Preview: City Council agenda (June 27)

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

This week: a pretty light agenda. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Clean Up the Library: “Keith Scott request[s] City Manager provide information concerning how to clean up the entranceway and equipment of the Worcester Public Library, as some patrons leave the areas in an unsanitary condition.”
  • Tax Breaks for Small Businesses: The Economic Development Committee asks if we could give tax breaks to small businesses for development, similar to the tax breaks we sometimes negotiate with large developments.
  • Smoking Various Things: The Public Safety Committee has one measure asking how people can report illegal smoking in public. Other items on the agenda ask about the health effects of marijuana and continue the Council’s exploration of how the city can regulate it.
  • Pawnbrokers, Rare Metal Dealers, and Yard Sales: The Council will likely approve a measure to cap the # of pawnshops in the city at the current number. There is also a proposal to regulate rare metal dealers like we do pawnshops. There is a third proposal asking if we should do more to regulate yard sales.
  • Cars and Pedestrians: The Public Safety Committee recommends the Council ask for a report on the penalties for jaywalking. Additionally, they would like to lower “Worcester’s speed limit to 25 MPH in thickly settled areas and 20 MPH in unusual circumstances.” Another proposal would have the police do more to crackdown on speeding on Lake Ave.
  • Firefighter Union Deal: The Manager will ask the Council to approve a 3-year contract with our firefighters that would give them 2% raises each year.
  • Paul Clancy Way: The Council will likely approve a measure to rename Dryden Access Road to Paul Clancy Way, after the longtime city councilor.
  • Private and Public Streets: The Public Works Committee recommends that the Council not approve either the private Esper Avenue or the private Midgley Avenue becoming public streets.

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