Agenda 80 Percent


Date:
       
 August 11, 2020
Time:        6:30 PM
Location: Zoom / Remote Participation

1.

ROLL CALL

2.

MAYOR'S BUSINESS

2.1.

Communication Remote 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 and 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 tele-conferenced in to the meeting.  Email address is mgeary@lowellma.gov.  If no access to email you may contact City Clerk at 978-674-4161. 
For Zoom - https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

2.2.

Proclamation - National Health Center Week.

3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes of City Council Meeting July 28th, for acceptance.

4.

UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

4.1.

National Grid - Req. installation of (1) SO pole on Andrews Street.

4.2.

National Grid - Req. installation of PVC conduit from new pole to existing manhole on Andrews Street.

5.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

5.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - Affordable Housing Inventory
B) Motion Response - CDBG Grant Program
C) Motion Response - MCC Parking Garage
D) Motion Response - Public Participation in Zoom Meetings
E) Motion Response - Equity and Inclusion Fund
5.2.

Informational Reports

F) Informational - Open Meeting Law Complaints
G) Informational - Cares Act Funding
5.3.

Petition Responses

H) Petition Response - Stop Sign at River Place Towers
5.4.

Presentation - Peter Lally, Lowell Memorial Auditorium

5.5.

Appoint John S. Marshall, III to Cemetery Commission

6.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Vote-Approve One-Twelfth Budget for the City of Lowell for September of FY21

6.2.

Vote-Authorize Payment of Bills Incurred in Excess of Appropriations Police

6.3.

Vote-Authorize Payment of Bills Incurred in Excess of Appropriations School

6.4.

Vote-Authorize Payment of Bills Incurred in Excess of Appropriations Wastewater

6.5.

Vote-MassWorks Infrastructure Grant-Tanner St Realignment

6.6.

Vote-Transfer $60,000.00 to Law

6.7.

Vote-Transfer $7,950.00 to Cemetery for Columbarium

6.8.

Vote-Transfer $750.00 to Cemetery to pay for ad in The Sun

7.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

7.1.

Rules SC August 10, 2020.

8.

PETITIONS

8.1.

Misc. - Bill Dzoung (for the benefit of John Martin) request installation of a handicap parking sign at 236 West Street.

8.2.

National Grid - Request installation of 375 feet of gas main for infrastructure reinforcement from 1500 to 1524 Gorham Street.

8.3.

National Grid - Request installation of 700 feet of gas main for infrastructure reinforcement along Gorham Street (Saratoga St. to Rivers Edge Rd.).

8.4.

National Grid - Request to reconstruct gas pressure regulator and add SCADA system at the intersection of Carlisle and Gorham Streets.

9.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

9.1.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. have Transportation Engineer poll the residents on Corbett Street to see if there is interest in making Corbett Street one-way from Gorham Street to Stromquist Avenue.

9.2.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding the steps taken to acquire 75 Arcand Drive; include total costs to date, appraisals done and any remaining eminent domain court proceedings.

9.3.

C. Conway - Req. City Mgr. meet with appropriate Departments/Organizations to develop a report showing the readiness of our school buildings for the opening of school; said report shall include but not limited to air quality, heating systems and bathroom facilities.

9.4.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. / CFO report on possible options to reduce the demand fees on taxes established by State law.

9.5.

C. Elliott - Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding UTEC involvement with criminal investigations.

9.6.

C. Elliott - Req. Finance SC meet regarding potential savings from police precinct relocation plan.

9.7.

C. Nuon/C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. invite WinnCompanies to speak on HCID motion and advise on what it would take to build more housing in Lowell.

9.8.

C. Nuon/C. Samaras - Req. City Mgr. have proper department provide update regarding HCID parking; HCID development projects (various developers); Lord Overpass project; Lowell Connector bridge deck development at Industrial Avenue (MassDOT); and traffic plan surrounding these and other construction projects in the City for next few years.

9.9.

C. Nuon/C. Samaras - Req. City Mgr. report on result of previous negotiations with SiFi Networks and explore options to provide Wifi throughout the City so all students can access online learning as necessary.

9.10.

C. Samaras - Req. City Mgr. communicate with school administration as to what steps were taken to clean and sanitize our school buildings and what steps will be taken on an ongoing basis to ensure the safety and security for our students and faculty - what safety/personal protection will be available to all our staff in our schools.

9.11.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. provide a report on the number of applicants for marijuana cultivation or retail licenses that were certified economic empowerment applicants or social equity program participants; as well as any other considerations made during the review process with regard to social equity.

9.12.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. provide an update on discussions with the construction manager for the Lowell High School project regarding diversity and inclusion measures, training, and other community benefits to enhance the positive economic impact on Lowell residents.

10.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

11.

ADJOURNMENT

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