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December 24, 2013

Vote is Dec. 30 on medical marijuana moratorium

Christmas is upon us, and that means students are out on break, young adults are home for the holidays, and families have a chance to reunite, take some time off from work and celebrate the season.

Ordinarily, most city officials would take this time to sit back, relax and enjoy the holidays, but thanks to last week’s snowstorm, the City Council has one last piece of business to attend to before the legislative session wraps up at the end of the year.

The council and the Planning Board will hold a joint meeting on Dec. 30 to conduct the long-awaited public hearing on the proposed medical marijuana moratorium, and a vote will be taken at the conclusion of the hearing.

Originally the hearing was supposed to take place last Tuesday, and representatives from the prospective medical marijuana companies were expected to present their plans to the public. Residents would then have had nearly two weeks to digest the issue before the vote on Dec. 30, but after the snow forced the cancellation of the meeting, everything had to be pushed to one night.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium.

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Once the New Year arrives, the current City Council will make way for its new members, and Mayor-elect Ken Gray will officially take the reins as Amesbury’s fourth mayor since the community adopted a city form of government nearly two decades ago.

Gray’s inauguration ceremony will take place at the Amesbury High School auditorium on Jan. 2 starting at 7 p.m., and will also include the swearing in of every other official who was elected on Nov. 5. Peter Hoyt will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies, and City Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin will swear in each of the officials.

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One quick reminder: The city’s winter parking ban is now in effect, and residents are prohibited from parking their cars on the street overnight in order to keep the roads clear for plows in the event of snow.

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