Preview: City Council meeting (June 4)

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”

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