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Salem City Council passes measure to create road race master list

Posted by Justin Rice  February 10, 2012 11:41 AM

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The Salem City Council last night voted for a measure that would create a master calendar for road races in Salem that will be merged with a schedule of other events slated to take place in the city.

The controversial measure was passed unanimously in the committee on public health, safety and the environment earlier in the week.

The number of road races in the 8-square-mile city doubled from about eight or 9 in 2009 to about 18 last year. The council has argued that there has been no coordinated effort to make sure that the races don’t conflict with other races or other events in Salem.   

The new list will be merged with a month-by-month calendar of events that city officials can refer to when races apply for permits.

The list of races will be overseen by Doug Bollen, the director of parks and recreation.

Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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