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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pot Holes

I have asked the DPS to start repairing the pot holes throughout the Ward. 
These were the streets I identified as needing repair: 

Doe Run
Quail Run
Fox Run
Rawson Hill
North Atkinson

If I missed your street please let me know.

2014 Household Hazardous Waste Day

Newburyport – The City of Newburyport and Towns of West Newbury and Merrimac in conjunction with the Newburyport DPS will be holding its Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, September 13, from 8:00 am -12:00 PM at the Newburyport Department of Public Services at 16A Perry Way.  The event, which will be held rain or shine, provides residents of the area with the opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials in an environmentally responsible manner.  Contractors may not use Household Hazardous Waste Day to dispose of materials. 

Clean Harbors Environmental Services will be on site September 13 to accept oil-based paints (no latex paint), varnishes, pesticides, and other household hazardous chemicals.  Costs are $24 for up to 10 gallons or $46.50 for up to 25 gallons. In addition, residents may dispose of mercury-containing waste, including batteries, thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lamps (fees apply). 

Clean Harbors will not be accepting commercial/industrial waste, latex paint, ammunition, asbestos, radioactive material, fire extinguishers, or medical or biological wastes. To ensure safety, please adhere to the following handling procedures: leave materials in original labeled containers; tighten caps and lids; place containers in sturdy upright boxes rather than in garbage bags; avoid smoking while handling hazardous materials. Most importantly, do not mix chemicals.

TVs under 32 inches and monitors will be accepted for a $10 fee. A nominal fee may also apply for other appliances.

Universal Shredding will also be on site for document shredding, the first file size box is free, $5 fee applies for additional boxes. 

A full list of accepted materials may be obtained from the Health Department, or you may find the information on the recycling page of the City of Newburyport website ( For questions

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Community Open House at New Elementary School

All residents are invited to attend a Community Open House to tour the new Bresnahan Elementary School on Thursday August 28th. Tours will be held from 5 to 7 pm and will run continuously. Please enter the school site from North Atkinson Street, park in the lot, and go through the doors at the front of the building. We are so excited to share the opening of this beautiful new school with the community!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Landfill, Oleo Woods, Medical Marijuana Zoning and Road Races in the West End

A quick update on Monday's city council meeting:

Crow Lane Landfill- I submitted the recent MassDep update and New Venture's reply to the update. Both documents were in opposition to each other which is no surprises to our neighbors around the landfill. This was posted on the Council agenda so all councilors could be informed about the current state at the landfill. I thank Councilor Herzog for supporting the neighbors by speaking on the subject during the meeting. 

On a positive note Senator Ives was able to get 3 million dollars into the state budget for maintenance, monitoring and repair.  This money is not secured yet and needs the Governor's approval before it is released to the city. As a council we will be sending the Governor a letter asking him to approve the money. I would encourage all residents to write their own personal letter to the Governor. This money is important and we need to secure it. 

To write to Governor Patrick:

Honorable Deval L. Patrick
Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
State House, Room 360
Boston, MA 02133

Oleo Woods Neighborhood- The Planning office submitted the paperwork to officially recognize the streets (Richardson Path & Morin Road) as city owned. The roads, pump station, water and sewer lines will be maintained by the city once this is approved. I referred these ordinances to the Planning and Development Committee of the City Council for review. 

Two interesting notes in these ordinances:
1. The documents note an Oleo Woods Homeowners Associates, LLC will own and maintain any and all rain gardens, swales and constructed wetlands. I am wondering if there is an official homeowner’s board. If there is please contact me.

2. The homeowners around the circle at the end of Russell Terrace will acquire some new slivers of land (at least on paper). Now that the circle is not needed the property lines will be squared off adding slivers of land to their front yards. 

Medical Marijuana Zoning- For a second time I spoke out against zoning Hale Street for Medical Marijuana. The original attempt on passing an order lost with a 7-2 vote during the last council meeting. On Monday I was successful in amending the newly proposed order removing Hale Street as a possible site for a dispensary or cultivation site. My thoughts on this can be found here:

Green Strides 1/2 Marathon- during the Public Safety subcommittee meeting I was able to speak with the organizer of the race about the course. This is something I have been waiting to do for years. This race shuts the west end off by closing exit 57, Turkey Hill Lane and Hale Street simultaneously. I had a long talk with the organizer and explained the trouble it creates within the neighborhood. He talked about shortening the length of the race in the West End and dropping flyers at the homes effected. I do think it is important that the race go on as scheduled (although I may vote against it) but I will insist on a different race course next year. 

That is the latest. 

Please feel free to contact me.