Agenda 80 Percent


 Date:
        August 10, 2021

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

1.

ROLL CALL

2.

MAYOR'S BUSINESS

2.1.

Communication Remote / Zoom Participation:

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2.2.

Recognition - Robert Mills for years of service at Lowell Sun.

3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes Of Arts and Culture SC 27th; City Council Regular Meeting July 27th; Municipal Facilities Joint with Lowell School Committee Facilities SC July 28th; Neighborhoods SC August 3rd; Economic/Downtown Development SC August 3rd, For Acceptance.

4.

GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

4.1.

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

4.2.

Ordinance -Amending Department Of Public Works-Establish Division Of Electricity.

4.3.

Ordinance- Create A Position For ARPA Finance Manager.

4.4.

Ordinance- Create Position For Substance Use Prevention Grant Coordinator In Health Dept.

5.

UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

5.1.

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

5.2.

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

5.3.

National Grid - Request To Relay A Gas Main At 1895-1939 Middlesex Street With A 12 Inch Plastic Gas Main In Sidewalk.

6.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - Morey School HVAC
B) Motion Response - Yard Waste Update
C) Motion Response - Pawtucketville Oil Spill
D) Motion Response - 314 Sanders Ave Tree
E) Motion Response - Passaconway Memorial Restoration
F) Motion Response - Cameras on Top of City Hall
G) Motion Response - Use of CARES Funds for Taxes
H) Motion Response - Veteran Banners
I) Motion Response - Leo Roy Garage Mural
J) Motion Response - Community Choice Aggregation
K) Motion Response - Watercraft on the Merrimack River

6.2.

Communication - Appoint Mary Wanjiru Wambui to Sustainability Council

6.3.

Communication - Appoint AnaCristina Fragoso to Sustainability Council

6.4.

Communication - Appoint Winifred Flint to Sustainability Council

6.5.

Communication - City Manager Request Out Of State Travel (1) LPD.

7.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

7.1.

Vote- Transfer 85,000 to Cultural Affairs and Special Events

8.

ORDINANCES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

8.1.

Ordinance- Create Position and Salary SOR-PEC Grant Coordinator in Health Dept.

9.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

9.1.

Subcommittee Reports:

1. Municipal Facilities SC Joint with Lowell School Committee Facilities SC July 28, 2021;

2. Neighborhoods SC August 3, 2021; and

3. Economic/Downtown Development SC August 3, 2021.

10.

PETITIONS

10.1.

Misc. - Daniel Daigle request installation of handicap parking sign at 19 Arlington Street from prior location of 40 Arlington Street.

11.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

11.1.

C. Elliott - Req. City Council vote to submit an application under the Community Preservation Act to provide funding for Rollie’s Farm and their work with the Audubon Society to preserve property for open space.

11.2.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding possibility of providing a public bathroom downtown.

11.3.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. request the LRTA provide free bus service to polling locations on Election Day.

11.4.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. have CFO provide a report regarding using American Rescue Plan funds to hire an additional building inspector to address health issues.

11.5.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. provide a report as to how the City is handling eye-sores in the neighborhoods; ie. 20 Starbird St. (Pawtucketville); 318 Andover St. (Belvidere); Mt. Vernon St. (Acre - Former Friends Lumber); and address abandoned vehicles between Rock and Broadway Streets on said property.

11.6.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. provide any new information regarding possible new professional baseball team that will plan at LeLacheur Park.

11.7.

C. Mercier/C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. have police, Back Central Neighborhood group leaders, residents and business owners of the Gorham Street area meet to discuss issues that effect the quality of peoples’ lives in their neighborhood.

11.8.

C. Samaras - Req. City Mgr. have proper departments clean-up and hard top the upper and lower parking lots at Shedd Park.

11.9.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have Police Superintendent increase police presence in the vicinity of Frye Street, Waite Street and Dudley Court due to recent incidents of vandalism.

11.10.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. provide City Council with a report regarding the City’s efforts to help homeless population with housing and employment.

11.11.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. provide City Council with a schedule for street sweeping as well as a list of the number of sweepers owned by the City.

11.12.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. have proper department work with MassDOT on ways and means to make the intersection of 1st Street and Route 110 safer; including addressing vehicle speed of cars entering Lowell via Route 110.

11.13.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding work being done to ensure the readiness of school buildings for the start of the school year.

11.14.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding the costs and logistics of a citywide mailing to inform residents of their rights and available resources to avoid eviction or foreclosure; and whether such a mailing would be eligible use of ARPA funding provided to the City.

11.15.

C. Chau - Req. City Mgr. investigate and report on following two issues on School Street: (1) Collapsed wall at cemetery between the intersection of Middlesex and Branch Streets; and (2) Collapsed retaining wall along roadway near intersection of Middlesex Street.

11.16.

C. Conway - Req. City Mgr. provide an update regarding Covid-19 virus and the newest virus, Delta; report to include our plan and strategies for our students and staff with schools opening in September.

11.17.

C. Conway - Req. City Council vote to meet in Executive Session for the purpose of discussing an extension for the City Manager’s contract.

11.18.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. have LPD inform residents of what is being done about illegal operation of dirt bikes in the City.

11.19.

M. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. review payroll operations of the City and School Department to ensure it is operating at 100% efficiency.

11.20.

M. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. provide update regarding picking up litter campaign throughout the City.

11.21.

M. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. update Council regarding homelessness situation in Lowell’s business district.

12.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

13.

ADJOURNMENT

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