WORCESTER – Worcester Bravehearts fans have another reason to cheer for the long ball during the upcoming season.  Southbridge Credit Union (SCU) has partnered with the Worcester Bravehearts to support the Center of Hope Foundation.  For each home run hit by the Bravehearts in their 56-game regular season and potential playoff matchups, SCU will donate $100 to the Center of Hope Foundation.

Since 1956, the Center of Hope has provided people with disabilities and their families the resources, services, and opportunities to be contributing members of their communities, and to achieve the most fulfilling and meaningful lives possible

“The Center of Hope Foundation is very grateful for the support that SCU has shown us all through our 62 years, as well as through this endeavor. ” said Erika Travinski, Assistant COO of Center of Hope Foundation said in a statement. “Bravehearts General Manager, Dave Peterson, has been a friend and volunteer for our agency for many years and his continued support along with the whole Bravehearts’ team is spectacular.  We could not do the work we do with people with disabilities without the generosity of organizations like SCU and the Bravehearts.”

The Bravehearts are widely known for their community work throughout Central Massachusetts, this endeavor will culminate a special season for the organization as it will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2018.  An on-field check presentation is planned at the end of the season so that both Southbridge Credit Union and the Center of Hope can be honored.

“This is a partnership with some special meaning behind it,” said Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson. “It reiterates the philosophy we’ve had since our inception that 1+1 = 3.  Here you have two local small businesses working together for each other and for the benefit of a third organization; one that does so much to provide individuals with disabilities the training and work opportunities that help them fulfill their lives.”

The Bravehearts have historically hit between 26 and 37 total home runs in their 56-game Futures League season. Last year the team smacked 36 home runs on the way to the championship series.  The team hit 37 home runs in 2016. SCU will donate $100 for each Bravehearts’ home run hit either at home or on the road.

“Southbridge Credit Union has proudly been servicing this community for 80 years. We are thrilled to partner with the Bravehearts on this endeavor that supports the Center of Hope Foundation. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark and let’s hope for many home runs,” President and CEO of SCU, Kate Alexander, said.

The Worcester Bravehearts begin play on Wednesday, May 30 at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. Single-game tickets are now on sale at worcesterbravehearts.com, or by phone at 508-438-3773.

WORCESTER – Arguably the biggest issue that the City Council takes up every year is setting the annual tax rate and it always spurs the annual debate of what the city’s tax rate should be — dual or single.  

That debate doesn’t normally start until late summer or early fall. However, with the exits of some businesses over the past several weeks, the debate has come to the forefront earlier than normal.

Primetals Technologies, Ltd. and Allegro Microsystems both announced that they would be relocating outside of Worcester — Primetals to Sutton and Allegro to Manchester, NH and Marlborough.

In September, two downtown Worcester staples — Shack’s Clothes and Elwood Adams Hardware — closed their doors for good stating the sign of the times.

“[Closing] had nothing to do with business and everything to do with tax assessments,” Shack’s Clothes owner Jeffrey Shack told the Worcester Telegram in September 2017.

District 5 City Councilor Matt Wally, who campaigned on changing the tax rate to a more equitable rate, feels a change in the tax rate is in everyone’s best interest.

“With the implementation of tax classification in 1984, the decline of Worcester’s total commercial, industrial, and personal tax value has declined eighteen percent,” Wally said in an email to ThisWeekinWorcester.com on Thursday, April 19. “With a continued decline the residential property owners will continue to pay a larger share of the tax levy. Moving to a single tax rate over the short term is not feasible.”  

Wally said that there has been a growing concern among small business owners in his district regarding the high tax rate for business.  For small businesses, relocating isn’t always an option or feasible.

“More typical impacts include the inability to reinvest in the growth of their business or inability to make improvements to their properties,” Wally said.

According to District 3 City Councilor George Russell, coming up with a tax rate plan is not easy and very rarely fair to everyone.  Russell said that there is truly two ways to give reprieve to businesses and it is not a popular one a City Hall

“You need to either curtail spending and allow credits back to businesses or push a bigger burden on to homeowners,”  Russell said in a phone interview.

