CITY OF WORCESTER

Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee Meeting

Monday, April 25, 2022

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 6:00 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:35 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Etel Haxhiaj
Vice Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Councilor George J Russell
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Etel Haxhiaj Councilor Kathleen M Toomey Councilor George J Russell, who participated in the meeting remotely
 
Also:Chief Information Officer Michael Hamel Data Analyst Michael Glaser City Assessor Sam Konieczny Assistant City Clerk Clare Robbins, 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.

Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/94166600916
Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee Zoom Access Code: 941 6660 0916

Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment hereby approves the minutes of the Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment Committee meeting of February 28, 2022.

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Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj 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.

Miscellaneous Item

3a.

Petition of Tarang Shah request the city end its financial support for fossil fuels by taking the following actions: 1) Within five (5) years, support the city's climate declaration, city-owned investment portfolios shall not contain any shares of fossil fuel companies; 2) support similar divestment by its colleges, which have significant investments in fossil fuel companies; and 3) support similar divestment from fossil fuels by the State of Massachusetts, and will additionally resolve to support the location option divestment bill, H. 3662/S.636, as well as new drafts and similar bills that will be introduced in the future. # 7t Tuesday, November 23, 2021

In Committee January 31, 2022 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj read the item and recognized Councilor Toomey, who discussed fossil fuel investment relative to the pension fund.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager provide City Council with report concerning investment funds other than retirement and pension funds, including third party investors and advisers as relates to investments in gas, oil, and coal.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj brought forth the following Chairmanís Resolution: That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support divestment bills H. 3662/S.636

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with report concerning investment funds other than retirement and pension funds, including third party investors and advisers as relates to investments in gas, oil, and coal.

Chairman's Resolutions

That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support divestment bills H. 3662/S.636

4.

Communication of the City Manager

4a.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the security of the City's networked systems. # 21b CC August 10, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj read the item and recognized the Chief Information Officer, who discussed networked systems security threats, recruitment for Director of IT Security and possibility of working with third party services to manage IT security for the city.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj recognized Councilor Toomey, who discussed funding provided by Homeland Security, the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) audits, and working with WPI to identify potential candidates for Director of IT Security position with the Chief Information Officer.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj recognized Councilor Russell, who discussed the security training efforts and work shortage in IT security field with the Chief Information Officer.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj 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

4b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Executive Order Establishing Oversight and Control Over Surveillance Technology and the use of orthographic imagery from Nearmap US. Inc. # 10.29A CM April 5, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj read the item and recognized Councilor Russell, who discussed handouts for the presentation with the City Assessor.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj recognized the City Assessor, who discussed the importance of orthographic imagery usage for Assessing department operations and obtaining a visual presentation from Nearmap for a future meeting with Councilor Russell.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj recognized Councilor Toomey, who discussed whether the budget allocation for the program with the City Assessor.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj recognized Councilor Russell, who discussed the costs for the program with the City Assessor.

Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

5.

Communication of the City Clerk

5a.

Transmitting an informational communication concerning, "Building Blocks," which is a new tool that members of the City Council and support staff may utilize to find information on particular properties in the city. # 13a CC February 15, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Haxhiaj read the item and moved to recommend the item be held, as the program was inaccessible due to a glitch.

Recommend Hold