Preview: City Council agenda (May 17)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here. This week: Towing, Mt Carmel, FiOS. Pretty short. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Racial Incidents: In response to an alleged racial incident involving a city employee, Gordon Davis has a citizen petition asking the City to, as a matter of policy, make public “investigations of racial incident[s] involving City employees.”
  • Street Sweeping, etc.: What is going on with the Department of Public Works these days? This winter we only had a few snows, but it seems like each one was a snow-plowing fiasco. And this week, Councilor Gaffney has an item asking about a bunch of cars in the Plantation Street area that were towed on May 9, even though street sweeping happened on May 10.
  • Low Interest Rates: Councilor Russell has a item asking how the current ridiculously low interest rates affect the city budget. Can we add more items to the capital budget “without changing repayment obligations”? And could this somehow benefit taxpayers?
  • Saving Mt Carmel: Councilor Lukes has an item asking if we can preserve Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church by making the area a historic district, and if the city’s ability to delay demolitions can be extended from 12 months to 18 months.
  • Homelessness Division: Currently, the city’s Homelessness Division is within the Department of Economic Development. Councilor Rivera asks it be moved to the Department of Public Health.
  • Better Internet Access: Verizon is bringing its high-speed FiOS network to Boston soon. The mayor asks if we can somehow get it in Worcester. (It hasn’t been possible in the past.)
  • Assistant City Clerk: Last week, Councilor Russell tabled an item from the new City Clerk about her proposed Assistant City Clerk, Stephen Andrew James Pottle. This item will be back on the agenda this week.

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