First term Councilor Patrick Murphy sure did his share of filing motions. Many of Councilor Murphy’s motions have led to improvements in policies and performance (see this years budget) and resulted in the City receiving grant funding. The Councilor has also done his share of work for constituents.
In his first term between January 2010 and June 2011 he filed a total of 58 motions.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on potential of implementing a variant of CitiStat model in Lowell.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. explore establishing Neighborhood Venture Fund & widen outreach efforts for existing loan programs etc.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on plans to increase savings in waste management & support recycling programs in Condos/Multi Family Bldgs.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr./DPD develop maintenance plans for new/renewed public works projects etc.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. adopt fuel-efficient city fleet purchasing policy in accordance w/Mass Green Communities Act.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. develop proposal to secure funding to address flooding under Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on potential of adoption of performance based budgeting
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on current procurement policy w/regard to the purchase of local and recycle products.
C. Murphy-Req. City Council observe City Council Rules.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. consider conducting Municipal Water Usage Audit & completing a Conservation Plan.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. review data on cost effectiveness of yard waste collection in summer months.
C. Murphy-Req. Council join other cities/towns in support updated Bottle Bill #HB3515-SB1480.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. have DPD provide disaggregated data on Best Retail Practices Program
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on data/calculations re:changes to City’s provision of Health Insurance Plans.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. have proper dept. address issues @ Clemente Park.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. have DPD/Law Dept. provide analysis of greater restrictions on construction in Flood Plain etc.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on progress of Storm Water Compliance Plan
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on low impact development practices & potential ordinance changes to adopt the less costly approach.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. have appropriate depts. report on event permitting, fee and invoice policies.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on parking plan for Back Central Neighborhood.
June 2010C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on results of Positive Ticketing Initiative.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on progress toward updated Hazard Mitigation Plan.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on focus of the LowellStat Program during FY2011.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. explore extension recycling services to LHA.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. have DPD review Historic District Restriction when in conflict w/energy efficiency retrofits.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr/Council discuss use of FY10 Snow/Ice Deficit assumed in FY11 Budget.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. explore potential for system of bus shelters/bike racks w/LRTA & have DPD review corresponding plan for transit-overlay districts surrounding them.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr/DPD develop formal guidelines w/Council on future use of TIF Plans etc.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on short/long term plans for supervision of Lowell Youth Council.
C. Murphy-Req. Council resolve issue of requirements for preliminary election & consider random ballot order in general.
C. Murphy-Req. Council consider Home Rule Petition to lower voting age to 17 for Municipal Elections.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. explore possibility of waiving First Time Home Buyer Requirement for Veterans seeking Down-Payment Assistance.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on implementation of Health Care Plan Design in practice & establish guidelines w/Council for use of potential authority.
C. Murphy-Req. Council discuss larger Charter Changes to increase civic participation(including combined districts, at large system, term limits) at Rules S/C.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on performance of Single Source Marketing & consider shifting focus toward lower cost, community driven, multiple source marketing strategies
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on plans for greater savings and efficiency in solid waste/recycling programs in upcoming year.
C. Murphy-Req. Council amend Rule #12 to include electronic communication as acceptable means of delivery of council materials.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. develop formal Complete Streets policy, possibly w/funding through NMCOG Technical Assistance Grants.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on maintenance plans for public facilities, including Smith Baker, to preserve current potential for future uses.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. develop budget hearing process to align w/the goals of GFOA Performance-based budget, greater transparency & public participation
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. consider inclusion of tax schedules & performance of current TIF Agreements in FY 12 Budget Document.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on impact of local meals tax option
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. provide analysis Ma. Housing Development Incentive Program & potential guidelines on its local application.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. review visible recycling policy to increase diversion of recyclables from waste stream.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. explore potential of offering prescription drug discount card based on Gloucester Model.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. work w/LRTA & Youth Council to identify potential adjustments to bus service to increase work opportunities.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. expand city fleet policy to include section on alternatively-fueled vehicles.
C. Murphy/C. Mercier-Req. Mgr. report on status of funding for municipal pools in FY 2012
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. further improve building permitting process for homeowners
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. explore potential of formal economic gardening initiative, GrowLowell, in partnership w/UMass Lowell Management Dept. & others
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on job performance of TIF Agreements and potential policy of reinvestment of new growth due to TIFs into economic development efforts.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on usage of Green Communities grant funding, including participation in stretch code energy efficiency grant/loan program.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on potential ordinance change to require private waste haulers operating in city to provide recycling services at affordable/flat rate & to amend fee schedule for dumpsters to eliminate existing disincentives.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on establishment of short-term revolving loan fund for business, condo & multifamily apt. buildings to more easily access recycling services & corresponding savings.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. review/report on progress towards goals of city tree ordinance, & submit an application for MA DCR Urban & Community Challenge Grant to develop urban forestry plan in compliance w/the ordinance.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. complete an update to Capital Improvement Plan over next year, & more fully intergrate the plan into a formal process preceding annual budge session.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. explore grant application to MassWorks Infrastructure Program for partial support of Speck Plan recommendations & coordinated pilot project for green stormwater infrastructure downtown.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. identify alternative grant funding source for Hale’s (River Meadow) Brook Greenway Plan to provide improved access & environmental enhancements to the adjacent neighborhoods.
C. Murphy-Req. Mgr. report on need for a Fair Housing Commission & on city’s progress in addressing fair housing concerns.