So sayeth a Liberal Lowell “Grow In” in a blog post while he takes another shot at a first time Council Challenger (mostly because he is republican), what he calls the Lowell brahmin class” (those businessmen who have been successful in Lowell) and a successful business developer from out of town who MAY have some interest in doing business here in Lowell.
To me Bill Martin is your basic, average councilor. He makes a few motions dealing with constituent issues and a few other items. There’s nothing here like a suggestion of a data analysis or performance based budgeting initiatives that stand out or make him stand out. He is a lawyer by day, not a overly dynamic speaker and a pretty even tempered guy. Personaly he seems like a nice guy the couple times I have met and spoken to him.
So I took a look at the 31 City Council Meetings over the past 2 years (his latest term) to see what I may have missed, What it is that makes Bill Martin the brightest bulb on The Council’s porch. You can tell he’s a lawyer because he does ask for a lot of reports. (Apparently reading briefs during the day isn’t enough for him) he request more reports than most other councilors.
I am expecting to find great motions that Bill Martin has placed.I was looking for creative and different ideas and items calling for tax or fee reductions, motions to go after absentee landlords, increasing police protection or increasing fire protection.
Has chairman of the City Council Rules committee any motions to change, review or improve rules or has a member of the personal sub-committee any change of oversight of the City Clerk or Auditor’s office which works directly for the council? Maybe a motion looking at the charter and maybe changing the preliminary requirements.
He is also chairman of the Economic Development sub-committee so I was looking for Specific Economic Development ideas, how and where to grow business and which businesses to target, ideas to generate grants or lower the business tax rate or suggesting expanding tiffs etc.
He chairs the Technology & Utilities sub-committee so there must be motions to improve the technology at city hall and in the city, correct?
Has a member of the Environmental/Recycling Issues did he make any motions to assist residence in getting bulk items picked up, suggest lowering fees or make a motion to have a ‘No Charge” day for Bulk items?
He has filed a couple motions that go along with his Housing Issues sub-committee which he also chairs, he is a member of the Railroad Issues and Zoning subcommittee’s.
Here are the 16 motions made by Councilor William “Bill” Martin in the past 2 years from Jan 2010 up through June 2011 taken from the Agenda’s posted on the City of Lowell Website.
I’ll let you decide if you agree with JM that based on these and all the committee’s he chairs and his performance on the Council that we see on Tuesday Nights if he is indeed the brightest bulb on The Council’s porch.
Jan 5 2010
C. Martin-Req. Council join efforts of other Cities/Towns in banning text-messaging while driving
Jan 19 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. seek add’l funding First Time Homebuyer/2 For Lowell & report to Council
March 16 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. report on progress of recommendation from DOR re: city financial practices.
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. report on status new Merrimack River Bridge @Pawtucket St. & University Ave
March 23 2010
C. Martin/Descoteaux-Req. Mgr. report feasibility of obtaining & possible uses for Pepsi Supports Surrounding Towns (PSST) Grant.
May 4 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. work w/Middlesex Registry Deeds to develop report on resale of foreclosures etc.
May 25 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. report on enforcement/prevention activities by police for summer season.
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. report on receipts from Hotel Room Tax and amount allocated to local CVB
June 8 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. implement traffic calming measures School/Shaw Sts. related to neighborhood improvements
July 27 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. report on plans to implement Municipal Relief Act recently adopted by Legislature
Aug 10 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. proceed with action to repair/demolish property @ 491-493 Concord St.
Nov 30 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. have proper State Agency remove debris along Rt. 110.
Dec 14 2010
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. provide updated report on utilization of First Time Homebuyer Programs.
Jan 25 2011
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. proper dept. determine feasibility of left turn arrow to traffic signal @ corner Bridge St & Lakeview Ave. for traffic heading north
April 19 2011
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. have proper depts. report on potential impact of Federal Cuts on city programs.
C. Martin-Req. Mgr. add Dancause St. to the repaving list
May 10 2011C. Martin-Req. Mgr. report on status of improvements @ Sun Apartment Building.