WARD 7 ISSUES
Ward 7 residents have been dealing with disruptive large scale construction projects consistently for nearly ten years (SSU Campus, Dorms, Garage, Canal Street pipe work). With more projects in our future, I will use my 14 years of Salem City Planning experience to help alleviate construction fatigue for Ward 7 Residents.
Traffic congestion in Ward 7 is at an all-time high and we need to look at many small ways to improve the flow now and not wait for yet another traffic study. With the new SSU garage yet to open and a proposed development at Lafayette & West, I will be looking out for the quality of life of Ward 7 residents.
As construction projects continue and more development is proposed, there has been a sense of pressure on Ward 7 residents regarding SSU expansions. I have already started meeting with SSU president’s office and her staff and look to help get Salem State once again listening to and working with its neighbors.
SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY
Ward 7 hosts SSU but is also under pressure from their expansion (and other proposed developments) in the neighborhood. I am an alumni of SSU, but not a crony. While their expansion continues I will make sure resident concerns are heard by the University and will work hard to ensure that their property values and quality of life are protected.
Residents of Rainbow Terrace are not clear on their future. While the place is outdated and in need of work, moving to Highland, which is remote, further from downtown, elementary schools, etc, may not go over well with them.
I’ve heard there are architecture issues with the SSU garage, possible concrete cracks, improper assembly or transport resulting in delays and safety-testing. Apparently no one at SSU had looked at it until it was brought to their attention, now they’re worried, or so I hear.
HORACE MANN SCHOOL AND OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM
We have a great school system. The Mayor and School Committee and especially our dedicated teachers city-wide are working hard to improve our children’s education. My wife Jean and I have 3 sons who graduated from Salem High (Nate 2007, Sam 2008, and Ben 2010) and received an excellent education. I will work to support our schools! One child safety and traffic flow issue in Ward 7 I pledge to work on immediately is to work with our Mayor and SSU President to relocate Horace Mann ASAP rather than waiting another 30 years talking about it.