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Friday, February 24, 2017

2nd Annual Addiction, Prevention and Awareness Month

2nd Annual Addiction, Prevention and Awareness Month

March is quickly approaching and The BEACON Coalition is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Addiction, Prevention and Awareness Month.  March will once again highlight community initiatives to foster healthy youth development and decrease substance abuse through a series of events taking place in the community throughout the month.

Please mark your calendars for our first event:

Wednesday, March 1, from 7:00-8:30pm at the Newburyport City Hall
​A panel discussion on the New Massachusetts Marijuana Laws with Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives, Mayor Donna Holaday, and Marshall Mark Murray from the Newburyport Police Department. This event is designed for the public to learn about some of the new regulations and to provide an opportunity to ask questions.  The event is free and open to the public.
Other events taking place throughout the month of March include:

*         Parenting Today: Understanding Protective Factors for Your Kids on March 15, from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Brown School (free child care provided),



*         9th Annual Asset Builder Awards on Tuesday, March 21st at the Newburyport City Hall from 7:00-8:30pm (winners announced next week),



*         Community TiPS Training on Saturday, March 25th from 10:00am -3:00pm at the Newburyport Public Library in the program room.

In addition, the BEACON is also doing a social norms campaign for middle school youth at the RA Nock School, presenting at the Newburyport Public Schools Professional Development day and offering an additional TiPS training for local bars.

Thank you,

Andrea Egmont, MS, CPRP

Director of Youth and Recreation Services Newburyport Youth Services

Office: 978-465-4434   X1351

NBPT Rec Center

40 Milk Street

Newburyport, MA

www.Newburyportyouthservices.com

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announces that: On Monday February 27, the ramp from I-95 North at Exit 58B (Route 110 West) will be closed between 04:00 AM and 08:00 AM.

MEDIA ADVISORY
 Amesbury – I-95 North Exit 58B - Monday February 27 Route 110
On-ramp to I-95 North - Tuesday February 28 & Wednesday March 1 
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announces that:
On Monday February 27, the ramp from I-95 North at Exit 58B (Route 110 West) will be closed between 04:00 AM and 08:00 AM. The detour route is as follows:
Continue on I-95 North and take Exit 60 to Toll Road/Route 286, turn right onto Main Street/Route 286, turn right onto the ramp to I-95 South and then take Exit 58 to Route 110 West.
On Tuesday February 28 & Wednesday March 1, the ramp from Route 110 to I-95 North will be closed between 04:00 AM and 08:00 AM. The detour routes are as follows:
For Route 110 East to I-95 North - continue past the on-ramp and take the first left onto Rabbit Road, continue straight across Route 286 onto Main Street, turn left onto Toll Road and follow onto the I-95 North on-ramp.
For Route 110 West to I-95 North - turn right onto Rabbit Road, continue straight across Route 286 onto Main Street, turn left onto Toll Road and follow onto the I-95 North on-ramp.
MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes, if possible, to avoid delays.  Drivers that must travel through the affected area should expect delays, reduce speed and use caution while traveling through the work zone.
For more information, questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-8959 or daniel.fielding@dot.state.ma.us
For more information about the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/whittierbridge. View progress photos on MassDOT’s Whittier Bridge Flickr Album.
For transportation news and updates visit MassDOT at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot and Facebook at www.facebook.com/massdotinfo.

Crow Lane (off Low Street) to be Renamed Colby Farm Lane in Memory of the Colby's.

Crow Lane off Low Street 



 




Thursday, February 23, 2017

City Council Meeting Packet for Monday's Meeting

Link to City Council Agenda: 

http://www.cityofnewburyport.com/sites/newburyportma/files/agendas/city_council_packet_02-27-2017_reduced.pdf

Newburyport Affordable Housing Trust Meeting Minutes 1-12-17- Minco (RTE 1 Traffic Circle), NED Waterfront West

Newburyport Affordable Housing Trust
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Meeting Location: Mayor’s Office, City Hall

Members in Attendance: Judy Tymon, Mayor Holaday, Madeline Nash, Karen Wiener, Susanne
Cameron
Staff Present: Kate Newhall-Smith, Planner, Andy Port, Director of Planning
Minutes Taker: Kate Newhall-Smith

Other’s Present:
Tymon called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion: Waterfront West Redevelopment: Andy Port and the Mayor fill in the members regarding the proposed schematic design for Waterfront West. The development is predominantly residential – a combination of rental and ownership. NED will seek zoning relief for height of buildings, parking, ratio of commercial to residential space, etc. NED will propose a ‘Master Plan’ for the site that incorporates all of the zoning parameters and design elements they would like to see. This plan will be reviewed by City Council and Planning Board. Throughout the build phases NED
will need to come back to Planning Board to ensure that the project continues to meet the zoning as laid out in the site’s master plan.

