Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association
November 28, 2022 7:00 PM.
LTC Meeting room
Minutes of the Meeting

Jack Moynihan called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Featured guests: City Manager Tom Golden;
Economic Development Director, Allison Carter; Transportation/Traffic Engineer, Elizabeth Oltman; and
City Councilor Wayne Jenness.
The minutes of the September 24 meeting were approved on a unanimous vote.
Treasurer Greene reported our current balance is $1,553.29.
LPD Lieutenant Jack Cullen’s monthly police report for the downtown sector indicated typical activity,
and most of the criminal activity resulted with arrests and/or resolution. Two break-ins on Appleton
Street resulted in arrests. There were also 6 auto break-ins, 4 of which involved unlocked cars. LPD
continues to caution residents to lock up their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight. There were five
assaults in the sector including: a fight on Market St; 2 stabbings in the South Street area, and a fight at
Market Mills with a firearm recovered. Finally, there was a smattering of vandalism including 2 broken
windows, graffiti, and shoplifting at 200 Central with a suspect charged. Lt. Cullen attributed some of
the activity to a recent influx of homeless persons in Lowell.
City Manager Golden had requested time on the agenda to discuss and receive input on the idea of
instituting an overnight (2-6 AM) parking ban throughout the downtown neighborhood. (To his credit,
he kept his appointment while grappling with a massive water main break on western side of
Downtown in the Father Morrisette Bvd. Area.)
Manager Golden stressed that his proposal was just that: an idea to generate discussion and input from
stakeholders. There were no immediate plans to implement the program. He suggested that a parking
ban would improve safety and cleanliness of downtown streets, making the city’s “economic engine”
more welcoming to businesses. He reported that prospective new businesses are hesitant to commit to
downtown due to lack of adequate street parking. After his short presentation, he stressed he wanted
to listen to reactions and ideas from the assembled meeting.
Several members spoke offering opinions and suggestions for improving downtown conditions. While
no one embraced the proposal, several residents offered a variety of ideas. Resident Michael Gallagher
spoke as both a downtown resident and business owner. He cited the hardship the parking ban would
pose especially for residents’ quality of life; the convenience of overnight parking is vital for residents
arriving home in the late night, or getting on the road in the early morning. He further stated that he
sees ample parking spaces available for residents, visitors and clients. Jamie Klufts also expressed
concern that many resident do not feel comfortable walking from the garages in the late night and again
stressed that the ban would make downtown living less attractive even as we want to continue to grow
the downtown residency. Jamie also suggested some changes to daytime parking policy to increase the
turnover rate of parking spaces. (eg. Parking should be limited to hours with no renewal allowed). ​
Various members mentioned problems with the current parking conditions including many broken
meters and poorly functioning kiosks. Councilor Jenness acknowledged that he heard many concerns
from residents and stated that new meters and kiosks for DTL are slated for installation in 2023.
Bobby Tugbyiele prefaced his comments by informing the meeting that he was recording the meeting
since the topic was of great interest to a wider population than typically attends LDNA . He then
mentioned that excluding overnight parking creates hardship for those with disabilities. Others present
reinforced the safety issue for those not comfortable with late night trips from the city garages along
with ideas for improving the business climate. Finally, letter from the 30 Market Street Condo
Association was read, indicating opposition to a parking ban.
Manager Golden thanked LDNA members for a productive discussion and invited the membership to
designate a small group to meet with him to continue the discussion and search for ways to make DTL a
more vibrant neighborhood for residents and businesses. Co-chair Jack Moynihan thanked the manager
and members for the positive exchange of ideas.
The meeting returned to its original agenda with an informal presentation from Lowell’s new economic
director and traffic engineer, both of whom joined the city administration during summer 2022. EC
Director Allison Carter introduced herself as someone who most recently held a similar a position in the
town of Arlington. Before that her experience included work in urban planning and historic preservation
as well as non-profits. She finds Lowell an excellent fit for both her skills and interests. She is continuing
to listen and learn and recognizes that Lowell is a city with diverse mom and pop enterprises along with
larger businesses and corporations all located in an array of neighborhoods with distinct characteristics
and needs.
Elizabeth Oltman indicated that she comes to the Traffic/Transportation Engineer from the private
sector where she applied her skills to problem solving and designing plans for individual traffic plans and
projects. With 15 years experience in both NJ and MA, her interest in coming to Lowell is the
opportunity to design and problem solve for the larger, dynamic system that is our city. She indicated
that while she is assessing overall needs, she has worked on traffic calming proposals and the city’s plan
to implement a reduced speed limit on most city roadways.
With the hour late, there were a few questions about the Central Street Bridge and the recently vacated
Goodyear Tire store on Merrimack St. Both Allison and Elizabeth thanked LDNA members and indicated
a desire to maintain communication with residents.
Prior to adjournment, Carolyn Alphen stated she would be stepping down as Co-chair in 2023 in
anticipation of new family obligations, to which she received both congratulations and the gratitude of
LDNA for her service.
With no further business, on a unanimous vote, the meeting adjourned at 8:45pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Robert Casey,
Secretary​

