CITY OF WORCESTER

Traffic and Parking Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 4:01 P.M.

Adjourned: 04:24 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Donna M Colorio
Vice Chairperson Etel Haxhiaj
Councilor Thu Nguyen
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Donna M Colorio Vice Chairperson Councilor Etel Haxhiaj Councilor Thu Nguyen
 
Also:Assistant Chief Development Officer Stephen Rolle WPD Lieutenant Timothy Walsh 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.

Traffic and Parking Committee Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92893960051
Traffic and Parking Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Traffic and Parking Committee Zoom Access Code: 928 9396 0051

Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Traffic and Parking hereby approves the minutes of the Traffic and Parking Committee meeting of April 27, 2022.

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio 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.

Handicap Parking Petitions

3a.

Effie Morgenstern and Robert Wardell request installation of handicap parking space in front of 3 Hawthorne St. # 8b CC Tuesday, March 15, 2022

In Committee April 27, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval

3b.

Melissa Harper request installation of handicap parking space request installation of a handicap parking space on Brookfield Dr. in the vicinity of 48 Great Brook Valley Ave. (Amended on April 27, 2022 from in front of 48 Great Brook Valley Ave.) # 8c CC March 15, 2022

In Committee April 27, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the following speaker:
1. Melissa Harper, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who discussed the handicap placard holder’s eligibility to use any handicap parking space on public streets with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval

3c.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of a handicap parking space on Agate Ave. in the vicinity of the intersection of Agate Ave. and Lakeview St. (Amended April 27, 2022 from on Lake View St. across from Lake View School). # 8d CC March 15, 2022

In Committee April 27, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval

3d.

Adriana Soto request removal of handicap parking space in front of 161 Providence St. # 8c CC March 22, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval

3e.

Rain Vanmoll request installation of handicap parking space in front of 5 Merrifield St. # 8e CC March 29, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the following speakers:
1. Linda White, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Nancy Cox, Auburn resident, spoke neither in favor nor opposed to the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the WPD Lieutenant, who discussed the laws concerning parking in handicap parking spaces with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval

3f.

Stephen Herriage et al. request installation of handicap parking space in front of Genesis Club House, Inc. (274 Lincoln St.) # 9n CC April 12, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to hold, as the location needs to be evaluated.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Hold

4.

Crosswalk and Lighted Crosswalk System Petitions

4a.

Ethan Brown request installation of crosswalk in between 64 Beacon St. and the residential parking lot (65 Beacon St.) # 8d CC April 26, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to hold, as the location needs to be evaluated.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Hold

5.

No Parking Petitions

5a.

Councilor George J. Russell request installation of “No Parking Anytime” signage on both sides of Jolma Rd. # 9m CC April 12, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the following speaker:
1. Neil Medin, No resident given, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the WPD Lieutenant, who discussed action taken to address issues relative to trucks parking on Jolma Rd.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval

6.

One and Two-Way Street Reconfiguration Petitions

6a.

Mayor Joseph M. Petty request Sudbury St. between Eden St. and Harvard St. be reversed to operate in the westbound direction (Amended April 27, 2022 for Sudbury St. from Harvard St. to Eden St. be made a two-way street). # 8c CC February 15, 2022

In Committee March 16, 2022 - Held In Committee April 27, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who discussed the traffic issues on the street, as well as residents living in the area, and provided the recommendation to approve for Sudbury St. from Harvard St. to Eden St. be made a two-way street.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to amend the petition to read as follows: Mayor Joseph M. Petty request Sudbury St. from Harvard St. to Eden St. be made a two-way street

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

7.

Parking and Parking Meter Petitions

7a.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of a “15 Minute Parking” zone in front of Mare E Monti Restaurant, located at 19 Wall St., during its business hours of 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. # 8t CC April 26, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval

8.

Stop Sign Petitions

8a.

Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey request installation of a stop sign on Pioneer Rd. at the intersection of Westborough St. # 9l CC April 12, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to approve.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Approval

9.

Traffic Control Signal Petitions

9a.

Councilor George J. Russell and Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of John Fresolo request the timing for cars exiting Wall St. onto Grafton St. at the intersection's traffic signal be shortened to allow for Grafton St. traffic to move quicker. # 7g CC January 25, 2022

In Committee April 27, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the DPW Assistant Chief Development Officer, who discussed communication with MassDOT to address issues relative to traffic signal timing at the location and provided the recommendation to hold, as MassDOT’s project is still on-going at the location

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to accept the recommendation.

Recommend Hold