Agenda 80 Percent
 
 
Date:
       June 28, 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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3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes of City Council Special Meeting (FY 23 Budget)June 7th; City Council Regular Meeting June 14th; Municipal Facilities SC Joint with School Facilities SC June 21st, for acceptance.

4.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

4.1.

C. Scott/C. Rourke/C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. Have The DPD Look Into Ordinance To Increase Cap For Marijuana Dispensaries.

4.2.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Provide A Report Of The Energy Output That Has Been Generated From Each Of The City’s Solar Sites And Whether They Are All Performing Above Expectations.

4.3.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Provide A Report That Contains A List Of The City-Owned Properties That Are Available To Be Sold Or Leased.

4.4.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Provide An Update On Tax Title Sales Auctions That Have Been Implemented Or Will Be Implemented This Year.

4.5.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Provide A Recommendation From The Appropriate Department On Implementing A Vacancy Tax On Both Residential And Commercial Properties.

4.6.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Provide A List Of Recommendations On Fee Increases That Should Be Implemented Across The City.

4.7.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Investigate The Feasibility Of Creating An Enterprise Fund For Trash/Recycling.

4.8.

C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. Develop A Dashboard To Share The Expenditure Of ARPA Funds.

4.9.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. Find Ways And Means To Repair The Cement Walkway Around The Entrances To The Lowell Memorial Auditorium; Especially The Handicap Walkway Entrance Which Is In Dire Need Of Repairs.

4.10.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. Have The DPD And The LPD Look Into Feasibility Of A City Wide 25 Mile Per Hour Speed Limit.

4.11.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. Set A New School Building Committee.

4.12.

C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. Have The Appropriate Department Update The Council On The Parking Kiosks And Parking Enforcement.

4.13.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. Explore Installation Of A Security Camera In Cambodia Town.

4.14.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. Look To Increase Community Policing In Cambodia Town And Cupples Square.

4.15.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. Have Proper Department Look Into Improving The Park/Playground Next To The Greenhalge School.

4.16.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. Have Proper Department Look Into Runoff Water On Boulevard Street That Has Damaged The Road.

4.17.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. Have Proper Department Review And Consider Applying For The US Department Of Transportation Safe Streets And Roads For All (SS4A) Grants Which Can Be Used To Support Planning, Infrastructure, Behavioral And Operational Initiatives To Prevent Death And Serious Injury On Roads And Streets Involving All Roadway Users And Has A Per Award Ceiling Of $50,000,000.00 For 2022.

5.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

5.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - Lowell Contributions to Community Groups Flag Raisings
B) Motion Response - Tax Title Sales Auctions
C) Motion Response - Parking Fees In Garages
D) Motion Response - Parking Kiosks & Parking Enforcement
E) Motion Response - Cawley Stadium Track-Walking for Residents
F) Motion Response - Snow Contractors
G) Motion Response - Firehouse Water Heater Repairs
H) Motion Response - Collapsed Sewer Cover - 90 Lincoln St
I) Motion Response - Community Policing In Cambodia Town
J) Motion Response - Cumberland and Ludlum Streets
K) Motion Response - Hildreth and Ludlum Streets
L) Motion Response - Trash Enterprise Fund - (with attachment)
M) Motion Response - Health Benefits Trust Update (with attachment)
N) Motion Response - Debt Exclusion LHS (with attachment)
O) Motion Response -  Marijuana Excise Revenue Update (With Attachment)
P) Motion Response - Fuel Efficient Vehicle Policy (with attachments)
Q) Motion Response - City Owned Properties
R) Motion Response - Safe Streets & Roads
S) Motion Response - Citywide 25 MPH
T) Motion Response - Vacancy Tax (with attachments)
U) Motion Response - Cannabis Cafe
V) Motion Response - Flag Program


5.2.

Communication - Appointment of Candace Lawrence to Election Commission

5.3.

