Monthly Archives: May 2015

Preview: City Council agenda (May 12)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 4pm. The agenda is here. This week: budget, some small stuff. (Errata: a few weeks back I wrote that the budget would not be on the agenda soon; this was wrong.)

  • Gun Range: There’s an item from Claudia Russo and 11 others opposing a new gun store and range at 170 Prescott St.
  • Budget: For the next few weeks the Council will be reviewing the municipal budget. This week: Police Department, Fire Department, Health and Human Services, Public Health, Elder Affairs, City Manager’s Office, Contingency, Human Resources, Worker’s Comp/IOD, Unemployment Compensation, Health Insurance.
  • More Food Trucks?: Last week’s food truck item was tabled; it should be back this week.
  • Boards and Commissions: Lawrence Sullivan is now on the Parks Commission; Francesca Abbey and Robert Bilotta are now on the Commission on Disabilities.
  • Discussing Race: The City and the US Justice Department’s Community Relations Service are planning a discussion series on race in the city. The series begins Monday, May 18, 6-8pm at the downtown YWCA.

Preview: City Council agenda (May 5)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here. This week: police, tasers, pensions, hot dog carts.

  • Executive Session: The Council will close the meeting for awhile “for the purpose of discussing strategy with respect to collective bargaining.”
  • Retiree Pensions and Other Benefits: Councilors Rushton and Economou have some items asking for reports regarding these.
  • Tasers: Councilor Toomey has an item asking for the WPD to get tasers for all officers.
  • Food Trucks: Councilors Rushton, Rivera, and Rosen have an item asking for a report on food truck regulations, with the intention of the Economic Development Committee revisiting this issue. Back in 2008 the City Council voted for new restrictions on food carts in the city, and their number went way down.
  • More Police: The Council’s Public Safety Committee recommends that the full Council vote “in favor of hiring a police class of at least 20 for Fiscal Year 2016.”