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Haverhill

November 18, 2012

South Central change foes anger former councilor

David Hall accused ex-mates of "grandstanding" and said it's too late to stop plans to make road one way

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”The state would have listened to us then, but not now when it’s all been built,” Hall said.

Macek said he remembers the Presidential Gardens meeting, but doesn’t recall hearing or seeing anything about South Central Street.

”The first time I heard about any changes to South Central was a few months ago when the owner of the Capolla bus company (on South Central Street) called to tell me about it,” Macek said. “Hall is just trying to throw me under the bus. But I’m not going to be attacked by him for something that’s not correct.”

Macek said Hall has a vendetta against him because Macek did not support Hall’s efforts to keep another road in Bradford — South Prospect Street — from being changed by the council last year from one way to two ways.

Councilor Colin LePage, who was also at the Presidential Gardens meeting, backed Macek’s version of the meeting. LePage said he doesn’t recall anything about South Central Street being discussed either. LePage said the first time he heard about the state’s plan to make South Central one way was a few months ago.

Nelson Blinn, who owns the Coppolla bus company on South Central Street, has been a leading opponent of the plan to make the road one way. Blinn said he spoke with Hall more than a year ago about the state’s plan for the road when Hall was a councilor. Blinn said Hall told him not to worry about it because it would never happen.

”Apparently Dave Hall is the only one who knew about this in time to stop it, but he did nothing except assure people it wouldn’t happen,” Macek said.

When South Central Street becomes one way, residents and about 30 Coppolla school buses will be prevented from using the street to directly access Central Square and Route 125, which leads to the northern and southern parts of the city on either side of the Merrimack River. Instead, the buses will have to use narrow side roads lined with homes to reach Route 125.

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