Communication - Appointment of William Murphy to Election Commission

5.4.

Communication - Reappointment of Dennis Mercier to Cemetery Commission

5.5.

Communication - Reappointment of Gerard P. Largay to Cemetery Commission

5.6.

Communication - Resignation of William Lovely from Conservation Commission

5.7.

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

6.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Vote - Accept/Expend $1,500 Festivals Grant - CASE

6.2.

Vote - Accept/Expend $10,000 NEFA Grant - CASE

6.3.

Vote - Accept/Expend $7,500 Cultural District Grant - CASE

6.4.

Vote - Authorize CM. Enter into Parking Agreement with PRIDEStar Student Transportation, Inc.

6.5.

Vote - Insurance Appropriation LHS

6.6.

Vote - Set Revolving Fund Spending Limits for FY2023

6.7.

Vote - Transfer $20,000 for Disability Commission Revolving Fund

6.8.

Vote - Transfer Ballpark Energy

6.9.

Vote - Transfer General Fund Energy

6.10.

Vote - Transfer LeLacheur Debt Service

6.11.

Vote - Transfer Wastewater Energy

6.12.

Vote - Year-End Payroll Adjustments

7.

ORDINANCES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

7.1.

Ordinance - Amend Fee Schedule - Accident Report

7.2.

Ordinance - Amend HCID Parking Garage

7.3.

Ordinance - Amend Self-Service Gas Station

7.4.

Ordinance - Create LPD Revolving Funds

8.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

8.1.

Municipal Facilities SC Joint with Lowell School Committee Facilities SC June 21, 2022.

8.2.

Housing SC Joint With Zoning SC June 28, 2022.

8.3.

Wire Inspector Reports:

1.  National Grid - Request Replacement Of 4-Inch Regulator Station On Lakeview Avenue; and 

2.  National Grid - Request Installation Of 7 Feet Of Gas Main Along Dalton Street. 

9.

PETITIONS

9.1.

Misc. - Joseph Ladebauche (for the benefit of Steven Ladebauche) request installation of a handicap parking sign in the front of 37 Albion Street. .

9.2.

Misc. - Nelly Ramos (Owner)/Nicholas Afouxenides (Electrician) request easement for equipment and heating infrastructure in order to heat driveway and sidewalk at 57 Ecklund Drive.

9.3.

National Grid - Request installation of electric underground conduit to service Middlesex Street (Boys and Girls Club).

9.4.

National Grid - Request installation of underground electric conduit at Thorndike and Summer Street.

9.5.

National Grid/Verizon NE - Request installation (1) JO Pole #3 at Pine Hill Street.

9.6.

National Grid/Verizon NE - Request installation of (1) JO Pole on Summer Street.

10.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

10.1.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. find a way to secure locations for the Nalox Box (mailbox that holds Narcan) in strategic places of need.

10.2.

C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. set up informational sessions explaining the tax abatement process and eligibility for Lowell residents.

10.3.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. provide the City Council with a plan on training City employees to obtain a Commercial Drivers License.

10.4.

C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department allow Mr. Eliu Olmo, owner of the Hole-In-The-Wall Restaurant, to paint cement walls with New England sports teams players on the North Common.

10.5.

C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department issue a 15 minute parking spot for Brothers Pizza located at 688 Merrimack Street.

10.6.

C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department paint lines on both sides of Fletcher Street, starting at London Tailor (63 Fletcher St.) all the way to Broadway Street, allowing customers and residents to park.

10.7.

C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. reach out to DCAMM for an update on the disposition process for the Hurd Street Courthouse.

11.

CITY COUNCIL - EXECUTIVE SESSION

11.1.

Executive Session - To consider and discuss negotiations relative to LeLacheur Baseball Stadium pursuant to the provisions of Mass. Gen. Laws C. 30A Sect. 21(6) (For the "Possible purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property;") public discussions of which may have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the City.

12.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

13.

ADJOURNMENT

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