Election Issues On Tap For Selectmen
Will meet with town moderator to discuss polling locations, which were an issue at the November election.
At tonight's meeting, the Salem Board of Selectmen will hear from Town Moderator Chris Goodnow for a recap on the general election and discuss the town's polling locations.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Knightly Meeting Room of Town Hall and you can check out the agenda here.
September's primary election was the first with four polling places instead of six. A plan proposed by Town Moderator Chris Goodnow and approved by selectmen in 2011 eliminated Barron School andTown Hall as polling places and moved those voters to the Ingram Senior Center while Soule School voters were moved to Fisk School.
A town meeting vote in 2011 authorized selectmen to explore options for reducing polling locations.
Salem Police blocked off Veterans Memorial Parkway near the Senior Center right as polls closed, but all who were in line at the time the polls closed were allowed to vote.
While Fisk voters were able to wait inside the school to vote, Senior Center voters waited outside in very cold temperatures, especially after the sun went down.
Goodnow said that "substantive logistical issues" that came out of the election need to be addressed.
Selectmen will also discuss reconsideration of the 2013 default budget, a proposed warrant article for the sale of Foss School and a presentation on the Salem Citizen Police Academy.