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April 25, 2013

Bear faces challenge from Doyle for selectman's seat

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What should the town’s role be in dealing with the beach erosion on Plum Island and other issues with the Great Marsh?

Once the Department of Environmental Protection allowed water and sewer onto Plum Island, “all bets were off in how you maintain a barrier beach.” He favors tax abatements to help homeowners severely impacted by the beach erosion “get over the hump.” He believes the town must protect water and sewer infrastructure and that sand mining once every five years is a good idea. As a founding member of the Friends of Newbury, he has worked to educate the public on why what happens on Plum Island matters to people living in Olde Towne and Byfield. “Things are changing. There’s a whole new feeling of community and that’s a win/win for the town.”

What solutions can you offer for additional revenue streams or other ways to resolve budget problems without tax overrides.

He supported all the recently proposed tax hikes, but in the wake of their failure at the polls, the town needs to find more ways to become business-friendly. The creation of the new Business Light Industrial District along Route 1 was a good start and he called Planning Board Chairman Kathleen Pearson’s proposal to bring water to that area from the Byfield Water District and wells off Parker Street “a gold mine for Newbury.”

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