Salem town manager defends contract for Town Hall work
The majority of complaints voiced by residents were due to the fact that one of the subcontracted companies is owned by the husband of Salem Finance Director Jane Savastano.
During last year’s budget season, the board voted to close the former Mary Foss School and remodel space that was once a state Division of Motor Vehicles office for use by several social service agencies displaced by the closure.
By early December, Hickey said he had obtained bids from two nearby vendors — RAM Construction and L & B Construction Management.
“I wanted to keep that separation to maintain some integrity in the process,” Hickey said. “Time was of the essence.”
“I accepted, reviewed and approved the selected vendors,” Hickey said. “No one in the finance department had any knowledge or involvement of my approval of this contract.”
A locksmith by trade, Hargreaves said he himself had been accused of acting improperly by simply selling an item to RAM Construction officials.
“At no time did my company step foot in (Town Hall) to install anything,” Hargreaves said. “But my name is still getting thrown around.”
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