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Salem Community Patriot July 2, 2010 - 5


Joint Grant Awarded to Windham and Salem


by Barbara O’Brien The towns of Windham and Salem have received some good news, particularly at a time when municipal projects are being put on the back burner due to the continuing recessive state of the economy and a state budget that is feeling the strain. During the selectmen’s meeting on June 21, Windham’s Community Development Director, Laura Scott, announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) had awarded a $20,000 CTAP grant jointly to the towns of Windham and Salem to conduct a joint study relating to sewage disposal. Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) grants were


developed as a part of the widening of I-93 along the corridor stretching from the Massachusetts state line to Manchester. These grants are intended to provide assistance in dealing with the ramifications to communities situated along this stretch of the highway. “The highway construction is having a serious impact on this area, particularly on Canobie Lake and Cobbetts Pond,” Windham Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon said. Windham Selectman Galen Stearns is the town’s representative to the CTAP committee. Scott told selectmen that she anticipates that the study to determine the feasibility of Windham hooking into Salem’s existing sewage system will take four to five months to complete. Salem is part of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District, which is located on the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. Windham and Salem selectmen met in Windham this past March to discuss the advisability of applying for the joint CTAP grant. “We have a unique opportunity here,” Windham Selectmen’s Chairman Charles McMahon said, adding that he has always thought that a public works project should be tied to the Route 93 project. It would be less expensive to install the conduits while the area is already dug up, he said. Windham has already completed the first phase of a feasibility


study; an undertaking that the town did alone, not jointly with Salem, as phase two will be. The first portion of the feasibility study was conducted by Underwood Engineers, Inc. of Portsmouth, and was contracted in October 2008. The final report was presented to town officials this past November. The first study was also funded by CTAP money ($5,000).


According to Salem Selectman Everett McBride, the connection fee for new sewer service is currently $7,500 per home, while


by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz


Shoplifting Arrests Possibly Linked to Organized Theft Ring Salem police responded to the area of the Mall at


Rockingham Park on Monday, June 28, at about 11:45 a.m. for a report of two female shoplifters who fled the mall with stolen merchandise. Police responding to the call located the suspect vehicle on Rockingham Park Boulevard. Inside the vehicle were two females matching the suspects’ description and two bags filled with clothing. According to Police Captain Shawn Patten, the clothing still had the security tags on them, and said the bags were lined with an aluminum material used to defeat detection from store sensors. The clothing was from two stores, Children’s Place and Hollister, and the value of the merchandise was $453. While officers further investigated the theft, the investigation revealed that these two suspects and a third female had stolen $2,212.50 worth of clothing


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from Hollister the day before. One of the suspects also had a homemade theft alarm remover used to take off security tags. Both suspects were taken into custody and processed without incident. Bail was set at $10,000 cash each, and each posted bail with an arraignment date in July. They have been identified as Vicky Hanoy Gonzalez- Pereyra, 29, of Lawrence, MA, and Rosanna Fernandez, 30, also of Lawrence. Gonzalez- Pereyra is charged with a misdemeanor count of shoplifting, possession of a theft detection shielding device, receiving stolen property, and a felony count of theft. Fernandez is also facing the same charges. Arrest warrants are being sought for


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the third suspect identified as Yissee Fernandez, 32, of Lawrence. Police believe that these females are part of an organized theft ring. Salem’s retail stores have been known targets for organized theft rings, with the stolen merchandise being sold on the black market in the Lawrence area.


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hooking up a home to the water system costs $4,500 per home. “It’s a bargain,” McBride said, in comparison to what it would cost a homeowner to install a well and septic system on private property. Salem puts an average of three million gallons of sewage into the system per day at a cost of approximately $2.2 million per year. It is estimated that Windham would add about 317,000 gallons per day, if portions of the town were to be hooked into Salem’s system. Frank Underwood, President of Underwood Engineers, referred to Salem and its 1974 study, one that, eventually, led to that town hooking into the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District, rather than building its own septic disposal system. “It was a win-win situation for all the involved communities,” Underwood said. Although mention of Windham is made in the 36-year-old Salem


