Agenda 80 Percent


Date:
        August 13, 2019
Time:        6:30 PM
Location: City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA
 

1.

ROLL CALL

2.

MAYOR'S BUSINESS

2.1.

Selection - City Auditor

2.2.

Lowell Sustainability Commission Green Awards

2.3.

Proclamation - Mandela Day of Service

3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes of Housing SC April 30th, May 28th and July 23rd; City Council Meeting July 23, for acceptance.

4.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

4.1.

Order - Vacate, Discontinue and Abandon Lequin Avenue.

4.2.

Order - Vacate, Discontinue and Abandon portion of Middlesex St. and portion of Thorndike St.

5.

GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

5.1.

Loan Order - Repairs to Various School Buildings $305,425.00

5.2.

Ordinance - Create one Director of Homelessness Initiatives position and salary in the Department of Planning and Development

6.

UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

6.1.

Siena Engineering (TC Systems/AT&T) - Request installation of underground telecommunications conduit on Andover Street from Dancause Road to Tewksbury line.

7.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

7.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - Concrete at Leo Roy Garage
B) Motion Response - Farley and Whalen Memorials
C) Motion Response - Bicentennial
D) Motion Response - Hovey Street Sidewalks
E) Motion Response - Newhall St. Bridge Over River Meadow Brook
F) Motion Response - Central St. Bridge
G) Motion Response - VeoRide Bike Program
H) Motion Response - Perkins and Aiken Safety
I) Motion Response - Tanner Street
J) Motion Response - Western Avenue
7.2.

Informational Reports

K) Informational - Energy Aggregation Update
L) Informational - Homelessness Task Force Action Plan and Recommendations
7.3.

Communication - Your Lowell-Your Vote - Community Engagement Meeting - Tuesday, August 20th at 6:00 PM at Lowell Catholic, hosted by the Highlands Neighborhood Association

The City of Lowell is hosting a Community Engagement Meeting on Tuesday, August 20th at 6:00 PM at Lowell Catholic, hosted by Highlands Neighborhood Group.  The City will have Law Department staff members available, as well as an independent elections expert, on hand to give a presentation and have a questions/answers session with anyone in attendance.  All residents of the City are encouraged to attend and ask any questions you may have.
7.4.

Communication - City Manager request Out of State Travel (2) LPD.

7.5.

Communication-Reappoint James Gaffney III to the Veterans Commission

8.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

8.1.

VOTE - AUTH CM EX LICENSE AGREEMENT LD HOLDINGS LLC-76 MERRIMACK ST-SIDEWALK SEATING.

8.2.

License Commission Report - Bar 74

License Commission Report - Bar 74
8.3.

Vote-Accept Gift of 7,500 from Digital Federal Credit Union to Police Dept for Lowell Student Summer Police Academy and Community Engagement Activities

8.4.

Vote-Accept Gift of 7,500.00 from Digital Federal Credit Union to Pollard Memorial Library to replace equipment and for various new programs in 2019

8.5.

Vote-Accept Gift of refurbishing a World War I cannon

8.6.

Vote-Accept provisions of MGL c.44B ss 3-7 known as Community Preservation Act

8.7.

Vote-Apply.Accept.Expend 12,000,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Grant-Realignment of Tanner Street

8.8.

Vote-Apply.Accept.Expend Grant 39,600 from MEMA

8.9.

Vote-Auth Mgr Ex. License Agreement Eastern Bank-50 Central St-Prescott St side-overhanging sign

8.10.

Vote-Approve the exemption of Matthew Sandelli from MGL c. 268A, section 20

8.11.

Vote-Authorize Mgr. Execute MOU Local 853-Fire 7.1.18-6.30.21

8.12.

Vote-Transfer 450,000.00 to fund the MOU for IAFF Local 853

8.13.

Vote-Supplemental Appropriation of 2,954,280 Ch. 70 Funds and appropriate to Lowell Public Schools

8.14.

Vote-Transfer 80,000.00 to Fund Bicycle Master Plan Study

8.15.

Vote-Transfer 94,710.00 to fund Homelessness Coordinator Position

9.

ORDERS FROM THE CITY MANAGER

9.1.

Order-60 day trial (various)

10.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

10.1.

Public Safety SC August 13, 2019.

10.2.

Wire Insp. - National Grid - request installation of (1) SO Pole on Old Ferry Road.

11.

PETITIONS

11.1.

Claim - (3) Property Damage.

11.2.

Misc. - Frank LoNano request installation of handicap parking sign at 44 Lilley Avenue.

11.3.

Misc. - Bridgewell, Rita McAteer request installation of handicap parking sign front of 35 Market Street.

11.4.

Misc. - Hector Rodriguez address City Council re parking in front of their property @ 440 Central Street and reduce business parking for Beauty Salon.

11.5.

Misc. - Kim's Beauty Salon Request one hour parking only sign in front of 264 Branch Street.

11.6.

Misc. - Allison Soukseunchay Loyal Lounge Req. approval to install overhanging sign @ 177 Merrimack Street.

11.7.

National Grid - Req. installation of approximately 1500 ft of conduit under roadway East Meadow Lane

11.8.

National Grid - Req. to install (1) SO Pole on Old Ferry Road.

11.9.

National Grid and Verizon NE - To install 1 new pole (P3.50) on Nesmith St. and relocating (14) poles along Nesmith St., Andover St., E. Merrimack St. and Rogers St. for road widening.

12.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

12.1.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. forward request to name the basketball court at North Common in memory of Ramon “Chung” Rivera to the Board of Parks and any proper committees for support.

12.2.

C. Mercier - Req. Parks & Recreation SC discuss re-establishing the youth baseball tournaments in the City for next season.

12.3.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have proper department install “No Smoking” signs in public parks (specifically children’s playgrounds).

12.4.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have proper department mark two lanes for traffic coming down Steadman Street at the intersection of Westford Street.

12.5.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have proper department report on possibility of restriping faded crosswalk lines in the City where necessary.

12.6.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have proper departments formulate plan to slow speeding traffic at dangerous intersections throughout the City.

12.7.

C. Conway - Req. the City Mgr. for an update on the Home Rule Petition allowing retired police officers to return for special duty; furthermore

12.8.

C. Kennedy - Req. the City Mgr. direct the Law Dept. to petition the court to amend the consent decree to include an additional option that would establish an 11 member City Council comprised of 6 City Councilors elected at large and 5 City Councilors elected from districts within the City.

12.9.

C. Cirillo - Req. the City Mgr. have the proper department look into having a Summer weekend of kayaking on our canals.

12.10.

C. Cirillo - Req. the City Mgr. have the proper department organize a Lowell Dog Association to promote responsible dog ownership and educate dog owners and others.

12.11.

C. Cirillo - Req. the City Mgr. work with the Lowell Veterans Commission to look into the Gold Star for Myron Charles that is nailed to a tree at the end of Shaw Street.

12.12.

C. Cirillo -Req. the City Mgr. have the proper department spearhead a project for construction of a dog park in South Lowell.

12.13.

C. Elliott - Req. the City Mgr. have Inspectional Services address illegal dumping at clothing bins.

12.14.

M. Samaras - Req. the City Council file a resolution of support for pending legislation take away police power from constables and forward that correspondence to the state legislature.

13.

CITY COUNCIL - UNANSWERED/NON-RESPONSIVE MOTIONS

13.1.

C. Mercier - Req. the City Mgr. provide a response to motion of 6/11/19 regarding having the Transportation Engineer look into safety on Laplume Ave. and Barbara St. for School Children.

14.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

15.

ADJOURNMENT

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