LDNA Minutes – October 24, 2022

The meeting was called to order a 7:00 PM.
After introductions, Jack Moynihan noted that the guest speakers would come to the November
meeting. One speaker had a last minute family issue and both wanted to speak together. He also
reminded us that the September meeting had been cancelled.

  1. Approval of minutes The August minutes were approved. There was no September meeting.
  2. Treasurer’s Report LDNA has $1,513.29 in its bank account. The treasurer as per usual
    reminded the meeting that he would be glad to collect voluntary membership donations after the
    meeting.
  3. Police Report Captain Jack Cullen presented the Police report for Downtown. Interim
    Superintendent Barry Golner also contributed to the Police Report and policing activities.
    Downtown 9/23/22 to 10/23/22
    Assaults – 4 all involved arrests
    Burglary – 6
    Car Breaks – 5 mixed cases. Regular reminder to lock your car and not leave valuables visible.
    Disorderly – 4 all arrested.
    Robbery – 2
    Shoplifting – 0
    Vandalism – 14 broken window, car keyed, car egged. 1 arrest and 1 charged
    Capt. Cullen mentioned that there have been problems in the JAM area (Jackson, Appleton and
    Middlesex) some of it related to influx of homeless who have come north from Mass and Cass /
    Boston. Lowell has been recommended as a city that provides services. The city is working
    with the state to provide services and hopes to develop a better regional approach.
    Interim Superintendent Golner explained that the police department is working with the new
    recently hired homeless coordinator (position had been vacant for awhile) to coordinate mental
    health services which should help the current situation. He said this is not an issue that you can
    police your way out of.
    Golner noted that there are more police on walking tours from 2 to 10 PM. He added that there
    is an ongoing hazard with discarded hypodermic needles. The City has someone who safely
    collects them daily. There was a High School shooting at Middlesex Street with immediate
    arrests through the use of the mobile cameras. The Department is looking into getting more
    mobile cameras and improving existing city mounted cameras, better resolution, pole mounted
    and closer to the ground. Current mounted cameras tend to be higher on buildings. A resident
    of Ayer Lofts noted that the blue light of the mobile camera station can be intrusive to residents
    at night. That said, the cameras have helped quiet the late night activity at the Enterprise
    parking lot. In praise of the mobile cameras, 2 individual were apprehended within 30 steps of
    a shooting.
  4. Guest Speakers – Not this meeting. Allison Carter, Economic Development Director, and ​
    Elizabeth Oltman, Traffic Engineer, will join us for our November meeting
  5. General Information
    Councilor Jenness transitioned the Police report to General Information. He is proposing to the
    City Council to have a summit with other Gateway Cities to discuss homelessness and the need
    for mental health services. He is working on restarting the City’s Hunger and Homeless
    Council. Also getting the state to help provide related services but not in the downtown. There
    have been a lot of South St Shelter users hanging out in the area. There is nothing to be done about the
    Central St Bridge pan handler. He is a veteran. No new news on the SNOT tagger other than
    someone saw his tag in Hampton Beach.
    Halloween Monster Bash in Downtown will be Saturday 12 – 3. Regular Halloween is Monday
    5 – 8 PM.
    Lowell City of Lights is Saturday 11/26
    Councilor Jenness will hold a fundraiser at Warp & Weft 11/14 5:30 – 8 PM
    Suprintendent Golner talked about the department’s Lowell Police Youth Services Program
    including a boxing gym and flag football as well as an early morning school program. For more
    information, the email is lpdyouthservices@lowellma.gov . He also mentioned the
    Neighborhood Action Group which addresses Citywide neighborhood issues.
  6. Adjourn
    Meeting adjourned at 7:45
    Next Meeting will be in person at Lowell Telecommunications, Monday November 28 at 7 PM
    Submitted by
    Stephen Greene, secretary pro tem

