FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY tops them all -
My approach to all expenditures is “Ok, show me we can afford it.”
Always complex; satisfying the community’s needs with the ability to pay is challenging.
Given the current and suggested state of the economy, any spending, demands that we scrutinize carefully and use discipline.
It would be great to have every street and sidewalk repaired – tomorrow.
Is a $10 million bond the answer?
In my opinion that is not a fiscally responsible approach especially considering all of our upcoming needs, including the need for a West End fire station.
We need to a holistic approach to all expenditures.
The eventual use of the Brown School must meet the divergent and competing needs of abutters, Newburyport Youth Services, and the Newburyport Affordable Housing Trust.
This is a complex and emotional issue that must be met in a financially responsible manner that leaves everyone feeling heard.
The pressures of the world’s approach to trash – namely, shipping it to China – leaves it that we must adopt some version of “pay as you throw”.
We most certainly can create a plan that will allow for an adjustment period, especially for families with children.
Simply put, it needs to be replaced.
Question is how to pay for it.
The Superintendent’s strategic approach to School District funding through consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators is a great effort and has my support.
The approach identifies the specific needs of the children.
This is undeniably one of the most important and impactful services for the future of our community.
If economically feasible, my preference would be to see NYS find a home across the street from the Nock / Molin School.
My preference would be a simple waterfront marina which pays homage to Newburyport’s historic Clipper City past.
(Due to an apparent conflict of interest, I am recused from the Council discussion and vote).
Protecting the interest of seniors is a must. It is right for the community and should be taken up again by Council and passed.
This is the underlying appeal and backbone of Newburyport.
My position is to continue to be an advocate and supporter of comprehensive guidelines that maintain city-wide historic preservation.
"As development is going to happen” it is vital that we do all we can to preserve our open space.
One of my most noteworthy achievements is the preservation of the 102 acre Common Pasture parcel on Hale Street as open space.
I have been, and will continue to be, an advocate for open space.
We need to create a position of Economic Development Director inside City Hall who will fulfill the goal of attracting high-end enterprises to our community.
In order for Newburyport to be distinguished as a special place to do business, we must promote an environmentally friendly and economically responsible consciousness.
Our attention needs to turn to creating an economically stable downtown - if we are not careful, we will be a downtown of just eateries and real estate offices.
Regulated retail sales will lead to the elimination of black market pot and access to those under 21 years of age.
Additionally, the economic impact to the city is a benefit. The zoning should stay in place.