CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Works Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Virtual Meeting

Convened: 5:31 P.M.

Adjourned: 7:49 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson George J Russell
Vice Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson
Councilor Morris A Bergman
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor George J Russell Vice Chairperson Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson Councilor Morris A Bergman
 
Also:Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Jay Fink Director of Engineering Mark Elbag Assistant Commissioner Jarrett Conner Special Assistant to the Commissioner Robert Fiore Deputy City Clerk Stephen AJ Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Virtual Attendee Call-In Information

1a.

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for remote participation only at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may follow the below link to join via the WebEx application or dial the direct line as indicated. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user you may dial *3. - Phone Number: 415-655-0001, Access Code: 2301 529 2614, Event Password: EH22. https://cow.webex.com/cow/onstage/g.php?MTID=e31d0d3aeb9700273e94c02ebe3fa6415

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Junaid Marvi, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #7e
2. Brian Prendergast, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #6e
3. Mary Ann Stankus, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3i
4. Marguerite Cormier, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #8h
5. Sharon Mansfield, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #7g
6. Rebecca Sharpe, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3a
7. David MacArthur, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3g
8. Patrick Duggan, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3d
9. Peter McKone, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #3b
10. Michael Penny, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #6g
11. Immaculada Rodriguez, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #8c
12. Caroline Villaruz, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #8d
13. Amy Scheinin, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #8i
14. Frank Caputo, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #7d
15. Nicole Belanger, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of item #7g

2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee on Public Safety hereby approves the minutes of the Public Works Committee meeting on December 2, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the order. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3.

Abatement - Street Assessment Petitions

3a.

Rebecca Sharpe request abatement of street betterment assessment #25727 in the amount $13,500.00 for Pelican Ave. # 10c CC January 11, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the challenges concerning the process relative to the street and sewer better assessment abatements.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to deny, as the property does not meet requirements for the corner lot and front-to-back rules.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3b.

Peter W. McKone and Patricia M. McKone request abatement of street betterment assessment #25764, in the amount of $26,760.00 for Newburn Rd. # 8g CC November 9, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to approve for a partial abatement resulting in a new assessment of $12,250.00.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed where the rules relative to abatements are located with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and the Director of Engineering.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: 1) Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks post the rules and information concerning abatements on the city website.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval for Partial Abatement on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks post the rules and information concerning abatements on the city website.

3c.

Daniel A Buduo, Jr. request abatement of street betterment assessment #25696 in the amount of $15,000.00 for Toronita Ave. # 9d CC October 5, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to deny, as the property does not meet requirements for the corner lot and front-to-back rules.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3d.

Patrick G. Duggan request abatement of street betterment assessment #25770 in the amount of $13,500.00 for Newburn Rd. # 9e CC October 5, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the reasons why the petitioner was not notified of the street being made public.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to deny, as the property does not meet requirements for the corner lot and front-to-back rules.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3e.

Sarah E. Caramello and Robert D. O'Doherty request abatement of street assessment #25738 in the amount of $18,000.00 for Pelican Ave. # 8m CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to deny, as the property does not meet requirements for the corner lot and front-to-back rules.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3f.

Matheus F. DosSantos and Courtney D. DosSantos request abatement of street assessment #25688, in the amount of $6,654.00 for Toronita Ave. # 8j CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to deny, as the property does not meet requirements for the corner lot and front-to-back rules.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3g.

David M. MacArthur request abatement of street betterment assessment #25735 in the amount of $15,000.00 for Pelican Ave. # 8k CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #3h.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to deny item #3g and approve item #3h.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3h.

David M. MacArthur, Jr. request abatement of street betterment assessment #25691, in the amount of $13,500.00 for Toronita Ave. # 8l CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #3g)

3i.

Mary Ann Stankus request abatement of street assessment #25797, in the amount of $20,512.50 for Bangor St. # 7aa CC April 27, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Director of Engineering, who provided the recommendation to approve for a partial abatement resulting in a new assessment of $2,362.50.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval for Partial Abatement on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

4.

Guardrail Petition

4a.

Maria Brescia request installation of guardrail on Massasoit Rd. along the side of 1 Fenwood Rd. # 8f CC August 10, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed the timeline for the installation of the guard rail with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

5.

