Preview: City Council agenda (March 22)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here. This week: Food trucks, mattress recycling. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Boards and Commissions: Expected appointment of Shirley Konneh to the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee; Lindsey Silva to the Commission on Disabilities; Jose Ramos to the Worcester Housing Authority; Donna Connolly to the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women.
  • Food Trucks: A few years back the Council adopted new regulations on food trucks that drove several of them out of the city. Now there’s a proposal before the Council to allow the City Manager to designate “food truck friendly zones” where it would be easier to operate food trucks.
  • Federal Grants: The Council will be approving a bunch of “funding recommendations” relating to HUD Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), HOME Investment Partnership Program, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal Day: Worcester residents will have the opportunity to get rid of hazardous waste properly on Saturday, April 23, 2016. More info.
  • Street Sweeping: Street sweeping will start in April and continue through July. The schedule will be posted online and signs will be put up warning people when & where to not park. Keep your eyes open.
  • Open Meeting Law: Can City Councilors spontaneously sign on as co-sponsors to a Council Order during a meeting? The city’s Law Department says yes.
  • Six-Figure Finance “Transfer” Items: $132,990.40 from Capital Equipment Technical Services to Technical Services Capital Equipment; $1,912,250.38 from Building Rehabilitation City & Schools to Citywide/Schools Energy Improvements for energy-related projects; $250,000.00 from Park Improvements – Worcester Common to Worcester Common for work relating to the war memorials; $400,000.00 from Elm Park Improvements to Elm Park and $250,000.00 from Citywide Building Remodel to Elm Park for park improvements; $475,000.00 from Park Improvements – Hope Cemetery to Hope Cemetery for cemetary improvements; $100,000.00 from Water Meters Replacement to Capital Water Meters Program; $100,000.00 from Sewer Pumping Rehab to Sewer Pumping Station Capital Program; $100,000.00 from Water Pumping Stations to Water Pumping Rehab; $500,000.00 from Sewer Reconstruction to Sewer Reconstruction; $200,000.00 from Park Improvements – Shore Park to Shore Park.
  • Grant Applications: Green Communities grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for $250,000.00; Commonwealth Corporation’s YouthWorks 2016 Summer Jobs for Youth Placed at Risk Program for $662,972.00; Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Mattress Recycling Initiative grant for $174,000.00.
  • Union Negotiations: The Council will go into “executive session” “to discuss matters regarding collective bargaining.”
  • Planning Board Items: These will likely be sent to subcommittees—if you care about them, you should look up the relevant subcommittee meetings. Request to clean up zoning discrepancies at 128 Chandler St (near Piedmont); request to make part of Market St no longer a public street (this is off Major Taylor between Police Headquarters and the DCU Center, Google Maps doesn’t even label this street); request to modify the official map for a teeny piece of land off Summer St where a hotel is planned; request to modify the map for a small area off Sherman St; request to remove part of Pitt St as a public street.
  • American Legion Parcel Rezoning: The Council is expected to approve rezoning of part of the old American Legion property at 1023 Main Street, so the parking lot will no longer be “residential.”

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