HAVERHILL — Years after his death, former resident Elmo D’Alessandro continues to give back to the city where he raised his family and founded several businesses.
Haverhill has received $858,000 from D’Alessandro’s trust since he died in 2008 — and officials recently learned another $260,000 is coming soon.
The money, which can only be used for law enforcement purposes, has caused debate from time to time. City officials — namely Mayor James Fiorentini, police Chief Alan DeNaro and some city councilors — have sparred over how to use it.
Most recently, the mayor and council agreed some of the money will be used to replace the deteriorated police station roof and build a maintenance garage for police and fire vehicles at the Public Works complex on Primrose Street.
Fiorentini said there is $711,000 left in the city’s D’Allesandro fund, after some of it was used recently to inspect the police station roof, buy police surveillance cameras and draw up plans for the maintenance garage.
This week, the mayor and council agreed to give $83,500 back to D’Alessandro’s daughter Ann. Officials said D’Alessandro and his daughter were estranged for some time, but reconciled prior to D’Alessandro’s death. Because of the late reconciliation, however, D’Alessandro was unable to name his daughter in his will, according to a letter to the city from attorney Dennis Spurling.
The attorney’s letter said each of five recipients of money from the D’Alessandro trust have been asked to return to his daughter a portion of the money they received.
Spurling’s letter also said Haverhill and the other recipients will receive a final check of $260,000 from the trust when D’Alessandro’s estate is closed in the next few months.
Police Chief Alan DeNaro recently told councilors the 15-year-old police station is infested with mold because the city has delayed fixing the leaky roof for several years. He said the roof has leaked for so long that the building’s support beams have been compromised.