, Newburyport, MA

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July 15, 2013

Sale of Yellow School House OK'd

Building will be converted into single-family home


Town Administrator Tracy Blais announced Newbury was awarded a $10,000 grant from the town’s insurer to review the Finance Department’s internal controls regarding cash receivables and debt service.

She also reported that, to date, the town has raised $527,000 through the sale of surplus municipal property, with a total of $1.3 million anticipated once transactions on the remaining three parcels are completed.

Selectmen approved all police department appointments as recommended by police Chief Michael Reilly but put on hold a request from the Capital Planning Committee seeking designation for its members as “special municipal employees” pending input from Town Counsel Ginny Kremer.

In response to a question from the press, Chairman Joe Story reported that an issue that necessitated a closed-door session last month remained unresolved. Story said the board would probably need one more executive session, but noted that what is being discussed involves a problem that is common to coastal communities.

The board went into secret session at the end of their open meeting on June 11 with Kremer, Reilly and clam warden Charlie Colby, citing a need to discuss strategy with respect to litigation and “complaints brought against a public officer, employee, staff member or individual.”

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