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July 15, 2014

Amesbury waterways included in Senate bill

Funding for a pair of Amesbury environmental projects were secured by State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives D-Newburyport late last week as part of the state Senate’s environmental bond bill.

A total of $1,000,000 was secured for the design, permitting, remediation, and reconstruction of the bulkhead wall along the Powwow and Back Rivers at Heritage Park and $150,000 was secured to improve water quality at Lake Attitash in Amesbury.

O’Connor Ives also secured $2,700,000 for a landfill fund for maintaining, monitoring, and responding to the Crow Lane landfill to ensure public safety in Newburyport, $3,000,000 for the purchase of at least 750,000 cubic feet of near-shore placement soil for Plum Island and Salisbury and $1,400,000 for the Salisbury comfort station and lifeguard post.

Established for long-term investments in land preservation, parks, and clean energy, the bill passed the Senate unanimously last Thursday and will now continue in a conference committee. From there, it should move to the governor for his approval.

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Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will be hosting office hours at the Amesbury Senior Center library on Friday, Aug. 1 from 1 to 2 p.m. Appointments are not required.

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The City Council voted unanimously to create the Amesbury Disposition Committee last week, which according to Mayor Ken Gray, allows for more transparency and community engagement in the process of surplussing city properties such as the Horace Mann School and the Cultural Center.

“The disposition process involves the applicable (City Council) members, a Planning Board member and abutters as may be applicable,” Gray said. “The advantage is that the city can methodically move through a transparent process with a level of security that the abutters’ input and proposals by developers are ready to move forward because the property has been released for action.”

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The Amesbury Youth Services staff is urging residents to take over Yawkey Way on July 29 for the City of Amesbury Night at Fenway Park. Bleacher seat tickets will be $35 for Amesbury residents and right field box seats will be $60.

Tickets can be purchased through AYS until this Thursday, and will be available for pickup at their office beginning on July 23. For more information, contact AYS at 978-388-8137.

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The following meetings are scheduled for this week and are open to the public:

Tonight

Planning Board, City Hall auditorium, 7 p.m.

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Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3145.

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