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May 27, 2013

Peabody councilor questions Salem role in program

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“One of the major triggers is pests in the house,” she said. Thus, part of the effort will be urging landlords to get rid of them.

After the funding runs out, Campbell explained, it is hoped that a good result will convince cities and towns to continue it, perhaps on their own. Councilor Arthur Athas raised concerns that this could leave the city obligated to continue the spending.

Campbell replied that instead, “It would be up to us to go back to our cities and convince them that this is a model that works.”

More grants could materialize as a result of engaging in the program. In fact, said Campbell, the city has already obtained grants as a result of its work developing the program.

In the end, it was Campbell’s confidence that convinced Manning Martin to support it. “I trust you tremendously to do a good job,” she told the director. “I am not pleased that you are not in the lead. ... But if it comes with your approval, it’s got mine.”

Campbell asserted that she supports the program “absolutely,” adding that it makes sense to take an approach involving other communities. “We all have the same type of health issues, the same chronic diseases.”

The proposal won unanimous support from the subcommittee.

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