posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 4:06 PM by administrator

Lowell, MA, Council Does Not Want to Reimburse for Forced Purchase of Wireless Alarm Units

The Lowell, MA, City Council voted unanimously last summer to request that City Manager Bernie Lynch provide a report on how property owners who were forced to buy new fire-alarm boxes from only one company could recoup some of their costs.

The request came after The Sun revealed that the state Inspector General had determined the city's mandate requiring owners of residential buildings with 13 or more units to buy wireless boxes from one company "completely obliterated price competition" and "was not advantageous for the businesses and the citizens of Lowell."

Councilors never received a response to Councilor Rodney Elliott's motion.

Armed with a recent Housing Court decision stating the city cannot force property owners to purchase only one type of fire-alarm system, Elliott refiled a motion for last Tuesday's meeting asking Lynch to report on ways the city could assist businesses.

But this time, the council defeated Elliott's motion, 5-4.

Those voting in opposition to a report on rebate options were Mayor Patrick Murphy and Councilors Marty Lorrey, Bill Martin, Joseph Mendonca and Vesna Nuon.

Voting in favor were Elliott and Councilors Ed Kennedy, John Leahy and Rita Mercier.