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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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3 Questions For Michael Cusick – Candidate For Ward 4 City Councillor

Michael Cusick Answers Our Questions Road Rebuilding Projects, Entrance Corridor Zoning, North River Canal Flooding & Polluted Runoff   Question 1 – The Boston Street rebuilding project is soon to be at the 25% design phase with Mass DOT, and the Highland Avenue re-design is in the preliminary phase. What are your priorities for the planning of these two Salem entrance corridors? Answer: Boston St reconstruction should, and is planned to, follow the Complete Streets model. Widened sidewalks, protected bicycle lanes, two and only two well-marked traffic lanes with turn lanes at intersections, visible bus stops and pedestrian crossings, tree ...

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3 Questions For Tim Flynn – Candidate For Ward 4 City Councillor

Tim Flynn Answers Our Questions Road Rebuilding Projects, Entrance Corridor Zoning, North River Canal Flooding & Polluted Runoff   Question 1 – The Boston Street rebuilding project is soon to be at the 25% design phase with Mass DOT, and the Highland Avenue re-design is in the preliminary phase. What are your priorities for the planning of these two Salem entrance corridors? Answer: As the current Ward 4 City Councillor I am closely following the rebuilding of Boston St. along with any proposals to make changes on Highland Ave.I have been in close contact with numerous city officials regarding both ...

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3 Questions For Andy Varela – Candidate For Ward 7 City Councillor

Andy Varela 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? Answer: I do believe Leggs Hill road bridge needs to be updated. In July of 2009, Ward 7 Councillor Joe O’Keefe was in talks with Marblehead selectmen William Woodfin, and the town ...

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3 Question For James Willis – Candidate For Ward 1 City Councillor

James Willis Answers Our Questions Point Gentrification, Memorial Drive Housing, Future Footprint Development   Question 1 – The Point neighborhood has long been the starting point for Salem immigrants. The recent trend towards gentrification and the possible sale of the Shetland property have raised concerns as to how affordable the home prices and rental rates will be moving forward. What can the City do, what should the City do, to keep the housing in The Point affordable? Answer: Keep housing in the Point affordable is a difficult goal and I do not wish to understate this difficulty. Unlike many other ...

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