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Attention Salem Town Residents:
You have been LIED TO YET AGAIN by Town representatives!
• In an article published in the Salem Community Patriot on January 20, 2012, Municipal Waste Committee member Don Freeman wasquoted as saying that "We plan to continue the transfer station for operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays..." and that "Waste and recy-clables could still be deposited there along with construction and debris."However, in Section 5, Transfer Station Operation on page 37 of the RFP it clearly states that
NO SOLID WASTE WILL BEDROPPED OFF BY RESIDENTS AT THE TRANSFER STATION. ALL SHALL BE COLLECTED AS PART OF THE TOWN-WIDECOLLECTION PROGRAM.
" This means that the Town Transfer Station will be CLOSED to residents for solid waste drop off.
• For those areas that are considered "seasonal" you're not on the list but you will pay the taxes... Chairwoman Elizabeth Roth asked if seasonalproperty owners would also be paying the full amount for the pickup in taxes and Freeman confirmed, YES, SEASONAL PROPERTYOWNERS WILL SEE A HIKE IN TAXES, HOWEVER THEY WILL NOT BE RECEIVING TRASH PICKUP unless they make arrangementswith the Town, pay a $10 monthly fee, AND buy their own toters!!• One more unanswered question... what happens if your toter is overfilled? Will Salem follow the pattern of other cities and towns that opted torefuse pickup of overfilled toters and required you to purchase additional bins?? Yes, it confirms in the RFP that if you have "extra" trash, youmust purchase an extra toter.
The idea of curbside pickup has come up in the past and was voted down as a bad idea... nothing has changed.
• To the coward in "thumbs down" who tries to discredit everyone who stands in opposition to curbside pickup, isn't it better to have a healthycompetition of haulers? It is competition that motivates businesses to give you the best service for the most competitive price. How is it in ourbest interest to eliminate the competition? It's like Selectman Stephen Campbell said, "we will be losing our freedom to choose waste removalservices along with the option to utilize the transfer station."• And my fellow townsmen, apparently even if trash collection is voted down, we're not out of the woods.... At the end of the Town Meeting,Lions said that if trash collection doesn't pass, he may or he will put it in the 2013 budget... perhaps this is a reference to what happened with thewater meters. We voted against them, but somehow they were approved at a later town meeting by a show of hands vote. The $5 million roadproject was also voted down by the voters, but in another demonstration of their power, that was also passed by the Selectmen...
The Town Selectmen, who are supposed to represent us and ensure the best interest of the Townhave a track record that stinks as much as the trash.
Sincerely, Frederick J. Leccese, A Concerned Citizen
Political Advertisement Paid for by FJ Leccese, 31 Cove Rd, Salem, NH
Curbside Pickup isCheaper an Trips tothe Dump
My weekly responsibilitiesinclude a round trip drive of approximately 11 miles to haulmy trash/recyclables to the transferstation. Since I do not purchasegas at the Hess station or planon buying a new Honda, there isnothing I can combine with thistrip to make it more economical.I drive a truck that in city drivingaverages 13 mpg. At the currentcost of $3.359/gallon, my cost per week for gasoline, never mind my time or wear and tear on my vehicleis $2.84. Tis equates to an annualcost of approximately $148, $158 if you add in the annual $10 transferstation sticker fee.Te estimated tax impact of curbside pickup for the comingscal year is $.089 per $1,000of evaluation. My property iscurrently appraised at $228,800(if anyone is unaware of what theassessed value of their property is,visit www.visionappraisal.com). If curbside pickup becomes a reality inSalem, I will be paying an additional$20.36 annually to have my trashand recyclables picked up at theend of my driveway. Tat is asubstantial savings over my currentcost of approximately $158 andmore for the convenience of rollingthe trash to the end of the driveway. Approximately 48 percent of thetown residents are paying for privatecollection currently. You have seensigns on the side of the road in townoering curbside pickup for $5 per week or $260 per year. Tat’s overa $200 savings for 48 percent of thetown which will look pretty good intheir eyes.Curbside pickup will alsomake C&D (construction anddemolition) debris disposal at thetransfer station available again totown residents. Te proposed 2012operating budget which will bevoted on in March does not fundC&D. C&D will not be acceptedat the transfer station after March31, 2012. Residents wishing todispose of C&D after that date willhave to take it to LL&S on LowellRoad and pay a minimum fee of $75 for disposal. Future funding of C&D disposal at the transfer station(not acceptable at curbside) is partof the bid in the curbside pickupproposal.Te transfer station will not beclosing. It will be open Wednesdaysand Saturdays for disposal of everything except trash. Te fee will remain at $10 and will includethree bulky coupons. A $5 fee willcontinue to be charged for disposalof Vs.In addition, E L Harvey (www.elharvey.com) will bring twoadditional benets to the town.wice a year they will oer freepaper shredding and electronicequipment disposal. As a member of the SalemMSWC (Municipal Solid WasteCommitter) I am proud to have theopportunity to present this optionto the residents of Salem, NH -Gateway to New Hampshire.
