Public Meetings

Guide to Participation in Public Meetings

How will I know what is going on? Can I make a comment?

City Council, School Committee and City of Worcester Boards and Commission meetings are generally all open to the public and interested individuals are encouraged to attend. The following guide will help you participate.

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Public Notice - Virtual Meetings

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 “Public Participation” section of this meeting, you may attend the meeting in-person within the meeting location, or to join via the Virtual Application follow the link or dial the direct phone line and access code as indicated on the meeting agenda.

Petition the City Council

An individual may petition the City Council on a wide range of topics including the condition of streets and sidewalks, street lighting, public safety, housing, zoning, taxation, traffic, parking and many others.

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Equal Access to Public Meetings

All City sponsored public meetings and hearings must be held in locations that are accessible to people with disabilities, including people who use wheelchairs.

Persons with disabilities are invited to make their needs known to program staff or to the ADA Coordinator should they need:

  1. Auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, or
  2. Written materials in alternative formats, or
  3. Reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access programs and activities of the City of Worcester.

How Will the City of Worcester Assist an LEP (Limited English Proficiency) Person?

Through a partnership with Ascentria Language Bank, City employees have access to telephonic and face to face interpreters in 90 different languages. Community members can request an interpreter at any time. Access to telephone interpreters will take no longer than five minutes and face to face interpreters will need to be requested at least 48 hours in advance.

City of Worcester Statement of Inclusivity

The City of Worcester recognizes the rights of all individuals to participate in the political and civic life free from bigotry and intimidation based on their race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other aspect of their being. As civic leaders we do not condone or approve of unwanted, unwelcome and inappropriate language, bigotry, hate, epithets, profanity, etc. that interferes with a standard of conduct that promotes respectful, inclusive and civic engagement in all City Council Meetings and Public Forums.

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Boards & Commissions

The City's Boards and Commissions, whose effectiveness depends so heavily upon enlightened citizen participation, have an important impact on Worcester residents and businesses. The Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) established in 1986 assists the City Manager in selecting candidates for appointment to many of these boards and commissions. The CAC recognizes the importance of attaining a membership on municipal boards which reflects the ethnic diversity of the community.

If interested, please submit an Online Application to the City of Worcester's Office of Human Resources.

Current Board & Commission Vacancies

Accessibility Advisory Commission
Advisory Commission on African American and Black Affairs
Advisory Commission on LGBTQ+ Affairs
Affirmative Action Advisory Committee
Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board of Trustees
Airport Commission
Board of Election Commissioners
Board of Health
Cable Television Advisory Committee
Citizen Advisory Council
Civic Center Commission
Commission for the Preservation of Historic Artifacts, Relics and Military Memorials
Commission on Elder Affairs
Commission on Latino Affairs
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Committee
Community Preservation Committee
Conservation Commission
Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
GAR Memorial Hall Board of Trustees
Green Worcester Advisory Committee
Historical Commission
Hope Cemetery Commission
Human Rights Commission
License Commission
Mayor Thomas J. Early Scholarship Committee
Memorial Auditorium Board of Trustees
Off-Street Parking Board
Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liability Trust Fund
Parks and Recreation Commission
Planning Board
Retirement Board
Status of Women Advisory Committee
Trust Funds Commission
Urban Forestry Tree Commission
Worcester Airport Advisory Committee
Worcester Arts Council
Worcester Ballpark Commission
Worcester Housing Authority
Worcester Redevelopment Authority
Worcester Redevelopment Authority Citizen Advisory Committee
Zoning Board of Appeals

Committees & Groups

The City of Worcester has a number of committees and groups (not under guidance of the Citizen Advisory Council) whose role and involvement have an important impact on residents and businesses.

Building Futures, Inc. Board of Directors
Central MA Metropolitan Planning Organization
Central MA Regional Planning Commission
Central MA Workforce Investment Board
Chapter 139 Hearing
Chapter 139 Hearing - Vacant Properties
City Manager Advisory Committee on Youth
City Manager's Energy Task Force
Coalition Against Bias and Hate
Commonwealth of MA Blackstone River and Canal Commission
Commonwealth of MA Commission on Banks
Community Development Block Grant Public Hearings
Designer Selection Board
Insurance Advisory Committee
Lake Quinsigamond Commission
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Retirement Board Finance Committee
Senior Center Committee
Upper Blackstone Clean Water
Worcester Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board
WRTA Transportation Planning Advisory Group

Public Library

In an information-rich and culturally diverse society, the Worcester Public Library is a source of civic activity and pride, offering opportunities for the development of a literate and informed citizenry. Today's library is a vital and vibrant place of information and learning, used and valued by people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Public Library - AD HOC
Public Library - Joint
Public Library Board of Directors
Public Library Buildings and Grounds Committee
Public Library Committee on Administration
Public Library Committee on Library Materials
Public Library Community Services Committee
Public Library District Task Force
Public Library Executive Committee
Public Library Finance Committee
Public Library Legislative Affairs Committee
Public Library Marketing Committee
Public Library Search Committee

Public Schools

The Worcester Public School system is comprised of over 23,000 students in 44 schools, ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. This diverse group of students helps make Worcester an excellent place to receive a first-class education.

Abby Kelley Foster Charter School Board of Trustees
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School Education Committee
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School Facilities and Finance Committee
Abby Kelley Foster Charter School Governance Committee
Belmont Street Community School Council
Burncoat High School Council
Burncoat Middle School Council
Burncoat Street Preparatory School Council
Canterbury Street Magnet Computer-Based School Council
Chandler Elementary Community School Council
Chandler Magnet School Council
City View Discovery School Council
Citywide Parent Planning Advisory Council
Claremont Academy School Council
Clark Street Developmental Learning School Council
Columbus Park Preparatory Academy School Council
Doherty Memorial High School Council
Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School Council
Elm Park Community School Council
Flagg Street School Council
Foley Stadium Advisory Committee
Forest Grove Middle School Council
Francis J. McGrath Elementary School Council
Gates Lane School of International Studies School Council
Goddard School of Science and Technology School Council
Grafton Street School Council
Heard Street Discovery Academy School Council
Jacob Hiatt Magnet School Council
La Familia Dual Language School Council
Lake View School Council
Learning First Charter Public School Board of Trustees
Lincoln Street School Council
May Street School Council
Midland Street School Council
Nelson Place School Council
Norrback Avenue School Council
North High School Council
Public Schools Standing Committee - AD HOC
Public Schools Standing Committee on Accountability and Student Performance
Public Schools Standing Committee on Finance and Operations
Public Schools Standing Committee on Finance, Operations and Governance
Public Schools Standing Committee on Governance and Employee Issues
Public Schools Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Success
Public Schools Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports
Quinsigamond School Council
Rice Square School Council
Roosevelt School Council
School Committee Meeting
South High Community School Council
Spirit of Knowledge Public Charter School Board of Trustees
Tatnuck Magnet School Council
Thorndyke Road School Council
Union Hill School Council
University Park Campus School Council
Vernon Hill School Council
Wawecus Road School Council
West Tatnuck School Council
Woodland Academy School Council
Worcester Arts Magnet School Council
Worcester East Middle School Council
Worcester Technical High School Council

Accessing the City Council

The City Clerk's Office guides you on how to reach your city councilors and file a petition.

Contact Information

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Worcester, MA 01608

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