Preview: City Council agenda (February 28)

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

This week: Union Station, parking, lead. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Public and Private Streets: There’s a citizen petition to make Melbourne St, in South Quinsig Village, a public street. It will be referred to the Planning Board.
  • Resident Parking: Lots of assorted parking and parking space issues this week. For example, various people on Winslow St have items relating to parking on that street, including requests for “installation of resident permit parking” and “installation of a ‘No Parking Here to Corner’ sign.”
  • Lead Contamination: Bill Coleman has a couple citizen items this week, including a request for an update on lead in our water and how it compares to other cities and towns in the area.
  • Crown Hill Foot Patrols: Councilor Rivera requests police foot patrols in the Crown Hill area. This was part of the area covered by a police “Neighborhood Response Team” last summer, that seemed to have had some effect.
  • Rules Nerdery: Councilor Economou has an item asking if the Council rules can be changed so that if the Council wants to vote to “file,” that is ditch, an item without first going through the whole discussion process, they could do it. AFAIK this is the way things currently are, somebody is confused about the Council rules here, maybe it is me.
  • Why Is Our Mail So Slow?: Councilor Bergman has an item requesting the US Postal Service explain why it can take up to 4 days to deliver mail sent within the city, and why some neighborhoods seem to take longer for mail to reach than others.
  • Union Station Debt: Councilor Lukes has an item asking about “the outstanding indebtedness of Union Station.” The station is owned by the quasi-governmental Worcester Redevelopment Authority, and operated by the WRA and MBTA. Councilor Lukes has a second item asking the Council to endorse the idea of transferring Union Station to the regional Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), who currently own and operate Worcester Airport.
  • CSX Yard Expansion Nuisances: Councilor Mero-Carlson has an item asking the city to fix the traffic snarls around “Hamilton, Plantation & Grafton Streets” caused by increased truck traffic since the CSX intermodal terminal was expanded.
  • Praising the Police: Councilor Lukes has another item asking the Council to “recognize and congratulate” the Worcester police for their handling of a small, unruly march by “antifascists” held in the city recently, which led to several arrests.

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