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Friday, April 22, 2016

NRA Meeting Notes

Newburyport Redevelopment Authority
Police Station Conference Room

March 16, 2016

 Minutes
1. Call to Order
Chair Tom Salemi called a regular meeting of the Newburyport Redevelopment
Authority to order at 7:06 p.m.

2. Roll Call
In attendance were members Tom Salemi, Andy Sidford and Marian Levy. Carol Powers
was also in attendance. Leslie Eckholdt and Bob Uhlig were absent.

3. New Business

Brewfest Application
Tom Cusick presented the application for the Brewfest and said the plans are much the
same as they were last year. The event, which is a major fundraiser for Yankee
Homecoming, will be held on July 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. under a tent in the east
lot. The appropriate insurance will be obtained and security and restroom facilities will
be provided. The tent must be anchored in compliance with the AUL and must not
disturb the geotextile fabric that will be installed in the proposed pop-up park in the east
lot. Andy Sidford moved to approve the application. Marian Levy seconded the motion.
The motion was unanimously approved.

Wi-Fi
Tom Salemi said a resident suggested to him the NRA provide Wi-Fi on the waterfront.
A solar powered kiosk that includes charging ports could be leased for six months at a
cost of $750 per month. The monthly fee was a concern to the members, who will look
into ways to provide Internet access at a lesser cost.

Parking Garage
A garage with 204 spaces has been approved. This might allow approximately 100
parking spaces to be removed from the waterfront. The decision makes it possible for the
NRA to move forward with plans for the waterfront.

4. Old Business

Parking Agreement
Tom Salemi met with Mayor Holaday about the parking agreement with the City. The
current agreement is set to expire at the end of April. The Mayor supports an increase in
rates to $1 per hour. She requested the agreement with the NRA be extended until July 1
to allow time for the City Council to approve the rate increase. The extension of the hours
for paid parking has not yet been discussed. 

Pop-up Park Programming
Bob Uhlig contacted Newburyport Charitable Causes, which organizes the annual Bocce
Bash. The event this year will be held on June 18. The proceeds from the event would
be used to construct two bocce courts by the berm in the west lot. The edging would be
lightly mortared in order that the courts might be moved to a new location at a later date.
The courts must be in compliance with ADA and Conservation Commission regulations.
Tom Salemi moved to accept the funds raised for two bocce courts provided all
regulatory reviews are met. Andy Sidford seconded the motion. The motion was
unanimously approved.

5. Secretary’s Report
None

6. Treasurer’s Report
Tom Salemi moved to approve a payment for minute taking for the March meeting in the
amount of $150, to Beacon Electrical Sales in the amount of $45.83 and to Leslie
Eckholdt in the amount of $5.55 for miscellaneous expenses. Andy Sidford seconded the
motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

7. Council’s Report
Carol Powers said the NRA does not have to pay taxes because it is a government
agency. She will contact the City and Not Your Average Joe’s about written agreements
for the use of NRA land.

8. Minutes
Marian Levy moved to approve the minutes of the February 24, 2016 meeting as
submitted. Tom Salemi seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

9. Public Comment
Rob Germinara, 2 Ashland Street, reported the brick shed has been damaged, mostly
likely by weather.
Peter Fitzsimmons, 7 Arlington Street, said in his opinion clamshells make a bright
surface that is uncomfortable for walking. Mike Hennessey said the shells will break
down during winter conditions and their color will fade with time.
City Councilor Jared Eigerman thanked the NRA for writing a letter urging that the Ad
Hoc Central Waterfront Committee be reconvened.
Sandy Small, Oak Street, pointed out that in the projections for the parking garage, the
amount to be paid to the NRA is shown to increase only by $2,000 when the rates double.

10. Adjournment
Andy Sidford moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:52 p.m. Marian Levy seconded the
motion. The motion was unanimously approved. 

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2016 Household Hazardous Waste Days

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Newburyport – The City of Newburyport will be holding two Household Hazardous Waste Days this year.  The first one will be held on May 7, 2016. Please note that it will take place at the Crow Lane Recycling Center from 8 am to 12 pm. (The second one will be on Saturday, September 10, 2016, but on Perry Way, at the Department of Public Services.) The events, which will be held rain or shine, provide residents 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 May 2 to accept oil-based paints (no latex paint), varnishes, pesticides, and other household hazardous chemicals.  Costs are $19 for up to 3 gallons, $24 for up to 10 gallons and $46.50 for up to 25 gallons.

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.

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

In addition to oil-based paint, chemicals, and shredding, residents may drop off all of the regular materials accepted on the first Saturday of the month, including batteries, thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent lamps, metal items such as lawn mowers and grills, as well as any sort of electronic item, corded or battery-powered.

A full list of accepted materials, and any applicable fee, may be found on the recycling page of the City of Newburyport website (www.cityofnewburyport.com). For questions: mettenborough@cityofnewburyport.com or 978-499-0413.

