Public Works Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 6:05 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:26 P.M.

Joseph M. Petty


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:Councilor Donna M. Colorio Councilor Etel Haxhiaj Councilor Khrystian E. King Deputy Commissioner of Public Works and Parks William Coyle City Clerk Nikolin Vangjeli, clerk

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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 March 1, 2023.

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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


Honorary Street Name Petition


Councilor Donna M. Colorio and Councilor Etel Haxhiaj request Salisbury St., from Park Ave. to the Holden line, be given the honorary street name title of Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu Way. This request is in honor of the 555 anniversary of the death of the national hero of the Albanian Community. # 9b CC March 21, 2023


Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and discussed policies regarding street naming. Chairperson Councilor Russell then shared an obituary for resident Taibe Beqiri and discussed creating a policy for street naming after historical figures.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the following speakers:
1. Greg Steffon, Holden resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Frank Zdruli, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson, who discussed the importance of recognizing the Albanian community through an honorary street sign.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed whether the honorary street name designation would exist in perpetuity.

Chairperson Councilor Russell discussed his desire to not hold any more hearings relative to honorary street name designations until a policy is created to guide the naming process.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Colorio, Councilor Haxhiaj, who spoke in favor of the item.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor King, who discussed the need for an appeals process for removing honorary street name designations.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved as amended to designate Salisbury St. from Moreland St. to Flagg St. as Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg Way.

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