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3 Questions For Stephen Beauparlant – Candidate For School Committee

Stephen Beauparlant Answers Our Questions Information Management, Leadership Stability, Budget Priorities   Question 1 – Salem has 10 schools including the Early Education Center. Information can come from many and varied sources.  How will you navigate your way through all of these sources in your decision making process? Answer: The best School Committee is an informed one; they must have a well-rounded knowledge-base for their decisions. Communication in the Salem School system is broken. It is one of the largest problems that the administration currently faces. The previous administration clearly did not see the importance of creating an honest two-way ...

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3 Questions For Jerry L. Ryan – Candidate For Ward 6 City Councillor

Jerry L. Ryan Answers Our Questions Zoning,  Tremont Street Traffic, North River Waterfront Development   Question 1 – North Street is one of the main entrance corridors in the city. The zoning doesn’t allow for new businesses except in places where there are already existing businesses. Is North Salem best served by this zoning? Answer: North Street (RT 114) is an Entrance Corridor in Salem and should be able to have more businesses.  North Street is mostly residential but if in the future a business wanted to open, there should be an avenue to go in front of City Boards. ...

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3 Questions For Kristin Pangallo – Candidate For School Committee

Kristin Pangallo Answers Our Questions Information Management, Leadership Stability, Budget Priorities   Question 1 – Salem has 10 schools including the Early Education Center. Information can come from many and varied sources.  How will you navigate your way through all of these sources in your decision making process? Answer: Finding and assessing information is a critical role for a School Committee (SC) member. Clearly members must be attentive to public comments at SC meetings and responsive to direct calls, emails or messages. However, SC members must also seek out information from sources who are otherwise not heard. That would certainly ...

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3 Questions For Megan Riccardi – Candidate For Ward 6 City Councillor

Megan Riccardi Answers Our Questions Zoning,  Tremont Street Traffic, North River Waterfront Development Question 1 – North Street is one of the main entrance corridors in the city. The zoning doesn’t allow for new businesses except in places where there are already existing businesses. Is North Salem best served by this zoning? Answer: North Street is not just a main entrance corridor to the city, but the main stretch for Businesses in North Salem. I do not believe that we need to increase the size of the current B2 zone along North Street, but we need to ensure that the ...

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3 Questions For Beth Anne Cornell – Candidate For School Committee

Beth Anne Cornell Answers Our Questions Information Management, Leadership Stability, Budget Priorities   Question 1 – Salem has 10 schools including the Early Education Center. Information can come from many and varied sources.  How will you navigate your way through all of these sources in your decision making process? Answer:  The most important skill that I will bring to the School Committee is my ability to engage a variety of stakeholders in decision-making processes. The district lacks consistent and transparent avenues for community engagement. As a result, we have inconsistent methods for decision-making. The primary initiative I will advocate for ...

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3 Questions For Tyler Terry – Candidate For Ward 6 City Councillor

Tyler Terry Answers Our Questions Zoning,  Tremont Street Traffic, North River Waterfront Development   Question 1 – North Street is one of the main entrance corridors in the city. The zoning doesn’t allow for new businesses except in places where there are already existing businesses. Is North Salem best served by this zoning? Answer: We could definitely improve the zoning along North Street to encourage a richer mix of neighborhood enhancing businesses, but zoning isn’t the only issue.  Parking is at a premium throughout Salem and there are a limited number of store fronts on North Street that have the ...

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3 Questions For Patti Morsillo – Candidate For Ward 3 City Councillor

Patti Morsillo Answers Our Questions Highland Avenue Development, South Salem Rail,  and Salem Woods Question 1 – Ward 3 abuts the the entire southeastern side of Highland Avenue (Rte 107), a very busy and extensively developed entrance corridor. How would you approach any future development proposals for that entire area? Answer: Regardless of location of development proposals, my approach would be the same: include the neighbors in the conversation with developers as early as possible.  It is very important for developers to understand how their proposals affect neighborhoods.  The earlier that neighbors can be involved, the better the outcome.  I ...

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3 Questions For Jill Mulholland – Candidate For Ward 3 City Councillor

Jill Mulholland Answers Our Questions Highland Avenue Development, South Salem Rail, and Salem Woods   Question 1 –Ward 3 abuts the the entire southeastern side of Highland Avenue (Rte 107), a very busy and extensively developed entrance corridor. How would you approach any future development proposals for that entire area? Answer: My top priority for new developments within Ward 3 will be to make sure that any residents who would be directly affected by the proposed project have a voice at the table from start to finish. Development projects within our ward are inevitable, but we can be leaders in ...

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3 Questions For Leo Higgins – Candidate For Ward 3 City Councillor

Leo Higgins Answers Our Questions Highland Avenue Development, South Salem Rail, and Salem Woods   Question 1 – Ward 3 abuts the the entire southeastern side of Highland Avenue (Rte 107), a very busy and extensively developed entrance corridor. How would you approach any future development proposals for that entire area? Answer: I grew up on Greenway Rd which is off of Highland Ave. I know the area well. What the first step should be is a plan for infrastructure. Roads needs to be planned that connect Swampscott Rd to any new development. We should also explore ways to route ...

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3 Questions For Domingo Dominguez – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Domingo Dominguez Answers Our Questions -Domingo Dominguez Responde Nuestras Preguntas   Taxes, Development, and Housing – Impuestos, Desarrollo y Vivienda   QUESTION 1 – Salem’s tax rate, both residential and commercial, has consistently gone up around 2% every year.  Do you feel that this “stability” best serves the city, or should we take another approach? Please be specific as to the impact on city services that your approach would bring. Answer: Salem raising its tax rate by 2% annually creates a situation where the increased cost of living makes it difficult for many Salem residents to remain in the city, ...

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