February 2017 Agenda

LDNA  Agenda – February 27, 2017

  1. Opening greeting
  2. Approval of minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Police Report
  5. Andy Jacobson, President of the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) will give a brief overview of the organization, and discuss some upcoming events.
  6. General Information
  7. Adjourn

January 2017 Minutes

January 23rd, 2017 7 PM, LTC

 

Present:

Carolyn Alphen, Co-Chair

Jack Moynihan, Co-Chair

Stephen Greene, VP/Treasurer

Corey Sciuto Secretary

 

Begin Meeting

Stephen moves; Corey seconds

 

Annual Re-Elections

All officers re-elected

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Police Report, Lt. Crawford

Higher-than-normal crime this month, related both to increased activity due to Christmas and New Years, including higher police presence. An individual who committed many of the elevated rate of car breaks was arrested this month as well. Discussions around improved lighting, vagrancy, etc.

 

Neighborhood Services Subcommittee is present

 

Supt. Bill Tailor, LPD

3rd consecutive year with double-digit reduction in crime. Includes 15-18% reduction in shots fired.

 

Maryann Ballotta, Director of Research and Development, LPD

Application for grant for downtown neighborhood (potentially $1M over three years, includes mandatory nine-month planning period, being submitted soon with grant beginning early 2018). Maryann has reached out to and is working with Jack Moynihan. Potential goals include increased lighting, addressing panhandling (change program). Self-watering flower pots. Partnership with Lowell Transitional Living Center to help them better serve their population downtown. Increased lighting in Kerouac Park as it’s a known crime hot-spot. Potentially coordinating with Mill City Grows to open a community garden downtown.

 

Council expresses interest particularly in working more closely with Lowell Transitional Living Center, especially around keeping their clients occupied with programming during the day.

 

City Manager Kevin Murphy

We have 252 police officers, highest count since the Clinton era. Most uniformed firefighters in two decades. $4.5M under net school spending at the beginning of Murphy’s tenure; $9.5M over currently. 90% ground-floor occupation level citywide.

 

Kathleen Marcin asks for highest and best use study re: Lowell High School.

 

  • City will provide LDNA with highest and best use study.

 

Wayne Jenness asks what will happen to the courthouses when the new one opens.

 

  • They’ll be sold on the private market.

 

Discussion around art gallery shuttles

 

David Ouellette, Inspectional Services

 

Over 100 food establishments downtown. About 10 closed food establishments.

 

Nick Navin, Parking Dept

 

Lower Locks garage repair work is done, Market St is nearly done.

 

The closing of Market St during City of Lights blocking the garage was in error.

 

Surface Parking Lot next to Canal Place III will not be built until they end up developing Hamilton Canal District 2 and 4, which are currently surface lots.

 

Call the Parking Dept. if your car was damaged during the garage repair process.

 

Discussion around 1 East Merrimack St and Parking. They can’t fit that many cars in the Davidson St lot unless a garage is built there.

 

Overall, there is interest increasing the number of parking spaces downtown.

 

Motion to ajourn

Carolyn moves, Stephen Greene seconds.

January 2017 Meeting

LDNA Agenda – January 23, 2017, 7 PM., LTC

  1. Opening greeting
  2. Approval of minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Annual election of LDNA officers
  5. Police Report
  6. Neighborhood Services Subcommittee (continuing their efforts to better connect with the community) will conduct their monthly meeting at this LDNA meeting.
  7. General Information
  8. Adjourn

November 2016 Minutes

LDNA Meeting, November 28, 2016

7 PM, LTC

Present:

Jack Moynihan, Co-Chair

Carolyn Alphen, Co-Chair

Stephen Greene, Vice President

Corey Sciuto, Secretary

Police Report (Lt. Crawford):

Car break suspect has been caught

Interested in creative solutions on how to reduce backup downtown of people waiting on Ubers when the bars close.

Talk about lighting issues in the Canal Place parking lots.

Gates aren’t always closed by Trio.

Discussion around home access issues during events – Councilor Samaras looking to make a motion to address this.

Bridges closing: http://www.lowellbridges.com/

Discussion about licensing commission meetings.

Lowell High School Project

Presentation by Skanska and Perkins Eastman

Please direct questions to the City Manager’s Office

Next community presentation at LHS Auditorium on Thursday, December 8 2016 at 6:30PM

Website on the project should be available in March.

Motion to Accept Minutes

Corey made, Stephen seconds

Treasurer’s Report

$367.29 + donations from today

No meeting till January 23rd!

