Date: August 23, 2022 Time: 6:30 PM Location:City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA / Zoom (Hybrid)
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1) Elizabeth Oltman (Transportation Engineer)
2) Allison Carter (Director of Economic Development)
1) Christine McCall
2) Kowith Kret
Minutes Of Cannabis Control SC August 9th; City Council Regular Meeting August 9th, For Acceptance.
C. Mercier - Req. Neighborhoods SC have traveling subcommittee meetings within each section of the City to discuss issues of concern; starting in the Highland section.
C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. provide a report on programs funded with various federal block grants (CDBG, HOME, ESG, etc.) for the last 3 fiscal years and evaluate alternative funding/allocation strategies to more equitably disburse funding amongst Lowell non-profit partners in the 2022-2023 Annual Action Plan.
C. Nuon - Req. City Mgr. report on efforts and future plans to ensure fairness, transparency and equity are included in the selection process and criteria for any prospective recreational marijuana dispensaries or delivery services and association host community agreements (“HCA”).
C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. work with the School Administration on drawing districts to include equitability and diversification in order to provide neighborhood schooling.
C. Jenness/C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. invite the construction team to update the Council on the progress of the Lowell High School Project.
C. Jenness - Req. City Mgr. have proper department begin a pilot program of dog waste dispensers in areas where pet waste has become a persistent problem.
C. Jenness - Req. City Mgr. provide the Council with an update on the parking study from 2020 and progress on the implementation of the recommendations.
C. Jenness - Req. City Mgr. have proper department evaluate adding crossing lights at the Shattuck/Merrimack intersection across Merrimack; similar to the lights on East Merrimack by Middlesex College or on Broadway near Market Basket.
C. Jenness/C. Rourke - Req. City Mgr. have proper department explore beginning and Open Streets Program in the downtown area similar to what other cities have done.
C. Jenness/C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have proper department investigate traffic calming measures and safety improvements for the Dutton/Broadway intersection.
C. Scott/C. Gitschier - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department provide a legal opinion on the possibility of terminating the waste contract for non-performance; in addition provide the Council with all documentation of fines that have been issued for non-performance to date.
C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have appropriate department work to update the bus huts around the City.
C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department work to add a crosswalk on Woburn Street by Easton Street or in the vicinity.
C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have speed tables installed as a trial basis on Hollis Street.
C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department look at the feasibility of installing safety bollards along Dutton Street to protect resident homes and pedestrians from accidents.
C. Scott - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department provide an update on installing flashing crosswalk lights at the Ducharme Playground as required in the Home Depot Distribution Center approval.
C. Robinson - Req. City Mgr. have proper department look at updating crosswalk and lighting at Hovey Park along Aiken Avenue side.
C. Robinson/C. Drinkwater - Req. City Mgr. reach out to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission in an effort to get a representative to attend a Cannabis Control SC for information around social equity/economic empowerment applicants and the State’s Cannabis Consumption Lounge Pilot Program.
C. Yem - Req. City Mgr. have the appropriate department provide the City Council a copy of all legal notices for employment and public hearings.
M. Chau - Req. City Mgr. investigate grant opportunities to repair steps, handicap accessible ramp and other needed repairs at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
CITY COUNCIL - EXECUTIVE SESSION
Executive Session - To Consider And Discuss Ongoing Negotiations Relative To The Former Lowell District Court Building 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 Detrimental Effect On The Negotiating Position Of The City; And Further, To Discuss Matters Of Litigation (Doctors Park Trust; Eminent Domain), Public Discussion Of Which May Have A Detrimental Effect On The City’s Position.
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