CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Works Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:34 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 Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson Councilor Morris A Bergman
 
Also:Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Jay Fink Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Parks William Coyle Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Kerry Reed Waste Zero Vice President of Government Affairs Steve Lisauskas 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 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.

Public Works Committee Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98928800472
Public Works Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Public Works Committee Zoom Access Code: 989 2880 0472

Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee on Public Works hereby approves the minutes of the Public Works Committee meeting on September 7, 2022.

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to adopt the item. Order adopted

3.

Construct Sidewalk Petitions

3a.

Caitlin Straubel et al. request installation of a sidewalk from 221 St. Nicholas Ave. to 277 St. Nicholas Ave. # 8p CC September 22, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Caitlin Straubel, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Steven Gregorian, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to the item
3. Britney Tuft, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
4. John Reynolds, Worcester resident, spoke concerning the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Park, who discussed the cost to install sidewalk on the street and the design of the sidewalk and the timeline for sidewalk installation with Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Deputy City Clerk, who discussed the details concerning procedure to re-file the petition.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the number of properties on St. Nicholas Ave., the importance of public feedback from the abutters and the timeline for the installation of the sidewalk as a result of re-filing the petition with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed sending public notices to the abutters of the location and feedback from the abutters and modifying the public notices for sidewalk installation to allow abutters to vote in favor or in opposition to the request with the Deputy City Clerk.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then spoke concerning sending notices to abutters with details concerning costs involved, overall costs and costs per linear foot and requesting the abutters to provide their responses to the Clerkís Office.

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

3b.

Barbara Tully request installation of a sidewalk in front of 25 Proctor St. # 9c CC July 20, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the area for sidewalk installation.

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

4.

Streets to Make Public - Priority 3

4a.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of James Frederickson et al. request Umbagog Dr. be made public. # 17c CC April 26, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Park, who discussed the Priority 3 recommendation for the street.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the following speaker:
1. James Frederickson, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Alex Diaz, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
3. Daniel Barricelli, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Park, who discussed the timeline and costs concerning making Umbagog Dr. public.

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

5.

Honorary Street Name Designation Petitions

5a.

Councilor George J. Russell, Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson and Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request Wall St., in the vicinity of the former El Morocco properties at 73 and 100 Wall St., be given the honorary street name designation Aboody Way in honor of the Aboody Family. # 8p CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Veronica Bello, No residence given, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the design and installation of honorary street name sign.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the area to be designated as Aboody Way with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks ensure signage for honorary street name designations are noticeable and distinguishable from traditional street signs.

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 ensure signage for honorary street name designations are noticeable and distinguishable from traditional street signs.

5b.

David Chearo, on behalf of Clark University, request Woodland St. from 151 Woodland St. to the intersection of Woodland St. and Main St. be given honorary street name Jack Foley Way. # 8c CC March 1, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. David Chearo, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Greg Degermajian, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

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

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

6.

Abatement - Sewer Assessment Petitions

6a.

Jeffrey F. Schultz on behalf of J.F. Schultz Transport LLC request abatement of sewer betterment assessment #31307 in the amount $6202.00 for Southwest Cutoff. # 8n CC September 20, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Jeffrey Schultz, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the area, frontage and land use code of the plot with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the process concerning sewer assessment.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the factors which determine abatements relative to buildable lots and the reason behind the lot being designated buildable with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the buildability of the plot.

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

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

6b.

Jefferson Mararian request abatement of sewer assessment #31310, in the amount of $1,018.00 for Southwest Cutoff. # 9f CC June 8, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the land code designation of the plot.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed invitation for the City Assessor to future meetings for inputs concerning land code designations.

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

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

6c.

Jefferson Mararian request abatement of sewer assessment #31311, in the amount of $2,462.00 for Southwest Cutoff. # 9g CC June 8, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

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

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

6d.

Michael and Janice Ruggieri request abatement of sewer assessment #31288, in the amount of $9,300.00 for Southwest Cutoff. # 8c CC May 12, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Michael Ruggieri, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Deputy City Clerk, who discussed previous items filed relative to the issue.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the research relative to the separate parcel between Route 20 and the petitionerís property.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the buildability of the lot.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item.

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

6e.

Michael and Janice Ruggieri request abatement of sewer assessment #31287, in the amount of $13,831.00 for Southwest Cutoff. # 8b CC May 12, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and 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

6f.