Motion to adjourn

Carolyn moves; Stephen seconds 8:44PM

 

 

October 2016 Minutes; November Agenda

October Minutes

LDNA – October 17, 2016 7:00 PM

Present:

Jack Moynihan, Co-Chair

Carolyn Alphen, Co-Chair

Corey Sciuto,  Secretary

Motion to approve minutes:

Jack puts forward, Carolyn seconds

Treasurer’s Report:

$367.29

Allison Lamey, Director of Economic Development:

Commercial Vacancy on Ground Floor @ 6%

Craig questions where this number came from.

Allison points out that many of these ground floor spots have become offices, which are not ideal for generating foot traffic. City is looking into changing regulations s.t. more ‘interactive’ businesses open.

<< Discussions around subsidized housing, parking, higher floor occupancy, new businesses, etc… >>

Motion to Adjourn

Corey moves, Carolyn seconds.

November Agenda

Novenber 28, 2016

1. Opening greeting

2. Approval of minutes

3. Treasurer’s Report

4. Police Report

5. Lowell High School Project Presentation by LHS Project Consultants

6. Introduction of Gabby Davis from “Made in Lowell” organization

7. General Information

8. Adjourn

October 2016 Agenda / September 2016 Minutes

NOTE: There is a date change this month!

LDNA Agenda – October 17, 2016

1. Opening greeting

2. Approval of minutes

3. Treasurer’s Report

4. Police Report

5. Introduction of Economic Development Director Allison Lamey for brief remarks and questions and answers.

6. Discussion of plans for Bridge Street Bridge lighting

7. General Information

8. Adjourn

 

September Minutes

September 26, 2016, 7 PM

 

Present:

Jack Moynihan – President

Corey Sciuto – Secretary

 

Meeting called to order at 7:04

 

Motion to approve Minutes – Jack

Seconded – Corey

 

Sgt. Nobrega – LPD

Crime report had a few break-ins this month; all businesses. Violent crimes this month were either alcohol-related or domestics.

 

Bill Garr and Barbera Dunsford of Lowell House, Craig Thomas of CBA

Slideshow and video presentation about new building on Upper Merrimack St for long-term recovery patients.

 

Councilor Samaras

Interested in feedback in lighting regulations downtown. Looking to make a motion to better light the canal walkways.

 

REMINDER

October Meeting is on the 3rd and not the 4th Monday next week. LTC will be used for Early Voting.

 

Jack – Motion to Adjourn

Corey seconds.

 

Close 8:07

September 2016 Agenda

Monday, September 26, 2016, 7 PM, LTC, 246 Market St

  1. Opening greeting
  2. Approval of minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Police Report
  5. Bill Garr from Lowell House and Yun-Ju Choi from the CBA will discuss plans for a collaborative effort to build a new treatment center at the current Lowell House site on Merrimack Street
  6. General Information
  7. Adjourn

August 2016 Minutes

LDNA August 22, 2016

Present

Carolyn Alphen, Stephen Greene, Corey Sciuto

Accept Meeting Minutes

 Stephen moves; Kathleen Marcin seconds

Treasurer’s Report

 $367.00

Discussion of spending the money on a neighborhood block party in the Market Mills Courtyard. How do we discuss with the community at large? Suggestion of an Ice Cream Social.

Police Report

Sgt. Nobrega presenting. Fairly typical month.

A few residents discussing how moving people out of the TD BankNorth plaza has moved people into different areas along the canals, often owned by the National Park. LDNA to look into getting signs installed that would allow enforcement of no trespassing laws.

Mary Hart – First Thursdays

The final First Thursday of the 2016 season is September 1st: http://www.cultureiscool.org/downtown-lowell-first-thursdays

Adjourn

8:15

August Agenda

LDNA Agenda – Monday, August 22, 2016

1. Opening greeting

2. Approval of minutes

3. Treasurer&#39;s Report

4. Police Report

5. Mary Hart will discuss First Thursdays

6. General Information

7. Adjourn

June Minutes

LDNA 06/27/16, 7:06 PM

 

Present:

 

Carolyn Alphen, Jack Moynihan, Corey Sciuto

 

Approval of Minutes:

 

Carolyn moves; Corey seconds

 

Treasurer’s Report:

 

N/A

 

City Mgr. Kevin Murphy:

 

Discussed increased focus on trash during outdoor dining season.

 

Discussion on reverting many intersections to exclusive cycles, or delayed green after walk.

 

Discussion around increased parking rates. There has been no motion by the City Council; the Parking Dept misspoke. City is potentially working on an app to find out what parking lots have spaces.

 

Talk about increasing lighting downtown, including more canalside lighting.

 

Lt. Crawford, LPD:

 

Discussion about noise downtown, lack of police patrols by some of the alleys.

 

Richard Howe, Jr. Lowell Walks

 

Tours are 10 AM-11:30 AM on Saturday mornings: http://www.richardhowe.com/events/

 

Closing:

 

Carolyn moves; Corey seconds

 

REMINDER: No July Meeting.

 

8:18 PM