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Friday, September 15, 2006

Framingham official steps down

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham's loss is Worcester's gain.

Framingham building commissioner Joe Mikielian is stepping down to accept a post with the city of Worcester, town officials said this morning.

Mikielian lives in Worcester and previously worked there as chief building inspector, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports this week.

Mikielian, who also serves as director of inspectional services for Framingham, has recently been town hall's lead staff member on addressing complaints of overcrowding and enforcement of nuisance violations.

Town Manager Julian Suso praised Mikielian, who has worked for the town since June 1998, calling him a "consummate professional."

Recently, Mikielian presented an update on the progress of a town committee working to assess problems with overcrowding in residential areas. Many town residents have pointed to the increased immigrant population.

But Mikielian told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday that the town was looking at overcrowding as a public health issue, without regard to "demographics."

-- John C. Drake

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