Wicky Huynh request abatement of sewer assessment #31289, in the amount of $10,181.00 for Southwest Cutoff. # 7d CC April 27, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Wicky Huynh, Worcester resident, spoke concerning the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Park, who discussed the homeownerís ability to use the cityís sewage line and the process to connect to the cityís sewage line with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the basis for sewer assessment betterment and whether it is city or state stature with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

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 best practices used in similar and surrounding communities relative to abating sewer betterment assessments.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the stature and methods relative to sewer betterment assessment.

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

Recommend Deny 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 best practices used in similar and surrounding communities relative to abating sewer betterment assessments.

6g.

Alfred Nune on behalf of Almira, LLC request abatement of sewer assessment #31284, in the amount of $5,310.00 for Southwest Cutoff. # 7f CC April 27, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

6h.

Alfred Nune on behalf of Almira, LLC request abatement of sewer assessment #31285, in the amount of $5,550.00 for Southwest Cutoff. # 7g CC April 27, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

7.

Abatement - Street Assessment Petitions

7a.

Michael A. Cappabianca request abatement of street betterment assessment #25775 in the amount $13,506.00 for Phoebe Way. # 8b CC April 26, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with Item #7b.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the following speakers:
1. Michael Cappabianca, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the abatement for street betterment assessment #25775.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the reasoning behind street betterment assessment abatement for corner lot properties 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

7b.

Michael A. Cappabianca request abatement of street betterment assessment #25734 in the amount $11,902.50 for Pelican Ave. # 8c CC April 26, 2022

Attachments

Recommend Deny on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #7a)

7c.

Report of the Committee on Public Works Upon the Petition of Daniel A Buduo, Jr. request abatement of street betterment assessment #25696 in the amount of $15,000.00 for Toronita Ave. # 11b CC March 8, 2022

Attachments

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

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

7d.

Susan Burns & Mary Landry request abatement of street betterment assessment #25695 in the amount of $15,000.00 for Luther Ave. # 8b CC May 4, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

7e.

Richard A. Greene and Jodi C. Greene request abatement of street betterment assessment #25675, in the amount of $14,250.00 for Knapp Ave. # 8c CC February 23, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Richard Greene, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Paul Landry, Worcester resident, spoke concerning the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the importance to completing research relative to previous actions taken concerning the item with Speaker #1 and Speaker #2.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed records concerning the street betterment assessment hearing for Knapp Ave. in 2015 and the sewer betterment assessment in the 1990s with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and the Deputy City Clerk.

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

7f.

Susan Burns request abatement of street assessment #25662, in the amount of $18,000.00 for Knapp Ave. # 9a CC February 9, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

7g.

Mary Landry request abatement of street betterment assessment #25661, in the amount of $18,000.00. # 9b CC February 9, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

7h.

Paul and Ellen Landry request abatement of street assessment #25660, in the amount of $18,000.00 for Knapp Ave. # 9b CC January 26, 2021

In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

7i.

Simone O'Dell (Fleming) request abatement of street betterment assessment #25386 in the amount of $8,940.40 for Stearns St. # 10b CC December 6, 2016

In Committee March 8, 2017 - Held In Committee May 10, 2017 - Held In Committee September 20, 2021 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed intent and actions taken concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed whether the property owner has been paying for the street betterment with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and the Deputy City Clerk.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks reach out to the Treasurer to determine whether the owner of property at 14 Stearns St. has been paying for the street betterment at said location.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks reach out to the Treasurer to determine whether the owner of property at 14 Stearns St. has been paying for the street betterment at said location.

8.

Street Resurfacing and Repair Petitions

8a.

Wayne Griffin request Perrot St. be repaved from Chandler St. to Hadwen Rd. # 8i CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be given Leave to Withdraw. Recommend Leave to Withdraw.

8b.

Paul Talbot request First St. be resurfaced. # 8h CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be given Leave to Withdraw. Recommend Leave to Withdraw.

8c.

John Guertin and James Walsh request street resurfacing in front of 7 Green View Lane. # 8f CC August 9, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

8d.

Pavel Terpelets request Scenic Dr. be resurfaced. # 8h CC July 19, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be given Leave to Withdraw. Recommend Leave to Withdraw.

8e.

Teresa Marie Inangelo request Kenberma Rd. be repaved. # 7c CC June 14, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

8f.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request Whisper Dr. be resurfaced. # 8d CC June 7, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

8g.

