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Design Review Board Looks At Design for Old District Court Site

DRB Talks Donuts, Switchgear, and A New Design For District Court By William Legault   The Salem Design Review Board met Wednesday (25 JAN) night at the City Hall Annex to review portions of three separate projects taking place in the downtown Salem district.  Six of the seven board members were present with Paul Durand being the only absence. The first project to appear before the board was Honey Dew Donuts at 99 Washington Street seeking approval for street signage on the facade of their business space.  After some discussion on the “crowded feel” of the proposed design and further ...

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Seventeen Community Preservation Projects Deemed Eligible

CPC Committee Also Denies Three Proposals By William Legault   The Salem Community Preservation Committee met tonight at 120 Washington Street to decide on the eligibility of twenty different applicants.  Each of the applicants is asking for Community Preservation Account (CPA) funding for their projects. Six of the nine committee members were present for this meeting.  Chairman Kevin Cornacchio, Bart Hoskins, Jo Anne McCrea, Leslie Tuttle, Tim Shea, and John Boris constituted the required quorum.  Absent were Mickey Northcutt, Ed Morarity Jr., and Matthew Veno. This meeting was held to determine eligibility for funding.   Meetings held on a later ...

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State Of The City Address 2017

Mayor Kim Driscoll –  2017 State Of The City Address Thursday, January 5 in the City Council Chamber at Salem City Hall   “I’m as excited and optimistic as I was 11 years ago, about our future and pledge to continue providing services based on professionalism, not politics, by bringing both hard work and creativity to the job every day, and working to instill values of inclusiveness and openness in all that we do.”   SALEM, MA – In her twelfth annual address on the state of the City, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll offered an optimistic speech that reflected on ...

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Council OK’s Purchase of Carnival Lot

Ryan Vote Carries The Day Lovely, Milo, Sargent Oppose Purchase By William Legault         The Salem City Council, after more than an hour of deliberation have approved a $1.4 Million bond for the eminent domain purchase of the “Carnival” Lot at 289 Derby Street. The vote in favor was 8-3, with eight votes being the minimum needed to authorize the purchase. Voting in opposition were Ward 3 Councilor Steven Lovely, Councillor at-Large Elaine Milo, and Councilor at-Large Arthur Sargent. The council also approved the use of $100,000 in CPA funds to be used to pay for designing ...

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Route 107 Corridor Meeting Draws A Crowd

Residents Have Their Say On The Preliminary Study Zig-Zag at Marlborough Road Does Not Impress By William Legault   An estimated crowd of 200 concerned Salem residents, along with a few out of town citizens attended a meeting conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation detailing the preliminary plans for improvements to the Route 107 Corridor or Highland Avenue as it is more commonly called. This preliminary plans were developed by MassDOT in conjunction with a working group comprised of local elected officials, appointed board members, and business representatives. A sparse attendance of elected officials included Senator Joan Lovely, Representative ...

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Eppley Asks For $1 Million In Additional Road Repair Funding

Additional Funds Approved, New City Hall Annex Proposal Moves Forward Three New Firefighters Sworn in By William Legault   a   Tonight during the regular City Council meeting, Councillor David Eppley, the Chairman of the Committee on Administration & Finance asked that the body approve an additional $1 Million dollars in spending for road and sidewalk repair. This was approved unanimously. Earlier in the public commentary meeting Teasie Riley-Goggin, who often lectures the City Council on their fiscal responsibilities, took them to task for their failure to purchase the monitoring software to compliment the city purchase of “smart” water meters ...

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Planning Board Questions Bertuccio Avenue Development

Safe And Reasonable Access, Neighborhood Disruption Discussed Neighbors Are United In Opposition By William Legault   The Planning Board met on Thursday night in order to discuss multiple issues.  We were there and here are the highlights of the meeting. Six members of the board were present. Parking Lot At 50 St. Peter Street This long discussed parking lot, which has been rejected by city boards in the past seems well on the way to approval. Dave Knowlton, the city engineer described this as the most reviewed parking lot in the the history of the city.  It is currently under ...

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Licensing Board Approves Cider And Mead At Salem Farmer’s Market

Lobster Shanty To Add Jukebox By William Legault   The Salem Licensing Board met last night at 120 Washington Street in the third floor conference room. Member Paul Flores and Rick Lee were presiding along with Sgt. Gaudet of the Salem Police Department and Melissa Pagliaro the Clerk of the Board After issuing a few street performer and psychic reader licenses they moved on to other agenda items. Far From The Tree Cider and the 1634 Meadery were given approval for Farmer Brewer Pouring Licenses for use during the upcoming season of the Salem Farmers Market. This allows both businesses ...

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City Council Discusses Voting Rights

Task Force May Be Formed – Issues Remain In Committee by William Legault The City Council Committee on Government Services, led by Chairperson Heather Famico met on Tuesday night in a public meeting to discuss the on-going voting rights issues. These issues were brought to light by the Latino Leadership Coalition just prior to the recent Presidential primary here in Massachusetts following a long and unsuccessful attempt to have the matter addressed informally. Representatives from the Latino Leadership Coalition (LLC), Council on Aging (COA), Salem Commission On Disabilities (SCOD),  No Place For Hate Committee (NPFH),  Salem CDC,  Board of Registrars (BOR), ...

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Registrars Meet To Discuss Elections Issues

  Duties, Responsibilities, And Memorandum Of Understanding  Discussed By William Legault The Salem Board of Registrars met last night at City Hall to discuss matters related to the recent voters rights issues that have been raised by the Salem Latino Leadership Coalition. The issues are identified from the last two election cycles, but there has been a history of complaints by latino voters going back to the elections of 2005, according to the Latino Coalition.   In attendance were the registrars Chuck Barton, Don Bates, and Phil Saindow along with City Clerk Cheryl LaPointe. and City Solicitor Beth Rennard. Present ...

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