Public Service and Transportation Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 2:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 4:14 PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Philip P Palmieri
Councilor Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Kathleen M Toomey

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Philip P Palmieri
Councilor Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Kathleen M Toomey
City Manager Michael V. O'Brien
Dir. of Consumer Division for Dept. of Utilities Nancy Stevens
From National Grid:
President of Massachusetts National Grid Marcy L. Reed
Vice President Electric Systems Engineering Marie Jordan
Director of Community & Customer Management Aleta Fazzone

Also:Manager of Transmission, Distribution & Forestry Anne Marie Moran
Community Manager for Worcester Kevin Shaughnessy
Dispatch/Control Center Director Mike Gallagher
Manager of Product & Services Fouad Dagher
Director of New England Regulatory Affairs Mary Coleman
Media Relations Deb Drew
Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk



Order of Councilor Philip P. Palmieri, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey, Councilor Tony Economou, Council William J. Eddy, Councilor Frederick C. Rushton, Councilor Joseph C. O'Brien, Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes and Mayor Joseph M. Petty - Request the Standing Committee on Public Service & Transportation to hold a public hearing and invite representatives from National Grid and the Department of Public Utilities to discuss the trimming of trees around electrical power lines and informing the city administration when power outages take place in the City of Worcester.
# 10b February 07, 2012

In Committee March 19, 2012 - Held
In Committee April 11, 2012 - Held


Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager with National Grid develop a standardized live time map that translates National Grid's work plans in a more user friendly format. This would allow advanced notification of what is happening within the city as to tree trimming management and infrastructure improvement and the city's administration can act as a conduit between National Grid and the community.

Request City Manager work with National Grid to outline goals and expectations as to what needs to be accomplished and what can or can not be done; such as when can a standardized map be developed, when can a master plan of the city's infrastructure be developed, how much investment is needed to take place for the city to be kept current, what needs to be done for routine maintenance and management, and when can Smart Grid or other like technology be implemented to improve lines of communications.

Request City Manager request National Grid, when deploying the Smart Grid pilot program, notify City Council as to whether or not Worcester's local qualified workforce can be hired if additional personnel is needed for implementation of this program.