Agenda 80 Percent
 
 
 Date:
        February 1, 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:

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2.2.

Citation - SanaLife U.S.A.

3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes Of City Council Meeting January 25th, For Acceptance.

4.

UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

4.1.

Boston Gas D/B/A National Grid - Request Replacement Of Low Pressure Gas Main Along Twelfth, Wachusett And July Streets.

5.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

5.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - Rourke Bridge
B) Motion Response - Fire Department Brownouts
C) Motion Response - Parking Kiosks
D) Motion Response - Summer Youth Employment Grants
E) Motion Response - Bulk Item Collection
F) Motion Response - Clemente Field at Koumentzelis Park
G) Motion Response - Crosswalk at Moore and Gorham
H) Motion Response - Transformative Development Initiative
I) Motion Response - Development Projects in the Acre
J) Motion Response - Solar Feasibility at Robinson School
K) Motion Response - Foot Patrol and Community Based Policing

5.2.

Informational Reports

L) Informational - Garage Enterprise Capital Plan

5.3.

Communication - Reappointment of Zoe Arthur to the Election Commission

5.4.

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

6.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Vote - Authorize CM Enter Into License Agreement with Lemon and Thyme Bistro LLC

6.2.

Vote-Authorize CM Accept Gift of $1,575.26 from Franco-American War Veterans

6.3.

Vote-Authorize CM Accept Gift of Plots from Franco-American War Veterans

7.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

8.

PETITIONS

8.1.

Claims - (2) Property Damage.

8.2.

Misc. - Rita Barry request installation of "No Parking" sign at 24 Hampshire Street.

8.3.

Misc. - Michael Amoah (Geary & Geary, LLP) request permission to rezone property at 89 Agawam Street from Traditional Single Family (TSF) to Traditional Two Family (TTF) district.

9.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

9.1.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. have the proper department look into installing a crosswalk across Westford Street from Rutland Street to Tyler Park.

9.2.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. reach out to the Superintendent of the Lowell School Department and the Greater Lowell Technical High School to collaborate in the purchase of a bookmobile .

9.3.

C. Jenness/C. Gitschier - Req. Rules SC meet to review and update City Council rules.

9.4.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. have proper department install a crosswalk on Middlesex Street from the corner of Durkin’s Carpet to the sidewalk at the corner of the Judicial Center at appropriate time in the spring.

9.5.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. have appropriate City department address problematic parking within 20 feet of intersections.

9.6.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. update Council with status of collaboration with Non-Profits (CTI, CBA, Life Connections, etc.) regarding homelessness and affordable housing.

9.7.

C. Nuon/C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have City Solicitor and Supt. Of Police report to the Council on how law enforcement trust funds have been received and spent over the past five years.

9.8.

C. Nuon/C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. provide Council with a report concerning the training received by the City’s police officers.

9.9.

C. Robinson/C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have proper department work with youth program providers to identify areas of the City with programming gaps and work on plans for information sharing to our residents.

9.10.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. have proper department provide a status of the broken wall at McPherson Park on Bridge Street and what is the time frame for repair.

9.11.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. work with Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Lowell Public Schools to establish a “drop-in” basketball program at the Robinson School for youth during colder weather.

9.12.

C. Robinson/C. Gitschier - Req. Municipal Facilities SC meet jointly with School side subcommittee to begin conversations around establishing a centralized Facilities Department.

9.13.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. meet with the School Department concerning the Cawley Stadium engineering report, along with the associated costs for renovations.

9.14.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. update Council on the communication between Treasurer's Office and Lowell homeowners concerning the late issued tax bills.

9.15.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. update Council on the timeline for construction at the Hamilton Canal District.

9.16.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. explore granting exclusive use of an agreed-upon portion of the South Common to the STEM Academy to fence off for use as a safe play space for students.

9.17.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Have Proper Department Investigate installing a stop sign or other traffic calming measures at Bowden/Chippewa Streets to slow fast-moving traffic traveling to the Cabot Crossing Apartments. 

9.18.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Have Proper Department Investigate Potential Traffic Calming Measures for Traffic Traveling from Woburn St/495 area over to Boylston St. and to Delmont Ave Apartments.

9.19.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. provide an update on the current schedule for pickup of public trash barrels. 

9.20.

C. Yem/C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. consider developing a small business recovery grant program from ARPA funding; also, to develop informational materials available in multiple languages that includes all known business recovery options.

9.21.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. consult with our State delegation and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding grant funding allocated through “An Act Relative to Immediate COVID-19 Recovery Needs”; for the purpose of addressing repairs for improved ventilation and indoor air quality in districts and schools with high concentrations of economically disadvantage students.

10.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

11.

ADJOURNMENT

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