Mayor Announces New Downtown Salem Clean-Up Program

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Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced that the City will be retaining a private contractor that specializes in property management to help improve conditions around downtown Salem. 

Specifically, the contractor, who is yet to be named, will focus on litter control, weeding beds and disposing of fallen leaves, graffiti removal, power washing surfaces, painting bollards, light poles, and other public structures, and cleaning the interior and exterior of public trash and recycling receptacles. The work will be conducted weekly, and in some cases daily, through October.

“Great cities are about more than just the buildings around us or the streets beneath our feet,” said Mayor Driscoll, in announcing the plan during the Celebrate Salem Awards in April. “Great cities take planning and they take investment in larger, transformative projects, but they also take an attention to the smaller things. By enhancing litter control and maintenance, we make our public spaces even better to enjoy.”

“This work is intended to complement the on-going efforts of our own public works crews,” said John Tomasz, director of public services for the City. “It will also provide an extra set of eyes around the downtown, to help us better identify damage or other issues that might require more substantial follow-up.”

“This proposal demonstrates a creative commitment by the City to address an ongoing issue in our downtown areas,” said Councillor-at-Large William Legault. “I am hopeful of seeing a marked improvement in the cleanliness of the business district that will spur greater civic pride and involvement from business owners and residents.” 

“The addition of a downtown cleaning contract allows for a concrete solution to a real problem that Salem has been facing,” said Ward 2 Councillor Heather Famico, who represents part of the downtown. “This contract, along with the support and continued efforts of our residents and business community, will strengthen the commitment toclean up our community. All hands on deck.”

JK June 11, 2014 at 04:12 PM
I have to agree to most of your comments art director , marijuana dispensary ,methadone clinic ,garbage transfer station, language foreign liaison ??? makes it easy for the people that are a drain on the city nothing for the working tax payer .
windpower June 11, 2014 at 05:58 PM
MADAM Are you reading ?
john June 11, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Just to clarify on my previous post, the question mark at the end of the first sentence is a mistake. Salem DPW DO pick up trash everyday downtown. They even have a special small sweeper for the job. Lastly, Salem street sweeping has never been as good as when the Salem DPW did it. Outsourcing is nothing more than cutting job related benefits. Maybe Salem could hire veterans to do some of this work. The guys that cut the grass are from Taunton, how about using Salem contractors instead ?
Rich Felton July 09, 2014 at 07:07 PM
How much is this costing me? Don't I already pay for this with my high taxes? Now I know why my taxes are some of the highest on the North Shore.
Frank Mulligan July 19, 2014 at 06:01 PM
I live in Malden. We have problems like anyone else. Let me SUGGEST. You pay TAXES. Get residents together and PROTEST about the CHANGE"S that have been MADE. You TAX PAYER"S should SHOW you are no FOOLS. I lived in Medford for 28 yrs. It's a SHIT city. I send Medford e-mails and tell them. You can do ANYTHING with HELP/ Good Luck Salem.


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