Port states that the project will be phased and NED would like to build a 20-unit residential structure with all market rate units. Subsequent buildings will incorporate 12% affordable units.

Cameron asks if there will be conference space. Port responds that there will be small meeting areas, but nothing that could support a convention.

Nash mentions the difficult Rt. 1/Merrimac Street intersection. Port states that there will be a lot of focus on traffic patterns and impacts and ways to mitigate likely issues.
Tymon asks about a Developer’s Agreement. Mayor responds that NED mentioned this. Port states that an agreement would likely contain information about utility upgrades, public amenities, etc. The discussion is just starting. The Mayor notes that the City may want to hire a consultant for extra support when crafting this document.

Cameron asks how the ‘Minco site’ will fit into this larger plan. Port responds that NED has left this site out of its overall design plan. Minco will be bringing forward plans for a 24-unit residential building.

Nash would like to remove the option in the zoning to allow affordable units to be constructed off site. She also questions allowing NED to opt out of providing affordable units in the first building. The Mayor does not have the impression that NED will provide the affordable units off-site; she believes that they will integrate them into the development.

Tymon asks about the timeframe. Port states that NED will be attending the 1/18 Planning Board meeting to discuss timing, procedure, and coordination with the City Council.

Wiener suggests making the ‘opt-out’ payment higher than $100,000 per unit as presented by NED. This amount is more of an incentive to not create affordable units given the high development and construction costs.

Discussion: FY 2018 CPA Application: Smith circulated a draft application to the members and requested feedback.

The Trust is happy with the draft. 

Mayor makes a motion to approve the draft, Cameron seconds, all in favor.

Cameron asks if CPA funding may be used to pay for consultants or lawyers to help smaller non-profits through the process to permanently deed restrict units as affordable so that they may be listed on the SHI.

The Trust agrees that this could be an option for certain groups or properties that could be in danger of being sold and would no longer be used for affordable purposes.

Trust Updates
 Housing Resales: Smith reviews resales and new units coming online at the Towle project. Wiener states that there is an affordable unit available at Maritime Landing. Smith will look into it.

Planning Office Updates
 Brown School: The Trusts asks about the plan for Brown School. Smith responds that the City is awaiting further details from the consultant so that we can draft an RFP. Smith will send a draft RFP to the Trust as soon as it is ready.

 Yacht Club Housing: Smith stated that there is some issue with the landowner and the yacht club that needs to be resolved before Mr. Pessina brings his condo plan forward to the Planning Board and Trust.

 Master Plan: Smith will be collecting comments until the end of January.

 Minco Smart Growth Development: The project at 1 Boston Way continues to be stalled due to an abutter’s appeal. Minco may be bringing plans forward for a development on the parcel across the rail trail from Mark Richey’s business. This development will incorporate 25% affordable units. No plans have been submitted to the Office as of yet.

Approval of Minutes, December 15, 2016

Wiener makes a motion to approve, seconded by Cameron, all in favor.

Next Meeting
The Trust is next scheduled to meet on Thursday, February 16th
.
Cameron makes a motion to adjourn, seconded by Wiener, all in favor. Meeting adjourns at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Newburyport, Salisbury, & Amesbury – I-95 South Lane, February 23

Newburyport, Salisbury, & Amesbury – I-95 South Lane, February 23
MassDOT’s contractor, Walsh-McCourt JV1, will close the following lane for concrete placement at Whittier Bridge:
Daytime Lane Closure
  • I-95 South Right Lane Closure from Route 110 to Pine Hill Bridge – Early start at 6:00 AM on Thursday, February 23
No detours are required for the lane closures on I-95.
MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 
For more information, questions or concerns about the work, please contact Daniel Fielding, MassDOT Legislative Liaison, at 857-368-8959 or daniel.fielding@dot.state.ma.us
For more information about the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/whittierbridge. View progress photos on MassDOT’s Whittier Bridge Flickr Album.
The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Planning Board Agenda of Wednesday 2/15/17

February 15, 2017
7:00 PM
Auditorium
1. Roll Call

2. General Business
a) Approval of Minutes (2/1/16)
b) Request for minor modification – 100 Hale Street (2016-SPR-06)

3. Old Business
a) New England Development
 83 Merrimac Street and 90 Pleasant Street
 Definitive Subdivision (2014-DEF-02)
 Continued from 9/7/16- Request to continue to 5/17/17

b) Evergreen Commons LLC c/o Lisa Mead, Esq.
 18 Boyd Drive and 5 Brown Ave.
 OSRD Special Permit (2016-SP-03a)
 Continued from 2/13/17

4. Planning Office/Subcommittees/Discussion
a) Updates

5. Adjournment