Date:September 22, 2020 Time:6:30 PM Location:City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA / Zoom
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Presentation - National Small Business Week.
Minutes Of City Council Meeting September 8th, For Acceptance.
C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. and appropriate City department look for ways to encourage residents to comply with the State social distancing and masks wearing requirements.
C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have the Law Department prepare a vote to accept the provisions of MGL c. 44 s. 55C to create an Affordable Housing Trust to provide additional options for preserving existing and providing new affordable rental and ownership units to create programs that directly assist those seeking housing.
C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. provide an update regarding the expansion of associate memberships on boards and commissions and what is being done to encourage residents’ participation on these boards and commissions.
C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. work with Asian Task Force against domestic violence to reconvene the Southeast Asian Family Against Domestic Violence in order to address aggravated assault and assault and battery issues.
C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. have the proper department draft a Council vote which allows for the current COVID outdoor dining/shopping guidelines to become a permanent seasonal ordinance.
C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. instruct Law Department prepare an advisory opinion as to whether the City, through its City Manager, can assume the powers and duties of the school committee as set forth in MGL c. 71, s. 37; and further, prepare the necessary votes to effectuate such a change in the event it is permissible.
C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. meet with representatives from the Transitional Living Center/Eliot Presbyterian Church regarding homeless conditions and operational issues in the area and report back to Council on status of improvements.
C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. provide updates regarding appointments to Advisory Council; diversity training; HR audit as they pertain to diversity, equity and inclusion.
C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. report on frequency of mental health advocate contact with patients in City and allocate federal Block Grant funding to expand mental health assistance to organizations that provide mental health services to all residents.
C. Conway - Req. City Mgr. direct DPD/Transportation Engineer to develop protocol/policy for citizens’ concerns and complaints regarding traffic issues in the City.
C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. provide a report on “Remote Learning Enrichment Programs” approved to operate in the City pursuant to Governor Baker’s Executive Action (COVID-19 Order No. 49) allowing for the creation of programs that will provide a supervised setting during the school day in which children can receive remote learning instruction, and on any further actions the City can take to facilitate the creation of remote learning enrichment programs to support students and working parents.
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