President Jack Moynihan began the meeting at 7:00 PM. He introduced the Treasure, Stephen Greene
and noted that the secretary, Robert Casey, was away.
The minutes for the October and November meetings were approved with no changes. The was no
meeting in December.
Stephen Greene gave the treasure’s report. LDNA has $2,212.29 in its account at Enterprise Bank. This
reflected a $30.00 deposit and no disbursements.
Captain Dan Desmarais presented the Police Report. He began with the restructuring of the Department
on January 8 th with one captain over the whole city rather than 3 sectors. This reorganization provides
better coordination and allocation of resources. This includes improvement in day shift outreach and
sharing information among shifts. He also reported on crime statistics for November, December and the
first 3 weeks of January. Car breaks were the major category. Residents are reminded that most car
breaks were to unlocked vehicles. He minded folks to lock their cars and not leave any items of value
visible. There were 6 disorderlies and 7 vandalisms. The Captain will be meeting with Garage Security
with the objective of reducing car breaks in the garages.
Captain Desmarais reported that several “gypsy thefts” occurred in the Lowell area. A car with a driver
and passenger drive up to potential victim on the street and talk them in to trying a piece of jewelry
similar to what the potential victim is wearing. The plan is to switch a good piece of jewelry with a flashy
piece of junk before they speed off. Another item of interest he reported was the Tic Tok Kia/Hyundai car
theft challenge, to break into these cars and steal them.
Captain Desmarais has reached out to the Inn and Conference Center’s security team. There is no longer a
sector office at Eastern Bank. Neighbors have reported kids at the Victorian Park and suspected drug
activity. Security in the Hamilton Garage has been absent. Garage management has been poor overall
and it is hoped that a new garage manager will improve the situation. The Captain received praise for his
past work in Back Central.
Newly Elected Mayor Danny Rourke was introduced by Jack. Mayor Rourke presented a brief update of
work currently going on in the City or which is in process. A few items include the Downtown
Wayfinding – new signs and kiosks for downtown including garages which will be installed this Spring.
Jackson Street Park which Councilor Jenness reported last year. A number of development projects on
Market, Merrimack and Middlesex St. A new Sushi restaurant on Merrimack. Plans for an Economic
Development Coordinator for the Downtown and Neighborhoods by this Spring. During Questions,
Mayor Rourke took questions on downtown snow removal particularly at corners, cross walks and bus
stops which is a challenge for pedestrians. Persistent potholes on major streets was also mentioned.
Elections were held. Jack Moynihan has stepped down after 10 years as co-president and president. His
service is greatly appreciated. Laura Lamarre Anderson has stepped into the breach as the nominee for
president. The slate for elections: Laura Lamarre Anderson, president: Robert Casey, Secretary; Stephen
Greene, Treasurer. The slate was elected/reelected. Thank you, Laura.
Leticia Marques from City Hall announced that there are about 5 Board or Commission openings in the
City. If you are interested, contact City Hall, email@example.com for more information. You can also
check the City Website.
Winter Fest is February 16-17 and in a new downtown location – Middle and Palmer Streets, Enterprise
Bank Parking lot and St Anne’s.
Wayne Jenness thanked his constituents for reelecting him. He also reported that a new Women’s
National Hockey League is playing at the Tsongas. He said they are playing excellent hockey and support
will help keep them playing in Lowell.
Stephen will share the LDNA web site with Market Mills management to encourage wide participation in
the Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association meetings.
Stephen Greene, Secretary pro tem.