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November 19, 2012

Revamping Salisbury

Town looks into updating police, fire, DPW buildings

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The fire station faces other problems. For instance, it has no facilities for women. It dodged a bullet for years thanks to the understanding nature of its only female firefighter, who recently retired, Souliotis said, but it’s an issue that needs to be addressed in the future, as is total compliance with the ADA.

One of the things in the station’s favor, Souliotis said, is where it’s located on Route 1, just beyond Salisbury Square and in good proximity to the thickly settled beach and commercially developed Route 110.

“They really did some good research before they decided to build this here,” Souliotis said. “We can reach Commonwealth Avenue, the farthest end of the beach, and Blacksnake Road, over on the Seabrook boarder, in the same amount of time.”

Souliotis has a space assessment survey going out to his staff, he said, the result of which will be shared with the consultant when he or she comes on board.

PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING

A major problem facing Public Works is that it’s a department divided among different missions and different locations. It’s the town highway department, with its headquarters on Route 1, beside the fire station, complete with salt/sand barn and garages. But Levesque also oversees the town’s water/sewer enterprise systems, Harrington said.

Although Pennichuck administrates the water system, Levesque and his staff handle the sewer, with its treatment facility located on a large piece of town owned land off Route 110. With cramped office and utility quarters at the Route 1 facility, one thought that’s been tossed around is to consolidate Public Works at a new building on land by the sewer treatment facility and vacate its current site.

But that’s just one of the scenarios the consultant can investigate as he or she looks at Salisbury’s emergency, utility and road maintenance services, Harrington said, along with the idea of starting a small motor pool in-house to care for all town vehicles from all departments in one centralized location.

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