At the Portsmouth City Council meeting tonight, the Council decided to send the Obama campaign a bill for the President’s visit to Portsmouth this coming Friday for any costs the city incurs. The President’s campaign stop at Strawberry Banke has stirred debate since it was announced last week on whether the city should absorb the costs for police, fire, and emergency services. Councilor Ken Smith initiated the council vote because he said the city budgets are already short and the President’s campaign raises money for events like these.
School Superintendent Ed McDonough announced this afternoon that all Portsmouth schools will be closed Friday since most roads around the location of the President’s visit will be closed. McDonough said the students will make up the day on May 24th, which was originally a teacher workshop day.