Mayor Ken Gray had a busy day and night last Thursday, beginning at a hearing of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies at the Statehouse. There, he testified in support of aspects of Gov. Deval Patrick’s economic development bill (H. 4045), calling for additional funding for General Brownfields Redevelopment. State agency MassDevelopment provides loans and grants for environmental site assessments and cleanup.
“Amesbury has benefited to the tune of several hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last year or so from MassDevelopment,” Gray said. “So I was testifying on behalf of increasing the funding.”
Gray also spoke in favor of the bill’s Liquor License quota repeal that supports local economic opportunities by removing statutory limitations in the number of licenses a local liquor authority can issue in order to give those communities greater control.
“This is a big growth area for us and it streamlines the permitting process for a restaurateur,” Gray said. “It cuts (a lot) of time that is required. Right now, if you are up for your liquor license it can take months and months and months to go through the process. So this cuts that process down. You don’t know how they will vote, but it went very well. I think this bill will get through.”
Gray then returned to Carriagetown for the grand opening of Nest at the Fuller Building.
“I love the store,” Gray said. “I think the creativity that is on display within the store is just fantastic.”
From there, the mayor headed to the Lake Attitash Association meeting.
“This is a group that is wrestling with cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) outbreaks during the summer and with invasive species that are coming into the lake,” Gray said. “It really is a tremendous group of people on the lake that have taken it upon themselves to take the lead in fighting these battles.