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November 1, 2012

Letter: Vote yes to preserve Salem's treasures

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I am keenly aware of the many worthy projects that we were not able to initiate due to lack of funding. Just a few of these include repairs to the Salem Common fence and arch, the Winter Island hangar and barracks buildings, and Old Town Hall. Many parks are in need of improvements and upgrades, as are the Forest River pool and Olde Salem Greens golf course. While all of these resources make Salem a great community to live in, they also increase the financial burden of the city to maintain them.

Salem had a chance to pass CPA five years ago, when it lost by just 300 votes. That is five years our city missed out on matching funds that approximately 150 other communities in the commonwealth have taken advantage of. I have spoken with officials in those communities, and CPA funding has helped all of them tremendously. However, it remains lost funding for Salem, which could have resulted in maintenance and repairs we could not otherwise afford.

Now is the time for our historic city to pass this bill and receive our share of these funds, allowing us to preserve the historic treasures of our city for our enjoyment and the enjoyment of future generations. Thank you for your consideration as you vote on Tuesday.

Doug Bollen

Former director

Park, Recreation and

Community Services

Salem

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