Michael and Nancy Carney Receive 2009 Ganley Community Service Award

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Mike and Nancy Carney graciously accepted their award presented to them by Mary Jo Ganley, daughter of the late Chief John P. Ganley. left to right:  Mike Carney, George Khoury, Mary Jo Ganley and Nancy Carney

Michael and Nancy Carney have been married for 51 years and are one of the most adorable couples in Salem – but that is not why they are celebrating.  The couple is the recipient of the 2009 Chief John P. Ganley Community Service Award.

Members of the community gathered together to honor Mike and Nancy at the annual John P. Ganley St. Patrick’s Day Memorial Luncheon on March 17 as the Ganley family presented the Carney’s with the award.

The Carney’s are long-time Salem residents, having moved to town back in the 1960’s when there were only 9,000 residents.  During their time here the couple says they have received so much more from the community than they gave.  That could be why they have done so much heartfelt and positive work within the community.  They truly are deserving of the John P. Ganley Community Service Award as they both — as individuals and as a couple — do exemplify sincere concern, involvement, leadership, and inspiration to others in the community, which were all the great qualities of the late Chief John P. Ganley and are the traits he was known for during his time as a community leader in Salem.

Mike is a former selectman and he served on many of the town’s boards, including, but not limited to, school board, planning board, regional planning board, and housing authority.  He also served as the School District Clerk for over 20 years.

Nancy is the former director of Continuing Education for Salem School District, former chairman of the board for Salemhaven (she still volunteers there), Salem Fine Arts Council, and she was involved with Dollars for Scholars for many years.

Together the couple has hosted the annual Salem Christmas Parade and has served as president and chairman of many of the community’s non-profit organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salemhaven, Dollars for Scholars, and local Boy Scouts organizations.

This unstoppable couple, to this day, still gives all they can to the community they love so much and that loves them just as equally.  They share this enthusiasm with their four children and nine grandchildren.

Congratulations to Mike and Nancy Carney!

NH Governor John Lynch congratulated Mike and Nancy Carney, 2009 recipients of the John P. Ganley Community Service Award

New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drums performed an excellent routine at the Ganley Luncheon

Voters Approve Roads, Bridge at Deliberative Session

by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz

Salem Town Meeting moved rather smoothly last Saturday, considering years past when the annual deliberative session has lasted 8 to 9 hours.  2009 Town Meeting was completed in fewer than three and a half hours.

The condition of Salem’s roads never seems to be a pleasant topic amongst citizens and officials.  Now that a warrant article came before the voters for resurfacing of badly damaged portions of Route 28 in a roadway stabilization program costing $400,000, a little debate was seen at the microphone at deliberative session.  Dave Tilton expressed his concern of sinking manhole covers and uneven road surfaces throughout town, saying, “We did North Policy Street a few years back, and look at it now!  Who is checking these contractors?  Veteran’s Parkway and those roads are 30-something-years-old and look better than roads we did just five to six years ago.  I’d be ashamed to say I did those roads!  Don’t we have any recourse?”

Department of Public Works Director Rick Russell said the goal is to get five to seven years of longevity out of the resurfacing.  He said, “If we don’t do this, there will be nothing left to 28.”  In response to Dave Tilton’s words, he said the town is to blame for the conditions of the road because what maintenance that has been needed has been delayed due to funding or other elements out of the town’s control.  He said, “I’ll be honest with you.  It’s our fault, all of our fault.  What we should be doing, and what I envision with the roadway stabilization program, is looking in five years to do a seal and then an overlay.  The roads are inspected.  The only two roads that were ever built correctly is Geremonty Drive and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, and that is due to being three feet above the water table.”

Selectman Mike Lyons said the Board of Selectmen is willing to address road condition concerns.  He says the town manager and engineer are looking to use a tool for monitoring road conditions.  Lyons said, “The past three years this was in the budget but due to floods and so forth it was set back.”  He also emphasized the town has been spending roughly $2 million a year on roads.  Voters approved the resurfacing project as well as $523,000 in roadway improvements for Ball Avenue, Matthew Drive, and Tudor Drive.

Voters approved almost the $1 million requested by the Department of Public Works for winter weather operations.  The article originally on the warrant at $1 million was moved to be amended by Stephen Campbell, reducing the amount to $950,000.  The article passed at $950,000.

