City Council agenda: boring Valentine’s Day edition (February 14)

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

This week: Nothing of note. A ton of items on handicapped parking and the like. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Federal Homelessness Funding: Two Council committees (Veterans Affairs and Education) have an item asking how the city complies with the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, a federal law that provides funding for homelessness etc. I don’t know what this inquiry relates to.
  • Olean St Speed Trap: Councilor Rosen asks the police to crack down on speeding on Olean St (West Tatnuck). This is indicative of 99% of this week’s council agenda.
  • Abatement Letter Addition: If you think your property is valued too highly by the city, and thus that you’re paying too much in taxes, you can make a written argument asking for an “abatement.” Councilor Rosen this week has an item asking that when the city denies such a request, the letter of denial should include the reason why the request is denied. I’m not sure what that explanation would look like; I’d guess that, in most cases, it would just be “We think our valuation of your property is more accurate than the value you’re arguing for.”
  • Held Over from Last Week: Responding to a request originally made by Councilor Lukes, the City Manager has a report clarifying that organizations receiving HUD funding can engage in political activities, as long as they use non-HUD money for those activities.

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