Preview: City Council agenda (March 8)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here. This week’s agenda has many items on finance. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Boards and Commissions: Sean Lauziere will be reappointed to the Human Rights Commission; Meg Mulhern and George Sedares will be reappointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • WCUW Mural: The Council will authorize an easement so a mural can be installed on WCUW’s building (910 Main St).
  • Six-Figure Capital Transfers: $150,000.00 Loan Account for Street Construction to DPW Account for Private Street Construction; $197,191.00 from DCU Special District to Civic Center Equipment; $750,000.00 from Loan Account for Street Resurfacing to DPW Account for Street Resurfacing
  • Other Six-Figure Finance Items: $990,841.50 transferred to fund the Off-Street Program.
  • Marijuana Dispensaries: More paperwork. This is moving forward but slowly.
  • $15 Minimum Wage: The Economic Development Committee is asking the City Manager for a report on whether requiring companies that get city tax breaks for development (TIFs) to pay their workers at least $15/hr will discourage such development.
  • Handball: Councilor Rosen has an item asking the Parks Committee to improve city handball facilities.
  • Sponsorship: Councilor Russell wants to know if a Councilor can speak up during a meeting and ask to be made a co-sponsor of an item under discussion. (The last year or so the Council has been forced to be more strict about having tons of people co-sponsor an item before the meeting; mass co-sponsorship would imply discussion between lots of Councilors outside a public meeting, something they are not supposed to do.)
  • Recycling Barrels: Councilor Gaffney asks if we could use larger, covered recycling containers. I still haven’t seen the results of our pilot program letting people put out recycling in clear bags (an idea I love).
  • Snowplow Reports: Councilor Lukes asks if, when we have a “snow removal event,” the Manager can post a report online outlining “the technology used,” the cost in time and money, and the decision-making process used.
  • Private Streets: The Public Works Committee wants to deny two requests to make private streets public, regarding Stanley Road an Beaman Avenue.

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