We must continue to enhance the quality of life for all Newburyport residents. That is why Mayor Holaday is dedicated to creating safe neighborhoods, preserving the environment, and supporting efforts to help seniors, veterans and those with disabilities find affordable housing.
Roads and Sidewalks
Repairing and replacing roads and sidewalks is a top priority for Mayor Holaday. Under her leadership significant progress has been made to address the city’s infrastructure needs and she will continue to ensure roads and sidewalks are safe for residents. In the past 7 years the City has repaved 7.2 miles of roadways and replaced 3.5 miles of sidewalks.
- Mayor Holaday worked to allocate 50% of the meals tax revenue towards sidewalk repairs,
- Spending has increased 450% over the past 7 years on road repair,
- The Department of Public Service has developed a standardized manual for sidewalks to maintain quality.
Parks and Community Landmarks
When Mayor Holaday first walked into City Hall the budget for parks was a dismal $9,604. Mayor Holaday helped create the Parks Department with a full time staff. Today, city residents enjoy 23 parks, Clipper City Rail Trail, and a skate park. Mayor Holaday will continue to support the Park’s This Department to preserve and maintain our parks.
During Mayor Holaday’s term the community came together to preserve two important community landmarks: the Inn Street Fountain and the Emma Andrews Library. Mayor Holaday is proud to lead a community that works together to preserve these landmarks.
Plum Island is another community treasure that we must preserve. Severe erosion and a fragile dune system has threatened the natural beauty of Plum Island. To address this problem Mayor Holaday has and will continue to:
- Collaborate with the Merrimac River Beach Alliance and the National Wildlife Federation to ensure the City’s $2.9M grant to adequately address the erosion problem.
- Continue the Dune Restoration and Beach Access Improvement Project to improve public signage on the beach to protect fragile dunes.
Our city is thriving. The demand for housing is at an all-time high with the average single family home selling for $560,000 in only a few months. Our businesses are strong and our economy is on the rise. However, for some residents, especially those on fixed income it is difficult to find affordable housing. We must support affordable housing efforts to invest in the future of the City and support our neighbors.
Mayor Holaday supports:
- The Affordable Housing Trust and is proud to see community support for CPA grants to support the implementation of the Housing Production Plan and the City’s Down Payment Assistance Program.
- The City Council proposals to allow seniors to participate in the tax-incentive volunteer work program. This would allow seniors to deduct $1,000 to $1,500 from property taxes.