City Hall, 7:00 P.M. Agenda.
a lot of intriguing items on the agenda this week. If you have an opinion on one of them, you can show up and speak briefly to the Council.
- Disappearing playground?: This item has many co-signers. “8k. John Dick et al request information pertaining to the playground located for over 50 years at 30 Tory Fort Lane that has recently disappeared.”
- More surveillance cameras: “10b. Request City Manager report as to when the installation of cameras in Crystal Park will take place. (Rivera)”
- Worcester pools: “10c. FROM THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE – Request City Manager provide an analysis of city pools that compares the cost of maintaining pools in each district and the cost of sustaining the Wheels to Water program. (Rivera)”
- Banning exotic animal shows: “11a. Request City Manager request the City Solicitor provide a brief report regarding the ability of the City Council to ban exotic animal shows in the City of Worcester. Further, request the City Clerk contact the city of Revere and Cambridge to get a copy of their local ordinance banning exotic animal shows. (O’Brien, Lukes)”
- Crowd-sourcing!: “11b. Request City Manager utilize a crowd sourcing technique for an open call to the community for their thoughts by placing on the city web site a question on the subject of an appropriate use for the Wyman Gordon site at Kelley Square. (Lukes)”
- Local spying?: “11c. Request City Manager obtain from Charter Communications information as to whether or not internet and or telephone records are being accessed or distributed to federal agencies. (Lukes)”
- City Manager’s self-evaluation: “12b. Michael V. O’Brien, City Manager, transmitting communication relative to his self-evaluation for Fiscal Year 2013 accomplishments achieved on behalf of the City Council and the community.”
City Hall, 7:00 P.M. Agenda.
The most consequential item this week might be regarding the proposed slots parlor.
- The slots deal is already souring (or, per today’s paper, dead), so can the Council just ask the Manager to nix it now?: “7q. Edward Moynihan request City Council advise the City Manager to end negotiations with Massachusetts Gaming & Entertainment and its affiliates immediately, as the slots parlor developer has objected to the City using promised money to hire a lawyer and consultant to negotiate the deal, still has not presented the Worcester City Manager with details about its proposal, and will not deliver on its promise of a hotel for Worcester.”
- Changes in Community Development Block Grants: A friend tells me that “Longtime CDBG recipients have been cut out and the CDC’s are increasingly being marginalized and cut out.” I will not even feign expertise on this issue. “8.4E. Recommend Adoption of the City’s Fiscal Year 2014/Program Year 39 Funding Recommendations for U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement Programs – Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).”
- Conservation restriction on 12.7 acres of land off airport drive: the City, the State, and the Greater Worcester Land Trust are chipping in on this one. The City’s share is $25,000. “8.4F. Respectfully Request City Council’s Adoption of the attached Order for a Conservation Restriction with the Greater Worcester Land Trust for Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) Regarding Approximately 12.7077 Acres of Land Located off Airport Drive.Refer to CCM Item 8.29E”
City Hall, Esther Howland Chamber, 4:00 P.M. Agenda.
This is a meeting about the proposed Fiscal
Year 2014 budget.
The meeting will begin with discussion of the schools, since not every Councilor has had a chance to speak about that. They’ll be discussing the City Manager’s office, the library, Human Resources, Economic Development, and all of the finance/budget/assessing parts.