Regardless of what your opinion is: build, don’t build, build big, build bigger or build small the City of Newburyport is again at a point of maybe building a parking garage. Tonight City Council votes on a bond order to 100% design that facility.
There is much going on here in our city, here are some of the more newsworthy items that are occurring now: Last evening (1/26) the ZBA met on several high profile issues to a packed gallery of neighbors and residents. The 77 Lime Street project was the keynote agenda item.
The City Council held a special meeting last night (11/17/15) in which the Mayor, Planning Director and City Auditor presented information regarding the parking garage; the so-called Inter-Modal Transit Facility.
The taxpayers and residents of Newburyport deserve information in a timely manner. So to move in that direction the City Council passed a “snow plan” order which I sponsored.
The old saying in politics is that nobody comes away from the tabled full. That was the case last night at City Council meeting. A series of orders, resolutions and transfers, all waterfront related were addressed.
Obviously, with the record snowfall we were hit with and the issues that arose on Plum Island and else where (roof collapses etc.) winter is still on our collective minds.
I have submitted an order pertaining to Cushing Park and protecting it from development. Once this is in committee and BEFORE any voting I will have a community meeting to garner input to needs and wants.
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
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 department heads make their case for the budget.
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 effort by all involved.