Lowell City Newsletter
News & Information for
January, February, March 2014
Results from the recent election as certified by the Gaston County Board of Elections.
All candidates and voters are to be congratulated for their participation in this most basic of civic duties.
26.1% of registered voters in Lowell cast a ballot in this election -- for a total of 586 voters who turned out.
New for 2014! City Survey (see front page of website for survey)
The Lowell City Council recently established a goal of developing a Vision and a Strategic Plan for the City of Lowell, containing both short and long range goals.
In deciding to develop the Plan, the City Council agreed that one of the most important factors in the success of a Community Plan is the degree to which the plan reflects the needs, concerns and desires of the citizens.
For these reasons the City Council feels that it is absolutely necessary and desirable to involve the citizens in the process of planning for the future of their city.
With that in mind, the City of Lowell would like all citizens to complete the enclosed survey. Your answers will not only let city officials know what the city is doing well, but also where improvements are needed.
Please complete the enclosed survey for your household and return it to us in the envelope provided by February 1st. We would like very much to include your comments in the process of planning for the future.
We will share the results of the survey with citizens once the comments have been compiled. Thank you for your help with this important project!
Please return your completed survey with the enclosed envelope or return in person to City Hall no later than January 31, 2014
PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Information and registration on spring soccer for boys and girls ages 7 and up will be available in February. Call the Recreation Department at 704-824-0099 for details. You may download registration forms from our website at www.lowellnc.com.The Rankin Park Picnic Shelter is available for rent. Cost is $15.00 for half day rental or $30.00 for a full day. The batting cage is also available for rental. Make your reservation by calling 704-824-0049.
Coaches are needed for basketball and soccer for kids ages 5 to 15 years old. A background check will be performed on each person who signs up to volunteer coach. For more information, call the Lowell Recreation Department at 704-824-0099.
There have been several vehicle burglaries in the city of Lowell recently. The suspects have been targeting unlocked cars. The Lowell Police Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of securing your automobiles when at home, work or on vacation. Please report any suspicious activity or people to the Lowell Police Department immediately at (704) 824-8540.
2014 Council Meeting Dates
January 13, 2014
February 10, 2014
March 10, 2014
April 14, 2014
May 12, 2014
June 9, 2014
July 14, 2014
August 11, 2014
September 8, 2014
October 13, 2014
November 10, 2014
December 8, 2014
2014 Holidays City Hall will be closed. Some City services will be affected
New Year’s Day Wednesday, Jan.1, 2014
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Good Friday Friday, April 18, 2014
Memorial Day Monday, May 26, 2014
Independence Day Friday, July 4, 2014
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 24, Thursday, Dec.25 and Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
City Manager Al Greene 704-824-3518
Police Chief Mark Buchanan 704-824-8540
Fire Chief Scott Green 704-824-3357
Public Works Director Thomas Shrewsbury 704-824-1072
Recreation Director Zip Stowe 704-824-0099
Planning Department Martine Vaca 704-824-3518
Mayor Larry Simonds 704-868-6201
Terry Benson 704-824-4590
Martha Burris 704-823-9129
Sam Mitchem, Jr. 704-824-8251
Shane Robinson 704-824-1971
Council members are sworn in by Magistrate Jeff Funderburk at the December 9 meeting. Left to right – Shane Robinson, Ricky Bush, Martha Burris, (partially hidden), Terry Benson, Sam Mitchem.