City Council Agenda Items for April 21st 2015

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A few things that caught my eye in a relatively motionless but very full City Council Agenda.

A) The Manager wants to add 4 Police Officer’s to next’s year’s budget but needs the Council to okay ahead of time.

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B) The Manager also has the Home Rule Petition to eliminate the Fire Chief from Civil Service – Vote-Auth Filing Special Legislation re: Appt of a non-civil service Fire Chief in the City of Lowell

It will be interesting to see if any Fire Union members or Superior Officer’s speak either for or against this item. If the Union has concerns, especially in an Election year, will the Council delay?

C) The Public Hearing for the Veterans Ordinance is on the Agenda for a Public Hearing – Ordinance-Establish Veterans’Commission

Will concerned Veteran’s speak against some of the aspects? Will others be there in support? Does the fact that the VFW played nice ion the Tanner St. realignment come into play? (Some think it does) In a City of over 100,000 people, why the need to allow a Non-Lowell Veteran membership on the board (besides political reasons?)

D) The Capital Budget Plan is on the Agenda for a Public hearing -Loan Order and Transfer-Various Capital Improvements ($9,386,005) – Will anyone express their concern of $500,000 for the Shot-Spotter System which includes LIMITED Video?

E) The 1705 Union President isn’t backing down from this Manager / Administration and the ever growing Anti-Union reputation this Administration is getting (rightly or wrongly depends on your viewpoint) Personally I think this Administration is doing their best to be creative with personal and get the most use out of them while also trying to limit (in the teacher’s union case) the growing cost of salary and benefits.

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F) The City is collecting more Permit Fee’s due to the due diligence of the Development Service Dept. following up on Commercial Renovations. Seem’s Eric Slagle and company are doing a great service for the city.

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G) With the High School renovation / New LHS discussions really in its infancy, Councilor Bill Samaras who has the ONLY motion on this week’s Agenda, seem’s to be trying to push one suggested location off the table. It will be interesting to see if Councilor Belanger who wanted a 4 season Park at the South Common before he flipped-flopped and wanted a new High School there has to say on this motion.

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