Matters going before the Haverhill City Council Tuesday night include funding additional inspectional services staff and an update on a forestry management project at Winnekenni Park.
Councilors are being asked to approve a $23,100 transfer from a salary reserve account to the Health and Inspection salary account to pay for a new compliance inspector position until the end of the current fiscal year, June 30. Inspectional Services Director Richard MacDonald will appear before the council, according to Mayor James J. Fiorentini.
“During the budget process, I indicated that we would need to add a few positions to our health and inspections office. This creates a new inspector who will work on both the building and health side to add additional capability to our department,” Fiorentini said in a letter.
Also, Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien is requesting a Forestry Management Committee member, Haverhill Democratic City Committee Ward 6 Chairman Graham Schwass, to address the council on the status of an ongoing “hemlock tree salvage project” and other grounds improvements around Winnekenni Castle. It would be the council’s first discussion on the project since December, 2014. As WHAV reported then, Councilor Thomas Sullivan, another member of the Forest Management Committee, supported the hemlock project moving forward. He said the tree-cutting projects at Winnekenni and other city trail sites are about taking care of long-neglected forest areas. He pointed out each tree-cutting area is different. “We’re not looking to wipe out 1,620 acres of forests.”
“What we’re trying to do is preserve and regenerate forests that will be needed to be done somehow, someway, sometime. Why not get a good start on it now so that future generations can enjoy these public areas. And that’s really the goal. Particularly, for me, the goal up at Winnekenni, because there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ve got hundreds and hundreds of acres that deserve a little better attention than they have received over the past hundred years,” Sullivan added.
The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., Tuesday, in Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers at Haverhill City Hall.