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July 23, 2013

Campaign notebook


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Chambers, Lanphear take out papers for council seats

Paula H. Chambers has taken out papers to run for City Council from Ward 2.

Chambers resides at 31 Federal St. and her campaign Facebook page is ChooseChambersWard2. Chambers attended the Brown School and Newbury Elementary School. She graduated from Newburyport High School and earned a degree in French after studying at the Alliance Francaise and Barrington College.

Married with two daughters and four grandchildren, Chambers was the sole proprietor of Chambers Specialty Advertising, a promotional products company, from 1992 to 2012.

“I’m running for City Council to represent the people of Ward Two in a hands-on way,” she said. “I intend to be hard-working and fiscally responsible, especially knowing that a tax increase is scheduled to hit homeowners at the end of the year.”

Chambers said that “We must preserve full public access to our central waterfront, parks and playgrounds.”

Also, Lyndi Lanphear of 347 High St., has taken out papers to run as an at-large candidate.

Lanphear was active with the SAY NO to Local Historic District, group, which was successful in defeating this proposal before the Newburyport City Council.

“I love history and I am always open to ideas for helping to preserve our beautiful historic buildings,” she said, “but not at the cost of our local government taking away homeowners’ personal property rights.”

The candidate earned her bachelor’s degree in business education from Salem State University. She had previously worked as an account executive with several brokerage firms and specialized in municipal bonds. She has been a public school teacher and presently works as an accountant and manager of a professional office building in Newburyport.

She and her family have lived in Newburyport for the past 27 years. More information can be obtained at the following: LyndiLanphear@me.com or visit www.LyndiCares.com, or Facebook, Committee to Elect Lyndi Lanphear.

Earls sets up campaign website

City Councilor Greg Earls, who is running for mayor, has announced that his campaign website is up and operative.

It can be found at www.EarlsFor Mayor.com.

Earls said, “I am the first mayoral candidate to publish my platform and views on many of the issues facing our city.

“The site will be updated and expanded often during the campaign. Also, my campaign is on Facebook at EarlsForMayor.”

Herzog rejects waterfront housing

City Councilor Ari Herzog has weighed in on development of the central waterfront: He wants an open waterfront, with no housing or parking.

Herzog, on his website, says that “Housing is not a park function. I reject any proposal involving housing.”

Herzog, an at-large councilor who has stated he is running for re-election, said that the NRA west lot has 1.7 acres and the east lot consists of about 2.4 acres. The Waterfront Trust parcel in the middle is about 3.4 acres.

Herzog stated, “The city does not own the NRA land ... I say the NRA should be disbanded and their land be transferred to the Waterfront Trust. This way, the city would own the entire 7.6 acres, managed by the Waterfront Trust and any cafes, etc. would be leased to the tenants, similar to the tenant relationship that the NRA has with the Custom House Maritime Museum.”

Note: The NRA owns the land in question and does not need permission of the City Council to proceed with construction plans that call for about 70,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and condominium units in three buildings.

Cronin: Outdoor dining not a problem

City officials appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach to pedestrian congestion on the east side of State Street now that restaurants have put tables and chairs on the sidewalk.

In front of Brine and Loretta, the latter at 27 State St., there are about five feet of sidewalk between tables and the curb.

Some observers have said this is a small opening, especially for those with baby strollers or in large groups.

Marshal Thomas Howard, in response to a question on the matter, said he is concerned by the diminished passage way but indicated that restaurants are operating within the city’s ordinance, which is approved by the Public Safety Committee.

Ward 3 City Councilor Robert Cronin, who heads the Public Safety Committee, said, “I think outdoor seating attracts visitors to Newburyport and they assist in making what is a short summer a successful one for restaurants and all the other shops.

“There are times when the sidewalks are congested with visitors with strollers, toddlers or the family dog; back-ups occur.

“I’d rather accentuate the positive and I say what is happening (outdoor seating) is a good thing. I haven’t heard a complaint, but if there are complaints then the code enforcement officer can address these complaints individually.”

The sidewalks on the east side of State Street are narrower than those on the other side, and thus most congestion has occurred on the narrower side of the street.

Cronin is running for re-election.