The Sunday Sun political column in the Sun is mostly repeats of the weekly column and a little more about Dave Nangle accompanying Gail Huff (Mrs. Scott Brown) around Lowell and the endorsement Sen. Brown received from City Councilor Rita Mercier.
The City Council Packet this week is 412 pages. Three weeks between meetings leaves a lot of time to get answers and ask questions. Besides the Auditors 92 report on the Parking dept. is a 300 page RFQ the Fire Dept.used to purchase equipment from Pierce Manufacturing.
On this weeks agenda is another RFQ – Vote – Seek proposals for 39 Myrtle St. aka 115 Sixth St (Varnum Elementary School) CTI had an interest the first time and so did the CBA but both wanted to put housing in an area that is congested and has parking issue.
My Mother In-Law who lives next door to the school wonders why the city doesn’t tear down the building and lease the yard to the neighbors for off street parking at $100 a year? Even she who has a 1 car driveway would purchase a spot for guest and her son’s car to be able to park off the street.
Councilor Mercier has a request that is fitting and would salute a longtime Lowell Tennis Legend – C. Mercier – Req. permission to name the (2) tennis courts on the Boylston St. side of Shedd Park in honor of Dennis Krysiak.
Councilor Elliot has a motion on an issue I think hasn’t had much play – C. Elliott – Req. Mgr. provide a report on how many properties with 13 or more units that have purchased East Coast Radio Alarm Boxes since they were mandated and how many held out.
I know of a few upset property and business owners who felt they were forced to buy specific equipment from a particular vendor whose representative used to work for the Lowell Fire Dept. Lowell wasn’t and isn’t the only community that required this but if someone from Springfield hadn’t fought it, many other Lowell businesses would have suffered. Is the city going to offer those who were forced to purchase any rebate?
Mayor Murphy has a few motions on the agenda one inspired by the Olympics and another one that promotes sports and plays to this years National election promoting the First Ladies initiative.
M. Murphy – Req. Mgr. explore potential organization and support of City Olympic Games.
M. Murphy – Req. Mgr. have Law Dept. draft resolution committing city participation in national Let’s Move initiative
He has another motion that due to the long break between meetings may have to be withdrawn.
M.Murphy – Req. Mgr. have Law Dept. draw up proper vote to apply for Bloomberg Mayoral Challenge.
When you go to the site for the challenge there is the following notice: If your city RSVPed by the July 16, 2012 deadline, you should have received the log-in information needed to start your online application. Click here to get started. Remember, applications are due by September 14, 2012! If you haven’t RSVPed, please note that the window is now closed.
I mentioned the Varnum School earlier and the parking situation. I wonder why the Acre Day Care is allowed to park 3 buses on the streets around the School much to the neighbors dismay? City officials should take a ride after 5:00 to Beech and Myrtle Streets and see the buses parked in a congested neighborhood.
The Sun editorial yesterday is correct Gayyean Family deserves answers and the community deserves the same answers. How can you have so many cameras at the school and none focused on the pool? Why wasn’t the security heightened last year after people were arrested for trespassing? Let’s not take 6 or 9 months to get answers and new policies put into place.
Also in this weeks packet is a letter from School Committeeman Bob Gignac to the Mayor and Council that no doubt will get 100% support, here’s a brief summary:
Dear Mayor Murphy and members of the City Council,
This letter’s intent is to formally update you on a project I am working on with Representative Tom Golden, Assistant Superintendent Ann Murphy, Chief Lavallee, and School Committeewoman Kristin Ross-Sitcawich. We are currently working on putting together a series of events to occur in our schools throughout the month of October.
We ask that you officially designate the month of October 2012 as “Opiate Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month.” At this point, we are in the planning stages of putting together the month long series of events.
Congrats to a Lowell Good Guy who is rumored to have purchased the Meadow Creek Golf Course. If said person runs this the way he has run other successful endeavors then this will not only become a great golf course but a successful Dining and Rental Function Hall. Keep me in mind if you need a PR flak…LOL
If Mike Lenzi resigns at this Thursday’s Tech School Committee meeting then a big THANK YOU goes out to Mike for his committment to the kids over the years and for his dedication to a school he worked at and cares about.
Only 2 motions by members on this Months Tech School Committee Agenda:
Motion by Mr. Gitschier to have the Superintendent look into the pros and cons of a three-year contract for all athletic head coaches with a 120 day notice of vacancy.
Motion by Mr. Bahou to contact the Lowell Public School District to inquire about working with them on developing some technical programs.
The Manager’s Roundtable was an interesting 90 minutes and provided the Manager with the chance to showcase his and his administrations accomplishments and he didn’t shy away from my question on “mulligans” and admitted he has made mistakes but staed he chooses to dwell on the successes.
You could almost hear Jim Campanini’s voice when Sun reporter Lyle Moran took credit for the SUN identifying the LHA Issue and causing the Manager and LHA to go through the Inspections and issue’s surrounding permits.
We had some good natured fun on WCAP Saturday Morning Live yesterday over the issue of the City Life crew not being invited to participate. The Manager did say that it wasn’t personal and that he sits with them for 2 hours 4-6 times a year and this was really the first time he sat with the “Citizen Journalist” mixed with the main stream media (SUN and WCAP) and may do so another roundtable in the future so George may get another chance to be included.