibility for proper disposal.

Request City Manager consider how the City of Worcester may participate in the Local First program.

Request City Manager request the Purchasing Director provide City Council with a list of the barriers to the awarding of contracts to local businesses.

Request City Manager provide the City Council with estimates of the cost that would be incurred if a program was implemented for picking up large items around the city on a regular basis.

Request City Manager report to City Council plans and timeline for development of 95 Grand Street.

Request City Manager report to City Council how city residents might be given preference in future hirings.

Request City Manager provide City Council with information on the statewide effort to expand the bottle bill, and, additionally request whether or not said expansion, if it fails statewide, might be expanded locally only.

Request City Manager report to City Council an amendment to the city sign ordinance to disallow the posting of certain temporary and/or permanent signage onto the exteriors of retail buildings as part of a larger pro-active effort to rid our neighborhoods of unsightly advertising.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a quarterly report concerning actions of Health Department staff in reference to issues surrounding retail advertising.




Recommending City Council review, deliberation and adoption of the attached Order transferring jurisdiction and custody of the attached list of tax foreclosed properties from the Division of Neighborhoods and Housing Development to the City's Treasurers Office.
# 7.9A CM April 01, 2008


Recommend Approval as amended to remove 9 Davis Street and 39 Jaques Avenue from the requested conveyances.


Recommending City Council review, consideration and adoption of the attached Order to allow for the sale of 2 Lanesboro Road under the Abutters Lot Program.
# 8.9B CM July 17, 2007

n Committee August 28, 2007 - Held


Recommend Approval on the condition that a deed restriction travel with the conveyance so that no more than 2 single family detached dwelling units are constructed on this parcel.

Speakers: Attorney Longden representing owner of 2 Lanesboro Rd.