The debate over whether to move the DPW was one of the hottest issues in Amesbury this past summer. Many residents were vehemently opposed to the proposed plan, arguing that it was too expensive and that a cheaper alternative could be found.
Originally, the city planned on using a different property on South Hunt Road that would have cost the city $8 million, but that plan was scrapped when the cheaper location that was eventually approved was brought to Mayor Thatcher Kezer’s attention.
The City Council ultimately approved the DPW plan 8-1, and once the proposal was approved, Kezer began the process of obtaining all the land and properties involved. The city obtained the key to the building in the fall, and since then work has been ongoing to prepare the building for use.