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March 30, 2013

Salem council seeks to add Board of Health members

Ask mayor to name new health board members

SALEM — City councilors voted this week to ask Mayor Kim Driscoll to appoint “up to” four people to the Board of Health, an effort meant to make the board functional once again.

Although Salem’s Board of Health is a seven-member body, it currently has only three members due to resignations and other vacancies. The committee has canceled two meetings this winter because it couldn’t reach the required quorum of four people.

City councilors discussed the issue at a subcommittee meeting Tuesday and voted Thursday to send a recommendation to Driscoll to appoint enough people for the Board of Health to reach a quorum.

Ultimately, the decision lies with Driscoll; she does not have to act on the council’s recommendation.

“We’re asking the mayor to bring it up to its proper size,” said Councilor Arthur Sargent. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”

“The priority needs to be to get the board functioning,” agreed Councilor Kevin Carr.

The remaining three members of the Board of Health are in favor of decreasing the size of the committee from seven to three members. In past interviews with The Salem News, Mayor Kim Driscoll has said she was holding off on appointing new members until the issue of the board’s size is resolved. She has also indicated, however, that if the council is unwilling to change the size, she would comply with requests to appoint additional members in order to keep the health board functioning.

The Board of Health has not yet submitted an official request to the City Council this year to change the size of the board.

Councilor Paul Prevey said councilors could take a fresh look at the size issue once more members are appointed and the Board of Health is functional.

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