Council OKs $300G to fix roofs of city-owned Salinger Block, Scenic Theater

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ROCHESTER - Rochester's City Council unanimously voted to appropriate $300,000 from the city's Unassigned Fund Balance to make needed repairs to the city-owned Salinger Block and Scenic Theater buildings in the downtown.

The council initially passed the resolution on a voice vote 12-1, with Ralph Torr voting against it, but after some confusion in the room on who had voted no they voted again and Torr said yes when called for his vote.

Prior to the vote a public hearing yielded no comment from residents in attendance.

The money will be disbursed to the Downtown Revitalization fund, which will spend the money on roof repairs to the two buildings, plus additional sitework on the Salinger Block, City Manager Blaine Cox said on Monday.

He said all of the roof work will be done by city workers.

Cox said both buildings also just have a lot of junk inside that has to be removed to make them more attractive to prospective buyers.

The City Council on Tuesday also voted to

■ change the traffic flow from two-way to one-way on Myrtle Street from Woodman to Charles and on Congress Street from Charles to Myrtle.

■ Dedicate the Community Center's basketball court to longtime Spaulding boys hoops coach Tim Cronin.

■ Approved paving for Jonathan and Huckins Lane, Columbus Ave from Lowell to Knight St., Cross Road from Milton Road to Stacy Drive and Salmon Falls Road from Stonewall Kitchen to the Somersworth line.

■ Move CDBG funds to pay for an Opera House chairlift so it is handicap-accessible when the floor is down.

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