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October 11, 2012

foes rally against LHD

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The council recently sent the measure to the Planning and Development Committee, and chair Barry Connell said his committee and the Council of the Whole would hold a public information session Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium.

Connell said, “All city councilors may participate in the meeting, which will be moderated by the chair of the P&D Committee. The meeting will be open to the public, and we will solicit comment from any resident who wishes to speak.

“Any councilor who attends will be able to ask questions. At the close of the public comment period, the members of the City Council will discuss what they’ve learned about the LHD proposal, after which the members of the P&D Committee may vote to issue a favorable recommendation, an unfavorable recommendation or no recommendation at all.

“The process is governed by the rules of the City Council and the City Charter. These are the same procedures we use with zoning issues or other issues with wide public interest.”

Hordon was among those who addressed the council Tuesday night, but he said his full statement was abbreviated because each speaker was allotted by council President Tom O’Brien only about a minute (as had been done two weeks before).

In a written statement to councilors in the loose-leaf binder, Hordon said, “We have talked to residents from every neighborhood, from the West End to Plum Island, and we have collected signatures from hundreds and hundreds of citizens.

“The overarching opinion is that Newburyport is not broken, that homeowners have been caring for their properties for the past 300-plus years on their own without government intervention, that pride of ownership is visible on every street in this city, and that homeowners are not willing to relinquish control over their homes now — or in the future.”

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