Sunday Leftovers served on Monday….with an add on

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Advertising for Asst. Manager position depends on what Asst. it is.

I was curious the more I look at the 6 day job posting for the 3rd Asst. City Manager position. When the Murphy Administration posted for the DPD / Asst. Manager position, was that also posted for 6 days and where were these position advertised?

If you recall when looking for a City Manager / Auditor this Council wanted to make sure the position was advertised widely.

I did a google search for Lowell Asst. City Manager Posting and while I did find one, it was for the Asst. Manager / DPD Not the ” NEW 3rd “Operations” Assistant Manager position.

I found it here:
APA – Massachusetts Chapter » Jobs » Assistant City Manager/Department of Planning and Development Director – City of Lowell

It seems that position was posted in multiple places for a lengthy time where the Operations Asst. is a 6 day..sshh don’t let people know posting.

Interesting that DPD / Asst. Manager position was posted for 22 days including weekends and Operations only required 6 days. Here are the 2 Posted positions:

City of Lowell
Job Posting
Please Post: May 2, 2014
Deadline: May 23, 2014
Department of Planning and Development Assistant City Manager/
Department of Planning and Development Director salary range: $100,323.60 to $117,871.52

City of Lowell
Job Description Please Post: July 15, 2014 Deadline: July 20, 2014 City Manager’s Office Assistant City Manager $87,309.68 (min) to $102,552.35(max);

Another Business maybe 2 Closing
It is sad to hear that due to the illness of owner Dave Robinson, Ray Robinson’s Sandwich Shoppe is closing at the end of the month. Rumors have another popular (or it was for a while) downtown Restaurant getting ready to close in the next month if not sooner.

Even Councilor Belanger is closing Majors at the end of July and plans to try an Irish concept there because this present concept must not be successful or why change it? (hmm isn’t their a REAL Irish Bar named the Old Court already in the Downtown and doing well, run by real Irishmen!)

NOT Customer / Voter / Taxpayer Friendly
The City Council may have pressured the School Dept. to move their Administration Offices back into the downtown to help the local businesses (like the one a city council owns that serves lunch). It certainly wasn’t a well thought out move for parents / voters / taxpayers who have to deal with not only having to pay to park to deal with the Parent Information Center. It is costing the taxpayers millions over the past almost 20 years.

Tell a mom/ dad/caregiver with a couple small children who has to park at the John or Market St. Garage or find a meter and those friendly kiosk how much more important the downtown business people are than they are.

The School Dept from 2004 – 2009 use to pay $656,900 annually in rent for 50,000 square feet of the 99,000-square-foot Bon Marche building at 155 Merrimack St. at that time they also paid $130,000 annual lease on the Family Literacy Center on Palmer Street.

The School Dept. Originally moved there in 1996 for $480,000 a year. The cost of the lease increased dramatically when the city increased parking rates from $20 to $52 per month in 2004.(BTW: Parking for those who work there is Free, taxpayers who need to go there to register their children must pay).

I’m No math whiz but since 1996 – 2009 when the School Dept. moved to the Rogers School, the City of Lowell and it’s taxpayers have spend around $7,774,500.00 on RENT! With another Million roughly being spent on this new lease for the 3 years.

BTW Dracut is building a new Town Hall for $9.3 Million Dollars. Wouldn’t it have been a lot better and will it not make more sense for taxpayers, if Lowell built a PERMANENT School Administration Building that offered parking on City owned property?

Isn’t what the city is doing just subsidizing private businesses with taxpayers dollars? How about building a permanent Administration building has part of the Jam Plan??

Do as we say NOT has we DO!

Seems to be a motto of the City Council or at least a few councilors. In today’s paper there is an article on buildings marked with a X to warn firefighters of danger.

If ‘X’ marks the spot, Lowell firefighters beware

There is a picture and paragraph about 43 Market St included in the story which says, The property is on the list because it is “poorly secured” and the fire-protection equipment is inoperable, according to task-force records.Owners of nearby businesses, including City Councilor Corey Belanger of Major’s Pub, and Andy Jacobson of Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, said they’d like the city to take more aggressive enforcement action to spur redevelopment of the long-blighted 43 Market St.

IF

There is this quote from City Councilor Belanger saying “We need stronger measures in place to come down on negligent landlords such as this so this does not happen,” Belanger said. “This is an absolute disgrace.”

There is also this Picture of a CITY OWNED BUILDING ON HAMPSHIRE ST. IN CENTRALVILLE OWNED BY…The City of Lowell:

IF with the caption:

The building at 16 Hampshire St., bears a red “X,” meaning firefighters are warned not to go into if there is a fire because of the danger they present. SUN/Julia Malakie

Maybe because this isn’t in the Downtown, Councilor Belanger doesn’t A) Know about it or B) Care about it. Tearing down or cleaning up this City owned site won’t help his personal business like cleaning up 43 Market St. might!

Yep he’s for all of Lowell (if all is confined to the downtown) how about getting the City to clean up before preaching at others Councilor?

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