CITY OF WORCESTER
Public Works Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber
Convened: 5:03 P.M.
Adjourned: 05:44 P.M.
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
|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
Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Jarrett Conner
Water Resource Coordinator Philip Guerin
Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk
Virtual Attendee Call-In Information
Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may attend the meeting in-person within the meeting location, follow the below link to join via Zoom or dial the direct line as indicated.
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Approval of the Minutes
Order - That the City Council Standing Committee on Public Works hereby approves the minutes of the Public Works Committee meeting on April 6, 2022.
Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays
Communications of the City Manager
Transmitting informational communication relative to the FY23 Water and Sewer Rates.
# 9.6A CM April 26, 2022
Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with #3b.
Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the proposed increase in prices associated with the Water and Sewer Rates for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23).
Chairperson Councilor Russell discussed why the out of town rate did not increase but the in-city rate did with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.
Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the difference in usage of water and sewers between the out of town communities and the city users, whether the city is maximizing revenue with out of town users, how the water is provided to out of town users, contractual obligations between the city and its serviced towns, why the city’s water usage has decreased and how the monies can be returned to the water and sewer rate users with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, Water Resource Coordinator and Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.
Chairperson Councilor Russell discussed the work being completed at Upper Blackstone Clean Water, how the city tracks its sale of water to other communities, the monies appropriated to the water reserve account and how the department has utilized federal funding with the Water Resource Coordinator, Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.
Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed how the increase in funds are associated with addressing issues at the Lake Avenue Sewer Pump station with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.
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
Transmitting supplemental information and communication relative to the FY23 water and sewer rates.
# 10.6C CM May 3, 2022
Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (see Item #3a)