Concerns about the company’s recent purchase of the former site of the Wall Ford dealership arose in January and were discussed at a recent selectmen’s meeting. Selectmen Fred Knowles and Jerry Klima as well as Town Manager Neil Harrington said they had been contacted by residents worried about odor.
Harrington said town officials will monitor the site for odor and will act quickly if problems arise, but he believed Mello has a good reputation and wants to do everything possible for the host community.
Woodsum said should questions or concerns ever arise, a company representative would be happy to attend a selectmen’s meeting and discuss any issue officials may have.
Woodsum said since the roughly 15 Mello vehicles will be garaged and repaired at the Salisbury site, the company will pay vehicle excise tax to the town. However, no business will be conducted at the Salisbury site; that activity will remain at the company’s Georgetown office. A full-time mechanic will be the only staffer on site in Salisbury, she added.
Mello will retain its other garage location on Route 97 in Groveland to service its customers in that area.
Woodsum said the Salisbury site simply provides an ideal location for the company’s trucks that service clients in Greater Newburyport and southern New Hampshire.
Mello considered expanding to Salisbury previously when the former site of Fraser Automotive, at the other end of Route 1 closer to Newburyport, went up for auction, Woodsom said, but it lost in the bidding to Enpro. When the Wall Ford location, which is toward the Seabrook end of Route 1, became available, Mello moved quickly.
“Salisbury’s proximity to (interstates) 95 and 495 is what makes it so attractive,” Woodsum said. “And we service many (customers) in southern New Hampshire. Accessing them from our Groveland site on (Route) 97 was cumbersome, because traffic on 97 can really slow things down.”