Amesbury & Salisbury – Route 286, I-95 South, and I-495 South Overnight Ramp Closures, April 20 & 21

MassDOT’s contractor, Walsh-McCourt JV1, will close the Route 286/Main Street on-ramp to I-95 South on Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM the following morning. Traffic on Route 286/Main Street destined for I-95 South should follow the signed detour route:

  • Take Rabbit Road south and turn right on Route 110/Elm Street in Amesbury. After crossing I-95, turn right to take the ramp to I-95 South.

The contractor will also close the I-95 South on-ramp to I-495 South from 10:00 PM on Thursday, April 21, to 5:00 AM on Friday, April 22. Traffic on I-95 South destined for I-495 South should follow the signed detour route:

  • Proceed past the I-495 South on-ramp to Exit 58 for Route 110 and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 110 West. Follow Route 110 West past Rocky Hill Road and turn right onto the on-ramp to I-495 South.

Both ramp closures are necessary to mill pavement on I-95 South. MassDOT began milling asphalt on I-95 South from Route 286 in Salisbury to Route 110 in Amesbury on Tuesday, April 19. The milling work will prepare the roadway for a new overlay of pavement.

MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Drivers should expect an uneven roadway surface, and motorcyclists in particular should use care. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.

For questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-8959 or daniel.fielding@dot.state.ma.us.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Amesbury & Salisbury – I-95 South Extended Lane Closure for Pavement Milling, April 19-22

MassDOT will begin milling asphalt on I-95 South from Route 286 in Salisbury to Route 110 in Amesbury on Tuesday, April 19. The contractor, Walsh-McCourt JV1, will implement a continuous, 24-hours-a-day lane closure from 7:00 AM on Tuesday, April 19, through 5:00 AM on Friday, April 22, to facilitate the work. The location of the lane closure will vary. This work will prepare the roadway for a new overlay of pavement.

Through traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times. MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Drivers should expect an uneven roadway surface, and motorcyclists in particular should use care. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.

For questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-8959 or daniel.fielding@dot.state.ma.us.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ward 5 Potluck Spring Social - Tuesday Night

The first annual Ward 5 Potluck Spring Social will be held at the Newburyport SeƱor Community Center, 331 High Street on Tuesday, April 12 from 6 to 8PM. No need to RSVP, just bring your favorite dish and come meet new people in your neighborhood. Families and children welcome. For more information call 978-462-2973 or email kimkudym@comcast.net.

MOM'S STORY PERSONALIZES PITCH FOR "ACTIVE DUTY" TAX BREAK BILL

 

MOM'S STORY PERSONALIZES PITCH FOR "ACTIVE DUTY" TAX BREAK BILL

By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 5, 2016.....The mail didn't stop when Alfina Amato was deployed with the U.S. Army to Afghanistan and her mother, Diane, dutifully collected and kept track of the envelopes while she was away.

Among those envelopes was the excise tax bill for Alfina's car, which sat untouched while the Methuen resident was overseas. As each excise tax bill came in, Diane Amato paid the bill while wondering why her daughter was being charged a tax on a car that she was thousands of miles away from driving.

"She's in Afghanistan and she's really going through hell, and that's exactly what it is over there, and I said, 'something has to be done to help these people,'" Diane Amato said.

Amato testified Tuesday morning in support of a bill (H 4073) filed by Methuen Rep. Diana DiZoglio to exempt members of the armed forces serving on active duty from the automobile excise tax.

Any member of the military "deployed or stationed outside the territorial boundaries of the commonwealth for a period of at least 45 days in the calendar year" would be exempt from paying the excise tax on one non-commercial motor vehicle registered in their own name or jointly with a spouse.

"We, for years in the commonwealth, have provided disabled veterans and former prisoners of war with the ability to be exempted from motor vehicle excise taxes," DiZoglio said. "After hearing Alfina's story I felt strongly that this opportunity should also be expanded to all active duty military members during their services."

The exemption has already been implemented by the Methuen and Lowell city councils, DiZoglio said, but the bill would make the exemption available to military members statewide.

According to the most recent numbers made available by the Defense Manpower Data Center, there are 3,784 active duty military personnel from Massachusetts.

Exempting service men and women from the excise tax and sparing them from the possibility of incurring late fees or penalties, supporters said, would help make the transition from active duty to civilian life a bit easier.

"When they come home they have a lot on their plates, I know my daughter did when she came home last year," Amato told the Joint Committee on Revenue. "I know an excise tax isn't a lot, but when you do a little of this and a little of that, it really does add up to them."

Peggy Griffin, president of Gold Star Wives of Greater Boston, said her organization supports DiZoglio's bill because it would make the burden of paperwork "a little less difficult for the members of our military."

"When veterans are discharged from the military or even when they're in active duty, paperwork is an ongoing problem and hassle for all," she said.

To recoup the money that would be go uncollected through the exemption, DiZoglio said, the bill allows municipalities to add $3 to the fee connected to the issuance of a warrant to collect unpaid motor vehicle or trailer excise tax from a delinquent taxpayer.

-END-
04/05/2016

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