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November 22, 2012

City to remove old trees, improve parks in 2013

Cash finally available to cover projects, mayor says

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“Sidewalks are very expensive to repair,” he said. “This $25,000 will only get one block replaced. We have over $1 million (worth) of sidewalks which need to be repaired.’’

Stankovich said it is unclear which sidewalks will receive the improvements.

A total of $35,000 will be spent on continued renovations to City Hall. Of that, $26,490 will be used to repair the exterior concrete retaining wall on the parking lot side of the building. An additional $8,510 will be used to replace a 30-foot stretch of the underside of the building’s roof.

David Van Dam, the mayor’s chief of staff, said the city is also finishing replacing the carpets on the second and third floors of City Hall. He expects that project, which is not part of the capital improvements plan, to be done by the end of the month.

Two of the city’s fire stations will also be getting substantial repairs as part of the capital improvements project. The 16th Avenue fire station will see $5,000 go into the building’s first floor to stop water leakage caused by deterioration of steel framing.

Vincent Ouellette, director of parks and recreation, requested $8,000 for improvements to two city parks. The softball and baseball fields at Riverside Park will receive $5,000 to put new clay on the infields. The 12th Avenue playground will also have a new safety surface installed for $3,000.

Fiorentini said because the city’s finances have improved, Haverhill is able to address issues which previously it could not.

“This is the year of capital where we are starting to finally make some improvements,” Fiorentini said. “Our greatest assets were turning into our greatest liabilities because we weren’t able to repair them.”

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