Miscellaneous Petition

5a.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of signage at East Park detailing the hours of operation within the park. # 8a CC May 25, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the installation of the new signage, the language of the new signage, and how the issues relative to encampment in the parks were addressed with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

6.

Sidewalk Repair Petitions

6a.

Chester Morrison request sidewalk resurfacing in front of 39 Bay State Rd. # 10b CC January 11, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the reason behind adding requested streets on Sidewalk Repair List, the process concerning inspecting said streets for repair and cost, and challenges relative to backlogging of the Sidewalk Repair List.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the overlapping between Street and Sidewalk Repair lists.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

6b.

Chester Morrison request sidewalk in the vicinity of 39 Bay State Rd. be repaired. # 8d CC October 26, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be given leave to withdraw.

Recommend Leave to Withdraw on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

6c.

Chester Morrison request sidewalk in the vicinity of 39 Bay State Rd. be repaired. # 7d CC November 23, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be given leave to withdraw.

Recommend Leave to Withdraw on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

6d.

Xiu Lin request sidewalk resurfacing between 323 Grafton St. and 325 Grafton St. # 8a CC November 30, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

6e.

Brian Prendergast request sidewalk in front of 13 Algonquin Road be repaired. # 7c CC November 23, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review for any immediate trip hazard on the sidewalk in front of 13 Algonquin Road.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review for any immediate trip hazard on the sidewalk in front of 13 Algonquin Road.

6f.

Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Lorraine Laurie request sidewalk resurfacing on the even side of Dorchester St. from Providence St. to Chaplin St., in front of 70 and 84 Dorchester St. # 7h CC November 23, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review for any immediate trip hazard on the sidewalk on the even side of Dorchester St. from Providence St. to Chaplin St.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review for any immediate trip hazard on the sidewalk on the even side of Dorchester St. from Providence St. to Chaplin St.

6g.

Michael Penny request the sidewalk in the vicinity of 275 Massasoit Rd. be repaired. # 8f CC November 9, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review for any immediate trip hazard on the sidewalk in the vicinity of 275 Massasoit Road.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review for any immediate trip hazard on the sidewalk in the vicinity of 275 Massasoit Road.

6h.

Wilson Silva request sidewalk repair in the vicinity of 124 May St. be repaired. # 8b CC October 19, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review for any immediate trip hazard on the sidewalk in the vicinity of 275 Massasoit Road.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review for any immediate trip hazard on the sidewalk in the vicinity of 275 Massasoit Road.

6i.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request sidewalk repair on the odd side of Rexhame Rd. from Burncoat St. to Beverly Rd. # 8t CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

6j.

Robert Pellegrini request sidewalks be replaced on Mower St. between Olean St. and Tatnuck Sq. # 8u CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

6k.

Janet Willey request the sidewalk on Manor St. be replaced. # 8i CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

6l.

Linda Waldron request the sidewalk and curb on the corner of Mower St. and Olean St. be repaired. # 8g CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7.

Street Resurfacing and Repair Petitions

7a.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Hemans St. be repaved. # 10d CC January 11, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the reasoning behind the recommendations for items #7a through #7c with the Director of Engineering.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7b.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Edgeworth St. be repaved. # 10e CC January 11, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7c.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Whittier St. be repaved. # 10f CC January 11, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7d.

Angelo Caputo et al. request Ayrshire Rd. be resurfaced. # 10a CC January 11, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the recommendation to add the item to the Street Resurfacing List.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7e.

Junaid Marvi request Brookdale St. be resurfaced. # 8a CC October 19, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be denied, as it is a private street.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7f.

Ray Hammerstrom request Northridge St. be resurfaced. # 8h CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7g.

Sharon Mansfield et al. request Edwidge St. be repaved. # 8f CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review and address any immediate trip hazard with temporary repair on Edwidge St.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a review and address any immediate trip hazard with temporary repair on Edwidge St.

7h.

Councilor George J. Russell on behalf of Lina Cassandra Vawter and Jose Santana request Sandra Dr. be resurfaced. # 8r CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7i.

Councilor Matthew E. Wally request the public portion of Second St. be repaved, from Mill St. to Center St. # 8s CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

7j.

Eugene Bushmelov request Ideal Rd. be repaved. # 8n CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held, pending further review at the location.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8.

Streetlight Petitions

8a.

Francis Wanene request installation of street lights in the vicinity of 1 Tucker St. # 8e CC November 9, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8b.

