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February 13, 2014

Zanni State of the City postponed due to snow

METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni has postponed his state of the city address for two weeks due to the weather, city officials said.

The speech was rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Methuen Senior Center on Lowell Street. Zanni planned to speak there tonight at 7.

“It’s always a tough decision to make a call like this based on a weather forecast,” Zanni said. “Despite the change in date, the message is absolutely the same: I want to keep Methuen moving in a positive direction.”

Zanni said that he will discuss education, the high school, cost-saving opportunities, and economic development.

“I want to continue to encourage responsible economic development,” he said. “We have seen the growth and expansion of existing businesses along important corridors like Broadway and Merrimack Street. These projects have been tremendous additions to our City.”

Zanni inherited the $98 million high school renovation project when he took office in 2012, and has worked with the Building Committee and contractor Consigli Construction. The project is on schedule to be completed this summer.

“I spend hours each day on making sure this High School is on track to being delivered at the promised date, at the promised price,” said Zanni. “It’s rewarding to visit with students and hear the excitement in their voices. This renovation has already made a huge difference for our students, and I couldn’t be more eager for them to have access to a completed facility.”

The speech is free and open to the public. Residents can begin arriving by 6:30 p.m.

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