Preview: City Council agenda (May 30)

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

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

Last Week: At one point last week, when the conversation had turned to marijuana decriminalization, Councilor Toomey proposed the city figure out what it would really mean to have local restrictions, and the other councilors agreed. So the Council approved “Under suspension” of the rules, meaning it wasn’t announced beforehand, this item: “Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a draft ordinance regarding putting a temporary ban on the use of recreational marijuana.” As originally reported, this item was incorrect. In the final, official version of the minutes, the item was listed, correctly, as “a temporary ban on the sale of recreational marijuana.”

  • Boards and Commissions: The Council will be voting to fill the vacant spot on the Library Board.
  • Public and Private Streets: Kevin Bushe says that part of the private street Gould Hill Road (blue in the image below) has been inaccessibe for at least 40 years, and he’d like the city to remove it from the official street listing.
  • Crosswalk Stings: Gareld Emerson requests crosswalk stings at the various crossings of Belmont Street. He also requests “investigation of the traffic lights and crosswalk signals” at the intersection of Major Taylor and MLK Boulevards, right by the DCU Center.
  • Sealcoating the Streets: Councilor Rosen would like a report on applying sealcoat to our streets. Wikipedia is skeptical of this technology.
  • Middle School Youth Sports: Councilor King has an item asking the Manager to work with the School Superintendant to reestablish the old Middle School Youth Sports program. (Just a note for newcomers: the Worcester Public Schools are not controlled by the Council or the Manager, but rather the School Committee and the Superintendant.)
  • A Bunch of Tax Stuff: There are many items on property tax rates and requests for information on how much tax money we could be getting if we taxed organizations we can’t tax.

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