Preview: City Council agenda (October 27)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here. It is a pretty-low key agenda, with several interesting finance items.

  • Boards and Commissions: Robert Bureau will be appointed to the Commission on Disabilities.
  • Sidewalks: Our 2016 budget allots $1.6 million for sidewalk repairs and ADA improvements. There’s a report to the Council this week; it will presumably go to a committee before being returned to the full Council for any needed votes.
  • Residential Street Resurfacing: We’ve budgeted $6 million over the next 2 years for this. A detailed list of estimated street repair costs will go to the Public Works Committee, who will presumably decide on priorities and return their recommendations to the full Council.
  • Six-figure Finance Items: $150,408.00 to be transferred from Water Capital Equipment account to another, “to allow for the purchase and future payment of a vehicle and equipment”; $382,993.62 from one account to another for citywide/school energy improvement; applying for $225,000.00 state grant from the State Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund FY16 Appropriation “to provide career pathway training to area residents in manufacturing”; applying for $109,857.00 state grant to fund the Medical Reserve Corps program, which recruits, trains, and deploys medical and non-medical volunteers for public health emergencies; applying for $533,676.48 state grant for anti-gang and anti-youth violence programs. These programs involve both the police and youth organizations. We got a grant last year for this too–this year’s grant request is 10% higher.
  • Bond Rating: Moody’s continues to rate our municipal bonds Aa3, good but not great.
  • Finance Committee: At some point this meeting will recess to a Finance Committee meeting. As part of this, they’ll be receiving the City Assessor’s report on how much taxable property there now is and some info on possible 2016 tax rates. Is there any chance they’ll discuss this the week before an election, rather than tabling it till the week after?

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