City Councilor At-Large Gary Rosen agrees and said that implementing some recommendations from the Mayor’s Tax Policy Committee would be beneficial to the city’s tax dilemma. 

“The dilemma of the dual tax rates can be eased a bit by the city scrutinizing and controlling all of its spending and by implementing one or more of the recommendations on raising new sources of revenue as outlined in the fine report published by the Mayor’s Task Force,” Rosen said in an email on April 21.

According to the watchdog group Accurate Worcester Assessments on Real Estate (AWARE) Coalition, the City Council has adopted only one of the recommendations made by the committee to increase the revenue stream in the city.  The one recommendation is devoting a certain amount of the growth factor to holding down the lowest residential task.

“Sure, our commercial tax rate is not helpful in retaining old and recruiting new businesses. But the residential rate is no bargain either,” Rosen said.

With the exits of Primetals and Allegro, Russell was quick to point out that many other businesses have opened and will be opening over the course of the past several years.

“You hate to see anyone leave,” Russell said. “The city has had growth over the past few years.  There is more growth coming.”

The City Council has been devoid of any action when it comes to the wide tax gap.  Could this be the year they begin to close that gap?

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

WORCESTER – In 2006, Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts’ President and CEO Troy Siebels wanted to fill a need in Worcester that the community didn’t even realize it had.

“There was a need here that had not been served for a long time,”  Siebels said in a phone interview on Thursday, March 29, referencing the lack of theater district in downtown Worcester.

The Hanover Theatre/Photo: Erb Photography

After raising nearly $32 million and spending two years restoring the former Poli Palace Theater, the Hanover Theatre held its first show on March 14, 2008, when Bernadette Peters performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was following Peters’ performance that Worcester finally realized what Siebels had already known: there was a dire need for performing arts in the city.

This year, Hanover Theatre is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Since Ms.Peters’ 2008 performance, the Theatre has held approximately 1,500 shows.  Broadway performances such as Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story have brought local theater goers in droves to the Federal Square theater.  

Siebels doesn’t just attribute the Theatre’s success to appreciation for the arts. Instead, for the Hanover Theatre, it’s all about location.

“There is a huge amount of pride in this city,”  Siebels said “Especially when it comes to downtown.”

Siebels stated that they have a strategic plan to improve the Theatre and the downtown area around it — including a pedestrian plaza at Federal Square that the City has committed to building and that the Theatre will maintain.

“The City of Worcester could not be a better partner,” Siebels said. “They do so much for us.”

He also said that the restaurant Josephine, which will be connected to the Theatre is progressing, and construction will start in April and plans to open in the Fall.

A performance at The Hanover Theatre/Credit: Erb Photography

Even though the success of the Hanover Theatre has been overwhelming in some regard, Siebels conceded that there is more work to be done in downtown Worcester to include dining, live music and at least one other theater in the district to perform “Off Broadway” shows.  

“It really is an achilles. I would really love to see new venues because right now it does not feel like a true theater district,”  Siebels said, adding that he is otherwise encouraged by the new focus of the nearby Palladium to bring a diverse stream of live musical acts to the city.

As for plans for the Theatre’s 10th Anniversary, there are several events slated for the fall — including a Gala to be centered around one of the Broadway shows.  Siebels said they are still finalizing the details for that.

The Hanover Theatre announced earlier this month, that they will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its Broadway Series — slated to begin next Fall and to include The Wizard of Oz, Elf: The Musical, Finding Neverland and Waitress, among others.

On April 22, there will be an evening of music, poetry and prose with actor and comedian Bill Murray, world renown cellist Jan Vogler and Friends which will be recorded for television, giving the Hanover Theatre some due attention.

“The quirkiness of Bill Murray really comes out in this performance,”  Siebels said.

Siebels is not just excited to be celebrating 10 years of success of the Hanover Theatre, but he is already looking forward to the future. “It’s great to be at ten, but we are looking forward, and we are really excited about the future,”  Siebels said.

For a list of shows and to purchase tickets you can visit the Theatre at www.thehanovertheatre.org

Cover Photo: Troy Siebels at The Hanover Theater staff, volunteer and board member 10th birthday party/Photo Cred: Erb Photography

WORCESTER – Seeing it as a potential legal loophole, City Councilor At-Large Morris A. Bergman has filed an order ahead of Tuesday’s City Council meeting to ask City Solicitor David M. Moore to review the ordinance regarding Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreements and what legal alternatives the city would have when there are wage violations present.