Nam Nguyen request Catalpa St. be repaved. # 7e CC May 24, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be given Leave to Withdraw. Recommend Leave to Withdraw

8h.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Franklin St. from Harrington Field to the end of the road be resurfaced. # 9k CC April 12, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be given Leave to Withdraw. Recommend Leave to Withdraw

8i.

Olivia Roberts request West Boylston St. from O'Connor's Restaurant & Bar, 1160 West Boylston St. to the West Boylston town line be repaved. # 8b CC March 29, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

8j.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Goldthwaite Rd. from Lincoln St. up to Varney St. be resurfaced. # 8a CC February 15, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

8k.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request Sigourney St be resurfaced. # 8b CC February 15, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be given Leave to Withdraw. Recommend Leave to Withdraw

8l.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request Burncoat St. from Mountain St. East to Matteo St. be repaved. # 7b CC February 1, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

9.

Sidewalk Repair Petitions

9a.

Kevin Provencher request sidewalk repair in front of 7 Greenleaf Terrace from the driveway apron to the easement adjacent to Midland Street School. # 8m CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks address the issues concerning trip hazards on the sidewalk in front of 7 Greenleaf Terrace from the driveway apron to the easement adjacent to Midland Street School.

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

Recommend Approval

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks address the issues concerning trip hazards on the sidewalk in front of 7 Greenleaf Terrace from the driveway apron to the easement adjacent to Midland Street School.

9b.

Florinda Lopez request sidewalk repair in front of 14 Enfield St. # 7b CC June 14, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #9c.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the following speaker:
1. [No name given], on behalf of Florinda Lopez, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks address the issues concerning trip hazards on the sidewalk in front of 14 Enfield 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 address the issues concerning trip hazards on the sidewalk in front of 14 Enfield St.

9c.

Florinda Lopez request sidewalk repair in front of 14 Enfield St. # 8g CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Recommend Leave to Withdraw on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #9b)

9d.

John and Kathy Bianchi request the sidewalk abutting the driveway at 285 Lake Ave. North be reviewed for repair and/or installation of a berm to address issues concerning water drainage. # 8o CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and discussed issues concerning water drainage for the location.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

9e.

Wayne Griffin request sidewalk repair on Pleasant St. from Willard Ave. to Howe Ave., in front of First Congregational Church (1070 Pleasant St.) along with removal and reset of granite curbs to their proper height. # 8j CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

9f.

John Guertin and James Walsh request sidewalk repair from 7 Green View Lane to 9 Green View Lane. # 8e CC August 9, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

9g.

John Simakauskas request sidewalk repair on the even-numbered side of Dorchester St. between Houghton St. and Arthur St. # 8e CC June 7, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks address the issues concerning trip hazards on the sidewalk on the even-numbered side of Dorchester St. between Houghton St. and Arthur St.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks address the issues concerning trip hazards on the sidewalk on the even-numbered side of Dorchester St. between Houghton St. and Arthur St.

9h.

Maria Rodriguez request sidewalk repair in front of 22 Crescent St. # 8f CC June 7, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Maria Rodriguez, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks address the issues concerning trip hazards on the sidewalk in front of 22 Crescent St.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks address the issues concerning trip hazards on the sidewalk in front of 22 Crescent St.

9i.

Kristina and Patrick Flanigan et al. request sidewalk repair on Hancock Hill Dr. # 7f CC May 24, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Patrick Flanigan, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

9j.

Michael McGrath request sidewalk in the vicinity of 12 Arbutus Rd. be repaved. # 8a CC May 10, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

9k.

Carl Gomes request the sidewalks from the intersection of West Boylston Dr. and Mattson Ave. to the intersection of West Boylston Dr. and Merril Rd. be reviewed to ensure they are ADA compliant. # 8d CC March 1, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

9l.

Councilor Etel Haxhiaj on behalf of Raymond Hopkins request sidewalk resurfacing in front of 47 Carlisle St. # 7b CC January 25, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved. Recommend Approval

10.

Guardrail Petitions

10a.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of guardrails from the entrance of the David Clark Company, 360 Franklin St., to the corner of In front Suffolk St. and Norfolk St. # 8g CC August 9, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the estimated cost to install the guardrail at the location, the utilization of guardrail budget and criteria for approval of guardrail petitions with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

10b.

Shubbhi Taneja request installation of guardrail at the corner of 46 Rudolph St. and Sunderland Rd. # 8a CC June 21, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

10c.

Noelle Kenney request installation of guardrail in front of 88A Loxwood St. # 7e CC February 1, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

10d.

