Preview: City Council agenda (December 2)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday, December 2. The agenda is here. This week: Tax rates, cultural district, surveillance.

  • Ferguson: The most notable thing from last week’s meeting was that, in response to the non-indictment in Ferguson, people testified to the Council for an hour about race and police accountability. I don’t see anything on this week’s agenda responding to that, either citizen petitions or items from Councilors.
  • Tax Rates: The Council will discuss what the tax rates for next year will be. They have limited discretion in setting rates for commercial vs. residential property, etc.
  • Boards and Commissions: Martha Assefa will be appointed to the Community Development Advisory Committee.
  • Salisbury Cultural District: The Manager would like there to be a “cultural district” to the northwest of Lincoln Square. I think they want to do this so they can apply for certain grants. The area would be roughly the triangle of Park, Highland, and Grove, plus Rural Cemetery and minus Price Chopper. The T&G has a map.
  • Stop Crashing Into Bridges: As noted at a Council meeting earlier this year, we have a problem with trucks hitting our low bridges. This week, there’s a proposal to fine people $5000 for crashing into a bridge. [T&G]
  • Surveillance: There is a proposal to put police surveillance cameras around Grafton Hill, Union Hill, and Shrewsbury Street [T&G].
  • Spending Revolving Accounts: Council budget watchers will want to note: “Recommend Authorization to use funds from various revolving fund accounts in Fiscal Year 2015, as required prior to the certification of the tax rates by the Department of Revenue.”

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