Friday, February 21, 2014

AGENDA LDNA MEETING 02.24.2014

Introductions

Elections of Officers

 Co-Chairs: Susan Purdy/Jack Moynihan
 Vice-Chair: Stephen Greene
 Secretary: Corey Sciuto
 Treasure: Carolyn Mooney

Secretary’s Report (move to accept as published): Corey Sciuto

Treasure’s Report: Carolyn Mooney

 Change in LDNA bank/savings & loan
 Bank Balance
 Dues, due
 Use of dues, LTC membership
 Misc.

Intro Guest Speaker Superintendent William Taylor

 Vision
 Current state of LPD…
 Questions & answers

Old Business:

 Election change needed in City of Lowell
 ? Committee to recommend changes, etc
 Chair (Craig H) ?

New Business

 New Committee recommendations for LDNA
 (social committee, re-cycle, safety, outreach to new residents ?)

Adjournment (by 9 pm)

 (all chairs to go back to stacks)

Short Board Meeting to follow

Thursday, February 13, 2014

October Minutes

10/28 Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Assn. Meeting


6:55 Kathleen is resigning after 10 years to focus more heavily on work.


City Mgr. Bernie Lynch – State of the City

Finances – we are in very good shape; face challenges.

• Unfunded liabilities – retirement, etc.

• Negative cash-on-hand 2006. $14M in reserves today

• We are $12M below our legal Prop 2 ½ levy ceiling.

• Bond rating has been upgraded.

• We have invested $180M in infrastructure in the past 7 years.

o Met-Life’s $60M tax credit investment in Appleton Mills was credited

to our bond rating.

o $14M this year

o Target the same next year.

• Parks & Rec is the largest it has been in 13-14 years.

• Public Safety: We are largely on a downward trend but are experiencing a

spike.

o O.T. Spending is up.

Economic Development

• More people are working in the City of Lowell than were seven years ago

(fairly exceptional in this state)

• Number of businesses in the city is up.

• CrossPoint is 90% full as is Wannalancit.

• Talking about Hotel/Commercial by the Arena

• 400,000 Sq Ft of commercial space on the NPS lots under discussion

• Cottonhouse Lofts 75 units this year/next

• Boott Mills West opens after quarter century Dec 1st

Commercial.

• Mass Mills III – Ready to move forward on last two phases.

• Bernie is planning to move to Lowell within the month.

“We need to stay the course. Make smart decisions regarding financial policies.

…Don’t spend reserves…Government must remain effective, efficient, and

accountable…no culture of who you know…”


Questions


“Public Safety?”

11 new recruits. Largest class since 2008. Four more likely to be transferred from

other departments. 17 officers were funded by the feds and that money dried up.

We are still up seven officers in the past few years.

Panhandling ordinance is being worked on. Worcester passed one and the courts

just upheld it.


“Why aren’t we just using more cameras instead of cops in cruisers?”

1) There are cameras, we are considering more and we have some that are

mobile.


“What can we do about our ‘Dismal’ downtown?“


“Can we have the streets and the city garages be cleaner?”



Bernie: The downtown belongs to everyone. We need more businesses down here,

etc.

Kathleen: We need better enforcement.

Monday, February 3, 2014

FLOOD INSURANCE

Announcement from Community Associations Institute

By a vote of 67 to 32, the U.S. Senate has approved S.1926, the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act,” legislation delaying substantial increases in flood insurance premiums. S.1926 now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for further legislative action.
“When Congress reformed the National Flood Insurance Program in 2012 it was with the best of intentions in mind,” said Thomas Skiba, CEO of Community Associations Institute. “Unfortunately these changes made flood insurance coverage too expensive not only for individual homeowners, but also many community associations.”
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (Biggert-Waters Act) was intended to place the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on sound financial footing through increases in flood insurance premiums. As the Biggert-Waters Act was implemented, homeowners and community associations saw flood insurance premiums soar to unaffordable levels.
While some property owners qualified for a 5-year phase-in of higher premiums, many did not. Homeowners seeking to sell their property did not qualify for the premium phase-in, effectively lowering real estate values by thousands of dollars. Faulty federal flood maps also caused homeowners living in properties constructed above flood levels to see unaffordable increases in flood insurance premiums

S.1926 puts Biggert-Waters Act premium increases on hold until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can determine the impact of the increases on property owners as well as the NFIP. The legislation further requires FEMA to submit a plan to Congress that will increase flood insurance rates in a sustainable, affordable manner, protecting the long-term financial stability of households, businesses, and the NFIP.
Despite the backing of a supermajority of Senators, S.1926 faces opposition from the White House as well as some key members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Just prior to the Senate vote on S.1926, the Obama Administration released a Statement of Administration Position arguing against key provisions of the legislation. Additionally, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has voiced his opposition to delaying Biggert-Waters Act flood insurance premium increases

CAI supports a strong, financially stable flood insurance program that charges premiums reflecting actual flood risk, but the program must work for the millions of community association homeowners and residents,” said Dawn Bauman, CAI’s Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs. “CAI urges the House of Representatives to quickly approve S.1926 or pass a workable alternative. The stakes are too high for Congress not to make changes to the Biggert-Waters Act.”
S. 1926 was championed by numerous Senators, including Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and David Vitter (R-LA). As a member of the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance, CAI worked with national and regional organizations to build support for S.1926, which culminated strong, bipartisan vote in the Senate

CAI will continue to monitor the debate on flood insurance rate relief and advise members of key votes on HFIA in 2014. If you have any questions or comments on flood insurance or other governmental issues affecting community associations, please send an email to government@caionline.org or call (888) 224-4321

Community Associations Institute (CAI) | 6402 Arlington Blvd., Ste 500, Falls Church, VA 22042 | www.caionline.org | 888.224.4321

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Please be advised that the Snow Emergency Parking Ban will be lifted effective today, Friday, January 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM

PARKING BAN BEGINS AT 2PM TODAY, JANUARY 2ND 

Free parking for city residents at the garages listed below. Cars must be removed within 2 hours after the parking ban has been lifted.

George Ayotte Parking Facility (Tsongas Arena)
11 Post Office Square
Lowell, MA 01852

Edward Early Jr. Garage
135 Middlesex Street
Lowell, MA 01852Edward Early Jr. Garage
135 Middlesex Street
Lowell, MA 01852