2. The Hunking School replacement issue and our long term debt. Why? The most important short term issue is the need to replace the Hunking School. The option that makes most sense from a cost and strategic planning standpoint is the one to build a new school on the present site for up to 1005 K-8 students. Long term debt caused by increased pension and health care costs, ongoing Hale debt, and the landfill cap issue loom large as the most important long term issue.
3. The current council is doing a great job working together always in the best interests of its citizens. Unlike the United States Congress, we councilors at the local level understand the importance of achieving compromise and tackling tough issues instead of delaying them and causing major crises.
4. The most important vote was the FY2014 budget. It included measures to improve school safety and curriculum, hire additional police officers, and improve our parks/recreational facilities. Haverhill is blessed with 36 square miles of land, much of which is still rural and forest. We need to protect our most vital natural and recreational resources.