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Date:
       February 9, 2021

Time:        6:30 PM
Location: 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 Not Participate In-Person And May View The Meeting Via LTC.ORG (On-Line; Live Streaming Or Local Cable Channel 99) And Zoom.

1.

ROLL CALL

2.

MAYOR'S BUSINESS

2.1.

Communication Remote / Zoom 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.Org (On-Line; Live Streaming; Or Local Cable Channel 99) As They May Not Participate In-Person.  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.

Communication - City Council Chamber will be closed for renovations from February 9, 2021 until March 15, 2021.

2.3.

Vote - Appoint Interim City Auditor-Sheryl Wright

3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes Of Economic / Downtown Development SC January 26th; City Council Regular Meeting January 26th, For Acceptance.

4.

UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

4.1.

Verizon - Request permission to install 12 four inch PVC telephone conduit on Middlesex Street from Thorndike Street to Canal Street.

5.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

5.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - Non-Profit Partners
B) Motion Response - Fire Department Brownouts
C) Motion Response - Workforce Demographics
D) Motion Response - CARES Act Funding
E) Motion Response - COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
F) Motion Response - Blue Lights for Snow Emergencies
G) Motion Response - CARES Act Funding to Offset Business Fees
H) Motion Response - Lord Overpass Final
I) Motion Response - Christian Hill Reservoir
5.2.

Informational Reports

J) Informational - Transportation Motions
K) Informational - Council Chamber Update
5.3.

Communication-Appt Michael Desroches to Disability Commission

5.4.

Communication-Reappt. Richard Lockhart to Historic Board as Planning Board Member

5.5.

Communication-Jo-Ann Keegan Request for Leave of Absence

6.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Vote-Accept gift of 2 small Indian maiden sculptures in honor of Terry O'Connor

6.2.

Vote-Accept.Expend State 911 Grant-Emergency Medical Dispatch

6.3.

Vote-Accept.Expend sub grant from UML for 5,000.00

6.4.

Vote-License Agreement-Merrimack St-555 overhanging bay window and cornices

7.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

7.1.

Finance SC February 9, 2021.

8.

PETITIONS

8.1.

Claim - (1) Property Damage.

8.2.

Misc. - Deborah Agrella (for benefit of George Agrella) request installation of handicap parking sign at 192 Lawrence Street.

8.3.

TC Systems Inc. (AT&T) (Giomare Group) - Request installation of underground conduit for small cell antenna on pole #5 on Abbott Street.

9.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

9.1.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. Work with Election Department to Provide Informational Report for Candidates and Voters Regarding Upcoming Election.

9.2.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. work with proper department to host informational neighborhood sessions or otherwise educate voters on how the new voting system will work; where to vote, etc.

9.3.

C. Nuon/C. Chau - Req, City Mgr. direct the DPD to create a plan and timeline to update the Comprehensive Master Plan and use the planning process to develop a City-wide zoning amendment(s) to allow for more affordable housing.

9.4.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. and appropriate departments explore partnerships with organizations serving medically vulnerable and underserved populations to conduct outreach and coordinate access to the COVID-19 vaccine; partnering organizations may include but not be limited to the Lowell Housing Authority, Elder Service Programs, Community Organizations and Religious Congregations.

9.5.

C. Conway - Req. City Mgr. meet with LTC and appropriate medical organizations to develop a video that gives a step-by-step tutorial of how to navigate through the COVID-19 State website to secure an appointment to receive the COVID vaccine on LTC, City of Lowell website and other local outlets.

9.6.

C. Conway - Req. City Mgr. explore the feasibility of creating partnerships with MCC, UML and Lowell Public Schools to have students assist Lowell residents who have difficulty navigating the COVID-19 State website in order to secure appointments to receive the vaccine; this assistance would help seniors, non-English speaking citizens and other “tech” challenged populations.

9.7.

C. Elliott/C. Conway - Req. City Council discuss setting up process to expedite hiring of City Auditor.

9.8.

C. Elliott/C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. have Law Department prepare vote to place ballot question to allow residents to vote for Mayor.

9.9.

C. Elliott/M. Leahy - Req. City Council vote to support letter to Governor and provide School Committee vote to move teachers up in the vaccination process following vaccinations of front line providers and senior citizens.

9.10.

M. Leahy - Req. City Council begin discussion regarding hiring of new City Auditor.

10.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

11.

ADJOURNMENT

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