“We need to ensure that the people who are doing the work are getting paid,”  Bergman said.

Bergman said that the order is not about developers not paying prevailing wages, but not paying employees at all.  He would like Moore to come back with legal options, and possible best practices that are in place across the state that deal with this type of infraction.

Bergman, a lawyer by trade, says he doesn’t see anything in the current ordinance that requires the recipient of TIF’s to report any payrolls or other measurable metric that would keep them in compliance of the TIF agreement.

“How would we know it is going on?”  Bergman asked.

Bergman would not only like to see the loophole closed, but a process put in place to make stipulations to prevent these practices in agreements with developers.

“I know [developers] are creating jobs, but it does no good if they are not paying their employees” Bergman said.

West Boylston Corridor

Coming off the success of his push to get action on the former Barbers Crossing location, District 1 City Councilor Sean Rose is asking for another property in the area to have a plan attached to it.  

Rose is asking City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. to provide an update on the development of the former Higgins Armory Museum.  

The Armory has been used for private events since it closed its doors on December 31, 2013.  

Coes Zone Task Force Meeting

The Coes Zone Task force will have a meeting to celebrate its 4th anniversary on Thursday, March 15 at the IBEW Hall at 242 Mill Street.

It will be a community meeting to update neighborhood and city residents, businesses and agencies on the progress that continues to be made throughout Coes Reservoir, John Binienda Memorial Beach and the Coes Park Complex, which includes Stearns Tavern.

Tuesday’s City Council meeting will start at 6:30 PM and will be held in the Esther Howland Chamber in Worcester’s City Hall.

WORCESTER – A demolition order has been issued for the former Barbers Crossing Restaurant on West Boylston St. The period for the owner to appeal the order has expired with no action taken by the owner.  The order allows the city to demolish the building that has sat vacant since the restaurant closed its Worcester doors in 2006.

I’d like to thank the City Manager and his team for addressing this property and for understanding the safety risks and economic impact it has had on this very promising corridor of our city,” District 1 City Councilor Sean Rose said in an email on Sunday, March 4 to ThisWeekinWorcester.com.

Rose filed an order at the Jan. 30 City Council meeting to review options for the property.  He stated that the Economic Development of the West Boylston Street corridor was a priority for him during his first term.  He envisions the area turning into a Shrewsbury St.-like ‘Restaurant Row.’

The property is owned by Louise Zottoli of Holden, according to city records.  The owners were not immediately available for comment.

Rose believes that the residents of his district have not fully bought into the idea of a “Worcester Renaissance” when properties such as the Barbers Crossing remained vacant and in irreparable shape for over a decade.

“I’m elated for the residents in Greendale and the Burncoat community,” Rose said.  “It’s been really difficult for this community to believe in the progress of the city given they’ve had to observe the deterioration of this structure for fifteen years.”

ThisWeekinWorcester.com will update this story with a timetable for demolition of the building.

My wife and I have completed our 14th annual viewing of the Oscars Best Picture nominations. A tradition that we truly enjoy and work real hard to complete. This is the first year I am writing it for ThisWeekinWorcester.com and, with any luck, it won’t be my last.

NOTE: Due to a sick child, we missed one movie, Phantom Thread.

If you have read any of my past blogs on this topic it has been made very clear that I believe the Academy switching to nine nominated films from five was a colossal mistake. This year is no different.

Two things have to be pointed out:
1. My wife is very upset that The Greatest Showman did not get much love from the Academy.
2.The Academy nominates too many movies for Best Picture.

I must say that this years nominations were very underwhelming. There was not one movie we watched that said “Hands down! Best picture”. Which makes my wife’s assertion that The Greatest Showman even more prevalent.

If this years nominations accomplished anything, it was there were some good performances by individuals.