LDNA Minutes – August 22, 2022

Meeting was called to order at 7:02 by Jack Moynihan. The meeting was then turned over to Carolyn
Alphen who did introductions: Co Chairs Carolyn and Jack, Treasure and Secretary pro tem Stephen
Greene. Councilor Wayne Jenness was present. Guest speakers are named below.
1 .Approval of minutes May and June Minutes were moved (Jack and Sally seconded) and approved.
2.Treasurer’s Report There is $1,393.29 in the association’s account. This reflected the $200 pending
disbursement mention in June for Victorian Garden plantings.
3.Police Report Captain Cullen provided the Police Report. There were 3 aggravated assaults with
charges, 2 burglaries with charges for 1, 7 car breaks (6 cars unlocked, 7
th had visible valuables), 6
vandalisms with some charges including a tagging which was charged, 2 shopliftings, 2 disorderlies (1
drunkenness and 1 screamer who was arrested. Captain Cullen reminded folks to lock their cars and not
leave valuables visible.
There have been some homeless issues downtown with new faces who have said they are from Boston.
Lowell was a recommended destination. Also, some rehab centers are dropping released patients off in
Lowell. Lowell is considered to provided good services.
The night bar scene has been generally quiet. Knock on wood!
Police recruitment has been slow. There is competition for qualified candidates. The City is using a
cadet program to vet and train additional potential officers. Auxiliary police officers are volunteers and
generally are used for large event traffic control and not regular police duties,
There have been fewer walking beats this summer, but there has been an additional patrol car. More
walking beats will return as staffing is filled in.
While the police do patrol the downtown garages, they are not responsible for security. It was
commented that both security and cleanliness (bad impression for people visiting the City) have been a
problem in the Roy and Hamilton Garages. No one commented on the John St Garage.
Resident comment that large trucks have been running red lights in the Lord Overpass construction area
near the Gallagher Terminal posing a serious pedestrian hazard.
Captain Cullen commented that speed radars which collect speeding information are in use, but are not
used for enforcement.
4.Guest Speaker – Howard Amidon, from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, discussed this
year’s Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race. At the 200 block of Market St, September 17th 11:30 AM start. This
section of Market street will be closed at 6 AM and reopen at 6 PM. More information is available at
LowellKinetic.com. Howard mentioned that they are anxious to have tech and robotics companies
come and hopefully participate next year. Currently ~ 12 teams are participating in the race.
He also give a brief presentation on Mosaic Lowell www.mosaiclowell.org In short the idea is to make
the many cultural activities in the City easy to find through a friendly, easily searchable web site. Mosaic
Lowell is marketing the City for its many cultural activities, both to its citizens and the 4 million people
who live within a 50 mile radius of the City. There is a draft plan that will be available in a few weeks.
They are planning a street art event on Saturday September 10th
One comment was to use email to notify interested searchers of events they have selected or interest
areas and with plenty of time in advance of the event.
5.Guest Speaker – Aurora Erickson discussed some of the Lowell Senior Center’s offerings and handed
out their August Bulletin which lists the numerous activities at the Sr Cent. The intended audience is 60
years or older. Breakfast and lunch are served daily ($1 and $2.50 suggested donation). Daily menu is in
the booklet. The Sr Cent is interested in hearing new ideas for activities or events. There numerous
local trips at a bargain cost as well many senior services available and in multiple languages.
Early Primary Voting – The Senior Canter will be open for early voting starting on Saturday, August 27th
(8AM to 8PM) through Friday September 2
nd (8 AM – 12 PM)
Expect a post card in the mail explaining that some downtown residents will be voting (Primary Day,
September 6
th ) at the Rogers School.
6..General Information Councilor Jenness reported briefly on a number of motions has pending for the
August 25 City Council meeting. These include the crossing at Merrimack and Shattuck to improve
pedestrian safety; review earlier parking study; pilot deployment downtown of dog waste pick up bag
dispensers; construction update for LHS; an open street program for Merrimack or Market for a
weekend day (saw good response from this years Folk Festival); look at Broadway and Dutton
intersection after 2 building crash in less than 6 months.
Central St bridge work has restarted. Lord Overpass work to be completed in Fall of ’23. The new
stretch of Merrimack River Walk has not opened. Concern over loose and falling bricks from adjacent
building.
Comment that the Bruce Freeman Trail should be connected to the Gallagher Terminal via the Concord
Greenway.
LRTA needs to do better on garage operation and transit service. Service should be improved when road
construction detours are eliminated.
No action yet on direct election of mayor.
Donations, in lieu of membership fees, were accepted by yours truly, as the treasurer,
7.Adjournment Jack moved adjournment at ~8:15
Next Meeting in person at LTC, September 26, 7 PM
By Stephen Greene, secretary pro tem

Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association

June 27 , 2022 7:00 PM.

