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Selectmen Receive Depot Intersection Update

Designs for fixes to the troublesome intersection should see completion by November.

Selectmen received an update on design and conceptual work for the Salem Depot intersection on Jan. 28, which is at 30 percent completion according to Community Development Director Bill Scott.

Scott said that the project schedule is based on New Hampshire Department of Transportation requirements to fulfill certain steps in a sequence.

In March 2012, Selectmen approved the withdrawal of up to $195,000 from a special depot trust fund for the design plans at the troublesome, often-congested intersection of Routes 28 and 97.

The state will reimburse the town $156,000 of that money.

Scott added that final design plans are expected in November, with the implementation phase being completely separate and thus funded beyond the $195,000.

During the March meeting, Scott said that the state would provide 80 percent reimbursement for the project construction, which he said will likely cost over $2.5 million.

As part of his update, Scott asked the board whether the Depot Intersection Redevelopment Committee could be re-commissioned.

The board nixed the request and asked that Salem Depot updates take place at Selectmen meetings.

Selectman Everett McBride Jr. said that bringing back the committee would open up another "create animosity" between people who already decided what to do with the Salem Depot intersection.

Scott noted to the board that updates will be regular, and they will be coming toe Selectmen at least once a month.

While Selectman Stephen Campbell agreed that staying in constant contact with abutters is important, he agreed that a formal committee is not needed again.

Scott said that the first informational meeting will take in March at the latest.

F Jackie Marlow January 29, 2013 at 05:50 PM
In the private sector, this Bill Scott would be a failure. The pace at which he drags out every project is just typical of a career bureaucrat. This project affects most residents and has been a problem for a long time, and he needs until November for a design. I hope that between the manager and the selectmen, someone lights a fire under this guy.
Whomever January 29, 2013 at 07:43 PM
doubtful very doubtful
Whomever January 29, 2013 at 07:45 PM
the man is a slug
Riley Reid January 29, 2013 at 09:22 PM
In the private sector both Scott and Moldoff would have been sent packing by now. I had hoped that as the town manager was cleaning house these two would have been shown the door.
Patriot January 30, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Could someone tell me how you develop property when you don't own it?
Riley Reid January 30, 2013 at 02:41 AM
How many years now has it been that the Sunoco has been vacant,,,,10 ?. The Coca Cola plant is looking great these days, why was it the planning board denied the plans to add a workout club and a restaurant to that spot again ? The depot needs a big bulldozer to get rid of some of the old buildings and even some of the new. Whoever approved putting the Salem Savings bank on that corner? So not what that corner needed.

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