Condon wants to continue Salisbury’s progress

April 14—Name: Freeman Condon

Age: 68

Education: BA, Georgetown University, Washington DC; Radcliffe Landscape Design Program; Massachusetts Certified Nursery.

Address: 6 Forest Road.

Occupation: Retired and former owner of Beach Plum Farms, Beach Plum Too.

Previous elected or volunteer experience: Current Salisbury Board Member, Trustee of The Institution for Savings, Anna Jaques Hospital Finance Committee, Trustee of Putnam Free School. Former member of the Salisbury Charter Commission, Planning Board, Library Building Committee, Police Station Building Committee, Ring’s Island Water District Merger Committee, Lafayette Road. Sewer Extension Committee.

How long have you been in town? 38 years old.

Why are you running? The city can benefit from my experience and knowledge acquired in municipal government/finance. There are projects in the process of being completed that I have supported and would like to see completed. I grew up in a family where public service, giving back to the community, was not only encouraged, it was expected. This community has supported my business for almost 40 years and I am so grateful.

What are the three main issues facing Salisbury at the moment and why? 1. We have a sacred duty to provide our children with the best possible chance of success. We must provide them with the best schools, the best-maintained parks and playgrounds, and programs to develop their minds and bodies. Although financial constraints make this increasingly difficult each year, I am committed to doing so. I find the Triton school system exceptional and commend the current superintendent and school committee for always advocating for the interests of children while being sensitive to the limitations of city resources.

2. We must do everything we can to keep the city affordable. Both for older people who want to stay here and for young people who want to start a family here. It’s a great balancing act. Although we have worked hard and have been successful in maintaining our tax rate among the lowest in the county, costs increase as our property values ​​increase. I don’t think anyone, especially with a mortgage, wants to see their property value go down. Salisbury, for many good reasons, has become a very popular place to live. I am very happy about this and welcome all our new citizens.

3. We must commit to paying attention to our infrastructure. The recent commitment to spend $1 million on road improvements is proof of that. I am incredibly proud of the part I played in building the new library, new police station and new bathrooms in the visitor center. We have waited over 50 years for some of these improvements and I pledge to take care of them.

What is your biggest fear for the future of Salisbury? I have absolutely no fears about the future of Salisbury, in fact I am optimistic! The city’s finances and bond rating are the best I have ever seen. We have a library and a police station that are the envy of many. We have new bathrooms at the beach and thanks to a committed private investment, the “Flying Horses” carousel returns! We have put in place the necessary infrastructure on our main commercial avenue which was necessary to broaden our tax base and we are ready to honor one of our own, “Home Town Heroes” by renaming the Salisbury State Reserve after Robert “Boots” Chouinard. It’s good to live in this city!

Writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

Writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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