Preview: City Council agenda (September 20)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here.

This week: Lots of changes in parking, improving snow removal. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Street Changes: There are lots of street changes on the agenda. Two of the bigger ones: Hana Lasell requests speed bumps etc on “Ruth St. and the surrounding streets of Van St. and Underwood St.” Michelle Medeiross resident-only parking on the block of Sterling St. between Harlem St. and Fairfax Rd., “both sides, twenty four (24) hours a day and seven (7) days a week”.
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal Day: Worcester residents will have the opportunity to get rid of hazardous waste properly on Saturday, October, 2016. More info.
  • Worcester-EPA Agreement: The city and the EPA have long been in conflict over Worcester’s polluting the Blackstone. We now have an agreement with the EPA that will allow us to create an “integrated plan” for dealing with these impacts. It will be years before the plan is done. Reading this report, I have no idea how to judge this agreement.
  • Snow Removal: The Manager has a report noting that the city did a bad job dealing with snow last year. They have various plans to do a better job, basically making more equipment and personnel available.
  • Regulating Zoning of City Nonprofits: Last week, Councilor Bergman had an item about “enacting legislation to regulate and restrict non-profit organizations in residentially zoned districts.” I noted that this item seems to come up all the time and lead to nothing. This week, the City Manager has a report noting that this item last came up about a year ago and is still on the agenda of one of the Council committees.

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