CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Works Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 4:37 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:31 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, who arrived at 4:47 p.m. Councilor Morris A. Bergman
 
Also:Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Jay Fink Director of Engineering Jason Mello Deputy City Clerk 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://us06web.zoom.us/j/88011061856
Public Works Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Public Works Committee Zoom Access Code: 880 1106 1856

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 13, 2023.

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

3.

Street Resurfacing Petitions

3a.

Donna Bunker-Swanstrom request street resurfacing on Lovell St. from May St. to Park Ave. # 8a CC September 19, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Donna Bunker-Swanstrom, 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 review Lovell St. from May St. to Park Ave. for temporary patchwork.

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 review Lovell St. from May St. to Park Ave. for temporary patchwork.

3b.

Stephanie Velez request Johnson St. be resurfaced. # 10h CC September 12, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Deputy City Clerk, who spoke concerning the petitionerís request to withdraw the petition.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend petition be given Leave to Withdraw.

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

3c.

Ahsan Aadil Shaikh request the street from 1 Jonathan Cir. to 15 Jonathan Cir. be resurfaced. # 10e CC September 12, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Ahsan Shaikh, 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 review the street from 1 Johnathan Cir. to 15 Johnathan Cir. for temporary patchwork.

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 review the street from 1 Johnathan Cir. to 15 Johnathan Cir. for temporary patchwork.

3d.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request the entirety of Southwood Rd. be resurfaced. # 8q CC August 22, 2023

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

Recommend Approval

3e.

Councilor Sean M. Rose request Ellis Dr. from Winifred Rd. to Chippewa Rd. be resurfaced. # 8r CC August 22, 2023

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

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

3f.

Asad Ali request the street in the vicinity of 22 Indian Hill Rd. be resurfaced. # 8d CC June 13, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be approved as amended for Indian Hill from Cheyenne Rd. to the east end of the road.

Recommend Approval as Amended

3g.

Councilor George Russell request Fairfax Rd. be repaved. Further, request installation of a streetlight in the vicinity of 35 Fairfax Rd. occur during the repaving process. # 7c CC May 23, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks review the streetlight infrastructure in the vicinity of 35 Fairfax Rd.

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 review the streetlight infrastructure in the vicinity of 35 Fairfax Rd.

3h.

Miguel Villega request the street in front of 56 Acton St. be resurfaced. # 9b CC April 25, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Miguel Villega, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Dianne Coonan, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
3. Maxwell Arlo, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell then discussed the private status of the requested portion of Acton St. and the needs for discussion with local property owners concerning the associated costs of private street conversion with the DPW Engineering, Speaker #2, the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks and Councilor Bergman.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the associated costs of converting the private section of Acton St. to public with the DPW Engineer, Councilor Bergman, Speaker #2 and Speaker #3.

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

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

3i.

Linda Campaniello et al. request Marland Ct. be resurfaced. # 9c CC April 25, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognize the following speaker:
1. Linda Campaniello, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell discussed process relative to the street and sidewalk resurfacing program with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed challenges relative to filling the pothole on Marland Ct.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks review Marland Ct. for temporary patchwork.

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 review Marland Ct. for temporary patchwork.

3j.

Baxter Irwin request College St. be repaved. # 9b CC May 9, 2023

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided the recommendation for petition to be given Leave to Withdraw, as there plans concerning resurfacing College St. as arterial road is underway.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

3k.

Baxter Irwin request Park Ave. be repaved. # 9c CC May 9, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be given leave to withdraw, as plans concerning resurfacing Park Ave. are underway.

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

4.

Sidewalk Resurfacing Petitions

4a.

Rodney Moore request sidewalk resurfacing in front of 117 Farrar Ave. # 10f CC September 12, 2023

Attachments

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

Recommend Approval

4b.

