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Date:
       January 26, 2021

Time:        6:30 PM
Location: Pursuant To Governor Baker's Emergency Order Modifying The State's Open Meeting Law Issued March 12, 2020, Meetings Will Be Held Using Remote Participation As Follows: Members Of The Public May Not Participate In-Person And May View The Meeting Via LTC.ORG (On-Line; Live Streaming Or Local Cable Channel 99) And Zoom.

1.

ROLL CALL

2.

MAYOR'S BUSINESS

2.1.

Communication Remote / Zoom Participation:

Pursuant To Governor Baker's Emergency Order Modifying The State's Open Meeting Law Issued March 12, 2020, Meetings Will Be Held Using Remote Participation As Follows:  Members Of The Public May View The Meeting Via LTC.Org (On-Line; Live Streaming; Or Local Cable Channel 99) As They May Not Participate In-Person.  Those Wishing To Speak Regarding A Specific Agenda Item Shall Register To Speak In Advance Of The Meeting By Sending Email To City Clerk Indicating The Agenda Item And A Phone Number To Call So That You May Be Issued Zoom Link To The Meeting.  Email Address Is MGEARY@LOWELLMA.GOV.  If No Access To Email You May Contact City Clerk At 978-674-4161.  All Request Must Be Done Before 4:00 PM On The Day Of Meeting. 
For Zoom - HTTPS://SUPPORT.ZOOM.US/HC/EN-US/ARTICLES/201362193-JOINING-A-MEETING
3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes Of City Council Special Meeting (Evaluations) January 12th; City Council Regular Meeting January 12th; City Council Regular Meeting (Executive Session) January 19th, For Acceptance.

4.

AUDITOR BUSINESS

4.1.

Communication - FY21 Year to Date Budget (First 2 Quarters).

5.

UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

5.1.

National Grid / Verizon NE - Request Installation Of (1) JO Pole And Relocate (6) JO Poles Along Andover Street.

5.2.

Crown Castle NG East, LLC - Request Installation Of 55 Feet Of 4 Inch Fiber Conduit To Existing Customer At 650 Suffolk Street.

6.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - Economic Activity Downtown
B) Motion Response - Public Art and Mural Policy
C) Motion Response - Surveillance Registry
D) Motion Response - Grants for Security Cameras
E) Motion Response - Crisis Support Resources
F) Motion Response - COVID Vaccine Distribution
G) Motion Response - Assessor Video on Abatements and Exemptions
H) Motion Response - Election System Changes
I) Motion Response - River Meadow Brook Trash Issues
6.2.

Informational Reports

J) Informational - Central Street Bridge TIGER Project
K) Informational - FY2020 Financial Review
6.3.

Communication-Appoint Mony Var-Lowell Housing Authority

6.4.

Communication-Appoint Syed Hasan and Katy Aronoff to Pollard Memorial Library

6.5.

Communication-Reappoint Joanne Keegan and Dr. Galvin to Board of Health

6.6.

Communication-Reappoint Robert Malavich to Planning Board

6.7.

Communication-Reappoint Weston C. Standish-Conservation Commission

6.8.

Communication-Resignation of Amy Pessia from Council on Aging

6.9.

Communication-Resignation of Paul Ratha Yem-Election

7.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

7.1.

Vote-Accept 150.00 from Martha Iarrapino and No Name Book Club to Pollard Memorial Library

7.2.

Vote-Accept gift of 7,500.00 from Digital Federal Credit Union

8.

ORDINANCES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

8.1.

Ordinance-Extend UMF Zoning District to include 4 Wiggin and 153 Willie Streets

9.

RESOLUTIONS

9.1.

Resolution-Support Democracy and Condemn President Trumps Words and Actions

10.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

10.1.

Economic/Downtown Development SC January 26, 2021.

11.

PETITIONS

11.1.

Claims - (4) Property Damage.

11.2.

Verizon - Request permission to install 12 four inch PVC telephone conduit on Middlesex Street from Thorndike Street to Canal Street.

12.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

12.1.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. provide a report and update containing a plan on fire station closings with an objective to reduced closures in furtherance of public safety.

12.2.

C. Elliott - Req. City Council vote to file Home Rule Petition to adopt a means-tested senior citizens property tax exemption.

12.3.

C. Elliott - Req. City Council discuss using Cares Act funding to waive permit and license fees for small businesses affected by pandemic restrictions.

12.4.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. contact DCAM regarding reuse of Juvenile Court Building.

12.5.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. reach out to State officials regarding designating Lowell as a vaccination center.

12.6.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. have LPD look into the viability of placing cameras at the Christian Hill Reservoir.

12.7.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. have LFD Chief provide an update regarding brownouts in the City.

12.8.

C. Samaras - Req. City Mgr. provide information as to the status of the State’s plan to provide vaccinations to the identified groups of Lowell citizens; in addition, provide information as to the possibility of the State establishing Lowell as a center for the distribution of vaccinations.

12.9.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. have City Assessor provide a report and recommendation for increasing the annual senior property tax exemption up to $1,000 in order to assist our eligible elderly residents.

12.10.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. investigate upgrading the intersection of Puffer Street and Winthrop Avenue from a 2-way stop sign to a 4-way stop sign.

12.11.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. provide an update on the status of the Riverwalk Improvement Projects.

13.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

14.

ADJOURNMENT

Office of the City Clerk - 375 Merrimack Street - Phone: 978.674.4161