Councilor Etel Haxhiaj on behalf of Stacy Fletcher request installation of a guardrail in front of 25 St. Kevin Rd. # 7c CC January 25, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

11.

Miscellaneous Petitions

11a.

Sonia Chaousis et al. request curb between #218 and #217 Cohasset St. be painted with reflective paint. # 8f CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Sonia Chaousis, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the traffic challenges at the location, issues concerning painting the curb with reflective paint and feasibility of installing a streetlight at the location.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Deputy City Clerk, who spoke concerning existing petition to install traffic light at the location.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed the feasibility of installing street sign at location with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks explore installing an additional street light in the vicinity of 217 and 218 Cohasset St. without installing a street pole.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks explore installing an additional street light in the vicinity of 217 and 218 Cohasset St. without installing a street pole.

11b.

Amelia O'Brian request city trash bags be made available for online sale on the city's website. # 8i CC July 19, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and brought forth thw following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager explore the feasibility of having the city trash bags be made available for online sale on the cityís website.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the intent of the petition.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager explore the feasibility of having the city trash bags be made available for online sale on the cityís website.

12.

Communications of the City Manager

12a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a report concerning the cutoff income elder homeowners must meet to qualify for a rate reduction in the Water and Sewer Rate for FY23. # 15j CC September 29, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided the recommendation to file, as there has been no changes made to the report.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed research to include data from Cambridge with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File

12b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Mass DEP waste disposal ban on mattresses and textiles. # 10.6A CC September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the Mass DEP waste disposal ban, the new mattresses recycling program and the needs to increase the rate of recycling/disposal fee for mattresses and box spring at DPW Recycling location.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the increase of the disposal fees for mattresses and box springs.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with report exploring the feasibility of having free drop-offs of mattresses and textiles at the DPW Residential Drop-off Center.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council with report exploring the feasibility of having free drop-offs of mattresses and textiles at the DPW Residential Drop-off Center.

12c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the implementation of the Curbside Textile Collection Program, HELPSY. # 10.6B CM September 20, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Waste Zero Vice President of Government Affairs and the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided a presentation the textile recycling services provided by Waste Zero and HELPSY.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed concerns relative to recycling contaminations, competitors for HELPSY and whether the recycling program was put out to bid and why with Waste Zero Vice President of Government Affairs and the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed pick-up service for recycling in the winter with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

12d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to changes to the City's Recycling Curbside Collection Program. # 10.8A CM September 20, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be filed.

Recommend File

12e.

Recommend City Council approval to increase the hourly pay rates for the majority of the Winter Operations hired equipment. # 10.8B CM September 20, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed research concerning the hourly pay rates for Winter Operations hired equipment, the proposed increase for said pay rates and meeting with private contractors relative to the hourly pay rates.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the following speakers:
1. Joseph Falcone, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to the item
2. Kevin Leone, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to the item
3. Ken Perril, Millbury resident, spoke in opposition to the item
4. Gary Austin, Rutland resident, spoke in opposition to the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed researching data concerning the rates of surrounding communities, how the rates increase were calculated and comparing said rates to Worcester rates with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed whether Worcester rates are competitive in comparison to surrounding cities and towns such as Shrewsbury and Watertown with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the lowest and highest proposed percentage increase, the calculated amount of increase in budget, how increase in pay rates for equipment should be carried out, whether the Springfield rates were included in the research data and considerations to increase the rates uniformly across the board versus by equipment with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, Speaker #1 and Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed the process concerning setting the pay rates for Winter Operations hired equipment with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the perfect attendance bonus and the percentage of the Winter Operations budget is allocated to paying outside contractors with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the turn-around time to send the item back to DPW to create a new proposal with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Deputy City Clerk, who discussed the procedural motion for the item.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks provide City Council, at its next meeting, with amended, increased hourly pay rates for the majority of Winter Operations hired equipment, in an effort to bring said rates closer in line with rates supported by appropriate stakeholders.

Provide new rates that work for everybody see what they can do to make up the difference for snow equipment

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File 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, at its next meeting, with amended, increased hourly pay rates for the majority of Winter Operations hired equipment, in an effort to bring said rates closer in line with rates supported by appropriate stakeholders.

12f.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the 2022 Spring Sweeping Program # 9.8A CM March 22, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be held. Recommend Hold

12g.

Transmitting informational communication relative to installation of signage at East Park detailing the hours of operation # 9.6A CM March 1, 2022

Attachments

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

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be filed. Recommend File