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Notice of parking garages closing effective Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Gallagher I and Gallagher II parking garages located at the Gallagher Terminal, Thorndike Street in Lowell will be closed due to the construction of a new parking garage, effective Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The Rourke parking garage on Chelmsford St. will remain open.

The Rourke Garage located on Chelmsford St. at the the intersection of Westford Street, will be the only entrance open for pre-assigned monthly passholders and daily parkers. There will be a limited amount of spaces for the daily parkers and this parking will be on a first come/first serve basis.

The LRTA anticipates that there will be ample spaces for evening and weekend parking at the Rourke parking garage.

The Gallagher Terminal Lobby (Thorndike St)
The drop-off and pick-up area at the Gallagher Terminal (Thorndike St)
The LRTA bus hub at the Kennedy Center (Thorndike St)

The LRTA thanks you for your patience

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this major construction of a new garage at the Gallagher Terminal.

Please feel free to the LRTA at 978-459-0164 if you have any questions.

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The City of Lowell has been recently learned that it failed to meet a state established level of school spending The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) completed their annual review for the FY13 and it was noted the net school spending (NSS) was missed by $3.8M.  To address this issue an action plan for FY14 and FY15 was released during the February 25, 2014 City Council meeting.

From the FY96 to FY08 Lowell had failed to meet its’ NSS requirement by as much of -4.9% (FY00) and often times came very close to exceeding the 5% deficiency allowed under law.  It was not until FY09 that Lowell had met the requirements in place and from FY09-FY11, Lowell spent $9,798,817 over the NSS requirement. In actuality the City exceeded DESE projected spending each fiscal year from FY07-FY12. 

The 2013 deficiency can be attributed to a number of factors that took place in the City that were difficult to fully project.  The change in employee and retiree health insurance, which resulted in several million dollars which directly benefitted the students, and dramatic savings in utility costs for all facilities, contributed to the deficiency.

In order to address the net school spending deficiency the following actions were prepared:

• A transfer of $2M from the City’s Chapter 17 account to the Lowell School Department.  These funds need to be repaid into the Chapter 17 account during FY15.  At this point it is expected that there will be available Free Cash to transfer into the Chapter 17 account as there is an expected reduction in the FY14 Charter school assessment and an increase in the FY14 Charter School reimbursement

• Amended filing with the state for non-direct City spending for education for FY13 and full accounting of spending for FY14 based upon full capture of school maintenance costs and the health insurance costs of school nurses.

• An increase of $800K in direct spending on education spending for FY15 along with increased in direct spending for pensions and refined health insurance. 

This action plan is intended to address the issue of the underfunding of our schools in a timely manner.  If all recommendations are implemented, the accrued shortfall amount is projected to be $0 by the end of FY15.


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Please click photo to see an enlarged version of the 2014 Firefighter Examination

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Holiday Schedule

Just as a heads up for the City of Lowell.

Our offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, 2014. Therefore the date for pick up of ALL RESIDENTIAL CURBSIDE trash/recycling routes are ‘bumped’ by one day.

** Friday collections will be done on Saturday 1/25

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City of Lowell, MA Recognized with the Kenneth E. Pickard Award for Regional Economic Development by the Massachusetts Municipal Association

City Manager, Bernie Lynch, announces that the City of Lowell has been chosen by the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) to receive the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award along with the Towns of Bedford, Billerica, Burlington and Chelmsford.
The City of Lowell has been recognized for this award as part of the Middlesex 3 Coalition as an example of an exceptional Regional Economic Development Public/Private Partnership.
In receiving this award, the City of Lowell and other regional members of the Middlesex 3 Coalition have demonstrated their dedication, commitment and ability to increase the effectiveness of local government by successfully implementing a unique and creative program.
The Middlesex 3 Coalition is a regional partnership consisting of five Middlesex County Communities that surround the Route 3 corridor. The coalition communities seek to foster economic development as well as create job growth and retention. Additionally, diversification of the tax base and enhancement of quality of life are major goals of the Middlesex 3 Coalition. Members include stakeholders in local government, business, finance, education and development who have combined resources to promote the competitive advantages of the region and advance the economic vitality of the corridor. Lowell will continue to work with other surrounding communities to offer opportunities for residents, students and businesses and is committed to promoting strong economic leadership and innovation.

For more information, please visit http://www.middlesex3.com/

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There is an opening for a School Traffic Supervisor at the McAvinnue School, Mammoth Road and 4th Avenue.

The post times are from 8:45 am to 9:30 am and 3:20 pm to 3:50 pm. This is a part time job that pays $9.62 per hour. Any interested person should apply at HR in City Hall.

More details below.

Job Title: Traffic Supervisor (1800-TS, 1938)
Department: Police Department- Family Services Division
Reports To: Officer in Charge, Chief of Police
Salary: $9.6213/hr

– Controls and directs motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic in locations as assigned by the Traffic Bureau.
– Uses arm and hand signals or manually operates traffic lights.
– May make reports of accidents or unsafe traffic situations
– Must have the ability to report to various assigned locations throughout the City.

Other duties may be assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

High school diploma or general education (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The City of Lowell is a smoke and drug free employer and requires physical with drug screen, and CORI post offer.

Qualified applicants may forward resume and/or application to the Human Relations Office, Mary Callery, Human Relations Manager, Room 19 City Hall, Lowell, MA 01852; or Fax: (978) 446-7102; Deadline 4pm – Friday, September 27, 2013. Applicants can also email resume and/or resume to cityjobs@lowellma.gov.

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130909 Public mtg notice

A public meeting will be held in the Mayor’s Reception Room (at City Hall) on September 17th, starting at 6:00, to present and discuss the 25% designs of the restoration of two-way traffic patterns in downtown. The City’s consulting engineers from Nelson Nygaard and TEC will make a presentation on restoring two-way traffic flow on Merrimack, Market, Central, and Shattuck Streets as well as the extensive traffic analysis they have conducted during their feasibility study.

The City is keenly interested in hearing from Downtown stakeholders to help refine and improve the design, prior to bidding this winter and construction following in the spring/summer of 2014.

Please contact Traffic Engineer Eric Eby with any questions (including special accomodations) about this meeting at (978)674-4252 or eeby@lowellma.gov

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