LTC Meeting room

Minutes of the Meeting

Jack Moynihan called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Featured guests: City Manager Tom Golden;
Joann Marcos from National Park Service; and Erin Daniels, Arts and Cultural Programming, LFF; City
Councilor Wayne Jenness.
Because of a technical glitch, the minutes for the previous meeting were not available and will be voted
on at a subsequent meeting..
Treasurer Greene reported our current balance at $1,493.27 with expenditures outstanding to bring the
total to $1343.29
Captain Cullen from LPD presented the monthly police report for the downtown sector. With a total of
13 incidents, there was an altercation among people known to each on the 100 Bridge Street area with
2 individuals charged. A series of slashed tires in the River Place area resulted in an individual
apprehended and in custody. There were 4 burglaries, occurring in either businesses or construction
sites, where 2 of the perpetrators were caught in the act. Also, 3 vehicles were burglarized on Prescott
and William Streets. Captain Cullen reminded owners to lock their cars and keep valuables out of sight!
Re: the graffiti/tagging outbreak around DTL, the Captain stated that the matter has the attention of
LPD, and the new City Manager!
Lowell’s newest City Manager, Thomas Golden, gave a brief statement and then took questions. Seven
weeks into the position, he spoke of the progress he was making in building his own City Hall team and
filling the large number of open positions in city departments. He spoke of projects to improve the look
of downtown including painting light posts, removing excess signage and monitoring street cleaning and
trash removal.
In response to questions that came up: With 9 steel beams ready for delivery from Casco Maine, Mr.
Golden expects work on the Central Street Bridge to resume with the goal of having the project area
open to two-way traffic by December 2022 and final work completed mid 2023. With regard to the cost
overruns, the CM reported reaching an agreement with MA DOT to split the amount evenly between the
city and state agency.
Regarding the coming primary and state elections, the CM pledged to work with the Election
Commissioners to insure that voters were fully informed about any changes in voting locations as
determined by the recent changes in districts and precincts.
Manager Golden spoke of the need to create more housing, and mentioned the Hamilton Canal District
and the East Campus prime spots. On the question of revitalizing “upper floors” of many downtown
buildings, the Manager again saw affordable housing units as a good option. He also pointed to the
soon to be completed Lord Overpass project as benefit to traffic mitigation and new development in the
city. ​
A final question about the now vacant Court buildings on Hurd and Gorham Streets came up. The
Manager explained that these properties remain under the control of the state agency (DCAM) and he
would be investigating their status.
Councilor Jenness also contributed to the discussion and pointed to the progress made by having the
city require the developer clear, clean up and fence the construction site near the new sculpture at the
edge of HDIC and adjacent to the Lowell Justice Center.
The final portion of the agenda was devoted to plans for the upcoming Lowell Folk Festival on July 29-Joann Marcos with Erin Daniels reviewed the reconfigured festival including changes to some of the
stage locations and food pavilions. Along with mentioning parking sites, she also stressed that a free
shuttle was running from the Gallagher terminal to downtown during festival hours. Joann finally
sounded the clarion call for volunteers and provided applications.
Joann also announced that the Park Service was conducting Merrimack River rides on Monday and
Thursday evenings with canal tours Thursday -Saturday at 11, 12 & 2pm.
With no further business, the motion to adjourn from S. Cerand and S. Coulter passed unanimously at 8:25pm.


Respectfully submitted,
Robert Casey,
Secretary

Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association May 23, 2022 7:00 PM. Minutes of the Meeting

