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One Question For Domingo Dominguez – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Domingo Dominguez Answers Our City-Wide Master Plan Question Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant?     The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington.  Does this Master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the 21st Century? No, the master plan is not relevant to our current needs in the 21st Century. A lot has changed in twenty years. We need to revise the plan and adapt it to our current situation. In order ...

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One Question For Alice Merkl – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Alice Merkl Answers Our City Wide-Master Plan Question Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant?   The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington.  Does this Master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the 21st Century? While many of the basic needs of our city have remained consistent, such as being able to provide enough housing, maintain a thriving economy, keeping the historical integrity and beauty of our city intact, etc; it is always ...

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One Question For Ty Hapworth – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Ty Hapworth Answers Our City-Wide Master Plan Question Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant?   The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington.  Does tis master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the east 21st Century? SALEM ELECTION QUESTION 2019 One Question For The Councillor at-Large Candidates Great cities are built from the bottom up by many hands.  Salem’s historic neighborhoods were not built in accordance with a top-down municipal plan.  They were ...

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One Question For Arthur Sargent – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Arthur Sargent Answers Our City-Wide Master Plan Question Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant?   The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington.  Does this Master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the east 21st Century? The current Master Plan has been in place since 1996. It needs updating but I believe that the principles that it was built on are still relevant and functional. It’s important for any City to have a plan ...

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One Question For Jeff Cohen – Councillor-at-Large Candidate

Jeff Cohen Answers Our City-Wide Master Plan Question Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant?   The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington.  Does this Master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the east 21st Century? Answer: Although the City Master Plan of 1979, updated 1996, was a thoughtful comprehensive plan at the time, 23 years doesn’t take into account how Salem has evolved since.  With the expansion of the Peabody Essex Museum ...

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3 Questions For Steve Dibble – Candidate For Ward 7 City Councillor

Steve Dibble Answers Our Questions Leggs Hill Bridge, Salem State Impact, Conservation Wetlands   Question 1 – The bridge to Leggs Hill Road from Loring Avenue is very old, and is too narrow to allow full access by our larger emergency equipment. The Lynch/Van Otterloo Y sits at the top of the hill and is located in Salem. Is it time for the City to work to update this crossing? As the former Salem Conservation Administrator, I am very familiar with the Leggs Hill Road bridge.  I agree it is unsightly and in need of repair. The bridge should be ...

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3 Questions For Stacia Kraft – Write-In Candidate For Ward 2 City Councillor

Stacia Kraft Answers Our Questions Collins Cove Improvements, Bridge Street Neck Zoning, Historic Cemeteries   Question 1 – Collins Cove, the cove itself and the park, is a great neighborhood and city asset. Are there any plans to direct funding and resources there for park improvements, to encourage boating use, and for flood mitigation? Answer: Collins Cove was the beach that I spent a lot of time enjoying in the nineties. At the time, local culture was divided between old timers that enjoyed sunning themselves and newbies that thought the waters were polluted. Personally, I loved walking my dog and ...

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3 Questions For Christine Madore – Candidate For Ward 2 City Councillor

Christine Madore Answers Our Questions Collins Cove Improvements, Bridge Street Neck Zoning, Historic Cemeteries     Question 1 – Collins Cove, the cove itself and the park, is a great neighborhood and city asset. Are there any plans to direct funding and resources there for park improvements, to encourage boating use, and for flood mitigation? Collins Cove has been the beneficiary of a few Coastal Zone Management (CZM) state grants in the past few years to restore and strengthen the shoreline, thanks to the work of our Planning and Community Development staff. An ongoing “Living Shoreline” project began this summer, ...

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3 Questions For Josh Turiel – Running Unopposed For Ward 5 City Councillor

Josh Turiel Answers Our Questions Civility & Decorum In Meetings, Neglected Brick Sidewalks, Our Shoreline & Rising Tides   Question 1 – Would you comment for us what steps can be taken by you and other councillors to maintain civility and decorum during the council meetings? Answer: This is a tough one. It pretty much requires either everyone to play along, or no one to play along. I’m in my eighth year, and for the first four years that I did this we generally did a pretty good job of keeping meetings in order and running well, without the battles ...

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Councillor Turiel Responds – Does Standing Serve A Purpose?

It’s Time To Take A Look At This Tradition New Sound System May Be A Problem By Josh Turiel – Ward 5 City Councillor     I have always been one to appreciate tradition. But there are times when you should take a hard look at a tradition and ask why it exists, and if it still serves a purpose. The Salem City Council has a number of traditions, some of which exist outside of the strict rules and are cheerfully ignored. Until this year, we were legally required to draw lots in order to determine seating arrangement (spoiler, that’s ...

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