Because the Council meets only twice a month during the summer, the agenda is very packed. There are a lot of budget transfers but it appears that the City will end the year with some amount of “Free Cash” even after the snowiest winter in a long time. Most of these transfer appear to be from one existing account to another and it was the “freeze” in expenditures and hiring review along with the newly passed law that ket’s the cost of the snow and ice be spread over 3 years that has allowed the city to still be able to close fiscal year 2015 in budget.
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LOWELL CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
CITY HALL, CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
TIME 6:30 PM
1. MAYOR’S BUSINESS
1.1. Communication – Melvin Velez from House of Restoration regarding opening of new church.
2. CITY CLERK
2.1. Minutes of City Council Meeting June 9th; Economic Development SC June 9th; Public Safety SC June
9th, for acceptance.
GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS
3. GENERAL PUBLIC HEARINGS
3.1. Ordinance-Amend Ch. 56 entitled Personnel amending 56.2 enumerated City Electrician
UTILITY PUBLIC HEARINGS
4. UTILITY PUBLIC HEARINGS
4.1. National Grid – Request installation of electric conduit at 71 Wilder Street.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
5. COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
5.1. Motion Responses:
(A) Motion Response – Roper St. Bridge
(B) Motion Response – Progress on Crosswalk Painting
(C) Motion Response – Intersection of Nesmith and Andover Streets
(D) Motion Response – MSBA Process and Timeline of Steps
(E) Motion Response – Lowell High STEM Curriculum
(F) Motion Response – Pedestrian Bridge over Railroad at Western Avenue
(G) Informational – 2015 Paving Schedules
5.2. Communication-Reappoint Bernard F. Cassidy to Cemetery Commission
5.3. Communication-Appoint Sean Daniels and Maxine Farkas Lowell Cultural Council
5.4. Communication-Accept resignation of Sophy Theam Lowell Cultural Council
VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER
6. VOTES FROM THE CITY MANAGER
6.1. Vote-Approve the Complete Streets Policy6.2. Vote-Auth CM Ex. License Agreement w/Quinn’s Sandwiches d/b/a Jimmy John’s (134 Merrimack St)
6.3. Vote-Apply/Accept/Expend $55,037 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
6.4. Vote-Apply/Accept/Expend $2,000 MassDEP SMRP Grant
6.5. Vote-Apply/Accept/Expend $14,400 MassDEP RDP Gran
6.6. Vote-Auth CM Ex Amendment w Colonial Power Group Inc. to exercise one year renewal option year
6.7. Vote-Authorization of Continuation of FY16 Revolving Funds
6.8. Vote-Auth CM Ex. Intermunicipal Agreement (136 Stedman St Chelmsford) Sewer Tie-In
6.9. Vote-Transfer $12,704 (cover projected year end payroll deficit)
6.10. Vote-Transfer $86,250 to cover overages and projections until end of year
6.11. Vote-Transfer $1,919,352.70 funds to cover snow and ice deficit
6.12. Vote-Transfer $38,058 cover increased tuition assessment Essex Tech
6.13. Vote-Transfer $335,277.99 (unexpected workers’ compensations costs)
6.14. Vote-Transfer $700,000 (sick leave buy back account)
6.15. Vote-Transfer $425,157.69 (Snow and Ice Cost for FEMA reimbursement (JUNO)
6.16. Vote-Accept Snow and Ice Amortization Schedule
ORDERS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
7. ORDERS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
7.1. Order-60 day trial (various)
8. CONSTABLE BONDS
8.1. Communication – City Mgr. request approval for Constable Bond for Juan Garcia.
REPORTS (SUB / COMMITTEE, IF ANY)
9. REPORTS (SUB / COMMITTEE, IF ANY)
9.1. Parks & Recreation SC June 23, 2015.
9.2. Wire Insp. -National Grid/Verizon NE – Request relocate pole 1 across Dane Street. PETITIONS
10.1. Misc. – George Boisvert request installation of (1) handicap parking sign in front of 28 White Street.
10.2. Misc. -Louise Roberge request installation of (1) handicap parking sign in front of 8 Lewis Street.
10.3. Misc. – Rita Souza request installation of additional stop sign and stop line at the corner of Eugene and
10.4. Misc. – Trinity EMS (John Chemaly, Pres.) request permission to move radio communication equipment
to the base of the 10th Street Water. Tower
10.5. Misc. – James and Katherine Rourke request City Council abandon portion of paper street (Worcester
Road) behind 52 (50) Surrery Lane.
10.6. Misc. – Joseph and Donna Koravos (Atty. George Theodorou) request City Council abandon portion of
paper street (Edgewood St.) between 115 and 133 Havilah Street.
10.7. Misc. – Rita Souza request installation of an enclosed crosswalk extending from the back of the Butler
School over to Billerica Street.
10.8. Misc. – Martina Jimenez, Alejandra Vivas and Carmen Hermandez request to address the City Council
regarding job conditions in the City.
10.9. Misc. – Josh White (Director of the Lowell Transitional Living Center) request to address Council
regarding day program at the Center beginning in July.
CITY COUNCIL – MOTIONS
11. CITY COUNCIL – MOTIONS
11.1. C. Leahy – Req. City Mgr. work with proper department to formulate a plan for street sign replacement
throughout the City of Lowell.
11.2. C. Leahy – Req. City Mgr. have proper department furnish a report regarding school repairs being done
during the Summer of 2015.
11.3. C. Kennedy – Req. City Mgr. take proper action to repair handicap ramp, ladies’ room and scoreboard
at Alumni Field.
11.4. C. Milinazzo – Req. City Mgr. to look at possible ways to streamline the permitting process for the use
of Alumni Field and other fields across the City.
11.5. C. Belanger – Req. City Mgr. have street department clean all gateways into the City in preparation for
the Lowell Folk Festival.
11.6. M. Elliott – Req. City Mgr. provide status of Branch Street property.11.7. M. Elliott – Req. City Council enact a ban on unmanned aircraft, or drones, within a certain radius over
public and private school campuses during school hours, unless previously approved by school staff for
educational purposes and over all public playgrounds.
CITY COUNCIL – EXECUTIVE SESSION
12. CITY COUNCIL – EXECUTIVE SESSION
12.1. Executive Session – Pursuant to “Exemption 3” to discuss strategy with respect to matters of ongoing
litigation, (Claims, Union Grievances, Gun Permits and others), public discussion of which could have a
detrimental effect on the City’s position.
13. Time for meeting to stand adjourned.