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December 14, 2013

City boards have a busy year ahead


Harbor Commission -- members are Brad Duffin, chairman, Steven Hines, James Knapp, Robert Dow, Andrew Casson, Justin Dutcher, Paul Rooney Jr., Daniel May, and Paul Dahn. This board will be working to enlarge the harbormaster’s headquarters.

Historical Commission -- members are Linda Smiley, chairwoman, Margaret Welch, Ned McGrath, Bill Todd, Stephen Dodge, Sarah White and Malcolm Carnwarth. In the coming year, it is likely that this panel will review plans for the Merrimac Ale House, a proposed bar-and-restaurant at the intersection of Merrimac and Green streets.

Licensing Board -- members are Brad Duffin, chairman, Joseph Devlin, Craig Holt, Richard Sharp and Donald Zabriskie. This board will be overseeing the approval of licenses for those wishing to sell alcohol in the community. They also approve vendor licenses.

Municipal Retirement Board -- members are William Squillace, ex-officio, Joseph Spaulding, Paula Fowler, Alexander Kravchuk and John Moak. Members will make decisions on the eligibility of retirees, and the investment of board assets.

Newburyport Redevelopment Authority -- members are Tom Salemi, chairman, Adam Guild, John Morris, Patricia Dorfman and James Shanley. The board is developing plans for 4.2 acres on the waterfront, and members say they will work with elected city officials on feasible approaches.

Parks Commission -- members are Robert Uhlig, chairman, Robin Reath-Graves, Sean Perkins, Karen Popken and Steve Sawyer. This board oversees the administration and maintenance of the city’s parks system, which includes close to 17 locations.

Planning Board -- members are Dan Bowie, chair, Jim McCarthy, Bonnie Sontag, Henry Coo, Sue Grolnic, Don Walters, Paul Dahn, Noah Luskin and Cynthia Zabriskie. This board will be involved in the updating of the city’s general zoning plan. In addition, it might be in the position of passing judgment on a proposed 86-room hotel near the corner of Merrimac and Titcomb streets.

Sewer Commission -- members are David Hanion, Bob Cook and John Tomasz. This team will be monitoring the progress of the community’s new sewage treatment plan.

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