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.

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