Agenda 80 Percent
 
 
 Date:
        March 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.

Communication - Regarding Lowell Memorial Auditorium 100th Anniversary.

3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes Of City Council Executive Session February 8th; City Council Regular Meeting February 15th; Auditor/Clerk Oversight & Personnel SC February 22nd; Youth Services SC February 24th, For Acceptance.

4.

GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

4.1.
4.2.

Loan Order - Open Space And Recreation Bonds.

5.

UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

5.1.

Boston Gas D/B/A National Grid - Request Installation Of New 2 Inch Gas Main From 73 Beech St. To 6th Street.

6.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - City Facility Mask Policy
B) Motion Response - Equity and Inclusion Stabilization Fund
C) Motion Response - ARPA Parks Improvements and Business Assistance
D) Motion Response - Tax Billing Communication
E) Motion Response - Chapter 90 Funding
F) Motion Response - Open Gym Activities
G) Motion Response - Miscellaneous Sidewalk Repair
H) Motion Response - Light Request at Cupples Square Parking Lot
I) Motion Response - Light Request at Burrell Place
J) Motion Response - Bulky Pick-Up Items
K) Motion Response - Pothole Rapid Response
L) Motion Response - Muldoon Park Kayak Launch
M) Motion Response - Veterans Park
N) Motion Response - Youth Programming Information on Website
O) Motion Response - Election Polling Locations and Supplies
P) Motion Response - Changing Voting System to Elect Mayor






6.2.

Informational Reports

Q) Informational - ARPA Budget Plan

6.3.

Communication - appointment of Judith Davidson to Library Board of Trustees

7.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

7.1.

Vote - Merrimack St_375 CPC Funding Recommendation.

7.2.

Vote - Varnum Ave_1413 1415 CPC Funding Recommendation.

7.3.

Vote- Auth City Manager Accept Expend MA Elder Affairs Formula Funding

7.4.

Vote-Accept.Expend 40,000 MA Dept of Mental Health Grant_03.01.22

7.5.

Vote-Auth City Manager Exec First Amendment to Building and Rooftop Lease Agr

8.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

8.1.

Subcommittee Reports:

Auditor/Clerk Oversight & Personnel SC February 22nd; 

Youth Services SC February 24th; and 

Rules SC March 1st.  

9.

PETITIONS

9.1.

Claims - (19) Property Damage.

9.2.

Misc. - Maria Keratsopoulos request removal of handi-cap sign from in front of house at 63 Mt. Vernon Street.

9.3.

National Grid - Request installation of 4 inch gas main from 114 South Whipple to Sidney Street.

10.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

10.1.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. have proper department report revenues derived from meals tax to the City; specifically in business such as Popeye’s Chicken at Drum Hill.

10.2.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. prepare a report that will give an update on the progress and strategies of the monthly meetings between the City and School Finance Department.

10.3.

C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. create a pothole hotline.

10.4.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Auditor provide the City Council with the current policy for wire transfers for paying invoices.

10.5.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. outline the upcoming plans for spring fields to be ready for sports.

10.6.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. update the Council on the current cross connection/back-flow survey underway.

10.7.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. have the proper department take a look at the current overhead traffic light situation at the intersection of Andover and High Street.

10.8.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. have the proper department look at Mt. Pleasant Street as it is beginning to be used as a high speed cut-through for afternoon commuters.

10.9.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. provide Council with an update from Coordinated Outreach and Engagement Team (COET) on homeless crisis.

10.10.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. provide a report on total number of reported weather related accidents on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 2:00pm - 12:00am.

10.11.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. Provide Report On Status Of Smith Baker Building And Any Potential Future Owner Or Occupant And What Happens Without That Potential.

10.12.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. Have Appropriate Department Present Rapid Recover Plan And Convene A Stakeholder Meeting To Discuss Implementation With An Emphasis On Incentivizing Downtown Building Owners To Renovate And Lease Upper Floors As Residential Units. .

10.13.

C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. work with appropriate staff to ensure that all communications from the City intended for public reading be presented in English, Khmer and Spanish.

11.

CITY COUNCIL - EXECUTIVE SESSION

11.1.

Executive Session - Regarding Litigation Update, Public Discussion Of Which Could Have A Detrimental Effect On The City's Position.

12.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

13.

ADJOURNMENT

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