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April 9, 2012

Action on Story Ave. rezoning likely to be delayed again

A public hearing to discuss (again) the rezoning of a small part of Storey Avenue is scheduled to take place next week, but it's unclear that it will run because the chair of the committee might not attend.

A legal notice states that the public hearing would take place on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

But City Councilor Barry Connell, chair of the three-member Planning and Development Committee slated to host it, recently suffered a minor stroke and is taking some time to recuperate.

Connell said he was bicycling with James Shanley recently and he suddenly felt "like I was having a migraine."

The bicyclists dialed 911, and he was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital.

Doctors are monitoring his condition closely, but he said last week that in the near term, he likely will miss several municipal meetings.

He praised medical professionals at Anna Jaques Hospital. "We're fortunate to have such a hospital in our community," he said.

The Planning and Development Committee could meet without Connell, according to City Clerk Richard Jones, and a quorum of two could send a recommendation on the rezoning to the full City Council.

But municipal officials say it is too soon to determine whether the Planning and Development Committee would proceed on the rezoning matter without Connell.

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City Councilor Katy O'Connor Ives has a new day job — and she is the boss.

Ives recently started her own company, O'Connor & Ives, Purveyors of Fine and Natural Skincare.

Ives is a lawyer, and after schooling she spent time working with a regional planning agency.

But she has decided to alter her career path, in part to spend more time locally.

"I enjoy being my own boss, and this situation will allow me more flexibility to attend meetings here in town," said Ives, who is listed as proprietor of the recently formed enterprise.

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