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February 17, 2014

BotW: Zombie Portrait Edition

by at 10:17 am.

So the first prize is done, and the winner from last week has picked her prize out so I will be starting on it forthwith, but, there’s a chance to win every week! If you made it through last week’s marathon Council meeting…well, you are a trooper. Hopefully you had the cool beverage of your choice to keep you company.

We have some weird ones this week - the mayoral portrait issue is back, in an unfathomable motion to require that the mayor’s portrait be completed within the first three months of a term. Huh?

Of course, the school budget thing is back. We’ll be hearing about this for weeks. Apparently, some people think it’s Bernie’s “audit letter” which is patently absurd, but then again, absurd is the name of the game…funny, these asshats were never so concerned about some *decades* of past school net funding shortfalls. I’d be surprised at the hypocrisy but, who’m I kidding?

So, same rules as always. One guess per person, one person per item, and the more obscure or surprising the Blowup is the bigger the prize. Discuss!

1 MAYOR’S BUSINESS
1.1 Citations - Jack Trottier and Paul Sickinger, Seniors at Tyngsboro High School, for their community service work in collaboration with the Lowell Fire Department to collect winter coats for the homeless and those in need.

2 CITY CLERK
2.1 Minutes of City Council Meeting February 11th, for acceptance.

3 CITY AUDITOR
3.1 Communication – Paid vacation and sick leave from 1/1/2010 – 2/12/2014.

4 UTILITY PUBLIC HEARINGS
4.1 National Grid/Verizon NE – Request pole location at 59 South Whipple St.

5 COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
5.1 Communication Summary 

Motion Responses 

(A) Motion Response - ShotSpotter 

Informational 

(B) Informational - MCC Flier - Lowell Crit Infrastr Forum of 2-24-14 
(C) Informational - Resignation Letter 

5.2 Communication-Accept Resignation of Troix Bettencourt (Hunger/Homeless Comm)

6 REPORTS (SUB / COMMITTEE, IF ANY)
6.1 Economic Development SC 02-18-14.
6.2 Wire Insp. - National Grid - Electrical Main installation on Industrial Avenue and Stevens Street. 

7 PETITIONS
7.1 Claims (1) claim for property damage.

8 CITY COUNCIL - MOTIONS
8.1 C. Leahy – Req. Rules SC consider as a recommendation that the Mayor’s portrait be completed within the first 3 months of his or her inauguration.
8.2 C. Kennedy – Req. City Council and City Mgr. discuss the letter dated January 31, 2014 from the Mass. Commission of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding School Budget shortfall.
8.3 C. Kennedy/C. Leahy – Req. Mayor create a City Council SC dedicated to working with merchants and property owners to enhance and improve the commercial environment in the Central Business District.
8.4 M. Elliott – Req. City Council discuss setting up a joint Ad Hoc SC with City Council/School Committee to initiate discussion of high school and facility assessment report.
8.5 M. Elliott – Req. City Council discuss making Galligan Rd. a one way street.

9 CITY COUNCIL - EXECUTIVE SESSION
9.1 Executive Session to discuss and release minutes of Executive Session meeting on January 21, 2014 and any other minutes that should be designated to be made public from executive sessions.
9.2 Executive Session regarding litigation report, public discussion of which could have a detrimental effect on the City’s position.
10 Time for meeting to stand adjourned.

22 Responses to “BotW: Zombie Portrait Edition”

  1. Jen Myers Says:

    Net School spending. Hands down BoTW.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    #5 manager communication c. Resignation letter. Love to hear some really heartfelt goodbyes to each and every council member. “And to councilor Elliot I leave ……”

  3. Lynne Says:

    OK I have to rule out giving prizes to Anonymous (blank) nicknames who don’t even leave an email address for me to confirm if someone wins. :)

  4. K Fratus Says:

    8.1 Mayor’s Portrait

  5. back central baby Says:

    8.1 portrait. The school budget is too complicated. The portrait is something everyone can participate in.

  6. Lynne Says:

    Oh, back central baby, someone beat you to it!!

  7. Lynne Says:

    Someone else took the resignation (5 part C)…I have to give it to someone I can somehow identify, sorry!

  8. joe from Lowell Says:

    Executive session minutes, but we don’t get to see the blowup.

  9. Lynne Says:

    Ooh super secret blowup? :)

    BTW, it’s done! I’ll email you joe!

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  10. Lynne Says:

    Haha the resignation guesser Anonymous and the person who contact me via FB was the same person…Fran! So there you go!

  11. back central baby Says:

    Story of my life. If me and k.f. are right I want an electronic honorable mention, please.

  12. Gemma Says:

    #8.2

  13. Lynne Says:

    Gemma - Jen already took that one! Though she abbreviated it a bit.

  14. Gemma Says:

    Canceled due to storm

  15. Mr. Lynne Says:

    Hmm. Well at least the solicitor can take the night off after having prepared materials for executive sessions for a couple of meetings in a row only to have them adjourn before taking them up.

  16. Eleanor Rigby Says:

    I wish there was a “like” button because I’d give Anonymous #2 post, a BIG LIKE/THUMBS UP LOL, LOL, LOL

  17. joe from Lowell Says:

    It’s even got wings!

    Huzzah!

  18. joe from Lowell Says:

    That will get a very special place, right next to the Jack Kerouac bobble head.

  19. Lynne Says:

    joe - does the email address attached to your posts work for you? I sent you an email.

    And of COURSE he has wings! LOL

  20. Gail Says:

    8.4

  21. Magnolia Says:

    I am beginning to feel sorry for the Solicitor. I was told that the charter requires her to present some sort of litigation report to the Council every February. At this rate it’s going to March or April before we find out what’s going on.

  22. Magnolia Says:

    Anyone want to bet they cancel the Council meeting tonight?????

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