Agenda 80 Percent
 
 
 Date:
        August 9, 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 - Veteran of the Month (John MacDonald).

2.3.

Proclamation - National Health Week.

3.

CITY CLERK

3.1.

Minutes Of Housing/Zoning Joint SC July 26th; City Council Regular Meeting July 26th; Election Laws and Redistricting SC July 27th, for Acceptance.

4.

GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

4.1.

Ordinance - Create Position - Deputy Commissioner-Facilities.

5.

UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

5.1.

Boston Gas D/B/A National Grid - Request Installation Of Scada Box And Vent Pole On Boston Road At Spencer Street.

5.2.

National Grid - Request Installation Of Underground Conduit At Varnum Avenue And Boulevard Street.

6.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

6.1.

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response - Centralized Reporting Platform
B) Motion Response - Baker Commodities Odor Complaints
C) Motion Response - Water Testing Notifications
D) Motion Response - Increase Patrol on Lower Gorham Street
E) Motion Response - Traffic Calming Measures For Andrews Street
F) Motion Response - Beautify The Streets And Roadways
G) Motion Response - Castle Road Light On Pole
H) Motion Response - Dutton St. - LHS Improvement Plan
I) Motion Response - Illegal Dumpling in Public Receptacles
J) Motion Response - Palin City Plaza
K) Motion Response - Welcome to Lowell Landscaping
L) Motion Response - John-Merrimack Streets Bus Stop
M) Motion Response - Llewelyn St. - CPA
N) Motion Response - Lord Overpass Final
O) Motion Response - No Parking Ludlam Street
P) Motion Response - Rodents
Q) Motion Response - 133 Roadwork
R) Motion Response - Depreciation Schedules - Capital Assets with Attachments-Links
S) Motion Response - Vehicle Inventory with Attachment

6.2.

Informational Reports

Informational - Bond Sale and Capital Improvements and Attachment
Informational - Marijuana Delivery with Attachment
Informational - DMU Zoning with Attachment
Informational - Gallagher Station TOD Draft Overlay District with Attachment

7.

VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

7.1.

Vote - Accept/Expend $467,422 FR-CARA Grant

7.2.

Vote - Authorize Manager Execute Annual Action Plan FY22-23

7.3.

Vote - Transfer Funds for Legal Professional Costs - Law

7.4.

Vote - Transfer Funds for Poll Worker Pay - Elections

8.

ORDERS FROM THE CITY MANAGER

8.1.

Order - 60 Day Trial

9.

ORDINANCES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

9.1.

Ordinance - Create Lowell Youth Commission

9.2.

Ordinance - Create Position - COA Bookkeeper

10.

REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

10.1.

Election Laws/Redistricting SC July 27, 2022.

10.2.

Cannabis Control SC August 9, 2022.

11.

PETITIONS

11.1.

National Grid - Request installation of 65 feet of conduit in sidewalk to service 173 East Merrimack Street.

11.2.

National Grid - Request installation of fifty feet of concrete duct to service 10 Technology Drive.

11.3.

National Grid - Request installation of (2) JO poles on Varnum Avenue across from Boulevard Street.

11.4.

Boston Gas d/b/a National Grid - Request installation of gas mains on Tenth, Grandview and Mt. Pleasant Streets.

12.

CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS

12.1.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. have proper entity light up the John Cox Bridge in purple in recognition of “Overdose Awareness Month—August” during the week of August 24th to the 31st.

12.2.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. provide support from DPW ie.; trash pickup and plastic bags, to adopt the JAMS (Jackson, Appleton, Middlesex and Summer Streets) Project for the South Common to empower individuals to invest in their environment/community.

12.3.

C. Mercier - Req. City Mgr. find ways and means to provide a memorial space for family and loved ones who experienced a tragic loss due to any type of violence.

12.4.

C. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. report to the City Council as to the status of fire trucks in the Lowell Fire Department.

12.5.

C. Leahy/C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. have the DPW look at school driveways and make necessary repairs if warranted.

12.6.

C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. update the City Council on the maintenance plan for the Aiken Street Bridge.

12.7.

C. Scott/C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. provide an update on apparatus replacement and equipment closures of the Gorham Street Firehouse.

12.8.

C. Robinson/C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have proper department provide an update on progress to mitigate odor from Duck Island as well as any recommendations on best practices to further these efforts.

12.9.

C. Robinson/C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. provide an update on what measures has Human Resources taken to improve the hiring process in the City.

12.10.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. have proper department look into installation of a four way stop sign at the intersection of West and West 6th Streets.

12.11.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. have proper department explore involving local students enrolled in art programs to assist in Riverwalk Art Program.

12.12.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. have proper department look into installing or upgrading lighting in areas of 66 Jewett Street, as well as, 431 Central Street.

12.13.

C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. have proper department provide an update on repairs on dugout roofs at McPherson Park, as well as, progress on forming a partnership with YouthBuild carpentry students for similar projects.

12.14.

C. Rourke/C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. look into outreach to eligible residents who qualify for the federal Affordable Connectivity Program.

12.15.

C. Rourke/C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. update Council regarding updating of crosswalks at all school bus stop locations within the City.

12.16.

C. Jenness - Req. City Mgr. have proper department improve signage at the secure dropbox at the City Hall Plaza entrance.

12.17.

C. Nuon/C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have appropriate department update the Council on the status of the use of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).

12.18.

C. Nuon/C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department quell the rowdy parties by the UMass-Lowell students around the Varney, Mt. Vernon, Cross and School Streets area.

12.19.

C. Drinkwater/C. Leahy - Req. City Mgr. provide an update regarding planned traffic calming measures and pedestrian improvements on Andover Street, as well as, line striping throughout the City.

12.20.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. have proper department investigate improvements to the sidewalks on Prescott Street.

12.21.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. have proper department investigate repairs and improvements to the public roadway and sidewalks on Smith Avenue.

12.22.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. have proper department investigate repairs and improvements to the sidewalk on Central Street, in the front of the Dollar Center, water leaking into the building.

12.23.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. have proper department investigate the condition of all USA flags currently flown around the City and replace as needed.

12.24.

M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. have proper department investigate traffic calming measures at the intersection of Foster Street and Princeton Boulevard.

13.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

14.

ADJOURNMENT

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