Anyhow, here is my Best Picture Reviews (no particular order):

Dunkirk – As a history buff I went into this movie with blinders on, proclaiming that it was going to win. Those blinders came off rather quickly. Dunkirk missed the mark because it really didn’t tell the story of what happened in those battles and what Churchill was doing back home to get those soldiers off the beach. You never really knew what part of the film you were in with all the flashbacks and flash forwards. This movie had a lot of potential, but swung and missed.

The Darkest Hour – Since Dunkirk did not explain the rescue efforts in it’s film, the Academy decided to nominate the movie that did. The year of Dunkirk. I thought this movie was very slow. It had it’s great scenes, which we all saw in the previews. The deciding factor for me was I could not get past the fact at how fake Gary Oldman looked as Winston Churchill. He looked like a character out of “The Muppet Show”. They should have consulted with the creator of “The Crown” to recreate Churchill. The acting was over done and the plot was very slow. This movie could not keep my interest.

Lady Bird – This movie follows the ultimate teen angst/coming of age cliches that describes movies. It was just a movie following the main character through her senior year of high school. The main character “Lady Bird” was a little bit of a mess and Saoirse Ronan played it very well, earning her a Best Actress nominee. The acting in this film was very good but the story just wasn’t there, leaving you wanting it to end. As the case in every Indie film, it just ended, no closure. It would make some viewers hate the movie more. This is a good rental maybe a year down the road.

Get Out – I give the Academy credit by going outside their comfort zone on this one. I’m not usually into movies like this, but I have to say it kept my interest. It was a combination of some suspense thrillers that have come in the past. If you like suspense mystery thrillers then you would really like this movie. The movie was good, but not Best Picture worthy. Kudos to the Academy for going outside their norm. But when you nominate too many movies, this is what happens.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – If there is a nominated film I want to win, this would be it. The story was compelling, the acting was phenomenal and the cast was fantastic. Frances McDormand played the grieving angry mother looking for answers spectacularly. Woody Harrelson as the target of McDormand’s angst was great as understanding and defensive. Sam Rockwell playing the mess of a police officer in a small town was great. Just think of his character in “The Green Mile” and that’s what you have. All three earned actor nominations. I loved how throughout the film the three characters were at war with each other but had a mutual respect. This was a good movie and definitely worth a viewing

The Post – Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep together is Hollywood gold. The story of the McNamara report that went public by the New York Times and Washington Post. It is a compelling re-enactment of the business vs. journalism tug of war that went on to determine if the stories went to print. It is definitely a tribute to true journalism, which has been truly lacking over the past decade or so. I did not think this was Meryl Streep’s best performance, but that bar is really high and she earned a Best Actress nomination. I thought Tom Hanks performance was much better and was slighted with the lack of a nomination, but again, his bar is high. I did not like this as much as “Three Billboards”, but not a bad movie.

The Shape of Water – As weird as this movie is, it kept me engaged. This is a highly contrived story of a mutes woman meeting a swamp thing like character and falls in love. I just didn’t get it. However, this is right up the Academy’s alley and just may bring home the trophy. I thought the acting was just ok, the story very unbelievable and the ending extremely predictable. This movie received 13 nominations. I’m sorry, I just didn’t get it.

Call Me By Your Name – I put this movie in the dark horse category. The movie had some great acting. However, it was very slow and the story never fully develops. The relationship seemed forced and I never fully understood why they called each other by the other’s name. Armie Hammer is not a good actor and uses his looks to get by. The movie has some subtitles as there are three languages being spoken and they shift seamlessly through all of them. This is a dark horse in my estimate and could bring it home.

Phantom Thread – (Not seen) – I really wanted to see this because I am a huge Daniel Day Lewis fan. He is a great actor with unbelievable range. With that said, I have heard the movie is good but very slow. Very fitting for all the nominations.

Who do I want to to win?: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri
Who will win?: Shape of Water

Take a nap and around midnight you will know who won for sure.

WORCESTER – The longtime complaint from private contractors regarding the time it takes to be permitted for new development in Worcester will once again be addressed on the city council floor this week.  

District 3 City Councilor George Russell has filed an order that is asking City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.  to review what Russell calls “a series of duplications” in the permitting process.

