Public Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

Monday, June 17, 2019

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:34 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:52PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Sarai Rivera
Councilor Sean M Rose
Councilor Kathleen M Toomey

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Sarai Rivera Councilor Sean M Rose Councilor Kathleen M Toomey
Also:Director of Public Health Karyn E. Clark VP of Community Relations for UMass Memorial Monica Lowell City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk



Patricia Kirkpatrick, member of Mothers Out Front, et al request an opportunity to discuss the high rate of pediatric asthma in Worcester, particularly among children of color, and the correlation between these rates and poor air quality. # 6b CC June 11, 2019



1. Gaylen Moore, Worcester resident
2. Dr. May Flynn, Worcester Pediatrician
3. Bridget Quinn, Worcester resident
4. Bob Burroughs, Worcester resident
5. Paul Popinchaulk, Worcester resident
6.Rhonda Wicks, Worcester resident
7. Rebecca Williams, Worcester resident
8. Selena Gallo-Cruz, Worcester resident
9. Erica Saunders, Worcester resident
10. Name and resident not given
11. Ann (No last name given), Worcester resident

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Chairman's Orders

Request City Council’s Standing Committees on Public Health and Human Services and Public Service meet jointly with Eversource and with Mother’s Out Front as well as the city’s Public Health, Public Works and Inspectional Services Departments to discuss Eversource’s plans to reduce gas leaks throughout the city.

Request City Manager urge Eversource to prioritize the repair of gas leaks at Chandler Community Elementary, May St. Elementary, Rice Square Elementary, Flagg St. Elementary and Doherty Memorial High School before the opening of the next school year.

Request City Manager request from Eversource a list of gas leaks in the vicinity of any Recreation Worcester programs.

Request the Mayor with the City Clerk prepare a resolution to support pending state legislation known as the “Future Act” – An Act for a Utility Transition to Using Renewable Energy (H2849/S1940).