With all of the talk about budget cuts possibly impacting our annual fireworks display I was pleasantly suprised to receive a check for $1000 from Wal-mart in Methuen as I attended their grand re-opening. That check was the first of several that have come forward to assist with that effort. I appreciate Wal-Marts generosity and community spirit.
As we get closer to July 1st many are asking about the status of Methuen’s budget. I have made a detailed proposal to most of Methuen’s unions that would forestall layoffs in Methuen. I will be making another presentation this morning. The unions have negotiated in good faith, but the day for decision nears. A failure to reach agreement will result in deep cuts in personnel, and there is no way to sugar coat that reality. I will announce the offer publicly next week, and the budget will be brought forward shortly as well. We will take the actions necessary to balance the budget and place Methuen on a sustainable fiscal course.