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October 1, 2013

Budget, housing among council topics

The city’s 2014 budget, an amendment on peddling, and tax incentives for housing rehabilitation or development projects are on the agenda for the Common Council meeting tonight.

The meeting will be in Common Council Chambers in City Hall, 258 Main St., at 7 p.m.

Mayor Dick Miller said he and City Manager Michael Long will discuss the process of developing the 2014 budget and factors that will influence the spending plan. The topic will be presented in the “open forum” portion of the meeting after regular business is conducted.

Mayor’s hearings at the beginning of the meeting are set for public comments on an amendment pertaining to peddling and about laws developed to property improvements.

At its Sept. 17 meeting, the council approved an ordinance amending the city’s peddling code. Under the amendment, a hawker, peddler, solicitor or transient merchant won’t be permitted to operate a business between 8 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Also at that meeting, the council approved five local laws that would offer tax breaks for rehabilitation or development of residential and some other properties. After the hearings, the mayor is expected to indicate if he will sign the measures into law.

Among personnel matters at tonight’s meeting, the council will consider motions to appoint Scott Sheldon as a police officer; and to create a position of deputy city clerk and provisionally appoint Nancy Powell to that position.

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