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.