EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 4, 2012

Salem selectmen want more details on project


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SALEM — Selectmen are seeking more information before deciding whether to participate in a controversial regional planning project.

The board voted 4-0 Monday to have Town Manager Keith Hickey request more information about any legal obligations the town would have if it joins A Granite State Future. The town has signed a memorandum of understanding with the group.

Several Salem and Windham residents have spoken in opposition to the town’s involvement at the board’s last two meetings, saying participating in the planning project would result in a loss of local control. They are concerned because federal agencies, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, are involved.

A Granite State Future is a three-year initiative launched by the state’s nine regional planning commissions with the goal of developing comprehensive plans for towns through community development. It is being opposed in several communities.

Salem community development director William Scott has said the town would receive valuable planning information it can incorporate into its master plan without having to pay consultants for the same data.

Atkinson GOP meets Oct. 17

ATKINSON — The Atkinson Republican Committee will hold its next meeting Oct. 17 at Kimball Library.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Bill Simpson, a former member of the Bush administration, and a Rogers Johnson, a former Reagan staff member and minority whip in the New Hampshire Legislature.

They will speak about the upcoming elections.

Tool sale benefits East Hampstead church

HAMPSTEAD — A benefit tool sale will be held next week at East Hampstead Union Church.

The sale will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be both used and unused tools available. Proceeds benefit the church’s operating fund.

The church is at 225 E. Main St. For more information, call 378-0683.

Karate class planned in Pelham

PELHAM — Pelham Parks and Recreation will offer an introduction to karate class for children ages 4 to 7 starting Oct. 30.

Classes will be 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Family Martial Arts Studio. The cost is $20. To register, visit webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Questions can be emailed to recreation@pelhamweb.com or call 635-2721.