Jack Moynihan called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm. Special guests included Christopher Pynn from
Lowell Pride and Jon Pierre Smith, proprietor of Flip Flop Store on Central Street.
On a motion from Stephen Greene and a second from Sally Coulter, the minutes for the April 25 meeting
were unanimously approved.
Captain Cullen from LPD presented the police report for the downtown sector. With a total of 12
incidents, slightly lower than April, there were a few assaults among people known to each other that
resulted in arrests. There were 3 burglaries, all in businesses, where 2 of the perpetrators were caught in
the act. As reported in The Sun, there was a prostitution sweep resulting in arrests. As noted the activity
was discovered on the outskirts of downtown in the Back Central area.
Questions came up regarding the uptick and annoyance of dirt bikes wreaking degrees of havoc on
downtown streets. Captain Cullen explained the safety oriented no chase protocol but emphasized that
the Department is actively working on the matter with various actions including confiscations of bikes
and citations to operators. Additional questions came up about security lapses at the Hamilton Garage
and the proliferation of graffiti in the district, both of which are under investigation.
Christopher Perna spoke next about upcoming events for Pride Month in Lowell which included June 4
City Hall flag raising followed by an afternoon festival and celebration at Kerouac Park. The festival was
to include bands, food trucks, and free tie dyeing for the children.
The final speaker on the program, JP Smith Sr fromFlip Flop addressed the mission of the store as more
than vintage retail, but also as a community out reach center promoting artists from under represented
areas; a commitment to assisting reentry for previously incarcerated and helping people struggling with
hunger, homelessness, and narcotics. Jon spoke with pride as a black owned business owner about his
desire to enliven downtown with both the rich array of merchandise but also and the style and grace of
a multicultural, family oriented business.
The meeting ended with a motion from Sally Coulter seconded by Bob Casey to adjourn at 8:12 pm
which passed unanimously.
Respectfully submitted,
Robert Casey, Secretary

Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association April 25, 2022 , 7PM LTC Meeting Room Minutes of the Meeting

Jack Moynihan called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm. Special guests in attendance were Francesca Cigliano from the City’s Division of Planning, Zoning, Community Preservation Act (CPA) and Conservation and LPD’s Lieutenant Marisol Nobrega. On a motion by Steve Greene and seconded by Sally Coulter, the minutes of the March 28 meeting were unanimously approved. Treasurer Greene reported that our bank balance was $1,333.29. Lieutenant Nobrega provided the LPD’s monthly report of police activity in the downtown area. A late night aggravated assault occurred on Shattuck St, with two individuals possessing firearms arrested. On the issue of dirt bikes wreaking a measure of havoc downtown, Lt. Nobrega addressed the concern and discussed the strict pursuit procedures that officers must follow to minimize further risk and injury to either the bikers or pedestrians and drivers. She indicated that LPD continues to develop plans and policies to safely reduce the activity. Also on her ledger were reports of various vandalism incidents and break ins at Mass Mills, a restaurant on ‘South Street, and a yoga studio on Jackson Street. In sum, the report indicates another month of relatively few incidents in the neighborhood. From the audience came a few questions about the uptick in grafitti and loud motorcycles. Councilor Jenness and LPD are aware and looking into these matters. Featured guest, Francesca Cigliano from the Department of Development Services, about Community Preservation Act, which was instituted by Lowell voters in 2020. She explained the purposes, funding mechanism, and recently approved projects with CPA funding. With CPA funds derived from a small surcharge on residential property tax bills and a matching formula from the state, CPA initiates projects focusing on open space and recreation, housing, and preservation. The projects are submitted for approval to the Community Preservation Committee, comprised of city officials and residents appointed by the City Council. The second part of the presentation was an activity to survey members to determine their priorities for CPA funding. Francesca discussed the survey results and took several questions from the floor. Councilor Jenness reported on the unanimous selection of new City Manager Thomas Golden to succeed Eileen Donahue. As CM Golden takes the reins, Councilor Jenness stated one of the greatest challenges facing the new administration will be to find replacements for a cadre of ​key positions that have become vacant, including that of the neighborhood services liaison and frequent presence at LDNA, Shauna Forcier. With no other business, the motion to adjourn by Sally Coulter and seconded by Steve Greene was unanimously voted at 8:13 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Casey, Secretary

key positions that have become vacant, including that of the neighborhood services liaison and frequent presence at LDNA, Shauna Forcier. With no other business, the motion to adjourn by Sally Coulter and seconded by Steve Greene was unanimously voted at 8:13 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Casey, Secretary

Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association March 28, 2022

Minutes of the Meeting


Jack Moynihan called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm. Special guests in attendance were
Ranger JoAnn Marcos from National Park Service and Michelle Rivera from the Citizens Advisory
Committee.
On a motion by Greg Lamarre-Anderson and seconded by Chris Offerman, the minutes of the
February 28 meeting were unanimously approved.
In Treasurer Greene’s absence, Carolyn reported that our bank balance remained steady with
$1233.29.
Captain Cullen from Lowell Police Department reported a small spike of unsavory activity which
he attributed to the warmer weather. There were 3 assaults 2 of which involved LHS students
and another incident with a water bottle at 200 Central Street Additionally there were 4
burglaries, 2 disorderly incidents arrests and 5 vandalism cases. Captain Cullen reminded all to
call LPD for either assistance or to report a concern at 978-937-3200.
Ranger Marcos from the NPS made an informative and uplifting presentation regarding
upcoming NPS activities. The overall theme is that we are getting back to normal, and Lowell
will be alive in 2022. Among the coming highlights are the ongoing Kerouac Exhibit at the Boot
Mill Museum, and an April 6 program commemorating the 1821 arrival of the Irish Immigrants
entitled “Digging Canals” sponsored by the Middlesex Canal Association.
JoAnn announced that March 28 was the first day for school group visits in two years, and that
a full slate of summer programs for youth groups will resume along with the popular Summer
Music Series. Further the Trolley service will resume in June along with canal tours, River Boat
Thursdays and the Lowell Walks program.
Most encouraging is news that the iconic Lowell Folk Festival will return on July 29-31 with four
stages in DTL.
Michelle Rivera representing the newly formed Citizens Advisory Council spoke about the
mission and scope of her group. Incorporated in 2021, CAC meets regularly with LPD, pastors
and youth groups with a focus on diversity, transparency and mutual cooperation with the LPD.
Michelle is visiting with neighborhood groups throughout the city to solicit community input
and ideas for strengthening connections with city government and law enforcement.
District Councilor Wayne Jenness spoke next regarding with an update on the City Manager
selection including news that the Council would be interviewing a single candidate for the ​
position. Greg Lamarre-Anderson expressed a concern that the Council’s narrow search
reflected a lack of openness and reinforced the notion that Lowell is still an insulated city that is
not realizing its potential.
Councilor Jenness also updated the group on the high school building project. With the
projected +30 million in overruns due primarily to pandemic induced price increases, he stated
the city would be seeking new bond authorizations while exploring additional state and federal
relief.
Finally, the LDNA committed to making a financial donation to assist with upgrades to Victorian
Park on Shattuck Street. More to follow on that.
With no other business, the motion to adjourn by Sally Coulter and seconded by Bob Casey was
unanimously voted at 8:15 pm.


Respectfully submitted,
Robert Casey, Secretary

Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association February 28, 2022 , 7PM via zoom


Minutes of the Meeting
Jack Moynihan called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Special guests in attendance were
Wade Rubenstein and Patty Grasso the Bike Connectors.
On a motion by Steve Greene and seconded by Chris Offerman, the minutes of the January 24
meeting were unanimously approved.
Treasurer Greene reported that our bank balance remained steady with $1233.29.
Captain Cullen from Lowell Police Department reported a small number of crimes in DTL:
aggravated assault (3); Burglary and Shoplifting (1 each); Vandalism (1). He reported that a
series of arrests had been made. A few questions came up about the recent vehicular accident
at the corner of Prescott and Kearney Sq where a car crashed into a storefront window. Also, a
query about a shooting incident close to DTL at Dutton and Broadway was raised. Captain
Cullen advised that these matters are under investigation with no comment at this time.
Wade Rubenstein and Patty Grasso spoke about the history and evolution of Bike Connectors
(https://www.bikeconnector.org/), an organization that locates, repairs, refurbishes and
distributes bicycles to residents who need and can enjoy the multiple benefits of healthy,
affordable transportation. Over the past two years, Bike Connectors has expanded its space
and reach into the community. Previously located at 27 Prescott St thanks to the assistance of
UTEC, Bike Connectors now call the 6,000 sq ft old Lowell Makes at 48 Lee St. home. They have
ramped up activity with 65 bikes distributed in February alone. Patty described the facility as a
bike shop for people who don’t have money for today’s pricy market. Wade and Patty related
that providing bikes gets kids and even adults to school and jobs on time, reduces absenteeism,
provides affordable transportation to a job or appointment etc.
As Bike Connectors has grown, the organization works directly with schools and provides after
school training programs. The Connectors are actively recruiting volunteers and expanding
fundraising with the goal of distributing 600 bikes in 2022. LDNA member Craig Himmelberger,
a principal volunteer at BC, emphasized the need for volunteers, fundraising and expanded
outreach, and he encouraged members to visit the workshop and get involved.
District Councilor Wayne Jenness spoke next regarding the search process for a new city
manager. He reports that the City Council will interview candidates and expressed the desire
for a comprehensive, open process. Various members raised concerns about the search: some
expressed concern that the process has lacked sufficient public input, was being rushed, and
would benefit from professional assistance with the process.​
Finally, Councilor Jenness announced that the city was setting up a Pothole Hotline for drivers
and pedestrians navigating the early spring roadways. And, regarding an iconic restaurant’s
reopening in a new location, the Councilor informed us that Gormley’s grand opening was
scheduled for March 1 at 4pm at 343 Market Street.
With no other business, the motion to adjourn by Bob Casey and seconded by Mindy Dopler
was unanimously voted at 8:23 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Robert Casey, Secretary

Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association January 24, 2022 , 7PM via zoom

Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Association
January 24, 2022 , 7PM via zoom

Minutes of the Meeting
Jack Moynihan called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm. Along with local residents, Councilors
John Drinkwater and Wayne Jenness, Mayor Sokhary Chau; Sgt. Bill Florence, LPD; and Shauna
Forcier from City Hall were in attendance.
On a motion by Steve Greene and seconded by Bob Casey, the minutes of meetings from
August, September, October and November 2021 were unanimously approved.
Treasurer Greene reported that our bank balance remained steady with $1233.29; he plans to
solicit voluntary dues to augment the account.
Election of 2022 officers: On a motion by Sally Coulter, seconded by Jim Pope, the members
unanimously elected the officers: Jack Moynihan and Carolyn Alpher, co-chairs; Stephen
Greene, treasurer; and Bob Casey, secretary.
Councilor Jenness reported on motions he has filed regarding speeding and pedestrian safety
concerns on the newly opened Hamilton Canal District bridge along with other concerns about
improving snow removal in the area.
Sgt. Bill Florence, LPD, gave the monthly report for the downtown neighborhood which
included an assault, 2 arrests and a couple of criminal complaints most of which involved
fractious behavior during the time of the LHS dismissal. Sgt. Flores indicated that the School
Resource Officers (SRO) were on hand to assist. A few questions arose regarding idling cars,
bicycles operating on sidewalks, and a vehicular accident earlier in the day with a car crashing
into a building in Kearney Square.
Councilor Drinkwater spoke about his motions regarding workforce representation at the LHS
construction project. While the project has reached guidelines for hiring people of color (POC),
he’s requesting a report and a plan to insure increasing the number of women to meet targeted
goals.
A discussion about ongoing, unresolved lighting issues at the new HCID garage came up. With
several neighbors concerned about intrusive lighting and wasted energy, the city continues to
try to resolve the matter.
Lowell’s newest mayor, Councilor Sokhary Chau, spoke about his goals, which include
addressing economic development in the downtown district, forging stronger relationships with
business owners; improving basic services like trash pick up; and addressing the homelessness
issue in Lowell. While he has been busy assembling an office staff, he encouraged all to contact ​
his office and feel welcome to meet with him anytime. He thanked LDNA for the invitation to
attend.
Mayor Chau, in answer to a question about the glitch with recently issued late tax bills assured
those in attendance that residents would not be penalized and that the city is working to clear
up any confusion on the matter.
With the main agenda completed, several informational items were brought forward, including
icy sidewalks, and a sign on the ground by 78 Prescott Street close to the scene of a recent
accident.
Carolyn Alphen mentioned that a new restaurant featuring Korean chicken has opened on
Merrimack St at the site of the old Lowell Burger. Other upbeat items included reports of a
strong Monday night turnout for a production of “Rent” at the Memorial Auditorium and a brisk
business at the local restaurants. Carolyn also mentioned that WinterFest is back on February
18-19 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium after a COVID cancellation in 2021.
A question arose about condo associations not having access to municipal trash and recycling
service. A member suggested the matter should be directed to our State Reps or Senator for
clarification.
With no further business on a unanimous vote, Bob Casey moved and Sally Coulter seconded to
adjourn the meeting at 8:03 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Robert Casey,
Secretary

LDNA Notes – November 22, 2021

Jack Moynihan and Carolyn presiding over the Zoom meeting. Stephen Greene as treasurer and interim secretary. Councilor Drinkwater and Councilor Elect Jenness, Captain Jack Cullen, Christine McCall and Shauna Forcier were online.

  1. Previous meeting minutes have not been posted. Draft minutes will be posted on the LDNA web site for approved after a new secretary is elected in January.
  2. Treasurer’s Report $1,233.29. No deposits are pending.
  3. Police Report Captain Jack Cullen reported on crime in the downtown for the previous month. There was no handout.
    There were 2 aggravated assaults with charges and arrests
    1 burglary with a suspect
    6 car breaks with 5 of them in unlocked cars. 1 involved a broken car window
    2 domestic violence with arrests
    4 vandalisms

Generally the down town has been relatively quiet and with relatively low criminal activity.

A resident complimented the Police for their quiet response late at night, especially when respond in cruisers.

Capt. Cullen reported that the police proactively approach bar closings which tends to avoid problems on the street.

