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City Manager Accomplishments 

During Fiscal Year 2014

• Continued to utilize performance management for identifying efficiencies and best practices in municipal management.
• Expanded downtown cleanup operations to include weekends.
• Continuing the Adopt an Island beautification program with locations across the city being maintained by dozens of volunteers.
• Expanding the City’s Healthy Summer Program.
• The City Manager’s Neighborhood Impact Initiative continues implementing projects in the West Acre/East Pawtucketville area. The next Initiative neighborhood will be Lower Belvidere.
• Continuing to coordinate the Problem Property Task Force in order to create intradepartmental cooperation in addressing blighted properties throughout the city and come up with innovative solutions.  Efforts are generating positive impacts by encouraging landlords to address code issues to make improvements to their properties.
• Published LowellSTAT reports on the City Website, available in the document library, under the "Briefing" category, for public viewing
• Continued to feature E-Gov as a platform to manage online methods for citizens to initiate service requests with the city.  This service provides citizens with an easy way to direct civic issues to our attention, and allows us to track progress on resolutions, and report the results back to the requestor.  The City continues to explore new and more efficient strategies for further improving to service request submissions.
• Balanced the Fiscal Year 2014 budget without a tax increase, the second straight year of such an achievement.
• Moody’s Investor’s Services affirmed Lowell’s long-term bond rating of A1 and assigned a new, “positive” outlook, citing an increase in excess levy capacity and reductions in long-term OPEB liabilities as among the reasons for the upgrade.
• Standard & Poor’s upgraded Lowell’s long –term bond rating from A to A+ in September 2013 and then again from A+ to AA- in March 2014, based on the strong liquidity of the City’s finances, good financial practices, and strong management conditions.
• Ended Fiscal Year 2013 with another year of outstanding performance, with free cash of $3,911,380, a wastewater fund balance of $8,938,832, a water fund balance of $5,997,170, and a parking fund balance of $1,823,267.