City Council meeting preview: 18 December 2012 edition

From this week’s agenda [PDF]:

  • “4. ELECTION OF TWO MEMBERS TO THE LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS”
  • None dare call it swimming: “11a. Request Commissioner of Public Works & Parks begin the discussion of aquatic placement and construction within District 1. (Economou)”
  • Preventing economic development that’s not part of the plan: “11c. Request City Manager, working with the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, explore the feasibility of taking the Wyman-Gordon property on Madison Street and throughout the Kelly Square area by eminent domain for public purposes and/or explore the feasibility of taking said property as a demonstration project under urban renewal regulations for economic development purposes. (Petty, Palmieri, Germain, Eddy, Rushton, Economou, O’Brien, Russell, Toomey)” (how do you get 9 councilors to co-sponsor something controversial and late-breaking without what amounts to deliberation?)
  • Konnie’s war on drugs: “11d. Request City Manager report on the city’s policies for dealing with “Grow Houses” and if no protocol is in place to make recommendations as to policies dealing with illegal Grown [sic] Houses. (Lukes)”
  • An anonymous proposal?: “14a. 9Adopt on a roll call) That if the City of Worcester as a proposed host community for gaming signs an agreement with a gaming license applicant, that the City Council goes on record at this time in favor of opting out of the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 23K, sec 15, paragraph 13 so that the binding vote on said agreement shall be by the voters of the entire community and not just the voters of the ward in which the gaming establishment is proposed to be located.”
  • 15a. REPORT OF THE HISTORICAL COMMISSION Upon the Petition of Janet Merrill, President of Crown Hill Neighborhood Association requesting to create a Local Historic District to include some properties in the area of Pleasant, Piedmont, Chandler, Irving, Clinton Streets and Houchin Avenue.

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