City Manager on City Square Parcels, New Schools, and Police Drones.
On the ongoing drone controversy in the city, the Worcester Police Department wishes to purchase a drone for 25K, the CM has indicated he will approve it, but others have expressed concern over how it will be used. “One of the things that has been a little frustrating about this debate has been people saying you’re not being transparent. Well wait a minute, I put an executive order in place that said before the city uses any surveillance technology we’re going to go to the city council even though we don’t necessarily need the council’s approval We’re going to go to the council, we’re going to ask them for a public hearing that is the definition of transparency. The fact that we’re proactively going out before we do anything saying this is what we want to do, this is how we want to use it – is transparent.”