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Methuen Mayor Bill Manzi's
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Welcome to My First Newsletter

I am pleased to be sending my first newsletter as mayor. I have completed my first hundred days in office, and the job is both exciting and challenging. It is my hope that this newsletter will afford me an opportunity to communicate directly with the citizens of Methuen. In this newsletter I will give you an overview of some of the accomplishments and goals of my administration. In the future, newsletters will likely deal with one or two subjects.

Economic Development and Planning

With the concurrence of the City Council a reorganization of the city’s Economic and Community Development Department has been achieved. This reorganization eliminated one department head position and created a new director of economic and Community Development. Our goals are to stimulate economic development and to manage our growth effectively. We will recommend to the City Council very shortly a proposal to create a new master plan for the city. The master plan will be Methuen’s blueprint for managing residential and commercial growth for years into the future. We are fortunate to have hired Karen Sawyer Faust to lead this department at such a critical point in Methuen’s history.

Fire Dept. Reorganization   We have submitted and the City Council approved a reorganization of our Fire Department. Fire Chief Cliff Gallant wrote the blueprint for the changes, which I believe will be extremely helpful to him and the Department in delivering services more efficiently to our community.

The changes in command structure were achieved with the cooperation of Firefighters Local 1691, and that cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Veterans Affairs

In response to many requests from our veteran’s community, I have moved the office of our Veterans Affairs Agent Edward Curran to the first floor of the Searles Building.

The office is conveniently located within a few feet of our handicapped entrance, and will afford our veterans the privacy needed to interact with Agent Curran comfortably. I am delighted to have been able to make this change. Please call Edward Curran at 978-983-8584 or by email at
efcurran@ci.methuen.ma.us if you have any questions or concerns on veterans affairs.

Spring Cleanup

Our annual spring cleanup is scheduled for May 6. Please join us in helping to beautify our great city by volunteering to assist. For further details, call Jill Stackelin at 978-983-8578 or by email at
jkstackelin@ci.methuen.ma.us. Link to cleanup information on the city’s website at http://www.ci.methuen.ma.us/Mayor/Assets/CLEANUP FLYER-2006.pdf See you on May 6th.

Methuen High School

We are actively seeking to be eligible for the new School Building Assistance Program, in order to renovate our high school.

As we point to the July 2007 reopening of the program, Methuen is working with our state house delegation, Treasurer Tim Cahill and his staff, and Superintendent Phil Littlefield to produce our Statement of Intent form, which will begin the formal process of applying for state funding. Future newsletters will keep you informed of where we stand in this important process.

Internet Development

This newsletter is a small component of our attempt to make Methuen interactive. We have made changes to our website and continue to improve and upgrade it. Our goal is to conduct more of our business online for those who prefer to do so. Please keep watching our website for current news and happenings, as well as the introduction of additional interactivity.

Emergency Management

At the beginning of my term I asked former Senator James Jajuga to evaluate and make recommendations on the state of Methuen’s emergency management system. Senator Jajuga has filed his report, and we have begun to implement recommended changes that will improve the state of Emergency Management in Methuen.

We will report in a future newsletter on some of the specifics, but for now I am extremely grateful to Senator Jajuga and Emergency Management Director Dennis Bergeron, who have worked diligently to improve our ability to protect the citizens of Methuen in the event of an emergency.

Please feel free to forward this newsletter. You can subscribe to this newsletter by sending an email to John Molori at
jrmolori@ci.methuen.ma.us. Please contact me directly at wmmanzi@ci.methuen.ma.us. Please drop me a line!

Mayor William Manzi:
Searles Building, Suite 306
41 Pleasant Street
Methuen, MA 01844
Phone: 978-983-8505

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The May, 2006 Edition of the Valley Patriot
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