CITY OF WORCESTER

Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:06 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:25 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Sean M Rose
Vice Chairperson Morris A Bergman
Councilor Khrystian E King
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Sean M Rose Vice Chairperson Councilor Morris A Bergman
 
Also:Veteransí Services Officer/Director Alex Arriaga Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. 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 join us directly within the location, follow the below link to join via the WebEx application or dial the direct line as indicated. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user you may dial *3. Ė Phone Number: 415-655-0001, Access Code: 2315 143 4121.

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2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation hereby approves the minutes of the Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee meeting of May 26, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (King absent)

3.

Veterans' Memorials, Monuments and Metal Plaque Items

3a.

Petition of Councilor Matthew E. Wally on behalf of Marilyn Williams request the installation of a memorial honoring PFC Ronald Williams for his service in the Vietnam War. # 8x CC October 15, 2019

In Committee April 14, 2020 - Held In Committee August 27, 2021 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the Veteransí Services Officer/Director, who discussed the personís qualifications for the memorial.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the inability for the city to contact the petitioner to determine a location.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (King absent)

3b.

Petition of Paul Stankus, Office Manager Paul F. Cantiani Insurance Agency, request the monument at the corner of Plantation St. and Solferino St. be relocated. # 7d CC November 26, 2019

In Committee April 14, 2020 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the Veteransí Services Officer/Director, who determined the memorial had previously been moved due to the fact it was hit by vehicles on multiple occasions.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (King absent)

3c.

Petition of Paula Carey request a memorial square be erected in the vicinity of Envelope Terrace and Nebraska St. honoring Worcester Fire Captain and World War I veteran William J. Ormond, who passed away fighting a fire at that location. # 8k CC May 25, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the Veteransí Services Officer/Director, who discussed the personís inability to qualify for a veteran memorial, as they did not pass away within the line of duty.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed alternative options for honoring the person who served.

Chairperson Councilor Rose brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report exploring comparable ways to recognize veterans who do not qualify for veterans memorials.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (King absent)

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report exploring comparable ways to recognize veterans who do not qualify for veterans memorials.

3d.

Petition of Bob Bazinet request installation of memorial honoring Bernard R. Bazinet for his service in World War II at the corner of Grafton St. and Warner Ave., in the vicinity of 635 Grafton St. # 9f CC June 15, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Bob Bazinet, Holden resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Richard Peters, no residence given, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized the Veteransí Services Officer/Director, who provided a recommendation to recommend the item be approved.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor Bergman, who discussed the changes to the cityís ordinance to allow for additional individuals to qualify for memorials.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (King absent)