Mayor begins Office Hours series with Public Works Department

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Mark Gomez, Environmental Programs Manager, Kevin Sheppard, Public Works Director, Mayor Joyce Craig, Fred McNeill, Chief Engineer, Environmental Protection Division, and Todd Connors, Engineering Manager (L to R)

MANCHESTER, NH — Mayor Joyce Craig held the first of her latest round of public “Office Hours” at the Public Works department on Valley Street October 15. The department’s staff was on hand to listen to eight city residents who complained of issues such as trash in alleys, speeding on one-way streets, slow intersections, a lack of bicycle parking spots, and snow-clearing problems.  The staff paid close attention, discussing issues and solutions with residents, and taking notes for follow up. Mayor Craig showed residents how to report complaints using:

At the end of the meeting one resident said, “I really appreciate it. Thank you for doing this.” A young, married couple said, “When we relocated, we chose Manchester from other places because it’s a sundown town with lots to do.”

Mayor Craig’s “office hours” will continue with these events:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m. with Police Chief Carlo Capano at Police Department, 405 Valley St.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. with Library Director Denise van Zanten at Manchester City Library,  405 Pine St
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m. with Health Director Anna Thomas at Health Department, 1528 Elm St
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m. with Parking Manager Denise Boutilier & Ward 3 Alderman Tim Baines at Palace Theatre Spotlight Room, 96 Hanover St