Additional Funds Approved, New City Hall Annex Proposal Moves Forward
Three New Firefighters Sworn in
By William Legault
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 two years ago. She equated the rising sewer & water rates with the lack of savings that would be realized by use of the monitoring software.
Bob Ballard, the Ibredola project manager of the Salem Station power plant project asked for an extension of their extended weekday work hours. This was approved after supportive comments from Ward 1 Councillor Bob McCarthy . McCarthy stated that “except for a few isolated incidents they have been very diligent.” He expects that once the building is enclosed they will be asking to staff and operate a third shift in order to expedite completion of the project.
After some discussion the council voted to allow the Mayor to enter into a 20-year lease agreement with Nine-Zero Washington, LLC for the new City Hall Annex. A “top to bottom historic renovation” is proposed by the developer. Councillor at-Large Tom Furey expressed some reservation as to the length of the lease. This matter was referred to the Committee of the Whole for further discussion. The lease will have to be approved by the City Council.
The proposal for a development by F. W. Webb at the old Universal Steel site will appear before the council again next Thursday, 30 June, 2016. At that time the new plans will be presented to the council and the public.
Councillor Beth Gerard of Ward 6 asked that the council consider an Ordinance relative to the rights of domesticated animals. This will be heard by the Committee on Ordinances, Licenses, and Legal Affairs. Councillor Gerard also asked that the Committee on Public Health, Safety, & the Environment discuss an ordinance regarding plastic bags and styrene food containers.
Resident parking on Howard Street Extension was repealed at he request of Ward 2 Councillor Famico.