Jacob Tanoglu request sidewalk resurfacing in the vicinity of 487 Salisbury St. # 10g CC September 12, 2023

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Jacob Tanoglu, Worcester resident, spoke neither in favor nor opposed to the item

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the condition of the sidewalk and private property walkway at the location.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks review what can be done for the lip in the walkway of 487 Salisbury St. relative to sidewalk resurfacing in the vicinity of the property.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be given leave to withdraw.

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks review what can be done for the lip in the walkway of 487 Salisbury St. relative to sidewalk resurfacing in the vicinity of the property.

4c.

Councilor Khrystian E. King on behalf of Michael Richardson request sidewalk resurfacing on the even side of Victoria Ave. # 8c CC August 22, 2023

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

Recommend Approval

4d.

Councilor Khrystian E. King on behalf of Michael Richardson request installation of a wheelchair accessible sidewalk cutout on Victoria Ave. at the entrance of Greenwood Park. # 8d CC August 22, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and moved to recommend the item be referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks for immediate completion of the installation of a wheelchair accessible sidewalk cutout on Victoria Ave. at the entrance of Greenwood Park.

Recommend Petition be referred to the Department of Public Works and Parks for immediate completion of the installation of a wheelchair accessible sidewalk cutout on Victoria Ave. at the entrance of Greenwood Park.

4e.

Constance Simonian request sidewalk in the vicinity of 40 Marland Rd. be resurfaced. # 8o CC August 22, 2023

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

Recommend Approval

4f.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty request sidewalk resurfacing in front of 101 Randolph Rd. # 8b CC October 24, 2023

Attachments

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

Recommend Approval

5.

Miscellaneous Items

5a.

Petition of Donald J. O'Neil on behalf of 1059 Grafton Street, LLC request to extend the sanitary sewer main located in Grafton St. from its current terminus in the vicinity of 1099 Grafton St. northerly approximately 110 feet along Grafton St. to provide public sanitary service to a portion of the property located at 1059 Grafton St. # 8f CC August 22, 2023

Attachments

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

Chairperson Councilor Russell discussed the usage of the sanitary sewer by the petitioner and the water filter process at the car wash with Speaker #1 and the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided the recommendation to approve sanitary sewer main extension in accordance with City standards at applicantís cost.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval to extend the sanitary sewer main in the vicinity of 1099 Grafton St. northerly approximately 110 feet along Grafton St. in accordance with City standards at applicantís cost.

5b.

Petition of Ben Naim and Zac Couture request sewer and drainage extension from Ingleside Ave. to Plantation St. # 8d CC October 17, 2023

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read and recognized the Commissioner of Transportation and Mobility, who provided the recommendation for petition to be given Leave to Withdraw, as it is a repetitive petition.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Leave to Withdraw

5c.

Petition of Ben Naim and Zac Couture request extension of sewer and drain line from Ingleside Ave. to Plantation St. for the purposes of servicing two proposed duplexes at 2 Lapierre St. and part of 149 Plantation St. # 8b CC June 27, 2023

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Russell read the item and recognized the DPW Engineer, who provided the recommendation to approve sanitary sewer main extension in accordance with City standards at applicantsí cost.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval to extend the sanitary sewer main from Ingleside Ave. to Plantation St. for the purposes of servicing two proposed duplexes at 2 Lapierre St. and part of 149 Plantation St. in accordance with City standards at applicantsí cost.

6.

Construct Sidewalk Item

6a.

Debra Touw request construction of continuous sidewalks along both sides of May St. from Chandler St. to Pleasant St. # 8b CC September 19, 2023

Attachments

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

Chairperson Councilor Russell discussed the process relative to sidewalk installation and associated betterment assessment fees.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who discussed the responsibilities of the Department of Transportation and Mobility and their involvement in efforts concerning improving street conditions to increase safety for pedestrians and drivers.

Chairperson Councilor Russell recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the location requested for the installation of sidewalk with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Russell brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Transportation and Mobility provide City Council with a policy review concerning improving sidewalks abutting or nearby schools.

Chairperson Councilor Russell moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Transportation and Mobility provide City Council with a policy review concerning improving sidewalks abutting or nearby schools.