Preview: City Council agenda (October 20)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here. It is a pretty-low key agenda.

  • Library Board: The Council will vote two new members onto the library board.
  • TIFs: The Economic Development Committee wants the City Manager to come up with a formal policy regarding Tax Incentive Financing, the tax breaks the city sometimes uses to encourage new development.
  • Refugees: Worcester is eligible for a $180,000 grant from the state that we’d pass on to Workforce Central for refugee English classes and job placements. This item came up at the last meeting, but Councilor Lukes put the brakes on it, delaying it till this week. Now Councilor Lukes has a couple other refugee-related items, one asking how and whether our community is consulted before refugees are placed here. If you are interested in the refugee issue, this could be a good week to make a brief statement.
  • A Town/A City: Councilor Bergman has an item asking the city to plan an event for February 29, 2016, marking our 168th anniversary as a city. Since we were incorporated as a city on a Leap Day, we don’t often have a good day to celebrate our city.
  • Gun Crime Evictions: If someone renting an apartment is arrested for a serious drug crime, the landlord receives notice from the city that, under Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 139 Section 20, the landlord could face criminal prosecution if that landlord doesn’t take action to evict that tenant. Councilor Bergman has an item asking us to expand this to include serious firearms crimes as well.

One thought on “Preview: City Council agenda (October 20)

  1. I applaud Jo Hart for at least being persistent in preserving public right in at least giving 2 min speeches , outing wrongs in public service by City Administration ,including t-shirt weeks request for ” strong mayor ” form of government among her other various requests. Even if it goes nowhere ,it keeps the conversation going and feel it is worthy to be presented in your preview of agenda, especially if it is a “low key” agenda. Too many people just give up and fall into a rut of going along with the way items are presented in Worcester politics with no follow up.

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