, Gloucester, MA

June 25, 2013

Manchester voters face town choices, too

By James Niedzinski
Staff Writer

---- — MANCHESTER — In addition casting their choices in the U.S. Senate race, Manchester voters today will take up two local debt exclusion when they visit the polls at Memorial Elementary School.

Voters backed the repairs to sewer outfall pipe in Manchester Harbor as well as repairs to the Singing Beach Seawall, Ocean Street, White Beach, Black Beach and Tucks Point at the May Special Town Meeting.

But the first of the two Proposition 2 1/2 ballot questions today will ask voters to exclude all debt from the $160,000 borrowed for harbor repair from the state’s tax limit mandate.

The emergency work on the sewer pipe was completed May 14, well ahead of schedule.

“It went by surprisingly smooth,” interim Department of Public Works director Bill Fitzgerald previously told the Times.

The section of pipe was right next to the water and commuter rail tracks, the work required a barge to access the section of pipe. The contractors were Giosia and Sons, and minimal bypass pumping into the harbor was required.

The connecting joint that ties two materials — plastic and metal — from the wastewater facility to the town’s harbor was replaced, allowing so wastewater flow back into the inner harbor.

The second question on today’s ballot will exclude from the 2 1/2 limits all debt incurred from borrowing about $510,000 to repairing the Singing Beach seawall and other damage sustained during storms this past winter.

Fitzgerald confirmed Monday that an anonymous donor donated $30,000 toward the repairs, so the amount was changed at the Special Town Meeting from $540,000 down to $510,000. A majority of the money raised will be spent on Singing Beach seawall repairs.

The town had approached the Massachusetts Emergency Management Council after the damage to seek emergency funds, but was denied any federal reimbursement, town officials said.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at