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October 9, 2013

Council accepts $100K grant for brownfield cleanup

Defers action on Regional Veterans' Services district


“There’s no Trojan horse saying if you accept this you have to borrow X amount of money,” said District 4 Councilor Rob Lavoie.

The council was originally expected to vote on two bills that deal with a proposed creation of a Regional Veterans’ District that would include Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury, Merrimac and Newbury, but the bills were tabled until next month so that issues that have arisen in Salisbury and Newbury could be worked out.

One item that wound up taking up the majority of the meeting was a vote on whether to accept a Quitclaim deed for Quimby Lane. A group of residents requested that the city table the vote to put pressure on the developer, who they said hadn’t provided the level of services required.

Specifically, they argued that he’d done an inadequate job plowing the road the previous winter, and they had to drag their trash and recycling to the corner of Lions Mouth Road in order for it to be disposed of. Quimby Lane has not yet been accepted by the city and therefore doesn’t receive services from the city like city-owned streets do.

The council ultimately moved to accept the deed anyway, arguing that delaying wouldn’t really put any pressure on the developer and the best course of action would still be to try to get the street accepted before the winter.

The last item discussed by the council was a late file proposed by District 2 Councilor Christian Scorzoni, who proposed the creation of a state-authorized cultural district for the Upper and Lower Millyards.

According to the resolution, “Upon the designation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council will provide a framework for how to assemble a public and private partnership, how to develop district goals, how to map the relevant assets within the district, how to identify public resources and planning tools that complement the district and practices for marketing the district.”

Because the proposal was a resolution, the council was able to vote on it immediately, and it was approved unanimously.

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