A few key things to watch/attend in the week ahead:
Today, you should be tuning in to 580 WTAG from 4-5pm to listen to Scott Zoback, Andy Lacombe, and Jordan Levy talk about the “year-that-was” in Worcester. It’ll be almost as thrilling as Tuesday‘s last City Council meeting of this term. Michael Perotto and Dennis Irish will say their goodbyes, with platitudes-a-plenty. On Thursday, Jason James comes home to Gilrein’s, and The Dive Bar throws a rockin’ Christmas party, with more good music and beer than anywhere else in town. We’ve said it before, but Alec’s selection this week is ridiculous. And Friday will either be your company’s holiday party, or a quick exit from work, followed by every college kid home from school hitting up Lietrem’s/their favorite bar for old time’s sake.
Now you know.
I won’t bother regaling you with details of my drive from Green Street(we started when the first flakes came down) up to the Washington Heights development on Mill Street and back to Greendale…but the Mill/Greendale leg was over 60 minutes alone, mostly due to people deciding the intersections were good places declare their right of way. Imagine a time-frozen Kelley Square, citywide…
Anyway, it’s sucked for everyone today, and hopefully everyone is home safe. The best blogging of today’s action has been Jeff at Wormtown Taxi, who has timestamped different legs of a fare around the city today. Good reading with your glug.
A dispatch from Mr. Brendan Melican:
A line of cars is stuck getting out from the City Hall garage, as a plow just came by and formed a snowbank at the exit, blocking them in.
Seriously kids, it’s a mess out there. If you’re not reading this with a bottle of wine or beer…get home and start.
Worried about the estimated 8 feet of snow coming our way in a couple hours? Tired of clicking refresh on weather.com every 30 seconds to see if the storm has diverted?
- You know it’s a good news day when you wake up, and a Worcester story has made Drudge Report. (As an aside, anyone else notice that Drudge has already started using “2008” in his header?) Sure enough, Drudge jumped all over the account of the Worcester woman who was misdiagnosed with HIV by her doctor at UMass Medical Center.
- Two Green Line trains collided in Boston. Somehow, this will be spun as a reason for the Worcester commuter rail running late.
- Roger Clemens will probably be named in today’s MLB steroid report. Surprised?
- Oh, it’s gonna snow.
Here’s the not-so-final word on the issue:
The councilors voted to put through Barabara Haller’s motion, which was essentially a realignment of the realignment suggested by the Rules Committee to modify the City Manager’s proposed realignment of the council committees. (Got all that?)
Even WITH that order passed, the councilors must vote on the item again next week, or risk it being held to the next term…in which case Mayor Lukes says she’ll go forward with the 20 committees, not the proposed 10.
That wonderful City Council realignment plan? It’s in limbo now and may not be happening. The councilors can’t agree on the proposals put forth by the Rules Committee, specifically on how the committees would be grouped. Complicating the problem is that some councilors are referring to a City Manager report from earlier this year, others to the Rules Committees’ recommendations. Half of the council has offered amendments to the proposed groupings of committees. There have actually been amendments to amendments.
Mayor Lukes just said she couldn’t see all the problems being reconciled before the next term begins, and “I may just very well use the 20 committees[when I do appointments]…if I count correctly, there are not enough [votes] to pass this before [the next council is inaugurated].
The council is going to recess and reconvene on this item on the end of the meeting to get all the conflicted orders typed and printed, because, as Councilor Kate Toomey just said, there is a lot “going back and forth.”
The first big news: City Manager Michael O’Brien just announced that he is working to change aspects of the CitySquare agreement, “to make it more realistic” with the goal of starting demolition on the old Galleria. And soon. O’Brien says he expects to bring something before council in the next 60 days.
Coincidentally, O’Brien is trying to get Anna Maria to move into CitySquare in the same time period, and an altered CitySquare agreement would most likely include a lower number of signed tenants to move forward with demolition. We sense a combined announcement in February.
UPDATE: O’Brien just confirmed, under questioning from a biting Phil Palmieri, that the general development agreement would have to change in order to take down the mall. To expect six months until wrecking ball, “is ambitious…but in the realm of possibility.” Again, he referenced the expected tenant occupancy “trigger” as one potential factor that would have to change.