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City Manager Kevin Murphy address the attendees

City Manager Kevin Murphy address the attendees

On Monday, April 14th, 2014 former State Representative, Kevin Murphy was sworn into office by City Clerk, Michael Geary, as the new City Manager for the City of Lowell.  Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, City Manager Kevin Murphy addressed the attendees on the initiatives he plans for the city.  Murphy believes in and loves the City of Lowell.  As a longtime Lowell resident public safety, the economy and education are his main objectives as the new City Manager.

IMG_1242The swearing in ceremony began at 10:00 a.m. with State Representative Thomas Golden as the master of ceremonies followed by the Lowell High School Choir singing the National Anthem.  With the invocation by Father Raymond Benoit from the St. Margaret Parish following.  Mayor Elliot provided the welcoming remarks.  State Senator Eileen Donoghue and State Representative Dave Nangle both to the attendees congratulated Murphy on his new role as City Manager.

We here at City are pleased to welcome City Manager Murphy and wish him well.  We look forward to working together as a dynamic team to continue to build the City of Lowell to even more greatness.

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The email boxes of city employees will look a little emptier with the end of the annual food drive, but the donation truck food drive 4looks better than ever! City offices have been participating in friendly competition to raise food donations for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Naturally, in the spirit of competition the prizes included housing the coveted “City Hall Challenge Trophy,” a DD gift card and of course bragging rights.

The Top 3 winners were:

Team “Can Collect,” Treasury Department, with a total of 465 cans

Team “Forever Young,” Council on Aging and Veterans Administration, with a total of 381 cans

Team “Works Well,” Career Center, with a total of 225 cans

and runner up “Develop they Can,” the Department of Planning and Development

food drive 5food drive 3The biggest achievement however, came from the raising of 1440 items for the food bank and helping our city.  Thank you to everyone who donated! Every can counts!

If you’d like to get more information on how to help visit http://mvfb.org/how-to<-help/ there you can find information on having your own fund drives, food donations and volunteering.

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We can all dream right? Unfortunately, New England is infamous for the amount of potholes that appear on our streets and sidewalks.

The City of Lowell’s Department of Public Works has been out managing the potholes that are forming on the streets and sidewalks.  On Friday, March 21 we were able to watch the workers fill the potholes with asphalt and address some questions such as, what it took to fill them and why they appear to happen overnight.

Hot patch asphalt being loaded onto pothole next to Mahoney's Gas Station on Plain St. in Lowell

Hot patch asphalt being loaded onto pothole next to Mahoney’s Gas Station on Plain St. in Lowell

How do potholes form?

Potholes are formed from water, whether it is from rain or snow, which seeps into the cracks of the pavement.  Over time this water pools beneath the pavement and causes erosion, the erosion leads to the breaking and sinking of the pavement, and you have a pothole.

A major reason why potholes form during the winter months can be thanked in large to the New England weather and constant changes in temperature.  This winter in particular was difficult due to not only the amount of snow we received but the constant flux in temperature.  This week alone we are looking at 2-4” of snow, and then 50-60 degree days later on in the week.

During these winter months, once the water has developed beneath the pavement, there is a contracting and expanding cycle.  The contracting is the water freezing, and the expanding is due to the melting of water on warmer days. Constant contracting and expanding makes the pavement crack, cracked pavement, along with constant traffic causes potholes.

Lowell DPW workers, Surprenant, Ladebauche and Riley hot patch a pothole

Lowell DPW workers, Surprenant, Ladebauche and Riley hot patch a pothole

Why does it seem like they just filled a pothole and it has already reappeared?

Once again you can largely thank the weather for the reappearance of potholes especially during the months of November through January.  There is a plant where the asphalt is made and during these months the asphalt will freeze before it even gets to the site. Due to this there are two different types of pothole repairs.  There is the cold patch and during cold weather months this patch is used as a temporary fix.  Once it gets warmer and the asphalt won’t freeze in between trips there is a hot patch fix. The hot patch is a long term fix for potholes.

Want to report a pothole?

In the City of Lowell, there are many ways you can report potholes so they get fixed as quickly as possible. On the city website there is the E-Gov application. You can place your request and receive a ticket number to track the issue.  This way you can check the status of your request and submit your email to receive a confirmation.

SeeClickFix (direct link here) is another way you can report a pothole completely online.  SeeClickFix allows you report an issue regarding anything throughout the city, you simply tell us the location and we direct it to the correct department.  The great thing about this is that you can also download it as an app onto your smart phone.

