CITY OF WORCESTER

Traffic and Parking Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 4:01 P.M.

Adjourned: 4:40 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 Donna M Colorio Vice Chairperson Etel Haxhiaj, who participated in the meeting remotely Councilor Thu Nguyen, who participated in the meeting remotely
 
Also:Assistant Chief Development Officer Stephen Rolle WPD Lieutenant Timothy Walsh Senior Transportation Planner Brian Pigeon 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 June 22, 2022.

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio 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

3.

Handicap Parking Petitions

3a.

Councilor Morris A. Bergman on behalf of Charlene Guinard request installation of a handicap parking space across from 87 Pleasant St. (Amended from installing in front of the location on June 22, 2022). # 9g CC May 3, 2022

In Committee June 22, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to amend and hold, as requested by the petitioner.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved to amend the item to read as follows, ďCouncilor Morris A. Bergman on behalf of Charlene Guinard request installation of a handicap parking space on the Chestnut St. side of 87 Pleasant St., north of Pleasant St.Ē

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3b.

Penelope Aponte request removal of handicap parking space in front of 53-55 Houghton St. # 7l CC May 24, 2022

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3c.

Sally MacDonald request installation of handicap parking space in the vicinity of 81 Whitmarsh Ave. # 7m CC May 24, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Sally MacDonald, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3d.

Corrine Smith et al. request installation of handicap parking space in front of 7 Clifton St. # 7q CC May 24, 2022

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the following speaker:
1. Corrine Smith, Worcester resident, spoke concerning the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3e.

Pasquale Turano request installation of handicap parking space in front of 12 Somerset St. # 8i CC June 7, 2022

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3f.

Dean Price request installation of handicap parking space in front of 47 Townsend St. # 8m CC June 7, 2022

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

3g.

Yaritza Guerrero request installation of handicap parking space in front of 7 Stoneland Rd. # 7e CC June 14, 2022

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

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

In Committee May 18, 2022 - Held

Attachments

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

4b.

Ethan Brown request installation of crosswalk on Jackson St. in between 64 Beacon St. and the residential parking lot (42 Jackson St.) # 8e CC April 26, 2022

In Committee June 22, 2022 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to file, as there is a crosswalk at the intersection of Jackson St. and Beacon St.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

4c.

Brian and Priscella Underwood request installation of flashing crosswalk light in the vicinity of City Hall (455 Main St.). # 9c CC May 3, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to file, as there are existing safe pedestrian crossings around City Hall.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

4d.

Brian and Priscella Underwood request installation of flashing crosswalk light in the vicinity of the Federal Building (595 Main St.). # 9e CC May 3, 2022

In Committee June 22, 2022 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to file, as there is existing crosswalk in the area and previous traffic project has reduced traffic issues at the location.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

5.

No Parking Petitions

5a.

Roberta Adams request installation of No Parking Anytime signage in front of 197 Eastern Ave. # 7i CC May 24, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to file, as installation of No Parking Anytime zone will decrease the amount of on-street parking spaces during the winter due to winter parking ban on the other side of the street.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized the following speaker:
1. Lopez Batista, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to the item

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

5b.

Andrew Serrato request installation of No Parking Anytime signage in between the curb cuts from 7 Dewey St. garage door to parking lot, from parking lot to 15 Dewey St. and 15 Dewey St. to 17 Dewey St. curb cut at the expense of the petitioner. # 8n CC June 7, 2022

Attachments

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

6.

Parking and Parking Meter Petitions

6a.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson request installation of One (1) Hour Parking signage in front of 269 Lincoln St. (Amended from Fifteen (15) Minute Parking on June 22, 2022). # 8b CC May 10, 2022

In Committee June 22, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to file, as the parking zone in the location has been upgraded to two (2) hour parking zone.

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

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

7.

Speed and Traffic Enforcement Petitions

7a.

Tania Colon et al. request installation of electronic speed radar at the crosswalk in front of 91 Stafford St. # 7h CC May 24, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized Councilor Haxhiaj, who discussed the Safety Walk that was done in the area and advocated for the item.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio recognized Lieutenant Walsh, who discussed increasing enforcement and installing electronic speed radar at the location.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased traffic enforcement in the vicinity of 91 Stafford St.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

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

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Police Chief provide increased traffic enforcement in the vicinity of 91 Stafford St.

8.

Stop Sign Petitions

8a.

Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson on behalf of Amelia O'Brian request installation of four-way stop signage at the intersection of Gosnold St. and Andover St. # 8s CC April 26, 2022

In Committee June 22, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Deputy City Clerk, who discussed the procedural motions concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a traffic study to determine the appropriateness of installing a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Gosnold St. and Andover St.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio 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

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a traffic study to determine the appropriateness of installing a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Gosnold St. and Andover St.

8b.

Ifrad Islam request installation of four-way stop sign at the intersection of June St. and Hadwen Rd. # 7p CC May 24, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a traffic study to determine the appropriateness of installing a four-way stop sign at the intersection of June St. and Hadwen Rd.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio 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

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request Commissioner of Public Works and Parks conduct a traffic study to determine the appropriateness of installing a four-way stop sign at the intersection of June St. and Hadwen Rd.

9.

Traffic Control Signal Petitions

9a.

Bruce Allard request installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Elm St. and Russell St. # 8g CC June 7, 2022

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Colorio read the item and recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who provided the recommendation to file, as the intersection does not satisfy the requirement for installation of traffic lights.

Chairperson Councilor Colorio moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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