Valley Patriot Salisbury Notebook ~ Condos on the Barrier Beach



HARRINGTON SOFTENS – After years of complaints from residents about the way the Town of Salisbury charges for sewer user fees based on “flat fee” per unit, Town Manager Neil Harrington seems to be coming around on the idea of charging for sewer user fees based on their actual metered water usage instead of hitting all sewer users with bills whether they use the services or not. Harrington has been very stubborn on the issue until recently, when he announced at the Salisbury Beach Citizens for Change meeting that there was some room for movement on his side. If that happens you can credit SBCFC, Tom Saab and Paul Magliocchetti.

BARRIER BEACH – At that same meeting it was revealed that the town was planning on tearing down buildings at the beach center and erecting many 7 or 8 floor condo monstrosity that will block the sun on the beach after 2pm in the summer. A little fact being overlooked here, is that the town is not allowed to build there because of EPA grant restrictions. It probably won’t matter though, as town officials are determined to call for a vote at town meeting and will probably mislead the voters, once again, to do what they want them to do.

WITH CHILD, GREAT TIMING – She hasn’t talked about it publicly that I know of, but State Senator Katy Ives and her husband Jeff are expecting a child right around the time of the election. Ives talked about it on the record with The Valley Patriot during the Salisbury Beach Citizens for Change meeting last month, and revealed… it’s a BOY!

ENDORSEMENT – Salisbury Selectman Chuck Takesian was seen last month at the republican debate for Essex County Sheriff at the American Legion in Methuen. Shortly after the debate started, candidate Anne Manning-Martin thanked Takesian for endorsing her for Sheriff.

In our research for the Essex County Sheriff’s race we came across some information that was pretty interesting. Town Manager Neil Harrington once ran for Sheriff of Essex County. As a side note, no word as to who Harrington is endorsing in that race, but, if I had to put money on it I would say he’s probably with Attorney Ed O’Reilly.

CLASS ACTION? – Atty. D’Agostino says that if anyone wants to attend the upcoming information meeting on the Salisbury sewer betterment class action, email him at Atty. D’Agostino has been approached by Salisbury property owners to “right a wrong” for people who were charged in 1992 over a 20 year period for a “sewer betterment.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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2 Responses to Valley Patriot Salisbury Notebook ~ Condos on the Barrier Beach

  1. Peggy Marek Reply

    September 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Boooo! on the condo’s! Why not bring Sailsbury Beach back to its original Fun Place where Families could enjoy it. They have been asking for it long enough. What is the problem there with the politics?

  2. Bobbi tebbetts Reply

    September 30, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Peggy, you are absolutely right! I would love that for the families. That’s what everyone wants anyways.not condos that block the sun!! What can’t we do that???

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