Council President Anne Ferguson has proposed an amendment to the city code that would require grant applications that require a match from the city to be submitted to the city clerk’s office and to the council at the time of filing. That would keep the City Council in the loop if the grant were to later necessitate a funding request from the council.
The Ordinance Committee will discuss the issue tonight, and depending on how the discussion goes, it could also be brought forth for a public hearing at next week’s full meeting of the City Council.
Residents interested in running for office in Amesbury this fall have until the end of this month to pull nomination papers from City Hall, and early indications suggest that we could be seeing one of the busiest elections in years for mayor and for City Council.
But for other elected positions like the School Committee and Planning Board, that hasn’t been the case.
As of yesterday afternoon, only current School Committee members Tom McGee and Peter Hoyt have pulled nomination papers to run for re-election. None of the other current members have pulled papers yet, and no new challengers have either. The same is true for the Planning Board, Library Trustees and Housing Authority members, where nobody has indicated a desire to run at this point.
So what happens if not enough people end up pulling nomination papers by the deadline?
“If nobody pulls paper by the 26th, then at the November election, whoever gets the most votes for that seat will get the seat if they so choose,” said City Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin.
Kitchin said she expects every seat will have at least one nominee, but it wouldn’t be unprecedented if a couple wind up needing to be filled by write-ins.