DiZoglio Says Treasury Bill Will Pay For Lifeboat, Lock Shop And More If Baker Agrees

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A $5.07 billion government bond before Governor Charlie Baker would pay for a new life/firefighting boat for the Haverhill Fire Department, a cafe and gift shop at Winnekenni Castle and other capital projects in Methuen, Newburyport, Amesbury and Salisbury .

State Senator Diana DiZoglio said the local projects are the result of changes she submitted to the loan package.

“The Haverhill Fire Service recently retired their 41-year-old lifeboat which has served the community for many years,” said Haverhill Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien. “Haverhill is home to several marinas along the Merrimack River and boating has always been popular in the community. Combined with the new kayaking company and river cruises coming to our downtown area this summer, we expect to have a very busy year on the river that will only increase in the future.”

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini said the city’s vision is to transform the coach house in the grounds of Winnekenni Castle into a small performing arts center with a gift shop, cafe and converted caretaker’s flat.

“Winnekenni Castle and Park is a local treasure and a regional attraction, and restoring the historic but derelict carriage house to its former glory is a big part of our plans to refurbish and enhance the entire property up there,” Fiorentini said.

The bill also includes money for renovations at Forest Lake in Methuen, including building accessible toilets, installing a beach volleyball court and updating the playground; traffic and parking safety improvements on Lower Atkinson Common in Newburyport; Old Merrill Street water main replacement project in Amesbury; Lafayette Road Sewer Main Project in Salisbury; and planning and implementation of increased wastewater capacity at Merrimac.

“Our cities and communities need support as they embark on much-needed projects aimed at improving local infrastructure to boost local economies and the overall quality of life,” DiZoglio said. “While the final release of these funds is subject to Governor approval, we are proud to have received the unanimous support of our Senate peers to return state funds to our region. We hope that the administration will also recognize the value of our cities and communities’ efforts to invest in and improve these incredible communities.”

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