Preview: City Council agenda (May 9)

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

This week: Finance, snow removal, the “fight for 15.” My writeup is deceptively short, because the agenda includes the entire budget, which I am not going to break down here. Links below for those who want to at least read the executive summary. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Finance: There are a number of big finance items this week. Among them is the Manager requesting the Council to approve his plan for using HUD and other federal grants for the coming year. The Manager is also submitting his proposed $600 million budget for 2018.
  • Snow Removal: The Manager has a report on how snow plowing went this year, noting there was 17% more snow than average and that we spent $6.8 million dealing with it.
  • $15 State Minimum Wage: Last week, Councilors King, Mero-Carlson, Rivera, Toomey, Russell, and Mayor Petty requested that the Council vote to go on record as supporting state legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. Councilor Lukes tabled this item unilaterally, as is any councilor’s right. So it’ll be back under discussion this week.

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