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New Hampshire

January 10, 2013

Salem board will decide whether to join planning project

Some residents believe it usurps local rights

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“I don’t believe in conspiracy theories,” Keller said yesterday. “I’m not in agreement that the federal government is usurping our rights. ... I would like to see us participate.”

Selectmen’s Chairman Patrick Hargreaves said he wants to research the issue further before making his decision.

Hickey said it would be expensive for the town to conduct its own studies on planning issues, but he will abide by the board’s decision. There is no cost to the town to join the project, he said.

“If they don’t want a voice at the table, they won’t have a voice at the table,” he said.

Participating in the program has become an issue for the same reason in Windham, Danville and several other communities in the state, according to Glenn Greenwood, program manager for A Granite State Future.

Windham decided to join, but Danville opted out.

The program is funded through a $300,000 federal grant.

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