Monthly Archives: June 2019

Preview: City Council agenda (June 4)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 6:30pm. The agenda is here.

This week: Pretty light.

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  • Billboard: Idella Hazard has an item asking the City Manager to “direct the package store on the corner of Grafton St. and Waverly St. to remove the half sized billboard on their roof that depicts a black man and a liquor bottle, as though he were dreaming of it.” I have not seen this billboard.
  • Bus Changes?: The Research Bureau will officially submit their white paper on “The Implications of a Fare-Free WRTA” to the Council. At a previous meeting, the Council discussed the proposal to make the bus free, with Councilor Rosen notably asking for public hearings on whether our public transit system is obsolete.
  • Body Cameras: The Manager and Police Chief have submitted a report on the Worcester Police Department body camera pilot program. The Manager writes: “The Body Worn Camera Pilot Program began May 1, 2019. Twenty officers, including sixteen from the Operations Division, two from the Traffic Division, and two from the Neighborhood Response Team, will wear the cameras for their regular tour of duty during the six month program. All of the officers involved volunteered to participate in the pilot program.” Officers will be encouraged not to record in any area where people have the expectation of privacy without asking, and the WPD plans to retain the footage from the pilot program for one year (longer if there’s anything relevant to legal proceedings). The cameras are squarish, black, and attach to the middle of the officer’s chest.