Lowell city council had their latest regular meeting at city hall on Monday, Nov. 18.
The meeting began with a discussion of the myriad possibilities to pay for street repairs after voters rejected the city income tax plan on Nov. 5. About 20 different ideas were discussed by the council, including raising the city's millage to its legal limit, adding a special police and fire millage, reducing salaries of city staff, eliminating the local police force, cutting back on marketing and funding of special events and dedicating all LCTV funds to fixing streets.
“What it really requires us to do, in a sense, is go back to the drawing board and figure out what we want to do,” said Lowell city manager Michael Burns. “There is a number of options you can do, whether you want to just live within the current budget you have, whether you want to start making some cuts, those are all options that you have in front of you.”
The council also listened to an informational presentation from representatives from the Kent District Library, approved an IT and cyber security upgrade project and rezoned six parcels of land from "C-3 general business" to "C-1 neighborhood business district." The properties in question are all on Main St. between Smith and Amity.
Lowell city council's next regular meeting will be at 7 pm on Monday, Dec. 2. The council will also meet with the public during a "Coffee with the Council" at the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce building from 8 am until 10 am on Saturday, Dec. 7.
To watch various city council, board and commission meetings from the past, look for the "City of Lowell" or "Lowell Light and Power" channels on YouTube.