Ronald Wells - Salem
Jim Keller Seeks YourSupport for Selectmanof Salem
Salem is at a crossroads. Itis time for a new approach, anindependent mind, and experiencedleadership. I seek your support tobecome one of your new Selectmenin March. As a resident of Salemfor nearly 20 years, married withtwo middle school children, thefuture of Salem and our quality of life are of paramount importanceto me. Te events of the past yearhave stirred my growing senseof duty and responsibility. Testate of our economy has createdtremendous economic pressure onevery family in Salem as well as ourown’s government. We have seen asubstantial reduction in funds fromthe State (with more reductions tocome), coupled with ever-increasingtaxes in our town. At the sametime we have growing infrastructuredeciencies that require attention.Salem is now a very large town with complex challenges and many competing priorities. We needexperienced leaders that understandhow to manage an organization of this scale and magnitude. We muststrike a balance between the needfor investment with aordability for our citizens.How can we achieve thisgoal? It will not be easy, but it ispossible. We must rst seek toembrace change, evaluate each andevery service our town delivers toits citizens, and reassess how wedeliver these services. We mustseek to come together, in a positive way, to listen to new ideas anddo things dierently. Tis willrequire hard work, a new way of thinking, and new energy. Wemust reject negativity and focus onpositive and successful outcomes.Tis is possible! We must explorecontinued fair healthcare andretirement cost sharing with ourtown employees. We must seek opportunities to enhance ourrevenues through careful growthof our commercial and industrialdevelopment. We should continueto leverage technology to delivery services more eciently.Tese changes require thoughtful,intelligent, and collaborativemethods. It is time to take Salem ina positive direction with thoughtfullong term scal planning to benetboth homeowners and our businesscommunity. For those of you thathave watched me over the years, asI have served as a senior member of the Salem Planning Board, I trustthat you have witnessed my eortsto be fair, thorough, courteous, andprofessional. I will bring this sameapproach to the Board of Selectman.I have had the privilege of volunteering for numerousorganizations throughout town.I have enjoyed participating innumerous Salem Youth sportsorganizations with my childrenincluding Salem Youth Soccer,Baseball, and Softball. In additionto my tenure on the PlanningBoard, I have volunteered timeto the Capital ImprovementsCommittee and the EconomicDevelopment Action Committee.Professionally, I am an executivefor a web technology company.I have earned two degrees fromBentley College and an MBA from Boston University.During the coming weeks Iseek to earn your condence, trustand respect by speaking with asmany citizens as possible. I wantto hear what you have to say!I humbly request your supportas I seek to earn the right to beseated as one of Salem’s nextselectman.Tank you for your support.
Jim Keller - Salem
Gingrich’s “Waron Food Stamps”Greatly Misguided
I have been watching every Republican debate that istelevised. I recently heard Mr.Newt Gingrich proclaim his“war on Food Stamps.” I don’tunderstand his thinking! Of course we need more Food
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