Whenever Council receives a petition signed by the parties owning a majority of the foot frontage of real estate on the line of any street or alley or part thereof proposed to be paved or curbed and guttered and paved between said curb and gutter, or proposed to be lighted by street lights, or proposed to be improved by storm drains or any other improvement, which proposed work may be subject to assessment, or whenever Council shall, in the interests of public health and/or safety or convenience, deem it necessary to make such improvements, Council may, by resolution, order that said street or alley, within specified limits and included in said application of said property owners, or in said resolution of necessity by Council, be so improved, and shall thereupon refer the matter to the Council Committee on Streets.