Newburyport Mayor Donna D. Holaday’s priority list includes helping oversee the renovation of the Nock Middle School/Molin Upper Elementary School and construction of a new Bresnahan Elementary School, both set to break ground in March.
“Those are very important, high-profile projects, so it’s very exciting to move those forward,” she said.
Holaday also will keep a close watch on other major projects, including the planned construction of a new roundabout at Spofford and Merrimack streets, and the replacement of the Whittier Bridge.
Mayor Ted Bettencourt of Peabody said by e-mail that economic development would remain a priority, citing the anticipated completion of the street realignment and streetscape improvement project on Main Street, and the planned efforts of the city’s Economic Development Group to “reinvigorate Centennial Park and reintroduce it to a broad spectrum of the business community.”
He said the city this year will also begin updating its master plan and will work with the state to design the planned new Higgins Middle School.
Mayor Robert J. Dolan of Melrose said a top issue will be the ongoing renovation of the high school science labs. Another will be a cost-saving project to make city buildings more energy efficient.
“It’s an investment in green upgrades throughout the whole city,” he said.
Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk of Gloucester will look to ensure the city begins realizing savings from two new wind turbines that will be selling power to the city. Also claiming her attention will be the ongoing construction of the new Newell Stadium at the high school, and the expected construction of a new hotel in the downtown.
Mayor Scott D. Galvin of Woburn said he will continue working “to keep the city affordable, to continue to provide good, quality services.”
His 2013 agenda includes advancing a building project for the Wyman Elementary School — the city hopes to combine the Wyman and Hurld Elementary School into a new or refurbished building — and the construction of a multipurpose athletic field on land Woburn bought from Northeastern University in 2010.
Mayor Patrick O. Murphy of Lowell said the completion of a new master plan for the city will be a focus of his attention.
“It’s really an exciting document,” he said, noting that the plan puts “everything through the light of sustainability.”
Murphy said he also looks forward to promoting the idea of schools as community centers that in addition to their regular functions, offer a variety of after-school programs for students, parents, and others.
Mayor Stephen N. Zanni of Methuen said keeping the renovation and expansion of the city’s high school “on task and on time” is a top priority this year. Another is trying to bring about his proposal to privatize the city’s information technology department.
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