Agenda 80 Percent
 
 
 Date:
        January 11, 2022

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

1.

ROLL CALL

2.

MAYOR'S BUSINESS

2.1.

Communication Remote / Zoom Participation:

Meetings Will Be Held In Council Chamber With Public Welcome And By Using Remote Participation As Follows:  Members Of The Public May View The Meeting Via LTC.Org (On-Line; Live Streaming; Or Local Cable Channel 99).  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 Issued Zoom Link To The Meeting.  Email Address Is MGEARY@LOWELLMA.GOV.  If No Access To Email You May Contact City Clerk At 978-674-4161.  All Request Must Be Done Before 4:00 PM On The Day Of Meeting.  For Zoom - HTTPS://SUPPORT.ZOOM.US/HC/EN-US/ARTICLES/201362193-JOINING-A-MEETING

2.2.

Recognition - Kerouac Centennial Kick-off in March. (Steve Edington/Jim Sampas - Kerouac Centennial Group)

3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes of City Council Special Meeting December 27th; City Council Inauguration January 3rd; City Council Regular Meeting January 4th, for acceptance.

4.

GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

4.1.

Ordinance To Amend Sec. 9 Flood Plain Overlay.

5.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

5.1.

Informational Reports

A) Informational - FY2022 Q3 and Q4 Tax Billing

5.2.

Communication - Planning Board recommendation on zoning amendment regarding Flood Plain Overlay District.

5.3.

Communication - Appoint Katy Aronoff to the Pollard Memorial Library Board of Trustees.

5.4.

Communication - Re-Appoint Paul Francoeur to Cemetery Commission.

6.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Vote - Authorize CM to enter into lease with Hot Pot District LLC at 135 Middlesex St.

6.2.

Vote - Accept gift from Lowell Five.

7.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

7.1.

Wire Inspector Reports:

1. Boston Gas D/B/A National Grid - Request Installation Of New Low Pressure Gas Main On Gold Street To The End Of School Street;

2. Boston Gas D/B/A National Grid - Request Installation Of New Plastic Gas Main At 43 Dancause Road; and

3. Comcast - Request Installation Of PVC Conduit To Existing Pole At Howe And Davidson Streets. 

8.

PETITIONS

8.1.

Misc. - Diane Darisse request installation of handicap parking sign at 33 Canada Street.

8.2.

Misc. - Corey Andrade request removal of handicap parking sign at 34 Epping Street,

8.3.

Misc. - Valmaria Malonado Flynn (Advocates for Authenticity) request possible grant funding to provide services for Lowell residents.

9.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

9.1.

C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have proper department place wreaths and American flags at all Veteran Gold Star Squares/Poles throughout the City on Memorial Day.

9.2.

C. Nuon/C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. provide an update on the design and timeline to improve the Roberto Clemente Baseball Field.

9.3.

C. Nuon/C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr./CFO develop a plan to use a portion of the Federal ARPA Funding to make improvements to the City parks to address the negative health impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

9.4.

C. Drinkwater/C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. provide an update on the community impact submitted for ARPA funding suggestions, and the process for budgeting/allocation of ARPA funds.

9.5.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have CFO/DPD investigate the benefit of establishing an Affordable Housing Trust.

9.6.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. have proper department review Developmental Services web page to ensure proper functioning and updated information for residents.

9.7.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. provide Council with an updated report on heating issues in all municipal buildings and schools.

9.8.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. update Council on the current renovation project at Lowell High School; include the current schedule, change orders and future maintenance staffing levels.

9.9.

C. Gitschier/C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. provide Council with the City’s policies regarding catch basin cleaning.

9.10.

C. Robinson/C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. provide Council with a detailed response on the City’s current policy, practice and procedures regarding hiring of new employees and/or promotional appointments.

9.11.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. hire outside legal firm to provide detailed outline on steps necessary to change the City Charter to include the position of City Solicitor as a Council oversight employee similar to the City Clerk, City Auditor and the City Manager.

9.12.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. update Council regarding flooding issues on Jewett, Coburn and Lakeview Avenue.

9.13.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have appropriate department prepare a plan for street sweeping that includes short term removal of vehicles and enforcement of the policy, in order for streets to be properly cleaned.

9.14.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have appropriate department provide a status update on waterpark and pool openings for the coming summer.

9.15.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have appropriate department re-stripe crosswalk at Moore/Gorham Streets and repaint turning lanes.

10.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

11.

ADJOURNMENT

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