LOWELL -- The City Council blocked one board appointment of City Manager Bernie Lynch's Tuesday night, while approving two others.

The council voted 5-4 to table the appointment of Salmira Mitchell to the Pollard Memorial Library Board of Trustees to complete an unexpired term ending Dec. 31. Mitchell is a mental-health worker at Tewksbury State Hospital.

Councilor Rita Mercier, who earlier in the meeting said she did not think Lynch should make any more board appointments, proposed tabling the appointment of Mitchell.

She voted along with Mayor Rodney Elliott and Councilors Corey Belanger, Ed Kennedy and Dan Rourke to table the proposal.

Voting in opposition were Councilors John Leahy, Bill Martin, James Milinazzo and William Samaras.

Both Rourke and Milinazzo moved later in the meeting to have the appointment brought up again, but were told that under Robert's Rules of Order they could not do so until a later date.

Rourke told Lynch after the meeting he would like the manager to place the appointment on this coming Tuesday's agenda.

After the Mitchell vote, the council voted 9-0 to appoint former city planning official Robert Malavich as a full member of the Planning Board with a term expiring Sept. 1, 2015. Malavich had been serving as an alternate on the board and will finish the term of Stephen Gendron.

The council also voted 8-1 to appoint Michael Paglia to an alternate position on the Zoning Board of Appeals with a term expiring June 30, 2016.


Belanger was the lone vote in opposition. He said he has nothing against Paglia, he just did not support Lynch making new appointments. He said he supported Malavich because he was already serving on the Planning Board.

In other business Tuesday, the council:

* Approved and referred to the economic-development subcommittee Belanger's motion requesting the city manager organize a meeting between Trinity Financial and the City Council to provide updates regarding the Hamilton Canal project.

* Authorized a plan change to the JAM plan to establish 9 Pearl St. as a disposition parcel.

* Authorized the city manager to execute a land disposition agreement with Tallage, LLC to convey 9 Pearl St. for $3,400

* Authorized the city manager to execute a parking lease agreement with Caleb Westford St. Corp. for property at 2 Leroy St.

* Authorized the city manager to execute a license agreement for the overhanging sign at 262 Merrimack St.

* Declared surplus and conveyed 21 Davidson St. to developer David Daly for $24,500.

* Received communication of Julia Hans to the Green Building Commission.

* Approved an out-of-state travel request for a K-9 officer to attend mandatory K-9 training with the Connecticut State Police Feb. 4-6 in Conn.

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