Another pretty light week for the Council Agenda (I WILL POST FULL AGENDA TOMORROW) but the meeting will NOT be a quick one.
First under the Public Participation section is
Misc. – Bettina Romberg request permission to address the Council regarding the issuance of Licenses to Carry Firearms in the City of Lowell.
This person is the Director at Large of the Gun Owner’s Action League and is part of a lawsuit against the city over it’s policies about who is allowed to carry. I’m told that besides this speaker others have and will be registering to support the right to be able to carry a concealed weapon. You may have the Right to bear Arms but in Lowell, you can’t carry one unless you are going to the shooting range or hunting. That is the most common restriction placed on gun owners.
However, once you have been a victim of a violent Crime, are a businessman who carries large amounts of money or valuables (or according to some, are family/friends of Police or Politicians) you get the permit to carry concealed in Lowell with no restrictions.
We also are Informed that in Fiscal year 2015 the City of Lowell EXCEEDED their Net School Spending requirements (by $31, 531 but it did Exceed it)
The Governor has signed the bill that repeals the Chapt. 17 Funding requirement so the City can now take the remaining $$ and transfer that into the General Stabilization account rather than have to spend it on the Schools. (I will ask the Manager tomorrow on Saturday Morning Live) why he doesn’t transfer that into the Snow and Ice Acct)
Wicked IrishBelanger wants the City to try some arm twisting and get Bob Caruso his money and get a new Dorm in downtown that will help businesses. Just a coincidence that the Councilor Owns a Business downtown.
Subject: C. Belanger – Req. City Mgr. continue to communicate with Capstone Construction officials regarding construction of private dormitories in the City and coordinate a meeting with UMass-Lowell and City officials to discuss the matter.