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February 27, 2014

Zanni delivers State of the City tonight in Methuen

METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni plans to highlight several accomplishments from the last two years and lay out his plans for this year, including another push to privatize the IT department and holding the line on spending.

Zanni will give his State of the City address tonight at 7 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Center, and the first since winning election to a second term in November. The speech will be broadcast live on MCTV.

The mayor said he plans to highlight education, including the progress on the $98 million high school renovation and expansion project, which is on budget and scheduled to be finished this summer.

He also wants to highlight development projects like the Interstate 93 rotary project, the Century Box expansion and the Emerald Pines community off Howe Street.

Looking forward, Zanni said he wants to make sure he has support lined up on the City Council for another move to privatize the city’s IT department.

“Those people in the positions have done a good job, but times have changed,” Zanni said yesterday.

He also plans to develop a budget that “holds the line” on spending and could make cuts in some areas.

City Council Chairman Jamie Atkinson said he wanted to hear about his efforts to work more closely with the council.

“He’s going to touch on the positives going on in the city, including the high school project, which should be done in six months, as well as some of the new businesses coming to Methuen. I’d like to hear what he has planned moving forward,” Atkinson said.

People will be admitted into the function room at the Senior Center on Lowell Street starting at 6:30 p.m., and Zanni plans to speak at 7.

Tonight’s speech was rescheduled from Feb. 13 because of snow.

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