I spoke about this in the Fall but after speaking with the City Clerk I decided to present a formal request,”  Russell said in a phone interview on February 10

Russell was referring to the Oct. 10, 2017 meeting where a different order regarding erosion control near catch basins and environmentally sensitive areas were different for the Worcester Department of Public Works as it was for the standards that the city and Conservation Commission held private contractors to.

During the Oct. 10 meeting, Russell branched off the order to discuss the frustrations he hears from private contractors regarding a series of meetings and hearings where they feel that they’re duplicating their efforts.  Russell is asking to see if this process can be consolidated or streamlined.

“It is not unusual for a person building a new house or a small business to have to go to multiple meetings at multiple Boards. Many of these ordinances address similar issues,”  Russell said. “These Boards sometimes get the same recommendations about the similar issues from the same city staff.”

Russell used the example of plans regarding water runoff.  If a home builder is within 100 feet of a catch basin, they could wait months to get an approval from Conservation Commission after showing a run off plan.  Once approved the builder would take the same plans and present it to the Planning Board, and possibly the Zoning Board of Appeals, to get the same approval.

“Many times builders will ask the Zoning Board of Appeals to ask for a Variance or Special Permit and then have to wait months to go to Planning or Conservation for other routine items,” Russell said. “Maybe the ZBA can issue those at the same time.”

Russell said that the order is an effort to help spark the building of reasonable priced market rate housing and or assist with small business growth.

“My hope is that the administration can come back with a plan to eliminate the duplication that goes on in the whole permitting process,” Russell said.

Other Orders

  • There are several orders regarding Public Safety and Traffic control.  Councilors At-Large Moe Bergman and Kate Toomey, and District 1 City Councilor Sean Rose have all filed such orders.
  • Councilor-At-Large Konstantina B. Lukes has filed an order asking the City Manager to consider allowing members of Boards and Commissions be allowed to serve on more than one providing there are no conflicts of interest.
  • Mayor Joseph M. Petty is asking the City Manager to work with his office and other “key stakeholders” to form a targeted plan to invest in the city’s multi-family housing

Tuesday’s meeting will start at 6:30 PM and will be held in the Esther Howland Chamber in Worcester’s City Hall.

WORCESTER – Economic Development was a large discussion topic during the 2017 municipal election.  First term District 1 City Councilor Sean Rose is making good on his promise to voters by filing an order asking City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. to look into the possibility of working with the owner of the parcel of property where Barbers Crossing Restaurant was formerly located.

The former restaurant location, located at 321 West Boylston St, has been abandoned since 2006 and the building is in a state disrepair.  It is part of the land plot that includes another restaurant, Wicked Wing Co.

“The city has been patient regarding development of that property,” Rose said in a phone interview. “I’m just disappointed that it has taken this long.”

Rose said that one of his top priorities in his first term is to make the West Boylston St. corridor a target for economic development.  He envisions the area could be developed in a similar way to that of Shrewsbury St., Worcester’s “Restaurant Row”.

“It’s a great opportunity for an untapped resource,” Rose said of the development of the area.

However, Rose said that it is tough to promote economic development in an area when one of the first properties that is visible is abandoned and in such disrepair.

“There are very few entities in the City of Worcester that are an eyesore,” Rose said. “It brings down the value of the properties around it.”

According to city records, the property is owned by Louise Zottoli of Holden.  Zottoli did not respond to multiple phone calls requesting comment.

Rose wants to build off the momentum of the commonly named “Worcester Renaissance,” but believes a property in that condition for that long impedes its progress.

“It’s tough to measure the trajectory of a renaissance when you see that,”  Rosen said

When asked if his order was a call to action, Rose said he recognizes the situation is complex and that he is looking for information and what the city’s options could be.

