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February 11, 2014

City Council to fill District 2 vacancy tonight

The City Council will fill numerous vacancies on various local government bodies tomorrow night in what is expected to be an otherwise quiet evening.

The main vacancies that need to be addressed are on the Planning Board and the City Council itself. The Planning Board will meet with the council in a joint session early on to fill its vacancy. The two applicants for the position are Robert LaPlante of 60 Merrimac St. and Dave Haraske of 8 Moody St., who unsuccessfully ran for District 6 city councilor last fall.

Once the Planning Board vacancy has been filled, the councilors will then fill the vacant District 2 City Council seat, which was left unfilled after former Councilor Christian Scorzoni moved out of district during last fall’s election season, making him ineligible to retain his seat after winning re-election.

The two candidates to succeed Scorzoni are Mary Louise Bartley, who unsuccessfully campaigned for the seat as a write-in candidate this past fall, and Kevin Shute, who is the son of former fire Chief Bill Shute.

The council is also expected to approve two appointments being requested by Mayor Ken Gray. Gray is seeking to appoint John Donnell of 14 Cabot Court to the Historical Commission and Cynthia Taibbi of 114 Elm St. to the Cultural Council.

The only public hearing on the agenda likely won’t require much debate, as Gray is requesting that the council accept a $64,306 grant that was recently awarded to the Amesbury Council on Aging by Tufts Health Plan to support the Senior Center’s Amesbury Caregiver Essentials program.

In addition, there will be five new proposals read as first readings that will be forwarded to committee and taken up for a final vote at a future council meeting.

The first is an order to grant an easement to National Grid so that new electrical equipment can be installed to service the Amesbury fire station.

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