Lowell City Council agenda: Aug 27, 2019

Agenda for tonight’s Lowell City Council meeting:

Date:        August 27, 2019

Time:        6:30 PM

Location: City Council Chamber, 375 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA

  1. ROLL CALL
  1. MAYOR’S BUSINESS

VOTE-APPOINT CITY AUDITOR AND ESTABLISH SALARY
Presentation – Habitat for Humanity on reaching housing production goal.

  1. CITY CLERK – Minutes of

Special City Council Meeting August 12th

Public Safety SC August 13th

City Council Meeting August 13th

Special City Council Meeting August 15th

Parks & Recreation SC August 19th

  1. GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

Vote-Accept provisions of MGL c.44B ss 3-7 known as Community Preservation Act.

  1. UTILITY PUBLIC HEARING

National Grid – Req. installation of approximately 1500 ft of conduit under roadway East Meadow Lane.
National Grid – Req. to install (1) SO Pole on Old Ferry Road.

National Grid and Verizon NE – To install 1 new pole (P3.50) on Nesmith St. and relocating (14) poles along Nesmith St., Andover St., E. Merrimack St. and Rogers St. for road widening.

  1. COMMUNICATIONS FROM CITY MANAGER

Motion Responses

A) Motion Response – Census Workshop

B) Motion Response – Film Festival

C) Motion Response – Fire-Damaged Properties at Arthur and Shaw Streets

D) Motion Response – Large Properties Coming off the Tax Rolls

E) Motion Response – Voter Rights Case Update – Fees and Potential Modification to Consent Decree

F) Motion Response – 74 White St Bollards

G) Motion Response – Andover St.

6.2. Informational Report

H) Informational – Citywide Construction Projects Update

6.3. Communication – City Manager request Out of State Travel (2) LPD; (1) DPD.

  1. VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER

Presentation on Potential Election System Options

VOTE-DETERMINE TWO ELECTORAL SYSTEMS FOR NONBINDING REFERENDUM QUESTIONS

VOTE-ACCEPT BY DONATION EASEMENTS IN FURTHERANCE OF LORD OVERPASS

VOTE-AUTH CM EX TEMPORARY ACCESS AGREEMENT WITH TAVARES LLC NORTH-179 BRIDGE ST

VOTE-AUTH CM EXECUTE MOU LOCAL 1705-AFSCME COUNCIL 93 AFL-CIO 7.1.18-6.30.21

VOTE-AUTH MGR EX LICENSE AGREEMENT LOYAL LOUNGE-177 MERRIMACK ST-OVERHANGING SIGN

  1. ORDERS FROM THE CITY MANAGER

ORDER-60 DAY TRIAL (VARIOUS)

ORDER-VACATE, DISCONTINUE AND ABANDON PORTION OF EATON ST

ORDER-VACATE, DISCONTINUE AND ABANDON PORTION OF MONTREAL ST

  1. REPORTS (SUB/COMMITTEE, IF ANY)

Parks & Recreation SC August 19, 2019.

Transportation SC August 26, 2019.

Environment & Flood Issues SC August 27, 2019.

Wire Insp. – Siena Engineering (TC Systems/AT&T) – Request installation of underground telecommunications conduit on Andover Street from Dancause Road to Tewksbury line.

  1. PETITIONS

Claim – (1) Property Damage.

Misc. – Paco Rodriguez (Salem Street Variety) request installation of a 15 minute parking only sign in front of 97 Salem Street.

Misc. – Michael Wetherbee on behalf of Diane Jacquez request installation of handicap parking sign at 49-51 Pleasant Street.
Misc. – Thomas Megdanis (Jordan Street Residents) request “residential only” parking for Jordan Street.

  1. CITY COUNCIL – MOTIONS

Conway – Req. City Mgr. provide a report regarding the re-painting of cross walk lines that are in close proximity to our schools.

Cirillo – Req. City Mgr. have proper department provide City Council with a report as to how we are protecting the City’s government computer system from becoming infected with aggressive ransomware which encrypts hard drive data to prevent access.

Mercier – Req. Vote of City Council to support a Resolution to NOT make Massachusetts a Sanctuary State for fear of losing federal funds.

Nuon – Req. City Mgr. work with Board of Parks to create standard policies by which permits are granted and fees assessed for various festivals and activities in the City and consider giving multiple-year permits to organizations that sponsor annual events.

Nuon – Req. City Mgr. have proper department talk to City of Newton about their recent launch of On-Demand-Subsidized Ride Service for seniors and consider a similar service for Lowell.

Nuon/M. Samaras – Req. City Mgr. have the Signature Bridge named after our former Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

Samaras – Req. City Mgr. have DPD and Inspectional Services develop a policy and/or ordinance to encourage temporary pop-up shops as an option to fill underutilized or vacant storefronts.

Samaras – Req. City Mgr. have proper department review security procedures for Lowell City Hall.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADJOURNMENT

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