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October 18, 2013

Giunta, Reardon vie for Ward 5 council seat

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“I believe the new technology available to the city’s children will truly help them prepare for the future and will enable our schools to continue to rank at a high level within the state,” he added.

What will be your special interest if you are a city councilor?: “If elected as Ward 5 city councilor, I would like to focus on street and sidewalk issues within our ward, specifically focusing on developing a traffic plan for the streets affected by the new elementary school, working towards the re-posting of speed limit signs on Low Street with additional crosswalks with pedestrian signs. I would like to start the discussion of installing sidewalks on Hale Street so children of the west end can safely walk or bike to school.

“Also, we should determine a new traffic pattern that reduces truck traffic on Hale Street, and encourages the use of Graf and Scotland road as the truck access to the industrial park,” he added.

SEAN R. REARDON

Age: 38

Family: Wife, Sadie, three children

Occupation: Education sales representative

Education: Ohio State University

Reason for running: Reardon says that his family has resided in the community for many years, and he wants to contribute to the progress of the city.

“I really want to be the voice of Ward 5 on the council and I want to make myself available to go over what happened in our meetings and discuss what might be coming down the road,” he said.

Position on the central waterfront: “Newburyport deserves a beautiful waterfront park and not the current dirt parking lots that sandwich the Market Landing Park. I want an expanded park on the waterfront. To get that expanded park, I am not opposed to limited development on the waterfront. The NRA plan is not etched in stone and I think some common ground can be found. I served on the Parks Commission for two years and I believe limited development is the only way to get a beautiful year-round park space that connects our downtown to the waterfront and maintains it without expense to the taxpayer.”

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