Finished! DPW workers fill pothole with hot patch for a long term repair

Finished! DPW workers fill pothole with hot patch for a long term repair

  Once you download the app you can directly upload pictures of the issue onto the website.

As always you are more than welcome to also call the Public Works department directly at 978-674-4111.

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Below is the powerpoint presentation from City Council meeting February 25, 2014. The following powerpoint was composed by former City Manager, Bernie Lynch in response to the state failing to meet a state established level of school spending. Addressed is also the action plan implemented.

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On Wednesday March 5, 2014, a public farewell reception was held at City Hall in honor of City Manager Bernard Lynch, for his outstanding service for the city of Lowell for the past 7 ½ years.

Upon entering the Mayor’s Reception room, there was a welcoming atmosphere and over the course of the evening about 300 city employees and local residents came together to recognize Mr. Lynch’s accomplishments and to thank him for his service.  A cake with the words “Happy 19th Hole Bernie!” representing his love of golf adorned the table with an array of refreshments for the crowd.  The room echoed with laughs and well wishes, and Bernie was the recipient of many ‘thanks’ for his dedication to the city.

_MG_5965Among those expressions of thanks were comical and thoughtful gestures given to the retiring City Manager.

A graphic of the retiree walking into the sunset towards the 19th green was a recurring theme that carried throughout the reception. _MG_5980 Bernie will now have time to improve his already stellar golf game. Lowell Fire Chief, Edward Pitta, presented a Lowell Firefighter’s helmet emblem, joking that initially it was going to be put on a helmet, but he didn’t want Bernie thinking he could start working fires and giving orders!

The Manager also received the most sought after ID card you can have once you retire, an official Lowell Senior Center ID!  Given by Michelle Ramalho, executive director of the Lowell Senior Center, this card now allows him entrance to all city events enjoyed by our seniors to join in on the bus excursions!

_MG_6002The public reception was a wonderful end to the 7 ½ years Bernie Lynch has given to the city of Lowell.  It was a reminder not that he was leaving, but of all he has accomplished during his tenure. 

Bernie Lynch will undeniably be missed by his colleagues and we wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors. 

By future endeavors we mean perfecting his golf swing!

Enjoy your retirement Bernie!

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For immediate release                                                            

Local Contact: 
Lowell, MA
Thursday, March 6th                                                                             

Phone: 978-674-1001

MEN COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WITH WHITE RIBBON International Campaign Takes Hold in City of Lowell-City Hall, on Thursday, March 6th @ 12 noon. City Hall Lobby-375 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

As a local affiliate of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign, City of Lowell is recruiting men from Lowell, MA to demonstrate their commitment to being part of the campaign to end violence against women.  Men can take the White Ribbon Day pledge themselves as well as serve as an Ambassador who recruits male colleagues and friends to join in taking the pledge and wearing a white ribbon on March 6, 2014.

“By wearing a white ribbon, men and boys will show they do not tolerate or condone men’s violence towards women, men, or children,” stated Manager Bernard Lynch, head of the local White Ribbon Day Affiliate about the significance of the white ribbon.

City of Lowell community leaders, State Representatives, community volunteers, domestic violence task force members, UMass Lowell students, YouthBuild and more will be in attendance.  “This is the seventh annual White Ribbon Day campaign.  We appreciate the chance to join the conversation about men’s roles in decreasing domestic violence and sexual assault and to be a role model for other men and boys in our lives.” 

The seventh annual White Ribbon Day is a statewide campaign sponsored by Jane Doe Inc.  Throughout the month, men across the state will show their support by encouraging others in their organizations, families and workplaces to wear a white ribbon, place a poster up at their workplaces, spread the word about the campaign, organize local events to speak out against violence towards women, and challenge attitudes and behaviors which condone or tolerate violence.

White Ribbon Day began in Canada in 1991, two years after the Montreal Massacre in which 14 female students at the University of Montreal were killed and 13 other students wounded by a single gunman.  Canadians organized a response to show their support to victims of violence everywhere.  The White Ribbon Day Campaign has grown internationally in the past twenty years. 

For more information, please contact: The City Manager’s Office @ 978-674-1001.

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The City of Lowell is once again offering the Best Retail Practices Program

Click photo to find out more information about the Best Retail Practices program located on the City of Lowell’s website.

Please keep in mind that you do need to register for this event on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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