The City of Lowell has over twenty Boards, Commissions, and other Advisory Bodies charged with performing the critical role of informing the public and its officials about important and complex issues. These Advisory Bodies also provide citizens the opportunity to provide input on the policies that shape their government and their City. Over 100 dedicated citizens appointed by the City Manager (and possibly requiring City Council approval) provide an invaluable service to the City through their work on Advisory Bodies.
We currently have three open positions: (1) Conservation Commission Member, (1) Immigration Assistance Commission Member, (1) Pollard Memorial Library Board of Trustees Member.
City of Lowell Conservation Commission Overview
The Conservation Commission is responsible for overseeing the protection of wetlands, riverbanks, and wildlife as defined by the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. The Commission also issues permits and orders of conditions for work to be performed near protected areas under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act MGL Ch. 131 s. 40, and The Lowell Wetlands Ordinance, Chapter 280 sections 1-13. Seven (7) members are appointed by the City Manager to a (3) year term. City Council Confirmation is not required. Statute Reference: MGL C.40 s.8C; Accepted 10/04/1960, Specials 1993.
Commission meetings are held on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers.
City of Lowell Immigration Assistance Commission Overview
The Immigration Assistance Commission advises the City Manager on issues pertaining to the well-being of Lowell’s diverse immigrant and refugee population. The amendments to Section 9-25 are intended to clarify that 9 Members are appointed by the City
Manager. If the Manager is automatically a member he is appointing nine people other than himself. The City Manager or designee should be an ex officio member because he does not appoint himself. He designates an alternate if he so desires. In total there will be 13 members: 9 appointed by the City Manager and the City Manager himself; the Mayor or designee; a City Councillor or designee and a School Committee member or designee. City Council Confirmation is required. New Code Article VIII S 9-25, 26, 27 Adopted 3/23/2010.
Commission meetings are held ad-hoc, as deemed necessary by the Commission Chairperson.
Pollard Memorial Library Board of Trustees Overview
The Library Board of Trustees have responsibility through the City of the general care, administration, and policy making for the library. The Board engages in an ongoing planning process, which assesses the needs of the library and the role of the library in the community and ensure that the library develops to meet those needs. Nine (9) members, including the City Manager as ex officio President of the Board are appointed by the City Manager to a four (4) year staggered term to expire December 31st. City Council Confirmation is required. Statute Reference: C.231 Acts 1888 Code 17-166 (Stagger Terms); New Code Sec.39-1.
The Library Board of Trustees meet on the first (1st) Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm in the Pollard Memorial Library.
If interested in either of these positions, please contact Lynda Clark at email@example.com with a copy of your resume.