Preview: City Council agenda (January 19)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here. This week’s agenda is pretty short: new Council rules, new police, and drought. This week Worcester Magazine has also written a Council preview, hopefully the first of many. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Market Street Changes: Appleton Corporation, who manage the biotech building at 55 Union St, are asking that a section of Market St that passes through the property be removed from the Official Public Map. This will go to the Planning Board.
  • Barclay Street Crime Watch: Kamel Anthony Bryant has an item asking the Council to create a Neighborhood Crime watch, and add cameras and patrols to the neighborhood of 23 Barclay St., where he recently thwarted a home invasion.
  • Annual Financial Report: The City Auditor will be presenting Worcester’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2015 fiscal year. There’s nothing surprising in the executive summary but I will not pretend to have read this.
  • Parks & Rec: Councilor Economou has an item complaining that it’s taking too long for Parks and Recreation Commission agendas and minutes to be posted online.
  • The 100: Councilor Lukes is asking for a list of the city’s 100 largest taxpayers and the 100 who owe the most.
  • Tax Breaks for Senior Housing: Councilor Bergman is asking for the city to exempt from property tax anything built or improved for housing a senior relative of the property owner, this exemption lasting as long as the person lives there.
  • District 2: Councilor Mero-Carlson is asking about implementation of the Master Plan at Holmes Field, and the status of the Lake Ave. North street project.
  • Medical Marijuana: Several Councilors are asking the City Manager to make sure medical marijuana facilities are spread throughout the city, not all put in one area. (The Councilors: Mero-Carlson, Economou, Rosen, Toomey, Bergman.)
  • Rules Changes: Several items involving proposed Council rules changes were tabled last week; they’re back this week. These items include the changes themselves (see past previews for details, as well as Councilor Lukes’s request that the rules changes be sent back to the Rules Committee, since only 1 of the 3 members were present at the meeting where the changes were discussed.

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