City Council Considers Moving Two Voting Locations to Make More Room for Social Distancing

Haverhill City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas. (WHAV News file photograph.)

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Two polling places at senior housing complexes will be moved in order to ensure enough room for social distancing if the Haverhill City Council approves tonight.

Haverhill City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas, on behalf of the Board of Registrars of Voters, suggests the voting location for Ward 1, Precinct 2 be moved from 25 Washington Square to the Citizens Center. She also recommends moving the voting location of Ward 7, Precinct 1 from Greystone Elderly Housing, South Webster Street, to Bradford Elementary School. The new locations already serve as polling place for other precincts.

Haverhill’s primary election takes place Tuesday, Sept. 1, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. State law requires that changes in voting locations must be approved at least 20 days before an election “if it is determined that the public convenience or public health would be better served.”

Councilors also must evaluate proposed changes to ensure there is no disproportional impact on access on the basis of race, national origin, disability, income or age.” Koutoulas notes Haverhill Citizens Center is not far from Washington Square and offers more parking. Bradford Elementary is a mile from the Greystone location. The city clerk said she is working with the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority to provide a shuttle bus between the old and new voting locations.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m., in the Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. City Council Chambers, room 202, in City Hall. The meeting will also be available online and, as a public service, heard over 97.9 WHAV.

In other public meetings this week:

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Haverhill Retirement Board meets Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 9 a.m., in Haverhill City Hall, room 301, 4 Summer St. Agenda items include a union contract discussion, actuary presentation and retirements, disabilities and survivor benefits, among other items.

Haverhill Police Department will hear public comments on how to spend this year’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 9:30 a.m., in the department’s training room, 40 Bailey Boulevard. Grant money may be used to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.

Haverhill School Committee Negotiation Team for the ESP Unit of the Haverhill Education Association negotiates remotes Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Haverhill School Committee Negotiation Team for Teachers and Representatives of the Teachers’ Unit of Haverhill Education Association meets remotely Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. Discussion center on school reopening plans.

Haverhill School Committee Negotiation Team for Administrators and representatives of the Haverhill Public Schools’ Administrative and Supervisory Group meets remotely Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 4:30 p.m. for new contract negotiations.

Haverhill Planning Board meets remotely Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. Among the topics on the agenda is a request for a frontage waiver at 225 Rosemont St. (Hazel Street).

Thursday, Aug. 13

Hill View Montessori Committee on Trustees meets remotely Thursday, Aug. 13, at noon.

Haverhill School Committee Negotiation Team for Secretaries’ Unit of the Haverhill Education Association meets remotely Thursday, Aug. 13, at 4:30 p.m. The Committee and union are negotiating a new contract.

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