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January 17, 2013

Board candidates moved forward

Salem: Full council has to approve mayor's picks for planning, zoning

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Eppley is a divorce attorney and recently moved to Salem. Driscoll tapped Eppley for the ZBA after he contacted Driscoll’s office looking to get involved in the community.

Last night, Eppley acknowledged that he plans to run for City Council in the next election cycle. He said he would step down from the ZBA if he were elected to the council.

Driscoll attended last night’s discussion and spoke against Prevey’s assertion that residents’ complaints have been only “background noise” to some board members.

She called the Planning Board a hardworking, earnest board that is “doing things right.”

“I don’t think (this) is about people or process, it’s just that we don’t agree,” Driscoll said.

If residents are truly being overlooked, Driscoll said she’d like to help.

“My door is always open,” she said.

Last night’s government services subcommittee meeting was co-posted as a meeting of the full City Council, so members who aren’t on the subcommittee could join in the discussion.

The council’s subcommittee on administration and finance also met last night and discussed the proposed lease renewal of 120 Washington St., the City Hall Annex. The subcommittee made no decision on the lease last night and agreed to continue discussions next week.

Councilors Kevin Carr and Todd Siegel were absent from last night’s discussions; Councilors Tom Furey and Joseph O’Keefe attended only the later session on the City Hall Annex lease.

The next meeting of the full City Council is Thursday, Jan. 24.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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