study, Underwood said that reference was basically “by default.” Windham was not at all pro-active at the time, he said. “Windham is just a footnote in these studies.” The areas included in the study that directly affect Windham are Cobbetts Pond, Shadow Lake, and Canobie Lake. The main purpose of joining forces with other area communities, including Salem, would be to “protect these resources,” McMahon said. According to the phase-one study, completed by Underwood Engineers for Windham last fall, “sewer planning is necessary to address future ground and surface water quality in the following areas of Windham: Cobbetts Pond, Canobie Lake, the Wall Street area, and the Gateway area. “It is desirable to identify potential sewer routing from the Route 111 interchange area to the Town of Salem,” the study states. Those inter-municipal connection points were identified at the following locations: North Broadway, Northeastern Boulevard, Lowell Road, Green Acres Drive, and Manor Parkway. All of these options are within the I-93 corridor. According to Underwood, the original agreement between Salem and the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District was written in such a way as to “open the door for other communities to join.” Underwood also said that the sanitary district has a total capacity of five million gallons per day, only a portion of which is currently being used. It’s not too late to make use of what was learned in that study, Underwood said, suggesting that Windham officials take a look at the 1974 plans in regard to the town’s Master Plan. “Now might be the time to do this,” Underwood said, “while the


DOT is still working on Route 93.” Windham Selectman Roger Hohenberger said he is in favor


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of continuing with the second phase of the study. Although Hohenberger said he is still unsure of the advisability of combining sewage disposal with another town, in order to have his questions answered, the study must move on to the second phase. “I want to make sure the money is well spent,” Windham Selectman Ross McLeod said. Selectman McMahon said he believes that continuing the study is


paramount in protecting the area’s water resources. “We don’t have the money to do anything frivolous,” McMahon said. Selectman Stearns said he feels that there are still a lot of questions to be answered, and continuing the study will help to answer those questions.


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Monday, June 21: 10:00 a.m. Assist fire department, Charles Street, National Grid shut off power, female being transported to hospital. 11:58 a.m. Harassment, Cluff Crossing Road. 1:04 p.m. Suspicious activity, Cluff Road. 3:44 p.m. Criminal mischief, Hooker Farm Road and Olde Wood Road. 4:18 p.m. Assist fire department, South Broadway, gas spill. 5:14 p.m. Motor vehicle complaint, South Broadway. 5:19 p.m. Motor vehicle complaint, South Broadway. 5:19 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, School Street. 5:38 p.m. Harassment, Nowell Court. 6:01 p.m. Suspicious activity, South Broadway. 6:36 p.m. Assault, Green Haven Road. 6:58 p.m. Motor vehicle complaint, Cross Street. 8:50 p.m. Dispute, Walnut Terrace. 9:00 p.m. Unwanted subject, Raymond Avenue. 9:30 p.m. Motor vehicle complaint, South Broadway, vehicle all over the road. 10:17 p.m. Abandoned motor vehicle, South Broadway. 11:21 p.m. Suspicious vehicle, Hillcrest Road. Tuesday, June 22: 12:11 a.m. Suspicious person, South Broadway, person hitchhiking. 12:25 a.m. Suspicious activity, South Policy Street, cars entering and exiting rear parking lot at Soule School. 1:04 a.m. Suspicious persons, Lawrence Road, warning issued for disorderly conduct. 6:00 a.m. Motor vehicle accident, South Broadway, no injury. 6:35 a.m. Assault, North Main Street, male subject robbed and assaulted. 10:44 a.m. Theft, Manor Parkway, theft of a purse. 11:56 a.m. Theft, North Broadway, subject transported to hospital, officer will seek warrant. 1:18 p.m. Suspicious activity, South Policy Street, woman reports male subject attempted to break into her home, arrested Christopher Hayes, 26, Epping, False Reports to Law Enforcement, Attempt


to Commit Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass. 2:04 p.m. Criminal threatening, South Broadway. 2:07 p.m. Theft, Cluff Crossing Road. 2:27 p.m. Theft, Cluff Crossing Road, officer reports two vehicles have been broken into. 2:41 p.m. Burglary, Shore Drive. 6:58 p.m. Suspicious activity, South Policy Street. 7:27 p.m. Computer issues, Veterans Memorial Parkway. 8:09 p.m. Suspicious


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