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  • #61771
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    I’m watching the special committee on alcohol and other drugs and am wondering two things:

    1) What business is it of the city’s that the tenant, Serenity Place, is unhappy with it’s landlord? These are issues for attorneys to hash out. What does the lease say about this?

    2) It seems to me that Serenity Place either did poor due diligence before choosing this site, poorly constructed the lease or both.

    3) Seems to me that, given all the complaints they have with the facility, forget the management, it was incompatible with their needs.

    It seems to me they chose it for location hoping it would be functional without ensuring it would be functional before they moved. They’re blaming the landlord for conditions that existed before they moved in. The aldermen have no place in this. Serenity Place’s attorney does, assuming the owner is in violation of the lease or whatever codes apply here.

    Just sayin’

    #61772
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Watching this presentation by “Making it Happen” is making me shake my head. For all their talk, they’ve done NOTHING to construct a plan to engage parents. While O’Neil goes on and on about prevention education as soon as possible in the schools, and they nod in agreement and say things like “your singing our song,” nobody’s questioning how to involve the parents. As we’ve heard over and over again, if parents aren’t part of the discussion, the discussion won’t succeed.

    Life of an Athlete is a fine program, but it’s only part of the answer and, to my knowledge, does nothing to get the parents into the discussion.

    If their position is that this epidemic will be solved in the schools, you can bet the only thing we’ll see in the future is more complaints about being underfunded and under staffed as reasons why things are trending in the wrong direction.

    #61773
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Patrice Benard: Hammers rezoning request on So. Mammoth Rd. Says it will overload schools. Notes that Garth Corriveau, who spoke at a prior hearing, lives in one of those developments with his 2 kids. “Where do you think they’re going to school?”

    #61774
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Greg Salts: Gives timeline of interaction with Islamic Society of NH mosque since Dave Gaubatz released his report. Says mosque scuttled debate with neutral moderator on a neutral site. Other info. Counters rumors mosque put out about Gaubatz…people don’t know who to believe, trying to get it resolved.

    #61775
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Ginger Farrah (?) complaining about housing, alleging department corruption in regulatory departments, leading to deplorable conditions.

    #61776
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Bill Krantz McLaughlin Principal
    Jen Gillis, Southside Principal

    Thanking board for additional funds that restored health, reading and foreign language classes in their schools.

    Spanish classes are all “fully engaged.”

    First time in MHT history we have health classes.

    Shout out to the chamber of commerce for professional development for middle school teachers.

    Gills: Continuing to bridge community connections, community forum, YMCA STAY, MPAL, Parent groups, etc…lots showed up to support. Lots of community members welcoming families to open house. Important to share when good things are happening.

    Krantz: Always welcome to stop by. Just call. Not much advanced warning.

    FINALLY: Someone who comes before the public and says “thank you” and offers something good about their schools!

    #61777
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Dave Gibrali (?) 725 So. Mammoth Rd. Nobody’s listening to the neighbors. Who are you representing, the business people or the residents (to the aldermen at large). Understand the mayor’s association with the developer. That’s politics.

    Protest petition. He says it makes the 20% cut. Saying the city is counting the street frontage in its calculation. Reading statute that says it has to be exempted and if it is, they have 20.2% of the abutters who’ve signed. Therefore, need 2/3rds.

    #61778
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    another So. Mammoth Rd. neighborhood resident.

    opposed…was distracted…reiterating the points she’s made in the past to oppose.

    #61779
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Glenn Ouellette.

    Complaining about smoking ban. It’s not working. Go after drug users.

    Public toilets are a “human right.” More people have access to cell phones in this city than to toilets. People getting arrested for taking care of basic human need to eliminate waste.

    Says bathrooms are open at Livingston Park with hallway camera, why not Veteran’s Park?

    #61780
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Jimmy Lehoux: Ward 8

    Misinformation and misunderstanding. Here about rezoning petition. Aside from traffic and infraxtruxture, concerned about impact on schools. Redistricting still hasn’t happened, despite talk. What will impact be on class sizes. No impact studies done on what this will do the area. Estimated that between 45 and 55 students would wipe out tax benefits. Anything more would be tax negative. Calls for project to be tabled until traffic, school, etc impacts are assessed. Should have been a Ward 8 meeting to interact with residents, not just do it in this chamber. Faults ward’s current representative for failing to do so.

    Wants to avoid what happened to Ward 9 neighborhoods with Walmart Development. Don’t make same mistake. This project will change Ward 8 and it should be tabled until the ward has a chance to weigh in and impacts are know.

    #61781
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Joe Wiechert, Day Street rezoning…giving details…this one’s a no-brainer. It should pass.

    #61782
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Raymond Houle, Parkview St. Ward 8

    Strongly recommends Socha development so Manchester can continue to pro development and pro progress going forward. Several enterprising people have been trying to lift Manchester to be a better city, a high wage city. Dean Kamen…these people need housing. We have a shortage of housing, rents are going up (he’s a landlord, he should like that) We’re either going to go forwards or backwards.

    #61783
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Socha and his sister..

    After hearing concerns, have reduced project from 200 to 160 units.

    There are 11 direct abutters. I have support of 10 of them (how can that be?) and will work to address the holdout’s concerns. Important for him to be a good neighbor. this is good for the city.

    #61784
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    “The Horrible Abutter”

    She’s not against development. She’s against high density rental. We stand against changing the current zoning, which is for single family housing. We want the character of the neighborhood to stat the same. This is a significant change to the character of the neighborhood. Please think about the neighborhood. Maybe the 10 abutters are okay with it, but the rest of the neighborhood and people across the city are not. Many have said “oh my God, no!” It’s not just people in Ward 8. People across the city want to see more single family dwellings built, not more big apartment complexes.

    #61785
    Rich Girard
    Keymaster

    Rhonda Kelly, Lucas Rd.

    Zoning is supposed to make sure development is not too dissimilar from what exists…she’s reading way too fast…city hasn’t been able to demonstrate need to change. Revenues won’t increase beyond the burdens the development will place on services and the neighborhoods. Should be looking for high impact single family zones as the next step, not this. Raises “spot zoning,” says it’s a legal issue that could go before a judge. Not opposed to development or land sales, but opposed to a project that will forever change their neighborhood. her 7 year old grandson walking around house saying “Can’t fight City Hall.” How shameful!

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