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'Citizens' Committee' to focus on economic development

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 15. 2018 9:59PM




MANCHESTER — A new committee looking at ways to “move Manchester forward” and boost economic development plans is looking for new members to help plan and execute several long and short term goals.

The newly formed Citizens’ Committee on Economic Development will hold its next meeting tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Ledgewood Clubhouse within the Ledgewood Retirement Community, 18 Ledgewood Way in Manchester, across from Goldenrod Restaurant/Drive and directly across from the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses complex.

The group plans to meet twice monthly, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday nights, and is currently looking for more volunteers to achieve the target total of 27 members. The group’s first meeting was held at Mint Bistro restaurant on March 26.

Tonight’s meeting agenda includes remarks by Ward 6 Alderman Elizabeth Moreau.

The committee is presently working on three projects they hope to complete in 2018:

• Celebrating Manchester’s 172nd birthday on June 1, 2018, with an event from 6 to 9 p.m. at City Hall Plaza. The committee is currently seeking corporate sponsors;

• Holding two outdoor ticketed “Concerts in the Park” — one at Veterans Park, if the public bathrooms can be open, and the other at Arms Park;

• And planting Easter lilies behind the City Hall Annex Garden in late May, in the hope they will bloom again in late July early August. Access for this beautification project has already been approved by the City Clerk’s office, according to committee organizer and city resident Glenn Ouellette.

“We are looking for ideas on how to fix the downtown problems, making it easier for people to visit our merchants during the summer months,” said Ouellette in a release.

Estimated costs for the first two items on the list above are expected at a future session.

The committee will also look at identifying an “affordable way” to paint downtown crosswalks.

According to Ouellette, the group is a “grassroots, open-minded meeting of the minds,” and non-political. No sitting city or school officials can serve as members of the Citizens’ Committee. Ouellette said membership will consist of a total of 27 members representing all 12 city wards: two members per ward, along wth a chair, vice chair and secretary.

The group is currently looking to identify a location for its April 30 meeting. Anyone with a suggestion on a meeting space is asked to contact group organizer Glenn Ouellette at 289-6835 or email him at queencityexaminer@gmail.com.


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