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May 14, 2013


Brian, you are in luck because the Council extended the public hearing to June 24th so you can come to Council and testify then. The Mayor is not allowing anyone who testified at the last two hearings to testify again. About 50 opponents of the bridge have testified. We will need lots of fresh blood on June 24th. I hope you will mark your calendar. Others reading this too!

Jim, it's sort of weird how every City Council hearing on the Third Bridge has been/is on a day where I have a significant conflict. Like in June, my wife's birthday.

But for sure I'll submit written testimony. I've got opinions, and I've got questions.

Though I admit to not having studied this issue to the extent that I should have (have been obsessed with the US Bank tree removals more than the Third Bridge of late), I'm puzzled by the seeming lack of basic planning on the part of proponents.

What the heck are the problems the Third Bridge is supposed to resolve? So far as I can tell, each of those purported problems could be addressed in a different manner that would be more effective and much cheaper.

Reminds me of the US Bank trees: with the City of Salem these days, a decision seems to come first -- cut down the trees; build the bridge -- then reasons are conjured up to justify the decision. This is poor management, poor planning, poor acting in support of the public trust.

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