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How bad can it get for Councilor Elliot? He can’t even get a motion passed to eliminate a cop at the Council meeting? The fact he sulks, snaps and acts like the spoiled kid who didn’t get his own way may be getting on his fellow councilors nerves. It sure comes across that way on TV.
This city is in the best financial shape it has been in the past 6 years. The Administration with the support of MOST Councilors has restored our reserve accounts, is finally addressing Capital repairs and is able to increase funding for recreation by only increasing the tax rate by by 0.2 percent when the majority of the state and surrounding communities are increasing taxes by 2.5%. The Manager has shown cynics like myself that savings the Administration has said will occur have occurred and we are able to do the correct and proper thing by maintaining and repairing city owned schools and property and that is still not enough for some Councilors and his critics. They want more.
Anyone who complains about the Manager setting 1 Million dollars aside for raises for the various city unions are disingenuous and irresponsible. Most of these Unions gave up raises and switched health insurance plans that assisted the city. Lowell has a total budget of about 300 Million and to say that 1 Million is to much is absolutely nothing but whining for the sake of being negative and trying to find something to complain about. In the Private sector were I work, we also haven’t had raises for the past few years but now that we are seeing a slight increase in business we are looking to give our workers a minimal increase. The city needs to do the same and especially when the Unions have done their part in the past few years when things have been tough.
Is it proper for a School Committee person to draft a letter and then have it signed and sent by someone from the Administration?
Erik Gitschier may understand the MA. Laws better than most, working for a Municipality in a Supervisory position he deals with bureaucracy all the time. He may have the interest of the students at heart. However you still can’t join a committee and constantly tell the members many who have been there for many years that they are wrong, that they do everything wrong and that they need to listen to him because he is the smartest guy in the room and knows what is correct and NOT expect his fellow members to NOT support his motions and be resentful of him.
He can say time and time again ” It’s all about the kids” but when you constantly publicly criticize and report on rumors about your school, administration and infighting then you are NOT serving the kids…you are self serving promoting your superiority over the other members and you won’t get 4 other votes no matter what you propose if you keep it up.
The City Manager’s current contract runs through 2014, the city is in the best financial shape it has been in since he took over when Lowell had used all its reserve funds and was placed on the State’s watch list. The Cambridge job is looming (you can argue he may or may not have a real shot at it) but it makes me wonder if perhaps we may see a motion to extent the Manager out until 2016 with a modest raise sometime before year’s end?
Speculation has been around that this could be the last term by choice of Councilor Broderick and possibly Councilor Martin, the Managers two top supporters. Mayor Murphy if he keeps up his missteps could find himself in the same situation as former Mayor Milanazzo and that would severely weaken the Manager’s power base.
No councilor would bring up a contract extension in an election year (2013) so doing it in 2012 when Taxes are the lowest and the city is in the best financial place makes perfect sense. Who will bring forth the extension at summer’s end or early fall?
Privileged and Thankful to be sitting in for George Anthes this Friday on City Life / City Life Today In Dracut this coming Friday with co-host State Rep. Colleen Garry. Lots to talk to the Rep. about including the State budget, EBT reform, her bill on Vocational Education and her bill requiring Voter ID. Tune in and call us.
Finally between opening the Pool or the summer-house and firing up the grill, take a moment to remember the real meaning of the Holiday Weekend. My Dad, Father In-Law Fred Knox, many Uncles and a couple Aunts all served their country during war time and my Uncle Jack Quinn of Dracut never made it home. His two sons Jack and Mike never knew their Dad. Many children across this country lost their dad or mom, brother, sister, cousin,son, daughter or friend. Let us never forget the high price these people paid to protect and defend their country for the many liberties we sometimes take for granted.