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Haverhill

June 4, 2013

Mayor: Time to improve parks, hire more police

$162.6M budget calls for better recreation, public safety

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The mayor’s plan includes $700,000 for capital spending and building maintenance — areas city councilors have indicated they will focus on during their review of the spending proposal.

That outlay includes $25,000 for an energy and building manager for city property.

“A top priority for me is to have the director of facility maintenance identify all of the preventative maintenance actions that are needed at each city facility starting with high school and provide the associated cost,” Councilor John Michitson said of the council’s upcoming budget review. “Then, compare cost to funds allocated specifically for preventative maintenance to determine how well the city is keeping up with preventative maintenance for its facilities.”

Concerns have emerged in recent months over whether the city is providing proper maintenance of some of best assets, including Trinity Stadium, Winnekenni Park and Veterans Memorial Skating Rink.

The council, which can cut spending but cannot add it, is expected to vote on the budget before the end of the month.

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