Agenda 80 Percent


 Date:
        July 27, 2021

Time:        6:30 PM
Location: City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA / VIA Zoom (Hybrid) 

1.

ROLL CALL

2.

CITY CLERK

2.1.

Minutes of Election Laws/Redistricting SC July 6th; City Council Special Meeting July 6th; City Council Meeting July 13th; City Council Special Meeting July 22nd, for acceptance.

3.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

3.1.

Ordinance-Create Business Services Market Manager Position In Career Center Position And Salary.

3.2.

Subcommittees Reports:

1. Transportation SC June 29, 2021;  

2. Zoning SC June 29, 2021; and  

3. Election Laws/Redistricting SC July 6, 2021

3.3.

Wire Insp. - Comcast - Request Installation Of Communications Conduit To Provide Service From 138 To 160 Middlesex Street.

3.4.

Wire Insp. - National Grid - Request Installation Of New Handhole And (2) Four Inch Conduits Connecting To It At 197 Appleton Street.

3.5.

Wire Insp. - University Of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) - Request Installation Of Electric Conduit At Sarah Avenue Under Riverside Street For New Source Feeder For UML North Campus.

3.6.

Claim - (1) Property Damage.

3.7.

Misc. - Janie Polay Request That City Council Ban Door To Door Soliciting In The City Of Lowell.

3.8.

TC Systems Inc. (AT&T) (Giomare Group) - Request Installation Of 116 Feet Of Underground Conduit At Intersection Of Industrial And Reiss Avenues.

3.9.

TC Systems Inc. (AT&T) (Giomare Group) - Request Installation Of 44 Feet Of Underground Conduit At Appleton And Thorndike Streets.

3.10.

M. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. Have Proper Department Look At Health Of City Tree Located At 91 Felton Street.

3.11.

M. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. Work With Proper Department To Paint Turning Signals On Andover Street.

3.12.

M. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. And Proper Department Work With Residents Of The Hamilton Canal District Regarding Construction Schedule Over The Next Few Years.

4.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

4.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - PAL Program
B) Motion Response - Speed Monitoring Device Aiken Ave
C) Motion Response - Safety Measures Aberdeen, Beacon and Christian Streets
D) Motion Response - 4 Way Stop at Lincoln, Washington and Angle
E) Motion Response - Pan-Am Bridge Maintenance
F) Motion Response - Parking Policies and School Readiness
G) Motion Response - Judicial Center Parking
H) Motion Response - 91 Felton St

4.2.

Informational Reports

I) Informational - HR Assessment
J) Informational - Rivers Edge

4.3.

Reappointment of Bradley Buitenhuys to Conservation Comm

4.4.

Reappointment of Louisa Varnum to Conservation Comm

4.5.

Reappointment of Sean Callahan to ZBA

5.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

5.1.

Vote- accept expend Address Verification Program Grant 20,280

5.2.

Vote- accept expend Shannon Community Safety Initiative Grant 25,000

5.3.

Vote- accept expend SSYI Grant 712,346

5.4.

Vote- apply accept expend MassEVIP Grant 93,941

6.

ORDERS FROM THE CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Order-60 Day Trial

7.

ORDINANCES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

7.1.

Ordinance -Amending Department of Public Works-Establish Division of Electricity

7.2.

Ordinance- create a position for ARPA Finance Manager

7.3.

Ordinance- create position for Substance Use Prevention Grant Coordinator in Health Dept

8.

RESOLUTIONS

8.1.

Resolution-Adopt Acts of 2018 Ch 218 Sec 15

9.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

9.1.

Arts and Culture SC July 27, 2021.

10.

PETITIONS

10.1.

Claim - (1) Property Damage.

10.2.

Misc. - Christian Walkes (Building Audacity) request a dedication of land space at Lowell City Hall for a public art installation.

10.3.

Misc. - Maria Matos request installation of a handicap parking sign at 1374 Gorham Street.

10.4.

Misc. - Luis Nieves request installation of handicap parking sign at 48 Pond Street.

10.5.

National Grid - Request to relay a gas main at 1895-1939 Middlesex Street with a 12 inch plastic gas main in sidewalk.

11.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

11.1.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. through the DPW update the Council and the public regarding Waste Management’s yard waste pickup schedule for each neighborhood, as well as, what items are eligible to be collected.

11.2.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. contact UMass-Lowell and MassPIRG regarding public outreach initiative/plan to increase proper use of Lowell Recycling pickup.

11.3.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. have proper department place a berm in front of 110 and 124 Barbara Street and any other home on Barbara Street that has had their front yard soil running down the street and washing away.

11.4.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. update City Council regarding yard waste pick-up schedule.

11.5.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. contact the Mass. Environmental Police regarding jet ski operation enforcement on Merrimack River next to the Falls.

11.6.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. have DPW address the over growth of trees and brush on Kelly Circle and add a street light and sign that states “No Parking Here To Corner”.

11.7.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding oil spots on numerous streets in Pawtucketville.

11.8.

C. Elliott - Req. City Council vote to continue sidewalk on Varnum Avenue from Dowling Drive to Constance Drive.

11.9.

C. Conway - Req. City Mgr. invite the Disability Commission to the next City Council meeting to present the Commission’s end of the year report.

11.10.

C. Conway - Req. City Mgr. report on City’s plan against a “Ransomware Attack” that will ensure that all City departments have sufficient protocols and updated technology to prevent hackers from compromising our systems; to further ensure that there is sufficient security on the City’s voting and tabulating machines.

11.11.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. and proper department work with property owner at corner of Stevens and Parker Streets, near tall hedges, to find consensus and offer variance for fencing on the property.

11.12.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have DPW work with property owner at 314 Sanders Avenue to clean/clear large sections of tree branch that had fallen in her yard.

11.13.

C. Nuon - Req. Transportation SC address speeding and cut-through traffic on Lincoln Parkway and put measures in place to protect children that live and play in the neighborhood and those that walk to the Daley and Bailey schools.

11.14.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have proper department address operators of jet skis and boats who disregard the rules and safe operation of watercraft on the Merrimack River before unnecessary injuries or deaths occur.

11.15.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. work with DPD on comprehensive list of incentives, federal funding and tax programs that will encourage downtown building owners to develop upper floors.

11.16.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have proper department look into installing a tall net at McPherson Park to keep softballs from damaging homes of abutting neighbors.

11.17.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. investigate a Veteran Banner Program and explore main street locations for honoring the Veterans of Lowell.

11.18.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. investigate repairs and improvements to the public roadway and sidewalks along Hale Street in the area of the Glory Buddhist Temple.

11.19.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. investigate the costs and improvements necessary to upgrade Duck Island to prevent untreated direct sewer discharges into the Merrimack River, including contact with the State delegation regarding emergency funding possibilities in FY 2022.

12.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

13.

ADJOURNMENT

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