Salem Community Patriot September 17, 2010 - 7
Food Pantry Requests Donations
submitted by Stacey Prekop Now that school is open and cooler weather and heating bills are around the corner, many local residents are faced with higher living expenses. Due to continuing unemployment and the slow economy, this creates a hardship for so many. Assistance from the “Food for the Hungry” food pantry, located at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem, has become a Godsend for so many families.
Consider helping those in need by making a donation of non-perishable food, paper goods, diapers, etc. The food pantry is located at 8 Pleasant Street in Salem, and is open each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations can be dropped off during those hours. For more information, call and leave a message at 898-5210.
Lynn Higgins, Lauren Favor, and Nicole Favor Town Manager - continued from front page
primary care physician in order to be considered for a job, I think, violates HIPAA [the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act], as well as ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act].”
Other medical professionals contacted said that such a letter would also open physicians to possible lawsuits. “I just don’t see that [letters affirming the
absence of disease] happening,” Dr. Chastain said. Jutton went on to outline the possibility of a resident panel that would interview candidates. “They will be informed that they are not picking the candidates, but are advisors to us.” Jutton said. After outlining the process, the selectmen and
Jutton adjourned to a private session to discuss salary and other particulars to future negotiations.
Illegal Dumping - continued from front page
little natural land the town has left needs to be protected. If we just turn a blind eye to it, that doesn’t make the problem go away,” Drago said. Drago wants to see residents being more vigilant (as they should, regardless), as crime in town – especially burglaries – have increased quite a bit. He said that if someone sees something that just isn’t right, whether it is a suspicious vehicle or whether or not they are dumping, just call the police and let them check it out. “If you see someone somewhere that they shouldn’t be, call the police. Maybe a cruiser will swing through the area before the person has a chance to leave so they can be looked into, whether it’s for littering or something much more serious,” he added. The dumping of roofing shingles and construction debris could be easier to control if the town required homeowners to obtain a permit for roof replacement, whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor. According to Drago, the process won’t cure the problem, but requiring a permit puts the town on notice that a roof is being replaced. The homeowner would then have 30 days to turn in the disposal receipt to the town proving that the shingles were disposed of properly. If the shingles turn up dumped near the Spicket River and possibly have been marked, a contractor or homeowner can be cited for illegal dumping. Drago has spoken to several area contractors who would have no issue at all with a permit process in Salem that they already see in other towns. “We need to keep track of contractors doing this type of work in
Salem; then, we will know who is complying and who is not. If one or even three contractors are caught illegally dumping their construction debris, it will send a message to others not to do it here,” Drago said. Drago feels the illegal dumping is getting a little out of control here in Salem and that our town leaders should work together and with citizens to come up with
a solution to enforce it. He also noted that the town has a right to appoint a conservation officer, and at no cost. However, there could be a cost to have the person trained and certified by the State of New Hampshire. It is a volunteer position, though, that does not require pay. He also noted that even though many feel that this issue should be handled by code enforcement, it just isn’t possible because even though littering and illegal dumping are a violation of the law, it is not a code issue—it is a conservation issue and a Fish and Game Department issue. Drago praises both the Salem
Police Department and the Department of Public Works for their hard work in assisting his volunteer efforts. “Every time I’ve called the police, they have been there helping me look through garbage to try to put a stop to it and locate those responsible. The Department of Public Works has backed me all the way. Whenever I have to call Dave Wholley or anyone over there, I tell them where I found garbage, TVs, mattresses, roofing shingles, waste oil – all of it – and they come out and pick it up. If DPW and the police will work with me, why can’t others?”
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