Public Meetings This Week: Haverhill City Council Asks How Residents are Coping Under Pandemic Stress

Haverhill City Council Vice President Colin F. LePage is chairman of the Administration and Finance Committee. (WHAV News photograph by Jay Saulnier)

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week.

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The coronavirus outbreak has brought discussions of physical health, unemployment and finances, but Haverhill City Councilor Colin F. LePage wants to learn more about how residents are mentally coping.

On his Facebook page, LePage recently asked residents to private message or email him answers as to how they and family members are coping with social distancing from others, what activities are they undertaking for their own well-being and what activities are family members undertaking. He also asked what suggestions might residents make to help others during “these very difficult times.”

LePage will relay his finding tonight when the Haverhill City Council meets remotely.

Councilors will also hear, among other matters, an order to borrow $853,000 to pay for engineering services related to the reconstruction of Snow’s Brook bridge on North Avenue.

The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m. As a public service, the meeting may be heard live over 97.9 WHAV FM.

In other public meetings this week:

Tuesday, May 12

Haverhill Retirement Board meets at Tuesday, May 12, at 9 a.m., via Zoom.

Wednesday, May 13

Haverhill School Committee’s Finance Subcommittee meets Wednesday, May 13, at 8:30 a.m., remotely. Agenda items include NRT Bus contract status and cost analysis, budget for the school year that begins July 1 and related items.

Haverhill Public Library Board of Trustees meets Wednesday, May 13, at 9 a.m., remotely to discuss the phased reopening of the library.

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission plans two public hearings on the draft 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program and Coordinated Public Transit—Human Services Transportation Plan Wednesday, May 13, from 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Information about joining the remote hearings may be found at MVPC.org.

Haverhill Planning Board meets Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m., remotely, to hear a proposal by Jonathan Cody of Atlantis Development and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for a special permit to construct 36 apartments at the former St. Joseph’s School, 26 Broadway.

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