Public Service and Transportation Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 6:45 P.M.

Adjourned: 8:09 P.M.

Konstantina B. Lukes


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Joseph M Petty
Councilor William J Eddy
Councilor Gary Rosen

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Joseph M Petty
Councilor William J Eddy
Councilor Gary Rosen
Also:Fire Chief Gerard A. Dio
Gregory Garabedian, VP, GM, Charter Communications
Thomas Cohane, Director of Government Relations, Charter Communications
Ellen Cummings, Regional Director, Verizon Public Affairs
Timothy O'Leary, Overhead Manager, National Grid Company
Peter J. Russo, Lead Account Executive, National Grid Company
City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

Communication of the City Manager


Transmitting communication relative to a Storm Report from Charter Communications.
# 11a CC January 13, 2009


Recommend File

The Committee coordinated a discussion among the parties concerning the experiences of the several utilities during the December, 2008 crippling ice storm.

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager report to the City Council within 60 days concerning how the city may facilitate a plan with Charter Communications, Verizon and National Grid Company to try to identify representatives from each of the utilities in preparation for better coordination during the next major weather-related emergency.

Request City Manager obtain a report from National Grid how they might communicate in the future with Charter Communications and Verizon during future weather-related emergencies.

Request City Manager request National Grid inform the City Council how they approach the ongoing job of systematically trimming trees in the public ways as well as on privately owned properties.

Request City Manager request National Grid provide the City Council with a list of their plans for future improvements to meet the challenges of future weather-related emergencies.