When asked if there had been an uptick in criminal activity, the answer was no and that problems are about half of 5 years ago.

There are some city cameras and private building camera footage is requested and used when available for nvestigations which include broken windows.

Segways are now popular with the patrols and are used.

  1. Guest Speaker – Christine McCall, Assistant City Manager &DPD Director, discussed ongoing roadway construction and development issues.

Paving is in process for the Lord Overpass area as the project moves into the final stages Project is due to be complete in the Fall of 22 but generally done by the Spring.

From Shauna Forcie’s email message:

The Lord Overpass Redesign project is entering Phase 4 of construction this week which will significantly improve traffic flow through the area and allow for more turning options. Middlesex Street outbound will re-open during this phase.
Paving and prep work to transition to this phase will take place on Tuesday, November 23, which will require intermittent lane closures and detours. Please avoid traveling through this area on Tuesday if possible.

https://www.lowellma.gov/771/Lord-OverpassGateway-to-Lowell

The Market St bridge (at Dutton) is not a Tiger project. It has been inspected and the issue is the sidewalks. The city is working with MA DoT. Concern was expressed for kids circumventing the sidewalk barriers.

Concern was expressed about pedestrians crossing Dutton at Fletcher as well as Jackson where there is no cross walk and on the edge of the Lord Overpass construction and heavy traffic. It is an ongoing problem.

For the Central St Bridge, the beam was order in August, expecting a May 2022 delivery, Cost is up by 200% Should be finished in the Fall of 2022. A comment on the pedestrian crossing at Warren Street which can be dangerous for pedestrians if traffic turn left onto Central.

A comment on the fact that the traffic barrels on Market Street (at Central) are pushed out into the open lane and forcing traffic to the left side of the open lane. This in turn reduces the usable lane width for traffic turning on to Market Street from Central St.

For the Hamilton Canal Project. The City now owns parcels 15 and 16. The Lupoli garage should start soon. The Blue Bridge still has punch list work to do so it is not open to foot vehicle traffic. The original plan for a theater is not likely and development will be along the life sciences line with synergy with UMass Lowell

On the Homelessness and Affordable Housing – Christine is temporarily in charge. She commented that state and federal leadership is needed. Most towns don’t meet the 10% affordability criteria because of their zoning laws.

The Shelter will go into the 24/7 mode with Winter Protocol.

Councilor Drinkwater has a City Council motion for the City to look into temporary cottage house for homeless people through a private company using state funds.

[ For an update on city related construction projects See City Council December 7, 2021 Packet download, pages 18 -23. Go to the CC Packet download https://www.lowellma.gov/agendacenter]

  1. General Information

Old business – the Hamilton Canal Garage Lighting, a partial update. Terry Ryan was not available for this meeting. Some of the sensors for dimming the lights are the wrong ones and replacements haven been ordered but are delayed in delivery. We will get an update for our January meeting.

Remember to shop locally:

The City of Lowell’s Economic Development Office and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce are working together to encourage shoppers to support our local businesses this holiday season.
Make a purchase at any Lowell-based business and share a picture of your purchase using the hashtag #Shop978 on Facebook and Instagram.
Winners will receive a gift card to any Lowell-based business of their choice (must offer gift cards) and I Love Lowell sweatshirts.
All winners will be announced on Monday, December 27th, 2021 on the City of Lowell’s Economic Development and Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook pages.
https://www.lowellma.gov/724/Economic-Development
There is a new way to report rodent problems to the City. The email address is, rodents@lowellma.gov , Residents can submit their reports of rat or rodent sightings to that email, with specific addresses and preferably with photographic documentation.

The Lowell Litter Krewe has picked up 100,000 pounds of trash through its City wide cleanups this year.

Little Delights has moved to a new location on Merrimack St.

Lala Books has schedules activities and used books. http://lalabookstore.com/

The Adopt a Street Trash pick up continues to be active downtown.

After problems with Waste Management emptying the downtown/city trash barrels, the City collection has worked well.

Captain Cullen is also a local writer. From Carolyn Alphen to Everyone 08:03 PM
https://www.lowellsun.com/2020/10/25/a-familiar-setting-for-lowell-cops-urban-fantasy-novels/

Councilor Elect Jenness thanked everyone for their support, Wayne Jenness, District4Lowell@gmail.com, 978-226-3064 if you wish to reach Wayne.

No Meeting in December.

Next Meeting is January 25th.7 PM Most likely a Zoom meeting

  1. Adjourn

8:05 PM

Draft minutes by Stephen Greene