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January 17, 2014

Council's new leaders strike moderate tone

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McMilleon said his top three priorities this session are addressing the city’s taxes, seeing the Lower Millyard redevelopment effort through to its completion and maintaining the high quality of the school system. He recognized that accomplishing these goals won’t be easy, but he’s confident it can be done.

“We’ve got some people who are on the council now and a new mayor who have experience in the private sector, but not in government, so there’s going to be a learning curve,” McMilleon said. “But I’m optimistic, and they’re good individuals, they’re well informed and they can hit the ground running.”

McMilleon’s optimism was shared by other members of the council, who said they felt confident that political divisions could be overcome for the common good of Amesbury.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Lavoie said. “They say variety is the spice of life. We clearly have some old faces and some new faces coming on, and I think the new councilors will bring some fresh perspectives.”

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