Packed Agenda

The City Council will see its biggest agenda of the new term on Tuesday night.  Some orders that are noteworthy include:

  • Fresh off of the news that she did not accept the city council pay raise Councilor At-Large Konstatina B. Lukes has filed two orders with regards to pay raise.  The first is an action by the city council to eliminate the automatic pay raise.  The second is referring future pay raises be put to a public vote.  Councilor At-Large Gary Rosen also declined the pay raise for this term.
  • Mayor Joseph M. Petty has filed an order to ask for different ways that the newly acquired property surrounding the Senior Center be utilized.  He is asking for plans specific to creating senior housing
  • Councilor At-Large Morris A Bergman is asking for City Manager Augustus report back on marketing efforts to encourage people to relocate to Worcester amid all the new housing that has been developed.
  • District 2 Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson is asking for an update on the use of the Memorial Auditorium
  • In a cost savings effort, Coucnilor Rose is asking for the operations and maintenance of dams that are located in surrounding towns, but maintained by Worcester Department of Public Works, be reviewed and possibly turned back over to those towns
  • A citizen petition by Stephen Quist, also known as “Q”, is doubling down on the call for term limits.  Quist is asking for the City Council to go on record in support of the creation of a Worcester Charter Commission.

Tuesday’s meeting will start at 6:30 PM and will be held in the Esther Howland Chamber in Worcester’s City Hall.

Retail giant Amazon released its list of candidates for their second headquarters — HQ2 — and Worcester was not among the finalist.

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy said in a statement.

Worcester presented a proposal to Amazon in October. The proposal highlighted the many qualities that the city has and offered some key incentives to the retail giant. Among those incentives were:

Up to $500 million in Real Estate Tax Savings
100% Personal Property Tax Exemption for Over Twenty Years
$1 Million in Job Creation Grant Funds
Quick and Streamlined permitting process

“Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation,”
Sullivan said.

According to the statement, Amazon evaluated the submitted proposals based on the criteria that was outlined in the Request For Proposal (RFP). Amazon will now turn it’s focus to working with the 20 cities selected as possible candidates to iron out a deal.

In a released statement, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. said, “Although Worcester was not selected as a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters, the process of putting together our bid was a unique and beneficial opportunity to showcase all the great things that our city offers not only to potential companies but everyone who visits. We’re encouraged to see that Boston was among the finalists chosen which is promising for both Massachusetts and Worcester as our state continues to attract interest from some of the most highly-regarded companies in the technology sector.”

The good news for Massachusetts is that the city of Boston made the list. The cities include:

– Atlanta, GA
– Austin, TX
– Boston, MA
– Chicago, IL
– Columbus, OH
– Dallas, TX
– Denver, CO
– Indianapolis, IN
– Los Angeles, CA
– Miami, FL
– Montgomery County, MD
– Nashville, TN
– Newark, NJ
– New York City, NY
– Northern Virginia, VA
– Philadelphia, PA
– Pittsburgh, PA
– Raleigh, NC
– Toronto, ON
– Washington D.C.

Come back to This Week in Worcester for more on this story.

WORCESTER – A very light agenda is on the docket for Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  City Councilor At-Large Gary Rosen is offering up an order asking City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. to report on the feasibility of creating a project that offers a mobile version of the city’s services, comparable to what the City of Boston is doing.

For several reasons, many folks, especially seniors, are unable to conduct their city business by visiting city hall or via the internet through the city’s website,” Rosen said in an email on Jan. 13.

With the proposed project, residents would be able to conduct their municipal business without having to go to City Hall, a mobile outreach program would bring City Hall to the neighborhoods.

The City of Boston launched its mobile service, aptly named “City Hall to Go”, in 2012.  The converted S.W.A.T truck travels to two areas of the city daily and stays in each area for several hours.  Residents can pay parking tickets and tax bills, get a library card and dog license, and even register to vote.  The mobile services do not accept cash.

Haines City, FL will be launching a similar service in the coming weeks

Rosen is hoping to see the same success that the city has had with “Libby”, the city’s mobile Library.

“Libby, brings the joy of reading and research to youth, adults and seniors throughout our city,” Rosen said.

As with any new service, the discussion of cost will definitely be the main topic of this discussion and Rosen has already thought of that in his proposal.

“To keep costs down, I think that nonprofits and/or businesses might be willing to partner with the city just as they have done with Libby,” Rosen said

Rosen would like to see the “mini city hall” encourage residents to utilize the many services the city has to offer without leaving their neighborhoods.  He would also like to see new residents use it to become more informative of their new city.

“So Worcester government, let’s hit the road,” Rosen said.

Tuesday’s meeting will start at 6:30 PM and will be held in the Esther Howland Chamber in Worcester’s City Hall.