(Mayor Kennedy and Councilor Leahy are absent tonight).
2018 Capital Plan presentation by City Manager Murphy. Based priorities on motions that were filed by councilors during the past year. Total is $15mil including $3.2mil for lighting which includes replacing thousands of lights with LED bulbs. This should yield a 65 percent reduction in energy costs. This will also make the city much brighter. Second, is roof repairs on Butler, Bailey and Shaughnessy schools. Also, $3.2mil will be spent on street paving. Other expenditures will be on renovated bathrooms for City Hall and improvements to various HVAC systems. The fire fighters will receive new turnout gear plus special devices for washing that gear. The police department will get an upgraded computer system. Committing $1.5mil for Lelacheur Park improvements (which should coincide with signing the new lease with the Spinners). Some repairs will also be done at Cawley stadium and at Alumni Field. DPW is getting a dump truck, a sander, and some pickup trucks. Ask that this be put over for a public hearing on May 30, 2017.
Several citizen petitions, most about Lowell High School project, are heard by councilors.
Motion taken out of order:
Councilor Belanger – Req. City Mgr. provide all information to City Council needed to make a decision regarding the Lowell High School Project at least 14 days prior to any such vote. Manager Murphy says as soon as studies are completed, they will be forwarded to councilors. Next Tuesday, Manager Murphy will make a presentation to councilors on studies completed thus far, and will have experts available to answer questions. Anticipates final reports in council packet on June 2 with a presentation on June 6.
C. Samaras – Req. City Mgr. update City Council concerning negotiations with Gervais Volkswagen regarding bike trail.
C. Samaras/C. Belanger – Req. City Mgr. update City Council regarding lighting in downtown.
C. Belanger/C. Elliott – Req. City Mgr. updated Council regarding hazardous waste day in the City.
C. Mercier – Req. City Mgr. find ways and means to install a handball court at the North Common and when completed dedicate it to the memory of Luis S. Espinoza as follows: “Luis S. Espinoza Handball Court”.
C. Rourke – Req. City Mgr. have Law Department draft ordinance to regulate local “Pub Crawls”; which would include public safety measures.
C. Leahy – Req. City Mgr. have DPW look at corner of Draper Street and Glenellyn Road to clean-up wooded lot in the area.
C. Leahy – Req. City Mgr. work with DPD on a plan for Merrimack Street and report back to the Council.
C. Leahy – Req. City Mgr. ask Verizon when double poles on Viola Street will be removed.
C. Leahy – Req. City Mgr. work with the Police Dept. to enforce no parking on sidewalks.
M. Kennedy – Req. City Mgr. have the Traffic Engineer re-examine the intersection of High and Rogers Street for possible installation of a 4-way stop sign.
Meeting adjourns at 8:33 pm.