On City Life this morning, my friend Mr. McDonough mentioned that someone told him the police were called to a substation to let someone in to water the flowers and he was wondering if the Lowell Police were spending money to have someone take care of their plants.
I know the police rent these substations so I contacted the LPD with the question and Capt. William Taylor was kind enough to explain it to me.
The Police Department leases the Highlands Precinct from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell.
Included in the building we lease is a small greenhouse, you can see it from Middlesex Street. The Police Department does not utilize the greenhouse, and never has. Many years ago, at least 10 years, we allowed a group titled Community Gardens (believe it is a non profit group) to use the greenhouse, at no charge. My understanding is they take the plants from the greenhouse and plant them on public lands. To gain access to the greenhouse and water their plants, they have to use our security door.
Last week they asked our Communications Room to have the door opened so they could water their plants in the greenhouse. The Police Department and/or City have nothing to do with the greenhouse or plants. The Director of the Boys Club inquired about children from the club using the greenhouse in the future.
Hope that answers you inquiry, if you have any other questions let me know.
Capt. Bill Taylor
Good Luck to incoming Dracut School Supt. Steve Stone. Being a new Supt. is never easy, being one in a cash strapped town is tough, being one in a political town like Dracut is tougher and going into the position with a vocal group of parents opposed to you including a former school committee member has to be extremely tough. Dracut needs to work together on the fiscal issue concerning education and it will not be productive if a former school committee person leads a constant battle against the new Supt.
Tonight I’ll have on the Lowell City council budget hearings on the TV while I have the Greater Lowell Tech School Committee meeting streaming on line with 1 headphone plugged in to listen to why the committee should eliminate the new Asst. principal position/title as proposed by Mr. Gitschiers motion.