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December 7, 2012

The Mayor's Desk: An up-and-down week in City Hall

This was a real roller coaster of a week in the mayor’s office.

The week started on a high note with the conclusion of the State of the City presentation at City Hall on Monday night in front of more than 100 citizens. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of questions or feedback on how our team is doing for the city, but I was delighted with the warm reception we received.

A low point was hearing the news of one of our DPW workers who collapsed on the job. But the quick and calm response of his DPW colleagues who administered CPR saved his life. I visited the yard and thanked each and every employee for their heroic actions, and then went to the hospital to visit the employee in the hospital who is now recovering.

Another high point was traveling into Boston for a dinner to accept an award from the MassEnergy Consumer Alliance for the city’s leadership on clean energy. My traveling companions were City Councilor Paul McGeary, Clean Energy Commission Chair Candace Wheeler, and commission members Linda Brayton and Linda Stout-Saunders. We shared some laughs, and felt proud to represent the city of Gloucester.

Meanwhile, back at the office, the phone calls, letters and petition signatures were all mounting regarding the possibility of the revocation of the charter for the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

More than 600 people have signed the petition in support of the charter school. No matter where you stand on this issue, in the coming weeks ahead, we need to be sensitive about the families whose children are currently enrolled, and understand the turmoil they are going through.

Standard & Poor’s issued their latest ratings report on Gloucester, and we have been upgraded to A+. CFO Jeff Towne came flying into the Mayor’s office with report in hand, and while there were some high-fivess exchanged, I leave it to the imagination about whether or not a happy dance also took place.

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