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May 14, 2013

Council blasts firefighters' Labor Day fundraiser

Traffic clogs roads as donations collected from cars


DeNaro, who has already given his consent for the Labor Day fundraiser, said it is his understanding that a representative of the Fire Department will attend the council’s May 28 meeting “to answer questions and address concerns” about the fundraiser.

Other councilors said they agree with Ryan.

“We passed an ordinance to stop this, but they are back in the street,” Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien said of firefighters.

“They do it because it gets good results, but it’s dangerous and it’s a huge inconvenience to families that are trying to get out of Haverhill to go on vacation.”

“It slows traffic and they don’t have the right to do it,” Councilor William Macek said. “Even though it’s a great cause, they are violating the ordinance. They need to do it (collect donations) without inconveniencing drivers and jeopardizing safety.”

The council agreed to invite a representative of the Fire Department to its May 28 meeting and reconsider the license at that time.

“We need to get them in here and get an agreement on the rules and the locations, and come to an understanding about what they can and can’t do,” said Councilor Michael Hart, chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee.

The firefighters are also asking to collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, but those collections would take not place on streets.

They would be at the High Street and Water Street fire stations and in a parking lot in Bradford’s Central Square.

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