EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

November 3, 2013

Salem police property could be rezoned


Selectmen have committed to spending at least $4.65 million a year on road projects. The town also had several bridges included on the state’s “red list” of high-priority highway projects.

While board members embraced the road and bridge projects, Selectman Stephen Campbell was shocked to see a plan calling for new police and fire stations.

“There are just things I was amazed when I saw (them),” he said.

When selectmen began reviewing the plan in December, the $3.5 million for a fire station had been removed. Money for a new police station was eliminated later after it was decided the facility was not an immediate priority.

McBride and Selectman James Keller expressed support for a public safety complex to accommodate both the police and fire departments.

“I won’t stop fighting for it,” Keller said.

Patten said Friday that despite selectmen’s plans to discuss rezoning the property tonight, it’s not an issue police officials are considering at this time.

“We’re just focused on the operation of the department,” he said.”

Also tonight, selectmen will hold a public information meeting and hearing on the Salem Depot intersection project and hear a report from Town Moderator Christopher Goodnow on polling locations.

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