‘Coffee, Commerce & Community’

October 11, 2013

by Len Lathrop

The Government Affairs Committee of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce has offered the first in a series of “Coffee, Commerce & Community” events at the Salem Town Offices on Thursday, October 3, at 7:30 a.m.  The series is a schedule of meetings where member businesses and the general public will have a chance to meet, hear from, and interact with, community leaders.

After a welcome by Donna Morris Executive Director of the Salem Chamber, Attorney Bernie Campbell moderated the brief speaking program where Salem Town Manager Keith Hickey introduced the town’s new Assistant town Manager Attorney Leon Goodwin.  Goodwin comes to Salem after being where he was the Assistant Town attorney city of Keene, with his focus being working on the Land usage boards.  He replaces Bill Scott with a broader range of responsibilities, which will include the Recreation Department and Human resources for the town.

Hickey also spoke about next year’s budget which is currently before the Selectmen and Budget committee before being in front of the voters in March.  Part of the budget is 139 new personal computers throughout the town, which will have even one on the same operating platform, replace some machine whose systems are not supported at this time.  Hickey spoke of the Inspection department using tablets to eliminate the need to rekey stroke the data they collect in the field.  He highlighted other changes for the next year’s budget.

Campbell welcomed Ross Moldoff, Salem planning director, who outlined the activities that planning board and town staff have or currently reviewing.  Moldoff’s list of 2013 projects included 39 items. He spoke of several of the larger projects, like two new dialysis units coming to Salem medical center on Keewaydin Drive and North Broadway, an addition to Salemhaven.  A new 100,000 square foot office building on Keewaydin and two new frozen yogurt stores are also planned.

The high school renovation plans were presented by high school principal Tracy Collier who followed Superintendent Dr. Michael Delahanty, who had spoken about the first renovation project of the elementary school which were completed and the two school that are currently under construction.  Collier pointed out the highlights of the plan on renderings displayed in the meeting room and how important these changes were to update the high school.

Following the brief program participants networked with the presenters and other community members that were there.