Both Salem Fire Department and DPW requested a five-year lease purchase option, with an escape clause for new vehicles.  DPW requested the purchase of a street sweeper, a dump truck, and two cab and chassis for purpose of snowplowing and sanding the roads.  Salem Fire Department requested the purchases to replace the aging Engine 3 — a 1988 Kovach Motor Equipment with 90,000 miles, which is difficult to obtain replacement parts for, and also a new medium duty ambulance to replace Rescue 3, which is also getting up there in years.  Voters approved the purchases for both departments.

Salem Police Department requested a new AS-400 for the department.  The system is the computer operations of the department, which runs the police department’s records division, dispatch, and reporting functions for the purpose of maintaining records, efficiently obtaining data and offender information, and information processing.  Voters approved the request, which will replace the current AS-400 that is no longer supported by its manufacturer and cannot be expanded.

Residents of Pelham Road are now very happy residents as the voters approved the town to fund $468,000 needed to replace the culvert on Pelham Road and build a bridge in its place.  The article was amended slightly by Stephen Campbell to be sure the funds would be used exclusively for the project on Pelham Road.  The culvert on Pelham Road has collapsed, in addition to the never-ending beaver problem in that area.  The residents on Pelham Road experience a significant amount of flooding and property damage due to the culvert’s inability to allow water to flow through properly.  A Citizen’s Petition brought forth last year about the problem failed at Town Meeting.  This year the town was able to organize the project, and with the vigilance of the Board of Selectmen the project was approved for the NHDOT Municipally Managed Bridge Aid Program.  80 percent of the cost for the new Pelham Road Bridge will be reimbursed to the town by the state.

Town Meeting Results:

Article 17 Expendable Trust Fund – Employee Separation, $350,000, PASSED

Article 18 Expendable Trust Fund – Kelley Library Employment Separation, $23,767, PASSED

Article 19 Winter Weather Operations, $950,000, PASSED

Article 20 Reimburse Roadway Capital Reserve for Bridge Aid Funds, $249,701, PASSED

Article 21 Replacement Fire Engine – Five-Year Lease Purchase Option, $112,438, PASSED

Article 22 Medium Duty Rescue Ambulance – Five-Year Lease Purchase Option, $60,066, PASSED

Article 23 DPW - Sweeper – Five-Year Lease Purchase Option, $42,841, PASSED

Article 24 DPW - Dump Truck – Five-Year Lease Purchase Option, $25,836, PASSED

Article 25 DPW - Two Cab and Chassis – Five-Year Lease Purchase Option, $38,372, PASSED

Article 26 Bridge Construction – Pelham Road, $468,000, PASSED

Article 27 Roadway Stabilization Program – Resurfacing/Reconstruction Route 28, $400,000, PASSED

Article 28 Roadway Improvements Program – Repair/Reconstruction Ball Avenue, Matthew Drive and Tudor Drive, $523,000, PASSED

Article 29 Police AS-400 Replacement – Purchase technology equipment, software and related services.  Offset by Federal Grant (Byrne Grant – Dept. of Justice) in the amount of $25,496.  $288,565, PASSED

Article 30 Engineering Cluff Road, Cluff Crossing Road and South Policy Street – For engineering and design for reconstruction of stated roads, $130,000, PASSED

Article 31 Drainage Program Capacity Plan – Cleaning of culverts, funding engineering to support maintenance program and provide funds for analysis to support an impact fee system for drainage, $225,000, PASSED

Article 32 Close out Salem Cable Television Public Access Channel Trust Fund, PASSED

Article 33 Create Public, Educational and Governmental Programming Revolving Fund, $485,012, PASSED

Article 34 Salem Cable Television Public Access Channel, NOT NEEDED

Article 35 Demolition of Kinsler Building, $27,500, PASSED

Article 36 Purchase of Generators – Purpose of emergency operations, $193,890, PASSED

Article 37 Sale of Town Land – off South Policy Street, PASSED

Article 38 Sale of Town Land – off Keewaydin Drive, PASSED

Article 39 Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Nashua, $15,000, PASSED

Article 40 Disaster Relief, American Red Cross, $5,000, PASSED

Article 41 Center for Life Management, $10,000, TABLED

Article 42 Historic Preservation Consultant – hiring an Historic Preservation Consultant to prepare necessary documentation for listing the Old Town Hall on the State Register of Historic Places, $5,000, PASSED

Article 43 To Cap the Increase of the Town of Salem’s Operating Budget, FAILED

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