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February 26, 2013

S.A.F.E. grant an easy vote for Finance Committee

The Amesbury City Council’s Finance Committee has been keeping busy over the past few months, discussing items related to the Lower Millyard project, the Stretch Code and the budget in general.

So now, with the new budget season on the horizon, the Finance Committee is finally getting a month of relative calm before the storm. There is only one item on tonight’s agenda, and conventional wisdom would suggest it’s a no-brainer.

The Amesbury Fire Department was recently awarded a non-matching grant for $5,225 to continue their Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) program. The grant is available to all state communities and is intended to help promote student awareness of fire dangers through educational programs.

In a city so often ignited by contentious budget debates and tax rate mania, this one strikes me as an easy vote.

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Speaking of the Finance Committee, the City Council has unveiled its new committee assignments for 2013.

All nine councilors will serve on the Finance Committee, and the Ordinance Committee will consist of councilors Bob Lavo ie, Derek Kimball and Jim Kelcourse, along with private citizens Len Johnson and Sheila Casey.

The Rules and Procedures Committee will consist of Lavoie, Allen Neale and Donna McClure, and the energy task force will consist of Kimball, Christian Scorzoni and Joseph McMilleon.

On the Public Building and Infrastructure Committee will be Kimball, McClure, Bob Gilday and Neale. Kelcourse will be the lone member of the Traffic and Transportation Committee, and Gilday and Lavoie will work with the Chamber of Commerce.

On the Audit and Oversight Committee will be Gilday, Neale and Lavoie. McMilleon will serve as committee review liaison, and McClure will head up the master plan implementation effort.

McClure will also team up with Scorzoni as the liaisons to the Brownsfield Support Team, who are working to bring state and federal funds to the Lower Millyard project.

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