Agenda 80 Percent


Date:
        April 13, 2021
Time:        6:30 PM
Location: City Council Chamber, 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 Finance SC March 23rd; City Council Regular Meeting March 23rd; Transportation SC March 30th; Zoning SC Joint with Housing SC March 30th, For Acceptance.

4.

GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

5.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

5.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - City Hall Incident Report
B) Motion Response - Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans
C) Motion Response - New Election System Information
D) Motion Response - Marijuana Hiring Update
E) Motion Response - Attorney General Abandoned Property Pilot
F) Motion Response - Safety Along Branch Street Business Corridor
5.2.

Informational Reports

G) Informational - Greening the Gateway
H) Informational - FY2022 Budget Update and School Spending Compliance
I) Informational -  FY2020 Audit and Management Representation Letter
5.3.

Communication-Appoint Thavy Hout and Stacey L. Thompson to Lowell Telecomm. Board

6.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Vote on Ballot Question Mayor Election

6.2.

Vote-Accept.Expend 17,846.67 FY21 First Responder Naloxone Grant

6.3.

Vote-Accept.Expend 17,846.67 FY21 First Responder Naloxone Grant

6.4.

Vote-Accept.expend 245,185 vaccine capacity and confidence

6.5.

Vote-Accept.expend 59,241 Grant from Commonwealth Amend Emergency Covid 19 Response

6.6.

Vote-Apply Accept Expend Fire SAFE grant

6.7.

Vote-License Agreement 370 Jackson St-Lowell Antenna Roof top 10 yr non cost

6.8.

Vote-Special Act Number of sign. of qualified voters required by candidates of local elective office

7.

CONSTABLE BONDS

7.1.

Communication - City Mgr. request approval of Constable Bonds for Emma Amaro, Ronald Bertheim, John Brouillette, Steven Brouillette, Raymond Lamy, Juan Jerez and Kevin Whippen.

8.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

8.1.

Subcommittee Reports:

1) Transportation SC March 30th; 
2) Zoning SC Joint With Housing SC March 30th;
3) Arts And Culture SC April 13th; and 
4) Economic/Downtown Development SC April 13th.
9.

PETITIONS

9.1.

Claims - (2) Property Damage.

9.2.

Misc. - Sonia Vasquez request installation of handicap parking sign at 375 Pawtucket Street.

9.3.

National Grid - Request reconstruction of gas pressure regulator station and add a SCADA System at the intersection of Highland Street and Thorndike Street.

10.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

10.1.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding status of the roundabout at the intersection of Old Ferry Road and Varnum Avenue; as well as an update on the six month traffic analysis and impact report on West Meadow Road.

10.2.

C. Elliott - Req. City Council vote to make John Chemly and Gary Sepe honorary citizens of Lowell.

10.3.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding the status of tri-annual inspection of rental units/renewal certificates per City ordinance.

10.4.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr./DPD provide a report regarding re-establishing the two/three family owner occupied incentive program using CDBG funds. (Two for Lowell)

10.5.

C. Elliott/C. Mercier - Req. City Council set up interview process to hire City Auditor.

10.6.

C. Elliott/C. Conway - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding the number of complaints/citations on illegal housing units in the City.

10.7.

C. Conway - Req. Law Department prepare Special Legislation to reduce the number of required voter signatures for District candidates from 150 to 50.

10.8.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. explore utilizing a portion of the City’s Sixty (60) Million Dollar stimulus money towards installing lights at the Clemente Baseball Field at the Bartlett Middle School.

10.9.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. work with appropriate departments to discuss possible options for reporting hate crimes in the City.

10.10.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. work with Director of Parks to explore the installation of basketball rims and nets at City Parks.

10.11.

C. Nuon - Req. Mayor Leahy recognize the month of April as Victims’ Rights Month.

10.12.

C. Samaras - Req. City Mgr. have proper department contact State regarding the issues at the end of the Lowell Connector and Gorham Street.

10.13.

C. Samaras - Req. City Mgr. have proper department assess the condition of the City parking kiosks and to prepare a plan for proper maintenance.

10.14.

C. Mercier - Req. report entitled “Zoning for more Housing in Lowell”, as discussed in the Zoning/Housing SC, be referred to the Neighborhoods SC as well so that the report could be available to all neighborhood group leaders.

10.15.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. provide an update on the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan and the feasibility of submitting a proposal for the current round of Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grants to help the City of Lowell become more climate resilient through climate change adaptation projects.

10.16.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. notify the Lowell Delegation regarding the support of the City Council for SD. 1323 and HD. 1986, raising the penalty for shooting into a dwelling from a misdemeanor to a felony, and urging their success in becoming law.

10.17.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. join with Lowell Parks and Recreation and Mass. Dept. of Conservation to enhance the green landscape at Armory Park in the Lower Highlands with tree plantings this summer.

10.18.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. contact MassDOT regarding remedial actions needed to enhance the safety at the end of the Lowell Connector at Gorham Street.

10.19.

M. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. implement a “Keep Lowell Clean Campaign” to beautify the City.

10.20.

M. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. send letter to Hannaford requesting that they keep their Rogers Street pharmacy department open and operating.

11.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

12.

ADJOURNMENT

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