Tulio Interiano et al. request installation of additional streetlights on Armory St. # 9c CC October 5, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to deny, as there are three existing streetlights in the vicinity of the petitionerís property.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8c.

Inmaculada Rodriguez request review and installation of street light at the entrance of Moreland Green Dr. at Moreland St. # 9b CC June 1, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8d.

Caroline Villaruz request installation of a streetlight on lamp post #21, in front of 238 June St. # 8f CC April 13, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to deny, as the location does not meet warrants for additional street light.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8e.

Natalie Turner request installation of an additional streetlight on Parker St. between Park Ave. and Mayfield St. # 8c CC October 27, 2020

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to approve to upgrade existing lights.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8f.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Ciaran Douglas request installation of a streetlight in the vicinity of the parking area at the beginning of Burncoat Park. # 8f CC October 27, 2020

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to file, as a floodlight has been installed at the location.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the installation of the floodlight at the location with the Special Assistant.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8g.

Richard Phan request light pole #1 on Homer St. be relocated approximately 35' to the right, beyond the front steps of 174 Park Ave. toward Park Ave., or across the street, to allow for the installation of a driveway. # 8c CC September 22, 2020

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8h.

Marguerite Cormier request installation of a streetlight on pole #20 in front of 139 Lake Ave. # 7a CC May 5, 2020

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to deny, as there is no existing crosswalk in the area and the house is within the perimeter of two street lights.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed pedestrian activities, safety issues caused by lack of streetlights and the needs to install additional streetlight in the area.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8i.

Amy Scheinin request installation of a streetlight in the vicinity of 35 Fairfax Rd. # 7a CC April 7, 2020

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to deny, as the issues concerning lighting are caused by the big trees in the area and the trees are also a challenge to the installation of additional streetlights.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks trim the trees in the vicinity of 35 Fairfax Road for better lighting.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks trim the trees in the vicinity of 35 Fairfax Road for better lighting.

8j.

Gene Abbascia request relocation of the street light in front of 11 Devens Rd. # 7c CC February 25, 2020

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to file, as the petitioner does not need the relocation anymore.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8k.

William S. Coleman, III request City Administration look into adding more lights under the Southbridge St. railroad bridge for improved public safety. # 7a CC February 4, 2020

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Special Assistant, who provided the recommendation to file, as the infrastructure for streetlights had been installed and installation of streetlights is pending funding.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

8l.

Report of the Committee on Public Service and Transportation Upon the Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the installation of lights at Grant Square. # 12a CC November 17, 2020

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided the recommendation to file, as the issues concerning streetlights will be addressed by the park improvement project for Grant Square.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

9.

Communications of the City Manager

9a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to building and using reserves to mitigate future water and sewer rate increases. # 9.5C CM December 14, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Assistant Commissioner, who provided information concerning the integrated plan for the water and sewer system.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the recommended reserve balance used to reduce debt resulting in a 4-cent decrease for water rate, the breakdown of the revenues and expenses, and usage of ARPA funds for water and sewer capital improvement projects with the Assistant Commissioner and the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed whether the expenses concerning Upper Blackstone Clean Water (UBCW) operations are included in the three month operating reserve for water and sewer, the percentage of the sewer rate which goes to UBCW expenses and the needs for detailed information concerning UBCW expenses be provided with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and the Assistant Commissioner.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning on-going expenses of the Upper Blackstone Clean Water facility, including available federal funding that the facility is qualified for and; 2) Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks consider holding a visitation and viewing the Upper Blackstone Clean Water facility for City Council.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with a report concerning on-going expenses of the Upper Blackstone Clean Water facility, including available federal funding that the facility is qualified for.

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks consider holding a visitation and viewing the Upper Blackstone Clean Water facility for City Council.

9b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Construction Progress Report for the month ending October 31, 2021. # 9.7A CM November 9, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

9c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Citywide streetscape policies. # 9.4B CM October 19, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

9d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Transportation Advisory Group (TAG) and its role in supporting implementation of complete streets in Worcester. # 9.4C CM October 19, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

9e.

Transmitting informational communication relative to Keep Worcester Clean (KWC) Six Month Activity Report - January - June 2021. # 10.8A CM September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

9f.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Construction Progress Report for the Month ending August 31, 2021. # 10.8B CM September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays