City Council

Rita Mercier gets it right

I commend Councilor Rita Mercier on her remarks this evening regarding crime in Lowell.  My notes from the entire meeting are available online but I want to single out Rita’s comments, partly because she and I haven’t shared a lot of common ground on issues, but mostly because she’s right.…

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Lowell City Council Meeting: September 23, 2014

My notes from tonight’s Lowell City Council meeting: Resignation of Erik Gitschier from Greater Lowell Vocational School Committee – City Council trying to schedule a joint meeting with the Lowell School Committee to select his replacement.  Special meeting on October 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm (council will begin its regular…

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Lowell City Council Meeting – August 26, 2014

City Auditor Report: 2009–2014 Surveillance Spending Report.  Mayor relinquishes chair to Vice Chair Leahy.    Mayor finds many things troubling including that names of investigative subjects were blacked out on original invoices.  This should be investigated.  Says the city should have a list of people who were followed.  Also dismayed that…

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Lowell Week in Review: July 27, 2014

Lowell Folk Festival It’s the last weekend in July so the Lowell Folk Festival is upon us.  Walking around downtown yesterday afternoon was a lot of fun.  It wasn’t the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen but it was large enough to prove that the Festival continues to be very popular. …

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Lowell City Council Meeting: July 8, 2014

(Rules suspended to take several items early). Vote authorizing city manager to execute a lease with UMass Lowell for 125 parking spaces on Fr. Morissette Blvd. They will be used by UMass Lowell Monday thru Friday, used by staff people primarily from the University Crossing facility (former St Joseph’s Hospital).…

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