Property Upgrades Eyed in Leominster
LEOMINSTER -- Monday’s City Council meeting saw few votes outside of the appointment of Jim LeBlanc as the city’s new emergency management director, however plans to upgrade several city properties were revealed.
* A communication from Mayor Dean Mazzarella to appropriate $575,000 to the Recreation Department from the city’s stabilization account was given regular course due to appearing on the agenda for the first time. The money represents a state grant the city has applied for to upgrade lighting and bleachers at Fournier Park.
* A communication from Mayor Mazzarella to appropriate $570,570 to the Recreation Department from the city’s capital outlay expense account was also given regular course. This money would finance Phase II of the construction of a new city park at the corner of Mechanic and Laurel streets.
* A communication from Mayor Mazzarella to appropriate $45,000 to the Building Department from the stabilization fund was also given regular course. This money is intended to fund the demolition of a building at 15 Carter St. to expand parking for the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
* Councilors voted to grant $16,500 in appropriations for the City Clerk’s office to purchase a new copy machine and for the Conservation Commission to buy two new desks.
* Councilors also voted to grant an appropriation of $223,898 to the city’s highway street resurfacing account from the Chapter 90 funding the city was given by the state for fiscal 2019.
* The council’s pending authorization to allow the city to spend $810,000 on a historic home and 4 acres of land to be added to Sholan Farms was given further time, pending a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 10.
* The council also granted further time to the request of the company Prime Wellness Centers for a special permit to build a medical marijuana cultivation facility at 1771 Lock Drive. A hearing on that request has also been scheduled for Dec. 10.