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Beverly mayor expected to touch upon city budget, perhaps his future plans, in state of the city address

Posted by Terri Ogan  February 14, 2013 03:10 PM

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Local officials expect that Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon's state of the city address next week will touch upon the city’s 2012 accomplishments and the goals he hopes to achieve in 2013 - and perhaps the mayor will say whether he will seek another term.

The mayor will present his address to the Beverly City Council on Tuesday February 19 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the city council chambers on the third floor of City Hall.

Beverly Ward 1 Councilor Wes Slate said Scanlon told the city council at a previous meeting what he intends to talk about in his address.

“He was at our last meeting and said that there were some specific issues as part of this,” Slate said. “He does this every year and he lays out his agenda for the year in terms of what his priorities are and what he’s going to focus on.”

Some of those priorities, Slate said, are figuring out the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The mayor is purposely giving his address on Tuesday night because he now has an idea of what Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget entails.

Scanlon has also been working on determining Beverly’s future expenses, and what the city will get for local aid, Slate added.

“That’s a big thing,” Slate said. “At the same time that he’s writing this he’s also meeting with various department heads to give him an idea of what they can put into the budget.”

The mayor could not be reached for comment.

In addition to Beverly’s finances, City Council President Paul Guanci said he’s hoping that Scanlon will divulge whether or not he’ll run for another term.

“I’m under the assumption that he’s going to let everybody know whether or not he’s running for office again,” Guanci said. “I have mixed feelings about it. He’s been doing it such a long time and he’s done a very, very good job. I know that he’s project driven, but I think he’s tired.”

Guanci said he is thinking about possibly running for mayor, as he has in the past, but a few things are holding him back.

“For me it would be difficult to walk away from an established family business that I’ve been running for 25 years because I’m not in the position to do both,” he said.

Guanci runs the Super Sub Shop on Cabot Street; an establishment that was started by his father 43 years ago. In addition to his attachment to the family business, Guanci doesn’t want to give up walking his children to school.

Whether Guanci runs depends on Scanlon’s future in office, which community and council members are eager to find out about.

“That’s the question that everyone is waiting on because it’s an election year and everyone has to decide whether they’re in office or not,” Slate said.

“A lot of us are waiting to see what the mayor is going to do before we make our own plans. It’s a topic of interest because he’s been mayor longer than anyone else in Beverly history. We’re all curious.”

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