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Contractor defends plowing mayor’s driveway

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A contractor hired to plow city streets has defended his actions after two Lawrence city councilors questioned why his company was clearing the driveway of Mayor William Lantigua immediately following the recent blizzard. Juan Mateo, who runs S&W Paving, said the mayor paid the full $75 hourly rate to have his driveway plowed with a small front-end loader. Acting Public Works Commissioner John Isensee added that the city’s contract did not call for use of the front-end loader, meaning no equipment was diverted from city streets to do the job. City Councilor Marc Laplante, who photographed the plowing and was the first to question it, is said to be considering a run against Lantigua when he seeks reelection next fall.

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