CITY OF WORCESTER

Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 5:09 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:01 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson
Vice Chairperson Sean M Rose
Councilor Khrystian E King
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson Councilor Sean M Rose, who participated remotely Councilor Khrystian E King, who arrived at 5:17 P.M.
 
Also:Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks Robert C. Antonelli, Jr. Director of Veteransí Services Alex Arriaga 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.

Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/97625068393
Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee Zoom Access Code: 976 2506 8393

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2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee on Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation hereby approves the minutes of the Veterans' Memorials, Parks and Recreation Committee meeting on January 9, 2023.

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson 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 Hearing Petitions

3a.

Councilor Morris A. Bergman on behalf of Robert and Robin Bazinet request the creation of a public memorial on the Common for World War II soldiers who died in connection with their service but are otherwise not recognized. # 9j CC November 22, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Robert Bazinet, Grafton resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Director of Veteransí Services, who discussed the process concerning the research to create public memorial for soldiers who died in connection with their service but are otherwise not recognized.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Director of Veteransí Services provide City Council with a report concerning the creation of a public memorial on the Common for World War II soldiers who died in connection with their service but are otherwise not recognized.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson 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 Director of Veteransí Services provide City Council with a report concerning the creation of a public memorial on the Common for World War II soldiers who died in connection with their service but are otherwise not recognized.

3b.

Walter O'Connor request a memorial for Private John Kelleher be erected on the grass apron next to the sidewalks on the southwest corner of the intersection of June St. and Chandler St. # 9e CC July 19, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with item #3c.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the following speaker:
1. Walter OíConnor, Ipswich resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Director of Veteransí Services, who discussed the criteria for approval and the installation costs of a veteranís memorial square with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson then discussed working with veteranís service organizations to fund the installation of the memorial square with the Director of Veteransí Services.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item to be approved, pending funding.

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

3c.

Walter O'Connor request a memorial for Private John Kelleher be erected on the south side of the traffic island at the intersection of June St. and Chandler St. # 8c CC December 14, 2021

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and 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

3d.

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

In Committee November 30, 2021 - Held In Committee April 13, 2022 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the Director of Veteransí Services, who provided the recommendation to file, as the request does not meet the criteria for the installation of veteranís memorial square.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson then discussed the feasibility for the family members to set a memorial installment in the vicinity of Envelope Terr. And Nebraska St. with the Director of Veteransí Services and the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Deputy City Clerk, who discussed the procedural steps for the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Rose and Councilor King, who both spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request Director of Veterans' Services work with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of installing a plaque or another appropriate memorial to honor Worcester Fire Captain and World War I veteran William J. Ormond in the vicinity of Envelope Terrace and Nebraska St.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson brought forth the following Chairmanís Resolution: The Committee support any action that is appropriate as relates to honoring Worcester Fire Captain and World War I veteran William J. Ormond.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor King, who discussed amending the petition with the Deputy City Clerk.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson 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 Director of Veterans' Services work with the Commissioner of Public Works and Parks to provide City Council with a report concerning the feasibility of installing a plaque or another appropriate memorial to honor Worcester Fire Captain and World War I veteran William J. Ormond in the vicinity of Envelope Terrace and Nebraska St.

4.

Communications of the City Manager

4a.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Master Plan Initiative for Improvements to Blithewood Park. # 11.9A CM November 29, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and moved to take the item up collectively with items #4b and #4c.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks, who provided the recommendation to file items #4b and #4c, as the items are only for informational purposes, and provided an overview as well as the recommendation to approve item #4a.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor King, who discussed feedback concerning the elimination of the infield and prioritizing the implementation of lighting in the park with the Assistant Commissioner of Public Works and Parks.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

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

4b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Master Plan Initiative for improvements to Blithewood Park. # 8.9D CM May 24, 2022

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Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #4a)

4c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Master Plan Initiative for improvements to Blithewood Park. # 13c CC May 3, 2022

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Recommend File on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays (See Item #4a)