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October 16, 2013

Danvers selectmen give town manager high marks

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Instead, the town has focused on water conservation measures and charging fees to developers that help offset their water use and fund conservation through a program called the Water Use Mitigation Program, or WUMP.

Selectman Bill Clark said Danvers Square needs a makeover and the town needs to move toward zoning that allows for a mix of businesses on the ground floor and apartments above.

Marquis was again this year questioned about the need for a large overtime budget on a police department hamstrung by retirements and injuries. His answer was the civil service process and the need for a recruit to go through a 25-week police academy training means it can take more than a half a year to bring on a new police officer.

This year, the two relatively new members on the board, Selectwoman Diane Langlais and Selectman David Mills, left unanswered questions they felt they could not answer, selectmen Chairman Gardner Trask said.

“I think Wayne does a great job, I’ve said that many times,” Mills said.

“It’s fairly straightforward to be a selectman in this town when the problems are not so insurmountable,” Trask said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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