Preview: City Council agenda (April 28)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here. This week: Civilian Police Review Board, boards and commissions, solar farm zoning, absentee landlords, police in the schools.

  • Request to Make Camden Avenue Public: “Phuong-Tran-Vo request Camden Ave. from Indiana St. to Greenfield St. be made public.”
  • Solar Zoning: Councilor Russell has an item requestingZoning restrictions for solar farms especially near Residential areas… this does not include accessory solar uses.” Specifically: “No – all residential zones”, and “SP – all BL, ML and BO zones” and “Yes – all other B and MG zones”.
  • Boards and Commissions: A lot of people are being appointed to City Boards and Commissions. Shawna Curran and Ike McBride to the Human Rights Commission; Samantha Fiakofi to the Worcester Arts Council; Devon Kurtz to the Historical Commission; and J. Martin Shanahan to the Citizens Advisory Council. Good job everybody.
  • Newbury Street Community Garden: The City will “execute a lease for the 22 Newbury Street Property for community gardening purposes.”
  • City Diversity Plan: The City Manager will present a “plan to implement improved strategies and policies that better serve and represent our diverse community.” Specifically, the plan includes sections on “Creating a more Diverse and Culturally Competent Workforce, Improving Public Safety Relations with the Community, Providing Opportunities for Young People Expanding Efforts to Educate and Engage the Public on the Electoral Process, and Enhancing Economic Development Opportunities.”
  • Civilian Police Review Boards: Councilor Lukes has a couple items asking about “the feasibility of establishing an independent Civilian Police Review Board.”
  • Absentee Landlords: Councilor Rivera has an item asking “that the owner’s name and contact telephone number be conspicuously posted to the front of non-owner occupied multi-family properties.”
  • Justice Department Questions: The City and the US Justice Department’s Community Relations Service are planning a discussion series on race in the city. Councilor Lukes has an item asking for a bunch of details on this.
  • Police in the Schools: Councilors Bergman and Russell have an item asking about getting full-time police officers and metal detectors in all our high schools. I am not sure why this is a City Council item since the School Committee is in charge of the schools.

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