Town Update as of June 2021
The Annual and Special Town Meetings were held on May 17 and all Town-sponsored warrant articles were adopted. Among the highlights of the meeting were the approval of a $100,000 transfer from Free Cash to the Town’s General Stabilization fund, which brought the total amount of this fund to over $1,000,000 for the first time in the Town’s history. Other important appropriations included approvals for the purchase of new vehicles for the Police and Fire Departments, monies to replace the roof on the Hilton Center, an additional $50,000 for the purchase of sand from the dredging of the Piscataqua River, adoption of the annual FY22 budget, the establishment of a new Capital Stabilization Fund, and the approval of borrowing authority for the Ring’s Island resiliency project.
Driftway Project Underway
The reconstruction of Driftway began in May and will be largely complete by the end of June. Included in the project will be new paving and curbing, new sidewalks and safer crosswalks, 2 loading zones, improved and expanded parking, new drainage, and new period lighting. There will be some disruption to local traffic, as the northerly exit from Broadway is closed due to two local restaurants again being allowed to expand into the roadway for this season. When construction on Driftway leaves the roadway in an impassible condition, access to Broadway will be temporarily closed. Otherwise, motorists will be allowed to exit Broadway via Central Ave. and Driftway at the end of each workday and during weekends. After June 30, the only work left to be done on Driftway will be a final coat of paving and the final striping of parking spaces, which will be completed after Labor Day.
The Town is preparing to lift all COVID-19 protocols from the last 15 months as soon as Governor Baker’s emergency declaration officially comes to an end on June 15. Until that time, face masks are still required in order to come into any Town building to do to business and social distancing is encouraged. After June 15, all restrictions will be lifted, although any employee or citizen who wishes to continue wearing a mask may do so. Meetings of boards and commissions will revert to an in-person format and the public will be able to attend board meetings in person to speak at any public hearing. The Town also looks forward to returning the Annual Fall Town Meeting to the cafeteria at Salisbury Elementary School.
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