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Ward 3 and City Update February 13, 2014

Posted by on February 13, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear friends and neighbors,

Saying that snow issues have dominated life around here in the past few weeks just might be the understatement of the year. I have received numerous Emails, calls and texts about snow removal issues in Ward 3 and beyond. Each and every one, be they street, sidewalk, or sight line issues have been routed to the proper department for action. The mayor’s office is of course looped in so an overall picture of these issues is clearly defined. Please con...

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Ward 3 and City Update December 16, 2014

Posted by on December 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear friends and Neighbors:

Well as usual, there is a lot of things to update; so here we go:

The City, New England Development (NED) and the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) are in negotiations for a joint effort parking garage between Titcomb and Market Streets. In conversations with the mayor and staff these negotiations are ongoing and confidential until finalized. I have asked a series of questions about the project that...

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Ward 3 and City Update September 23, 2014

Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Friends and Neighbors,

As always there is a lot going on in and around the neighborhoods and the city. The final reading on the Olive Street parking change goes before Council on Monday. Just a brief history: the proposal is to eliminate one space near the bottom of the street on the east side. Residents had concerns that the street has had several crashes and many near misses due to its narrowness. Other options were considered including one-way restrictions. It was de...

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Ward 3 and City Update August 22, 2014

Posted by on July 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As Yankee Homecoming and the mid-point of summer approaches, Newburyport government has certainly not gone into vacation mode!

Currently there are three building projects in various stages that have received significant attention from residents. A single family lot has been issued a permit to build on Eagle Street. This permit is currently being appealed. A second proposal is for a 12 unit apartment complex on two adjoining lots on Route 1 near Hill Street. T...

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Ward 3 and City Update May 12, 2014

Posted by on May 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It is a busy time for Newburyport city government. The mayor presents the FY15 budget this evening which begins the budget season. Budget workshops are scheduled for May 5th, 29th, June 2nd, 3rd, and 5th (Check the meeting schedule on the city website for confirmation in case there are any last minute changes) at 6:30 in chambers. The public is encouraged to attend. Although the subject matter is dry, this is where the mayor, staff and ...

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Ward 3 and City Update April 16, 2014

Posted by on April 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

It has been an exceptionally busy time locally. The two zoning proposals unanimously passed the final reading at City Council last night and they move onto the mayor for signature. One ordinance covers the historic downtown and the other eliminates the demolition delay ordinance and creates a simpler demolition control ordinance on certain buildings and homes. Pretty much all that needs to be said and written on this topic already has. A great ...

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Ward 3 and City Update March 25, 2014

Posted by on March 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)



Dear Friends and Neighbors:


I’m a little tardy with an update, but things are moving quickly so just as I begin to write a message, things change!

Numerous revisions have been made on the downtown and demolition control ordinances. The revised ordinances protect the downtown business district but have had all residentially zoned 1, 2, and 3 family properties removed from the downtown measure. The demolition control ordinance changes t...

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Ward 3 and City Update January 21, 2014

Posted by on January 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The City Council will be holding an open forum on Tuesday January 28, 2014 at City Hall to listen to public comment about potential development on the NRA parcel of land on the Central waterfront. This meeting is a precursor to the February 5, 2014 meeting with the City Council, NRA and City staff. Both meetings are scheduled for 7:00 PM. Discussion may also include a proposed parking facility in the downtown. Yo...

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Ward 3 and City update December 20, 2013

Posted by on December 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Just a pre-holiday update as the Council session ends.

I attended Wednesday’s meeting put on by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding Seabrook Station. The owners, NextEra have applied to the NRC to have their operating license extended; it is currently due to expire in 2030 and they are asking that it be extended an additional twenty years until ...

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November 25, 2013 Update

Posted by on November 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear friends and neighbors,

We are entering the final stretch of the 2012-13 election term. The newly elected or reelected councillors, school committee and mayor will be sworn in on January 6, 2014.

As things wrap up in the final weeks of our session the tax rate needs to be set. The process is as follows; once the mayor’s office gets all the information from the state, present pr...

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